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    Flame the Seller

    If it were me, I'd flame the seller on my local C/L. Irresponsible dolt, he is, who lists that bike for sale without saying, "oh, you'll need a new fork". That doesn't mean that a nice carbon...
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    Running is harder

    physically, physiologically, mentally - all of these.

    Most marathoners could ride a century with little preparation.

    Few century riders could run a marathon even with sufficient training.
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    Old Saying is that you should "dance with the...

    Old Saying is that you should "dance with the girl that you brought"

    The meaning is applicable. Enjoy your new bike. Ride it and never look back. Remember the features that attracted you to it....
  4. Am I the only curmudgeon here? Why does anyone...

    Am I the only curmudgeon here? Why does anyone need a computer to tell them what gear they're in? sounds like a solution to a non-existent problem...

    Maybe this computer does something else,...
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    Ditto

    Rider abused the front end by jumping/tricks. Also, might be a bit later than late '60s. This reminds me of early-to-mid '70s. Is there a small two digit year stamped into the rear of the top...
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    Frame Size

    Seat post height is a misleading thing...

    Learn to identify the "basic" sizes in English units by sight. 19", 21", 23", 25". Your correct starting point is 21", I can tell you that.

    So, for...
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    Why haven't you bought this bike already? ...

    Why haven't you bought this bike already?

    Yes. It's too small. Look for a 21" or 53 cm frame on a traditional road bike. Learn what this looks like from photographs, so you can identify it...
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    Too Small

    I see from your other thread that you're 5'8", so this bike is really too small.

    But it anyway. Swap out the derailleurs for some middle-of-the-road Suntour stuff and flip it for $175. Sell the...
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    Buy immediately! Don't wait. The rear derailleur...

    Buy immediately! Don't wait. The rear derailleur is worth $60 on eBay alone. Stag Head 1st generation Deore, very desirable.

    Oh, and the bike is terrific, too. How tall are you, because it's...
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    It was a complicated question for us. The...

    It was a complicated question for us. The weather was wonderful, and we really enjoyed all of the outdoor activities. Thought that would be a great thing for the kids. But there were...
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    Funny,

    My wife and I left Irvine in '92 because we didn't want to raise children in California. Ultimately, it worked out for our particular situation (grandparents up in NJ), as we moved to Northern VA. ...
  12. My daughter texts me tour updates in play-by-play...

    My daughter texts me tour updates in play-by-play patter during the end of each stage. Pretty exciting, like reading the old ticker-tape sports feeds for radio rebroadcast.

    Unfortunately, my wife...
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    single speed wide tire, within budget...bam

    Save up to 60% off new Mercier Singlespeed Track Bikes - Kilo WT - Save Up To 60% Off Brand new Bicycles
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    I Love Mine...

    ... a '77, when the 6-speed cluster was introduced. It has a little decal above the shifter boss that has "12" in the image of a chain link.

    Great all-around bike for any type of riding. I love...
  15. Cheap is your problem. I wonder if its more...

    Cheap is your problem. I wonder if its more expensive to make safe, tested lenses that have polarizing coatings. If you could up your price to $50 or so, there are options. Some nice ones at...
  16. fixed it...

    This will also show you where and by how much, if you have to bend it back into shape...
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    For Variety, Fun and Challenge...

    Built up my first fixed gear conversion three falls ago for a winter riding treat. It turns out that I loved the change, after having ridden geared bikes for many years.

    Fast forward to today,...
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    Get a massively heavy chain and wear it like a...

    Get a massively heavy chain and wear it like a belt. Removable for urban warfare...
  19. Economics

    Your question is a price/cost one. Why not determine your break-even time horizon and calculate the bike's price based on car commuting costs avoided? The simplest model says that the bike's original...
  20. Fujita Belt

    No one has mentioned the Fujita Belt? The FB-17 is in between the B-17and the Pro, has thick leather, and is wonderfully comfortable (for me). eBay will be the easiest source, but not cheap, at...
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    Not trolling...

    Coincidentally, my wife and I attended an open house celebrating our daughter and son-in-law's May wedding last weekend. The party was in Colorado. Daughter's new father-in-law is a petrolium...
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    46 x 17T on the fixed side, which I ride...

    46 x 17T on the fixed side, which I ride exclusively.

    I have a 16T freewheel on the other side that I'm thinking of removing. Will I notice the weight savings? ;)
  23. I love the way a couple of my bikes handle at...

    I love the way a couple of my bikes handle at terminal speed. For those, I tuck and let 'er rip. It's fun, but only if conditions permit. Dry, good visibility, good quality road, etc. Also, a...
  24. Ask your mechanic friend what he would charge....

    Ask your mechanic friend what he would charge. When I build a bike up from scratch, it's usually 2-3 hours for careful assembly and tuning, but this assumes that components are all ready to go)....
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    The Continental Divide?

    The Continental Divide?
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