1. Post #441

    February 2010
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    road riding still doesnt seem a very suitable exercise, your breathing in exhaust fumes for hours. i would say just do whatever your comfortable with, the biggest factors in how far you should ride are your fitness level and the terrain, 20 miles in rolling terrain is a lot different from 20 miles with 20%+ gradients. i do maybe 120 miles a week over 2 days. its worth looking at local cycling clubs imo, they will set a reasonable pace and if you dont drive and have a terrible sense of direction like me its a good way to ride to places without getting lost.
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  2. Post #442
    Symmetry's Avatar
    November 2007
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    I'm hardly any kind of cyclist so I hope you guys can forgive me for being a dunce.

    I'm planning on restoring a 1930s CCM this winter and haven't been able to find a good parts retailer outside of private sales. The local bike shop clerks treat me like I'm crazy when I come in asking if they know where to buy metal CCM fenders or chainguards or whatever. Are there reliable online sources for antique bike parts?

    I'll kindly fuck off to DIY if this isn't the kind of thing discussed here.
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  3. Post #443
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    There's quite an elitist community surrounding fixed mountain biking, you know - trails and such. It's considered the epitome of riding if you're good at it because it's incredibly hard. (Just imagine technical climbing)!
    It has to be single speed, it has to be single speed.. (wow)

    Edited:

    I'm hardly any kind of cyclist so I hope you guys can forgive me for being a dunce.

    I'm planning on restoring a 1930s CCM this winter and haven't been able to find a good parts retailer outside of private sales. The local bike shop clerks treat me like I'm crazy when I come in asking if they know where to buy metal CCM fenders or chainguards or whatever. Are there reliable online sources for antique bike parts?

    I'll kindly fuck off to DIY if this isn't the kind of thing discussed here.
    Pretty bike, take it to a local bike shop that does repairs and fittings, they can help you out.
    Especially Mom&Pop type places.
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  4. Post #444
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    Fair enough. I like fixies because they look sleek, but just can't see the point in owning one seeing as technology has advanced so much. Doesn't help that most fixie riders in central London are suicidal maniacs who jump red lights and ride like absolute tossers.



    What is this i dont even
    Riding a single speed mountain bike is not nearly as hard as it sounds. You keep up momentum much better than a geared bike.
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  5. Post #445
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    December 2008
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    I'm hardly any kind of cyclist so I hope you guys can forgive me for being a dunce.

    I'm planning on restoring a 1930s CCM this winter and haven't been able to find a good parts retailer outside of private sales. The local bike shop clerks treat me like I'm crazy when I come in asking if they know where to buy metal CCM fenders or chainguards or whatever. Are there reliable online sources for antique bike parts?

    I'll kindly fuck off to DIY if this isn't the kind of thing discussed here.
    I don't know of any specific sites, but I do know ebay usually has oddball stuff, just keep watching for what you need. You should first figure out the exact bike year/type to get you started in looking for the right stuff.
    It'll most likely be a slow process. If there's a bike museum around your city, you could always go and ask them, or specialty bike shops.

    Edited:

    I recently bought a road bike off of craigslist and started to ride a bit every day and then. I want to lose some weight with biking as the excercise. I can't run or jog (i'd love to) but I have some pretty bad asthma and my doctor reccomended I do different excercise from running. How should I start to start excercising with my bike? How many miles should I bike a day?
    I would personally say think less about the miles right now, and more about trying to sustain an increased heart rate for at least 30 minutes 4 times a week.

    Just get on your bike, maybe make a map in your head, or phone, or whatever, and go for a ride. Or go run some errands on bike... As you get stronger you will find you can go further and further in 30 minutes. Eventually you'll increase to maybe an hour ride, or something like that. I usually don't keep track of miles, just time.

    Try your best to continually pedal, and keep pushing yourself harder. You'll have to be your own best coach to make any positive gains.
    Or like waylander said, a club or group of friends helps a lot.

    Don't forget to drink plenty of water. ;)
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  6. Post #446

    February 2010
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    imo a good way to start is a shortish (<15km) distance ride that goes up hill a lot on the way out then down hill on the return, that way if strength is an issue you get a good workout over a short distance but can still complete the ride, also the downhill encourages you to pedal on the return leg as its fun to go fast.

    its a good idea to get a cycle computer though as they are cheap can provide a lot of useful functions and if you do ride alone its easy to set an unsustainable pace without one

    unless its the middle of summer i dont really drink that much, today i did 50km (w/1km ascent 1km decent) and my 750ml bottle is still half full, i have a camalbak as well but i only use it if im riding a bike with no bottle holders because the 1.2l capacity is fucking ridiculous and thats the cheapest lowest capacity camalbak

    i would seriously suggest looking into a club, membership should be cheap and most clubs atleast in the uk offer more than just a ride on a sunday, for example this month my club has a night at the manchester velodrome, there are monthly meetings some competitions and a christmas lunch, it also offers you a chance to ask more experienced cyclist questions without resorting to the internet.
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  7. Post #447
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    I'm so fucking proud of myself right now.



    Average of 10 mph, which is hardly impressive but considering traffic and hills - not too bad. Fell off once, pulled over into a side street to get my bearings and my jeans caught on one of the back roller wheels, couldn't get my foot off. Only thing damaged was my pride. :3
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  8. Post #448

    February 2010
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    is that a single day? for a commute to work its a reasonable distance/speed but not very impressive if your distance riding, so far since sunday i did about 120 miles (i didnt go very far monday) with a pace between 10 to 15 mph.

    thinking of doing the C2C in 1 day (most people take 2 or more), doing the distance isnt an issue but its logistically awkward as you have to get to the start point and ride the route before the trains stop running if you want to get back home in the same day
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  9. Post #449
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    January 2005
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    is that a single day? for a commute to work its a reasonable distance/speed but not very impressive if your distance riding, so far since sunday i did about 120 miles (i didnt go very far monday) with a pace between 10 to 15 mph.

    thinking of doing the C2C in 1 day (most people take 2 or more), doing the distance isnt an issue but its logistically awkward as you have to get to the start point and ride the route before the trains stop running if you want to get back home in the same day
    That was just pootling about, still, for a novice who's unfit it wasn't bad for 2hours.

    However, today I DID commute via bike, 10 miles in 46mins with an average speed of 13mph - considering filtering in traffic, lights and hills, I don't think it was a bad time at all. Considering doing it daily, although it was a pain working an 11.5h shift after that!
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  10. Post #450

    February 2010
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    does nobody make a 700x18c tyre anymore?
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  11. Post #451
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    July 2010
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    Grunewald





    does nobody make a 700x18c tyre anymore?
    The only ones I've seen are $100+ tubulars.
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  12. Post #452
    Wow, haven't been in this thread for a long time

    Why is it BMX bars are so expensive, all you get is bloody glamroids when you search for them (30" bars) and they cost about 60

    I payed 20 for my entire bike because the dunce who had it before got hit by a car and didn't want to repair it.
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  13. Post #453
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    [h2]1976 Pogliaghi[/h2]



    "This is my bike, its been loved, ridden, and enjoyed. I replaced the chain stay when it broke(from riding it) and i hook it up w/ a fresh clear coat every year to keep it living. Dude who took the photos of this is right, ANYONE can cop a perfect bike if they have the cash. I can't think of anything more disrespectful than repainting this bike, it's got the spirit of the messenger gods in the patina and all who recognize this show it it's proper respect. You can have all the $ in the world but if you don't have good taste and you don't have a spiritual connection to your bike you're fuck'd."
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  14. Post #454
    GOLF WANG
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    August 2006
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    I wish my bike had history.

    It's just a Motobecane track, so I guess i'll use it to make history for others.
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  15. Post #455
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    January 2010
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    does nobody make a 700x18c tyre anymore?
    Why would you need something so small?
    It's like riding on a dinner plate :S
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  16. Post #456

    October 2011
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    got clipless pedals/road bike shoes a few days ago. I rode with them for about 20 mins just to get used to them.

    hopefully I'll be able to unclip if a car pulls out in front of me
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  17. Post #457
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    Bianchi Dolomiti

    Edited:

    got clipless pedals/road bike shoes a few days ago. I rode with them for about 20 mins just to get used to them.

    hopefully I'll be able to unclip if a car pulls out in front of me
    I'd worry more about braking reaction time. Falling over because you made an abrupt stop while you're clipped in is preferable to getting hit by (or running into) a car. A car once turned into me and being clipped in had little effect - popped right out.

    Being able to come to an unplanned stop and successfully clipping out eventually becomes second nature. The worst is the first couple of times you go to stop at a light. Inevitably, you fall right over on your ass in front of a bunch of cars.

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  18. Post #458
    GOLF WANG
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    August 2006
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    Selling my bike, put over 500 miles on her in the last 2 years.

    I guess it does have history, I'm all sad now. At least it's going to a friend who it fits correctly.
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  19. Post #459
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    Selling my bike, put over 500 miles on her in the last 2 years.

    I guess it does have history, I'm all sad now. At least it's going to a friend who it fits correctly.
    Are you getting out completely, or are you just in between bikes?

    Edited:

    or do you already have another
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  20. Post #460
    Michael Bay Christus
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    October 2010
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    Getting a bike for my birthday.

    Looking for a BMX type bike, Probably gonna get something cheap, cause I don't do any tricks or anything. Any suggestions? (~$100 Budget)
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  21. Post #461
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    December 2008
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    I own the Via Brera. Not ready to show it, still making it mine. Almost done, at this point its just little cosmetic stuff. I may be making a new front chainring at work. I have one designed up, it's just a matter of getting the code to the machine, not always wanting to stay late at the shop

    Edited:

    Getting a bike for my birthday.

    Looking for a BMX type bike, Probably gonna get something cheap, cause I don't do any tricks or anything. Any suggestions? (~$100 Budget)
    http://www.sebikes.com/dirtstreet.php
    These are cheap and not completely shitty. For $100 bucks you will need to buy used, or buy heavy.
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  22. Post #462

    February 2010
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    is the release tension not adjustable? it is on the pedals i use, its nice to have it light but sometimes its too light and you can pull you foot out when riding especially up hill.

    i nearly got a bianchi but really they are charging a massive premium just for the name, its about 950 just for tiagra or a veloce mix, i got my orbea with 105 for that from a lbs that deals in bianchi. if you look at builders like ribble and planet x you can get a far higher spec for under a grand, atm planet x have alu frames with sram red for 999
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  23. Post #463
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    December 2008
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    i nearly got a bianchi but really they are charging a massive premium just for the name, its about 950 just for tiagra or a veloce mix, i got my orbea with 105 for that from a lbs that deals in bianchi. if you look at builders like ribble and planet x you can get a far higher spec for under a grand, atm planet x have alu frames with sram red for 999
    My Bianchi was $750, which I thought was a decent price for a decent bike. Although they are really skimping on their components these days. You get what you pay for.
    I bought it as a single speed commuter, and I've really come to like it, although hesitant at first. Later on I will be buying something classic and not just classic looking.
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  24. Post #464
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    is the release tension not adjustable? it is on the pedals i use, its nice to have it light but sometimes its too light and you can pull you foot out when riding especially up hill.

    i nearly got a bianchi but really they are charging a massive premium just for the name, its about 950 just for tiagra or a veloce mix, i got my orbea with 105 for that from a lbs that deals in bianchi. if you look at builders like ribble and planet x you can get a far higher spec for under a grand, atm planet x have alu frames with sram red for 999
    pro tip: don't only look at brand new bikes.

    Edited:

    the picture i posted isn't mine, for anyone that thought it was. just sharing some porn.
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  25. Post #465

    February 2010
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    i wasnt just looking at new bikes but all the really nice ones were pickup only at the other end of the country, i wanted to get a geared bike within a month so it was easier to buy a decent new one locally use it for a year or two then maybe upgrade.

    what crank/sprocket does your bianchi have tinos? i was thinking of getting a dolan or tiffosi frame and putting a sugino sg75 crank on it, tempting to just reuse my langster frame but it feels heavy after riding aluminium

    re: classic frames peugot seem about the most reasonably priced high quality classics, anything with NJS certification has insane prices nowadays, i was looking at a 3rensho "funny bike" track frame and itwas priced at 1500 and the condition was shit
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  26. Post #466
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    December 2008
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    what crank/sprocket does your bianchi have tinos? i was thinking of getting a dolan or tiffosi frame and putting a sugino sg75 crank on it, tempting to just reuse my langster frame but it feels heavy after riding aluminium
    Nothing special, just the cheap FSA Gimondi it came with.
    Thought about the Sugino messenger chainring, but like I said, I decided to take on the project of just making my own. Whenever time permits, that is. haha

    That steel Langster frame is really classy, you should just run it man, I couldn't imagine a classic steel being much lighter, although I can't say for certain.
    Unless you really want a classic, I wont stop you! I want one too. ha
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  27. Post #467

    October 2011
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    fell over at an intersection today

    I was coming up to a red light and tried to unclip, failed, and lost all my momentum and dropped the bike on its left side. luckily just the pedal was scuffed up

    lol
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  28. Post #468

    February 2010
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    in the uk most cyclist stand on there left foot at lights, is it the same in the us or different because we ride on the other side of road? anyway getting to the point set the pedal's release tension for which ever foot you use to stand low so you can get your foot out quickly. the pedals on two of my bikes are a mess because of low speed falls, there's even a couple of scatches on the frames, the cleates are so worn now though and i have the tension set properly so releasing isnt a problem even in an emergency

    usually you need something like a 2 or 2.5mm allen key to adjust the release tension
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  29. Post #469

    October 2011
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    yeah they're adjusted properly. it was my fault for misjudging it and trying to unclip too late.

    yes, I always unclip my left foot and put it out when stopped. I know that some people unclip their right foot, but to me that's not comfortable and also it doesn't make sense because you have the chain, etc. all on the right side
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  30. Post #470

    February 2010
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    dunno which pedals you have but i think these cover all the shimano ones

    http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830677315.pdf
    http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/te...9830672281.pdf

    Edited:

    heh that was supposed to go into my previous post but you posted at the same time
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  31. Post #471
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    UK cyclists this may come in handy, I found it so funny.

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  32. Post #472
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    Good watch if you've got half an hour to burn.
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  33. Post #473
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    UK cyclists this may come in handy, I found it so funny.
    Bollocks will it. He jumped a red light in full view of a policeman.
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  34. Post #474
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    December 2006
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    UK cyclists this may come in handy, I found it so funny.

    Video on how to be a dick cyclist basically?
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  35. Post #475
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    January 2005
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    Video on how to be a dick cyclist basically?
    This.

    I bet he rides a fixie too.
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  36. Post #476
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    video showing you have how you have the right to defend your privacy and how the policeman didn't even know the law.

    But he probably rides fixed gear so this is obviously a bad thing (btw fragmatic that's the most retarded thing i've heard you say)
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  37. Post #477
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    January 2005
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    video showing you have how you have the right to defend your privacy and how the policeman didn't even know the law.

    But he probably rides fixed gear so this is obviously a bad thing (btw fragmatic that's the most retarded thing i've heard you say)
    (btw angoose sarcasm isn't your strong point)

    Anyway, I understand there are plenty of arsehat police around, I live in London and the Met are a bunch of twunts. I also understand that you should stand up to them.

    However, the guy went through a red light in view of a policeman. Guess what? That's an offence that applys to cyclists as well as motor vehicles. All the guys doing is being a dick, there was no need for his behaviour. Fair play he caught the policeman out on his "knowledge" of the law, and highlighted that police DO lie to make things easier for them but he should have just sucked it up and paid the fine or not have done it in the first place.
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  38. Post #478
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    I think the obvious answer here is he did it intentionally, as he had a camera with him and explained he was a man of the law himself.

    He was simply getting a policeman to confront him for a crime, so he could explain how they try to abuse human rights.

    And tbh, I run reds all the time, I don't give a fuck. If there's no cars, it's not hurting anyone. Police have seen me do it as well.
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  39. Post #479

    February 2010
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    when measuring your seatpost height using the heel method should you wear your normal cycling shoe or do it barefoot? i understand it isnt as accurate a method the 109% or holmes method but its the easiest method.
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  40. Post #480
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    December 2008
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    when measuring your seatpost height using the heel method should you wear your normal cycling shoe or do it barefoot? i understand it isnt as accurate a method the 109% or holmes method but its the easiest method.
    I'd say with the shoes you plan to wear, but I'm no expert, I just get mine close and run it.
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