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    I used to think like that. Then I tried those...

    I used to think like that. Then I tried those crappy steel calipers on my Raleigh Twenty. They work fine. Probably better than the crappy Weinmanns that came with the bike. I even have a crappy...
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    Having one speed seems harder on my knees than...

    Having one speed seems harder on my knees than actual resisting.
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    You guys are such wusses. Color scheme is about...

    You guys are such wusses. Color scheme is about as ridiculous as every other pre assembled fixie out there ridden by a seventh grader. Make sure everything is fastened down and greased, and it will...
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    Any mineral oil based lubricant will do. People...

    Any mineral oil based lubricant will do. People get quite passionate over the subject, but bottom line is that for bicycle use, lubrication isn't critical enough to warrant any specialized kind of...
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    The key to successful coaster brake use in hilly...

    The key to successful coaster brake use in hilly areas is judicious use of front brake.

    I once conducted an experiment. I coasted down a mountain road (Mandeville Canyon Rd. West L.A.) for a...
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    Translation: Disregard everything I just said.

    Translation: Disregard everything I just said.
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    One of may main bikes is a former 70s 10 speed...

    One of may main bikes is a former 70s 10 speed Motobecane, which has been a single speed coaster brake for a while now. I rode it with just the rear brake for a couple years, simply because I didn't...
  8. The Schwinn wins on character and probably...

    The Schwinn wins on character and probably durability. If it's intact and running, it'd be good. But it has some quirks, such as oddball 597 tires, oddball BB threading, and will likely be a big...
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    My fixed gear is a 60s Huffy that started life as...

    My fixed gear is a 60s Huffy that started life as a three speed with 590 tires. It's a great bike that happens to fit it's cuurrent 27" wheels. Still has a one piece crank. There are times when such...
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    FWIW, I've never actually seen 32 hole coaster...

    FWIW, I've never actually seen 32 hole coaster brake hubs. 36h is pretty common. The next step down is usually 28h. I have seen a few 48 hole for bmx bikes, and what I think might have been 72h for...
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    FWIW, I've rebuilt 27" wheels with generic...

    FWIW, I've rebuilt 27" wheels with generic Shimano/KT coaster brake hubs a couple times before. The wheels originally had small flange freewheel hubs. I was able to use the same spokes and all...
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    Lesson: Learning is wrong.

    Lesson: Learning is wrong.
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    That was a pretty weak fail. No crash, no blood,...

    That was a pretty weak fail. No crash, no blood, no broken parts. I doubt there's even a bruise.
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    If the spider is aluminum, you may have problems...

    If the spider is aluminum, you may have problems with wedges. Aluminum is simply too soft, unless you can devise a wedge that supports most, if not all of the hole.
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    Why should a bicycle be considered equal to a...

    Why should a bicycle be considered equal to a motor vehicle, since it isn't. It has it's own strengths and weaknesses, as does walking or riding a moped. Which also are treated differently by laws....
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    I have no doubt. Mineral oil is mineral oil,...

    I have no doubt.

    Mineral oil is mineral oil, and the prime component of just about every bike specific oil, motor oil, and all-purpose anti-squeaking stuff on the market. The most significant...
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    Kind of reminds me of the old Moosegoose...

    Kind of reminds me of the old Moosegoose.
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    This is all pretty much nonsense. 1. If oil...

    This is all pretty much nonsense.

    1. If oil is getting slung around, you're using way too much. I take no particular care slathering the chain with whatever kind of oil, whenever it needs, and...
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    Bike nuts way overthink this oil stuff. For most...

    Bike nuts way overthink this oil stuff. For most purposes, bikes simply don't demand very specific qualities from oil. Just about any oil will do.

    3 In 1 doesn't have special dirt attracting...
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    Save your money and sanity. 3-in-1 is fine.

    Save your money and sanity. 3-in-1 is fine.
  21. Changing the crank will cut about 1 pound. But as...

    Changing the crank will cut about 1 pound. But as noted, it might not make a very noticeable difference.

    I have a one piece crank on my fix. The only possible downside isn't with the crank...
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    I have some old Raleigh hubs that used oil ports....

    I have some old Raleigh hubs that used oil ports. I suppose oil might be useful for wheel bearings if you're on a quest to get the absolute least friction. However, there isn't much to gain by using...
  23. I'm not sure I understand. The frame is flexing...

    I'm not sure I understand. The frame is flexing enough to essentially derail the chain? If this is the case, how does a single speed conversion kit fix the problem? The frame would still be flexing...
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    Walmart actually does sell a reasonable single...

    Walmart actually does sell a reasonable single speed. It's an aluminum framed beach cruiser-ish coaster braked rider, reputed to weigh 29lbs. All you need to do is make sure the nits and bolts are...
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    Impossible to determine without specifics....

    Impossible to determine without specifics. Exactly what kind of heavy duty silcone spray is this? That being said, silicone oils generally are probably good enough for most bike applications provided...
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