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  1. Speaking as an old grumpy guy, I have usually...

    Speaking as an old grumpy guy, I have usually found that lower category riders talk about bikes and higher category riders talk about training. I have also tended to notice that higher category...
  2. Thread: Microshift?

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    I'm using Microshift 10 speed brifters with their...

    I'm using Microshift 10 speed brifters with their derailleurs on my cyclocross bike. They are not the quality of Dura-Ace or Record, but they work just fine. They are loud and clunky, and I could...
  3. That's assuming that the frame is exactly like...

    That's assuming that the frame is exactly like the drawing. Few builders ensure that the head angle is exact to the tenth of a degree, and that the fork blades didn't settle just slightly during the...
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    I have a thousand miles or so on the Cerfs....

    I have a thousand miles or so on the Cerfs. Light, fast, great ride quality, fairly poor wearing characteristics by the look of the rear one, and poor flat protection. I expect the Chinook pass (and...
  5. There is a "sweet spot", but it's different for...

    There is a "sweet spot", but it's different for every individual. It's also affected by almost everything you can think of - baggage, body position on the bike, stem length, tire width and pressure,...
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    I note that a recurring theme in your posts is...

    I note that a recurring theme in your posts is the not-too-subtle hinting that, because you have it all figured out for yourself, you have it all figured out for everyone else too. The idea that...
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    Sticky: Poll: Just shows how old you are. I think it's been...

    Just shows how old you are. I think it's been twenty years since this sport was like that.
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    Sticky: Now that's pretty cool. We should get you...

    Now that's pretty cool. We should get you together with the carbon headset spacer crowd. I'm assuming some kind of explosion results...
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    That ended up being more insulting than I meant...

    That ended up being more insulting than I meant and I apologize for it. I really just thought it was funny that a mis-folded protein could end up being blamed for saggy bicycle saddles. It's such a...
  10. I think the dealer is probably right. The "small,...

    I think the dealer is probably right. The "small, medium, large" deal started to supplant the "49 through 63 in one cm. increments" system around the time that carbon monocoque frames became...
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    1) Saddles are like shoes. Brand A may be great...

    1) Saddles are like shoes. Brand A may be great for one fellow and terrible for another. Same for brands B through Z. No reason to take it personally if one brand works better for someone and worse...
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    Universals are the obvious choice.

    Universals are the obvious choice.
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    Sticky: Poll: This is a very strange post to me. It all makes...

    This is a very strange post to me. It all makes good sense, but then it finishes in a way that seems a bit silly. I mean, "would you rather slam your body into a concrete wall at 30 km/h with just...
  14. Well, as a grumpy old fart, I'm the wrong guy to...

    Well, as a grumpy old fart, I'm the wrong guy to ask. FWIW, I suspect that materials (or at least methods of using existing materials) have somewhat improved, but maybe only at the high end of...
  15. I personally can't tell a difference in a few cm....

    I personally can't tell a difference in a few cm. difference of wheelbase, assuming that difference is caused by chainstay length and/or top tub length. (If it's caused by head angle and/or fork rake...
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    Good to see the denizens of the mechanics forum...

    Good to see the denizens of the mechanics forum are still as pleasant and thoughtful as always.
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    No, you'll just ride in the middle of the road at...

    No, you'll just ride in the middle of the road at 4 mph for as long as you please and the hell with every other road user. Frankly, I'd prefer the fumes.
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    I know for a fact that you can use a 30 cog with...

    I know for a fact that you can use a 30 cog with that derailleur. It wasn't uncommon for people to ask for that set-up at the shop where I worked at the time. Shimano has always been pretty...
  19. Bike geometry was pretty well understood by 1950,...

    Bike geometry was pretty well understood by 1950, at least for 700c wheels. It gradually and subtly changed as tires got narrower and roads got better. By 1985 or so it had arrived pretty much where...
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    Sticky: Poll: I have discovered a good solution for these...

    I have discovered a good solution for these folks. I slam on the brakes, make a U-turn, chase the offender down, and deliver a wild-eyed, spittle-flecked, screaming tirade about helmets, bike safety,...
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    Sticky: Poll: Right now, Meanwhile is wondering why he even...

    Right now, Meanwhile is wondering why he even bothered.
  22. I agree that thickness has a smaller effect on...

    I agree that thickness has a smaller effect on stiffness than does diameter, but wall thickness does have a very significant effect. I have built frames that are nearly useless for my size and weight...
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    Sticky: Poll: That would be a great point, if we didn't already...

    That would be a great point, if we didn't already know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is not true.
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    Sticky: Poll: I have never heard this. It seems pretty damning....

    I have never heard this. It seems pretty damning. Where can I find the study?
  25. I think you are on the right track. If the LHT is...

    I think you are on the right track. If the LHT is too flexible for you then Prestige is going to be a disaster. And if you never exceed 35mm then 650b would be a foolish choice. There are some...
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