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  1. rubbing the rims down with a rag (not paper)...

    rubbing the rims down with a rag (not paper) soaked in a bit of isopropyl is always a good thing, removing rubber deposits from the rims. I don't like using things that are too abrasive on the...
  2. I second the emotion to avoid suspension entirely...

    I second the emotion to avoid suspension entirely on anything below about a $1200 mountain bike.
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    I second the emotion on the Ergons. I have the...

    I second the emotion on the Ergons. I have the GP3 'medium' length ones, in the larger hand grip size as I have XL hands.
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    Sticky: I'll be curious to hear how well those fenders...

    I'll be curious to hear how well those fenders work in heavy rains. when I've tried 'shorties' like that, my back and butt have gotten soaked (draw a tangent line off the rear tire that just...
  5. living in/around any big city, I'd want the...

    living in/around any big city, I'd want the funkiest, ugliest, rat bike possible with absolutely no bling or expensive looking parts on it. if you put new tires on it, use the cheapest generic Chen...
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    also note that folding tires are a LOT easier to...

    also note that folding tires are a LOT easier to ship than wire-bead ones, and generally arrive in much better condition.

    that said, I buy all my tires at a LBS, if they don't have what I want,...
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    and I've put about 1000 miles on my vitorria...

    and I've put about 1000 miles on my vitorria hyper randonneurs (now called rando. pro) in the past year, 700x32, zero flats, done bunches of hard pack trails with them too. they still ride really...
  8. Thread: Hybrid forks

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    700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel...

    700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel used on most road bikes and many road oriented hybrids. mountain bikes traditionally used 26" wheels, as do cruisers and many fatter tire hybrids. ...
  9. Thread: Hybrid forks

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    decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I...

    decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I prefer a 700c hybrid with steel forks. suspension belongs on a mountain bike.
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    cadence is the rate you're pedaling at. the...

    cadence is the rate you're pedaling at. the wheel RPM is directly proportional to your actual ground speed.

    btw, you might have better luck searching for "Ridesense" (s not c).
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  11. you can't run the rack back a bit farther on the...

    you can't run the rack back a bit farther on the upper stays to level it off?

    I have big feet, and a constant problem with panniers has been heel strikes, so I like my rack as far back as I can...
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    "28" is an older designation that's the same as...

    "28" is an older designation that's the same as 700c and '29er'. look for the ITRI size, like 45-622, thats the /real/ size (622 being the bead diameter of 700c wheels)

    max tire fit is tricky,...
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    I really like the Axiom rack I put on my hybrid. ...

    I really like the Axiom rack I put on my hybrid. they have them to fit most any bike.

    http://pierce.smugmug.com/By-Date/2012/2012-12-03/i-jKp4LSz/0/XL/IMG_6050-XL.jpg

    what I specifically like...
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    I do suspect thats not actually 'raw aluminum',...

    I do suspect thats not actually 'raw aluminum', rather its a bright silver paint under clearcoat, same as my 2001 Stumpjumper. I *thought* it was raw polished aluminum, until I chipped the paint by...
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    quite frankly, I don't like bike mirrors, I am a...

    quite frankly, I don't like bike mirrors, I am a firm believer in turning my head. most threats are NOT directly behind you.
  16. Thread: New to biking

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    if you can figure out what style of bike you...

    if you can figure out what style of bike you want, and what size is appropriate, shopping used can save 50% over new, so you can get a much nicer bike. of course it can take awhile to find the...
  17. Thread: New to biking

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    I've had about 20 bikes over the last 40 years......

    I've had about 20 bikes over the last 40 years... I still have 3-4 of them :) I'm over high end road/touring bikes, never much cared for racing bikes, did way more than my share of hard core...
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    yes, you could put straight bars and new...

    yes, you could put straight bars and new brakes/shifters. I think you'd find that on a flatbar roadbike conversion like that, you'll want bars quite a lot narrower than you'd run on a mountain bike,...
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    sell the road bike, buy a hybrid.

    sell the road bike, buy a hybrid.
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    is that a suspension corrected fork? it looks...

    is that a suspension corrected fork? it looks lower in front than the original configuration.


    you may be able to unscrew the 'posts' for the V-brakes, some do, some don't.... if you can, this...
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    I got to admit now, I don't remember the number,...

    I got to admit now, I don't remember the number, it was printed on the side of the stem, which came on a Specialized 'comfort bike'. I had ignored it initially and just used my decent quality...
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    I don't like bicycle mirrors. danger is rarely...

    I don't like bicycle mirrors. danger is rarely directly behind you.
  23. you could use a t-shaped piece of strap steel or...

    you could use a t-shaped piece of strap steel or aluminum, with the two top 'ears' bent up 90 degrees so they are screwed down along with the rack's bracket. the bottom of the T would be about where...
  24. here's mine....

    here's mine.
    http://pierce.smugmug.com/By-Date/2012/2012-12-03/i-jKp4LSz/0/X3/IMG_6050-X3.jpg

    the v-brake is kinda in the way visually. but, ok, my bike has a bridge for the fender, so its...
  25. again, for the rear fender, I think you could...

    again, for the rear fender, I think you could pretty easily bend up some metal strip so it bolts to the rack top/front mount braces/strips, and drops down to provide a hole to attach said fender...
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