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  1. Ah, that makes sense. See, I had noticed that...

    Ah, that makes sense. See, I had noticed that the parts were different brands, but I figured that because the cranks just had to press up against the bearings, there would be little difference...
  2. Bingo. It was a Shimano BB... *sigh* The...

    Bingo. It was a Shimano BB... *sigh*

    The previous owner told me that the BB and crank had worked together, but obviously this was incorrect. The size of the Shimano and GXP BBs is really...
  3. There doesn't appear to be any damage to the...

    There doesn't appear to be any damage to the splines...


    Thanks, that picture was helpful. My right crankarm basically looks just like that, but the spindle interface is NOT loose. The play is...
  4. New (to me) SRAM force cranks wobble... BB problem?

    Hi all, I bought a moderately used 2007 SRAM Force group and installed it recently on my road bike. Everything works great, except for the cranks. There's an unusually large amount of side-to-side...
  5. Thanks! When I was there for a conference in...

    Thanks! When I was there for a conference in March (and got recruited by Intel!) I found the trains between downtown and the convention center were very crowded around 8 am, but maybe going out to...
  6. Thanks, Greg, this is very very helpful! I...

    Thanks, Greg, this is very very helpful! I especially appreciate the DC/Baltimore comparison, which gives me a better idea of how good/bad the traffic is :) Do you have an idea of how crowded the...
  7. Thanks, Knobster! Good to know about the...

    Thanks, Knobster! Good to know about the discounted MAX tickets. Very cool. The investment in public transportation by government and business in the Portland area is truly impressive.

    ...
  8. Thanks, Knobster! Good to know about the...

    Thanks, Knobster! Good to know about the discounted MAX tickets. Very cool. The investment in public transportation by government and business in the Portland area is truly impressive.

    ...
  9. So wait... can you actually take your bike on the...

    So wait... can you actually take your bike on the MAX at rush hour? If so, that's a welcome difference from DC, where it's not allowed at rush hour.


    Cool, that route looks good and barely any...
  10. Good to know, thanks! I am expecting that I be...

    Good to know, thanks! I am expecting that I be doing an opportunistic mixture of bike/car/MAX commuting, and I like to know that there are options. I am thinking that I am going to have to readjust...
  11. Biking from Portland, Oregon to Intel in Hillsboro, Oregon

    After toooo many years in grad school, I'm almost done with my PhD and have a job offer with Intel near Portland, Oregon (at their Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro).

    I really like downtown...
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    I have older Look pedals and like 'em a lot. ...

    I have older Look pedals and like 'em a lot. They're comfortable and have enough float and while they're not always incredibly easy to get into, they're easy enough that I can't justify the enormous...
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    What do you mean by "these"? Pop-top stems in...

    What do you mean by "these"? Pop-top stems in general?

    They are the standard design for threadless stems, and generally lighter-weight than old-style stems. Also, they're much more convenient...
  14. Exactly. You're turning the screw from the...

    Exactly. You're turning the screw from the "back" or the "bottom". Not really sure how to describe it, honestly. The head of the screw expands the plug as it is screwed in, and you have to......
  15. + 1 zillion The expander bolt is not...

    + 1 zillion

    The expander bolt is not reverse-threaded per se, but you DO have to turn it CLOCKWISE to loosen it. The internal arrangement will become pretty clear when you get them off.

    I have...
  16. +1 I actually prefer plain friction bar-end...

    +1

    I actually prefer plain friction bar-end shifters for commuter road bikes. Extremely low-maintenance, lasts forever, and they shift with any cassette/derailer/chainring combination. They're...
  17. I think touring/cross bike is the way to go! ...

    I think touring/cross bike is the way to go!

    I'm not sure if you need disc brakes as much as you think, but then again I don't know live in a place that is as windy/rainy/snowy/salty as Chicago.
    ...
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    I think it's harsh to call the dog owners...

    I think it's harsh to call the dog owners "idiots." Na´ve, maybe. I'm only 27, but I remember leaving our dog tied up outside stores and parks in the various mid-size towns where I grew up.

    And...
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    Mullet? :)

    Mullet? :)
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    I had 2.5 bikes stolen in the DC area :( One...

    I had 2.5 bikes stolen in the DC area :(

    One out of my house's basement (an old, beat-up Raleigh rigid MTB that had been previously stolen and recovered by me in college).

    Then I got a new...
  21. Well, I gave away the frameset, crankset, and...

    Well, I gave away the frameset, crankset, and brakes tonight... to a guy hoping to build up a commuter road bike. I think we both came away happy!

    That felt good :)
  22. I guess it depends on the price :) If the...

    I guess it depends on the price :) If the aluminum chainring costs 3X less, but lasts 1/2 as long, it's probably worth it... as long as you don't mind spending a few minutes to change the ring when...
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    Nope! If they both work well with your brake...

    Nope! If they both work well with your brake levers, no problem!
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    Good find. The Nashbar square-taper bottom...

    Good find. The Nashbar square-taper bottom brackets are made by RPM. They have worked fine for me. Looks like a good deal for $25.
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    The Ultra Gatorskins are great, in my opinion. I...

    The Ultra Gatorskins are great, in my opinion. I have one on my front wheel that I've put a couple thousand miles on without any sign of trouble. You might want to check roadbikereview.com where...
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