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Old 04-17-11, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by exile View Post
It's sort of like christmas and your birthday all wrapped up into one . However it is your own hard earned money to begin with .
Yep. All you have to do is give the government more than you owe them every paycheck and once a year you get a nice check. It's kind of like a zero-interest certificate of deposit.
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Old 04-18-11, 01:26 AM
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Getting a bit over $1000 from federal & state. Hmm...what to get?
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Got my return several weeks ago. So far I've bought the following:

Novara step through Fiona bike.
Park Toool PCS 10 repair stand.
Park Tool AK 37 took kit.

Still thinking of getting a used Folding bike, but that mean part of the bill will have to be funded deep from my pocket, but I got short arms.
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Old 04-18-11, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post
Got my return several weeks ago. So far I've bought the following:

Novara step through Fiona bike.
Park Toool PCS 10 repair stand.
Park Tool AK 37 took kit.

Still thinking of getting a used Folding bike, but that mean part of the bill will have to be funded deep from my pocket, but I got short arms.
How do you like the PCS-10? I just put mine together yesterday and I like it a lot. I do wish the clamp had softer rubber, and not hard plastic, though. I guess I'll just wrap the tube with a rag before clamping.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Yep. All you have to do is give the government more than you owe them every paycheck and once a year you get a nice check. It's kind of like a zero-interest certificate of deposit.
Or buy a new furnace, like I did. That was worth $1500 back
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Old 04-18-11, 09:21 AM
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UPS is delivering the rest of the components I need for my custom Surly LHT build today. To be fair, I should have had these in February, but there were issues with a not-so-well established LBS in my area. Had to file a dispute with my credit card company and then ordered what I needed elsewhere. So most of this is actually Xmas and just general commuting $$$ finally being put to work. I did treat myself to a couple extra goodies knowing the tax refund was coming though...e.g., upgrading to 8 speed rear instead of keeping my current, serviceable 7 speed setup and getting Avid SD-7s instead of 5's.
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Originally Posted by waynesworld View Post
How do you like the PCS-10? I just put mine together yesterday and I like it a lot. I do wish the clamp had softer rubber, and not hard plastic, though. I guess I'll just wrap the tube with a rag before clamping.
So far I like it a lot. I used an old inner tube for the jaw clamp. Wrap the tube around the frame, tape the end and the jaw grips with minium pressure and no scratching.

Only negative is the extension tube on the vertical adjustment. It turns on me unless I lock down the bottom clamp tight but then the top tube is hard to slide up and down on the quick release. I might add some friction tape to the tube on the pernament clamp part.

I feel the minium height of the vertical adjustment is kinda high. There is plenty of adjustment to go super high but at the lowest spot, the bike sit up high even if it was clamped on the seat post. I may cut my tube slightly shorter.
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Old 04-18-11, 01:08 PM
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I had to pay taxes this year, so no refund-funded bike purchases this year. I wanted to buy some new bike stuff, but I'll have to wait. Even worse, I have to buy a new laptop, so that puts my new bike gear even farther out.
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Old 04-18-11, 05:45 PM
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Old 04-18-11, 05:51 PM
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Wheel see. I just got a message from the shop, "Give us a call." And now I'm wondering what it could be!
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Old 04-18-11, 06:07 PM
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No return, but it didn't stop me from buying a shiny new Salsa Vaya... Just doing my part
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Old 04-18-11, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by colleen c View Post

I feel the minium height of the vertical adjustment is kinda high. There is plenty of adjustment to go super high but at the lowest spot, the bike sit up high even if it was clamped on the seat post. I may cut my tube slightly shorter.
I could see how that may be. I had mine down near the minimum tonight while working around the handlebars. It was fine for me, at 5'11", but for someone 5'6" or less, I see what you mean.

OTOH, I believe you could spin the mount, and move the part you are working on to the bottom. Could be a pain if you're moving from front to back, though.
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Old 04-18-11, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MNBikeguy View Post
Money back at tax time?
What's that like?
+1

I try to make quarterly payments match what I will finally get slapped with, so interest money goes to bike stuff rather than government waste.
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Originally Posted by paperbackbiker View Post
MTBerJim, I believe Obama is offering $$$ as a stimulus to those of us a little short on bike funds. Just give 'im a call. Wouldn't that be a great way to break America's dependence on oil - instead of cash for clunckers, cash for gas. Then, at the end of a year's work of commuting, we'd just mail in our odometers and get $$ per mile.
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You don't happen to have a link for this would you? I pay pretty close attention to the news/politics and never heard about this.
But you guys did file a Schedule M for the "Making Work Pay Credit" either last year or this year, right. That is either $400 or $800 based on filing status.
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But you guys did file a Schedule M for the "Making Work Pay Credit" either last year or this year, right. That is either $400 or $800 based on filing status.
My wife's sister is a CPA and does our taxes, I'm sure she did, but I'll ask her at the next get together. I do remember getting the $600 Bush stimulus check, tool box/compressor with that one.
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Old 04-18-11, 08:07 PM
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Must be spring fever! I'm selling a shotgun for around $1200 to finance:
Salsa Vaya? or
Salsa Casseroll? or
Jamis Bosa Nova?
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Originally Posted by exile View Post
It's sort of like christmas and your birthday all wrapped up into one . However it is your own hard earned money to begin with .
That we loan the government interest free....

No bike, I owed. I was going to get an iPad for evacuation plan, but didn't get enough back from the state....
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Old 04-19-11, 05:36 AM
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I definately stimulated the bike industry economy this year but still have half of my return even after a bike build up and shorts/jerseys.
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No refund for me. Thank God for REI dividend.
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Old 04-20-11, 08:18 PM
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My contribution came in today




I built it up myself, still needs some tweaking but I very happy so far.

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Stimulated the economy recently by replacing a perfectly-serviceable stock Jet Set rear wheel with a Velocity Heater wheel on my long wheelbase 'bent.
Spending way too much money on an energy-efficient heat pump air conditioning/heating system guaranteed us a tax credit and resulting refund.
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I bought a black Cross Check several weeks ago. Since then I've added the following...

- Shimano PD-A530 clipless/platform pedals
- Upgraded to silver Tektro CR720 brakes
- Topeak Road Morph frame pump
- SKS fenders, black
- Tubus Locc rack
- Cateye cycle computer
- Schwalbe Marathon Plus 700x35C tires
- New Wheels by Joe Young!
- Mavic A719 rims, black
- DT spokes, black
- Phil Wood touring hubs, chrome

And I'm not done...
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Old 04-21-11, 05:41 AM
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Spending way too much money on an energy-efficient heat pump air conditioning/heating system guaranteed us a tax credit and resulting refund.
Hey! Me too!

My energy usage went down significantly, but I'll never come close to recouping the money spent.

ETA: My furnace was 37 years old though, so I do feel safer, whether I actually am or not
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Here's the new Jake:



I thought this bike would be perfect for me, and so far I believe I was right. More seat time will tell, and I can't wait to find out
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