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Generally, it will go away if you apply the brakes a bit (it will be a bit noisy at first, but after a few applications it will look as good as new), since the rust is likely only on the surface (this is one way to tell if a car has been not driven for a few days - rust spots appear on the brake discs, but they'll go away after a short trip around town). ...
To check your headset, sit on the bike, lock the front brakes, and push forward/backward with your feet. If you can see any looseness in the headset it needs to be tightened. Since it's so easy to check one should check a few times a year. But no real "schedule" is needed. I've seen headsets that were remarkably loose. Though looseness affects handling to ...
A general procedure with too tight clamps: Put in the screw or a longer one of the same diameter from the opposite side. Fit a piece of (hard, like a small coin) metal into the slot. Tighten the screw carefully. It should open the clamp enough to fit it over the bar
You could try adding sealant to your tubular tire. Tufo Tire Sealant, Stans's No-tubes (and other tubeless sealants) can be used to deal with small punctures. Most recommend not using the sealant as a preventative measure, but more so as an after the fact solution to quickly fix punctures on the road. However, Tufo Standard tire sealant says that it can ...
If your headset has recently been replaced, then you should check its adjustment occasionally. Newly fitted bearing races can settle slightly into the head tube and the fork crown, particularly if you ride over a rough or bumpy surface. Adjust to be as loose as possible without any play or knocking when you do the check that Daniel R Hicks describes here.
If you can't get out of the lowest (easiest) gears then something is stopping the cable from releasing. There could be a number of reasons for this. The shifter on the handlebars might not be working properly, something may be caught on the cable and pulling it, the cable could be frayed and is snagging on something, or the rear dérailleur could be jammed. ...
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