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  1. Hope it's OK to add a new tip in this thread on...

    Hope it's OK to add a new tip in this thread on old tips: for seatposts that absolutely won't come out no matter what, take the bike to an auto service station and pay a mechanic a couple of bucks to...
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    You're not wrong. Those posters were saying that...

    You're not wrong. Those posters were saying that you might want to consider sticking with friction shifting, since Suntour Cyclone equipment was considered to be pretty good stuff in its day.
  3. I was told to do that same thing (leave a small...

    I was told to do that same thing (leave a small portion of the rim glue-free opposite the valve) when I got my first tubular tire-equipped bike in 1965, so the technique has been around at least that...
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    Believe it or not, a number of people have viewed...

    Believe it or not, a number of people have viewed this thread without posting a reply. How unfriendly is that!!!??!!??
  5. Aim for squirrels---that's what they expect a...

    Aim for squirrels---that's what they expect a predator to do. Try to avoid them, and they may end up in your spokes. I forget who posted that tip, but it's golden.
  6. Corben, there's not much you can do other than...

    Corben, there's not much you can do other than maybe mentioning your concerns to a police officer; that, and setting up some illumination for your back yard.

    Not to derail this thread, but I just...
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    In fact, looking again, it might indeed by camera...

    In fact, looking again, it might indeed by camera angle! That, and I was expecting the standard gigantic UO8 fork radius.
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    That fork might be at least mildly bent, although...

    That fork might be at least mildly bent, although it's difficult to tell from the picture.

    Formerly (before edit; preserved to remind myself to type and post more circumspectly):

    Is there a...
  9. One possibility that hasn't been mentioned so far...

    One possibility that hasn't been mentioned so far (probably because it's a given for the experienced riders who have responded to your thread) is that of switching the current freewheel or cassette,...
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    Why not ask the dealer (the friend of a friend)...

    Why not ask the dealer (the friend of a friend) to ask his Bianchi sales rep, and so on up the chain, to give a quote on what it would cost to get the factory in Asia to paint a Volpe in celeste as a...
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    If the OP is talking about rebuilding wheels and...

    If the OP is talking about rebuilding wheels and installing wider tires on his Grandis so that he can use the bike for "gravel grinding," to use his term, he might be better off finding a cheap used...
  12. Agree on all points. Steel is fine, but I'll take...

    Agree on all points. Steel is fine, but I'll take aluminum over steel at the price point every time. At all price points, come to think of it.
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    Something that should receive more attention in...

    Something that should receive more attention in the original post:

    " . . . ruled out . . . major concussion from the fall a day earlier . . . "

    "Ruled out" might mean, whether they admit it or...
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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...
  16. 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.
  18. 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...
  25. 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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