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  1. Two things are apparent. 1) The OP is not a...

    Two things are apparent. 1) The OP is not a native English speaker and 2) He picked the wrong forum to post his rant.
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    Agree it's a Nashbar house brand. The "N" and...

    Agree it's a Nashbar house brand. The "N" and "V" are two stylized N's (for Nashbar) printed upside down from each other so it reads as an N no matter which way the stem is installed.
  3. A 12x27 cassette will lower your low gear a...

    A 12x27 cassette will lower your low gear a useful amount with out requiring a rear derailleur change. 22x34 is down into MTB territory and should not be needed for any road/dirt road use except on...
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    Good grief, this thread has more lives than a cat.

    Good grief, this thread has more lives than a cat.
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    Campy also uses an aluminum freehub body and,...

    Campy also uses an aluminum freehub body and, like Shimano did with the 7800 hubs, makes the splines taller and the matching grooves in the cogs deeper. They may also use a harder aluminum alloy...
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    The specs on that stand should tell you how high...

    The specs on that stand should tell you how high the clamp is from the floor. Hold your bike as if it were clamped in the stand by the top tube (steel frame) or by the seat post (everything else)...
  7. +1 on it's normal. Actually, from what little I...

    +1 on it's normal. Actually, from what little I can tell from just a photo, I'm not sure the finished is even cracked. What you are seeing appears to be just the depression in the seam where the...
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    The Shimano BR-R550 canti's I had were identical...

    The Shimano BR-R550 canti's I had were identical front and rear including the straddle wire lengths so it's not a universal difference.
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    You are telling me you drank Everclear (190 proof...

    You are telling me you drank Everclear (190 proof Ethanol) directly from the bottle without diluting it with anything? My turn to say Bull****. It's perfectly fine if diluted to a safe...
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    Bike Trailer?

    Bike Trailer?
  11. I went to their web site and, yes, that's exactly...

    I went to their web site and, yes, that's exactly what they claim. If they truly start with the loose components, hand lace the rims to the hubs and then hand tension and true the wheels it would be...
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    The azeotrope is 87.7% IPA/13.3% water W/W and...

    The azeotrope is 87.7% IPA/13.3% water W/W and 91% IPA/9% water V/V so the drugstore bottles labeled 90% are that composition.

    Note to fietsbob: There is no "200 proof White Lightning". The...
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    Only that the brake pad holders have to have...

    Only that the brake pad holders have to have their open ends pointed rearward at both ends of the bike.
  14. I don't think you realize that all of those "hand...

    I don't think you realize that all of those "hand built" wheels you are describing were, at the very least, machine laced and initially trued and tensioned. If there was any hand work involved, it...
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    As feitsbob noted, your Cannondale is welded, not...

    As feitsbob noted, your Cannondale is welded, not bonded. "Bonded" means the frame's tubes are glued (aka bonded) to external or internal lugs to form the joints. Trek made many bonded aluminum...
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    That's terrible advice.

    That's terrible advice.
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    For some reason I never understood, many bike...

    For some reason I never understood, many bike dealers and mechanics think installing pedals tight isn't enough, too tight is barely adequate and absurdly tight is about right. There is no reason to...
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    IPA is a fair grease solvent but what you buy in...

    IPA is a fair grease solvent but what you buy in drug stores is not 100% IPA, but about 88% with the balance water. You can buy 100% (anhydrous) IPA but it's a chemical supplier specialty, not a...
  19. I'd be more than a little miffed if a $200...

    I'd be more than a little miffed if a $200 wheelset exploded after 8000 miles.

    Continuing on with my tales of commercial wheelsets, I have a pair of Shimano WH-R560 wheels (24 mm deep rims, 16...
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    Done all the time. BTW, what frame and what's...

    Done all the time. BTW, what frame and what's it's age. In the early 90's a lot of frames, even aluminum ones, were spaced 128 mm to accept both 7-speed (126 mm) and 8-speed (130 mm) hubs.
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    That's absolutely backwards. Pedals have opposite...

    That's absolutely backwards. Pedals have opposite direction threads, i.e the drive side has standard right-hand threads and the non-drive side has left-hand threads. If you managed somehow to...
  22. It's done all the time and the resulting wheels...

    It's done all the time and the resulting wheels are probably 98% as good as the best master builder would produce. Machines that lace, tension, true and stress relieve wheels are available and do a...
  23. fietsbob has a good point, is the hub's OLD the...

    fietsbob has a good point, is the hub's OLD the same as the frame's? A move of 5 mm is huge from just tightening the skewer on a proper width hub.
  24. If you lock down the freewheel removal tool with...

    If you lock down the freewheel removal tool with a qr skewer or axle nut, a BIG wrench works just fine. You have to loosen the skewer or back off the nut as soon as the freewheel breaks free even a...
  25. I can give you one numerical example as a start. ...

    I can give you one numerical example as a start. These measurements are of Tektro road levers and the distances between the cable anchor and the lever pivot are:

    Tektro R200 (caliper, cantilever...
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