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  1. A full half link chain offers nothing that a...

    A full half link chain offers nothing that a single half link couldn't accomplish.
  2. I'd rather have the Merckx.

    I'd rather have the Merckx.
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    I have wool shorts and tights from around 1981...

    I have wool shorts and tights from around 1981 that are holding up well (I did have elastic replaced on a couple, and a new chamois put in one), and lycra shorts from around 1984 that are threadbare...
  4. And raked fork blades rather than straight.

    And raked fork blades rather than straight.
  5. +1 this. Those delrin pushrod front derailleurs...

    +1 this. Those delrin pushrod front derailleurs were pretty dismal even when new. Unless you're set on a period correct restoration, you'd be far better served by replacing the derailleur with...
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    Don't worry about stripping the threads. If your...

    Don't worry about stripping the threads. If your crank needs the 23mm puller, a 22mm puller will just drop in without even engaging any threads. The concern with stripping threads involves TA and...
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    They look like Shimano UF dropouts. Those were...

    They look like Shimano UF dropouts. Those were only on the market for a few years in the early 80s.

    http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/dropouts/shimano-uf.jpeg
  8. Mercian "curly?" :innocent:

    Mercian "curly?" :innocent:
  9. Most of the frames I build get this type of...

    Most of the frames I build get this type of treatment on the seatstays:

    http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/fixed-frame/caps05.jpg
  10. Cut off the worn end and you now have a fresh hex...

    Cut off the worn end and you now have a fresh hex surface.
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    And black shorts...

    And black shorts...
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    8+ speed chains are riveted rather than pinned,...

    8+ speed chains are riveted rather than pinned, and when a rivet comes out -- either accidentally on the road or pushed out by your chain tool -- the flange on the end of the rivet is broken and will...
  13. Yes. I've always liked the smell of...

    Yes.



    I've always liked the smell of linseed oil -- it reminds me of my father and his den where he did oil painting.

    The biggest caveat with linseed oil is proper disposal of any rags with...
  14. These are the frames I saw built at Trek: ...

    These are the frames I saw built at Trek:

    http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh117/auchencrow/Facet%20Biotour%202000/biocamdrive.jpg

    The OP's bike is more conventional; unworthy1 speculates...
  15. Missing some pieces, but all the big-ticket items...

    Missing some pieces, but all the big-ticket items are present. Seller doesn't state what thread, but likely easy enough to find out:
    ...
  16. The only Facet frames I saw built at Trek had the...

    The only Facet frames I saw built at Trek had the goofy BioCam bottom bracket. The lugs and dropout treatment on this frame don't look familiar to me.
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    No. Those forks are as reliable as the day is...

    No. Those forks are as reliable as the day is long.
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    That's termed "bilaminate" construction, where...

    That's termed "bilaminate" construction, where the lugs morph into the tubes.

    No idea who made it, but I suspect an 80s vintage one-off job (based on the logo on the Cinelli shell) from somebody...
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    That particular one is specific to a certain...

    That particular one is specific to a certain bike. But you can get one similar, e.g.:
    ...
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    "Drewing" is removing original bits from a frame...

    "Drewing" is removing original bits from a frame to irreversibly convert it to a "cleaner look," i.e. grinding off shift lever bosses or cable guides, or hacking off a derailleur hanger because...
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    Thanks... sounds more like "gwair-CHOE-tee"

    Thanks... sounds more like "gwair-CHOE-tee"
  22. Despite the fact that it is totally unlike...

    Despite the fact that it is totally unlike anything Merckx ever rode during his career. :rolleyes:
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    Reamed, tapped, and faced the threadless bottom...

    Reamed, tapped, and faced the threadless bottom bracket shell on another Viscount I picked up a while ago. Does that constitute "drewing?"

    http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/viscount-shell.jpg
  24. What makes it worth 17 bills?

    What makes it worth 17 bills?
  25. Reamed, tapped, and faced the threadless bottom...

    Reamed, tapped, and faced the threadless bottom bracket shell on another Viscount I picked up a while ago. Does that constitute "drewing?"

    http://www.os2.dhs.org/~john/viscount-shell.jpg
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