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  1. You would be lucky if silicone spray would last a...

    You would be lucky if silicone spray would last a 30 mile ride. It's a little too light duty for chains. Grease is not likely to penetrate into the links so also not good. Some swear by WD-40 but it...
  2. I don't know what most shops charge for this but...

    I don't know what most shops charge for this but $25 sounds pretty reasonable to me. It's more than a 5 minute job and easy to get it wrong by an inexperienced mechanic. Just sayin' for the shops...
  3. In pic #2 it looks like there may be a crack...

    In pic #2 it looks like there may be a crack developing in the lug for the top tube? Hard to tell from here but I would remove the paint around that area for inspection as you may have even bigger...
  4. To remove the clear plastic backing just lightly...

    To remove the clear plastic backing just lightly scuff a line across the center of the plastic and fold the patch which should create a tear in the plastic. Pull the plastic off from the center tear...
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    I've never tried one but this rubber eraser wheel...

    I've never tried one but this rubber eraser wheel looks promising. AES Industries 4" Smart Eraser Pad with Drill Adaptor Arbor [Made In USA] - Power Rotary Tools - Amazon.com
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    Here's one place. Says out of stock for now but...

    Here's one place. Says out of stock for now but more on the way. Zefal HPX frame pump "wings"|Bike Touring News Euro sites still sell them but seem to be scarce in the U.S. Also ask if you can order...
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    The stands in your links appear to be made in the...

    The stands in your links appear to be made in the same factory as Willbird's link in the post above. Just different colors and clamp knobs & levers.
  8. Another option is to check out some bike touring...

    Another option is to check out some bike touring companies who need multi-skilled support workers and an experienced mechanic would have a good chance of getting hired. You may find a nice gig in...
  9. I have no idea if these use the same threads but...

    I have no idea if these use the same threads but check out spares for MKS pedals. MKS are also made in Japan. MKS Sylvan Pedal Dustcap Each | eBay
  10. I've got the same problem with the head tube...

    I've got the same problem with the head tube cablestops/adjusters on my bike. I'm using Ultegra 6600 brakes so a switch may or may not help much for the OP. A couple things you can try are put a...
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    I don't see it as being an immediate safety...

    I don't see it as being an immediate safety concern, it may start to come apart gradually. But as others have stated, get some better quality, all metal pedals. I have to say though that the first...
  12. A drain hole at the bottom of the BB would be a...

    A drain hole at the bottom of the BB would be a good idea since moisture will almost always find a way in and needs a way to escape and seeing how you have holes for the other connecting tubes to the...
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    Depends on how happy you are with the current...

    Depends on how happy you are with the current gearing. If you find that you need just a little bit lower gear for the climbing you do then go for a 26 or 28 lowest gear. If you are really struggling...
  14. Different tires use different compounds and have...

    Different tires use different compounds and have different degrees of softness. The tire you found may well be too old but may be just a hard type. If you mount it up and can't find anything wrong...
  15. Velo Orange has stainless and alu. Not super...

    Velo Orange has stainless and alu. Not super cheap but less than Honjo's. Fenders - Accessories
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    Also know that 8 & 9 speed cogs are...

    Also know that 8 & 9 speed cogs are interchangeable. Just the spacers are different width's.
  17. Yup. Believe it or not, Baby Wipes are fantastic...

    Yup. Believe it or not, Baby Wipes are fantastic at removing even chain grease. Put a couple in a Ziploc bag and if they dry up, just add plain water.
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    Out of concern for the OP's safety, other drivers...

    Out of concern for the OP's safety, other drivers on the road and the bike I would agree with the other posters that this is a very bad idea for all the reasons mentioned and at least one other I can...
  19. Headtube reducers. Problem Solvers...

    Headtube reducers. Problem Solvers
  20. In addition to the above mentioned, Kerosene and...

    In addition to the above mentioned, Kerosene and Lighter Fluid.
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    Why not just take the rims to some CF repair...

    Why not just take the rims to some CF repair shops and get their expert opinion on whether it's repairable and how much $$. You will get every kind of opinion possible on a bike forum with just a...
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    Spray some WD-40 around the post where it enters...

    Spray some WD-40 around the post where it enters the seat tube. The solvent helps dissolve any adhesive in the tape and may be just enough to get it to move. I'm sure there are other liquids that...
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    I would also add that gearing choice is also a...

    I would also add that gearing choice is also a personal preference. IARide4Fun the 11-32 combo you're considering can cover most situations from climbing to descending for most people but is...
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    I tried this once^^ and the silicone tape wasn't...

    I tried this once^^ and the silicone tape wasn't very durable as a handlebar tape and tended to come unstuck from itself in just a couple of rides. Your results may vary.
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    I agree with all the above posters. Overpacking...

    I agree with all the above posters. Overpacking is good. If I don't have grease oozing out after putting everything back together or for the first ride I worry that I didn't put enough in there....
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