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    I have Deore XT HII cranks on my Bridgestone...

    I have Deore XT HII cranks on my Bridgestone MB-1, which has a 68mm shell. Chainline is off if I put a 2.5mm spacer on each side, so both of them are on the non-drive side. Plenty of threads left.
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    I use the 5mil gloves from HF and do also have a...

    I use the 5mil gloves from HF and do also have a box of 9mil, but haven't gotten into them yet. Note that the box of 5mil is 100 and the 9mil is only 50.

    CORRECTION: I have a box of 7mil waiting...
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    I use the piece of chain method on my commuter's...

    I use the piece of chain method on my commuter's seat.

    When I'm alone on a road ride and need something to eat or drink, I put the bike in high gear and lock up the brakes via the adjusting...
  4. I put an old Ultegra 6500 crank/Octalink BB on a...

    I put an old Ultegra 6500 crank/Octalink BB on a new build and had something similar happen as the OP. They came on a bike I bought new years ago so there was no mismatch.

    Everything was tight...
  5. Thread: Handlebar tape

    by Eric S.
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    I have bar end shifters on a few of my bikes and...

    I have bar end shifters on a few of my bikes and leave the cables/housing completely exposed. I just prefer to keep bar wrapping completely separate from any cable work I may need to do.
  6. Thread: Dia Compe ENE

    by Eric S.
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    I think there was a time that they were the same,...

    I think there was a time that they were the same, but the latest photo at Riv shows them looking quite different.

    I have some ENE shifters on one bike; they're really nice. I also have a set of...
  7. I haven't seen them in person, but Origin8...

    I haven't seen them in person, but Origin8 Classique levers (likely made by Tektro) look nice. Readily available online for $35.

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  8. I'm currently running a 7sp-era Ultegra...

    I'm currently running a 7sp-era Ultegra derailleur on a 10sp cassette and 10sp Microshift bar con. Works fine!
  9. I agree that 11T is pretty useless for the...

    I agree that 11T is pretty useless for the average rider. I have a 14-25T 9sp on one bike and really like it; it's almost a straight-block.
  10. Thanks. I never thought I'd go above 9sp but I...

    Thanks. I never thought I'd go above 9sp but I got a 10sp cassette on a Craigslist purchase and was able to rig a bike up with some Microshift bar-cons on eBay and chain for about $60.

    Now I'll...
  11. I wasn't smart enough to figure out if it was...

    I wasn't smart enough to figure out if it was possible! Is it?
  12. A long time ago I tried to envision an expanding...

    A long time ago I tried to envision an expanding cog (or chain ring) setup, similar to how a camera lens aperture works.
  13. I've found that the designation of derailleurs...

    I've found that the designation of derailleurs (and cranksets) as being made for a certain no. of cogs to be moot. I'm currently running an old Ultegra 7sp-era derailleur with a 10sp cassette. ...
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    I peeled the decals off a set of Vuelta wheels;...

    I peeled the decals off a set of Vuelta wheels; they came off nicely. Cleaned up any residue with WD-40, then a good soap & water washing.
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    Many of the classic names have been purchased and...

    Many of the classic names have been purchased and re-marketed, having nothing to do with the previous notion of craftsmanship.

    Nashbar offered a De Rosa carbon frameset for awhile; I think it was...
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    A Craigslist purchase has a VO headset with the...

    A Craigslist purchase has a VO headset with the split race. I decided to put a carbon fork on it - quickest fork swap EVER!
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    I spent a BUNCH of time trying to figure out how...

    I spent a BUNCH of time trying to figure out how to post a photo within the thread and not as an attachment. Unchecking that box is the key!
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    I wear Russel ahtletic pants from Walmart for my...

    I wear Russel ahtletic pants from Walmart for my commutes. They're lightweight Lycra-type material with zippered pockets. The coldest weather I encounter is low 30s Fahrenheit and with some long...
  19. A Craigslist purchase had 700x25 thorn-proof...

    A Craigslist purchase had 700x25 thorn-proof tubes in the wheels. One of them had a leak, but I put the other one in the rear wheel of a bike I commute with. The thing weighs as much or more than...
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    I had my Bridgestone MB-1 set up with drop bars...

    I had my Bridgestone MB-1 set up with drop bars for awhile, but the kind of traffic I ride in makes a flat bar setup safer so it now has trekking bars.

    It was a fantastic ride as a heavy-duty road...
  21. I've done the car battery thing, though I didn't...

    I've done the car battery thing, though I didn't actually RIDE with it. I just held it on my rear rack and walked the bike to an Autozone about 1/2 mile away.
  22. Maybe not a weird item, but weird looking during...

    Maybe not a weird item, but weird looking during transport. I got this 62cm Torpado frame on Craigslist for $50 and rode ~5 miles with it across my shoulder/torso.
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    I saw a guy on a Velo Orange bike on a century...

    I saw a guy on a Velo Orange bike on a century ride in southern Nevada a couple years ago. That's it, though. I live in Las Vegas and everyone rides racing bikes even though hardly anyone races. ...
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    I've purchased a handful of items from Velo...

    I've purchased a handful of items from Velo Orange and only had one bad experience. A set of handlebars was not symmetrical. They included the cost of me returning them in my refund, which was...
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    When I first went to install a Shimano HG chain...

    When I first went to install a Shimano HG chain in 1992, the "special pin" didn't break away the way it was supposed to so I assembled the chain the old fashioned way, with a chain tool. Even though...
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