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  1. Take a caliper to the existing hubs, and paw...

    Take a caliper to the existing hubs, and paw through the WM catalog. You may find a match in the non-Shimano parts, or find a cone that is so close that the difference is trivial.
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    Genius...

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  3. Just a thought for those concerned about...

    Just a thought for those concerned about liability issues: I'm a consultant in my "day job" and I need (often by contract) to carry "errors and omissions" insurance. It's not terribly expensive, as...
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    I'm sorry, the original question is silly. It...

    I'm sorry, the original question is silly. It presumes that the only explanation for the continued popularity of rim brakes is "resistance". A new technology can be a superior solution in some...
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    Sticky: Formula Hubs

    I just had to rebuild the hubs on my wife's 2011 Fuji Finest 3.0 because the cones were spalled in the bearing track (rough pitting in the part of the cone where the bearings ride.) The hubs are...
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    It can be tricky threading the shifter cable...

    It can be tricky threading the shifter cable through the first part of the shifter. Be patient, don't rush, and don't force it.
  7. Look at adjusting the saddle height, fore/aft...

    Look at adjusting the saddle height, fore/aft position, and angle before anything else. You may end up changing out the stem, but only after the saddle position has been tried.
  8. Simple Green is corrosive to metals. You can use...

    Simple Green is corrosive to metals. You can use it, but make sure you get it all out of there, then use WD-40 to get the water out, then lube properly.
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    For the first time, ever, I disagree with FB. By...

    For the first time, ever, I disagree with FB. By that measure, a Platypus is a Duck (it has some duck-like features.)

    In operation, this is actually much closer to those "theft-proof" devices...
  10. It depends a lot on where you are on the...

    It depends a lot on where you are on the speed/durability scale. On the durability end, I've had good success with the Forté Metro from Performance Bike. Put thousands of miles of urban riding on a...
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    Cool! How do I pledge? Is there a link?

    Cool! How do I pledge? Is there a link?
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    You need to be very careful when drilling out the...

    You need to be very careful when drilling out the old threads and tapping for the helicoil that you are perpindicular to the crankarm. Doing it with a hand drill, it would be very easy to get...
  13. No, spelling it $ex is an attempt to get past the...

    No, spelling it $ex is an attempt to get past the forum filters for bad language / naughty posts. Sorta like referring to a file as a "mill b@stard".
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    That's my bet...

    That's my bet...
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    You're fine...

    As long as you use the Quick Release properly, you're fine. Don't treat the lever as a wing-nut. Google "quick release" for instructions.
  16. The OP was looking for a screw for a clamp mount...

    The OP was looking for a screw for a clamp mount front derailleur. Desperate times and desperate measures, maybe, but I don't know whether I'd ever be desperate enough to try that application for a...
  17. Thread: headset problems

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    You can check for out-of-round with your caliper....

    You can check for out-of-round with your caliper. Just measure across the opening at different positions. If you're doing this yourself, you probably want a better caliper, though.

    Presuming...
  18. [QUOTE=joejack951;16036951]More over, a #10-32...

    [QUOTE=joejack951;16036951]More over, a #10-32 button head is essentially the same fastener and those are typically even easier to find.

    NO. More specifically, #10-32 is easier to find, and...
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    Rather than epoxy, I'd use Red Loctite Bearing...

    Rather than epoxy, I'd use Red Loctite Bearing Mount Adhesive. It's made for this kind of problem. Takes over 900 ft/lbs of torque or 900 degrees F to break that bond.
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    Okay, you said you were a novice, so if this is...

    Okay, you said you were a novice, so if this is too elementary, don't be offended. If it's rubbing in turns, it sounds like you might need Quick Release 101:

    I've seen a lot of people use the...
  21. Check with the organizers about the route. ...

    Check with the organizers about the route. Sometimes the 75 and 100 mile routes overlap enough that you can do your century AND ride with your friends, if they're willing to chill out for a bit.
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    I always fall with a beautiful brunette handy. ...

    I always fall with a beautiful brunette handy. That's how it happens when your wife rides with you. :-)
  23. I'm having a hard time determining whether I'm...

    I'm having a hard time determining whether I'm more cold-sensitive, or this has just been a really nasty winter.
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    The first time you build a wheel with a new hub,...

    The first time you build a wheel with a new hub, you exceed the yield strength of the hub material, giving the hole distortions and grooves noted. As long as you rebuild in the same pattern...
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    I had one of those. It wasn't worth what I paid...

    I had one of those. It wasn't worth what I paid for it. Any application of moderate force upward or laterally (loosening / tighenting rear brake pads, for example) and the bottom bracket hops out...
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