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    The KMC DX10SC gets my vote for worst chain in...

    The KMC DX10SC gets my vote for worst chain in the world! Their aptly named "Missing Link" master link broke at around 700 miles and the chain was stretched to the point of being unusable by the...
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    I own a 1970's Schwinn Typhoon cruiser bicycle. I...

    I own a 1970's Schwinn Typhoon cruiser bicycle. I wouldn't recommend it. Too flexible and almost everything about it is obsolete, which makes finding parts hard. Vintage Schwinn 10-speed bikes are...
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    Sounds like a good plan! The one thing to watch...

    Sounds like a good plan! The one thing to watch out for, especially if you're buying used, is fit. We have a bunch of step-through bikes at the company where I work and they seem to range is size...
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    Personally, I think it makes more sense to...

    Personally, I think it makes more sense to test-ride a bike with the wheels you'll use should you end up owning it. For most people, that means using the wheels sold with the bike.
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    Zinn is primarily a technical writer these days....

    Zinn is primarily a technical writer these days. He does not, to the best of my knowledge, have degrees in materials science nor mechanical engineering. I've seen people with degrees in materials...
  6. If your bike is only 2 months old, you should...

    If your bike is only 2 months old, you should definitely push Cannondale and your local bike shop to make the bike work for you. I'd tell the LBS that you're going to bring the bike back to them for...
  7. Hopefully they're going to order the 14g (=...

    Hopefully they're going to order the 14g (= 2.0mm) version of the DT Swiss Champion and not the 15g (= 1.8mm) version? In any event, it doesn't sound like this wheelset is too much different than...
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    Race bikes are great if you're racing. The...

    Race bikes are great if you're racing. The aggressive geometry forces you into a more aerodynamic riding position and the quick (some might say "nervous") handling works well when descending twisty...
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    That's demonstration I'd like to see! I've built...

    That's demonstration I'd like to see! I've built a number of wheels and it sure seems to me like spokes are "fixed" at the hub and "float" in the rim. When I de-tension all the spokes in a wheel,...
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    With 28 (or fewer) spokes, you pull out your...

    With 28 (or fewer) spokes, you pull out your multi-tool, spend a few minutes truing the wheel, then ride home. Of course with a properly built and maintained wheel you're unlikely to break spokes in...
  11. The Vittoria Voyager Hyper is pretty fast for a...

    The Vittoria Voyager Hyper is pretty fast for a 700x32 tire...
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    Or you can carry a multi-tool with a spoke wrench...

    Or you can carry a multi-tool with a spoke wrench and just tighten a few of the opposite-side spokes by the side of the road.

    To the OP: I wouldn't worry about using 24/28-spoke wheels. Heck, I...
  13. If the tires seemed fine, why would you want...

    If the tires seemed fine, why would you want something else? I use 25mm tires on my road bike, but only because it can't fit anything wider. On my touring bike, I use 32mm or 35mm Vittoria Voyager...
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    Wider tires, in theory, have less rolling...

    Wider tires, in theory, have less rolling resistance than narrow tires but their aerodynamics are worse (especially on narrow rims) and they weigh more. Unless you're trying to win a race, it...
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    Doing the same intervals on the same route day...

    Doing the same intervals on the same route day after day really isn't mixing things up. That's just simple repetition. Try doing a 10-mile "sprint" ride where you attempt to maintain an 18- or 20-mph...
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    A few thoughts: 1. As you lose weight you need...

    A few thoughts:

    1. As you lose weight you need to further restrict your calorie input in order to continue to lose weight. You say that you're "eating the same as before" so it might be time to...
  17. If you're sitting on the bike and it's almost...

    If you're sitting on the bike and it's almost immediately painful, you need to stay off the bike for a few days until that pain goes away. You have have bruised or otherwise irritated the area around...
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    I agree that the Castelli Endurance X2 is crazy...

    I agree that the Castelli Endurance X2 is crazy expensive and thin :D Ultimately, the Assos FI.Mille and the X2 are very different products.

    The Castelli Endurance X2 bibs feel like a product...
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    I bought a pair of Castelli Endurance X2 bibs on...

    I bought a pair of Castelli Endurance X2 bibs on sale. Even on sale, I found them to be over-priced with a thoroughly mediocre chamois. You should also keep in mind that their sizing is decidedly...
  20. If my comments had been directed at you, I would...

    If my comments had been directed at you, I would have quoted your post (like I've done here). That said, my biggest complaint with the aero frames I've ridden is that they're too darn stiff!...
  21. Weight and cost are pretty similar between aero...

    Weight and cost are pretty similar between aero and non-aero frames these days. Not sure why you couldn't consider the aero option if you were looking for a new carbon fiber frame...
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    My guess would be that the owner's manual won't...

    My guess would be that the owner's manual won't tell you anything useful. You probably want The Big Blue Book from Park Tool. Some or all of the information it contains is available on their website.
  23. Sure it is! The seller is asking $500 and I think...

    Sure it is! The seller is asking $500 and I think the bike is worth $250 (maybe $300 if it's in truly great condition). That suggests: 1) there might be room to bargain on price, or 2) the OP should...
  24. I've read that cyclists who use clipless pedals...

    I've read that cyclists who use clipless pedals don't, on average, generate much power on the upstroke when just pedaling around; I know that I don't. That doesn't mean that there aren't benefits to...
  25. Answers: 1) In my area, this would be a $200-250...

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    1) In my area, this would be a $200-250 bike.
    2) When you go to look at the bike, spin the wheels and make sure they're true. At 225lbs, I wouldn't worry too much about the wheels...
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