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03-25-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 10,286
Posted By Salamandrine

Mostly just hiking shorts, long underwear and a T...

Mostly just hiking shorts, long underwear and a T shirt lately. For longer rides, cycling clothes are more comfortable, and noticeably faster and easier in any sort of wind and/or higher speeds....
03-25-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,008
Posted By Salamandrine

Yep, as long as we're dreaming, I want one of...

Yep, as long as we're dreaming, I want one of those too. :D

Not sure how modern they are, aside from being decades ahead of their time. The stainless is new and cool, but otherwise the shop i...
03-25-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By Salamandrine

Maybe they are the Dia Compe / Mavic 451. Aren't...

Maybe they are the Dia Compe / Mavic 451. Aren't these the ones that come with the ZAP stuff? I can't tell from that pic. VeloBase.com - Component: Mavic 451...
03-25-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By Salamandrine

Whatever works best for your feet. This brings up...

Whatever works best for your feet. This brings up a slightly interesting point. MKS don't fit my feet well, and neither for that matter do/did ALE. Christophe work better for my feet because they are...
03-25-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 988
Posted By Salamandrine

When I bought an Ultegra derailleur & shifter set...

When I bought an Ultegra derailleur & shifter set about a year ago, REI had about the best price, especially if you are a member. Still cost more than what Wiggle etc used to sell them for. If...
03-25-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By Salamandrine

The Mavic brakes were rebadged Modolos. There...

The Mavic brakes were rebadged Modolos. There were a few types. Can't remember what came with the starfish cranks. Could you post a close up?

First, verify that the star washer is there. That...
03-24-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By Salamandrine

Chromed steel Zefal/Christophe were the standard...

Chromed steel Zefal/Christophe were the standard for a reason. I don't remember any problems with plastic clips breaking when they came out, but by that time most big miles type cyclists had switched...
03-24-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 235
Posted By Salamandrine

Early on, the top end "Mighty" Sugino cranks were...

Early on, the top end "Mighty" Sugino cranks were designed to be interchangeable with Campagnolo. This continued up to around the mid 80s, IIRC. A Mighty from the 70s up until the early 80s should...
03-22-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,008
Posted By Salamandrine

Technically it could be argued thatmost of my...

Technically it could be argued thatmost of my bikes are modern, even if they are steel with lugs.

The only modern bicycle I would really like to have is a Calfee. As long as we're dreaming I'll...
03-19-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,030
Posted By Salamandrine

I feel like someone should point out that rod...

I feel like someone should point out that rod brakes were a huge improvement over spoon brakes, which preceded them. They would have been super duper brakes in comparison! Technology marches on.
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03-19-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 497
Posted By Salamandrine

Exactly. It simply didn't happen. It's silly for...

Exactly. It simply didn't happen. It's silly for people to insult campy jockey wheels that are 40 years old. Most plastic things that old are prone to crack.

Lots of people used to put on Bullseye...
03-18-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 750
Posted By Salamandrine

Yep. That's the old school way to route bar ends...

Yep. That's the old school way to route bar ends and it does work. Nice.

I think if going with old school housing and old school friction shifters, this is a better choice. If the OP wants the...
03-17-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,123
Posted By Salamandrine

Here's my green bike on a green bridge. Perhaps C...

Here's my green bike on a green bridge. Perhaps C if not actually V.

I suppose this could have been posted into the non drop bar tourer thread also.

...
03-17-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,159
Posted By Salamandrine

I should clarify. If the problem is only at the...

I should clarify. If the problem is only at the top of the seat stay, that is fixable. There are several ways to go about it.

IF that crack in the middle of the seatstay is in fact a crack, and...
03-17-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,030
Posted By Salamandrine

While that is true, it's pretty easy to avoid...

While that is true, it's pretty easy to avoid this in practice. Still it's clearly good advice to be aware of this issue and watch out for it.

To be fair, if a caliper brake is badly adjusted, it...
03-17-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By Salamandrine

This was a very common bike shop task BITD. ...

This was a very common bike shop task BITD. Several ways to fix it. I always did it with the VAR or Bicycle Research tool meant for the purpose. I worked in a shop, had access to the tools, and...
03-17-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,159
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks like it's probably cracked, but as already...

Looks like it's probably cracked, but as already pointed out, you'll need to remove the paint to find out for sure.

Seatstays cracking or breaking at the seatcluster junction is one of a handful...
03-15-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,198
Posted By Salamandrine

I vote leave it alone. Grinding stuff off is not...

I vote leave it alone. Grinding stuff off is not going to be an aesthetic improvement. Let it be. If you ride it as a fixie for a while, a redundant shifter stop is going to be a lot less of an...
03-13-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 715
Posted By Salamandrine

:lol: Actually I wasn't, but not that you've been...

:lol: Actually I wasn't, but not that you've been foolish enough to remind me and the other forumites of your lathe skills, someone might take you up on that! ;)

As it turns out, the Lyotard pedal...
03-12-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,030
Posted By Salamandrine

Come on now, this is a C&V forum. Rod brakes are...

Come on now, this is a C&V forum. Rod brakes are cool! No, they don't work as well as caliper brakes, but they work well enough for a casual commuting situation. Should be fine if you live in a...
03-12-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 740
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks for the information. That's an interesting...

Thanks for the information. That's an interesting factoid. It seems like a lot of importation BITD was sort of local, and a brand might be common in one area but rare in another.

I guess the...
03-11-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 741
Posted By Salamandrine

I think they used Phil wood grease from pretty...

I think they used Phil wood grease from pretty much the beginning, but that's a lot of years to expect grease to last. If it still feels smooth it should be OK, if not optimum for a world tour. FYI...
03-11-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 740
Posted By Salamandrine

You're not an idiot. I can't imagine why an Olmo...

You're not an idiot. I can't imagine why an Olmo would have 27" wheels on it, unless it was a flipped bike and the seller had some. Generally speaking, Olmos were an 80s thing. I don't think I ever...
03-10-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 715
Posted By Salamandrine

The thing about Lyotards is that on many models...

The thing about Lyotards is that on many models the dustcap is most of what holds it together. They'll likely fall apart if you run them without one. I guess keep your eyes out in the coops and what...
03-10-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 715
Posted By Salamandrine

What's the rule of thumb, engineers and...

What's the rule of thumb, engineers and machinists? Ball bearings for high speed and low torque, plain bearings for low speed and high torque? By that ROT it makes a certain amount of sense to use...
03-09-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 741
Posted By Salamandrine

They still are a great way to tune a chainline,...

They still are a great way to tune a chainline, which is why I still love them and they are on two of my bikes. I'm perhaps a bit OCD about chainline.
A thread to a thread and a half - that sounds...
03-09-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 741
Posted By Salamandrine

This Phil BB posted on Velobase looks like a...

This Phil BB posted on Velobase looks like a match. It has a symmetrical spindle and red bearings. Was this a really early one? Anyone know? By the time I was working on them a lot they were...
03-09-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 741
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks like a Phil to me as well, BUT, the vintage...

Looks like a Phil to me as well, BUT, the vintage Phil bottom brackets had asymmetrical spindles and the both sides of the rings would have been flush with the edge of the BB shell. There would not...
03-09-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 463
Posted By Salamandrine

That's pretty cool. So both cups do come off. Now...

That's pretty cool. So both cups do come off. Now all you need to do is manage to scrounge two Shimano Italian threaded adjustable cups. Sounds difficult but not impossible. Did you verify the OD of...
03-09-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 741
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, that was a thing. I remember people doing...

Yeah, that was a thing. I remember people doing this.
03-08-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 536
Posted By Salamandrine

I believe that is either a '78 or an '80. If it...

I believe that is either a '78 or an '80. If it has a Vitus 172 sticker on the frame it's a '78. 1980 was 888 instead. Round headbadge and braze on top tube cable guides define that era.

A Suntour...
03-07-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 884
Posted By Salamandrine

Cool, thanks for the correction/verification....

Cool, thanks for the correction/verification. That makes sense. The steel bodies rumor must have been one of those old wives' tales, probably because of the color. I was never entirely sure if true...
03-07-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By Salamandrine

This method works fine if you are careful. BITD...

This method works fine if you are careful. BITD we knocked these off in the shop with a Campagnolo tool and hammer. The campy remover was just a honkin U shaped steel thing. I'm not sure what the...
03-07-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 884
Posted By Salamandrine

The Super Record levers were the same as Record...

The Super Record levers were the same as Record levers except that they were drilled out. They used a slightly thicker gauge of aluminum to make up the strength, so ironically they were very slightly...
03-07-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 884
Posted By Salamandrine

The mounting bands would sometimes break on the...

The mounting bands would sometimes break on the early DA levers. I can't remember exactly where, but saw it a few times. Maybe it had to do with racer types putting big miles down, for recreational...
03-05-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 352
Posted By Salamandrine

That's not a bad approach. You might want to take...

That's not a bad approach. You might want to take a look at this thread from last year.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1183443-1970-stingray-fastback-barn-find-rescue.html

I thought...
03-05-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 755
Posted By Salamandrine

Airless 'tubes' are one option. They are like a...

Airless 'tubes' are one option. They are like a big rubber donut. A bit of a pain to install, but unlike spray foam, it'd be reversible.

I guess if you can figure out how to spray foam into the...
03-05-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,185
Posted By Salamandrine

Chindogu would be CPSC style tiny little plastic...

Chindogu would be CPSC style tiny little plastic covers for those spikes, to make them safe. ;) :roflmao2:
03-05-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 884
Posted By Salamandrine

^^^ Good point about the hoods classtime. If you...

^^^ Good point about the hoods classtime. If you went with 7400 levers, the original non aero flavor is probably going to be easier to get decent fitting hoods for. Shimano and hood compatibility can...
03-05-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 884
Posted By Salamandrine

Just my opinion. Shimano 600 and DA levers prior...

Just my opinion. Shimano 600 and DA levers prior to 7400 were inferior to campy super record and record levers.

What is your reason for wanting to replace the levers? If you want a modern lever...
03-04-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,185
Posted By Salamandrine

Searching for chindogu indeed had me on the floor...

Searching for chindogu indeed had me on the floor in stitches. :lol: I think the baby/dustmop is perhaps my favorite.

Cmon now. We are ignoring perhaps the most obvious one of all. Hetchins and...
03-04-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 597
Posted By Salamandrine

If you need the ball of your foot ahead of the...

If you need the ball of your foot ahead of the pedal spindle, it is likely you will need to space out your toe clip away from the pedal cage with washers. See Slightspeed's pics for the example. The...
03-03-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 597
Posted By Salamandrine

While I'm not convinced that it's been proven the...

While I'm not convinced that it's been proven the cleats don't improve performance - that's another discussion, I think davester makes a very good point. If you've got knee issues and you know you'll...
03-03-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 229
Posted By Salamandrine

I don't think it really matters to be honest. If...

I don't think it really matters to be honest. If you want to splurge a couple extra bucks to get a piece of plastic that says Campagnolo on it, it's a pretty cheap thrill. Any nylon guide is going to...
03-03-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 790
Posted By Salamandrine

I think you mentioned that before. Perhaps it was...

I think you mentioned that before. Perhaps it was your bike that inspired this 'special' black no flags edition in 1978. Sounds like it. I bought my black Masi from a racer who needed money, around...
03-03-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 597
Posted By Salamandrine

Are you talking about traditional slotted cleats...

Are you talking about traditional slotted cleats for quill pedals? Yeah, they are zero float. Float wasn't really a thing. That's why they were aligned very carefully.

I don't see any big reason...
03-02-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 959
Posted By Salamandrine

It might be some tires are more prone to this...

It might be some tires are more prone to this than others. Try a different brand maybe?

A slight aside... You don't necessarily need hook edge rims to run 90 psi, though it is safer. Bikes were...
03-01-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,185
Posted By Salamandrine

I nominate the NuVinci continuously variable...

I nominate the NuVinci continuously variable transmission hub, because it's ridiculous and unnecessary, but also admirable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NuVinci_Continuously_Variable_Transmission...
03-01-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 815
Posted By Salamandrine

As others have said, Mercian frames are custom,...

As others have said, Mercian frames are custom, so they can really have any combination of features. Also specs change somewhat over time. Most are sold as bare frames I think, so components aren't...
03-01-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 790
Posted By Salamandrine

I guess we are digressing a bit into the subject...

I guess we are digressing a bit into the subject of Masi, but I appreciate your insights.

My 78 Masi indeed has a little bird on the steer tube. The fork is pretty obviously Columbus even without...
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