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  1. Make sure you have a lightweight bike, no heavier...

    Make sure you have a lightweight bike, no heavier than it needs to be.
    I use a CX carry for apartment staircases. If you like this carry, chose a bike with suitable cable routing. Cables underneath...
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    Do you need a waterproof in -30F. A windproof...

    Do you need a waterproof in -30F. A windproof insulated jacket should be OK. An outer, removable insulating layer is good for heat regulation and if you need to stop. Sleeveless body-warmers/gillets...
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    LHT is over-built for small riders but seems to...

    LHT is over-built for small riders but seems to be the only stock touring bike using 26" MTB wheels. For continental, self-supported touring it is a good, dependable choice.
    650b is a nice size...
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    I can recommend Slovenia...

    I can recommend Slovenia, a bit of everything from easy riding to Alpine challenge
  5. I ride Alfine 8 and regard it as a great solution...

    I ride Alfine 8 and regard it as a great solution for urban riding in rolling terrain.
    For steep or long rides, derailleurs or Alfine 11 is probably better.

    Do you have 2x15 or 2x7miles commute?...
  6. You need to be realistic about the cost of...

    You need to be realistic about the cost of commuting.
    What is the alternative to cycling. How much does it cost per year. How much will it cost over the 5-year life of a bicycle ( 5years in...
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    The British cycle speed record was set by...

    The British cycle speed record was set by motorcyclist Guy Martin using a custom steel Rourke bike with 26" MTB wheels.
    Previous records have been set using 20" wheels.

    Strength/weight ratio is...
  8. In cold, rainy climates, such as the OP...

    In cold, rainy climates, such as the OP (Washington state), waterproofing is a worry. Since he needs wp, he may as well get a wp bag.
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    Trailer tyre wear

    I use my trailer weekly and very occasionally with heavy loads, so I'm not a heavy-duty user.
    My two Big Apple 20"x2" tyres are showing signs of sidewall cracking after a few years. The tread is...
  10. Thread: Frame weight.

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    Lighter steel frames use less steel, but usually...

    Lighter steel frames use less steel, but usually better quality steel with a higher tensile strength. Some high-end steel is heat-treated for extra strength.
    A heavy budget frame may use hi-tensile...
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    Read http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop...

    Read http://www.bikequarterly.com/images/TireDrop

    Anyone tried Vittoria tyre pressure app or another app.
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    Is she an experienced non-commuting rider. I...

    Is she an experienced non-commuting rider.
    I don't think it is wise to set newish riders on clipless pedals for commuting, the exception being a long, simple road.

    Back to luggage, Basil are very...
  13. Consider disk brakes, chainstay-located, on a...

    Consider disk brakes, chainstay-located, on a frame with rack/fender eyelets
  14. +1 If you want to do shopping on the way back,...

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    If you want to do shopping on the way back, use a large pannier, if not, small Ortleibs.
    The load is too much for backpack 2x18miles.

    If your load is only lightweight, fit a Tubus Fly or...
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    This hitch has an extra inch or two (possibly 3) ...

    This hitch has an extra inch or two (possibly 3) of of tubing by which the trailer can lever and rotate the axle mount. This is a design flaw.
    My hitch pivot is co-axial, so no leverage. Burly...
  16. If you don't like rod brakes, just sell the bike...

    If you don't like rod brakes, just sell the bike and get one with cables. Don't hack away at a stylish bike that has some market value.
  17. The stem has 2 sockets to accomodate the...

    The stem has 2 sockets to accomodate the rod-brakes. You can make a fixture to fit these 2 mounting points.
    Get busy with some scrap plastic, dremel, and SUGRU.

    You can probably fit a secondary...
  18. The evidence say's NO. I can find no pattern of...

    The evidence say's NO.
    I can find no pattern of roadbikes with eyelets suffering from frame cracking.
    There have been cases of frames made from thin raceing steel, suffering cracks when fully...
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    I rode downhill past some bored copes with a...

    I rode downhill past some bored copes with a radar speed gun. As I rolled past, they shouted out "17mph"
  20. If you rely on a bike, it makes sense to have a...

    If you rely on a bike, it makes sense to have a backup.
    You can get 2 bikes that complement each other, eg
    Racy road bike and practical tourer.
    All-rounder CX bike and versatile folder.
    Expensive...
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    It is a bit of plastic, a very strong, tough and...

    It is a bit of plastic, a very strong, tough and durable bit. -15 ̊c to 50 ̊c operating temperature, 5 year guarentee.
    FAQs
    The 50kg load limit for quick release axles relates to the axle fatigue...
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    Consider a bar that puts your wrist in a neutral...

    Consider a bar that puts your wrist in a neutral position. I switched to On-One Mary for this reason.
    Ergon grips are excellent and the cork ones are really comfortable.
    Carbon bars are never cold...
  23. Spares support for HPX is very good. Some new...

    Spares support for HPX is very good.
    Some new pumps have spares support, eg rebuild kits, but models and designs change so quickly that ensuring the correct parts is almost impossible.
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    That hitch has an unnessesary length of leverage...

    That hitch has an unnessesary length of leverage before you get to the pivot.
    Can you fit a lollipop style hitch: you need 19mm tubeing.
    Mine works on Alfine IGH with no problems.
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    The advantages of a 1x7 over 3x1 are: 1. You...

    The advantages of a 1x7 over 3x1 are:
    1. You loose weight in the cranks which you spin.
    2. You loose the front mech, cable and shifter
    3 You keep a closer selection of inbetweeny gears.

    If you...
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