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    Thanks for posting this! I've been working...

    Thanks for posting this!

    I've been working with leather for a couple years, now. I'm gradually learning what you can do, and what you can't do. Making an old piece of leather into a new one,...
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    It's a case of a simple solution to one problem...

    It's a case of a simple solution to one problem taking the form of a complicated solution to a different problem.
    Problem 1: bike races were about cyclists, not their cycles. And in photos, all the...
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    And then there's this...

    And then there's this.
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    1859? That can't be right. I'll believe 1895,...

    1859? That can't be right. I'll believe 1895, though.
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    Given that you have a maximum price in mind, and...

    Given that you have a maximum price in mind, and that you have the idea that you want a classic bike rather than something new, I think this is more a question of what can you find, rather than what...
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    For a little while, not long ago, I owned this: ...

    For a little while, not long ago, I owned this:

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cD8xD3N-ZCI/U2i8IO-6MpI/AAAAAAAAFDY/d_4TQgOxc2s/s912/Dukie%252001.JPG

    Probably made in 1934, probably English...
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    The style of the seat lug agrees with the 1930s...

    The style of the seat lug agrees with the 1930s date. The condition of the paint does not, but these things can be deceptive. And other than the Ambrosio stem we can't see any of the components in...
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    I know this won't be very helpful, but someone...

    I know this won't be very helpful, but someone posted those lugs on this forum a few years ago, and got an identification. Don't remember more....
  9. Thread: L'Eroica America

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    Oh, there's more than one already. I guess the...

    Oh, there's more than one already. I guess the one in Montana, maybe Cino Eroica, is the one I'd most like to ride... but just getting there would be a challenge.

    I'd organize one in NJ but we...
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    Thanks, guys! I did this partly as an experiment...

    Thanks, guys! I did this partly as an experiment to see how tough this brushed-on enamel might be. I painted my Fothergill in a similar, but less involved, fashion; and that paint is terribly...
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    Here's the specs of the frame from the 1976...

    Here's the specs of the frame from the 1976 catalog.

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-k9ArTe81bWw/U_YdJfhn-qI/AAAAAAAAFks/JeMkiV31jpk/s912/531Special.jpg

    The fork crown is different, but...
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    I went to the Cirque du Cyclisme show in Leesburg...

    I went to the Cirque du Cyclisme show in Leesburg this spring, mostly to hang out with photogravity and konaAaron Snake and to try to sell a few freshly recovered leather saddles. While I was there...
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    I'm getting ready to do a week+long swing through...

    I'm getting ready to do a week+long swing through central New York State with another member of this forum. Finger Lakes, "Leatherstocking Region", possibly as far north as the Adirondacks. Camping...
  14. I don't have a burning question, or should I say...

    I don't have a burning question, or should I say a single burning question, but would love to have been a fly on the wall when the first owner took possession of my Fothergill. I'd like to check out...
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    650A, 590, is probably the better choice. You can...

    650A, 590, is probably the better choice. You can get Sun CR18 rims in both 32 and 40 hole drillings, and pretty good tires. Being closer to the original size, things like brakes and fenders will...
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    Thanks, guys, for the bump! I got a few more...

    Thanks, guys, for the bump!

    I got a few more parts from the seller:

    https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Icztlyc_Ee0/U-5SvdozjsI/AAAAAAAAFiU/reDHlB6Pqqw/s720/Allegro%2520seatpost%25202.JPG
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    Not that I know of. Think of the leather as a...

    Not that I know of. Think of the leather as a piece of meat; if you've overcooked it, you can't uncook it again. I don't know exactly what happens in the process. As you've see, the leather does...
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    Not according to the photos. Not according...

    Not according to the photos.


    Not according to the photos.


    Not according to the photos.
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    I have no idea how many patches are on my tubes...

    I have no idea how many patches are on my tubes at the moment, but next time I have a flat tire I'll try to remember to count.
  20. All of the above. There seems to be something...

    All of the above. There seems to be something about the shape of the sit bones, that the part that comes in contact with the saddle is closer together when you lean forward, and farther apart when...
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    I predict the saddle will crack right in half...

    I predict the saddle will crack right in half within the next month or so. I suppose you will think me snarky for suggesting this, but I actually speak from experience.

    When you're done with...
  22. On the classic lightweights site you can also...

    On the classic lightweights site you can also find a page about dating Williams chain sets. If that's what you have, there should be a date code on each crank arm and on the chain ring.
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    Yes, good point! I had not considered that.

    Yes, good point! I had not considered that.
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    No, I've never tried it. I don't have much...

    No, I've never tried it. I don't have much experience with indexed shifting, was a late and somewhat unwilling adopter of that technology. Now I like it, but only when it works flawlessly. When...
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    Apropos this thread, it's really a pity the...

    Apropos this thread, it's really a pity the humble Suntour VX derailleur and Powershifter combination is so humble, because they work really well.
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