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  1. I was less than impressed with the quality of...

    I was less than impressed with the quality of Ultra Torque bearings when I worked in a roadie shop. They wear out fast when ridden by demanding riders. Especially the left side. They are a pain to...
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    If it is that easy to get a tire off with a...

    If it is that easy to get a tire off with a string, it's a doodle with your bare hands.

    The only tip I can offer is using the palm of your hand to get the last bit of second bead over the rim, not...
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    My longest fixed ride was a flat 124 miles in a...

    My longest fixed ride was a flat 124 miles in a day. I did the same ride on a geared bike a year later. I didn't notice any difference. It was a long ass ride on both bikes.... (fixed ratio was...
  4. Of all the chaincases available, these are the...

    Of all the chaincases available, these are the absolute worst you can choose. A pain to set up and the slightest rub will be amplified by the metal resonance-box.

    The Hebie chainglider would be my...
  5. I tensioned a set of wheels that were for a...

    I tensioned a set of wheels that were for a custom Yamaha TR-1 Cafe racer project. The builder laced them himself and that seems to be the hardest part since MC spokes are so stiff they can't be bent...
  6. Ha, nice one! It just goes to show that noises...

    Ha, nice one! It just goes to show that noises can come from anywhere on your bike. I think this information is valuable not just for newbies. I always have the same approach to tackling sqeaks and...
  7. Save yourself some money and run a Campag...

    Save yourself some money and run a Campag cassette using your Shimano shifters and mech (assuming it is 10-speed). This combination can be set up to work almost flawlessly without the use of any...
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    The XT hub the OP is speaking of has a very short...

    The XT hub the OP is speaking of has a very short stub on the end cap (it doubles as the locknut). The Park Tool Vise simply won't clamp the stub tightly enough to do a normal adjustment.

    edit:The...
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    Uhh.. that's the way I did it. It works. Not as...

    Uhh.. that's the way I did it. It works. Not as easy as adjusting the old style hubs, but it works.
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    Well, that explains a lot. Up until a year ago I...

    Well, that explains a lot. Up until a year ago I worked in a high end road and mtb shop and almost all cheaper bikes came with alu steerers. Cheaper to make and still relatively lightweight. Aluminum...
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    I don't get the part about aluminum steerers....

    I don't get the part about aluminum steerers. They are extremely common on entry to mid-level road bikes and mtbs.
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    Great story FBinNY! It shows how much a wheel can...

    Great story FBinNY! It shows how much a wheel can handle indeed, at least statically. My advice to the OP, don't ride these wheels. You may or may not break them, but when you do you'll break your...
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    Most of the issues I encountered with disc brakes...

    Most of the issues I encountered with disc brakes working at a high end road and mtb shop were ultimately down to user error. Inexperienced mountainbikers grinding away a set of rear pads in one ride...
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    Shop I worked at had a solution for a batch of...

    Shop I worked at had a solution for a batch of frames wit similar BB. A steel sleeve with OD 45 mm and ID 40 (which you may have to have cuctom machined) was pressed in simply using a big vice. Then...
  15. I was referring to internal frame cable routing....

    I was referring to internal frame cable routing. But 6700 and 7900 also introduced a 90 degree bend inside the shifter (as opposed to a straight exit on 6600 and the like), to accomodate the cable...
  16. I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of...

    I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of ****ty weather/temps I can imagine all cycling virtually grinds to a halt.
  17. Shops I've worked at were never affected by low...

    Shops I've worked at were never affected by low season so much that staff had to be fired or hours reduced.

    But then again people here keep using their bikes in winter as a mode of transportation,...
  18. 6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level...

    6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level shifting performance and beyond, 6700 and the like suffering from excess cable friction especially if combined with lousy internal cable routing.

    The...
  19. I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d...

    I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d (same BCD as TA cyclotouriste) for a steal, so that's the way I did it. The only trouble I had was figuring out which JIS BB would give me correct...
  20. TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB,...

    TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB, which can be had cheap Cranks are still not cheap, but you really can't go cheaper than the riveted cranks you have now.
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    35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common...

    35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common around here. Used on a lot of older city bikes. Plastic cups though and less than stellar bearing quality.
  22. Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some...

    Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some people don't notice the difference. I do.

    I make sure I've met all the requirements for a proper shifting derailer driver train: good cables, checking...
  23. Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so...

    Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so yes I did read that.
  24. Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail...

    Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail immediately after inflating the tire. I once inflated a modern road tire to specified pressure (about 8 bar) on a newly built up wheel with a NOS Mavic Ma2....
  25. While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is...

    While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is the best grease the chain will see internally, externally, I find that it actually degrades shifting performance. Especially on older bikes that also...
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