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    Been there ... done that. I got my Armstrong 3x4...

    Been there ... done that. I got my Armstrong 3x4 hybrid with a Cyclo normal-low bandspring derailleur, which I soon replaced w/ a normal-high Gran Sport, which could actually hit all 4 cogs, and...
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    I really like where this is heading -- keep us...

    I really like where this is heading -- keep us updated! Those head lugs are almost as nice as on a Capo. :)

    Great project, and very worthwhile.

    I have 6-bolt half-step gearing on my 1960 Capo...
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    ... or just keep the derailleurs, so that you do...

    ... or just keep the derailleurs, so that you do not have to see how 52/15 feels up hill.

    Freewheeling single speed gives you the worst of both worlds -- fixed gear at least has some interesting...
  4. For me, there was never any distinction between...

    For me, there was never any distinction between the joy and the work of bicycling. This attitude helped me work my way through the first two years of grad school by supplementing my $3K/yr. UCLA...
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    Just do it -- it is neither difficult nor risky...

    Just do it -- it is neither difficult nor risky with a steel frame.
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    Another lap of the sun for Bill. Happy Birthday!

    Another lap of the sun for Bill. Happy Birthday!
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    I guess that means we have to let another kid...

    I guess that means we have to let another kid into our forum. :)

    Congrats -- get out and do your obligatory birthday ride, now that you have a "no excuses" bike.
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    Only the Specialized 700Cx28 tires seem to run...

    Only the Specialized 700Cx28 tires seem to run true to callout size. My Contis, Vittorias, etc. run small, such that a "28" is about 25mm to an inch wide. This is a problem with the rim - tire width...
  9. The easiest 10-speed of that era to maintain is...

    The easiest 10-speed of that era to maintain is the Schwinn Varsity or one of its Huffy or Murray clones. Parts are plentiful, and you can do a bottom bracket overhaul with channel lock pliers.
  10. I run 49-46/14-26 on the 1960 Capo, which still...

    I run 49-46/14-26 on the 1960 Capo, which still has the cottered steel Agrati crankset. Stock gearing was 52-48/14-22, which is a bit stiff for my tastes, and an earlier owner had converted mine to...
  11. Thank you for the closeup shot of the head lugs....

    Thank you for the closeup shot of the head lugs. Please provide same for seat cluster area, bottom bracket from both sides, and rear derailleur hanger/dropout.

    Dimensions help, as well:
    bottom...
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    Best giveaway I ever won was a Garmin Nuvi, at...

    Best giveaway I ever won was a Garmin Nuvi, at the last Christmas party my employer held before closing down.

    Next best was a case of paraffin chain lube, a case of Cliff bars, AND a bicycle...
  13. Is there an easy, reliable way to defeat the FFS?...

    Is there an easy, reliable way to defeat the FFS? If I recall correctly, the freewheel ratchet was stiffer than standard, to force the chainring to do most of the freewheeling, so a new freewheel or...
  14. I like that a lot, maybe because I have a couple...

    I like that a lot, maybe because I have a couple of its contemporaries from Vienna. :) That crank looks a lot like the original Agrati on my 1960 Capo, which has its original Campagnolo Gran Sport...
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    80 years old? I wanna be like him when I grow up....

    80 years old? I wanna be like him when I grow up. :)
  16. I have the Accushift thumb shifter on my mountain...

    I have the Accushift thumb shifter on my mountain bike. The first thing I did was to change it to friction mode (and leave it there), which made my subsequent conversion from a 7-speed freewheel to...
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    It appears to have an integral derailleur hanger...

    It appears to have an integral derailleur hanger and a later-generation Maxy crank, which would indeed put it in the late, rather than the early, 1970s. The barcons are a big improvement over the...
  18. We have a winner here! Nice work.

    We have a winner here! Nice work.
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    Nicely done. I am too much of a gearhead to...

    Nicely done. I am too much of a gearhead to appreciate either single speed freewheel or fixed, but bicycling has saved me from my father's and paternal grandfather's curse of obesity and all the...
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    My $0.02 worth as a former knee patient (a couple...

    My $0.02 worth as a former knee patient (a couple of patellar dislocations and evidently a congenital instability which makes me susceptible to these):

    1) Read "Save Your Knees," by James Fox, MD....
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    I am not going to challenge BG's assessment, but...

    I am not going to challenge BG's assessment, but if you want to prove it's a Japanese Bianchi, measure the BB shell width and/or look at the BB cup threading. 68mm with 1.375" x 24 TPI =...
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    Bellissima! Reminds me of my first road bike,...

    Bellissima! Reminds me of my first road bike, received at age 12 -- red Bianchi, 26" wheels, 21" frame, white tape and hoods. The Olmo is nicer.

    Yes, definitely bring the ends of the bars downward...
  23. For fixed gear, left side drive creates a...

    For fixed gear, left side drive creates a self-tightening -- rather than the usual self-loosening -- action during deceleration. It's actually not a bad idea. Yes, I know, the lockring is supposed to...
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    That is one impressive stable.

    That is one impressive stable.
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    Don't apologize, Highgear -- I still consider the...

    Don't apologize, Highgear -- I still consider the B5/B5.5 generation Passat wagon (ours is a 2001, right before the 2001.5 B5.5 facelift) to be the best-sized, best-configured car ever designed. To...
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