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    Ariel was born with an extra stem and no pedals. ...

    Ariel was born with an extra stem and no pedals.

    Feminine anthropomorphism only works for women and beta-male hipsters. Most women and beta-males are well-under six feet tall, so automatically...
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    "Choice" may not be the correct word here. ...

    "Choice" may not be the correct word here.

    Williams was affected by bipolar disorder and depression, which tend to be difficult to treat. The bipolar disorder likely influenced some of the...
  3. "Do you even know how many bikes you have?" ...

    "Do you even know how many bikes you have?"

    "Honey...what's in that HUGE box on the front porch? Didn't we talk about this?"

    "No, don't change anything else, I like my bike the way it is."
    ...
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    The German listing appears to be a real one -...

    The German listing appears to be a real one - Bild 6 - Mountain-Bikes, BMX-Räder, Rennräder - Vintage Rennrad Colnago Mexico 72 Oro Record Gold Edition 24K Rarität

    E-Bay listing's counterfeit. ...
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    I'd check the spindle as well. Looks a little...

    I'd check the spindle as well. Looks a little tweaked to me.

    One approach that might work here is securing the spindle side of the crank in a vise, then gradually bending the arm back into...
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    Superbe Pro first edition will be period-correct....

    Superbe Pro first edition will be period-correct. Second edition index-compatible Superbe Pro derailleurs and shifters would work better, assuming you can match them with a profiled rear freewheel...
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    The other option (and probably somewhat more...

    The other option (and probably somewhat more costly) would be to replace the GripShift with Paul Thumbies / Ultegra SL-BS64 bar-end shifter combination. Not cheap, but that bike's probably worth the...
  8. The New Yorker version will likely be similarly...

    The New Yorker version will likely be similarly deficient, and also more pretentious (in addition to being more wretchedly-written). Truthfully, though, it's hard to popularize materials engineering...
  9. Nobody in their right mind would do those things...

    Nobody in their right mind would do those things - deliberately.

    Carbon requires skill in fabrication and intensive quality assurance throughout the process. The fibers need to be oriented...
  10. Another thing good to know is that some of the...

    Another thing good to know is that some of the late-80s early 90s bikes were made by people pushing the envelope of steel technology. This means it's especially crucial to inspect before you buy if...
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    This guy was the one who said it: ...

    This guy was the one who said it:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmcYTShN4Fk
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    Better than the Beatles: ...

    Better than the Beatles:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxPsXPCR5MU&list=PL9A2331D317BA2ED9
  13. As others have already stated, you cannot use the...

    As others have already stated, you cannot use the same wheels for clinchers. You'd either have to buy a new set of clincher wheels, tubes and tires (this is not an inexpensive proposition) or locate...
  14. Simple, really - those bikes were well-reviewed...

    Simple, really - those bikes were well-reviewed and in high-demand when they were new.

    Having lived through those days and purchased two of Bridgestone's upper-end mountain bike offerings, I can...
  15. Current collectable boutique mountain bikes...

    Current collectable boutique mountain bikes (built before 1995)

    - Brodie
    - Salsa (steel)
    - Potts
    - Eastern Woods Research (mainly for those here in the Eastern USA)
    - Yeti
    - Fat Chance
    -...
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    This one might be a better match for the bike. ...

    This one might be a better match for the bike.

    Super Light Tange C P 90 K L C SS Bike CR MO Rigid Fork | eBay

    Made by some of the most obsessive - compulsive people on earth. It's reasonably...
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    A few things to add: - Ride quality of a steel...

    A few things to add:

    - Ride quality of a steel bike depends on a lot of things - geometry, tube thickness and mass, and the synergy of the frame with the parts used for the build. My experience...
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    700c wheels are gone, as is the Lambert crankset and the Suntour freewheel. Other items are still available, though.
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    This, plus their bar-end shifters up to the...

    This, plus their bar-end shifters up to the latest iteration (e.g. the one that eliminated friction mode - bastards).

    The Ultegra 6700 group isn't bad - I have it on the Bianchi gravel pig right...
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  24. Tom Kellogg is also still using Imron. See...

    Tom Kellogg is also still using Imron. See http://www.spectrum-cycles.com/images/downloads/repair.pdf and https://www.flickr.com/photos/spectrumcycles/6842587127/in/set-72157627357500448.
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    No, that tire is just too weird for a vintage...

    No, that tire is just too weird for a vintage bike.

    The Panaracers are by far the safest choice - they mimic gumwalls, but at a fraction of the weight.

    Either the 25 or the 28 carcass tires...
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