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    don't waste your money on Toys r Us crap bikes....

    don't waste your money on Toys r Us crap bikes. bmx riding is HARD on equipment and a bike from a toy store or department store is going to fall apart under you.

    Kink Barrier looks like a solid...
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    you local bike shop may be able to get these,...

    you local bike shop may be able to get these, which might be close enough: http://www.jbi.bike/web/checking_product_description.php?part_number=63238 24x3 tubes seem to be pretty common, so you might...
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    Looks like fun. I was just at the famous 9th...

    Looks like fun. I was just at the famous 9th street trails in downtown austin and saw a guy on a 26" dirt jump/ big bmx bike. no one was hurling dirt clods at him.
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    dang, you could almost ride fixed with a trial...

    dang, you could almost ride fixed with a trial hub, but most of those have 116mm spacing.

    the only other way I could think to do it would be to modify a coaster brake hub and weld the drover to...
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    a flip flop bmx hub will allow you do use 16+...

    a flip flop bmx hub will allow you do use 16+ freewheels on one side (larger, English threads) and 15 and smaller on the other (metric threads). a few companies make 13t freewheels that will fit the...
  6. I would call that a "sizing" rather than a...

    I would call that a "sizing" rather than a "fitting." setting the saddle height and making sure the frame is the right size for a given rider takes 30 seconds and is required to sell someone the...
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    regarding "making bicycles simpler," I mean...

    regarding "making bicycles simpler," I mean making simpler bikes for the average, non-cyclist types simpler. there are a lot of "simple" bikes on the market now, but too many people are buying...
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    interesting question: should the bicycle industry...

    interesting question: should the bicycle industry
    A) make bicycles that are simpler so that people will not be intimidated and ride more
    B) educate people who mostly don't have any desire to be...
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    as a 33 year-old bike mechanic, I think age has...

    as a 33 year-old bike mechanic, I think age has nothing to do with the mechanical incompetence of my customers. perhaps older people are more confident in fixing their own problems. while I respect...
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    while you are waiting for the bike, get off your...

    while you are waiting for the bike, get off your butt and hike the trails you want to ride. it's a good way to get to know the trails.
  11. I tried and tried to get Speed Rides and Cross...

    I tried and tried to get Speed Rides and Cross Rides (both 42mm, folding bead) to seal up tubeless to no avail, even on Stan's Crest rims. the bead is just too loose. a friend of mine get some to...
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    is there a bicycle co-op, bike swap meet, or...

    is there a bicycle co-op, bike swap meet, or anything like that near you? worth looking into.
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    tjkoko- there is a chain guard on that bike, but...

    tjkoko- there is a chain guard on that bike, but the OP is asking about the fact that the entire drivetrain is in fact on the left side of the bike. for this to work, the crankset and the rear hub...
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    if is for riders who prefer to grind ledges and...

    if is for riders who prefer to grind ledges and handrails on their right side, so they don't bash up the chain.
  15. I have not raced cross, but I can see how muddy...

    I have not raced cross, but I can see how muddy conditions would burn up some pads quickly. I wrenched on some mountain bikes after a particularly mucky race and some of those guys were about a...
  16. hydro brakes with DOT fluid needs to be bled much...

    hydro brakes with DOT fluid needs to be bled much more often than mineral oil systems, which is why I put Shimano hydros on my mountain bike an not Avid. DOT fluid absorbs water, mineral oil does...
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    DOT fluid has to be bled once a year, corrodes...

    DOT fluid has to be bled once a year, corrodes stuff, and burns your skin. it is a PITA to work with. I have not worked on many of SRAM's newer brakes, but anyone who has pulled brand new bicycles...
  18. the clearance between my Spyres and the spokes...

    the clearance between my Spyres and the spokes coming out of my SRAM hubs is close. I could see how that could be a problem with some hubs.
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    don't worry, we have all experienced That Awkward...

    don't worry, we have all experienced That Awkward Moment when you realize that cycling shorts are basically padded underwear that should be worn commando and you have been doing it wrong. if you are...
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    have the shop check over the usual wear items-...

    have the shop check over the usual wear items- chain, cables, bar tape, brake pads, etc. make sure it is not damaged. ask the owner where he bought the bike. you may or may not want to know if it was...
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    I think he was joking. or just ignorant. what...

    I think he was joking. or just ignorant.

    what kind of duration and distance are you riding? my commute to work is about 10 miles and takes about 45 minutes and I do not wear cycling-specific...
  22. I have TRP Spyres actuated by SRAM Apex levers on...

    I have TRP Spyres actuated by SRAM Apex levers on my Double Cross and they have been fantastic. I have read some bad reviews of them but they work just fine for my application. no, they are not as...
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    PF31 bottom bracket? Please tell me that is a...

    PF31 bottom bracket? Please tell me that is a mistake.
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    I already did get a new frame.

    I already did get a new frame.
  25. Claris is Shimano's bottom-end road group. 8...

    Claris is Shimano's bottom-end road group. 8 speed is very old tech, but it still works and should be pretty smooth. it will not be as smooth, durable, and light as higher road groups though. the DS...
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