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    Would love to see a few pics. Thanks, and...

    Would love to see a few pics. Thanks, and congrats on your purchase. I've restored 3 old steelies now. It's a rewarding endeavor. Best. DB
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    '80 Nishiki.

    '80 Nishiki.
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    Mine are both set pretty flat. The black one in...

    Mine are both set pretty flat. The black one in front is brand new. I don't "slide around" on it.

    I always find it odd when people complain about exactly the same product I have, and about a...
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    Make it YOURS

    Friend Bruce once said, "You can get used to ANYthing!" He's right, in a way. Purchased new, I rode my carbon Tarmac thousands of miles for four years. Those wide 44cm bars and long reach to the...
  5. DOES ANYONE HERE ROTATE THEIR...

    [quote]DOES ANYONE HERE ROTATE THEIR FRAMES??[quote]

    Not intentionally.
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    Thanks, all. Have disassembled and serviced...

    Thanks, all. Have disassembled and serviced cranks and bearings but have never replaced them with a different size. If I DO replace them I guess a 110 would be the way to go. Will there be issues I...
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    Chainrings for 144 BCD?

    The bike is an '84 Raleigh Super Course. The crank is stamped with the Raleigh logo. The existing BCD for that crank is 144 mm. The existing chain rings are 52 x 42. I'd like to change these to...
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    Brooks B17. Your logic is based on fallacy. ...

    Brooks B17. Your logic is based on fallacy.

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    Also, once you've got the rust cleaned off you...

    Also, once you've got the rust cleaned off you are often left with a bare spot . . . a spot with no paint. Nail polish can work great for the small touch-ups.

    When restoring the bike, you'll...
  10. This. If you're on a long and steep descent, you...

    This. If you're on a long and steep descent, you can alternate application of the front and rear brake in order to dissipate heat buildup . . .
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    Here are a couple of photos of the OEM, Shimano,...

    Here are a couple of photos of the OEM, Shimano, friction downtube shifters currently on the bike. I'd like to replace them with Suntour Power Shifters. It appears as if any mounting boss will...
  12. Can't imagine why you couldn't get the bottom...

    Can't imagine why you couldn't get the bottom bracket off by yourself. Or the chain. If you google, "Classic Road Bikes", then "Removing Bottom Bracket," or "chain removal" you'll find any number...
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    That's not a real bike. There's no quill stem. ...

    That's not a real bike. There's no quill stem. :-)
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    Nice post. Nice bike. Stay with it. If you...

    Nice post. Nice bike. Stay with it. If you ride an hour every day (on average - more on some, less on others), your body's shape will change first (as you've noted). Eventually you'll also start...
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    Sticky: New stainless spokes and brass nipples on the...

    New stainless spokes and brass nipples on the Raleigh:
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    Living in southern California and storing my...

    Living in southern California and storing my Nishiki/Brooks in the garage, I can't really speak to problems with rain.

    I WILL say that, right out of the box and brand new, the Brooks B17 saddle...
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    Yup. It required an extra step in order to...

    Yup. It required an extra step in order to remove the front wheel. I took mine off once and never put it back on. It must have been part of some settlement agreement. DB
  18. All else being equal, the train will arrive in...

    All else being equal, the train will arrive in Denver at 3:45. Glad I could help.
  19. And by the way, downtube shifters become second...

    And by the way, downtube shifters become second nature quickly. No, they'll never be as good as STI/integrated/brifters in their ease of use. But you'll enjoy using them.

    Stem-mounted shifters,...
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    We can only advise based on our own experience. I spent $2000 on my first bike - a 2009 carbon Tarmac still sitting on the showroom floor in 2010. That $2000 I paid was $700 below suggested retail....
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    I have a $270 Raleigh that I love even more than...

    I have a $270 Raleigh that I love even more than Cap'n Crunch cereal . . . .

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    Triple extra-large, "sponsored" jerseys that are...

    Triple extra-large, "sponsored" jerseys that are still too tight.

    White, see-through spandex riding shorts on the same cyclist . . . with the word "GOOD STUFF" emblazoned in large letters...
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    Your timing is excellent. I've just purchased...

    Your timing is excellent. I've just purchased and installed a new 14-34 freewheel to go with my 52x42 chain rings. 1984 Raleigh Super Course, with new Shimano front and rear derailleurs.

    There...
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    My '84 Raleigh Super Course 387328 and '80...

    My '84 Raleigh Super Course

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    and '80 Nishiki

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    Just found this from Sheldon Brown. Maybe you've...

    Just found this from Sheldon Brown. Maybe you've heard of him:

    What Size Bicycle Fits What Size Rider?

    Up until the early '80's, this was a fairly easy question to answer. You would stand over...
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