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  1. I attend 2 - 3 large swap meets a year and pick...

    I attend 2 - 3 large swap meets a year and pick up new / leftover items for roughly 1/2 the price they retail for. So, instead of paying say $70+ for a Conti 4000s, I get a pair of them for $65 -...
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    Do yourself a favor. Do not go by a can of...

    Do yourself a favor. Do not go by a can of rustoleum, Duplicolor , etc...or other rattle can enamel / lacquer clear. They will not offer very good protection, or last long. If you must get a rattle...
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    Wow, I just put a buddy of mine on the same model...

    Wow, I just put a buddy of mine on the same model (2009) with full Ultegra exept the crank for $350 back in June. He has been very happy with it.

    Ride the hell out of it!
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    Might sound odd, but I would look @ you reach...

    Might sound odd, but I would look @ you reach (stem) and /or your saddle for and aft adjustment. This can cause numbness in the hands, feet, back strain, neck or arms as well. Do make huge changes in...
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    Good to hear! Time to start looking for used...

    Good to hear! Time to start looking for used trainer videos or try some online stuff. There is some free stuff out there as well (youtube).
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    Kickstands are for old ladies with wooden...

    Kickstands are for old ladies with wooden legs....but seriously, they would fall down, move & obstruct pedaling & still ran the chance of falling over. Even as a kid in the 70's & 80's, you could...
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    Last week I was leading a group ride. As we came...

    Last week I was leading a group ride. As we came around a corner at a good rate of speed, two chipmunks who were fighting fell out of the tall grass and infront of my wheel. There was no time, and as...
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    Cheap , galvanized cables, unlined, brake housing...

    Cheap , galvanized cables, unlined, brake housing (not compression), as others have stated.
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    Good. Try to find your specs (I'd bet your bars -...

    Good. Try to find your specs (I'd bet your bars - similar to mine due to size & make are around a 80mm reach. Take measurements or do some research. Then shoot for a set say 5m shorter. Oh, and as...
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    Yes, I've been down that road. Find out your...

    Yes, I've been down that road. Find out your stock specs. If you were happy, but just want a different shape, match the sizes. If you go to a shorter / longer reach (i.e."on the hoods") you might...
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    You are going to want to look into width, reach...

    You are going to want to look into width, reach and drop sizes as well.
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    Hey! Mine's a black/purple fade '95...

    Hey! Mine's a black/purple fade '95 R800....Running Sora/Tiagra with CXP 22 rims. I recently put 5600 crank & BB on it. Great bike.
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    58 sounds more like it. Time to start to work...

    58 sounds more like it. Time to start to work with you fit. The frame looked big for a 54, but hard to say. Seat angle can make a huge difference on your hands, as well as stem length. Typically,...
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    Yes, I agree, the frame sounds too small. I'm a...

    Yes, I agree, the frame sounds too small. I'm a little taller than you and tried for year to make a 56 fit. I was able to go a total of 30 miles. However, it was a painful 30 miles for the rear &...
  15. I'd be willing to bet there was a loose chainring...

    I'd be willing to bet there was a loose chainring bolt that caused this.
  16. If you want uv resistant clear, you need 2k-clear...

    If you want uv resistant clear, you need 2k-clear of some sort. Go to a paint / body shop supply & show/explain to them what you are doing. THey can mix up some 2k clear (urethane or poly) with...
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    Yes. you might want to reseat the tire bead....

    Yes. you might want to reseat the tire bead. Better yet, spray some water, windex, soap, etc around the bead & reinflate. It looks like the bead did not seat properly. How does it feel when you ride...
  18. Why don't you ask if you can meet him @ a local...

    Why don't you ask if you can meet him @ a local shop & pay to have it looked over (at your cost)? I don't think it's unreasonable to ask for the money you are putting down, and you are getting an...
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    I have both the cyclops fluid 2 and a kk. My take...

    I have both the cyclops fluid 2 and a kk. My take is this - the fluid 2 is easier to set up, great resistance (as much as you need) and is very stable. Saris is impeccable on standing behind their...
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    I'm in agreeance with some of the words of...

    I'm in agreeance with some of the words of others. Rather than abs, why not hit core, or better yet, the entire upper body? I do 5 days a week hitting back, chest, arms, shoulders and core. Nothing...
  21. Truth to this. i replaced mine with a low profile...

    Truth to this. i replaced mine with a low profile Ritchey one. Now I can get more drop, and in my case, comfort.
  22. Have you considered talking to a professional...

    Have you considered talking to a professional painter about a 2k clear or powdercoat? Might me your best bet.
  23. It is good advice really. At least if you have 8...

    It is good advice really. At least if you have 8 speed, wheels, running gear whether for replacement or upgrades will be readily available at your LBS. Not to mention, your frame spacing will...
  24. Pearl jerseys tend to be longer. That being said,...

    Pearl jerseys tend to be longer. That being said, when I buy Sugoi, I usually go up one size to to the tighter fit (especially the bibs)compared to PI Elite.
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    I'm 6'4 , north of 200lbs, wear a size 14 shoe...

    I'm 6'4 , north of 200lbs, wear a size 14 shoe and am fit. I LOVE riding my newer style roadbikes compared to the older geometry. Although friction shifting is bliss in it's simplicity, STI keeps...
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