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Hi,

With all these numerous standards in cycling industry it's quite complicated to find proper component replacement these days. Well, obviously it's simple, but you have to google lots of info before.

I wonder how often did you had to send recently ordered components back to a seller because they were actually not compatible? I'm asking because already did three different returns this year (handlebars, pedals (!) and cranks).
 

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never really. I once ordered a frame and got them to put in a headset and BB, the BB they put in was octalink and I only had square taper... not really an issue...
I also last year bought a 30.(whatever) seatpost when I needed 31.6 but that was just me being dumb.
 

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Hi,

With all these numerous standards in cycling industry it's quite complicated to find proper component replacement these days. Well, obviously it's simple, but you have to google lots of info before.

I wonder how often did you had to send recently ordered components back to a seller because they were actually not compatible? I'm asking because already did three different returns this year (handlebars, pedals (!) and cranks).
Never happened. But I see your point,nowdays you have to do a LOT of homework even before ordering a tiny screw or bolt.
 

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That would be none, never, zip, zero, nada. Can't remember ever ordering something and then sending it back because of compatibility issues. Always check and double check something before ordering it.
 

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Never. Buy it right. Buy it once.


That would be none, never, zip, zero, nada. Can't remember ever ordering something and then sending it back because of compatibility issues. Always check and double check something before ordering it.
Also that. Triple checking is better.
 

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Research twice, order once.
 

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Pedals? How did you order incompatible pedals?
 

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Pedals? How did you order incompatible pedals?
Cheap bikes with cheapo cranksets and cheapo pedals don't use 9/16ths pedals...they take 1/2"...that would do it.
 

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Cheap bikes with cheapo cranksets and cheapo pedals don't use 9/16ths pedals...they take 1/2"...that would do it.
Yeah, I know about Ashtabula cranks. But are those used on anything other than little kid bikes any more? Maybe he was fixing up an old bike.
 

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Pedals? How did you order incompatible pedals?
The funny thing that the pedals where not quite compatible with the shoes (or vice versa). Giro Republic couldn't clip in into Shimano A600 from the box, had to make some cut outs on walking pads. I googled the problem later and this fairly common issue for this combination.
 

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The funny thing that the pedals where not quite compatible with the shoes (or vice versa). Giro Republic couldn't clip in into Shimano A600 from the box, had to make some cut outs on walking pads. I googled the problem later and this fairly common issue for this combination.
Got it. Those pads seem like kind of a kludge, trying to make a sort-of road shoe into something walkable without going to the full MTB setup with the recessed cleat . They probably work best with a true MTB SPD pedal, which can mate with a recessed-cleat shoe. I assume a little careful work with a sharp utility knife got things working.
 

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Never, but my bike is all Shimano and I've been very careful when ordering shoes and checking to see if they were SPD compatible.
 

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I think the problem occurs more when dealing with newer components and trying to be first kid on the block. I was at the local bike shop and some guy was complaining that he couldn't hide the cables of his E-TAP under his aero-handlebar which wasn't made to accommodate them.
 

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Only once. In 1978 I bought a TA CycloTouriste crankset so I could reduce my gearing. I then decided that I could use a straight block freewheel as I had the extra low gears up front. That shifted like crap... I ended up using 14-26 freewheels from then on.
 

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I made one such mistake last year. Ordered a set of hydro brakeshifters. I didn;t realize they had changed the road std to top-mount calipers. So I had to order some ISmount style calipers and bleed the brakes. Though I did not send the parts back, might need some day if I change frame
 

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Back in the day(1981?) I bought a pair of Modolo down tube shift levers. They were super light and had a ergo curve but were made of some black plastic and lased about a month.
 

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None... BUT! For cycling clothing... I've had to return a couple of jerseys because they were too small...
Yes, it seems that the unwritten rule on jerseys is to order 1 size larger, especially if you are "long in the waist". I have 1 yellow Nashbar jersey that I like, but every time I wash it, I have to stretch it lengthwise, for adequate coverage.
 
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