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    Can i use the same chain?

    I have Shimano Ultegra that came OEM on my bike. It came with an 11-28 rear cassette, and I want to go to an 11-30. Has anyone done this and used the same chain? Or will it end up being too short. Just asking because the chain is still very new and I'm ordering the cassette now, and wanted...
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    Saddle: sq labs 612

    I’m in the market for a new saddle. I experience constant pressure in the perinium area seemingly regardless of position or saddle type, so far. I’ve heard that SWLabs saddles are focused on dealing with this issue specifically. Does anyone have experience or information on these saddles...
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    Buying a brand new bike

    I absolutely got lucky! A store a few hours away just received a 2021 Madone SL7 and it just got assembked and placed up on the Trek display stand only the day before! I didn’t even hesitate and had them put a hold on it. Just brought it home with Garmin rally power meter pedals and a Garmin...
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    Buying a brand new bike

    Thanks for the reply! Your answer makes perfect sense on many levels, and I just wanted to know what the accepted consensus in the cycling community is. I can see the pragmatic side of your view; that items that are going to be used will immediately become scuffed and scratched, and that is an...
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    Buying a brand new bike

    After many years I'm finally buying another bike and after quite a bit of research I'm thinking 2021 Trek Madone SL7. I found one very close to me in my size and I'll be heading over to give it a test ride and see if the 1.5 geometry is alright for this aging body :) My question for those who...
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    Extremely Bizarre and disturbing Automobile Attitude

    Hi all! Its been aquite a while since I posted last but I've been looking in often to keep caught up :) The other day I saw a bit of car culture that I found rather disturbing and it prompted me to consider just how ingrained that type of mindset might be: I was standing in line at the post...
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    What (in your opinion) is the best bike in the world?

    Best bike in the world? The one that gets you to ride all the time...
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    What do you know about grips?? please help

    I would think (especially for a mountain bike) that your main concerns would be: "grip": The stickiness, or tackiness of the surface that enables your hands to maintain solid attachment to the bars without your having to use finger and hand muscles to hook around them. "Vibration Absorbtion"...
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    Roundup!

    Had to share this one... :) So I went on a short ride on Saturday while the weather was almost springlike. 3 loops of a moderate hill climb route about 5 miles each up to the water tower and back. The point near where I turn around and head downhill there's a nice house with a three car...
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    Top ten ways to look like a better cyclist than you are! :)

    Just came back from a neighbors house across the street. Turns out that their 6 year old son is going to be a little devil for Halloween this year! (I saw the costume his wife was just starting on) I think I will pay him 5 dollars to run next to me jumping and shrieking like a madman in his...
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    Let's settle this once and for all; Wearing pro-team jerseys :)

    :) Actually, I think its more akin to going to a soccer game as a fan and wearing an Arsenal Jersey, but only because as cyclists, we can already ride the same bikes that our heroes of the tour are on... The Ferrari's of the cycling world... Also, even though I'm a "fred" on a bike (well maybe...
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    Top ten ways to look like a better cyclist than you are! :)

    To cement your dominance as a mythic neighborhood living legend of cycling, when you go out on your ride, wear a woolen cycling Jersey (prefereably with Molteni or Virlux) on it, wrap your spare tire around your shoulders and use a stem mounted wire bottle cage. smear mud, dirt and blood on...
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    Don't start out by buying a $5000 bike

    There is, of course, logic and rational thought in what you put forward antikeye, but there is no denying on the other hand that human beings are rarely rational or logical :) There will always be a gigantic cross section of the population that will draw an almost fanatical, fetish-like...
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    Top ten ways to look like a better cyclist than you are! :)

    I think because that reduces the distance from the front of the bike to the time/mark module on the chainstay, and the UCI might disqualify the rider for tampering heh... :P Or maybe the teams sponsor would freak because all the pictures snapped, the front wheel of the bike would obscure all...
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    Top ten ways to look like a better cyclist than you are! :)

    Ooh! how could anyone have missed this one! Go out and ride in the driving rain... make sure you make many stops at food marts and such to maximize the "ooh!" factor of anyone who might be out shopping...