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    If they're only grimy & dirty but otherwise in...

    If they're only grimy & dirty but otherwise in good shape, you can get them sqeaky clean with hand cleaner or Goo Gone, for instance. I suspect turpentine or kerosene would do a good job also.
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    ...something funny looking about that top tube -...

    ...something funny looking about that top tube - or is it just camera lens curvature?
  3. See post #27...

    See post #27
  4. Can't find anything to disagree with here, in the...

    Can't find anything to disagree with here, in the intended context. :thumb:

    Also agree in principle with Davester, post #50 . Let's put this in perspective.
  5. For more possibilities, see post #16...

    For more possibilities, see post #16 in this thread.
    [for myself, I finally settled on a Ross Gran Touring, that I practically stole from Ebay. It evidently commands a much lower price than many...
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    I guess I don't know a bumblebee from a yellow...

    I guess I don't know a bumblebee from a yellow jacket; what I do know is I've been stung on several separate occasions by clumsy flying critters from the size of a large pea to that of a garbanzo...
  7. This is a rhetorical question posed in German, by...

    This is a rhetorical question posed in German, by a Nederlander, who generally speaks German, to a German, who generally doesn't speak Dutch (or so I understand). The point of it is, from today's...
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    Yes, if you're quick and brave, you can catch a...

    Yes, if you're quick and brave, you can catch a bumblebee in your fist, and in same movement, throw it to the ground, then stomp on it, before it can react to sting you or escape.
  9. Wo ist mein Grossvaters Fahrrad?

    Wo ist mein Grossvaters Fahrrad?
  10. Unlikely, assuming properly designed brake...

    Unlikely, assuming properly designed brake manufactured to specification and not having any post-manufacturing damage.


    You have a point there, theoretically there would be cumulative fatigue...
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    Long time ago I was cruising at 60 or 70 on my...

    Long time ago I was cruising at 60 or 70 on my motorbike; I saw a black speck straight ahead that turned into a dot then got large very fast, all while remaining exactly in my straight ahead line of...
  12. That is my experience also. Three...

    That is my experience also. Three recommendations:
    1. Have backup plan in case you accidentally break the caliper as shown in post #3 .
    2. Twist both sides simultaneously using the same size...
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    :eek: Hopfully the cones and cups are OK, and...

    :eek: Hopfully the cones and cups are OK, and only the BBs are disintegrating. But STOP riding it immediately!



    N+1, obviously! ;)
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    Need Help...

    Need Help
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    In the < $200 range, with your criteria, you're...

    In the < $200 range, with your criteria, you're pretty much targeting a vintage touring bike. Of course, successfully purchasing a dependable older bike requires a certain amount of savvy. If I'm on...
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    Not a cassette? I'm quite ignorant on the...

    Not a cassette? I'm quite ignorant on the subject; did Shimano make UG freewheels?
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    Why does that remind me of my son's rodded Novara...

    Why does that remind me of my son's rodded Novara Forza?
    ...
  18. FWIW, I got myself a lifetime supply of chainstay...

    FWIW, I got myself a lifetime supply of chainstay protection, by buying a roll of real aluminum duct tape. I just trace and cut the desired shape on the roll, then peel off and stick on. Anyone in...
  19. Just like today's popular SUVs relative to the...

    Just like today's popular SUVs relative to the off-roading they get :lol:
  20. Run, don't walk away. A knowledgable and/or...

    Run, don't walk away. A knowledgable and/or scrupulous seller would not describe the condition as "good", and not disclose the fork and/or frame damage. If you can get it for the value of...
  21. Always game for something down here in my neck of...

    Always game for something down here in my neck of the woods, as long as I can ride to the IP. I'm not much of one to pack my bike in a motor vehicle and drive somewhere just to go for a bike ride.
  22. Do you have any more info on the bike you have a...

    Do you have any more info on the bike you have a bead on? Photos, components; decals? Anything would help.
    If it has canties, longish chainstays, and extra braze-ons for racks front & rear, I'd...
  23. I had a buddy when I was growing up in the 1970s...

    I had a buddy when I was growing up in the 1970s that had a bike that sure looked alot like that. There were no markings so I guess it was repainted already. All the rest of us had entry level...
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    If you do your own wrenching, vintage touring...

    If you do your own wrenching, vintage touring bikes make great commuters. Modify/modernize to your own personal taste and ability.
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    ...enjoying reading about your odyssey, and bike...

    ...enjoying reading about your odyssey, and bike acquistions along the way. Keep it coming! :thumb:
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