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  1. Why not just ride a while and decide what you...

    Why not just ride a while and decide what you actually need? Don't buy a bunch of gear that may go virtually unused. Unless your commute is super long or in remote areas, all that stuff is kind of...
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    Will you ride the bike a lot if you rebuild it? ...

    Will you ride the bike a lot if you rebuild it?

    Answer that, and there's the answer to your question.
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    When my commute was 8 miles, I used an Arkel Bug...

    When my commute was 8 miles, I used an Arkel Bug to carry my stuff on the bike, and I didn't ride fast enough to get super sweaty. I rode a hybridized mountain bike, then an upright hybrid when the...
  4. AHHH!!!

    AHHH!!! <3 <3 <3
  5. Thread: Rain bike?

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    Ya, a few years ago my winter bike suffered a lot...

    Ya, a few years ago my winter bike suffered a lot of the same problems. But it was not only rain, but a combination of dirty roads, ice, salt, and my negligence. For me it's a fair trade off to take...
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    Not rust exactly, but aluminum corrodes as easily...

    Not rust exactly, but aluminum corrodes as easily as steel. I wrecked a frame riding it in the winter and not taking care to rinse off road salt. Big hole in the chainstay.

    With a little care...
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    Riding in the rain occasionally will not hurt a...

    Riding in the rain occasionally will not hurt a bike.

    That said, having a rain bike is a good excuse to have a backup! My "rain bike" is a great beater with fenders, a chainring guard, and a...
  8. haha word.

    haha word.
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    Mine came with 700x38. There is room for much,...

    Mine came with 700x38. There is room for much, much bigger. Probably up to 700x45, or something like 29x1.75 mountain bike tires. Maybe even up to 29x2.0, but don't take my word for it.
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    +1!!! Arkel bags are so, so good. If you're...

    +1!!!

    Arkel bags are so, so good. If you're willing to throw down some cash, it is well worth it.
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    700x23 were too narrow for my hybrid, but I found...

    700x23 were too narrow for my hybrid, but I found the Soma everwear 700x26 to be perfect. They can take pretty high pressure too, up to 120-ish psi. I never flatted once in a thousand miles on those,...
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    I had a Cypress with only about 2,000 miles on...

    I had a Cypress with only about 2,000 miles on it. The wheels are not great, they needed truing every couple weeks. I'm pretty small (113 lbs.) , so if I'm banging wheels up that badly I can't...
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    Two cables side by side. One end hooked at the...

    Two cables side by side. One end hooked at the bottom of the rack (like where the pannier cable hooks), wrapped around the pannier and over top of the load, then hooked on the top of the rack. It's...
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    Yea, they can be kind of floppy, but when I'm...

    Yea, they can be kind of floppy, but when I'm carrying huge things like watermelons or cases of beer I use a couple elastic cables to tie it down. It works well enough for the way I ride.

    I only...
  15. I guess I'll be the only vote for a hybrid....

    I guess I'll be the only vote for a hybrid. Unless you want to do lots of off road riding, a mountain bike is way too much bike for exclusively urban riding. Also, a hybrid won't give you any...
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    ow. Tendinitis sucks. I've had it in my hands,...

    ow. Tendinitis sucks. I've had it in my hands, ankles, legs, elbows... If you rest and take care of it, it could go away in less than a week. If not, it could take months. Wait until it stops...
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    The Nashbar townie basket is back!!! (maybe) I...

    The Nashbar townie basket is back!!! (maybe) I saw it in the last paper catalog, but it's not on the website. Hmmm...
  18. They sweep back. You can flip them either way...

    They sweep back. You can flip them either way though, so they drop or rise, depending on your preference.

    You could do them either taped or with grips. The tape is nice because you can move your...
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    Me too. And I like your attitude. I think the...

    Me too. And I like your attitude.

    I think the letter was respectful, and that is good business practice. Not only because it makes money, but because it makes customers (current and potential)...
  20. 4000 miles (6437 km) is my general goal. I...

    4000 miles (6437 km) is my general goal. I promised myself a new bike if I ride 5000 miles, but it's not looking good.

    I only have around 500 miles so far. I really need to pick it up as soon as...
  21. Do it! I had the Sparrow bars on my 7.2FX, and...

    Do it! I had the Sparrow bars on my 7.2FX, and loved loved loved it. It's important to note that the black only comes in the 520mm width, which I think is perfect for that bike, both the size and...
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    My beater's bar tape is way too fancy for the...

    My beater's bar tape is way too fancy for the bike (Specialized Roubaix). It's kind of springy and rubbery, and the texture is almost nubby, like a terrycloth towel. Thick, but not too soft. And it...
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    WD-40 and a scrub brush or scotch brite pad...

    WD-40 and a scrub brush or scotch brite pad should do it for minor surface rust. You can grease everything, but ultimately the bike also needs a good rinse or wipe down after every salty winter ride....
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    +1 China and India are following the example...

    +1

    China and India are following the example we set. And now we are blaming them for supposedly starting the problem(s).
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    With a little creativity and persistence--and I...

    With a little creativity and persistence--and I do mean a little, it truly doesn't take much--parts can be found for anything. Updating my early 70's Raleigh with a new wheelset and drivetrain only...
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