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M_V

Member since Aug 2008 • Last active Oct 2017

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    Who are these people that ride brakeless but need a bike shop to fix stuff!

    This probably sums up why it ever became an issue. Brakeless is no longer the reserve of the experienced cyclist (who along with learning how to ride smoothly and safely using fixed wheel braking before removing the front brake also learned how to fix their own shit), rather every little runt that's seen Premium Rush or a Lucas Brunelle vid is doing it.

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    I work in a small LBS in town and we won't work on fixies without brakes, not even a tube replace. We've also noted more than a few fixie riders coming in and having a front brake fitted...

    They come to you and ask for a front brake to be fitted but you send them elsewhere since you don't work on bikes with no front brake?

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    The Nitto made Surly Torsion bars are 666mm but good luck finding some.

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    I like the look, not so sure how it'll work on a frame, with paint? Lacquer? Does the reaction 'rustproof' the steel?

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    Am I tripping or did I see some used parts on the hubjub site a week or two ago?

    Can't find them now but I am noticing that the number of items has increased from the last time (other than the aformentioned, possibly imagined, very recent brief browse). Hope the business does well for whoever owns it, I'll definitely be having a look more regularly now.

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    TRP Spyre are apparently far and away the best full mechanical,

    Don't beleive the hype, the one I had was rather underwhelming when compared to a bb7.

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    ...some people justify Evans' shit service on the basis that the pay is shit and the hours are long. I can only assume that the conditions of employment at Cycle Surgery are roughly comparable to those at Evans.

    I imagine people mention pay and hours on here as they are easy things to talk about. Things like management structure and training programs/staff development probably do more for moral (and hence the customer experience) than a couple extra quid per day on the pay cheque.

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    I play synth...we all play synth...

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    Using a coaster brake with tires that big must feel pretty great.

    Can confirm.

    Takes a bit of getting used to but nailing it round corners at 150% of your comfortable speed just coz you couldn't get your feet in the right position in time is a whole different kind of fun.

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