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  1. I'd say, since the seller was willing to part...

    I'd say, since the seller was willing to part with it for only a hunny, and seeing how it was set up, NICE RESCUE!! :thumb:
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    One thing I would do in conjunction with gently...

    One thing I would do in conjunction with gently bending it back into shape is find something round and sturdy, like a ratchet handle or socket wrench extension, that exactly matches the radius of the...
  3. I had a lot of fun with Hotwheels in my youth,...

    I had a lot of fun with Hotwheels in my youth, but I've never been emotional about them. Also had quite a bit of fun with Tyco, AFX, and Riggen slot racing cars. We're talking early/mid-70's here.
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    Mmm, you'd be risking a catastrophic and possibly...

    Mmm, you'd be risking a catastrophic and possibly painful failure if the remaining threads let go while "givin' er" out of the saddle. :eek:

    If you're determined to salvage it, I'd suggest a proof...
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    "If it doesn't fit, force it... if it breaks, it...

    "If it doesn't fit, force it... if it breaks, it was no good anyway!" :crash: :thumb:
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    ^^Like!

    ^^Like!
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    I bought two pair some years ago, and they gave...

    I bought two pair some years ago, and they gave good service, but eventually failed due to the leather cracking at the stitches (my gloves get soaking wet with sweat on every ride, at least in the...
  8. That's cool... thanks! I had no idea! :beer:

    That's cool... thanks! I had no idea! :beer:
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    Funny (to me at least), in the post quoted by...

    Funny (to me at least), in the post quoted by Aaron, I read belt rather than bolt... I just about **** myself laughing at the deviousness of the manipulation!!! :lol:
  10. FWIW, not knowing any better, I put a set of...

    FWIW, not knowing any better, I put a set of those on the bare frame/fork Univega Viva Touring I acquired, set them up in complete ignorance of the finer points of canti brake setup, and never had to...
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    I quite agree with this analysis, but I was...

    I quite agree with this analysis, but I was little surprised to learn that I have a ghetto grocery store within 5 miles of my place, out here in the land of horse pastures, corn fields, golf courses,...
  12. Wait, there was a 120mm OLN indexed setup?!!...

    Wait, there was a 120mm OLN indexed setup?!! :wtf: Edjumacate me! :beer:
  13. Whenever I notice my helmet getting a bit funky,...

    Whenever I notice my helmet getting a bit funky, I throw it in the dishwasher, either with the dishes if there's room (I live and eat alone, so in that scenario I don't consider it nasty, especially...
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    One of the problems with fatigue is, it is highly...

    One of the problems with fatigue is, it is highly susceptible to any unpredicted stress riser. During the design and analysis phase, inherent stress risers in the design are identified and mitigated...
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    No argument with your data as presented, but your...

    No argument with your data as presented, but your data are incomplete. We also need to consider specific strength, i.e., the strength-to-weight ratio. This is most easily understood as the length...
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    The crutch material will be a highly hardened...

    The crutch material will be a highly hardened grade of aluminum alloy and consequently difficult to work with; also, I'd be surprised if it's as thin as 1/32"; but, give it a shot. You could anneal...
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    :thumb: Yeah, in my walk of life at least, I...

    :thumb: Yeah, in my walk of life at least, I don't feel I'm losing any appreciable energy due to the flexing of my steel bike frames. YMMV.
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    If you want to make a more professional job, well...

    If you want to make a more professional job, well stocked hobby stores and machine shop supply stores will have exact 1/32" shim stock in brass and maybe other materials. Well stocked hardware...
  19. I don't worry about how drivers perceive me,...

    I don't worry about how drivers perceive me, riding at 20mph cruising speed, topless in the summertime (& added clothing as needed for the colder times of year). I do hope, however, that a few might...
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    You're talking about a 3/32" chainring? I...

    You're talking about a 3/32" chainring? I thought all single speed chainrings were 1/8", but what do I know? :innocent:
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    I think you have a excellent basis for a...

    I think you have a excellent basis for a top-notch commuter there. I tend to concur with SJX426's suggestions for a systematic approach. Replace what is worn or time-ex'd, adjust/tune everything...
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    It was a long time ago, but IIRC, I once had to...

    It was a long time ago, but IIRC, I once had to take advantage of the workshop in the engine lab where I spent large portions of my workday, to removed a gimballed chain link, using a pin punch on a...
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    As an engineer, I am motivated more by technical...

    As an engineer, I am motivated more by technical elegance than appearance. So if a brazed (internal or external fillet) or welded joint performs as well or better, is cheaper to produce, and looks...
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    Ah, I see my cheap-bastardness is as plain as the...

    Ah, I see my cheap-bastardness is as plain as the nose on my face. ;)
    Thanks for the tips. Since I overhaul freewheels down to the ball bearings and wire springs; when the time comes, I'll take...
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    Aren't we all! :lol:

    Aren't we all! :lol:
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