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    As the owner of two Brooks Pros and an Ideale, I...

    As the owner of two Brooks Pros and an Ideale, I would like to know more about whether or not to apply Proofhide on the upper surface.
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    I greatly appreciate the tip regarding Bikesmith...

    I greatly appreciate the tip regarding Bikesmith cotters, since I am keeping the 1960 Capo Sieger all original, including the Agrati crankset, whose claim to fame is the super strong and reliable...
  3. Great-looking bike. My comments would mirror the...

    Great-looking bike. My comments would mirror the good Pastor's -- I would have put the shifters on the drops or near the brake hoods.

    If your brother-in-law rides on the tops a lot, brake cable...
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    VERY nice -- a real "time capsule" find! If I...

    VERY nice -- a real "time capsule" find!

    If I could have just one bike in my stable, it would be a steel-framed road sports touring bike similar to that. I like that half-step-plus-granny gearing.
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    I concur w/ Dr. Cannondale -- see if you can...

    I concur w/ Dr. Cannondale -- see if you can rebuild the brifters and the bottom bracket before worrying about replacing them.
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    I concur w/ the others. With the CrMo frame and...

    I concur w/ the others. With the CrMo frame and aluminum cranks, it is one step above low end. It should be a practical and fun ride, and that paint job does look great. I have always been amazed by...
  7. Pictures, please. :)

    Pictures, please. :)
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    If you can get the individual cogs, you can do a...

    If you can get the individual cogs, you can do a bit of swapping. My situation was complicated by Italian vs. English freewheel threading. (Yes, I know they are mutual class B fits, but I prefer not...
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    Welcome to the C&V club. Yes, the history of...

    Welcome to the C&V club. Yes, the history of bicycles is fascinating. One of my favorite books is Frank Berto's "The Dancing Chain," which traces the development of derailleur gearing.
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    Yes, he has. These are good brakes, but they do...

    Yes, he has. These are good brakes, but they do need to be adjusted properly, and they benefit immensely from modern brake shoes and cable housings. If you want 10% more leverage, you can replace the...
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    I can't add much, other than to concur w/ Denver,...

    I can't add much, other than to concur w/ Denver, Zinger and the others. I am glad you have been following the Davis Phinney story -- he and Connie are great, and of course their kids have "cycling...
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    Wow! Thanks for posting, and for the interesting,...

    Wow! Thanks for posting, and for the interesting, albeit counterintuitive, observation on the fatiguing effect of crewing.

    I am somewhat familiar with parts of your course, since my stepmom lives...
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    Thanks very much for the info -- that tool is...

    Thanks very much for the info -- that tool is completely new to me. (This Forum is a great educational resource.) I just use a regular 3rd hand when I adjust the cable length.



    They are big,...
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    Thanks for posting, and congrats! Anyone riding...

    Thanks for posting, and congrats! Anyone riding toeclips and downtube shifters qualifies as "vintage" in my book.

    My Bianchi came geared 52-42/13-23 (12 speeds), but I changed it to 50-42/14-26. I...
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    That is a very sharp-looking Nishiki, much nicer...

    That is a very sharp-looking Nishiki, much nicer than my 1971 Competition. Which model and year is it-- early 80s Cresta, perhaps?
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    Although the photo shows 27" Araya aluminum rims...

    Although the photo shows 27" Araya aluminum rims on high flange Normandy Luxe Competition hubs, I am currently running a 700C wheel up front. The original MAFAC brake caliper has long enough shoe...
  17. Great post -- I feel the same way you do. I just...

    Great post -- I feel the same way you do. I just returned from one of our best-ever annual family reunion trips with my wife, sons, daughter-in-law and likely future daughter-in-law, stepmom, and my...
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    I would need to see a drive side shot, as well as...

    I would need to see a drive side shot, as well as closeups of any frame tube pedigree labels. Most Peugeot decals of a given model year look alike.

    Look for forged dropouts (probably Simplex),...
  19. Fall has long been my favorite season, even in...

    Fall has long been my favorite season, even in weather wimp southern California, where many of the trees do not get the "fall colors" memo.
  20. Yes, it looks about equivalent to the Nishiki...

    Yes, it looks about equivalent to the Nishiki Custom Sport, which retailed for about $90 circa 1971.
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    Works for me.

    Works for me.
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    You may want to consider KoolStop brake pads. The...

    You may want to consider KoolStop brake pads. The originals were not great to begin with, and rubber generally does not age well at all.

    That IS in very nice condition, and since it fits you so...
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    That was precisely the failure mode of my 1971...

    That was precisely the failure mode of my 1971 Nishiki Competition after 20 years and 40K miles, including a few centuries, a Los Angeles Grand Tour double century, and lots of out-of-saddle hill...
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    That was my first reaction, as well. I like...

    That was my first reaction, as well.

    I like the box on the Pletscher mousetrap rack -- we used to do those all the time when I was a car-free starving student at UCLA.
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    Interesting leg length / height / frame size...

    Interesting leg length / height / frame size chart. At 5-8 with a 30" trouser inseam, it says I should be riding a 54 to 56cm frame. The Capo and the Bianchi are 55cm C-T, and I they fit me...
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