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  1. mtb with 26x1.25 slicks will be more aero...

    mtb with 26x1.25 slicks will be more aero positioning and muscle/posture efficient than a comfort/hybrid bike. also better handling, more durable frame, superior tire clearance, great compatibility...
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    probably have the shifters mounted 90degrees off

    probably have the shifters mounted 90degrees off
  3. curious i wasn't aware that 135mm was being...

    curious
    i wasn't aware that 135mm was being used for the front wheel on any touring frames, that tends to be more a fat tire mtb thing
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    a trick I'll use when spoke balance is...

    a trick I'll use when spoke balance is unfavourable is to manipulate axle spacers to center the rim.

    just how much room is there between cogs and dropout? could some of that be moved to NDS?

    is...
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    given the incompatibility of suntour with others,...

    given the incompatibility of suntour with others, your easiest option is bar end shifters. either a suntour 8spd, or some other brand set to friction mode
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    a more important consideration than aesthetics....

    a more important consideration than aesthetics. is what paints will chemically react with the helmet. embrittling or melting the styrofoam would be bad
  7. Ok, I have not looked closely at trike racing so...

    Ok, I have not looked closely at trike racing so apparently my assumptions were wrong, please tell more.

    had assumed it was a sport for people with handicaps preventing balance on 2 wheels.
    but...
  8. That derailer mount what the??? immediately...

    That derailer mount
    what the???
    immediately sets off red flags to me that the bike may be cobbled together by a flipper who doesn't know proper assembly

    hey is it even your size? perhaps this...
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    disk brakes usually get in the way of traditional...

    disk brakes usually get in the way of traditional rack mounts. so 'disk racks' typically have legs that arch out to clear the brake . some touring intended bikes may get clever with frame design to...
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    don't think of it as a bike, its more like a...

    don't think of it as a bike, its more like a 'razor' scooter with pedals. could be worse, seen those razor scooters with motors ? yuck
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    please explain how doubleing ones investment is...

    please explain how doubleing ones investment is any more or less 'honest' than tripling?

    I thought the concept of "Just Price" died out with the middle ages
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    I'd be wary of anything other than an all steel...

    I'd be wary of anything other than an all steel enclosed cam QR skewer having enough clamping force to resist a disk brake.
    The security bolts designed to be difficult to grab to guard against...
  13. sounds like the tires blew off the rim cut...

    sounds like the tires blew off the rim

    cut your losses now and invest in modern hooked rims
    the pressure rating on tire assumes such, with straight walls 65 psi is the limit

    no, you cant fix...
  14. +1 being stingy and buying cheap online does not...

    +1
    being stingy and buying cheap online does not give the same quality wheel as one properly finished by your LBS

    pet peeve
    parallel situation for people buying boxed bikes directly and trying...
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    seen it happen at work about 2 months ago big...

    seen it happen at work about 2 months ago
    big blister card of ball bearing tubs
    clearly visible rust / rust powder in half of them
    vendor took em back
    musta got some kinda moisture contaminate in...
  16. I say it's weaker wheel, with additional fatigue...

    I say it's weaker wheel, with additional fatigue introduced by non rim braking. Also quit trying to cram extra cogs on the driveside. 135mm o.l.d. rim braking 7spd freehub body master race reporting...
  17. buy these Amazon.com: Sugino 8mm Hex Crank Arm...

    buy these Amazon.com: Sugino 8mm Hex Crank Arm Fixing Bolts & Caps Pair: Sports & Outdoors

    no washer
    grease threads
    no comment on lubing the spindle tapers

    prefer this style cause no...
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    looks like a blurry stuck seatpost. clamp a...

    looks like a blurry stuck seatpost. clamp a saddle to it so you have something to pull with.
  19. looking at online pics of the Deore DX M650, it...

    looking at online pics of the Deore DX M650, it looks like 'the usual' m5 flat head carriage bolt that shimano uses on... well everything.

    see the bolt in center?...
  20. Decide which bike you want to keep, then hacksaw...

    Decide which bike you want to keep, then hacksaw thru the other bike.
    Now you can ride the good bike.
    You can duct tape the U-lock against the frame so it doesn't rattle around.
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    look at what the components are made of: plastic,...

    look at what the components are made of: plastic, steel, aluminium, carbon fiber
  22. looks like a fun bike suddenly realised that I...

    looks like a fun bike

    suddenly realised that I used the exact same controls when I converted a devinci chicane to flat bars
    (shouldn't be a surprise considering i was recommending parts, but...
  23. what did you buy this bike for? planning on some...

    what did you buy this bike for? planning on some trails, or did you just need anything to scoot between home and train station ? cause changing the fork enough to make any meaningful standover change...
  24. I needed the wide PS carrier on one of my bikes...

    I needed the wide PS carrier on one of my bikes that had tight clearance for the straddle wire .
    one problem I had with it tho is the way it clamps the cable by screwing a bolt directly against it...
  25. those cable hangers suck back when I did use em...

    those cable hangers suck
    back when I did use em tho I'd grab the cable with needle nose pliers to pull em thru

    get these instead...
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