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  1. sykerocker

    Any Revindell experts out there?

    The difference between The CABE and Bikeforums.net: Asking that question here has me answering as #10 over a period of nine days. Asking it at the other forum, we'd already be on page 12 of the comments, at least two members would be at the point that you never, ever put them within arm's...
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    1984 Raleigh Marathon

    Having owned a number of those early-80's Kent American-built Raleighs, I think you're going to find yourself quite pleased with the bike. These marked the end of the Nottingham-built bikes in the States, and I've always loved the finish on them, virtually screaming "I'm English!" in their...
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    Jupiter 3-speed mixte, made in Belgium

    Those pictures of the Batavus' (Batavuses?) bring back memories of one of the shops I worked for in Erie, PA during the Bike Boom. A hobby shop (trains, model kits, RC airplanes) that the owner decided to start selling bicycles and picked up the Flandria and Batavus lines. Very nice bikes back...
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    An odd one! Ladies 28” wheel King bicycle from Sweden

    Damn, that's sharp! Sprockets on both sides of the hub? Is the wheel flippable?
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    The first Thanksgiving turkey of the day

    I'm going to guess weight. Putting it up on its storage hook in the bike barn, it definitely feels heavier than the Tourist. I really need to ride the two of them back to back, because, although I think I have them geared identically, the Pigeon feel like I could go to a smaller rear sprocket...
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    1970s? 3speed huffy monarch

    Lubrication? In all honestly, we never did at the shop when they were new. The Shimano had two advantages over the Sturmey Archer AW back in the day: They were way less maintenance intensive (as in maintenance, what maintenance? other than ensuring the cable was properly adjusted), and if you...
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    The first Thanksgiving turkey of the day

    Two weeks since the initial report, I've put 55 miles on the bike with only one minor adjustment needed (crank cotters needed pressed in better, will definitely need replaced with better ones sometime in the near future). It's reliable. It's reasonably comfortable. It rattles, and due to a...
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    The first Thanksgiving turkey of the day

    Handling is entirely optional. My Raleigh Tourist is a sports bike by comparison. It's not an easy bike to ride. Did fifteen miles today on my '69 Raleigh Sprite (essentially a Sports but with a Sturmey S5 hub) keeping an average speed of 11.4mph. I was supposed to use the Flying Pigeon until...
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    The first Thanksgiving turkey of the day

    Between Thursday and today, I've put about 8 miles on the bike. And walked it home this afternoon . . . . . . with a punctured FRONT tire. Will get back to this on Monday.
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    The first Thanksgiving turkey of the day

    I've finally gotten the Chinese Flying Pigeon that I picked up at the Westminster, MD swap meet this past February on the road and running. Originally the bike was a single speed roadster with a 46-20t drivetrain (a bit too high for the kind of cadence I like to ride), and a marked inability to...
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    1970s? 3speed huffy monarch

    Little-known secret of the Bike Boom: 95% of the people who bought 10-speed "racers" would have been much better off with a 3-speed roadster, seeing most of them got their total riding in after dinner around the neighborhood, maybe 2-3 miles per evening. Unfortunately, these kind of bikes...
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    1970 Dunelt Before and After

    Yeah, that's my plan. Once the bike is done, hopefully I'll find another vintage 3-speed, either something Bike Boom or later (preferably a Raleigh Sports, I actually have not owned one since that ivory one that was my commuter during that period), or something restorable from an earlier era...
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    1970 Dunelt Before and After

    Likewise, here. If I was keeping the bike, it'd go Brooks like the rest of my IGH bikes. However, this bike is a frame that too small for me, so it's being restored as trade bait for something that'll fit. Will drop you a note in the next day or two.
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    Picked up this ugly one about a hour ago. JC Penny with a Disk Brake

    Plus, back in the day, thank God they were selling stuff heavier, cheaper, and stronger than Peugeot UO-8's. I can imagine how long the Bike Boom would have lasted if everyone had bought the good stuff. And beaten it to death, unknowingly, in the first two months.
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    Picked up this ugly one about a hour ago. JC Penny with a Disk Brake

    Looks like that bike was either built by Huffy or Rollfast, definitely a catalog cheapie, probably late Bike Boom (or early Bike Bust) as it's got the BMA/6 sticker on the seat tube, so it's got to be a '74 or so. By that time, the Japanese component manufacturers were definitely on a...
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