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    Uh-huh. And how do we commence with eradicating...

    Uh-huh. And how do we commence with eradicating corporately-funded media influence on socio-cultural norms...?
  2. What a great story! My ex-no.1-FiL is in his...

    What a great story!

    My ex-no.1-FiL is in his 70s and still riding every day. Probably less than a mile a day, but riding nonetheless. He just uses a bike to get around the farm, all buildings of...
  3. Another possible part of the issue: at 8 yrs old,...

    Another possible part of the issue: at 8 yrs old, the bike is obsolete by manufacturers' standards. C'dale might not have and certainly is not obligated to keep that model year of frame in stock, at...
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    It's more a lifestyle and culture thing than an...

    It's more a lifestyle and culture thing than an economy thing. If it were only economics, a lot more people would be living car free. And some of it is about personal choice, but some of it can also...
  5. It took four guys to do that?!? :p I like the...

    It took four guys to do that?!? :p

    I like the fact that with pretty much any folder (20" wheels) I can fit it cross-wise across the back seat space of nearly any subcompact car. Without folding. I...
  6. Cannondale is going beyond what they are...

    Cannondale is going beyond what they are compelled to do in this case by offering a crash replacement discount on a frame or bike. Chances are nearly 100% that it was a mechanical malfunction that...
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    I know, I know... The ES is a decent, nice...

    I know, I know...

    The ES is a decent, nice looking bike. But not outstanding in any way.

    Functionally, it's as good or better than most Japanese bikes from the 80s, assuming similar geometry. ...
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    Every now and then -- if I'm feeling good, and...

    Every now and then -- if I'm feeling good, and the weather is cooperating, and schedule allows -- I will take an alternate, longer route home. The usual commute is boring, straight, along a road with...
  9. You are correct -- if you can find wheels with...

    You are correct -- if you can find wheels with the spec you want, it is very often cheaper to buy built wheels than to buy components... and then add in build time on top of it all.

    As a for...
  10. After seeing this whingey thread crossposted in a...

    After seeing this whingey thread crossposted in a couple different places, I'm now getting a feel for why the shop may be less than accommodating in this particular situation...
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    Here's another fun "bike shops gouging customers"...

    Here's another fun "bike shops gouging customers" scene:

    Guy comes in looking for Shimano A-530 pedals. Which we have in stock. At Shimano MAP/MSRP pricing, meaning we are not making the usual 50%...
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    As others have noted, dealer margins are really...

    As others have noted, dealer margins are really that slim. I saw 36% tossed out in this thread, close enough to the 35% I was going to say. With that kind of markup, most shops don't make money on...
  13. Unless the shop can somehow lay blame on the...

    Unless the shop can somehow lay blame on the derailleur, sounds like they should be on the hook for this...

    If the shop is washing their hands of all this, it wouldn't hurt to go over the head of...
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    Is the knock out game an issue where you live or...

    Is the knock out game an issue where you live or are you just falling for racist scare tactics?
  15. Why wouldn't they charge for the work? Other than...

    Why wouldn't they charge for the work? Other than they are nice people who would prefer to support a customer and lose money...? Our shop's usual policy is that we will swap parts on a warranty...
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    ...and human nature over the course of recorded...

    ...and human nature over the course of recorded history indicates that this is just not how humans work. Economics of driving and human emotion: the better traffic flows, the more people want to...
  17. Your frame didn't break because of a...

    Your frame didn't break because of a manufacturing defect in the frame itself, which is what a lifetime warranty on a frame typically covers, your frame broke as a result of some mechanical...
  18. Thread: Bikes we like

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    I like it to look at, but this kills it for me...

    I like it to look at, but this kills it for me right there -- nut-buster TT...
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    When I search for the Phillips SafeRide, their...

    When I search for the Phillips SafeRide, their site indicates 60lux/110lumens. Do you find it bright enough for travel in otherwise unlighted situations? A good portion of my commute is rural, w/ no...
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    I have not owned an ES, but any time I'm looking...

    I have not owned an ES, but any time I'm looking at frames, it is always tempting.

    Opinion: I assume you could consistently carry as much as you'd ever want to for a commute, up to the weight...
  21. Chances are whoever you scored it from had the...

    Chances are whoever you scored it from had the same issue?

    Sounds like some kind of alignment issue.

    Rebuild and replace seals and bushings.

    Could be the upper and lower clamps are torqued...
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    Had a run in with a driver who then pulled into a...

    Had a run in with a driver who then pulled into a local company. I didn't take it up with the company, I called the cops.
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    People scrape by. Cuba is a great example of...

    People scrape by. Cuba is a great example of that. They could certainly have abandoned cars, yet instead, there is a healthy car culture there, one where they keep cars alive that are 50-60+ years...
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    https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/...

    https://scontent-lga1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11825705_10207451073023259_2553849641627072258_n.jpg?oh=b10b6a7d5e74ca3e8d30a5ac52f9486d&oe=56364D7D

    Attn: Boston MA...
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    I like the idea of dynamo hubs and dedicated...

    I like the idea of dynamo hubs and dedicated lights and have been running such a setup for years.

    Initially, I was worried about weight and drag, but the additional weight on a commuter bike is...
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