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Old 05-13-06, 11:37 AM
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My solution was to get a Greenspeed idler for my Baron. I got it from Hostelshoppe. It is plastic, and has a 15T cog on the inside and shoulders like a belt pulley. Runs very quietly, and at 3 years old it shows no signs of wear. I suspect I'll have to replace the cartridge bearings in another year or so, but the teeth will likely never wear out. TerraCycles also sells an upscale version, which is completely rebuildable and uses either Al or Ti for the gear. I think TerraCycles also sells a version for Bacchetta et. al. which needs a 'stack' of two idlers that spin independently of each other.
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