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  1. Normal advice is tapering to maybe one day off...

    Normal advice is tapering to maybe one day off the bike, not three. Although I personally don't see any drawback to taking an easy spin the day before the event, as long as you don't push yourself.
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    Frank is out of my price range. Not paying $1900...

    Frank is out of my price range. Not paying $1900 for a frame. I've found some local welders who are certified. Haven't contacted them yet to see if they can handle thin wall tubing. They'd certainly...
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    Bad idea to hire a welder?

    Would it be inadvisable to hire a welder with AWS D1.2 (structural aluminum) certification to TIG weld a frame or are the tubes too thin? I would be using 7005 since I don't want to deal with the...
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    Real Designs bottom brackets also had adjustable...

    Real Designs bottom brackets also had adjustable chainline. The left cup didn't have a flange so it could move in as far as necessary and both cups jammed up against a machined aluminum sleeve in the...
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    That's why one of these years, I really want to...

    That's why one of these years, I really want to do the Five Boro Bike Tour. With 34,000 riders, you can definitely find different types of people you would never ride with and there's no denying a...
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    Or the OP mistook "bollocks" for "bollards."

    Or the OP mistook "bollocks" for "bollards."
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    If you don't mind doing a little repainting...

    If you don't mind doing a little repainting afterward, dents can be mostly popped back out in many cases. Google "bicycle tube dent removal." You can buy the tube blocks to clamp around the dent for...
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    As for a lock, avoid cable locks. They're very...

    As for a lock, avoid cable locks. They're very easy to cut. This is a decent lock:
    Krypotonite Evolution Orange U Lock 10" Bicycle Lock | eBay

    It's bigger than ideal size, but a good, reliable...
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    If you have any other questions, Bikeforums has...

    If you have any other questions, Bikeforums has lots of users who are ready and willing to help. Any questions about commuting can go in this subforum. Anything having to do with fixing up the bike...
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    A cycling poncho is far more breathable than any...

    A cycling poncho is far more breathable than any jacket. Keeps your arms and thighs dry, too.
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    I do think that a bike with flat bars is better...

    I do think that a bike with flat bars is better suited for a beginner than drop bars. You won't be comfortable on drops. It takes quite some time to develop the strength and flexibility to take...
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    He says he wants a road bike, implying he wants...

    He says he wants a road bike, implying he wants 700c wheels, not 26". You can't install narrow 26" tires without reducing tire diameter further and creating a rougher ride. Not to mention 700c offers...
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    With all due respect, that's not an "older,...

    With all due respect, that's not an "older, sturdier" bike. It's junk. Stem shifters, "safety" levers, centerpull brakes, probably steel rims which will have no stopping power if you ride in the...
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    So, what does any of this have to do with...

    So, what does any of this have to do with commuting? You used to be a mod in another forum and decided it would be appropriate to post off topic in any old forum?
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    Nobody else is saying it, so I'll be "that guy"...

    Nobody else is saying it, so I'll be "that guy" and ask why do you care? There will always be someone faster and stronger. You drive a 40-year-old Bug. Do you care that it can't outrun a Porsche or...
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    You don't really need a breaker bar. Just get a...

    You don't really need a breaker bar. Just get a piece of long pipe that will fit over the handle of your wrench. Go to a plumber with your wrench and he might be willing to sell you a two or three...
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    As I wrote before, ask for M8 fine thread. Any...

    As I wrote before, ask for M8 fine thread. Any company that specializes in fasteners (not a home center) will immediately know what that means. Any decent-size city will have such a company.


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    Go to any company that sells fasteners. Any M8...

    Go to any company that sells fasteners. Any M8 fine thread bolt will work.
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    When I saw the topic name, all I could think was,...

    When I saw the topic name, all I could think was, yeah, it's been gone for decades. Then I realized that you were talking about the bike model and not the Specialized tire that originally had the...
  20. You didn't write where you're moving to, which...

    You didn't write where you're moving to, which would help nail down your requirements a lot. For a first bike, you may want to consider used, since as others wrote, if you catch the bug, you'll be...
  21. Home Depot calls them "clamp looms...

    Home Depot calls them "clamp looms." Get the right size to be just barely open when clamped at your chosen spot on the fork. You don't want the clamp to be loose after the screws are fully tightened....
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    You already have the "long bolt" FBinNY said you...

    You already have the "long bolt" FBinNY said you need to pass through a hollow BB spindle. The rear quick release skewer will fit. (The front skewer is too short.) All you'd need is a big enough...
  23. Assuming you have v-brakes, how about one of...

    Assuming you have v-brakes, how about one of those front racks that attach to the brake posts? The only problem is that the cheaper ones like Sunlite Gold Tec aren't especially strong (most reviewers...
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    There's also the old Bike Friday SatRday...

    There's also the old Bike Friday SatRday, although like the rest of their bikes, it's more of a packable bike than a foldable one.
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    Oh, I don't know about that. I may get around to...

    Oh, I don't know about that. I may get around to doing the Five Boro Bike Tour one of these years, but until then, I do the ride vicariously through YouTube videos. Found some decent ones this year...
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