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    Depending on your height, maybe try 165s. 5mm is...

    Depending on your height, maybe try 165s. 5mm is noticeable but not dramatic--a 10mm change will give you a better picture if shorter cranks is helpful for you.
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    By a chainset I assume you mean crankset? If that...

    By a chainset I assume you mean crankset? If that is the case, then yes, that bottom bracket is compatible with the bottom bracket shell in your frame. They are both british/ISO threaded for a 68mm...
  3. I looked up your bike, is it this: Novara Strada...

    I looked up your bike, is it this: Novara Strada Bike - 2014 - REI.com ? If so, you actually have medium reach shimano calipers (not actually 105). The real solution is still to measure closely, but...
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    I really wouldn't recommend spending any sort of...

    I really wouldn't recommend spending any sort of real money converting that to a drop bar. Sometimes flat bar hybrids have pretty much the same frames as a brand's road bikes, but looking up the...
  5. The CX70 might shift slightly better due to the...

    The CX70 might shift slightly better due to the smaller radius cage, but the main selling is the availability of a top pull model. Lots of bikes have standard FDs on 46 big rings; it will work fine.
  6. Obviously there's a big spectrum of bikes with...

    Obviously there's a big spectrum of bikes with different design priorities, but basically XC usually means optimized for XC racing, where the majority of the lap time is honestly on the uphill, so...
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    Your link doesn't work. Sheldon Brown's...

    Your link doesn't work.

    Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Gear Calculator is a good tool for working out differences in gearing. Assuming that you have 26" wheels with 1.5" tires, a 11 tooth small cog, and...
  8. Yeah you're right, my mistake. I also agree that...

    Yeah you're right, my mistake. I also agree that triples are mostly not very useful with wide range 10sp cassettes. I only ever wish for one when my MTB is on asphalt, which isn't exactly my...
  9. Gimping your brakes is a ridiculous solution. I...

    Gimping your brakes is a ridiculous solution. I am surprised that you don't think it's possible to endo on your road bike. With decent dual pivot road brakes, this is easy to accomplish from a bad...
  10. I'd actually be surprised if you needed to...

    I'd actually be surprised if you needed to replace as much as you think you do. Bearing assemblies likely need to be overhauled, likely a new chain, new cables and housing, etc. It's a somewhat...
  11. None of them look substantially different. I'd...

    None of them look substantially different. I'd also consider Shimano brakes a plus also. Also, it's worth checking in whether the rims (and to a lesser extent the tires) are designed to be run...
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    It really just needs to travel where the cable...

    It really just needs to travel where the cable touches the frame and a little extra (a cm) to address any possible movement. You can also probably tease out the lining from some cable housing, but...
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    One technique I was taught was to balance the...

    One technique I was taught was to balance the tensions of paired spokes--usually before a few cycles before bringing up to final tension. Because they're close to each other, this generally only...
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    If you can't hear fine distinctions of tone then...

    If you can't hear fine distinctions of tone then I'd recommend a tension meter. It's also a good way to set average tension. My experience is that the variability of my Park meter is not that great,...
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    They make cable liners for this purpose....

    They make cable liners for this purpose. http://www.amazon.com/Jagwire-Black-Housing-Liner-Cables/dp/B0029LF1XO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1427075958&sr=8-2&keywords=jagwire+housing+liner

    Most bike...
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    You really should get a 10sp cassette. What your...

    You really should get a 10sp cassette. What your have is only compatible with the lowest expectations on shift quality.

    I still think you'll probably regret trying to make that bike something it's...
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    Your description of your current drivetrain is...

    Your description of your current drivetrain is confusing. Am I correct in thinking that you have a 10SP Sram Force group with 10sp Shimano Chain and Cassette, and 10sp SRAM bar end shifters? If so,...
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    Interestingly, all Shimano wheels are actually...

    Interestingly, all Shimano wheels are actually entirely handbuilt in their own Malaysian factory. But, yeah, I suspect that Shimano does their own rim extrusions. A look inside Shimano's shrouded...
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    Wait, seriously? "Race" wheels for a flat bar...

    Wait, seriously? "Race" wheels for a flat bar road bike? You might gently mention that the gains of faster wheels will be totally eclipsed the upright and wide riding position vs a drop bar bike. Of...
  20. I also think that it's probably structurally...

    I also think that it's probably structurally fine. I'd definitely say that it would be unacceptable in a new bike at full retail. Presumably your bike was a closeout on last year's model--but it's...
  21. Oh, okay, in that case, no, that's generally cost...

    Oh, okay, in that case, no, that's generally cost prohibitive and impractical. You can potentially switch to a disc fork and run disc brakes on just the front but it's generally not worth it.
    When...
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    That stuff is oil; grease is thicker and not...

    That stuff is oil; grease is thicker and not liquid. Most greases for automotive or marine applications are fine general purpose bicycle greases.
  23. The bike listed in your profile--the Revolt...

    The bike listed in your profile--the Revolt 3--has mechanical disc brakes, so I'm going to assume you want to replace the pads on your bike. Your question was really unclear and made it sound like...
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    I would have used carbon assembly paste, but I...

    I would have used carbon assembly paste, but I bet the epoxy works.
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    I'd like to repeat that adjusting saddle position...

    I'd like to repeat that adjusting saddle position to adjust the reach to the handlebars is a bad strategy. The correct approach is to get a shorter and/or more angled stem and/or a handlebar with...
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