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    Big v brakes

    I think cantilevers are your most likely bet. Setup will probably be tedious. Even road bikes have discs now. I was a skeptic, but after using them, I can understand why. Of course, they're not cheap to retrofit, especially in the front, though I don't know if I'd trust the adapters on the rear...
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    WWII Jeep tribute/Ratty bike.

    I got the USAAF font I used free online.
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    Remember when . . .

    In some ways, I guess I would prefer the simplicity of the '80s (though how much of that perceived simplicity was just from being young and the availability of information more limited, I don't know) with mostly just the binary specter of nuclear annihilation that I never really believed would...
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    Remember when . . .

    I'm glad that I grew up on the cusp of the mechanical and computing ages. I'm not lost by today's tech, but I also understand mechanical stuff well and gained confidence to tackle anything (well almost—I know my limitations) by doing and learning things on my own without someone always looking...
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    Anyone Ever Use Gas Struts for Banana Seats?

    Just replaced the gas struts on my hatch. They still work pretty well, but one of them was rattling. Anyway, I didn't try sitting on them, but they seem like the pair might work as suspension at the back of a banana seat. I don't have any banana seat bikes to try it out with, but curious if it's...
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    The true value of this hobby...

    Can confirm that adult women dig this one:
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    Saw this "Tom Cat" tail light . . .

    Or a "witch" bike.
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    Homemade Tools

    I just use the stem parts for installing star nuts. Remove or leave off the steerer spacers, drop the bolt through the cap, thread the cap to the star nut as far as possible, slide the stem over the steerer, drop the star nut assembly inside the stem with the cap seated to the ID of the stem...
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    Threading a hub to accept a disk brake adapter

    I wondered the same thing with an extra hub I had. I ended up buying a hub that was threaded on both sides (other side for a freewheel for converting a cruiser to 6 speed). FWIW, whatever a freewheel's thread is, it's the same as those adapters.
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    RAT / ROD MODEL KIT BASH CHALLENGE

    I had that foam P-38! Won it with Skee Ball tickets. Ended up with about a roll of tape holding it together to keep it going. I later had one of those 5' or whatever foam planes, too. A friend lived on a second floor with a large yard and we used to throw it from the back porch along with all...
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    RAT / ROD MODEL KIT BASH CHALLENGE

    I'm tail end of Gen-X and I've done programming for CNC machines and PLCs for prototyping production machines. I can do what I need to do, but I only do it when I have to as I think I have ADD and it doesn't hold my interest (though I am old enough that ADD was referred to by teachers as...
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    A few questions, if you don’t mind

    How big of a wheel are you thinking? I have had in my head a build using one of those box store Genesis 32" wheels in the back or a 36" if I could find one cheap with the wheel coming up high enough to almost be a back rest. It would be a proper posture reinforcer. Anyway, I was just going to do...
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    Rant: rim strips

    I never get flats. Not sure if it's the rim tape or how I ride, but I use the Velox cloth or old tube cut into strips and taped over with electrical tape. Use the good electrical tape (3M, maybe others)—there is a wide difference in quality. What I never tried, but I bet would work well, would...
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    ~?What Else Do You Collect ?~

    I don't collect things any more, but I used to. Somewhere, I have a box with maybe a hundred or more overpriced HO scale cars and trucks and some buildings to go with them. When I was a kid, it always bothered me about Hot Wheels and Matchbox that the vehicles weren't in exact scale to each...
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    Selling/Trading During the Pandemic

    The decrease in death rate is being attributed to better knowledge on treatment with increased knowledge of how the disease works and the rate increase being more with younger people who are generally more resilient. One of the things I do is write. What I'm working on now is a series of short...