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  1. I know it's cliche for old folks to either retire...

    I know it's cliche for old folks to either retire or spend the winters in Fla. causing either angst or entertainment for the locals, but since I am contemplating moving back to Fla within the next...
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    Odd response from pedestrian on trail

    Went for a brisk ride on a local rails-to-trails this morning. As is my habit, I slow down and ring my bike bell upon approaching pedestrians from behind. I have one of those classic sounding bells...
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    I'm 62 and find that docs want to poke and prod a...

    I'm 62 and find that docs want to poke and prod a bit more because of it. Last year I had a scare when the doc thought I may have an abdominal aortic aneurism. After an ultrasound showed no...
  4. My first bike (mid 50's) was a J C Higgens. The...

    My first bike (mid 50's) was a J C Higgens. The model was a "Fall Apart" as labeled by my friends because of its habit of shedding parts. Sometimes I got shed too, as I am reminded of every day...
  5. I'm quite blown away by the idea of getting more...

    I'm quite blown away by the idea of getting more out of it by parting out the gruppo separately. I think the anniversary gruppo is neat, but I was never really awed by it - it's what the bike came...
  6. Sorry. It should work now

    Sorry. It should work now
  7. You can take a look at some pics HERE....

    You can take a look at some pics HERE. I have to say that I have toyed with selling it for over five years and am not really sure I can go through with it. I bought it new from Mimi Milano at...
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    Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster...

    Matariki is the Māori name for the star cluster we know as the Pleiades or the Seven Sisters. It's the name of my sailboat. Ever since I was a kid I would scan the sky for this cluster and feel a...
  9. Question about selling high end vintage bike

    I am thinking about selling my 83 Colnago Super. It is nicely cleaned up and on display in my home shop. I haven't ridden it in a while, primarily because I know if I do, I will end up putting a...
  10. I was about to look this up to post it but...

    I was about to look this up to post it but davidad was good enough to do it first. I wanted to say that Jobst's advice helped me iron out a pulling problem on my old Raleigh Super Course, which is...
  11. But the car was a Mercedes! What about the...

    But the car was a Mercedes! What about the luxury car entitlement?
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    You do have a point, though.

    You do have a point, though.
  13. You could find the valve piece, cut a very small...

    You could find the valve piece, cut a very small slit in the tube to retrieve it, and then put a patch on the place that you cut it. Are you sure that the nut came completely off? Sometimes the...
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    Reminds me of a Peugeot I once had. The horn...

    Reminds me of a Peugeot I once had. The horn button was on the stalk that controlled the headlights. It was very useful for honking and flashing at the same time. What a feature to improve the...
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    The French translation of recumbent is...

    The French translation of recumbent is "semi-couché". Not sure that evokes the right image. Nice vid BTW.
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    Not for me - I have drum brakes.

    Not for me - I have drum brakes.
  17. Yep, my ride tomorrow on the local rails to...

    Yep, my ride tomorrow on the local rails to trails will be great. Nothing like high 40's to clear it out.
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    Deciding when to take the lane is situational. ...

    Deciding when to take the lane is situational. You may have taken it too early, but I would guess that all of us have done that. Better too early than too late. You were there, we weren't so...
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    I generally avoid getting close to other cyclists...

    I generally avoid getting close to other cyclists I encounter on my commute. If they have a reasonable pace, I just stay back. If they are clearly slow I will do a quick pass and sustain a good...
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    Thanks man, I see your point.

    Thanks man, I see your point.
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    Thanks for the advice, but it seems to be at odds...

    Thanks for the advice, but it seems to be at odds with my local city ordinance.
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    Generally not a good idea to make assumptions...

    Generally not a good idea to make assumptions based on your memories and apply them to events and environments to which you have limited knowledge. If you would like, I can provide more details -...
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    Perhaps you didn't read my earlier post where I...

    Perhaps you didn't read my earlier post where I said I had not passed the cyclist. I was stopped when I first saw him in my mirror approaching us at some distance away. Also you must have missed...
  24. It seems to me that the cabbie's outrage...

    It seems to me that the cabbie's outrage indicates that there is much more to the story.
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    Man - I missed my chance here.

    Man - I missed my chance here.
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