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    I'm confused. His wheels were very reasonably...

    I'm confused. His wheels were very reasonably priced.

    Actually, what I was referring to was his weekly emailed newsletter. He had a lot to say about the industry and most of it was interesting...
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    This is debatable, obviously. I certainly...

    This is debatable, obviously. I certainly understand that some people may feel that Chinese wheels are unsafe or risky somehow and want more peace of mind. The question is how much is that peace of...
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    What does this mean? Do you mean that unbranded...

    What does this mean? Do you mean that unbranded Chinese wheels are crap? If so, in what way? What is the demonstrable, real world value I would gain by spending at least double on other similar...
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    I bought a set of wheels from Farsports last...

    I bought a set of wheels from Farsports last year. $600 for 60mm carbon clinchers, shipped. The wheels have been great. Farsports was good to deal with and the wheels came packaged as well as...
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    I'm sure that has a lot to do with it. My...

    I'm sure that has a lot to do with it. My theories:
    1. His margins were pretty low to begin with.
    2. Prebuilt alloy wheels are (incorrectly) seen as a bit of a commodity. His wheels were rock...
  6. Regarding the FD: 1. The gap between the big...

    Regarding the FD:

    1. The gap between the big ring and the outer cage should be 3MM or less. It should basically be as tight as you can make it. Shimano puts a little tape guide on new FDs for...
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    Novatec R482SB hubs, which are standard on most...

    Novatec R482SB hubs, which are standard on most any Chinese carbon / Ebay special, are pretty loud. Nice mechanical sound. I have a set, the hubs are light, very durable and well made for the money.
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    I used to have a Foil. It's a very stiff,...

    I used to have a Foil. It's a very stiff, race-specific bike that gives you a great "rocket ship" feeling out of the saddle. I felt like King Kong on it in a sprint. The handling is also terrific,...
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    I see what you did there.

    I see what you did there.
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    This kind of sucks. He offered very good prices...

    This kind of sucks. He offered very good prices on quality stuff and stressed practicality and proven designs over flash. Also, I agreed with his views on the cycling industry.
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    I saw -17F this morning driving in, windchill of...

    I saw -17F this morning driving in, windchill of -44F. The wind is simply howling, snow is drifting everywhere and it's blisteringly cold. Cycling is clearly out, in fact being outside is not going...
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    I had to enlarge the drain hole on my Ti frame's...

    I had to enlarge the drain hole on my Ti frame's bottom bracket due to excessive hoopla buildup.
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    What, you don't celebrate Life Day?

    What, you don't celebrate Life Day?
  14. Thread: Saddle

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    I had the exact same saddle (Bontrager Affinity...

    I had the exact same saddle (Bontrager Affinity RXL) and almost the exact same problem. I tried to work through the pain with the Affinity but I just could not get comfortable on it. I switched to...
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    I need new shoes, probably going to get something...

    I need new shoes, probably going to get something relatively nice.

    I've purchased four bikes in the past three years, wife will kill me if I buy any more "hardware".
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    Your point is a good one. To me, material is a...

    Your point is a good one. To me, material is a secondary consideration. To me, sizing (especially effective top tube), head tube length, head tube angle, seat tube angle and chainstay length are...
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    Dun dun Duuuuuuuun. I agree.

    Dun dun Duuuuuuuun.

    I agree.
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    Like any frame material, Ti ride varies widely...

    Like any frame material, Ti ride varies widely based on geometry, tube shape and wall thickness. It's impossible to say what a frame will be like without riding it. Personally, I wouldn't buy a $3k...
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    Yeah, I've never really understood why people...

    Yeah, I've never really understood why people fetishize the brand so much. Colnago paint jobs are often hideous and their love of gold plating special editions is straight up Liberace. There are...
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    Yeah this thread is pretty much the definition of...

    Yeah this thread is pretty much the definition of a humblebrag.
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    Yeah, it makes sense to do research. Farsports,...

    Yeah, it makes sense to do research. Farsports, Dengfu, and Miracle Trade also have good reputations. All are resellers of the same frames, as far as I can tell.
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    I bought and enjoyed an ICAN AC053. Liked:...

    I bought and enjoyed an ICAN AC053.

    Liked:
    Extremely stiff race ready bike, handled like it was on rails
    Robust feeling, it would take a lot to damage this frame in a crash. Dropouts, headset...
  23. Two weeks in Santa Rosa with my friends and a...

    Two weeks in Santa Rosa with my friends and a giant fridge full of good beer.

    Revisit the singletrack I used to ride in the Berkshires of MA.

    Banff ---> Jasper in the summer.

    Take my...
  24. I don't ride with earbuds, but I use them when...

    I don't ride with earbuds, but I use them when walking my dog. I've tried lots of different models as I love headphones in general, for an inexpensive option, I think the Sony MDREX100s that they...
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    This stuff has been brewing for a while.

    Another material worth thinking about is crystalline nanocellulose. You can produce it in mass quantities from abundant natural material / waste, it's...
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