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Is it worth buying a high end light bike (8.5 kg) from 80' vs recent mid range bike (10kg)

Although I support keeping older bikes in circulation in general, this particular bike comes with some caveats. One of my riding buddies had a very similar bike. The Vitus 979 is a bonded aluminum ...
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What is this device attached to the seat-tube?

It appears to be a clamp-on pump peg that got moved down out of the way either intentionally or from coming loose.
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Is it worth buying a high end light bike (8.5 kg) from 80' vs recent mid range bike (10kg)

Depends what is your goal, but personally, I'd go for the modern one. Maybe for this budget, you can find something second hand with Shimano 105, that would be also an option. The reasons are: weight ...
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What is this device attached to the seat-tube?

Are you sure the upper part has not been sliding down such that we can really take a clue from the distance between the two parts? I suspect that the two parts of the fixture are meant to hold an air ...
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tubular tire replacement

No, as offered by @NoCo, is the correct answer. This merely offers some additional information. When you're talking about "normal tires," you mean clincher tires with tubes. These will ...
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Vintage Armstrong Bike - Garden fixure?

It's a rather nice looking functional bike with probably a 3-speed hub. It seems rather a shame to turn something that's quite attractive and functional into a piece to survive the weather/seasons in ...
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Are older road bike parts compatible with newer standards? How do older and newer bikes match up performance wise?

Upgrading an older bike is typically not economical. Parts are typically not cheaper. Parts are not as available. That drivetrain is not compatible with a modern bike. Bikes have gotten better. ...
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Is it worth buying a high end light bike (8.5 kg) from 80' vs recent mid range bike (10kg)

I'll weigh in as the single person in this thread who actually seems to have ridden, and owned, multiple Vituses. I love them, always have, mainly for their history, their gorgeous looks, their light ...
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Removing and re-using a Shimano Tourney deraileur hanger - vintage road bike

The claw adapter piece of the Tourney you have isn't designed to be removable in any way. All you need is one of these, called a claw adapter:
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75-year old new rider needs advice

There are three common causes for erratic steering at low speed. A possible cause, but the least likely, is that the head stem is too tight. When not on the bike try turning the handlebars. If the ...
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Carbon frame that is designed for strength and durability rather than lightness?

Why produce a heavy but durable carbon frame if one can have a heavy and durable steel frame that is cheaper? Apparently there are no (mass) buyers for such technology. The bicycle industry is mainly ...
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Vintage bike, new chain

The derailleur in the second picture does not look over extended. If the derailleur has some movement left in that position then it's OK. If it's up against the limits and is being bent then you will ...
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Do forged alloy crank arms suffer from age-related fatigue?

Aluminum has no fatigue limit and thus it is impossible to make an aluminum bike part that won't fail with enough use. Fatigue accumulates with load, not time. Good forged cranks with designs that ...
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Trying to identify vintage English bike maker

I think this answers your question. Your headbadge is slightly different, probably older. See also https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunbeam_Cycles Also http://historywebsite.co.uk/Museum/Transport/...
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Two ill-repair bikes into one?

It is probably possible. It is the kind of thing where going through it as a beginner is likely going to take a long time and present some unexpected hurdles. It would be a good thing to do for ...
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Are all vintage bikes difficult to work on?

No. Older bicycles are no harder to work on than modern bicycles provided you have specialized knowledge regarding older standards, possibly specialized tools and the ability to obtain parts designed ...
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Why are post ~'80s bike finishes so "dull"?

This is not a complete answer, but one factor certainly is that nowadays bikes often use powder coating as their finish, rather than liquid paint. Powder coating has signifcant advantages over paint (...
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Judging a bicycle show

Some things i would consider, some could possibly be grouped together. Perhaps others can add on with more answers. Custom Class Originality/Creativity Function *Can you actually ride it semi ...
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What is the “clip ring” part on my hubs?

Is there a small hole that was covered by the ring? If so it covers a lubrication port. Many old Raleigh, and other utility type hubs came with such a port.
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How to improve/restore vintage Peugeot bike, or is it even worth it?

This is often called "the slippery slope of knock-on upgrades" which can get expensive quickly. There are two simple and relatively cheap upgrades to try. Replace the brake pad inserts with modern ...
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How to improve/restore vintage Peugeot bike, or is it even worth it?

If you are planning to ride the bike, replace the handlebar stem
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Replacing vintage bike tyres

No, that person was confused and you have it right. A new 700x25 tire will fit the same as what you have. Often 40 year old wheels will need new rim strips while you're at it.
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Why have MTB tyres with strong front / back design disappeared?

They haven't https://www.schwalbe.com/en/mtb-reader/eddy-current-rear "FRONT: • Reliable cornering grip paired with high braking traction. • Excellent transmission of steering corrections ...
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Is it worth buying a high end light bike (8.5 kg) from 80' vs recent mid range bike (10kg)

If I were buying a vintage frame (and assuming that it fits), I would generally be more inclined to buy a steel one. I'm not a vintage expert, but the Vitus 979 appears to be an early aluminum frame. ...
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Vintage road bike with scratched-up bird logo

Thanks to Criggie's sharp eyes spotting the word "Coventry" From a forum thread here is a match on the head badge The decals on the bike look similar but the lug work looks different. Here ...
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Removing and re-using a Shimano Tourney deraileur hanger - vintage road bike

Your plan won't work sorry. I did exactly the same, removing a claw adapter from a slogged-out tourney derailleur. It was a press-fit, not a threadded fit, and the hole is too big to take the thread ...
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How to minimize damage from pitted cones?

I would recommend doing two things: Reassemble the hub with the thickest grease you can find (within reason). It might slow you down a little, but it will help the bearings last as long as possible. ...
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Identifying small, moped-like bike

Looks like 70s Schauff Elite. Compare it with bike here, the frame has very distinct shapes. A similar bike is also listed at the official (correct me if I'm wrong) Schauff website, the picture under ...
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How to improve/restore vintage Peugeot bike, or is it even worth it?

If you just want a reliable, more comfortable, more efficient and safer bike - just buy a new one. Upgrading older bikes (or even new bikes) requires and investment in time and money: learning about ...
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What to do with a busted freewheel on a vintage road bike?

Given the freewheel is toast already, there's no harm in disassembling it to attempt a refurb. If it breaks, it was already failed and you're no worse off. Start by removing the freewheel and ...
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