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Posted By TugaDude

Most bikes don’t pan out as investments. At...

Most bikes don’t pan out as investments. At $1,500 it would be a no-go for me. Waterford has stated that as many as 650 were actually made. Doesn’t make much difference, 600 or 650, there’s still...
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Posted By TugaDude

Beautiful bicycle. The paint looks awfully good...

Beautiful bicycle. The paint looks awfully good for that age, but if it was a garage queen, I suppose it is possible. Very shiny though. The Mafac brakes don't seem to be consistent with the '72...
10-15-21, 10:38 PM
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Views: 148
Posted By TugaDude

If I were you I’d stick with the Pista. That’s...

If I were you I’d stick with the Pista. That’s assuming you’re not competing at the velodrome. I owned a chrome Pista and loved it. Sold it because it was a tad too big for me. If you want to...
10-15-21, 06:14 AM
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Views: 54,090
Posted By TugaDude

OK, that's cool. I didn't know. Regarding the...

OK, that's cool. I didn't know. Regarding the dropouts, I actually like the shape and if they were made from SS, then I think they'd be very nice. There are a lot of little details on that bike to...
10-14-21, 08:54 PM
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Posted By TugaDude

Did I miss where you identified the bike? Very...

Did I miss where you identified the bike? Very pretty!
10-14-21, 07:04 AM
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Posted By TugaDude

No, it just means the spindle is 1mm longer. Not...

No, it just means the spindle is 1mm longer. Not a deal-breaker in my opinion.
10-13-21, 02:05 PM
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Views: 397
Posted By TugaDude

Velobase is a great resource for information. It...

Velobase is a great resource for information. It indicates 112mm is recommended for 68mm shell width. If the track frame has a BB shell of 70mm, then 113mm is the recommendation.
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10-13-21, 06:38 AM
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Views: 488
Posted By TugaDude

Great suggestion! Too many times I see folks on...

Great suggestion! Too many times I see folks on this and other non-bike forums discussing quality issues but they never seem to let the manufacturer in on it.

I worked for a global manufacturer...
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Posted By TugaDude

If someone takes the time to photograph serial...

If someone takes the time to photograph serial numbers why don't they take a second to wipe the grease off first? Just wondering...
10-12-21, 06:21 AM
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Posted By TugaDude

There is no question belt drive is a great option...

There is no question belt drive is a great option for SS/FG. It might be standard on many bikes by now except for the added cost in configuring the bicycle frames to accommodate the seamless belt. ...
10-11-21, 10:37 AM
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Views: 488
Posted By TugaDude

If you haven't, you should read and study Sheldon...

If you haven't, you should read and study Sheldon Brown's technique to address the issue. It is in the following link:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/no-derailers.html

Read all of the info, but...
10-08-21, 07:26 AM
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Posted By TugaDude

As an aside, threads like this are very...

As an aside, threads like this are very interesting to me. There seems to be a restlessness among people, always convinced there must be a better way. They search high and low to create something...
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Views: 298
Posted By TugaDude

I assume you found the year and the appropriate...

I assume you found the year and the appropriate Schwinn catalog? That should help with whether any parts are not original. I don't know that I would consider that model rare in the classic sense,...
10-05-21, 06:31 AM
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Views: 531
Posted By TugaDude

I found this written review to be very helpful. ...

I found this written review to be very helpful. Pretty much all of the details are covered, including how to wrap them, etc. Pay particular attention to the "why" part of it. If you don't know why...
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Views: 348
Posted By TugaDude

You might be surprised at how good it looks after...

You might be surprised at how good it looks after you've given it a good bath. Go easy on things at first. Aggressive cleaning can cause damage that is not easily repaired.

And FWIW, stand...
09-30-21, 07:45 AM
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Views: 857
Posted By TugaDude

The Cross Check is a solid bike and if you needed...

The Cross Check is a solid bike and if you needed a "do it all" bike, it would be a decent frame to start from.
09-28-21, 09:33 AM
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Views: 857
Posted By TugaDude

Good to know. Thanks for the feedback on the...

Good to know. Thanks for the feedback on the Parser. It's a shame that really good models sometimes get discontinued. But maybe they will re-emerge in the future.
09-28-21, 07:43 AM
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Views: 857
Posted By TugaDude

I've always admired the Fairdales from afar. Can...

I've always admired the Fairdales from afar. Can you give your impressions on yours? I think it would be helpful to myself and others.
09-27-21, 07:10 AM
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Views: 857
Posted By TugaDude

Sure it is! And depending on where you live, you...

Sure it is! And depending on where you live, you might have access to the "rails to trails" sort of routes and most all of them are quite flat. I frequently use a SS on gravel. One tip I would...
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Views: 411
Posted By TugaDude

I hope it isn't this one... Ottawa 80's...

I hope it isn't this one...

Ottawa
80's Vintage Miele road bike. Shimano 600 SIS RD - 6208 One of my favourite bikes I've ever ridden. Lots of history but time to let it go. New tires, hardly...
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Posted By TugaDude

I can imagine the excitement of finding a bike in...

I can imagine the excitement of finding a bike in NOS condition. I have purchased a lot of components that were pushing 60 to 70 years old that were NOS and I was excited to do so.

But, the bike...
09-17-21, 06:14 AM
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Views: 757
Posted By TugaDude

All City is nailing it. Still loving my Big...

All City is nailing it. Still loving my Big Block and you're right about the paint. It has to be seen in person to appreciate the sparkle.

I like the build, very sensible and fun!
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Views: 366
Posted By TugaDude

It is a shame that bikes off this ilk don't...

It is a shame that bikes off this ilk don't retain much value because they can be quite charming. Anyone attempting to restore it (safe riding condition, nothing extreme) will find themselves...
09-09-21, 08:13 AM
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Views: 820
Posted By TugaDude

You can find a lot of info on the Jamis Sputnik...

You can find a lot of info on the Jamis Sputnik years here:

https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?item=18314

2012 was 520 CrMo, so the bike in question isn't a 2012. It appears...
09-09-21, 06:17 AM
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Views: 477
Posted By TugaDude

They would work very nicely. Cotton balls are...

They would work very nicely. Cotton balls are another option.
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Views: 760
Posted By TugaDude

October 25th is my birthday, and that bike would...

October 25th is my birthday, and that bike would fit me. Hmmmmmm.
09-08-21, 06:44 AM
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Views: 477
Posted By TugaDude

Don't know that it helps, but you can sometimes...

Don't know that it helps, but you can sometimes remove the printing with acetone. It may affect the finish though, and I suppose in extreme cases it might remove some of the black.
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Views: 760
Posted By TugaDude

Why can't people just be kind. Instead of taking...

Why can't people just be kind. Instead of taking a shot at somebody, how about just moving on to another post?
09-07-21, 08:57 AM
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Views: 990
Posted By TugaDude

I've noticed in my area that Craigslist have...

I've noticed in my area that Craigslist have definitely gone downhill with regard to quality bikes. The only decent ones seem to be either unpopular sized-frames or newer bikes and many are...
09-04-21, 08:54 AM
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Views: 57,292
Posted By TugaDude

On the subject of zombies and zombie threads,...

On the subject of zombies and zombie threads, here's my opinion for what it's worth, which probably ain't much.

Some members hate when old threads are resurrected. I've often been puzzled by...
09-02-21, 06:19 AM
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Views: 1,195
Posted By TugaDude

That's the beauty of relationships. Over time,...

That's the beauty of relationships. Over time, whatever "extra" you might pay for convenience is repaid through kindness. Cultivate relationships and you'll never be poor.
08-31-21, 06:17 AM
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Views: 1,195
Posted By TugaDude

Here's my $.02 so take it for what it's worth. ...

Here's my $.02 so take it for what it's worth. If there was a demand for and support for the types of shops described, then they probably would still be around. Some shops, such as Retrogression...
08-30-21, 09:48 AM
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Views: 1,009
Posted By TugaDude

That's a shame, but I'm not surprised. I've...

That's a shame, but I'm not surprised. I've heard of people in the 5'11" range actually riding the 53cm models. That's just the way it goes apparently. Hopefully another good frame will come up...
08-27-21, 07:46 AM
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Views: 1,138
Posted By TugaDude

Brakes are not something to try to save money on...

Brakes are not something to try to save money on in my opinion. Whatever you do, don't sacrifice function for looks or for budget.
08-25-21, 07:25 AM
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Posted By TugaDude

The build of the wheel is as important as the...

The build of the wheel is as important as the quality of the components in my opinion. Go with a builder that has a good reputation.
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Posted By TugaDude

I guess I’m more optimistic than some. I...

I guess I’m more optimistic than some. I wouldn’t take less than $250 given the market. It appears to be in nice shape and the owner said it has been serviced regularly.
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Views: 1,072
Posted By TugaDude

Perhaps they are priced so low that people think...

Perhaps they are priced so low that people think there's something wrong with them. The bike market is inflated right now, in some markets incredibly so. I'd raise the prices and just be patient.
08-20-21, 02:42 PM
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Views: 978
Posted By TugaDude

I ran a Biopace on a fixed gear/SS bike and never...

I ran a Biopace on a fixed gear/SS bike and never had problems. It is hard to wrap your head around but the tension really doesn't change much if at all.
08-20-21, 08:31 AM
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Views: 978
Posted By TugaDude

Surly's SS conversion kit is only $40.00 and is...

Surly's SS conversion kit is only $40.00 and is solid.
08-20-21, 06:14 AM
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Views: 377
Posted By TugaDude

I love that some bicycle companies believed in...

I love that some bicycle companies believed in form and function. That Olmo headset look like jewelry upon first glance. If it looks that great now, how did it look when it was bright and shiny new?
08-18-21, 06:36 AM
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Views: 1,575
Posted By TugaDude

They do have a web presence and it shows 2021...

They do have a web presence and it shows 2021 model as the MASH Steel
Check out their instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CRhAjN5M50Y/

Here's a page on the geometry of their track bike:
...
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Views: 653
Posted By TugaDude

I don’t remember a Le Champion up for sale in my...

I don’t remember a Le Champion up for sale in my city. I own a Grand Jubile and a Grand Record and both are great bikes. I’m sure this one is even better with its pedigree.
08-17-21, 12:05 PM
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Views: 1,575
Posted By TugaDude

MASH is not a bike model it is a brand. They...

MASH is not a bike model it is a brand. They have several models they've made over the years such as MASH Work, MASH Bolt are examples.
08-17-21, 08:43 AM
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Views: 1,575
Posted By TugaDude

I believe the MASH/Cinelli steel frames were...

I believe the MASH/Cinelli steel frames were mainly Columbus.
08-15-21, 02:12 PM
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Views: 4,161
Posted By TugaDude

Amen! The main thing is TT length. Once you are...

Amen! The main thing is TT length. Once you are riding, the other things really don't matter. Or certainly don't matter as much.
08-15-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,161
Posted By TugaDude

I have no idea of the current availability but...

I have no idea of the current availability but I'd look for an All City Big Block and never look back.
08-13-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 863
Posted By TugaDude

Yes, it is addicting. I went through a period...

Yes, it is addicting. I went through a period where every bike I saw was a candidate for conversion. Slowly that went away. Probably by the time I had 4 SS bikes.
08-11-21, 09:34 AM
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Views: 838
Posted By TugaDude

I believe the issue is the thickness of the...

I believe the issue is the thickness of the Omnium rings. They are 5mm thick where they attach to the crank arm. Many rings have a 3mm or 4mm thickness.
08-09-21, 06:08 AM
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Views: 1,414
Posted By TugaDude

Very cool. That's something that would be fun to...

Very cool. That's something that would be fun to try. Unless you live in San Francisco, of course. But it is doable in many parts of the world.
08-08-21, 03:53 PM
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Views: 2,724
Posted By TugaDude

Sadly, no lock is going to stop a determined...

Sadly, no lock is going to stop a determined thief. If you know of one, please let the rest of us know. Some will destroy a frame in order to get the components, so there really is little you can...
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