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    I've said it before and I'll say it again: To me,...

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: To me, lugged steel plus mostly modern components is the bee's knees. Lugged steel frames are what I came of age lusting after (they weren't the opnly...
  2. I think they are fun to look at and examine, in...

    I think they are fun to look at and examine, in the same way that concept cars are fun to look at an examine, but I'm not at all interested in buying one. Even if they made a more run-of-the-mill...
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    If so, it's a tad subtle. It never ceases to...

    If so, it's a tad subtle.

    It never ceases to amaze me how much ill will and general nastiness flowed out of the Masi USA operation. By that I don't mean that gthere was anything inherently...
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    Okay, I'll bite - whazzup with the scissors? ...

    Okay, I'll bite - whazzup with the scissors?

    Nice looking bike, BTW. Glad to hear it rides well and makes you smile. All C&V bikes should be so lucky as to have an owner who truly appreciates...
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    Very nice. But for this 6'3" serious Clydesdale,...

    Very nice. But for this 6'3" serious Clydesdale, however pretty it is to look at (and it is that), it's pretty much useless for riding purposes
  6. Try the new-fangled merino wool. It is not the...

    Try the new-fangled merino wool. It is not the nasty stuff of 20+ years ago. The difference is amazing. If you can't wear merino wool, you probably should not live in a time zone that has sheep. ...
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    I did some local club races as a teenager in the...

    I did some local club races as a teenager in the mid-70s. If the road slanted upward at all, I was off the back, pretty much right now. But I did win one club handicapped criterium - it felt like I...
  8. Wool is your friend. Preferably in layers. ...

    Wool is your friend. Preferably in layers.

    Granted, I try not to ride in the rain, but unless you get caught in a Gulf of Alaska version of a typhoon, the following will even get you through...
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    ^^^ Looks like you nailed it . . . :innocent:

    ^^^ Looks like you nailed it . . . :innocent:
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    I heard about this on the radio. I believe the...

    I heard about this on the radio. I believe the letters D-U-I feature prominently in this story. I'm just glad I wasn't there at the time.
  11. Didn't he just sign with the Red Sox?

    Didn't he just sign with the Red Sox?
  12. Maybe the "M" drilliumed into the chainwheel is...

    Maybe the "M" drilliumed into the chainwheel is in the font used by the University of Michigan instead the font used by Masi.

    Whad'ya mean that isn't it?
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    I can't make it this year. :( The rest of you,...

    I can't make it this year. :(

    The rest of you, however, should go. It's a fun, no-pressure, well run ride. With wine. Plenty of wine. :thumb:
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    Thank you. You are a gentleman and a scholar. ...

    Thank you. You are a gentleman and a scholar. And there are so few of us left . . . . :rolleyes:
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    http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u46/bikingshear...

    http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u46/bikingshearer/Ron%20Cooper/photo22.jpg

    1982-ish Ron Cooper. For purposes of this thread, I'm going with a firm 1982.

    I graduated from college that year. ...
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    Late to the party (so what else is new?...

    Late to the party (so what else is new? :rolleyes:), but here are some thoughts for others who might be thinking about cycling in Yosemite.

    On a loaded tour I did with friends 18 years ago, our...
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    I'd have said $300 for the frame and fork alone...

    I'd have said $300 for the frame and fork alone would have been well worth it, so you done really good in my book. :thumb:

    As others have said, the SunTour shifters were almost certainly not...
  18. In not very many years, I will be old and in the...

    In not very many years, I will be old and in the way. I am currently middle-aged and in the way. My bikes are classic lugged steel with more modern componentry. To me, it's the best of all worlds....
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    +1 for Cholula. Don't care for the flavor of...

    +1 for Cholula. Don't care for the flavor of Tabasco. Not interested in going very much hotter - I'd rather enjoy my food survive than have to launch a nuclear counterstrike against it.
  20. Double-check? I don't even single-check my work.

    Double-check? I don't even single-check my work.
  21. The answer to your question is "yes and no." ...

    The answer to your question is "yes and no."

    Yes because there have been improvements in getting the interface between chains and cogs juuuuust so. That helps any kind of shifting.

    No,...
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    5mm probably is the recommended max, but I have...

    5mm probably is the recommended max, but I have had a couple frames spread from 120mm to 130mm. That much cold setting can crack the paint or dimple the chainstay(s) ever so slightly at the bridge...
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    Beautiful Paramount.

    Beautiful Paramount.
  24. Benotto sent some entry-level ten-speed Bike Boom...

    Benotto sent some entry-level ten-speed Bike Boom specials to the US during the days of the - wait for it - Bike Boom of the early to mid 70s. I had one; it was my first derailleur bike. Yours...
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    I agree with TugaDude that parting it out is more...

    I agree with TugaDude that parting it out is more effort and would likely also net more $$$. As far as the tools go, if your Dad did his own work, he may have the crank tools you need.

    Also, to...
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