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  1. My wife is a professional artist (oil paints,...

    My wife is a professional artist (oil paints, some watercolors) and amateur ballerina. She long ago realized that I am a natural klutz, and there is little to be done about it.
  2. It's a UO-8. A PA-10 would have different lugs...

    It's a UO-8. A PA-10 would have different lugs and an integral derailleur hanger.
  3. Would a track bike of that alleged vintage have...

    Would a track bike of that alleged vintage have 1/2-inch pitch chain, as shown, or inch-pitch "block" chain, as my post WW II Avanti did?
  4. I have a Gran Sport on Capo #1...

    I have a Gran Sport on Capo #1 , and I had a claw-mounted one on a previous bike. Anything larger than a 26T cog requires a lot of finesse and other restrictions, such as the chainring difference. I...
  5. Thread: My Ratty bikes.

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    As much as I love bicycles in general, I avoid...

    As much as I love bicycles in general, I avoid getting involved w/ any that I would not enjoy riding. Even though I live in a beach town, I am not a beach cruiser person. Likewise, my first bike was...
  6. Nothing wrong w/ a 1974 Varsity as a commuter --...

    Nothing wrong w/ a 1974 Varsity as a commuter -- been there ... done that, including climbing a 12 percent grade every morning.

    Pedals -- I kept the stockers, but knocked out the front reflectors...
  7. Nice piece of metalwork -- thanks for sharing....

    Nice piece of metalwork -- thanks for sharing. One of my friends is a sculptor who works primarily in bronze.
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    Where I live, 1 km downwind of the Pacific Ocean,...

    Where I live, 1 km downwind of the Pacific Ocean, rust is pretty much inevitable, although we fight it as long as we can.
  9. Jolly good show, I'd say!

    Jolly good show, I'd say!
  10. 35x1 BB thread --> French or Swiss LH fixed cup...

    35x1 BB thread --> French or Swiss
    LH fixed cup thread --> Swiss (Mondia?)
    RH fixed cup thread --> French (Peugeot?)
    So ... what's the BB fixed cup thread sense?
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    I endorse this message. My personal opinion...

    I endorse this message.

    My personal opinion is that good health begins with your lifestyle, including diet and exercise, rather than in the doctor's office. There are just too many financial and...
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    For orthopedic reasons, I can get a better cardio...

    For orthopedic reasons, I can get a better cardio workout by cycling than by running. I do lots of brisk walking, plus a fair amount of cycling, as well as some weightlifting to keep up what little...
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    Replacing a steel rim with an aluminum one is...

    Replacing a steel rim with an aluminum one is always a good bet -- those heavy wheels are the Varsity's worst feature, with the flat-bladed fork and the Ashtabula crank coming in second and third....
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    I concur that the 1/2 percent elongation test (24...

    I concur that the 1/2 percent elongation test (24 half-links exceed 12-1/16" on center) is the best way to judge chain wear. I also observe that today's 9-, 10-, and 11-speed systems do not last as...
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    I did have a 13-26 7-speed freewheel on the...

    I did have a 13-26 7-speed freewheel on the Bianchi for awhile, but I transferred it to the Peugeot PKN-10 when I gave it to my elder son, who didn't care for my 13-23 6-speed.

    My mountain bike...
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    I hope I can dig up the 1962 Capo sales brochure...

    I hope I can dig up the 1962 Capo sales brochure sent to me by a Viennese friend who has visited the company.
  17. Thread: I'm done.

    by John E
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    Today is 1 April, so let's cut him a little...

    Today is 1 April, so let's cut him a little slack. :)
  18. Thanks very much for sharing. Was Dan Gonzalez...

    Thanks very much for sharing. Was Dan Gonzalez there again this year, with his double-reduction gear system, which let him spin about a 7-inch gear up the hill?

    I don't know whether I could handle...
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    Does it always run indexed or friction? In the...

    Does it always run indexed or friction? In the latter case, your index detents have gotten messed up. This is no big loss -- I always run my SunTour thumb shifter in friction mode, anyway, which...
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    The Brits had it right -- 32 spokes, 3X in front,...

    The Brits had it right -- 32 spokes, 3X in front, 40 spokes, 3X or 4X, in back. (If I recall correctly, with a low flange front hub and a Sturmey Archer high flange rear hub, a traditional British...
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    I hate it when DFS strikes! I am still a decent...

    I hate it when DFS strikes! I am still a decent endurance rider and climber, but I lose top speed pretty rapidly if I am off the bike for more than a week or so.
  22. Thread: New commuter

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    I am a diehard drop bar fan, but that otherwise...

    I am a diehard drop bar fan, but that otherwise looks like that sort of bike I would use as a commuter. Which mudguards are those? I need to put a set on the Peugeot. I have always liked Treks, but...
  23. I merely stated what I would be inclined to do...

    I merely stated what I would be inclined to do (or not to do) for myself under similar circumstances. Everyone needs to make his/her own informed decisions in life.
  24. Your mileage may vary, but I would probably...

    Your mileage may vary, but I would probably choose not to have the procedure. If you do, make sure you trust the doctor to hold your own health interest above his economic interest, because there is...
  25. It depends on the step size in front, as well....

    It depends on the step size in front, as well. With half-step gearing, I suspect one could go 28T, viz: 49-45/13-15-18-21-24-28, but I'll bet it would not work well with 53-39/14-28.
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