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    Huh. I'm 75 inches, waist is a 36.5. So...I win?...

    Huh. I'm 75 inches, waist is a 36.5. So...I win? Can I have a beer now?
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    And to think we always talk about how friendly...

    And to think we always talk about how friendly this corner of the web is. Sigh.
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    Yup, it's an chain tensioner. The principle is...

    Yup, it's an chain tensioner. The principle is that you can adjust the tension of the chain and the angle of the rear wheel independently of the axle bolt in the frame. In addition to making setup...
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    Key is rims, spokes, tension. Not sure...

    Key is rims, spokes, tension.

    Not sure whether the rims are box section or deeper.

    You want quality spokes and nipples, and built to an even and high tension by someone who knows what they are...
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    Depends on body type, and what you like to do. ...

    Depends on body type, and what you like to do.

    6'3.5 for me. 212-215. Doctor two years ago told me to stop trying to lose weight. When I pointed out the BMI number (26 for me) his response was...
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    I'm going to differ with many of the voices here....

    I'm going to differ with many of the voices here. That kind of wear on 600 miles is a lot, but it's not extreme or unheard-of.

    The trick here is trail, and notably the canal trail. The grit goes...
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    Aha! you're almost local! I like KMC chains a...

    Aha! you're almost local!

    I like KMC chains a lot because with the quick link you can take them off for cleaning, and they are cheap (I even run them on my Red22 bike). BB -- get a good shimano...
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    Yup. Not nearly as fast, but there's 105 lbs more...

    Yup. Not nearly as fast, but there's 105 lbs more of you.

    You talking about the stock stuff? If so, that's not unheard of.

    Do you ride hard? Do you mash or spin? Ride much in the dirt or...
  9. QQ -- do you have a heart rate monitor? I've...

    QQ -- do you have a heart rate monitor?

    I've recently added one to the mix for my rides. After I stopped getting lactic acid buildup (which happens after a while), I realized it wasn't always...
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    Yup. I would check the hook of the rim very...

    Yup.

    I would check the hook of the rim very carefully, and the bead of the tire. Actually, me, I'd just replace the tire to be on the safe side, but that's me.

    Odds are when it was installed,...
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    I certainly would ride the bejesus out of it for...

    I certainly would ride the bejesus out of it for the next week or two. And I wouldn't write off either Lynsey or Ti even if you send it back. I would write off the R240. BTW -- how heavy are you?
    ...
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    Appears you can get Giordana in XXXXL as well. No...

    Appears you can get Giordana in XXXXL as well. No idea how this compares, but they do make quality products.
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    FYI, that Nobilette is lugged steel. Pretty, very...

    FYI, that Nobilette is lugged steel. Pretty, very ornate lugs.

    You may have more luck across the hall -- another forum more focused on hand-made bikes.
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    Um, how'd it ride?

    Um, how'd it ride?
  15. For me...I'd do this (adjusted for distance --...

    For me...I'd do this (adjusted for distance -- metric is standard Saturday ride for me now):

    - Eat Carbs tonight. Tomorrow morning is too late to make enough dent. Don't go nuts, just 20-30% more...
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    Nice! Looks like you'll gain a bit by just...

    Nice!

    Looks like you'll gain a bit by just flipping the stem.
  17. You certainly don't need an MTB for that trail....

    You certainly don't need an MTB for that trail. You could do that on a road bike with 25s.

    I like AWOLs a lot. Helped out a guy recently who crashed one and was taken away in an ambulance -- ended...
  18. You can easily ride something like that with he...

    You can easily ride something like that with he right technique. When putting your foot down, just lean the frame to one side or the other. Pick the same foot and the same side to lean every time.
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    Cool. Happy almost-new-bike-day. Just added ti...

    Cool. Happy almost-new-bike-day.

    Just added ti to all the steel. Got rid of all the alu rides I had. They just hurt after a couple of hours.

    I would venture -- after about 20 different frame in...
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    sstorkel -- any chance you bought those from...

    sstorkel -- any chance you bought those from China? There's a fair amount of counterfeit Castelli stuff out there. If it's too good to be true, it's -- well, you know.
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    It finally happened, someone referred to me as...

    It finally happened, someone referred to me as "scrawny". There's another milestone!

    For the record -- 6'3.5, 215, 13% body fat. XLs fit me well in Castelli and Giordana. Hincapie large are also...
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    It's all a matter of anatomy. Castellis fit...

    It's all a matter of anatomy. Castellis fit great, and typically last me about 1200 miles each before they show wear. Assos fit terribly -- oversized Chamois makes it feel like 3 diapers stacked on...
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    Whatever works!

    Whatever works!
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    I may be presuming here, but -- am I correct...

    I may be presuming here, but -- am I correct you're looking to get the weight down in part by cycling?

    Off topic, but there are many great stories here. Mine pales, but I can share. Either way,...
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    Me again. On tires, and given your size and...

    Me again.

    On tires, and given your size and the fact that you have space, two occur to me, depending on budget and how intrepid you feel.

    If you're riding mostly road and cuts don't bother you,...
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