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    I've discovered that I can run my brake pads flat...

    I've discovered that I can run my brake pads flat to the rims, i.e. no toe in, with good quality rigid calipers ( 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace and even RSX) and good pads (Kool Stop Salmon) and not have...
  2. I use a torque wrench for stems on carbon...

    I use a torque wrench for stems on carbon steerers and am always surprised how little torque a plain L-shaped allen key provides when I think i've made the bolts REALLY tight. The torque wrench...
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    Look for a rattle can clear coat that states it...

    Look for a rattle can clear coat that states it has UV protection. Good luck and i hope you didn't pay much for the crank.
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    Try cleaning your rims. Generally pads are...

    Try cleaning your rims. Generally pads are replaced when the water release grooves are worn to their bottoms. That takes a long time unless you ride in very abrasive conditions.
  5. No special tool is needed. The standard Park...

    No special tool is needed. The standard Park BBT-22 cartridge bottom bracket tool fits all of the 5500-/6500 Octalink bbs. The only Park version that won't work is the first model BBT-2 which...
  6. The 105 Octalink bottom brackets (V1 type) in...

    The 105 Octalink bottom brackets (V1 type) in your two Amazon links are fine. The Jenson link is to an Octalink design (V2) used only for MTB cranks and one low line road crank. It will not work...
  7. No personal experience but, based on past...

    No personal experience but, based on past experience, I would bet quite a lot that an 11-speed cranks will work fine with a 10-speed chain.
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    Shimano says the Ultegra RD-6800GS will handle a...

    Shimano says the Ultegra RD-6800GS will handle a 32T largest cog.
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    +1 The Blue formulation (242) is weak enough to...

    +1 The Blue formulation (242) is weak enough to break free with just hand tools. BTW, Loctite takes several minutes to begin to harden and about 24 hours to reach full strength. How much time did...
  10. You can't. All Octalink bottom brackets are...

    You can't. All Octalink bottom brackets are sealed cartridges. Your FC-6500/6503 crank requires a 109 mm spindle for a double and a 118 mm for a triple and that's the only two lengths road...
  11. Thread: old tools

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    I bought a couple of similar cone wrenches when I...

    I bought a couple of similar cone wrenches when I first started working on bikes in the mid-80's. They were so soft and so imprecise I replaced them after the first use.


    Park made a similar...
  12. If the chain is sized minimally for a 23T largest...

    If the chain is sized minimally for a 23T largest cog, you will need 3 additional half-links to make it work on the 28. However, since links have to be added in pairs, you will need 4 more or 2" of...
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    OK, now another "grenade" gets tossed in. ...

    OK, now another "grenade" gets tossed in. Consider Retroshifts (now renamed "Gevenalle" for some reason. Gevenalle - Cyclocross ). These are pretty much standard Tektro road brake levers, available...
  14. Thread: old tools

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    I believe the oldest bike specific tools I have...

    I believe the oldest bike specific tools I have are a pair of Campagnolo double end cone wrenches (13/14 and 15/16). I got them in the mid-90's as part of the deal when I bought a used '83 Trek 400...
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    You can probably find other cranks with larger...

    You can probably find other cranks with larger chainrings but the problem will be crank arm length. On children's bikes the crank arms are usually in the 140 to 155 mm range while adult cranks start...
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    I'm not sure from your description but did your...

    I'm not sure from your description but did your front brake come with the newer short mounting bolt but was missing the recessed nut or was the brake fitted with the old design long mounting bolt...
  17. Hardware, home stores and, particularly,...

    Hardware, home stores and, particularly, kitchen/restaurant supply shops sell a variety of corks and rubber stoppers.
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    It's also possible that you are hearing road or...

    It's also possible that you are hearing road or air flow vibration amplified by the carbon rim and the entire phenomenon is acoustic.
  19. The NEED to face and chase bottom bracket threads...

    The NEED to face and chase bottom bracket threads pretty much dates back decades when neither the bb shells nor the tooling was as good as it is now and the alignment had to be cleaned up after...
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    I concur. STI brifters don't normally fail...

    I concur. STI brifters don't normally fail suddenly unless wiped out in a crash. They get sluggish and shift more slowly but you usually get plenty of warning and can solvent wash and relube them...
  21. Your LBS isn't being lazy, just truthful and...

    Your LBS isn't being lazy, just truthful and honorable. They could have made money by doing the job for you but told you it wasn't necessary. Also. if the builder says it isn't needed, it isn't...
  22. True but both the contemporary Dura Ace and...

    True but both the contemporary Dura Ace and Ultegra pre-built wheels from that generation were also 10-speed only.
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    As Looigi noted, not all Presta stems are...

    As Looigi noted, not all Presta stems are threaded and those nuts serve only that limited purpose. I discard them because the are a nuisance when you do have to repair a flat, both to remove the...
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    Assuming the derailleur is aligned correctly and...

    Assuming the derailleur is aligned correctly and is at the proper height, either your high limit screw or your cable tension or both need to be adjusted. The guy at your LBS needs more training.
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    A completely deflated tube may allow the valve to...

    A completely deflated tube may allow the valve to be pushed back into the tire so far that the pump head can't get a purchase. If that's the problem, push on the tire tread directly over the valve...
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