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+David Cain Your first trip? You've been missing out! : )
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Today I took a walk around what we affectionately call "the loop" in the mid-day light of New Years Day. This walk is only steps from our door and carries us through an impressive cascade of forested terrain along the Pine Br...
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Oops... Cafe: careful.
[Long Post Alert] As alluded to previously, things have not been Quite Perfect with the drivetrain of my new road bike. So this past weekend, we took a closer look at the gear changing and formulated a plan of what things ...
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Thanks Luka! It's hard not to get a little smile on my face with this sweet tune and charming video
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When was this made? Is she still alive? Great video!
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When i told here yesterday on the phone about this summers attempt in Rutland to have the worlds longest contra line- she  laughed, and said "that sounds like fun-Why rutland?"
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Congratulations on your cafe analysis of you drive train and resolving the issues. I was curious to read on when I came to the "Sometimes new isn't always better" phrase, being deeply sceptical of variations or supposed improvements in bicycle technology. I like knowing that I can both comprehend and repair almost all of the stuff that comprises my bicycle.

I am also a fan of a wide range of gears and opted for a VO triple crank on my new bike. In the end I don't use the small ring much, but I'm happy it's there when I need it.

I rode with the same Rapid Rise rear deraileur for a couple of years and basically got used to it, but upon switching back to the standard configuration I feel like I've reverted to a native language that doesn't require any mental translations.

[Long Post Alert] As alluded to previously, things have not been Quite Perfect with the drivetrain of my new road bike. So this past weekend, we took a closer look at the gear changing and formulated a plan of what things ...
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Thanks Dave. Yes, sometimes it's hard for me to judge when my natural skepticism might mean I'm missing out! ;)

As a motorist (increasingly an ex one) and as a cyclist, gear systems are the One Last Great Mystery for me. I don't have any opportunity (or much inclination) these days to dig into an old Citroen 2CV gearbox, but I'm doing my best to get to grips with bike gears. Thank goodness for Sheldon Brown - and for Harris for keeping that resource going!

Do you read Retrogrouch's blog? It'd be right up your street. Here's link to his latest, which you may find yourself nodding in agreement with: http://bikeretrogrouch.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/disc-and-hydraulic-brake-recalls.html.  I certainly did -- even though I did, after much thought, opt to have disc brakes on my new bike. (Mine are mechanical, not hydraulic, and already a few 'generations' old for that technology.)

I too am very happy to go back to the familiar shifting action of "top normal". :)
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Lookin' sharp!
I've had another go at taking a photograph of the new Etape that hopefully shows the current position of the handlebars and brake hoods - also the bike's shape and geometry generally. There is still a zero-setback seatpost to...
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