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    Niagara Cycle sells a box of 144 Wheel Master...

    Niagara Cycle sells a box of 144 Wheel Master spokes for $18.
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    I use a caliper How to Measure a Bicycle Chain...

    I use a caliper How to Measure a Bicycle Chain
  3. I route as the instructions tell me: to the...

    I route as the instructions tell me: to the inside, the side closer to the frame.


    How would I know without a torque wrench that small? The instructions tell me 5-7 N-m. I rarely over-tighten...
  4. I think I tighten it just enough. I often don't...

    I think I tighten it just enough. I often don't tighten it tightly enough, it slips, and I tighten it more. Is there something that could have happened to the derailleur to make it not hold unless...
  5. That's what I think; then again, galvanization...

    That's what I think; then again, galvanization adds a layer of zinc: that means less steel.


    I do know: Jagwire (basic and more-expensive), Clark's, Pyramid, Shimano, no-name. Unfortunately life...
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    In the last 15 years I've ridden about 60K miles...

    In the last 15 years I've ridden about 60K miles and gone through a dozen wheels. I haven't bought a new spoke. I've broken 1 spoke in that time. I use cheap plated spokes. I even use them when...
  7. Do stainless steel derailleur wires last longer than galvanized?

    Do stainless steel derailleur wires last longer than galvanized?

    I've broken the wire of the front derailleur (triple) 11 times in the last 11 years, always at the derailleur. (I haven't broken...
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    I wrote 'finishing': the pin is already in the...

    I wrote 'finishing': the pin is already in the outer links fully and one can no longer miss. I've had occasions when I couldn't get the pin inserted perfectly, the smallest turn of the chain-tool...
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    In >200K miles of riding I've only broken chains...

    In >200K miles of riding I've only broken chains I installed poorly. Consider finishing pin installation with a vise-grip: that can get it even when it's just a bit off, and makes mis-installation...
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    I've window-shopped on Amazon. A few times I...

    I've window-shopped on Amazon. A few times I have found something there then found the same item from the same vendor on eBay for less. The latest item was shipped by Amazon even though I bought it...
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    Amazon quoted me $194. I don't shop there. I've...

    Amazon quoted me $194. I don't shop there. I've always found cheaper parts at bicycle-parts places.

    My favorite used to be eBikeStop.com , but their stock has dropped to almost-nothing: they may...
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    I got no help. I didn't want anyone to do...

    I got no help.


    I didn't want anyone to do anything but tell me what they already knew. When I shop for parts I collect information about them and keep it on my computer. Whenever I see a...
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    I invite you not to participate in any thread I...

    I invite you not to participate in any thread I start. I prefer non-helpers to keep their counsel.



    I lived up to my screen name by discovering the thickness of the flanges of Alex Adventurer...
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    A Heli-coil™ is stronger than T6061 alumin(i)um; the pedal will more-firmly attach to the crankarm: that's not the issue. The crankarm's strength where the pedal threads into it is weaker when I...
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    Niagara Cycle (http://www.NiagaraCycle.com) has...

    Niagara Cycle has the specs for the Alex: 17.5 internal, 24.5 external; the Sun CR-18 is 17.5 & 22.5



    The engineers at the home office maybe; anyone in the warehouse with a micrometer for sure....
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    Isn't the saddle more malleable than the rails? ...

    Isn't the saddle more malleable than the rails? Heat it up? Cut out a bit of what the rail seats into and glue it back (and stop picking up the bike by the seat)?
  17. How much weaker will making the hole this much...

    How much weaker will making the hole this much larger make the crank arm? Isn't a crankarm designed to be as light as possible, thus not to have excess metal?
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    I'm not complaining: the CR18s have lasted longer...

    I'm not complaining: the CR18s have lasted longer than any of the single-wall rims I've used. If I can do significantly better for only a little bit more (about 18%) I'll choose that. The question...
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    Thanks for your reply. Vendors' web sites don't...

    Thanks for your reply. Vendors' web sites don't give me information to determine the thickness of the wall. I could get that from Sun's, but not Alex's.
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    Alex Adventurer rims

    I'm shopping for a new rim (700c, 36-hole, rim brakes, mostly road). I'm considering an Alex Adventurer. I've been using Sun CR18s for the past 10 years or so. I seem to be wearing out the rims...
  21. That quote from Mr Brandt continues Must be...

    That quote from Mr Brandt continues


    Must be why you want to be my friend. I can't wait for the copy of Gere & Goodno's Mechanics of Materials on my next birthday.


    By increasing the...
  22. If it got more people out of their cars,...

    If it got more people out of their cars, motorcycles, motor-assisted bicycles (yuck!), it was for the good. Voltaire?
  23. Is that their purpose? I thought it was for the...

    Is that their purpose? I thought it was for the comfort of the rider. I don't have one. Do competitors use them? They add weight and divert energy from propulsion.

    We're talking about...
  24. You interpret his comment to mean 'the same...

    You interpret his comment to mean 'the same elongation for a lower N/mm'; I interpret it to mean 'a lower elongation for the same N/mm'. Syntactically both are possible; I think mine is more...
  25. I still have a Rhode Gear 'brake' for the front...

    I still have a Rhode Gear 'brake' for the front wheel: it attaches to the down tube, one swings it out when stopped against the front wheel, holding the wheel straight, keeping the front wheel from...
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