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  1. The keys to preserving tires is to keep them away...

    The keys to preserving tires is to keep them away from ozone and UV light; cooler is better. This means out of sunlight and away from spaces with electric motors in them; electrostatic air cleaners...
  2. You could try making some washers out of coarse...

    You could try making some washers out of coarse emery cloth to go between the serrated faces of the clamp.
  3. It is possible that the brake arm or its pivot...

    It is possible that the brake arm or its pivot has gotten bent by the impact, or that the brake shoe has gotten dislodged. Carefully compare the arm that you pulled loose with the other arm, from...
  4. What is the condition of your cables?

    What is the condition of your cables?
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    Smooth shifting one way but not the other, and...

    Smooth shifting one way but not the other, and the ability to change between them with the barrel adjuster, is a classic indication of cable (and less often derailleur) friction. New inner wires...
  6. Or less; sometimes 1/8 turn or less is the...

    Or less; sometimes 1/8 turn or less is the difference between perfect and so-so shifting. If you make too-coarse adjustments you may end up chasing back and forth and never getting it quite right.
  7. This is the procedure I always point out: Park...

    This is the procedure I always point out: Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Front Derailleur Adjustments

    As observed by others, total freedom from rub when cross-chained (which is inadvisable for...
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    That was my thought as well. Here's a photo of...

    That was my thought as well. Here's a photo of one of those levers with the quick-release button indicated: TEKTRO BRAKE SYSTEMS
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    Perhaps try replacing the metal plate with a...

    Perhaps try replacing the metal plate with a piece of helicopter tape, which has a very tenacious adhesive that is less brittle thus less likely to just pop off.
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    Further to FB's excellent suggestion, take note...

    Further to FB's excellent suggestion, take note of the direction in which the spring is wound, and wind it in the direction which tightens the coil, which also reduces its diameter.
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    Since the wheel is off of the bike and the tire...

    Since the wheel is off of the bike and the tire removed give the wheel a shake in a couple of different orientations to see if there is a piece of debris or a stray spoke nipple rattling around...
  12. Thread: chain size.

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    Follow this procedure: Derailer Adjustment...

    Follow this procedure: Derailer Adjustment

    Note that the chain does NOT get threaded through the rear derailleur.
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    If all else fails cut it flush and drill it out...

    If all else fails cut it flush and drill it out slooowly, starting with a small drill and working up in size. At some point it will catch on the drill and come out, likely before the drill gets to...
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    The differences between groups are more in terms...

    The differences between groups are more in terms of weight and prettiness than of performance. The low-end components can function perfectly acceptably; in a blind test you would probably not be...
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    Find a shop with the tools and pay them (a likely...

    Find a shop with the tools and pay them (a likely nominal sum) to do the work.
  16. After setting the screw with the chain on the...

    After setting the screw with the chain on the large cog, shift it along the cassette/freewheel to verify that it maintains adequate clearance from all of the other cogs. Depending upon the cog sizes...
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    +1 Same applies to brake and shift...

    +1 Same applies to brake and shift levers/brifters and other bar-mounted accessories. Better to have them twist around than to break or impale the rider.
  18. I suggest using "brake" cable.

    I suggest using "brake" cable.
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    They could be made to work, as would any...

    They could be made to work, as would any long-nosed pliers, but I would not buy one as a substitute for the MLP-1. The tool is not strictly needed but makes the job easier.
  20. I would ask the shop if there is a valid reason...

    I would ask the shop if there is a valid reason (besides greed) to do any other work than replacing the defective bottom bracket.
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    A SRAM PC-850 should work, as should any 6-7-8...

    A SRAM PC-850 should work, as should any 6-7-8 speed chain. If the PC-48 chain was closed with the provided Powerlink you shouldn't need a tool to take it apart, although master link tools like the...
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    I'd suggest losing the grip shifts, going to...

    I'd suggest losing the grip shifts, going to trigger shifters and fitting some Ergon or similar ergonomic grips. I have GP3 grips on a mountain bike and GP1s on a hybrid, both with Shimano SL-M310...
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    How are you measuring chain wear to determine...

    How are you measuring chain wear to determine that the chain is worn out and what are your wear limits?

    A steel rule is recommended, chain checkers are notoriously inaccurate. Perhaps you are...
  24. Sorry, I misunderstood. How about these? ...

    Sorry, I misunderstood. How about these? Problem Solvers
  25. A quick search on "clamp-on downtube cable...

    A quick search on "clamp-on downtube cable stops" yields many hits.

    These look pretty nice and will fit if your downtube is 28.6mm (1 1/8") or 31.8mm (1 1/4"): Clamp-on Cable Stops
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