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    A shop I worked in in the mid-'70s had an...

    A shop I worked in in the mid-'70s had an Overland Rim-True Straightener, which was designed to be used with the tire and tube installed and inflated.

    As suggested by dabac above, though, if the...
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    Imitation brass? As long as the pressure in...

    Imitation brass?

    As long as the pressure in the air hose is higher than the pressure in the tube, the Presta valve will allow the air to flow into the tube. Once the air hose is removed, the...
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    Before punk, before Van Halen, live in the studio...

    Before punk, before Van Halen, live in the studio in 1972, featuring the staggeringly underrated guitarist Ollie Halsall. He and drummer John Halsey went on to do most of the music for the Rutles...
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    This thread reminds me of a story: a friend of...

    This thread reminds me of a story: a friend of mine who wanted a time trial frame built talked about the particulars to a framebuilder a number of times over the course of a couple of months. The...
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    Nazi schatze / Y'know I fight for fatherland

    Nazi schatze / Y'know I fight for fatherland
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    True. I worked in a Raleigh dealership during the...

    True. I worked in a Raleigh dealership during the '80s, when the Techniums were produced. The Raleigh sales rep told us that Raleigh USA set up their Technium frame factory in Kent, WA, specifically...
  7. Clamp-on DT bosses without a brazed-on stop would...

    Clamp-on DT bosses without a brazed-on stop would mar the bike's beautiful finish at the very least, assuming the OP would want to go to the trouble of cobbling together such an arrangement. Barcons...
  8. Do some searches for Softride mountain bike...

    Do some searches for Softride mountain bike stems. Long out of production, but they're often available out there. They got a lot of slagging for no good reason other than that people think...
  9. If you have a choice at the hardware store, get a...

    If you have a choice at the hardware store, get a 12-point socket; those are more likely to have a thinner wall than the 6-point sockets and thus to provide the necessary clearance inside the crank.
  10. Thread: Ss full time

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    Rode fixed gear exclusively from 1965 to about...

    Rode fixed gear exclusively from 1965 to about 1970, including in road races and crits (the Amateur Bicycling League of America rule book said fixed-gear bikes with one working brake were OK in road...
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    Rollers are cooler, of course, but that's a...

    Rollers are cooler, of course, but that's a comparatively recent development. I used a set of RollTrac rollers (I'll be amazed if anyone remembers those) from 1974 until the RacerMate came out in the...
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    Looking around the room: a Vetta, a Turbo,...

    Looking around the room: a Vetta, a Turbo, whatever came stock on a Felt TK2 track bike in 2011, whatever came stock on the aluminum Motobecane Le Champion in 2005, a San Marco M, a San Marco C (had...
  13. Good eye, Dave. I'd point out the dent and offer...

    Good eye, Dave. I'd point out the dent and offer $90 or $100 for the bike, after taking a test ride to make sure the frame and wheels are OK. In any event, a good price for a USA-built Raleigh...
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    Sticky: Poll: What kind of weenie goes to the doctor's office,...

    What kind of weenie goes to the doctor's office, let alone often enough to say "EVERY time"?
  15. I'd use one of your spare alloy collars with a...

    I'd use one of your spare alloy collars with a shim of appropriate thickness to match the necessary inner diameter.
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    Slightly slack at the tightest is indeed what...

    Slightly slack at the tightest is indeed what you're looking for. That grinding sound the drivetrain makes when the chain is too tight is probably an indication that you're performing a hardness test...
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    +1 for FBinNY's noting that fixed-gear setups are...

    +1 for FBinNY's noting that fixed-gear setups are the best for subtle speed control in traffic.

    Fixed gear was popular among bike messengers much earlier than most people around here know. The...
  18. Thread: Is it Real?

    by Trakhak
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    A quick search of Google Images using "Trek 7300"...

    A quick search of Google Images using "Trek 7300" turned up a reasonable number of red examples. One of the images was from the Road Bike Reviews site, for a 1999 red 7300.

    So, maybe not 2001, but...
  19. Thread: Ask Scrod

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    Can't help with the need for a quick and simple...

    Can't help with the need for a quick and simple way to find the specs, etc.

    But if you're looking for an '08 replacement Madison frame, find a Schwinn dealer (the bigger the better, to ensure that...
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    Yep. Sitting on a saddle with its nose tilted...

    Yep. Sitting on a saddle with its nose tilted down makes as much sense as sitting in a chair with its seat tilted down.
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    For a given wheel diameter, I just look at head...

    For a given wheel diameter, I just look at head tube lengths to zero in on frame sizes.

    The OP makes a good point about nonstandard standover measurements. On the other hand, it's worth...
  22. Amen to that. Wise man, and undoubtedly a good...

    Amen to that. Wise man, and undoubtedly a good mechanic. A true mechanic knows to respect the limits of tools. Strength of materials! My pet peeve: mechanics who disparage Vice-grips, which in the...
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    Always fun to be the first to contribute a...

    Always fun to be the first to contribute a substantive response:

    From this page: 'BentRider Online» Blog Archive » Angletech Techwind Panniers

    Zzipper primarily made fairings. Their first...
  24. Looks good. Earlier $225 to $275 estimate sounds...

    Looks good. Earlier $225 to $275 estimate sounds about right now for a presentable STI-equipped bike with no substantive issues.

    "Looks dirty." "I'd rather do my own cleaning." Tough crowd.
  25. "Normal wheels" are clincher wheels. "Normal...

    "Normal wheels" are clincher wheels. "Normal tires" are clincher tires. Maybe you're asking about the difference between clincher wheels and tires that use tubes and clincher tires and wheels that...
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