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  1. Hats off to Islabikes and their CNOC 14. I had...

    Hats off to Islabikes and their CNOC 14. I had little to do with the design other than buying it!



    For us, it's not so much that we can go new places as much as the distance we can now cover...
  2. He basically taught himself how to ride but after...

    He basically taught himself how to ride but after a decent amount of time on a bike with no pedals. Once he decided that *he* wanted to pedal, he had it down in a few minutes. The balance part was...
  3. That's good advice and probably easier to...

    That's good advice and probably easier to understand for a 3 year old then 'keep the inside pedal up'. We're working on riding on the 'right side' of the road which is confusing enough.



    His...
  4. I've seen quite a few people do that and never...

    I've seen quite a few people do that and never thought much of it. Aside from some extra lateral stress on your wheels, it seems like a perfectly fine method (and I doubt that lateral stress is any...
  5. We worked on simply not pedaling through corners...

    We worked on simply not pedaling through corners yesterday. I demonstrated and he seemed to get it, at first. Then went right back to old habits :-) I'll let him pop himself off the bike a few more...
  6. For those who have taught young children (

    My son (a few months shy of 4 years old) just started riding his bike with the pedals on this past week. A very exciting development after almost 2 years of no pedals (balance bike then real bike...
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    No, they don't. My son's Strider is about 7 lbs....

    No, they don't. My son's Strider is about 7 lbs. (as others have noted) which allowed him to 'ride' it when he was only 1.25 years old. He grew out of that in under two years and is now on a 14 lbs....
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    Or worse:...

    Or worse: http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/776494-whoops-left-my-chain-mineral-spirits-way-too-long.html (note that thread title is slightly misleading as I was using 'green' odorless...
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    I've come across plenty of rear derailleurs which...

    I've come across plenty of rear derailleurs which use a nut (typically sized between 8-10mm) to secure the shift cable...

    Oh the irony. As I just said above I've never seen a 9mm hex, well...
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    M7 hex head cap screws tend to be an 11mm hex. M8...

    M7 hex head cap screws tend to be an 11mm hex. M8 are 12 or 13mm (JIS vs. DIN standard), M6 are 10mm, M5 are 8mm. I don't think I've ever encountered a 9mm hex (bike or auto). If one exists, it's...
  11. Sounds pretty scary. Where were you riding in the...

    Sounds pretty scary. Where were you riding in the lane when this happened? I am assuming this is a two lane (one each direction), narrow-laned road, correct?
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    A new bike always helps. I really enjoy Strava...

    A new bike always helps. I really enjoy Strava for tracking my progress against myself. After years of mainly commuting, going out for a ride for the sake of just riding is a wonderful thing. Being...
  13. What size is it? I am a 52-54cm and it looks...

    What size is it? I am a 52-54cm and it looks about that. I have Paypal :)
  14. If the hanger wasn't split (didn't notice that in...

    If the hanger wasn't split (didn't notice that in the slightly blurry pic until it was pointed out by the OP), then something like this would be the fix for the hanger: Wheels MFG Drop Out Saver For...
  15. The hanger is still there so there's a good...

    The hanger is still there so there's a good chance it can be salvaged.
  16. And that tube looks round. Why wouldn't you (the...

    And that tube looks round. Why wouldn't you (the OP) just slap on a clamp-on front derailler? Seems like a simple fix.
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    8 years = an embarrassing amount of time to own a...

    8 years = an embarrassing amount of time to own a bike?

    Kids these days :rolleyes:
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    I forgot to add: 5. If disc brakes really took...

    I forgot to add:

    5. If disc brakes really took 3 weeks to break in, no one would be using them. Do not confuse the mal-adjusted brakes on your test ride bike with non-broken in disc brakes....
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    1. No, swapping brand new 10-speed Tiagra for 105...

    1. No, swapping brand new 10-speed Tiagra for 105 is not worth it.

    2. I would not buy a bike from a shop that let me test ride a bike with non-working brakes.

    3. Never, ever ride a(nother) bike...
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    Heading into bright sunlight isn't an issue at...

    Heading into bright sunlight isn't an issue at all for seeing into a mirror, though it certainly could be an issue for traffic approaching from behind. My mirror has been rendered completely useless...
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    If you are using 6 bolt hubs and rotors, make...

    If you are using 6 bolt hubs and rotors, make sure they are compatible. By this, I am referring to an issue that American Classic had with their Disc 130 hub (which I use on my commuter bike). Some...
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    Yup. My 5'7" friend rides basically the same bike...

    Yup. My 5'7" friend rides basically the same bike which I set up for him. My 6'1" friend rides another Cannondale Criterium that I also got for him that is a 60cm frame. I had a 58cm at one point but...
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    That's not a 58cm frame. Maybe a 52cm. $100 is a...

    That's not a 58cm frame. Maybe a 52cm. $100 is a great price though. Buy it and drive it out to Philly where you can sell it for $300!
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    It's a sloping top tube frame. Someone 5'0" could...

    It's a sloping top tube frame. Someone 5'0" could likely ride that bike. I think the OP at 5'4" will fit fine on it or even the next size up.
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    Erm, what is your expectation regarding a...

    Erm, what is your expectation regarding a fitting? If you request a "pro" fitting from a shop, you may be looking at $100 or more. Given that you already bought the bike, I'd suggest searching online...
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