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  1. Hey "GreatWhiteShark", the red-and-bold font is a...

    Hey "GreatWhiteShark", the red-and-bold font is a bit harsh on the eyes! (Not quite "shouting" with all-caps, but kinda close...)
    -Sean
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    Panniers are not great if you frequently need to...

    Panniers are not great if you frequently need to lock your bike up and carry the panniers. I much prefer an arrangement that allows me to use a good, sturdy bag that is well suited for carrying when...
  3. Thread: Wiring how-to?

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    Two electrical-work things I've learned the hard...

    Two electrical-work things I've learned the hard way:
    1. Crimp-on connectors are not as easy to use as they might seem!
    2. Put the bit of heat-shrink tube on the wire *before* you crimp (or solder,...
  4. In some areas this won't be sufficient security...

    In some areas this won't be sufficient security against theft! I used to live in San Francisco, CA, and had my seat post and seat (and attached blinky) stolen, even after I'd replaced the QR clamp...
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    Some of the old ('80's, I guess I mean) MTB...

    Some of the old ('80's, I guess I mean) MTB frames have nice long chainstays, which mean they can carry a fairly heavy load on a rear rack (case of wine, say, and/or probably a serious touring load)...
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    What, specifically, did you not like about the...

    What, specifically, did you not like about the OnGuard locking skewers "finish quality"? A bit rough or uneven surface, or something more? Did you get the sense that someone could grab on end with...
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    Kinda impractical.....

    Kinda impractical.....
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    Wrong!!!!!!!! It happens a whole lot. Just...

    Wrong!!!!!!!! It happens a whole lot. Just because it hasn't happened to you, well, you see my line of reasoning?




    Exactly. They want something they can sell, and it doesn't have to be...
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    Not in San Francisco, CA! (And, I presume, the...

    Not in San Francisco, CA! (And, I presume, the same is true in other cities.) Seats and seatposts get stolen all the time here lately, even w/o QR.

    -Sean
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    I'm wondering the same thing as David. Hey...

    I'm wondering the same thing as David. Hey Maltess, how about it??
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    Also see: http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html

    Also see: http://sheldonbrown.com/tires.html
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    There definitely is such a thing as a tire that's...

    There definitely is such a thing as a tire that's too narrow for a rim (I'm talking width, not diameter)! Too wide is also a possibility.

    See the section titled "Width Considerations" near the...
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    Here in San Francisco, Calif. (a hilly town, in...

    Here in San Francisco, Calif. (a hilly town, in case you don't know...), I prefer to have lower than 1:1 for some steeper hills, esp. if I'm schlepping home some groceries. My current steed is a late...
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    I just want to add my voice of hope, admiration,...

    I just want to add my voice of hope, admiration, and appreciation for Sheldon.
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    Actually, it's not funny, it's kind of a drag to...

    Actually, it's not funny, it's kind of a drag to have a BF page take *forever* to load because of a huge photo. Not everyone has a high-speed connection, and even if we all did, there's no excuse for...
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    Using Google would be a good move, IMO. Google...

    Using Google would be a good move, IMO. Google does not "suck"! The current BF search software is maddeningly unsophisticated: it's like old early-90's stuff that automatically uses the "OR" operator...
  17. Years ago my girlfriend lost an important bag...

    Years ago my girlfriend lost an important bag when it slipped from underneath a couple of bungee cords on a rear rack. My solution to this kind of problem is to mount a large Rubbermaid-brand plastic...
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    "Everyone else with fenders" doesn't have fenders...

    "Everyone else with fenders" doesn't have fenders like yours! I rode for years and years with 27x1.125 and then 700x35, with close-fitting but narrow fenders, with no extra mudflaps, and didn't get...
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    Well, there are lots of recommended tires here....

    Well, there are lots of recommended tires here. However, I wonder if there are any moderately priced 26" commuting tires (not $45/tire) that have something like a consensus recommendation. Ideally...
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    My 1987 Trek 850 has 17.75" chainstays (center of...

    My 1987 Trek 850 has 17.75" chainstays (center of BB to center of rear axle). The big difference in frame geometry between this late-80's MTB and a tourer like the LHT is the higher BB. Probably not...
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    From everything I've read about frame geometry, a...

    From everything I've read about frame geometry, a 5cm difference in chainstay length is HUGE.
  22. touring bikes carry stuff well, even around town

    Just a reminder: touring isn't the only kind of riding that benefits from touring-bike geometry. Long chainstays are a real advantage for me everytime I haul groceries home.
  23. We can't test ride the LHT!

    Taking some test rides is great, of course, but it's not really possible with bikes that have to be specially ordered, and the LHT is one such model: stores do not have it in stock. So people who are...
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    Anyone considering a Volpe for loaded touring...

    Anyone considering a Volpe for loaded touring should think about the short chainstays: at least until 1999 they were 43cm; they're now 42.5cm (not sure when the change happened).
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    Thank you, Vik and Woody. -Sean

    Thank you, Vik and Woody.
    -Sean
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