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    I've used them for about 2.5k commuting miles so...

    I've used them for about 2.5k commuting miles so far. I know heine thinks they're less prone to flats, but they seem to pick up goat heads like nobodies business. However, I started running them...
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    Lifespan of disc brake pads

    Hey all,

    I've been using some Avid BB7s on my Soma DC for about 2600 miles now and was wondering, at what point are pads generally replaced? I checked them and they look fine to me (still plenty...
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    VO Sabot pedals. I've used them for about 500...

    VO Sabot pedals. I've used them for about 500 miles right now and I like them quite a bit. Before that I used some VP-001 Thin Gripsters and some Grip Kings. I'd rank the Sabots between the Grip...
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    You're right, the Hetres are not designed to be...

    You're right, the Hetres are not designed to be tubeless. However, I've run them for 600 miles now tubeless and haven't had any problems that weren't a result of my own incompetence. A lot of...
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    I use a large Swift Industries rando bag and it...

    I use a large Swift Industries rando bag and it holds my 13 inch macbook if I place it in diagonally. It's an expensive bag though, and heavy. I felt that the bag plus laptop affected my steering (I...
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    whats the advantage of tubeless tubular? Doesn't...

    whats the advantage of tubeless tubular? Doesn't that mean you can't toss in a tube if the tire gets slashed?
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    I like the waxed canvas aesthetic a lot, but...

    I like the waxed canvas aesthetic a lot, but sadly, I don't think this product exists (yet?). I was able to transport a 15 inch laptop in a 18 liter canvas saddle bag though for years, unfortunately...
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    Yup! Been running the Hetres tubeless on a Stan's...

    Yup! Been running the Hetres tubeless on a Stan's Crest wheel set. A lot of the things I had read online had said that I would need a compressor, but I was able to mount them with a floor pump...
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    Tubeless convert

    I don't know how many commuters have thought about switching over to tubeless tires, but my experiences so far have been really positive. I've been a huge fan of Grand Bois Hetres after setting up a...
  10. +1 on the Soma DC. My Soma is 25 lbs right now...

    +1 on the Soma DC. My Soma is 25 lbs right now but is still capable of touring and off-road riding with a nice front rack, fat tires, and low gearing. It was originally 32lbs with all the commuting...
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    Pretty sure. cannondale synapse can do 28s

    Pretty sure. cannondale synapse can do 28s
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    I had to take off a pitlock for a friend who lost...

    I had to take off a pitlock for a friend who lost his key (sounds sketchy, I know). Huge pain! I used lots of conventional tools but ended up having to use a power drill. Anyway, I'd say it does a...
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    Here's an example: ...

    Here's an example:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/N-O-S-MOTOCONFORT-650B-Touring-Bicycle-52-x-57-cm-France-late-1960s-MINT-/190851725711?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c6fa6398f
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    I found some Motoconforts from the 60s that...

    I found some Motoconforts from the 60s that appear very similar to this Motobecane. The racks look identical and many used 650b. I'm wondering if this model was made in the same years in the same...
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    Good eye! Maybe it is a Grand Touring. It was...

    Good eye! Maybe it is a Grand Touring. It was definitely equipped to handle a load.
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    What model Motobecane is this?

    C&V,

    I was hoping you could figure out what kind of bike this is. I know it's a Motobecane, and I suspect it's either a Grand Record or a Grand Jubilee. Originally I bought it off CL a few...
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    Yup. A used cyclocross or touring bike can be...

    Yup. A used cyclocross or touring bike can be made into an excellent commuter.
  18. I would say your best bet is to ride 30-40 mph...

    I would say your best bet is to ride 30-40 mph the whole time. Or maybe to wear a jersey made out of knives.
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    I wouldn't be able to do this, not that many...

    I wouldn't be able to do this, not that many times a week at least. If I were to scale it back to maybe twice or three times a week I would probably just look forward to the rides--if they were...
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    I've dissed them before. I know everyone loves...

    I've dissed them before. I know everyone loves them, but I swapped a set of regular Marathons for some Supremes and ended up flatting over and over. Turns out the Supreme can handle all obstacles...
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    I'd buy a Morningstar R2.0.C. Supposedly it lets...

    I'd buy a Morningstar R2.0.C. Supposedly it lets you true the hell out of disc rotors, which means I'd never have to hear any more damn rubs or squeals. At this point my bikes are so well-equipped...
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    Look up Minnehaha Saddlebags if you want...

    Look up Minnehaha Saddlebags if you want something cheaper than a Carradice. They only have one size but it can hold quite a bit.


    Personally, I love saddlebags. Used to carry a laptop for...
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    I've never understood the appeal of the mini...

    I've never understood the appeal of the mini velo. What makes them so good for city riding?
  24. H&Ms Slim Fit pants are pretty great. They have...

    H&Ms Slim Fit pants are pretty great. They have some stretch and the leg opening is slim enough to avoid getting sucked into the chain. They also look good in an office setting.
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    It's not nearly as cushy as cork, but better than...

    It's not nearly as cushy as cork, but better than cloth tape. I'd say it's comparable to Fizik tape. I can ride without gloves for up to 20 miles but after that I like to have some padding in my...
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