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    You've broken three different chains in a year...

    You've broken three different chains in a year and a half? Something is indeed fundamentally wrong with something in your drivetrain or you ride off-road under extremely harsh conditions. Even an...
  2. OK but I've got a couple of sets of those...

    OK but I've got a couple of sets of those "fragile, highly dished", 8/9/10-speed rear wheels on my bikes and if they are going to fail prematurely they are taking their good sweet time about it.
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    I use the Third Eye Chain Watcher or the N-Gear...

    I use the Third Eye Chain Watcher or the N-Gear Jump Stop on all of my bikes but they all have round seattubes. Odd shaped seattubes can't use these and require the K-Edge or similar FD bolt mount...
  4. "Upgrading" your FSA bottom bracket to one of the...

    "Upgrading" your FSA bottom bracket to one of the Shimano HTII sets is a low cost change but if the crank and chainrings themselves are OK, there is no benefit to paying for a different one.
  5. I'm aware of the OLD increase but even with that...

    I'm aware of the OLD increase but even with that many "experts" insisted the new wheels were weaker and going to fail almost immediately. As to "...I'm never going to use", maybe, maybe not. I have...
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    Or gouges your steel, aluminum or Ti frame also. ...

    Or gouges your steel, aluminum or Ti frame also. The chain is harder than any of them. +1 on cheap (and light weight) insurance.
  7. Theoretically you are correct but in real-world...

    Theoretically you are correct but in real-world use, the difference is trivial. I certainly haven't heard of a huge increase in rear wheel failures since 11-speed came out.

    We get this same...
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    Barend shifters are all friction for front...

    Barend shifters are all friction for front shifting so nearly any front derailleur/crank combination will work as long as the outer cage curvature isn't too sharp for the big chainring and the inner...
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    Unless your wife rides in loose cuff long pants a...

    Unless your wife rides in loose cuff long pants a chainring guard should be unneeded. Shorts or tights won't get caught and an ankle band (like these: Nashbar Leg Band Set with VELCRO brand...
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    This is really a guess but I expect it takes a...

    This is really a guess but I expect it takes a Shimano freewheel puller (Park FR-1 or FR-1.2). Most of the Asian-made freewheels use the same puller as Shimano freewheels. You will have to remove...
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    The crank takes a common JIS square taper bottom...

    The crank takes a common JIS square taper bottom bracket with a 113 mm, spindle but the threading for the cups is still a guess. Most likely it's Italian but that's not certain.

    You will need...
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    Your bottom bracket shell appears to be Italian...

    Your bottom bracket shell appears to be Italian threaded (36 mm x24tpi) but the exact type and design of bottom bracket you need will depend on the crank you have. Your fork is a 1" (25.4 mm) and...
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    You need new crank arms at a minimum and buying a...

    You need new crank arms at a minimum and buying a complete new crank in the desired arm length is probably just as cheap and certainly easier to find. Depending on which generation your 105 is...
  14. The cable stops on recent Litespeeds (and most...

    The cable stops on recent Litespeeds (and most others) are now mounted on or very close to the headtube so the shift cable housing won't rub against the headtube when the bars are turned. That...
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    Yeah, until after their second trip to the...

    Yeah, until after their second trip to the chiropractor. :) Most stem manufacturers print their logos on the stems so they read properly in both orientations. At least they realize the benefit.
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    As noted, current terminology of 11-speed,...

    As noted, current terminology of 11-speed, 10-speed, 9-speed, etc. means the number of cogs in the cassette so the total number of combinations is cog count times chainring count. You can get up to...
  17. I don't think it will directly but only because...

    I don't think it will directly but only because the rear derailleur is 8-speed Dura Ace. All other 8-speed era Shimano rear derailleurs will shift fine with 9-speed STI (assuming a 9-speed cassette...
  18. In a slippery corner, a locked rear wheel will...

    In a slippery corner, a locked rear wheel will put you on the ground just as quick as a locked front brake.
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    You are too limiting. Your are not the only...

    You are too limiting. Your are not the only mechanic, amateur OR professional, who has missed that washer.
  20. The original thinking here was that the front...

    The original thinking here was that the front brake is "dangerous" and you wanted it operated by your weaker hand, hence the left for most people. I like it that way since i'm also left handed. I...
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    Or you do what the auto and motorcycle racers...

    Or you do what the auto and motorcycle racers used to do and cross drill and safety wire all of their fasteners.
  22. It will come apart a lot faster with acetone. ...

    It will come apart a lot faster with acetone. Fingernail polish remover works because most are acetone based and it's more likely to be available around the typical house than a can of straight...
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    Be sure you buy calipers with the correct...

    Be sure you buy calipers with the correct "reach", i.e. the distance from the center of the rim's brake track to the center if the caliper mounting bolt. There are two common reaches for road bikes;...
  24. Very interesting. I guess the vast majority of...

    Very interesting. I guess the vast majority of riders and their bikes are wrong and I've been in violation for 30 years. You'd better get the word out soon before we hurt ourselves. :)
  25. I've never installed the current Shimano brifters...

    I've never installed the current Shimano brifters but have a fair bit of experience with Campy's that use the same cable routing. Yes, brake cables cross over the headtube with the rear brake cable...
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