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Old 03-13-08, 06:40 PM   #1
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If Anyone Ever Tells You The French Didn't Have a Sense of Humour..

Tell them that that statement just isn't so!

Tell them that you knew a guy on BF who had a Moto that he loved as his daily commuter......
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And it was one of the most comfy bikes he had ever owned.....
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And it rode as smooth as silk and as fast as the wind......


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And whenever the guy was running dangerously late the bike sped him through the gritty city and always got him there on time, never asking for anything in return......
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But every 200 mi the French played a very funny trick on him, those merry pranksters! This design would always come loose and the lovely old Ideale would slide all the way back.....
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But the guy didn't mind their little prank, because he knew that they did it in good fun.....

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"And whenever the guy was running dangerously late the bike sped him through the gritty city and always got him there on time, never asking for anything in return......"

I'm beginning to feel the same way about my Shogun Alpine GT. I've been riding it to work and back since Tuesday, and I'm already in love with it. Fenders, rear rack, trekking bar, the firm ride of the hardcase tires, the whole package. Very comfy and pretty speedy despite being a little heavy.

My PX10 has the same seatpost, is that what I have to look forward to?,,,,BD
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The saddle surrendered?
VIVA LA FRANCE!

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[QUOTE=Bikedued;6339101

My PX10 has the same seatpost, is that what I have to look forward to?,,,,BD[/QUOTE]

BD,
If you figure anything out, let me know!
I always get it as tight as humanly possible, but for some reason unbeknownst to me, it always loosens near the 200 mi mark. I have no explanation for this.... But I'm not really complaining.....
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I can tell the Moto gets ridden regularly. The shifter caps are polished smooth and shiny as glass, hehe.,,,,BD


Looks like the clamps are a bit large for the seat rails? Maybe a shim would hold them a little tighter?
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I can tell the Moto gets ridden regularly. The shifter caps are polished smooth and shiny as glass, hehe.,,,,BD
Gosh, I didn't notice that. I've been using this bike for years and am surprised that they never cracked....

You know what? I would just like to say that we have got some folks on here with HAWK EYE'S. Several of the member's on this forum have an eye for detail like nobody's business....You guys (and gals) never cease to amaze me

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Good call on the shims! Any suggestions on what may work? Cut up a pop can??
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Working in an auto parts store, I can think of one thing? Maybe a couple of sections of 1/4" or possibly 3/8" brake line, cut in half lengthwise with a dremel. Might do the trick? Never tried it though.,,,,BD
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Good call on the shims! Any suggestions on what may work? Cut up a pop can??
How about you wrap copper wire around the saddle rails, making a fairly tight coil in the area of the clamp; it will deform a bit, but probably take the right shape... you just have to find the right gauge wire.
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I have one that's pretty much identical to yours and in similar condition, except for the saddle which is brown suede. Interesting bike with a very steep, quick handling front end making it good for around town exploring. They do have a sense of humor.
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So is this French or Campy-Italian seatpost humor or BIM French saddle humor?

Along the humor line: I've a similar Raleigh Pro with an English "Chim" version of a "shim" solution.

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Oh yeah.....I kind of get it....
I guess it's funny....
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That joke would have gotten old for me many 200 mileses ago. Buy a Kalloy post for $20 and have the last laugh.
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Not funny, and I'm sure you deeply regret posting this.
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Yeah. You're right.
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Bikedued has the right idea. Instead of brake line, maybe be some copper tubing from Home Despot.
The stuff for water line to the ice maker should be close in diameter. Split it length wise and slip it over the rails at the clamps.
Should be cheaper, softer and easier to manipulate.
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I really don't see how futzing with a poorly designed seatpost. Rather than just replacing it with an inexpensive seatpost that simply works is the right idea.
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Of course, the French have a sense of humor. Don't believe me? Drive an old Peugeot 504.
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I really don't see how futzing with a poorly designed seatpost. Rather than just replacing it with an inexpensive seatpost that simply works is the right idea.
I expect it's because the french used metric sizing and an inexpensive seatpost doesn't fit.
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Better yet, try a Citroen Deux Chevaux. Better than a Yugo. We used to call them "Flying shelter halfs"
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Who made that post? It doesn't look like a Simplex.
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I expect it's because the french used metric sizing and an inexpensive seatpost doesn't fit.
Who doesn't use metric sizing for their posts?
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Who made that post? It doesn't look like a Simplex.
I thought that it was just a proprietary Moto post that they used in '77, but I can pull it and check for some sort of marking....Then again, if Bikedude has one on his Pug, maybe Simplex was supplying them for several Co's....
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