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  1. I have noticed this now for several decades. ...

    I have noticed this now for several decades. I've never had a YKK zipper fail. The Japanese quality control seems phenomenal.
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    You'd be surprised! I'm still deciding what...

    You'd be surprised! I'm still deciding what street gang I should join...

    Here in the southernmost part of Sweden there are a lot of different refugee groups that have a lot of infighting...
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    Some pictures from today's pleasant ride around...

    Some pictures from today's pleasant ride around my 'hood here in Sweden, enjoying some of the last rays of sunshine.

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    The bike is my 1967 Calton Flyer fixed gear,...
  4. I'm glad to see that most of it scrubs off with...

    I'm glad to see that most of it scrubs off with little more than soap and a lot of elbow grease. It looks like it had been ridden fairly recently, with the Shimano freewheel and the Jagwire brake...
  5. Your internal dynamo cable routing makes me...

    Your internal dynamo cable routing makes me jealous! I was forced to improvise with my 1977 when I upgraded to a dynamo hub. Of course, the earlier ones were a different beast in many ways.

    For...
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    I was thinking "girlfriend chaser," but I hate...

    I was thinking "girlfriend chaser," but I hate making pancakes the following morning.
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    If you live in Sweden and are traveling to...

    If you live in Sweden and are traveling to Denmark, you just bring back a couple cases of beer to offset the cost. :-) Or you go all the way to Germany and pack your car full of beer.

    What you...
  8. That Velosolex appears to have brakes still...

    That Velosolex appears to have brakes still bolted to a backing plate that spans the stays...

    I do remember seeing some high-end Peugeots with gold-in-appearance MAFAC brakes bolted to...
  9. I did a bit of Googling after my post this...

    I did a bit of Googling after my post this morning, and found that you can still buy Dia Compe posts and the hardware to convert their other brakes, like the little springs and the D-plate that the...
  10. No, it doesn't. Beautiful bike, though! Here...

    No, it doesn't. Beautiful bike, though!

    Here are the posts on my 1977 Centurion Pro Tour with the original Dia Compe Model G brakes. Notice that the front of the fork crown isn't drilled! The...
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    This is one of the reasons smaller towns are...

    This is one of the reasons smaller towns are nice. Although, now that I moved to a very small town of about 30,000 here in Sweden, I usually just walk the few blocks to the center of town if I'm not...
  12. Thread: Fuji Regis?

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    I trash picked one of those in a really small...

    I trash picked one of those in a really small size, mostly complete, many years ago when walking my dog. I remember it having steel rims, so I harvested the cones and such along with the BB and HS...
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    Nice! I've only been in Sweden for 8 months,...

    Nice!

    I've only been in Sweden for 8 months, but all of the Husqvarna bikes I've seen have had very elaborate chainguards on them, even basic (but old!) city bikes. It's part of Swedish craft...
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    The only reason the polarity is important is...

    The only reason the polarity is important is because the lights are sometimes also grounded to the frame, fork and fender when they're conductive. Since your bike is made of cereal, I doubt that...
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    That's the nut near the top of the Dunlop valve....

    That's the nut near the top of the Dunlop valve.

    I've found that some pumps work a lot better with these than others. I suspect that the testing procedure for pumps sold in some parts of the...
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    True. But in that case you're looking at an...

    True. But in that case you're looking at an extremely niche product.

    It's just a generic, box section, double-walled, slightly wide aluminum rim with machined sidewalls. I've been using one...
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    After spending some weeks, albeit mostly enjoying...

    After spending some weeks, albeit mostly enjoying the barley nectars and amazing stews, in Germany and the Czech Republic, I'm very much in favor of the balance bike. With many of the kids, they...
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    Wasn't Motiv the down-market brand of Jamis (or...

    Wasn't Motiv the down-market brand of Jamis (or whatever it was called at the time...)?

    I had seen some of their hybrid bikes pop up, and I would have taken them if they were at the right price.
  19. When I've cleaned and adjusted the bearings...

    When I've cleaned and adjusted the bearings carefully with plenty of cheap grease, where the original parts are of okay quality, I've never once re-opened anything to find a disaster.

    Most of the...
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    I rode today, unexpectedly, about 75 kilometers...

    I rode today, unexpectedly, about 75 kilometers on my unknown age Finnish city bike. Earlier this week I had replaced my old rear rack with a new one from Sweden after the sprung rat-trap and some...
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    I would (and did) just go with an 8-speed...

    I would (and did) just go with an 8-speed cassette. Before I moved to Europe, I cold set the rear on my 120 mm spaced '77 Centurion Pro Tour to 135 mm and put on a cheap Shimano touring-oriented...
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    That's great, Holiday! Is that an Ultegra RD...

    That's great, Holiday! Is that an Ultegra RD that you're using to take up all that chain wrap?
  23. I live in a small city in Sweden, about 30,000...

    I live in a small city in Sweden, about 30,000 people, having just moved here from a larger city of about 100,000 nearby. Many, many people here do everyday stuff by bicycle, very similar to...
  24. While driving, I especially find the wheel and...

    While driving, I especially find the wheel and pedal reflectors to be helpful in in telling my brain what exactly I'm looking at. I'm able to then identify something as a moving bike, and make some...
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    My bikes are learning to cope with having some...

    My bikes are learning to cope with having some space and sunlight! I doubled the space that I have, and went from 1,5 meter sloping ceilings in half of it (I'm about 1,75 meters tall) to beautifully...
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