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    It happens. That doesn't make it fun to get the...

    It happens. That doesn't make it fun to get the shaft, but I figure the old bike hobby is good for a bad transaction once every couple years, at least at the rate I buy things (which isn't very...
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    Very steep then. Sunrace/Sturmey is making some...

    Very steep then. Sunrace/Sturmey is making some interesting products today. I re-built a 1959 Schwinn last year with a new Sturmey 3-speed coaster brake, and I thought the quality was pretty good....
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    That ASC has been up for awhile. I think that...

    That ASC has been up for awhile. I think that price is steep, but then they come up pretty rarely, so I admit I don't know whether there actually is a "going price" for a good ASC.
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    Royce Union actually is an "American" brand that...

    Royce Union actually is an "American" brand that had bicycles produced by contractors over several decades. Some were made in England, some in Japan, some in the USA, some from Austria, and some in...
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    Yes- Superbe Dawn Tourist. It may be missing the...

    Yes- Superbe Dawn Tourist. It may be missing the dry battery unit, which often happens. But the other upgrades are there. Nice project. The FG hub is outstanding to have- a little extra low end when...
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    Thank you for the compliments. This particular...

    Thank you for the compliments. This particular New World came as a bike "core" and I built up around the core using parts I had in my bins. I have a 1947 New World as well, and I love these bikes....
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    CR18s are great rims, but a royal pain in the ass...

    CR18s are great rims, but a royal pain in the ass for mounting tires. I put them on a 1940ish Schwinn 3 speed project.
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    I put CR18s on a 1940 Schwinn New World project I...

    I put CR18s on a 1940 Schwinn New World project I built last fall. They look fine, ride reasonably well, and brake OK. The price is pretty good. They come in 32, 36, and 40 hole drillings, so you get...
  9. I often end up making my own parts to replace...

    I often end up making my own parts to replace stuff that is hard (or nearly impossible) to find. It's usually small stuff for bike 50+ years old. On some of my bikes, I've had to make quite a few...
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    Same here- I've had a couple axle keys break over...

    Same here- I've had a couple axle keys break over the years, but only had to replace one clutch.
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    The New Worlds usually appear in the 19 inch and...

    The New Worlds usually appear in the 19 inch and 21 inch frame versions. There was indeed a 23 inch frame version, but they seem to have been quite uncommon compared to the other sizes. Raleigh...
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    The DD is a cool element to have on it. These...

    The DD is a cool element to have on it. These bikes could take many forms in terms of parts. You could order just about any parts set for them, from balloon tire type stuff, to English parts, to...
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    Awesome bike. That has many of the prewar...

    Awesome bike. That has many of the prewar hallmarks- fender braces, seat clamp, etc. It looks like it has an old slide rail Mesinger saddle as well, which would be correct. DD is a cool variation...
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    Yes- apparently Schwinn actually ordered quite a...

    Yes- apparently Schwinn actually ordered quite a few of the alloy hubs, at least compared to others. I actually have a 1954 alloy AW I just cleaned out. Will have to get a picture of it. It came off...
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    Thank you, that's the length I ended up getting....

    Thank you, that's the length I ended up getting. 275 was a "specialty" length, so I just rounded up to 276, which sounds like it will be functional.
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    Does anyone offhand know the spoke length from a...

    Does anyone offhand know the spoke length from a modern Sturmey Archer 3 speed to a Sun CR18 ISO 590mm rim? Pattern is 36 cross 3. I did a calc and it ran 275-ish. Anyone think that sounds right?
  17. I would stick a 22 or 23 on that one. They're a...

    I would stick a 22 or 23 on that one. They're a standard type three spline sprocket, so any decent bike shop dealing with older bikes should have some. Harris, Bike Smith Design, and Ebay are all...
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    The internet indicates that anything before 2000...

    The internet indicates that anything before 2000 with a diamond frame is "classic" and anything that looks remotely old and is covered in rust is "vintage".
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    It did not come with pegs. I got a set of chromed...

    It did not come with pegs. I got a set of chromed aftermarket clamps.
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    I'm partial to the Trygg type ones that have two...

    I'm partial to the Trygg type ones that have two legs and mount down by the bottom bracket.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zOXRpujSx6I/UGeYyphEfSI/AAAAAAAAAHc/uW-3jpMGfcE/s1600/IMG_2817.JPG
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    1959 English Miller headlight converted to a 1200...

    1959 English Miller headlight converted to a 1200 Lumen LED with removable/rechargeable battery. Strap the battery on when you need it, disconnect it and put it in the saddle bag when you don't.
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    They ride differently, which you mentioned. The...

    They ride differently, which you mentioned. The DL-1's frame angle cannot be overlooked. It gives a different feel to the ride than the Sports has. I actually notice less difference in the wheel size...
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    Very sharp observation on the age. This one is...

    Very sharp observation on the age. This one is actually a 1958. I rebuilt the rear wheel with a 1956 FW four speed because the original SW would not stay in gear.

    Decals on the seat tube:
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    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-otJYmqppWQQ/U55KSgazsSI/...

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-otJYmqppWQQ/U55KSgazsSI/AAAAAAAAB40/Q_9mtIhSWfY/s1600/june+2014+006.JPG

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    Make sure you did not suffer a cut or open wound...

    Make sure you did not suffer a cut or open wound from hitting it. Bats are one of the main vectors for rabies.
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