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    New bike! - 2014 Specialized Comp Smartweld

    I just got a new bike recently! For $1350 I got a new 54cm Specialized Comp with it's new Smartweld technology. It's pretty neat because it's suppose to give the welds at the headtube more strength...
  2. Thread: Addiction III

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    We're getting our ideas from this video... ...

    We're getting our ideas from this video...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQgAMkMmsfg

    Instead of dressing as apes, we'll be riding sea creatures. I'll be riding a seal.
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    I've been around, just not on BF. My girlfriend...

    I've been around, just not on BF. My girlfriend is leaving for 5 months tomorrow, so I've been spending a lot of time with her. I've also been working on a school project that involves a whole...
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    Sounds like your fitter know nothing about bike...

    Sounds like your fitter know nothing about bike fits.

    FWIW, I can barely touch my ankles, but I've got a 3" drop.
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    Have you ever climbed any of the mountains in...

    Have you ever climbed any of the mountains in chattanooga? i use to hate taking the w road up signal and would always go up the front.
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    Donating plasma twice a week is an easy way to...

    Donating plasma twice a week is an easy way to get cash.
  7. Thread: Meat Head Roadies

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    I'll let you know after doing the P90x workout...

    I'll let you know after doing the P90x workout (if I can actually commit to it)... though I'm doing the lean version.
  8. Thread: Help me decide.

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    Depends on how much the total cost will come to....

    Depends on how much the total cost will come to. I would take carbon, but I've never ridden quality steel.
  9. Thread: Long Distance

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    Yeah that's common. Try getting more liquids or...

    Yeah that's common. Try getting more liquids or electrolytes to prevent cramping. Being sore after a long or hard ride is normal. If you search around the forums, you can find some things to help....
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    At 220 pounds, I would focus on getting some...

    At 220 pounds, I would focus on getting some durable wheels. Generally, (well) handbuilt wheels will be more durable and last longer. They may cost a bit more, but in my opinion it's worth it. Try to...
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    I try not to drink any caffeine or coffee before...

    I try not to drink any caffeine or coffee before I go biking. I've heard it's not good for you and can also dehydrate you. I've also heard that it can be good, but I'll stick to water and Powerade. I...
  12. Thread: CO2 Cartridges

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    I think there are some CO2 inflators that also...

    I think there are some CO2 inflators that also take 12g. However, 12g might not be enough to get even air in your tire to prevent a pinch flat... especially in the winter.

    I bought some threaded...
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    Looking good. I like how all the colors and...

    Looking good. I like how all the colors and carbon pattern match. It all flows really nicely. Can't wait to see the final product!
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    Sounds like an upgrade from the hybrid. And for...

    Sounds like an upgrade from the hybrid. And for rainy days, you could alway get some clip on fenders. They don't work as well as full fenders, but help a lot compared to having no fenders.

    Also, I...
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    Seems like the buy it now price is pretty good....

    Seems like the buy it now price is pretty good. In late 2008, I bought a lightly used 2008 Cannondale CAAD9-6 for around $800 shipped, which was a pretty decent deal for me.
  16. Thread: bike build

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    All of SRAM is interchangeable except for short...

    All of SRAM is interchangeable except for short cage derailleurs and cassettes larger than 28t. In my opinion SRAM Rival is a bit much for a commuter bike. I probably wouldn't lock it up outside.
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    I think cheaper bikes are perfectly fine if you...

    I think cheaper bikes are perfectly fine if you maintain them. I don't think you should have any problems if you regularly clean and lube your bike. The cheaper components should last long enough....
  18. Thread: Riding Position

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    When I'm low in the drops I usually look over my...

    When I'm low in the drops I usually look over my glasses, since my head is down. I wear contacts and don't wear prescription glasses.
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    Sticky: That Wilier looks really good!

    That Wilier looks really good!
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    If you're only 14 and plan on using the bike for...

    If you're only 14 and plan on using the bike for a while it may be a good idea to get the 54cm then, unless you aren't going to be growing much more. The Giant seems like a decent entry level bike...
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    This is what I recommend, flushing the shifting...

    This is what I recommend, flushing the shifting system with some kind of oil. I usually use Tri-flow, click through the gears, wipe it down, and use the air compressor to blow out any excess stuff....
  22. If you don't weigh much, I wouldn't be worried...

    If you don't weigh much, I wouldn't be worried about breaking your bike by taking it off curbs or anything. I commuted on a road bike all the time taking it off sidewalks, cutting through the grass,...
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    Looks good, how's the fit? I was thinking...

    Looks good, how's the fit?

    I was thinking about going with the cheap carbon stem, bars, and seatpost with mine, but I found that they were still more expensive and heavier than used aluminum...
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    How much are these handbuilt wheels? A 5.2 costs...

    How much are these handbuilt wheels? A 5.2 costs ~$3000.
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    Pedals and shoes for sure.

    Pedals and shoes for sure.
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