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    You can sometimes push the spec a bit, but one...

    You can sometimes push the spec a bit, but one thing you cannot do is put too short a chain on with the idea you'll never use big-big, because eventually the rider will forget and rip the derailleur...
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    Both ends of the gearing are likely to be seldom...

    Both ends of the gearing are likely to be seldom used, but occasionally useful. That being said, I'm looking for a 1x drivetrain with 10-42 and a 42-tooth chainring on my next bike with a high gear...
  3. I would suspect most of that heat would be...

    I would suspect most of that heat would be bearing drag, not BB flex.

    - Mark
  4. I agree with the premise that is is probably more...

    I agree with the premise that is is probably more the feel of BB flex that is bothersome rather than the actual flex stealing power. But it does flex some and all flexing generates heat that the...
  5. Thread: Oscars 2016

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    Just saw Revenant. It's an extremely well-made...

    Just saw Revenant. It's an extremely well-made movie and a great story, but too long and exhaustingly violent to sit through. I admired it, but didn't enjoy it that much. We'll see how this fares...
  6. You're way out of line. Let the guy take his...

    You're way out of line. Let the guy take his bike ride without your petty interference.

    - Mark
  7. First, camping outside established campgrounds in...

    First, camping outside established campgrounds in Yellowstone is not allowed. Get far enough off the beaten track and you might be okay but I wouldnt even think about a fire. You might have to...
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    Silly pronouncement. I like FS too, but there...

    Silly pronouncement. I like FS too, but there are lots of reasons to buy one besides budget. Maybe you want a camping bike that can mount rear luggage. Maybe you seldom ride at enough speed where...
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    Since you don't currently have gear, I'm going to...

    Since you don't currently have gear, I'm going to assume long-distance bicycle touring and camping isn't something you've done before. My biggest advice would be for you to do your research "on the...
  10. FWIIW, I just bought a new shop pump and spent a...

    FWIIW, I just bought a new shop pump and spent a couple hours reading reviews and looking at features. I ended up with the Topeak Joe Blow Sport II. Works well, although the lever to switch between...
  11. I've got SRAM on my CX bike, Shimano on one road...

    I've got SRAM on my CX bike, Shimano on one road bike, and Campy on the other. They're different, but I'd be hard pressed to say which is "better". The SRAM stuff is somewhat clunky but very...
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    I haven't personally done the math, but it...

    I haven't personally done the math, but it appears many in this thread have and while a cell phone battery might have enough total power to do the inflation (barely), there are major issues with...
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    I'm with the crowd... build up a bike if you...

    I'm with the crowd... build up a bike if you enjoy the process, but economics favor selling the individual parts. And unless you enjoy collecting parts just for the fun of collecting, I'd sell them...
  14. If the total rear cluster width is A and the...

    If the total rear cluster width is A and the spacing between the front chainrings is B, then the max cross-chaining distance on the 2x setup is A/2+B/2 and on the 1X it is A/2. Obviously, the 2x is...
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    Just to set reasonable expectations, I really...

    Just to set reasonable expectations, I really don't think there is a CX bike that "handles it all." I have a couple road bikes, a CX bike, and a couple mountain bikes. I love my CX bike for mixing...
  16. I don't think 1x drivetrains are a "fad". The...

    I don't think 1x drivetrains are a "fad". The advantages are too compelling. They do have limitations on gear range and/or spacing, but neither are big limitations except in the far corners of the...
  17. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any...

    Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see any reason you couldn't have the cable housing secured to the outside of the wrap with tape, zip ties, whatever. It does need to be supported for at...
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    Have you had someone do a fitting for you? I'm...

    Have you had someone do a fitting for you? I'm just curious why you decided you needed more stem height and reach.

    As you may know, you can also gain handlebar height by swapping spacers from...
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    Not sure exactly what you mean by "extending my...

    Not sure exactly what you mean by "extending my stem" (reach?, height?), but I don't think there is a universal rule that changing a stem in any particular dimension will make you more efficient or...
  20. Thread: Grease

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    This is widely considered one of the best...

    This is widely considered one of the best general-purpose greases for motorcycle use and I've been using it on bicycles for a long time with good results. Whether it is the best? Who knows.
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    No toe-in adjustment, but I've put these on four...

    No toe-in adjustment, but I've put these on four older bikes and have never had any brake squeal issues.

    Basics Road | Jagwire

    - Mark
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    If you have pits in the races, you typically want...

    If you have pits in the races, you typically want to replace the hubs (or get new wheels). That being said, the balls are cheap/easy to replace (any decent LBS will stock them), and you could just...
  23. Wow, that's a pretty cool route you've laid out. ...

    Wow, that's a pretty cool route you've laid out. Thanks. Sure looks like it has some serious ups/downs though and doing the route in four days would be tough for me, especially with the climbing. ...
  24. That's simply amazingly cool technology. Great...

    That's simply amazingly cool technology. Great find.

    - Mark
  25. Correct. It's also called the Ohio to Erie...

    Correct. It's also called the Ohio to Erie Trail. It links up a bunch of smaller trails. I got the maps from this website and they appear quite good. Unless someone has a strong alternative, I'm...
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