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Old 01-25-21, 03:14 PM
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Sounds horrible.
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Ew.
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I'd give it a go. Can always change back.
Theoretically sounds good. But bear in mind rider didn't want to bother with even re-wrapping bars for several years.
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1) How much time do you spend on the tops?
2) Do you rest your hands on the bar when on the tops? Or loop your thumbs underneath?
C) With the bar and the brakes set where you can ride comfortably on the hoods or in the drops and reach the brake and shift levers, is the flat top still level?
1) I ride a majority of the time with my hands on the sides, where it starts to curve down, or on the hoods.

2) I think I have my thumbs underneath. Or at least I do when I'm climbing.

C) I just looked at how it's set up now for a few seconds. I think the flat was level but I don't know if the hoods are properly positioned.
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I tried them and didn't like them at all. Obviously, you don't listen to me. (this is a line from Mrs John, since we were talking about hearing loss).
I wasn't paying close attention because I didn't think this was going to be an actual decision for me.
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Sounds horrible.
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Ew.
I am willing to try it. With low expectations, of course.
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I wasn't paying close attention because I didn't think this was going to be an actual decision for me.
That's what I tell her.
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And, it's about the time Velo chimes in with your response of "Should I?"
As luck would have it, this is also my response to "Question Everything!"
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So I went to area velocipede shoppe and checked on my bike. Unfortunately, the mechanic was not in. But I did see the bike and the white encrusted bars. They've got a lot of encrustment on them, but I think much of it can be cleaned off.

The bars he put on are indeed ones with flat tops. I've never ridden with anything other than round. Are they indeed more comfortable? Put differently (I can't remember if anyone said this), has anyone tried them and not liked them? I could have him take them off, since we didn't discuss this before he did it.
I have both types. The flat tops are kind of nice on long climbs.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
So I went to area velocipede shoppe and checked on my bike. Unfortunately, the mechanic was not in. But I did see the bike and the white encrusted bars. They've got a lot of encrustment on them, but I think much of it can be cleaned off.

The bars he put on are indeed ones with flat tops. I've never ridden with anything other than round. Are they indeed more comfortable? Put differently (I can't remember if anyone said this), has anyone tried them and not liked them? I could have him take them off, since we didn't discuss this before he did it.
They only have one mechanic?
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
Theoretically sounds good. But bear in mind rider didn't want to bother with even re-wrapping bars for several years.

1) I ride a majority of the time with my hands on the sides, where it starts to curve down, or on the hoods.

2) I think I have my thumbs underneath. Or at least I do when I'm climbing.

C) I just looked at how it's set up now for a few seconds. I think the flat was level but I don't know if the hoods are properly positioned.
Yeah, that's a tough one. Setting up a new bar, after 7 years of not even changing bar tape (Ew.) could be tricky.

I can tell you I like mine, but I tend to ride with my thumbs on top when on the tops, or at most with them straight along the bar. I think I started this when I got Ergopower levers and a 'double groove' handlebar, where you run one cable around the back of the bar and one cable along the front. The cable in the back hit my thumbs wrong, so I stopped hooking my thumbs under, and I've been riding that way since 1996.
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Why?
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Old 01-25-21, 04:29 PM
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They only have one mechanic?
My favorite bike shop has only one mechanic. The shop owner wrenches, as well, but only one full time mechanic.
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Why?
"Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
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My favorite bike shop has only one mechanic. The shop owner wrenches, as well, but only one full time mechanic.
I suppose our shop only has one mechanic, at least in the off-season, because he's the only full-time/year-round employee. He is also the shop manager. The owner is also a mechanic.
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I suppose our shop only has one mechanic, at least in the off-season, because he's the only full-time/year-round employee. He is also the shop manager. The owner is also a mechanic.
This shop could really use another wrench, but I don't know where they'd put him. I worried about how a high-end bike store would fare during the Pandemic, till I saw the place. MAN! He's doing land office business, and all on quality bikes. No Walmart Specials there!
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I am definitely going to need hearing aids in a few years.
Im certain I need some right now but Im resisting like hell to preserve my last outpost of pride.
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BITD they were giving this stuff away in Portland all summer. It was terrible, but I'd sometimes accept one just to have something to drink. I will only consider Coke with Coffee if it's free.

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This shop could really use another wrench, but I don't know where they'd put him. I worried about how a high-end bike store would fare during the Pandemic, till I saw the place. MAN! He's doing land office business, and all on quality bikes. No Walmart Specials there!
Bicycle sales and service are counter-cyclical.
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We spent all summer fixing up bikes people hadn't ridden in years. Since they couldn't travel for vacation, they figured they'd go for a bike ride instead.
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Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Bicycle sales and service are counter-cyclical.
I could see that at the low end, but didn't expect it at the high end, after watching Canyon bikes disappear from the site, from the bottom up. And the shop owner said he had no problem getting parts for the upper end groupsets, but had supply problems with more mundane stuff.
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BITD they were giving this stuff away in Portland all summer. It was terrible, but I'd sometimes accept one just to have something to drink. I will only consider Coke with Coffee if it's free.

I feel like this came out several years ago and failed.
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Bicycle sales and service are counter-cyclical.
Professionals have kept their jobs and their wealth management accounts have flourished.
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Professionals have kept their jobs and their wealth management accounts have flourished.
See, now, if I were better at predicting trends, I wouldn't have to work.
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I’m certain I need some right now but I’m resisting like hell to preserve my last outpost of pride.
I had no idea how bad I was until I got my first pair. I realize now that I was doing a lot of lip reading.

I still go without them often if I don’t need to interact with people and wearing masks and hearing aids at the same time can be difficult. I didn’t wear them at the doctor's office this morning because I knew I would have a mask on for a long time. I did have to ask the doc to repeat himself quite a bit but I got by.
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ugh. that is so wrong. and a waste of coffee.
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