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    It needs an (apparently) hard-to-find...

    It needs an (apparently) hard-to-find rechargeable battery. However, I took the old battery out, got the part number, Googled it and hit pay dirt. Unfortunately, after about a month or so the...
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    Back-in-the-day I'd ride/train regardless of the...

    Back-in-the-day I'd ride/train regardless of the heat or cold, but I had similarly crazy riding partners to keep me motivated. These days I live in south Louisiana where year-round riding is the...
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    I own a pair of Cioccs. I call my classic Ciocc...

    I own a pair of Cioccs. I call my classic Ciocc San Cristobal "Ciocc", but I refer to my recently acquired Ciocc Titan as "Beer Is Waiting" (engraved on my headset cap).
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    12 oz curls.

    12 oz curls.
  5. Is that BEER in the box on the rear rack? Is it...

    Is that BEER in the box on the rear rack? Is it included as an accessory? Is it good beer? If so, marketing brilliance on the part of GP! :beer:
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    Beautiful! :thumb:
  7. Merlins and Litespeeds are beautiful bikes...

    Merlins and Litespeeds are beautiful bikes indeed! That antique shop Merlin is definitely drool-worthy.

    I'm a recent convert to titanium after scoring an apparently very rare Ciocc Titan on eBay...
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    Ahh, 1983 . . . no "what-if" fantasy needed here....

    Ahh, 1983 . . . no "what-if" fantasy needed here. I had some spare cash and bought a new Austro-Daimler Superleicht full Reynolds 531DB frameset and migrated the Campy parts I'd accumulated onto it....
  9. A good friend of mine and I actually explored...

    A good friend of mine and I actually explored this back in the early 1980s. We wanted to buy an existing shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas and had a CPA who was a friend put together a detailed...
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    Poll: I was a Freshman at the University of Arkansas in...

    I was a Freshman at the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 1973. IIRC, that was the Christmas that I upgraded from a basement-grade Chiorda to a Gitane Tour de France thanks to my generous,...
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    I agree with you in regard to parallel tubes in...

    I agree with you in regard to parallel tubes in the scenario presented. :thumb:

    However, the Titan's twin downtubes are not parallel. They form a triangle with the base at the bottom bracket. ...
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    Back-in-the-day, I re-spaced an Austro-Daimler...

    Back-in-the-day, I re-spaced an Austro-Daimler Reynolds 531 Inter 10 frame from 5-speed to 6-speed simply by spreading the rear triangle by hand. It worked just fine. In later years I considered...
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    Ciocc, of course. "Huffy Cat" just doesn't have...

    Ciocc, of course. "Huffy Cat" just doesn't have the same ring to it - sounds like a brand of cat litter. Besides, my San Cristobal that I've had since 1986 is still a super-sweet ride and my "new"...
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    That's very possible. Giovanni "Ciocc" Pelizzoli...

    That's very possible. Giovanni "Ciocc" Pelizzoli sold the Ciocc trade mark to Stefano Bonati and his partners in 1991. I believe that frame building was probably farmed-out to a number of different...
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    See below. I tried for close-ups. Photo quality...

    See below. I tried for close-ups. Photo quality isn't the best.
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    Below are a few photos that were taken by the...

    Below are a few photos that were taken by the seller:

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    I don't buy bike parts at Walmart - I patronize...

    I don't buy bike parts at Walmart - I patronize my LBS as much as possible.

    I buy beer at my nearby Walmart. Locally-brewed Tin Roof Blonde tastes the same regardless of who sells it.
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    Photo below shows my recently acquired Ciocc...

    Photo below shows my recently acquired Ciocc Titan. Found it on eBay last November and had it shipped here from Zurich. I'm guessing it was built-up around 1999 or shortly after based on components...
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    I won this beautiful (and apparently rare) Ciocc...

    I won this beautiful (and apparently rare) Ciocc Titan on eBay last Saturday evening.
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    Glad to hear that you're enjoying your new ride! My experience: I tried to "go modern" back when I resumed cycling in 2009 after a 17-year hiatus and was rather underwhelmed by some of the so-called...
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    My first "good bike" was a TdF in the mid-1970s...

    My first "good bike" was a TdF in the mid-1970s and it was a super-sweet ride. Enjoy yours - you certainly did a beautiful resto! :thumb:
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    I remember mounting my first sew-up using Tubasti...

    I remember mounting my first sew-up using Tubasti in the mid-1970s. I didn't pre-mount the tire without cement and allow it to stretch before gluing and didn't allow the cement to cure a bit before...
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    Giovanni "Ciocc" Pelizzoli's racing nickname was...

    Giovanni "Ciocc" Pelizzoli's racing nickname was "Poker Face", hence the four aces logo.

    However, Segnore Pelizzoli claims that "Ciocc" is a meaningless nickname shared by his father and...
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    IIRC, that was the wheel build on some early...

    IIRC, that was the wheel build on some early 1970s higher-end French bikes - particularly the Peugeot Px-10 and the Gitane TdF. However, an Atom freewheel was standard rather than a Suntour - at...
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    I agree with you on everything except the very...

    I agree with you on everything except the very last sentence. I still use friction-shifting Campy Super Record derailleurs on my 1980s Ciocc - which is my (only) road bike. I've listened to my...
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