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10-15-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,094
Posted By scarlson

HA! Cool that you spotted that! I've been riding...

HA! Cool that you spotted that! I've been riding on that seat post for more than half my life, including six months of loaded touring overseas, give or take. The drilling was done back in the late...
10-15-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,094
Posted By scarlson

Somebody on instagram took this quite flattering...

Somebody on instagram took this quite flattering picture of me on the FFD ride. :)
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10-15-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,094
Posted By scarlson

I believe that's Peter Weigle's car. It's a Volvo...

I believe that's Peter Weigle's car. It's a Volvo Amazon in the style of a team car, although the roof rack is more modern than the rest of the car. He loves his Volvos, for sure, his normal car is a...
Replies: 0
Views: 75
Posted By scarlson

Jo Routens (?) racks

At French Fender Day, I bought a front and a rear rack. They are lightweight, tubular steel, with decent quality chroming. I kept thinking "Jean Paul Routens" as I looked them over, and usually...
10-14-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,094
Posted By scarlson

My friend Kevin's Nishiki that he brought to FFD...

My friend Kevin's Nishiki that he brought to FFD is also a Cresta GT! Fits a 700x38 (true to size) Barlow Pass up front and 700x44 (also true to size) Snoqualmie Pass in the rear, with VO Zeppelin...
10-14-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 443
Posted By scarlson

Here's mine! Broke while tandeming after probably...

Here's mine! Broke while tandeming after probably a 60 year run.https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/img_20191014_111412063_8b48082632c91f31252ab3efe29612b0613dfde0.jpg
10-14-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 407
Posted By scarlson

Only problem with those Dia Compe 960s is that...

Only problem with those Dia Compe 960s is that they don't stop worth a (insert expletive you'd say as you accidentally fly out into traffic here).

If you want mine, I have a set I'd send you for...
10-14-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,094
Posted By scarlson

HA, I think so!!! :lol: I had no idea it was...

HA, I think so!!! :lol:

I had no idea it was a joke until you pointed it out and I went and found the blog post...
10-14-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,094
Posted By scarlson

Hey hey! What a grand day out! I drove down from...

Hey hey! What a grand day out! I drove down from Boston in my old SAAB with my friend Kevin who's not on the forums. We brought my René Hubris Ron Cooper, his René Hubris Nice Nishiki, and my ratty...
10-14-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 453
Posted By scarlson

It reminds me of our fair city's bait-and-switch...

It reminds me of our fair city's bait-and-switch bus/subway hybrid, infamously stranding travelers in rush hour traffic on the way to Logan airport since 2004! You get on at south station thinking...
10-09-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By scarlson

More than the dropouts! CLB's guy Paule Defour is...

More than the dropouts! CLB's guy Paule Defour is on the patent! They were half of a joint venture that subcontracted and made damn near the entire thing!

Also mine says CLB on the bottom bracket...
10-07-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,518
Posted By scarlson

Meeeee!! And hopefully bringing a friend and a...

Meeeee!! And hopefully bringing a friend and a neat new acquisition if I get my things together in time.
10-07-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By scarlson

Eh? My '80s Holdsworth-made Claud has this sort...

Eh? My '80s Holdsworth-made Claud has this sort of cable stop, and it's in the 1985 catalog at the very least....
10-06-19, 03:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By scarlson

OMG, like so much. YES classic, YES vintage, and...

OMG, like so much. YES classic, YES vintage, and YES they belong on your 979. This was a technologically advanced frame from the era and in the spirit of Concorde and Shinkansen and Saturn V and the...
10-05-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 476
Posted By scarlson

I would build it up as an "ugly commuter" and...

I would build it up as an "ugly commuter" and ride it, but I'm not normal. :lol:

Most people are probably going to tell you not to ride it, because you can see a bulge in both the top and down...
10-05-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By scarlson

I agree, for sure I'd take a Ti BB, to put on my...

I agree, for sure I'd take a Ti BB, to put on my Vitus 979 with the Super Record crank in place of the Campy steel BB I have in there right now. It would be nice to have another vintage weight-weenie...
09-30-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 1,654
Views: 139,348
Posted By scarlson

ISO a Brooks B72 in halfway decent condition, or...

ISO a Brooks B72 in halfway decent condition, or a re-cover. Do they not make them anymore?? The leather of the one on my tandem just gave up the ghost, right after my stoker commented on it being a...
09-27-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,869
Posted By scarlson

Couldn't have said it better. Riding with one...

Couldn't have said it better. Riding with one other person brings a closeness to all other people, somehow.

There are also a lot of good people on the forums for old Honda motorcycles and SAAB...
09-27-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 664
Posted By scarlson

Machining replacement dust caps for '50s-era...

Machining replacement dust caps for '50s-era Brampton pedals requires 15 steps. And they're always missing the dust caps. Step number 15 is the only step that's not in the lathe, which is to put the...
09-24-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,205
Posted By scarlson

In my experience there is quite a bit of...

In my experience there is quite a bit of variation in the thread fit, between one Stronglight crank and the next. Sometimes they fit the TA puller and won't take the (slightly larger) Stronglight one.
09-24-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5,528
Views: 443,776
Posted By scarlson

Got scammed! Freewheel that said it was French...

Got scammed! Freewheel that said it was French threaded in the description comes to me and screws freely right onto a BSA/ISO hub. Further tests with thread gauges confirm it. ARGH!!...
09-24-19, 12:06 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,672
Posted By scarlson

It's kind of a tradition for me to put an XTR...

It's kind of a tradition for me to put an XTR M952 rear derailleur and a 11-34 cassette on everything I own except my Vitus 979, which is a pure race bike and my Jack Taylor which is doing its own...
09-23-19, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 455
Posted By scarlson

Then that 25" Panasonic 1000 is the bike for you!...

Then that 25" Panasonic 1000 is the bike for you! As others say, the Schwinn is cool, and a tribute to midcentury American industry, but heavy and old-fashioned and the brakes won't work as well -...
09-23-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 606
Posted By scarlson

I'll drop my tandem into the 20t ring and 34t cog...

I'll drop my tandem into the 20t ring and 34t cog and you just watch! I bet we can do a wheelstand! :lol:
09-23-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 606
Posted By scarlson

And I always assumed that those diagonal cord...

And I always assumed that those diagonal cord marks were caused by me putting down massive power when accelerating or climbing, causing the tires to crinkle like they do on drag racing cars when...
09-23-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 606
Posted By scarlson

I have also had this Schwalbe malfunction, on a...

I have also had this Schwalbe malfunction, on a nearly new tire. Talked to a Schwalbe rep, who told me to send Schwalbe customer service a photo, which I did and they sent me a new tire and...
09-23-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,081
Posted By scarlson

I can confirm, the old Stronglight cranks do have...

I can confirm, the old Stronglight cranks do have a bit of trouble with the front derailleur hitting the crank arm if you use a newer front derailleur. I can't speak to the TA cranks, but I know it...
09-23-19, 12:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 989
Posted By scarlson

Where did you buy them? Worse time-suck...

Where did you buy them?


Worse time-suck would be going to a bike shop, waiting, talking, paying, coming back, all that way with a bum wheel strapped to your bike or a spoke poking you in your...
09-22-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 989
Posted By scarlson

The thread pitch is 56tpi which is close enough...

The thread pitch is 56tpi which is close enough to 0.45mm that it doesn't make a difference which standard you use. For 14ga (2mm) spokes, the major diameter would be around 2.2mm or a # 2 screw. If...
09-22-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,520
Posted By scarlson

I weigh 175lbs, and I ride my 60cm Vitus 979...

I weigh 175lbs, and I ride my 60cm Vitus 979 without hesitation. Still waiting for it to break!!

It all depends how you ride, those weight limits were just guidelines and I've never actually seen...
09-21-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 796
Posted By scarlson

It's worth nearly the asking price for the cranks...

It's worth nearly the asking price for the cranks and pedals alone. If the Campy BBs are also good, you could probably make back your money on just the cranks, BBs, and pedals.

It would be nice if...
09-20-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 39,046
Posted By scarlson

Up in North Truro after 30 miles of pavement and...

Up in North Truro after 30 miles of pavement and 15 of gravel, sand in my cycling shoes and shorts slightly wet from a dip in Round Pond. It was as if we had the whole place to ourselves! Cape is...
09-20-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 88,900
Posted By scarlson

Here we go! It worked! Basically spokes right up...

Here we go! It worked! Basically spokes right up to the tops of all the slots, whereas before they were like 1mm lower. Fine!...
09-18-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 1,381
Views: 88,900
Posted By scarlson

Found a nice, perfectly true wheel with a 3-speed...

Found a nice, perfectly true wheel with a 3-speed SRAM i-Motion hub laced to an A319 rim. Hub is predictably broken, as - why did they think they could re-invent the 3-speed? :lol: And has no shifter...
09-17-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,314
Posted By scarlson

Interesting. Here's a picture from the Mariposa...

Interesting. Here's a picture from the Mariposa Bicycles website. On looking closely, I actually like that Routens design, which I had originally passed over as "too goofy". It's rather elegant with...
09-16-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By scarlson

I'm centered in Medford :) Last weekend, I was...

I'm centered in Medford :)
Last weekend, I was riding from Medford to Provincetown. My occupation required I attend a retreat at the Cape Codder resort in Hyannis, so a colleague and I made the...
09-16-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 987
Posted By scarlson

Where did you get those eye bolts? Just asking...

Where did you get those eye bolts? Just asking for a friend :innocent:
09-16-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,848
Posted By scarlson

Ha, and give you the prototypes after I'm...

Ha, and give you the prototypes after I'm finished deciding? :lol:

That photo is off the blackbirdsf site, no? Singer made it out of Nivex parts, from what I can tell. What a great website!

I...
09-16-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,314
Posted By scarlson

Ha, that is a funny freewheel. When I lived in...

Ha, that is a funny freewheel. When I lived in France, I dated a girl who wouldn't take her hands off the bars to shift the downtubes on the PX-10 I gave lent her, so I had to change gears for her. I...
09-16-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,314
Posted By scarlson

What's all this about? That guy in Breaking Away...

What's all this about? That guy in Breaking Away who stuck his pump in the protagonist's front wheel? :foo:

I can see a crash like that converting me to Suntour or whatever the baddie wasn't...
09-16-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,314
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, I don't really want the thing because it's...

Yeah, I don't really want the thing because it's high-normal (rapid rise), so the shifts will be clunky and counter-intuitive to everything else I have!


Ha, Di2 :lol: I've never tried it. I have...
09-16-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 503
Posted By scarlson

Were you on the cape this past weekend? Fantastic...

Were you on the cape this past weekend? Fantastic weather! If you saw a guy on a light blue colored Ron Cooper out there, it was me!!
09-13-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,522
Posted By scarlson

+1, fun thread :) C&V skills are arguably...

+1, fun thread :)

C&V skills are arguably the first mechanical skills I learned, working with my dad to to overhaul the Bendix brake hub of my childhood Schwinn Speedster. They help with...
09-12-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 16,948
Posted By scarlson

I have a few in my island of misfit bikes. It's...

I have a few in my island of misfit bikes. It's not that I even like collecting misfit bikes, but they just won't leave!
1) Rusty Raleigh Sports ladies frame bike with too many upgrades: Phil Wood...
09-10-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,314
Posted By scarlson

I did investigate the option of using a Rene...

I did investigate the option of using a Rene Herse-sold taillight retrofit bulb, but I have two problems with that. The first is that it's expensive. The second is that the taillight retrofit LED...
09-09-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,314
Posted By scarlson

Reid, you are a fountain of information! Yeah I'd...

Reid, you are a fountain of information! Yeah I'd thought about the clamp. I will machine one if I can't get one with whatever derailleur I use. I can faux-rust it with some vinegar if it comes to...
09-09-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 510
Posted By scarlson

I remember my first time realizing I could do the...

I remember my first time realizing I could do the one-handed double shift on a Raleigh Professional with Nuovo Record, at 14 years old. Sweet sweet memories of that bike. I remember later asking my...
09-09-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 1,880
Views: 156,325
Posted By scarlson

My cat keeps getting new names. His official name...

My cat keeps getting new names. His official name from the shelter is Logan, but for a while we called him Buddy and now that's transitioned to Kitty, but it's getting replaced by a new moniker: "The...
09-09-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By scarlson

But where are the pictures? We want to seeeeee :p

But where are the pictures? We want to seeeeee :p
09-09-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 7,898
Posted By scarlson

Reposted from my thread in which I resurrected it...

Reposted from my thread in which I resurrected it after a cracked frame, I give you the sesquilaminate Rustoleum Joe Bell Pollack Mercedes-Benz Claud Butler Wanderer Commuter Special! Sometimes I...
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