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    I remember selling those bikes. Someone at...

    I remember selling those bikes. Someone at Cannondale at the time apparently liked the idea of equipping their touring and sport touring bikes with half-step gearing, which enables, as the name...
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    Yup. Back about 30 years ago, in my cat 3 racing...

    Yup. Back about 30 years ago, in my cat 3 racing days, I went out training with a cat 2 who had said he was planning to do a moderate, steady pace. I got itchy after a while and start pulling at 0.50...
  3. Does the bottom bracket have a similar fitting?

    Does the bottom bracket have a similar fitting?
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    Looks as if someone got hold of a sheet of...

    Looks as if someone got hold of a sheet of Bianchi decals from a later era and added them to an early-'70s bike.
  5. Bikes with brazed-on pulley fittings were rarer...

    Bikes with brazed-on pulley fittings were rarer than those with clamp fittings, at least when I was working as a bike mechanic in the '70s and '80s.

    One of the mechanics I worked with was a huge...
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    Bless your heart.

    Bless your heart.
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    1) And? 2) Helmet thread poll says different.

    1) And?

    2) Helmet thread poll says different.
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    Agree on all points. Cheap replacement fork plus...

    Agree on all points. Cheap replacement fork plus repaint often means accident damage; in such cases, the top tube and down tube are often bent at the head tube intersections to a greater or lesser...
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    Did you use any of the various saddle treatments...

    Did you use any of the various saddle treatments on the B17? People have reported ending up with badly stretched leather saddles as a result of overly enthusiastic application of neatsfoot oil, etc....
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    I think people were simply unable to guess how...

    I think people were simply unable to guess how your thread title related to your original post. My best guess, and it's only a guess, is that you meant something like the following: why is seat...
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    We sold Torpados in a shop that I managed the...

    We sold Torpados in a shop that I managed the early '80s. Great bikes. The top model came with a Campagnolo aluminum freewheel. The best thing about them was that all of the models were available in...
  12. Excellent save, Steve. By the way, your daughter...

    Excellent save, Steve. By the way, your daughter might enjoy having real platform pedals. The pedals in the photo, which were designed for use with toe clips, usually hang so that the uncomfortably...
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    OP registered to post the question about the Tour...

    OP registered to post the question about the Tour de France bike, so-called. One post so far.

    There's a history of people registering to post on here because they don't know much about bikes and...
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    fify.

    fify.
  15. If the road bike with misaligned chainstays is...

    If the road bike with misaligned chainstays is the Cannondale 1990 ST400 and if you bought new from a bike dealer, it's worth showing to a Cannondale dealer. If they can confirm the misalignment and...
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    By the way, just noticed that the CL ad says the...

    By the way, just noticed that the CL ad says the bike is made of HLE tubing, which is a step up from Carbolite.
    ...
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    Plausible size for a 5'8'' rider; at least, it's...

    Plausible size for a 5'8'' rider; at least, it's worth a test ride. Nicely photographed and presented as CL ads go. Condition looks very good.

    I wouldn't worry about the bike frame being composed...
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    That's an old myth. In fact, pedal stroke pushed...

    That's an old myth. In fact, pedal stroke pushed by momentum = cranks resisting chain travel = backpedalling = slowing down. As mihlbach says, the fixed gear doesn't create special magic energy.
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    MBK = later Motobecane name change. Agree with...

    MBK = later Motobecane name change.

    Agree with $375 asking price if joint integrity is still uncompromised.
  20. Wheedled my parents into buying me a Reynolds 531...

    Wheedled my parents into buying me a Reynolds 531 racing bike (Helyett Speciale track bike, all French components) in 1964 when I was 13, got to race in the track nationals in the intermediate age...
  21. Guaranteed that most of the posters condemning...

    Guaranteed that most of the posters condemning GhostSS for what they perceive as insufficiently saint-like behavior, had they come upon their own bikes immobilized in the manner described (in the...
  22. Sticking with a full-size rear wheel meant that...

    Sticking with a full-size rear wheel meant that they could use, e.g., conventional drive train components, thus avoiding, among other problems, disproportionately large chainrings necessitating...
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    Let's not overstate the flat resistance of...

    Let's not overstate the flat resistance of sew-ups, either. I rode many miles on them, from the mid-'60s to the early '90s, and I remember accumulating a pile of punctured sew-ups throughout each...
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    Your having the Campy components in the original...

    Your having the Campy components in the original boxes ups the value considerably. You probably already knew that---just wanted to make sure.
  25. Those are indeed Shimano DynaDrive pedals and...

    Those are indeed Shimano DynaDrive pedals and cranks. The idea behind the design was to drop the surface of the pedal to bring the shoe in line with the pedal axle center rather than have the shoe...
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