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    I believe squealing is not just noise, but...

    I believe squealing is not just noise, but actually reduces brake effectiveness. The pad gets a vibration going that severely reduces the amount of rubber touching the rim at any given instant. ...
  2. Thread: Bad Trip

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    I have only fond memories of my 1983 tour from...

    I have only fond memories of my 1983 tour from Portland OR to Omaha NE, but the facts tell a somewhat different story. My original plan was to ride all the way across the country, and I bailed. ...
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    I honestly don't know if I've ever ridden in 110F...

    I honestly don't know if I've ever ridden in 110F temps. But I'm pretty sure I've never said no, I can't ride because it's too hot. When you're on the bike, that air moving around you feels really...
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    I hear you! I wiped out a couple months ago when...

    I hear you! I wiped out a couple months ago when they ground part of the road surface away, preparing for new asphalt... looking back on it now, I can see how it was my fault, but it sure didn't...
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    The ones I got were excellent. I recently had my...

    The ones I got were excellent. I recently had my Falcon (straight gauge 531, it's my commuter bike) powder coated. This is relevant because you get a different kind of decal depending what kind of...
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    I have only done business with him once. I...

    I have only done business with him once. I emailed him on June 20, exchanged a couple emails to confirm details and got a PayPal invoice June 21, and later that day a confirmation email that the...
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    I see the seat post size is 25.4 mm which means...

    I see the seat post size is 25.4 mm which means they are certainly made out of the standard bottom of the barrel tubing used for bike frames. Disparagingly called gaspipe, better called hi-ten. ...
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    I'm guessing you haven't been commuting by bike...

    I'm guessing you haven't been commuting by bike all that long?

    Like many things, it's a skill... and you get better at it. You learn what works. You learn what not to try. You figure out what...
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    No, the Campagnolo Nuovo Record stuff is all...

    No, the Campagnolo Nuovo Record stuff is all early 70's. I suppose this could be from as early as 1969, but these brochures often changed slower than than the bikes they described. 1974 seems...
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    I'd like a gps-related app that shows me places...

    I'd like a gps-related app that shows me places where I could camp, with an emphasis on places where free, primitive, or "hobo" camping is permitted.

    State forests, Walmart parking lots,...
  11. Sure, pre-industrial people did a great deal of...

    Sure, pre-industrial people did a great deal of damage in the form of deforestation, spreading invasive species around, hunting some species to global extinction while driving many more to local...
  12. Thread: 720 on 7/20!!!

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    Here's me on my 720 on 7/20/83 (or thereabouts)....

    Here's me on my 720 on 7/20/83 (or thereabouts).

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vI4wH6XZGvQ/VJRsq-kbPOI/AAAAAAAAF9M/qQAV4k0j1x8/s912-Ic42/Trek%252520tourer%252520in%2525201983.jpg

    I have...
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    My train station in NJ has bike lockers, one of...

    My train station in NJ has bike lockers, one of which I've rented for 14 years now. If you can get one of those, you might not need a folding bike. During the school year I keep a full size bike in...
  14. $15 is optimistic. Yes, the frame can be reused,...

    $15 is optimistic. Yes, the frame can be reused, but it's a very cheap frame and probably very small. If you can find someone who wants a recovered leather saddle, he probably wants it on a better...
  15. I wouldn't call it a 3x2 hub; just call it it a...

    I wouldn't call it a 3x2 hub; just call it it a five speed hub, or an S5. They are really nice hubs, and I consider this a much more desirable bike than a Sprite with derailleurs, but I have to...
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    I can't quite tell, but it looks like the 728...

    I can't quite tell, but it looks like the 728 posted has the extremely rare Gran Compe 450 centerpull brakes, which would probably sell for $250 or more. $900 for the whole bike... oh, I don't ...
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    Nice! Looks like a good old bike in excellent...

    Nice! Looks like a good old bike in excellent condition.

    Through a series of mergers and acquisitions too complicated to explain, most of the bicycle manufacturers in England closed in the early...
  18. I agree with the above assessments of a "period...

    I agree with the above assessments of a "period upgrade." As a 50 year old bike, what you have is a classic upper end (but not quite top level) bike in remarkable condition. Add a leather saddle...
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    Great find! I'd rub that waxy residue off with...

    Great find! I'd rub that waxy residue off with dry rags, avoiding heat as much as possible. My training is: (1) I don't know what that waxy stuff is, but it may not be a good thing. Letting it melt...
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    Those CLB cantilever brakes are interesting....

    Those CLB cantilever brakes are interesting. Apparently they fit on a proprietary boss, different from MAFAC and modern ones. I'm pretty sure I have one, possibly two, CLB straddle hangers, well...
  21. Disregarding everything but the aesthetics, I...

    Disregarding everything but the aesthetics, I find these extended head lugs uglier than sloping top tubes.
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    Oh, I wouldn't let one spoiled brat child color...

    Oh, I wouldn't let one spoiled brat child color my impression of a whole generation. Anyway, my cohort was just as bad. Doing a hike like what you describe when I was the age you describe (this...
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    I don't regularly ride a bus these days; to my...

    I don't regularly ride a bus these days; to my usual destination, the train station, the bike is cheaper, faster, and the route is more scenic.

    Whether in New Jersey or Long Island, the people on...
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    Well, I take exception to the term "hissy fit,"...

    Well, I take exception to the term "hissy fit," :lol: but I guess I'm not as innocent of that kind of behavior as if like to be.

    That said, it is very rare that any driver does anything to...
  25. Well... good luck! At least you didn't...

    Well... good luck! At least you didn't overpay... by... to... much.

    The Peugeot one looks interesting, possibly the oldest of these. Adga, Club, and probably #4 are bottom barrel French saddles,...
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