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    I have also ridden two winters in Calgary! First...

    I have also ridden two winters in Calgary! First was on a Norco Mountaineer (fairly cheap front sus. mtb) and the second on a fixed gear with rigid fork, bullhorns. I had 700x38s with studs, they are...
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    You, my friend, are at least semi-clever!

    You, my friend, are at least semi-clever!
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    Alu wheels are a major, major improvement you can...

    Alu wheels are a major, major improvement you can make to an old bike for not much cost. Better braking, epecially in rain, and much lighter and faster. Used to be, steel wheels were much cheaper to...
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    Calgary is just so... crazy right now. For...

    Calgary is just so... crazy right now. For instance, at almost any place in the city where you stand you can see three separate construction projects. The other day I discovered the favorite part of...
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    I wanted to add, lately I've been going to Tuxedo...

    I wanted to add, lately I've been going to Tuxedo and find them actually pretty good. I've been mostly just buying parts from them though, but they seem to have everything, particularly good parts...
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    I just liked the way that the light was coming...

    I just liked the way that the light was coming from above, sort of heavenly or something. Anyhow I suppose I'm partial since they are my cranks. I remember somebody posting a pic of their nice campy...
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    This whole thread is incredible!

    This whole thread is incredible!
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    Awesome pic of my cranks...

    Okay, my friend took this pic for me when I was cleaning up my bike. I attached a smaller version, or you can check out the full quality pic at:

    Sakae SA

    There is also a pic of my derailers,...
  9. Ahh, thanks for the insight. I suppose I'm not...

    Ahh, thanks for the insight. I suppose I'm not having trouble getting up the hills per se. I can get up them with a reasonably steady pace, although I don't have the gearing to maintain what would be...
  10. Well, I am in my lowest gear. Anyhow, thanks for...

    Well, I am in my lowest gear. Anyhow, thanks for the insight!
  11. Pulling up for power (climbing), back strain.

    Hi there! So recently (this is my second year road cycling) I have found that I'm pulling up to generate power, particularly in climbs. This feels good and just sort of naturally happened. I ride...
  12. Bike mechanic gave this reason to me exactly as...

    Bike mechanic gave this reason to me exactly as the reason that rear freewheel (sorry I have no idea why I'm posting here, I don't have a FG yet... =) needs to be replaced as opposed to the front...
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    Oh, wait! How could I forget! You should maybe...

    Oh, wait! How could I forget! You should maybe consider the sport swap downtown. Other SS are not so great. I somehow always feel good about them, even though technically they are not a "bike shop".
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    Yipes, that one is brutal! I am in the "bike...

    Yipes, that one is brutal! I am in the "bike lanes are overall bad" camp. There are a few bike lanes I don't mind using. Most of them though I avoid due to them being in the door zone or other...
  15. I commuted all winter! It's really not so bad....

    I commuted all winter! It's really not so bad. But it's hell on your bike. Actually today I just spent about an hour and a half rebuilding my brakes and just variously cleaning things. It's snowing...
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    It isn't quite so dark anymore when I commute but...

    It isn't quite so dark anymore when I commute but in the deeper parts of winter it was. Besides that, I have certainly gone on lots of rides in the dark, both in the summer and winter. Keep yourself...
  17. Thread: Sick of Winter

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    I also am sick of winter, though it hasn't been...

    I also am sick of winter, though it hasn't been that bad here (Calgary). Only two really cold snaps and I think about three big snow falls. But... I want to ride my road bike. I want to go out far...
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    Some people I know are very fond of Pedal Head....

    Some people I know are very fond of Pedal Head. It's in the south, in Avenida Center or nearby, off Macleod Trail. Important to find a good one that is close, hemmm?
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    I think he meant the internal part of the...

    I think he meant the internal part of the freewheel body with the clicking pawls, not the sprocket teeth. But, I think your advice is still good and should help clean out both. :)

    Actually I...
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    I don't have a ton of experience with this sort...

    I don't have a ton of experience with this sort of thing, but it seems likely that it's not so much a stopping power issue as it might be adjustment and wear. I have the cheapo shimano with cheapo...
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    I have a road bike set up quite similar to yours,...

    I have a road bike set up quite similar to yours, aero brakes and friction shifters. Anyhow, what you need to know is this:

    Deraillers (front and back, and regardless of whether you are shifting...
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    I'm going to try the same thing on a bike I'm...

    I'm going to try the same thing on a bike I'm building up for my GF from a nice little MTB I reclaimed from someone's trash (the front shifter/brake was toast; i have a matching brake lever.) But I...
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    I second this! I've started doing just this, it...

    I second this! I've started doing just this, it seems to make a lot of sense. I don't have quite the collection yet, but, getting there. I don't see that there is any real problem with reusing...
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    Yes, I was thinking of you* out in snowy...

    Yes, I was thinking of you* out in snowy Saskatchewan when I wrote that. =) On a tangental note, I did notice that the road bike forum got collectively grumpier right around November.

    * well, more...
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    Pizza is Italian, too!

    Pizza is Italian, too!
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