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    Drop bars = lots of options for hand position. ...

    Drop bars = lots of options for hand position. To each his own but I would not go back to anything else for road riding.

    Straight bars were nice when I took shorter trips and went offroad. ...
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    I'm a messenger, I need the messenger bag -...

    I'm a messenger, I need the messenger bag - swinging this bag around 40-50 times a day beats the hell out of taking a backpack off and putting it back on 40-50 times a day, the trips are short and...
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    Basically. Even a nice old school (or new for...

    Basically. Even a nice old school (or new for that matter) steel is plenty fine - especially if you put in a few bucks to get all the components into 100% working order. Main thing is to get...
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    Pondering swapping the rear to STI, the front...

    Pondering swapping the rear to STI, the front will definitely stay friction that works great. Weather's been warmer but still icey and I took the commuter out for training. For beating around the...
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    Single speed was an option, but as I experimented...

    Single speed was an option, but as I experimented with staying in one gear for long periods I really didn't like it... there are times I want a big gear, times I want the easiest gear I have and...
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    The ability to trim is really nice, I imagine...

    The ability to trim is really nice, I imagine it'll be yet more useful as things get grimy/wet - this is where my 2200 setup would start getting very unpredictable. I do have my concerns of being...
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    Friction over Index

    Elected to keep the stem friction shifters in place as I built up my Schwinn Traveler for commuting duty. I actually have the 8 speed 2200 shifters from my other bike mounted as well as an 8 speed...
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    I got serious and dropped from 225 (6'1") last...

    I got serious and dropped from 225 (6'1") last year round this time to being 170-175 since around march/april, where I held on save for an adventure to 165 by using some meal replacement stuff and a...
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    For me climbing seated just flat out doesn't...

    For me climbing seated just flat out doesn't work, I'm so much faster up a hill standing - even a throttled back standing effort is far faster than a full out seated effort... I have even learned...
  10. I ran across a coyote howling @ the moon right...

    I ran across a coyote howling @ the moon right in the parking lot of a strip mall in downtown Chicago - that was pretty cool :)
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    Its so cool to see pro's race data - even cooler...

    Its so cool to see pro's race data - even cooler to run through the same segments they TT'd/raced through! Finally getting to where in one segment I can do an interval at the pace the pro's were...
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    For anyone who might actually use the site...

    For anyone who might actually use the site originally posted I suggest cheating in a game of solitaire instead.

    Strava is fun... I like riding my bike, I like riding my bike fast... I know...
  13. I had made great bounds ~3 months ago, ~250 watt...

    I had made great bounds ~3 months ago, ~250 watt FTP, sprinting I was terrible couldn't get past 500 watts and 300 watts was nightmarishly difficult to hold... but it gave me something to top and I...
  14. I don't have it either. When I first got my set...

    I don't have it either. When I first got my set the freewheel sound was quieter than I expected - within a few weeks it got louder and has since leveled off to noticeable but not obnoxious level.
    ...
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    Group rides, 100% all out efforts, hard efforts...

    Group rides, 100% all out efforts, hard efforts lasting longer than the crit will, practice attacking, learn how to clip in fluently.

    Don't expect to expect everything... just get in the best...
  16. I've had them for a few months... ~2000 miles on...

    I've had them for a few months... ~2000 miles on em and over the extremely pothole laden roads here in Chicago I've lost one spoke in the rear. I'm 170 on a ~25lb steel bike and routinely carry a...
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    I've done a handful of 100+ mile rides over the...

    I've done a handful of 100+ mile rides over the past few weeks and gone right back out the next day for another long ride and typically none of these are "easy" rides. How is very simple - stretch...
  18. I find I only get them on the trainer - and only...

    I find I only get them on the trainer - and only on sessions longer than an hour... would a new saddle totally resolve this - probably as my fit is very much dialed in - but on the road its never...
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    Ahhh, steel bike

    Is it heavy, yea... is this even a "fine" steel bike I'm talking about, nah not at all (2200 group... 2010 KHS flite 220)... but I tell ya what, in today's crit I crashed twice in the same turn...
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    LOL This I've seen - I always think I'm...

    LOL



    This I've seen - I always think I'm flatted and wish I had brown shorts.
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    Plan on hitting the lincoln park crits this...

    Plan on hitting the lincoln park crits this saturday? Or perhaps the Monsters of the Midway crit may 11th?

    I'll be at both (learned my lesson and pre-regged, very good idea!), in cat 5... ideally...
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    Went from Kenda Kontender's to Conti Attack/Force...

    Went from Kenda Kontender's to Conti Attack/Force and it was night and day - the attack/force is vastly superior in every single regard. I did wear those tires out in about 2000 miles of winter and...
  23. Right around 2200 miles so far.

    Right around 2200 miles so far.
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    In the Beverly area of Chicago (far south) there...

    In the Beverly area of Chicago (far south) there are a few brick roads. Flat, but alot of fun to try and hold speed over :)
    http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1395/611858046_d84e01a849.jpg
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    "that won't catch on the chain" Thats what...

    "that won't catch on the chain"

    Thats what really matters. I wear khaki's or jeans often - my road bike is my transportation... and I just use rubber bands to hold the bottom of the pants from...
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