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    Had to reread the thread, as it didn't seem...

    Had to reread the thread, as it didn't seem possible. A 7spd will have long chain life, as the plates are thick(er) (everything being relative). Cleaning every 650miles or so would destroy my 9spd...
  2. Is the cassette in good shape? I know I wear...

    Is the cassette in good shape? I know I wear mine out prematurely because I don't oil the chain properly. If you rack up the miles, I'd think about having the chain whip, as I'd think you'd likely...
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    Spoke snapped at the end of last riding season. ...

    Spoke snapped at the end of last riding season. Season prior (I think) I hit a lip in the road and knocked it out of true. One spoke was really, really loose; I forget if all I did was tighten just...
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    Replacing a spoke

    Ok, bike shop has the replacement spokes for my Bontrager SSR's (which have like 5kmiles on them, and are apt to break some more--I made sure to buy spares). When I inquired what it would cost to...
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    Shoot, forgot where it broke--I think it was at...

    Shoot, forgot where it broke--I think it was at the hub. Pretty sure I unscrewed what was left.

    No method to check tension (short of plucking, and I'm tone deaf), and no truing stand either. ...
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    Bontrager SSR wheels?

    These came on my Trek, and made it until the bitter end of last summer. I dunno, maybe 5,000miles or so of riding on NH roads. One spoke broken now. I did hit some lip in the road a year or so...
  7. It takes far more energy to get a car up to (and...

    It takes far more energy to get a car up to (and down from) speed. More mass. So by that argument cars should never be required to come to a full stop--and all cyclists and pedestrians should yeild...
  8. Hit up garage sales. I bought my first "real"...

    Hit up garage sales. I bought my first "real" road bike for $5. I tried to sell it for like $15 when I upgraded, but had no luck. Finally resorted to marking it "free" and putting by the side of...
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    Thinking of buying a new bike

    I'd like to keep biking through this winter. I live in NH, so, I don't need a fast bike... it's cold up here! The goal is to keep biking through the winter, to stay in shape.

    My "good" 3x9 bike...
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    You're right, I listed 10 gears on my 9 speed...

    You're right, I listed 10 gears on my 9 speed cassette.

    I gave into temptation, and just ordered a 12-23 last night (on sale etc). Will see if I like it. If not, it was a cheap experiment. The...
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    Swapping cogs in a cassette?

    Does anyone still do this? On a 9 speed?

    I've long thought about changing from the 12-25 on my bike to maybe even 12-21. I have a triple, so technically I can always use the granny 30T while...
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    Yeah, it's called "apply lube when I think of...

    Yeah, it's called "apply lube when I think of it", and I never actually clean the chain. To be fair, I do have to stand to climb a number of hills, and I don't shy away from bombing down dirt roads....
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    Cassette Replacement?

    Begining of season, I checked, and chain was barely showing wear. 2-3 months later and oops! at 1/16th and rollers are kinda loose. Need to step up my chain lubrication, clearly, as I doubt I have...
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    Polar F6 Cheststrap Replacement

    Wife gave me an F6 oh 3 years ago? 4? The watch battery died last summer; but I was having an off-season and didn't mind. I just replaced that battery today, and verified that the cheststrap is...
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    Wish I had thought of the dishsoap last night. ...

    Wish I had thought of the dishsoap last night. Now if I could just get the tire to seat in that one spot; it has me concerned that something is amiss.

    I do see that I'm not going to be fixing...
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    Tire replacement question

    I've replaced tires on a mountain bike before, so I'm used to practically changing the tire with just my thumbs. Last night I changed the rear tire on my road bike--a Trek Pilot 1.2, which came with...
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    My Trek has inserts already; just don't what they...

    My Trek has inserts already; just don't what they are called (would hate to order the model--am hoping road inserts are road inserts).

    Technically, my Raleigh has inserts too; but I'm not...
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    What brakes am I looking for?

    I'm looking to get some brake pads: inserts for my Trek (late model sidepulls--an '07 Pilot 1.2--I don't recall seeing any sort of model/type markings on them, I'm guessing they are generic 700c...
  19. Thread: Raleigh 3-speed

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    I'm tempted to just buy the dynohub that I've...

    I'm tempted to just buy the dynohub that I've been wanting, and an alloy rim, and just trying it. Worst case scenario: I have to eat crow at a LBS to fix it. [But not that much crow--after all, if...
  20. Thread: Raleigh 3-speed

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    I don't think it'd be too bad--I think the goal...

    I don't think it'd be too bad--I think the goal is to start with a flat rim, then install spokes, then tighten nipples until all are just at zero tension. Then turn each nipple the same amount, until...
  21. It's only original once. If it was a sticker for...

    It's only original once. If it was a sticker for a long-defunct bike shop, or had cool graphics, etc--I'd leave it. This looks pretty hidden, so while it's boring, I'd leave it--maybe it'll have...
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    I dunno. I bought some A's and some C's (IIRC,...

    I dunno. I bought some A's and some C's (IIRC, there were no B's at the time), figuring they'd get used eventually. I think I'll use C's on the bike I have on the stand right now; so far, the BB...
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    I'd just use them. If you have the press (see...

    I'd just use them. If you have the press (see the bikesmith link), then pressing them in and out should be easy enough. What's the worse that could happen? It'll loosen up, and give plenty of...
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    Have you read Sheldon's article (or bit) about...

    Have you read Sheldon's article (or bit) about ghost shifting? It could be frame flex; one fix may be to take and use cable all the way to the derailler--no exposed wire.

    However, you say it...
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    Last year, and I'm guessing this year, I will...

    Last year, and I'm guessing this year, I will probably do <20mile rides on Raleigh 3 speed's, and >20miles on the Trek. Hilly NH and my (lack of) shape means longer rides are just easier (for me) on...
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