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  1. Thread: TIP your LBS

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    I'm still a PT bike mechanic, formerly FT for...

    I'm still a PT bike mechanic, formerly FT for about 5 years. I like getting tips...

    ...but I don't expect them. Paying the asking price for service gets you top notch service, as described, on...
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    Tension on the left, non-drive side of the wheel...

    Tension on the left, non-drive side of the wheel is nearly inconsequential. If the right, drive side tension is correct and the wheel is dished, laterally true, and radially true, then whatever...
  3. Bearing longevity and cross-compatibility among...

    Bearing longevity and cross-compatibility among cranksets. Weight isn't so much an issue on the bikes I build and ride; I'd argue that the performance difference is negligible; and durability is...
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    I ride steel bikes. I ride aluminum bikes. I've...

    I ride steel bikes. I ride aluminum bikes. I've rode CF bikes.

    Each is more like riding a bike than working a 3rd shift assembly line.
  5. Thread: Disgusted

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    People suck. People post to BF. Therefore BF...

    People suck. People post to BF. Therefore BF sucks, too.
  6. Thread: Car addiction

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    Driving. Is. Not. An. Addiction.

    Driving. Is. Not. An. Addiction.
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    Yes. There's about twice as many people in the...

    Yes. There's about twice as many people in the world as there should be, if we want to live sustainably. If half of you all could stop breathing, that would be great...
  8. Unless you really, really want to do it yourself,...

    Unless you really, really want to do it yourself, bring it to a bikeshop. Also the fork and crown race. Speaking of the fork, you may want to have the shop cut the steerer to your preferred size at...
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    Problem Solvers makes a cable doubler...

    Problem Solvers makes a cable doubler for two levers to one brake. Note that they also have a more popular doubler for the other setup, 1 lever for two brakes -- if you're ordering a cable doubler,...
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    Common build components: Schwalbe tubes, as...

    Common build components:
    Schwalbe tubes, as spec'd
    Schwalbe tires, as spec'd
    Velocity Atlas rims

    Budget items:
    DT Swiss Competition spokes, 2.0/1.8/2.0
    Shimano Deore hubs

    Better items:
  11. Since I was in Boston on a regular basis, they...

    Since I was in Boston on a regular basis, they instated a bike-share program. And now, whenever I go down there I am pleased to see the racks of bikes, including one not far from where I frequently...
  12. Yes, it could be. "Should it be?" is a better...

    Yes, it could be.

    "Should it be?" is a better and more relevant question.

    As others have pointed out, there are plenty of car safety regulations in effect right now--some geared toward vehicle...
  13. Thread: Insurance

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    I don't get it: you "either don't drive or no...

    I don't get it: you "either don't drive or no longer drive," but you still have auto insurance?

    For me, it works like this, if I get in an accident involving a motorist, with me riding a bike:
    ...
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    Tough crowd. Don't sweat it. Most people expect a...

    Tough crowd. Don't sweat it. Most people expect a shop to clean their bike when they bring it in for a tune. If someone asks for their bike to be detailed, or it is super grungy when it comes in, a...
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    It ought to be $50, same as for dealing with...

    It ought to be $50, same as for dealing with poop, but we cater to that crowd, so no upcharge. *grumble* :notamused:
  16. Thread: V Brake build

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    +1.

    +1.
  17. By the time anyone is motivated enough to look...

    By the time anyone is motivated enough to look into it, they are probably already gone. Or calling from a jurisdiction where they know prosecution won't happen.
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    Too often, some drivers and some cyclists think...

    Too often, some drivers and some cyclists think "share the road" means others can have it after they are done with all of it.
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    As part of a basic $60 tune, we will clean the...

    As part of a basic $60 tune, we will clean the bike up. Maybe that's just some silicone clean/polish wipe-down, maybe it's an actual wash, depending on how dirty it is.

    Any of the more expensive...
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    I shovel. Don't like it, but I do it. Even if I...

    I shovel. Don't like it, but I do it. Even if I can make it out of the driveway -- if I don't shovel, the packed snow will turn into the last ice to melt sometime in April. Maybe May.

    It takes a...
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    Keeper: Geekhouse Woodville-inspired custom...

    Keeper:
    Geekhouse Woodville-inspired custom uber-commuter. I built it, welded the frame.

    Others which I'm currently curating:
    Jamis Sputnik FG
    Late 80s Bianchi road bike (to flip)
    Trek steel...
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    Not so much. A few years back we were having...

    Not so much. A few years back we were having trouble with, I think, Shimano Claris or the new Tiagra stuff and it ended up being due to the ferrule at the derailluer.
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    I've actually wondered about stuff like this....

    I've actually wondered about stuff like this. Hope they made it...
  24. Month or so. Most typical would be a cold...

    Month or so.

    Most typical would be a cold emergency, like ice or snow event shutting things down. Beyond that, if SHTF in warmer weather, I don't think there'd be much way around some spoilage of...
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    Until half of them fell off that contraption and...

    Until half of them fell off that contraption and broke their hips.
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