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  1. Thread: Hauling Wheels

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    My backpack has two compression straps on each...

    My backpack has two compression straps on each side. I unclip the compression straps, wrap them around the spokes, clip them together again, and tighten them up. Best to keep the cassette side of...
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    Right. And when that happens, you don't say...

    Right. And when that happens, you don't say you're "interested", you say, "Here's my money".
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    That would be Curtis, ccorlew here on BFN. He...

    That would be Curtis, ccorlew here on BFN.

    He doesn't keep any stock. Every now and again he makes an announcement here, then collects enough for another order.

    Just keep an eye out for the...
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    I'd be happy if I could just sleep decently at...

    I'd be happy if I could just sleep decently at night. I have multiple sleep disorders. Plus now, the prostate thing requires several trips to the bathroom.

    All the rest is gravy.
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    Did all of the above, except I'm down to three...

    Did all of the above, except I'm down to three bikes and don't have a garage or a basement.

    It works, and eliminates a huge number of daily life headaches.
  6. Thread: Commuting issues

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    The key for me is to cycle in cycling clothes and...

    The key for me is to cycle in cycling clothes and work in work clothes.

    I arrive 20-30 minutes early. This lets me cool down and stop sweating. Then I change in the staff mens room, usually...
  7. Thread: Road Bike

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    What's your budget--in actual dollars, not words...

    What's your budget--in actual dollars, not words like "less than a ton of cash"? Everyone has their own idea of what constitutes "a ton of cash".

    If second-hand isn't a problem, there are two...
  8. Thread: What would you do?

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    All good points above. I'll add that every...

    All good points above.

    I'll add that every scratch and nick on all my bikes, I've put there. They're accidental, of course, but there's nothing on any of them that I haven't put there myself. ...
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    The whole way! (That's also my answer...

    The whole way!





    (That's also my answer when people ask how far I rode.)


    Okay, seriously, I have routes that are 4.3, 4.5, 9.6, 13.5, and 16.5 miles, plus variations of each one. In...
  10. Thread: Trek FX series

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    There are three major differences between the 7.3...

    There are three major differences between the 7.3 and the 7.5--besides the price.

    1) Fork. The 7.3 has a steel fork, the 7.5 has a carbon fiber one. There are religious wars between fans of...
  11. Thread: Trek FX series

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    I dunno Bob. Maybe it's new math or something,...

    I dunno Bob. Maybe it's new math or something, but I see a $440 difference between the two models the OP is asking about.
  12. Thread: Century poll

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    Poll: I've done them, just to prove to myself that I...

    I've done them, just to prove to myself that I could, but I didn't enjoy them.

    I'm not fast enough to complete a century in 4-5 hours. Four to five hours is about my limit for any activity--work,...
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    Each of the 52 weeks has its own charms. I like...

    Each of the 52 weeks has its own charms. I like the variety.
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    I've had no issues at all with Shimano's Octalink...

    I've had no issues at all with Shimano's Octalink or external cup BBs. I just retired an Octalink installed in January 2007 on my three-seasons commuter. Still just fine, I simply wanted a new...
  15. Thread: Brand suggestions

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    No. The reason is that bike companies are...

    No.

    The reason is that bike companies are really just marketing companies. They don't make anything any more. Some still design their own frames, but with the exception of Giant, nobody makes...
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    Thanks, Tom. Over the years I've experimented...

    Thanks, Tom.

    Over the years I've experimented and found stuff that works for me and that I like, so these days I tend to stick with what I like across all my bikes. You'll note that I use the...
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    Finally borrowed a camera. Shot these this...

    Finally borrowed a camera. Shot these this afternoon. Sorry for the lack of an interesting background. (And apartment dwellers don't get garage doors either.)


    2006 Trek Portland...
  18. Thread: Aluminum or brass

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    Don't forget the nipple washers.

    Don't forget the nipple washers.
  19. Thread: Rear Racks

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    Yes, some do, but many don't. I learned the...

    Yes, some do, but many don't.

    I learned the hard way about panniers in the spokes using a two-legged rack (a Delta) and two different models of Nashbar panniers--the Daytrekker, and the Townie...
  20. Thread: Aluminum or brass

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    At 170 lbs, I'm in a different league. I really...

    At 170 lbs, I'm in a different league. I really don't have to worry about load.

    My commuters have brass nipples for the corrosion resistance. They see rain in the three-seasons and snow and road...
  21. Thread: Rear Racks

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    I second the recommendation for Wayne at The...

    I second the recommendation for Wayne at The Touring Store. He sells premium equipment at only a slight discount from their premium prices, but his advice is worth its weight in gold.

    With...
  22. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    The rim charts I have seen all date from ages ago...

    The rim charts I have seen all date from ages ago when a round tire profile was considered desireable and clinchers still occassionally blew off rims.

    Tires and rims are better these days and...
  23. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    Lemme guess. You have the newer Florida-made...

    Lemme guess. You have the newer Florida-made tubeless-ready version of the A23, right?

    I have both the older Australian-made non-tubeless A23 and the newer ones. Night and day difference in...
  24. Thread: 23mm Rim Width

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    Just do it. The improvement in ride and...

    Just do it.

    The improvement in ride and handling are worth it.

    Remember that the extra volume from the bigger rim acts just like extra volume from a bigger tire, so you reduce your air pressure.
  25. Thread: Tire Mounting Help

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    This is the correct sequence. If you feel...

    This is the correct sequence.

    If you feel compelled to partially inflate the tube, remember this is done by mouth, not with a pump, and installation sequence remains the same.
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