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    Since I started commuting on BTWD, I've found a...

    Since I started commuting on BTWD, I've found a number of things:

    Things I picked up:
    Snap-On E11 External Torx driver - useless, I have no external torx head fasteners to drive, and the ones...
  2. Sticky: Re: bombing downhill unclipped fixed Done it,...

    Re: bombing downhill unclipped fixed

    Done it, and it's a blast! Unfortunatley, the instinct is to put the feet on the front canti brakes - those are not pegs for feet - you need them at the bottom...
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    I had a pain in my chest that happened after...

    I had a pain in my chest that happened after increasing my exercise levels, and it stayed around, first discomfort, then acute.
    Turns out I had a nodule on my lungs that had ruptured, leaking air...
  4. Yep. That was there, I apparently have selective...

    Yep. That was there, I apparently have selective vision or retention. The original photos had that covered up by the pump holder.

    The serial (on the seattube, not bb) is: 81 04 59121

    I'm going...
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    Oh, it's definitley Arabesque, it's got it...

    Oh, it's definitley Arabesque, it's got it written in white on the top tube.

    I'd get clarification, however, to see if the components are actually Shimano 600 arabesque... the cranks look like...
  6. Yep, that's the one. In the original "as found in...

    Yep, that's the one. In the original "as found in dumpster" thread I can see the black oval with red border, underneath which reads "Chrome Molyboen Steel" - "Butted Tubes" - "Tange Industries Ltd"
    ...
  7. Also, I'm seriously considering these, still the...

    Also, I'm seriously considering these, still the Shimano 600EX hubs laced to Araya 20a rims, but 700 instead of 27... very close but not catalog perfect. I'm not hanging this on a wall, nor will it...
  8. Wow! I'm going to have to print this and keep it...

    Wow! I'm going to have to print this and keep it with the bike! Do you have a picture of the catalog page?
    There is no Tange #2 decal, just says Tange, butted. If it were double butted I'd expect...
  9. So, it sounds like the consensus is that, if this...

    So, it sounds like the consensus is that, if this bike didn't come with tubulars from the dealer, it most likely would have had Araya 27x1 rims and even shot of non-Shimano hubs... Sansin, Suzue,...
  10. They all now show up at the $6-8 range... $2 per...

    They all now show up at the $6-8 range... $2 per tube. Not bad, but not $0.50 anymore. Maybe they fixed a glitch.
  11. The current Soma bike company has no relation...

    The current Soma bike company has no relation whatsoever to the vintage Soma, other than the name. Those are a nice set of wheels, but they take a modern cassette, not the threaded 6-speed one I...
  12. Ok - so having the rest of the drive line and...

    Ok - so having the rest of the drive line and brakes be Shimano Arabesque doesn't necessarily mean the hubs need to be, then?

    It rides well on the quando/mavic getup, but I'd enjoy it more if I...
  13. What rims for authentic 1980's Japanese roadie?

    http://jqmello.smugmug.com/Sports/bikes/i-BR9PMKL/0/M/DSC_0024-M.jpg

    Hi all,
    I rescued this 1980 Soma (made in Japan) road bike from the dumptser a few years ago, and spent a fair bit at a LBS...
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    I've been long dormant on this forum - I live in...

    I've been long dormant on this forum - I live in DC (Branch & Alabama, SE) and a combination of factors have conspired to bring me here looking for advice. I moved offices (now has a shower in the...
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    That looks quite similar to the AMF Hercules that...

    That looks quite similar to the AMF Hercules that I picked up the other day for my neighbor, had the same shark-fin front fender, mid '60s but I haven't been able to look at the rear hub closely to...
  16. Very cool. Thanks. I'll look as soon as I can......

    Very cool. Thanks. I'll look as soon as I can... it's already in our neighbor's garage, since mine has too many bikes / stuff to fit another.
  17. Saved this AMF Hercules cruiser from the trash...

    Saved this AMF Hercules cruiser from the trash yesterday, looking for a year on it... late 50's? seat tube serial number 210700... started it's own thread for all the pics.
    ...
  18. AMF Hercules Cruiser saved from trash... help with year?

    Hey, I pulled this from the curb yesterday, and spent today cleaning it up. All it needed was air in the tires and grease in the headset, and it was ready to go. I used a rag soaked in oxalic acid to...
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    nice looking bike rocco! The chainrings are a...

    nice looking bike rocco!

    The chainrings are a bit different too, so I'd guess a year or two difference? I'm completely new at this though! The last time I had to guess a bike's age was the $120...
  20. there's an entire thread with lots of pics, but...

    there's an entire thread with lots of pics, but here's the Soma Competition I pulled from the dumpster yesterday.
    http://lh4.google.com/jqmello/R_wYVVRSoRI/AAAAAAAAIfM/SBfG25Fh-tk/s400/DSCN6804.JPG...
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    57x57, so it's a tad on the small side, I have a...

    57x57, so it's a tad on the small side, I have a 58 top tube on my commuter (Bianchi Volpe) and a new 60 cm IRO rob roy that I'm building up. I was experimenting with the geometry just standing over...
  22. I have a question... I have a saddle, speedic...

    I have a question... I have a saddle, speedic professional (not brooks, I'm assuming) from about 1978.
    http://lh3.google.com/jqmello/R_wYaFRSoTI/AAAAAAAAIfk/JB5X5e8pqXA/s400/DSCN6806.JPG

    and it...
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    ^ that's a good link... I'll have to remove the...

    ^ that's a good link... I'll have to remove the seatpost and measure.

    it IS heavy, I'm not saying otherwise, I just think it's pretty cool.

    I was told by a local forum friend that the groupo...
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    actually... from Sheldon Brown (he will be...

    actually...
    from Sheldon Brown (he will be missed)

    Soma:
    A short-lived brand of decent-quality bikes.

    also:
    Dating Tips
    -Center-pull caliper brakes were pretty much out of fashion by...
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    continued......

    continued...
    http://lh4.google.com/jqmello/R_wYsVRSocI/AAAAAAAAIhQ/vOsYZdpCo4g/s400/DSCN6822.JPG
    cool.
    http://lh3.google.com/jqmello/R_wYwFRSoeI/AAAAAAAAIl4/IgP1UYZElVk/s400/DSCN6828.JPG
    also...
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