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  1. When I was a newbie cyclist I paid a shop for a...

    When I was a newbie cyclist I paid a shop for a tune-up. Once. The braking and shifting functioned worse after the $29 "tune-up" than before. I'm pretty sure that when some shops suggest a "tune-up",...
  2. Just a heads-up; when I first installed the...

    Just a heads-up; when I first installed the Marathon Plusses, I had a hell of time getting the beads to seat. It might have just been the rim/tire combination but it was a pain in the arse. Once I...
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    I own two Rivendells; an Atlantis and a...

    I own two Rivendells; an Atlantis and a Quickbeam; and I have absolutely no regrets that I spent the money on them. They're great looking, great riding, super versatile bikes that will essentially...
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    As others have said, the Surly Long Haul Trucker....

    As others have said, the Surly Long Haul Trucker. Supposedly designed as a lower budget version of the Atlantis.
  5. I agree that the naming is confusing. They must...

    I agree that the naming is confusing. They must have at least 20 tires in the Marathon line. Anything that has the "Plus" designation has their thick puncture protection layer. I've literally pulled...
  6. Only if it gets bad enough that I chip a tooth.

    Only if it gets bad enough that I chip a tooth.
  7. I agree that it totally depends on the individual...

    I agree that it totally depends on the individual city or suburb. Here (Twin Cities area) if you ride downtown (Minneapolis) there are bike lanes, traffic is moving slower, and there are a lot more...
  8. I think HS 368 is the technical designation for...

    I think HS 368 is the technical designation for the Marathon Plus. The Marathon Supreme might come in a 26 X 2.0 too. It doesn't have the really thick puncture prevention layer but it's got some kind...
  9. The Schwalbe Marathon Plus come in a 26 X 1.75....

    The Schwalbe Marathon Plus come in a 26 X 1.75. They're a little pricey and the ride is a bit rough, but they're as close to flat-proof as a tire can get. And they seem to wear like iron. You can't...
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    Age: 44 Average commute miles/week: 104

    Age: 44
    Average commute miles/week: 104
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    Married for seven years. No children. I commuted...

    Married for seven years. No children. I commuted by bike before we were married so my wife has sort of had to accept it. I think she finds it a little annoying at times because of the extra time it...
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    The route that it suggests for my commute sends...

    The route that it suggests for my commute sends me down a busy, two-lane, shoulderless highway full of inattentive drivers going 55mph to 70mph. With ditches that drop off pretty steeply on either...
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    Or a nice big smile combined with a "GO ****...

    Or a nice big smile combined with a "GO **** YOURSELF!".
  14. Bell discontinuing the Metro = Epic Fail Mine...

    Bell discontinuing the Metro = Epic Fail

    Mine is about shot and I can't find a new one in my size anywhere.

    The "Citi", which Bell still offers, is "one-size-fits-most", which is ridiculous for...
  15. I'm currently running studded tires too and the...

    I'm currently running studded tires too and the snow and ice that I ride on has become very patchy. It's nice to have the studs when I do hit the slippery stuff but I wonder how much I'm shortening...
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    I've forgotten underwear on a few occasions. I've...

    I've forgotten underwear on a few occasions. I've always just gone commando. And liked it!
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    It could be the Peregrine Falcon that I was...

    It could be the Peregrine Falcon that I was referring to (or even an owl like danarnold suggested). I just don't remember for certain. I went to a program a few weeks ago at the Wildlife Science...
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    It's almost certainly the remains of a hawk's...

    It's almost certainly the remains of a hawk's dinner. I forget which, but one species of hawk (Cooper's or Sharp-Shinned maybe?) eats the bird's head and leaves the rest. Anyway, headless birds are...
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    I don't think that the "hipsters" represent the...

    I don't think that the "hipsters" represent the next generation of serious cyclists. I could be wrong (just ask my wife) but I think the vast majority of them will abandon the bike when the next...
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    I'm not a cop but I come from a family of cops....

    I'm not a cop but I come from a family of cops. My prediction of the most likely scenario when someone (cyclist or motorist) calls the PD to report that a motorist is antagonizing them? The...
  21. Thread: Canti brakes

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    Yeah, that's true. I forgot about that. There are...

    Yeah, that's true. I forgot about that. There are a few manufacturers that make aero levers for V-brakes now. It'd probably be easier and cheaper to just get some newer cantis.
  22. Thread: Canti brakes

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    The old cantilever brakes with the post style...

    The old cantilever brakes with the post style pads, like the Dia Compes on your RB-T (sweet bike by the way) are pretty fussy to adjust, but they work well once you get them set-up right. Some people...
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    I've got Tektro Oryx cantis on my Atlantis and...

    I've got Tektro Oryx cantis on my Atlantis and I'll just say, don't worry about it. They use the same type of pads as V-brakes, so they're super easy to adjust. Especially when compared to the old...
  24. Yeah, I've done a little unplanned off-pavement...

    Yeah, I've done a little unplanned off-pavement riding on true road bikes too. In a way it's kind of fun because you're taking the bike out of its element and it can be pretty challanging. Some of...
  25. Yeah, I'd say that's probably true for a lot of...

    Yeah, I'd say that's probably true for a lot of us. Me for sure! Currently I "only" have four bikes, but it's arguable that I could get by with just one of them.
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