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    Re: starting an amateur coop

    ...as opposed to a "professional" co-op? :)
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    I can see why you'd have trouble letting it go. ...

    I can see why you'd have trouble letting it go. GLWS! :thumb:
  3. For the most part, I'm content not to debate the...

    For the most part, I'm content not to debate the best chain maintenance method (since there isn't one ;)), but I wanted to address this:



    This shouldn't be news to anyone. You drain the old...
  4. That's exactly what people who service freewheels...

    That's exactly what people who service freewheels do -- you have to open them up and deal with all the small parts if you're going to do that, though. For most of us, freewheels and freehubs last...
  5. Just letting it soak won't do much. The...

    Just letting it soak won't do much. The ultrasonic cleaner helps to loosen grit and old lubricant, but you'll still want to shake up the container after passes to encourage the grit to come out of...
  6. Believe it or not, there's no damage to those...

    Believe it or not, there's no damage to those chainrings. The ugly teeth with cutaway sides or the ones that are only half as tall as their neighbors were stamped that way at the factory to aid...
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    +1. Burning money, drinking money then peeing it...

    +1. Burning money, drinking money then peeing it out again a short time later, you gotta do something with it. :thumb:
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    +1. It's really more up to conditions than any...

    +1. It's really more up to conditions than any specific mileage or time frame.

    Since I live where there is a winter ;), I'll use that time to repack the hubs on my road bikes even if they might...
  9. That SunTour/Sugino stuff is/was nice. If you...

    That SunTour/Sugino stuff is/was nice.

    If you "got run over" on this bike (congrats on living, BTW) which destroyed many of the parts, are you and the shop even sure that the frame is still good...
  10. I have other Shimano parts with that same crazing...

    I have other Shimano parts with that same crazing in the anodizing. Best to just accept it. :)
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    I think that's the best description of what I...

    I think that's the best description of what I tend to do. I don't collect anything cool or valuable or even kinky. I just accumulate spare parts for the bikes in my fleet: 7-speed rear hubs and...
  12. Ha! :)

    Ha! :)
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    Sticky: scroca (MT) ____________________ 2,799.66...

    scroca (MT) ____________________ 2,799.66
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  14. Yikes, hope you are fully recovered soon.

    Yikes, hope you are fully recovered soon.
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    Since we're just sharing what we do, I typically...

    Since we're just sharing what we do, I typically wear thin merino boxer briefs under athletic shorts (or AmFib tights if it's cold/rainy out) for commuting. It's kind of rare that I actually do wear...
  16. How about the drops? Can/do you use that...

    How about the drops? Can/do you use that position?
  17. Aren't those shortcomings of your parts, not the...

    Aren't those shortcomings of your parts, not the frames? ;) It seems like longer or non-setback seatposts (much easier to find these days than in the past) could solve every issue except the...
  18. I switch between 165mm cranks (FG) and 170mm...

    I switch between 165mm cranks (FG) and 170mm cranks (the road bikes) all the time. No problems whatsoever as long as your bikes are set up properly.
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    Congrats! Being able to change your own flats is...

    Congrats! Being able to change your own flats is power. :thumb:

    I'd recommend practicing it a couple more times while at home, to build up your confidence and make it less of a big deal next...
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    Fair enough! It is a great idea. :thumb:

    Fair enough! It is a great idea. :thumb:
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    That's interesting. I wonder if someone...

    That's interesting. I wonder if someone substituted the allen head bolt on their own, so that they could hold the bolt still while turning the nut.
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    It's not a sure thing that they are "profiting...

    It's not a sure thing that they are "profiting nicely" -- more like, the market for mixtes is tiny, but just big enough that those two makers can break even by making and selling those frames. I...
  23. Do you really mean that the stretch was more than...

    Do you really mean that the stretch was more than 1%? (People often get "<" and ">" mixed up. ;)) If so, that's really pushing it, and should be avoided in the future.

    If the 19T cog doesn't...
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    I very much prefer the special two-piece...

    I very much prefer the special two-piece connecting links. Make sure you lubricate it a little before installing.
  25. A wider rim may help, but I've resigned myself to...

    A wider rim may help, but I've resigned myself to partially deflating my 28mm tires to get them between the brake pads after opening the QR and turning the barrel adjuster all the way in. I ain't...
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