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  1. So perhaps it's not all in my head! And the 650A...

    So perhaps it's not all in my head! And the 650A wheels merely becoming the backup wheels -- I like the way you think, sir! Will keep the group posted once my finances recover from PBP and allow me...
  2. The frame is an '87, described in the catalog as...

    The frame is an '87, described in the catalog as "Tange double-butted Chrome-moly in Superset design for Bianchi, Tange taper gauge Mangalloy stays" -- were you thinking of the lower-end gas pipe...
  3. A 7-speed freehub body measures about 31mm from...

    A 7-speed freehub body measures about 31mm from the inner ledge to the outer edge, like this:

    http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e26/sstulken80/hubwidth-1.jpg

    8-speed cogs are almost exactly the...
  4. Yeah, I didn't figure you wanted to start a...

    Yeah, I didn't figure you wanted to start a debate, and I find the subject interesting, too. :thumb:
  5. Maybe people are hesitant to contribute to yet...

    Maybe people are hesitant to contribute to yet another religious debate... I clean mine in mineral spirits (shaken in a mason jar) every 750 miles or so before relubing, and rotate between two chains...
  6. You can't put an 8-speed cassette on your 7-speed...

    You can't put an 8-speed cassette on your 7-speed hub. Thankfully, there are plenty of 7-speed cassettes still in production. These HG50s are just as good as HG90, the finish is less fancy: ...
  7. I'm well over Lon Haldeman's "bike should weigh...

    I'm well over Lon Haldeman's "bike should weigh 12% of the rider" rule, that's for sure. ;)

    Without the handlebar bag, fenders, lights, pump, and (full) water bottles, the Bianchi comes down to...
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    The Tektro 559s are really great. I bought a set...

    The Tektro 559s are really great. I bought a set for my fiancee's bike and am so impressed that I'm strongly considering replacing the C&V centerpulls on my rando bike with a set.
  9. My rig...

    My rig comes to about 35 lbs loaded up for a long brevet, and the rider about 150-155, so I guess the overall weight falls into that zone where I can't brag or complain about it. Still, my rig felt...
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    Depending on whether they enjoyed the "extreme"...

    Depending on whether they enjoyed the "extreme" aspect of it, they might just start considering SAGBRAW and/or GRABAAWR for next year. ;)
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    I have to charge my time, even though I'm...

    I have to charge my time, even though I'm salaried. Go ahead and call their bluff!
  12. +1. The clearances have always been tight on my...

    +1. The clearances have always been tight on my fixed-gear-converted MTB since the chainstays are fat. I think it's about 1mm on the NDS and 2mm on the DS, and that's after filing material off the...
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    It was quite the experience! I haven't done a...

    It was quite the experience! I haven't done a flèche yet but they sound fun, too!



    Yeah! Having hundreds, maybe thousands, of people cheering you on really helps with morale and finishing. ...
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    Kind of late on this, but if the Suzue hubs...

    Kind of late on this, but if the Suzue hubs aren't toast, I'd probably find some nice rims and build up a whole new set of wheels. You'll need different spokes anyway, right?
  15. I'd think a rigid MTB converted to fixed-gear or...

    I'd think a rigid MTB converted to fixed-gear or single-speed would fit the bill -- rugged and reliable despite neglect... :thumb:
  16. Radlers have been exploding in popularity in my...

    Radlers have been exploding in popularity in my area this year, and I won't complain -- my fiancee and I love them, even when we haven't been riding. :)

    I got a lot less interested in hoppy...
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    I picked up a pack of Gauloises Brunes while in...

    I picked up a pack of Gauloises Brunes while in France for PBP. They've got decent strength, and I dig trying out this icon of French history, but they don't hold a candle to a nice English blend in...
  18. You managed to leave out the word that represents...

    You managed to leave out the word that represents what remains after all of these lab-concocted products are eliminated: "Food."

    Relying on ordinary food for long rides isn't a foreign concept...
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    I think good automatic electronic shifting is...

    I think good automatic electronic shifting is within reach, and perhaps 10-15 years from now, we'll look back and see it as a historical inevitability. Forget the crude mechanical attempts from the...
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    No rush -- I currently have the weakest tubes in...

    No rush -- I currently have the weakest tubes in my collection installed in my amps (a 5F2A Princeton clone, a 5E7 Bandmaster clone, and a couple other homebrew 6V6/6L6-powered projects) and with the...
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    Are you powering a small rear wheel with that, or...

    Are you powering a small rear wheel with that, or are you just a humble badass? :)
  22. Amazing how stupid most people are about this,...

    Amazing how stupid most people are about this, isn't it? They'll ask anyone advice on which bike to get except their SO. :rolleyes:
  23. My favorite suggestion was for the forum software...

    My favorite suggestion was for the forum software to automatically append "<ZOMBIE THREAD>" onto the title of any thread that had been bumped after a year. :thumb:
  24. Ask her when she gets it? You're more likely to...

    Ask her when she gets it? You're more likely to mess things up if you try to guess whether she'd like it repainted, and which color.
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    Thanks! I haven't done a proper writeup yet, but...

    Thanks! I haven't done a proper writeup yet, but posted a bunch of thoughts and a picture (that my sister took at the finish) here: ...
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