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    Curious about this statement. I have 0...

    Curious about this statement. I have 0 experience with hydros, so am pretty clueless, but I thought it was a pain in the butt if/when you overhauled them, especially when it comes to bleeding them. ...
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    I thought about discs, but that starts getting a...

    I thought about discs, but that starts getting a bit more pricey. Plus, I think she wants a step-through frame, so then there aren't any (to my knowledge) bikes that would do that off-the-shelf, and...
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    Thanks! I will check them out, as well as the...

    Thanks! I will check them out, as well as the Nexus. Depending on cost and the frames available on completes, I may just purchase the hub and a used cruiser, since many cruisers already are set up...
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    The Steel Wheels, a folk/Americana band, did a...

    The Steel Wheels, a folk/Americana band, did a tour on bike. Only one of them used a longtail (the upright bass traveled on a bike cart), but pretty cool. So yeah, if you want to bring a lot, a...
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    Brakes without stong grasp

    Greetings all! I normally am on other portions of the forum, but thought I would bounce a question off the collective wisdom of this sub-forum. My mother-in-law is wanting to get a bike, but she has...
  6. Think of you bike frame as a lever. Your loaded...

    Think of you bike frame as a lever. Your loaded trailer sits on the rear axle and wheel, so when going in a straight line, it really makes no difference to your frame. Now, imagine you are standing...
  7. I think you lost all credibility with this...

    I think you lost all credibility with this statement. Please edit your post to remove this sexist statement; the implicit assumption that women would categorically be worse drivers is not...
  8. Not sure exactly what you are looking for in a...

    Not sure exactly what you are looking for in a commuter (ie drop bar monstercross or more cx bike), but I would take a look at On-One's offerings. They make decent frames. I have the swap-out...
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    Interesting how many nevers there are. I...

    Interesting how many nevers there are. I personally wear my tires down low enough (on my commuter; touring is a different animal, since I don't want to be stranded somewhere) that I have a decently...
  10. I would remove the pannier, as an occasional...

    I would remove the pannier, as an occasional major bump has removed a pannier for me while it was mounted on my bike; you can't circle around quite so easily if it bounces off while on the bus, and...
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    As a year-round commuter, I am lot less concerned...

    As a year-round commuter, I am lot less concerned about theft in the cold, snowy winter. Maybe I shouldn't be, but... I use a u-lock 3/4 of the year, but carry a much lighter coil lock in the...
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    I just bested my personal low by 2*F (new record...

    I just bested my personal low by 2*F (new record -16*F) this week. I have a fairly short commute (2.5 miles), so the cold is just beginning to encroach by the end (mainly my fingers). When I had to...
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    I stand corrected. Regardless, current 105 (and...

    I stand corrected. Regardless, current 105 (and I am pretty sure the previous generation) technically have a limit of 28t.
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    A 30T cog is theoretically out of range for any...

    A 30T cog is theoretically out of range for any Shimano road derailleur. That said, the specs are conservative; I would not hesitate to run a 30T. If you want to go bigger, shimano's 8/9 speed...
  15. One realization I have had on barcons is that,...

    One realization I have had on barcons is that, because access to shifting them, I ride almost exclusively in the drops. This changes the bike's fit for the worse (too deep drop), but it often helps...
  16. Practice, yes. As a first-season 'crosser, I...

    Practice, yes. As a first-season 'crosser, I have spent portions of several practice sessions just making turns. Just find a spot where you can set up a few "corner posts" (i have used rocks in...
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    Is this for 700c wheels? Carver has a CX fork...

    Is this for 700c wheels? Carver has a CX fork for $100 with a metal steerer and a $150 all carbon fork that look interesting. I have no experience with them, but they look like decent deals.
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    My general rule of thumb: if I feel too bad to...

    My general rule of thumb: if I feel too bad to ride, I probably am a) going to be highly unproductive b/c of how I feel and b) possibly going to get my coworkers sick. 'Course, I live 2.5 miles...
  19. Older road bikes will tend to be 27" wheels (not...

    Older road bikes will tend to be 27" wheels (not the actual diameter; see http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html for charts that explain various sizes), which make matching tires more difficult to...
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    If you don't want to abuse the 520, don't use it...

    If you don't want to abuse the 520, don't use it for winter commuting. Lots of good advice here on how to do it. The 520 will work, but there are better tools for the job at hand. I speak for...
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    A similar thing happened to a friend last week. ...

    A similar thing happened to a friend last week. Her bike was stolen off her porch. A couple days later, she saw it sitting at a rack unlocked downtown (a mile from her house). So, she jumped on it...
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    I honestly wouldn't waste my money on an extra...

    I honestly wouldn't waste my money on an extra wheelset. With weather changing back and forth, eventually you are going to make a bad decision and ride in on unstudded tires, especially once you get...
  23. Not much more to say except that only you know...

    Not much more to say except that only you know your time and fitness limits. If you question your ability to round-trip it, experiment a bit to see where your comfort level lies. Maybe drive your...
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    Before you commit to a bike, if you are going to...

    Before you commit to a bike, if you are going to ride on ice and snow make sure that it has space for studded tires with fenders (it appears that both your choices do) and that you don't have toe...
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    Stick it back in the trailer hitch.

    Stick it back in the trailer hitch.
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