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    To my view ( and I've both worked for others as...

    To my view ( and I've both worked for others as well as owned a shop for 15 years) a good mechanic isn't a fast one. They won't be slow either. But they do the job in an order which saves steps/time...
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    Carry a pump. Andy

    Carry a pump. Andy
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    First thing I think of is the thread profile, how...

    First thing I think of is the thread profile, how well cut were they. I have experienced shells that were so poorly cut (dull taps, no after brazing/welding chasing) that some cups/rings haven't...
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    Do these Ego levers have two casing routing...

    Do these Ego levers have two casing routing options? One along the front of the bar and one behind the bar? Is one route a greater corner for the cable to deal with? Andy.
  5. The educate me. Why is this still a problem with...

    The educate me. Why is this still a problem with bikes after many millions of bikes and over a hundred years? Is it that bike designers (and the riders) aren't concerned enough to get (pay for?) the...
  6. Of course rotating weight is one factor in the...

    Of course rotating weight is one factor in the system that a wheel mounted in a fork and ridden is. A tire with a different width, and therefore a different contact patch shape is another factor to...
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    Thus showing the greater variation of rim...

    Thus showing the greater variation of rim diameters compared to tire diameters. Some pairings just need more care to fit up during inflation. Make sure the tube is fully in the tire and not trapped...
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    A tool free adjustable stem? I hope that the...

    A tool free adjustable stem? I hope that the company has good lawyers:) Hinged stems almost always develop a bit of slop as they age. Keeping the joint and any wedge tight will help limit this. of...
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    Most likely the boss is some form of a threaded...

    Most likely the boss is some form of a threaded press fit thing, a RivNut of sorts. First thought is to do nothing and just use a hose clamp to secure the lower cage mount. Of course this means that...
  10. Solvents like Clean Streak will clean off brake...

    Solvents like Clean Streak will clean off brake pad residue. Scotch Bright will clean off more. Steel Wool even more and sand paper will remove the actual metal. Not sure what you're really asking to...
  11. I'm sure the fork can be bent back to OEM spec...

    I'm sure the fork can be bent back to OEM spec (whatever that was) but I am not sure that there won't be any concerns about integrity after. This kind of question is not a simple black/white one,...
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    If you carefully place a rule by the large hex...

    If you carefully place a rule by the large hex fitting in the axle we might be able to discern it's size. But then you knew that already, didn't you. :)

    Really, just measure the size or try a few...
  13. I have never heard of any shop taking such...

    I have never heard of any shop taking such precautions. Sure we use very fine toothed blades (the best is an abrasive blade) and take care not to ingest any powder. But I've never used a dust mask or...
  14. Not sure if the OP is calling the chain cut away...

    Not sure if the OP is calling the chain cut away a chip. I do see a touch of edge roughness at the top end of the cut away but no chip IMO. These fenders are quite easy to cut or grind down in width...
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    Having not done the specific research I'll say...

    Having not done the specific research I'll say this- There was a range of tire diameters and design "families" back then (as today:)). Rake is in my experience a resultant of the other steering...
  16. Yet this extra layer of bearing element, the...

    Yet this extra layer of bearing element, the conical steel race, is why I feel that i feel slop or much frictiom, in the many of these rollered headsets that I have worked with. Andy.
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    The fall back solution for silencing noises that...

    The fall back solution for silencing noises that are otherwise unable to be isolated is to take everything apart and reassemble. This includes pedals, ring bolts, saddle clamps, stem clamps as well...
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    Rims are a wear and consumable item. Typically a...

    Rims are a wear and consumable item. Typically a longer life then tires but still they are used up in the act of riding. To invest in wheels without this understanding is being naive. (Like people...
  19. Yes, a Stronglite A9 headset. Roller elements...

    Yes, a Stronglite A9 headset. Roller elements that ride on conical steel races that fit within the AL cups and fittings. Looks to be missing the crown seat (I'd sat race but that's actually the...
  20. Poll: I've often analogized this with clothing. If all...

    I've often analogized this with clothing. If all that counted was thread count we'd all be wearing fine thread Egyptian cotton or Asian silk. As the cords get thicker they tend to be more durable...
  21. The short term solution is called a back up bike....

    The short term solution is called a back up bike. And believing a sales rep is like trusting a politician, we really want to believe but... Andy.
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    After initial miles all well lubed bike hubs run...

    After initial miles all well lubed bike hubs run in an oil path even if greased. It's my understanding and observations that the balls will plow a path through the grease as they orbit. The pushed...
  23. The slow and hesitant shifting from a larger cog...

    The slow and hesitant shifting from a larger cog to the smaller one suggests that the cable tension is too high. Of course there could be other issues involved too. Andy
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    Sure looks to my eyes like the "flaw' is in the...

    Sure looks to my eyes like the "flaw' is in the frame and not the plastic cover/port. Still I agree with catonec above. A very careful application of colored epoxy with the cover removed might well...
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    You have discovered the often talked about but...

    You have discovered the often talked about but never claimed to be at fault of front shifting under load. In a word "DON"T" shift under load if you can help it. Of course far more time will be spent...
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