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  1. Looks like a 5 speed; that and the cable clamps...

    Looks like a 5 speed; that and the cable clamps would have me thinking more like early-mid '70s but that's kind of a wag.

    [edit] I defer to BG.
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    +1 to everything BG said. I would take a bike in...

    +1 to everything BG said. I would take a bike in that condition, tear it down completely, touch up the frame, squirt some framesaver in it, repack all the bearings, and put on a new chain (and...
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    JJs, if you're interested, these Dia Compe hoods...

    JJs, if you're interested, these Dia Compe hoods are a decent fit on Superbe levers.
    http://store.velo-orange.com/index.php/dia-compe-hoods-for-202-204-brake-levers.html ...
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    http://www.trbimg.com/img-52aa360e/turbine/redeye-...

    http://www.trbimg.com/img-52aa360e/turbine/redeye-holiday-divvy-bike-candy-cane-20131212-002/600...
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    Nice looking bike; I can see why you'd want to...

    Nice looking bike; I can see why you'd want to keep it. A couple observations:

    Those bars already have quite a bit of reach. I don't know how much better you can do on that score, and presumably...
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    This site (a BF member's) is excellent:...

    This site (a BF member's) is excellent: http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpeeds_1/

    Pretty big subject with lots of exceptions, but in general, I would look for:

    Quality frame eg. Columbus,...
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    Excellent job! I was kind of digging the old...

    Excellent job! I was kind of digging the old tatty bar tape, but if you aren't going to shellac it, you can replicate that patina in no time.

    I especially like the touch of red on the hubs - quite...
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    What can I add? Amazing bike and deal. Based on...

    What can I add? Amazing bike and deal. Based on the Panasonic bikes I've owned, I can only imagine how it rides.

    I just looked at the YJ auction you linked to in the OP; I'm actually surprised the...
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    Good grief. Do you at least mean Fahrenheit? Is...

    Good grief. Do you at least mean Fahrenheit? Is there a way to keep the extremeties unfrozen at those temps? Sorry, this is getting seriously o/t.

    [edit] oops I flipped that conversion; should...
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    It is chrome. The bike should have a celeste...

    It is chrome. The bike should have a celeste fork, but when I got it it had a funky black replacement. I found this one last week on CL. It's prettier and, more importantly, straighter.

    Chi Mike,...
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    Thanks! That's Lake Michigan, north of Chicago....

    Thanks! That's Lake Michigan, north of Chicago. It was taken at dusk - the sky in the east picks up a lot of color this time of year; I have no idea why.
  12. Thread: New arrival

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    That's easy. It's a galvanized garbage can. I...

    That's easy. It's a galvanized garbage can. I could tell that even with that other stuff in front of it.
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    Yeah, now think about the descent!

    Yeah, now think about the descent!
  14. [QUOTE=ThermionicScott;16323085] But me being...

    [QUOTE=ThermionicScott;16323085]

    But me being me, I'd still put on a 7-speed FH body so that I could stay 126mm and be compatible with my existing bikes. /QUOTE]

    I would probably go with 8...
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    Thanks all for the kind words, and yes, I can...

    Thanks all for the kind words, and yes, I can confirm it's too darn cold, and technically not winter yet.
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    Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this...

    Made a few changes to the Bianchi, and this thread can't have too many pictures.
    http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x455/treadie/IMG_5454_zpsd8257829.jpg
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    Clear nail polish has worked for me on tubing...

    Clear nail polish has worked for me on tubing decals.
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    No idea about value, but it's a nice looking...

    No idea about value, but it's a nice looking bike. I won't be copying the taped housing thing though.:)
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    Did you ever have someone look at the wheels in...

    Did you ever have someone look at the wheels in the video? I just watched it and agree with Glenn, they don't look bad to me.
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    ^^ That looks amazing; would love to see some...

    ^^ That looks amazing; would love to see some close ups of the finish in daylight.
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    I won't claim any kind of fully realized vision,...

    I won't claim any kind of fully realized vision, but I'm pretty sure he'd like my bar tape.
    http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/x455/treadie/IMG_5439_zps494b6645.jpg
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    But try this test with a wheel installed, and...

    But try this test with a wheel installed, and neither one is going to flex much.

    Forged dropouts do seem stronger than stamped; I have no empirical data but that's how it appears anyway. One...
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    + another. I'd employ an old toothbrush or maybe...

    + another. I'd employ an old toothbrush or maybe even a soft brass parts brush.
  24. Thread: French Grind

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    Agreed, you don't want anything garish. If you're...

    Agreed, you don't want anything garish. If you're using Testors you could add a drop of black to the gold to tone it down.
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    Yes, OVER the caps! I hate seeing the caps...

    Yes, OVER the caps! I hate seeing the caps stuffed on over the tape; it really destroys the look.

    Hot glue is another failsafe method of sticking the finish end down.
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