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  1. Crank arm length on road bikes is intended to...

    Crank arm length on road bikes is intended to compensate for the rider's leg length.
    A person of 5' 3" will turn a comfortable powerful 165mm circle while one of 6' 3" will feel just as at home on a...
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    "Back when" in our Schwinn/Raleigh shop we used...

    "Back when" in our Schwinn/Raleigh shop we used SA oil for service on AW hubs, by the book as it were for warranty purposes and because it worked just fine.

    Sutherlands Handbook for Bicycle...
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    That's the initial oil bath fill after a full...

    That's the initial oil bath fill after a full overhaul/tear down/clean/re-build.
    In service a sip of your favorite potion is all that is required whenever needed.

    -Bandera
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    Chain lube and machine oil are not the same thing...

    Chain lube and machine oil are not the same thing and are intended for different applications.
    An AW requires light machine oil for proper operation.
    Do your hub a favor and add a sip of machine...
  5. For performance riding Shimano is embracing low...

    For performance riding Shimano is embracing low spoke count/deep rim depth in dedicated in-house wheelsets that still feature cup/cone designs.
    After putting a couple of seasons on a set of RS-30...
  6. One great advantage of modern cassette gearing is...

    One great advantage of modern cassette gearing is the ability to quickly and inexpensively swap gearing to match a rider's current terrain and fitness.
    Experienced riders will often have Flats,...
  7. Function and Longevity vs. Cost. How smooth...

    Function and Longevity vs. Cost.

    How smooth are the bearings out the box, how precise are the flange spacings, spoke hole drillings/chamfering, how tough is the shell material and the axles?
    Over...
  8. Cup and cone design addresses exactly that, I...

    Cup and cone design addresses exactly that, I have Campag Record front hubs that have been in service for >40 years and are still extremely smooth.
    That being said cassette rears are the standard...
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    461232 Although discontinued the lugged framed...

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    Although discontinued the lugged framed Soma Stanyan was built w/ the versatile clubrider's geometry and a full set of practical braze-ons.
    Look around, they are/were a terrific bargain...
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    Yep 461222461223461224461225 "Mercian...

    Yep

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    "Mercian Cycles began in Derby in 1946 and are still building bespoke lightweight steel frames, by hand, using traditional frame-building methods with one craftsman...
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    461177 Club cyclists rode their machines to...

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    Club cyclists rode their machines to work, church and the pub.
    On the weekends they did a tour or fitted the sprint wheels for the club time trial or hill climb.

    Highly versatile...
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    "Sturmey lubrication: the best oil with which to...

    "Sturmey lubrication: the best oil with which to lubricate a Sturmey hub is an oil produced for petrol lawn mowers known as 30W four-stroke motor mower engine oil."
    - Classic Lightweights UK...
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    Did you miss post #10...

    Did you miss post #10 ?

    -rustystrings61

    Here's a TT machine and the inestimable Beryl Burton: 461159

    A "gravel grinder" is nonsense marketing speak for a category of bicycle that need...
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    A stately gentlemanly drip of genuine SA oil onto...

    A stately gentlemanly drip of genuine SA oil onto worn brick flooring wiped up with Egyptian cotton rags.........

    -Bandera
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    OEM Sturmey Archer hub oil was a non-detergent...

    OEM Sturmey Archer hub oil was a non-detergent machine oil ~30W, which is what modern lawn mower engine oil is.

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    $5 will get you a muiti-decade supply at your local home center, buy...
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    460723 On the wall in my office, bought 1st...

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    On the wall in my office, bought 1st run for 12 cents.

    -Bandera
  17. Thread: Descending.

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    BTW: The guy in the pic descending at full chat...

    BTW: The guy in the pic descending at full chat is a Professional Racing Cyclist on a closed course descent that he knows from previous races and recons.
    He has ridden more descents last year at...
  18. Thread: Descending.

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    It negates that capability if one doesn't have...

    It negates that capability if one doesn't have razor sharp reflexes and a clear sight picture, not for general use on my narrow Hill Country roads w/ suicidal deer and rough surfaces.

    -Bandera
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    FG Simulaition

    I have a 20mi loop that I've been riding for years FG and I have a log of times.
    This AM I shifted the CF Merckx into the 70GI I ride fixed and set off to simulate a FG ride (yes, I get bored).
    ...
  20. Thread: Descending.

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    Sure, on a smooth long non-technical descent...

    Sure, on a smooth long non-technical descent after running out top gear that's excellent style for high speed descending if one is highly experienced.
    In heavy traffic on lousy surfaces not so much....
  21. Thread: Descending.

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    Calm confident descending is a requirement for...

    Calm confident descending is a requirement for preserving hard earned momentum for the inevitable next climb in the Hill Country.
    The back roads are chip seal with tight off camber decreasing radius...
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    It won't matter except for the sticker, they are...

    It won't matter except for the sticker, they are functionally identical.
    I've ridden 610s on my Internat'l for decades, like any old vehicle brakes have improved considerably in the last 40 years....
  23. Both are excellent studio quality pics of...

    Both are excellent studio quality pics of machines in original condition.
    "Golden Age" concentrates on the French Constructor machines, "Competition" is significant race bikes across the decades.
    ...
  24. "The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles" by Jan...

    "The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles" by Jan Heine
    "The Competition Bicycle" by Jan Heine

    -Bandera
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    The key to old school training: FG base miles to...

    The key to old school training: FG base miles to develop a smooth supple high cadence pedaling style w/ big grunt on demand.
    It builds character.

    -Bandera
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