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  1. Amazon boxes come in about 3-4 common sizes. ...

    Amazon boxes come in about 3-4 common sizes.

    Everything is sorted into like components and goes into boxes with a masking tape/sharpie label on the end of it. Like boxes stack with like boxes. ...
  2. Blast it with PB blaster first. Then move to...

    Blast it with PB blaster first.

    Then move to the left-hand drill bit. Start small, move up to next size, repeat until you are starting to get to the edge of the bolt on one side (doubtful you...
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    I was thinking of getting a Hozan myself. A Phil...

    I was thinking of getting a Hozan myself. A Phil is WAY out of my price range or my needs. I do hate having to run out to buy a single spoke from the LBS for a repair job though. A Hozan would be...
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    Spinning a big gear slow is increasing the amount...

    Spinning a big gear slow is increasing the amount of force transmitted through your knees by a huge amount.

    Jamming a big gear taking off is analogous to slipping the clutch and lugging an...
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    Get yourself a cheap 30x jeweler's loupe and...

    Get yourself a cheap 30x jeweler's loupe and then look at the balls through that. It becomes much more obvious the differences between the grades, as well as which ones have been used hard.

    Even...
  6. Two atoms are walking down the street one day,...

    Two atoms are walking down the street one day, and one of them says to the other:
    "Hey, wait up a second. I think I lost an electron"
    The first atom replied, "Are you sure?"
    The second atom...
  7. There seem to be two different philosophies that...

    There seem to be two different philosophies that different people ascribe to when they run up against an opinion they don't agree with.

    Some folks engage and debate. Others just want the...
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    Balls always wear out faster than the races. ...

    Balls always wear out faster than the races. It's been a long time since I looked into why but it has something to do with the fact their surfaces are more tightly curved since they are smaller as...
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    They are your knees. Treat them however you like....

    They are your knees. Treat them however you like. Sure, modern medical science has gotten to the point where they can put one (1) new set in -but everyone I know who's had knee-replacement surgery...
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    I'd make sure first that there is going to be...

    I'd make sure first that there is going to be enough clearance for the triple's inner ring against the chainstay before I went one step further. It might just not work at all with this frame. No use...
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    The Sheldon says: ...

    The Sheldon says:



    I agree, if we were building jet-turbine engines that were spinning at 15,000RPM then we would really need to watch bearing tolerances.

    But the simple fact is that on...
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    But The Sheldon said... Just use the balls...

    But The Sheldon said...


    Just use the balls and mix leftover new ones with the new ones as they get used. I don't mix and match used with new ever. I rarely will re-use the balls as they...
  13. What's ironic is that iab said "Why even be...

    What's ironic is that iab said "Why even be negative?" and then continued on an ultra-negative multi-page purge campaign in this thread against Steve for being (what he felt was) negative.

    In...
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    There is a tool that is perfect for this...

    There is a tool that is perfect for this situation, but rarely is necessary in bike mechanics -the manual impact driver It's a helpful and inexpensive tool to own IMHO.

    Tapping the fastener is an...
  15. Also, one thing you are going to lose with a...

    Also, one thing you are going to lose with a clutch-type derailleur is road-like compliance with that snappy Shimano SS road cage light shifting feel, especially going up the cassette. If one is...
  16. Shimano doesn't make bikes. They make...

    Shimano doesn't make bikes. They make components. What advantage to "not wanting people dicking with their equipment" is there? They technically would want people using their existing components...
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    Are you really "reprogramming" the Di2 system...

    Are you really "reprogramming" the Di2 system ericbaker, or do you just know how to enter the micro-adjust mode? Because I'd really love for someone to reprogram a Di2 system to 8-speed...
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    A heatgun make short work for all those My lil'...

    A heatgun make short work for all those My lil' Pony stickers the manufacturers like to put on bikes.
  19. S̶t̶e̶e̶l̶ Irony is real. But back to why I...

    S̶t̶e̶e̶l̶ Irony is real.


    But back to why I like vintage bikes -it's mainly is because I'm cheap. I'll never be able to stomach forking over the mega cash for top-line cutting-edge production...
  20. It's only money. Much more has been spent on...

    It's only money. Much more has been spent on bike-specific tools than the bikes themselves. But they are an investment. Bike tools are only a fraction of the other tools I own. I'm more of a...
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    There is a lot of truth to the statement - if you...

    There is a lot of truth to the statement - if you want something done right, do it yourself. It's not even close. About the only thing an LBS wrench has on me is raw speed. Speed isn't really a...
  22. A little Testor's model paint in a close-enough...

    A little Testor's model paint in a close-enough color and that'd look great.

    It's just a bike, not a fetish object.
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    See, I really don't care how much someone else...

    See, I really don't care how much someone else will pay for one of my bikes, since I really have no intentions of ever selling them. When I'm dead my wife can sell them. They'll be pretty much used...
  24. IMHO, there really is no advantage to a short...

    IMHO, there really is no advantage to a short cage over a medium cage other than a few grams of weight and maybe a tiny bit of extension that might make the RD a teeny bit more likely to be damaged...
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    I like stickers on my bike about as much as I...

    I like stickers on my bike about as much as I like them on the side of my car, or my house.
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