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  1. yeah, great story. am absolutely amazed at the...

    yeah, great story. am absolutely amazed at the lengths you went to in fixing that bike and helping someone. I had someone give me an abandoned walmart quality mtn bike a while back. It looked OK but...
  2. best bike story i've read in a long time. someone...

    best bike story i've read in a long time. someone tried to give me an orange Peugeot like that a couple of years ago and I passed. dumb, dumb, dumb! I had just restored too many Peugeot to face...
  3. keep in mind that WD-40 is more of a degreaser...

    keep in mind that WD-40 is more of a degreaser than a lube. My LBS mechanic told me that's what he uses to clean his chain. So I use it to clean old cable housing (if I don't have any new around),...
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    Had to laugh at this. I installed 6" forward...

    Had to laugh at this. I installed 6" forward controls on my V-Star for ergonomic reasons. But of course, a V-Star is not a Ducati. And around here - San Francisco Bay Area - there are many Ducati...
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    I've converted most of my bikes to these. Love...

    I've converted most of my bikes to these. Love them! Definitely the right solution for stop-and-go traffic.
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    First bike I ever restored had GS brakes. I...

    First bike I ever restored had GS brakes. I replaced the cables. No good. Then the calipers with dual pivot. Still not entirely happy. Was considering replacing the GS levers also but didn't want to...
  7. Oh man! At that age I was still riding (serious)...

    Oh man! At that age I was still riding (serious) road bikes. Next comes promenade bars and springs on your saddles. This prognostication comes to you from a guy who put a B67 on his mixte.
  8. chipseal is famous around here for ruining...

    chipseal is famous around here for ruining otherwise fine back roads. Cyclists and motorcyclists hate it. And if it's done with rough aggregate, it'll wear down your nice new tires prematurely.
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    Welcome from California!

    Welcome from California!
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    best commute in California!

    best commute in California!
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    useful thread for me. I've got this on an old...

    useful thread for me. I've got this on an old Nishiki mixte. I bought it in pieces as a project bike, and the headset was really grainy. I got it loose by making my own tool based on a tip I got...
  12. Thread: Bikes we like

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    The two I've restored are Peugeots, early to...

    The two I've restored are Peugeots, early to mid-70's, both white with the classic decals like the one in the middle above. Would love that little yellow one for something different to add to my...
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    I'm such a sucker for mixtes. I've bought four,...

    I'm such a sucker for mixtes. I've bought four, completely restored two, flipped one, and one is in the queue. It's a good thing my LBS doesn't carry those Bannards, especially the top one. I'd like...
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    envy is a sin right? you wouldn't believe the...

    envy is a sin right? you wouldn't believe the condition of some of the Peugeot wreaks I've restored. My garage is full and I certainly don't need another French bike of that vintage, but I would have...
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    congrats on the restoration. Very well done. I've...

    congrats on the restoration. Very well done. I've done a lot of old bikes. So gratifying. And there's nothing like when a forum member sends you parts from another country.
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    Oh man! Wish that line had been included in my...

    Oh man! Wish that line had been included in my Yamaha manual, especially when I was learning to set the valves. I was like, "neighbors, hide your children!" Lots of cussing and *****ing - not a happy...
  17. Your mom is 77 and still riding!? Very big thumbs...

    Your mom is 77 and still riding!? Very big thumbs up! Hope I'm still putting around at that age (not too far off actually).
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    59 1/2 here. I ride single speeds mainly, so am...

    59 1/2 here. I ride single speeds mainly, so am used to living with one gear, but I got my BF partly for San Francisco and I use my whole range (18-80) up there. Plus the NWT is surprisingly capable...
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    27x1 1/4 = 32mm. I mention it so your calibration...

    27x1 1/4 = 32mm. I mention it so your calibration is not off, although I doubt you'll have a problem fitting a 35mm on the U-08. you may just get something bigger than expected.

    The Michelin looks...
  20. I've had to do this more than once. I fit a rack...

    I've had to do this more than once. I fit a rack to every bike that has eyelets.
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    44/12 is OK for me for just putting around on...

    44/12 is OK for me for just putting around on flat roads, but I'm no powerhouse (my son actually laughs when he sees me in bike shorts). For a normal rider I'd say you'd run out of top end gears...
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    man, you are brave to be riding in those temps! ...

    man, you are brave to be riding in those temps! I've been out (all bundled up) the last two days but it's been in the mid-60's on the west coast.

    ps. That's a dramatic photo.
  23. good to know this. I've been buying smaller tubes...

    good to know this. I've been buying smaller tubes to make tire installs easier. Always wondered if there was a price to pay.
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    damn, you just nailed my job description when I...

    damn, you just nailed my job description when I designed portable computers and had them built in Taiwan (many years ago).

    edit: except that "first shipment perfect" part.
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    I entered 160 lbs total and 32mm tires into the...

    I entered 160 lbs total and 32mm tires into the calculator. It makes sense to me that it would be tire dependent, so maybe I'll experiment with lower pressures. I don't remember Scwalbe including any...
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