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    For what it's worth, my 1971 American Eagle...

    For what it's worth, my 1971 American Eagle Semi-Pro, KS78091, had painted wraparound stays, Sugino Mighty Compe crankset, and SunTour downtube shifters. My friend's 1972 model had chrome wraparound...
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    Don't bid on the Mercier without knowing both the...

    Don't bid on the Mercier without knowing both the outer diameter (likely 28.0mm, because it is French and thus hard metric) and inner diameter (the larger, the better) of the seat tube. If it has a...
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    I take a few supplements, based on my...

    I take a few supplements, based on my understanding of health risks:

    1. kelp or other Iodine source, since my thyroid function is on the low side of normal;
    2. vitamin D, since I need to limit...
  4. That story has been circulating on a couple of...

    That story has been circulating on a couple of email lists to which I subscribe. With my generally subpar coordination I would be to scared to attempt to ride that thing.
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    Nice find, and well worth price. I don't care for...

    Nice find, and well worth price. I don't care for the low-end aluminum crankset, but that SunTour rear derailleur is indeed a keeper, and the frame should serve well for general recreation and...
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    Best wishes on a speedy, complete, and uneventful...

    Best wishes on a speedy, complete, and uneventful recovery. That bicycle is bellissima.
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    Weird. My Bianchi and my son's Peugeot have...

    Weird. My Bianchi and my son's Peugeot have double butted CrMo or MnMo main triangles ("tre tubi" or "3 tubes renforces"), which is the way mixed tubeset frames traditionally have been made. The...
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    Cool video -- thanks for sharing. This reminds me...

    Cool video -- thanks for sharing. This reminds me of trying to ride my friend's pedicab, after he warned me that my ingrained learning instincts would be counterproductive. He was right -- I had a...
  9. The danger with conventional right side drive...

    The danger with conventional right side drive fixed gear is the rear cog coming unscrewed during deceleration/braking. (This is why the lockring is so important.) With left side drive, the danger...
  10. That is how to tour in style. Gorgeous bike!

    That is how to tour in style. Gorgeous bike!
  11. I like the aero brake handle suggestion -- it...

    I like the aero brake handle suggestion -- it will indeed give you about 10% more braking force, at the cost, of course, of increased lever travel.
  12. For fixed gear (obviously not freewheel)...

    For fixed gear (obviously not freewheel) left-side drive makes a lot of sense.
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    I'll upgrade anything in a period-correct...

    I'll upgrade anything in a period-correct fashion. I'll update anything where I see a clear benefit of the new technology. Prime examples of the latter include brake pads, lighting, cable housing,...
  14. Been there ... done that. My first Capo Modell...

    Been there ... done that. My first Capo Modell Campagnolo looked like total cr@p, with color splotches over black Rustoleum. It was my trusty double butted Reynolds 531 campus and work commuter...
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    One other consideration: Assuming a 5-speed...

    One other consideration: Assuming a 5-speed freewheel, 52-40/14-28 provides a superb 1.5-step gear ratio progression and was extremely popular in its day. 50-38 would take you down about as low as...
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    Someone please correct me, but I believe those...

    Someone please correct me, but I believe those 38T 122mm BCD chainrings are exceedingly rare and very much in demand among Stronglight fans.
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    Starting with bare 1970 Peugeot UO-8 frame: 1....

    Starting with bare 1970 Peugeot UO-8 frame:

    1. Chisel off the Simplex single side downtube lever boss. (If you have SunTour, Campagnolo, or Shimano downtube bosses, you can buy cable stop adapters...
  18. Thread: Why I Love This

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    Thanks for posting this story. You and The Dad...

    Thanks for posting this story. You and The Dad remind me of a couple of inspiring RAAM characters: Beny Furrer, the one-armed elder half of last year's Swiss father-daughter team, and Jim Penseyres...
  19. Thread: Dry Skin

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    Dry skin can also indicate hypothyroidism.

    Dry skin can also indicate hypothyroidism.
  20. I'll second that.

    I'll second that.
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    You are on the right track. If I could own just...

    You are on the right track. If I could own just one bicycle, it would have a steel frame, traditional road sport touring geometry, and 700Cx32 tires.
  22. The nutted spindle system used on the early...

    The nutted spindle system used on the early Sugino Maxy cranks is indeed prone to failure.
  23. Thread: Riding and cars

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    Take the lane to maximize visibility and to...

    Take the lane to maximize visibility and to reduce the probability of being sideswiped. Whenever the shoulder widens for a good stretch, politely move over to let cars pass, but being defensively...
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    How about keeping the 7-speed rear and going...

    How about keeping the 7-speed rear and going triple in front? You might even be able to keep the same derailleurs, depending on how much range you need.
  25. If you stick with the 1980s, you will probably...

    If you stick with the 1980s, you will probably get a 6 or 7 speed freewheel, which should be fine. By the mid-1980s even the French had abandoned some of their hard metric threading, so I would not...
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