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    Salvaged some straight bars for this but there is...

    Salvaged some straight bars for this but there is a lot of tube stock one could use, PVC tubing is easy to work with and a popular choice for light mounts like this;

    The outer drilling was...
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    I usually set up my AW hubs so that 3rd is my...

    I usually set up my AW hubs so that 3rd is my main gear and then I have two steps down for the heavy lifting like riding into the wind and steeper hill climbs.

    Exception would be that 1954...
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    That is hella sweet... I keep looking for an...

    That is hella sweet... I keep looking for an International but they keep coming up in the wrong size.

    If this goes on for much longer I will have to fire up the torch and build my own.

    :D
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    Any competent mechanic can do this, this...

    Any competent mechanic can do this, this alignment does not require a jig but rather, proper measuring gauges and the right tools.

    On that note, I think I am the only frame builder in the area and...
  5. I explained this to my wife and then demonstrated...

    I explained this to my wife and then demonstrated it while we were out by gently bumping into people... she thought it was hilarious.
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    Gotta love PDX prices...

    Gotta love PDX prices...
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    The Glider did not come with Raleigh's thimble...

    The Glider did not come with Raleigh's thimble crown... this was the same as other Raleigh sub brands that were otherwise identical save for paint and decals.
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    Almost of the Glider's I have come across have...

    Almost of the Glider's I have come across have been re-badged Raleigh Sports, this was a top of the line offering.
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    Sounds like an effective combination, mtb (v...

    Sounds like an effective combination, mtb (v brake) levers tend to work rather well with dual pivot brakes.

    Sometimes you just have to experiment and test different combinations... my cure for...
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    A modern road bike will come equipped with aero...

    A modern road bike will come equipped with aero levers and dual pivot brakes with fresh new brake pads, even at the entry level these bikes stop incredibly well because of the combination of an...
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    2015 was a slow year because of health issues,...

    2015 was a slow year because of health issues, although I rode regularly I did not log any long miles and will hope to improve on that.
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    This is exactly what it is... there are only a...

    This is exactly what it is... there are only a few companies that manufacture these brake systems and they are only suitable for ultra high performance (F1) racing cars... consider that the brakes...
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    A front wheel should not need more spokes than...

    A front wheel should not need more spokes than the rear and the 32 / 40 made wheelbuilding very practical and economical; as you only needed one spoke length this would also speed production when...
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    Turning it up to 11... Sympathy For The Devil,...

    Turning it up to 11... Sympathy For The Devil, the last of the last.

    Lemmy owns it.

    Motörhead cover Rolling Stones? ?Sympathy for the Devil? ? listen | Consequence of Sound
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    I have a couple of these now, the 123 and a later...

    I have a couple of these now, the 123 and a later / current 123R as well as a spare for parts... the modern Optimus pot really improves the heating time in cold weather and it all packs inside neatly.
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    There is a good reason one sees King components...

    There is a good reason one sees King components everywhere.

    Spendy yes, but also made in the first world to a very high quality standard.
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    We build tandems and these discs can get hot...

    We build tandems and these discs can get hot enough to melt any plastic used in the piston assembly.
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    My bad, F1 cars use full carbon brakes. Brake...

    My bad, F1 cars use full carbon brakes.

    Brake rotors for street use are hybridized to include other materials to provide cold stopping, even steel rotors have some other elements to maximize...
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    Reducing the unsprung weight on a vehicle...

    Reducing the unsprung weight on a vehicle improves performance and economy, it takes less energy to accelerate the wheel.

    On brakes...

    Normal vehicles get by really well with steel discs which...
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    Lighter wheels accelerate faster and will reduce...

    Lighter wheels accelerate faster and will reduce the overall weight of the bicycle so there are performance improvements to be found here.

    With that being said, I have done sub hour 40's on my...
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    She does not see much wet weather but as a...

    She does not see much wet weather but as a concession to being able to stop and not squealing like a cat in heat, I installed Kool Stop salmon pads.

    I plan to replace those with Mafac brake blocks...
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    These Rigidas are nearly 60 years old... I did...

    These Rigidas are nearly 60 years old... I did re-lace them as even though the wheels were sound (dead true), the original spokes were badly oxidized and went with a heavier gauge spoke than the very...
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    In my lifetime it was the lower end and...

    In my lifetime it was the lower end and utilitarian bicycles that came with steel rims and the biggest downside was wet braking, this was not much of a problem if your riding was recreational (on...
  24. Tryke, My friend has a Catrike that he is...

    Tryke,

    My friend has a Catrike that he is always happy to lend out for test rides, I also know the recumbent dealer in Bentley who has suffered with disability issues and we should talk to him as...
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    Merry Christmas...

    http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikepics/2015stretchxmas.JPG

    (It plays Christmas music too).
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