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    "Classic" means almost old enough to be an...

    "Classic" means almost old enough to be an antique; "vintage" means just old enough that you can't find the right parts to fix it.

    Or to put it another way, "classic" is old enough for sclerosis;...
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    Chiiiilllll Winstonnnnnn... Ohy veh... save...

    Chiiiilllll Winstonnnnnn...

    Ohy veh... save the ranting for call-in radio shows, dude: as I said, it's a hypothetical question. As for me, I got the information I needed, and I'm officially off...
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    Ah-- so it is. It's harder to envision without a...

    Ah-- so it is. It's harder to envision without a sketchpad or the frame right in front of me. :rolleyes:

    But- even with these measurements corrected, that's still a combined lowering of the...
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    I never have, but both now, as a roadie, and back...

    I never have, but both now, as a roadie, and back in my mountain biking days, I've had several friends who do; so, my choices on a ride are either keep up or get dropped (i.e.: pay for the beer after...
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    Oh Wait-- you're right, dddd; sorry everybody, I...

    Oh Wait-- you're right, dddd; sorry everybody, I just realized I've been looking at this backwards: low bosses/ larger rims vs. high bosses/ smaller rims.

    In that case, yeah; totally: a 650b rim...
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    Actually, I can think of TWO standard-ish cantis...

    Actually, I can think of TWO standard-ish cantis that could (maybe, just) handle that reach: the Paul Motolite, and an earlier Avid canti (whose name I've forgotten at the moment) that's very similar...
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    All right, I'll bite (keep in mind, I've been...

    All right, I'll bite (keep in mind, I've been car-free for over a decade)...

    My sport bikes:

    LeMond Buenos Aires (700c) #1 sport bike
    Torelli Corsa Strada (700c) #2 sport bike*...
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    I have a couple of 650b bikes; each of them is a...

    I have a couple of 650b bikes; each of them is a little different both for ride & build. Both have Panaracer tires- one is fitted with Nifty-Swiftys (34mm road tires), the other is fitted with Col...
  9. Then you might want to take a closer look at the...

    Then you might want to take a closer look at the Miyata & newer Koga-Miyatas. The Quick Cross' geometry was almost identical to the current Soma Doublecross (I'm sure there's some kind of Merry...
  10. There are a few bikes out there that match up......

    There are a few bikes out there that match up... As mentioned, Surly CrossCheck; the Soma Doublecross; the Miyata Quick Cross (almost identical to the Soma, albeit lugged, w/ a 1" threaded...
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    I agree with Dave, as far as doing it on the...

    I agree with Dave, as far as doing it on the cheap goes, but if you also need a left drop-bar shifter, it might be economical to snag a pair of Shimano 2300 STIs; they average about $100 - $120/set,...
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    As in "wabi sabi?" I'd go with that; there's an...

    As in "wabi sabi?" I'd go with that; there's an inherent zen to it, as well as some interesting historicity.

    I'd also suggest looking up the philosopher Walter Benjamin, his particular...
  13. There's also the Deda Murex: 418929 Not...

    There's also the Deda Murex:

    418929

    Not really the best view of mine, but these aren't bad- if you take the time to set them up correctly. If not, they can be kinda flexy (the secret: you have...
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    Mine was almost literally an attic bike; it had...

    Mine was almost literally an attic bike; it had been stored in the rafters of a detached garage and hadn't been ridden in 14 years before I bought it. The original owner commuted with it for two...
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    Thanks very much for your cogent & technical...

    Thanks very much for your cogent & technical answer, Ben; it's what I needed to know. Is that also why internal ducting was generally abandoned on more recent (steel) frames in favor of cable stops,...
  16. The 6400s came with both HG & UG freehub bodies,...

    The 6400s came with both HG & UG freehub bodies, depending on the year; the slightly later 6402 is HG compatible & will accept 9sp cassettes.

    I have a couple of wheelsets built around these and...
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    That's also how my XO-3 was originally set up,...

    That's also how my XO-3 was originally set up, however its stock bar was by Sakae rather than Nitto, and while it looked exactly like the RM-016, the tubing was much thicker and wouldn't accept...
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    I think you'd be hard pressed to find anything...

    I think you'd be hard pressed to find anything related to that clan that wasn't... The cans in the basket are quite likely 'placed' products; the bike itself is most likely a prop brought in by the...
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    It should be noted that Baroness Audrey- a former...

    It should be noted that Baroness Audrey- a former fashion model & Givenchy favorite- was quite proud of the fact that (her pregnancies excepted) she never weighed more than 106 pounds.
  20. Count me as another vote for Shimano-fitted late...

    Count me as another vote for Shimano-fitted late '80s/ early '90s Japanese bikes. :thumb:

    Gorgeous; well-made; standardized fittings, and easy to work on.
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    Retofitting question...

    Hi Everyone,

    This is just a hypothetical question; I'm just seeing if this is even possible...

    I ride a LeMond Buenos Aires (853 designer select frame). I've had this frame for years; it suits...
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    His rock-star-coolness was all soaked up by this...

    His rock-star-coolness was all soaked up by this guy:

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    Yup: it's death himself, warmed over.
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    As far as brake calipers go, you might be able to...

    As far as brake calipers go, you might be able to get away with replacing only the rear one with a longer reach 47/ 57mm caliper.

    When I converted my 1990 RB-2 to 700c, I was still able to use a...
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    Ahhh... So it isn't just my imagination. I was...

    Ahhh... So it isn't just my imagination. I was wondering if I'd been witnessing that famous optical illusion that makes a black line on a light surface appear thinner than a white line (of the same...
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    I was really surprised by its nimble handling;...

    I was really surprised by its nimble handling; it's an excellent descender & climbs like a goat. Say what you like about the weight of plain-gauge tubing, it IS stiff.
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