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    Shimano's freewheels usually are fine in terms of...

    Shimano's freewheels usually are fine in terms of quality and durability, but they are made in Malaysia as low-cost repair bits for older, more-pedestrian bicycles and usage.
    If it wasn't for their...
  2. If you're willing to experiment with tire...

    If you're willing to experiment with tire pressures, the 27" Gatorskins are on the generous side of normal width so may have enough leeway in terms of pressure for off-roading.

    These are the tires...
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    For friction shifting, I nearly always choose an...

    For friction shifting, I nearly always choose an older Suntour or Shimano UG freewheel myself. And I would use modern 8 or 9s chain on either of them, depending on my crank's chainring spacing.
    ...
  4. Unless someone can come up with good enough...

    Unless someone can come up with good enough catalog renderings of the parts, you'll just have to pull out those cage pivots and inspect them for compatibility.

    I've seen an 8s XTR cage plugged...
  5. Long live the CNC-machined crankset. Price seems...

    Long live the CNC-machined crankset. Price seems reasonable.
  6. No, Cheng Shin does not share manufacturing with...

    No, Cheng Shin does not share manufacturing with their rival Kenda. Different tires.

    Mounting tires on Schwinn steel rims and getting them to seat evenly tends to be very difficult at times.

    I...
  7. Thread: Puch bike frame

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    Did you perhaps mean to say that the crank was...

    Did you perhaps mean to say that the crank was newer (looks like 1991 to me)?

    This is a gas-pipe frame imo, but some of these ride really well.
  8. Absolutely the brazing task will require...

    Absolutely the brazing task will require fixturing to maintain alignment and "rake" specification to very close tolerances, followed by a post-cooling alignment check, and likely some cold-setting...
  9. I can see why you might spend good to get that...

    I can see why you might spend good to get that bike, I was hoping I could click to enlarge that photo!

    I spent about the same coin for a similarly-equipped Merckx Century, 7400 rules.
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    Thanks for the info, mine has an odd hole punched...

    Thanks for the info, mine has an odd hole punched or drilled into the downtube about 3/16" diameter.

    Too bad no catalogs online from back in the day, I could find out which model my chromed frame...
  11. Radial lacing has real benefits if the hub flange...

    Radial lacing has real benefits if the hub flange is designed for the added stress it imposes.

    By crossing spokes, where they actually touch, the spoke is slightly bent into an arc. This arc...
  12. On some of those Japanese bikes, even some pretty...

    On some of those Japanese bikes, even some pretty nice ones, check that a strong magnet isn't attracted to the handlebar or chainrings.

    Even my very nice Nishiki Seral tourer has a steel handlebar...
  13. I've ridden on radial-laced wheels and got away...

    I've ridden on radial-laced wheels and got away with it, but I've seen a few that actually pulled the flange apart while sitting in storage!

    Such is the "plastic" characteristic of aluminum over...
  14. I noticed that a six-pack of the KMC 8s...

    I noticed that a six-pack of the KMC 8s connecting links sells for $9 shipped on Amazon, but for the same nine bucks you could as easily replace that chain as you intended.
    I do keep cards of those...
  15. Well, I think that is a good thing mostly, in...

    Well, I think that is a good thing mostly, in that it keeps people from forever believing that a 6-speed Asian freewheel shifts best with such a chain. The old bushing chains are junk in my book, and...
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    That one is mint, and a perfect example of the...

    That one is mint, and a perfect example of the breed. So few of these bikes are found as mint original, usually at least the rear fender has hit something. Did you have to do body work on it?

    I...
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    Flat pedal's reflectors are huge eye-catchers to...

    Flat pedal's reflectors are huge eye-catchers to head-on or overtaking motorists, and should remain de-riguer.

    But for clipless pedals, the retrofitted reflectors some shops bolt on as a CYA...
  18. I would say +1 on your marking the pushed pins...

    I would say +1 on your marking the pushed pins and carrying a chain tool, but have you ever thought what would happen if you were perhaps grabbing a shift as a car went by, and the chain broke?
    ...
  19. I had long spoke highly of Shimano's special...

    I had long spoke highly of Shimano's special pins, but not so much any more.

    And not that I need to "clean" my chain, since my routine lube-and-wipe with a terry cloth never allows increasing...
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    And, while we're perhaps aspiring to progress in...

    And, while we're perhaps aspiring to progress in various racerly advantages, my "secret weapon" to beating the low-gearing game s to develop a rider position on the bike that compliments a more...
  21. First of all, thanks for the compliments! ...

    First of all, thanks for the compliments!



    No, I sure thought it didn't! I spoke to the original owner after he'd had it consigned, then sold to a friend of mine. Turns out the frame is one...
  22. The lateral movement should be ample, it just...

    The lateral movement should be ample, it just wouldn't index properly out to the largest cog since the actuation ratio of sub-8sp derailers tends to fall off a bit.

    So I say "fine" for friction...
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    Looking at what's actually available in an...

    Looking at what's actually available in an 8-speed version, you'll find 12-32 and 11-32t. The Sunrace 11-32t has a rather big jump from 15-18t that I wouldn't want myself.
    Sram and Shimano offer...
  24. I can say that for the Ultegra and Dura-Ace rear...

    I can say that for the Ultegra and Dura-Ace rear 7s derailers, that trying to reach for an eighth cog always causes a serious indexing issue, as the derailer doesn't quite move far enough on those...
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    All my life I have used the Sugino hook spanner....

    All my life I have used the Sugino hook spanner. At least since the mid-1970's.

    I often apply the hook spanner while simultaneously applying a cup pin tool, for two-armed (more balanced) torque...
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