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    Worst grate I encountered on a bike in Fort...

    Worst grate I encountered on a bike in Fort Lauderdale is where Route 1 dips under a river. The storm grate at the bottom stretches from wall to wall with long inch wide wheel sucking slots. I...
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    How well a front shifts mostly relates to that...

    How well a front shifts mostly relates to that moment in the shift when the chain is on hooked on one chain ring and is trying to hook on to the other chain ring. If the tooth difference between the...
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    I agree dropouts are a poor indicator of model...

    I agree dropouts are a poor indicator of model number with mid-level Falcons. I recently picked this one that was a little unusual with bottom bracket guides and Zeus components.
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  4. I've owned two bikes that came with Campy bar...

    I've owned two bikes that came with Campy bar ends - a Paramount P13 and a Mondia Special. And I tried very very hard to like them but was unsuccessful. Eventually put downtube shifters on them...
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    I'm in. I did once buy a brifter equipped bike...

    I'm in. I did once buy a brifter equipped bike for my wife so I have a few spins in the alley while making adjustments.
  6. Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene A. Sloane...

    Complete Book of Bicycling by Eugene A. Sloane was my first book as well. I went looking for a Paris Sport at the Campus bike shop in Columbus Ohio and lucky for me there were lots of other bike...
  7. Falcon San Remo. Central Ohio was awash in them...

    Falcon San Remo. Central Ohio was awash in them where they competed with Schwinn, Raleigh, Peugeot, Gitane, and Nishiki. Falcon imports petered out and stopped in the early 1980's so nearly all of...
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    The big overlap of steel and aluminum rims on...

    The big overlap of steel and aluminum rims on production bikes came during the bike boom of the 1970's. Before then the vast majority of bikes sold in the US were steel rimmed and American made. ...
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    By all means exchange information. The emergency...

    By all means exchange information. The emergency room requires that you fill out a dog bite report and the Ohio state health department called me the next morning for details regarding the address...
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    Good point. Since the dog was already...

    Good point. Since the dog was already successfully biting my shin and thigh I didn't want to put a hand down in the same area as his teeth to grab a water bottle. The pepper spray I can carry in...
  11. In a sense she was correct. Locomotives, steam,...

    In a sense she was correct. Locomotives, steam, electric and diesel, have wheelsets that steer into curves. The flanges on the wheels do not contact the rail in curves as you might think.
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    I was attacked by a dog this past Thursday for...

    I was attacked by a dog this past Thursday for the first time in over 50 years of riding.

    Lessons learned:
    1. I could not tell the dog's intent. This one didn't bark first. He looked like a...
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    Those remarks about OLMO on Sheldon's website are...

    Those remarks about OLMO on Sheldon's website are attributed in very large type to Michael Kone; who does know a great deal about vintage racing bicycles. If you read the entire entry re: Olmo it is...
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    Let's start with how big a gear that Eddy Merckx...

    Let's start with how big a gear that Eddy Merckx needed to dominate the world's best bike racers in his time: 52x13 or 107 gear inches. You can argue that you need a bigger gear than Eddie Merckx...
  15. I will second Vieux Chnoque's remarks and add...

    I will second Vieux Chnoque's remarks and add that there was no padding under the chamois and that the cream I bought specially formulated for the leather had fish oil in it and did not smell good at...
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    As I understand the history of Schwinn Paramounts...

    As I understand the history of Schwinn Paramounts the frames destined for full chrome were built differently (to higher standards of craftmanship) from painted frames in order to lessen the polishing...
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    Going from 30mm to 25mm won't necessarily lower...

    Going from 30mm to 25mm won't necessarily lower the rolling resistance. Going to a lighter tire in the same size with more supple sidewalls and without a puncture resistant layer might be an...
  18. The problem is you headed into a creek side...

    The problem is you headed into a creek side underpass at 25 mph on a MUP. These underpasses frequently are coated with a layer of fine dry (or worse, wet) silt left over from the last stream...
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    Bike groups that hope to attract new riders need...

    Bike groups that hope to attract new riders need to have a lot of friendly no-drop rides. New riders improve rapidly but those first six weeks can be discouraging with the wrong bike group SOP. ...
  20. The Nigel Smythe bags were made in Great Britain....

    The Nigel Smythe bags were made in Great Britain. The Sackville bags are a later design and made in Connecticut. I've owned all the different Rivendell bags over the years and the Sackvilles are...
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    Interesting point. I think it's safe to say...

    Interesting point. I think it's safe to say there is no cyclist walking on earth that we currently know of that can match Eddy. So if he could dominate road racing including sprint finishes, time...
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    Told to me by a native of Malaga: Maggie...

    Told to me by a native of Malaga:

    Maggie Thatcher, Francois Mitterand, and Juan Carlos are in a plane returning from a summit and the pilot announces a delay due to fog and loss of the aircraft's...
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    The 53x11 gives a gear inch of 130 which is on...

    The 53x11 gives a gear inch of 130 which is on the high side. With today's itsy bitsy rear cogs large chain rings are less necessary. Even a 50T large chain ring gives a 122.7 gear inch which is...
  24. Thread: Down on Paverx

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    Since driveway sealers are made from coal tar and...

    Since driveway sealers are made from coal tar and recycled petroleum products you should avoid using them if you have kids. You will track a lot of it into your home where it will reside in the...
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    There's a cool picture in an earlier issue of BQ...

    There's a cool picture in an earlier issue of BQ testing rim brakes where the rear tire is a foot off the ground. The tester said it looked scarier than it was; the bike was surprisingly easy to...
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