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    For what it's worth, I don't think the Giant...

    For what it's worth, I don't think the Giant Cypress and Trek FX line are apples to apples. The Cypress is more similar to Trek's 7000 series. I think Giant's Rapid line is comparable to the Trek FX.
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    Thanks a lot for the compliments. :beer:

    Thanks a lot for the compliments. :beer:
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    The FX can handle hard packed dirt and grass, or...

    The FX can handle hard packed dirt and grass, or a well maintained stone dust/crushed limestone path. Any kind of loose surface, ruts, or roots is pretty much out of the question. The 7100 is no...
  4. The "weirdness" of the FX bars is only on higher...

    The "weirdness" of the FX bars is only on higher end models than the 7.2. You will have no problem changing out grips on a 7.2FX.
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    1978 Raleigh Super Course

    I picked this up from a Craigslist ad in July for only $50. The previous owner had put on new tires and tubes, brake pads, saddle, and at least tried to do the bar tape. Unfortunately for him, he did...
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    It looks brand new. Very classy project. I chose...

    It looks brand new. Very classy project. I chose the same white bar tape and cable housing combination on my own Super Course this summer. I especially like your paint and decal work.
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    Either way, thanks to both of you!

    Either way, thanks to both of you!
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    Can you post a couple close up pics? I am 80%...

    Can you post a couple close up pics? I am 80% sure that what you need is to straighten out the hanger, and replace the rear derailleur, but I am NOT a mechanic. You can probably get an Acera or...
  9. If you need to compare the lowest possible...

    If you need to compare the lowest possible gearing between bikes, try this tool: http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
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    I think "hybrid" is correctly applied as a very...

    I think "hybrid" is correctly applied as a very broad term. Anything not purely a road bike, or purely a mountain bike, that falls somewhere in between, I will call a hybrid. Flat bar road bikes fall...
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    Nothing pretties up a bike like trekking bars....

    Nothing pretties up a bike like trekking bars. Mine:
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7276/7411950186_b952d329c5_c.jpg

    They don't all have to be flat bar road bikes. To me, the major limiting factor...
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    I think you nailed it.

    I think you nailed it.
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    Jumping off where? The smallest rear sprocket...

    Jumping off where? The smallest rear sprocket down toward the rear derailleur, or from the largest rear sprocket into the spokes, or at the cranks, or just skipping forward a tooth when you pedal...
  14. If you are going to live off campus in a place...

    If you are going to live off campus in a place where you can get your bike inside every night, and you'll be riding at least a couple miles each way, then consider a nice, new hybrid as you have...
  15. Don't get hung up on disc brakes. The ones you...

    Don't get hung up on disc brakes. The ones you get on a $400 bike won't be too impressive, anyway.

    I managed to lock my bike up outside in New York City every day at work for two years without it...
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    Look very closely for cracks in the carbon fork...

    Look very closely for cracks in the carbon fork and aluminum frame, especially around the head tube and bottom bracket (between the crank arms). Either one of these is a no starter. Looseness/play in...
  17. Thread: Trek 7.0 FX

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    The components are very low-end. You'll find...

    The components are very low-end. You'll find these same parts on some of the bikes at a sporting goods or department store. Not that it isn't a decent bike, but don't let the Trek name oversell it....
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    If the loose derailleur cable is any indication,...

    If the loose derailleur cable is any indication, the bike is in need of a serious tune-up. I would use this as a negotiating point to try and get him down to $200, but it seems like a fair price...
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    I've had two sets of these, and have really liked...

    I've had two sets of these, and have really liked them. They come with black or silver levers, and black or "gum" hoods. They are very comfortable.
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    This is the difference between non-aero, and aero...

    This is the difference between non-aero, and aero brake levers. Most bikes you see from the early '90s and later will have aero brake levers. http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_aa-l.html#aerobrake

    Aero...
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    Have fun. I don't ride more than a couple miles...

    Have fun. I don't ride more than a couple miles from home without: a bike-specific multi-tool, a patch kit, and a small pump. The Park Tool website is great for how-tos, Sheldon Brown's website is...
  22. I recently removed a stuck seatpost in a case...

    I recently removed a stuck seatpost in a case where I wanted to keep the frame and seatpost both in good condition. I slotted a very large screwdriver through a hole in the seat clamp, and slid a two...
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    I wouldn't consider the Indie 3 a full step up...

    I wouldn't consider the Indie 3 a full step up from the VFR 3 in components - maybe a half step? The real differences are the change from 8- to 9-speed, disc brakes, and the Alivio rear derailleur. I...
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    For my relatively long, bony hands, I found Cane...

    For my relatively long, bony hands, I found Cane Creek SCR-5s to be very comfortable, thanks to their big, fat rubber hoods.
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    I don't know Norco, but the specs seem reasonable...

    I don't know Norco, but the specs seem reasonable for the price. You have a lot of options in the hybrid segment for a $600 budget, though. Major brands like Trek, Specialized and Giant all have a...
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