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  1. maybe because the frame is so heavy while most...

    maybe because the frame is so heavy while most modern steel is light

    looks like a nice frame
    made much nicer than the cheap ten speeds i have had
  2. you can get a 1" quill-to-1 1/8 threadless...

    you can get a 1" quill-to-1 1/8 threadless adaptor

    it fits into the top of your dawes fork like the old stem
    and you can clamp the surly stem onto it

    example
    Dimension Steerer Adaptor 1"...
  3. used bicyles are almost always given...

    used bicyles are almost always given thoughtlessly as a convenient way of getting rid of trash
    not as an actual gift to a cyclist
    i have learned to say no to offers of bikes that are clearly...
  4. you must be quite short until i read the post...

    you must be quite short

    until i read the post saying you have no standover clearance
    i was going to point out that that is most likely a 24" wheel kids bike
    generally good for someone up to five...
  5. vs will likely work but youll have to try them...

    vs will likely work
    but youll have to try them out to make sure they do
  6. as a young man he invented a device to clean wax...

    as a young man he invented a device to clean wax out of the hard-to-reach parts of the ear canal
    but the device was found to have other uses
    and he traded the patent for a bit of grocery money at...
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    i would love to have that option but i have...

    i would love to have that option
    but i have never come across a pair of shimano shoes in a size larger than 48
    although they are rumoured to exist
    and the 48s are absolutely too small for me
    ...
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    i have medium width size 14 feet and i have had...

    i have medium width size 14 feet
    and i have had very good luck with sidi shoes in size 49

    sidi has a reputation for having a narrow fit
    so i first ordered a set of size 49 in their mega width...
  9. those brakes look like they have been switched...

    those brakes look like they have been switched left to right
    and i would be very surprised if they work properly like that

    they should use standard smooth post canti pads
    that are available at...
  10. the other option is to find a set of mini v...

    the other option is to find a set of mini v brakes
    as these eliminate brake shudder perfectly
    and work with the same levers as cantis

    however
    i am a big fan of cantilever brakes
    as they...
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    an axle with a new complete set of cones spacers...

    an axle with a new complete set of cones spacers and locknuts
    should cost between ten and fifteen dollars
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    waste of time the orange spots on the bike are...

    waste of time
    the orange spots on the bike are rust
    steel rusts and aluminum does not

    i am one hundred percent certain
    as i bet a bunch of posters more experienced than i also are
    that it is...
  13. a thin coat of grease on your brake track will...

    a thin coat of grease on your brake track will likely prevent wear for a lot cheaper than a graphene coating
    and probably have a similar effect on braking
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    i used to think that but being welded to another...

    i used to think that
    but being welded to another tube
    or brazed into a lug
    is probably going to have as much or more effect on the sound at the ends of the tubes
  15. good point on a related topic i buy myself...

    good point

    on a related topic
    i buy myself new tires as a reward for riding so much that i wore out my tires

    i am also proud of all the rims i have worn out over the years
    although the repair...
  16. softer brake pads may be less abraisive on the...

    softer brake pads may be less abraisive on the rims
    but also may be more likely to get grit embedded in them
    making them more abraisive

    my advice
    is to ride your bike
    and if your rims wear out...
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    may be a bit of rust discolouring the paint but...

    may be a bit of rust discolouring the paint
    but it is not a problem whatsoever except aesthetic

    also known as a patina

    the ability to keep riding a bike until it rusts is a sign of real...
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    dont do it voids the warranty potentially and...

    dont do it

    voids the warranty
    potentially and very easily ruins the helmet by dissolving the foam
    and the foam is the part that protects you

    if you are going to do it
    and can figure out a...
  19. his first choice of bf name was based on his...

    his first choice of bf name was based on his nickname as a child
    which in turn was based on his close relationship with the cows back on the farm
    and the pungent aroma he carried with him to school...
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    Can't you?

    Can't you?
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    it is difficult or impossible to determine...

    it is difficult or impossible to determine visually if a cassette is worn

    generally you can tell by installing a new chain
    and if the new chain skips then the cassette is worn
    and you have done...
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    the hybrid is a better choice the x cal comes...

    the hybrid is a better choice

    the x cal comes with a coil spring fork
    and it will have a limit to how stiff it can be adjusted
    and that limit will almost definitely be too soft for a 300 lb guy...
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    i would think the paint would have a considerable...

    i would think the paint would have a considerable effect on the tone

    but all other things being equal
    you might be able to discern a difference in tube wall thickness
    but nothing else

    all...
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    a bump you can feel is almost always a problem...

    a bump you can feel
    is almost always a problem with the tire

    either improper mounting or cut cords in the casing

    a wheel has to be pretty badly out of true to feel it
    but a relatively small...
  25. you can tell if the chain broke at the same link...

    you can tell if the chain broke at the same link where it was connected during installation by the appearance of the break

    if it was put together with a master link or quick link and that is where...
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