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  1. This bike needs a full cleaning, overhaul, and...

    This bike needs a full cleaning, overhaul, and probably some work on the surface rust to make it decent again. The seatpost being slammed so low worries me. Is it stuck, or can you get it to raise...
  2. Because we need to know the whole story to offer...

    Because we need to know the whole story to offer good advice. If someone asks, "what's the best way to collect the water that's dripping from my ceiling?" The answer isn't "buckets." It's, "fix the...
  3. Just do this. Your kid doesn't need 30 speeds, I...

    Just do this. Your kid doesn't need 30 speeds, I promise. You can do this by turning in the high limit screw on the front derailer.

    Or put a less radical cassette on there. Your kid surely doesn't...
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    I wanted to do some more digging... Unless I'm...

    I wanted to do some more digging... Unless I'm missing something, this comes down completely to the hardness of the material used. I looked up some hardness values and it seems like some types of...
  5. Cool! Looks good. Just make sure, in the future,...

    Cool! Looks good. Just make sure, in the future, to always take bicycle pictures from the right side (drive-side) instead of the left side as shown above.
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    Of course it begs the question, if an aluminum...

    Of course it begs the question, if an aluminum ring will last "just as long" as a steel ring then why don't they make cassettes out of aluminum? The ones they did make were for racing and wore out...
  7. If it were my bike I would want a replacement...

    If it were my bike I would want a replacement DA7400 lever. You can probably find them on ebay. There's also a guy on ebay that rebuilds the old levers and gets them back into great working condition...
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    Univega, like lots of other brands, make some...

    Univega, like lots of other brands, make some really nice bikes and some boat anchors. This is one of the boat anchors. I agree with dweenk, around here this would be a $50-75 bike. Maybe in your...
  9. This is a much better bike appearing to be in...

    This is a much better bike appearing to be in much better condition. I'd recommend it any day over the Peugeot. Price is probably reasonable in your area.

    To my eye it looks like a 56-57 but the...
  10. I'm 5'9" and ride a 54. Used to ride a 56 until I...

    I'm 5'9" and ride a 54. Used to ride a 56 until I realized they were too big for me. Everyone is a little different. For your first bike getting it in the ballpark is more important than the exact...
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    "What causes chain wear?" Metal-on-metal contact...

    "What causes chain wear?" Metal-on-metal contact due to lubrication failure and contamination. If our chains were in fully enclosed cases including an oil bath we would probably never replace them....
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    Everything being equal I think my Biopace...

    Everything being equal I think my Biopace chainrings shift as well as a traditional round ring without ramps or pins. Compared to a modern ring with ramps and pins, there is no contest.

    As with...
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    +2 The $325 figure might make sense to someone...

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    The $325 figure might make sense to someone that thinks Bottechia's are "some of the finest mass produced bikes ever." But for the rest of us in the real world, it's a $75-100 bike. Low end,...
  14. With a little practice you can shift into the...

    With a little practice you can shift into the small ring with your foot by bumping the chain off the big ring while riding. I don't have a solution for up-shifting though.

    A downtube shifter and...
  15. For better performance. I have some 29x2.1 tires...

    For better performance. I have some 29x2.1 tires that give the typical range of 40-65 PSI. If I rode them at 40 PSI on mountain bike trails my back would explode from the impacts. I run them at less...
  16. I doubt it. It's not the first carbon frame ever...

    I doubt it. It's not the first carbon frame ever made and it certainly won't be the last. I imagine it being blindingly obsolete in a few decades. My bet is that the retro-grouches of the future...
  17. Which is why I said, "Rollover has little to do...

    Which is why I said, "Rollover has little to do with it except in a tall top-heavy SUV. I guarantee you won't get a Corvette to roll over if you inflate all the tires to 10 PSI or 60 PSI (though you...
  18. And what do you know specifically about tire...

    And what do you know specifically about tire pressure in cars? Because I haven't heard anything worthwhile so far. What have I been doing wrong all these years? And how have I not lost control and...
  19. Cleaning it will help. No one likes to buy a...

    Cleaning it will help. No one likes to buy a dirty bike. If the bike was fully functional your price would be fine, but...

    The biggest red flag is the shifters. People know these are expensive to...
  20. In case you missed it, advising other people when...

    In case you missed it, advising other people when they come here for help is the entire point of this forum.

    A door placard isn't going to have seven paragraphs detailing exactly what to do under...
  21. Uhh... what? That number on the door panel comes...

    Uhh... what? That number on the door panel comes from a compromise of several factors including ride, fuel economy, performance, and tire heat created from highway driving. Rollover has little to do...
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    Look up "SR Litage" for more info. What do...

    Look up "SR Litage" for more info.

    What do you have? Frame and fork, or a whole bike? I have one of these and I thoroughly enjoy riding it. A very nice bonded aluminum bike IMO.
  23. This whole thread is a royal mess. Chain...

    This whole thread is a royal mess. Chain tensioner, manual front shifting, swapping cogs... Why not just stop screwing around and put a derailer drivetrain on? They use these handy little things...
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    Seller is completely clueless. These aren't bad...

    Seller is completely clueless. These aren't bad bikes but they're overpriced. They're WAY too expensive if you want to flip them for money. Even as riders that I intended to keep I would not pay more...
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    If it had full Dura Ace and not a mix, yes. If it...

    If it had full Dura Ace and not a mix, yes. If it had the original fork, yes. Since both of those are not the case I think the price is too high.
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