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    Punt. Too much time and money. BL

    Punt. Too much time and money.

    BL
  2. I doubt it's an issue of a missingspacer behind...

    I doubt it's an issue of a missingspacer behind the cassette. If you needed one, you would tighten down the cassette lockring, and there would still be play in the cassette.

    Different hubs have...
  3. There are good videos on youtube which will help...

    There are good videos on youtube which will help you get the shifters assembled, and if you have reasonable mechanical ability it's not rocket surgery. I think the wheel is a bigger problem.
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    The crank will work, but the front D may not. If...

    The crank will work, but the front D may not. If you opt for the upgrade, consider replacing the front derailer, since they are pretty cheap. Just make sure it's a triple, since doubles are...
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    Try cleaning the disc with rubbing alcohol and a...

    Try cleaning the disc with rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth.

    BL
  6. 6, 7, and 8 speed rear derailers, too. Provided...

    6, 7, and 8 speed rear derailers, too. Provided they are Shimano. It's dependent on the rear derailer parallelogram, and Shimano derailers have kept the same basic parallelogram dimensions since...
  7. Also Miche makes a campy splined, shimano spaced...

    Also Miche makes a campy splined, shimano spaced cassette. No chance you are working with one of those is there?
  8. I strongly suspect the cable is installed...

    I strongly suspect the cable is installed incorrectly at the rear derailer. The cable should pass BEHIND the fixing bolt, not in front of it. Also, I am not familiar with Miche casettes and how the...
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    The shifting at the bottom of that cassette will...

    The shifting at the bottom of that cassette will be pretty dicey and a HUGE jump. I'd look for a 13 tooth bottom cog, ditch the 12 and put the 18 in. You'll also need an additional spacer,...
  10. Start with a track or single speed wheel. They...

    Start with a track or single speed wheel. They are bolt wheels spaced for 120mm dropouts, so take out a spacer on the non drive side of the axle, re-dish, and you should be set.
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    If the shifter is one year old, I suspect it's...

    If the shifter is one year old, I suspect it's not the shifter itself. The grease will become sticky over time, but it usually takes years and most often happens when a bike isn't ridden much. I...
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    Freehubs going south can be funny too, and they...

    Freehubs going south can be funny too, and they will often make more or less noise in different gears, something about the lateral load. IOW, if it's louder in certain gears than others that would...
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    I have had good experience with Rhino wheels. ...

    I have had good experience with Rhino wheels. Those should be fine. If you don't know what you had before in terms of cassette, don't fret about it. Whatever you get will work fine.

    Going 9...
  14. Deore rapid fires will work fine. In fact my...

    Deore rapid fires will work fine. In fact my wife's bike has a Sora 9 speed front D, a 105 10 speed rear D, both driven by deore rapid fire shifters on a 9 speed cassette and chain.

    BL
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    I greased my brake and shifter cables for a...

    I greased my brake and shifter cables for a decade until someone told me grease slowed down my shifting. I switched to oil for five years. No difference except my cables rusted in the rain. So now...
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    This is me saying the emperor is naked. Derailer...

    This is me saying the emperor is naked. Derailer pivots do not need to be lubricated. In fact, if you try to lubricate them, the oil just goes everywhere and attracts dirt and grit into the pivot...
  17. You could use SRAM cassette and chain, but not...

    You could use SRAM cassette and chain, but not shifters or derailers.
  18. It's completely doable, and it will be a great...

    It's completely doable, and it will be a great learning experience. You should be able to do it for $400, maybe less if you go with go with used parts. For a utility bike, tiagra or sora would be...
  19. Any Shimano nine or ten speed shifter (except...

    Any Shimano nine or ten speed shifter (except Dura Ace 7900) will drive that front derailer. You're fine. Don't worry about it. Any rear shimano road derailer will work, too, all the way back to 6...
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    Forgive me for stating the obvious, but that is a...

    Forgive me for stating the obvious, but that is a triple front derailer, right? I can't tell from the picture, and it's behaving exactly the way a double front D would.

    BL
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    Teflon tape on the fork threads. BL

    Teflon tape on the fork threads.

    BL
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    Simple Green in a spray bottle at full strength,...

    Simple Green in a spray bottle at full strength, a brush, and gloves for the love of god.

    There's no shortcut to cleaning a bike if you want to do good job. I do a three step process in my...
  23. Grease is actually the wrong lube for freehub...

    Grease is actually the wrong lube for freehub pawls. Use oil. Grease will cause them to stick and create the problem you're trying to solve.

    I'm not sure what sort of winter you're having up...
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    If you're hearing a noise when you wiggle the...

    If you're hearing a noise when you wiggle the wheel side to side, that indicates something is wrong. Could be the hub is loose and needs adjusting, or it could be something more dire like a frame...
  25. Thread: Old vs. New

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    If you know what to look for in a used bike, it...

    If you know what to look for in a used bike, it can be a great deal. If you don't, it can be a huge mistake.

    BL
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