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    Looks like I'm going to finally attend a Classic...

    Looks like I'm going to finally attend a Classic Rendezvous. Would love to have a yellow to go along with my green one.
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    Believe it or not, WalMart's top of the line road...

    Believe it or not, WalMart's top of the line road bikes (sell for $600.00 or so, not available of all, er, many stores) are bicycle shop quality. Unfortunately, assembly is still WalMart.
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    If you ever get a chance to see a Huffy 3-speed...

    If you ever get a chance to see a Huffy 3-speed and a 10-speed in the same place, look closely. Same frame, fork, front wheel, stem, crank, brake calipers, headset, seatpost, rear rim, tyres. They...
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    Looking at your pictures, that is not going to be...

    Looking at your pictures, that is not going to be an unduly difficult restoration. First thing you'll learn is that dirt and filth is your best friend, because of the wonderful preservative effect...
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    Actually, the old WalMart bikes that I've seen as...

    Actually, the old WalMart bikes that I've seen as bad as the bike boom Huffy's are anything branded Rollfast. The Next's and Magna's definitely have better frames and cranks than the old junkers,...
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    I remember the Columbia's (I think we quit...

    I remember the Columbia's (I think we quit carrying them around 1973) were definitely better built then the other cheap bikes. Unfortunately, they didn't look any different when it came to the...
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    This is a group of orange '73 lovers. Mine's...

    This is a group of orange '73 lovers. Mine's also a CJ serial number. Now, if you want to try something interesting, build a second set of wheels - sewups. It's amazing how that frame handles with...
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    I'm finding the biggest joke of all in this...

    I'm finding the biggest joke of all in this thread is that, based on my shop experiences back in the 70's, Huffy's weren't the worst bikes out there. For that title, I will always nominate...
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    In all fairness, the Kent was a half step above...

    In all fairness, the Kent was a half step above WalMart scrap level. There were probably the cheapest bikes a reputable bike shop would carry back then to give them something to compete against the...
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    OK, and I'll put in the first order: A modern...

    OK, and I'll put in the first order: A modern Gitane frameset, to put up with my Tour de France. Frame, fork and headset will do fine - everything else they use is the current 10-speed Shimano. ...
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    Just plan on keeping this thread alive for the...

    Just plan on keeping this thread alive for the next year with constant pictures.
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    The original GB levers had a cable tension...

    The original GB levers had a cable tension adjustment wheel built in to the top of the lever body - that's what the slot is for. Not that it ever worked terribly well.

    You'll probably be ok to...
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    I'll admit a certain bias: I owe my a good...

    I'll admit a certain bias: I owe my a good portion of both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees to Schwinn and Raleigh bicycles. Starting in '69 part time to earn some side money, by '73 I was...
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    Oh hell, while we're piling on. This is a 1973...

    Oh hell, while we're piling on. This is a 1973 copy of my first road bike, a red '71 Super Sport. And yes, I rode sew-up wheels on the bike back in '72 before I sold it. It's a good riding bike,...
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    Please do. I'm always glad to learn from...

    Please do. I'm always glad to learn from somebody else.
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    I'll go a step further. The bike boom ended...

    I'll go a step further. The bike boom ended because, after three years of riding bikes, American were ready for the next fad. Disco anyone? They got tired of riding that 10-speed around the...
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    Regarding the "Chicago Schwinn's are junk"...

    Regarding the "Chicago Schwinn's are junk" attitude - most of you guys are missing one HUGE point that was critically important to us working in the bike shops during the bike boom:

    The average...
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    Amen. Although I'll admit, some of the fun of...

    Amen. Although I'll admit, some of the fun of our Saturday rides is sending Poguemahone on one of his vintage bikes after a few of those racers on a climbing section. There are few things more...
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    Damn! Hell of a story. Just goes to show,...

    Damn! Hell of a story. Just goes to show, there's always an incredibly interesting person out there somewhere.
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    Bottom line: It says "Paramount" on the frame...

    Bottom line: It says "Paramount" on the frame tubes.
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    Yes, they're Paramounts. They were designed by...

    Yes, they're Paramounts. They were designed by Schwinn, built for Schwinn, and Schwinn called them Paramounts. That makes them Paramounts. No, they weren't built in the wired off cage at the...
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    I assume you weren't riding 10-speeds back in...

    I assume you weren't riding 10-speeds back in 1971-74.

    The Chicago Schwinn's, especially the Varsity, are probably the most important bikes out there if you're talking in terms of American...
  23. I will disagree with you on Columbia's of that...

    I will disagree with you on Columbia's of that vintage. They were cheap bikes designed to be sold in bike shops, not big box stores. While they cosmetically look like Huffy's, etc., they were...
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    Loathing? Masi's. As being overrated, over...

    Loathing? Masi's. As being overrated, over priced, and over-adored. Contrary to rumor, Jesus did not ride a Confente Masi into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.
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    I seem to remember that Raleigh's were pretty...

    I seem to remember that Raleigh's were pretty good when it came to quality. OK, not as good as Schwinn, nobody built a bike as good as Schwinn back in the early '70's, but still a lot better than...
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