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    Once they break in and take shape they should be...

    Once they break in and take shape they should be okay. Any time the pedal doesn't flip, but "grab" the strap with your foot.
    It's not terribly difficult to get in and out of straps, that's part of...
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    I personally felt better skidding with tight...

    I personally felt better skidding with tight straps versus spd. But I'm still getting used to clipless
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    works entirely different for skidding. the...

    works entirely different for skidding.

    the front foot pulling up is a huge part of it, especially when first learning.

    you need foot retention if you're riding fixed
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    It took me a while. I started out doing the...

    It took me a while. I started out doing the "balls to stem" skids. Wet pavement helps, provided you are skidding in a straight line.
    Eventually you get comfortable with it and can start adding some...
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    x2 here. If I'm just carrying some clothes and...

    x2 here.

    If I'm just carrying some clothes and a bike lock, I stick with my messenger bag.
    If I have a lot of stuff to ride with, I wear my backpack.

    I was iffy about spending 100+ on a bag,...
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    i noticed it happened on occasion with my...

    i noticed it happened on occasion with my fyxation straps.
    the best solution was to never take my feet out of the straps :thumb:
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    with that gearing, i doubt strength is really an...

    with that gearing, i doubt strength is really an issue. it's just getting used to the technique.
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    i typically ride in chucks or my chrome shoes if...

    i typically ride in chucks or my chrome shoes if I'm riding with clips/straps
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    :rolleyes:

    :rolleyes:
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    Brakeless isn't the brightest thing ever,...

    Brakeless isn't the brightest thing ever, especially when just starting out.
    That being said, I've ridden sans brakes for almost a year now. I spent 3 months riding with brakes, then ditched them....
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    It's really not a bad idea, and I have ran my...

    It's really not a bad idea, and I have ran my lights during the day before on busy roads that have high speed limits. Every bit of visibility helps.

    But for cruising around town, I usually take my...
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    +1 blinky lights are better for visibility....

    +1

    blinky lights are better for visibility.
    plus you can quickly remove them for riding during the day if visibility isn't an issue.
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    i really like my tb14's so far, but the...

    i really like my tb14's so far, but the archetypes would have looked a lot better on my bike.
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    yes you need foot retention. if you ride fixed,...

    yes you need foot retention.
    if you ride fixed, and your feet fly off while going down a hill, stuff gets crazy.

    plus i can't even imagine why anyone would want to ride fixed if they weren't...
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    I'd keep the bar tape black. It looks good with...

    I'd keep the bar tape black.
    It looks good with small hints of blue, but if you keep adding blue it'll look tacky.
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    they're all the same piece of crap frames....

    they're all the same piece of crap frames. 17teeth, crew district, aventon, unkown, etc.
    Get on ebay, find a closeout 721 or 725. Spend a couple hundred extra and build your own bike.
    You'll be...
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    x2 i've purchased two other bikes since my 721....

    x2
    i've purchased two other bikes since my 721. I end up not liking them, and I sell them and keep riding the leader.
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    Just went from 44/17 to 46/17

    i live in a pretty hilly area, or I'd probably do 48/17. Can't imagine wanting to go much higher than that. Skidding would be pretty difficult.
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    Anybody got recommendations on helmets that don't...

    Anybody got recommendations on helmets that don't look awful? Had a few close calls lately, I think I should wear one.
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    lubed up the parts, and kept changing things...

    lubed up the parts, and kept changing things around while riding rollers.
    turns out the pedal wasn't installed tightly enough into the crankarm (my mistake). I removed it, greased the threads, and...
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    few drops of chain lube okay? I'll try that this...

    few drops of chain lube okay? I'll try that this evening.
    I was going to swap the cleats to opposite sides as well so I can see if its just a problem with that specific cleat, or that pedal.
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    They're new, so I hadn't gotten that far yet,...

    They're new, so I hadn't gotten that far yet, thought I'd ask around.
    I'll throw some grease on them and report back.
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    I ate it in my driveway yesterday when I...

    I ate it in my driveway yesterday when I unclipped one foot and forgot that I was on a slope.

    woops
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    This week I made the switch to SPD pedals. Using...

    This week I made the switch to SPD pedals. Using the Shimano PD M520 pedals/cleats with DZR shoes.

    I noticed when I'd go to skid that there seemed to be a bit of "play" and a clicking noise. They...
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    Agreed. While they aren't beautiful welds, I'm...

    Agreed.
    While they aren't beautiful welds, I'm not really sure what you expect from a 500ish dollar frameset. If you're riding your bike, it will get scratched, and dented.
    If you aren't stoked on...
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