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  1. I tend to be rather skeptical about news stories...

    I tend to be rather skeptical about news stories saying that any company is "bringing back manufacturing jobs to the USA". The economics don't support it, normally.

    When most manufacturing jobs...
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    This is another oddball claim that doesn't hold...

    This is another oddball claim that doesn't hold up (leather conforming to your butt is good, but gel conforming to your butt is bad).

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    If you like the way leather saddles look then...
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    I know you did not originate that argument, but...

    I know you did not originate that argument, but anyway. Whoever did seems to have a rather fanciful perception of reality.

    Do any bicycle saddle companies expressly state NOT to sit on their...
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    A few things to keep in mind: 1--A hundred years...

    A few things to keep in mind:
    1--A hundred years ago there was a lot of companies making leather saddles 'just like Brooks', and eventually all of the others went out of business. For some reason,...
  5. When I would true wheels back before I had real...

    When I would true wheels back before I had real bike tools, what I would do is turn the bike upside down, take the tire, tube and rim strip off the rim, place the rim back in the frame to use the...
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    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the...

    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the O-locks can get grit in them from the tires and become difficult to get open/closed. It might depend on your fender coverage and local weather I suppose.
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    Paper will work great, sure! Because nobody...

    Paper will work great, sure! Because nobody riding a bike ever sweats much. :|
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    I use a glasses-mounted mirror too, in warm...

    I use a glasses-mounted mirror too, in warm weather. I think it's more important to riding safety than wearing a helmet.

    I don't use the mirror in the winter tho because I have to wear goggles...
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    I have a LWB with the RANS chopper bars on it....

    I have a LWB with the RANS chopper bars on it. They seemed a bit wide so I clamped on some MTB angled bar ends pointing inwards, on the RANS bars just inside the brake lever hoods.
    The MTB bar-end...
  10. Ummm.... Just for future reference: aluminum has...

    Ummm.... Just for future reference: aluminum has a greater thermal expansion than steel.

    When the two are heated, aluminum expands more than steel. And when the two are cooled, the aluminum...
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    The reason I bought the little Park beam wrench...

    The reason I bought the little Park beam wrench was because I wanted a torque wrench that would work for smaller (non-bicycle) bolts. None of the clickers adjusted down as far.

    There is dial...
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    For tightening smaller bolts, a lot of the...

    For tightening smaller bolts, a lot of the clickers don't go all the way down to zero but the beam ones always do.

    The Park TW-1 is one of the smaller beam wrenches around. Kinda not cheap tho. ...
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    I remember reading about it in print magazines. I...

    I remember reading about it in print magazines. I was in IL and the races were nowhere near me.

    My LBS had a GT that I test-rode... I liked the concept but I was 20+ years old at the time (~6-ft...
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    I am not an expert,,,,,,,, but usually when...

    I am not an expert,,,,,,,, but usually when someones crank arm comes loose (on a square-taper BB) the square hole in the crank gets ruined, and then they need new CRANKS, not a new BB. The BB spindle...
  15. Thread: Seating Tires

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    A lot of automotive places use silicone grease on...

    A lot of automotive places use silicone grease on the tire beads before mounting--but then, a car tire is a very different design than a bicycle tire.

    A car tire is made with a far stronger bead...
  16. Thread: Seating Tires

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    Inflating the wheel with the bike (or wheel) laid...

    Inflating the wheel with the bike (or wheel) laid on its side can sometimes help. This way gravity isn't pulling the tire off-center of the rim.

    Even so, some tires and rims just don't work well...
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    It helps if you have a relatively heavy front...

    It helps if you have a relatively heavy front wheel.... like, a balloon-style tire. Road bikes now are all built much lighter, and the wheel just doesn't have as much gyroscopic stability.

    Also it...
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    Like, first bicycle ever? Do you know how to ride...

    Like, first bicycle ever? Do you know how to ride a bicycle?....

    Ummm, anyway.
    Baskets are better for carrying odd-sized stuff conveniently than touring-style bags are. Backpacks can be used...
  19. Yea, I kinda agree with that sentiment. IF,,,,,...

    Yea, I kinda agree with that sentiment.
    IF,,,,, Schwinn had gone crazy on the metalwork--lugged frames, a lot of not-otherwise-available parts like special CNC hubs, cranks ect--then it could be a...
  20. Thread: pocket radio

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    This is what I was going to say. There's normally...

    This is what I was going to say. There's normally not a lot to hear, at least from where I am (St Louis area, basically the center of the lower-48 united States).

    Mostly it is Spanish stations, a...
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    Here is two possible options: the Lightfoot...

    Here is two possible options:
    the Lightfoot trikes work very well and aren't as heavy as some of the less-functional cheaper trikes-
    http://www.lightfootcycles.com/archive/products/greenway/
    plus...
  22. Thread: Chain Lube

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    I find that the absolute best chain lube is to...

    I find that the absolute best chain lube is to ride in roughly two feet of SAE-30 motor oil.
    Doing so complicates a few other issues, but the chain sounds excellent.
  23. It is true that a larger-width tire places...

    It is true that a larger-width tire places significantly more stress on a rim than a narrower tire inflated to the same pressure.
    The fatter tire's cross-section is greater, and the exit angle that...
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    Well, it would be like buying a cassette with...

    Well, it would be like buying a cassette with cogs that were 29, 34, 18, 23, 14, 16, 18, 15, 24 and 28 teeth. In that order. And you can't re-arrange them. See any problem there?

    Gears placed out...
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    IMO there is two big problems with normal...

    IMO there is two big problems with normal external bicycle gears:-
    1--they're not placed in order of ascending ratios, and
    2--they often duplicate ratios with different arrangements.

    For these...
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