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  1. Thread: vitus 992

    by Lenton58
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    Oh Lucky Man! By today's standard $10,000+...

    Oh Lucky Man!
    By today's standard $10,000+ racing machines, yes it is heavy. Flaming oath: unless you are racing your freckels off in some CAT race, it just just does not matter a tuppence if it is...
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    KOBE wrote:Thanks for the support. Sometimes I...

    KOBE wrote:Thanks for the support. Sometimes I think I am just being sentimental or silly about hanging onto my too-small 560. But, you use exactly the words I might have been searching for:...
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    I have the same bike. I decided that it was just...

    I have the same bike. I decided that it was just too small and so I dismantled it to use the parts on another bike. But I just can't part with the frame. I had it on tubulars and it was silky smooth...
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    I'll compliment him. It's gorgeous!

    I'll compliment him. It's gorgeous!
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    This may seem an unfriendly, negative comment in...

    This may seem an unfriendly, negative comment in answer to your question — but you did ask, so here goes:

    The bike has been so modernized that I don't think the question of black or white...
  6. Thanks for the reply. I am always interested in...

    Thanks for the reply. I am always interested in what leather BF members are using. (I have a Dutch Legger and a Brooks team Pro).
  7. WOW ... that Simnoncini is downright erotic! And...

    WOW ... that Simnoncini is downright erotic! And for $250??!! A free Bob Jackson — you must have a special angel behind your back. QUESTION: What is the saddle on the Jackson, please.
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    A couple of years ago, a lot of these appeared on...

    A couple of years ago, a lot of these appeared on Japanese Yahoo auctions. Maybe I should have sprung for one, although finding a 56 cm frame is harder here. (I'm only just over 5'9"). Your post has...
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    You say 50K 797's were built! Thanks for the info...

    You say 50K 797's were built! Thanks for the info I had no idea. As for the stiffness issue: I had chain rub too, but it's mostly stopped after some changes in the transmission or maybe I am just...
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    Well I have to agree with your opinion. But...

    Well I have to agree with your opinion. But perhaps the writer is too callow to understand ... or adherent to beliefs that are best left alone here. I think my post above says exactly the rest of...
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    Indeed he was one of "us". He was not any sort of...

    Indeed he was one of "us". He was not any sort of celebrity "Fred". He struggled to become a very competent cyclist — apparently (aside from his inherent love of the sport) in an effort to buttress...
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    AFAIK Shimano is still making an indexed DT...

    AFAIK Shimano is still making an indexed DT shifter set. Over a year ago I ordered a set from my LBS for my 80's Woodrup. It was listed in the Shimano catalog. They will look fine on any classic...
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    Condolences! I agree with some others: the...

    Condolences!

    I agree with some others: the frame MUST be checked out. String it up and have the right measuring tools on hand ... or go to a frame maker. As for the crank: Maybe I am not the...
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    398730 There are more beautiful Vitus 979's...

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    There are more beautiful Vitus 979's around, but I adore mine just as it is. It has been changed around slightly since this pic but still retains Mavic head set, Nitto bars and S-65 seat...
  15. I cannot actually quote anything verbal from my...

    I cannot actually quote anything verbal from my wife. She just knows this dude in a helmet, Lycra tights, weird eyewear and whatever gear the weather dictates is going out the door and ignores me. A...
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    I think that there is a lot of excellent advice...

    I think that there is a lot of excellent advice and comments here. Still, here is my two cents worth:

    Take all the stuff off the bike that’s tied on as ancillary stuff. So now you are “down to...
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    Well ... you have a point that I could have...

    Well ... you have a point that I could have expected to be raised and you do know your race cars!

    As for the topic: in your opinion should I bend my Simplon-Romani originally 120 to 130 and...
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    I am expecting replacements for modern Ultegra or...

    I am expecting replacements for modern Ultegra or Tiagra grade to fit right on. If not. I will stay tuned and learn. The newer cartridge or "block" will not look the same.
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    Q: Why is it lower end Mercier? Admittedly I do...

    Q: Why is it lower end Mercier? Admittedly I do not see the usual decals that Mercier applied to upper end frames

    Yes, someone has messed with it, but at least it looks like no one pulled off the...
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    I would not hesitate to cold-set a 126 frame to...

    I would not hesitate to cold-set a 126 frame to 130. But ... a 40 year old 120 mm spaced racing frame with shorter stays ... (like a 'crit' bike?) not for me unless I get convinced otherwise.
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  21. Thread: 1937 Bates

    by Lenton58
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    There were two builders of the same name BATES....

    There were two builders of the same name BATES. Which one is this? I used to have the distinction stored in my head but my being the sort who cannot remember his own phone number, it's all gone at...
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    Interesting ... but it seems a really mixed bag...

    Interesting ... but it seems a really mixed bag of stuff and not all from pre-war bits.

    If you are really in love with it, perhaps get a frame builder to copy it. There is a builder here in...
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    I am pleased with a new Shimano Tiagra — should...

    I am pleased with a new Shimano Tiagra — should shift 8 of anything (but check specs) and is VERY affordable. It is only a pinch away from Ultegra with 105 inbetween. And Ultegra is (IMHO) DuraAce...
  24. Well, I am breathless, Chombi. My 979 is a...

    Well, I am breathless, Chombi. My 979 is a mongrel mutt compared to this rare beauty.
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    Sticky: Anyone in Japan? I have a 51 cm c-c Trek 560...

    Anyone in Japan?

    I have a 51 cm c-c Trek 560 frame in Reynolds 501. The frame was chased, faced and DO's aligned by a local frame-maker when I did a build on it. All original purple paint and...
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