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  1. seconded on the Fender Flute. two of my...

    seconded on the Fender Flute. two of my co-workers put those on their rigid mtb/ commuter bikes and they work great and look a lot better than a reflector bracket.
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    gettin Massacred 359343 148. about to start...

    gettin Massacred

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    148. about to start boiling alive in that jacket.
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    I think there was a hired photographer near the...

    I think there was a hired photographer near the beginning of the race but I have not seen the photos yet.
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    TX Chainring Massacre- I had a blast. I rode...

    TX Chainring Massacre-

    I had a blast. I rode slowly.

    things I did right- brought enough food and water. set up my bike up pretty well.

    things I did wrong that really slowed me down: too much...
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    Ready for the Texas Chainring Massacre this...

    Ready for the Texas Chainring Massacre this weekend. Pake C'Mute with Velocity A23's, Conti 32mm X-Kings, fenders and frame bag.
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  6. there is a subtle difference between a true...

    there is a subtle difference between a true cyclocross bike that is designed specifically for racing cyclocross, and a "gravel grinder," or "all road" or "adventure road" type of bike. Trek has the...
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    correction: getting something that looks...

    correction: getting something that looks period-correct on that bike will be difficult. if you just need it to function, a Tourney will probably work. if you want something similar to what's on...
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    if the derailleur is dead, it might be VRY...

    if the derailleur is dead, it might be VRY difficult to get a new one that will work. FYI
  9. what is the spacing on your IGH? a lot of the...

    what is the spacing on your IGH? a lot of the SS-specific frames have 120mm spacing, which is for a singlespeed/track hub.
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    manufacturers and the Barnett's manual are very...

    manufacturers and the Barnett's manual are very clear about dry-fitting ST cranks. I respect Mr. Brandt, but I will go with what the manufacturer and Barnett say to do. working at a bike shop means...
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    they will fit. I know because I took one off the...

    they will fit. I know because I took one off the floor and tried it.
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    so, to continue the automotive metaphor, I have a...

    so, to continue the automotive metaphor, I have a station wagon. what I am looking for is a fully functional Batmobile, and you suggest that I replace my station wagon with a Fiat? I should sell my...
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    I would die trying to climb Mount Bonnell in...

    I would die trying to climb Mount Bonnell in Austin on a road cassette. I need a 15 minute break after clearing some of the climbs around here in a 34/32 gear. I would just walk if I had to wrestle a...
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    Smoothie custom build would be awesome but...

    Smoothie custom build would be awesome but literally ten times over of my conceivable budget. I work part-time in retail. (you do realize how utterly ****e that kind of income is right?) It's also...
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    I was thinking about getting something like that...

    I was thinking about getting something like that for a while. I have been anti-Cannondale because they tend to use a lot of silly proprietary stuff and I like traditional steel and standard parts....
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    She does not ride bikes. Ever. And never will. I...

    She does not ride bikes. Ever. And never will. I wouldn't be caught dead on a folder either. It would be absolutely useless to me.
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    Minus one wife = 80% of my income gone= No bikes...

    Minus one wife = 80% of my income gone= No bikes at all!
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    I am confused. Is a Verita analogous to a sports...

    I am confused. Is a Verita analogous to a sports car, or is that the four-door sedan? Are you suggesting that I keep my C'mute an also get a "real" road bike that is not a Verita? I have neither the...
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    That's 65-70 Newton meters! 70 foot pounds would...

    That's 65-70 Newton meters! 70 foot pounds would likely rip the threads out of an alu frame. ...
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    I got a decent test ride on a verita the other...

    I got a decent test ride on a verita the other day. It seems somehow faster and more stable than my C'mute although it's only a few pounds lighter. And the brakes are much more responsive. Maybe it...
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    yup, just tried it. A 32mm knobby fits both front...

    yup, just tried it. A 32mm knobby fits both front and rear. No room for fenders or mud though. 35mm slick maybe. I took it on a long test ride and that bike is smooth! I see now what people mean when...
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    question about gravel bikes: I have a Pake...

    question about gravel bikes:

    I have a Pake C'mute steel cross/commuter that I built up as a mutt with random parts. it weighs a ton (at least it does to me, 150 pounds of skin and bones)! It has...
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    Jenny can teach you a thing or two-...

    Jenny can teach you a thing or two- http://www.appalachianbicycleinstitute.com/ABI_SITE/Welcome.html
    her school just started up and it's very small, but it's a good place to start. plus, you get to...
  24. wait, are you suggesting that someone could...

    wait, are you suggesting that someone could possibly eat a hamburger without french fries on the side? that's ridiculous. what planet are you from. hamburgers come with fries, PERIOD.
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    the BB and the crank bolts should be torqued to...

    the BB and the crank bolts should be torqued to about 30 foot-pounds. the BB itself is best installed using Loctite 242 to seal it up and keep it from coming loose (and you can still remove it with a...
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