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    Because 10 links of chain don't add much to the...

    Because 10 links of chain don't add much to the price of a chain, but stocking chains in different lengths costs money. It's easier for a shop to have one length of chain, and shorten them as...
  2. Going to admit you're dead wrong on the flash...

    Going to admit you're dead wrong on the flash point of white gas, and its safety as solvent?

    Also: white gas and good quality mineral spirits are products that sold on their consistency. ...
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    Horses for courses. I wouldn't ride anything...

    Horses for courses.
    I wouldn't ride anything else but drops in snow.
  4. Coleman fuel is a mix of C5-C7 hydrocarbons. ...

    Coleman fuel is a mix of C5-C7 hydrocarbons. It's got a flashpoint of less than 0F. It's a very good solvent, but it's no safer than gasoline. (Largely because it is, essentially, low octane...
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    Chicago roads are mostly plowed, but it depends...

    Chicago roads are mostly plowed, but it depends on the timing of the snowfall, and the route you're taking when that happens. I know lots of people who commute without studs, and most of them fall a...
  6. Excessivly high pressure will greatly reduce the...

    Excessivly high pressure will greatly reduce the amount bumps and vibration the tire will absorb. it also reduces grip, particularly on a rough or wet road. If a 28 is damaged by running at 70...
  7. Don't exceed the maximum. Beyond that, tire...

    Don't exceed the maximum. Beyond that, tire pressure is really a matter of how loaded the wheel is. Assuming you're running the same size as before, you should be fine.
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    Except, of course, that the headset bearing...

    Except, of course, that the headset bearing preload was adjusted. When you undo the stem, the preload on the bearing goes away. When you tighten the top cap, you set the preload. There needs to be...
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    solid and semi-pneumatic tires have their place. ...

    solid and semi-pneumatic tires have their place. Forklifts in junkyards, in steel mills, and so on make sense. A bike in a factory, it would be okay. Flat surface, short distances, low speeds,...
  10. clips are nice becaue you can eaily take them on...

    clips are nice becaue you can eaily take them on and off, but zip ties work fine. cut the free end as close to the ratchet as possible, so there's nothing to snag yourself on.
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    Nice of them to park in front the curb cut.......

    Nice of them to park in front the curb cut.... does the rate include the parking ticket?

    The being able to leave the car somewhere other than you picked up would be a nice feature. It's kind of a...
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    Sure, but when you squeeze a lever, the fluid...

    Sure, but when you squeeze a lever, the fluid will take the path of least resistance. That will be to go to the other brake lever, not the brake. Dual controls in hyrdaulic systems are complicated,...
  13. I have a small zippered bag that I carry on my...

    I have a small zippered bag that I carry on my commuter. It's got a spare tube, a patch kit, a short 15mm wrench/tire lever, a crappy multi-tool (not a cheap one, just one I don't really like. It...
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    You can also buy an inflator that fits presta...

    You can also buy an inflator that fits presta valves.
  15. Angle grinder works just fine on a U-lock and...

    Angle grinder works just fine on a U-lock and cable locks. And it'll do a number on a wheel, too. And, yes, depending on where you lock up in Chicago, and when, and for how long, and how nice a...
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    I get many, many, many, many fewer flats these...

    I get many, many, many, many fewer flats these days, now that I ride on wider, lower pressure tires, with kevlar belts, or a thick rubber breaker layer (or both!) than when I rode on narrow tires,...
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    This is a very nice pump. There's also a very...

    This is a very nice pump. There's also a very similar WFP-200, which is a bit shorter (and pink, the W is for woman, which means it has to be pink, I guess.). I mention that, because the OP said...
  18. The red knob is required: it's how the adjustment...

    The red knob is required: it's how the adjustment is held. Without it, the pad will back off (or creep in). Get the replacement (or a new caliper, don't know what the spare costs. If you're paying...
  19. It's their shipper, not customs. There are...

    It's their shipper, not customs. There are restrictions about shipping lithium batteries via air. (too many burst into flames...) It's quite likely they don't have any way of shipping that isn't...
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    Have them altered. A pair of darts in the back,...

    Have them altered. A pair of darts in the back, centered over the pockets, is easy, and pretty unnoticeable. If you have money, or someone who will sew for you, you can have them made. ...
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    I carry a short wrench that's a 15 box wrench and...

    I carry a short wrench that's a 15 box wrench and a tire lever. Bought it from some shop that specializes in selling stupid crap to hipsters who ride brakeless fixies. I'ts three or four inches...
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    Air powered impact wrench. If you don't have...

    Air powered impact wrench. If you don't have one, take the appropriate 1/2 drive impact socket (buy one) and a box of donuts to a tire shop.
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    I've got an alfine 8 hub, which has a little bolt...

    I've got an alfine 8 hub, which has a little bolt and nut that clamps to the cable, and then fits into the hub (the cassette joint, but who's countin?) to do the shifting. if it moves, the shifting...
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    A single M5 bolt, grade 8.8, has a shear strength...

    A single M5 bolt, grade 8.8, has a shear strength of something about 600 kg, if it's properly installed in something at least as strong as it. I'm pretty sure I've got two holding my racks on....
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    Something is borked, or you really don't know how...

    Something is borked, or you really don't know how to install pads. as much as I hate sounding like Fietsbob, take it to a good shop. They can either install a set of pads properly, or tell you you...
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