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Putting pin(s) back into chain

It's safer and way easier just to buy another MissingLink (KMC's name for their master link design) of the same type (pin length) the chain came with, leaving you with an inner link that has one on ...
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Putting pin(s) back into chain

This article titled, How to Get the Pin Back Into a Bike Chain, will give you a step by step guide on how to put the pin back in a bike chain. Edit: I'm copying the article just in case the link ever ...
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Are there limitations to how much you can upgrade a cheap bike?

You’ll always be limited by the frame. And buying a cheap bike just to upgrade it is usually not cost effective. The frame will always be heavy and bad. It will dictate what kind of headset (-> ...
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Am I freeloading at my LBS?

Spending $30 / month at your LBS seems perfectly reasonable. Your LBS is grateful you buy from them instead of from Amazon. If you sometimes go to your bike store just to talk, that probably OK, as ...
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Two ill-repair bikes into one?

It is probably possible. It is the kind of thing where going through it as a beginner is likely going to take a long time and present some unexpected hurdles. It would be a good thing to do for ...
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How to clean consumable metallic parts cheaply while touring?

The most frugal is not to intensively clean these parts except at the end of the tour when you overhaul your bike. Simply brushing off the dirt with a cleaning brush, toothbrush, or rag and ...
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Am I freeloading at my LBS?

1) "am I freeloading, or am I a (financially) valued customer?" Depends. Most bike shops I've been to are happy with giving some of advice -- helping the person find the right part and them do it ...
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Methods for selling used bike

Best methods to sell a bike will vary depending on where you are located. If you are in North America local Facebook marketplaces oriented to bikes or bike gear can be good. See https://www.facebook....
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Are there limitations to how much you can upgrade a cheap bike?

If you want to go that way, you need to define "where you want to go" in terms of upgrades and choose a used bike that is compatible with these standards. Some research will also be needed ...
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Brake post broke off the boss. How do I replace it?

Is installing another rear wheel with a coaster pedal-activated brake an option? In this case, you will only need to fixate the brake arm to the chainstay for it to work. The "fix" will be ...
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How good or bad would chainsaw bar lubricant be as a bicycle chain lube?

Bar lube would perform horrible on a bicycle chain. Why? Well, bar lube must be fully bio-degradable, which chain lube is not required to be. As such, bar lube is basically a vegetable oil, and ...
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Internally-geared hub and chain case: running away from maintenance chores and grit damage

This borders on an overly opinion-based question. It's also worth pointing out that while there are a lot of bikes with real chaincases in the world, they are pretty far outside of many people's ...
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Multiple master links on the same chain

Nothing wrong with it other than aesthetics. I have 3 master links on the 2.8 metre chain in my `bent. Its glaringly obvious too cos the masters are shiny chrome and the rest of the chain is a dull ...
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Inexpensive 1x10 gearing?

Dedicated 1x systems do have some specific features: 11 or 12 speeds Derailleur able to handle a super ratio cassette (at least 11-40) Narrow-wide chainring Clutch system on the derailleur. You can ...
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Two ill-repair bikes into one?

Be careful before putting money into new parts on bikes in this condition, the risk is throwing good money after bad. If you go ahead, get a bike into as rideable state as possible before investing in ...
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Cheap bike tools or can I just use generic hardware store tools instead?

There are tools that simply can't be substituted for generics. These really must be either purchased, borrowed, or if you're lucky to have a cycling cooperative near you then they will have tools to ...
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Alternatives to buying a repair stand?

It may be possible to improvise a stand with PVC pipe. A quick websearch brought up this instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Bike-Repair-Stand/) but there are many more designs. PVC ...
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Would rotating or flipping disc brake rotors make any sense?

Flipping is not feasible as rotors are directional in design. You could rotate between wheels ensuring they are in the correct orientation. But I am not sure what you gain, eventually you will need ...
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How much does the price of a new bicycle drop a year after buying it?

I would use bicycle blue book as a way to figure out the change in value of the bike. They have a system to estimate the resale value of used bikes. Your bikes condition at the end of the year will ...
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Need new chainwheels for a cheap racing bike - which price range makes sense?

You probably foremost need a neww chain and you will also need a new cassette. What you are linking are chainsets. You can normally just buy new chainrings for your existing crankset. As others ...
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Brake post broke off the boss. How do I replace it?

Just threading what you have won't work because it's too thin. If you can fashion a nut to slip in behind there and take your brake post and have the inside of the remaining braze-on actually hold the ...
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Alternatives to buying a repair stand?

I have built a number of workstands in the past, and it's very difficult to get something as good as the clamp that comes with a decent bought one. Also, many of the cheap "home" stands have useless ...
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Is my bike too big for me?

If you cannot comfortably straddle the bike with your feet on the ground it is too big. The bike you have appears to have a nearly horizontal toptube. As others have said try to return it or at least ...
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Putting pin(s) back into chain

With older style chains which were designed to be split and joined with a chain tool, the simple fix here would be to use some of the excess chain you cut off of the new chain (they're always too long)...
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How much does the price of a new bicycle drop a year after buying it?

This is sooooooooooo wide open. You lose like 1/3 rolling it out the door. Condition matters more than years. If it 10 years old with some out of date components that matters. But 3 versus 5 does ...
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Failing hub bearings on a beater bike (freewheel) -- time to replace the bike?

A new 26" freewheel repair wheel starts at around $40US from a bike shop or Amazon, and there are also literally millions of used ones around, so even if it does need a new wheel, if it's an otherwise ...
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If you buy and install a brand-new chain, but never clean or lubricate it, what will happen?

Higher friction (comparing to properly lubricated chain) between chain pin and inner plate will make groove in pin surface faster, resulting in chain prolongation (a.k.a. chain "stretching"). Non-...
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Restoring/modernizing an old cheap(ish) bike

There's a lot of questions in here. My suggestion is to read through https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help and http://sheldonbrown.com/ instead of asking a separate question for everything. Brake ...
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Am I freeloading at my LBS?

It may be helpful to know that according to the NBDA*, most bike shops actually lose money on bike sales. The average profit margin is -3%. Where the profit margin on parts and accessories is +7.5%....
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Are there limitations to how much you can upgrade a cheap bike?

I'd consider the "investing in the bike" as misplaced. You're investing in your own fitness, your mechanical competence and knowledge, as well as indirectly by growing your own tool ...
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