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  1. These pics were shot just before & during its...

    These pics were shot just before & during its first shakedown ride; so, it hadn't had a chance to get dirty. :D
    Still- I'm not worried about nicks & scuffs; that happens. And eventually you...
  2. Thanks! And actually, I totally agree with your...

    Thanks! And actually, I totally agree with your assessment. My XO-3 was a 'proper' restoration; this one really is a vast improvement over factory spec. I'm still torn on one issue, though: should...
  3. I'm content. For now. :lol: I might trade...

    I'm content. For now. :lol:

    I might trade out my Torelli for a nicer Basso or Casati at some point in the future, but not anytime soon.
  4. I suppose I should clarify that remark. I...

    I suppose I should clarify that remark. I expected the bike to ride a lot more like my 650-converted Trek 820 (which is very cruiser-ish), or- alternatively- to experience the kind of frame flex...
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    Well, it took me a while, but I finally got mine...

    Well, it took me a while, but I finally got mine built:

    http://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1019058-finally-done-my-650b-panasonic-warning-eye-candy.html#post17983601

    Total cost,...
  6. Finally done! My 650B Panasonic! (Warning: Eye Candy)

    Finally done!

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    It took me about two and a half years, but the restoration of my '84 Panasonic CityBike (the CB-620) is finally complete... and 650B all the way, baby!

    Here's how it...
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    Thanks again, FB & Andy; taking a closer look at...

    Thanks again, FB & Andy; taking a closer look at it, you're both more-or-less right on the money: the threads in the shell (clean as they are) ARE slightly shallower than the threads in the PW rings....
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    Odd Phil Wood BB question...

    Hi Everybody,

    Funny thing happened with a PW BB today; nothing really outre and certainly not problematic, but odd, and I was wondering if any of you have encountered this before, and what might...
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    "Classic" means almost old enough to be an...

    "Classic" means almost old enough to be an antique; "vintage" means just old enough that you can't find the right parts to fix it.

    Or to put it another way, "classic" is old enough for sclerosis;...
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    Chiiiilllll Winstonnnnnn... Ohy veh... save...

    Chiiiilllll Winstonnnnnn...

    Ohy veh... save the ranting for call-in radio shows, dude: as I said, it's a hypothetical question. As for me, I got the information I needed, and I'm officially off...
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    Ah-- so it is. It's harder to envision without a...

    Ah-- so it is. It's harder to envision without a sketchpad or the frame right in front of me. :rolleyes:

    But- even with these measurements corrected, that's still a combined lowering of the...
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    I never have, but both now, as a roadie, and back...

    I never have, but both now, as a roadie, and back in my mountain biking days, I've had several friends who do; so, my choices on a ride are either keep up or get dropped (i.e.: pay for the beer after...
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    Oh Wait-- you're right, dddd; sorry everybody, I...

    Oh Wait-- you're right, dddd; sorry everybody, I just realized I've been looking at this backwards: low bosses/ larger rims vs. high bosses/ smaller rims.

    In that case, yeah; totally: a 650b rim...
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    Actually, I can think of TWO standard-ish cantis...

    Actually, I can think of TWO standard-ish cantis that could (maybe, just) handle that reach: the Paul Motolite, and an earlier Avid canti (whose name I've forgotten at the moment) that's very similar...
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    All right, I'll bite (keep in mind, I've been...

    All right, I'll bite (keep in mind, I've been car-free for over a decade)...

    My sport bikes:

    LeMond Buenos Aires (700c) #1 sport bike
    Torelli Corsa Strada (700c) #2 sport bike*...
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    I have a couple of 650b bikes; each of them is a...

    I have a couple of 650b bikes; each of them is a little different both for ride & build. Both have Panaracer tires- one is fitted with Nifty-Swiftys (34mm road tires), the other is fitted with Col...
  17. Then you might want to take a closer look at the...

    Then you might want to take a closer look at the Miyata & newer Koga-Miyatas. The Quick Cross' geometry was almost identical to the current Soma Doublecross (I'm sure there's some kind of Merry...
  18. There are a few bikes out there that match up......

    There are a few bikes out there that match up... As mentioned, Surly CrossCheck; the Soma Doublecross; the Miyata Quick Cross (almost identical to the Soma, albeit lugged, w/ a 1" threaded...
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    I agree with Dave, as far as doing it on the...

    I agree with Dave, as far as doing it on the cheap goes, but if you also need a left drop-bar shifter, it might be economical to snag a pair of Shimano 2300 STIs; they average about $100 - $120/set,...
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    As in "wabi sabi?" I'd go with that; there's an...

    As in "wabi sabi?" I'd go with that; there's an inherent zen to it, as well as some interesting historicity.

    I'd also suggest looking up the philosopher Walter Benjamin, his particular...
  21. There's also the Deda Murex: 418929 Not...

    There's also the Deda Murex:

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    Not really the best view of mine, but these aren't bad- if you take the time to set them up correctly. If not, they can be kinda flexy (the secret: you have...
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    Mine was almost literally an attic bike; it had...

    Mine was almost literally an attic bike; it had been stored in the rafters of a detached garage and hadn't been ridden in 14 years before I bought it. The original owner commuted with it for two...
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    Thanks very much for your cogent & technical...

    Thanks very much for your cogent & technical answer, Ben; it's what I needed to know. Is that also why internal ducting was generally abandoned on more recent (steel) frames in favor of cable stops,...
  24. The 6400s came with both HG & UG freehub bodies,...

    The 6400s came with both HG & UG freehub bodies, depending on the year; the slightly later 6402 is HG compatible & will accept 9sp cassettes.

    I have a couple of wheelsets built around these and...
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    That's also how my XO-3 was originally set up,...

    That's also how my XO-3 was originally set up, however its stock bar was by Sakae rather than Nitto, and while it looked exactly like the RM-016, the tubing was much thicker and wouldn't accept...
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