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  1. Thread: Chain cleaning

    by NatUp
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    Yeah, cleaning your chain sounds like a good...

    Yeah, cleaning your chain sounds like a good idea, but I usually just wipe 'er down, lube it up and wipe again. A few months later, the chain is worn out and I slap on a new one. Aftermarket chains...
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    Well, I don't know about that. You might not make...

    Well, I don't know about that. You might not make a good rider for certain groups, but there's gotta be a group of people that are more your style. I for one like groups in lycra racing around...
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    Thanks Barrettscv...

    Thanks Barrettscv for sharing so many great photos of your awesome Simoncini! I've got a Simoncini road frame I've built up with modern stuff that I'm excited to debut this summer. You've only made...
  4. Thread: Housing question

    by NatUp
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    No, you're right, it is not appropriate for...

    No, you're right, it is not appropriate for small-torque bike tasks. But that's not what rpenmanparker was talking about when he mentioned a 1/2-inch drive torque wrench with a long handle. I have a...
  5. Thread: Housing question

    by NatUp
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    As long as the ultimate force you pressed on the...

    As long as the ultimate force you pressed on the torque wrench wasn't more than it was designed for, what's the harm? My torque wrench laughs at stubborn freewheels. Laughs, I tell you.
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    Bike chains are the same pitch as garage-door...

    Bike chains are the same pitch as garage-door opener chain, so a few bike's worth of old chain could be pointlessly turned into a replacement chain for your opener.
  7. I guess I'm not understanding why you don't have...

    I guess I'm not understanding why you don't have confidence in the parts on the older bike. You've endo-ed on it, why? Are the parts somehow to blame? If they survived the crash and still work, then...
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    I like pic one more. Number two seems too long....

    I like pic one more. Number two seems too long. Basically you want that nice uniform-radius curve.

    I wish my wife had a fat bike.
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    Cool, thanks!

    Cool, thanks!
  10. Thread: 152mm cranks?

    by NatUp
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    Shorter folks, people with limited range of...

    Shorter folks, people with limited range of motion for all sorts of reasons, kids, hand-crank riders, eccentrics -- all might want such a short crank. And consider: with these shorter cranks, every...
  11. Thread: 152mm cranks?

    by NatUp
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    It might be possible to go with a shorter spindle...

    It might be possible to go with a shorter spindle and remove the granny ring. I say "might" because I can't guarantee there won't be clearance issues. But it'll most likely work. What will definitely...
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    First off, I'm jealous of your locale! I'd love...

    First off, I'm jealous of your locale! I'd love to ride in Italy on any bicycle.

    That said, can you order things online and have them delivered to you over there? http://www.bikesdirect.com is...
  13. +1 on the Jack Browns. Several gravel centuries,...

    +1 on the Jack Browns. Several gravel centuries, countless rail-trail miles, some single track and nary a flat.
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    Vigilant and frequent chain replacement will be...

    Vigilant and frequent chain replacement will be your best bet for making them last, but man, stories like this are why I give expensive "high-end" components a wide berth. Your 9-speed maintenance...
  15. I totally believe you that the car made contact,...

    I totally believe you that the car made contact, no objection here. But it hit you on the right side. As I recall from physics, that would push you to the left, AWAY from the car you struck. But more...
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    Yeah, I hear you. I was just busting your chops...

    Yeah, I hear you. I was just busting your chops trying to get at the idea that maybe it's not the best plan to put your life and someone else's bumper/paint job at risk for an activity that requires...
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    Totally agree with the above from Andy_K and...

    Totally agree with the above from Andy_K and noglider. I was just saying that in my experience buying something from an LBS for the (partial) purpose of gaining a relationship isn't always going to...
  18. It's funny, until I saw your story/video, I would...

    It's funny, until I saw your story/video, I would have thought video cameras were a good idea and video evidence a compelling argument. Now, I'm not so sure.

    First and foremost, your video makes...
  19. EDIT: (1) Get with the roadies, (2) Then add...

    EDIT: (1) Get with the roadies, (2) Then add Chris Carmichael, (3) Eff Strava.
  20. This. Transformed my last season. Cross...

    This. Transformed my last season.

    Cross really is the race of truth (sorry, Time Trials...). You get out what you put in. Do intervals till you puke (not joking), practice barriers till your bibs...
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    I agree, http://www.wheelpro.co.uk...

    I agree, http://www.wheelpro.co.uk is a great resource, probably all you need if you can't find a copy of the Jobst Bible.

    But, if you need something for free, there is actually a good deal more...
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    You do realize that isn't how eyes work... ...

    You do realize that isn't how eyes work...

    Hence the stupidity of drafting vehicles without their consent.
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    Yeah, I haven't had too much luck with the whole...

    Yeah, I haven't had too much luck with the whole rapport/relationship thing from LBSs. Every shop is different of course, but they are businesses and they want your money, not your friendship.
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    Flame me if you want, but a mid-level Motobecane...

    Flame me if you want, but a mid-level Motobecane 'cross bike is the perfect mostly commuter, sometimes-touring bike: fat tires, fenders, easily takes a rack, lighter and better spec than a...
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    Follow the directions. Do a Google image search,...

    Follow the directions. Do a Google image search, there are LOTS of images of correctly installed ShiftMates, including cable positioning.
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