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    If you can't get the excellent walk-throughs...

    If you can't get the excellent walk-throughs available at the permanently linked Park Tool and Sheldonbrown.com sites to work for you I don't understand what you hope to gain from a "personal"...
  2. Those aren't "bar ends turned down", those are...

    Those aren't "bar ends turned down", those are known as "drop bar ends". Made to be installed like that for that very purpose.
  3. Low mileage, low maintenance, extreme service...

    Low mileage, low maintenance, extreme service life - sounds like a good candidate for some airless AKA airfree AKA solid tires.
  4. Although somewhat frowned upon, there are steerer...

    Although somewhat frowned upon, there are steerer tube extenders available, which - particularly with a shorter stem - will do wonders for moving the bars in and up.
    Drop bar levers rarely do OK on...
  5. OTOH flat bars often have a gentle rearwards...

    OTOH flat bars often have a gentle rearwards bend, while drop bars curve forward. Then there are the hoods which protrude even further.
    I say shorter stem to maintain the same position on the bike.
  6. As long as there are new saddle clamps with the...

    As long as there are new saddle clamps with the right rail spacing to be had for little money, I wouldn't spend much effort on getting the old one to work.
    If new clamps expect a bigger diameter...
  7. If that troubles you, it'd be easy enough to trim...

    If that troubles you, it'd be easy enough to trim the top cap down a bit to run flush with the cylindrical surface.

    On the plus side, the current standard design enables the same item to also work...
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    What's the problem? Flipping the washer...

    What's the problem?

    Flipping the washer sequence around on the studs on the brake pads is common enough to deal with differences in the width between the brake bosses, and/or differences in rim...
  9. I've had good results freshening the knurled...

    I've had good results freshening the knurled surfaces of saddle clamps with various methods. One like the pic FB posted, I'd disassemble, then touch up each groove with a Dremel and a cutting disc....
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    Release cable at the brake end. Squeeze lever...

    Release cable at the brake end. Squeeze lever full in. That should expose a way to slide the button at the lever end of the cable sideways out of the lever.
  11. As a long shot, you MIGHT have a mechanic that...

    As a long shot, you MIGHT have a mechanic that has messed up the bearing adjustment and not locked down the cone against the locknut properly.
    When spinning, one cone would tighten itself until the...
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    Assuming they're otherwise untouched, q/r wheels...

    Assuming they're otherwise untouched, q/r wheels mounted in a frame with vertical dropouts, you have more axle protrusion than you actually need. If you're not worried by split-second wheel changes,...
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    Your leg is a lot stronger than your arm. The...

    Your leg is a lot stronger than your arm. The effort it takes to clip in/out by hand is a poor reference to what it'll feel like to clip in/out when riding.
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    I 3x vs 4x usually mean a length difference...

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    3x vs 4x usually mean a length difference about 7-10 mm. You probably haven't got enough overshoot for a switch to 4x to be an overall helpful move.
    The fastest fix is to put a washer under the...
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    Like in the upper pic. Segmented side of the ball...

    Like in the upper pic. Segmented side of the ball retainer pointing into the cup.
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    IME - which isn't all-encompassing - Shimano has...

    IME - which isn't all-encompassing - Shimano has been quite consistent in their size. It's just shy of 30 mm. 29.4 or 29.4, something like that. Other hubs use it too.
    And yes, I'd expect that if...
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    Replace the bearing cup. Find a donor hub, remove...

    Replace the bearing cup. Find a donor hub, remove the axle and knock the cup out from through the hub using a drift punch. Press salvaged cup into hub of wheel to be saved. Reinstall axle, adjust and...
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    Dropouts are normal. The issue is the 8mm ID of...

    Dropouts are normal. The issue is the 8mm ID of the cartridge bearings.
    Bearing seat diameter in hub makes replacement with a bearing with bigger ID and the same OD impossible.
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    "Making" an 8mm front hub q/r axle?

    Hi,
    I have an oddball wheel which uses an M8 threaded rod as an axle through cartridge bearings.
    And while it works fine, it bugs me, as the rear uses a q/r axle.
    Now, a normal front axle thread...
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    To adjust cup&cone bearings, you need to use...

    To adjust cup&cone bearings, you need to use special, thin, cone wrenches.
    If you haven't got any, might as well bring the bike to a shop. They'll have new bearing balls - should you need any - the...
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    Is this wheel for you or someone else? If for...

    Is this wheel for you or someone else?
    If for you, it's a manageable problem IF the spokes would eventually wear through the rim strip.
    Or a less stretchy rim strip/tape is an easy fix.
    Or cap...
  22. Thread: 9 speeds wheel

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    The bike will be fine. Ride more, fret less.

    The bike will be fine. Ride more, fret less.
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    You might not need a triple crank. Think a...

    You might not need a triple crank.

    Think a little more about cadence, range, ratios and speed.
    First there's cadence. Too high or too low, you begin to lose pedaling efficiency.
    Overall...
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    Well, with a 36 biggest rear, I can easily see...

    Well, with a 36 biggest rear, I can easily see why.
    And I can't say I've ever worn out a granny gear.
    But if you switch to a tight-ratio cassette - 11-25 or thereabouts, you might find that the...
  25. Really? Where? The path for heat to travel...

    Really? Where?

    The path for heat to travel from the brake surface of the rotor, into the hub, then over to the fork, then into the q/r is long and narrow.
    For the caliper, well, first its the...
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