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  1. Thread: Shifting issues

    by cpach
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    Another thing that could make for inconsistent...

    Another thing that could make for inconsistent shifting would be a bent derailleur hanger. Basically, the derailleur should run parallel to the cassette. If it's bent, it won't index correctly with...
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    The cable housing is a little long. If it bothers...

    The cable housing is a little long. If it bothers you at all I'd ask the shop to trim things down--probably while swapping out your stem. It's really a very easy job for them, and at most will...
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    For what it's worth on my '11 SuperSix the stock...

    For what it's worth on my '11 SuperSix the stock Tektro brakes worked kind of poorly, even with Koolstop pads, competent (pretty sure!) setup, cleaned rims, etc. Upgrading to 5700 in the front (which...
  4. Thread: Faster shifting?

    by cpach
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    The adjustments that MAY help some would be...

    The adjustments that MAY help some would be shortening the chain to it's smallest (so that it just long enough for for the big/big combo). Look up articles on how to size a chain. The other is making...
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    I've been rolling with a Genuine Innovations...

    I've been rolling with a Genuine Innovations Airchuck and a Topeak Race Rocket AL lately. The Race Rocket is stupid small/light, a great pump as a CO2 backup, and it WILL get you home (and even to...
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    Basically, you're going to need to post your bike...

    Basically, you're going to need to post your bike to get better advice.

    The easiest, and probably best way, is to sell the fixed gear bike and buy a bike with derailleurs. FG/SS bikes are pretty...
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    I would buy the downtube bike. While I also would...

    I would buy the downtube bike. While I also would personally rather have a good DT setup than a low end brifter setup, my judgement is that the Mirage comes in a much nicer color. The black fork is...
  8. Getting fit right is of course important, and...

    Getting fit right is of course important, and getting the right stem size/handlebar/etc setup is worth it pretty much regardless of the value of the bike. Some of my bikes had exactly the right stem...
  9. If you feel the insufferable need to be a weenie...

    If you feel the insufferable need to be a weenie about it, ditch the bag and use your jersey instead. It'll probably drop more weight than losing the tube. Also it's poor form to patch on group...
  10. One thing to be aware of is that the remaining...

    One thing to be aware of is that the remaining spokes may be fatigued from being detensioned. You might consider having the wheel rebuilt with new spokes, at least on the drive side. You could take...
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    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/SearchListingDetail...

    http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/SearchListingDetail.aspx?id=3045107&make=683&model=61516&year=2013&priceMin=0&priceMax=20000&type=0

    In my opinion, it's not a terrible call, but I've seen better...
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    First of all, he really should consider a 12-34....

    First of all, he really should consider a 12-34. 53/11 is silly, especially if he's the kind of rider who needs a 30/34 gear. That said, the official capacity of the M771 SGS is 45T. With a 11-34...
  13. I think the point others are making is that you...

    I think the point others are making is that you should explore getting a firmer spring for the shock on the bike that you are getting. Assuming one is available, it will dramatically improve your...
  14. In your position I'd probably look for an older,...

    In your position I'd probably look for an older, probably 26", hardtail with a decentish fork, maybe disc brakes. Unless you're stoked on the rigid idea, then go wild.

    What exactly is your budget?
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    http://www.crank-2.com/store/product/14093/Manowar...

    http://www.crank-2.com/store/product/14093/Manowar-Threadless-Stem-Adapt/

    Apparently there are! So yeah, this is what I would do.
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    I looked for a while, and as best as I can tell,...

    I looked for a while, and as best as I can tell, no, this is not a thing that exists. There are are a couple compact drops in 26.0 from Nitto and Soma, but nothing really in 25.4. Your best bet is to...
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    For what it's worth, my experience is that using...

    For what it's worth, my experience is that using a hose clamp, a small hobbyist's hacksaw, and some sand paper produces perfectly fine results. A real saw guide mostly makes it considerably faster,...
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    I don't really understand how this would...

    I don't really understand how this would work--aren't stoker hoods designed to fit to drop bars or bullhorns? I guess you could put them on bar ends, but the width on all but the shortest flat/riser...
  19. Thread: Felt or Raleigh

    by cpach
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    They're both reasonably similar. The biggest...

    They're both reasonably similar. The biggest difference is that the Raleigh has mechanical disc brakes and the Felt has cantilevers. The Raleigh also has an all-aluminum fork, while the Felt has...
  20. Yes, 9sp Shimano mtn derailleurs will index with...

    Yes, 9sp Shimano mtn derailleurs will index with 7-10sp shimano road drivetrains (excepting some early duraace).
  21. As far as I can tell, as long as we're using...

    As far as I can tell, as long as we're using derailleur drivetrains, more gears will pretty much always be better given constraints of engineering (it has to actually work, and not be too fragile, or...
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    Thanks for the help everyone. ESpecially FBinNY,...

    Thanks for the help everyone. ESpecially FBinNY, you're always such a solid source of information. I finally finished the project! After calling nearly all the local shops and a couple framebuilders,...
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    Threading a threadless fork

    I posted a short while back about replacing the fork on my friend's very large frame. I've been trying to keep it threaded, but it requires at least 256mm of steerer. I have a threadless fork cut to...
  24. As another data point, I'm a little over 5'10"...

    As another data point, I'm a little over 5'10" with a short inseam and a long torso, and after demoing both, I ended up on a 17.5" carve instead of a 19". It just felt better-more maneuverable,...
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    Checked my local coop. I've decided on buying a...

    Checked my local coop. I've decided on buying a cheap threadless fork and threading it with their die. Thanks for the help everyone.
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