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Old 05-26-17, 02:38 PM
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Vintage technology you appreciate the most

Reynolds 531 tubing
lugged frame construction
High flange hubs
Half-step with a granny cranksets
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Old 05-26-17, 02:45 PM
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Aluminum rims
Skinwall tires
Quick release hubs
Fork tips with no lawyer lips
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Roller chain.
Pneumatic tires.
Chrome plating.
Ball bearings.

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Block chains
Wood rims
Wing nuts
Chain tensioners
Adjustable track stems
High flange hubs
Nickel plating
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Old 05-26-17, 03:53 PM
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Bar end shifters.
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Old 05-26-17, 03:58 PM
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iron, carbon, and oxygen
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Great geartrain compatibility to mix 'n match - fine tune gearing to meet what's needed.
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Old 05-26-17, 04:10 PM
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Wide 650b tires.
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Columbus SLX, downtube shifters and Campagnolo Super Record.
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Two words: lugged steel.
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ball bearings
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The fact that a bicycle was fully operational without the aid of batteries.......
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long term maintainability, put another way (arguably) slower rate of obsolescence than modern bikes
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Retrofriction. Superior to indexed shifting IMHO.
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Old 05-26-17, 07:21 PM
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Brooks saddles
Selle Italia Turbo Saddles
Reynolds 531
Long point lugs
Wrap-over (and semi-wrap-over) seat stays
Thin seat stays
Mafac Professional centerpulls
Weinmann centerpulls
Universal centerpulls
Maillard 700 hubs
Two-bolt seat posts
Vintage Sturmey Archer hubs
Simplex Retrofriction
Suntour Cyclone 1st vintage
Suntour New Winner freewheels
T.A. and Stronglight cranks
Weyless stuff
Cotton bar tape
Chromed clamp-on fixtures
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Old 05-26-17, 07:24 PM
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Great list, @Charles Wahl.
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Old 05-26-17, 07:46 PM
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Retrofriction. Superior to indexed shifting IMHO.
And I will narrow that down to Simplex reftrofriction.
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Reynolds 531 tubing
lugged frame construction
High flange hubs
Half-step with a granny cranksets
That all works for me.
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Old 05-26-17, 07:57 PM
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Lugged steel / lugs x1000
Horizontal top tubes ...I guess not really technology...
More aggressive road/race geometry - deeper BB drops, steeper HT angles (74°+), if my stable is anything to go by
DT shifters (includes indexed SIS and Suntour Power mini-ratcheting shifters)
Mavic MA2 (polished) or MA40 rims
7400 Dura Ace and 6400 600 Tricolor
Suntour Superbe and Superbe Pro
Freewheels and their sound when coasting
Cinelli stems and bars
Brooks saddles
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Sport touring bikes with all their versatility
Bike builders that cared about what they built
"Standard" diameter steel tubing, especially the great ones - 531 and Columbus variants, with a special fondness for SLX
Pretty lugged frames
Beautiful paint and chrome
Leather saddles
Square taper bottom brackets
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Two-bolt seatposts
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