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    While the pawls can break and the ball tracks...

    While the pawls can break and the ball tracks wear the looseness you hear is more likely the balls themselves rattling around. Freewheel and freehub bearings aren't set as snug/tight as axle, BB, HS...
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    Vintage brakes work just fine and for a long time...

    Vintage brakes work just fine and for a long time if set up well. Redrawn cables and lined casing, modern pad materials and an understanding to how to center them are the leys. Their power will be...
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    Not all freehub bodies are available through the...

    Not all freehub bodies are available through the usual suppliers pipeline.

    Why are you working on it? Andy.
  4. With the old friction shift levers just about any...

    With the old friction shift levers just about any rear der/cog set/chain (allowing for cog speeds spec) will work. Now the more rear cogs you have the more sensitive the shifter trimming will be...
  5. That frame is REALLY bent a lot. I'd never...

    That frame is REALLY bent a lot. I'd never consider straightening it other then as a class demonstration. Andy.
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    If the OP gets a chance to handle some calipers...

    If the OP gets a chance to handle some calipers before he buys then some preferences can be learned. I like vernier but I'm old fashioned. I have, maybe, a half dozen calipers and my Mits are the...
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    It's been a while since I dealt with a set of...

    It's been a while since I dealt with a set of these brakes. First is the anchor bolt one with a cable hole through it? If so there's your answer. If not then remember that after the cable is clamped...
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    From the vague description I suspect if the OP...

    From the vague description I suspect if the OP brought the bike into a shop the bill would be more then $100. A seat alone goes for $30-40 for common low cost ones in a shop (and you can test ride...
  9. Way wacky drive train combos, but... First why...

    Way wacky drive train combos, but...

    First why go to a triple crank with only a 11/21 cog set?

    The rear der will handle the cog set fine. whether it will handle the chain wrap is yet to be...
  10. I'll add the tid bit about replacing older Bb's...

    I'll add the tid bit about replacing older Bb's with current cartridge ones. It was common that the spindle wasn't symmetrical or centered within the shell. Often the drive side would be longer then...
  11. I've added a spring that fits over the sliding...

    I've added a spring that fits over the sliding axle locating shaft and under it's arcing frame to my VAR. With a touch of hand/finger skill I can place the dishing tool on the wheel, the spring...
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    Which sort of shows my point. becoming proficient...

    Which sort of shows my point. becoming proficient at roller riding will improve one's form and bike handling. Case in point to the above. have you noticed how far back some riders move their bikes...
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    So I'm missing the point of this effort. I always...

    So I'm missing the point of this effort. I always thought that the main purpose of riding rollers was to improve one's pedaling/movements to reduce the bikes rocking and shifting around. So now this...
  14. I can't say in 40 years I've seen a freewheel...

    I can't say in 40 years I've seen a freewheel pawl holding tool other then thread/string and of course grease. Now campy has had a couple (at least) cassette pawl holding tools. The first design was...
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    Agreed, but a little more work the rust that's...

    Agreed, but a little more work the rust that's not in the ball track can also be largely removed easily and cheaply. Even still note that I suggested that the freshened up hub be re overhauled after...
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    When I first began to read your post #8...

    When I first began to read your post #8 I started to say "NNOOOO!!!". But quickly realized that the stone wasn't still attached to the Dremel and therefore wasn't spinning at 30,000rpm. Glad it went...
  17. Having used a number of truing stands, maybe a...

    Having used a number of truing stands, maybe a few dozen, over the years (and about a third to half are Parks) NONE are reliable in holding a dish setting for more then a wheel removal and reinstall...
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    I'd just lightly sand the hub cup/ball track,...

    I'd just lightly sand the hub cup/ball track, axle cone with fine emery cloth then follow up with fine steel wool. Clean all remaining grit off and reassemble with fresh balls and grease. Then after...
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    The question I would ask the OP is whether the...

    The question I would ask the OP is whether the wide points snag on the brake pads during their use, can you feel it when stopping? If so then I'd try to squeeze in the wide points with a Bicycle...
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    Agreed, the headset bearing preload must be set...

    Agreed, the headset bearing preload must be set after each time the stem is played with. Most threadless designs require this to be done by tightening the steerer cap draw bolt until there is no slop...
  21. I should that I also don't like this need or...

    I should that I also don't like this need or process. But it is the cost of progress. Andy.
  22. I have been able to position the backing plate...

    I have been able to position the backing plate under it's pressure screw with the der still mounted. But it is easier to slightly mar the ST surface with the screw then remove the der to apply the...
  23. I assume the OP figured out to replace the sticky...

    I assume the OP figured out to replace the sticky backing on the "back up" plate and reattach it. This method of attaching isn't permanent and grime or oils will reduce it's ability to stay put. So...
  24. The biggie stand out that I read in the OP's list...

    The biggie stand out that I read in the OP's list is the desire to be able to place the feet on the ground while sitting on the seat. Perhaps not a real problem with a low BB (and the size 13 feet...
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    The last four shops I've worked at (alright just...

    The last four shops I've worked at (alright just three I worked at, the fourth I owned and did much of the wrenching) Take a lot of time to make sure that the cust provided steerer cutting request is...
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