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  1. Oval chainring is probably not bent

    Not all chainrings are circular. Some were made oval rather than round. It is possible to bend the chainrings to the side but not change them from circular to oval by bending them. Oval chainrings...
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    Bar end shifters work fine. I'd much prefer them...

    Bar end shifters work fine. I'd much prefer them over the indexed grip shifters that come on many less expensive bikes these days. If you ever had to repair one you would know why. I had two...
  3. Think of the analogy of putting lipstick on a...

    Think of the analogy of putting lipstick on a pig. I once lived on a pig farm and never tried it but am sure it wouldn't make all that much difference (still noisy and smelly!). In any case I am...
  4. Buying a bike by simply choosing a brand name is...

    Buying a bike by simply choosing a brand name is a crap shoot. There has been so many changes in who makes a particular brand that choosing one that may have had a good reputation in the past can...
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    Wow, this is a pretty expensive bike for someone...

    Wow, this is a pretty expensive bike for someone who has not ridden in 30 years. According the the specs you have 2 chainrings in the front - large (high gear) is 50, small (low gear) is 34. The...
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    It has nothing to do with where the bike was...

    It has nothing to do with where the bike was made. Part of it has to be frame design, tire width, and tire pressure. Here in the US many of the mass merchandisers (Target, WalMart, Sears, KMart)...
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    It is interesting that Crescent was originally...

    It is interesting that Crescent was originally Crescent American, a bike built by Western Wheel Works in Chicago in the early days of bicycle manufacture. The company shipped bikes to Sweden way...
  8. I think you answered your own question about...

    I think you answered your own question about upgrades and repairs. You state that you would only have paid $5-$10 for it in the current condition. It makes no sense to replace wheels on a $10 bike!...
  9. Comments about riding an "invisible trike"

    "Trikes are slower and tadpoles are practically invisible to traffic due to a super low profile,,," I read this comment often on bike websites. I often stop at garage sales on my Saturday morning...
  10. Typical result of when someone who knows less...

    Typical result of when someone who knows less than zero about bikes goes out to find a used one. One look at the solid axle wheels, the one-piece crank, and a gentle lift to judge the weight would...
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    According to Wikipedia the company is still...

    According to Wikipedia the company is still producing high-end bikes. Cycles Devinci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia They are for sale at Performance bicycles. The prices there start at over...
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    Don't beat yourself up over this. There's a...

    Don't beat yourself up over this. There's a streak of laziness in many Americans that runs pretty deep. The idea of doing something that takes effort is pretty appealing but putting it into...
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    It is correct that the cassettes listed on Amazon...

    It is correct that the cassettes listed on Amazon are freewheels, not cassettes for a freehub. The fact that there are no available cassettes for this range should tell you that most people are not...
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    Try Amazon

    There are several offered for sale on Amazon ranging from $15 to $60 with the Sunrace brand cassette you mentioned being the most expensive. As long as your freehub is steel, it doesn't make any...
  15. Pretty costly bike for someone who hasn't ridden in years

    "i haven't cycled for years"

    I looked up the bike you mention because it is not a common one here in the US and was rather surprised at the cost - 799.99 which equates to US$1,328 for just...
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    The computer itself mounts on the part of the...

    The computer itself mounts on the part of the frame where you see the front derailleur (stub sticking out to the left). You can mount both a light and a computer on the same piece. That's how it...
  17. I have two sets of clipless pedals that came on a...

    I have two sets of clipless pedals that came on a used bike and used trike in my spare parts drawer. I've equipped all of my rides with good quality platform pedals and mini toe clips. Anyone...
  18. You will have to be extraordinarily lucky to find...

    You will have to be extraordinarily lucky to find a carbon frame bike at a garage sale or thrift store. I've found many a good bike at such places but never even seen a carbon frame bike for sale. ...
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    The inside of the car is far better than being...

    The inside of the car is far better than being exposed to the elements 24 hours a day. Take along an old towel or two and use them to separate the wheel(s) from the frame or you will end up with...
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    Just takes a little cobbling to make a regular rack work

    I carry a Catrike 700 on my Scion XB using a standard Rhode Gear double bike rack that hangs from the rear hatchback. I added two cross pieces made from 1" schedule 40 pvc irrigation pipe to the...
  21. Find someone who knows bicycles well and ask them...

    Find someone who knows bicycles well and ask them to help you find a decent bike at a reasonable price. Ask for help from a local bike club. Try this one: Home - The Greenville Spinners Bicycle...
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    Too darn many. Luckily three of them are out on...

    Too darn many. Luckily three of them are out on loan right now so I can get around the garage easier.
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    As a former bike shop worker my answer is no. #1...

    As a former bike shop worker my answer is no. #1 . You bought the bike from a "big box store" not the bike shop. You may have saved money. They didn't profit on the sale. #2 Most big box store...
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    Better choices for a quad

    The OP has not posted on this site since 2010. It would be interesting to find out how much he has ridden the beast since 2006 when he bought it. It sure is awfully expensive for something with...
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    Trike Misinformation

    I see a lot of misinformation on trikes in this thread. Not all seniors who ride trikes live in assisted living or are debilitated to the point where we can't ride regular bikes. For some, there is...
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