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    Think about it. The springs adjust how hard the...

    Think about it. The springs adjust how hard the brake arms pull away from the rim. But as the brake arms sits on opposite side of the rims, you need to turn them in opposite directions if you want to...
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    I've used wheels very similar to these: Bicycle...

    I've used wheels very similar to these: Bicycle Wheels - TuffWheels - Skyway a fair bit.
    And braking has been an issue.
    When they're new/clean, they EAT brake pads.
    Brake better than aluminium...
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    I can't think of any way to make it black where...

    I can't think of any way to make it black where result would be worth the effort.
    Well, possibly the marker.
    But last time I checked, there were still ceramic coated rims available.
    They're...
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    Huh? oh, wait, is it a disc brake frame? If...

    Huh?

    oh, wait, is it a disc brake frame?

    If so, then maybe there is some concern.

    So build 2X instead.
    The differences in strength isn't worth losing any sleep over.
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    From the few useful pics I found, it looks line a...

    From the few useful pics I found, it looks line a quill stem. If you look at the bike from above, there should be a screw head pointing straight up from the end of the axis that the fork turns...
  7. Its not ideal, as different gauge spokes stretch...

    Its not ideal, as different gauge spokes stretch differently. Means there will be some funky load distribution going on between rim and spokes.
    But plenty of wheels out there have a couple of...
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    If the bike has a rack, a wheel can be carried...

    If the bike has a rack, a wheel can be carried easily if strapped to seat stay and rack.
    Otherwise, I'll bring a backpack. These days they almost always have loops and eyelets and similar that can...
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    .... and a shifter. if you insist on going...

    .... and a shifter. if you insist on going forward with this.

    But what are you hoping to achieve?
    It is quite unlikely that one speed more to choose from will have any important impact on your...
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    Has to be an older bike then. Means you need to...

    Has to be an older bike then.
    Means you need to do a bit of homework before being able to determine your options.

    An older wheel built for 7-speed is likely to have the shorter 7-speed freehub...
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    It may be possible to pry the seals up from their...

    It may be possible to pry the seals up from their seats in the lowers w/o pulling the fork apart. If that is the case, just soak the heck out of the lowers with the penetrating oil of your choice....
  12. O I've posted numbers of mine here years ago....

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    I've posted numbers of mine here years ago. I think the short pulls I had avaliable to measure on were 28 mm, and my long pulls 35 or more. Then a pair of Codas straddling the difference at 32...
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    Why? There's very good agreement in the industry...

    Why?
    There's very good agreement in the industry that q/r skewers should be closed HARD.

    Even for rim brake wheels although not quite as critical there as on disc brake wheels.

    If hubs are...
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    Since a Dunlop is a true one-way valve, you...

    Since a Dunlop is a true one-way valve, you can't. If you have a pump with a pressure gauge the closest you can get is by pumping a bit slow. If you do that, the pressure in the pump will be very...
  15. Positron (and to a degree Sachs Commander) is an...

    Positron (and to a degree Sachs Commander) is an exception to the rule, with an indented ridge/cam in the derailer providing indexing. I'd replace BOTH shifter and derailer for indexed parts matching...
  16. N The bigger tool is to remove cartridge...

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    The bigger tool is to remove cartridge bottom brackets.

    Are you talking about Presta?
    Once you step away from department store bikes, there's nothing rare about those. And the Dunlop/Woods...
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    I've had Velox adhesive go dry and brittle...

    I've had Velox adhesive go dry and brittle eventually, at which point I've simply replaced it. Yours sound like something else. Maybe you got an old roll.
    what did you use as degreaser? Job like...
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    SEALED bearings means just that. The internals of...

    SEALED bearings means just that. The internals of the bearings are closed off from the rest of the world by some mechanical means. A precision fit washer, a rubber gasket, a scraper ring, a dust...
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    Bike wheels are rarely entirely balanced, and...

    Bike wheels are rarely entirely balanced, and cranking a rear wheel to speed in a stand will very often result in the bike shaking/bouncing in the stand.
    Some people do balance their wheels, but...
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    I've had very good results repairing sidewalls...

    I've had very good results repairing sidewalls with a piece of nylon cloth as reinforcement and stuck in place with Liquisole. You want the patch fully saturated. Maybe both in- and outside on a high...
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    Youre worrying over nothing. Look at the pic, the...

    Youre worrying over nothing. Look at the pic, the bar IS thicker at the clamp, and maybe 5 cm out to either side. Regular brake levers are very likely to fit just fine.
    But I'm a bit concerned about...
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    While 26.0 mm is a common enough stem clamp...

    While 26.0 mm is a common enough stem clamp diameter, I've never seen it as a brake clamp diameter.
    Is it possible that you've gotten hold of a track bar that has the same diameter all through?
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    Sidewall thickness uniformity isn't a prioritized...

    Sidewall thickness uniformity isn't a prioritized feature in bicycle tire manufacturing. Unless the cord is showing signs of fraying, I'd happily ride it.
    Oh, and check that rim brake pads - if any...
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    Q Depending on the degree of tinkering that has...

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    Depending on the degree of tinkering that has been going on, some "drift" might have occurred.
    Final call will be determined by what the cones need to achieve correct bearing adjustment.
    When I...
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    Really, there are too many different bottom...

    Really, there are too many different bottom bracket/crankset versions available for there to be a useful answer to that. Square taper, external hexagonal head - maybe a 15/16 mm socket. Square taper,...
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