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  1. 'capacity' is not the same as 'max cog size'. ...

    'capacity' is not the same as 'max cog size'. Capacity is the ability of the derailleur to take up chain slack and therefore handle wider gear ranges.

    Calculations for necessary capacity:
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    I believe the main thing holding shaft drive...

    I believe the main thing holding shaft drive bicycle back has been the poor quality of the available shaft drive bikes, especially the drive system itself. I will believe they have a sufficiently...
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    Years ago, an aglet came off one of his shoelaces...

    Years ago, an aglet came off one of his shoelaces and he has still not figured out how to remove his shoes.
  4. Shifters tend to keep on working... until they...

    Shifters tend to keep on working... until they don't. This is true of Ultegra and 105 and Sora and 2200 etc.

    But for other parts, derailleurs for instance, the higher end stuff actually does...
  5. Try some soap.

    Try some soap.
  6. Years ago I helped a customer locate a persistent...

    Years ago I helped a customer locate a persistent buzzing vibrating noise. It was the loose fitting gatorade bottle in his bottle cage.
  7. I respectfully submit the proper spelling of the...

    I respectfully submit the proper spelling of the device used to slow or stop machines:

    BRAKE

    The word you used, 'break' is a synonym for 'snap'.

    Back on topic, I have heard good things about...
  8. That dent will have absolutely zero effect on the...

    That dent will have absolutely zero effect on the function of the bike, but it might reduce the value of the bike in the eyes of a collector.
  9. Either one would work. Without seeing him on the...

    Either one would work. Without seeing him on the bike I would initially think the 22.5 is better. I am 6'5" and the 25 would be a good fit for me.

    Which one was he more comfortable on?
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    I agree with the sentiment above - no need to...

    I agree with the sentiment above - no need to change, and any change is unlikely to make any real difference in speed or efficiency or comfort, but newness and niceness might be worth it to you.
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    Depends on the surface you are riding on. The...

    Depends on the surface you are riding on. The well maintained gravel road I ride to work is fine with 32mm tires in the dry season (some people use narrower), but the unmaintained roads I ride for...
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    If the bike is to be used for 'utility' then...

    If the bike is to be used for 'utility' then walkable mtb clipless and shoes are a good idea, and have little drawback compared to road shoes and pedals. Road shoes and pedals are a fine choice if...
  13. For the type of riding you described hybrids are...

    For the type of riding you described hybrids are ideal.

    If you find yourself wanting to do much longer rides, or go riding with a much faster group, then a road, cyclocross, or touring bike might...
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    Softer and rougher surfaces are more difficult on...

    Softer and rougher surfaces are more difficult on narrower tires. Heavier riders often find it easier on wider tires.

    And many bikes have limited clearance for tires in the fork and rear triangle.
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    But you can still only bend it to 'straight', and...

    But you can still only bend it to 'straight', and generally to bend something to a desired angle you have to bend a bit beyond the desired and point.
  16. $10/g is a reasonable average. Less if you are...

    $10/g is a reasonable average. Less if you are friends with an entrepreneur. And that is for just bud. My dad used to buy bags of green plant material with seeds and sticks, but since I became an...
  17. I have not bought a new bike for many years. I...

    I have not bought a new bike for many years. I have bought a handful of used bikes, and bought some budget frames and built myself 'new' bikes from old parts, but no new bikes. But I have a...
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    Happy New Year!

    A hearty 新年快樂 to all our friends of Chinese heritage!
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    Because much higher quality of Chinese crap is...

    Because much higher quality of Chinese crap is available from bike stores, often for less of a price premium than people think. Also, some people don't shop at Walmart for reasons of conscience.
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    It is nice that you guys are discussing the...

    It is nice that you guys are discussing the proper overhaul of a bottom bracket, but the OP said he is replacing the bottom bracket, which in 2015 generally refers to installing a cartridge of some...
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    He often eats a plate of boiled locusts.

    He often eats a plate of boiled locusts.
  22. Yeah, it would have been good if you posted a...

    Yeah, it would have been good if you posted a question when you first had a problem. Red loctite is not your friend.
  23. Right, but a worn tire is more likely to allow...

    Right, but a worn tire is more likely to allow something to damage the tube. New tire on the front, old front tire to the rear, is the generally accepted practice, but I doubt it makes a whole lot...
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    I don't know if the BB removal page linked above...

    I don't know if the BB removal page linked above includes this strategy, but BB cups can often be removed with a large bolt with a close fit through the hole in the cup, and a nut that threads onto...
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    It would be at least 2 lbs heavier, probably flex...

    It would be at least 2 lbs heavier, probably flex like he was riding a bike made from overcooked spaghetti, and it would likely break after a few seasons, but he certainly could go that route!
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