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Probably your best bet if you want to park them is to meet someone with a large shed who'll put the bikes up for you. If you make the finance/convenience tradeoff I think selling the bikes after your stay and getting new ones when you return might be a better option, but I understand the convenience of having the same bike. I can think of several options ...


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Why would you need chains and cassettes that cost in excess of 300 dollars? Several reasons: You're a professionally sponsored racer, money is no object and you want to cut every gram of weight possible. You have way too much money (generally, people who buy top end equipment fall into this group). It looks cool among a certain crowd. In picking your ...


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You will need to maintain: tyres, chain, brakes; less frequently, chain ring, freewheel (or sprocket); even less frequently, bottom bracket Their beauty is their simplicity. By all means get the kit to true your wheel, but that again is something that I'd lump in the "even less frequently" category.


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Join http://WarmShowers.org I have seen many members offering a place to store a bike. Or, buy them at a bike shop that will take care of them for you afterward. Or, go home on the train and take them with you. http://www.google.com/search?q=bikes+on+trains+in+france


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Sounds like it could be the tension on the cable. If its the original then replace it. If its new then look at reindexing the gears? Have a look on Sheldon Brown for a much more comprehensive run down of what it might be. If all else fails it could be that its got rotated or slipped at some point. Just loosen the screw holding it to the frame and lift it up ...


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I always carry the cutoff from a new chain (or a few links of it) in my kit. Take the chain apart at the next link down from where you lost the pin (being more careful this time) and then take two half-links from the cutoff and install them. And, while you have that cutoff piece handy, do a trial to see how many turns of the crank it it is to take the pin ...


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If the chain won't move to the smallest sprocket, there are two likely causes: too much tension on the Bowden cable (usually a result of re-tightening it too much – during operation it is more likely to lose tension) outer limiter screw on the derailleur too tight Of course there's also the possibility of a bent derailleur, but I'll leave that out for ...


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Slice it off with a sharp knife if it is really big because a file will take too long and sometimes the large mass of rubber gets stringy on the edge with a file. Then file the whole pad flat. Re-surfacing the pad is part of normal brake pad maintenance. You want to remove glazing, uneven wear, and debris. Pick out and deep metal chunks with a sharpened old ...



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