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    Depends on design. Current suspension forks tends...

    Depends on design. Current suspension forks tends to have a circular recess for the q/r and acorn to seat into. That design does add a bit of material in a place where it does a little good.
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    Certainly. Noticing sudden rubbing, or seeing the...

    Certainly. Noticing sudden rubbing, or seeing the tire pull to one side while braking can save a rider from the wheel ejection experience.

    Trouble is, particularly with "real" mtb riding, you may...
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    I'm not too sure on how much added security that...

    I'm not too sure on how much added security that would actually bring. Sure, a thicker axle will be less prone to stretch to the point where the nuts can slip past the lawyer lips. But a nutted axle...
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    Keep in mind that the force that can be generated...

    Keep in mind that the force that can be generated while braking on a good surface is considerable. In the early days of road-going disc brake bikes there were incidents of bent forks as well as...
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    Cotic actually did that, for awhile, some years...

    Cotic actually did that, for awhile, some years ago.

    As to why it's not done on a wider scale, I think there are several influences coinciding here:
    1) Wheel ejection is a rare enough occurrence,...
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    Depends on the overall design. If you make the...

    Depends on the overall design. If you make the "hand" end of the lever proportionally longer, the clamping force remains the same.
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    Only time I've had it happen in a way that I feel...

    Only time I've had it happen in a way that I feel lent itself to a reliable diagnosis was on a 26", 28H, 4X, high-flange hub build. Nipples were unable to align well and spokes began to break...
  8. Thread: Bicycle Repair

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    Start by reading the three "sticky" threads on...

    Start by reading the three "sticky" threads on the top of the page, the Sheldonbrown shortcuts etc. Visit the repair section on Parktool.com too.
    THEN come back here with specific, detailed...
  9. One has to be vigilant though, sometimes there...

    One has to be vigilant though, sometimes there are important differences. For instance you can get hookless MTB rims which may not do particularly well at typical road tire pressures.
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    On rim brake bikes it's very, very rare. I'd say...

    On rim brake bikes it's very, very rare. I'd say either not closed properly on install, or some sort of external interference. Disc brake bikes are different beasts entirely. There is a force acting...
  11. So if I understand you right, you want to set the...

    So if I understand you right, you want to set the cable anchor button where the cable would normally exit the lever housing, then have the lever pushing at the sheath, like on interrupter levers?...
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    The pic is too blurry. Have to guess. But I...

    The pic is too blurry. Have to guess.
    But I SUSPECT it's a cottered crank. It's been written up enough times, so do a net search for "remove cottered crank", take it from there.
    Return with any...
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    You might want to look at how the shifter cable...

    You might want to look at how the shifter cable is attached at the hub. Some are not that user-friendly, making it real tempting to stick with the stock shifter, all-enclosed cable/clickbox assembly.
  14. I've bought from all over the place. Cambriabike,...

    I've bought from all over the place. Cambriabike, Universal Cycles, saint John street cycles, chainreactioncycles, wiggle, rosebikes, cyclocomponents, EBay shop sellers, EBay private sellers, flea...
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    Several of the sealants needs regular topping up...

    Several of the sealants needs regular topping up anyhow, so if you manage to time your urge to try another tire until "refill time" comes around, there isn't much mess. But I'm sure the size of the...
  16. My winter commuter has under-the-BB cable...

    My winter commuter has under-the-BB cable routing, and winter here means snow, ice, sanded and salted roads. It's been a non-issue entirely. I haven't even used stainless cables.
    If you insist,...
  17. Worth swapping old sidepulls for old center pulls?

    Hi all,

    I've accepted custody of an old Bianchi road bike, with supposedly sucky brakes.

    The brakes that are currently there are old side pull caliper brakes, Saccon Altex:

    VeloBase.com -...
  18. Thing is, if you're new to bicycles, what looks...

    Thing is, if you're new to bicycles, what looks like a simple question with an expected simple answer to you, might very well require a rather complex (and long) answer. And to make matters worse,...
  19. And what makes you think they are? Department...

    And what makes you think they are?

    Department store bikes are often referred to as BSOs - bicycle shaped objects. Only thing saving them from being returned on a mandatory basis is that people's...
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    Or leave it in there. I often reuse the nipple...

    Or leave it in there. I often reuse the nipple when replacing a spoke.
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    Chain tensioners are generally only made to take...

    Chain tensioners are generally only made to take up the slack needed to cope with not having horizontal dropouts. If you want to use your triple front, you need to keep the derailer, lock it at one...
  22. B How do you reckon that? At one end of the...

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    How do you reckon that?

    At one end of the sequence chain there's a set pinch force and a set stroke of the human hand. At the other end of the sequence chain there's a set stroke determined...
  23. Zl Didn't say it was. Only that as chance has...

    Zl

    Didn't say it was. Only that as chance has had it, the bikes I've had hasn't been set up like that.
    And I've been happy enough with the existing parts not to bother reconfiguring anything.
  24. P Doesn't even have to be TIG. A properly...

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    Doesn't even have to be TIG. A properly prepped v-seam, a MIG/MAG would do a decent enough job.
    Heck, I've seen lasting repairs on steel dropouts done with stick welders.

    Ignoring paint, the...
  25. The Speed Dials are indeed adjustable, down to a...

    The Speed Dials are indeed adjustable, down to a very similar amount of pull and distance between pivot and cable anchor as on old drop bar levers. The only trouble I've had with those and cantis...
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