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  1. How common is injury from steel frame or fork failure?

    Several recent C&V threads got me thinking about this. I've seen many bent and broken steel frames and forks, but haven't had first-hand or even second-hand knowledge of people injured because of...
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    I rode the North County Trailway from Rt 117 to...

    I rode the North County Trailway from Rt 117 to Yorktown for the first time last Sunday. In spite of the road stretches, it is a more interesting and less car-proximate path than the SCT, which runs...
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    395396395397 Yet another Milanese confection....

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    Yet another Milanese confection. Mid 1970s, barely ridden. It hangs on the wall at work and I admire it every day.
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    Olympia celebrated their 120th birthday in 2013....

    Olympia celebrated their 120th birthday in 2013. They are the second-oldest bike manufacturer in Italy still in business (behind Bianchi). Unlike many of the other companies mentioned, Olympia hasn't...
  5. The head badge is 60s-70s. At some point in the...

    The head badge is 60s-70s. At some point in the early 1970s, they started using an aluminum badge with slightly different graphics. If the frame doesn't take a 26.2mm seat post, it is a 1980s or...
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    Gotta disagree. In 1978 I gave my wife a Serotta...

    Gotta disagree.
    In 1978 I gave my wife a Serotta frame custom made by Ben himself. She loved it and put many miles on it before we had kids. Next, she got a Ross MTB and a Burley in which our...
  7. Thread: Chrome Fork

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    Could be a replacement fork, but the only way you...

    Could be a replacement fork, but the only way you will get any decent info will be to post photos. Without knowing the model and age of the bike, nobody can give you a meaningful answer. If the bike...
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    Photo? Chamois riding shorts under cargo...

    Photo?

    Chamois riding shorts under cargo shorts for longer rides.
  9. Had enough trouble naming my kids. Bicycles...

    Had enough trouble naming my kids. Bicycles around here will always be, "the tandem", "the white Olympia", "the other white Olympia", "the foldie", etc.

    My daughter has named all her bikes. Her...
  10. Two thoughts: if you can photograph the down tube...

    Two thoughts: if you can photograph the down tube & seat tubes against a uniform neutral background with even light that doesn't glare and display the images side by side, it might be possible to...
  11. Olympia MTB: now with a good fork; Frejus with triple crankset

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/28164070@N04/sets/72157644663686741/

    Been riding this a little bit, now that I have a good fork on it. Unlike the anonymous fork I got with the frame, the Marzocchi...
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    I'd like to hear how you know this, Aaron. On...

    I'd like to hear how you know this, Aaron.

    On second thought, I guess I'd rather not.
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    You are generous, you blue devil! Although I...

    You are generous, you blue devil!

    Although I agree with the lost architect (Wrongway Wright?) that galvanized vs stainless is less trivial than a simple matter of branding, I think these things...
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    Tell him to pound sand. This is nearly as trivial...

    Tell him to pound sand. This is nearly as trivial as finding two different brand inner tubes on a bike.
    Or offer to buy it back, less shipping. I suspect he'll back down pretty quick.
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    The Old Croton Aqueduct is flat and easily...

    The Old Croton Aqueduct is flat and easily reached from the Hudson Div. stations. It isn't paved and it isn't always in sight of the river, but it is the closest path on the east bank south of...
  16. Hey, Francis! I tried just that when I first got...

    Hey, Francis!
    I tried just that when I first got the bike. Ephgrave left only one very small hole. Whatever is in there is too big to pass. My best guess is that it is a blob of solder: the bike is...
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    It is a known fact as yet unexplained by science...

    It is a known fact as yet unexplained by science that removing components from a Schwinn Varsity actually makes it heavier. Teams of physicists have had no luck explaining this phenomenon, their task...
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    Customer- what do you look for? My priorities...

    Customer- what do you look for?

    My priorities

    1. Doesn't blame me for his problems
    2. Doesn't assume other issues are my fault
    3. Appreciates my effort and skill
    4. Is grateful for my...
  19. I have a 1961 Ephgrave track bike with something...

    I have a 1961 Ephgrave track bike with something loose in the top tube. I haven't done anything about it because it is more quirky than annoying: the one imperfection in an otherwise flawless frame.
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    Kimball's pretty busy, but it is wide. Bronx...

    Kimball's pretty busy, but it is wide. Bronx River Road/Midland Ave might be a little better. You can pick up the BRP pathway off Pondfield Road in Bronxville just opposite the northbound BRP exit...
  21. It is out in the open on a public street....

    It is out in the open on a public street. Management is very laid back, as far as I can tell. Show up as early as you want and deal, deal, deal! (Although you might be assaulted by hipsters if they...
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    Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway is a...

    Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway is a good option. There are often a lot of riders, skaters and walkers, but it is two full lanes and a shoulder for nearly all of its 7+ mile length. If you...
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    Lighting Guy is right about the hills, but some...

    Lighting Guy is right about the hills, but some of the streets in North Yonkers go by fabulous old houses. The main arteries run north/south and are usually full of cars.
    I'll stick my two cents...
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    Thanks for checking! As for the bearings being a...

    Thanks for checking!
    As for the bearings being a standard size: they just aren't. They are made not only to a specific size, but to a specific taper. Standard bearings are generally made for...
  25. Aha! Thank you redbird2. Cardinal? Scarlet...

    Aha! Thank you redbird2.

    Cardinal? Scarlet Tanager? Roseate Spoonbill? Flamingo? Red Knot? Or the fabulous Firebird?
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