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    What a great idea; taking the trainer along. This...

    What a great idea; taking the trainer along. This would be great for someone learning a derailleur system too ("that's all SO complicated"). Helps get all the control stuff out of the way so the new...
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    Lucky guy and huzzah to your uncle. Great bike. ...

    Lucky guy and huzzah to your uncle. Great bike. I saw this post yesterday morning just as I was heading out with my 76 Mk IV for my 40 mile round trip on the Schuylkill River Trail. You should...
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    Phoenixville is about 20 minutes southeast of me....

    Phoenixville is about 20 minutes southeast of me. Drop a line when you get there. Good riding around here.
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    It would be an interesting thread to see how many...

    It would be an interesting thread to see how many of us have the same story line, just with different place names and details: Loved to play in Dad'shop taking things apart, got engineering degrees,...
  5. I faced the same choices this past winter with...

    I faced the same choices this past winter with the rough '76 Raleigh Professional I purchased last fall. Cash flow dictated no proper paint job this year so I just rattle canned two of the tubes to...
  6. I've been lurking on this thread and wish I could...

    I've been lurking on this thread and wish I could be with youse-all. I hope you have decided to drive up to the Baraboo region to ride the Elroy-Sparta. Nice trail. The fee is trivial. I was up...
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    This is the story I've seen in a few places. ...

    This is the story I've seen in a few places. WCCS spec'd the bikes and negotiated with Kawamura to build them, called them American Eagle and used the logo shown in the OP. After a while the...
  8. Don't worry about the bashing. It's just the...

    Don't worry about the bashing. It's just the super moon and the van allen belts and sundowners. And some folks cannot read an OP too well. Fagettaboutit. My International is an '80 and I like it...
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    Lost generation with its boy bands and anthem...

    Lost generation with its boy bands and anthem rock and disco. Harumph!!! Yes, clearly the Grateful Dead - and Hendrix and CSN (no Y) and Stan Rogers and the Chieftans.

    And Campy NR, though my...
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    +1 Sheldon's idea is great. The only...

    +1 Sheldon's idea is great. The only difference with mine is that I found a brass ring about 5mm thick and the same size as the inside washer so I can put that against the inside of the cup. ...
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    thanks. I had seen no hint of this. Any idea...

    thanks. I had seen no hint of this. Any idea what frame tubing they used? Were these framesets comparable to the European Carlton machines? I'd heard that Carlton had no name recognition in the...
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    Wow, that's a bit of history I was not aware of. ...

    Wow, that's a bit of history I was not aware of. Please tell us more and about where I can read up. "Carlton made Huffy..." Who'd have thought?
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    I also have a HP purchased with the Moto Mirage...

    I also have a HP purchased with the Moto Mirage in 79. Mine is shrader only so I keep the brass converter in it (and a wee cork to keep it clean). Mine also used the umbrella clip and the plastic...
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    Ah Ed, we'd get along just fine with a couple of...

    Ah Ed, we'd get along just fine with a couple of beers and a camp fire. How about Bill the Bomber or Blasphemous Bill MacKie? Service sure did like the Bills as much as Banjo did.

    'a promise...
  15. I had to deal with a wicked stuck seat post...

    I had to deal with a wicked stuck seat post recently. Since the post itself was scrap we drilled a hole in it and fed a wire thru then used a slide hammer to pull it out. Worked very nicely. You...
  16. Great thread and please keep the updates coming. ...

    Great thread and please keep the updates coming. I'm not sure your NOOB#1 is all that bad. It ALL depends on what you wanted out of this project. Mistake #!! if you wanted a real nice collectible...
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    Yes, I think we're talking about the Mark IV. ...

    Yes, I think we're talking about the Mark IV. IOW the 'civilian' version, as mine is. The Mark IV's were the multispeed blue/silver models, except for a silver/black version also available early on...
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    Interesting question. Why NOT? Sure, when I'm...

    Interesting question. Why NOT? Sure, when I'm just coasting the inside pedal is up but I don't coast much. I keep the crank moving almost all the time. And, as a motorcycle rider, I'm trained to...
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    The stories I've seen say that the European...

    The stories I've seen say that the European models (Raleigh and Carlton Pros) had fender eyelets since many folks there used fenders. But they were omitted (some suggest installed but removed???)...
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    I don't think they were made in England. References to the SR Custom England bars out there in the clouds are confused but seem to point to the England bars being the SR randonneur bend vs the...
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    Great bike. You probably know that the 1976...

    Great bike. You probably know that the 1976 frames are relatively rare since Raleigh was winding down production on the Mk IV and the bike boom was winding down too. Mine is an August 76 frame set...
  22. I agree. Its a good looking bike, was a starter...

    I agree. Its a good looking bike, was a starter bike and still is. Enjoy this one and learn from it. Learn about maintenance, fit, usage and learn about how serious you are about cycling without...
  23. ....because the Motobecane Mirage is clamped in...

    ....because the Motobecane Mirage is clamped in the mag trainer like one of Winthrop's sinners condemned to the stocks. I've kept it there for winter indoor riding and for rainy days but our weather...
  24. I've heard that 'side of the lug' called the...

    I've heard that 'side of the lug' called the shoreline. FWIW, amongst the junk/tools on my bench I always keep a couple of dull razor blades and exacto blades. Dull enough to not cut things well...
  25. It is certainly not an original bike - bit of a...

    It is certainly not an original bike - bit of a mix of years on the parts & decals and upgrades BUT it will be an outstanding bike to own and ride. And for free! Wow, lucky guy. I understand that...
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