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    Custom builder selection, is based upon...

    Custom builder selection, is based upon interaction and feedback with Bike shop and FrameMaker. A couple years before, my partner had gotten a new carbon wonder road bike, she rides that thing like...
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    Consider a Gunnar Crosshairs ? I too live in a...

    Consider a Gunnar Crosshairs ? I too live in a very rural area with lots of dirt/gravel roads interspersed with paved roads, often ride on them with my road bike, have a 25 mm tire in front and 28...
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    When I was working on the set up of a custom...

    When I was working on the set up of a custom steel bike, I looked at the most common great ratios I used. Turns out they were about 37, 49 and 65 gear in, these are very close to the ratios of a...
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    Great Choice ! Suggest the front drum brake,...

    Great Choice ! Suggest the front drum brake, three speed hub with 36 t chainring, upgraded stainless wheels, saddle and handlebar choice to your preference.
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    Echo the comments above. My road bike is a...

    Echo the comments above. My road bike is a custom steel road bike, have a low profile Carradice. Before my current road bike, I had a Cannondale CAAD. Not sure why you need matching bikes, help her...
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    Seriously consider a Worksman cycle?? these...

    Seriously consider a Worksman cycle??
    these industrial bikes are pretty tough -
    with some upgrades to std model, including a Lower ratio three speed hub gearing - cost is around $700.
    try one, you...
  7. like MKS touring and MKS road pedals. also have a...

    like MKS touring and MKS road pedals. also have a Shimano MX flat pedal on my commuter, those pedals were expensive, but have lasted, and lasted.
  8. Soound like a trek 520 is good for you - optimal...

    Soound like a trek 520 is good for you - optimal fit and feel is a huge value. Sorry you Trek dealer isn't more responsive, especially after renting the bike - dealer probably thought he had the...
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    Have my oatmeal about 0430 each morning. Mix it...

    Have my oatmeal about 0430 each morning. Mix it in a cup measuring cup. Start with adding a mixture of chopped dried cherries, cranberries, raisins and peacans - add to approx 1/4 cup level, next...
  10. Have been riding a Trek 520 for about ten years,...

    Have been riding a Trek 520 for about ten years, it feels good both loaded and unloaded.
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    IMHO, not much difference among cassettes. My...

    IMHO, not much difference among cassettes. My beach bike is a 1x7 with the Tourney components. The commuter is a 1x9 with xt components. Road bike is a 1x10 with X.0 components. Slightly larger...
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    Very nice info ! For me, 10 % and above is...

    Very nice info !
    For me, 10 % and above is usually bike & hike time.
  13. Hard to place a value on optimal bike fit, $$$....

    Hard to place a value on optimal bike fit, $$$.
    LBS bikes were "overpriced" as compared to ?
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    The "claw" helps with shifting and braking...

    The "claw" helps with shifting and braking dexterity vs mittens.
  15. The RIDER should choose, especially if that rider...

    The RIDER should choose, especially if that rider is your partner.
    You might be able to make some suggestion, the bike has to talk to her.
    That said - an interesting smaller wheel option is a Xootr...
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    LG lobsters are good, rode this afternoon with...

    LG lobsters are good, rode this afternoon with them - temp was around 8 F and sunny out. When temp is down to freezing, I use a pair of yellow jersey gloves from the hardware store. They are...
  17. When planning a route I like to look at a topo...

    When planning a route I like to look at a topo map, still fly with sectionals and do calculations with a slide rule. My teenage son says that a new tablet when I was his age was not electronic, but...
  18. 27-87 is similar to the range of my 1x10 setup -...

    27-87 is similar to the range of my 1x10 setup - over 2500 km last year, hilly where I live - didn't walk any.
  19. I tour with a 1x10 set up road bike and light...

    I tour with a 1x10 set up road bike and light load. The gear range you indicate, 26-97 is ok, but I think a smaller chainring would be better with the top being around 85 and the lower range. ...
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    Consider a rattle can paint job ? Rustoleum red...

    Consider a rattle can paint job ? Rustoleum red primer works and lasts better for this use. Wire brush and steel wool the frame until it is smooth, spray it - let the frame cure for a couple of...
  21. Agree- various different frames and components,...

    Agree- various different frames and components, generate different harmonics that are not always solved by lube. my favorite ride is a modern steel frame road bike with upper level components. ...
  22. IMHO- a 10 mile or 100 mile ride, good bike fit...

    IMHO- a 10 mile or 100 mile ride, good bike fit as a factor of ride comfort is more important than a couple pounds of bike weight. If you are comfortable riding your current bike, don't chase light...
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    L.L. Bean snow sneakers work well for me.

    L.L. Bean snow sneakers work well for me.
  24. Not sure about your ROI on this? Try loosening...

    Not sure about your ROI on this? Try loosening the adjustment nut so the saddle and frame are loose, the spray saddle and frame with WD-40, next hang it up a couple days to dry. Next, wipe it down...
  25. I am a Clyde too. For five miles, I don't wear...

    I am a Clyde too. For five miles, I don't wear anything. Perhaps that comment could have an unintended meaning. Not trying to hawk any specific products- there are some that work better for my...
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