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  1. My daily commuters: 1984 Peugeot P-something,...

    My daily commuters: 1984 Peugeot P-something, 1980 Raleigh DL-1
    My wife's daily commuters: 1983 Motobécane Nomade mixte, 1961 Atala

    My fun rides: 1972(?) Raleigh International and 1951 Raleigh...
  2. I had a bad experience with an IRD freewheel...

    I had a bad experience with an IRD freewheel (13-24 5-speed, if I recall correctly): new from the factory, the ratchet pawls would hang up at random moments, leaving me with no drive. I've had much...
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    +1. Also, that saddle looks like it could give...

    +1. Also, that saddle looks like it could give you a nasty surprise when you hit a bump. Can the tension be adjusted?
  4. Oh, never mind, just found this thread...

    Oh, never mind, just found this thread. Talk amongst yerselves.
  5. Durham elliptical chainring? Very weird.

    Just saw this on CL. Can't find a whole lot about that crazy chainring. Any knowledge? What was the deal? Anyway, at least the death fork has been replaced.
    Vintage Viscount Racing Bicycle
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  6. Pretty sure you could make that at home. Here...

    Pretty sure you could make that at home. Here are the directions:

    http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/09/black-and-white-cookies
  7. I've got a pair of fenders from a '70s...

    I've got a pair of fenders from a '70s department-store 3-speed (think Columbia or Free Spirit), yours for the cost of shipping. They're brown. PM me if you're interested.
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    In the 1980s and 1990s, suburban sprawl totally...

    In the 1980s and 1990s, suburban sprawl totally took over the USA -- not that it hadn't been a problem in the '50s-'70s, but it wasn't 'til the '80s that most Americans lived in places where you...
  9. NOS 1939 Raleigh Tourist on eBay...?

    Gorgeous bike, but something about the presentation looks fishy to me...for $27,000, you'd think they could take some better pictures. No, wait, eBay wants to give me a $15 coupon, so's it'd only be...
  10. Any NC C&Vers going to the North Carolina Bicycle Summit?

    Hey, y'all. Is anybody (else) going to the North Carolina Bicycle Summit, in Greensboro, Oct. 10-12? I went last year -- as a local advocate, not a professional -- and found it pretty useful. ...
  11. Thanks! That's useful info.

    Thanks! That's useful info.
  12. Sheldon says use any ol' friction shifter for the...

    Sheldon says use any ol' friction shifter for the left side and a regular 3-speed trigger for the right. Have you found that to be bad advice?

    The box is supposed to have one of those...
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    That fork snap is terrifying -- glad you're ok. ...

    That fork snap is terrifying -- glad you're ok. Tell us which Panasonic model had that fork, so we can avoid it in the future?

    Both bikes are nice, but the Fuji is really nice. Great job!
  14. School me on Sturmey-Archer 5-speeds?

    I've got a chance to buy a box of Sturmey-Archer hubs for a very good price from an older gent who says they were all in good working order when he put them away, sometime in the late 1970s. He says...
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    All the suggestions here are good. Unless you're...

    All the suggestions here are good. Unless you're totally married to the gear ratio you've got, I'd change the inner chainring for a smaller one, first -- it's easier than messing around with the BB....
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    Thanks! Now it's time to build something similar...

    Thanks! Now it's time to build something similar for myself.
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    1984 Motobecane Nomade Mixte City Build

    BEFORE: 4th-rate road bike. 1984 Motobecane Nomade mixte. All original, I think -- steel rims, plastic-coated drop bars w/ turkey levers, Sachs-Huret derailleurs, general cruddiness.
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  18. Yes, that's been my experience as well. Never a...

    Yes, that's been my experience as well. Never a problem.
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    Well, somebody please alert this guy...

    Well, somebody please alert this guy. The rest of us should be ok.
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    Old thread, I know, but I thought I'd report my...

    Old thread, I know, but I thought I'd report my experience:

    Yes, you can definitely use a hydration pack on a bike without a backpack. You can get a ready-made 48-inch extension hose kit from...
  21. That looks like the one, doesn't it? Right down...

    That looks like the one, doesn't it? Right down to the rack-mounted reflector. I don't think I've ever seen a bottle cage under the downtube before. Seems like it might get dirty.
  22. Identify Gilda Radner's touring bike?

    http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mbdyqfqTOm1qbhz0xo1_1280.jpg Just came across this photo of Gilda Radner with Gene Wilder and a wide-tired, cantilever-braked,...
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    Thanks, VG. Noted.

    Thanks, VG. Noted.
  24. Update: I ended up going with a 9-speed SRAM...

    Update: I ended up going with a 9-speed SRAM derailleur chain. It's exactly right, though maybe a bit overkill -- a 7-8-speed chain would probably work fine. Smooth, quiet, lovely.

    Fietsbob, the...
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    Thanks, rhm. Is the purpose of the foam actually...

    Thanks, rhm. Is the purpose of the foam actually to give the saddle structure, or simply to give yourself something to land on, should the leather around the rivets fail?

    I've got a new Brooks...
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