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  1. I couldn't find the leak in a 'thorn-proof'...

    I couldn't find the leak in a 'thorn-proof' (hah!) extra-thick tube so I hung it up in the kitchen and did other things hoping that I would recharge my patience and, possibly, have a fresh idea. ...
  2. Spenco used to make handlebar grips out of their...

    Spenco used to make handlebar grips out of their patented foam. They were the best, and sturdy. They seem to have stopped a long time ago. Even padded gloves and foam grips don't protect my hands...
  3. Since none of the people who recommended this...

    Since none of the people who recommended this responded I'll try to respond for them.

    It's likely that the valve is defective, either the core or the rubber, in such a way that the leak happens...
  4. Orange oil works well for me, smells good, isn't...

    Orange oil works well for me, smells good, isn't really toxic (can make skin light-sensitive for some people).

    You have to make sure to buy pure citrus oils. Lots of stuff that claims to have...
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    I tightened a crank bolt too much once and got a...

    I tightened a crank bolt too much once and got a sharp (but not loud) ping when I pedaled hard enough. It took me a long while to figure it out. Fortunately I hadn't done permanent damage; taking...
  6. Let OP measure his ERD and consult the...

    Let OP measure his ERD and consult the manufacturer and see which better matches his experience.


    You quoted Grace Hopper as an authority. She didn't measure things, and the measure of the...
  7. Guy who couldn't just built his own wheel. ...

    Guy who couldn't just built his own wheel. There's a good project for one's spare time: measure the ERD of a rim with a tape measure to within a mm.


    Grace Hopper wrote in Cobol.
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    Says. A spoke protector may have kept it out...

    Says.


    A spoke protector may have kept it out of the spokes in any case. Better a non-broken wheel even if a broken derailleur and hanger.
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    A kitchen tap aerator adaptor didn't break? ...

    A kitchen tap aerator adaptor didn't break? Soft-soldering held it together?

    Price the time of your labor at minimum wage: now how much did it cost? I bought mine for $5: it's worked for 20...
  10. Usually it is. ERD is hard to measure,...

    Usually it is. ERD is hard to measure, especially if you lack a micrometer that long. In another recent thread a poster told of having to get his spokes shortened at the LBS because he mismeasured...
  11. Wise counsel. I don't care about the tube. I...

    Wise counsel. I don't care about the tube. I want to know what's going on to satisfy my curiosity and, if possible, avoid a repeat.
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    Any of a number of things could have have...

    Any of a number of things could have have happened, such as kicking up a branch large enough to do the deed but small enough to have missed... A spoke protector would have prevented it.
  13. I've built wheels with reused rims and spokes...

    I've built wheels with reused rims and spokes (and reused hubs and spokes if the rim was bad) often. I use stuff until it breaks.

    I wouldn't count on a measurement of ERD: look for specs on a...
  14. I make my bike ugly with the remnants of spray...

    I make my bike ugly with the remnants of spray paint otherwise used on my pickup and kitchen appliances. Buy a few jars of touch-up paint in different colors, drip and smear it on the frame.

    One...
  15. What is up the side of the valve between the...

    What is up the side of the valve between the brass insert and the rubber column that encases it and bonds it into the tube? I have damaged that portion of a tube before but it's been obvious.
    ...
  16. Tube leaks in the tire, not out of tire

    I inflate the tube to 100 psi, it deflates to 40 psi in 10 minutes, then stops. I take the tube out of the tire then inflate it as much as I can (I have exploded tubes) and it doesn't leak, at least...
  17. Would a spare set of batteries be more efficient?...

    Would a spare set of batteries be more efficient? I carry spare batteries.
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    The promise of belts is so great that the best...

    The promise of belts is so great that the best interpretation of the state of the art is that no one has figured out how to make a belt that one can take apart and join, not even all those...
  19. Mine is the 'classic'; it's inexpensive and at...

    Mine is the 'classic'; it's inexpensive and at least 10 years old. It's sort-of sealed; there's a rubber gasket on the outside too. The broken piece could be part of an attempt at sealing. I guess...
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    As long as a wheel is correctly built: true,...

    As long as a wheel is correctly built: true, round, dished, tensioned,
    the spokes have enough thread in the nipple to hold, not so much as to
    poke a hole in the rim strip, the only difference in...
  21. I don't see how my follow-up is inconsistent with...

    I don't see how my follow-up is inconsistent with my original post. I have no camera.

    The bearing balls are loose; there is no retaining ring. The outer race, the cup, on one side has come...
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    Whenever I paint my truck or kitchen appliances...

    Whenever I paint my truck or kitchen appliances or anything else metal I clean the spray-can's nozzle by spraying it on random parts of my bicycle's frame. It looks like hell: exactly what I want...
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    Check out DAN'S COMP (http://www.danscomp.com)...

    Check out DAN'S COMP for a good price on custom-cut spokes by the each, $6 shipping for the whole batch. Ready-cut spokes are usually sold in 2mm increments because you don't need to be that...
  24. Quoth Wikipedia, 'The rolling-elements of a...

    Quoth Wikipedia, 'The rolling-elements of a rolling-element bearing ride on races. The large race that goes into a bore is called the outer race, and the small race that the shaft rides in is called...
  25. Is the broken 'race' on my front hub a problem?

    My front hub has 'races' (is that the right word?): a piece of metal
    in which the bearings sit. On one side the outer half of the race
    has detached from the inner part (but with completely...
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