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    So true! They contrast painfully with us, who...

    So true! They contrast painfully with us, who only do useful and important things.
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    Maybe, but I've come around to the point where I...

    Maybe, but I've come around to the point where I kind of like having nice bikes that are the wrong size for me. That way I get to enjoy working on them without the burden of actually having to own...
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    Thanks, I see your point now. But if bigger...

    Thanks, I see your point now. But if bigger pulleys are better, why aren't 52 mm pulleys standard? It seems odd to me that Suntour added that one big pulley to the Cyclone just for Schwinn, did it...
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    Maybe I'm slow on the uptake today, but I'm not...

    Maybe I'm slow on the uptake today, but I'm not sure what you mean.
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    No, it doesn't seem to need it. And it's...

    No, it doesn't seem to need it. And it's evidently not a user modification--the Schwinn catalog describes the larger pulley as a feature for that year, though it doesn't really say how or why it's...
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    You are correct in not following me--I wrote that...

    You are correct in not following me--I wrote that too early in the morning, evidently. The large tension pulley would of course never contact the cog.


    But if the purpose of the large pulley is...
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    "Large Pulley" Suntour Cyclone?

    I recently acquired a 1985 Schwinn Super Le Tour, dirty but in excellent shape. Much too small for me but well worth fixing up for someone.

    The badly-written catalog description for that model and...
  8. Anyone in Nebraska looking for a nice old...

    Anyone in Nebraska looking for a nice old Holdsworth tandem? Small frame, but the price is right.

    Vintage Holdsworth Double Seater Bike with Reynolds 531 Frame Tubing | eBay

    Also a...
  9. Thread: Lotus Legend

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    Used derailleurs are generally pretty cheap and...

    Used derailleurs are generally pretty cheap and easy to find. Just replace it.
  10. I've had good results with unsalted bacon fat.

    I've had good results with unsalted bacon fat.
  11. My guess is that the no-champion-jersey rule...

    My guess is that the no-champion-jersey rule applies to those who are subject to the authority that issued the rule. If that authority has no jurisdiction over you, anything goes.

    Look at it this...
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    I think that's more or less right. You'd probably...

    I think that's more or less right. You'd probably be happier with the wider gearing range you'd get from a 14-28 freewheel, which I believe that derailleur and chainring combination should handle....
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    Sticky: Yes, that's a good thing. Moderators should not...

    Yes, that's a good thing. Moderators should not be exacerbators.

    I feel kind of sorry for that poor schmo at the beginning of this thread--the one who retreated to his cave, proudly holding his...
  14. Yes, the current old version of me does its best...

    Yes, the current old version of me does its best to forgive the young me for his sins of omission and commission, just as the even older version (assuming I there is an even older version--mustn't...
  15. Gosh, Mark, is that you? Well, you're a customer,...

    Gosh, Mark, is that you? Well, you're a customer, and the customer is always right, so I concede--braze away to your heart's content.

    But you're not really serious about painting that Rochet, are...
  16. You've already said you won't consider a claw....

    You've already said you won't consider a claw. That's sort of too bad, because claws have the important benefit of letting you use any type of derailleur (Campy, Simplex, Huret, whatever) without...
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    Jeezum crow! That's a handsome bike.

    Jeezum crow! That's a handsome bike.
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    Don't wait for me, guys--I can't make it this...

    Don't wait for me, guys--I can't make it this year. Have a great ride.
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    A neighbor of mine once referred to my down tube...

    A neighbor of mine once referred to my down tube shifters as "reach-down switchers." I loved that.
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    Next year maybe I can hire you to scatter...

    Next year maybe I can hire you to scatter leaflets as you ride by the uphill walkers.
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    It sounds like a fun event. I am thinking I might...

    It sounds like a fun event. I am thinking I might reserve vendor space next year and show up with my Campagnolo- and Stronglight-pattern triplizers. Or would that be sacrilege? Maybe truly heroic...
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    Sticky: PM sent.

    PM sent.
  23. I wish I could go--maybe next year. I have always...

    I wish I could go--maybe next year. I have always wanted to go on a bike tour in New Jersey--no kidding, it's a state that I love for its lack of pretense. In leading commercial bike tours in...
  24. Yes, like Triumph and BSA motorcycles, the...

    Yes, like Triumph and BSA motorcycles, the outsides are self-oiling.
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    As far as I know, all versions of the 49d used...

    As far as I know, all versions of the 49d used the unique-to-Stronglight 23.35 extractor.
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