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    hi jaclyn - i'm from clever cycles.

    i think the weight thing is overrated. it's not irrelevant, but not nearly as significant as widely supposed. after you take your weight and any cargo into...
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    I have 3 SON hubs. Yes, they're great. Get one if...

    I have 3 SON hubs. Yes, they're great. Get one if you have idle money laying around and appreciate having the best, regardless of whether you need it. The new Shimano dynamo offering is however...
  3. ~$3K is the lowest TOTAL cost of a complete...

    ~$3K is the lowest TOTAL cost of a complete stoked Xtracycle based on all new components that don't suck. But the particular setup I'm thinking of isn't geared appropriately for 25mph cruising, and...
  4. I make Stokemonkey. It can do the job, but not...

    I make Stokemonkey. It can do the job, but not within your budget. Since you don't have any very severe extended grades and passengers or equivalent cargo to haul (Stokemonkey's ace in hole), you can...
  5. from san francisco. adrienne lives atop one of...

    from san francisco. adrienne lives atop one of the highest hills, famously steep: http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/
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    IGH can certainly be geared as low or lower than...

    IGH can certainly be geared as low or lower than common derailleur setups, and you don't need a Rohloff unless you insist also in retaining quite high gears. Take for instance the Shimano Nexus...
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    having used several models of both front and rear...

    having used several models of both front and rear seats on several bikes, 3 things:

    1. they're all fine, but some are finer than others.
    2. steering-column fixed front mount seats impart greater...
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    before your child can hold his or her head up for...

    before your child can hold his or her head up for reasonable lengths of time, the best thing is a car seat secured to the bike or in a trailer. it goes without saying, i hope, that you will ride with...
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    to the extent that it's about load bearing, it's...

    to the extent that it's about load bearing, it's generally slower, except downhill. also the plain-clothes aspect suggests you don't want to sweat too much, so take it slower. if you ride all the...
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    That may be true, by and large, outside of...

    That may be true, by and large, outside of Portland. I don't think we'd do so well in most other US cities, not yet. I would describe very few of our customers as wealthy, and fewer still motivated...
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    There's no way not to sound defensive about this,...

    There's no way not to sound defensive about this, so screw it. We have bikes under $400. Our most popular models are all sub-$1K. But because we have a very conspicuous family bike that costs as much...
  12. Sounds like you might be stuck in the...

    Sounds like you might be stuck in the intermediate zone of fred-ness. If roadies are gay and Dutch postal workers het, you might be bi. It's a spectrum, but people tend to gravitate toward the ends....
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    i can't find a reference now, but i distinctly...

    i can't find a reference now, but i distinctly remember my surprise upon learning years ago that chro-mo (4130) steels were only a few percent stronger (tensile, yield) than hi-ten aka carbon or 1020...
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    i have a not-safe-for-work problem looking at...

    i have a not-safe-for-work problem looking at your bike, lane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4
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    your budget is tight for what you want. i think...

    your budget is tight for what you want. i think your choices are to go used if you live in a city big enough to have a good sized pool to choose from: look for an old 3-speed raleigh or schwinn in...
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    smokin'

    smokin'
  17. "they" did this morning: http://cleverchimp.com/ .

    "they" did this morning: http://cleverchimp.com/ .
  18. loose and creaky suggests a poor install. not an...

    loose and creaky suggests a poor install. not an issue with best mechanical practices, in my experience. wobbly is also a variable, not a constant. depends on how big the load, how stiff the base...
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    it's chocolate mint. if the rear were mixte-like,...

    it's chocolate mint. if the rear were mixte-like, you wouldn't have that parallelogram to worry about folding at the corners, you'd gain step-through, fit more riders, and pick up torsional rigidity....
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    i like how the cargo bed adds structure/strength...

    i like how the cargo bed adds structure/strength to the subframe, or isn't really distinct from it, rather than being bolted on as dead weight. should help with strength/weight, as you say....
  21. naw, everybody knows apples are way better than...

    naw, everybody knows apples are way better than oranges for most purposes!
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    i didn't mean to sound hostile. something's funny...

    i didn't mean to sound hostile. something's funny here, but i'm pretty sure it isn't "QBP will not longer be offering Xtracycle products" as you reported above. Not sure what this "restriction"...
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    No, I have a hard time believing that this is so....

    No, I have a hard time believing that this is so. You think it showed me high stock levels based on our shop's login info? Why would that be when we order Xtracycle stuff straight from Xtracycle?...
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    I logged in to QBP when you reported this....

    I logged in to QBP when you reported this. They're showing >50 units in stock, ready to ship. Xtracycle themselves have revised their dealer terms to direct low-volume ordering shops to QBP, but sell...
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    qbp has plenty of stock now. and xtracycle sells...

    qbp has plenty of stock now. and xtracycle sells direct to bike shops too. check your source.
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