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    My guess would be that the 14GX32H is telling you...

    My guess would be that the 14GX32H is telling you that the wheel has 32 spokes, and the spoke diameter s 14 gauge. Don't remember what that is in mm.
    The rim is a 700C AKA 622 mm ETRTO AKA 28"...
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    Don't blame the tube. In comparison with the tire...

    Don't blame the tube. In comparison with the tire casing, the tube doesn't have any important strength at all.
    Along with FB's statement, it's only there to provide an air-tight layer. All the...
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    Unless you ride straight into an immovable...

    Unless you ride straight into an immovable object, there are at least two entirely different things cooperating in throwing you over the bars, braking force and body positioning.
    You don't need...
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    When I hear aero bars, I mainly think of the...

    When I hear aero bars, I mainly think of the forward protruding prongs. And they clamp outside of the stem clamp area. 31 mm or rather 31.8 is a stem clamp diameter. Don't think I've ever seen in on...
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    The retainers AKA cages are mainly there to make...

    The retainers AKA cages are mainly there to make assembly of the bearing easier. Removing them usually also means adding one more bearing ball and is seen functionally as a non-issue entirely. For a...
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    Agreed. Unlikely as it is to damage a new rim...

    Agreed.
    Unlikely as it is to damage a new rim through overpressure, being able to get it to flare out like that by accidentally catching it on a corner while riding is even more unlikely.
  7. Thread: head stem help

    by dabac
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    Do you want shims to swell the steerer tube at...

    Do you want shims to swell the steerer tube at the stem clamp to 1 1/8"?
    Or do you want spacers to mount an 1" headset in an 1 1/8" frame?
    I've used the shims with no issues at all. And I've used...
  8. Thread: Dented chainstay

    by dabac
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    Well, unless you're very thorough, or of a very...

    Well, unless you're very thorough, or of a very suspiscious nature, you only look for what you think you need to look for.
    I think we all have spent a moment or two contemplating in which order...
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    The key questions are: 1) how much do you value...

    The key questions are:
    1) how much do you value your time?
    2) how much do you value your money?
    3) how much do you like your old ride?

    Being able to make a complete swap is quite rare, there'll...
  10. Thread: Dented chainstay

    by dabac
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    That's not really fair. Particularly in the bike...

    That's not really fair. Particularly in the bike world, lighter = better, so parts gets made only to withstand the forces seen while riding. Denting a frame while up on sawhorses or during general...
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    I'd be willing to consider any canti that takes...

    I'd be willing to consider any canti that takes threaded posts. The one-nut-does-all of particularly old Shimano smooth posts cantis was really quite frustrating to set up. They stopped well enough...
  12. But you don't need a micrometer, not even an...

    But you don't need a micrometer, not even an extended version of a vernier caliper.(although it would be nice, occasionally)
    There are at least two methods that can be made readily available at a...
  13. +1 I'll only use a published ERD if I'm ordering...

    +1
    I'll only use a published ERD if I'm ordering the rim and shipping reasons make it irresistibly tempting to order the spokes at the same time, from the same supplier.
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    I've read about people encountering that when...

    I've read about people encountering that when running a 3/32" chain on a sprocket meant for 1/8" - or if it was the other way around.
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    I'm perfectly happy with 3x7 on my commuter,...

    I'm perfectly happy with 3x7 on my commuter, close ratio. That stuff lasts for ages with minimal turning and upkeep.
    And I like the 3x9 on my singletrack MTB.
    Could probably do 2x9 compact and be...
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    In 82x121 the 82 is the width/length of the BB...

    In 82x121 the 82 is the width/length of the BB shell, measured across the bike, along the axle. Not the diameter. It's officiellt called width as opposed to length as the effect it has on the...
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    While it's occasionally possible to wrangle a...

    While it's occasionally possible to wrangle a 700C tire onto a 27" aka 630 mm, calling it a "fit" would be stretching the definition even more than the tire.
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    Some are entirely content using generical...

    Some are entirely content using generical products. Some like marine grade grease. Some swear by boutique stuff - I seem to remember the name "Phil Tenacious" or something like that. Lithium grease...
  19. I'm sure they do. But that isn't a TZ31, which...

    I'm sure they do.

    But that isn't a TZ31, which the bike is listed as having, here:Pure - Trek Bicycle

    "Cassette Shimano TZ31 14-34, 7 speed"

    Yeah, I know, it says "cassette". But Shimano...
  20. Yeah, but if you do a search on the Shimano...

    Yeah, but if you do a search on the Shimano designation from the spec (Shimano TZ-31), you definitely get a freewheel:
    Shimano MF-TZ31 7 Speed Freewheel > Components > Drivetrain > Freewheels |...
  21. It's a crank-forward, freewheel-equipped cruiser....

    It's a crank-forward, freewheel-equipped cruiser. And the stock gearing will take you past 23 MPH. I suggest you leave well enough alone.
    I suspect that even if you did get a higher ratio, you'd...
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    Since I am an all-year commuter and prone to...

    Since I am an all-year commuter and prone to reduced circulation in my fingers, getting a flat outside walking distance from either goal or start during winter is a fairly big issue. I lose dexterity...
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    Are you sure it's a freehub? A 14 smallest makes...

    Are you sure it's a freehub?
    A 14 smallest makes freewheel a possibility.
  24. Thread: Airless tube

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    The thing with the "solid" inner tubes is that...

    The thing with the "solid" inner tubes is that unless you have some odd 2-piece rim, they have to have a bit of "give" in them to allow the tire to mounted.
    Which means that the design is always...
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    There's more than one type of aluminium, and...

    There's more than one type of aluminium, and there are almost any number of ways to design and manufacture a frame.
    If they thought there was a selling point to it, making an aluminium frame with...
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