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    Unless the races are truly horrible, you may end...

    Unless the races are truly horrible, you may end up cleaning it up, maybe replacing the balls, using an abrasive pad to clean up the races
    and reassembling. The bearing cages are not needed, just...
  2. Poll: One brief experience in the '70s (when I was...

    One brief experience in the '70s (when I was still racing) with about 20# on a DF with the plan of taking 10d to do the BRP as part of a ride from Dulles to Bham,
    very aggressive even for me then. ...
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    Just guessing, but remove the cable completely...

    Just guessing, but remove the cable completely from the brake and pull the handle all the way open and see if there is a screw/allen head
    bolt down there that allows loosening of the brake.
  4. Thread: blow innertube

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    Possible too much of an angle of the stem at the...

    Possible too much of an angle of the stem at the hole, but in general tube failure at the valve is not an unusual cause of tube failures,
    IME it is the most common cause of catastrophic tube...
  5. Thread: Swapping Frames

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    The Toyota/Honda comparison is a bit over blown,...

    The Toyota/Honda comparison is a bit over blown, but the commonality between the two frames (or lack of it) means you will probably need a frame specific
    headset, and maybe a fork, depending on...
  6. What you have is SRAM's version of the Hollowtech...

    What you have is SRAM's version of the Hollowtech II cranks with the actual bottom bracket fused with the bike in the form of BB30 variant.
    You leave the BB alone and by loosening the L crank bolts...
  7. Looks like the part with the internal threads was...

    Looks like the part with the internal threads was swedged into the band and popped loose. You could in theory have it tack welded or silver
    soldered back on but it would look like crap, ...
  8. You really really do need chain tensioning for...

    You really really do need chain tensioning for proper operation, without it your chain will easily derail from the chainwheel.
    Alfine 8 has ~3 to 1 ratio top to bottom from 0.53 to 1.62 A triple...
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    Dremel would be so tedious as to be not worth...

    Dremel would be so tedious as to be not worth your time. If you want to do this you really need a buffing wheel. Unless the polished aluminum is
    clear coated, it will rapidly lose its luster. ...
  10. Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but yes it...

    Doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but yes it could be done, but apparently you would need a flat bar for compatibility if I am reading the specs right.
    You would also have to have a spring loaded...
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    Local tandem shop had a machine with belted...

    Local tandem shop had a machine with belted timing and drive with a Shimano 11spd internal hub. No FD, no chain. Hub needs 5 ml of new oil/yr.
    Attraction, minimal maintenance, belt costs $75 per...
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    I think the stories about hydraulic discs locking...

    I think the stories about hydraulic discs locking up, plastic parts (BB7) melting and tire blowoffs are endemic to California where very long hills aren't hard to find. Our team
    weight was in the...
  13. You have a $350 in 2008 bike which is stripped to...

    You have a $350 in 2008 bike which is stripped to frame to build up. A lot has changed in the interim so cost effectiveness
    suggests you look for newer bike on Craigslist or ebay. Just a...
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    re forum search: google does index the forum, so...

    re forum search: google does index the forum, so a search there will pop up a bunch of threads, of various value. Headset might bear some closer attention.
    You are probably aware of the Parktool...
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    Since the bearing inner race was frozen and the...

    Since the bearing inner race was frozen and the fork still turned, then the effective bearing was the steerer above the fork crown,
    so this will be a little worn compared with new. New bearing...
  16. Thread: 11 speed confusion

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    Wheels built in the last 4 yrs are 11 spd...

    Wheels built in the last 4 yrs are 11 spd compatible (assuming they have Shimano splining and not Campy). Brakes can be kept. The minimum is new brifters/cassette
    but it is not a bad idea to...
  17. Thread: Descending.

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    I let it all hang out on hills I am familiar...

    I let it all hang out on hills I am familiar with, but back off a lot on hills I am not. My max a few years ago was 59 mph on the back of a tandem,
    a hill I have hit 50 with a singleton. Having...
  18. When you do reassemble, put some thread locker on...

    When you do reassemble, put some thread locker on those threads!
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    I was pretty pissed with the 2k failure as well. ...

    I was pretty pissed with the 2k failure as well. As noted more recent models seem to last longer. It is an interesting exercise to add up
    disposables cost versus life span for a cost per mile ie ...
  20. My 45 yr old Lyotard Berthets are still going...

    My 45 yr old Lyotard Berthets are still going strong, and are only sporadically serviced (5-10 yr intervals). The sleeve bearing SPDs on my 1997 Trek wore out at 8k miles.
    Since then I have used...
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    There is a certain amount of luck involved here. ...

    There is a certain amount of luck involved here. With 8 spd brifters, over 2 sets, I got 6-8 k miles. With 9spd using 105 or Ultegra
    my low was 2k miles and high was around 13k miles with 3 sets....
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    Generally speaking mechs at bike shops know their...

    Generally speaking mechs at bike shops know their way around the FD/chain rings, but occasionally not. Don't know, but it is not unusual for
    a bike to work well on the stand and not so well when...
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    Shimano, for a time was supplying plastic...

    Shimano, for a time was supplying plastic lockrings with certain levels of cassette in the 8-9 spd heyday. None of my recent cassette buys have had them
    so they may have been a passing fad. I...
  24. Thread: New cassette

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    My 18 yr experience is that one cassette will...

    My 18 yr experience is that one cassette will last two chains. Your mileage will vary but the two chain rule works for me. My mileage is
    in the 3-4k miles for chains and hence 7-9k miles for...
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    Phosphoric acid will convert the rust to iron...

    Phosphoric acid will convert the rust to iron phosphate, a dark grey material which is a good base for paint, might help in the logo
    but not for the lug. The rust has destroyed the chrome plating...
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