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    When I returned to biking I had a lot of neck...

    When I returned to biking I had a lot of neck problems. I have it under control by religiously doing neck exercises. If I stop doing them, I have trouble. If I am consistent I can ride drop bar...
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    Sram low end ones are cheap, less than twenty...

    Sram low end ones are cheap, less than twenty bucks. My husband only uses grip shifters. They seem to work fine. He has both a higher end and low end pair of Sram shifters, both work just fine....
  3. This. People often think they have more control...

    This. People often think they have more control than they do.
  4. Talcum powder on the rim edge makes a huge...

    Talcum powder on the rim edge makes a huge difference. I can slide tires over that were impossible without a jack. I bought the local coop and big thing of talcum powder just for that purpose.
  5. You will love rat poison when it saves your life....

    You will love rat poison when it saves your life. Rat poison is only a super blood thinner. Great if you have a bunch of clots floating around.

    I am not so dismissive of drugs because I need...
  6. Don't be so sure about conflicts and incentives. ...

    Don't be so sure about conflicts and incentives. I think of the Swiss government report finding homeopathy works. Which is absolutely impossible (dilution of effective ingredients to nothing) and...
  7. Thirty years on statins and I've noticed no...

    Thirty years on statins and I've noticed no issues. Bad family history. Both parents died of heart attacks. Mother at 39. Father at 63. His first heart attack was when he was 43. I am nearly 60...
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    Sweet on the levers. I am using drop bars. I...

    Sweet on the levers. I am using drop bars. I haven't figured out what bars to use yet.
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    Supplemental question. How about brakes? I have...

    Supplemental question. How about brakes? I have very, very small hands. Any recommendations on brake that are short reach?
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    Nice. I am not finding anything like that.

    Nice. I am not finding anything like that.
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    bar end shifter questions

    I am building up a LHT and probably am going with a nine speed on the rear (but maybe a 10) and a triple on the front, with "mountain" components. I will use bar end shifters on the drop bars. I am...
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    Thanks!

    Thanks!
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    crank arm length

    This subject has probably been discussed to death, but I've missed it.

    I am 4'10.5". I always use 165mm crank arms. I currently am building up a gravel bike from scratch so I can decide what I...
  14. Thanks, I think I will be good with a 24t as the...

    Thanks, I think I will be good with a 24t as the small ring.

    For knowledge purposes, if I wanted to use road/STI shifters I assume that I would need a road front derailleur. Are they any that...
  15. Aren't all bar end shifters friction on the...

    Aren't all bar end shifters friction on the front? I assumed because they were friction there would be no compatibility issue.
  16. crankset and front deraiileur compatability

    I have a long haul trucker frame that I am building into a gravel bike for me, I want low gearing. I am very small, the longest crank arms that I want are 165mm. I am looking at several...
  17. I suppose. But I hate to not have them work any...

    I suppose. But I hate to not have them work any better.
  18. I am fine on the 520, it is the disc trucker...

    I am fine on the 520, it is the disc trucker brake levers that are problematic. The brakes themselves work fine. The levers feel "grindy" when you pull them. They work but aren't the best. So, I...
  19. Anyone have any thoughts on this? Do I need to...

    Anyone have any thoughts on this? Do I need to go to speed dial levers or might I check something else first?
  20. I used the Deore brake levers I mentioned early...

    I used the Deore brake levers I mentioned early in this thread but the braking performance was not good. They felt like they are grinding and it was difficult to pull the levers. I had a second...
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    OK folks, I think I get it. And Bill, I did...

    OK folks, I think I get it. And Bill, I did figure out that it is the 104/64 BCD. I'll see if I can find a 46t ring to see if it works and if it helps. Otherwise, it sounds like a major change...
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    How would I find out if there are larger rings...

    How would I find out if there are larger rings available for the Deore M610 crank that is on the bike? Googling isn't helping. I can find Deore M610 cranks that are 48/36/26, but they are pricey. ...
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    Changing gears.

    Spouse has a bike set up with a mountain group, Shimano Deore. The rear is a 10 speed, 11-36. The crankset has gears of 22, 34 and 42. The front derailleur is a Shimano M-611. The largest ring in...
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    If you ride a regular route with a problem dog...

    If you ride a regular route with a problem dog which is a chaser I find that taking the time to make friends with the dog works. Give him treats. He won't chase, but will wait for the treat. It is...
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    That is high for FedEx. Did you have to use a...

    That is high for FedEx. Did you have to use a bigger than standard size bike box?
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