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    Seems that of all the cones I had to replace...

    Seems that of all the cones I had to replace nearly all of them were due to neglect and/or age. I think that with wheels and headsets the balls sit in one spot for a while and if the grease is old...
  2. Looks pretty cool. Ask to see photos of any...

    Looks pretty cool. Ask to see photos of any stickers on the frame. Probably made in Japan by a large builder. Could be anything from gaspipe to triple-butted Ishawata. Seeing frame decals would...
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    In order to have the cable pull from the bottom...

    In order to have the cable pull from the bottom one would need to get a little creative and modify the brakes a little bit. A cable stop with a barrel adjuste from a donor brake caliper could be...
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    +1 Brake-Shaped Objects

    +1

    Brake-Shaped Objects
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    I'd love to see some Bike Tube Vending Machines...

    I'd love to see some Bike Tube Vending Machines that were out at busy locations that can serve riders 24/7 with bike tubes and other consumables like CO2 cartridges, patch kits, maybe gloves or fancy...
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    With a 22t rear cog ...

    With a 22t rear cog the gearing is much more manageable, IMHO, than the ridiculous 18t stock cog.
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    A lot? Some, maybe. I don't think it's much...

    A lot?

    Some, maybe. I don't think it's much compared to other parasitical frictions from the wheel bearings, bottom bracket, pedals, chain, tires, dynohub, and wind drag. When all is said and...
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    I live in flatland, so spinning out is never an...

    I live in flatland, so spinning out is never an issue for me on an upright bike in street clothes where it's pretty rare to find a city block that is long enough to really get up to speed before...
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    Turning a concrete roadway into a gravel path. ...

    Turning a concrete roadway into a gravel path.

    Go ahead and do it. It's your bike. I sure as hell hope you aren't doing this to any customer's bikes. You might get a few hundred miles out of...
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    Oh, buggy-whips. That's election-time pandering...

    Oh, buggy-whips. That's election-time pandering populist "economics."
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    Oh, buggy-whips. That's election-time economics.

    Oh, buggy-whips. That's election-time economics.
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    Cables really don't "stretch" but what happens...

    Cables really don't "stretch" but what happens with new cables is that the ends don't full "seat" into the holes in the shifter, or brake levers. Sometimes they have some metal flashing from when...
  13. Awesome, I will have to try again then. You are...

    Awesome, I will have to try again then. You are the first person I've ever talked to who has made it work. I miss Spokecalc.

    I have not tried to do this in a year or so. Perhaps Google got...
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    I hope you are right Tom. I have this written...

    I hope you are right Tom. I have this written all around the inside of my rim, with sharpie marker, directly on the rim tape,

    "THIS BIKE IS STOLEN! PLEASE CALL ###-###-####! THIS BIKE IS...
  15. Good advice. Reading this, I think that a...

    Good advice. Reading this, I think that a difference of 1.4mm is a bit excessive between calculators and is somewhat shocking.

    I used to use the Spokecalc Excel-based calculator linked to on...
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    I think you underestimate the technological...

    I think you underestimate the technological advances in tires/tubes technology today. Tires are getting better and better with puncture resistance. The rubber has simply gotten loads better, Lots...
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    I think even more interesting changes will come...

    I think even more interesting changes will come about when 3D printing really starts to become a thing. Not just cheesy plastic parts, but actually printing metal that is suitable for use as real...
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    Genuine Nalgahide!

    Genuine Nalgahide!
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    No bang, no whimper...

    No bang, no whimper...
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    Cones don't so much as wear out, but are damaged...

    Cones don't so much as wear out, but are damaged from neglect and/or time. Let the grease run dry or get gritty and the bearings will wear it out in short order with a few hundred miles.

    Most...
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    No, but the degree of accuracy and precision on a...

    No, but the degree of accuracy and precision on a brake cable is nothing at all like what is necessary for indexed shift cables. If the indexing on a shifter gets off even a millimeter the shifting...
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    Yes, exactly. We are talking oranges and apples...

    Yes, exactly. We are talking oranges and apples here.

    A knife doesn't have a hardened cutting edge that was specifically heat-treated on the cutting surface which only is a couple of thousandths...
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    People who hate cats scare me. A dog you can...

    People who hate cats scare me.

    A dog you can be all sorts of mean/cruel to, even be abusive and it will still love you and come back for more. Dogs are bred to take this kind of abuse heaped on...
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    The real winners, other than the online...

    The real winners, other than the online distributors, are the tool companies. Park is doing well, and so are Pedro's and the importers of cheaper tools from the Far East. People are learning to...
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    Put the tire in the oven for a while. :thumb:

    Put the tire in the oven for a while.

    :thumb:
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