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    I think those levers were made that way, unlike...

    I think those levers were made that way, unlike mine, which were definitely abused by an earlier owner.
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    Same here. I now have my late father-in-law's...

    Same here. I now have my late father-in-law's tools, as well as the ones I have accumulated over the years, and a bunch from my wife's step dad.

    At least my cog-and-chainring board is in...
  3. "Wait a minute -- which brake handle controls the...

    "Wait a minute -- which brake handle controls the front brake? Oops -- I have to think in reverse on that, as well."
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    Interesting -- I did not know one existed. Kids...

    Interesting -- I did not know one existed. Kids used to mistakenly refer to the old Bendix kick-back 2-speed as "automatic."
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    I would value the opinion of a surgeon who has a...

    I would value the opinion of a surgeon who has a reputation for conservative treatment and who has proven himself not to be knife-happy. Otherwise, balance your surgeon's advice with that of a...
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    Having fully and quickly recovered from a mild...

    Having fully and quickly recovered from a mild separation, admittedly when I was about half my current age, I concur with this advice. Instead of a GP, I would go straight to a reputable sports...
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    Thank you for posting. I always enjoy learning...

    Thank you for posting. I always enjoy learning about an unfamiliar (to me) marque.
  8. I have been using traditional toeclips and straps...

    I have been using traditional toeclips and straps -- which my wife calls "toe traps" -- since my college freshman days, and I would be afraid to ride without some sort of foot retention system. I set...
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    ??? Outer rings in the high 40s, particularly...

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    Outer rings in the high 40s, particularly 49, were very popular, and the default (only?) size of the inner ring on a Campag. triple was 36. Lots of bikes came with combinations like 50-36, so...
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    You can make your own Weinmann/DiaCompe straddle...

    You can make your own Weinmann/DiaCompe straddle cable by copying Mafac's use of a fixing bolt on one side. This also gives you the option of optimizing your leverage vs. handle travel by fine-tuning...
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    The Bianchi decals on the downtube and the...

    The Bianchi decals on the downtube and the Bianchi head tube decal certainly look authentic. Great stuff!

    Extra bonus points for the high-enough 100 gear-inch top gear, instead of one of the...
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    It is a beautiful machine. I did not know the...

    It is a beautiful machine. I did not know the marque until I saw your post.
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    Wow -- 90 years old! I guess I'll stop bragging...

    Wow -- 90 years old! I guess I'll stop bragging about the ages of my bikes. :)
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    Gumwall tires would look period-appropriate, but...

    Gumwall tires would look period-appropriate, but I have had bad luck with the sidewalls rotting, so I stick with blackwalls.
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    I did not count teeth, but that outer ring is...

    I did not count teeth, but that outer ring is almost definitely a 52T, which was the default size for many years. (Rant: I detest cranks whose outer chainring cannot be changed or replaced.) Schwinn...
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    And now for a different opinion. :) This...

    And now for a different opinion. :)

    This becomes less important as the number of cogs increases or the range of cog sizes decreases, but I remain a big fan of either half-step-plus-granny or...
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    The crankset is a low-end substitute for the...

    The crankset is a low-end substitute for the original Stronglight.
    Front derailleur is not original, either.
    The frame is a classic, and of course that's what really counts. A little touchup paint,...
  18. Another interesting contrast -- it was the very...

    Another interesting contrast -- it was the very low-end road bikes, such as Free Spirits and Steyr Clubmans, which had full-length derailleur cable housings, often secured with tacky plastic clamps....
  19. Those of us with smaller hands prefer Weinmann,...

    Those of us with smaller hands prefer Weinmann, DiaCompe, or Shimano. The only major non-Italian components on my Bianchi are the Serfas saddle and the Shimano aero brake handles, because the...
  20. Two can play this game. The screw-on clamps and...

    Two can play this game. The screw-on clamps and white housing just look right on my red Capo. My much more collectible Capo Sieger has unique built-in under-tube cable housing clamps, which I do not...
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    To put my personal biases on the table: 1) My...

    To put my personal biases on the table:

    1) My younger son is currently studying for a DPT degree. Knowing how rigorous his training is gives me a positive view toward physical therapy.

    2) I...
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    The stability / steering question is a very...

    The stability / steering question is a very interesting one. I would like to see a full-on side view of your bicycle, to compare the fork rake and head tube angle against those of something like an...
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    Yes, Capo is far more popular in central and...

    Yes, Capo is far more popular in central and eastern Europe than in North America. Harald Cap, son of company founder Otto Cap (hence, Cap O), is about my age. At 85 years, the Capo marque is one of...
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    My first bicycle had a Bendix 2-speed coaster...

    My first bicycle had a Bendix 2-speed coaster hub, which is the same as your kickback, but with a shift lever that looked like a brake handle. I got a 10-speed road bike six months later and never...
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    I have not worked out the exact chainring and cog...

    I have not worked out the exact chainring and cog sizes you would need, but one way to pick up the lost "in between" gear ratios is to use a 1.5-step system, in which the ratio change in front is 1.5...
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