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07-28-22, 12:35 PM
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Posted By francophile

Bumping to highlight some of my favorite parts of...

Bumping to highlight some of my favorite parts of this Behringer. The details are, frankly, really awesome. The attention to the joins, the lugwork, I could stare at it for hours (and have).
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07-17-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By francophile

Selling my Cecil Behringer Custom

SOLD - SOLD - SOLD - SOLD - SOLD - SOLD - SOLD

Recently, begrudgingly, I've decided to sell my 56cm Behringer Custom. I got it 5 years ago, the thread with pretty hi-res photos is over here...
03-22-22, 01:01 PM
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Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

Strapped for time but had to post this. I may not...

Strapped for time but had to post this. I may not see replies :D

Cinelli Centurion for $200 around Columbia SC....
Replies: 54
Views: 5,171
Posted By francophile

It's always liberating to purge, frankly. I feel...

It's always liberating to purge, frankly. I feel amazing after selling 80% of my bikes. I still have a dozen bare frames in the attic, 8 frames in the shop, and 6 complete bikes, but I used to have...
10-01-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,011
Posted By francophile

Basically this was going to be my reply, but with...

Basically this was going to be my reply, but with less words. "Gimmick"



Oh man ... I need to find this on a t-shirt. Totally love it!
09-26-21, 07:26 PM
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Posted By francophile

Even better, it's a super, and it's nicely...

Even better, it's a super, and it's nicely outfittted, lacking very little to be riding again.... And my size (but I've got one already)
09-24-21, 11:45 AM
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Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

Given the open price of $420, you might've caught...

Given the open price of $420, you might've caught their eye with an offer of $369 :D
09-22-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 70,609
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Posted By francophile

Drive side? That's on all Cdales of this...

Drive side? That's on all Cdales of this era/construction.
09-21-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 880
Posted By francophile

All I can say is, count your blessings. An...

All I can say is, count your blessings. An accident like that could've left you with a hospital bill easily many times over the cost of the bike if you're in the US, where healthcare is what it is.
...
09-19-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 884
Posted By francophile

Will be very curious to know if there's anything...

Will be very curious to know if there's anything stamped or etched into the seat stay caps. If there is, you'll understand why I'm pointing that out :D
09-16-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By francophile

Definitely, I probably should've emphasized where...

Definitely, I probably should've emphasized where I mentioned wiping the tube out first, but there's an automated option for that too.

Most $5 tire plugging kits at the auto parts stores come with...
09-16-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By francophile

Word to the wise: Save the time and effort. ...

Word to the wise: Save the time and effort. clearing out tubes is a super-simple job. Just get a cylinder hone. They work wonders. I'd recommend going 600 grit in 7/8" and 1" to tackle most jobs...
09-14-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 756
Posted By francophile

I normally find taking the average from 1cm and...

I normally find taking the average from 1cm and 2cm from the tip of the quill, or mid-split on those which don't use a slant wedge is ideal.

I believe the stamping of size in this case is under...
09-13-21, 07:37 PM
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Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

Woah. Wonder if they know what just that seat...

Woah. Wonder if they know what just that seat post is worth?
09-10-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,305
Posted By francophile

The forward rake on the fork is concerning....

The forward rake on the fork is concerning. Granted, the wheels alone are worth more than what you paid, so replacement fork is probably in order.

I'd be carefully inspecting the top tube and the...
09-09-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 430,740
Posted By francophile

Soon not to be mine, I hope. Saw this...

Soon not to be mine, I hope.

Saw this recently at a good price, dropped some coin and elbow grease into refreshing it so it gets the life it always deserved to have in the 1st place.
Wanted to...
09-05-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 70,609
Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

[/h1] Paging Rudi rhm He does incredible...

[/h1]
Paging Rudi rhm

He does incredible work. Myself and several others have ordered recovers from him. He does a great job with leather.

See:...
09-04-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1,770
Views: 581,954
Posted By francophile

I'm just adding this into the mix. Picked this...

I'm just adding this into the mix. Picked this Eros up from GW this week at a very fair price. This is after giving it a well-deserved bath. I'm repacking and recabling it, then sending on its way...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,696
Posted By francophile

Given what I'm seeing, $350. But that's the...

Given what I'm seeing, $350. But that's the bottom of where I'd expect anyone to get to and I'm a cheapskate if it's not a brand I lust over. I also think $500 is the just north of high of where I'd...
05-04-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By francophile

The B is not always consistently a B, either, it...

The B is not always consistently a B, either, it changes shape and sizes. I think someone at some point had a Greek stamping set and some models I've seen have a B reminiscent of a the BETA symbol...
05-04-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 917
Posted By francophile

It would appear there's possibly a 1st character...

It would appear there's possibly a 1st character under the edge of the guide. Thus 1980.

Edit: Late to the party. Looks like T-Mar already gotcha.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,497
Posted By francophile

I really hoped we could see some more French...

I really hoped we could see some more French lovers on this one. It's truly a piece of history. I don't want to go crazy with tagging people. Maybe they'll show up if this hits enough replies...
Replies: 17
Views: 2,624
Posted By francophile

Huh. My size. Nice bike!

Huh. My size. Nice bike!
Replies: 17
Views: 2,624
Posted By francophile

Hi Nadia1976 The markings on as described...

Hi Nadia1976

The markings on as described were on virtually every Bianchi of that era. Really need to see clear pics of the bike, from the side with the gears preferrably. Always good to see...
04-23-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,152
Posted By francophile

MATHS. Mathematical Anti Telharsic Harfatum...

MATHS. Mathematical Anti Telharsic Harfatum Septomin.

https://vimeo.com/77451201
04-23-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,852
Posted By francophile

Welp, all I can say is "someone's getting a...

Welp, all I can say is "someone's getting a deal". Very underrated ride.
04-21-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,588
Posted By francophile

fully agree on this. The Deore bits justify...

fully agree on this. The Deore bits justify almost half the ask price. But without knowing what either the 7000 or 730 are running, we can't say for sure if/how much better we're talking.
04-21-21, 09:09 AM
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Posted By francophile

It's a 501 sticker. Based on everything...

It's a 501 sticker.

Based on everything else, I think it's an '83 500. If it had a Super Custom triple, it would be a 520 (looks like the only notable diff from 500-520 that year is the freewheel...
04-20-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 70,609
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Posted By francophile

Not gonna lie, the Gazelle looks really nice. ...

Not gonna lie, the Gazelle looks really nice. But I'd really love to see more pics of that Microbus!
04-20-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 858
Posted By francophile

Almost forgot to add. When you go to...

Almost forgot to add.

When you go to re-cable, you need to know, the Simplex levers with the sun around the S have notoriously small holes to hold the cable head, so much so it's common to find...
04-19-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,049
Posted By francophile

This is what the hardware setup looks like. I...

This is what the hardware setup looks like. I have other angles available if you need them. Believe it or not, the bolt head fits inside that and sits with the threaded shaft sticking outward. Then...
04-19-21, 04:02 PM
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Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

Oh yeah ... and the fork is bent to hell. Head...

Oh yeah ... and the fork is bent to hell. Head tube isn't "steep". Fork is bent and so is the top tube.

PS - looks like it's also bucked enough it cracked the paint on the downtube here...
04-19-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 70,609
Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

C'mon bro, Herman Munster needs to ride too. ...

C'mon bro, Herman Munster needs to ride too.

https://superradnow.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/frankeinstein6do.jpg
04-19-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,152
Posted By francophile

You can pretty consistently get the Michelin...

You can pretty consistently get the Michelin Dynamic Classic tires under $15, sometimes cheaper. Right now PBK has them for $12.99, and they're good tires for the price:...
04-16-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 70,609
Views: 11,553,772
Posted By francophile

Saw this Viner "Special Touring" pop up, my size,...

Saw this Viner "Special Touring" pop up, my size, and a decent price at $450 were it not for that massive whack in the DS fork blade. Not like I can talk, my Special Pro has a pretty gnarly whack on...
04-15-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 21,227
Posted By francophile

If plump knobbies on a touring frame get me in...

If plump knobbies on a touring frame get me in the door, I guess I could post this one, eh?
(NB: before/after thread...
04-13-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,367
Posted By francophile

The typical name you'll see here is...

The typical name you'll see here is "Frankenbike".
04-13-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,367
Posted By francophile

Frankenstein + Flandria = Frankandria ...

Frankenstein + Flandria = Frankandria

Frankenstein being a term referring to a monster that's been sewed together from multiple pieces, like Frankenstein.
04-12-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,171
Posted By francophile

Properly stripping chrome requires electricity...

Properly stripping chrome requires electricity and sodium hydroxide if I recall correctly. It's caustic, messy, dangerous, and banned in some places. As such, there's a premium to have this process...
04-12-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 21,124
Posted By francophile

No. 1983. Date coding in that way wasn't used in...

No. 1983. Date coding in that way wasn't used in the early-mid 70s.
04-12-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,096
Posted By francophile

The only thing I think anyone could give you beef...

The only thing I think anyone could give you beef about is the riser/tracker bar with BMX style grips, but seeing the bike with a proper old school drop-wrapped track bar BEFORE the other pics, I'd...
04-12-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,096
Posted By francophile

Looks beutiful! Who ended up doing the frame...

Looks beutiful! Who ended up doing the frame refinishing work, I didn't see that listed? (sorry if I missed it)
And how'd you settle on black for the color? 9surely there must be a story)
04-12-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,302
Posted By francophile

Excellent. Thanks for that tidbit, I didn't...

Excellent. Thanks for that tidbit, I didn't realize he'd done a video on one. I'd like to rebuild one I've got but after experiences (not bad, just tedious) overhauling Simplex and Huret mechs, I...
04-12-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,171
Posted By francophile

Agree, maybe even more than 50%. However, these...

Agree, maybe even more than 50%. However, these specific spots, the darker spots, are typically what you'd see when the chrome has totally flaked off because chrome-steel bond has been compromised...
04-12-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,171
Posted By francophile

Nah, fine or ultra-fine bronze wool (not steel...

Nah, fine or ultra-fine bronze wool (not steel wool!): https://www.homaxproducts.com/sundries/steel-wool/bronze-wool-fine-grade-3-pads

I personally prefer ultra-fine (0000 gauge) but fine (000...
04-12-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,171
Posted By francophile

This ^^ The seller isn't being forthright...

This ^^

The seller isn't being forthright with you. That's not just "surface rust" and I say this because "surface" implies the corrosion is on top of the chrome. What you're showing in those...
Replies: 20
Views: 2,059
Posted By francophile

SoCaled looks like you have 10 posts and now...

SoCaled looks like you have 10 posts and now should be able to post up pics.
Replies: 10
Views: 947
Posted By francophile

The only downside I see here is the level of...

The only downside I see here is the level of rust. I think you could probably get $50-60 + shipping for these, but the buyer is going to literally be replacing everything: The pads, the hoods, the...
Replies: 13
Views: 5,331
Posted By francophile

This thread may take the trophy for most...

This thread may take the trophy for most 1-and-done forum posters :D
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By francophile

Cotterless crank is a big plus, as is the rear...

Cotterless crank is a big plus, as is the rear mech being in the SX family, based on appearance. If no teeth missing on the pulleys and front mech band isn't cracked, and it's fully serviced, In my...
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