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  1. I was told by a Bianchi rep in the 1980s that the...

    I was told by a Bianchi rep in the 1980s that the management in Italy found the idea that Bianchi USA offered lifetime warranties for their steel frames to be ludicrous. (Don't know how it works now,...
  2. Two techniques to free the seatpost: First...

    Two techniques to free the seatpost:



    First technique (try this first):

    Hammer the seatpost to bend the crushed section over to form an angle of about 90 degrees.

    Take the frame to a car...
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    Old-fashioned oats straight into the cereal bowl...

    Old-fashioned oats straight into the cereal bowl with cold water and raisins. Shelf to table---20 seconds. My favorite recipe for the last 30 years or more. Don't care for/see the point of cooked...
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    Working on Campy-equipped bikes in the '60s and...

    Working on Campy-equipped bikes in the '60s and '70s, bike mechanics had to improvise ways to get the---let's face it---badly designed Campy downtube shifters to stop slipping. We got plenty of...
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    Yes, worth more than $30. If nothing else, that's...

    Yes, worth more than $30. If nothing else, that's at least $30 worth of cleaning.
  6. Fixed gear since 1965, and I'm with FBinNY on...

    Fixed gear since 1965, and I'm with FBinNY on this, including the conclusion that this side discussion is pointless. Argue all you like for fixed gear braking being equivalent under certain...
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    Pratt City Blues - Louis Armstrong showing off - ...

    Pratt City Blues - Louis Armstrong showing off -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psg8f6kspD0

    Blind Willie McTell and Georgia Slim -


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLXq6pJnr_c
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    That mixte must be from the early days of...

    That mixte must be from the early days of distribution of Taiwan-built bike brands in the US. I think Raleigh was a bit earlier with their Rampar line, but I can't think of any other examples from...
  9. As was pointed out earlier in this thread,...

    As was pointed out earlier in this thread, virtually all of the classic lightweight steel bikes touted for longevity were and are outfitted with aluminum rims, seatposts, hubs, handlebars, pedals,...
  10. Looks like a very nice find. Not C&V, though, so...

    Looks like a very nice find. Not C&V, though, so most folks here might not know anything about it. Perhaps the people in the Road subforum would be able to help.
  11. The trick is to hold the freewheel tool in place...

    The trick is to hold the freewheel tool in place by screwing down the skewer as tight as you can get it. You can't possibly tighten it enough to prevent the freewheel from breaking free.

    Once the...
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    Sticky: Poll: I used to have the same problem, but I forced...

    I used to have the same problem, but I forced myself to get in the habit of drinking water more regularly on rides, which seems to have done the trick.
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    Two absolutely terrific cycling documentaries,...

    Two absolutely terrific cycling documentaries, both available via Netfilx streaming, I believe:

    Hell On Wheels (in German w/subtitles; original title, "Hollentour"): the 2003 Tour from the...
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    Sticky: Poll: I don't think that the article says what you...

    I don't think that the article says what you think/hope it says.

    Here's the article link:

    http://www.annemergmed.com/article/S0196-0644(15)01300-1/abstract

    Here's the abstract:

    Hyoid...
  15. Thread: cadence

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    A cadence around 90 rpm seems to make sense for...

    A cadence around 90 rpm seems to make sense for efficient pedaling, since riding for fitness uses muscles that evolved for running and since the pace at which most people run seems to vary very...
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    Running shoes, which are designed to flex easily,...

    Running shoes, which are designed to flex easily, tend to be uncomfortable with most toe-clip-compatible pedals. They can be tolerable for short rides, but shoes with stiffer soles are generally seen...
  17. The Cannondale sales rep who visited the shop...

    The Cannondale sales rep who visited the shop where i worked in the mid-'90s told us that Miguel Indurain bought one of their bikes when he retired.

    Evidently Indurain had a falling out with...
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    Not necessarily. Chances are that the bike shop...

    Not necessarily. Chances are that the bike shop guy knows when it's worth attempting to educate a customer and when it's not, in which case it makes sense to give a diplomatically worded "Whatever...
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    If you get a job in a bike store, by the time...

    If you get a job in a bike store, by the time you've fixed a couple of thousand flats, you'll have forgotten any theories concerning mysterious differences between inner tube brands or between...
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    Many bikes come with plastic mounting brackets...

    Many bikes come with plastic mounting brackets for rear reflectors that fit around the seatpost. I've used such a bracket for mounting a rear rack on a bike without seat stay braze-on fittings. Since...
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    Speaking of apparent misspellings, sly marketing...

    Speaking of apparent misspellings, sly marketing subdivision, I have an "Anpi" seatpost that came on a Zeus bike.
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    I take oatmeal raisins misc foods seltzer...

    I take

    oatmeal
    raisins
    misc foods
    seltzer
    Russell Stover chocolate

    I started bike racing at 12, over 50 years ago. A teammate once pointed out that the racers who believed fervently in...
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    Learned colleagues: the OP has a 2004 Orbea. The...

    Learned colleagues: the OP has a 2004 Orbea. The observation that the spokes are loose on the touring bike is likely based on having grabbed pairs of spokes in the wheels of the Orbea and squeezed,...
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    The shop's reluctance may have more to do with...

    The shop's reluctance may have more to do with the fact that the rims are used than that they're C/V, as well as that you don't really know whether or not they're in perfect shape.

    A used rim can...
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    My first racing bike was a Raleigh with a...

    My first racing bike was a Raleigh with a Cyclo-Benelux drivetrain (8 speed, as in 2 chainrings and 4 sprockets). Started riding that bike over 50 years ago. That's long gone, but I have a 1968-ish...
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