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    And that's why people use cartridge bearings....

    And that's why people use cartridge bearings. Disassembling, degreasing, inspecting, re-greasing and reassembling really is a pain, a process at which one might shudder, as you say. Just pop out...
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    I would definitely get a torque wrench or learn...

    I would definitely get a torque wrench or learn to tighten fasteners properly immediately. If you normally check things daily and yet stuff regularly falls off the bike, then there could be a lot of...
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    Soldering sounds like a lot of headache for a...

    Soldering sounds like a lot of headache for a very minor issue. I've had decent luck with a little dab of super glue on the end, but even better luck with a "flexible" glue like E6000 or Shoo Goo....
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    Finding replies to posts

    Is there a way to search for or find a list of replies to posts? I get the notifications of new quotes of my posts, but often times people don't quote you, they just reply to your post. I'd like an...
  5. Obviously you can Dremel them, but the point is:...

    Obviously you can Dremel them, but the point is: why not just install with the stop turned backwards and do literally no work at all, especially when replacing during say a tour when no...
  6. The brand is called "Prorace." I had to search...

    The brand is called "Prorace." I had to search high and low for a full campy cable kit that wasn't significantly more expensive than a Shimano one. Ended up finding this one shipped from England of...
  7. Unfortunately, when I turn it around and install...

    Unfortunately, when I turn it around and install it "correctly"/forwards, it just sits there resting on the outer edge of the pocket like this:
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  8. No worries. Yeah, first thing I tried is putting...

    No worries. Yeah, first thing I tried is putting the head in backwards, and it won't fit at all. The pocket is indeed shallow, but the head just sits around its rim, so I assumed it's not the right...
  9. Here's the backwards installation with the cable...

    Here's the backwards installation with the cable head sticking out a tad so you can see the full head. A shifter cable head is alongside for comparison:
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  10. No, sorry, that actually IS the brake cable. What...

    No, sorry, that actually IS the brake cable. What you can't see is the narrow portion of the head, because it is inside the hole of the cable stop. I know it is the brake cable because A) it has a...
  11. Here's the cable installed with the lever stop...

    Here's the cable installed with the lever stop rotated backwards:
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  12. Potential fix for Campy/Shimano cable incompatibility??

    The classic story: bought a cable set that said "Campagnolo compatible," but when it came the heads of the brake cables are definitely too large for the stops in the brifter lever body -- looks like...
  13. Thread: Chain cleaning

    by NatUp
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    Ding ding ding. Correct. Life's too short to...

    Ding ding ding. Correct. Life's too short to obsess over chain cleaning rituals. Ride, replace, repeat.
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    This is a common refrain on this topic, but it...

    This is a common refrain on this topic, but it always strikes me as being fairly unrealistic.

    Sure, there are the few group rides out there where dudes in full kit are taking it easy and a newb...
  15. Thread: The Cross Badger

    by NatUp
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    The Badger raced 'cross. I race 'cross. The...

    The Badger raced 'cross. I race 'cross. The Badger won Tours...
  16. Thread: Chain cleaning

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    Yeah, cleaning your chain sounds like a good...

    Yeah, cleaning your chain sounds like a good idea, but I usually just wipe 'er down, lube it up and wipe again. A few months later, the chain is worn out and I slap on a new one. Aftermarket chains...
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    Well, I don't know about that. You might not make...

    Well, I don't know about that. You might not make a good rider for certain groups, but there's gotta be a group of people that are more your style. I for one like groups in lycra racing around...
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    Thanks Barrettscv...

    Thanks Barrettscv for sharing so many great photos of your awesome Simoncini! I've got a Simoncini road frame I've built up with modern stuff that I'm excited to debut this summer. You've only made...
  19. Thread: Housing question

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    No, you're right, it is not appropriate for...

    No, you're right, it is not appropriate for small-torque bike tasks. But that's not what rpenmanparker was talking about when he mentioned a 1/2-inch drive torque wrench with a long handle. I have a...
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    As long as the ultimate force you pressed on the...

    As long as the ultimate force you pressed on the torque wrench wasn't more than it was designed for, what's the harm? My torque wrench laughs at stubborn freewheels. Laughs, I tell you.
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    Bike chains are the same pitch as garage-door...

    Bike chains are the same pitch as garage-door opener chain, so a few bike's worth of old chain could be pointlessly turned into a replacement chain for your opener.
  22. I guess I'm not understanding why you don't have...

    I guess I'm not understanding why you don't have confidence in the parts on the older bike. You've endo-ed on it, why? Are the parts somehow to blame? If they survived the crash and still work, then...
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    I like pic one more. Number two seems too long....

    I like pic one more. Number two seems too long. Basically you want that nice uniform-radius curve.

    I wish my wife had a fat bike.
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    Cool, thanks!

    Cool, thanks!
  25. Thread: 152mm cranks?

    by NatUp
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    Shorter folks, people with limited range of...

    Shorter folks, people with limited range of motion for all sorts of reasons, kids, hand-crank riders, eccentrics -- all might want such a short crank. And consider: with these shorter cranks, every...
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