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Old 09-20-11, 10:52 PM   #101
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scrod, are you still riding clipless?
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Dear Scrod,

Why did you not sticky all the threads?

And, If you could impart a small ounce of wisdom regarding successful business, what would it be?
I want to sell Cyclocross stuff to people cheaply a la retrogression but I have no startup capital or e-sense. What is the one thing I should work on?
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Old 09-21-11, 12:05 AM   #104
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Are you there Scrod? It's me, Margaret.
HA!

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Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.
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Forever
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The tale of a boy's first sweet fixie...then they are separated that summer. What will happen next? Will he still have boners for it?
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takes me back to 3rd grade. thank you
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I actually read all 4 pages of this before posting, just to check if anyone else had already made that joke... lulz.
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Old 09-21-11, 05:40 AM   #108
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Scrod, are you still riding clipless?
No. I really liked the power transfer but disliked clipping in/out all the time enough to go back to my Wellgos & doubles.

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Why did you not sticky all the threads?

And, If you could impart a small ounce of wisdom regarding successful business, what would it be?
I want to sell Cyclocross stuff to people cheaply a la retrogression but I have no startup capital or e-sense. What is the one thing I should work on?
I started Bikeage without putting any money into it. Zero dollars off the top. Literally.

For those who weren't around then, I made some Sheldon Brown shirts for myself and a few friends back when I was working as a screen printer, posted a pic of mine on SSFG and everyone wanted them. In order to find a way to sell shirts with Sheldon's image on them that I felt good about, I contacted MassBike and agreed to donate a lot of the proceeds to them. I put up a rinky-dink website featuring the Sheldon shirts and a few others I whipped up and people were buying them like crazy. It's funny to see how far it's come since we had only three shirts for sale on the site.

All it really takes is common sense, a LOT of free time and the right set of ethics. The lesson my dad taught me about never learning anything without getting some dirt under your fingernails totally applies here too, as I've managed to learn a lot by doing things the hard way and doing a whole lot of grunt work myself. The hardest part about running a shop which operates solely online is finding distributors who will cater to you without having an actual brick & mortar physical location. That's why we sometimes have trouble getting certain things - because we're working with smaller distributors who don't stock as much as giants like QBP and Hawley (who won't give us the time of day). I don't want to give away too many trade secrets publicly but if you want to e-mail me, we'll continue the discussion.

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I saw "What's the secret to becoming a good wench?"

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Why did you not sticky all the threads?

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I want to sell Cyclocross stuff to people cheaply a la retrogression but I have no startup capital or e-sense. What is the one thing I should work on?
you can do it, you're one of the smartest mother****ers i've met.

if you need any help, im avail
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Old 09-21-11, 01:00 PM   #111
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I started Bikeage without putting any money into it. Zero dollars off the top. Literally.
Very cool story, bro.

they make a movie about your story. or at least an adult swim cartoon.
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Old 09-21-11, 02:12 PM   #112
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Hey Scrod, why does everyone hate on MASH?
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I like MASH...
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I have a lot. My most recent one - silly as it is - are the words SWEET and DANDY written on my toes. The story behind it? I was drunk at a party where there was tattoo equipment present. I did it on myself. Good times.

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Those letters are pretty straight. Are you sure you were very drunk when you did that?
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Yeah but you know what he means!
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Dude, that TV show sucks. My grandfather used to make me watch it when I was a kid.

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Those letters are pretty straight. Are you sure you were very drunk when you did that?
Yeah, it's crazy...especially considering I did it upside down. I'm a perfectionist, even when I'm wasted.
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And, If you could impart a small ounce of wisdom regarding successful business, what would it be?
I want to sell Cyclocross stuff to people cheaply a la retrogression but I have no startup capital or e-sense. What is the one thing I should work on?
Learn how business have to work legally and get things set up. Figure out what type of corporation your business needs to be, get your tax ID number, and get your workplace legal. Not only does it keep you out of trouble with the law, it gets you in the door with suppliers and financial institutions. Make a business plan. Don't know how to make one? Find out. You'd be amazed at how many people thing you can open a business by just starting a website or slapping a name on a building.

If you're fuzzy on some details, try selling here and there on eBay, Etsy, and the like before going whole hog.

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Dude, that TV show sucks. My grandfather used to make me watch it when I was a kid.
A: That show is awesome. B: You know what I meant.
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I think your $110 jersey proves that!
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hey Scrod,

have the '11 Leader 725's had any of the seatpost issues i keep reading about, or is that over with? not sure how much is real and how much is interwebz hatin'.

thanks.

and +1000+ for having Toots on your toes.....
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the 2011 mid version has the new seatcollar.
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hey Scrod,

have the '11 Leader 725's had any of the seatpost issues i keep reading about, or is that over with? not sure how much is real and how much is interwebz hatin'.

thanks.

and +1000+ for having Toots on your toes.....
I have an early 2011 725 and haven't had any issues with mine. I think a lot of the reported "problems" have a lot do with either Leader hate or people not knowing how to use tools correctly - or both.

But yeah...as hamfoh said, the new version has a separate, replaceable seat collar.
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I need a new crankset/bb. I'm looking for low maintenance but with pretty high durability, cuz at 6'5"/210lbs. I'm not a small guy. I'd like crankarms that are around 172.5 cuz that's what I have and they're comfortable. Pretty sure I have a 62mm shell. Here's the kicker, seeing as I'm gonna be buying the tools to do the swap myself, I'm not gonna have a ton of cash to throw around, so no om-nom-noms and no 75s, even though I really want the 75s. This will be the first non-factory part on the bike, so it's kind of a big deal that I get something decent. Currently rockin FSA Vero. Aesthetics aren't super important, but given the option I want black.

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