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    Yeah, been tempted to buy a set of aero wheels...

    Yeah, been tempted to buy a set of aero wheels but no way I'd be able to use them year round out here. If anything, maybe just run a rear wheel and aluminum front at times. I'll cross that bridge...
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    I primarily ride in the Santa Clarita area. ...

    I primarily ride in the Santa Clarita area. Typical climbing ride would be Placerita Canyon (Camp 9). My normal top speed on descents is 38-40 mph.
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    As you probably know, that budget isn't going to...

    As you probably know, that budget isn't going to allow for much. If you're out of shape and this is your first step at fitness these cheaper bikes may do the trick for a while. Understand that once...
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    Descending Tips

    I'd greatly appreciate any help to improve my downhill speed. I'm a small guy 5'6" and 122 lbs on a carbon bike that weighs about 18 lbs with aluminum clinchers. My problem is that although I can...
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    Lake Piru, Ventura CA. Note the large drought...

    Lake Piru, Ventura CA. Note the large drought water line.
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    37.7

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    At your price range, I'd go for a used bike off...

    At your price range, I'd go for a used bike off craigslist and brush up on some mechanical tinkering from videos on parktool.com and youtube. As you've heard, the bad news is you're not going to get...
  8. Always: "On your left" Usually: "Good morning"...

    Always: "On your left"
    Usually: "Good morning" (as I pass)
    Never: break cadence
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    Prices & retailers in the US?

    Prices & retailers in the US?
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    I'm a complete newbie to riding in groups. I...

    I'm a complete newbie to riding in groups. I have trouble NOT staring at the rear wheel ahead of me. When I try to focus ahead, I start to have trouble maintaining a smooth speed/pace and end up...
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    The wheels have been performing well. Skewer and...

    The wheels have been performing well. Skewer and dropouts seem well in place and in tact. I guess I was just taken back a bit because I considered them relatively stiff and consider myself...
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    I'm running my stock carbon fork that came with...

    I'm running my stock carbon fork that came with my carbon Fuji SL-1 when I bought it new almost a year ago.

    No doubt that I had the pads very close to the rim but they only rubbed when climbing...
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    Under 8 hours, nice! That's my goal. Congrats.

    Under 8 hours, nice! That's my goal. Congrats.
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    That's an inexpensive option. Thanks!

    That's an inexpensive option. Thanks!
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    Appreciate the detailed response. I never...

    Appreciate the detailed response. I never expected to encounter any flex issues, being a small rider. Just out of curiosity, are these problems "almost" eliminated with carbon wheels in general? (Not...
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    I'm not concerned with the rubbing as I've...

    I'm not concerned with the rubbing as I've already taken care of that. Spokes are nice and tight. My concern is with the lateral flex of this wheelset. I was under the impression that it's a pretty...
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    Front Wheel Flex Question

    Recently in my climbing rides I've heard (and confirmed) my front wheel is rubbing a brake pad when I climb slow & steep. I'm a bit shocked because I'm a small guy (5'6', 120 lbs.) and I have a...
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    Transmission crankset is an option. METROPOLIS...

    Transmission crankset is an option. METROPOLIS components
    http://www.metropoliscomponents.com/images/Patterson.png
  19. Thread: Fork Flex

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    I think it's reasonable to replace the Headset...

    I think it's reasonable to replace the Headset with a quality sealed unit as I'd have to do that even if I decide to upgrade my fork later on down the line. I'd also like to hang on to this bike for...
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    Fork Flex

    I finally took my newly built bike out for a test spin, about 9 miles. Coming from my carbon roadbike, I am shocked at how much the fork flexes when the front brake is applied especially considering...
  21. Thread: Today I (v2):

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    I returned the defective frame I bought,...

    I returned the defective frame I bought, exchanged it for one without flaws and then I built up my first frameset with leftover parts.
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    Riser bars & grips.
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    If wearing pink and/or spandex make you less...

    If wearing pink and/or spandex make you less manly...you probably shouldn't be blaming the clothes. Come to CA, we're quite tolerant and would love to have ya!
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    Looks classy. Decent setup for the price. My...

    Looks classy. Decent setup for the price. My only hesitation would be the rear wheel having a brake track. It would look much nicer with an ALL black rim, unless of course you're planning to run...
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    Wow, they must have been REALLY bad. Thanks for...

    Wow, they must have been REALLY bad. Thanks for clearing that up.
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