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    Does the $1200 include a fork in the matching...

    Does the $1200 include a fork in the matching colors? A carbon fiber fork alone can be several hundred dollars. I fear your $1200 is only getting you the frame itself.
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    Shimano front road derailleurs have (or had) a...

    Shimano front road derailleurs have (or had) a different cable pull than their front mountain derailleurs. They make (or made) a special front derailleur that has a cage sized for road cranksets, but...
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    I'm in the sun burn without a hat group despite...

    I'm in the sun burn without a hat group despite seeming to still have full coverage of hair. (This was an unexpected result of aging! The color got lighter - and gray - and I assume the amount of...
  4. Thread: Dear So and So

    by laura*
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    Dear MacBook: If you had told me your hard drive...

    Dear MacBook:
    If you had told me your hard drive was failing, I could have ordered a replacement SSD weeks ago. And started backups to my new Time Capsule.

    PS If you had told me how bad things...
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    We operate on the same model. We used to have as...

    We operate on the same model. We used to have as many staff as shown on their web page. Currently though we're open slightly more hours with only 1/4 to 1/3 as many mechanics. That's probably a...
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    Originally, shifts were fairly evenly split...

    Originally, shifts were fairly evenly split between frustrating, neutral, and feeling good. And that was OK at the time. With my reduced participation, I've been choosing times with a much higher...
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    To keep volunteering or to quit?

    I've been gone from this wonderful forum for three years. When I left, I had been lurking in a different forum - one where I wasn't even a registered user. I got disgusted by the sexism in that other...
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    I'd think the saddle should be the least of your...

    I'd think the saddle should be the least of your worries. Instead, worry about the entire bike. There are a lot of parts that will rust if you leave the bike out in the rain too much.
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    The gap can be normal for some stems. Think about...

    The gap can be normal for some stems. Think about it - if the gap closed all the way, then the bolt wouldn't be able to tighten the clamp any further.

    How well does the curve of the stem pieces...
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    In the picture is see semi-horizontal dropouts....

    In the picture is see semi-horizontal dropouts. That's great for a fixie/ss! Not great for a modern geared hub.



    In the picture it looks like the bike likely has a standard "English" threaded...
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    The plastic block was to make the bike mostly...

    The plastic block was to make the bike mostly level while on the trainer. The reason is that the trainer has to raise the rear wheel up off the floor so that the wheel can spin. Without a block of...
  12. Thread: My Bike is Sad

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    I wonder if what your bike really needs is a new...

    I wonder if what your bike really needs is a new rear derailleur... The muck might have gotten into the pivot points and now the RD is sloppy.

    FYI: At the bike co-op I've seen a number of post...
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    In the photo it looks like a six speed freewheel....

    In the photo it looks like a six speed freewheel. That generally implies 126mm - except if it is a certain uncommon Suntour freewheel that squeezes six gears in place of the five on a 120mm spaced...
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    Sometimes the valve core is replaceable. Of...

    Sometimes the valve core is replaceable. Of course this means you need to find a compatible valve core. Tubes that have too many holes to patch can make good valve core donors.
  15. Thread: Sock repair...

    by laura*
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    Let me expand OakLeaf's question: Are your shoes...

    Let me expand OakLeaf's question: Are your shoes big enough for you?
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    Slime is a strange greenish goop that is meant to...

    Slime is a strange greenish goop that is meant to be injected into a tube (via the valve stem). If the tube gets a puncture, the goop is supposed to seal the hole. It is also possible to buy Slime...
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    I use a Fahgettaboutit on my commuter folding...

    I use a Fahgettaboutit on my commuter folding bike.

    The Fahgettaboutit is unique in the Kryptonite line as it actively locks both ends of the U. It also prevents the ends of the U from turning. To...
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    Make sure you lock it up good! University/college...

    Make sure you lock it up good! University/college towns are a favorite for bike thieves.

    This is a bike you should bring into your home when not riding. A basement, an unused room, or a laundry...
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    I'm sure you meant to write: "Try to avoid riding...

    I'm sure you meant to write: "Try to avoid riding in your little ring/little cog and big ring/big cog combos. That's called crosschaining, and it's hard on your chain." It is called crosschaining...
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    Is this your bike: Walmart Roadmaster Granite...

    Is this your bike: Walmart Roadmaster Granite Peak



    All those items are adjustable!

    The saddle tilt and fore-aft position can be adjusted by loosening the two nuts (one on each side) right...
  21. Thread: Dear So and So

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    Dear nano-climates: I hate you. The weather...

    Dear nano-climates:

    I hate you.

    The weather forecast is for a short dry heat wave with "Santa Ana" style wind. The wind is supposed to be significantly drying. The relative humidity is expected...
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    Her proper saddle height likely means that she...

    Her proper saddle height likely means that she can't reach the ground while seated on the saddle. This means that when she stops, she needs to both unclip and get out of the saddle. She might even...
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    If you want to know what length they are, just...

    If you want to know what length they are, just look at the backside - almost all cranks have the length stamped/cast into the back side (aka inner side) somewhere. It'll be a number like 165, 170,...
  24. Oh no! If you do that then the label on the rim...

    Oh no! If you do that then the label on the rim and any text or logos on the hub might be backwards! ;) This means the bike won't be fit to photograph for an advertisement...
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    I doubt it'll get much lighter when converted to...

    I doubt it'll get much lighter when converted to a single speed.

    This frame very likely uses the now obsolete rear dropout spacing of 126mm. You won't be able to find an off the shelf new wheel to...
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