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  1. Thread: Talbot?????

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    Cars were originally Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq, sold...

    Cars were originally Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq, sold as Sunbeams and Talbots in England, Talbots and Darracq in France. During the Depression, sold to Rootes Motors (Hillman and Humber, amongst...
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    You can write off Centralia, PA immediately. ...

    You can write off Centralia, PA immediately. That's the town that has had a coal mine fire running underground for something like 30 years now and the place is essentially uninhabitable.
  3. From your description, it's pretty much the same...

    From your description, it's pretty much the same guy. Unfortunately I didn't take a name, phone number, or address. I have a feeling I should have done a bit more buying, as I'm planning on...
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    There are two brands of bikes that came with good...

    There are two brands of bikes that came with good enough finish to use as winter bikes: Schwinn and Raleigh. Of course, this includes (at minimum) weekly cleanup if being ridden in bad weather.
  5. Actually, I figured the work would have been...

    Actually, I figured the work would have been rather routine, a good bit of oxalic acid soaking, rubbing out, polishing, etc. I passed on it because it's a low end bike (yeah, I finally passed on a...
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    This has got to be one of the longest running...

    This has got to be one of the longest running posts in the forum. And lots of excellent information.
  7. I looked at that Atala, too, since my buddy's...

    I looked at that Atala, too, since my buddy's shop was Fuji/Atala. Needed a bit more work than I wanted to do with two projects hanging fire right now. But it did bring back memories.
  8. What he bought is proof that storage for 30 years...

    What he bought is proof that storage for 30 years in a damp basement isn't terminal on a bike if you're willing to take the time and effort. When I got it, the bike was a total wreck, saved...
  9. Thank you. Let me know what my half of the bill...

    Thank you. Let me know what my half of the bill is.
  10. Sold two bikes, my Fuji Finest and a KHS mountain...

    Sold two bikes, my Fuji Finest and a KHS mountain bike I've had sitting in stock for the past year.

    On the buying side, a B-72 for my Raleigh Tourist . . . . . . . and I found another Rossin!!!!! ...
  11. Hipsters? What's that?

    I'm 63 years old. I've reached the point where I flat out do not understand the operation and need for some of today's technology.

    I'd don't understand Twitter, other than it gives me daily...
  12. Oh, by the way, Bugatti is probably the worst...

    Oh, by the way, Bugatti is probably the worst candidate you can come up with if you're discussing obsolescence. Le Patron built the best car he could possibly design that year, and didn't give a...
  13. In the ICE-powered world, the somewhat new found...

    In the ICE-powered world, the somewhat new found (not actually, I'll get back to that later) love of originality and patina has come about in one of those inevitable pendulum swings. The antique...
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    Re: Allvit discussion. You keep missing the...

    Re: Allvit discussion. You keep missing the biggest plus that derailleur had in terms of the market. The mechanism was absolutely unbreakable if the bike was tossed down on the right side. This is...
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    Looks like I'm going to finally attend a Classic...

    Looks like I'm going to finally attend a Classic Rendezvous. Would love to have a yellow to go along with my green one.
  16. Thread: HUFFY Jokes

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    Believe it or not, WalMart's top of the line road...

    Believe it or not, WalMart's top of the line road bikes (sell for $600.00 or so, not available of all, er, many stores) are bicycle shop quality. Unfortunately, assembly is still WalMart.
  17. Thread: HUFFY Jokes

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    If you ever get a chance to see a Huffy 3-speed...

    If you ever get a chance to see a Huffy 3-speed and a 10-speed in the same place, look closely. Same frame, fork, front wheel, stem, crank, brake calipers, headset, seatpost, rear rim, tyres. They...
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    Looking at your pictures, that is not going to be...

    Looking at your pictures, that is not going to be an unduly difficult restoration. First thing you'll learn is that dirt and filth is your best friend, because of the wonderful preservative effect...
  19. Thread: HUFFY Jokes

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    Actually, the old WalMart bikes that I've seen as...

    Actually, the old WalMart bikes that I've seen as bad as the bike boom Huffy's are anything branded Rollfast. The Next's and Magna's definitely have better frames and cranks than the old junkers,...
  20. Thread: HUFFY Jokes

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    I remember the Columbia's (I think we quit...

    I remember the Columbia's (I think we quit carrying them around 1973) were definitely better built then the other cheap bikes. Unfortunately, they didn't look any different when it came to the...
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    This is a group of orange '73 lovers. Mine's...

    This is a group of orange '73 lovers. Mine's also a CJ serial number. Now, if you want to try something interesting, build a second set of wheels - sewups. It's amazing how that frame handles with...
  22. Thread: HUFFY Jokes

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    I'm finding the biggest joke of all in this...

    I'm finding the biggest joke of all in this thread is that, based on my shop experiences back in the 70's, Huffy's weren't the worst bikes out there. For that title, I will always nominate...
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    In all fairness, the Kent was a half step above...

    In all fairness, the Kent was a half step above WalMart scrap level. There were probably the cheapest bikes a reputable bike shop would carry back then to give them something to compete against the...
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    OK, and I'll put in the first order: A modern...

    OK, and I'll put in the first order: A modern Gitane frameset, to put up with my Tour de France. Frame, fork and headset will do fine - everything else they use is the current 10-speed Shimano. ...
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    Just plan on keeping this thread alive for the...

    Just plan on keeping this thread alive for the next year with constant pictures.
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