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    No there's no problem shortenig it if you do it...

    No there's no problem shortenig it if you do it correctly.
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    Amazingly sometimes city planners get things...

    Amazingly sometimes city planners get things right. Take a look at this residential area laid out many decades ago, long before "safe streets" or any modern complete streets concepts.

    Looks...
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    I don't know if this is even possible, but maybe...

    I don't know if this is even possible, but maybe you have the brake offset to one side, and the static shoe backed off all the way, allowing the piston to move beyond the design limit.
  4. I'm sorry to hear that, but shoes? I've heard of...

    I'm sorry to hear that, but shoes? I've heard of helmets, and front wheels being lost this way, but shoes? Did you go home barefoot?

    Sorry to give you some grief, which I hope you'll accept as...
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    Since it was brought up If the OP is using...

    Since it was brought up

    If the OP is using long spiral (index style) cable, a likely cause of his problem is using no, or the wrong type of ferule. The conical bottom of the fitting or ferule,...
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    I'd have straightened that and been back on the...

    I'd have straightened that and been back on the bike faster than you could have typed your original post. You can start with an adjustable wrench, but I find I have best results squaring them up in...
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    I don't know how bent, bent is. But like the...

    I don't know how bent, bent is. But like the mechanic working on his own bike I'd probably straighten a dropout that wasn't bent to where I saw stress marks on the outside of the bend. The steels...
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    Long spiral (low helix) or so-called...

    Long spiral (low helix) or so-called compressionless housing was developed for it's superior ability to transmit position rather than tension. It as long considered unsuitable for brakes for two...
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    I have a policy of not knowingly running red...

    I have a policy of not knowingly running red lights right in front of a cop. Sometimes I'll stop right by a police car, and he'll ask me why I stopped. My pat answer is that I usually go through...
  10. Properly set up cantis will stop as well as...

    Properly set up cantis will stop as well as anything else. I've never had an issue with the ability of any kind of quality brake to stop the wheels, after that stopping the bike is a matter of tire...
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    I apologize if this has been said (I only...

    I apologize if this has been said (I only scrolled through the thread), but big wheel folding bikes aren't a new concept. Montague has been making them for decades, and currently offers a spectrum...
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    You have something of a point, especially when...

    You have something of a point, especially when one is seen as a member of a group which already has an image problem. But I disagree that this is universal world view. I can honestly say that I've...
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    If you keep the same cassette and chainrings, the...

    If you keep the same cassette and chainrings, the minimum chain length as determined by the big/big +1" method is unchanged. So there's no need to lengthen unless it's too short now.
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    Yep, back in the day there were a few rims with a...

    Yep, back in the day there were a few rims with a reputation for being "squirrely". Fiamme yellow labels & Fiamme red label track were near the top of the list. Just be patient, and work with small...
  15. Target fixation is real, but fairly rare. ...

    Target fixation is real, but fairly rare. Compare to the question of being seen at maximum distance by the vast majority of drivers at a distance ar enough that they have the room and time to make...
  16. Yes, but there's the issue of galvanic corrosion...

    Yes, but there's the issue of galvanic corrosion where carbon and aluminum meet. Use an anti-seize and hopefully there'll be enough traction to hold. Otherwise you can use carbon assembly paste...
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    In New York and, I believe, most states the...

    In New York and, I believe, most states the shoulder isn't considered part of the road for this purpose, so "as far to the right..." refers to the driving lanes, excluding the shoulder. This...
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    1- Most of us grease ball bearings because that's...

    1- Most of us grease ball bearings because that's more maintenance free. However you can oil them with decent high film strength oil. The issue is that oil runs out, so it's a constant job keeping...
  19. +1, So called environmentally products may not...

    +1,

    So called environmentally products may not be so if it involves dumping large amounts into the ecosystem. We always have the basic question of what's better, a bit of very bad stuff or lots...
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    Forks damaged this way are usually repairable...

    Forks damaged this way are usually repairable with no serious consequences. Of course it depends on the specifics, but both dropouts and blaces can usually be straightened very nicely, with the only...
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    Odds are that it isn't friction within the cable,...

    Odds are that it isn't friction within the cable, since they're lined and there's no way you could have worn through the lining that fast.

    So the place to look is at the cut ends, and how they...
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    If you're running 6 speed, odds are you don't...

    If you're running 6 speed, odds are you don't have index shifting, so small variances in spacing are immaterial.

    You didn't give details of the sprocket sizes, but I suspect you may have a wide...
  23. Thread: Seat Post Fit

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    +1 specifically, feel along the inside of the...

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    specifically, feel along the inside of the slot in the back of the seat tube. This is cut with a circular saw which tends to leave burrs on the inside. You can file them out with a rat tail...
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    A question. Apparently cities are rated for...

    A question.

    Apparently cities are rated for bike friendliness based on the amount of bike specific infrastructure. So if they then pass laws that cyclists must use that infrastructure in lieu of...
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    So they did update the text, now the next...

    So they did update the text, now the next question is when.
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