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Old 07-23-13, 07:13 PM
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Newbie here with questions, THANKS!!

This is also posted in the vintage bicycle thread area so I apologize ahead of time if im not supposed to do that, just trying to get as much information as I can Thanks ahead of time guys!

I just typed a very long thread and it got deleted so let me see if I can remember everything I just typed

I am new to the whole adult bicycling thing and my wife and I just purchased some Papillionaires. Mine is the Classic in navy blue and hers the Sommer in sea, both shimano 3 speed and both with upgraded options. I was going to restore some vintage bicycles for us both and was doing some searches on google and ran across the Papillionaire website. They had the exact look I was wanting so I went ahead and purchased them hoping everything would be as good as they looked.

So far Im in love with my bike and so is my wife, we've put many miles on them just in the week we've had them. The upgraded seats and grips are really nice, probably as nice as a Brooks or better but what do I know, Im new at this haha. I also purchased a model a CoPilot to pull my son around behind me from time to time (hes not old enough for a bike yet).

Im on here just looking for insider advice as to what I should look for in quality bikes and accessories. I noticed lots of companies after I purchased the bikes are making very similar bikes ie. Public, linus, bobbin just to name a few. From what it looks like we got a super good deal and a very quality product. I also decided to go with the 3 speed instead of the 8 because the 8 is only more intervals between gears. In other words 1st is the same on either model and 8th gear is like 3rd gear on either model, the 8 just has more intervals so it seemed to me that why pay so much more for basically the same thing with just more intervals in between.

Anyways, Im looking for some lighting for the bikes. They have reflectors mounted on the rear fender with one stud and nut. Is there any companies making a light I could replace that reflector with that only requires 1 hole? I researched a few but couldnt find anything. My wife and I are not tall people so our seats are mostly all the way down which keeps us from putting any lights on the seat bar. Also as far as headlights go, is there any vintage style headlights out there? I ran across a few but they are plastic and seemed sort of cheap.

The last thing is, what is the traditional way of making a bike frame? Lugged or welded? Is either better than the other? Ours are lugged and I think they look great. I did many searches on here for information on Papillionaires and couldnt find anything so please excuse me if im reposting things. Thanks for any help here guys, Im looking for any comments or things I should look for when buying these bikes or accessories.
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Old 07-23-13, 07:16 PM
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You could mount the light on the seat stay: the frame tube that goes from the seat area down to the back wheel.

Lugged and welded are both good methods.

For a.headlight, get one at least 300 lumens.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
You could mount the light on the seat stay: the frame tube that goes from the seat area down to the back wheel.

Lugged and welded are both good methods.

For a.headlight, get one at least 300 lumens.
Thanks for the info! I'll give it a shot on that frame tube and see how it looks. Wanting to possibly try the Fenderbot taillight but it looks like it takes 2 holes and really dont want to put more holes in the fenders, it already has 1 hole so if I could find a fender mounted taillight that would work with 1 hole id be good to go.
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I need to correct myself here, my bike does have 2 holes in the rear fender, one is a sort of alignment hole for the reflector housing, the other is the stud hole where it mounts so the Fenderbot may work. Anyone used the fenderbot or have any other reccomendations? Thanks!
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