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  1. I'd tried the route that e_guevara mentions,...

    I'd tried the route that e_guevara mentions, keeping the cable under tension. (I think I'd mentioned this in post #5 as well - when there is tension on the cable, the cable head stays where it is...
  2. Thanks for the tip on super glue. I will use...

    Thanks for the tip on super glue. I will use epoxy. The adhesive actually won't be under substantial stress - when there is tension on the cable, the cable head sits tight against the plastic...
  3. e_guevara, thanks for your post. I edited the...

    e_guevara, thanks for your post. I edited the original post to be more clear on the points you raised, and added a couple photos with the cable head installed.
    Super-glue might actually do the...
  4. possible broken cable-head holder inside STI road shifters (pictures)

    I'm working on a bike with newer 8-speed Sora STI shifters, and I think the bracket piece that holds the cable-head may be broken.

    I feed the cable in correctly and it sits where it's supposed to,...
  5. You really know it's an old thread when the frame...

    You really know it's an old thread when the frame in question has been a multi-geared bike for over 7 years. I built that Schwinn Traveler frame into a 14-speed road bike in 2007. I keep it at my...
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    Update: Thanks to FBinNY for suggesting the trim...

    Update: Thanks to FBinNY for suggesting the trim issue. Shifting worked crisply in each direction on every sprocket, and the skipping problem only happened on one sprocket, so I hadn't considered...
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    Thanks for the comments. The skip mostly...

    Thanks for the comments.

    The skip mostly appears to be a power skip (the sort that typically happens with a worn cassette). Pedaling load increases the probability of a skip. However, sometimes...
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    new chain skips on new cassette

    I just replaced chain and cassette on my commuting bike, and the chain skips on the gear that I use most (and on none of the others). Maybe something that will go away as it wears in? More likely a...
  9. A quick web search indicates the Columbia...

    A quick web search indicates the Columbia Lexington was a low-end bike in its time (presumably 1970s or early 1980s). Which is to say, it was never nice enough to make it worthwhile pouring much...
  10. good luck, and enjoy!

    good luck, and enjoy!
  11. I bet you can't feel this ;)...

    I bet you can't feel this ;)
    http://janheine.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/tires_comp_650_42.jpg

    Here is a run-down by Jan Heine of Bicycle Quarterly, on some of the "new science" that the OP...
  12. I don't see any reason for you to go to a smaller...

    I don't see any reason for you to go to a smaller tire unless you tend to ride on consistently smooth roads. I ride 28mm on my go-to road bike, and would ride larger if the frame would take them....
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    Nice big bike. 6-speed freewheels are readily...

    Nice big bike.

    6-speed freewheels are readily available (as FBinNY notes, there's very little chance it is a cassette).

    I run a number of bikes with 27" wheels and it's easy enough to find...
  14. I concur with the above. The differences aren't...

    I concur with the above. The differences aren't very meaningful, and master links are convenient for removing and cleaning your chain. Also, I have used Shimano chains with master links from another...
  15. There are some newer road brake systems that use...

    There are some newer road brake systems that use a different amount of cable-pull, but otherwise pretty much everything designed for road brakes is compatible.
    Since you are replacing the levers,...
  16. Which parts of Shimano + Campy are you...

    Which parts of Shimano + Campy are you considering to mix?
    You could drop your Dura-Ace crankset into an otherwise Campy-equipped 10-speed drivetrain and probably be fine.
    If you want to use Campy...
  17. spokes appear weirdly curved in sprint-finish photo

    Here is a picture of Peter Sagan accidentally winning the opening stage of Three Days of De Panne.

    http://cdn.velonews.competitor.com/files/2014/04/SPTDW141-4.jpg

    I'm curious why the spokes all...
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    it looks like the leather "skirt" (that hangs...

    it looks like the leather "skirt" (that hangs over the rails) has been flexed on one side, but not the other. This could be just the grain of the leather, or it could have gotten bent out at some...
  19. I think the narrower spacing of 10-speed cranks...

    I think the narrower spacing of 10-speed cranks is a function of the chainrings, not the cranks themselves. So you could use the original 9-speed chainrings on your newer, stiffer crankset.

    You...
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    congratulatiosn on being able to tap the old stem...

    congratulatiosn on being able to tap the old stem out.
    You can shim a stem with a 26mm clam to work with 25.4mm bars, but you can find 25.4mm-clamp quill stems easily enough, especially if you're...
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    I'm unclear on what you are asking. Can you...

    I'm unclear on what you are asking. Can you rephrase the entire post? Include information about the bike in question - what parts are on it, why you think it needs new bearings or BB unit, etc.
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    I have a 1x7 drivetrain on my commuting bike and...

    I have a 1x7 drivetrain on my commuting bike and am very happy with it.
    Easiest thing for you to do is remove the inner and outer chainring from your current crankset; the middle chainring is...
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    if it shifts gears on its own, then the shift...

    if it shifts gears on its own, then the shift lever is likely loose. The derailer is tensioned by a spring, and that tension must be resisted by friction at the shifter. If the shifter is loose, the...
  24. totally makes sense. and it's worth patching each...

    totally makes sense. and it's worth patching each marginal hole that you find.
  25. overlapping patches is fine. patching 4 or 5...

    overlapping patches is fine.
    patching 4 or 5 holes on a given innertube isn't worth the effort (compared to just using a new $4 tube) unless the process of patching tubes, or the fact of reusing,...
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