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  1. Tonto

    Golden Apple Ride, NY, Labour Day weekend

    Hi, I'll be visiting my brother in Westchester County, NY, around Labour Day weekend and he mentioned that this ride is on then. Is anyone familiar with this event or knows the sort of terrain it will cover? It sounds very well organised from what I can gather from the Westchester CC website...
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    Repairing badly scratched steel

    Hi, I have a steel frame, only about 18 months old. It's a custom-built Dedacciai 16.5 EOM tubeset painted in black gloss at the Wilier factory in Italy. I got a couple of small, deep scratches on it at the weekend while transporting it in my car. Something sharp and metal seems to have dug...
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    Flat topped bars

    Hi, Anyone have any experience of bars with flattened tops like this one: http://www.totalcycling.com/ProductDetails/mcs/productID/247/groupID/2/categoryID/7/v//curr/en-IE Seems like a good idea to make riding on the tops a little more comfortable, but does it work in practice? Also, does it...
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    Rear drop out spread

    Hi, Quick question.....I'm looking at buying a frame which has a 133mm spread between the rear dropouts. Am I confusing this with something else or isn't 130mm the standard for modern frames? Thanks, Tonto. Edit: Just as I posted this it occurred to me that usually the 130mm measurement is...
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    Road bike rental in the Bay Area

    Hi, I'll be in the Bay Area for work in January for a few weeks and was hoping I could get some cycling in. Does anyone know where I could rent out a halfway decent road bike (preferrably not a hybrid or flat bar)? I've been recommended Marin County for cycling, but I'd be happy to go anywhere...
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    Help installing an FSA ISIS BB

    Hi, I'm trying to fit a new FSA Platinum Pro ISIS BB to my bike. I checked on www.parktool.com to see what sort of tool I need and it says there that it takes the same 20-tooth internal splined cup tool as Shimano BB's. So I went to my LBS this morning and they didn't have the Parktool BBT-2 so...
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    Specialized Telluride

    Hi, I went helmet shopping today determined to finally get one (after three attempts, my fault for bargain hunting on the web) that fits me perfectly. I went to the biggest bike store here in Dublin and the assistant helped me pick out the Specialized Telluride (in fairness to him, probably the...
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    FSA CFJ Compact Crank

    Hi, A few UK-based websites (eg. Wiggle) are selling FSA CFJ compact cranks. However, I can't find them on the FSA website or on roadbikereview. A google search brings back a few online stores, and that's it. Does anyone know if they go by another name outside of the UK or if they're an old line...
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    Headsets....

    Hi, I'm building up a steel frame I picked up cheap recently and the first thing I want get sorted is the headset. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of choice in the market for 1" threaded headsets, but I have seen prices vary from €20 to €50. I'm not trying to build anything fancy here...
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    Can I do a piecemeal groupset upgrade, from Sora to 105?

    Hi, I have a Giant OCR3 and plan on upgrading the components gradually. I was on a tight budget when I bought it and just couldn't afford anything with a higher spec. So for me to upgrade piecemeal I need to know what parts are dependent on what other ones. I have a Sora groupset, 7 speed...
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    Advice on buying a bike for the first time

    Hi, I'm buying a new road bike but know pretty much nothing about them. There's a good, specialist bike shop near where I live and they seem to have very good value. Basically, it boils down to a choice between two bikes. One is a steel-framed Olmo, with Shimano 600 brakes and a Sora groupset...