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  1. Thread: Gitane unknown

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    Yeah, it is just shaped like the outline of...

    Yeah, it is just shaped like the outline of France, on the right fork leg, so there's only one 531 fork decal on the left leg.

    To the OP, these are great riding bikes if you use a decent wheelset...
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    I recently bought the MicroShift 7s "STI" levers...

    I recently bought the MicroShift 7s "STI" levers for like $55.

    They have both shift levers in front of the handlebar so can be shifted in both directions from the drops!

    The base-level Shimano...
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    That bike has cool written all over it and should...

    That bike has cool written all over it and should make a great rider.

    Those look like the original MAES bars like those that came on my 1959 Paramount.

    It's almost like Schwinn copied this bike...
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    Most new chainrings have noticeable asymmetry to...

    Most new chainrings have noticeable asymmetry to them, such that flipping them will change the effective spacing of the chainrings.

    But yes, wear introduces it's own asymmetric bias, so a worn...
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    I've brought this up here over the last few...

    I've brought this up here over the last few years, that I've seen several inexcusable failures of the Bell/TaYa chains.

    Tempting product in that it is available at WalMart, Kmart, etc, ...but just...
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    Your Davidson has a very subtle fade, looks well...

    Your Davidson has a very subtle fade, looks well done!

    I might have mistaken your Trek for a bike that had perhaps had some torch-work done at the bb junction.

    I must admit that I never much...
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    As peugeot mongrel and Slash5 suggest, I also...

    As peugeot mongrel and Slash5 suggest, I also typically just throw on a 9-speed chain as a test, using a quick-link.
    Just about all of the 9-speed chains out there are compatible with each other's...
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    The chain is slipping, or the ratchet is...

    The chain is slipping, or the ratchet is slipping? Does it slip only on certain cogs?

    Slipping chain can have to do with things like chain length and the tension that the derailer applies.

    What...
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    As a former designer of in-grade and underwater...

    As a former designer of in-grade and underwater lighting apparatus, I at first though the shift lever must have come out of the alkaline soils of Florida.

    But I see you are in BC, I guess you have...
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    Do not trust any "two peg" or "two pin" chain...

    Do not trust any "two peg" or "two pin" chain checker, as their reading is only a simplistic approximation of a chain's pitch dimension status.

    These devices invariably apply a tensile load on the...
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    The missing bolt is larger at 6mm, so is handling...

    The missing bolt is larger at 6mm, so is handling more stress. High-strength bolt applies.
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    Right up there with the "trail" figure of a...

    Right up there with the "trail" figure of a bike's frame geometry, and the offset of the rider's grip from the steering axis, the other biggie in a bike's handling character is the lateral...
  13. Most brands of old 120/121mm hubs had room to...

    Most brands of old 120/121mm hubs had room to spare for use with U-6 freewheels, but not Phil and not Campagnolo, who left the axle protrusion at a minimum, for greater axle durability (and for...
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    As possibly the last TDF team to use...

    As possibly the last TDF team to use standard-size steel tubing in a lugged frame...

    Please post a photo of the bike!

    I have a very thorough replica of a Team Polti Coppi with lugged, oversized...
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    I somewhat dismiss my own concerns about that...

    I somewhat dismiss my own concerns about that kind of freeplay.

    Seems that the constant spring and chain tension(s) keeps the freeplay "loaded" in one direction at all times.

    Unless the bike is...
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    Those "track bars" look a lot like the original...

    Those "track bars" look a lot like the original alloy bars on my 1962 Continental. I think they are original.

    https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5232/7230922884_9c962c71a2_c.jpg
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    The ubiquitous Varsity is revered for it's...

    The ubiquitous Varsity is revered for it's nostalgic styling, as well as for it's almost uniquely (for a road bike) layed-back frame geometry, which gives it a most-solid feel going down the road.
    ...
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    That's a great deal on the shifters with...

    That's a great deal on the shifters with cables(!), but my experience with GripShifters of every quality level is that they are relatively trouble-free, usually not the cause of a shifting problem.
    ...
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    Of course the local market environment largely...

    Of course the local market environment largely determines which services that any kind of shop will offer, but also within each shop there is huge seasonal variation in demand, such that some...
  20. Any 9-speed chain will be the very best choice...

    Any 9-speed chain will be the very best choice with Suntour Ultra-6, narrow-7 and Accu-7 freewheels.

    The teeth are thicker on Suntour freewheels, so unwanted contact between the chain and the...
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    Check the cable's free movement by tugging on the...

    Check the cable's free movement by tugging on the exposed inner wire alongside of the bike's top tube or down tube. You'll be looking for perfectly smooth derailer actuation and return action.
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    The photo doesn't clearly show any failure that I...

    The photo doesn't clearly show any failure that I could comment on. It does appear that the slot in the ferrule stop is perhaps pried apart, but did it just split down the middle?

    One good thing...
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    That's a Technium touring bike, something that...

    That's a Technium touring bike, something that isn't all that common.

    Appears to have a triple ring crankset, which might or might not be useful to you, but which can make for a somewhat...
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    Yes, it sounds like you have original Union...

    Yes, it sounds like you have original Union rattrap pedals for your Varsity.
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    That's exactly what I've done on several...

    That's exactly what I've done on several occasions and for at least a couple of different reasons.

    I usually have at least a cable housing stop to work with that at least runs the front derailer...
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