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    See if the bike shop has a demo program, or will...

    See if the bike shop has a demo program, or will let you take the bike out for some extended test rides, or will commit to exchange the bike if you feel the size is incorrect.

    Do these checks for...
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    The $180 spent on a second bike would have been...

    The $180 spent on a second bike would have been better spent on the first bike.

    If you want a shop to do it, $94 for a new WHEEL and installation is very reasonable. You can do cheaper if you...
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    No need for 40H or 48H unless you weigh >300 lb...

    No need for 40H or 48H unless you weigh >300 lb and carry loads too. Those are for tandems. Seriously limits choice of hubs and rims. Extra weight.
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    On one offroad bikepacking trip, long go, we were...

    On one offroad bikepacking trip, long go, we were so exhausted that when we had to cross a waist deep stream, we simply pushed the bikes through, submerged to the top tubes.

    Not the smartest...
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    I think a rando build with renewed Gran Sport...

    I think a rando build with renewed Gran Sport paint and decals is how I'd go. That would look verrrry nice.
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    Mavic CXP22 in 36H here Mavic CXP 22 Rim | Evans...

    Mavic CXP22 in 36H here Mavic CXP 22 Rim | Evans Cycles

    For your loads, 36H, three cross spokes, well tensioned should suffice.

    Repair, retrue, retension your current wheel, then decide if you...
  7. Kestrel frames still look modern today. Back in...

    Kestrel frames still look modern today. Back in the day, they were like spaceships.
  8. Thread: road bike fit.

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    Not much difference at all. If the top tubes are...

    Not much difference at all. If the top tubes are the same length, then no difference. Note also some companies measure center to center, others measure center to top, that will be a 2 cm difference.
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    Also, having your inner thighs touching the side...

    Also, having your inner thighs touching the side of the saddle isn't a big deal, unless it causes you discomfort that can't be eliminated with cycling shorts. It doesn't slow you down.
  10. Thanks. I will revisit the current troublesome...

    Thanks. I will revisit the current troublesome brake with these tips, and see what happens.

    What I've been doing is adjusting the brakes so tight to the rim (minimal pad gap) that neither arm...
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    Tilting a saddle nose down is generally a bad...

    Tilting a saddle nose down is generally a bad idea, unless you are on a time trial bike, and even then a 10-15 degree tilt is ridiculous, 1-5 degrees is the range. As you're finding, a nose down...
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    You could use a thick ziptie to secure the QR...

    You could use a thick ziptie to secure the QR lever to the fork. The drunk or causal thief would have to carry a cutting tool (cut zip tie), or a pliers or visegrip (unscrew other end of QR). You...
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    That is pretty thick CF tubing, if I recall. And...

    That is pretty thick CF tubing, if I recall. And the quill will be sharing the clamping duties with the seat lug clamp, rather than trying to do it alone. I would try it. Use your micrometer to...
  14. Centering Single Pivot Sidepull Brake Calipers

    Most of my road bikes have older single pivot side pull brake calipers. I sometimes have trouble getting them to center properly.

    On the troublesome ones, one arm moves when the brakes are...
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    Good question. For sure he could lighten his...

    Good question. For sure he could lighten his load. But that requires organization. Which he is a little short on.
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    If you have a high schooler bike commuting, what...

    If you have a high schooler bike commuting, what do they use to carry stuff?

    My son's bag is not large enough. It is a medium or smaller messenger style backpack. By the time you put in some...
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    Rode to meet him at school, then let him lead us...

    Rode to meet him at school, then let him lead us to an appointment he had. Watched him ride. Pleased to see he's at least as careful as I am.
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    Hard to install a rigid fork, would change...

    Hard to install a rigid fork, would change geometry radically, just leave the suspension fork and adjust to lockout or max firmness. Tires for sure. Fenders could be hard to install, but possibly...
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    My son's bike is locked with a U lock for the...

    My son's bike is locked with a U lock for the rear wheel and frame, that he carries, and a heavy chain for the front wheel and frame, that he leaves on the school rack (left it there all summer, I...
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    You put the spoke prep on the spoke threads...

    You put the spoke prep on the spoke threads before you thread the nipple on, or not at all.
  21. Shops don't usually remove the protectors unless...

    Shops don't usually remove the protectors unless the customer requests. And the absence of a protector is obvious to the customer.
  22. Derailleur shifting into spokes and breaking...

    Derailleur shifting into spokes and breaking frame is not a frame defect and not Cannondale's problem. Misadjustment, wear, damage to a derailleur on a bike that is eight years old is not...
  23. The plastic spoke protector (dork disc) is meant...

    The plastic spoke protector (dork disc) is meant to prevent a derailleur from shifting into the spokes. Was the protector mounted on the bike?
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    Kids Commuting By Bike

    This is a thread about our kids who commute by bicycle, to school or wherever they need to go.

    Do your kids ride? How do you equip them, bike and gear? How did you get them started? How do they...
  25. I'm no pro wheelbuilder. I've built about eight...

    I'm no pro wheelbuilder. I've built about eight sets of wheels, for my own bikes. For spokes and nipples, I ride down to Universal Cycles and buy DT Swiss, but I've also built from used spokes. ...
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