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Old 12-06-18, 01:03 PM
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Now, does anyone know how that Pinterest pic with the retro-doll can be downloaded, bought, and perhaps dye-sub printed? I've got no problem taking it to a print shop, but I don't want a blurry pic once it's poster size.
Do a Google image search of the photo. Choose the option to display only the largest sizes in pixel dimensions. Choose the largest version that's reasonably sharp. Keep in mind that photos online are often recompressed many times so scrutinize each at full resolution.

Print quality then depends on the size of the source image. Some shops recommend 300 DPI for posters but that's overkill. In ye olden dayes posters were usually halftone printed like newspapers and magazine. At a reasonable distance they looked fine. Even 150 DPI or so is good enough for some posters. Heck, halftone posters were much lower rez than that.

That photo of the retro gal in the jean shorts and white shirt with red bike is 564 x 807 pixels. At 300 DPI that would make a whopping 2x3" print. Reducing output to 150 DPI would increase size to 3.76 x 5.38 inches. Still far from poster size.

So you'd have a few choices:
  • Find a larger version online.
  • Find out who actually owns the photo and license a high rez version.
  • Use software interpolation to increase it to printable size. Let the print shop do this. They usually have the best software for the job.

At 200 DPI, the file size would need to be 4800x6868 pixels to make a 24x36" poster. You probably won't find that online. So for best quality you'd need to find the owner of the photo (usually the photographer) and license a copy.

But if you can find a larger version online it might be suitable for interpolation upsizing.
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Good point. I am just quoting someone here at bikeforums- It was said, and then when I looked inside the tubes (those I could) I saw aluminum inside and not carbon. but the ends on most have aluminum compression plugs in them so one cant see far. But the head-tube certianly is. My Look, in contrast, is just a carbon tube without the aluminum lining on the IM.

(The Look is actually not just carbon - its also got threads of Kevlar and ceramic in it. Not sure if that helps or just was something fun to try.)
Please correct me if i am wrong, but i remember they had a lug that had a internal tube also in the lug so the adhesive was put on the internal tube as well as at the end to keep the strength up. So if you were looking at it from inside the tube from the lug, it would be Aluminum tube for the first 5-6" . The early carbon Allez and Trek 2000 Series were also this way.
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easy way to find out. take your seat post out and shine a light down there and see if its shiny all the way down. @Chombi1 reports that his 72 Line Seeker is aluminum lined, and exxon bikes were as well. So i guess its not so uncommon-
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easy way to find out. take your seat post out and shine a light down there and see if its shiny all the way down. @Chombi1 reports that his 72 Line Seeker is aluminum lined, and exxon bikes were as well. So i guess its not so uncommon-
When we find one complètely trashed out, busted everything and for 3 bucks we will saw it in half and the mystery will be solved.
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When we find one complètely trashed out, busted everything and for 3 bucks we will saw it in half and the mystery will be solved.
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"And then the bearded lady does a double back flip....."
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"And then the bearded lady does a double back flip....."
And which Hiatt song is that from? I've been listening to a lot trying to figure that out.
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There you go.
Makes you wanna run off and join the circus. The smaller the venue, the better he is.
When he does Austin City Limits, probably the best, but the audio on PBS sucks.

But John Hiatt in mono is "...not the end of the world. It's just the wreck of the Barbie Ferrari."
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There you go.
Makes you wanna run off and join the circus. The smaller the venue, the better he is.
When he does Austin City Limits, probably the best, but the audio on PBS sucks.

But John Hiatt in mono is "...not the end of the world. It's just the wreck of the Barbie Ferrari."
I saw him in either SW Ohio, or western Kentucky. Can't remember which. A theater for 200, with 35 or 40 people in it. Sad,
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I always confuse John Hiatt with Tom Waits. They don't sound alike, but the names are so similar. Hiatt actually sings. I don't know if you can say the same for Waits.
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Im' a John fan and a Tom fan , Tom is a acquired taste . Pasties and a G string is a good song IMO .
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I saw him in either SW Ohio, or western Kentucky. Can't remember which. A theater for 200, with 35 or 40 people in it. Sad,
Very. First time I saw him was with Bonnie Raitt, and they could have played instrumentals all night and been fine with me.

Nicest was at Carolina Theatre in Durham NC. The "in" crowd goes to see folks at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
The Restovus go to the Carolina. The night I went, full house, and probably 1/3 of the crowd were professional musicians from the area.
Durham blues musicians were in abundance. I'd love to see where they all went after.
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Im' a John fan and a Tom fan , Tom is a acquired taste . Pasties and a G string is a good song IMO .
Guess who that is in the pasties and the G string
No idea, and I'm not blowing up that photo while at work.
Almost looks like a young Susan Sarandon, but a little too much elevation, even at that age.

"Old '55" is one of my favorite songs. His acting stuff, even cameos, always crack me up.
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I don't know either. I do know that she could be a plumber by trade because of those silicone toilet plunger ends attached to the pasties.
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Speaking of middle aged musicians, the new album from Elvis Costello is getting a lot of play on independent radio in my area.
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I still listen to the radio in the car. We have a group of independent listener stations in VA. Their purpose/goal is to showcase all music. You never know what you are going to hear there. Check out the weekend schedule. Give them a listen through the net. You will like what you hear.

http://www.wnrn.org/

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No idea, and I'm not blowing up that photo while at work.
Almost looks like a young Susan Sarandon, but a little too much elevation, even at that age.

"Old '55" is one of my favorite songs. His acting stuff, even cameos, always crack me up.
Really his acting is good too . Small Change was the first TW album I ever bought . Don't worry about the photo , this is a family site . That's Casandra Peterson sportin' the pasties and the g string . OK it's Elvira .
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Looks very nice with original parts. The top tube logo looks a little different, is that decal original?
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Here is a question that I don't think has been posted. Did the IM jump straight from 126mm rear spacing to 130? Or, was there a transition period of 128? If so on the 128, when was that?
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"Got rained on with his own thirty-eight". I do love me some Waits.

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Finished the Comp T A , and I took these crappy pictures . The build was fun , it started out with Robbie giving me the frame/fork/headset . I got 78% of the parts from the bay , the rest from take offs from the 86' and my BOC . The 86' take offs were the wheels , brake calipers and pedals . The brake calipers I really like because they are a dark sliver ano as opposed to clear ano , and they match the frame . A lot of the parts are 6208 and the Comp was all 6207 . Except for the shift levers as only 6207 will fit . I tried to keep with the spirit of the Comp but I did take a side road with the DA RD and the black seat post . Thanks RT .


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Here is a question that I don't think has been posted. Did the IM jump straight from 126mm rear spacing to 130? Or, was there a transition period of 128? If so on the 128, when was that?
I don't know about the 89s, but my 88 Master is 126mm.
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Had a bunch of late 80's Ironmen over the years, and I don't remember any of them being 128.

Meanwhile, if you like Waits, check out The Ballad of Buster Scrubbs on Netflix. Excellent acting.

And pure Tom.
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