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  1. "Wobble" in this context can mean one of two...

    "Wobble" in this context can mean one of two things: (i) visible side-to-side or up-and-down movement while the wheel is spinning, indicating that the wheel is no longer perfectly concentric or true;...
  2. There must be other concerns that better...

    There must be other concerns that better epitomize the first-world problem, but none spring to mind.
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    The Zeus seatpost and the question mark after...

    The Zeus seatpost and the question mark after "Simplex dropouts" might be clues that it's a Zeus. Or not. Any Zeus experts out there?
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    When I worked as a bike mechanic in the '70s, I...

    When I worked as a bike mechanic in the '70s, I noticed that every bike that came in for repair of a broken chain had the derailleurs set for the big-big combination. Chains have improved since then,...
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    Yes.

    Yes.
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    Yes---use a new 8-speed chain. Much of the time,...

    Yes---use a new 8-speed chain. Much of the time, it's best to replace the chain when you replace a freewheel.

    Also, different manufacturers have used different spacing standards for 7-speed...
  7. Nice bikes. I still ride my Cannondale SM500...

    Nice bikes. I still ride my Cannondale SM500 (bought new a few years before yours) all the time.

    The gray bike looks as if it might need very little work---a tuneup and tires (and maybe brake...
  8. The aluminum frame is fine for touring;...

    The aluminum frame is fine for touring; Cannondale touring bikes have a justly loyal following.

    I'd prefer a bike without suspension for the duty you describe, but that's a good price if the bike...
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    Never heard of the cork trick, but some of the...

    Never heard of the cork trick, but some of the guys I rode with in the 1960s and 1970s used to push spare spokes inside the handlebar. The spokes would come out with some bends, obviously, but they'd...
  10. Apparently no one but RollCNY noticed that "How...

    Apparently no one but RollCNY noticed that "How many people are you passing?" is exactly the same question as "how many do you pass?"
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    In the 1960s and 1970s, Peugeot produced the U0-8...

    In the 1960s and 1970s, Peugeot produced the U0-8 in four sizes and in black, white, blue, red, yellow, orange, and green (and maybe a couple of other colors I've forgotten).

    At the other end of...
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    It appears to a Bianchi from the early 1970s....

    It appears to a Bianchi from the early 1970s. Entry-level model, but still respectable. It's too bad the frame is badly damaged from a front-end collision.
  13. Simple version: tires with sizes expressed in...

    Simple version: tires with sizes expressed in decimals on the sidewalls are pretty much never interchangeable with tires with fractional sizing numbers. Completely different rim sizes.

    So: return...
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    And 24 x 1 3/4" is not the same as 24 x 1.75".

    And 24 x 1 3/4" is not the same as 24 x 1.75".
  15. Yes. Factory finish was always satin, so efforts...

    Yes. Factory finish was always satin, so efforts to "bring the shine back" are misguided. Leave them alone.
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    How about them Schwinn Paramounts? 440696 ...

    How about them Schwinn Paramounts?

    440696

    Plus Paramount road and track bikes and various other models with bent seat tubes in the 1977 catalog:

    1977 Schwinn Catalog
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    Bianchigirll's pictures don't load on my...

    Bianchigirll's pictures don't load on my computer, but that can only be the '80 Rigi listed in her sig. Ride to the turnaround in a time trial, meet yourself coming back.

    I'm convinced that...
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    Maybe it's just weird distortion in the first...

    Maybe it's just weird distortion in the first photo in the original post, but be sure to check for damage at the top and down tubes near the head lugs. Looks bent to me, but here's hoping it's not.
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    If you mean toe clips, and if you mean that the...

    If you mean toe clips, and if you mean that the toe clip strap caused the accident, you might consider leaving the straps loose or even removing them.

    I use clipless on most of my bikes, but I...
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    "is fixable" doesn't equal "should be fixed."...

    "is fixable" doesn't equal "should be fixed." Having a fork fail in use never ends well.

    I commuted for a while on on a Gran Tour of that era. The fork blades flexed exactly as you describe, a...
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    Schwinn reserved the Paramount name for their...

    Schwinn reserved the Paramount name for their very best models, the only U.S.-built factory bikes regarded as fully equal to high-end European bikes, until the end of the family ownership of the...
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    Steel frames of moderate weight are almost...

    Steel frames of moderate weight are almost certainly still the best choice for durability in a commuter bike, but you did ask about lightness as well. It's always worth looking at the article at the...
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    Bike prices and bike part prices in the U.S....

    Bike prices and bike part prices in the U.S. reflect the margins that were current throughout the toy industry in the early and middle years of the 20th century (yes, bikes were in the "toy" category...
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    Campy Record rear derailleurs of that era should...

    Campy Record rear derailleurs of that era should leave the chain slack in the small-small combination. In those days, anyone buying a pro-level racing bike would have known not to use the small-small...
  25. That's a Tour de France, the second from the top...

    That's a Tour de France, the second from the top model. Looks like the original Nervar crank (I think). The original wheels, too, probably. Those are tubular tires, anyway.

    I always wondered who...
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