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Old 11-30-14, 04:33 PM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Yeah, build it up. It will be an awesome ride. Lots of stories, and I think they are just that, stories. Ron Skarin set records back in the 70's riding one. Good enough for me.
Only issue will be that you will need to keep the rear wheel to 120mm spacing.
Bike will take a 26.8 mm seat post. Get some friction paste for the seat post and don't over torque the seat binder bolt.

Stealing Jan Heine's term, these bike do "plane" uphill at the right cadence.
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Old 11-30-14, 04:42 PM
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OH not all. go ahead and ride it.
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Old 11-30-14, 08:35 PM
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Definitely build it up - with your weight you should not have any issues. I would not even replace the fork, just don't tighten the stem expander bolt too tight (can deform/crack the steer tube).

One thing many folk don't realize is that Teledyne made continuous improvements to the design through the life of the brand - the higher serial numbers are better built/more durable than the lower numbered ones.

S/N in the 2100's = one of the last ones built - period.
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Old 12-01-14, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by big chainring View Post
Yeah, build it up. It will be an awesome ride. Lots of stories, and I think they are just that, stories. Ron Skarin set records back in the 70's riding one. Good enough for me.
Absolutely!!

I had one and rode it thousands of miles training and racing in the late 70's. Best century bike I ever had. Chet Kyle had one at the time too and we would cross paths on the centuries now and then. He claimed the Titans had the highest scrap metal price of any bicycle on the planet The frames and forks went thru several mods to reduce the early breakage. I was no lightweight and I rode mine everywhere. A couple years ago I dusted it off and gave it to the son of a friend and he's still riding it.
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Old 12-01-14, 11:52 PM
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Yup with a cycling culture that runs deep in steel frames for way over a hundred years now, it is not surprising there will always be the doubters when new materials and technology is introduced into the industry.
What I find weird is, people today even seem easy to trust bamboo and wood bikes more than CF, aluminum and Ti C&V frames..... Flinstonian Devolution in cycledom??
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Old 12-02-14, 02:20 PM
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Many thanks for all the advise and encouragement. I noticed the rear dropout seemed smallish. I have some 70s campy high flange hubs which apparently come in 120 and 126. I haven't measured them but with luck...

It would be interesting to know the ser # of the bikes which had failures and see if the freq diminished toward the later years.

I will build it up and may still use a carbon fork to diminish wheelbase flex. I'll let you know when I have something to show. Thanks again
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Old 12-02-14, 02:42 PM
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Mine had the failure at the seat post binder bolt. Serial number is 734
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I wouldn't, t be surprised if its a 120 width spacing back there, my similarly "obscure" 1972 Line Seeker from the same era, has a 120 width, 5 speed rear end......
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