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07-23-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 131
Posted By bikemig

I'm a big fan of 70s era racing bikes. The prices...

I'm a big fan of 70s era racing bikes. The prices tend to be good for a full Reynolds 531 frame or a full chrome moly frame. They came with long reach brakes and most can handle 32c tires. You will...
Forum: Touring
07-23-19, 04:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 389
Posted By bikemig

The Netherlands is pretty cool for a bike...

The Netherlands is pretty cool for a bike vacation. I like the area around the Veluwe which is a large forest in the middle of the country. The bike paths are excellent. If you want to explore an...
07-22-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 378
Posted By bikemig

I like shimano freewheels and that's...

I like shimano freewheels and that's disappointing about IRD inventory. The problem with Shimano freewheels is that the mega freewheel, 14-34, has a huge jump from 24 to 34. That may work for the OP...
07-22-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 378
Posted By bikemig

+ 1. This is the easiest and most cost effective...

+ 1. This is the easiest and most cost effective solution. You need a wide ranging freewheel, a long cage rear derailleur and a new chain.

We could use some more pictures of the drive side to see...
07-22-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 471
Posted By bikemig

I agree with pretty much everything you said that...

I agree with pretty much everything you said that bikes are functional and useful works of art but I'll disagree that vintage Merciers are not desirable to serious bike enthusiasts. Plenty of people...
07-22-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 471
Posted By bikemig

This picture is almost perfect. It needs an adult...

This picture is almost perfect. It needs an adult beverage--say a beer--to complete the picture!
07-22-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By bikemig

You never really know for sure until you try it...

You never really know for sure until you try it but the answer is that this should work. It's within the specs. 24 teeth of chain wrap isn't much for the RD to deal with and the specs say it can...
07-22-19, 06:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 471
Posted By bikemig

This bike is beautiful and well worth fixing up....

This bike is beautiful and well worth fixing up. A leather saddle would be right on this bike and you can likely find a decent one if you hunt around on craigslist (Brooks are widely available and...
07-22-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 471
Posted By bikemig

That bike has character and a back story, :)

That bike has character and a back story, :)
07-21-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By bikemig

The Frejus is a cool bike. Yeah my 1960 Olmo Gran...

The Frejus is a cool bike. Yeah my 1960 Olmo Gran Sport has a 3 tooth difference (49/46 rings).
07-21-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By bikemig

A normandy hub is an atom hub. Those are original...

A normandy hub is an atom hub. Those are original equipment.

Grease does not get better with age. It's a pain but the bike really needs a complete tear down before doing any extensive riding. It's...
07-21-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By bikemig

Nope that's not how that headset is supposed to...

Nope that's not how that headset is supposed to work. I've dealt with plenty of stronglight headsets including the B 10. You need to get some headset wrenches and get the adjustment right or you'll...
07-21-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 17,741
Posted By bikemig

Thanks! I've been having fun with the build,...

Thanks! I've been having fun with the build, https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1178266-fuji-finest-early-70s-build-thread.html

My garage turned into a sauna with the heat wave but things...
07-21-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 17,741
Posted By bikemig

And I've been riding my 1985 Cannondale ST 400 a...

And I've been riding my 1985 Cannondale ST 400 a lot:

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1288x966/st400_871f0930874f29b53d4149097adb24d894503dad.jpg
07-21-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 17,741
Posted By bikemig

I'm building up an early 70s Fuji Finest. I just...

I'm building up an early 70s Fuji Finest. I just finished up cleaning and waxing the frame before building the bike.
...
07-21-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 792
Posted By bikemig

If that Fuji Finest in Allston is still...

If that Fuji Finest in Allston is still available, I'd run not walk to buy it at $205.

https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/d/allston-vintage-fuji-the-finest-58cm/6936013224.html

It's been...
07-21-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 726
Posted By bikemig

Sure it will handle 7 on the back. The tougher...

Sure it will handle 7 on the back. The tougher question is the biggest cog it can handle and chain wrap.

SunTour Vx S derailleur (2500)...
07-21-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,073
Posted By bikemig

There are so many things I could say about that...

There are so many things I could say about that clock but I won't . . . .

I'm just glad you and the other guys survived the ride.
07-21-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,073
Posted By bikemig

I'm impressed. I don't think I'd do a ride that...

I'm impressed. I don't think I'd do a ride that long when it gets that hot.
07-21-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By bikemig

I didn't say it couldn't be done, I just said I...

I didn't say it couldn't be done, I just said I haven't done it and I suggested using some cable housing running underneath the BB to deal with the issue you point out.

It it saves the OP some...
07-21-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 470
Posted By bikemig

Wow, I couldn't find it either. That would be a...

Wow, I couldn't find it either. That would be a real loss. It was a terrific resource.
07-21-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 837
Posted By bikemig

Cool bike; it's good to have a buddy in France!

Cool bike; it's good to have a buddy in France!
07-21-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By bikemig

This bike is beautiful. Nice job tracking it...

This bike is beautiful. Nice job tracking it down. Now you need to tear it down and overhaul it and replace all the consumables.

The rear wheel is a helicomatic. You'll need to snag the right tool...
07-21-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By bikemig

Have you overhauled the bottom bracket, headset,...

Have you overhauled the bottom bracket, headset, and hubs? An overhaul along with replacing the consumables like chain, cables, housing, tires makes a huge difference. You end up with a new old bike....
07-21-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 555
Posted By bikemig

Yeah there are a few but I wish we had a master...

Yeah there are a few but I wish we had a master thread or even a sticky on this. There are ways this can go wrong.

This is one of the better how to threads I've read:
...
07-21-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By bikemig

I don't know if you've looked at some of the...

I don't know if you've looked at some of the threads on this model but it's definitely a cut above an entry level French bike (and the entry level French bikes make very good riders).
...
07-21-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By bikemig

I haven't done it that way but don't you need to...

I haven't done it that way but don't you need to run cable housing underneath the BB? That would certainly save the OP some money.
Forum: Introductions
07-20-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 488
Posted By bikemig

Are you doing the Hilly Hundred? It's on my list...

Are you doing the Hilly Hundred? It's on my list of rides to do.
07-20-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,623
Posted By bikemig

Half step gearing is complicated but it lets you...

Half step gearing is complicated but it lets you eke you more useful gears when running 5 or even 6 on the back than if running crossover. Sheldon Brown has a good explanation:

"In the days of 4-...
07-20-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,623
Posted By bikemig

That's a cool bike. Oddly enough I just picked up...

That's a cool bike. Oddly enough I just picked up an '83 Trek 620 today.
07-20-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 767
Posted By bikemig

Great looking bike. Lotus bikes always looked...

Great looking bike. Lotus bikes always looked good. This bike is really nice with a lot of college vintage gear you do not see every day.
07-20-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,913
Posted By bikemig

I started this thread almost 3 years ago and...

I started this thread almost 3 years ago and those wheels with the cartridge bearing suntour superbe pro hubs are still going strong but they haven't seen a lot of service. The hubs have the original...
Forum: Introductions
07-19-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 256
Posted By bikemig

You should spend some time in the C&V forum if...

You should spend some time in the C&V forum if you want some advice on restoring an old Peugeot. I have a Belgian bike, a Libertas, I need to restore soon. This is how the bike came to me; it's a...
07-19-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 661
Posted By bikemig

Frame and headset

It has been hotter than heck and my garage has become more of a sauna than a workshop. So I did some outside work on my bike. I overhauled the headset. I was a bit surprised to see ball bearing...
07-19-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,432
Posted By bikemig

Not my bike but a vintage Cannondale mountain...

Not my bike but a vintage Cannondale mountain bike sold for $75 and is now listed at $225. I see stuff like that all the time. There are pickers on CL who try to sell stuff at stupid prices.
07-18-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 573
Posted By bikemig

I like the Schwalbe marathon supreme touring...

I like the Schwalbe marathon supreme touring tires. I'm running them on my Bridgestone MB 1
...
07-18-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,383
Posted By bikemig

+ 1.

+ 1.
07-18-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 245
Posted By bikemig

$500 is an OK price for a pristine le champion. I...

$500 is an OK price for a pristine le champion. I saw a beautiful le champion languish on my local CL for over a year before someone bought it at $500. I don't think I'd pay that much for this bike...
07-18-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 245
Posted By bikemig

I dunno how plausible that is but you can inspect...

I dunno how plausible that is but you can inspect the frame for damage. If the team got rid of the bikes to the riders, I have no idea why they'd swap out the fork.

Still if this is an english...
07-18-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,835
Posted By bikemig

This bike is hot. I'm jealous that you have a...

This bike is hot. I'm jealous that you have a bike with original universal hoods that haven't fallen off (yet), :)
07-18-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By bikemig

Yeah I was wondering about that actually. I run...

Yeah I was wondering about that actually. I run A9s on a few bikes and I have the B 10 on one (a 1984 Trek 610).
07-18-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 529
Posted By bikemig

Jandd products are excellent. If you really,...

Jandd products are excellent. If you really, really want something retro check out Carradice bags. They're expensive. Banjo brothers also has retro looking bags you might like.
07-18-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By bikemig

I'm glad you beat me to it, :). This along with...

I'm glad you beat me to it, :). This along with the stronglight A9 is a really fine headset.
07-18-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 860
Posted By bikemig

Vintage cross bikes are not that common. Bianchi...

Vintage cross bikes are not that common. Bianchi made a few models and you can find those. You could use a touring bike as a "cross" or "gravel" bike. You could take a vintage MTB and that will...
07-17-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By bikemig

If it were my size, I would be sorely tempted....

If it were my size, I would be sorely tempted. And Crescent had cool ads as well, :)

I don't think crandress has enough bikes and this looks to be his size.
07-17-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 855
Posted By bikemig

+ 1. The '85 770 was pink with white decals. The...

+ 1. The '85 770 was pink with white decals. The serial number will tell the tale but you can see (barely) the series number on the top tube. This bike is hot.

Reynolds 531 tubing and investment...
07-17-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 661
Posted By bikemig

Yeah this bike can take seriously fat tires. The...

Yeah this bike can take seriously fat tires. The first pic with the mock up wheels are 27 x 1 and 1/4. The bike came stock with tubulars and I'm going to run it with 700c clinchers. For sure it can...
07-17-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 661
Posted By bikemig

Gear ratios

I have a pristine Suntour new winner 7 speed freewheel: 13-15-17-19-21-24-28. With the 48/38/28 rings I'm running on the SR Apex crank, I'll end up with 5 usable and useful gears on each chainring....
Replies: 21
Views: 806
Posted By bikemig

Yeah the only thing wrong with this bike is that...

Yeah the only thing wrong with this bike is that it's not my size!
07-17-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By bikemig

This looks like the 144 bcd version. There is...

This looks like the 144 bcd version. There is also a 110 bcd version. I'd buy it if were the 110 but this looks to be the 144 bcd. Nice crank and BB.
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