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    I sometimes take the chain off the chainrings....

    I sometimes take the chain off the chainrings. Opening the QR's sounds good too.
    But not with a 71 Paramount.
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    There are lots and lots of non-dented frames...

    There are lots and lots of non-dented frames around, why bother with this one unless it's free? Even then I don't think I'd mess with it unless I was a framebuilder myself.
  3. Where are the other two S's?

    Where are the other two S's?
  4. Any reason not to use "9-speed compatible" rings...

    Any reason not to use "9-speed compatible" rings on my 1980's Ofmega CX crank?
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    My grail bikes are types (Italian racer, English...

    My grail bikes are types (Italian racer, English club rider, French randonneur, etc.) rather than specific brands or models. I've pretty much checked off the main boxes, though if something nice pops...
  6. How compatible are modern chainrings with older drivetrains?

    I am looking for several chainrings in different tooth sizes and bcd's. I've seen some good deals for new rings on Ebay, especially for the 74 and 110 mm bcd sizes. But I'm a bit confused when they...
  7. Thread: 1950 frejus ?

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    An old high-end Frejus frame should be worth...

    An old high-end Frejus frame should be worth something, as long as it has not been modified and doesn't have structural damage like dents, heavy rust, etc. The repaint will keep a fairly low ceiliing...
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    Along with Peugeot and Gitane, Motobecane was one...

    Along with Peugeot and Gitane, Motobecane was one of The Big Three amongst French bicycle manufacturers, in business from 1923. They also made a lot of mopeds. They co-sponsored a pro team in the...
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    The frame looks like it has been repainted. Does...

    The frame looks like it has been repainted. Does it have any Windsor logos? It could also be a Carabela, both brands were built by Acer-Mex. Models were basically identical except for the branding. I...
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    I have some extra Suntour 13-26 6-speed fw's if...

    I have some extra Suntour 13-26 6-speed fw's if anybody is interested.
  11. I used Fizik white tape once. It was very nice at...

    I used Fizik white tape once. It was very nice at first but a bit hard to clean, and within a year it was looking ragged. I got some Ambrosio "Bike Ribbon". It looks good (plastic faux leather),...
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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...
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    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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  24. 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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