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    You clean your bikes, yes? Mud and grit will...

    You clean your bikes, yes?

    Mud and grit will kill a BB very quickly.
  2. Yup. It is possible (very unlikely) that the OP...

    Yup. It is possible (very unlikely) that the OP got a bad tire or two, or that it was sitting a long time before it was sold (or relegated to a sales bin if you got the original GP4000s and not the...
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    Sticky: me again. I have a pair of nearly-new Shimano SPF...

    me again. I have a pair of nearly-new Shimano SPF shoes, size 12. Got them, they fit ok but I wanted much more stiffness. I'm now onto Lake shoes, because their MTB shoes are just road shoes with...
  4. I love that there's a long discussion heading...

    I love that there's a long discussion heading into frame weight on a Clyde forum. For most of us, the difference in frame weights between an epoxy bike and a steel one is less than the fluctuation of...
  5. I've ridden steel almost exclusively for about 4...

    I've ridden steel almost exclusively for about 4 years now. Only thing that ever cause me to drop a chain was a FD limit screw issue and a worn chain / chainring combo. And I'm about 210.
  6. It can be, but the culprit can be frame or (more...

    It can be, but the culprit can be frame or (more likely) skewer, spoke flex, hub play. And that's not the material's fault -- any steel frame can flex too much, as can carbon, alloy, or (especially,...
  7. Hmm. It is possible you're referring to steel vs....

    Hmm. It is possible you're referring to steel vs. Alloy / Carbon, or geometry, or both. Not sure.

    I am a fan of steel bikes. I ride them because they are custom built, fit me well and behave...
  8. If we're getting into parts, I've broken the...

    If we're getting into parts, I've broken the right side carbon crank on two sets of Force. Was told by two mechanics not to ride carbon cranks.
  9. PS: any radically engineered bike will have...

    PS: any radically engineered bike will have compromises. Because of Carbon / epoxy's inherent lightness, those bikes tend to be highly engineered to a purpose. Marketing has driven this notion that...
  10. Am I on the right forum? This reads like...

    Am I on the right forum? This reads like escalating language more akin to the road forum. With that in mind, for the record I don't shave my legs.

    To clarify (and repeat): I didn't say they would...
  11. I have seen Carbon go through a "catastrophic...

    I have seen Carbon go through a "catastrophic failure" once, right in front of me. A Cannondale super 6 evo, while my buddy was standing to climb. He's built like a sprinter, and rides hard. The...
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    …or train on a fixed gear. Your pedaling, leg...

    …or train on a fixed gear. Your pedaling, leg speed, strength and bike handling all will go up.
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    Wow, great thread. I trained a great deal for...

    Wow, great thread.

    I trained a great deal for hills in the last 3 months. Here's what I did and learned:

    - have a few positions to climb in comfortably, and rotate them. I got scientific: sit...
  14. Hello, and welcome. You've found what may be...

    Hello, and welcome.

    You've found what may be the nicest corner of the internet.

    You don't need one kind of bike vs another. You're not heavy enough to worry about different frames. Wheels might...
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    Not if set up properly. Some models are noisier...

    Not if set up properly. Some models are noisier than others, just as with rim brakes.
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    +1. Long descents, you need to be careful,...

    +1. Long descents, you need to be careful, regardless of the brake technology. If you ride the brakes too much heat will build up, and if it exceeds tolerances you end up with fade and in some cases...
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    What are you looking to achieve? You say you're...

    What are you looking to achieve? You say you're riding hybrids now -- so why a road bike? Is it handling, ability to ride longer distances, races, charity events? Do you envision racing? Do you want...
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    Meh. They are all close enough that it comes down...

    Meh. They are all close enough that it comes down to personal preference. Any of the three can shift really well set up properly.

    I like my Force, but that's because the thumb tab for Campy is...
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    Sticky: Wow. I started this because I was emptying my...

    Wow.

    I started this because I was emptying my closet, and I always loved that Canada Jersey. To see us up to 165 posts, and my original Canada Jersey now onto a new owner is very, very cool. Wear...
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    They seem solid. Worst feedback I've seen suggest...

    They seem solid. Worst feedback I've seen suggest that they feel a bit odd; I experienced this test-riding one -- sharp front end, oddly disconnected rear end. But that's more the frame's character...
  21. Woodstock, VT -- recommendations and group rides?

    Hi all --

    Renting a house in Woodtsock in July. I'm a B - BB rider, and am comfy in pacelines. I tend to drop off on climbs, because I'm both a clyde (about 210) and asthmatic. Have finished a...
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    Two questions -- what's the budget, and how would...

    Two questions -- what's the budget, and how would you like it to ride?

    We can go spending lots of your money on gorgeous, expensive hand-made wonders (Breadwinner B-Road, Maybe a Firefly) or...
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    I've never had front rub, and I'm 210 pounds. ...

    I've never had front rub, and I'm 210 pounds.

    Rear rub come from one of three things, IME. First, spoke tension -- especially if I've hit a pothole at speed. Sounds like you checked that. Second,...
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    Odd, must be a batch issue / QC.

    Odd, must be a batch issue / QC.
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    Okay, so me: now 210, from 260 or so. Cycling...

    Okay, so me: now 210, from 260 or so. Cycling went from about 800 miles a year to about 3,500. But as many have pointed out, correlation does not equal causation.

    The weight loss for me came when...
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