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    There's always the option of removing the rim...

    There's always the option of removing the rim brakes and riding home, if the wheel will clear the frame.
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    I would reverse the order of these options. ...

    I would reverse the order of these options.

    Wheel building is not something I would recommend to somebody who is "still learning about advnced (to him) bike maintenance." Those of us who do build...
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    The indication is there is something systemically...

    The indication is there is something systemically wrong with the build. Depending on the amount of wobble and non-uniform tension, I would have expected the LBS to rebuild the wheel from scratch...
  4. index or friction shifter?

    index or friction shifter?
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    Both wheels?

    Both wheels?
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    I have a pump with that type of smarthead. It...

    I have a pump with that type of smarthead. It needs more presta valve showing to work properly. It's also possible that the gasket that grabs the valve has been damaged. These gaskets can be...
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    I believe the company was Bikit and they were...

    I believe the company was Bikit and they were located in England. The problem with the pods was that they dried out more quickly than a tube of vulcanizing solution.
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    Rema patches come in several sizes. The most...

    Rema patches come in several sizes. The most common in their patch kits is 25 mm wide. They also make a 16 mm size. This size is appropriate for tube diameters of 28 mm and less.
  9. You use an emergency derailleur hanger to...

    You use an emergency derailleur hanger to continue using the bike before deciding on a permanent solution.

    Problem Solvers

    This is like using a claw but more expensive. Its advantage is that it...
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    N.B. the freewheel will tighten with use. The...

    N.B. the freewheel will tighten with use. The freewheel bearings are used only when coasting. Their action, while coasting, will tighten the left threaded cone. So, a freewheel that's adjusted "just...
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    No you don't. If the freewheel is tight, it...

    No you don't.

    If the freewheel is tight, it won't completely freewheel when you are coasting. You won't be moving the chainwheel but the freewheel will keep moving. This results the top loop...
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    So far as I can tell, the "Vewing Montauk Century...

    So far as I can tell, the "Vewing Montauk Century | MapMyRide" link is the Five Boro Bike Club's Montauk Century route from 2008. The destination changed from Ruschmeyers to Harbor House after that....
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    Loosening all the spokes to the same point will...

    Loosening all the spokes to the same point will work, if all the spokes are identical (on each side for dished wheels) - they have the same length and the same amount of thread on the spoke, same...
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    Suppose it were a horse drawn vehicle instead of...

    Suppose it were a horse drawn vehicle instead of a cyclist. The horse drawn vehicle has equal rights to use the road but cannot fit within 2 feet of roadway like a cyclist. The motorist is expected...
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    Please do not leave any clothing or other...

    Please do not leave any clothing or other articles, neatly piled or not, along the route or nearby. The organizers are not equipped to handle it. Neither are the police, who might mistake it as a...
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    Stay away from Van Cortlandt Park, if it's rained...

    Stay away from Van Cortlandt Park, if it's rained within the last few days. The surface is mud. The narrow "trail" is on the side of where the RR track was. It was the drainage ditch for the RR....
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    Wave #3...

    Wave #3 has the benefit of having the road swept of glass, tacks and other road debris by the 15,000 bikes that went before. Make sure your tires are properly inflated before you start. Most people...
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    There's a slightly different procedure for narrow...

    There's a slightly different procedure for narrow roadways like the 59th St Bridge or Cats Paw Hill. Walk on the sides (left or right), ride in the middle. We found just walking to the right across a...
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    Like the others, I use Rema patches and cold...

    Like the others, I use Rema patches and cold vulcanizing fluid exclusively. Let me add a couple of my tricks that have not been mentioned.

    I use a plastic Rema patch kit box to hold the tube in...
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    The single spacer means it's a 120mm axle. ...

    The single spacer means it's a 120mm axle.

    English threaded NR rear hubs had 1.37x24 etched on the right side between the threads and flange. Look on the bottom of how the wheel in your picture...
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    You will have plenty of company. :)

    You will have plenty of company. :)
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    As others have noted, the choice of lighting...

    As others have noted, the choice of lighting should be context driven. The will dictate the strength and duration of the lighting required. These factors will dictate the price.

    I rode...
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    maximum braking rate is: gL/H, where g is...

    maximum braking rate is:

    gL/H, where g is gravitational acceleration, H is distance of center of mass above ground and L is distance of center of mass behind front wheel.

    Any additional...
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    I would advise you not to try riding without...

    I would advise you not to try riding without registering. Riders will be checked for their credentials along the route. This policy is one of many security enhancements required after 9/11 and the...
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    It does not take much effort these days to...

    It does not take much effort these days to determine which people create false histories. All that's required is an internet search to find and read contemporary documents to judge whether such...
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