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08-18-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,372
Posted By Salamandrine

Those bikes were considered rocket like back when...

Those bikes were considered rocket like back when they first came out. Great bang of the buck. Performed like a race bike that cost 3x the price. I had a later first gen Cannondale that I rode...
08-16-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,884
Posted By Salamandrine

I was waiting for someone to bring these up. They...

I was waiting for someone to bring these up. They might be considered the last of the high flange hubs. Afterwards there were really none, until the vintage revival type we have today.

Perhaps...
08-15-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 587
Posted By Salamandrine

These were very nice bikes. Should be mentioned...

These were very nice bikes. Should be mentioned along with the other grail 80s tourers from the other thread.



Short bottles were all there were then, for the most part. I don't think anyone...
08-13-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,884
Posted By Salamandrine

No, not a single moment. Both high and low flange...

No, not a single moment. Both high and low flange were available throughout the 70s. Eddy preferred low flange, IIRC... Popularity of high flange slowly waned. By the early to mid 80s, mostly the...
08-12-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Salamandrine

FWIW I really dig my Carradice Zipped roll, which...

FWIW I really dig my Carradice Zipped roll, which despite the name is not a tool roll, but rather a small-medium saddlebag. I find it big enough (3.5l) for the usual stuff (spare tube, minipump,...
08-11-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By Salamandrine

The 50th anniversary gruppo had AFAIK the only...

The 50th anniversary gruppo had AFAIK the only gold plating ever done officially by campy.

Some people just like custom. Can't speak to the 70s, but I remember taking customers' parts to the local...
08-10-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,071
Posted By Salamandrine

Superficially Deltas were similar looking to Dura...

Superficially Deltas were similar looking to Dura Ace AX, but mechanically very different. The delta brakes had a parallelogram mechanism inside, rather than a wedge and rollers. Modolo Kronos IIRC...
08-10-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,071
Posted By Salamandrine

Not for me. I guess I'm one of the few that...

Not for me. I guess I'm one of the few that always thought they were ugly, from a purely design standpoint. They seem to work OK if set up correctly. I never tried them on a real ride, only test...
08-09-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,088
Posted By Salamandrine

On second thought, this is a better way to fix...

On second thought, this is a better way to fix it. Few people know how to braze anymore, but TIG skill is pretty common. Plus there's no worry about the dropouts matching, and less touch up to do.
08-08-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,088
Posted By Salamandrine

It's a relatively easy repair to braze in a new...

It's a relatively easy repair to braze in a new dropout, therefore probably pretty cheap repair, as long as a repaint isn't factored in.

It happened occasionally. Freewheel hub axles can flex a...
08-07-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 940
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, all that. ^^^^^ Also, the BB may have...

Yeah, all that. ^^^^^

Also, the BB may have been faced down excessively at some point. I've seen this issue before. The BB shell should be measured, or else you're just flying blind.

Those...
08-07-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,875
Posted By Salamandrine

There were two correct ways to wrap bars when...

There were two correct ways to wrap bars when cotton was king, depending on whether or not the bike had brake hoods. Later on, there was a third correct way to wrap that we learned for Bike Ribbon -...
08-05-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 944
Posted By Salamandrine

To define better an ideal has to be in mind...

To define better an ideal has to be in mind first. Apples and oranges. Both have strengths and weaknesses. In ye olden days we would have said: side pull for racing, center pull for touring.
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08-05-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,196
Posted By Salamandrine

Too sum up, ISO 597 was once the 2nd most obscure...

Too sum up, ISO 597 was once the 2nd most obscure of the five different 26 inch tire sizes. Now it is the most obscure. Just buy the Kendas. There's no other choice.

The first shop I worked used...
08-05-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,762
Posted By Salamandrine

Just received this. Not a bike yet, but it will...

Just received this. Not a bike yet, but it will be soon.https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1296x918/20190731_145441_fc78c3784be9d29b3a462f58c974e04f8881df38.jpg
07-29-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,679
Posted By Salamandrine

Good point. You're right, I hadn't considered...

Good point. You're right, I hadn't considered that. Could be 'dural'.
07-29-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,679
Posted By Salamandrine

Clearly I wasn't clear. It is not practical in...

Clearly I wasn't clear. It is not practical in any way to repair that derailleur. I agree, just replace it. I was just saying that if cost is no object, it's technically possible.

The JB weld was...
07-27-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 875
Posted By Salamandrine

Never push the pin all the way out. The way to do...

Never push the pin all the way out. The way to do it is to push it only part way out, just far enough to be able to wiggle the link open.

It is extremely unlikely that you will ever find a...
07-26-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 757
Posted By Salamandrine

It won't hurt. This was done sometimes. Obviously...

It won't hurt. This was done sometimes. Obviously (or not) the WD40 will dissolve out the grease from your BB and headset, at least if you have the old school non-sealed type. So either remove you BB...
07-21-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,538
Posted By Salamandrine

Well that's a real beauty! Congratulations on...

Well that's a real beauty! Congratulations on your new bike. Nice to see the pictures of the plum sparkling in the sun. Take good care of it. :thumb:
07-18-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,396
Posted By Salamandrine

The chromed steel cages held up to the metal...

The chromed steel cages held up to the metal slotted shoe cleats people used to use. Those cleats will burn through an aluminum cage pretty fast. Even plastic cleats would wear out an aluminum pedal...
07-17-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,396
Posted By Salamandrine

SR hubs for all practical purposes don't really...

SR hubs for all practical purposes don't really exist. They made them for like 5 minutes, and it's still argued as to whether any were actually ever sold. I was a mechanic for 12 years and never saw...
07-14-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By Salamandrine

Like many things in cycling tech, the change took...

Like many things in cycling tech, the change took place over several years. For the most part, the switch from 126 to 130 happened in the 90s. IIRC Dura Ace was first with the 8 spd 7402 stuff in...
07-11-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By Salamandrine

To me, the slippery nature of a Brooks is plus. I...

To me, the slippery nature of a Brooks is plus. I constantly shift around slightly. IME it's kind of bad to be glued to one spot, and I absolutely hate grippy saddles. Suede Turbos only worked BITD...
07-04-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,519
Posted By Salamandrine

I suppose it is blasphemous, but in a good way....

I suppose it is blasphemous, but in a good way. So yeah, go for it.

That bike was made during the darkest days of Brooks. Virtually nobody rode leather saddles during that era. I can't imagine...
07-03-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,585
Posted By Salamandrine

Sho 'nuff. I'd say that's pretty good evidence......

Sho 'nuff. I'd say that's pretty good evidence... ;) :thumb:


Also, I just looked it up and found that Grab On grips are still in business and are still made!! If you want to do a real period...
07-02-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,585
Posted By Salamandrine

That cleaned up well! Congratulations! It's a...

That cleaned up well! Congratulations! It's a beauty. Windsor is one of my favorite marques from the late bike boom era.

I suppose this would have been a competitor to the Motobecane Grand Record,...
06-21-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,525
Posted By Salamandrine

I'm not against new technology and I understand...

I'm not against new technology and I understand how pedal assist works. What I am against is defining an e-bike as a bicycle. When you add a motor, it fundamentally changes the concept. It doesn't...
06-20-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 9,525
Posted By Salamandrine

:lol: Why does no one understand that e-bikes...

:lol: Why does no one understand that e-bikes aren't bikes they are mopeds.

Another way to answer it:

Coworker: "I've heard you know a thing or two about bicycles"
Me: "Well, I guess I do"...
06-20-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 667
Posted By Salamandrine

I think they were all very good by the late 70s...

I think they were all very good by the late 70s and into the 80s. The LBS where I worked had Univega (Miyata built), Bridgestone and Fuji. They all seemed about the same: nicely made with good...
06-17-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By Salamandrine

"the Sun Tour VGT derailleur works smoothly, but...

"the Sun Tour VGT derailleur works smoothly, but the range of gears seems a little low. The two lowest gears are too low even for me"

Now that's not the sort of complaint you hear very often any...
06-12-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By Salamandrine

Superbe were campy compatible. Here's one option....

Superbe were campy compatible. Here's one option.

https://velo-orange.com/collections/brake-parts/products/rustines-italian-lever-brake-hood-cover
06-11-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,625
Posted By Salamandrine

Excellent. Very nice tasteful period correct...

Excellent. Very nice tasteful period correct upgrades, but still very practical for a rider. I like and road the all Delrin for over a decade, but at this point in time, it's perhaps a bit too...
06-09-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By Salamandrine

Consider Dia Compe 988. They are sort of a 90s...

Consider Dia Compe 988. They are sort of a 90s brake, but they are still made and sold. Should work with your narrow posts. They also have significant up and down adjustment if converting between 700...
06-05-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,924
Posted By Salamandrine

IMO you are pretty good to go. Make sure...

IMO you are pretty good to go. Make sure everything that's repackable has been repacked, an everything is properly set up, lubed and adjusted.

If you were to upgrade something, I agree the...
06-05-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,576
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice one. ^^^ I agree it's a good idea to...

Nice one. ^^^

I agree it's a good idea to put "groupset groupthink" aside.

If we are purely doing a beauty contest, I like the Frenchie pseudo groupsets the best. Jubilee/TA/MAFAC was...
06-04-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,068
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes it is. Safety levers! Actually it could be a...

Yes it is. Safety levers! Actually it could be a Schwinn or something from that era as well. Kind of hilarious. The illustration was probably done by a young person with talent and skills but little...
05-24-19, 04:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,418
Posted By Salamandrine

Hmm, I've always found that MAFAC CP brakes had...

Hmm, I've always found that MAFAC CP brakes had much more flexible caliper arms. I've tested this on the brakes I own. Pretty obvious difference.

I really like both the Weinmann and MAFAC design....
05-24-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 1,348
Views: 329,512
Posted By Salamandrine

Wow, that is nuts cool. Somehow I missed it until...

Wow, that is nuts cool. Somehow I missed it until now. This bike deserves its own thread for sure once you get the finished frame. A custom high performance mixte frame is just not something you see...
05-19-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 515
Posted By Salamandrine

It's one of those Australian teruH hangers. They...

It's one of those Australian teruH hangers. They work well in the southern hemisphere.

Actually I have no idea what happened there, but that's kind of scary. I'm sure you could file it to the 7...
05-17-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,124
Posted By Salamandrine

It has all the hallmarks of 1970s American...

It has all the hallmarks of 1970s American framebuilders: fastback seatstays, thinned lugs, extremely precise workmanship, (probably) imron paint, a few hippie-like artistic flourishes.

It's hard...
05-13-19, 10:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,033
Posted By Salamandrine

That is a nice one for sure. Looking forward to...

That is a nice one for sure. Looking forward to seeing this bike completed. Mexico style cranks yet... Very nice. I've always had a fondness for Windsors. When I first got into cycling, and was...
05-13-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,472
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks for posting this. That's a new brand to...

Thanks for posting this. That's a new brand to me. I like the look of those touring soles too. I'm putting these on my acquire list... The soles are similar to the old Avocet shoes. I also appreciate...
04-26-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,650
Posted By Salamandrine

True that. That R not NR. May not be fair to...

True that. That R not NR. May not be fair to ignore the difference.

I rode a 70s bike with smooth jockey wheel Huret Jubilee derailleurs for a while. It shifted OK - about like campy but maybe a...
10-15-18, 11:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,435
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks for the update. Nice to see this lovely...

Thanks for the update. Nice to see this lovely bike on the road. I admire that you restored it properly, complete with the correct stoved enamel finish. Mercian did a great job. Though it could be...
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