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    I just looked at a Craigslist Falcon with a...

    I just looked at a Craigslist Falcon with a nicely brazed straight gauge frame. Pluses included Zeus hubs and skewers. Minuses included steel rims, steel cottered crank, mangled decals, Campy...
  2. Cycling culture is important. When I lived in...

    Cycling culture is important. When I lived in Spain there were bike clubs and bike racing for kids of all ages and all economic backgrounds. It didn't take expensive bikes and grownup enthusiasts...
  3. Thread: Stack and Reach

    by MKahrl
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    I concur with most of what chaadster said but...

    I concur with most of what chaadster said but differ in that traditional sizing on traditional bikes was not as bad as described. When fitted at a bike shop or by anyone knowledgeable the equal...
  4. 51% vs 49%? Where did that come from? The...

    51% vs 49%? Where did that come from? The population of the Union states was 22 million vs 9.1 million for the Confederacy. And of that 9.1 million 3.5 million were slaves. Do we say that the...
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    Poll: Another reason is the 50-69 crowd has always rode...

    Another reason is the 50-69 crowd has always rode bicycles. They were part of the Baby Boom and were buying bikes by the millions during the Bike Boom of 1971-1974.

    TOSRV, the oldest bike tour in...
  6. Gray cloth tape with amber shellac will get a...

    Gray cloth tape with amber shellac will get a good match to a Brooks saddle. I found shellacked tape is much easier to maintain and lasts years. If the handlebars get scrapped a quick touch-up...
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    Probably not worth it. The San Remo name was...

    Probably not worth it. The San Remo name was applied to many models over time including mid range models with straight gauge tubing on the main triangle.

    And the head badge does not have San...
  8. Paramounts are great bikes for regular riding...

    Paramounts are great bikes for regular riding without modern modifications. Teenagers have no problem figuring out friction shifters that many older riders have eschewed.

    If it is a P15 with...
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    LeMond vs Hinault vs Fignon 1986

    Much has been made of Hinault's treachery when he was supposed to be helping LeMond but instead attacked and gained the yellow jersey.

    But could that stage (Bayonnee-Pau July 15) actually been...
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    Very interesting read. I would return the rule...

    Very interesting read. I would return the rule for black shorts in order to return a little dignity to the riders.

    I suspect the heavily colorized and advertised shorts being worn today are a...
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    According to the book "No Hands" the factory was...

    According to the book "No Hands" the factory was poorly heated during Chicago winters and a part dropped might fall through a gap in the floor boards and bean a worker on the floor below. The...
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    These middle range Falcons ride well. They sold...

    These middle range Falcons ride well. They sold for about $200-250 in 1976 and are worth that today if everything is still working. I keep a few of these Reynolds 531 straight gauge Falcons in my...
  13. Thread: Falcon San Remo

    by MKahrl
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    I had a Falcon Model 76 with that same fully...

    I had a Falcon Model 76 with that same fully chromed fork and sloping fork crown. It was a touring version of the 76 with centerpulls, clearance for fenders, dropout eyelets and chrome Nervex lugs...
  14. I bought a set of hubs in 1986 called...

    I bought a set of hubs in 1986 called Kingsbury-Shook that looked like Phil Hubs. IIRC that company later became American Classic. Nice hubs, shiny finish and very smooth bearings.
  15. Bicycle Quarterly's also backs up what many of...

    Bicycle Quarterly's also backs up what many of you already know: higher pressures feel faster. With each test they asked the rider if that run felt faster or slower and higher pressures often felt...
  16. That cover may act as a giant sail on the back of...

    That cover may act as a giant sail on the back of your car (think drag parachute). Try some test runs and mount your bike on the inside position so that the rack centerpost acts as a brace because...
  17. I don't understand the Tektro hate. For modern...

    I don't understand the Tektro hate. For modern brakes they don't look that bad and their silver finish will look appropriate on a classic frame. They'll certainly perform better than Campy...
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    Bicycle Quarterly did wind tunnel tests and at...

    Bicycle Quarterly did wind tunnel tests and at 22 mph going to full aero tuck with no pedaling and the knees tucked into the top tube created a 7 % reduction in drag coefficient. Meaning if your...
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    That bike could easily be all original. Three of...

    That bike could easily be all original. Three of the six Falcons I've owned were so equipped.

    During the rush of the 1971 bike boom manufacturers had to double their production every year. ...
  20. Thread: Raleigh/Carltom

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    Although the crankset is not original that crank...

    Although the crankset is not original that crank was OEM on other English manufacture bicycles (Falcon) in 1973. And that Sugino Maxy crank wasn't being sold as an aftermarket upgrade in U.S. bike...
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    1400 cubic inch bag...

    1400 cubic inch bag
    1700 cubic inch bag
    These are big bags and are usually paired with a light rear rack.
    If you lock your bike outside and want a quick release for the bag: Nitto Saddlebag Grip
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    I would be happy with stainless steel chain ring...

    I would be happy with stainless steel chain ring bolts. Same goes for the wire clamping bolt on brakes.
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    I believe even Grant Petersen once reflected that...

    I believe even Grant Petersen once reflected that triple butting seemed a gimmicky idea that achieved nothing that double butting didn't already. The idea with double butted tubing is slightly...
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    What is the highest gear you need? Eddy Merckx's...

    What is the highest gear you need? Eddy Merckx's raced with a high gear of 52x13 or 105.5 gear inches. In no universe would either myself or anyone I've ever known would need a high gear greater...
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    My bike group makes a car-road trip in the dead...

    My bike group makes a car-road trip in the dead of winter and we make it a destination once every five years. One member commented "I didn't realize every modern part of my bike was invented a...
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