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    I only have one set of non-hooked rims (Rigida...

    I only have one set of non-hooked rims (Rigida 1622), and I don't bother trying to make them into a fast wheelset. I use them with 27x1-1/4 tires at no more than 85psi. It's a nice cushy ride and a...
  2. Those TA cranks are pretty nice too. The 3-pin...

    Those TA cranks are pretty nice too. The 3-pin 116mm bolt diameter was an industry standard and very popular in Europe through most of the 20th century, although it was usually found on cottered...
  3. Americans can go to Cuba any time they want, as...

    Americans can go to Cuba any time they want, as long as they enter from another country like Mexico, Jamaica, etc. My brother and a couple buddies took a 2-week bike tour there about 10 years ago and...
  4. 75 Motobecane GJ. Had it since high school, it's...

    75 Motobecane GJ. Had it since high school, it's the one bike I wouldn't unload no matter what.
    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7445/12194448194_3eb1c3c5cb_z.jpg

    67 Atala Record. My favorite...
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    Hi noMotor, Those are nice old frames, but the...

    Hi noMotor,
    Those are nice old frames, but the Flavia looks kind of low-end, and the Bertin has a major structural flaw. With a few exceptions, old bicycles are cheap enough that just about anyone...
  6. This is a 1949 Automoto I bought for $50 at my...

    This is a 1949 Automoto I bought for $50 at my LBS. It's actually in pretty solid condition and has a lot of potential, but will be a big job: refinishing, rechroming, finding period parts. I tried...
  7. To me the transition happened in the latter half...

    To me the transition happened in the latter half of the 1980's and was pretty much complete by the mid-1990's.
    Non-steel frames
    Cassette freehubs
    Ramped cogs
    Indexed shifting
    Dual-pivot brakes...
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    Here's mine, refinished and set up as a sport...

    Here's mine, refinished and set up as a sport tourer.

    https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7330/9529354641_14f9ef1a0c_c.jpg
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    A 74 head tube angle seems too steep, mine seems more laid-back, like 72 or maybe 73. Either way, it's a great base for a sport tourer, with fender eyelets and huge tire/fender clearances. You'll...
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    I have one just like that, I'm pretty sure it's...

    I have one just like that, I'm pretty sure it's from 1971-73. Mine has a 58cm c-t seat tube with a relatively short 55cm c-c top tube. I'm not sure how that compares to the Grand Record, but my 1975...
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    If you want a road bike with big tire clearances,...

    If you want a road bike with big tire clearances, get an older bike from the 60's or early 70's. Most of the nicer mass-production bikes from that era from companies like Atala, Schwinn, Motobecane,...
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    Tops on my list is the Karakoram Highway from...

    Tops on my list is the Karakoram Highway from Western China to Pakistan. I read that they recently closed it to cyclists in Pakistan due to security concerns (security for the cyclists, that is), but...
  13. Spend the 50 bucks for YJ tubulars and give them...

    Spend the 50 bucks for YJ tubulars and give them a try. I installed a set of YJ cheapies on my Atala in August 2013. I have ridden them about 2000 miles since then, with maybe a quarter of that on...
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    Ex-racer here. I entered one 10-mile race when I...

    Ex-racer here. I entered one 10-mile race when I was 16, on my Motobecane Grand Jubile with 27x1-1/4 wheels. I had no idea what to do. I started my final sprint about half a mile out and thought I...
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    Don't worry, cotton tape only lasts about a month...

    Don't worry, cotton tape only lasts about a month or so anyway, so you'll get to replace it pretty soon.
  16. Old rigid-frame mtb's in general are one of the...

    Old rigid-frame mtb's in general are one of the best buys in cycling. I would not fixate on any particular model, just look for something that is both nice and inexpensive.
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    The bike actually fell in the lake twice while I...

    The bike actually fell in the lake twice while I was photographing.
    Here are some close-up's:

    The fork crown is one of the more distinctive features of the frame.
    Very well-done lugwork....
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    1983 Guido Messina ...

    1983 Guido Messina

    https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3878/14838930442_321161f40d_c.jpg
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    There were several saddles (Cinelli, Ideale, and...

    There were several saddles (Cinelli, Ideale, and others) that were just a bare plastic shell. They look absolutely awful but must be pretty light.
  20. If I'm not going to keep a frame then I don't put...

    If I'm not going to keep a frame then I don't put anything into it, and price it accordingly. I think a lower-priced frame is usually easier to sell, and of course it's a lot less work. Let the new...
  21. Thread: Klein ????

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    I would say all Klein's were high-end, I have...

    I would say all Klein's were high-end, I have never seen one that I would call mid-range or below. Shimano 105 is not low-end.
    Of course used prices for anything always vary widely depending on...
  22. I have a Suntour AP 13-28 7-speed I have run with...

    I have a Suntour AP 13-28 7-speed I have run with a Nuovo Record drivetrain with no problem. The Super Record will handle at least a 28t and other folks have used it on 30t and 32t FW's. It has a...
  23. Thread: Klein ????

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    I think Klein's will be among the most...

    I think Klein's will be among the most collectible of aluminum bikes. How aluminum frames in general will fare I have no idea. It's not steel but at least it's still metal.
  24. Why do we like anything? We just do.

    Why do we like anything? We just do.
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    I have 2 pairs of those, some Detto's and...

    I have 2 pairs of those, some Detto's and Vittoria's with the slotted cleats. It's the only type I've ever used, although I just bought a pair of shoes for my one set of clipless pedals. I like...
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