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    A flowering of Lotuses.

    A flowering of Lotuses.
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    If anyone is looking for a S-10-S/Special Road...

    If anyone is looking for a S-10-S/Special Road Racer with a 21-inch frame (or maybe a 22, not sure) I have one that I'd be happy to see go to a good home for a reasonable consideration, especially if...
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    I agree, that would be a great setup. I doubt...

    I agree, that would be a great setup. I doubt that there will ever be enough demand for 45- or 46-tooth triplizers to justify the cost of making them, though.
    EDIT: Oh, I misunderstood your...
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    Super-compact Stronglight 93 double

    I'm not sure this will interest anyone other than me, but I recently put together an ultra-compact double on a Stronglight 93 crank by bolting a 28-tooth 74 BCD ring to a 42-tooth triplizer ring and...
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    Cable pull, Shimano vs. Suntour

    Am I imagining it, or do my Suntour bar-end shifters pull significantly more cable than my 7-speed Shimano bar-ends (used in friction mode)? If so, I may switch them around. If not, I won't bother.
  6. Thread: Ideale saddle

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    Yes, it could very well be an urban legend--I...

    Yes, it could very well be an urban legend--I should have prefaced the story with "supposedly."

    I actually did have a point, which is that any broken-in saddle or pair of boots is a lot more...
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    That was a factual statement with a wise-ass...

    That was a factual statement with a wise-ass hypothetical question tacked on, not an analogy. But yes, Mao was a bad man.
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    Mao Zedong supposedly used to break in his new...

    Mao Zedong supposedly used to break in his new boots having one of his soldiers march around in them for a few months. He might have done the same things with bike saddles for all I know. Do either...
  9. [QUOTE=brianinc-ville;16887042]...I'd like to put...

    [QUOTE=brianinc-ville;16887042]...I'd like to put on a smaller granny, but I'd worry that it wouldn't clear the chainstay.QUOTE]

    Not sure I understand this, because in my experience installing a...
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    Two reasons: cheapness and laziness. But you're...

    Two reasons: cheapness and laziness. But you're right, that would be best.
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    Agreed, Vx would be nice. My Gran Sport has a VGT...

    Agreed, Vx would be nice. My Gran Sport has a VGT Luxe Rear and an SL front, which is not quite right but it's what I had available. I think the VGT rear was usually paired with a Compe V front. When...
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    The screw itself doesn't work loose. It stays...

    The screw itself doesn't work loose. It stays tight, but the shifter selection mechanism creeps a tiny bit toward index with each shift. (As Jeff Wills mentioned above, it mostly creeps into an...
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    Bar-end shifter creep

    I have a set of seven-speed Shimano bar-end shifters that I only use in friction mode with a six-speed freewheel. But the right-hand shifter has a tendency to turn itself into index mode. This used...
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    Like Jim, I also prefer 46- to 48-tooth...

    Like Jim, I also prefer 46- to 48-tooth chainrings. But because I have a lot of freewheel cogs of different sizes and 52-42 chainrings are so abundant, I sometimes lower my gearing at the freewheel...
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    It's made of molecules, apparently. Wonderful,...

    It's made of molecules, apparently. Wonderful, scientific, proprietary molecules.

    http://www.evapo-rust.com/product-info/
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    Can liquid get into box-section rims?

    I have a decent-quality front wheel (Miche Competition hub, clincher rim with no brand name that I can see) that has a little bit of rust on some of the eyelets and spoke nipples. I've thought of...
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    Sticky: I'm looking for a front wheel to match my rear,...

    I'm looking for a front wheel to match my rear, at least approximately. Rear is a Performance branded 36-spoke 3-cross wheel built up on a Mavic MA40 rim with a dark gray finish. Hub has a...
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    144 BCD Triplizers

    Many regulars around here will already know this, but I thought I'd mention it in this thread anyway: I have 42-tooth 144 BCD triplizer rings for Campagnolo cranks and most Campagnolo clones, which...
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    For a high-value bike that can make sense, but...

    For a high-value bike that can make sense, but here we're talking about something pretty utilitarian. After you pay to have the bottom bracket shell tapped, you still have to buy an Italian bottom...
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    VO threadless bottom brackets are available and...

    VO threadless bottom brackets are available and not very expensive. Buy one an install it along with a used square-taper crankset. Problem solved for probably 50 euros. If the bike is worth that much...
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    I think Ed and I have the entire franchise on...

    I think Ed and I have the entire franchise on Dawes Double Blues around here. Mine, from 1967, had a 52-40 in front and a 14-28 rear. I'm almost certain the that front rings were original, and think...
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    I don't know that 9-speed chains won't work, but...

    I don't know that 9-speed chains won't work, but I'm being somewhat cautious. Since 9-speed chains are a little narrower than 5/6/7/8-speed, there's some chance that the chain could become lodged...
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    383646383647383648Today at 4:51 PM ...

    383646383647383648Today at 4:51 PM






    I've had a lot of family stuff to attend to for the past two weeks, so have not updated my web site lately--I hope to do that over the weekend. But...
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    Sticky: I have an Ideale saddle of unknown model and...

    I have an Ideale saddle of unknown model and provenance, though it looks to be of very good quality. Copper rivets, thick leather, chrome frame. It's dry and stiff and has a few "pockmarks," but...
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    That's about right, but in practice you could...

    That's about right, but in practice you could probably go significantly smaller than 36 teeth. That's because total capacity figures specified by derailleur manufacturers tend to be conservative--you...
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