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Gear Talk / Where to learn about bike parts?
« on: October 25, 2005, 08:09:41 am »
Thanks so much - this is exactly what I needed!!  Next, I need the rainy weekend, so I won't feel guilty sitting down to read.  

Gear Talk / Where to learn about bike parts?
« on: October 24, 2005, 09:05:20 pm »
Help!  I need some ideas on references to learn about all the various components that make up a "bike" after selecting a frame.  I want to be able to at least converse with bike shops and know the purposes of cassettes and hubs and brakes and....much less the differences between a "105" and "dura ace".  Any pointers on where to start are greatly appreciated!  

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: November 21, 2005, 08:19:56 pm »
Wow, some great thoughts!!  To clear up any confusion, I hoping I can design a bike that will do both relatively comfortable centuries and light touring.  (As much as I'd love to have a full stable of bikes that fit, I can only whine to my husband so much about the NEED for a new bike!!)  I've learned that a true touring bike might be almost too stable without a load for enjoyable distance rides, while a fully loaded Ti  bike would become a noodle under full load.  (Someone, please jump in here if I have this wrong!)So, I'm focusing in on a Ti road bike with geometry (including the design for fenders, racks and wider tires when desired) that will be comfortable for day rides, centuries, and light (overnight) touring.  All the input here has been a big help.  Thanks!!

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: October 09, 2005, 12:01:27 pm »
Good points - thanks for helping me keep open mind! No question re: technology advances - on a recent ride with 1000s of riders, I saw few downtube shifters with "only" 21 speeds!  So, if I take a step back and recognize that this is only my "next" bike, I'm still looking for pros and cons of Ti vs. Steel.  And, I know it will ultimately be a personal choice, but I'm looking for input from folks who ride the long distance tours.  Again, appreciate the grounding of thought.  

General Discussion / Steel versus Ti
« on: October 08, 2005, 05:37:41 pm »
Help!  I'm in the process of designing my "last bike" and am stuck at the pros/cons of ti vs. steel.  I'm trying to determine what would be the tipping point to make the jump, given the 2X cost factor!  (Or, conversely, why should I stick with steel?)  I have been riding a steel for some time(downtube shifting) and really like the feel of the ride.  I plan to ride cross country sometime in the next several years, with many centuries and distance rides in the years in between!  I am 5'2", not too many years from being able to ride whenever I want (read retirement!), East coast salt air, mountains, etc.  I'm looking hard at the Independent Fabrication bikes, as I have yet to find an out-of-the-box that fits me.  Need lots of thoughts!!  TIA!

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