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    That seems hard to believe. Don't know for sure...

    That seems hard to believe. Don't know for sure which Roubaix you rode, but most road bikes these days come with some version of a compact double. The largest gear on a compact double is a 50 - 11...
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    I would ride the bike for at least a year before...

    I would ride the bike for at least a year before changing anything. If I were to hazard a guess at what you might change out when the time comes, wheels and tires might make the most sense. ...
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    IMO, it is as much about starting out the project...

    IMO, it is as much about starting out the project with mutual trust. I can understand why a shop might be wary of giving an estimate out over the phone. And from the customer's perspective, I would...
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    To OP. Respectfully, I think you are looking at...

    To OP. Respectfully, I think you are looking at this all wrong. You ask why you should buy a $100 wheel for a bike you only paid $180 for. But what good is a bicycle with a bad wheel? But the...
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    Or alternately, OP could replace both the front...

    Or alternately, OP could replace both the front and rear wheels, then keep the front wheel as a spare.

    But just replacing one wheel isn't a huge big deal. I did it last year when my stock rim...
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    This. :thumb:

    This. :thumb:
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    My kid's first mountain bike or "mountain bike"...

    My kid's first mountain bike or "mountain bike" was a Raleigh Rowdy with 20" wheels. He rode that for about 3 years from age 7 to age 9 maybe? Looks like they still make it and it retails for under...
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    Probably. though after my comment yesterday I...

    Probably. though after my comment yesterday I was thinking that it is possible that after accessories (helmet, pump, spare tubes, jersey, shoes, etc) and tax, the original owner might have walked...
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    Kool Stop Salmon. The stock pads on my brakes...

    Kool Stop Salmon. The stock pads on my brakes (Tektro Oryx) left something to be desired and especially stopping on descents took some effort. Switched to Kool Stop and haven't had a white knuckle...
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    You should be able to mount a set of inline brake...

    You should be able to mount a set of inline brake levers on a Cross Rip.
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    If you are otherwise happy with your road bike,...

    If you are otherwise happy with your road bike, you can always mount a second set of inline brakes on the tops of the bars. My wife has a friend who has these who had the same problem as you and she...
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    He is lying. Bike retailed for $400 or so 2...

    He is lying. Bike retailed for $400 or so 2 years ago. Lightly used, it is worth what you offered, but probably not more.
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    You said it. How much would your build cost if...

    You said it. How much would your build cost if you paid a bike shop to do it, including their markup on parts?
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    Plenty of nice road bikes available for under...

    Plenty of nice road bikes available for under $1,000, either full retail, or on sale at the end of the season.

    Go to your LBS and see what they have. Giant, Trek, Specialized, Jamis, Cannondale,...
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    What is your budget? Unless you are looking to...

    What is your budget? Unless you are looking to spend more than $2,500 or $3,000, you will probably do best just buying a complete bike.
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    As far as I can tell, the Schwinn Prelude is a...

    As far as I can tell, the Schwinn Prelude is a department store bike. Do not spend any money trying to upgrade it as it is a very low end bike. When you are ready for something nicer, just buy a...
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    This might prove to be an expensive lesson for...

    This might prove to be an expensive lesson for OP. If you want a bike with brifters, maybe best to just sell or return this bike and go find a bike you want with brifters.
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    I am not sure they even make 6 speed brifters.

    I am not sure they even make 6 speed brifters.
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    I am fine with front and rear reflectors, but not...

    I am fine with front and rear reflectors, but not wheel reflectors.
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    Can't tell from the bike specs. My wife has the...

    Can't tell from the bike specs. My wife has the Satellite, which is what the Quest used to be called. There is enough clearance for 28c tires. 32c might be a stretch, though.
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    Internal cable routing? Don't think that was too common during the bike boom.
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    Cliff bars. Pick whatever flavor appeals to you.

    Cliff bars. Pick whatever flavor appeals to you.
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    The Quest can accomodate wider tires, at least up...

    The Quest can accomodate wider tires, at least up to 28c, which is what my wife uses. We moved from the stock tires to some Panaracer Urban Max in 28c. That is fine for the crappy pavement of...
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    You are basically noticing the difference between...

    You are basically noticing the difference between 25 and 32c tires. I do know the Quest has clearance for 28c tires. And I am a fan of steel bikes, finding on longer rides, steel just feels better....
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    I was away from cycling from the early 80s to the...

    I was away from cycling from the early 80s to the mid 90s. Given that the technology for bike computers is pretty much identical to digital watches, I figured they were available before the 90s, but...
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