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    I have two comments: 1) Sora works fine, as...

    I have two comments:

    1) Sora works fine, as evidenced here:

    2) Shimano eliminated the thumb-paddles from Sora in 2013, going with the same two-lever approach used all the way up their line....
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    I keep a close eye on my wheels. After a few...

    I keep a close eye on my wheels. After a few good and bad experiences with bike shops, I just learned how to true my own wheels. It's very easy, especially if I watch them closely and don't let...
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    +1, great advice. You're doing great, just keep...

    +1, great advice. You're doing great, just keep riding, track your progress, and you'll get faster, feel better, lose weight, and have a good time.
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    Bike looks good. I've got those wheels on my own...

    Bike looks good. I've got those wheels on my own converted-MTB-hybrid, and they seem to be pretty good. I've got two decent road bikes, but the old hybrid is a great utility bike and wet-weather...
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    I do not shave my legs. I have had road rash....

    I do not shave my legs.
    I have had road rash.
    After scrubbing my wounds, I simply shaved around them, so the bandages stuck well and didn't pull hairs when I changed them.
    Done.
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    First, there were CAVE people. They invented The...

    First, there were CAVE people. They invented The Wheel.

    Then, there were ENGINEER people. They invented The Bike. They came up with simple naming schemes, like using higher number to represent...
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    +1. You'll change the rake of the whole bike. ...

    +1.

    You'll change the rake of the whole bike. You'll end up with a steeper steering head angle (more perpendicular to the ground), and less trail as well (the distance from the front tire's...
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    An old Trek 800 will make a GREAT hybrid. I did...

    An old Trek 800 will make a GREAT hybrid. I did the same conversion to my 1997 Specialized Rockhopper (also a steel, no-suspension MTB).

    1) With your current rims, which are kind of wide, you...
  9. If it's your first real bike, I strongly...

    If it's your first real bike, I strongly recommend going used. Browse CraigsList. In my area, CL is full of rigid mountain bikes and hybrids. Hybrids are what people new-to-the-sport buy, and when...
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    Weight is a side-effect of lifestyle. Attacking...

    Weight is a side-effect of lifestyle. Attacking weight is treating a symptom instead of the cause.
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    Sounds like he (and you) just need to bring a bit...

    Sounds like he (and you) just need to bring a bit of FOOD along. As a very general rule-of-thumb, it takes about 90 minutes to deplete the energy in your bloodstream.

    You can read a lot on the...
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    These are NOT good. Stay away. I tried a pair...

    These are NOT good. Stay away.

    I tried a pair that look identical. Mine were via amazon.com, were also a "two for" deal, and were very inexpensive ($25US for two tires, 700c x 25, red). Here...
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    +1. I like LOOK Keo Plus pedals, gray cleats....

    +1.

    I like LOOK Keo Plus pedals, gray cleats.
    I'm 46, 6'2", 220 lbs. It's hilly in Tennessee, so I stand and mash a LOT. Once I dialed in the tension of the pedals, I have been just fine. I...
  14. Thread: Winter clothes

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    Check out Target stores. Their Champion C9 gear...

    Check out Target stores. Their Champion C9 gear works well and is inexpensive. A long-sleeved base-layer is about $16, and comes in a variety of colors. One of these under a fleece shirt ($20 Old...
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    Target stores carry Champion "C9" running pants. ...

    Target stores carry Champion "C9" running pants. They have very straight legs, and have little zippers on each ankle to help you slide them on, but to keep the cuffs fairly tight.

    I wear them...
  16. +1. You'll take a big loss on it if you sell...

    +1.

    You'll take a big loss on it if you sell it now (it's used, even if less than 100 miles), so just keep it. Ride it in the rain, or after it has rained, and keep your new bike nice and clean.
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    Yeah, I know. Last week, I got an e-mail from...

    Yeah, I know. Last week, I got an e-mail from Edward Snowden, telling me to pick up the pace a bit.
  18. Okay, this just in: 105 = Huffy, at least...

    Okay, this just in: 105 = Huffy, at least according to one...
  19. Three comments: 1) Really? For your first...

    Three comments:

    1) Really? For your first bike?
    2) Recent 105 group works great.
    3) If you're REALLY competitive: it's about the rider, not the bike.
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    The Allez is a fine bike, especially given the...

    The Allez is a fine bike, especially given the price. Quit looking at ads and go ride one.
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    Okay, I guess I temped the fates a bit! But no,...

    Okay, I guess I temped the fates a bit! But no, I'm not afraid. :)

    These pedals work great. I had been riding with clips and straps for a couple of years, so I'd gotten well used to getting a...
  22. +1. I've had to do this - I knew I could not...

    +1. I've had to do this - I knew I could not outrun the dog, so I stopped. In my cases, the dog lost interest when I stopped moving.

    Sorry to hear your terrible story - hope you heal up well.
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    FWIW, I just went clipless about a year ago. I...

    FWIW, I just went clipless about a year ago. I got LOOK Keo Plus pedals, on the recommendation of the guy at the bike shop, as a good "first clipless" pedal. They're great, easy in, easy out, and I...
  24. Lots of great advice here, but you need to go...

    Lots of great advice here, but you need to go ride these bikes yourself. Especially considering the very large frame size you need, our experience on a given bike in a much smaller size won't likely...
  25. Thread: Thank you

    by BaseGuy
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    Matt, nice!

    Matt, nice!
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