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    OP, if going wireless, take a good look at the...

    OP, if going wireless, take a good look at the Specialized unit. Last time I bought one it was $40. It has an advantage over the Cateye and other units, the numbers are large. I'm not saying I...
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    Dang, I wish I was 57 again. Hope you have a...

    Dang, I wish I was 57 again. Hope you have a fast recovery.
  3. sparky57, You can learn to find out the date of...

    sparky57, You can learn to find out the date of any bike by decoding the components, typically the derailers. On the back of almost all derailers from the mid 70's on, is a two letter code. Both...
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    Great responses, thanks for all the input. What...

    Great responses, thanks for all the input. What I'm gathering is, it's almost like a saddle, a personal thing. I'm going to see if I can obtain a swap for the 175 on the Giant. It's a FSA Gossamer...
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    Crank Length 170 vs 175

    For all the work I've done on my bikes and all the changes I've made over the years, I never paid much attention to crank length. Recently, I started riding an 09 Tarmac that I picked up last year...
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    No it's not 20mm difference, it's 37mm difference...

    No it's not 20mm difference, it's 37mm difference over the original shock on your bike. Just as important, a 100mm shock will be a 60% increase in the travel of the shock and raise the frame...
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    The shock is the same as those found on low end,...

    The shock is the same as those found on low end, department store bikes. The crank has a cuff guard, the same as the cranks on low end department store bikes. There's a "shimano" decal on the top...
  8. John E hit it correct on the brake levers. Aero...

    John E hit it correct on the brake levers. Aero levers not only look better by hiding the brake cable, they provide an immediate increase in braking leverage. The salmon koolstops will help...
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    Finding an 80mm travel shock won't be too hard. ...

    Finding an 80mm travel shock won't be too hard. Finding one with cantilever boss mounts that's higher end....... Others may add recommendations for a new fork. I'd search ebay and CL for a used...
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    I don't care what the cops ride on our MUP. ...

    I don't care what the cops ride on our MUP. Anything to get the morons who are robbing and beating folks riding and running on the American Tobacco Trail in Durham is fine with me. We were just...
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    Bob Dipolina, The thing that gets me about this...

    Bob Dipolina, The thing that gets me about this discussion is, the technology for disc brakes has been around for many years on MTBs, dating back to before 2000. While the technology moved from the...
  12. I've got the Comp, very similar to the one you're...

    I've got the Comp, very similar to the one you're looking at, except it's a few years older. Good luck with your decision. Hope it all works for you as well as it is for me.
  13. Is Specialized a good quality brand? Yes. Is...

    Is Specialized a good quality brand? Yes. Is that particular model worth $4K? How much time do you have to listen to the debate about whether or not Specialized bikes (or Giant or Trek) are worth...
  14. That frame looks like so many from that era. ...

    That frame looks like so many from that era. However, there is one thing that you are probably aware of, it's probably an '88 or '89 bike. The rear brake is a dead giveaway. I've seen some '87 and...
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    NO, the two screws are not the adjustment for...

    NO, the two screws are not the adjustment for shifting between gears. Those are the limit settings for the derailer. The one on the top, sets the limit for the derailer travel to the high end cog,...
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    On that derailer, the tension adjustment is on...

    On that derailer, the tension adjustment is on the bottom of the derailer. Careful, do not adjust the low travel setting screw next to the cable adjustment. You want the barrel that has the cable...
  17. Need Help With SRAM/Truvative Elita bottom bracket decision

    I picked up a used 2009 Tarmac Comp that came with a SRAM/Truvativ Elita triple crank. The bike was a built up frame, not a stock build. When I had the bike inspected for an upcoming MS ride, the...
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    This debate backs up what I'm seeing at rides. ...

    This debate backs up what I'm seeing at rides. There is no big push amongst hobbyists to go to 11 speed. I remember when 10 came out how there were discussions about upgrading a bike to 10 speed...
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    For commuting, discs are the brakes of choice....

    For commuting, discs are the brakes of choice. Wet weather performance is way better with discs, and on hills, those discs are real easy to bring down speed on a downhill. But for racing or group...
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    I upgraded several vintage steel bikes. I sold...

    I upgraded several vintage steel bikes. I sold some, but still occaisionally ride two, a 86 Nishiki Prestige with Tange 2 tubing and a '92 Schwinn Paramount. I put a full Campy Chorus 10 speed on...
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    OP, If the bike is in good condition, that's a...

    OP, If the bike is in good condition, that's a good price. Around here they ask around $200 for a bike like that, which is too high. As for frame size. I'm about a 1/2 inch taller than you with...
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    I know what you mean. I hate it when poles or...

    I know what you mean. I hate it when poles or trees move into my path (LOL)!
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    Beautiful scenery and trails. Thanks for the...

    Beautiful scenery and trails. Thanks for the pics.
  24. In support of Garfield Cat's comment about...

    In support of Garfield Cat's comment about terrain, chip-sealed roads cause numbness to occur faster than smooth asphalt for me.
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    Sorry you disagree. You can attack all you want...

    Sorry you disagree. You can attack all you want but, face it, corporate tax rates are hurting the US and keeping jobs and companies from moving here and staying here. You didn't read the part about...
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