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    Have just gone through this and going with a 36...

    Have just gone through this and going with a 36 spoke rear wheel. I thought about replacing with a better quality 32 spoke wheel but decided on 36 spokes for an added measure of security. I know it...
  2. You switched from vintage steel to modern CF?

    You switched from vintage steel to modern CF?
  3. They had the Casseroll, Vaya, and Fargo in...

    They had the Casseroll, Vaya, and Fargo in several sizes as well as the Surly Pacer, Cross Check and Long Haul Trucker. When we went in a year later to buy a new bike for my wife, the Casseroll had...
  4. I bought my Salsa Casseroll after test riding it...

    I bought my Salsa Casseroll after test riding it at my lbs. Same shop had a Steel framed Surly Pacer on the floor for a long time. They also stock most of the Steel frame Jamis Quests. I even saw a...
  5. Good points. I am in the steel is real camp. It...

    Good points. I am in the steel is real camp. It is somewhat of a niche these days but you don't have to buy a Waterford to get steel. Jamis, Surly, Soma, Velo Orange, and Salsa all make steel...
  6. Or maybe join a road riding club. I have done...

    Or maybe join a road riding club. I have done group rides with several clubs in my area and plenty of folks ride older road bikes, touring bikes, even hybrids, and of course modern racing bikes.
  7. Go ahead and put a Brooks on your road bike, but...

    Go ahead and put a Brooks on your road bike, but I still wouldn't call it a Touring bike.
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    I have been down to 210, up as high as 285, and...

    I have been down to 210, up as high as 285, and everywhere in between. Sooner or later, the body adjusts to what you are doing exercise wise and you then need to eat even less and exercise more to...
  9. Lugged steel frame construction - Wikipedia, the...

    Lugged steel frame construction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Give it a shot, but I suspect that sooner rather...

    Give it a shot, but I suspect that sooner rather than later, you will have to replace the wheel, or wheels. It goes without saying you should ride to the best of your ability but the roads are what...
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    I went this route. After 2 years and about 2,000...

    I went this route. After 2 years and about 2,000 miles, the stock back wheel on my Salsa Casseroll gave up the ghost. I was hoping it would last longer as it does have 32 spokes, but the hub is...
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    IMO, though the Shift 4 looks like a fine...

    IMO, though the Shift 4 looks like a fine bicycle, I would have a few reservations.

    1. It is a comfort bike and, perhaps, not all that much of an upgrade over your Townie. In general, though I...
  13. Cory the Bike Fixer. The same guys who sold me...

    Cory the Bike Fixer. The same guys who sold me the bike.

    RE: Potholes. My wife hit a nasty one a few weeks ago on Brown Deer Road. (hate riding that road, but there is a ride we do where it is...
  14. If you are commuting with them for 6 or 8 months...

    If you are commuting with them for 6 or 8 months per year, 3 to 5 days a week, then the extra expense isn't too bad.

    BTW, do you agree with my assessment of our Wisconsin roads?
  15. For the most part smooth pavement, though our...

    For the most part smooth pavement, though our last winter did quite a number on the roads around here. I can't remember a year where there were still potholes in the summer months until this year. ...
  16. Thanks for the suggestion. So your vote is for...

    Thanks for the suggestion. So your vote is for going with Schwalbe, but sticking with the 32c size.
  17. Sure thing. I thought I heard something the last...

    Sure thing. I thought I heard something the last couple of rides. Not a grinding sound, but something slightly out of the ordinary. So, on my ride on Sunday, my son tells me the wheel is wobbling...
  18. Getting a new wheel - considering my tire options. Panaracer Ribmo vs. Schwalbes

    So, after 2 years and 3 months, my back rim just failed. :mad: I would have hoped it would have lasted longer, but I have been riding a fair amount the last two seasons especially. But as annoying...
  19. To a certain extent, a light cf road bike will be...

    To a certain extent, a light cf road bike will be lighter and more responsive than will a vintage steel bike. That said, putting someone like me on a CF racing bike won't turn me into Alberto...
  20. For some, perhaps. Others might just be frugal,...

    For some, perhaps. Others might just be frugal, or have a preference for the style of bike they grew up with . That isn't necessarily nostalgia. Just personal preference. Nostalgia is someone who...
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    The Sirrus Elite is a nice bike but looking at...

    The Sirrus Elite is a nice bike but looking at the specs, not much of an upgrade over the 7.3 FX. 9 speeds instead of 8, plus a carbon fork. Other than that they look to be almost the same bike. One...
  22. Test ride a few and go with what speaks to you. I...

    Test ride a few and go with what speaks to you. I like steel, so my vote is for Jamis, but you are the one who has to ride it.
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    Fair enough. You can do a lot with a bicycle,...

    Fair enough.

    You can do a lot with a bicycle, if that is what you have. You can tour on a single speed, or an vintage 10 speed. Or ride single track on a modified road bike. And you can do a...
  24. Mountain shoes work reasonably well for walking...

    Mountain shoes work reasonably well for walking when off the bike, and that is what I use on my road bike. They are not as stiff as road shoes, but much stiffer than your average running shoe or...
  25. Or consider switching to trigger shifters. Both...

    Or consider switching to trigger shifters. Both Shimano and SRAM make modern trigger shifters that will work.
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