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  1. My data point- I've used X-2s since they first...

    My data point- I've used X-2s since they first came out (with the machined Alu body) and have about 5 pairs in play currently. I never lube the cleats. I do watch where I walk. I every so often need...
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    There are a few possible problems depending on...

    There are a few possible problems depending on unmentioned aspects. The spacing between the rings will likely not be what an indexed system wants. With a narrow chain this C_C dimension might allow...
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    The exposed gear cable versions have the bar...

    The exposed gear cable versions have the bar clamp bolt hidden under the hood. If you were looking at the RH STI unit from the front this bolt would be at about the 10:00 point, on the outside and...
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    Just like bike weights BITD were listed w/out...

    Just like bike weights BITD were listed w/out tires and for the smallest size made. So you would see a XXX bike listed at 21lb. and when in hand in your size with tires have a 23+lb bike. Andy.
  5. So it sound like the shop hasn't been selling...

    So it sound like the shop hasn't been selling $200 of P&A, that you get from SBS, frequently enough to fit with the shop's ordering cycle. Most suppliers have some sort of min order amount. Sometimes...
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    BB adptr inserts can be a source of creaks as...

    BB adptr inserts can be a source of creaks as they "wear in" and loose their fit and prep coatings, if any was used. I'd be tempted to pull the adptr out and start from the empty shell. IME this is a...
  7. A tidbit to think about- The load capacity of a...

    A tidbit to think about- The load capacity of a ball bearing is geometrical dependent on it's diameter but only linier to the number of balls. Andy.
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    Beware that working your passion is different...

    Beware that working your passion is different then dreaming it. Also the pay scale is pretty poor (as was mentioned) so do your life style and retirement math. I always viewed attitude, learning...
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    I almost always suggest full/bolt on fenders for...

    I almost always suggest full/bolt on fenders for their better coverage and stability (compared to short and QR or strap ons). A few racks have an eyelet to make mounting fenders with rack a one bolt...
  10. I never have seen a Shimano BB cup with anti...

    I never have seen a Shimano BB cup with anti seize factory applied. Lots of thread lock compound, lots of grease but never anti seize. Are you sure it was anti seize? The first thought I have is some...
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    I don't think you'll find the changes to be...

    I don't think you'll find the changes to be measureably stiffer then the OEM wheel set. In fact one could claim with more spoke crossings (and the longer spokes needed) the wheels might be actually...
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    Is it possible for you to ride on a quiet street...

    Is it possible for you to ride on a quiet street or large empty lot so you can look down at the chain/cassette/rings while starting up (and not hit a car)? Can another ride next to you and watch your...
  13. First thing I think of is the long TT reach, made...

    First thing I think of is the long TT reach, made for adult torsos, wheel sizes and crank arm lengths. Andy.
  14. Thread: Wtf?!

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    The number one reason for differing stand VS road...

    The number one reason for differing stand VS road test function is the tension that's in the chain during riding (and not present during stand testing). If I had a dime for every time I mention "soft...
  15. The big issue is that the compact crank is...

    The big issue is that the compact crank is limited to a 34T small ring by it's 110mm bolt circle. If you look at the small ring and the bolts you'll see that there's no room for a smaller tooth count...
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    I have such a rag in my Campy tool box. Andy.

    I have such a rag in my Campy tool box. Andy.
  17. Since the actual volume of a "claimed" 28c tire...

    Since the actual volume of a "claimed" 28c tire and unknown rim width is rather variable a "perfect" is a discovery, not a prediction. But since the tube has a fair amount of play there are likely...
  18. The 10 spd cage might be a touch narrower then...

    The 10 spd cage might be a touch narrower then the 9 spd one. So there might be a small decrease in the trimming range. Andy.
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    It's a hassle to loosen the frozen bolts then...

    It's a hassle to loosen the frozen bolts then extract the Rivnuts, and not make things worse. Penetrating oil, needle nose pliers, wedging screw driver between the tube and Rivnut, then at some point...
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    Everything Francis said plus the need to remove...

    Everything Francis said plus the need to remove the BB and remove the chips from inside the frame as they will settle in the BB shell in time. And it always is a good idea to R&R the BB. Andy.
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    Actually M8 is the threading dimension spec, not...

    Actually M8 is the threading dimension spec, not the wrench size, and also M8 is not the diameter of thread pitch of many chain ring bolts. The common two piece CR bolt is a 8x.75. As in 8 mm...
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    additional to this is that the different gear...

    additional to this is that the different gear counts (5,6,7,8,9,10,11) use different width pulleys. While there is some possible interchangeability getting the right pulleys is a best practice. Andy.
  23. While the mechanicals can fit smaller rings then...

    While the mechanicals can fit smaller rings then stock. Some loss of shifting ease is had too. So good technique is even more important as in soft pedaling and full lever swing with trim back likely....
  24. Brake pads are like shoes...:) Kind of pun...

    Brake pads are like shoes...:) Kind of pun intended. When you grow to like a feel you tend to repeat the choice. I found Scott Mathouser pads in the late 1970s and with few exceptions I still use...
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    While I am no avid mountain biker I do find the...

    While I am no avid mountain biker I do find the design aspects very interesting. There are so many elements to play with, many are not understood well by the buying public. So enters the marketing...
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