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That's a big damn bike. Seems most of those old "10 speeds" have the seat pushed way down.

I recall as a teen sizing my first 10 speed based on stand over clearance.
 

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It used to be pretty common to see people riding frames larger than they needed. All started to change in the 80's. But, yeah, people who bought their bikes in department stores usually just did the standover test.
 

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Ah, the old days of frame sizing.

Back in the '80s, I bought a Lotus road bike used, 60cm.

I actually needed a 54cm.
 

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All started to change in the 80's. But, yeah, people who bought their bikes in department stores usually just did the standover test.
And bike shops often started with one, looking for an inch or so clearance. It's not a terrible way to start when all bikes had horizontal TTs.
 

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that's funny. I am 5'10" - I think I could reach the pedals enough to keep the bike going.
 

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I like the "Quick release slim 27" wheels."

Sold!
 

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It used to be pretty common to see people riding frames larger than they needed. All started to change in the 80's. But, yeah, people who bought their bikes in department stores usually just did the standover test.
I remember as a kid, going to the LBS and they fitted using the 1" over the top tube stand over test.

The bike in that ad looks like it has a 38 cm handle bar to. I can't get over the size of that head tube on that bike.
 

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on the craigslist scale of weird and wacky, this ad gets a 1.

in DC, this is a fair deal on a lower-level bike boom bike for a 7 footer.
 

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Saw an ad the other day where a bike had a severely warped back wheel. Claimed it was due to bunny hopping in a parking lot. Maybe from 10 stories up? It's a 32 spoke wheel on heavier WTB hoops.
 

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Looks like he didn't bother to cut his cable casing down to size. Nothing that a couple of zip-ties couldn't be used to make it work.....

But, yeah, a rebuild from a guy who does that makes me wonder just how good the rebuild was.
 

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Looks like he didn't bother to cut his cable casing down to size.
certainly. and i doubt it was actually rebuilt with any expertise upon noticing that ofmega crankset.



i emailed him and asked how it shifts and if the big ring clears the chainstay.
 

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this guy "rebuilt" his bianchi. can you find his mistake? (gotta really drill down for that one.)

1987 Bianchi Campione d'Italia (pearl white) 56cm

hint: how does it shift?

still ... i'm thinking about going over to take a look. i like ofmega stuff. actually rare.

Ahh, little problem with the chain rings. Not too bad a price, especially for Seattle.

I once was drinking beer, somewhat distracted (well that's happened more than once) and put a crankset on backwards but figured it out before taking any pics.


hint: how does it shift?

still ... i'm thinking about going over to take a look. i like ofmega stuff. actually rare.[/QUOTE]


Ahh, little problem with the chain rings. Not too bad a price, especially for Seattle.

I once was drinking beer, somewhat distracted (well that's happened more than once) and put a crankset on backwards but figured it out before taking any pics.


hint: how does it shift?

still ... i'm thinking about going over to take a look. i like ofmega stuff. actually rare.[/QUOTE]

I see, little problem with the chain rings. That's a decent bike and not a bad price, especially for Seattle.

I once, while drinking beer and distracted (which has happened more than once) put a crankset on backwards, but figured it out before I tried to ride it or take any pics.
 
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