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    "So one of your cones may be only slightly more...

    "So one of your cones may be only slightly more worn than the other, though it looks much worse."

    A good argument for replacing them together.

    I'd replace all of the balls as well; the...
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    Perhaps the cones were from different...

    Perhaps the cones were from different manufacturing lots and the starting material or heat treating may not have been identical. Or it could have been just a random failure and you got unlucky.
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    It is often easier and more economical to buy a...

    It is often easier and more economical to buy a crankset plus suitable BB (they are often bundled at a favorable price) than trying to find a crankset which suits your requirements and also...
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    "How much of an impact can the housing have on...

    "How much of an impact can the housing have on braking capabilities?" A lot. If you have a problem with the housing replacing just the inner wire will not help.

    I am also concerned that the...
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    Besides hitting the bolt a solid strike you need...

    Besides hitting the bolt a solid strike you need to make sure that the energy is not dissipated elsewhere like in the fork blades or tires.

    I generally clamp a 2 x 4 to the edge of a sturdy...
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    I like to finish off my tape wraps with...

    I like to finish off my tape wraps with self-fusing silicone tape. It only sticks to itself so it's easy to remove and won't bleed adhesive like electrical tape. It comes in numerous colors to...
  7. I agree about getting the derailleur square...

    I agree about getting the derailleur square first, but if I were going to remove all of my shift cable housings I would just replace them with new lined housings, properly installed per Slash5's...
  8. Your "chipped" teeth are likely the shaped teeth...

    Your "chipped" teeth are likely the shaped teeth which work with the shift ramps and pins to help ease shifting. You'll need to find another excuse to spend your money.
  9. If you get standard skewers make certain that...

    If you get standard skewers make certain that they have the "closed" type of mechanism a la Shimano. If you can see the cam it is the open type and will have inferior clamping ability.
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    I also carry gloves but I also do...

    I also carry gloves but I also do belt-and-suspenders by having my tools wrapped in a small shop towel and carrying a small dropper bottle of lemon essential oil; a few drops of the oil and a few...
  11. I use a stand like this one...

    I use a stand like this one http://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Bracket-Bicycle-Display-Stand/dp/B000C17HJ4 on top of a workbench when I am too lazy to bring out the folding stand. It is sturdy enough for...
  12. "For the people like me though who does not...

    "For the people like me though who does not remove the chain. Any directions you can share?"

    Remove the chain. Clean your chain by your choice of methods. Re-lube. Use a "quick link" or "master...
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    +1 on the Spring Coil inserts AKA Helicoils. ...

    +1 on the Spring Coil inserts AKA Helicoils. Many aerospace items come from the maker with Helicoil inserts in aluminum parts as the Helicoil threads are stronger and more resistant to strip- and...
  14. If your brake shudder is caused by having a stem-...

    If your brake shudder is caused by having a stem- or headset-mounted cable hanger, replacing it with a fork crown-mounted hanger will generally eliminate the problem.

    The problem with attacking...
  15. 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...
  17. 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...
  20. 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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