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    Better how? Lighter for what purpose - won't make...

    Better how? Lighter for what purpose - won't make you faster. You are best off just riding what you have until you learn much, much more.
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    I did not say they were better, merely that...

    I did not say they were better, merely that finding replacements was easier. Except for Campy most cones were not only not well sealed but downright rough until they were broken in, which typically...
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    If it "depends on brand and model of freewheel"...

    If it "depends on brand and model of freewheel" then that's the info needed. Dropout spacing on the two bikes would also be helpful.
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    Depends on brand and model of freewheel - may not...

    Depends on brand and model of freewheel - may not work with indexing. Need more info.
  5. You're not an idiot, but perhaps unwise in...

    You're not an idiot, but perhaps unwise in jumping into buying tools. Unfortunately you've already wasted some cash buying a chain wear indicator when a ruler is more accurate and cheaper, but:

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  6. IF that helps it's fine but not really the best...

    IF that helps it's fine but not really the best analogy. It's not just the other side spokes that increase tension. Even spokes on the same side but across the wheel from the one you are working on...
  7. Rust produces at least microscopic level pitting....

    Rust produces at least microscopic level pitting. Pitting can be from rust, other corrosion or mechanical action. Metal Rescue and similar products only change the rust to something else which will...
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    Chain wear tools are expensive given that they...

    Chain wear tools are expensive given that they are not necessary and not terribly accurate unless they are even more expensive. They were originally intended for shop use as a quick way to check...
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    ...yeah, because the rest of us were abusive and...

    ...yeah, because the rest of us were abusive and impatient, whereas you were open to trying our suggestion to mount the chain and try it.

    The medium cage SRAM has a 32 tooth capacity. That is of...
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    Cone replacement was easier back in the 70's...

    Cone replacement was easier back in the 70's because most cones were very simple - no labyrinth or other seals mounted on them, and there were only a few models by a few manufacturers on most bikes....
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    That one's easy - because a non-chicken can lay...

    That one's easy - because a non-chicken can lay an egg whose chromosomes have mutated sufficiently to create a chicken, the (chicken) egg came first. Your turn.
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    I have not looked up the biomechanical aspect,...

    I have not looked up the biomechanical aspect, but I have noticed some riders ride with a more curved (downward arched) back and some ride with a straighter back. I've always been in the latter...
  13. You are tensioning the spokes not only against...

    You are tensioning the spokes not only against the more direct rim resistance but also against the less direct lateral resistance of the spokes on the other side. Because the right side is so much...
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    You might also check out the bike co-ops in the...

    You might also check out the bike co-ops in the area.
  15. Grinding is unlikely to be from loose bolts. I...

    Grinding is unlikely to be from loose bolts. I would do as noted above, and see if you can feel any roughness as well. You may have a rough area on the bearing surfaces on the right side of the...
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    You asked for advice. If you're not going to...

    You asked for advice. If you're not going to trust it why ask? In 20 years of working professionally and quite a few since I've never come across that procedure, nor have I needed to do it to get...
  17. May be indicative of damaged threads, so first...

    May be indicative of damaged threads, so first step is to disassemble and inspect.
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    You cannot yet conclude that the problem is the...

    You cannot yet conclude that the problem is the derailleur. The most common cause of poor shifting is cable related. Make sure the bike has index compatible shift housing of correct length, and that...
  19. No, takes 10 3/16" balls - use all new ones.

    No, takes 10 3/16" balls - use all new ones.
  20. +1 some lithium greaes are thick enough and...

    +1 some lithium greaes are thick enough and perfectly adequate - not the same as the more watery old fashioned generic white lithium grease, but there are better indeed better options for extreme...
  21. Can't really tell by looking, function is what...

    Can't really tell by looking, function is what matters. If it works ride it.
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    Too many variables to address without more info...

    Too many variables to address without more info as requested by Hillrider, but one thing that will increase discomfort in both seat and bars is tilting the saddle nose too far down. The default...
  23. Bottom bracket itself is possible, but more...

    Bottom bracket itself is possible, but more typical is crank arm with pedal or spindle, chainwheel bolts, or BB not tightened in frame. Creaks, Clicks & Clunks is helpful. We can't help further...
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    You will probably not find replacement parts for...

    You will probably not find replacement parts for the Thompson, so will have to convert. This may help:

    http://fixedgearbikes.blogspot.com/2010/04/fauber-bottom-bracket-adapter.html
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    +1 Although I would not go quite that far, most...

    +1 Although I would not go quite that far, most of bike repair is observation and logic rather than specific procedure. References are most useful for knowing what tool to use and how to use it,...
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