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Old 10-27-20, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post

I'm also trying to learn a bit about bikes from that era as that is beyond my knowledge base.
...there're a couple of forums over on the CABE, one on "imports", and another on "lightweight bicycles". They are not the most active ones, but there a threads you can look at there. I did long thread on the Follis restoration over there, with a lot of photos that I took in process. I think it's in the "current projects" forum.

The most intersting things I learned about 1950's bikes were the limitations on gearing range, and how riding around on steel wheels with no bead hook so you can't use a modern high pressure clincher tyre is the reason tubular tyres and rims were the standard hot setup for so long. I just gave up and relaced modern rims to my hubs, using new stainless spokes. The real authentic guys laugh at me, but I can't hear them if I go fast enough.
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