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  1. For me, the issue is sorting out which...

    For me, the issue is sorting out which technologies benefit me, and which are solutions in search of a problem.
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    Been there ... done that, having used both...

    Been there ... done that, having used both Campag. and Delrin Simplex small-barrel downtube levers with SunTour rear derailleurs. These combinations work fine for up to about 6, maybe 7, speeds.
  3. Penetrating oil/solvent is your friend, as is...

    Penetrating oil/solvent is your friend, as is patience. I love living 1 km downwind of the Pacific Ocean, but do admit that it is hard to keep bicycle or automotive chrome in good shape --...
  4. Thread: This Old Puch

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    I can relate to your story, in the sense that I...

    I can relate to your story, in the sense that I was an uncoordinated, overweight child who could not figure out how to balance a bicycle until age 12. I got a used 2-speed Schwinn middleweight for my...
  5. Don't forget derailleurs and multi-ratio...

    Don't forget derailleurs and multi-ratio internally geared hubs. :)
  6. For me, LED lighting is the single greatest...

    For me, LED lighting is the single greatest enhancement in bicycle technology in the past half-century. Helmets which provide more than scalp protection are equally valuable. Tires have improved...
  7. Thread: Fit over 50

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    Yet another story verifying the cardiovascular...

    Yet another story verifying the cardiovascular benefit of the world's greatest sport.
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    I have always liked cross bikes, and I have...

    I have always liked cross bikes, and I have always liked Colnago, and I have always liked bicycling with my sons or passing bikes along to them. This sounds like a triple winning proposition.
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    Them's fightin' words, but I am admittedly...

    Them's fightin' words, but I am admittedly biased. :)
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    Yup -- I have them on 3 of my 4 road bikes.

    Yup -- I have them on 3 of my 4 road bikes.
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    Are you sure about the 130mm being factory spec?...

    Are you sure about the 130mm being factory spec? My 1981 Campione d'Italia definitely has 126mm OLD and came with a standard-spaced 6-speed Regina America freewheel on Ofmega hubs.
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    Cool find! I love those pedals. Someone...

    Cool find! I love those pedals.

    Someone obviously converted it from downtube to stem shift and added the "suicide" brake lever extensions.

    What is the outer diameter of the seat tube (likely...
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    UO-8 -- bought as a bare frame and custom built...

    UO-8 -- bought as a bare frame and custom built for my wife in early 1974 when I worked at the P-N dealership. Now my commuter/beater.

    Brooks Pro saddle -- bought nearly new from my boss at the...
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    That describes how I got my Brooks Pro -- the...

    That describes how I got my Brooks Pro -- the first owner thought it was too hard, and did not have the patience to break it in.
  15. I made the opposite decision (toeclips and straps...

    I made the opposite decision (toeclips and straps on all of my bikes), but for the same reason of not trusting myself to be able to switch back and forth safely.
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    Thanks for jumping in, Bill and everyone else....

    Thanks for jumping in, Bill and everyone else. Davis Phinney and Connie Carpenter are pillars of strength in the cycling community.

    Arkie, thanks for posting, and best wishes to you and your wife.
  17. The 14-16-18-20 hybrid adapter cogset for a...

    The 14-16-18-20 hybrid adapter cogset for a Sturmey hub was an exceedingly rare bird -- I owned one, and about 10 years ago I saw another on eBay. It may have been Cyclo (I think) or Benelux, but it...
  18. Since you know your way around automotive repair,...

    Since you know your way around automotive repair, you should definitely learn bicycle repair and pick up a few bicycle-specific tools to complement your general and automobile-specific sets. If you...
  19. Regrettably, I no longer have that rear wheel,...

    Regrettably, I no longer have that rear wheel, since I used it on a bike I built for a friend.

    It used a 1/8" chain, but it was definitely a 14-16-18-20 cogset, in contrast to the more common...
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    The other Carbolite 103 "feature" many of us...

    The other Carbolite 103 "feature" many of us disdained was the internally expanding seatpost, which worked like a handlebar stem, but I think the central issue is the attractive and stylish external...
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    What exactly is the difference between the plain...

    What exactly is the difference between the plain gauge carbon steel on my 1970 UO-8 and Carbolite 103? I noticed that the Carbolite frames tend to lack external lugs.
  22. Thread: 68 paramount

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    Still nothing wrong with DT spokes and Mavic...

    Still nothing wrong with DT spokes and Mavic rims. :)
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    Assuming the other wheel is original, I concur.

    Assuming the other wheel is original, I concur.
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    When I decided to have the 1959 Capo painted,...

    When I decided to have the 1959 Capo painted, CyclArt was the hometown team, located within 15 miles of my house. I had already met Jim and Susan, seen the shop, and even ridden with them.

    They...
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    Very nice -- keep us posted!

    Very nice -- keep us posted!
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