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    I'd have said $300 for the frame and fork alone...

    I'd have said $300 for the frame and fork alone would have been well worth it, so you done really good in my book. :thumb:

    As others have said, the SunTour shifters were almost certainly not...
  2. In not very many years, I will be old and in the...

    In not very many years, I will be old and in the way. I am currently middle-aged and in the way. My bikes are classic lugged steel with more modern componentry. To me, it's the best of all worlds....
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    +1 for Cholula. Don't care for the flavor of...

    +1 for Cholula. Don't care for the flavor of Tabasco. Not interested in going very much hotter - I'd rather enjoy my food survive than have to launch a nuclear counterstrike against it.
  4. Double-check? I don't even single-check my work.

    Double-check? I don't even single-check my work.
  5. The answer to your question is "yes and no." ...

    The answer to your question is "yes and no."

    Yes because there have been improvements in getting the interface between chains and cogs juuuuust so. That helps any kind of shifting.

    No,...
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    5mm probably is the recommended max, but I have...

    5mm probably is the recommended max, but I have had a couple frames spread from 120mm to 130mm. That much cold setting can crack the paint or dimple the chainstay(s) ever so slightly at the bridge...
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    Beautiful Paramount.

    Beautiful Paramount.
  8. Benotto sent some entry-level ten-speed Bike Boom...

    Benotto sent some entry-level ten-speed Bike Boom specials to the US during the days of the - wait for it - Bike Boom of the early to mid 70s. I had one; it was my first derailleur bike. Yours...
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    I agree with TugaDude that parting it out is more...

    I agree with TugaDude that parting it out is more effort and would likely also net more $$$. As far as the tools go, if your Dad did his own work, he may have the crank tools you need.

    Also, to...
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    (1) The Molteni team would not have ridden...

    (1) The Molteni team would not have ridden Merckxes (or however the plural of "Merckx" is spelled) because the Merckx frame-building company was not started until at least a year after Merckx...
  11. The Gods or road bikes approve. :thumb: They...

    The Gods or road bikes approve. :thumb: They told me so last night. :rolleyes:
  12. Do this. 'Tis what it was built for, and it is a...

    Do this. 'Tis what it was built for, and it is a good rider.

    Also, if you find the right decals, you might want to get two sets in case you decide to repaint it someday.
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    "Best friend," hell. You should be sleeping with...

    "Best friend," hell. You should be sleeping with that.
  14. Those Dura Aced parts are not 1st gen. 1st gen...

    Those Dura Aced parts are not 1st gen. 1st gen rear derailleur said "Crane," not "Dura Ace," 1st gen shifters did not look like that, 1st gen chainwheels had more metal on them, and 1st gen brake...
  15. Doh! I hate it when I make a snarky correction...

    Doh! I hate it when I make a snarky correction only to find out they are right and I'm wrong. :notamused:
  16. The real "dahell" is that the addition is off. ...

    The real "dahell" is that the addition is off. :twitchy:
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    Good news, Tom. :beer:

    Good news, Tom. :beer:
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    Maybe "harbinge" isn't technically a verb. But...

    Maybe "harbinge" isn't technically a verb. But if "mentor" can a verb and "google" can be a verb and "text" can be a verb, why the heck can't "harbinge" be one, too?
  19. The Gran Turismo gets my vote. It's little...

    The Gran Turismo gets my vote. It's little brother, the Valentino, gets a dishonorable mention as it shares the same crappy body design, but the GT beats it out because it combines bad design and bad...
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    "Glory"? What is this "glory" of which you...

    "Glory"? What is this "glory" of which you speak. We do have such things on my planet.

    And for LanceOldstrong, we don't have "pain caves" either. :innocent:
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    Thank you, DiabloScott

    I had a lovely time riding up DiabloScott's mountain last Friday. It was warm, but no too warm, with a light, refreshing cool breeze any time the temp threatened to ramp up. Plenty of riders, few...
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    Smart call. Those Zefals work better than Silcas...

    Smart call. Those Zefals work better than Silcas ever did. But in certain bikes, you simply have to use Silcas or risk the wrath of the C&V aesthetic gods, at which point the metal Campy heads are...
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    When the OP is in the middle of nowhere in the...

    When the OP is in the middle of nowhere in the prairies or mountains of Canada and many miles from the nearest bike shop, "fixing the problem" with an STI brifter simply is not an option; switching...
  24. I got flagged down by gaucho777 a couple weeks...

    I got flagged down by gaucho777 a couple weeks ago as I was heading home out of the Berkeley hills and he (with his daughter in tow on a trial-a-bike) was just heding up into them. He recognized my...
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    270 pounder here. Conti 4000 25s is what I use. ...

    270 pounder here. Conti 4000 25s is what I use. (4000, 4000s, 4000 whatever, doesn't matter - it's all the same stuff according to the Conti rep at NAHBS a couple years ago.) It isn't the best...
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