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    Lots of spacers - check. Bar end shifters -...

    Lots of spacers - check.
    Bar end shifters - check.
    Steel frame - check.
    Black - check.

    It could be any other steel frame, even a custom one, but the likelihood of it being an LHT are high.
  2. The Jamis of course, it looks way better....

    The Jamis of course, it looks way better. Somehow, I suspect that isn't the reasoned argument you were looking for :)
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    I came to say the LHT, and it looks like I was...

    I came to say the LHT, and it looks like I was right :) Whatever happened to the "funny things I saw on craigslist" thread?
  4. You could try some things at home too, I guess....

    You could try some things at home too, I guess. Get your wife to drive behind you down the block and record your ride. If you are really sitting a bit to the right, maybe your legs are slightly...
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    My experience is the same as Andy's, right down...

    My experience is the same as Andy's, right down to the rattle except for one thing - the zipper is still okay on mine. But I probably use my bike less than Andy - haven't commuted much since my son...
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    Why is the orange ball bruised in the front? Or...

    Why is the orange ball bruised in the front? Or did it turn after the close call?
  7. I don't think OP did anything wrong, in fact, he...

    I don't think OP did anything wrong, in fact, he handled the conversation itself quite well. *And* he was not in the wrong for doing so, and did not show up in a bad light. That said, I wouldn't have...
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    At that price point, no appreciable difference....

    At that price point, no appreciable difference. Just get the one that fits best and seems most comfortable to ride. E.g., the Giant Escape absolutely did not work for me, the Sirrus is very...
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    My Specialized Sirrus has sufficient clearance...

    My Specialized Sirrus has sufficient clearance for panniers - I use the Topeak trunk bag + fold out panniers combo. Check out the Trek FX as well - a similar bike from any manufacturer should fit...
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    I don't understand the political reference, nor...

    I don't understand the political reference, nor the reference to the paperboy story. Life isn't fair, and I don't think anyone is trying to say that it is. But sneering at those less fortunate and...
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    Ride the bike that you are more comfortable with....

    Ride the bike that you are more comfortable with. In inclement weather, you want that bike, because it will be easier to stay safe. Personally, I'd use the bike with the brifters and leave the...
  12. Rocket booster!

    Rocket booster!
  13. Lots of good comments in this thread. My two...

    Lots of good comments in this thread. My two cents:
    A lot of what your wife said is out of worry, focus on the worry and ignore the specifics. It is hard to be objective when emotional. Given the...
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    Thanks for that recommendation. I'm planning to...

    Thanks for that recommendation. I'm planning to wait till Black Friday anyway - all this research is ahead of time so I know what I'm looking for by then.
  15. Whoosh :) I think what he meant was, it seemed...

    Whoosh :) I think what he meant was, it seemed long when he started, and seems short now.
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    Bike rack for 2012 VW Passat

    I'm finally looking at buying a rack - my son can cycle well enough that we'd like to go further afield, but he isn't old enough to do door-to-door rides. I tried out the fit guide at Hollywood Racks...
  17. I'm looking at the Curt hitches, and the hitch...

    I'm looking at the Curt hitches, and the hitch would be about 130, plus pin/clip/other parts that I haven't understood yet, as well as the rack itself - between $75 to $150. That is still more than...
  18. Trunk mounted rack for 2012 Volkswagen Passat

    I'm finally looking at buying a rack - my son can cycle well enough that we'd like to go further afield, but he isn't old enough to do door-to-door rides. I tried out the fit guide at Hollywood...
  19. Smallest ring in the back is the highest gear it...

    Smallest ring in the back is the highest gear it can go, not the lowest. Try to get the chain on the smallest ring in the front and largest in the back.
  20. +1 Look at bikes of the Specialized Sirrus, Trek...

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    Look at bikes of the Specialized Sirrus, Trek FX variety. Visit any local bike shops, all major manufacturers have bikes in this category. You'd end up spending about $400 - $500, but it will be...
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    Commuting on the bicycle takes me about 20...

    Commuting on the bicycle takes me about 20 minutes (3.5 miles, averaging 10.5 miles with stop signs, lights etc.). Commuting in the car takes about 20 minutes (10 minutes to get out of the garage and...
  22. My commute is small - I wouldn't want an ebike....

    My commute is small - I wouldn't want an ebike. But if ebikes were more affordable, I can see my wife riding one, especially if it is setup to drop our son to school. So ebikes do have a place in...
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    Mountain bike shifters are cheap to replace,...

    Mountain bike shifters are cheap to replace, especially on a beater. But that bike would be small for you.
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    How tall are you? See: TREK 730 Multitrack 21...

    How tall are you? See: TREK 730 Multitrack 21 speeds - offer $100 for it (I dunno about the price, in the SF Bay Area, $150 would be about right, maybe even less depending on condition).
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    http://troll.me/images/futurama-fry/ohhh-noo-its-t...

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