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    Right. I'd forgotten that that model came with...

    Right. I'd forgotten that that model came with Weinmann concave rims. Just another way that Motobecane was a counterexample to all the other brands of the day that gave French bikes a bad reputation....
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    alicestrong is the first poster to mention the...

    alicestrong is the first poster to mention the Vitus tubing. Apparently none of the other posters noticed the pale blue Vitus sticker on the seat tube. (In fairness, I noticed it only because I...
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    Was going to suggest that the described problem...

    Was going to suggest that the described problem is most often seen with cassettes whose owners applied grease to the internals rather than oil, thus preventing the pawl springs from doing their work,...
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    I was working in a Schwinn shop when we got the...

    I was working in a Schwinn shop when we got the first shipment of bikes equipped with that front wheel retention arrangement. Took a minute to figure out what those chrome bits dangling off the axle...
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    The OP is talking about screw holes and screws on...

    The OP is talking about screw holes and screws on the inside of the fork blades. Those screws have nothing to do with racks or handlebar bags. Solely there as part of the front wheel retention...
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    True, a racing bike without eyelets and with a...

    True, a racing bike without eyelets and with a short wheelbase is not the best choice for a commuter, but despite the usual colorful tooth- and kidney-based metaphors from posters who should know...
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    Could we please have a sticky for this as the...

    Could we please have a sticky for this as the first entry in a collection of I'm-right-the-world-is-wrong threads? Or maybe a more specific sticky for...
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    Might not be too far from a Raleigh DL-1,...

    Might not be too far from a Raleigh DL-1, assuming comparable wheel diameter.
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    From the original post: "Also, after the second...

    From the original post: "Also, after the second blowout I inspected the tire and noticed the wire bead is exposed on one section for a couple inches or so (tried to capture in the attached photo but...
  10. Smart! If all else fails, you can always spend...

    Smart!

    If all else fails, you can always spend your time in recovery watching Fred Astaire movies, based on your user name.
  11. Yes, indeed. In 1965, I took my new shoes and...

    Yes, indeed. In 1965, I took my new shoes and cleats to the shoe repairman around the corner from the bike shop and told him to nail the cleats on so my feet would be pointing straight ahead. He...
  12. Try to find a sports medicine specialist,...

    Try to find a sports medicine specialist, preferably one with some knowledge of cycling. A quick search turned up the Tennessee Sports Medicine Group in Knoxville. Good luck.
  13. Thread: Bikes Direct

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    The average Bikes Direct bike in a box is likely...

    The average Bikes Direct bike in a box is likely to have the same level of quality with respect to bearing adjustments and grease as the average bike sold at a local bike store. In fact, bikes in...
  14. Aligning the rear dropout cannot cause a skipping...

    Aligning the rear dropout cannot cause a skipping problem (unless the mechanic neglected to adjust the rear derailleur after aligning the dropout). If the rear derailleur is adjusted properly,...
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    I worked in a shop that sold Motobecanes in the...

    I worked in a shop that sold Motobecanes in the early and mid-'70s. Great bikes. The quality of the paint and other cosmetic detailing was quite a bit higher than than of most other bikes sold in...
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    I worked in a shop that sold Motobecanes in the...

    I worked in a shop that sold Motobecanes in the early and mid-'70s. Great bikes. The quality of the paint and other cosmetic detailing was quite a bit higher than than of most other bikes sold in...
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    It's all what you're used to. Going from a...

    It's all what you're used to. Going from a road-racing geometry/wheelbase to a sport-touring geometry/wheelbase, the longer wheelbase will always feel smoother. The wheelbase measurement is the...
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    Quoted for truth. This is the best single post on...

    Quoted for truth. This is the best single post on the topic of frame material and longevity you're likely ever to read:
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    A gash along the tire near the rim could be from...

    A gash along the tire near the rim could be from the tire bottoming out due to underinflation; could also be due to a maladjusted brake pad---if the brake pad rubs on the tire when the brake is...
  20. New SS and fixie enthusiasts like to talk about...

    New SS and fixie enthusiasts like to talk about derailleurs as if they require bomb-squad-level skills for maintenance, but that's the usual newbie this-rules/that-sucks mindset. (Disclaimer: I've...
  21. The OP is obviously determined to grease the...

    The OP is obviously determined to grease the freewheel, but here's a caveat.

    We bike mechanics working in the '60s and '70s went around on this question back when those freewheels were coming on...
  22. A cycling jersey with a big NRA logo on the back...

    A cycling jersey with a big NRA logo on the back might help.
  23. Thread: 1984 Trek 520

    by Trakhak
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    Cannondale ST series bikes have something of a...

    Cannondale ST series bikes have something of a cult following. Wish I'd bought one when I was selling Cannondale bikes in the mid-'80s to mid-'90s. The Cannondale touring bikes arguably ride as...
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    Not to be confused with a Firesign Theatre skit:...

    Not to be confused with a Firesign Theatre skit: "Roll up your arm and bend over. Do you want regular or premium?"
  25. +1. For at least the first couple of months of...

    +1. For at least the first couple of months of riding, concentrate on keeping your pedaling speed, a.k.a. cadence, around the equivalent of a brisk walking pace, which would be around 90 pedal...
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