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  1. I was referring to internal frame cable routing....

    I was referring to internal frame cable routing. But 6700 and 7900 also introduced a 90 degree bend inside the shifter (as opposed to a straight exit on 6600 and the like), to accomodate the cable...
  2. I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of...

    I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of ****ty weather/temps I can imagine all cycling virtually grinds to a halt.
  3. Shops I've worked at were never affected by low...

    Shops I've worked at were never affected by low season so much that staff had to be fired or hours reduced.

    But then again people here keep using their bikes in winter as a mode of transportation,...
  4. 6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level...

    6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level shifting performance and beyond, 6700 and the like suffering from excess cable friction especially if combined with lousy internal cable routing.

    The...
  5. I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d...

    I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d (same BCD as TA cyclotouriste) for a steal, so that's the way I did it. The only trouble I had was figuring out which JIS BB would give me correct...
  6. TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB,...

    TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB, which can be had cheap Cranks are still not cheap, but you really can't go cheaper than the riveted cranks you have now.
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    35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common...

    35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common around here. Used on a lot of older city bikes. Plastic cups though and less than stellar bearing quality.
  8. Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some...

    Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some people don't notice the difference. I do.

    I make sure I've met all the requirements for a proper shifting derailer driver train: good cables, checking...
  9. Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so...

    Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so yes I did read that.
  10. Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail...

    Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail immediately after inflating the tire. I once inflated a modern road tire to specified pressure (about 8 bar) on a newly built up wheel with a NOS Mavic Ma2....
  11. While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is...

    While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is the best grease the chain will see internally, externally, I find that it actually degrades shifting performance. Especially on older bikes that also...
  12. Uhhh. Don't ride that wheel. It's going to...

    Uhhh. Don't ride that wheel. It's going to collapse spectacularly. A girl inflated her tire with our shop compressor recently and it blew the entire brake track off the (worn) rim with a very loud...
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    I've used the shimano tool which is nothing more...

    I've used the shimano tool which is nothing more than a glorified threaded rod with two washers.

    On the last one I did for a friend at home where I don't have the shimano tool, I used a rubber...
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    Good luck with that. Most likely the Fulcrum OEM...

    Good luck with that. Most likely the Fulcrum OEM spokes are the only ones that will fit. If you use a straight pull CX ray, it might just have slightly different dimensions (diameter of spoke head)...
  15. Word of caution here. The TA rings are not going...

    Word of caution here. The TA rings are not going to match the Shimano shifting performance. Shimano's ramping and pinning and the resulting shifting is something no aftermarket manufacturer has been...
  16. The easiest way is to check for excess cable...

    The easiest way is to check for excess cable friction. Not all brake cables are neatly cut at the factory, somtimes causing the inner cable to rub against the metal of the housing.

    If you check...
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    Some modern carbon forks have the crown race...

    Some modern carbon forks have the crown race molded as part of the steerer. The lower bearing is in direct contact with this molded race. If you put the old crown race on top of this molded race, the...
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    Two things you haven't done: 1 Have the...

    Two things you haven't done:

    1 Have the bearings pulled from the BB, cleaned, outer races regreased and reinstalled. The outer race is likely dryrubbing the frame the wrong way.... also clean and...
  19. Shimano says the innards of the nexus 8 are good...

    Shimano says the innards of the nexus 8 are good for 8000 to 10000 kilometers. That's without regular oil baths.

    I've seen one Alfine 8 give up the ghost after 21000 K, when one of the needle...
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    And then the discussion went on about premature...

    And then the discussion went on about premature disc pad wear. I've seen customer's pads (especially the resin ones) be annihilated to where the backing plate was almost worn clean through after two...
  21. I assume you want to keep the look of the French...

    I assume you want to keep the look of the French headset on an English threaded fork?

    I doubt you will be able to find a thread tap to convert your adjusting nut and lock nut to English. The easy...
  22. I ride the Scandium Wabi and while it isn't the...

    I ride the Scandium Wabi and while it isn't the most comfortable bike I've ever ridden it's comfortable enough and the geometry is spot on for longer road riding. I used to ride a true track geo'd...
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    Exustar Carbon/Ti (Keo compatible) and ancient...

    Exustar Carbon/Ti (Keo compatible) and ancient Gaerne shoes I inherited from my dad.
  24. Sounds like a slightly bent derailer hanger. If...

    Sounds like a slightly bent derailer hanger. If it is bent inward slightly, The chain will rub against the next biggest cog. What is the tooth count on the cassette? Asking because this usually only...
  25. LatestBB area sound I had to find was a loose...

    LatestBB area sound I had to find was a loose rear quick release....
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