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  1. Have you tried searching on your cassette's model...

    Have you tried searching on your cassette's model number to find an exploded diagram? Usually the model number followed by "PDF" will give solid hits. Then it will be clear which spacers go where. ...
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    Yeah, ditch those silly Z-links and get a regular...

    Yeah, ditch those silly Z-links and get a regular link wire. I also suggest that you use use Problem Solvers Wide Cable Carriers Problem Solvers . Keep the carrier and wire as low as you can and...
  3. You seem to just need a detachable connector in...

    You seem to just need a detachable connector in the wires going to the light.

    I use Anderson Power Poles for all of my low voltage wiring. I like the sets with the positive and negative...
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    "Manufacturers can easily mass produce pistons,...

    "Manufacturers can easily mass produce pistons, rings and valves..."

    Auto manufacturers produce millions of units, bicycle manufacturers thousands or even only hundreds of units. The economies of...
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    I have always made the assumption that the...

    I have always made the assumption that the minimum insertion mark referred to what was safe for the POST; the manufacturer cannot know what kind of frame the post is going into so it is on the...
  6. Check the derailleur cable routing at the clamp...

    Check the derailleur cable routing at the clamp bolt. Having it run on the wrong side of the bolt will change your indexing.

    Cassette not square with the hub? Make certain that the rivets on the...
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    "...if you use a Dremel to break the leading...

    "...if you use a Dremel to break the leading edges of of those arms..."

    or possibly grind away some of the friction material at the edge so that it no longer overhangs. It might be easier to...
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    "...and probably non-existent now, so a...

    "...and probably non-existent now, so a replacement is probably not an option."

    It might a good idea not to assume failure at the outset. What harm is there in taking the bike to the local shop...
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    After you get the derailleur and hanger straight,...

    After you get the derailleur and hanger straight, and correcting any deficiencies like cable installation problems, follow this procedure from the beginning without skipping any steps. Park Tool Co....
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    WD40 on a stuck seat post is IMO sending a boy to...

    WD40 on a stuck seat post is IMO sending a boy to do a man's job. Get yourself some Kroil (best) or PB Blaster and apply it generously. Striking the sides of the post ONLY (NOT the seat tube)...
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    I'd suggest reading and digesting this procedure...

    I'd suggest reading and digesting this procedure Park Tool Co. ParkTool Blog Rear Derailler Adjustments (derailleur) so that you will have some better understanding of the adjustments you are...
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    Your idea about the longer bolt may be a good...

    Your idea about the longer bolt may be a good one. The current bolt or some of the threads on the clamp may be stripped or the bolt may be a too-short replacement; a longer bolt may catch better...
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    Do the easy things first. I would suggest that...

    Do the easy things first. I would suggest that you try another set of pedals, platform type if you can find/borrow some. Thoroughly clean and grease the threads and mating faces and tighten them...
  14. Is the shift wire routed correctly around the...

    Is the shift wire routed correctly around the anchor bolt? The correct routing is sometimes counterintuitive. Incorrect routing will cause incorrect derailleur movement per shifter click.
  15. As Jeff Wills mentions there will likely be a...

    As Jeff Wills mentions there will likely be a mismatch in piston diameters, but it might be close enough to work. If you (or the seller) could measure or find specs for the respective levers you...
  16. If you decide to keep the existing chain when...

    If you decide to keep the existing chain when changing to the larger 32T cassette it is imperative that you make very sure that it is long enough by confirming the ability to easily shift into your...
  17. Given the amount of rust I would suggest making...

    Given the amount of rust I would suggest making sure that you are going to be able to remove the seat post and stem before going much farther.
  18. Here's one: Schrader to Presta Adapter...

    Here's one: Schrader to Presta Adapter
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    For pedals, BBs, cassette lockrings and any...

    For pedals, BBs, cassette lockrings and any dissimilar metal joints I like to apply Tef-Gel TEF-GEL - Ultra safety systems - Home page to avoid electrolytic corrosion. It's costly but a little goes...
  20. dabac's suggestion is clever and should work fine...

    dabac's suggestion is clever and should work fine for you. You could probably find a free hose/valve in the trash outside of an auto parts store. The hose section only needs to be long enough to...
  21. If your new hanger is still not square, perhaps...

    If your new hanger is still not square, perhaps filing the backside rather than bending the hanger would give a better outcome.
  22. For city riding I like to keep the bars and grips...

    For city riding I like to keep the bars and grips a little wider than my shoulders; like a cat's whiskers, if the bars fit through an opening so will the rest of me.
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    I would carefully check your inner shift wires...

    I would carefully check your inner shift wires for broken or frayed strands whenever there is a sudden change in shift behavior. Check everywhere the wire enters or exits its housings for worn...
  24. +1 on shortening your bars and adding Ergon...

    +1 on shortening your bars and adding Ergon grips. I would suggest trimming off an inch at most from each end and riding the bike to check before trimming more; it is much easier to take metal away...
  25. "What do you mean by loop it with an inch to...

    "What do you mean by loop it with an inch to spare?"

    Follow this link and scroll down to the "Chain Length section. Derailer Adjustment

    There are other helpful hints for derailleur adjustments...
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