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    The old elite stems occasionally crack around the...

    The old elite stems occasionally crack around the circular mounting clamp. I've known a few people who have had old stems crack there. Thomson is (I've been told) generally excellent about warranty...
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    Right through the rocks. :) Close! ...

    Right through the rocks. :)



    Close! Frederick Watershed, just to the north.
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    It was a lovely day to be up in the mountains. ...

    It was a lovely day to be up in the mountains.

    http://i.imgur.com/eDJzcDc.jpg
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    Wakefield is a good recommendation. Its...

    Wakefield is a good recommendation. Its generally easy, and the trails are concentrated in a pretty small area, so very easy to get back the car without a long trek.

    Two other recommendations...
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    Everyone I've seen does the unconnected right...

    Everyone I've seen does the unconnected right lever. Or you could ape Dirt and hook a rear facing squirtgun to the right lever. ;)
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    For me, I'd always give stopped riders a look. ...

    For me, I'd always give stopped riders a look. If they have the tube and pump out and obviously have things well in hand, I leave them alone. If someone is pushing a bike with a flat along the side...
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    If I see someone obviously dealing with a...

    If I see someone obviously dealing with a mechanical issue, I'll slow down and ask if they have everything they need. I've helped several people (mostly in my old commuting-on-the-W&OD days) with...
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    Its not very Dirt-like, but I find a few good...

    Its not very Dirt-like, but I find a few good kicks to the passenger door gets their attention pretty effectively. And it gives them something to remember you by, especially if you can connect with...
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    30 bucks is pretty reasonable, but as others have...

    30 bucks is pretty reasonable, but as others have said its a very simple job to do on your own. I prefer the kool stop salmon pads for my road bikes. The inserts for road caliper brakes are usually...
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    Right, that too. :) After many years on the MTB...

    Right, that too. :) After many years on the MTB I do this without thinking about it, but you obviously have a lot of influence over the center of gravity of the bike, since you are most of the...
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    The vast majority of your braking power comes...

    The vast majority of your braking power comes from the front wheel, but the rear contributes something, at least until the point that it leaves the ground. If you want to stop in a hurry, you want...
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    This is much more a geometry issue than a bike...

    This is much more a geometry issue than a bike weight issue. For various reasons, mountain bikes tend to put the rider center of gravity much further back than road bikes. That makes them more...
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    Instead of using your brakes, stop by ramming the...

    Instead of using your brakes, stop by ramming the nearest stationary object.
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    Back on the bike this morning after a week off to...

    Back on the bike this morning after a week off to recover from a respiratory infection. It was glorious, wind and all.
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    FWIW, the custom steel MTB frame, I told them not...

    FWIW, the custom steel MTB frame, I told them not to worry about weight, and that I was an aggressive mofo and wanted a strong frame. Not sure what tubing they used, but it wasn't all that light. ...
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    Yeah, I'm not totally up on my steel welding, I...

    Yeah, I'm not totally up on my steel welding, I just know what the manufacturers have told me when I talked to them post-break. All three were relatively high-end bikes (one was a true-temper OX...
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    All mine have been adjacent to welds, once on a...

    All mine have been adjacent to welds, once on a downtube and twice on the top tube, both right near the headtube. My understanding is that welding steel weakens it somewhat (the point of butted...
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    So I've been told. :) My two fixies, touring...

    So I've been told. :)

    My two fixies, touring bike and DJ MTB are currently all steel, but none are very high mileage. I've broken one steel fixie frame and a few MTBs though. From a materials...
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    Its a pain, but honestly things could have been a...

    Its a pain, but honestly things could have been a lot worse. I've personally never had a steel frame bike make it past 6k miles or so (broken 3 of the damn things). As far issues go, a minor piece...
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    I'd recommend leaving the helmet lights for off...

    I'd recommend leaving the helmet lights for off road riding and just putting what you need on your bars.
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    Welding on a new rack eyelet to a steel frame is...

    Welding on a new rack eyelet to a steel frame is probably about the simplest frame repair there is, but I agree that you may as well let Nashbar take care of you.
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    Easiest road route: W&OD to Wiehle. Head...

    Easiest road route:

    W&OD to Wiehle. Head towards Baron Cameron. Its a 4 lane road, but generally lightly trafficked and reasonably bike friendly. The light before Baron Cameron is North Shore...
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    I hated people drafting off me when I used to...

    I hated people drafting off me when I used to commute on the W&OD (especially after being rear ended a few times), but I didn't brake check. I'd just stop pedaling until they passed and then resume....
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    If it was skipping in the drivetrain it would be...

    If it was skipping in the drivetrain it would be very noticeable as such. Such slipping is never smooth. If it felt smooth and noiseless, my first bet is the tire slipped (happens, especially if...
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    Magcishine USA does seem to have replacement...

    Magcishine USA does seem to have replacement batteries for sale:

    http://www.magicshineusa.com/products/batteries
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