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    Pretty much a rule to buy rubber from the UK if...

    Pretty much a rule to buy rubber from the UK if you are a retail buyer. It is very frequently true that the retail price there is at or below our US wholesale price. So much so when pbk ran a special...
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    General product liability suits are expensive. ...

    General product liability suits are expensive. Have you seen the way idiots react (search for threads on here about Continental failures) when their tires fail? Is your assertion that Continental...
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    I worked on my own for years. I finally bottle it...

    I worked on my own for years. I finally bottle it and sell it in the shop. Sells well. Has the same ingredient as Chain-L but has some other stuff to make it a little neater.

    In general - there...
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    ^--This. I know everyone wants to believe that...

    ^--This.

    I know everyone wants to believe that the big bad Continental corporation is out to find new ways to get people to buy more tires so they came up with a sort of way to tell people they...
  5. Use a power meter to measure power. You do...

    Use a power meter to measure power.

    You do not produce 976 Watts in a 20 minute power test.

    The 270 W number is more accurate but still an approximation.

    Use a power meter to measure power....
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    OP - sounds like you bent your hanger. Wheels...

    OP - sounds like you bent your hanger. Wheels don't just re-dish themselves. By messing with the spoke tensions you've most likely caused some damage to the wheel as well.

    Get to somewhere that...
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    The vast majority of "mechanics" in shops do not...

    The vast majority of "mechanics" in shops do not truly understand wheels or how to fix them. The wheel was poorly tensioned initially. Not surprising as most machine made prebuilts are.

    You shop...
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    This...^^ ...then that brings up the...

    This...^^



    ...then that brings up the question: are you really utilizing your power meter or simply riding with it and recording the data?

    OP - a power meter is a tool. Just like a nice saw...
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    Bicycles and wheels are hated as much in the...

    Bicycles and wheels are hated as much in the shipping and freight world as they are on the road. Best of luck.
  11. They are riding their wheels. That's what they're...

    They are riding their wheels. That's what they're doing to them.

    I've seen a metric butt-ton of Bontrager wheels crack around the nipples over various styles and generations. Way more than...
  12. A lot of times rims are bent when they come in to...

    A lot of times rims are bent when they come in to shops. Run of the mill shop rats will just twist spokes until it's straight. This can cause a spoke that is opposite the bend to be way over tension....
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    I sell and stock removable valve core tubes now...

    I sell and stock removable valve core tubes now for just this reason. Then we just use and sell the extensions that allow you to move the valve out to the end. That and 80mm tubes. Just the right way...
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    Rim strip. Anything on the inside of the tube is...

    Rim strip. Anything on the inside of the tube is the rim strip or cut during installation.
  15. I picked up the vivoactive for a couple of...

    I picked up the vivoactive for a couple of reasons: I liked an idea of a smart watch but didn't want to spend tons of money, and - I'm a Garmin dealer.

    I got the watch a few weeks back. I had a...
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    I usually ask customers, "tubular or clincher." ...

    I usually ask customers, "tubular or clincher." They usually respond with, "tubular!"

    "Are you sure?"

    "Yes - I want the kind with the tube."

    "They both have tubes. You glue on tubulars."...
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    Communication Breakdown. Of course.

    Communication Breakdown. Of course.
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    As a seller of wheels I never cease to be amazed...

    As a seller of wheels I never cease to be amazed at how up in arms people get over the sound of the freehub. There are staunch supports on both sides - louder is better and quieter is better. ...
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    You lost my interest at "tubeless". Problem...

    You lost my interest at "tubeless".

    Problem with the tire barring any major damage to the rim bead but odds are just the tire bead.

    New tire. Try a tube next time and stop wasting your time...
  20. I have about 15 latex tubed tubulars stretching...

    I have about 15 latex tubed tubulars stretching right now that haven't gone flat in 3 days....I must be doing something wrong. ;)

    On the other hand I have some tubulars with NO TUBE AT...
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    No. I would never....but that's mainly because I...

    No. I would never....but that's mainly because I haven't ever found a Bontrager branded part that I like. Apart from that...it's a bike. It's only redeeming value is you enjoy riding it. (TWSS).
  22. I glue anywhere from 300-1000 tubulars a year. I...

    I glue anywhere from 300-1000 tubulars a year. I sell tons of both tubular and clincher rims. I personally maintain a large majority of racers wheels here in Chicago through cross and road seasons...
  23. 7800 continues to be the best mechanical group...

    7800 continues to be the best mechanical group ever produced IMHO. 9000 is getting close to being back where they were.

    I knew a racer on Garmin when they switched to 7900 when it first came...
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    That's why I said crows foot "style" - meaning...

    That's why I said crows foot "style" - meaning twisted spokes.
  25. Typical subset of cyclists: I can't afford a lot...

    Typical subset of cyclists: I can't afford a lot of what I think are high end zoot pieces of cycling gear. I therefore project on to everyone I see who can. I make up some sort of hierarchy of...
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