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    I find I need the granny range on my 3x8 geared...

    I find I need the granny range on my 3x8 geared Globe Vienna, if not the lowest gear on that range, after about a half mile of 8% or steeper grade, especially after I've already ridden 10-15 miles at...
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    those Vittoria Randoneur and Voyagers are the...

    those Vittoria Randoneur and Voyagers are the tire of choice of /many/ long distance touring riders, they will handle all kinda weight just fine.
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    I used to tour 100 miles/day on a old 10 speed...

    I used to tour 100 miles/day on a old 10 speed touring bike (a 1975 Motobecane Grand Record) with skinny rims and Clement Campinato Del Mundo silk sewups (tubulars) that were roughly equivalent to...
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    well, I'm 210 lbs, my hybrid weighs about 35 lbs...

    well, I'm 210 lbs, my hybrid weighs about 35 lbs with fenders, rack, etc, so thats about the same total, and the 32c tires work great on it for me, but I have no suspension. I think the Voyager...
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    quality high thread count 32mm tires, like...

    quality high thread count 32mm tires, like vittoria rando hypers, will ride much faster than cheap hybrid 37's.

    you can go as narrow a tire as your rims are wide (outer width), using supple...
  6. heck, velocity has a 23mm (outer) road rim, the...

    heck, velocity has a 23mm (outer) road rim, the A23, that they recommend for 23mm tires.... the idea is, the tire has less side to side way with the wide stance at the beads, so it gives more of...
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    suggestion: Vittoria Voyager Hyper in 700x32 or...

    suggestion: Vittoria Voyager Hyper in 700x32 or 700x35. these are excellent all around hybrid tires.. I'm using the Randonneur Hyper x32 from a few years ago, whcih si the same tire (they...
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    you could probably fit 700x32 or maybe x35...

    you could probably fit 700x32 or maybe x35 cyclocross tires on there, depending on how much frame clearance there is with the x28's that bike came with.... good cross tires are expensive and wear...
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    Sticky: they look like centerpull cantilevers to me.

    they look like centerpull cantilevers to me.
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    Sticky: a dropbar hybrid? odd, looks like a road bike to...

    a dropbar hybrid? odd, looks like a road bike to me.
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    I put a rack on most all my bikes, they are just...

    I put a rack on most all my bikes, they are just way too useful. I generally put a banjo brothers racktop bag on them, like this one...
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    bike shops around here will order a bike in a...

    bike shops around here will order a bike in a size they don't have if they think they can sell it, if you don't buy it, they'll use it to replace a floor bike someone else buys. it they are...
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    jumping in this late, bingo. I'm 6' tall...

    jumping in this late, bingo.

    I'm 6' tall and wear 30" inseam pants, so thats me to a Tee... long torso, short legs. having started riding in the days where road bike frames were sized so...
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    you mean, like a 29er mtn bike? or a Surley...

    you mean, like a 29er mtn bike? or a Surley Pugsley?
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    again, armadillo is not a tire model, its a...

    again, armadillo is not a tire model, its a brandname for Specialized's flat resistance. they make everything from fat tire mountain bike knobbies with armadillo to hybrid tires like Nimbus with...
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    you realize that post you replied to is a year...

    you realize that post you replied to is a year old?

    another thing I didn't think of last year, that 'gel' foam they use on these, it gets hard when its cold and is softer when its warm.
  17. rubbing the rims down with a rag (not paper)...

    rubbing the rims down with a rag (not paper) soaked in a bit of isopropyl is always a good thing, removing rubber deposits from the rims. I don't like using things that are too abrasive on the...
  18. I second the emotion to avoid suspension entirely...

    I second the emotion to avoid suspension entirely on anything below about a $1200 mountain bike.
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    I second the emotion on the Ergons. I have the...

    I second the emotion on the Ergons. I have the GP3 'medium' length ones, in the larger hand grip size as I have XL hands.
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    Sticky: I'll be curious to hear how well those fenders...

    I'll be curious to hear how well those fenders work in heavy rains. when I've tried 'shorties' like that, my back and butt have gotten soaked (draw a tangent line off the rear tire that just...
  21. living in/around any big city, I'd want the...

    living in/around any big city, I'd want the funkiest, ugliest, rat bike possible with absolutely no bling or expensive looking parts on it. if you put new tires on it, use the cheapest generic Chen...
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    also note that folding tires are a LOT easier to...

    also note that folding tires are a LOT easier to ship than wire-bead ones, and generally arrive in much better condition.

    that said, I buy all my tires at a LBS, if they don't have what I want,...
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    and I've put about 1000 miles on my vitorria...

    and I've put about 1000 miles on my vitorria hyper randonneurs (now called rando. pro) in the past year, 700x32, zero flats, done bunches of hard pack trails with them too. they still ride really...
  24. Thread: Hybrid forks

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    700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel...

    700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel used on most road bikes and many road oriented hybrids. mountain bikes traditionally used 26" wheels, as do cruisers and many fatter tire hybrids. ...
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    decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I...

    decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I prefer a 700c hybrid with steel forks. suspension belongs on a mountain bike.
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