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04-12-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,806
Posted By John E

Here is my setup. ...

Here is my setup.
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CycleAware mirror on my Giro XEN helmet.
04-12-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 15,595
Posted By John E

Confirmed -- my son's (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10...

Confirmed -- my son's (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10 has serial number starting with B0 (zero, not oh).
04-12-21, 05:27 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,292
Posted By John E

Holy freewheels, Batman! I have ordered the 1988...

Holy freewheels, Batman! I have ordered the 1988 Schwinn ATB catalogue, and I can scan and post that after I receive it. (This one is of special interest to me because of my Project KOM-10.) Outlier...
04-12-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 806
Posted By John E

I wouldn't ride a track bike on the street...

I wouldn't ride a track bike on the street without at least a front brake, but that's just me.

It looks absolutely beautiful!
04-11-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By John E

The traditional method is simply to form a...

The traditional method is simply to form a U-shaped cable loop without crossing over the handlebar stem. That's what I always did. My first Bianchi came with Universal sidepulls and left rear / right...
04-11-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 151
Posted By John E

I guess someone figured that shifting the chain...

I guess someone figured that shifting the chain into the spokes caused irreparable damage. Their loss = your gain.
04-11-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 709
Posted By John E

While riding, I have broken two cranks, three...

While riding, I have broken two cranks, three rear axles, a pedal cage, three frames, a front hub flange, and a few spokes and cables, but never a brake lever, and fortunately never a chain. Over the...
04-07-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 384
Posted By John E

No direct experience or stories to tell, but I...

No direct experience or stories to tell, but I knew the name well when I worked at Bikecology, a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership, in the early 1970s. At least he had a good long run.
04-06-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 884
Posted By John E

My 1970 UO-8, or as we called them at the shop,...

My 1970 UO-8, or as we called them at the shop, "You Owe Nothing." I bought it as a bare frame and custom-built it for my wife when I worked at Bikecology, subsequently repurposed it as my...
04-06-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 825
Posted By John E

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My UO-8 with barcon cables routed between the rack and the cylindrical Bellwether...
04-06-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 825
Posted By John E

We briefly sold Mizutani Seraph Sprees at...

We briefly sold Mizutani Seraph Sprees at Bikecology during the early 1970s dock strike, when Nishikis and Peugeots were in short supply.
04-03-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,175
Posted By John E

I hope they don't banish this one, for two...

I hope they don't banish this one, for two reasons.
1) It is a very timely thread. (Sorry, couldn't resist ...)
2) Most of the posts involve vintage timepieces.

Pix of the V&C pocket watch from...
04-02-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,175
Posted By John E

I have two family heirloom watches: 1) The...

I have two family heirloom watches:

1) The gold Vacheron & Constantin pocket watch presented to my great-grandfather on July 4, 1922 by the Clinchfield Coal Company, following the first aid...
04-02-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,643
Posted By John E

Thank you for starting the thread, James, and...

Thank you for starting the thread, James, and thank you everyone for uniting as a community. As I mentioned earlier to you, we spent our most recent family reunion in August 2019 in your 'hood, and...
04-01-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,508
Posted By John E

... or any other day, for that matter. :)

... or any other day, for that matter. :)
03-29-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 474
Posted By John E

Nishiki used SunTour barcons and derailleurs...

Nishiki used SunTour barcons and derailleurs extensively through most of the 1970s. The chrome rear tips and the integral derailleur hanger are positive hints.

EDIT: Clearer photo shows no...
03-27-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,476
Posted By John E

I remember Stunt Road and Mulholland Drive very...

I remember Stunt Road and Mulholland Drive very well. I bought my 1971 Nishiki Competition at Rancho Park Cycles on a Friday night and broke it in the next day by making a loop up through Griffith...
03-27-21, 07:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,476
Posted By John E

I concur with the comments about choosing routes...

I concur with the comments about choosing routes based on traffic safety and road design, including speed limits, bike lanes, and intersection hazards, such as right side merges and free right turns...
03-27-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,338
Posted By John E

It sounds a lot like my Bianchi, which is an...

It sounds a lot like my Bianchi, which is an endorsement from me. :)
03-26-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By John E

Normal low rear -- goes with the Spirt normal...

Normal low rear -- goes with the Spirt normal high front. :)
03-26-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 203
Posted By John E

What brand of freewheel? How many teeth? I can...

What brand of freewheel? How many teeth? I can check my stash.
03-24-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,182
Posted By John E

I am glad a few people mentioned distracted or...

I am glad a few people mentioned distracted or inattentive motorists, because they the single greatest threat we face. The problem is not just cell phones, but also touch screen controls and...
03-24-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 777
Posted By John E

I have been gravitating toward somewhat wider...

I have been gravitating toward somewhat wider tires -- no more 700Cx23 or 27" x 7/8" for me. Heavier tires ****** your acceleration slightly, but a wider tire at a slightly reduced pressure can have...
03-24-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 701
Posted By John E

I remember the 2-speed kickbacks, and my first...

I remember the 2-speed kickbacks, and my first bike was had a Bendix two-speed coaster hub with a shifter that looked like a brake lever. I moved on to 10-speed derailleur gearing and never looked...
03-24-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 346
Posted By John E

Nice work. I'll take an IGH over single speed any...

Nice work. I'll take an IGH over single speed any day.
03-23-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By John E

Pletscher "mousetrap" is still my all-time...

Pletscher "mousetrap" is still my all-time favorite rack.
03-23-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 547
Posted By John E

That's what I use on my mountain bike, which has...

That's what I use on my mountain bike, which has no eyelets of any kind, since it was a dedicated racing model. The chain rest on the drive side prevents slippage, and the rubber coating prevents...
03-23-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By John E

Cool setup. I actually have one of the old...

Cool setup. I actually have one of the old SunTour freewheel vises, plus a pair of chain whips, to satisfy my gear-phreaking passion.
03-23-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By John E

I have always loved either half-step or 1.5-step...

I have always loved either half-step or 1.5-step gearing. On my mountain bike I have 1.5-step-plus-granny, which serves me well. In that case, the 1-tooth drop between the two smallest freehub cogs...
03-21-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By John E

It should. My son recently put 700Cx32 tires on...

It should. My son recently put 700Cx32 tires on his (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10.

As I get older, I increasingly appreciate wider tires and lower gears.
03-21-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By John E

It should. My son recently put 700Cx32 tires on...

It should. My son recently put 700Cx32 tires on his (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10.

As I get older, I increasingly appreciate wider tires and lower gears.
03-21-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 343
Posted By John E

Did you verify the tire width with a caliper? My...

Did you verify the tire width with a caliper? My Bianchi works fine with Continental 700Cx28 tires, which run 2-3mm small, but not with Specialized with the same callout/label dimension, which run...
03-21-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 385
Posted By John E

"Solution" to a non-existent problem.

"Solution" to a non-existent problem.
03-21-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By John E

Understood. I rode the 1972 Los Angeles Wheelmen...

Understood. I rode the 1972 Los Angeles Wheelmen Double Century on 54-44/14-24 1.5-step gearing, then used a 50-47/14-16-18-20-23 half-step for flats and swapped in a 42 for 1.5-step gearing for...
03-21-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 661
Posted By John E

I like the alloy chainrings on one of the bikes...

I like the alloy chainrings on one of the bikes -- where did you find that spider without an integral steel chainring?

When I originally built my wife's UO-8 from a bare frame in 1974, I used...
03-21-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 630
Posted By John E

For what it's worth for comparison, here are pix...

For what it's worth for comparison, here are pix of my 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse. Mine has vertically oriented rivet holes for a head badge, which is missing, but I did obtain a couple of head badge...
03-19-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,055
Posted By John E

Welcome to the New Old Guy from and Old Old Guy....

Welcome to the New Old Guy from and Old Old Guy. :)

Because of significant physical coordination challenges, I was not able to balance a bicycle until the summer I turned 12, but once I got...
03-19-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,055
Posted By John E

I can't ride a trike. I tried a friend's pedicab...

I can't ride a trike. I tried a friend's pedicab once, and he warned me that folks with a heavily ingrained lean-to-steer habit will have trouble making it turn. Yes, I understand that you "just turn...
03-19-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By John E

Given my Celtic genetics, I have to be very...

Given my Celtic genetics, I have to be very careful regarding sun exposure. Best wishes to you.
03-14-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 351
Posted By John E

I somehow get the idea that you are a lot taller...

I somehow get the idea that you are a lot taller than I am. :)

Beautiful machine! I wonder what CR's peak annual and total production volumes were.
03-10-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 637
Posted By John E

Our rainy season has arrived late, so I am still...

Our rainy season has arrived late, so I am still riding my mountain bike, but you have inspired me to prep. a couple of the road bikes for spring and summer. As I get older I tend to prefer wider...
03-10-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,481
Posted By John E

Hey -- I resemble that remark! ...

Hey -- I resemble that remark!
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03-10-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By John E

I currently run official Nervar 128mm BCD 46-38...

I currently run official Nervar 128mm BCD 46-38 rings on my Capo Modell Campagnolo's Nervar Star crankset as part of a very nice 1.5-step 46-38/13-15-17-19-22-25 setup. In the past when I needed a...
03-10-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 991
Posted By John E

Most early derailleurs, front and rear, had...

Most early derailleurs, front and rear, had trouble dealing with wide gear ranges. Half-step gearing, such as 49-46/14-16-18-20-23 or 52-47/13-16-19-23-28, was an elegant and efficient way to provide...
03-10-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,024
Posted By John E

No movie, but: Austrian cyclist Adolf...

No movie, but:

Austrian cyclist Adolf Christian rode a Capo Sieger to a third place overall finish in the 1958 Tour de France.

The 1988-1989 Schwinn Project KOM-10 mountain bike was part of...
03-10-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By John E

I would suggest KoolStop brake pads for safety....

I would suggest KoolStop brake pads for safety. Great-looking frame in very nice condition.
03-10-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 991
Posted By John E

I had a similar Cyclo or Benelux bandspring /...

I had a similar Cyclo or Benelux bandspring / pull chain rear derailleur on my Armstrong 3-speed which had been converted to a 12-speed with a 14-16-18-20 cog block. I finally gave up on it and...
03-04-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By John E

If you are reasonably mechanically inclined, a...

If you are reasonably mechanically inclined, a used bicycle is the way to go, just a well-maintained late model used car generally is. Your own level of physical fitness/training and how...
03-03-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,720
Posted By John E

We definitely have a winner here! Have we a...

We definitely have a winner here! Have we a thread somewhere on direct-link / rod / suicide front derailleurs?
03-02-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 978
Posted By John E

My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28...

My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28 Continental tires, which run 2-3mm on the small side. I was not able to put 700Cx28 Specialized Armadillos on it, because they run a bit large.
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