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  1. As another data point, I'm a little over 5'10"...

    As another data point, I'm a little over 5'10" with a short inseam and a long torso, and after demoing both, I ended up on a 17.5" carve instead of a 19". It just felt better-more maneuverable,...
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    Checked my local coop. I've decided on buying a...

    Checked my local coop. I've decided on buying a cheap threadless fork and threading it with their die. Thanks for the help everyone.
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    You make it sound like you want to ride a...

    You make it sound like you want to ride a mountain bike.

    The first sane thing you could do to make your bike more appropriate to the riding you're doing (aside from just HTFU and riding your bike...
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    Yeah, the local coop has been closed for the...

    Yeah, the local coop has been closed for the holidays. I'll check what they have (including threading dies) on Mon. If they have a die I may consider that route, or I think I'll probably buy a cheap...
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    Replacing really long threaded fork.

    So my friend's comically large 1970s Raleigh Super Grand Prix's fork blade snapped below the fork crown and needs replacing. Unfortunately, it seems impossible to find a fork with a long enough...
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    Your current bike honestly sounds pretty good for...

    Your current bike honestly sounds pretty good for your stated requirements. If you really want a new bike, first consider the wonderful other things you could do with that money, and then if you...
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    I did it going from Santa Cruz to SF on a carbon...

    I did it going from Santa Cruz to SF on a carbon road bike on 23s at high pressure and thought it was fine. It's a matter of perspective. That said, sf>sc is harder for old San Pedro, because you're...
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    The Devils Slide tunnels are now open and have...

    The Devils Slide tunnels are now open and have bike lanes making this less bad than it used to be. Also, there's Old San Pedro road:...
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    To be honest I wouldn't bother upgrading much....

    To be honest I wouldn't bother upgrading much. The cost benefit ratio isn't there. Save your money and maybe buy a nicer bike down the line...or just ride the snot out of your bike which is probably...
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    I got insoles during a fit session with a local...

    I got insoles during a fit session with a local Specialized dealer: I really just happened to be wearing Specialized shoes. I actually have very flat feet with a tendency to collapse my arches and to...
  11. What entry level means is contextual. For what...

    What entry level means is contextual. For what it's worth Claris is a different product than 2300 (it's 2400, actually)--it's 8 speed, but upshifts with the brake lever like upper end Shimano, unlike...
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    I'm not sure how it's different in this...

    I'm not sure how it's different in this regard--it has the same seat tube angle as your previous bike. Frankly, it looks like the frame you're considering is very close in fit to your previous bike...
  13. No, the spline patterns on the cassettes aren't...

    No, the spline patterns on the cassettes aren't different. It looks like your freehub spline pattern has been notched by wear. This problem usually comes up with aluminum freehub bodies--they really...
  14. OP: You want to find a shop that is staffed by...

    OP: You want to find a shop that is staffed by reasonable people who will genuinely spend some energy getting you on the right bike-including help with frame sizing and doing a basic, reasonable fit,...
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    Stock Cross Checks are nice bikes, and Surly...

    Stock Cross Checks are nice bikes, and Surly honestly does a fine job putting reasonable parts on them. I wouldn't buy one if cross racing were my first priority, but they're decent all rounders.
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  16. My vote also is to suck it up and redo the...

    My vote also is to suck it up and redo the housing, cabling, and the bar tape. It's really not a big deal. Most LBSes will be nice enough to cut housing to length for you if you don't have and don't...
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    I've been buying this tape from dx.com:...

    I've been buying this tape from dx.com: http://dx.com/p/cycling-bike-bicycle-handlebar-tape-belt-wrap-w-bar-plugs-black-2-pcs-180192 . From the earlier link it looks I can get similar stuff on ebay...
  18. I'd advise your friend to look reasonably hard on...

    I'd advise your friend to look reasonably hard on CL for a semi-modern (ie, with brifters) cyclocross bike with brifters. It really depends on where you are:I bought my current cross bike at $300 (a...
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    If your drivetrain is 6 speed Shimano, your...

    If your drivetrain is 6 speed Shimano, your Cannondale has a 126mm frame spacing in the rear. Also, your bike does not have a "freehub thingie", it has a freewheel. You probably can't safely squeeze...
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    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Shimano-RSX-ST-A416-2-...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOS-Shimano-RSX-ST-A416-2-x-8-speed-brake-lever-and-gear-shifters-/161123953860?pt=UK_sportsleisure_cycling_bikeparts_SR&hash=item2583bc6cc4

    NOS 8sp RSX is also an option...
  21. If I was in your shoes and I wasn't particularly...

    If I was in your shoes and I wasn't particularly looking to upgrade, I'd see if I could save by buying an unmatching front wheel. Also, at least on my local craigslist, it's usually pretty easy to...
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    If you want to spend money to make you faster on...

    If you want to spend money to make you faster on the bike a good fitting is probably your best bet. If you need new handlebars/saddle/stem in the fitting process you can save a little weight at...
  23. As the goal for the carbon frame in this case is...

    As the goal for the carbon frame in this case is predominantly to look cool (which is fine as far as I'm concerned), you can also use an eccentric bottom bracket as a chain tensioner on a carbon road...
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    IMO, you're overthinking this. If you really...

    IMO, you're overthinking this. If you really want, Shimano makes the A520 pedal that has a SPD on one side and a flat on the other, and also there are clip-in flat adapters for SPDs like...
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    I keep losing/breaking my Tifosi Tyrants (which...

    I keep losing/breaking my Tifosi Tyrants (which doesn't really speak to their quality, I'm just great at losing/breaking stuff) so I have a substantial lens collection, though no fototec lenses. AC...
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