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  1. I don't own a 747, and frankly, I'm too small...

    I don't own a 747, and frankly, I'm too small (long time since I've typed that!). I have a custom steel lugged road bike, built up as a dream ride for my 40th. I got it when I was almost 42. I'm 43...
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    3,727 miles; 195,226 feet of climbing. First...

    3,727 miles; 195,226 feet of climbing. First century under 6 hours (5:29)
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    Reflecting on 2013...

    A great year for me on the bike(s).

    - Managed 3,727 miles, after years in the 2,000-2,500 range.
    - Fastest century ever: 5:29 on a rolling course, averaging 18.4
    - over 400 miles fixed
    -...
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    Yup. You're definitely headed in the right...

    Yup. You're definitely headed in the right direction. Lower the saddle more, and move the bars up (careful not to over tighten the headset nut).

    I think with that you'll be okay. Next step would...
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    Just saw your other thread on saddle. I concur...

    Just saw your other thread on saddle.

    I concur that it looks like it's high here. I pedal toe-down (which is ruining my racing career -- haha) and still extend less than this.

    My gut looking at...
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    Can we see the bike without you on it? I looks to...

    Can we see the bike without you on it? I looks to me like your saddle is pretty far back.

    You shoulders and arms look tight, as if you're putting a lot of weight on them. I don't think that's fit...
  7. Sorry about all the typos. PM me if you want more...

    Sorry about all the typos. PM me if you want more info, photos, etc.

    One more idea -- wider rims. I have a set of H PLus Son Archetypes on the fixed gear, and am very fond of them. Very nice feel...
  8. I've three pairs of wheels with deep dish alloy...

    I've three pairs of wheels with deep dish alloy rims:

    Deep V / Ultegra, 36 3x rear and 28 2x front. Second pari, built up as winter wheels. First pair wore out at 12,000 miles. Very solid, very...
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    Yes, but. Get a good, or very good saddle....

    Yes, but.

    Get a good, or very good saddle. Make sure the fit is right, and especially its angle. Me, I've settled on Specialized Romin Pros, with the wider nose and the carbon rails. Yes, they...
  10. 585 is very burly, and has a nicer seam than...

    585 is very burly, and has a nicer seam than Deep-Vs. Should be plenty strong...
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    weird. search didn't turn up the other thread....

    weird. search didn't turn up the other thread. Mods, please delete.
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    SRAM recalls all hydraulics

    http://www.bikerumor.com/2013/12/13/sram-announces-complete-recall-of-all-road-hydraulic-rim-and-disc-brakes-stop-use-immediately/

    Hmmm. Tough break. You'd think they would have done some cold...
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    Good. I lost about 50 pounds two years ago, and...

    Good. I lost about 50 pounds two years ago, and kept it off. My lowest at the peak of riding season is about 205, though it can dip below 200 if I'm dehydrated. I'm now pretty stable at 212-214.
    ...
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    I had a bike like that for years -- still do,...

    I had a bike like that for years -- still do, though it's in storage right now.

    About five years ago a number of folks started building old-school steel again and I picked up a Kona Kapu. Rode it...
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    585 is a very burly rim. I rode a set for about...

    585 is a very burly rim. I rode a set for about 3000 miles before breaking apart the wheels to use the hubs with a lighter, prettier rim (Ambrosio FCS28. Very nice rim, very hard to get in the USA)....
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    I use Nokons. Segmented, zero compression, easy...

    I use Nokons. Segmented, zero compression, easy to move around for mechanical work and cleaning, and you can replace inners only.

    They also provide somewhat crisper shifting (SRAM plays Campy) and...
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    Actually, there is a much-cited source on disc...

    Actually, there is a much-cited source on disc brake failure on a road that suggests this can be an issue. It's a scary read:...
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    good info...

    good info here:http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/index.php/t-836533.html
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    Also, 80% of your stopping power is the front....

    Also, 80% of your stopping power is the front. That's where the better tire goes, where the best brake pads should go, and what your technique should reflect.

    I have a fixie that only has a front...
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    Ahh, cantilevers. I had them on a cross bike....

    Ahh, cantilevers. I had them on a cross bike. That thing was scary on road descents when I was 250. It just didn't like to stop. I got salmon cool stops and spent a stupid amount of time getting the...
  21. So, to paraphrase: talk and listen to your...

    So, to paraphrase: talk and listen to your builder. Unless he or she contradicts your views, in which case don't listen to them. Okay.

    FWIW, I was told by several that Stainless is harder to work,...
  22. FWIW, I have been told by multiple builders that...

    FWIW, I have been told by multiple builders that stainless is very hard (physically) and does not have the same feel as high-end non-stainless steel from Dedacciai, Reynolds, or Columbus. If you're...
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    I have an older Thule rack on the Subaru. Works...

    I have an older Thule rack on the Subaru. Works incredibly well.

    Bike stable at 80, rack locks to the car and the bike locks to the rack.

    I use it anytime we carry more than one bike, or if...
  24. Go for it. Steel has an incredible, lively ride...

    Go for it. Steel has an incredible, lively ride if built properly. It's one I haven't found in carbon bikes yet (I've ridden many, but not all, by any stretch).

    And, the process and the idea that...
  25. Pretty. What is that, a 56? On Christmas day,...

    Pretty. What is that, a 56?

    On Christmas day, if there's snow on the ground, you can get to know it by getting rid of the reflectors in the spokes, and the disc behind the cassette...
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