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    I think that some people just get mad if reality...

    I think that some people just get mad if reality doesn't match the picture they have in their mind.

    I had a stack of new in the box, 2 and 4 bike Thule receiver hitch racks that I was selling for...
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    I think that there's truth in OP's statement, but...

    I think that there's truth in OP's statement, but not enough to make it true.

    In the early 80's Mrs. Grouch and I had a lot of kids and not much money. I pieced together a tandem bicycle from a...
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    If you can handle your own flat tires you are...

    If you can handle your own flat tires you are good for at least 95% of the mechanical issues that will occur on the trail. If you're unsure of your mechanical ability it's well worth while to have...
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    Check your rim tape. The tiniest little arc of...

    Check your rim tape. The tiniest little arc of exposed spoke hole will cause repeated inner tube leaks until you find and fix it.
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    Not nearly enough information.

    In order to index all of the related component parts have to match. Some do, some don't. If you're mixing Shimano and Sun Tour parts, for example, I wouldn't...
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    I buy inner tubes in quantity and save up the...

    I buy inner tubes in quantity and save up the punctured ones in a box. When a day comes that I don't have anything else to do, I take out a brand new patch kit and patch them all at one time. Then...
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    It's do-able but there are a couple of issues. ...

    It's do-able but there are a couple of issues.

    The first is to find the right hollow axle. You want to find one that has the same thread pitch as your cones. They're out there but typical QR...
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    When they steal a bike that you care about, the...

    When they steal a bike that you care about, the worst thing that they take from you is your peace of mind. You can buy a replacement bike but your peace of mind is gone forever.
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    Now see, before Obamacare people were afraid to...

    Now see, before Obamacare people were afraid to try stuff like that. :)
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    I suspect the cheapest solution would be to buy a...

    I suspect the cheapest solution would be to buy a Kalloy seatpost from Niagara Cycle. Check the size that's engraved on the bottom of the seatpost that you have now.
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    Somebody who doesn't want to pay $60.00 plus...

    Somebody who doesn't want to pay $60.00 plus parts for a bike shop tune up.
  12. It sounds to me like all that you're looking for...

    It sounds to me like all that you're looking for are the cable stops.

    If your previous down tube shifters were Shimano braze ons with some square nubs on the down tube the cheapest way to get a...
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    It's even worse than you think. Right now every...

    It's even worse than you think. Right now every single bicycle manufacturer has a group of designers coming up with way cooler bikes to tempt you with next year. Even if you buy this latest apple...
  14. I've taken to buying leather handgrips for...

    I've taken to buying leather handgrips for various bicycles. I've had several different brands that all seem to be identical except for brand label. Try googling Propalm or Alpha Dog. They come in...
  15. Just do it. I'm 99% confident everything will...

    Just do it. I'm 99% confident everything will just bolt up.

    Right side of the bottom bracket is left hand thread, left side is normal. Removing the right side BB cups will be the hardest part of...
  16. I'm not sure that I understand your question but...

    I'm not sure that I understand your question but Ultegra brifters and XT's require a different wiring harness. That's the bad news.

    Here's the good news: If you need a 9-speed mountain bike...
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    I'd be looking at a wheelset that you like and...

    I'd be looking at a wheelset that you like and figuring out what it would take to convert it to 135 OLD. Probably just an axle, a 5mm spacer, and a little bit of labor. And you may not even need...
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    What are you using for a shifter? The most...

    What are you using for a shifter?

    The most cost effective solution is to use a rear cassette that matches your shifter and chain.

    Freehub bodies for 8 speeds and up are all compatible.
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    I'd also be checking where the minimum insertion...

    I'd also be checking where the minimum insertion mark is on that stem.
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    :):):)
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    Look at any helmet that you are considering from...

    Look at any helmet that you are considering from the top. Some brands are quite round, some are more oval front-to-back. Buy whichever matches your head better.
  22. What are you using for a rear derailleur? If you...

    What are you using for a rear derailleur? If you have a rapid rise mountain bike derailleur, that's just the way it's going to be.
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    If that's all it would take to make you happy how...

    If that's all it would take to make you happy how would you feel about silver? I have a bag full of the things that I'll never use but no white ones. PM me your address and I'll send you a pair or...
  24. It might be interesting to find how long it takes...

    It might be interesting to find how long it takes to become uncomfortable with clipless pedals.

    I've had the same pair of Shimano double sided pedals on my beater bike for at least 10 years. ...
  25. Only the folks who have done it successfully can...

    Only the folks who have done it successfully can answer. The others are all incompacitated or worse.
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