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  1. I'm not convinced on that point. The derailleur...

    I'm not convinced on that point. The derailleur hanger is designed to break away in the event of derailleur-in-spokes type incidents. So I see two possibilities here: (1) something in the setup...
  2. I've got the TRP Hy/Rds on my commuter and I...

    I've got the TRP Hy/Rds on my commuter and I think they are a huge upgrade over BB7s. The stock pads were quiet even when wet, but they wore out quickly (~1500 miles). I was using Avid HS0 rotors. ...
  3. I've used BB5, BB7, Tektro Lyra, TRP Spyre and...

    I've used BB5, BB7, Tektro Lyra, TRP Spyre and TRP Hy/Rd. Of these, the Hy/Rd's are far and away my favorite. I only used the Spyres for one ride on a rented bike, and I felt like something was...
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    I know that's the orthodox position, but I don't...

    I know that's the orthodox position, but I don't entirely buy it. I find that tires become puncture prone well before their tread is at an unsafe level. Since the rear tire is more susceptible to...
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    Maybe I just had a string of bad luck. Like I...

    Maybe I just had a string of bad luck. Like I said, the tread was still good, they just started getting flats more often than I wanted to tolerate. I still have the tires. Maybe I'll put them back...
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    Hey now, you can't make fun of people with an...

    Hey now, you can't make fun of people with an Apple Watch!

    http://hugelolcdn.com/i700/333313.jpg
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    The first pair I used went about 2100 miles...

    The first pair I used went about 2100 miles without a single flat, then the rear casing split. I kept using the front tire and about 700 miles later its casing split. The tread still looked fine on...
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    That's a current model. You should be able to...

    That's a current model. You should be able to buy it now.
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    I totally forgot about this one: ...

    I totally forgot about this one:

    http://konaworld.com/images/bikes/main/kapu.jpg
    Kona Kapu

    Only(!) $2000 for an 853 steel frame and fork (yes, it claims 853 steel for the fork) with Shimano...
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    Not exactly retro, but .... RLT 9 STEEL...

    Not exactly retro, but ....

    RLT 9 STEEL

    https://greglemond.com/#!/en/washoe
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    I track my mileage because I'm an obsessive data...

    I track my mileage because I'm an obsessive data junkie. It helps with anticipating when certain components (chains, tires) are going to need replacement and when others (pedals, hubs) are going to...
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    The Space Horse looks like a nice alternative to...

    The Space Horse looks like a nice alternative to the Cross Check. It's not actually a different steel alloy, but it may be butted differently. In any event, it's not unreasonable for your LBS to...
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    Well, I'm not an expert in this area and I have...

    Well, I'm not an expert in this area and I have no intention of getting into a debate about the science, but it is my understanding that tires with a smoother tread have better grip (particularly...
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    But it will reduce your traction on pavement,...

    But it will reduce your traction on pavement, especially at max pressure.




    It depends on the trail surface. If you're talking about crushed limestone or smooth hard packed dirt, you're OK...
  15. No doubt. I didn't want to just say the guy was...

    No doubt. I didn't want to just say the guy was being a bozo, but....

    As far as burning up the pads, that has been one of the interesting things with disc brakes in cyclocross. There have been...
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    If it were me this story would end with me...

    If it were me this story would end with me getting home and realizing I had never put the bike on the rack in the first place.
  17. An interesting quote from TRP in that article...

    An interesting quote from TRP in that article (which is from 2012) concerning how road disc brakes will be different from MTB: "There will be some new road specific designs, all in the interest of...
  18. Here's a report of a guy bluing his rotors on a...

    Here's a report of a guy bluing his rotors on a cross bike doing a gravel ride:

    Road Bike Disc Brakes Are Coming, But Will They Work?

    Consensus seems to be that it could have easily been...
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    I'm with you on the mountain biking thing. I...

    I'm with you on the mountain biking thing. I love mountain biking, but I don't like trails where I have a significant chance of hurting myself. Of course, the "keep-doing-it" advice makes sense...
  20. I stand corrected on the Hy/Rd bleed issue,...

    I stand corrected on the Hy/Rd bleed issue, though it is still something you aren't likely to have to worry about out on the trail/road. I haven't had a problem with my fluid degrading in 2000+...
  21. Actually, although the Hy/Rd's have fittings for...

    Actually, although the Hy/Rd's have fittings for bleeding, they really shouldn't ever need to do it. The system is closed and since you don't need to open it up for installation and cable changes,...
  22. I used to think clicking the pad adjusters wasn't...

    I used to think clicking the pad adjusters wasn't that hard, but I rode my bike in the rain enough that the inside knob became so hard to turn that I had to use a Torx wrench. Plus, I could never...
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    One possibility to consider, which would...

    One possibility to consider, which would considerably widen your range of options, is to look for a rack that puts the pannier further back.
  24. I don't think there's even any significant effort...

    I don't think there's even any significant effort to get them set up right anymore. There were problems with the first generation, but they appear to have fixed that now. I had a set of the first...
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    ...except a rear brake hanger on the Cross Check!

    ...except a rear brake hanger on the Cross Check!
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