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Old 01-24-21, 05:07 PM
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Previous owner
OP: Original poster or the person who started the thread.
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This is a fork:



These are forks:

First one's bent
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I couldn't get the breaks adjusted so I had to take a brake.
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"Dial it up to 400 "

and

"Drope the Hamer"

are 2 of my all time favorites
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Not jargon, but you should know what these words mean for a full C&V experience.
In no particular order:

Columbus
Reynolds
Lugs
Cinelli
Coppi
Mercx
Herse
Singer
Indurain
Cambio Corsa
Dura-Ace
Vittoria Margherita
Masi
Bartali
Bianchi
Anquetil
Paris-Roubaix
Nuovo Record
Lanterne Rouge
Silca
Daniel Rebour
Musette
Paramount
Portacatena
Helicomatic
and a few hundreds more...
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Old 01-24-21, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Bikeaholic?

Anybody got group therapy pics?

I can't go first guys..... it's too recent.

Hello, my name is _______ , and I'm a bikeaholic. Not in recovery.
wendall?

(i really hope someone here gets the reference)
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Originally Posted by P!N20 View Post
Campagnolo: my bike looks amazing.

Shimano: my bike works amazing.
Sorry to go off topic, but this took me way back...

In the early 90s, I went to school pretty seriously, which took all my attention.. so on a visit back home to Germany, I went to my favorite LBS and asked one of the guys there what I'd missed in the years I hadn't paid attention to bicycle technology.
In reference to Campagnolo, this is how he put it:
"Im Gegensatz zu früher -- es schaltet, und es bremst."
[In contrast to the old days -- it shifts, and it brakes.]

I still think that was a wonderful way to describe Campy gear after they were forced to up their game to functionally compete with Shimano.
cheers -mathias
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Old 01-24-21, 08:25 PM
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Originally Posted by thinktubes View Post
"reach-down switchers"

Love this one...
Ha! I'd forgotten about that one!

I'm always bemused by the use of the word "bits" to mean "bike parts." Since it's a British usage--as far as I know, at least--it makes some sense in the context of an British bike, wherever the owner happens to be from. If the owner is British, it makes good sense no matter where the bike originated. If neither is true, it makes no sense.
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Old 01-24-21, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
“Does it plane?”

Not a reference to Tattoo on Fantasy Island, but to Jan Heine’s very vague description of an ideal riding quality that’s completely subjective and very rarely achieved.
"boss" : also not a reference to tattoo, but rather a fixture brazed/welded to a frame in which mount/secure the canti's

"canti's" : not a reference to one of hannibal lecter's favorite beverages accompanying a dinner of human liver and fava beans, but an abbreviate of the cantilever style brake

"brake" : see former posts
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Old 01-24-21, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Reynolds View Post
Not jargon, but you should know what these words mean for a full C&V experience.
In no particular order:

Columbus
Reynolds
Lugs
Cinelli
Coppi
Mercx
Herse
Singer
Indurain
Cambio Corsa
Dura-Ace
Vittoria Margherita
Masi
Bartali
Bianchi
Anquetil
Paris-Roubaix
Nuovo Record
Lanterne Rouge
Silca
Daniel Rebour
Musette
Paramount
Portacatena
Helicomatic
and a few hundreds more...
Nervex should be in there...
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Old 01-24-21, 11:17 PM
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GLWS!

It's very nice, but too small/large/French/expensive/green/rusty etc... for me
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Old 01-24-21, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
I always feel like that statement needs an object, i.e., “real” is modifying some other word:

Steel is real soft.
Steel is real good.
Steel is real comfy.
Steel is real(ly) heavy.
Steel is real breakable.
Steely Dan - no qualifier necessary.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
BITD Cafe Trieste had a location in Sausalito. Any given weekend there would be a pile of grillion dollar bikes piled up outside. Hundreds of lycra trees were cut down to clothe the riders. Ride across the Golden Gate Bridge, stop for an espresso and pastry, turn around and go back.

Many called it Cafe Screen Test.
Interesting because Cafe Trieste in North Beach was kind of a dive and only a slight step up from my hangout, The Saloon , around the corner on Grant Ave.
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Originally Posted by jonwvara View Post
Ha! I'd forgotten about that one!

I'm always bemused by the use of the word "bits" to mean "bike parts." Since it's a British usage--as far as I know, at least--it makes some sense in the context of an British bike, wherever the owner happens to be from. If the owner is British, it makes good sense no matter where the bike originated. If neither is true, it makes no sense.
Anybody mention kit yet? Another British usage, could mean the bits on your bike, or the bits in a bag hanging from your bike for anything for tyre repair to full camping gear.

Tiddly bits - stuff I braze on vintage frames so one can pretend to have a proper constructeur bike, but using British slang.

Proper, that's another one that has a indefinite definition...
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I have a vague recollection of the term 'Drew' matching this definition and being hung with that title, because of a forum poster named Drew, who had posted some single speed mutilation atrocity he committed on a frame.
My vague recollection is that there was a poster not named Drew who had acquired a frame with the bits ground or sawn off, and someone, presumed to be the previous owner, had crudely painted "Drew" somewhere on the frame to sign his handiwork.

See that's the trouble with "traditional knowledge". Even when it was written down somewhere once, people's recollection of it starts to drift and they favour a version that suits their world view. Can you imagine settling a land claim based on hundreds, nay thousands, of years of knowledge about who hunted game and captured slaves where, handed down orally?
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Interesting because Cafe Trieste in North Beach was kind of a dive and only a slight step up from my hangout, The Saloon , around the corner on Grant Ave.
Yep, after my first trip to Europe on $25 a day I got hooked on cappuccino and espresso, got back stateside and found the North Beach place (which was the only one at the time). Buddy of mine went with and ordered a triple espresso (he'd never had anything more potent than Folgers prior), acted like he just snorted coke for a couple of hours. If you look on the interwebs you'll find 5 Cafe Trieste locations now, but the Sausalito one is now a different name, but same concept. BITD it was a beatnik hangout. Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg and others hung out there. The screenplay for the Godfather was written there. No one does that kind of thing anymore, it's too crowded (before times joke).
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
What if Bob was your uncle, but now wants to be known as your Aunt Babs?
Then Aunt Babs is a shoo-in to win her age category.
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Zombie thread: self explanatory
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GASPIPE POS.........term used to insult ninety eight per cent of all cyclist in the world.....
What pressure you running......humorous greeting used by cyclists
CAR *****........plastic enthusiast
RIVENDELL OWNERS......known trouble makers ....associated with demons
GEAR RATIOS............A discussion once put an entire small village into a deep sleep for 2 days
FIXIE,,,,,shiftless no accounts
MIXTE.....Bi.....asexue
CRO MO...........term used to start endless arguments..... under no circumstance combine this term with SL..SLX....531c.....or 022....unless you are completely alone
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Zombie thread: self explanatory
I love this one - 11 year old zombie thread, but still an answer is provided without delay: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ke-cables.html
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Anybody mention kit yet? Another British usage, could mean the bits on your bike, or the bits in a bag hanging from your bike for anything for tyre repair to full camping gear.

Tiddly bits - stuff I braze on vintage frames so one can pretend to have a proper constructeur bike, but using British slang.

Proper, that's another one that has a indefinite definition...
"Nice bit a kit you got, mate!" [Spoken in a T-glottalized Geordie accent]

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Mechs - front and rear derailleurs. Can also be used in the singular, as in "What rear mech are you running?"

Death stem - many of the older French stems with slotted quills and expansion plugs, and in particular those by Ava, developed stress cracks resulting in failure.

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Yep, after my first trip to Europe on $25 a day I got hooked on cappuchino and espresso, got back stateside and found the North Beach place (which was the only one at the time). Buddy of mine went with and ordered a triple espresso (he'd never had anything more potent than Folgers prior), acted like he just snorted coke for a couple of hours. If you look on the interwebs you'll find 5 Cafe Trieste locations now, but the Sausalito one is now a different name, but same concept. BITD it was a beatnik hangout. Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg and others hung out there. The screenplay for the Godfather was written there. No one does that kind of thing anymore, it's too croweded (before times joke).
I just double checked the map and I mis-remembered. Columbus Cafe on Green was the dive ; surrounded by 3 of my favorite places to eat in SF, Caffe Sport, Sotto Mare, and Golden Boy Pizza. Cafe Trieste is (was) actually a nice place, I remember now. I was a sailor then and frequented dive bars more often than coffee shops. I lived 2 blocks up Green. What a great neighborhood!

Sorry for thread diversion, but for the new people, that’s how we roll here.
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