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    Me too!! I wants me an Aussie El Camino!

    Me too!! I wants me an Aussie El Camino!
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    Hate to burst your bubble, but: no. Use it for...

    Hate to burst your bubble, but: no. Use it for dog defense and get a Topeak Morph pump if you want something that will actually work on the road.
  3. A professional fitter will take your existing...

    A professional fitter will take your existing bike and customize it to fit you. I've seen bikes set up by Micheal Sylvester (Bicycle Fitting Services) and they look weird, but their owners swear by...
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    Long ago, before triple brifters were made, there...

    Long ago, before triple brifters were made, there was a gadget that adapted double brifters for use on triples. It was called the Erickson Gizmo.

    Downtube shifters have always required a little...
  5. Those butterfly handlebars accept the same...

    Those butterfly handlebars accept the same shifters & brake levers as flat bars, so you're not saving anything.

    Have you had a professional bicycle fitting? Drop bars have their advantages, but...
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    FWIW: I ride a recumbent (Easy Racers Gold Rush)...

    FWIW: I ride a recumbent (Easy Racers Gold Rush) and my head is close to the same height as many "upright" cyclists' heads. The Sun EZ-Sport places the rider's head even higher.

    There are plenty...
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    The "slip" may have been a tight link not feeding...

    The "slip" may have been a tight link not feeding around the cogs properly. When it tried to engage the cog, it couldn't, causing the pedals to jump. Keeping the chain lubed will prevent this.
  8. I suspect the cheaper items have a separate top...

    I suspect the cheaper items have a separate top cap. (It is on mine.) I see your point about it being easier to swap stems.
  9. Yep: Origin8 MTB Quill Stem Adapter -...

    Yep: Origin8 MTB Quill Stem Adapter - 22.2/28.6mm, Black

    I even managed to find one in the oddball 13/16" diameter to fit my old Schwinn. One of these days I'll get back to that project.
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    Seriously... especially a Flamingo Superior. I...

    Seriously... especially a Flamingo Superior. I will fly to Indiana tomorrow if he's got a Flamingo Superior.
  11. I agree. On a vintage freewheel, the outer face...

    I agree. On a vintage freewheel, the outer face of the freewheel would be flush with the outer face of the small cog. The pictured freewheel has a lockring, which makes it 2 or 3mm wider.

    If it...
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    It's actually 30mm x 1mm... this is the "metric...

    It's actually 30mm x 1mm... this is the "metric BMX" thread used on flip-flop BMX hubs. It allowed a smaller freewheel- 14 and 15 teeth where the standard thread freewheel only allows 16 teeth.
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  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81QluTS-mWc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81QluTS-mWc
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    As other said- you need a single-speed freewheel....

    As other said- you need a single-speed freewheel. BMX shops will have what you need, or you can order from my favorite online supplier:
    https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/index.php?category=403
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    That bus has very small taillights... brake light...

    That bus has very small taillights... brake light at the center of the engine cover... gotta be mid '50's. Heck, it's still mostly there! I'd restore it!
  16. In some cases, the drugs make them normal. ...

    In some cases, the drugs make them normal.

    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wIzujAl48G8/T9ylJYJ6ocI/AAAAAAAAAYU/sU4kD91-gys/s1600/Beyonds+THX+1138+poster+B.png
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    Honestly, if you replace the usual wear-and-tear...

    Honestly, if you replace the usual wear-and-tear stuff (tires, tubes, brake shoes), grease the bearings, and clean the chrome... the bike will be good for another 50 years.

    Schwinn Varsities are...
  18. Whereabouts in Oregon are you? I spent enough...

    Whereabouts in Oregon are you? I spent enough time in a Schwinn shop to identify old parts by eye. It might be fun on a rainy winter weekend.
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    Please note that you are replying to a thread...

    Please note that you are replying to a thread from 2011.
  20. Thank you. I would like to be professionally...

    Thank you. I would like to be professionally weird, but so far no one has paid me for it. My current paying job is pushing drugs. C'est la vie.
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    Like I said- 20 years ago. Riding around with one...

    Like I said- 20 years ago. Riding around with one of these would have been tough.

    http://41.media.tumblr.com/b77a543babd91f791d0f0ed87b50f08a/tumblr_mwowyhV5651se3b8ko1_1280.jpg
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    I saw that once. Me and a friend were riding...

    I saw that once. Me and a friend were riding down a very nice path when we came a up behind a pedestrian walking in the exact middle of the path- no earphones, no phone (this was 20 years ago, so...
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    The answer is pizza. Because pizza goes with...

    The answer is pizza. Because pizza goes with everything.
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    From http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chicago-schwinns.html:

    "In general, U. S.-made Schwinns take oddball Schwinn size tires, with the exception of 630 mm/27 inch, which is standard. Good...
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    FWIW: the stock Varsity's stem clamp is 1"...

    FWIW: the stock Varsity's stem clamp is 1" (25.4mm) I.D., not the more-common-now 26.0mm or 31.8mm. That means you can substitute an old/cheap standard mountain bike handlebar without changing the...
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