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05-16-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 352
Posted By John E

My 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 non-suspension...

My 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 non-suspension mountain bike has become my go-to steed for both transportation and exercise. I drop my panniers over the rear Blackburn Mtn rack for shopping trips....
05-09-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By John E

I am glad my elder son is raising his boys right :)

Henry, age 5, and Erik, who turns 3 in June, preparing for a bike ride with Dad, who now has my beloved old 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, which fits him much better than it fit me. Erik rides in a Burley...
05-09-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 796
Posted By John E

... as he damn well better be, assuming that is...

... as he damn well better be, assuming that is his size. I'll bet it rides beautifully. Nice job, and great find.
04-18-20, 05:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 808
Posted By John E

My go-to-beater is my 1970 UO-8 (see signature). ...

My go-to-beater is my 1970 UO-8 (see signature).
Fork: full chrome aftermarket with less rake than original
Saddle: Terry liberator
Brakes: original Mafac racer in front, Peugeot-labeled Weinmann...
04-15-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,260
Posted By John E

I am enjoying this thread. Those Olmo frames look...

I am enjoying this thread. Those Olmo frames look great, and similar components were stock on my littermate 1960 Capo Siegers, one of which is getting the original Gran Sport derailleurs, Agrati...
04-11-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 472
Posted By John E

I didn't realize bicycle frame lugs were subject...

I didn't realize bicycle frame lugs were subject to COVID-19 hoarding. I guess you could trade them for toilet paper or hand sanitizer.
04-10-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,239
Posted By John E

I have been using my mountain bike on road for...

I have been using my mountain bike on road for shopping and other errands and some solo recreation/exercise, but it looks like I won't be doing any offroading for awhile, with 5" of rain for the...
04-10-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,159
Posted By John E

You guys are making me yearn for one of the best...

You guys are making me yearn for one of the best all-rounder bikes I ever owned -- a 1980 PKN-10. I changed to a Sugino touring triple, which required a Sugino fixed cup, which I forced to conform to...
03-28-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 743
Posted By John E

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%,...

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%, and I am using the freed-up commuting time for cycling and fast walking to complement weight lifting at home.

One benefit of being empty nesters...
03-22-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 383
Posted By John E

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy...

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy Acres, a small southern California grocery chain, by bicycle. They have a public bike repair stand next to the bike racks in front of the store.
...
03-21-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 11,657
Posted By John E

Dang, that's nice-looking! :) You all have...

Dang, that's nice-looking! :)

You all have seen mine before.



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03-18-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,052
Posted By John E

Who said he was in his car? :)

Who said he was in his car? :)
02-28-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
Posted By John E

It is pretty easy to punch out the reflectors and...

It is pretty easy to punch out the reflectors and retrofit the 1/2" OEM pedals with toe clips -- been there, done that with the Varsity I briefly owned. The one change I would make is to replace the...
02-22-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,572
Posted By John E

One blessing of being devoid of natural athletic...

One blessing of being devoid of natural athletic ability is that I am able to bike, run, exercise for fitness and personal enjoyment, without worrying about delivering a distinguished performance.
02-21-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 875
Posted By John E

I temporarily ran my cheapo first Bianchi as a...

I temporarily ran my cheapo first Bianchi as a coaster 3-speed for awhile. It originally had 26" rims. I kept the front brake and right side downtube friction lever, which I used to shift the IGH....
02-10-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 796
Posted By John E

I think the IGH conversion, whether 3 or more...

I think the IGH conversion, whether 3 or more speeds, is a great idea. It would not compromise the look at all, and it would greatly enhance its practicality. If you live in a relatively flat area, a...
02-08-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 335
Posted By John E

I have the same setup on one of the Capo Siegers...

I have the same setup on one of the Capo Siegers (the one with almost all OEM parts). I applied penetrating oil and let it sit overnight before loosening the bolts, and it all came apart without much...
02-02-20, 06:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,131
Posted By John E

Like the dueling scar across my left cheekbone,...

Like the dueling scar across my left cheekbone, from my one and only collision with a motor vehicle.
01-29-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,426
Posted By John E

Two sons; elder one has two sons, aged 2-1/2 and...

Two sons; elder one has two sons, aged 2-1/2 and almost 5.
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01-27-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 727
Posted By John E

Wonderful, uplifting film.

Wonderful, uplifting film.
01-26-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,384
Posted By John E

Heck yeah! (See signature -- all 3 Capos, plus...

Heck yeah! (See signature -- all 3 Capos, plus the Peugeot.)
...
01-25-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,912
Posted By John E

Yes, but most are preventable and occur because...

Yes, but most are preventable and occur because someone is either careless or distracted.
01-23-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,825
Posted By John E

That's right in line with my own ratios, with...

That's right in line with my own ratios, with 38/23 or 42/26 for the bottom gear. I like the 50/14 top (also 46/13, which is amounts to the same thing).

Mountain bike gets a full 4:1 range from...
01-12-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,912
Posted By John E

Damn that sucks! Obviously, I offer his friends...

Damn that sucks! Obviously, I offer his friends and family my condolences. You have lost a friend; I have lost a "friend I never met." Did they catch the motorist? Do we know any more, e.g. situation...
01-10-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 282
Posted By John E

Cyclovia this Sunday in downtown Encinitas

I don't know how many of you have Cyclovia events where you live, but we are holding our first-ever one in downtown Encinitas (north coastal San Diego County) from 10 to 2 on Sunday. It's like a...
01-09-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By John E

That is indeed the correct crank for a cotterless...

That is indeed the correct crank for a cotterless upgrade to a Peugeot. I am happy with the Sugino I put on my UO-8, but your crank is prettier. I can't believe how well your UO-18 cleaned up -- my...
01-08-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 991
Posted By John E

I use small screws, as mentioned above, although...

I use small screws, as mentioned above, although I should try small pop rivets.
01-03-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,290
Posted By John E

That is a 4X pattern on a medium flange hub, and...

That is a 4X pattern on a medium flange hub, and those look like pretty heavy gauge spokes, so I can see why the builder didn't interlace the outermost cross. Try it out and see if you have enough...
01-02-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,798
Posted By John E

Yeah -- both my wife and I turn 70 this summer....

Yeah -- both my wife and I turn 70 this summer. She takes ballet lessons 3 or 4 times per week, and I have my walking, cycling, and workouts at the local YMCA. Life is good. I still work full time by...
12-25-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,648
Posted By John E

I know I am not as fast as I once was, but I...

I know I am not as fast as I once was, but I refuse to dwell on it. I just do what I can, enjoy the ride, and try to maintain my fitness and health as long as I can.
12-25-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,944
Posted By John E

My elder son says he just goes through the tool...

My elder son says he just goes through the tool section at Home Depot and picks out stuff he would want for himself as gifts for me and his brother. He got me something I didn't know existed -- a...
12-24-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By John E

Spot on. There is a limit to the leverage a given...

Spot on. There is a limit to the leverage a given caliper set can provide, constrained by everything from reach to brake lever travel. There is nothing wrong with your calipers.
1) Your cables are...
12-22-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 588
Posted By John E

Bringing this back to cycling, I hope I can get...

Bringing this back to cycling, I hope I can get in a ride before accepting my elder son's invitation to watch the grandsons open their presents. My wife has been taking ballet lessons for more than...
12-09-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 904
Posted By John E

In Europe they have cars with smaller tires than...

In Europe they have cars with smaller tires than yours. :)
12-08-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By John E

I'm not biased or anything, but red UO-8s are the...

I'm not biased or anything, but red UO-8s are the best. :)

I have always been impressed by how good the UO-8 frame is, given its lowly materials and budget price.
12-07-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,862
Posted By John E

That was my experience with the Bianchi, which a...

That was my experience with the Bianchi, which a neighbor gave to me when he gave up riding road bikes. He still gets a kick out of seeing me ride it, as did the owner of the shop where he originally...
12-07-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,277
Posted By John E

Why do people put kickstands on PX-10s? At least...

Why do people put kickstands on PX-10s? At least they do not appear to have flattened your chainstays.
12-04-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By John E

Would have been a happier ending if he were still...

Would have been a happier ending if he were still locked up.
12-01-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By John E

Can't open the image. Is the washer from the rear...

Can't open the image. Is the washer from the rear derailleur mount, perchance?
11-30-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 185
Posted By John E

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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Happy Thanksgiving from my clan to my many BF friends (for whom I am...
11-29-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By John E

I am sure my fellow BFers join me in rooting for...

I am sure my fellow BFers join me in rooting for him. This sort of cr@p could happen to any one of us any time.

We recently lost a local mountain bicycling enthusiast to a hit-and-run on the road...
11-27-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,395
Posted By John E

Some of you have read my story before. I was a...

Some of you have read my story before. I was a nerdy, pudgy, klutzy kid. I discovered bicycling, the only sport I have ever deeply loved, at age 12, and I got serious about it as a UCLA undergrad....
11-27-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,613
Posted By John E

I have a small number of favorite online forums: ...

I have a small number of favorite online forums:

BF C&V (for vintage bicycles), BF 50+ (for vintage cyclists :) ), PassatWorld B5 (1998-2005) generation (best VW Passats ever)

That last one has...
11-27-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,686
Posted By John E

Just like "lawyer lips" on fork ends, which take...

Just like "lawyer lips" on fork ends, which take the "quick" out of "quick release." I even have them on my little grandson's BoB stroller!
11-22-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,134
Posted By John E

I love this zombie thread. Since the mid-1970s my...

I love this zombie thread. Since the mid-1970s my wife has called me "bicycle repairman," after the Monty Python skit. If something in the house, car, or ... bicycle ... broke while I was at work, I...
11-21-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 964
Posted By John E

Mancave envy here. :) (I have the...

Mancave envy here. :)

(I have the code-minimum two-car garage I designed and https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/hanging3_afe7c9d1dea39d75836e4a6df20e4cf441d8aca5.jpg...
11-16-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 5,739
Posted By John E

Great acquisition. No rear wheel? I am guessing...

Great acquisition. No rear wheel? I am guessing someone wanted a big freewheel, hence the SunTour VGT rear derailleur, which was probably the best option out there if you needed 32 to 34 teeth in...
11-12-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 17,531
Posted By John E

Damn that sucks! Are there any particular...

Damn that sucks!

Are there any particular parts you need going forward? I'll bet several of us, myself included, could do a "go fund me" with bike parts.
11-02-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,142
Posted By John E

I was 21 years old and climbing Mt. Wilson (Los...

I was 21 years old and climbing Mt. Wilson (Los Angeles) with my 50-year-old friend, cycling partner, and part-time employer. We stopped about halfway up for a rest where a group of Boy Scouts was...
10-30-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,010
Posted By John E

I work mostly the arms, trunk, calves (for...

I work mostly the arms, trunk, calves (for Achilles' tendinosis), and medialis quad muscles (for kneecap tracking) 3-4 times per week at the local YMCA. This complements my cycling and fast walking....
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