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  1. Some of the later-model levers with "wings"...

    Some of the later-model levers with "wings" actually had been factory-altered with the front of the lever body trimmed upward several millimeters to accommodate the thickness of the turkey wing...
  2. I've broken a few chains, and while it was no big...

    I've broken a few chains, and while it was no big deal when racing the Pedersen up Mt Diablo, the other (mostly road) bikes nearly threw me off the front!

    I've had the rear wheel come about a...
  3. Forget about C9 chain. Not that it doesn't work...

    Forget about C9 chain. Not that it doesn't work well, it does, but I've used the SRAM, KMC and Shimano 9s chains with results that seem at least every bit as good.
    I can say that the several C9...
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    It's a cable, and I don't know, actually. The...

    It's a cable, and I don't know, actually.

    The flex-biscuit hinge location may be far enough back from the head tube such that there isn't enough "lateral axis torsion" to overcome gravitational...
  5. Just a FWIW here, but fry-pan coatings wearing...

    Just a FWIW here, but fry-pan coatings wearing and flaking off presents no significant toxicity risk and passes right through.
    It's the over-heating of even the best high-temp polymer coatings that...
  6. The sharp ends of the housing wires that are left...

    The sharp ends of the housing wires that are left after cutting with proper cutters are actually part of how modern cabling works.

    Instead of having the ends meeting a hard surface inside of the...
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    As part of the recent purchase of an 82-yr-old...

    As part of the recent purchase of an 82-yr-old man's personal bike collection, I acquired a slingshot road bike, so will have to take that one for a ride! It helps that I am about the same size as...
  8. That bike looks very good now, rockin' a credible...

    That bike looks very good now, rockin' a credible patina, and from the pictures I think might even be the same brand/model as a rustbucket early-60's bike that I parted out about ten years ago. At...
  9. The one vintage component that I always remove...

    The one vintage component that I always remove before much serious riding would have to be the chain, followed by the freewheel if it isn't a Uniglide or Suntour freewheel (or perhaps a Cyclo...
  10. Can you tell us about the particular freewheels...

    Can you tell us about the particular freewheels that you had (what sounds like) skating going on with C9 chain?

    Were these custom assembled? Super wide-ratio? Corn-cob (super small)?

    I...
  11. Since I've used C9 chain with both Uniglide and...

    Since I've used C9 chain with both Uniglide and Suntour freewheels with great results, I had to measure the inner link's inside width to see what was going on there, and the inside width is greater...
  12. I'm sure that the cost of such security devices...

    I'm sure that the cost of such security devices will go down as their capabilities go up.

    Just as cell phones, sophisticated car alarms and high-tech security cameras are putting a serious dent...
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    I keep a small spray-bottle filled with rubbing...

    I keep a small spray-bottle filled with rubbing alcohol handy for a variety of uses, and have always used this for both removing and installing grips and hoods.
    It doesn't have any deleterious...
  14. I descended a couple of roads to local rivers on...

    I descended a couple of roads to local rivers on Monday, and all I can say is that the bone-stock single-pivot 600 brakeset on my '88 Centurion Carbon left nothing, nothing to be desired. Felt like...
  15. Any bike that I would lock up and walk away can't...

    Any bike that I would lock up and walk away can't have more than $200 value to me.

    I use my wireless alarm together with an armored cable lock for when I go into a department store or inside any...
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    I bought an almost-NOS bike this weekend with...

    I bought an almost-NOS bike this weekend with Sugino Super Mighty cranks on it, which are a near-copy of Nuovo Record cranks and which are anodized.
    The knife-edge where cracks start on the Nuovo...
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    Once production was up and running, several frame...

    Once production was up and running, several frame sizes were offered.

    Perhaps the US distributor was applying a heavy mark-up, much as racing tire prices here seem to consistently get inflated.
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    I remember reading that for the most part,...

    I remember reading that for the most part, failures started occurring with notable frequency only after they employed their construction methods to mountainbikes, at which point someone published...
  19. I'm just not getting the part about the "lighter...

    I'm just not getting the part about the "lighter and stiffer" newer bike having "a far smoother ride". Why would that be?

    And as far as installing a carbon fork, what is the expected effect of...
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    Wow, after all this time, I still remember most...

    Wow, after all this time, I still remember most of this from back when.

    Thanks for following up here, that crankset setup is quite the piece de resistance, and the bike just looks... ...fantastic!
  21. Since most of us may want to keep a bike's...

    Since most of us may want to keep a bike's original parts, including brakes, it often comes down to the setup to make a bike's brakes feel fully adequate.

    I found out years ago that when I...
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    There have been times that a GREAT deal was...

    There have been times that a GREAT deal was possibly imminent, even great when the tavel expense was fully factored in, but I held back.

    Something about burning even a half-tank of gas just to...
  23. Call me an anti-semant. The semantics involved...

    Call me an anti-semant. The semantics involved in bike tech discussions can have people hearing the opposite of what someone else is saying.

    I'll start with "modulation", and what my...
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    FWIW, I've heard that the smoothness of the metal...

    FWIW, I've heard that the smoothness of the metal after filing is very important in that area, so filing should always be followed up with some kind of surface smoothing to a fine finish.

    And you...
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    Thanks for the offer. I've so far located an...

    Thanks for the offer. I've so far located an Ultegra-hubbed set with 04CD rims, which would at least match the Guerch's brake calipers.
    I only just noticed that the bike's levers are 105, which are...
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