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    Hi, guys. Thanks! I've checked out a couple of...

    Hi, guys. Thanks! I've checked out a couple of those shops. I'm in Bethel--either of you nearby?
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    Just moved from NYC to Fairfield County

    Any of you around here?

    Any rides I ought to know about? Social, or lunchtime, orů?

    I stopped by Bethel Bikes, which is clearly more race-oriented than I am. Looking forward to checking out...
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    Not at all. It affords people the opportunity to...

    Not at all. It affords people the opportunity to live up to their names.
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    That tire's got at least twelve more yards in it,...

    That tire's got at least twelve more yards in it, you waster.
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    I've ridden a pair of Schwalbe Ultremos down to...

    I've ridden a pair of Schwalbe Ultremos down to where it wasn't just cords; it was inch-long flaps of rubber coming off and showing everything underneath. Not the world's best idea, though.

    I...
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    Well, they are awfully pretty.

    Well, they are awfully pretty.
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    I agree. And there's not only the question of the...

    I agree. And there's not only the question of the odds of flatting, but also the consequences of it. A recreational weekend rider might have to walk a couple of miles. A randonneur might blow the...
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    Any time I start wondering if it's been long...

    Any time I start wondering if it's been long enough, it's been long enough.

    I flatted at mile zero of my first 200K of 2012, and kept flatting through the event until I ran out of tubes and patch...
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    Same here. That's just how these bikes are. I...

    Same here. That's just how these bikes are.

    I have a vague memory of hearing, a few years ago, that a redesign was in consideration, but I don't know any more than that.
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    I've noticed that Primo Comets are no faster than...

    I've noticed that Primo Comets are no faster than Marathon Pluses, given certain standard-issue engines.
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    Again, thank you for the thoughtful and helpful...

    Again, thank you for the thoughtful and helpful responses. I appreciate it very much.
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    I'm a longtime user and big fan of the 20"...

    I'm a longtime user and big fan of the 20" Marathon Plus. I have a pair on my NYC commuting folder.

    60-80 P.S.I., depending on rider sluggardliness.
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    I may do one more new one (and sell it after,...

    I may do one more new one (and sell it after, same as this one), just so I know how things are supposed to go together before I start encountering things that aren't put together right, but I like...
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    All useful. Thanks!

    All useful. Thanks!
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    Learning bikes better by assembling a few

    Hi, all,

    I decided 2013 is going to be the year where I learn a lot more about bikes, besides just riding them. So I bought a stand and some tools, took a basic maintenance class, and I'm just...
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    Sunlite fork crown setting tool. Because I'm less...

    Sunlite fork crown setting tool. Because I'm less smart than somebody who'd just have their local bike shop tap it in.
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    Purty!

    Purty!
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    Yeah. There aren't any long climbs, but there are...

    Yeah. There aren't any long climbs, but there are one or two pretty steep ones.
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    The OP mentioned steep climbs. There are a few in...

    The OP mentioned steep climbs. There are a few in NYC, particularly in Northern Manhattan, and some even steeper ones right over the GW Bridge, where lots of NYC cyclists go.
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    Works for me. Spring?

    Works for me.

    Spring?
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    Actually...Hudson Greenway -> Dyckman -> Broadway...

    Actually...Hudson Greenway -> Dyckman -> Broadway -> Van Cortlandt Park -> Rail trail to New Croton Reservoir is an 80-mile round trip. Tack another ten north after the reservoir, and there's a...
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    Hmm. Long Island really starts getting pretty out...

    Hmm. Long Island really starts getting pretty out by the Hamptons, and we'd be done before that.
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    Without having asked around a lot, so this is just a guess:

    I suspect people used to modern saddles will initially level them the same way, which (for me, anyway) doesn't work. I'd also guess the...
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    Sounds fun to me. I actually did a 200K on my...

    Sounds fun to me. I actually did a 200K on my Swift last April.
  25. It probably varies some with leather stiffness...

    It probably varies some with leather stiffness and rider weight. Still, at the very least, I do think it's much exaggerated.
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