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    After 50 years,mine's kinda getting that way, but...

    After 50 years,mine's kinda getting that way, but as a pretty much broke
    pensioner, a new b-66 isn't likely. I do have a bunch cheap old saddles that'll never feel as
    good.
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    I know, ancient thread,but then so am I....

    I know, ancient thread,but then so am I. listening to how one might stiffen an old saddle,
    I melt & mix beef tallow with beeswax 1 to 1. Apply at about 170 degrees. (to hot, the
    leather will...
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    So Scott, old threads may be the only source for...

    So Scott, old threads may be the only source for info on a specific topic, therefore
    still useful no matter how old. My b-72 is now 50 yrs old. I'm older still,though not
    quite as useful.
  4. Actually the ratio is not the same. 50/17 is a...

    Actually the ratio is not the same. 50/17 is a bit less than 3 to 1, 34/11 is a
    bit more than 3 to 1, and yes it does provide more leverage because the pedal
    extends farther beyond the chainring....
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    I appreciate the thought, Tom. The guy just wants...

    I appreciate the thought, Tom. The guy just wants way too much for the naked frame which has a
    fork & absolutely nothing else, and he won't budge. I could probably find a rideable PX-10 for what
    ...
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    I've had a couple mixte frames, & actually prefer...

    I've had a couple mixte frames, & actually prefer them to a standard frame. They were originally
    designed to be a light weight road racer, especially those with the steeper seat tube. Later the...
  7. That is a raleigh technium Ovation. mid- range...

    That is a raleigh technium Ovation. mid- range bike only manufactured in '89. Discontinued
    because so few were ordered . Only an few were made. They are rare but not especially
    valuable. I have the...
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    THX Verktyg, I'm a big guy, but I've fallen in...

    THX Verktyg, I'm a big guy, but I've fallen in love with a mint condition '83 Univega
    Sportour mixte I found advertised as 'woman's bike $60'. I don't think it had ever
    been ridden. I swapped the...
  9. The thing is, I'm old. I've been on bikes since...

    The thing is, I'm old. I've been on bikes since before some of your parents were born. I can ride 50/11,
    for some distance, but on a touring stage of 25 miles lactate builds up quickly in my...
  10. If you say so achoo but 50/17 feel like more...

    If you say so achoo but 50/17 feel like more resistance to me.
  11. Kv501, you'd think so as far as cross-chaining...

    Kv501, you'd think so as far as cross-chaining goes, but what I've done with my compact
    is used an old triple front derailleur giving me a little extra leeway. this also helps with the
    big jump...
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    Okay, all you frog kissers, I'm thinking about...

    Okay, all you frog kissers, I'm thinking about restoring a late '60s Peugeot mixte frame.
    (haven't bought it yet but it's in remarkably nice condition) Can anyone tell me off
    hand the bb size? Is...
  13. I'll go along with Long Tom. I've got...

    I'll go along with Long Tom. I've got 50/34/32/11. I'm an old geezer & this setup is perfect
    for me. I ride 34/11 for cruising moderately level ground without cross chaining. The leverage
    gained by...
  14. Oddjob, realistically, what do you think a PX-10...

    Oddjob, realistically, what do you think a PX-10 frame with only the bb, nothing else
    is worth if just fair condition?
  15. I really loved my UO-8 that was stolen in '69. It...

    I really loved my UO-8 that was stolen in '69. It was the only new bike I've ever owned,but,
    were I to find one today, even in pristine shape, I'd have to make too many mods to meet
    my current...
  16. That's a late 60's UO-8, might even be the one...

    That's a late 60's UO-8, might even be the one stolen from me in '69.
    Nor really a Francophile, I've no love for Spanish facist dictators.
  17. What works for me? Cheap! I waited 2 years 'til...

    What works for me? Cheap! I waited 2 years 'til I found a mint '83 Univega Sportour for $60.
    I'm old so I put a cheap Sugino compact 50/34 and a cheap Shimmy 7 x 32/12 freewheel
    & drlr, to haul my...
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    I don't think it matters, electric or not; looks...

    I don't think it matters, electric or not; looks like very cool fast ride
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    65, this is my RV. everything clips on & off the...

    65, this is my RV. everything clips on & off the bike or clips
    together as carry-ons for public transit which is dirt cheap
    here in Washington State
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    Sticky: J, after 40 miles of urban riding, I'd be a...

    J, after 40 miles of urban riding, I'd be a basket case. Even driving thru that much
    city would leave me frazzled, just bin out in the woods to long.
  21. My rule of thumb depends on what I'm planning to...

    My rule of thumb depends on what I'm planning to ride. Because I ride all
    manner of surfaces, I have 700 x 40 tires. On asphalt I run about 80-85,
    which with a strong thumb compresses 1/4" to 3/8"....
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    I've been riding an '83 Univega Sport I found in...

    I've been riding an '83 Univega Sport I found in mint condition with hi-end components
    at an absurdly cheap price. I tacoed the rear 27 1/4 cornering into a pothole and decided
    on 700s for a...
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    Really? I found one, adjustable with three bright...

    Really? I found one, adjustable with three bright leds with flash mode, $6, at Henery's Hardware.
    You don't have to spend a lot of money to get decent touring gear. Most of my gear came from
    ...
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    Sticky: :DHoly Guacamole, Slack! Now all ya need is a...

    :DHoly Guacamole, Slack! Now all ya need is a team of 12 huskys to pull the durn thing. I'd
    flat drop dead trying to walk that rig up some of the hills around here. Ive done the PCH;
    it's not...
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    There are a lot of factors to consider here. Age,...

    There are a lot of factors to consider here. Age, weight, physical condition, &
    the length of the stages intended. For me its easy; I am old, 11/32.
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