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    I have a Mirage. It is a bit older than yours,...

    I have a Mirage. It is a bit older than yours, and is now a single speed (freewheel) with SKS fenders, Pletscher rack, and upright bars. I have all of the original parts boxed away so I can put it...
  2. You were not kidding when you said the problem...

    You were not kidding when you said the problem was severe - if the BB threads can't be restored, Velo Orange has a solution.
  3. In my neck of the woods you could find a very...

    In my neck of the woods you could find a very nice steel framed Japanese or Taiwanese bike for between $300 and $400 - not top of the line, but nice. I like the Varsinentals, those bikes got a lot of...
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    I noticed that the bikes were on a trailer pulled...

    I noticed that the bikes were on a trailer pulled by a Corvair - very cool.
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    If the dent is not compromising the frame, I...

    If the dent is not compromising the frame, I would leave it alone. You could do more damage attempting to repair it, and if you decide to sell later on you should still disclose the damage to the...
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    Sticky: ISO: A Huret front derailleur cage. I have a...

    ISO:
    A Huret front derailleur cage. I have a Huret FD body without cage. It appears that the cage had a post that was clamped by a through bolt. There is only one travel adjustment screw on the...
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    I called this guy about the the Tourist, he was...

    I called this guy about the the Tourist, he was hesitant to give a price, but when I said "no thanks" he said he thought the bike was worth between $300 and $3000. I said "good luck with that".
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    Sticky: ISO - Soubitez headlight and taillight for a...

    ISO - Soubitez headlight and taillight for a Gitane Hosteller from around 1970. I could use a lens for the front, and maybe the back (but the plastic housing is compromised on that). I may need a...
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    I came across a 1990/1991 Schwinn Crisscross for...

    I came across a 1990/1991 Schwinn Crisscross for $20 a few weeks ago from a guy who was cleaning out the garage prior to a divorce settlement. It was dirty and had a bit of surface rust on the bright...
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    Looks like the frame is original, but I question...

    Looks like the frame is original, but I question everything else. Better pix would help.
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    Holiday, what is the front rack?

    Holiday, what is the front rack?
  12. Thread: Nishiki Mixte

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    Mixte frames are popular, and you got a deal....

    Mixte frames are popular, and you got a deal. From the photos it appears that there may be more dirt and old grease than rust. I've bought a couple of bikes that I initially thought were parts...
  13. Thread: Isla Vista

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    I assume you mean Isla Vista near UCSB? My niece...

    I assume you mean Isla Vista near UCSB? My niece was there a few years ago - she and a couple of her roommates bought the crappiest bikes that I had ever seen. In my neighborhood they would have been...
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    BG - the paint issues are mostly due to fading....

    BG - the paint issues are mostly due to fading. There is rust on the top tube near a cable housing guide, and two spots on the chainstays. I may spot wet-sand those and cover the metal with primer...
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    Camera battery recharged. So here are a few more...

    Camera battery recharged. So here are a few more photos.

    It looks orange in the photos, but the seller said that it had been in a window for several years, so the paint bleached and faded. It had...
  16. If I were Jesus, I would let it pass.

    If I were Jesus, I would let it pass.
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    WRK101 nailed it as a UO8. A nice riding bike,...

    WRK101 nailed it as a UO8. A nice riding bike, and yours appears to be in great condition. I've got a Motobecane Mirage and a Gitane Hosteller - I'm looking for a cheap&good UO8 for a hat trick.
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    OK, I took delivery of the bike today. It is not...

    OK, I took delivery of the bike today. It is not as good as I hoped, and not as bad as I feared. First thing I did was check the stem and seat post - they are free. Here is a quick list of major...
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    I don't have a carbon bike - all of mine are...

    I don't have a carbon bike - all of mine are either steel or aluminum. If I did want to buy a carbon bike, or one with a carbon fork, it would not be yours. Sorry.
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    Truing off, tweaking on.

    Truing off, tweaking on.
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    I don't have it yet. I should get it this...

    I don't have it yet. I should get it this weekend, so job #1 will be "as found" photos. In the meantime, I'll be searching for old Gitane catalog scans so I can determine the age.
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    BG, I think it is in between nearly pristine and...

    BG, I think it is in between nearly pristine and neglected and uh-oh. I don't gamble normally, but I thought this may be nice.

    vintage Gitane Hosteller
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    Vicarious bike purchase

    OK, I just bought a Gitane Hosteller, sight unseen for $70. it a 15 speed with racks, fenders, lights, and generator. A friend picked it up and will deliver this weekend. Am I nuts?
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    Vicarious bike purchase

    I just bought a bike - sight unseen. A Gitane Hosteller. Fifteen speed, fenders, lights, and possibly a death stem. Am I nuts? It looked nice in the pix, and a friend will deliver to me.
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    Solo, unless I'm riding with my wife. I see...

    Solo, unless I'm riding with my wife. I see cycling as relaxation or a way to get some place without using the car.
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