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  1. There is nothing like the right tool for the job....

    There is nothing like the right tool for the job.

    When I worked at a bike shop we had the big VAR cotter press and the Campagnolo rear dropout alignment tools.
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    Yes, that one is Ideal[e] for that bike. :)

    Yes, that one is Ideal[e] for that bike. :)
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    Tres cool!

    Tres cool!
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    Half-step gearing, platform pedals, barcons,...

    Half-step gearing, platform pedals, barcons, well-crafted Reynolds frame, Italian and Swiss components -- what's not to like?

    1960 -- the golden age of bicycles! (OK, I guess I am a little...
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    I would love to get a set of Lyotard pedals, or...

    I would love to get a set of Lyotard pedals, or their modern equivalent, if one exists. I did have a set of SunTour platforms, until one of them cracked, and they were delightful with the old Avocet...
  6. Incandescent light bulbs pale in comparison to...

    Incandescent light bulbs pale in comparison to their LED brethren.

    Rod brakes are dreadfully ineffective, as well, yet they are still produced in China.

    The old black DiaCompe brake pads did...
  7. 52-46 is generally intended for crossover...

    52-46 is generally intended for crossover (1.0-step) gearing, such as 46/26, 46/23, 46/20, 52/20, 52/17, 52/14, which was the wide range Capo standard. I do not like it, either, being a half-step or...
  8. I am looking for touring width (16mm or so?) 700C...

    I am looking for touring width (16mm or so?) 700C rims. Recommendations?
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    Does anyone make a day-glow backpack? My little...

    Does anyone make a day-glow backpack? My little Camelback Mule is at least yellow, but it was a bit hard to find. Stores carry lots of black, dark red, and other "invisible" backpacks, and my only...
  10. No one responded that he/she had never seen a...

    No one responded that he/she had never seen a Peugot. :)
    I do concur with the 10 front, 11 BB, 9 rear answers above.
  11. I was hanging around the local Schwinn/Nishiki...

    I was hanging around the local Schwinn/Nishiki dealership, where I had bought my Semi-Pro (Competition), when a customer came in with a recently purchased Super Sport, happily proclaiming, "This...
  12. Thread: Close Call !

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    Since motorists tend to ignore vertical objects,...

    Since motorists tend to ignore vertical objects, I think there is a cogent argument in favor of having multiple tail lights, mounted side-by-side. For example, mount a short flexible metal or plastic...
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    I am just the opposite -- I have never cared for...

    I am just the opposite -- I have never cared for bike-mounted mirrors, but I am delighted with my CycleAware helmet-mount, which I have been using for more than a decade. I had tried various eyeglass...
  14. Holy Grail, Batman! What a find!

    Holy Grail, Batman! What a find!
  15. On my Bianchi, I replaced the original Modolo...

    On my Bianchi, I replaced the original Modolo Speedy levers with Shimano aeros in a successful quest for better braking performance. The Shimano brake handles, the Serfas ARC saddle, the SunTour...
  16. Thread: 1971 Peugeot?

    by John E
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    Early 1970s UO-8, for sure. It is difficult to...

    Early 1970s UO-8, for sure. It is difficult to pinpoint the year, because Peugeot serial numbers are notoriously unreliable, but the first digit of the S/N is supposed to be the last digit of the...
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    Parked in front of work. I have since replaced...

    Parked in front of work.

    I have since replaced the Campag. crankset with Nervar Star, because of a crack across the shoulder of the left crank, and I have shortened the brake cables and changed...
  18. Shimano U-brakes and SunTour Rollercams take the...

    Shimano U-brakes and SunTour Rollercams take the same bosses. I'll hold some Weinmann 999 750s up against my mountain bike to see if it would be feasible to use them, although the current RollerCam...
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    Does the frame fit you well? If yes, see the...

    Does the frame fit you well? If yes, see the previous posts in deciding what to do with it. If no, sell and move on, because you will not be able to recover any fix-up costs when selling it.
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    Reading the display in real time, while riding in...

    Reading the display in real time, while riding in sunlight, would be problematic. However, projecting the image onto something like GoogleGlass might address that issue fairly well, and make a decent...
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    I can go quite a bit longer than 10 minutes at a...

    I can go quite a bit longer than 10 minutes at a time in the saddle, but around here rides are broken up by rather frequent red lights.

    Saddles that have worked well for me are Brooks Pro and Team...
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    YES! A heavy-duty road touring bike with drops, a...

    YES! A heavy-duty road touring bike with drops, a relaxed geometry, ample tire clearance, and support for front and rear racks and bags. I like it -- thanks for posting the pictures.
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    In my one and only major athletic achievement of...

    In my one and only major athletic achievement of my entire life so far, I did the Los Angeles Wheelmen Double Century (Grand Tour) coastal (not highland) route in 12:18 (4 am to 4:30 pm). Our team...
  24. Thread: 1940 New world

    by John E
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    That stick shift is cool. My Bendix 2-speed's...

    That stick shift is cool. My Bendix 2-speed's shifter looked like a handbrake lever.
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    Keep us posted on your progress. I am a big fan...

    Keep us posted on your progress. I am a big fan of turmeric for controlling inflammation and the pain it causes.
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