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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: 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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