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  1. When I had to use a bike rack regularly, I...

    When I had to use a bike rack regularly, I wrapped my main tubes with the shower curtain rod wrap that you get at home supply stores. About 2-3 bux a pop, over 6', easily enough for a whole frame. A...
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    No big deal really, to change out the cogs. As...

    No big deal really, to change out the cogs. As long as you can get the smaller cogs unscrewed that is. Disassembling and overhauling the body is optional, but also no big deal. There are a few...
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    I can't come up with any combo that I would...

    I can't come up with any combo that I would personally use keeping either the freewheel or the chainringset as-is. I would be changing both, to some extent, to get something useful to me.
    The only...
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    Well, I wouldn't dream of running that combo. ...

    Well, I wouldn't dream of running that combo. Too many duplicates or near duplicates. and absolute chasms between 77, 93, and 108 gear inches.
    What you need are fairly closely spaced steps in your...
  5. :lol: On first read of the OP title, I thought...

    :lol:
    On first read of the OP title, I thought you were daring the moderators to lock yet another friction/DT versus brifter debate thread before it even showed signs of turning into a punchup....
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    I wouldn't recommend the Denali as an...

    I wouldn't recommend the Denali as an out-of-the-box solution for the OP. I should know, I have one. I purchased it with my eyes wide open, as a vacation bike for use when I'm visiting my parents,...
  7. I doubt that will make any difference. You would...

    I doubt that will make any difference. You would need to set the hub up on a mill and accurately locate the center of the enlarged hole you want to make, then machine the enlarged hole with a...
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    A key consideration will be racks and bags for...

    A key consideration will be racks and bags for the gear you need to transport to and from college. I doubt you will want to persist very long with a backpack for that length of commute. So, in...
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    She buffed up nice! Good job! :thumb:

    She buffed up nice! Good job! :thumb:
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    Elsewhere in my post I covered that, so, yeah, I...

    Elsewhere in my post I covered that, so, yeah, I agree.
  11. A more honest way of describing "melt forging"...

    A more honest way of describing "melt forging" would be "squeeze casting".
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    Think of chrome as a somewhat fragile coating for...

    Think of chrome as a somewhat fragile coating for ferrous metal. As long as it is intact, it will protect the base metal from corrosion. But once there is a breach in the coating, corrosion of the...
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    another site for bottom feeding is bikeisland.com...

    another site for bottom feeding is bikeisland.com
    I have no first-hand experience, so caveat emptor, as always.
  14. The only things I've found to be more tenaciously...

    The only things I've found to be more tenaciously stuck than some freewheels on some hubs are some sprockets on some freewheels ;)

    I can imagine a specialized tool, that engages the spoke holes...
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    In my fleet of doubles, with crossover gearing,...

    In my fleet of doubles, with crossover gearing, and triples set up as single-step or half-step plus granny, I find the triples less complicated to shift, as I use the granny very rarely (but it sure...
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    Poll: Ich gebe keinen Rattenarsch

    Ich gebe keinen Rattenarsch
  17. If you're not in hurry you can browse Amazon from...

    If you're not in hurry you can browse Amazon from time to time and snag a set of SKS or something else decent for not too much moolah. I don't think I've paid over 25 bux shipped that way. Usually...
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    My own experience, from living in completely...

    My own experience, from living in completely different geographical areas with similar length commutes (~12 miles), one with appreciable hills, one without, is that I was measurably faster, on...
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    That makes perfect sense to me. I don't race, so...

    That makes perfect sense to me. I don't race, so my only bikes with doubles are vintage that I'm deliberately keeping original or at least period correct (not that triple cranks wouldn't be period...
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    I'm sure that's true, for your commute. As I...

    I'm sure that's true, for your commute. As I mentioned, I was referring to my commute. If you have a method for avoiding red lights, that are separated by over 2 miles in some cases, that doesn't...
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    That works best if you can sprint to beat a red...

    That works best if you can sprint to beat a red light. Slowing down to hit a light as it goes green saves a marginal amount time vs getting there too early and having to accelerate again; however...
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    French alphabet: Jubilé
    English alphabet: Jubilee

    My 78 has Jubilé on the top tube.

    IIRC from my schoolboy French, that thing above the e is an Accent aigu, and gives the e a sound like "ay",...
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    Ouch! Unless your friend has prior experience...

    Ouch!

    Unless your friend has prior experience straightening forks, I suggest you do yourself a favour and search on fork straightening successes (& disasters) on this forum, and pass the knowledge...
  24. I beg to disagree. The trouble started when...

    I beg to disagree. The trouble started when Simplex started making plastic derailleurs & shifters (if not earlier) ;) j/k
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    I think what the cost/benefit ratio looks like as...

    I think what the cost/benefit ratio looks like as you go up the hierarchy of stuff, whether bike components or what have you is a very debatable subject.

    For me it's a comfort zone, like with...
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