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  1. How could the chain line be improved by going...

    How could the chain line be improved by going from a triple to a single. You've reduced the number of options for keeping the chain in line by 2/3. That does not make sense to me. Changing weight...
  2. C'mon already... Don't carry it to the absurd.

    C'mon already... Don't carry it to the absurd.
  3. Yes exactly. I doubt that any of us hybrid...

    Yes exactly. I doubt that any of us hybrid riders could notice the change in weight. With a triple or double you have more options at the low and high end. And can reduce the chances of an extreme...
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    Haven't really ever fallen out of love with a...

    Haven't really ever fallen out of love with a bike. One time long ago I learned about weight transfer and front brake efficiency when stopping at the bottom of a step drive. Went over the...
  5. What is gained by dropping two chain wheels?

    What is gained by dropping two chain wheels?
  6. Yes, I can't imagine a boutique trying that...

    Yes, I can't imagine a boutique trying that although most riders wouldn't notice as long as the final adjustments could compensate. We do see plenty of pricey production bikes from the big names...
  7. Very informative post. The only thing I would add...

    Very informative post. The only thing I would add is that the top tube has changed orientation over time from being largely parallel to the ground to angling downward toward the seat post. So the...
  8. Here's a useful chart that has recommended...

    Here's a useful chart that has recommended pressures for a variety of tire sizes and combined bike and rider weights. Note that there are different pressures for front and rear. Because the weight...
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    Is the largest cog rubbing the spokes?

    Is the largest cog rubbing the spokes?
  10. I think the problem lies with the procedure...

    I think the problem lies with the procedure rather than the tool. A google search on sizing a bike chain returns lots of useful tutorials. As noted above alignment is the key. You are pushing a...
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    Yes. The whole drive train should be replaced if...

    Yes. The whole drive train should be replaced if the idea is to use this as a primary bike long term.

    Or just use it as is for casual rides and take it easy on pedaling. Keeping the chain more...
  12. We should regularly trust but verify the critical...

    We should regularly trust but verify the critical sections of our bikes no matter the material.
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    Doesn't really matter now. That's a risk of...

    Doesn't really matter now. That's a risk of living in the big city. Washington, DC has the same ongoing problem as does Amsterdam and every other urban area. What does matter is fixing what ever...
  14. Steel can within limits be straightened but...

    Steel can within limits be straightened but aluminum and white metal alloys don't take much re-bending. A picture of the glued together hanger won't tell much. Just try a new hanger and hope.

    If...
  15. At this point it's going to be difficult to tell...

    At this point it's going to be difficult to tell whether the original hanger was bent or not. Another hanger will allow you to determine whether the original oner was bent. Because the derailleur...
  16. Thread: Pedal Grease?

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    If the grease syringe is like the one below I...

    If the grease syringe is like the one below I would just buy another one at your lbs. I think re-packing a little one like that at home is going to be time consuming, messy and will probably result...
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    Presumably the tune-up you paid for a few months...

    Presumably the tune-up you paid for a few months ago included derailleur adjustments. I think you should take the bike back to fix the problem because the front unit really should not go out that...
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    No need to beat up on you lets get to fixing the...

    No need to beat up on you lets get to fixing the problem.

    I'm assuming you have a linoleum or ceramic floor and not wood. Presumably by now the degreaser is not puddled up anywhere so we should...
  19. Or some damaged bearings and/or races.

    Or some damaged bearings and/or races.
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    Another possibly easier way to compare gearing is...

    Another possibly easier way to compare gearing is to just convert it to a gear ratio much like you find with automobiles. That ratio shows how many times the cassette cog rotates for every complete...
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    Since your bike sits out in the rain for several...

    Since your bike sits out in the rain for several hours how about a bike cover?
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    When you add up the cost of a well used frame and...

    When you add up the cost of a well used frame and all the remaining components won't you be fairly close to the price of a new bike? Or a nice quality used bike?
  23. Too many unknowns in the information presented. ...

    Too many unknowns in the information presented. A competent mechanic who knows how bike components fit together and has all the bike related tools at hand should be able to assemble and adjust in a...
  24. I would suggest having your lbs swap the shifters...

    I would suggest having your lbs swap the shifters and grips, adjust the derailleur and give the bike a once over to find other things like brake pads that need replacement. That likely get you a...
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    If you favor a more jarring less cushioned ride...

    If you favor a more jarring less cushioned ride then go with a narrower tire. However if you are looking to reduce pedaling effort then a better tire with more flexible sidewalls and less tread...
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