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    • CommentAuthortristan
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    a_lion:thoughts on whether i should stop being so attached to my stuff and craigstlist the furniture i've got in storage in nh, rather than hauling it all out to wyoming (and then presumably back to the east coast in a few years) (leaving it in storage in nh is no longer an option)
    a moving truck's gonna be around $2,300, plus gas, but, y'know, at least i won't have to rebuy stuff when i get to wyoming? (getting a furnished apartment is also an option, although housing in general is mega scarce out there, so adding restrictions to where i can live is not great)


    get rid of it allascott430 - "Was going to build it up into a fixed gear until I realized I'd rather spend money and time on mountain bikes."
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    Morgie:ya'll realize mice and cock roaches are everywhere right?? Also it's a given Beantown Taquiera has roaches, they share a building with Cambridge Bicycle, C.B. has so many damn roaches they LITERALLY made them the team mascot back in the day.


    Dude the cockroaches come from the taquiera and check out CB occasionally. There being an infestation in the bike shop implies it's much worse over there. Roaches eat tacos they don't eat Linus bikes and Pete's tiny shoes

    Also cockroaches will never stop me from eating somewhere
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    @rob:
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    Other financial DQ: our situation is all sorts of complicated this year with all the marrying and relatives dying. Can anyone recommend a tax preparer/advisor?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    Phil Altman! He's dope with numbers
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    and looks/acts like this ^^^guy
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      CommentAuthorfmradio516
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    12 plus 2 thats 14 plus 7 thats 21, 3% tax is 1.50, 22.50MUFFDVR
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      CommentAuthorNuggetross
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2015
     
    phil only takes payments in canned beans sadly.
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      CommentAuthortone
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2015
     
    fmradio516:who knows about financial bs? more specifically 401k. My company doesnt match and I was trying to decide if its a waste contributing to it or not.
    6kidz:Saving money is always a good idea.

    Saving money to a pre-tax 401K is an especially good idea. You're taking your pay before taxes are applied, putting a portion into a 401k, and then taxes are applied on the remainder. So that's less of your pay that is taxable for a lower tax amount. Of course, you'll eventually be paying taxes when you finally take out the 401K money.We are the small axe.
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      CommentAuthorMorgie
    • CommentTimeJan 25th 2015
     
    rock dathe:
    Morgie:ya'll realize mice and cock roaches are everywhere right?? Also it's a given Beantown Taquiera has roaches, they share a building with Cambridge Bicycle, C.B. has so many damn roaches they LITERALLY made them the team mascot back in the day.


    Dude the cockroaches come from the taquiera and check out CB occasionally. There being an infestation in the bike shop implies it's much worse over there. Roaches eat tacos they don't eat Linus bikes and Pete's tiny shoes

    Also cockroaches will never stop me from eating somewhere


    don't forget The Olive Tree Cafe and the frat guys.
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015 edited
     
    a_lion:a moving truck's gonna be around $2,300, plus gas, but, y'know, at least i won't have to rebuy stuff when i get to wyoming?

    Since you need to buy a car anyway, check what the cars you're looking at are rated for towing. If you can fit your stuff into a U-Haul trailer, this is MUCH, MUCH cheaper than renting a truck, even if you need to pay another couple hundred bucks to get a hitch installed on your car. And then you have the added awesome benefit of having a hitch on your car for plugging in bike racks and all sorts of other things in the future, not to mention renting another trailer to get back from Wyoming to Boston in a few years. We rented the largest U-Haul trailer (400 cu ft) for $241 plus $48 insurance for 5 days (and unlimited mileage) to get a one bedroom apartment's worth of stuff from Atlanta to Rochester. For comparison, the 10' U-Haul box truck has the same 400 cu ft capacity, so if you think you can fit what you need into a 10' box truck, you can fit it into a 6x12 trailer, unless the stuff is so heavy that it would exceed your tow rating but not the truck's load rating.

    P.S.: Used cars are MUCH, MUCH cheaper in New Jersey. I've been told this is because Jersey is where all the car auctions take place and the dealers there get tons of inventory with the idea of taking it to auction, but they always try to sell it from the dealership for a little more money (but still vastly less than in Boston) before taking it to auction. It's worth renting a car and taking a trip there specifically to go car shopping.

    fmradio516:who knows about financial bs? more specifically 401k. My company doesnt match and I was trying to decide if its a waste contributing to it or not.

    As far as financial BS goes, if you have no financial plan in place, I'll echo that of course an unmatched 401K is better than nothing at all. However, there may be much better savings plans available to you than the one your company offers. If you're making enough at this job that putting at least a few hundred bucks a month into savings is feasible, you should just get a real financial plan, and if you don't know what you're doing, hiring a financial planner is the way to go -- they will pay for themself in an extremely short period of time. I've had a great experience with James Swallow at Ameriprise, who we've been using for almost 10 years now http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.h.swallow-jr. If you call him, tell him Dan sent you. He is the kind of guy who will call us up and bug us to do things that need to get done if we haven't done them, which is incredibly valuable if you too are a serial procrastinator.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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    diversify your cogs with bostonfixed financial

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      CommentAuthora_lion
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015
     
    ^^thanks, appreciate it!
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015
     
    DQ: Does Globe (the Specialized subsidiary) exist? Went to look for some specs, can't find any website or news or anything."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Looks like they ended that line for 2015 from what I can tell? Previous year models are available under the archive though (Model: Roll)

    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bikes/archive/2014/
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 26th 2015
     
    Lol. Globe model name: Work. Description, "The Work is reporting for duty, ready for its daily beating."

    Also, thank you! Found the one I was looking for and laughed at a few others."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    "If you’ve got a thing for heavy loads, nasty roads, and wild weather, the Work is the most loyal friend you could have"You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    Gotta hand it to Paul for managing to figure out a way to make it weird.::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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    Are you kidding? It was impossible not to read it with that exact emphasisi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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    yeah right? it's like "call now, hot local commuters are standing by..."You said time was infinite, so why the watch wrapped around your wrist?
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015
     
    hahaha!


    ahhh it's good to be back :)Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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      CommentAuthordora
    • CommentTimeJan 27th 2015 edited
     
    also, the xena part is sick and very sexual as well

    "No doubt it’s a warrior, but maybe the best looking warrior since Xena."


    xena was a babe

    edited for ginormous picture
    Must be awful, being so fluffy.
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    relevant:


    From this Etsy shopi mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorpocky
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2015 edited
     
    Reminds me of BATTLEPUG!
    ::lols at Dan's great photoshopping job:: ::slowly stops laughing:: ::googles:: ::kills self:: -tinyhonkshus
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      CommentAuthoreburgers
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2015
     
    i just spent so much of my time reading that from beginning to the present. it was oddly satisfying1) Stop watching the donkey porn.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    DQ: I want some sexy low profile rims for my fancy bike coming (650cs). The best modern option I can find is A23s, but I can get these for slightly less money. The weird thing is they have a sticker showing the size as 622, the seller says they're mislabeled. Anyway, should I buy these?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
    • CommentAuthorMJ
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    Nandy:DQ: I want some sexy low profile rims for my fancy bike coming (650cs). The best modern option I can find is A23s, but I can get these for slightly less money. The weird thing is they have a sticker showing the size as 622, the seller says they're mislabeled. Anyway, should I buy these?


    Worst case scenario on the campy wheels, as far as ebay is concerned, you have all the leverage if there's an issue with them being the wrong size.

    But the seller has good ratings and plenty of other stuff up for sale; I doubt that they're actually 700's.
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    Okay, did it. Hopefully they work out.

    When are we gonna get sweet modern rims and cx tires in 650s?"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    Never. Its a dead standard. Nose-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2015
     
    yeah, everyone under 5'3 should just ride hybrids. Fun bikes are a tall-people only club."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    I have generic formula hubs on my track bike with regular 15mm nuts to lock wheels in. I'm interested in converting to an allen bolt system so I don't have to carry a tool to remove my wheel in my saddle roll. Can I just buy allen skewers? It seems like most of those skewers are designed for bikes that already have quick release, which my bike doesn't.and then the time will come when you add up the numbers
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2015
     
    Seriously, why can't they just pick one fucking standard for smaller wheels? I'd say 650cs are at least as relevant as 650bs, if not more so. Shit, even regular 26" stuff would be pretty much the same, just pick a damn bead seat diameter and make enough rims and tires for every kind of riding. UGH /rant."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorMorgie
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2015
     
    @ nandy, please also see derailleur hangers.
    • CommentAuthorryan t
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2015 edited
     
    gastronomin:I have generic formula hubs on my track bike with regular 15mm nuts to lock wheels in. I'm interested in converting to an allen bolt system so I don't have to carry a tool to remove my wheel in my saddle roll. Can I just buy allen skewers? It seems like most of those skewers are designed for bikes that already have quick release, which my bike doesn't.

    Skewers go through the center of the hub, so that's probably not the kind of hubs you have. I actually do have a set of track wheels that have really cool Allen key bolts, which is what you're looking for, however, I don't know if you can get aftermarket bolts like that.
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    Unfortunately, Otown is right - there are almost no options for 650c cross tires, it is a dead end standard. 650b is becoming a reasonably strong standard but even that will not be endless.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    GUYS SHOULD I BUY A TI SPECTRUM FRAME
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      CommentAuthorkossmonaut
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    is that even a question
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    All I'm saying is it COULD become a standard for smaller wheels, if they'd make a reasonable range of tires in 571. 650b was way more dead before some marketing bros brought it back to be the new cool thing in mountain bikes since 29ers are old now and they need a new way to sell people stupid shit. Even a 584 iso is fine! Just make road width rims and tires that size! Likewise, 559mm would also be fine, these are all incredibly similar in actual size. Why the fuck can't the industry just pick one and make it practical? Is it essentially a boy's club and people outside average boy range are prevented from acquiring the tools? Because I'm actually pretty close to average for my body type (157cm). There is no reason I should have this much trouble getting bikes to fit, I meet dozens of people everyday who are even smaller.


    Also Craig, if there are any 650c cross tires, I'd love to see them. I've been looking for a while."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    Dugast will make custom tires in any size, but obviously that is price-prohibitive, especially if you don't currently use tubular wheels
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    STUPID BIKE INDUSTRY *shakes fist*"life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Nandy:All I'm saying is it COULD become a standard for smaller wheels, if they'd make a reasonable range of tires in 571. 650b was way more dead before some marketing bros brought it back to be the new cool thing in mountain bikes since 29ers are old now and they need a new way to sell people stupid shit. Even a 584 iso is fine! Just make road width rims and tires that size! Likewise, 559mm would also be fine, these are all incredibly similar in actual size. Why the fuck can't the industry just pick one and make it practical? Is it essentially a boy's club and people outside average boy range are prevented from acquiring the tools? Because I'm actually pretty close to average for my body type (157cm). There is no reason I should have this much trouble getting bikes to fit, I meet dozens of people everyday who are even smaller.

    Also Craig, if there are any 650c cross tires, I'd love to see them. I've been looking for a while.

    I've been looking off and on and I can't seem to find any. There were some mis-categorized ones from Clement that I got excited about but it let me down.

    if this is a custom bike that you're getting I would highly recommend switching it to 650b - it's a very small difference in wheel size (571 to 584) so it's not going to make that big of an impact. 650c had its day - in the 90's (see: clowntown) and it is still used as a road wheel for small riders, as I'm sure you know. Just like 27" tires are still relatively prevalent in the market, 650c tires (and wheels, and rims) will still be seen for years and years until the market runs completely dry (about 40 years, see 26x1 3/8). Just not in cross tires - I would imagine that the two things, cross being a moneymaking sport and 650c just didn't coexist enough for companies to do r&d on it.

    Either way you go, b or c, you can still run a 26" rim with a 1.3-1.5 tire which will equal out to about a large cross size tire. Disc brake would make this significantly easier instead of adjusting your brake pads when you switch wheels.

    However this is relevant to your dillema:


    I will say this: 650B isn't just a way to sell new stupid shit, it's a really great size for mountain bikes that splits the maneuverability and quick pickup of 26" with the higher rolling inertia and obstacle overcoming power of 29". It's particularly ideal for sub-5'8" people who want a modern, rad mountain bike, because a 29'er is going to be a monster truck for them. I've ridden all 3 sizes side by side and until I did that, I was completely convinced (like you) that 27.5 was just a gimmick. But it really does make a difference and you can really feel it when you ride them.

    Somewhat ironically, the reason that the marketing bros brought 650b back was because it was an existing standard and they wanted to avoid the situation illustrated in the comic.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015 edited
     
    Yeah, but I don't want a "new" standard, I just want any of the current ones to be expanded to the functionally of 622s.

    650b isn't going to help me. I have a Wabi ss that could take slightly wider tires, I may try something like that someday if I get disc tabs welded on the front, but that's really a lot of effort and money. This custom is going to be a city "track" because I can't get anything light, fun, and tight from any manufacturer past or present, so skinny wheels. What I would fucking love is for Surly to make a 26" fixed gear, wide clearances and you can still get skinny gatorskins. I don't have a solution for derailleur bikes, because ratio standards are made for 700cs, so Terrys actually made a ton of sense (small wheel in front so the bike fits, standard drivetrain)."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    650b in its resurgence or its original intended use has never been about fitting smaller bikes. As a MTB standard it's just a new coolbro size, though I like it and intend to buy a 650b AM bike. As a rando/tour size the idea is to have a similar ultimate diameter to a 700c road tire with more air inside and less rim. If the measurements are accurate for both tires, a 650 x 44b tire has the same outside diameter as a 700 x 25c tire.

    584 + 2(44) = 622 + 2(25) = 672

    While Nandy's right that they could make smaller tires for 650b, they currently don't have many options as is the case for other small wheel sizes.
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    Nandy:Yeah, but I don't want a "new" standard, I just want any of the current ones to be expanded to the functionally of 622s.

    650b isn't going to help me. I have a Wabi ss that could take slightly wider tires, I may try something like that someday if I get disc tabs welded on the front, but that's really a lot of effort and money. This custom is going to be a city "track" because I can't get anything light, fun, and tight from any manufacturer past or present, so skinny wheels. What I would fucking love is for Surly to make a 26" fixed gear, wide clearances and you can still get skinny gatorskins. I don't have a solution for derailleur bikes, because ratio standards are made for 700cs, so Terrys actually made a ton of sense (small wheel in front so the bike fits, standard drivetrain).

    I know you don't want a new standard, I just wanted to illustrate WHY there are so many standards, in a comic.

    Not the ideal but Surly just released the straggler in 650b.

    Alex, I did not know that about 650b and that's pretty cool.Naaaah, too uncool for the #messlyfe. I just like to hang out in loading docks and pretend to talk on my radio so that people will like me. - Mfratt
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    Still, the industry clearly chose one (700c) that they make every variety for. You can get tiny ass track tires and wheels up to giant ass mountain things and everything in between. That's great, it works and makes things simpler for people who are in the average dude-height range. Unfortunately, it very clearly doesn't work for millions of people slightly below that range. Imagine trying to design a road bike for yourself with those ridiculous 32" wheels. It'd be all stretched out and the handlebars would be up in the fucking sky. It probably wouldn't be fun to ride, and it'd be way heavier than it needs to be. That's how they make modern small size bikes- unless you have enough interest, time, and money to seek out reasonable wheel sizes (after riding badly fitting bikes with giant wheels for years). I've seen or heard of dozens of companies that made small bikes with 24" fronts at some point before the year 2000, but now they've all pretty much abandoned small riders. It's either (a) ride a shitty bike that doesn't fit (or be lucky enough to find an old one with a 24) (b) go custom and hope they don't stop making the few options you get (c) stop riding bikes.

    Also, regular 26" is way more appealing to me than 650b. Surly's 26" LHT is pretty cool, but if you don't want to haul that around all the time you're SOL."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthormrotown
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015
     
    650c is going away because no one needs it
    Nearly every manufacturer is making great riding road bikes all the way down to some pretty small sizes around the 700c wheel
    650b is starting to show up as a 29er alternative for smaller bikes (Trek has phased out their smaller women's 29ers)e-f-f-e-c-t a smooth operater operating correctly
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015 edited
     
    No, nobody needs 29ers or fat bikes, but it'd be pretty cool if people smaller than you could get the same enjoyment out of bikes.

    I hate to break it to you buddy, but riding road bikes with the bars way higher than your seat and tons of toe overlap because your wheels are comically oversized actually sucks. Finding other options changed my life. I'm almost done selling all my 700c bikes."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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      CommentAuthorNandy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2015 edited
     
    For example, how do you look at this and think the rider wouldn't benefit from smaller wheels?

    My back hurts just from looking at that."life is hard, cats are soft." - surprisefries
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    Yeah, gotta go with Andy on that one. I'm two inches taller than she is, and every road bike I've ever tried out is srsly pushing geometry (and often standover) limits with 700c wheels. And this is neither here nor there, but it's dumb that despite the fact that 5'3" is like the PEAK of that height distribution, all the top brand WSD models bottom out at that size, not center on it, despite the fact that taller women have the choice to roll on unisex/men's bikes, and also math.i mean that looks like a 10 cat bag, easy
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      CommentAuthorrock dathe
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2015
     
    mrotown:650c is going away because no one needs it

    This is asinine. Andy just spoke at length about she needed it. Sweeping generalizations like this are what makes the bike industry so unfriendly and unaccommodating to women. Go ahead, tell me "but the bike industry IS accommodating to women! I mean, Serfas even made a women's specific pump, what more could they ask for?"

    Nandy:No, nobody needs 29ers

    I'm taller than most and going from 26" to 29" increased my performance and enjoyment.