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    Thank you very much for this great list! I...

    Thank you very much for this great list! I appreciate your help.
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    Thank you for bringing it back to life. I...

    Thank you for bringing it back to life.

    I would love to have a Rivendell, but working in the public sector means you earn less money. My budget is lower than the more recent suggestions -- I am...
  3. Apparently I haven't posted enough to send PMs....

    Apparently I haven't posted enough to send PMs. Bumping a thread is not my preferred method of direct communication, but I guess in this case this is the only option I have. I'm definitely interested...
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    So cold already in the mornings. I wasn't...

    So cold already in the mornings. I wasn't prepared for it today. Rode in my usual shorts and long-sleeve T, and ended up with frozen legs and numb hands. I will definitely be investing in some cheap...
  5. I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions! Let...

    I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions! Let me clarify my statements regarding going back to the store for a discussion with the manager.

    I understand and fully accept the policy of one free...
  6. Just in case anyone else is thinking about doing...

    Just in case anyone else is thinking about doing the homemade fenders, I found this blog post detailing one man's full kit of panniers, rack, and fenders out of coroplast yard signs.
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  7. From what I was told the "adjustment" just refers...

    From what I was told the "adjustment" just refers to shifters/derailleurs/brakes. Like I said above I'm going to have to talk to a manager at that shop to see what level of service I should have...
  8. True indeed. I think most of my dissatisfaction...

    True indeed. I think most of my dissatisfaction stems from the lack of support I got when going in for the purchase. My "salesperson" appeared (in retrospect) to have been a college kid on his first...
  9. They did offer one free adjustment and one free...

    They did offer one free adjustment and one free tune-up. After that it's on me. I was kind of disappointed after all the reading I've done on around this forum about how buying from an LBS means free...
  10. I hadn't considered the need to replace any...

    I hadn't considered the need to replace any parts. I'd just assumed in my fantasy scenario here that the bike would be in solid working condition. That is definitely a good point.

    Regarding...
  11. Maybe I should have highlighted this more in my...

    Maybe I should have highlighted this more in my original post. I pretty much have 0(zero) moneys available to buy gear for this bike. The goal was to sell the Trek for ~$300, buy a cheap bike via CL...
  12. Commute is 4 miles on relatively quiet city...

    Commute is 4 miles on relatively quiet city streets. Looks aren't especially important, but if I can get a good-looking bike in the process I won't complain. For repairs I would be on my own, as the...
  13. Budget hurdles; need advice on choosing a cheap CL bike.

    Some background info: April of this year I purchased a Trek 7.1 Fx from the LBS when Trek was having their big sale. I had some money at the time, but didn't go all out and get the rack/fenders/bags...
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    dobber I can't believe you're even trying to play...

    dobber I can't believe you're even trying to play devil's advocate in this case. This person died -- the heavy vehicle is to blame, no questions asked. On well-lit streets the rider, lit or not,...
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    I do wear a helmet, because I thought it was a...

    I do wear a helmet, because I thought it was a state law in Michigan to do so...it turns out I was wrong! Maybe I'll start going without for awhile.

    edit: I've just been informed that wearing a...
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    4 miles, 4 lights. Always red, thankfully! I need...

    4 miles, 4 lights. Always red, thankfully! I need those breaks =p
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    That's a good looking ride! Let us know how it...

    That's a good looking ride! Let us know how it went =D
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    Speedwell Strada - a beautiful frame, looks like...

    Speedwell Strada - a beautiful frame, looks like lugs and clearance for fenders to me, I'd have rescued her too if I could have! :thumb:
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    That's no cyclist, that's an a-hole of the highest caliber! Glad to hear you came out of it unscathed mate. You should get one of those air horns to blare at jerks like that =p
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    I guess I do have a crappy Magna MTB I could...

    I guess I do have a crappy Magna MTB I could consider my backup rig =p



    You're right - unfortunately my wallet doesn't agree with us. Little by little though, I'll make it work! I'm having too...
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    LOL Twin - I didn't notice the dates until you...

    LOL Twin - I didn't notice the dates until you posted that picture! I'm right on with our dead-raising friend Pete; towel off in the handicap stall and let the clothes dry in my cube during the day....
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    First morning of my new earlier commute. Starting...

    First morning of my new earlier commute. Starting my ride an hour earlier at 6:30am EST. It was a very peaceful ride. I know I'm going to need some lights here soon....and fenders, and a rear rack,...
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    :thumb: I'm right on with you here mate - never...

    :thumb: I'm right on with you here mate - never have I wasted more time on the internet than I have since I started commuting on my bike =D
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    I'm in love :( I need to start saving up for one....

    I'm in love :( I need to start saving up for one. That is the most beautiful ride I've ever seen. Congrats :)
  25. I just roll mine into the utility room...

    I just roll mine into the utility room (washer/dryer/water heater). There's just enough empty space for it to sit propped against the wall without blocking access to the washer/dryer. I could...
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