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    Sticky: they look like centerpull cantilevers to me.

    they look like centerpull cantilevers to me.
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    Sticky: a dropbar hybrid? odd, looks like a road bike to...

    a dropbar hybrid? odd, looks like a road bike to me.
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    I put a rack on most all my bikes, they are just...

    I put a rack on most all my bikes, they are just way too useful. I generally put a banjo brothers racktop bag on them, like this one...
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    bike shops around here will order a bike in a...

    bike shops around here will order a bike in a size they don't have if they think they can sell it, if you don't buy it, they'll use it to replace a floor bike someone else buys. it they are...
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    jumping in this late, bingo. I'm 6' tall...

    jumping in this late, bingo.

    I'm 6' tall and wear 30" inseam pants, so thats me to a Tee... long torso, short legs. having started riding in the days where road bike frames were sized so...
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    you mean, like a 29er mtn bike? or a Surley...

    you mean, like a 29er mtn bike? or a Surley Pugsley?
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    again, armadillo is not a tire model, its a...

    again, armadillo is not a tire model, its a brandname for Specialized's flat resistance. they make everything from fat tire mountain bike knobbies with armadillo to hybrid tires like Nimbus with...
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    you realize that post you replied to is a year...

    you realize that post you replied to is a year old?

    another thing I didn't think of last year, that 'gel' foam they use on these, it gets hard when its cold and is softer when its warm.
  9. rubbing the rims down with a rag (not paper)...

    rubbing the rims down with a rag (not paper) soaked in a bit of isopropyl is always a good thing, removing rubber deposits from the rims. I don't like using things that are too abrasive on the...
  10. I second the emotion to avoid suspension entirely...

    I second the emotion to avoid suspension entirely on anything below about a $1200 mountain bike.
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    I second the emotion on the Ergons. I have the...

    I second the emotion on the Ergons. I have the GP3 'medium' length ones, in the larger hand grip size as I have XL hands.
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    Sticky: I'll be curious to hear how well those fenders...

    I'll be curious to hear how well those fenders work in heavy rains. when I've tried 'shorties' like that, my back and butt have gotten soaked (draw a tangent line off the rear tire that just...
  13. living in/around any big city, I'd want the...

    living in/around any big city, I'd want the funkiest, ugliest, rat bike possible with absolutely no bling or expensive looking parts on it. if you put new tires on it, use the cheapest generic Chen...
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    also note that folding tires are a LOT easier to...

    also note that folding tires are a LOT easier to ship than wire-bead ones, and generally arrive in much better condition.

    that said, I buy all my tires at a LBS, if they don't have what I want,...
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    and I've put about 1000 miles on my vitorria...

    and I've put about 1000 miles on my vitorria hyper randonneurs (now called rando. pro) in the past year, 700x32, zero flats, done bunches of hard pack trails with them too. they still ride really...
  16. Thread: Hybrid forks

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    700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel...

    700c is a wheel size, the standard diameter wheel used on most road bikes and many road oriented hybrids. mountain bikes traditionally used 26" wheels, as do cruisers and many fatter tire hybrids. ...
  17. Thread: Hybrid forks

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    decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I...

    decent suspension forks are $$$. personally, I prefer a 700c hybrid with steel forks. suspension belongs on a mountain bike.
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    cadence is the rate you're pedaling at. the...

    cadence is the rate you're pedaling at. the wheel RPM is directly proportional to your actual ground speed.

    btw, you might have better luck searching for "Ridesense" (s not c).
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  19. you can't run the rack back a bit farther on the...

    you can't run the rack back a bit farther on the upper stays to level it off?

    I have big feet, and a constant problem with panniers has been heel strikes, so I like my rack as far back as I can...
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    "28" is an older designation that's the same as...

    "28" is an older designation that's the same as 700c and '29er'. look for the ITRI size, like 45-622, thats the /real/ size (622 being the bead diameter of 700c wheels)

    max tire fit is tricky,...
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    I really like the Axiom rack I put on my hybrid. ...

    I really like the Axiom rack I put on my hybrid. they have them to fit most any bike.

    http://pierce.smugmug.com/By-Date/2012/2012-12-03/i-jKp4LSz/0/XL/IMG_6050-XL.jpg

    what I specifically like...
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    I do suspect thats not actually 'raw aluminum',...

    I do suspect thats not actually 'raw aluminum', rather its a bright silver paint under clearcoat, same as my 2001 Stumpjumper. I *thought* it was raw polished aluminum, until I chipped the paint by...
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    quite frankly, I don't like bike mirrors, I am a...

    quite frankly, I don't like bike mirrors, I am a firm believer in turning my head. most threats are NOT directly behind you.
  24. Thread: New to biking

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    if you can figure out what style of bike you...

    if you can figure out what style of bike you want, and what size is appropriate, shopping used can save 50% over new, so you can get a much nicer bike. of course it can take awhile to find the...
  25. Thread: New to biking

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    I've had about 20 bikes over the last 40 years......

    I've had about 20 bikes over the last 40 years... I still have 3-4 of them :) I'm over high end road/touring bikes, never much cared for racing bikes, did way more than my share of hard core...
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