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    Yes. But I've lived many years in wet places. ...

    Yes. But I've lived many years in wet places.

    Mostly my own, occasionally friends'.

    I've had the same bicycle for 20 years - though I did replace the frame once (and the fork once, the...
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    I've been riding bicycles for 50 years, never...

    I've been riding bicycles for 50 years, never lubricated a seatpost or had one stick in the least.

    I have had trouble tightening them enough to prevent slipping. I had a period when it slipped...
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    Grease? I've never used any and never had a...

    Grease? I've never used any and never had a seatpost stick in the least. I'd worry about slipping more.
  4. The cable pulls down. Now you tell me.

    The cable pulls down.



    Now you tell me.
  5. I lowered the front derailleur 4mm and solved...

    I lowered the front derailleur 4mm and solved this problem. I don't remember raising it: could it have worn in such a way to make shifting from the small to the middle difficult?
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    I bought a cheap Al (Alú brand) frame 17 years ago and still have it. I've ridden about 80K miles on it, much of that on unpaved mountain roads. It has a couple of dents that I only noticed when I...
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    There are anti-theft skewers. I think the trick...

    There are anti-theft skewers. I think the trick is that one can't remove them unless one can turn the bicycle upside down. Zefal 'Lock n Roll' is one brand; Delta 'Hublox' another. I don't have...
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    Baby rabbits and bicycle pumps

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/world/europe/danish-radio-station-defends-host-who-clubbed-rabbit-to-death-during-animal-welfare-debate.html




    A bicycle pump?
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    What makes a chainring 'compact'?

    Some chainrings are described as 'compact'; what does that mean? thinner?
  10. I've done a lot of shopping but have yet to find...

    I've done a lot of shopping but have yet to find a chainring identified as a middle. Every 36 I have seen has called itself an inner; would that be because everybody else uses a 36 as an inner? ...
  11. Chainrings: what's the difference between the different styles; trouble shifting to m

    I have a triple-chainring crank, a Shimano 105, 5-bolt, 110mm for the large and middle chainrings, 74mm for the small. The small has 24 teeth; the large has 52; the middle has 36 (close to the...
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    I'm all for keeping this bicycle, but 118mm...

    I'm all for keeping this bicycle, but 118mm chainrings are antique items; I can't find any new the places I shop. A search on eBay turned up some. If your father's going to ride a lot consider...
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    Niagara Cycle sells a box of 144 Wheel Master...

    Niagara Cycle sells a box of 144 Wheel Master spokes for $18.
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    I use a caliper How to Measure a Bicycle Chain...

    I use a caliper How to Measure a Bicycle Chain
  15. I route as the instructions tell me: to the...

    I route as the instructions tell me: to the inside, the side closer to the frame.


    How would I know without a torque wrench that small? The instructions tell me 5-7 N-m. I rarely over-tighten...
  16. I think I tighten it just enough. I often don't...

    I think I tighten it just enough. I often don't tighten it tightly enough, it slips, and I tighten it more. Is there something that could have happened to the derailleur to make it not hold unless...
  17. That's what I think; then again, galvanization...

    That's what I think; then again, galvanization adds a layer of zinc: that means less steel.


    I do know: Jagwire (basic and more-expensive), Clark's, Pyramid, Shimano, no-name. Unfortunately life...
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    In the last 15 years I've ridden about 60K miles...

    In the last 15 years I've ridden about 60K miles and gone through a dozen wheels. I haven't bought a new spoke. I've broken 1 spoke in that time. I use cheap plated spokes. I even use them when...
  19. Do stainless steel derailleur wires last longer than galvanized?

    Do stainless steel derailleur wires last longer than galvanized?

    I've broken the wire of the front derailleur (triple) 11 times in the last 11 years, always at the derailleur. (I haven't broken...
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    I wrote 'finishing': the pin is already in the...

    I wrote 'finishing': the pin is already in the outer links fully and one can no longer miss. I've had occasions when I couldn't get the pin inserted perfectly, the smallest turn of the chain-tool...
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    In >200K miles of riding I've only broken chains...

    In >200K miles of riding I've only broken chains I installed poorly. Consider finishing pin installation with a vise-grip: that can get it even when it's just a bit off, and makes mis-installation...
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    I've window-shopped on Amazon. A few times I...

    I've window-shopped on Amazon. A few times I have found something there then found the same item from the same vendor on eBay for less. The latest item was shipped by Amazon even though I bought it...
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    Amazon quoted me $194. I don't shop there. I've...

    Amazon quoted me $194. I don't shop there. I've always found cheaper parts at bicycle-parts places.

    My favorite used to be eBikeStop.com , but their stock has dropped to almost-nothing: they may...
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    I got no help. I didn't want anyone to do...

    I got no help.


    I didn't want anyone to do anything but tell me what they already knew. When I shop for parts I collect information about them and keep it on my computer. Whenever I see a...
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    I invite you not to participate in any thread I...

    I invite you not to participate in any thread I start. I prefer non-helpers to keep their counsel.



    I lived up to my screen name by discovering the thickness of the flanges of Alex Adventurer...
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