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comment How to tell if a new pair of brake calibers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?
Whether they fit or not depends on the bike. The real question here is: "Does this bike require long-reach calipers?" You should be able to inspect your existing calipers (or post the exact model here) to find out.
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answered Why bother changing a chain?
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revised Clothing: when should we wear what, are there any guidelines/conventions?
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revised SRAM Rival brake caliper screws/bolts are rusty, how to replace?
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accepted What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
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answered What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
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answered What is the most secure bike rack for long distance travel?
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answered Why no wheels with rope instead of spokes?
Feb
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comment Would a quality derailleur improve a cheap bike
@RoboKaren: you don't need to break the chain and re-connect it. You can instead remove the bolts through the jockey wheels to disassemble the derailleur cage enough to get it around the chain and then reassemble by putting the bolts back in. I replaced a derailleur this way as a child with little difficulty.
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answered Special hub requirements for an 11-speed group
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comment Is 11- 34 rear cassette necessary?
What road RD allows 34 teeth? I only know of 32.
Jan
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comment What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
@DanielRHicks: That's a good point, but the one I need is way smaller than that. I'm pretty sure it's under 2mm. I'll probably look for some sort of machine or hobby shop, I guess. Radio-controlled cars sometimes use loose balls in their differentials, I think....
Jan
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comment What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
@DanielRHicks: What part of a bike do you think uses the smallest balls? I've only thought of the headset, whose balls are far, far larger than the ones I need.
Jan
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comment Brake pads and removing the wheels
Wider rims will be closer to the width of the tire, assuming the same tire is mounted. Imagine 20mm rims vs. 25mm rims with nominal 28mm tires: the narrower rims will have the tires in a quite "round" shape with a lot of width beyond the brake tracks. The wider rims will have the tire more like a "U", with less rubber outboard of the brake track. With the wider rims your brakes will be set wider as well, and then the little bit of extra width from the QR mechanism will clear the tires.
Jan
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comment Brake pads and removing the wheels
You could also buy slightly wider rims. A drastic solution, but should be workable in many cases.
Jan
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comment What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
@Kibbee: Yeah, if I had the right equipment I would measure it. If SRAM would post an email address for support, I'd use it. And if I had a suitable local bike shop, I'd go there. Unfortunately none of these things is true.
Jan
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comment What size is the tiny ball bearing used in SRAM brake caliper quick release detents?
@Batman: They were very rusty. There were only five or six rusty screws on my otherwise shiny bike, so why not replace them with ones that don't rust?