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    ^ i've looked at both the Ajax and Acme, but...

    ^ i've looked at both the Ajax and Acme, but after owning an IGH bike for 3 years now (alfine 8), i've come to the conclusion that i'm not crazy about IGH's. i found mine to be heavy, slow, and...
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    Right. It's just kind of a shame that it would...

    Right. It's just kind of a shame that it would make such a perfect, if expensive, all weather single-speed belt-drive disc brake commuter for me save for the lack of a seat stay bridge to attach a...
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    ^ but what about the lack of a seat stay bridge? ...

    ^ but what about the lack of a seat stay bridge? Is there a simple and elegant work around for that for installing a rear fender?
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    i believe it retails for ~$3,000 ...

    i believe it retails for ~$3,000



    completely agreed. which is why if i can't attach fenders to it, the Spot Rallye is not the answer i'm looking for.
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    conceptually it seems like a bad idea, though if...

    conceptually it seems like a bad idea, though if there was a way to make it work and manufacturers were adopting such technology into new bikes and riders were liking it, i wouldn't dismiss it out of...
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    i've noticed that as well. i want to hear the...

    i've noticed that as well. i want to hear the negative comments about belt drive from people who have actually owned and extensively ridden a belt drive bike. at least the updated gates center track...
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    4.7 miles. which is what my new one-way...

    4.7 miles.

    which is what my new one-way commute distance will be after we move later this month.

    it will be a welcome change from my current 14.5 mile one-way commute distance. i loved doing...
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    ^ i too am keeping an open mind about belt-drive....

    ^ i too am keeping an open mind about belt-drive. it does seem like it would take some of the nuisance out of maintaining a chain during the wet and sloppy winter/spring seasons. from what i've read...
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    all seasons in chicago have their pluses and...

    all seasons in chicago have their pluses and minuses, but i can loosely rank them as follows:

    1. fall - my favorite time of year for riding, it's typically cooler and dryer. the lakefront path...
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    absolutely! as i often say, ride however and...

    absolutely!

    as i often say, ride however and whatever puts a smile on your face.
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    yeah, losing a spendy Ti bike to the thieves...

    yeah, losing a spendy Ti bike to the thieves would be heartbreaking. i'm fortunate in that i have secured indoor bike parking at my place of employment.

    however, titanium is a decent material to...
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    if i could only have one "do everything...

    if i could only have one "do everything reasonably well" bike, it'd be a titanium CX bike with disc brakes.

    in fact, that's my next dream bike purchase.

    aluminum and CF are both solid choices...
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    i like bike commuting because: 1. i get to...

    i like bike commuting because:

    1. i get to ride my bike twice everyday!!!!!!!!!

    2. it makes me feel more connected to my city.

    3. it saves me tons of cash by allowing our family to remain a...
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    Oops, my mistake. I thought you were objecting to...

    Oops, my mistake. I thought you were objecting to the Boilers, confusing Bloomington with West Lafayette.

    carry on.......
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    The Boilermakers are in West Lafayette, IN. ...

    The Boilermakers are in West Lafayette, IN.

    Bloomington, IN is the home of the Hoosiers.
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    I too am on the cusp of a move that will...

    I too am on the cusp of a move that will drastically shorten my bike commute, though I'm staying within the same city. I currently live in the west loop neighborhood of downtown Chicago, but I plan...
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    i have a 2011 scott SUB 10, this was before they...

    i have a 2011 scott SUB 10, this was before they switched to the gates belt drive that the current year models of the bike have, so my bike has a conventional chain w/ alfine 8 and hydraulic disc...
  18. I believe it was the second part of my statement...

    I believe it was the second part of my statement that RubeRad was referencing, the part where i said "but that's no fun at all".

    Whether you are "observing what you eat" or "restricting your...
  19. huh? in the post of mine that you quoted i...

    huh? in the post of mine that you quoted i explicitly stated that my wife was pregnant with only one child, a baby girl.
  20. for those in this thread mentioning their...

    for those in this thread mentioning their experiences raising twins, i can report with confidence that my wife is currently pregnant with one single baby girl.

    we're doing this family building...
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    thanks for the advice and congratulations everyone.

    as for the common theme of stretching a commuting run a little longer if/when time allows, that's certainly something to consider. however,...
  22. The pros and cons of a radically shorter bike commute.

    with the birth of our 1st child due in 3 months, my wife and i have come to realize that our days of living in a small one-bedroom condo in a downtown highrise are soon coming to an end. we chose...
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    generally speaking, the quality of a tire is more...

    generally speaking, the quality of a tire is more important than the width of a tire (within reasonable boundaries, of course).
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    as others have said, you can commute on any kind...

    as others have said, you can commute on any kind of bike, hell i've even seen a guy commuting on a unicycle and that was well below 25 pounds.

    i have a titanium road bike that i commute on when...
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    Poll: "I just like riding my bike." yep, that just...

    "I just like riding my bike."

    yep, that just about perfectly sums it all up.

    no need to over think this one.
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