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    The issue with driving the star nut down the...

    The issue with driving the star nut down the steer tube is damaging the dropouts. When I do one at home, I brace the fork crown with a piece of 2 X 4 to the floor.
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    Is this a vote, like in Vermont or more like a...

    Is this a vote, like in Vermont or more like a caucus, like Iowa?

    I actually had to go down to check all of our bikes in order to be sure and discovered that the Grouch household is, at this...
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    Try this: 1. Detension all of the spokes on...

    Try this:

    1. Detension all of the spokes on the left side of your wheel the same amount.
    2. That will make it much easier to tension the right side spokes.
    3. Now you can retension your left...
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    :)

    :)
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    I guess that you're right but geeze.

    I guess that you're right but geeze.
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    My personal all time favorite is that opera...

    My personal all time favorite is that opera singer guy who does the Chicago Blackhawks home games.
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    How does it feel to use the shoes the way that...

    How does it feel to use the shoes the way that they are now?

    If you can't tell the difference, I'd leave well enough alone.

    If they bother you, then you have nothing to lose. Drill those...
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    For me it depends on how I'm inflating the tire....

    For me it depends on how I'm inflating the tire.

    If I'm using my air compressor, Schrader wins in a walk. It's much, much faster and easier.

    If I'm using any kind of a hand pump, I have to use...
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    Are you more interested in acquiring the bike or...

    Are you more interested in acquiring the bike or making sure that you get a good deal? In this case I doubt you're going to be able to accomplish both.
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    If your legs seem to be pedaling too fast, shift...

    If your legs seem to be pedaling too fast, shift into a harder gear. If it's too hard to pedal, shift into an easier gear.

    If you do that, all that other stuff will come to you naturally.
  11. Before spending any money do yourself a favor. ...

    Before spending any money do yourself a favor.

    Take the time to calculate and chart every single gear inch ratio. Decide how much overlap you need between chain rings. I suspect what you'll...
  12. If you steal your oatmeal it won't cost you...

    If you steal your oatmeal it won't cost you anything and it will also motivate you to improve your getaway speed.
  13. "Strong, light, cheap. Pick any two." The...

    "Strong, light, cheap. Pick any two."

    The issue isn't the material that a bicycle is made out of, it's the design decisions that went into the "strong, light, cheap" triage.
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    Maybe, maybe not. Tandem bicycles typically...

    Maybe, maybe not.

    Tandem bicycles typically are designed to carry 400 to 500 pounds of rider. Their components for the most part are not much different than conventional single bikes.
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    We can work it out. That's why I call it a...

    We can work it out. That's why I call it a "Social" rather than an event or a ride.
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    Sometimes I print out a little squib that says...

    Sometimes I print out a little squib that says "No fees are charged for this event and no services are promised."

    I don't do much but I promise even less.
  17. Can you borrow a 700c wheel set from somebody to...

    Can you borrow a 700c wheel set from somebody to test fit on your bike?
  18. 1. There are roughly 24.5 mm in an inch so the...

    1. There are roughly 24.5 mm in an inch so the difference between 18 mm and 21 mm is only 1/8 inch. That's not very much.
    2. If it didn't matter, Problem Solvers wouldn't have the binder bolts in...
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    The real biggie is how you fit on the bike. ...

    The real biggie is how you fit on the bike. That's more important than the frame material or the components. The biggest single benefit you can get from an average or better bike shop are size and...
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    Which color do you like better? Bikes Direct...

    Which color do you like better?

    Bikes Direct must think they are equal bikes because they have the same price.
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    You probably need bigger front chain rings for...

    You probably need bigger front chain rings for faster gearing.

    The problem with that is that you probably can't just change the chain rings. You might need a different crank set, front...
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    Check your brakes. If your brake pads rub...

    Check your brakes.

    If your brake pads rub against your tire, they can wear through it and cause that kind of failure. Brake pad wear can sometimes affect where the pad hits the rim. If it...
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    The Katy Trail ride is set up to be either 25 or...

    The Katy Trail ride is set up to be either 25 or 50 miles (or so). The long riders start earlier and do an out-and-back before joining the shorter distance riders for an out-and-back going the other...
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    Gloves for working on a bike?

    Gloves for working on a bike?
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    Sounds like just the kick I needed to get...

    Sounds like just the kick I needed to get something started. Do you have a preferred week end? I'm thinking maybe July 9 & 10. In the past our plan was for an out and back ride Saturday on the...
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