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07-15-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 424
Posted By John E

My brother's wife has a number of...

My brother's wife has a number of hearing-impaired relatives, and the whole family is pretty good at ASL, which they really enjoy using in a crowded, noisy environments that challenge even those of...
07-15-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 199
Posted By John E

I love that setup, particularly the...

I love that setup, particularly the half-step-and-granny and the barcons. Perfect bike for gravel or dirt roads or just comfortable cruising on asphalt, and, of course, great-looking lugwork. :)
07-15-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 86
Posted By John E

This was a common problem back in the day. People...

This was a common problem back in the day. People would put French thread pedals into ISO-thread cranks, ride a bit, and promptly strip out the threads on the cranks.
07-13-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 248
Posted By John E

You may have my current condition, which is a...

You may have my current condition, which is a partial tear of one of the tendons in the rotator cuff set. I put my younger son through his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, and now it's payback...
07-13-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 860
Posted By John E

I have been putting a lot of miles on the...

I have been putting a lot of miles on the mountain bike, wearing out a thumb shifter and breaking a pedal in the process. I had no trouble finding replacement thumb shifters (old SunTour 6-speed...
07-11-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By John E

There are two near my house. ...

There are two near my house.
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07-11-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 592
Posted By John E

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann centerpulls...

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann centerpulls that cannot be fixed with KoolStop pads and modern cables and housings. Last year I replaced the rear brake cable and housing on my UO-8...
07-10-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 542
Posted By John E

Does anyone else with a U-brake in back have a...

Does anyone else with a U-brake in back have a U-brake or SunTour RollerCam (same above-rim pivot mounting) up front? Your Rockhopper has a regular cantilever (pivots below rim) up front, as do the...
07-10-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,012
Posted By John E

How about an old Nishiki? My 1971 American Eagle...

How about an old Nishiki? My 1971 American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition] had a 23" frame (C-T), which is taller than I normally ride, but it was so short in the top tube that I had to buy a...
07-09-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,188
Posted By John E

I have a stash of vintage parts, including...

I have a stash of vintage parts, including freewheels, as I suppose many of you do. What do you need in particular?
07-08-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By John E

The link doesn't work, but I found your homepage...

The link doesn't work, but I found your homepage at Princeton. You are the latest of several physics PhDs I have met through bicycling (either virtually or on the road). I was a (solid state) physics...
07-07-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By John E

They damn well better smile and wave back. :)...

They damn well better smile and wave back. :) That is one cool-looking recumbent tandem trike; it appears to be very well engineered.
07-07-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By John E

One of my son's neighbors organizes a...

One of my son's neighbors organizes a neighborhood Independence Day parade, but they wisely canceled this year. (The organizer's wife has MS, so that probably makes her especially vulnerable to...
07-07-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 452
Posted By John E

Please thank them for their service.

Please thank them for their service.
07-04-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 291
Posted By John E

Traditionally, Nishiki Semi-Pro / Competition on...

Traditionally, Nishiki Semi-Pro / Competition on up were double-butted Ishiwata CrMo, whereas the Kokusai / International was plain gauge CrMo, which is consistent with your seat post diameter.
...
07-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By John E

I have a VAR truing stand that I sometimes clamp...

I have a VAR truing stand that I sometimes clamp to my workbench, but I generally prefer to true wheels right on the bike, using the brake pads as guides. I do a lot of "braille" tuning, resting a...
07-03-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By John E

Update. After my ride this morning, the right...

Update. After my ride this morning, the right pedal bearings were loose, and the left were binding. This is normal if the locknuts are too loose, because RH threads are used on both pedals. I...
07-03-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By John E

Not really. I'm just a small-to-medium guy, 5'8"...

Not really. I'm just a small-to-medium guy, 5'8" tall, 145 lbs., but I have broken two pedals, three cranks, two frames, one front hub flange, three rear axles, and several spokes and cables over...
07-02-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By John E

Busted another pedal

For the second time in my life I have broken a pedal cage while riding. The first was one of my beloved SunTour platform pedals; today's victim was one of my cheapo WellGo mountain bike pedals. I...
07-02-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,915
Posted By John E

I have magnetic sunglass clip-ons that came with...

I have magnetic sunglass clip-ons that came with my UltraClip glasses. Unfortunately, these appear to have been discontinued, so I have been hoarding gently used frames from eBay.
07-02-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 441
Posted By John E

Tutta bella!

Tutta bella!
07-02-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 886
Posted By John E

Beautiful frame! It deserves Campag. Gran Sport...

Beautiful frame! It deserves Campag. Gran Sport derailleurs and shift levers. I like Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpull brakes, but there are lots of other good options. Either Agrati or comparable...
06-30-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 870
Posted By John E

I do not have any eBike plans personally, but I...

I do not have any eBike plans personally, but I really like the way they have brought more people into cycling.
06-30-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,904
Posted By John E

I was looking at the price sheet. In early 1971,...

I was looking at the price sheet. In early 1971, when I was considering the Super Course vs. the American Eagle (Nishiki) Semi-Pro (Competition), the SC cost $125 US. The bike boom hit, and then the...
06-30-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 941
Posted By John E

My introduction to the Specialissima came in the...

My introduction to the Specialissima came in the mid-to-late 1960s. I had received a bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa for Christmas 1962. After my brother rear-ended a parked truck with his and had...
06-28-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By John E

Readin', Ridin', and 'Rithmetic, right?

Readin', Ridin', and 'Rithmetic, right?
06-28-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By John E

The HPx handle is very similar to that of your...

The HPx handle is very similar to that of your old HP (just adds a dimple), so any clip that would have worked with your HP will be fine with an HPx. Just set the clip height so that you need to...
06-27-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,725
Posted By John E

Hello fellow Project KOM-10 owner. :) I am just...

Hello fellow Project KOM-10 owner. :) I am just about to head out on a ride on mine.

2019 4th of July parade in my elder son's neighborhood, with grandson Erik powered by mama Jin....
06-22-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 302
Posted By John E

Absent photos and more details, such as seat tube...

Absent photos and more details, such as seat tube inside diameter (or seatpost outer diameter), your guess makes a lot of sense to me. I am sure T-Mar, Bianchigirll, or one of our other resident...
06-22-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 221
Posted By John E

Yeah, I got the early 1980s made-in-Japan part,...

Yeah, I got the early 1980s made-in-Japan part, but, as always, you have all the details. :)
06-21-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 353
Posted By John E

We just had takeout lunch across the living room...

We just had takeout lunch across the living room with my younger son and his fiancee at their condo. Next on the agenda is to visit my elder son's family after our little grandsons (pictured in their...
06-20-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,326
Posted By John E

A lot of it depends on your gearing. Bottom gear...

A lot of it depends on your gearing. Bottom gear on most of my road bikes is around 43-45 gear-inches (45/28, 42/26, or 38/23)); on the mountain bike, the middle ring gets me down to 37 gear-inches...
06-17-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,465
Posted By John E

The Brits did the same thing, and the Japanese,...

The Brits did the same thing, and the Japanese, notably Nishiki, copied. I thought it was to reduce the rear brake leverage and accelerate the rear brake shoe closure to reduce the chances of a rear...
06-16-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 462
Posted By John E

Great bike, nice half-step-plus-granny...

Great bike, nice half-step-plus-granny transmission, but why do you need any cable guides brazed on? I like the look of the triple top tube clips I put on my 1959 Capo.
06-15-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 906
Posted By John E

For me, the best location for a BioPace ring is...

For me, the best location for a BioPace ring is in the giveaway box I sometimes put out at the end of the driveway. I bought the Schwinn with a 48-38-28 ringset, in which the middle was a Biopace,...
06-15-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,374
Posted By John E

Last year I bought a frameset I didn't need and...

Last year I bought a frameset I didn't need and probably couldn't justify, except that it was a near-littermate (see signature) of a bike I already had, which I thought was pretty cool, particularly...
06-15-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,439
Posted By John E

There is nothing like a high-quality non-indexed...

There is nothing like a high-quality non-indexed transmission -- I have SunTour on some bikes, Campag. on others.
06-15-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By John E

I agree with everything in your post (as usual),...

I agree with everything in your post (as usual), T-Mar, but having suffered with the Cyclo version of the Simplex pull-chain / bandspring rear derailleur, I would look for one of many superior...
06-15-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,424
Posted By John E

For me, Brooks Team Pro, by far. With working...

For me, Brooks Team Pro, by far. With working from home, I have been putting 50-100 miles/week on my Team Pro, and I am consistently delighted with it.
For you, ???
06-14-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,867
Posted By John E

As a lover of so-called "classical" music, I also...

As a lover of so-called "classical" music, I also greatly appreciate much of the folk and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s, back when popular music composers and performers had been trained in the...
06-14-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By John E

Ah -- the Holy Grail 41T 144mm BCD chainring!

Ah -- the Holy Grail 41T 144mm BCD chainring!
06-14-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 768
Posted By John E

As I have mentioned before, my UO-8 is a nicer...

As I have mentioned before, my UO-8 is a nicer ride than it has any right to be, given its original price point.
06-14-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,796
Posted By John E

Absolutely disgustingly wasteful society, but we...

Absolutely disgustingly wasteful society, but we already knew that. The late, great Dr. Hans Rosling once said that the difference between mere poverty and hopeless, grinding poverty was ownership of...
06-11-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By John E

I am impressed. I do hope you post something...

I am impressed. I do hope you post something about your frame build project if it comes to fruition. Quite the undertaking!

I have owned four Capo frames, all with about the same geometry. The...
06-10-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By John E

Thank you. The CyclArt paint job, a 2003 splurge...

Thank you. The CyclArt paint job, a 2003 splurge I have never regretted, was based on another 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, based in your state(!), that I saw on the Internet. (We had just celebrated...
06-09-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 802
Posted By John E

Maroon! (Depends on the bike. I have black...

Maroon!

(Depends on the bike. I have black Brooks Pros on the mountain bike and one of the Capo Siegers....
06-07-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2,353
Views: 740,974
Posted By John E

Neighborhood 4th of July parade last year in my...

Neighborhood 4th of July parade last year in my elder son's neighborhood. Henry E., then 4, with little brother Erik, mama Jin, and grandpa John on his red-white-and-blue (seemed appropriate) Schwinn...
06-07-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 302
Posted By John E

For the past several weeks I have been putting...

For the past several weeks I have been putting 50, sometimes up to 100, miles/week on my Brooks Team Pro. No saddle sores, no discomfort. My absolute favorite saddle ever.
06-07-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By John E

Now that is wall-climber gearing! :) What...

Now that is wall-climber gearing! :)

What is the low, 24/40?
06-07-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 462
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting this! I was a UCLA physics...

Thank you for posting this! I was a UCLA physics undergrad, Earth Action Council (UCLA bicycling advocacy group) member, and Bicycling magazine subscriber at the time, still riding my low-end 1962...
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