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  1. I guess I'm in the retrogrouch crowd. All 3 of...

    I guess I'm in the retrogrouch crowd. All 3 of my personal bikes are steel framed. I have built a few bikes for myself and friends from frames and parts. The only thing in bike mechanics that I have...
  2. I agree with what the other replies have been,...

    I agree with what the other replies have been, including the fact that everybody will have a different opinion. That being said, my opinion is to forget about weight. If the bike shop is trying to...
  3. Welcome. Many local bike shops will focus on...

    Welcome. Many local bike shops will focus on racing-type bikes in which attaching racks is something they are not designed for. Most bike shops can order from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), which...
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    Worked late one night last week. While riding...

    Worked late one night last week. While riding home in the dark about 10 PM, I surprised a couple off to the side of the bike path in a dark section of the woods. The woman was on her knees in front...
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    Schwalbe Durano I bought these because my old...

    Schwalbe Durano I bought these because my old favorite Marathons were not available in sizes to fit my current bike (a recumbent with 20 inch front wheel and 700c rear). They have held up great.
  6. I would choose neither. Sorry, I have answered...

    I would choose neither. Sorry, I have answered in the annoying long standing Bike Forums tradition that when someone asks about choosing between A and B to answer C. You mentioned dreaming of...
  7. I did a charity 100 mile ride last year on my...

    I did a charity 100 mile ride last year on my Tour Easy. There were 2 recumbents out of 350 riders. Unfortunately, I heard snide comments all day long. A lot of road bike fanatics seem to have...
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    If this is going to be your ONLY bike, I would...

    If this is going to be your ONLY bike, I would suggest not discounting utility of being able to carry things. Racing bikes (like the caad10 5) are really meant for racing. I would just make two...
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    May be a nice builder. I've just never seen a...

    May be a nice builder. I've just never seen a touring, or even "sport touring" bike with 16 spoke wheels. Not sure how much weight you can put on that rack. Maybe for credit card touring when all...
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    Custom steel frame "sport touring" road bike: ...

    Custom steel frame "sport touring" road bike:

    http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj64/m_yates/sporttourebay.jpg
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    Fairing recommendation for a Tour Easy?

    I've been researching fairings for the Tour Easy, and it appears that they come in a range of sizes. The Zzipper web site shows 5 different versions for the Tour Easy. Some are wider, some are...
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    Well, I mail ordered the Hollywood Rack and a...

    Well, I mail ordered the Hollywood Rack and a trailer hitch for my Corolla. Last weekend, I went back to Bicycle Man and put down a deposit on my Tour Easy. They had one of the Taiwanese models in...
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    Thank you for the advice on the racks. I have...

    Thank you for the advice on the racks. I have visited the Bicycle Man in Alfred, and coincidentally the Tour Easy is the bike I want. They had a Tiawanese built one that was a little less expensive.
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    Bike rack recommendations?

    Does anyone have recommendations for a rack that can hold two long wheelbase recumbents? I'm looking at purchasing recumbents for myself and my girlfriend. The problem is that I drive a Toyota...
  15. Here is a short 8 day tour of the historic Erie...

    Here is a short 8 day tour of the historic Erie Canal route from Buffalo to Albany:

    http://www.ptny.org/canaltour/

    It is offered in July each year. The cost is pretty reasonable.
  16. I can't believe the red light cameras didn't get...

    I can't believe the red light cameras didn't get the plate number. They certainly get your plate number when they mail you a fine.

    Also, the reporters should be ashamed of themselves for being...
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    If you don't like reaching down to shift, try...

    If you don't like reaching down to shift, try Kelly Take Offs. I have two bikes, one has bar end shifters, the other has Kelly Take Offs. They both are low maintenance, cost much less than STI...
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    If you are willing to spend that much on a bike,...

    If you are willing to spend that much on a bike, take a look at the Bikesdirect Fantom Cross CX. The web site currently shows it available in black or silver in your size, and costs a little less...
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    85-90 psi on 700x32. I practice ride heavy...

    85-90 psi on 700x32. I practice ride heavy techniques due to my 225 pound engine plus luggage.
  20. Method for removing plastic taste from water bottle

    I have a number of cheap water bottles, and the water in them always tastes horrible at the end of the day. It has been bothering me for some time, so I set out to do some research and come up with...
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    I started biking after I hurt my knee jogging. ...

    I started biking after I hurt my knee jogging. When I was jogging daily, my weight was 185 pounds. With bike commuting the past 3 years, my weight is currently 225 pounds.

    Trying to lose weight...
  22. I had numbness from the stock padded saddle on my...

    I had numbness from the stock padded saddle on my bike (very scary!). I now ride with a Brooks and have no problems. More padding seems like a good idea, but actually makes matters worse. The...
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    I just installed them on my friend's bike. I...

    I just installed them on my friend's bike. I have the Shimano Dura-Ace 9 speed bar ends on my bike. I like the Silver Shifters better. The Silver Shifters are longer and angled slightly inward to...
  24. Thread: Erie Canal

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    I commute daily on the canal path, and in the...

    I commute daily on the canal path, and in the summers I've run into a few cross country tourers on the way to or from Maine. I think the canal path is part of the ACA Northern Tier Route. You might...
  25. Thread: Erie Canal

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    I suggest buying this book:...

    I suggest buying this book: http://www.ptny.org/guidebook/index.shtml

    I've only ridden it from Buffalo to Syracuse. Most canal locks have free camping. There was a post here just recently about...
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