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    Sticky: I thought the Erie Canal was in New York state?

    I thought the Erie Canal was in New York state?
  2. BTW, the way that I discovered this book was when...

    BTW, the way that I discovered this book was when I read David Eggers' novel of a few years ago, "A Hologram for the King." In that book, the main (fictional) character is an ex-Schwinn executive who...
  3. I probably just over-summarized that part, as the...

    I probably just over-summarized that part, as the book seemed to be very well researched although the book was intended more as a business case study than a detailed history of the industry.

    As I...
  4. No Hands: The Rise and Fall of the Schwinn Bicycle Company

    This book was published in 1996, although I just recently became aware of it and managed to get a copy due to Michigan's excellent statewide library catalog and borrowing program. Although it was...
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    The full "Michigan Trails" publication is a...

    The full "Michigan Trails" publication is a really great magazine that's been growing the last few years. It started out just as "West Michigan Trails" or something like that, but now covers the...
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    This will be great when it's finished! All sorts...

    This will be great when it's finished! All sorts of possibilities with easy access from the riverfront to Eastern Market.
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    Thanks, that was my concern. I'm replacing a...

    Thanks, that was my concern. I'm replacing a Shimano 12-27 cassette with a SRAM 12-32, and looking at the cassette in its box there was definitely no lockring on top of the small cog. I just took it...
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    Cassette lock ring

    Does the cassette lock ring normally come with a new cassette, or with a new rear wheel/hub, or are they purchased separately?
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    Sticky: I've found the same thing with my running. I used...

    I've found the same thing with my running. I used to think I'd place higher in my AG (age group) after 60, but what has happened is that all the more casual runners have dropped out and only the real...
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    Good information -- thanks! I was leaning toward...

    Good information -- thanks! I was leaning toward using the Shimano on that bike anyway and this confirms it.

    I've had good luck using a Connex removable link on Shimano chains, so will use that...
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    Which chain to use

    Both of my road bikes are stripped down for winter maintenance and updates, and both are getting new chains. One is an older aluminum bike that I use for "light touring" and put quite a few miles on...
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    Sticky: Also from Michigan, and I'm definitely not a...

    Also from Michigan, and I'm definitely not a cold-weather biker and put mine away over a month ago. I find my tolerance to cold getting worse as I age, but even back in my younger days when I rode...
  13. I wasn't contradicting you; just commenting that...

    I wasn't contradicting you; just commenting that it's sometimes difficult to get all the hysteresis out of the system without a trim function. Friction in the system is of course a big contributor to...
  14. FWIW, triples can be pretty finicky in general to...

    FWIW, triples can be pretty finicky in general to get them shifting well for all combos. I also had similar issues with my Sora components that went away when I upgraded to 105. The 105 derailleur...
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    This idea sounds like a winner. I was thinking...

    This idea sounds like a winner. I was thinking somehow pulling the new cable through using the old one, but couldn't think of a way to connect them that wouldn't be too bulky.
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    Even in my case, my cycling career had some...

    Even in my case, my cycling career had some breaks in it. Mainly, when I was about 15-1/2, my bike was stolen at the shopping center. Since I was anxiously waiting to be able to drive, I never...
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    Yeah, I think the rear cable stop is a plastic...

    Yeah, I think the rear cable stop is a plastic piece that's snapped into the tube. If I pop that out it will leave a hole large enough to find the end of the cable. And I can rotate the bike on the...
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    "How long have I been cycling?"

    I was at a gathering recently where there were people I didn't know, but others of us were talking about riding, duathlons, etc. So one guy who I had not met before, and who was a non-cyclist, asked...
  19. What killed it for me, besides the normal hassles...

    What killed it for me, besides the normal hassles of camping, was having to get up, get semi-dressed, and stumble out of the tent at 2AM trying to find the porta-john because I had to pee. I took to...
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    Internal cable routing

    I'm changing the brakes on my Synapse Carbon and there's not enough free cable available, so I have to replace the inner brake cables. This is easy to do except that I've never done it on a bike with...
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    H+ Son Archetype rims, CX-Ray spokes (24/28), DT...

    H+ Son Archetype rims, CX-Ray spokes (24/28), DT alloy nipples. Should be a good all-around wheel for the type of riding I do and the condition of our roads, but mostly I just like to change things...
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    Thanks. I think I've already changed my mind and...

    Thanks. I think I've already changed my mind and will go with the safer choice -- the T11s.
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    No, they have quite a full line of hubs, for...

    No, they have quite a full line of hubs, for example: http://www.prowheelbuilder.com/i9-torch-road-hub-front-blue.html
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    Industry Nine Torch Hubs

    I'm about to order some custom wheels from ProWheelbuilder and am thinking about going with the Industry Nine hubs, but have not found that much online about them compared to the better-known brands....
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    Sticky: I wish I could sleep that late once in a while....

    I wish I could sleep that late once in a while. My internal clock always wakes me before 6AM and I usually like doing early activity. So after running with a group of friends at 8AM, the big question...
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