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    No book is necessary. Shimano has great...

    No book is necessary. Shimano has great documentation for their products. Google up Shimano Dealer Documentation and download the pdf files for each component. They cover installation and adjustment...
  2. Unless you live in Kansas, you should be able to...

    Unless you live in Kansas, you should be able to find a ride with some elevation changes.

    If you're not training to race, just do natural intervals based on the road, hammer up a hill as fast as...
  3. I don't think so. For example, I can do the...

    I don't think so. For example, I can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs. :)
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    A disc brake dropout is 135mm, a normal dropout...

    A disc brake dropout is 135mm, a normal dropout is 130mm.

    That's where some of your problem is coming from plus the additional baggage of the wider components.

    I understand disc brakes are the...
  5. So you rode the speed of light and are worried...

    So you rode the speed of light and are worried about worn rims?

    You are very lucky to even be alive, my friend, very lucky.


    Seriously, that seems like fine durability to me. That's a lot of...
  6. It's been about 2 decades since I've worked on...

    It's been about 2 decades since I've worked on one of these, but the Shimano drawing needs to be followed exactly.
    Make sure every part goes back on with the correct forward or rear orientation and...
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    Probably not, but eventually, your chain ring...

    Probably not, but eventually, your chain ring will wobble and rub the FD cage as the bearing get looser.
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    Ride the crap out of it then.

    Ride the crap out of it then.
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    The two easiest NDIs of composites are a tap test...

    The two easiest NDIs of composites are a tap test and shining a strong light on the suspected crack.

    Tap with a nickle lightly and see if there is any discernible difference in the sound from the...
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    What it looks like on the inside is more...

    What it looks like on the inside is more important. The tube may poke through as mentioned or the movement of the tire and tube will wear a hole where the edge of the cut abrades the tube.
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    Looking at Peter's bike photo, it appears the...

    Looking at Peter's bike photo, it appears the bars are about level with the saddle. I've seen lots of recreational riders with a much higher bar position than that. He could try going higher and...
  12. Unlike the mountain bike pedals, SPD-SL pedals...

    Unlike the mountain bike pedals, SPD-SL pedals will hang at about a 30 degree angle from vertical. The bearing will quickly break in enough that they just flip to this position when you un-clip.
    ...
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    If there only existed some type of handlebar that...

    If there only existed some type of handlebar that had a several positions you could grab with some being high and some low.
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    Haha, losing watts is insanely easy. Getting free...

    Haha, losing watts is insanely easy. Getting free speed is insanely hard.

    One thing from your picture you posted.

    Are you actually turning? Because your front wheel is slightly turned.

    Some...
  15. Well, suppose you wanted to put a top tier group...

    Well, suppose you wanted to put a top tier group on your new bike. You won't find a Dura Ace or Ultegra disc brake or a Campy Record disc brake. Shimano has (or will soon) release a kind of 1 size...
  16. Thread: Bike paint

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    yes, it's a 3m product, it will stay on as long...

    yes, it's a 3m product, it will stay on as long as you want it to stay on. It was invented to protect the leading edge of helicopter blades and wings on jet airplanes.

    You can peel off from the...
  17. Thread: Bike paint

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    You're going to get chips from rocks and bumping...

    You're going to get chips from rocks and bumping stuff.

    I put leading edge tape on the chain stays, bottom bracket, back of the seat tube, inside top of the fork and other areas where contact...
  18. Well, you're taking that to the ridiculous...

    Well, you're taking that to the ridiculous extreme.
    Calipers are not unsafe and they make you look better at the same time.
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    Not sure if it's aggressive, but the tops of my...

    Not sure if it's aggressive, but the tops of my bars are about 3"-4" below the top of my saddle. This is a pretty normal fit for most people that don't have some kind of flexibility issues. It...
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    Sounds like you came out ok, but it might not...

    Sounds like you came out ok, but it might not hurt to have your shop check your RD hangar to make sure it didn't get bent out of alignment. Or buy the tool yourself, it's not terribly expensive.
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    Yes, but this is a factory built wheel being...

    Yes, but this is a factory built wheel being rebuilt by the lowest guy* on the totem pole at the shop fixing it, not a wheel built by a competent wheel builder. So it likely should have been checked...
  22. My riding is training and recreational. I don't...

    My riding is training and recreational. I don't mind getting wet, but cleaning the bike is a big pain and rain makes the IQs of most drivers around here drop even lower than it already is.

    Also, I...
  23. My experience is different. After using up...

    My experience is different. After using up whatever Shimano chain might come with a group set, I've always changed over to KMC X10 series chains. They shift as good or better on Shimano Ultegra and...
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    Any decent bike in the 70's had rubber hoods. I...

    Any decent bike in the 70's had rubber hoods. I worked in a shop that sold mainly Raleighs (The real English kind) Peugeots and Motobecanes (The real French kind) and they all had rubber hoods. This...
  25. Thread: is BB30 BS?

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    Well, I already answered that, but I can go into...

    Well, I already answered that, but I can go into detail for the math challenged.

    My riding group =~ 12.
    2 BB30s creak. (1 all the damn time and the other sometimes, especially on hills)
    9 of 10...
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