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    Did you break in your pads by braking hard a few...

    Did you break in your pads by braking hard a few times? I usually remember to do this, but forgot on my new bike (BB7s) and got the chatter. I was able to fix the problem by braking hard 2-3 times...
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    You can do it that way on a geared bike, but...

    You can do it that way on a geared bike, but that's not how most people accelerate with gears. On a single speed you are in that situation all the time and are going to be faster than you would be...
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    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. An...

    Sorry it took so long to get back to you. An un-cut steerer tube is pretty long. Can't imagine you'd be want anything higher. See if they've got one at your LBS and you'll see what I mean. The...
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    Try a single speed, especially a fixie. Though...

    Try a single speed, especially a fixie. Though you might be slower for the first fifteen feet, you'll get across the intersection faster from a dead stop than if you were working your way through the...
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    You're not spending a lot of money, as mtbs go....

    You're not spending a lot of money, as mtbs go. Think about single speed. You shouldn't have any trouble riding one gear in a flat place and you may discover it's a lot more fun when you don't have...
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    Commutability is a major factor in my job...

    Commutability is a major factor in my job searches. I manage a hostel for out-patients and the families of in-patients, so we are all about showers. There is a place in the laundry room for my bike...
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    I go by the low cadence, too low seat and the...

    I go by the low cadence, too low seat and the knees sticking out.

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    I bought a Disc Trucker fork and installed it...

    I bought a Disc Trucker fork and installed it un-cut on my Steamroller for similar reasons. I am now working my way down through the spacers to find the lowest height at which I can ride comfortably....
  9. I bought a Disc LHT fork for my Steamroller and...

    I bought a Disc LHT fork for my Steamroller and it was well worth it. I needed a more upright position because of a neck injury, so I gained a much longer steerer tube also.
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    Yes.
  11. As I said above, "I still get the cowboy ********...

    As I said above, "I still get the cowboy ******** in the oversized pickups testing their spatial skills at my expense," but, yes, it does seem to help with the distracted drivers. That's the point....
  12. I commute 4,000 miles a year, and one thing I've...

    I commute 4,000 miles a year, and one thing I've become convinced of, based on my experience over the last 10 years is that you will have fewer close calls if you ride 6 inches to the left of the fog...
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    I can tell you that glasses don't help much, in...

    I can tell you that glasses don't help much, in fact they prevent you from using a balaclava because of steam buildup. I wish I could ride with goggles. It was 18 F this morning and it felt like my...
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    Those Bellweather tights with the built in knee...

    Those Bellweather tights with the built in knee pads sound great. I will look into getting a pair of them.

    I forgot to mention that my commute takes almost an hour each way. That's a big factor in...
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    When it gets really cold, you can increase the...

    When it gets really cold, you can increase the effectiveness of any tights by cutting the uppers off an old pair of heavy boot sox and pulling them up over your knees before or after you put the...
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    How I Keep Warm in Vermont

    I ride all winter if the temp is 15 F or above and if there isn't too much salty slush on the road. I have found a couple of ways to keep warm that you might not have considered before. I ride a...
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    I bought a new Long Haul Trucker disc fork and...

    I bought a new Long Haul Trucker disc fork and put it on my Steamroller so I could have a front disc brake and also so I could have a longer steerer tube to solve a neck injury problem. You can't...
  18. I had a Crosscheck and, though it was my size, I...

    I had a Crosscheck and, though it was my size, I never really felt comfortable on it. I bought a Steamroller frame and a new LHT disc fork. Ta dah, the best of both worlds. I love the fit and the...
  19. Definitely check out the Osprey bags before you...

    Definitely check out the Osprey bags before you buy another. I've got three sizes for commuting, mtbing and hiking. Really well designed and they stay comfortably but firmly affixed to your back...
  20. I put a pair of 700 x 40 mm Vittoria Randonneurs,...

    I put a pair of 700 x 40 mm Vittoria Randonneurs, a rack and fenders on my Surly Karate Monkey and it makes a great commuter. Even though mine is set up as a single speed, it can haul a lot of...
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    I feel the same way and have discovered that I...

    I feel the same way and have discovered that I get significantly more space if I ride to the left of the fog line than I do if I stay on the right side. Doesn't make a lot of sense, but I think most...
  22. I love my Osprey pack...

    I love my Osprey pack http://www.ospreypacks.com/en/group/multi-use/syncro_series_hydration_packs . The chest and waist belts will keep it solidly affixed to your back. Storage is secure and, if you...
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    I have an '08 KM and it is the most comfortable...

    I have an '08 KM and it is the most comfortable bike I've ever owned. I ran it as a mtb for the first three years and have used it for commuting ever since. Mine has always been set up single-speed...
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    I have a Surly 1x1 bar on my commuter. It has a...

    I have a Surly 1x1 bar on my commuter. It has a slight curve to it and it's amazing what a difference that has made, compared to the straight bars I have used on mountain bikes. My bike is a single...
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    Not sure what a 5M sports hall is or why you...

    Not sure what a 5M sports hall is or why you would need a shared bike locker that fits 20 bikes, but cycling is great in Northern New England once you get acclimated to the cold and the hills. Nice...
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