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Don't forget to post your local Craigslist and your measurements when asking for recommendations.
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Just posting a recumbent on top of this sticky to raise awareness
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What are some good options for a new bike around the 500ish range. Just want to drive around town and explore like in my nihongo cartoons. Bonus points if the bike is made by a young Asian girl. (Not really)
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I have a potentially stupid question since I’m new to bikes. I measured myself and I basically fit a 56cm frame perfectly, but I’m seeing a lot of good bikes that are 54cm at reasonable prices in my area. Is it so bad to have the top tube length be a little short, by maybe 20mm? Wouldn’t a longer stem correct this enough?
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>>1127441
A difference that small shouldn't make a difference. Also, many people who are sized for 55/56 cm frames use a 54.
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>>1127441
It's probably ok if you're young and fit and want to go fast. If you want a more upright position, don't size down, the bar- saddle drop will be frustrating.
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Cinelli. Are they a meme? I'm considering breaking down and buying a Gazzetta
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>>1127441
Smaller bikes are more uncomfortable. The top tier pros ride smaller bikes for the more aggressive aero position.
I really don't recommend buying a smaller bike if you're new to bikes. This shit is for experienced riders.
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Ok guys is this overpriced because no one is bidding on it and I’m suspicious

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F253263067053
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>>1127450
Good stuff with ridiculously high hipster tax
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Help choose.
Apollo Xpert 10
or
Bergamont Revox 2.0
Same price. Or should I go a bit higher and grab Revox 3.0?
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>>1127463
Any other brands I should consider?

I just like the aesthetic, I currently have a 20 year old fuji. Don't know what model though
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>>1127543
All City.
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Lads, how feasible does changing the wheelset of a bicycle (downgrade) in the LBS before purchase sound?

More info:
I pre-ordered a Giant TCR Advanced 1 Disc, should be here next spring. But lately I've been looking more and more into the model one step above - Advanced Pro 1 Disc.
Differences:
>Full carbon fork
as opposed to carbon with alloy steerer
>Full Ultegra
as opposed to Ultegra/105 mix
>Marginally lighter finishing kit (stem, bars, saddle)
>Carbon SLR1 wheelset
as opposed to alloy PR2 wheels

I could stretch my budget above the Advanced, but not all the way to the Pro (the price difference is +50%). I would gladly sacrifice the carbon SLR1 wheelset in favour of the cheap alloy PR2. I realize that the bikes arrive semi-assembled in boxes and there's no way for the importer or LBS to change the specification. On the other hand this is a large Giant-only store we're talking about and they are located in the same (capital) city as the country's importer. So maybe they have spare wheelsets they could hook me up with?

Is this an outrageous thing to ask them about or should I just suck it up and settle for the Advanced 1? That electric blue though... =(
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>>1127941
Do you have a death wish?
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>>1127950
My homeboard is /r9k/ so yes.
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yay or nay?
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>>1127616
>thought that was a pug
>then notice sloping top tube
>then zoom in and it's not a pug
>cringe
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>>1127963
why.
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>>1127963
>How do you adjust saddle height?
>How do you adjust stem length?

Is it custom geo? If so... maaaybe yes.
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>>1127963
YESSSSSSSS
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>>1128183
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>>1127962
>>1127950
If you look at the image, the steerer didn't break it just came off because it was loose.
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>>1128192
NOICE
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>>1128207
No it didn't, that's a spacer stack.
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You guys have any kinda plebs guide to bike buying?
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>>1128223
Unless you know what you're doing (and since you're asking, you don't), get rigid and steel. Can't go wrong with rigid and steel.
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>>1128238
Not having suspension sucks. Fail #1. Steel also sucks, fail #2.

What kind of riding will you be doing?
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>>1128239
Don't take advice from this poster.
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>>1128239
Commuteing and just road stuff in general. Probably around a park aswell but it's all paved.
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>>1128240
Whys that?
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>>1128244
He lies.
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>>1128241
>all paved and commuting

Go to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army and pick up an old steel ten-speed.
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My philosophy is to figure out what tires are best for the ground the bike will be on. Next, how smooth and comfy do you like to be? Im a fan of big fat wide tires. 1, for the grip and stability. 2, for the cushion that bigger plushier tires provide. Wider tires let you use less air pressure.
Old steel bikes ride smoother.
Dont worry about bike weight.
You can always change the saddle (seat) for one that fits you better
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>>1128270
They don't have to be old. Just steel.
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Looking for MTB bike for gf.
Medium frame, 27.5", hardtail, over $200, under ~$550.
https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/search/bia
Might buy a new Cannondale Catalyst 4 or Giant Revel.
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I think old Kestrel frames are sexy as hell, and now I have the opportunity to pick one up at a reasonable price... but I wouldn't ride it as anything but a road bike with drops. Can you talk me out of it /n/? I looked up geometry charts and shouldn't be too hard to get the fit right...
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I have an enduro bike on my sight. It has been ridden for one summer so it's in pretty good condition. Only thing that wirries me is the bb, it's a shimano press fit. I haven't owned any bike without a threaded bb and I've heard bad things about pressfit. Should I skip othervice good bike with a good price due to the fact it haw a press fit bb?
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Just bought a 2015 Raleigh Revenio 3.0 for $480 as my first road bike. Not sure how well I did, but it has almost an all Shimano 5800 105 groupset.
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>>1128373
Pretty good deal, as long as everything's in good condition
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>>1128348
I don't get it, isn't it already a road frame? Why would there be any fit issues?
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>>1128373
New? That's an insane deal. Yes, it's an entry-level bike. But the 105 groupset will last you a long time with regular maintenance. Make sure it fits you well and get some lighter tyres with kevlar bead once you wear the stock ones out.
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I just moved to the wondeful country US of A for work. I'm living relatively close to work, so I figured I should get a bike to commute to and from work, and for going to the gym and other errands.

I don't want anything fancy, just something reliable, that will be good in all kinds of weather (mostly cold), and that doesn't make me look even more like a fag. Budget around $500-$700. Any recommendations?

Also, any tips for biking in the USA?
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>>1128452

Frame 56~ or so btw.
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>>1128413
Nope, used. I'm hoping it fits me well,but if not I hope I can flip it.
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Hi /n/
I’m currently looking forward to buying my first own bike. I plan on using it for a trip through Germany. I wanna cycle from Freiburg am Breisgau to Hamburg and stop in multiple cities on my way (it’ll probably be between 800-1200km depending on the way I take). Apart from this trip i’ll mostly use it for my daily commute to uni.
How much at least should I plan on investing in order to get a decent bike (I’m on a budget so I don’t mind buying used or having to build it myself from different parts). Is there anything in particular I should look for given the distance I want to cycle?
Thanks in advance
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>buying a u-lock secondhand
what could go wrong?
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>>1128452
Get something you think you'll enjoy riding. Practicality doesn't matter too much, since it's just a way to get you from A to B.
However, there are things that are nice to have.
Wide tires. At least support for 25mm. Not necessary, but preferred.
Mudguard holes. You can mount decent enough mudguards on bikes without mudguard mounts, but you want a bike with mudguards and the mounted ones are better.
Flat pedals. Traffic + clipless = falling over a lot. Don't use clipless in commuting until you're super experienced with them and clipping in and out is second nature.
Pannier rack mounts are another nice thing to have so you don't have to wear a backpack.

Personally, I recommend a low-mid tier roadbike. Drop handlebars are really nice, and the aggressive position means you spend less energy to go faster.
But don't get one if you think you'll hate it. The important thing is to enjoy riding the bike- even if you have to sacrifice things like mudguard mounts and wider tires. If you enjoy riding it then you'll not mind.
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>>1128654
Go for ~$600. Get a bike that fits you. Very important. This is just getting the right size frame based on your height- manufacturers post guides.
At this point I'd just recommend road.cc's guides. Check out decathlon bikes- they're damn good for the price.
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Lately I've started to use the bike as my primary mode of transport. My daily commute is about 26km (~16,1 miles) going and coming, and I've started to notice my bike is rather shitty, so I wanted to buy a road bike. I don't live in the USA so I just wanted some general directions on how to properly purchase a bike.

I'm 1,70m (5'7) and I'm not sure how to measure the frame against that.

I hope this is the correct thread for these questions.
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>>1129728
Please, more info on weather conditions, road conditions, traffic, elevation.

In wet and dark conditions, a road bike with derailleur would not be my first choice.
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>>1129734
Here is the elevation for my standard route.

The entire route is on pavement, with heavy traffic on the last 4 km. I live in the southern part of Brazil, so I get moderate rain from August to November and heavy rains from December to February, although I seldom ride in the actual rain because my commute is on the early morning. The roads tend to be somewhat wet, however.

I'm in good shape so the elevation doesn't affect me anymore, my main worries are traffic and the wet road, for safety reasons.

I'll post a photo of the bike I'm using right now.
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>>1129734
>>1129759

And here is a bike I'm currently using. I got it for free from a friend who didn't want it anymore. The gear shifting is pretty bad, but other than that it's rather light and doesn't slip on the rain.

I'm look to buy a fender and a bag holder, but other than that, this is how I've been riding these past months.
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>>1129760
I don't know how much you'd have to spend but I'd recommend a CX bike, or at least a road bike with low gearing and wide tires.
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>>1129767
you mean something along these lines?

This model is around 300 USD
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>>1129771
No, a CX bike, or gravel bike. Drop handlebars, 32mm tires, that sort of thing. They aren't in your price range though since, well, they're marketed for people with too much money.

Get a low end road bike. So long as the groupset is a real groupset (like shimano. Or even sunrace/microshift) you should be alright.
28mm tires will be enough, easily.
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>>1129789
thank you for all the info anon.
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Looking to buy my first road bike sometime after new years. Ideally I'm looking for something with a 105 groupset with disc brakes and good tire clearance for some occational gravel riding, although I'll mostly be riding on tarmac. Also I'd rather have a good aluminium frame than a mediocre carbon frame. Anyone have any recommendations? I've been looking at stuff like the Cannondale CAAD12 105 Disc or the Canyon Endurace AL Disc, but I'm stil looking around for other options.
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My bike got stolen. I rode it a lot around the city and on mountain trails. As in I rode it to the trails. It was cheap and heavy.
Now I need a replacement. Because that bike was so heavy I want something light like a road bike. But I still want to go on trails. Can a cyclocross bike do both?
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>>1129855
No, cyclocross are meme bikes
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>>1129855
It can do trails like a rigid mountainbike. Which it is. If you go hucking it off of shit, expect a disaster.

A lot of shit is heavier now that we've gone up a wheel size anyways.
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>>1129858
>>1129862
So I guess I should get an aluminum mountain bike then. Last one was steel.
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>>1129979
Get a gravel bike, it's like a CX bike but with even more tire clearance
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can anyone recommend me some kind of ultra light BMX with tall seat and tall handlebars?
and would such a thing end up any lighter than your average carbon/alum/ti road bike?

i just thought it would be awesome to have a bike that weighs like 5 pounds and is compact, yet still ridable on the seat
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not totally sure on measurements, i think 60cm cuz im 6'2"
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sgv/bid/d/60cm-2012-grun-track-bike/6363412882.html

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/bik/d/cannondale-r800-caad3-race/6391940724.html
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>>1130043

The cannondale's nice but I would go for something a size smaller if you're going road, I'm 6'2 and my last bike purchase was a 58 and I still feel like it's too big.
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>>1130062
thanks for the input. so you would say like, 56 or somethin'?
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Looking for a road bike around 2k EUR and this Saturday I'm going to a bike shop about 3 hours away to check and talk about some bikes.
We've already exchanged some emails.
Would it be weird if I turned up with a couple beers?

Pls no bully. My homeboard is r9k. ;_;
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>>1130498
yes
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>>1130499
Aw, shit. Even if it's a local beer?
I'm really not good at these things.
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>>1130498
>I can't believe I climbed an 18% grade to get to this place
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>>1130498
It'll be weird only because you're the one doing it
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>>1130498
Giving a shop a six-pack as a token of appreciation is not an uncommon practice, but showing up with beers and expecting to share a drink is a bit... odd.
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>>1130514
>...and expecting to share a drink...
I'm not.
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>>1127963
every time you stop you would have to swing your leg over
no more stepping forward and straddling the frame, you have to completely get off every single fucking time
not only that, you can't jump the frame then step onto the peddles to get on the saddle
no, you have to swing your leg up and over the entire fucking thing every single time
now that may be easy for you young wippersnappers, but once you get to around 35, that kinda stuff ain't easy no more
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>>1128239
>Not having suspension sucks. Fail #1. Steel also sucks, fail #2.
suspension is completely useless unless you're riding fairly rough singletrack
steel is real
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>>1128241
like >>1128259 said, an old 10 speed is a pretty good choice for commuting and general road riding
they're solid, cheap, fairly easy to work on and we can help out with any repair info you need
stay away from old french bikes though since some of the parts have weird standards and need special tools
i'd recommend posting your local craigslist here and i'll go through this afternoon and pick out good deals for you
it would also help if you could tell us your general price range, if you have lots of money to burn then new bikes are amazing
my other recommendation would be a 90s rigid mtb with semi slicks, a rack and fenders
that's the standard recommendation for commuter bikes on here, since most of us are poor and they are cheap
that might require a bit more work for setup, but IMO its completely worth it, since they are 10/10 commuters
they are indestructible, spare parts cost nothing and they can handle really really shitty roads no problem
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>>1130514
>Giving a shop a six-pack as a token of appreciation
where the HECK do you live
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/disc-brake-roadbikes/omnistrada-sport-discbrake-bike.htm
Could I take this on a few moderate/intermediate singletracks
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>>1130498
Lol
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>>1130534
N-no bully pls.
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-TRIUMPH-RALEIGH-BICYCLE/282750206359?hash=item41d539c197:g:x08AAOSwYc5aG1zs

Thoughts? I know it's essentially just a Raleigh Grand Prix with cheaper/cruder components and different branding.
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>>1126973
Like a sir

I have over 20 bicycles and my tourist is at the top for most enjoyment. It just sails down hills and gets people talking. I'm working on a 55 Sports right now and a 65 Sprite

>pic relate, 65 Tourist
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>>1130560
And my 79
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>>1130531
Forgot pic.
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>>1130560
>>1130561
Very nice
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Anybody ever try to make a bike frame out of steel or aluminum pipes, without welding? seems like the only hard part would be getting the angles right with just the fittings, and I bet it'd be heavy as sin.
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looking for a bike with:
drops
SRAM 1x11
hydro discs
CX level clearance
rear rack attachments
not some pleb brand like scott trek boardman etc

in and around £1000

best I found was Vitus Energie VR but it maxes out at 58 cm
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>>1130605
many older lugged bikes are brazed not welded
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>>1130640
Seems like it wouldn't be strong enough at all
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>>1128452
Don't wear stretchy pants.
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>>1130531
>>1130562

I mean, a child's tricycle can do it, but the problem with a cyclocross or gravel bike for off road trail is not being able to lean back and hand your ass off the rear tire and hang low as maneuver and carve through corners. A road frame keeps your ass too high and makes it feel like you're on stilts when you want to position center of gravity as LOW as possible for max agility. This is why BMX racing favors 20" tires even for full grown adults.

For climbs, heck yeah a cyclocross is better than XC. For downhill, you're going to bend wheels unless you go as slow as you were going uphill. Unless you get some meat on your wheels, you're going to severely limit downhill capability.
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>>1130622
scott & trek aren't pleb brands
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>>1130622
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>>1130605
Some very expensive bicycles are fillet brazed (no lugs)
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>>1130666
god that is some of the most beautiful metalwork i've seen
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>>1130561
>>1130560
>>1130599
For completeness sake, the most recent picture of the bike in the OP. I still need to gear the thing lower, though. Was also considering switching out the AW 3-speed hub for a S5 5-speed one.

Still love to ride it. Once it gets going, it just flies It's so much more nimble than its giant heavy steel frame suggests.
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>>1130666
the hours it must have taken to grind those
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>>1130672
Best not follow framebuilders on social media, lest you cream your pants.
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I need a bike for commuting but nobody is responding to me on Craigslist. I'm really fucking tired of walking to work and I'm considering just buying a bike from Walmart.

Out of the Walmart bikes, which brands are semi-decent? Can I tune them up myself to make them into good bikes, and if so, is that expensive to do? Was thinking about getting this road bike, any good or no?
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>>1130887
The worst thing about Wal-Mart is the employees building the bikes. Buy one on Amazon and have lbs build it for you
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>>1130887
Cardinal rule of big box bikes: single-speed ONLY.
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this is $80 on craigslist, used, will it be any good for just commuting?
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>>1130953
forgot pic, raleigh
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>>1130954
with some slicks and a rack or a basket, yea. It might need everything serviced though
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>>1130888
>have lbs build it for you
>not building it yourself
Nigga wat
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>>1130969
If someone is just buying their first bike, they might not have the experience, confidence, or tools to do it right. I mean, I doubt he has a pedal wrench and using a regular wrench will only tighten them so much. Or if he knows how to set up brakes.
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>>1130988
>over tightens his pedals
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>>1130988
>I doubt he has a pedal wrench and using a regular wrench will only tighten them so much
kek what
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>>1130989
>>1130990
I mean the size of the wrench itself. Adjustable wrenches are big fat fuckers, and you'll probably hit the point where you can't fit the wrench in before the pedals are fully tight.
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Came across this posting recently and was considering taking a look.

https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/bik/d/vintage-centurion-expert/6411078412.html

Emailed them and they said the frame is around 54cm which should be fine for me (around 5 ft. 9). Was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on price, and if anything else sticks out I should note from the photos. The seat looks a bit odd so I may swap it out with something else if I do pick this up. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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>>1131753
>>1131753
It's a great bike & it looks barely ridden. I'd turn up with $200 cash and try to pay $150 or $180. It's likely to want repacked bearings & new cables and is slightly behind the point of being modern, due to the freewheel & single pivot brakes
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>>1130993
can confirm, have tightened pedals using 2 cone wrenches taped together, felt like a monster for days afterwords
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>>1131893
Thanks for the response. Looked pretty good to me as well, but I'm not as experienced with bike buying. The first bike I bought ended up being a mess. Meeting with the seller tomorrow, hoping I can come back with good news.
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Planning on buying pic related for $135- Full RSX 3x7, but the shifters aren't working. Should be as simple as doing the RJ method of flooding with WD-40 and then relubing them I imagine.
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>>1132115
I sure hope so. In any case I think RJ has a full overhaul video of the RSX brifters, so you can go to town into them
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I know nothing about Peugeots. Is this a good example?

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/d/beautiful-upgraded-peugeot/6394232039.html
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>>1132115
Looks good at a glance. You'll want to replace those tires as well.
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>>1132172
The features of the frame suggest it's not a particularly nice Peugeot. It's nice that it already has alloy rims, but I think $225 is a bit of a stretch.
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>>1132180
How can you tell?
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I'm not a regular and I'm probably being at least as much of a dunce as the guy in the picture, but I dig the bike. Any particular name for the overall style or frame geometry, or where to cop it?
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>>1126973
I've got about $400 to spend on athletic gear this year before Dec 31. I'd like a decent bike that can be used on the road and a little trail riding. Local to western Washington state. 5'10" 160lbs. Need a store to get reimbursed.
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>>1132197
it's a pedersen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedersen_bicycle
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>>1132227
These look hilarious. Are they any good? Does the funky seat arrangement function well?

I'm considering biking to work three and a half kilometers away increasingly often for the benefit of my own health and so that I can trade in my boring daily driver for a project car that doesn't have to start up every morning.

I'd be okay with just using a roadster/city bike, but I like things a little eccentric when it's not an inconvenience, so I figured I'd ask.
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>>1132192
They look dry-rotted as hell.
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>>1132233
>3 KM
>"I like things a little eccentric"

Then get a classic roadster like in the OP. You're not going to be riding it long enough for the weight to be an issue, and it's got retro enough frame geometry/brakes that you'll still stick out.
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>>1132182
>The features of the frame suggest it's not a particularly nice Peugeot
What's the difference? I did notice that for some reason the rear wheel is quick release and the front isn't; I was going to try and get the guy down to like $150.
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This thread for bikes only, or accessories as well?

Someone got me a size 42/8.5 Garneau HRS 90 as an early xmas present. I have an older, quite used Shimano MT43 currently, also size 42, which gives my toes a nice wiggle room, and is comfortable in a sense that I can adjust my feet in it on longer rides. But the Garneau, while being super-tight on the sides, also doesn't leave me much space in the front, and I suspect my toes would be cramping in it after a while.

Am I right to assume, that I'd be better off with getting one size bigger instead?

pic related
yes, I realize that the Shimano has a more pliable material
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>>1132275
Oops, the model number is MTB LS-100 for the Garneau.
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>>1132239
>What's the difference?

Not him but a shitty peoueugoeut will have:
* Heavy as fuck frame
* French threaded bottom bracket
* Cottered cranks

Alloy wheels are a nice upgrade. But the rest of the bike? Not so much

If you want to spend $$$ fixing it up because you like the look, there's no shame. But you can get a much nicer bike for that price
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>>1132333
>Cottered cranks

Ewww. The only thing I can say is that bike apparently already had that issue dealt with; hence "upgraded". Is there anything special about French bikes in general, or are they largely identical to British bikes (speshul part needs aside)?
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I've got a budget of $300-$550. Should I get the Diamondback Trace ST? I'm planning to use this for commuting and light exercise.
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>>1132275
How about you try them on a ride and see how they feel
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>>1132448
I'd void returns in that case.
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>>1132443
How many gears out back?
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>>1132115
Have RSX on my beater bike, yep all it takes is taking off the rubbers and hosing it with solvents, shifting a bunch, more solvents, more shifting then lube.
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https://blacksburg.craigslist.org/bik/d/road-bikes-two/6408491339.html

Any opinions?
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>>1132558
It's shit. You can see in the 4th picture how the dropouts are only pinched and spot-welded into the seatstays.
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>>1132558
The Puch is a low end ten speed but not total garbage. The second bike is just junk.
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>>1132558
The Puch is low-rent, but a respectable commuter. Big frame, though, so make sure it fits you.
Second bike is a Sears BSO, probably made by Murray (note the one-piece crank). Keep the neat triangular reflectors and donate the rest to a bike co-op for scrap.
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https://www.ebay.com/itm/EARLY-80S-AUSTRO-DAIMLER-Pacifica-road-bike-58cm-NICE-MADE-BY-PUCH-BIKES/162756689935?hash=item25e50e000f:g:QrUAAOSwySlaDLWj

Good deal?
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>>1132690
It's not great, but eh, you could do worse
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>>1132697
Thank you. Still trying to pick a good 10-speed for riding, and I'm stuck being a damn hipsterfag who needs an older bike.
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>>1132705
the major tell for a nicer frame is that it will have an integrated derailer hanger on the frame, that the derailer threads into. See on that bike you posted, there's a metal claw that fits on over the dropout instead.
700c wheels are another mark of a quality bike.
Would your hipsterfaggotry allow a 90s bike? Cassettes over freewheels, dual pivot brakes, aero brake levers and indexed DT shifters are all quite nice. They are still 'old'

It's really not bad though.
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>>1132707
Ah, I see. I had never actually noticed the integral hanger before. It can be converted to 700c wheels if the brakes reach anyways, right?

And nah, I really dig older stuff. I know it's not as good, my brain is just wired to like the classics more. At least the frames; I have nothing against upgrading the brakes and wheels.
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>>1132443
If it has 7 speeds out back, move on. Cheap, third-world-made freewheels (not even gear cassettes!) and who-knows-what other cost-cutting measures.
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>>1132711
Get this instead:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Panasonic-DX-3000-Road-Bike-Tange-Lugged-Steel-Yellow-black-paint-58cm-SEE/122845164969

Or just tell us where you are and we will find suitable Craigslist bikes for ya.
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>>1132731
It's just the Houston CL. I'm 6 foot even, as well.

https://houston.craigslist.org/search/bik

That is a very nice bike, though. The black and yellow is striking, and a quick googling says they were very good bikes. I'll be honest, Panasonics weren't even on my radar; I've got a thing for European bikes
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>>1132750
Buy this. Don't argue. Best steel you're going to find for the money. Is super light and has some hipster cred because the name sounds french. Also it has brifters.

https://houston.craigslist.org/bid/d/lemond-buenos-aires-18-speed/6415305597.html

also this is a nice italian bike. probably not even too small.

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/d/italian-bianchi-eros/6381494569.html

Also

https://houston.craigslist.org/bik/d/vintage-schwinn-premis/6399087461.html
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>>1132726
Guess I'll save my money and get a better quality bike. Thanks for the advice.
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>>1132756
Oh sweet Jesus. That really IS the best value I'll find. I'm just worried because that's way more bike than I'll need for a long while: I'm just a fatass sidegrading from the roadster in the OP to something with gears that can actually climb inclines. I'm not going to be able to utilize the LeMond's full potential for a long time. It would be a waste. If the Puch isn't worth it, I might jump on the Panasonic.

Thank you for the help, too. Don't worry; I just call myself a hipster because I'm obsessed with old shit. I'm not going to turn it into a fixie or anything horrific like that.
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>>1132789
>I'm not going to be able to utilize the LeMond's full potential for a long time
this is really not something to worry about, just get it.
The Lemond has a big advantage for you over the other bikes, because you can very cheaply put on a wide 9 speed cassette and get lower hill gears. The other bikes have freewheels.
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>>1132818
Anon, I'll be straight with you. I'm the faggot who wrecked the Carlton-frame Raleigh last week. I destroyed a rare bike because I was riding like a faggot and wasn't minding what I was doing and I don't want to risk repeating the experience so soon afterwards. I don't want to wreck yet another high-quality bike while learning to ride properly.
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whelp, I am probably going to get myself screwed over on a eBay purchase. Picked up what I thought was a good deal on a used track bike (I know, I know, but I use a brake and fixed gear is fun). I got it out of the shipping box, started tearing down the bike, and the bottom bracket shell is fucking ovalized on the drive side. I am so mad. Trying to return it, seller is being an enormous jerk about the whole thing.
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>>1133082
>>Picked up what I thought was a good deal
>translated: i thought i was screwing someone over but they did me instead
Fucking pony up the real cost instead and stop whining.
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>>1129760
That cable lock can be snipped with a small pair of bolt cutters. Spend $40 on a U-Lock and protect your bike.
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I want a beater that takes discs. What's the 90's rigid mountain bike of disc frames?
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>>1128192
Muh perinium
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>>1133428
one cheap option would be to buy a 90s rigid and get a cheap modern disc fork, since front brake does almost all the actual work
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>>1133428
a 00s rigid mountainbike
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http://www.wiggle.nl/fuji-tread-ltd-adventure-bike-2017/


Is this a nice bike?
I see that it's quick release, is it that bad with discs?
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>>1133979
>I see that it's quick release, is it that bad with discs?
it isn't ideal, you'd be much better off with a thru axle but is usable if you're careful about tightening it fully and making sure everything is properly aligned in the dropouts
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LBS has this Colnago for sale for $800. It's a beauty, and rides really solidly, much like a modern bike. I just wanted to get some more eyes on it before I made the buy. It seems legit to me (please tell me if it doesn't to you, I know these aren't the greatest pictures, these were just taken on a short test ride, the only hangups I have are:

1. There is a tiny bit of rust visible on the edges of the headtube lug, and i noticed a small amount of rust residue on the rear brake housing where it enters the top tube. How big of a deal is some rust inside of the frame?

2. This is much less important, but the cage of the RD seems loose or something, as the chain wanted to skip around in the larger cogsa little, and when Iooked back while I was riding the bottom pully was actually further in towards the wheel than the top pully. I thought this could be a derailleur hanger alignment issue, but it seems straight, and there was some lateral play in the RD when I just moved the cage side to side.

Will post more pictures I took
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>>1134025
Nice bike. That style of ergopower with the cutouts in the metal levers is so nice. It will look a LOT better with some black tires and black bar tape too.

The rust, not an issue at all. Just spray some rust inhibitor in the tubes annually and it will last decades. Looks like no pitting on the chrome. All good. Where the chain drops off the crank is the area to look for frame damage.

Lateral play in the RD is expected. This is a gruppo from the 90s. It's worn. It's 9 speed so unlike 8 speed campy, compatibility with new parts shouldn't be too bad. You want to keep it original if you can. Judging from the lack of wear on the ergos rubber, i don't think it has been ridden that much.

It's not acceptable to have small shifting problems with a bike from your LBS. It should be easy to fix that, and they should fix it. If it's not easy to fix, if the bike doesn't ride smoothly now, that's a problem. It's not acceptable that the drivetrain isn't clean. It makes you think they probably haven't repacked all the bearings. They definitely haven't recabled it. The bartape is bad. This bike, in this condition, would be $500 from a private seller.
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>>1134080
Thanks for the help. Yeah, this shop's M.O. is definitely not to get their bikes in the best shape for sale, it's to get them out the door with as little effort as possible on their end. They're strictly a used bike shop- they have a service area, but I would never trust them to do anything on any of my bikes. The bike I ride now (a Giant TCR) was actually purchased there, and I've had no complaints about the bike. I just wouldn't ever tell anyone who didn't have a lot of knowledge about bikes to buy one there, I remember that bike had almost dangerously worn tires on it when I bought it.

I plan on going by this morning to buy it, I'm celebrating some good news in my career recently, and I wouldn't mind treating myself. I've always lusted after Colnagos with high end Campy, and it still doesn't seem like too bad of a deal. It's obviously not in mint condition, but it's not in bad shape by any means either, and given the fact that I plan on actually riding it, one in mint condition would inevitably get a few chips and scratches on it anyway. I'm pretty handy, and will definitely be able to freshen up the bike with no problem, and I'll do some investigating to see what is up the RD and if I can fix it without having to buy another.
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>>1134170
enjoy it anon
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What are the best EU sites to buy bikes from?

Also noticed that Dutch sites tend to not have a single drop bar touring bike, or basically anything with fenders+pannier racks and drop bars.
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>>1134172
Quick update, I purchased the bike this morning. Got it home and decided to wipe as much grease off the chain as I could. While I was at it, I cleaned the jockey wheels and cassette off as much as I could with them still on the bike. Jesus there was so much gunk on the cassette and jockey wheels, I'm surprised the jockey wheels even spun! It seems as if the PO didn't ride the bike very often, but when he did he just oiled the chain up and never ever wiped it off. All the oil collected tons of dirt that just accumulated and accumulated. (Again, this is something any other LBS would check and clean before selling, but not this place!) Even with the small amount of unthorough cleaning I did, the bike shifted perfectly and didn't skip between cogs anymore, even under high load, so I'm sure that was the issue. Can't wait to ride it and get everything on it cleaned up though, I had to leave town for a few days, so it won't be until Friday before I'm back, and the weather is not looking good, so I'll probably go ahead and do some more work on it then.
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>>1127963
Nah.

Ugly as hell.
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>>1130622
Jamis Renegade
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>>1134371
Sorry, just noticed you'll need to change out the 2x cranks. Does have Shimano Hydro brakes but should be equal to Sram.
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What problems would I run into touring with an endurance or cyclocross bike? The mounts are there for a rack, wondering how much weight the giant composite frame can handle if it's an issue. I don't really want to get a dedicated touring bike.
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WHAT'S A GOOD CARBON BIKE TO BUY? FUCK
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>>1135442
That depends on how much you weigh and how much you want to carry. I know Trek lists a recommended maximum weight of bike+rider+load, I think their cyclocross bikes are limited to 300 lbs.
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>>1135447
I can't find it on giant's website but I don't think that will be a problem since I'm 68kg. Is there anything else I should worry about?
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>>1135442
You can definitely do it.

>run as wide tires as possible, no room for fenders
>You'll want to be quite strong or the gearing will be wrong. It won't really be low enough for gravel climbs however strong you are
>You'll definately want to engage in some ultralight faggotry, infact be quite ruthless about it. That's not easy, especially if you're starting out. If you want a lot of comforts and don't want to spend much on gear, don't do it. Light/ compact/ good gear is expensive.
>Don't do a 4 pannier, saddlebag, handlebar bag trad setup, that's too much, and it won't handle well. Do some variation on the bikepacking meme. Something with 2 mid eyelets on the fork for an oversized cage would be good.
>If you're >85kg, forget it
>It's WAY easier to go minimal in a warm climate.
>Try really hard to avoid scatching your bike or crashing it which is really hard when you're tired all the time and always riding.

It is really nice sometimes having a light fast rig. Personally I hate how really long wheelbase hardcore touring bikes like the LHT ride. You have to be into it though. Packing the kitchen sink can be very liberating too.

If you just want to do weekends or whatever, literally anything will work and just don't even trip about anything.




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