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    Wow....

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    I can't speak for you. As a cyclist for more than...

    I can't speak for you. As a cyclist for more than 40 years, though, I have to say that it's never occurred to me to pay someone to do it. I wouldn't know how to phrase the question.
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    You don't need any more advice here, but I can't...

    You don't need any more advice here, but I can't help myself: I've been a cyclist since college in the '70s, riding up to 4000 miles a year (less than that now, but back in the day...). As of about...
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    This. All my bikes but one are friction, because...

    This. All my bikes but one are friction, because that's what I learned on and it's not worth the trouble and expense of switching. The difficulty of shifting a non-indexed driveline has been WAY...
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    I was thinking this, too. Growing up in the SF...

    I was thinking this, too. Growing up in the SF Bay Area, we thought 45 was cold. Where I live now, we may not see 45 again until April. Bill, you can wear whatever you want that keeps you warm. It's...
  6. I don't have the patience to read every...

    I don't have the patience to read every suggestion here (some of them are downright bizarre...), but if nobody's mentioned this, Rivendell says that if a leather saddle is too stretched out for the...
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    This. What else would you do? it's just clothing...

    This. What else would you do? it's just clothing (actually I donated 15 or 20 jerseys and all but three pairs of shorts years ago. I ride in T-shirts and wash them like they were, well, T-shirts.
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    The advice to buy a complete bike is good, but an...

    The advice to buy a complete bike is good, but an alternative might be to look around thrift shops (Salvation Army etc) for something decent and work from there. Three or four years ago when my...
  9. This debate is never going to end, but from...

    This debate is never going to end, but from personal experience: I've done the same 25-mile RT commute at least 2000 times, on more bikes than I can even guess and on tires from 19mm to 41mm. For...
  10. I think you're overcomplicating things. Nothing...

    I think you're overcomplicating things. Nothing wrong with that--it's your money, and you can spend it however you want--but bikes just aren't that tricky to work on. Maybe because I got my start in...
  11. I haven't paid for anything in a long time, but...

    I haven't paid for anything in a long time, but the dumbest thing I ever SAW somebody pay for was flat repair. A friend who owns a popular shop here puts on a nearly full-time employee for a few...
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    I don't think of 64 as particularly big, either....

    I don't think of 64 as particularly big, either. I'm about 6'4", been riding since college in the '70s, and my most comfortable bikes have been 64 or 65cm. I've probably bought my last one (I'm 70,...
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    Justin caseyoure feeling hardcore...

    Today I ran into a guy and his wife, 50ish, who decided in May to ride their bikes across the country. They were fit, but only casual cyclists, 10 miles a few times a week on mid-'80s mountain bikes....
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    It's fine. Go ride it. Buyer's remorse is a waste...

    It's fine. Go ride it. Buyer's remorse is a waste of time.
  15. The way I taught my kids, one at 4 and one at 7,...

    The way I taught my kids, one at 4 and one at 7, was by taking the pedals off a bmx bike, setting the seat so they could put their feet on the ground and putting them on a GENTLE hill on paved...
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    If it's cloth, you can darken it with anything....

    If it's cloth, you can darken it with anything. Shellac is traditional, but I've used poly varnish. If it's some kind of plastic, I dunno. But...jeez, dude, it's bar tape. It's going to get dirty and...
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    You knowingly bought a dented bike and got a...

    You knowingly bought a dented bike and got a discount because of the damage. What are you complaining about?
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    I use lower pressures for the same reasons. Not...

    I use lower pressures for the same reasons. Not saying you're wrong, but I've done the same 25-mile RT commute since 1979 on many bikes, on tires from 700x19 to 16x2.0 and pressures from about 40 (on...
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    You nailed it: the more expensive gloves are...

    You nailed it: the more expensive gloves are better than the cheap ones. Personally, I haven't found that it makes much difference, but I rarely ride more than an hour or so at a time these days.
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    This is the key for me. I've been riding since...

    This is the key for me. I've been riding since college in the '70s, and for awhile I was speed-obsessed--if I wasn't faster than yesterday, I felt guilty. I still push occasionally, but really I just...
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    What DrIsotope said. You don't HAVE to shift, but...

    What DrIsotope said. You don't HAVE to shift, but a multispeed bike is much more versatile. I'd also look for something that will fit at least 700x35 tires. You can always put skinny wannabe racer...
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    I don't have the patience to read all these...

    I don't have the patience to read all these replies, but let me condense what I've learned in 45 years of cycling:
    You WILL have flats. You will. I've had nine on a century and three on my 25-mile...
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    A quick comment, based on your more recent post...

    A quick comment, based on your more recent post on spirituality and meds: I don't mean to question anyone else's beliefs, but "spirituality" (often code for "religion") plays no part in my life. I...
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    One thing I'd add is to keep it fun. I have some...

    One thing I'd add is to keep it fun. I have some family experience with depression, and from what I've observed (which may not apply to you), motivation can be a problem. If you're feeling down and...
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    I'll always go for the fatter tires, for...

    I'll always go for the fatter tires, for stability and comfort. The speed and weight penalties are overrated, I think. I've done the same 25-mile RT commute 75-100 times a year for 30 years, on...
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