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09-16-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,343
Posted By John E

Yes, I think 25 years is often used as a starting...

Yes, I think 25 years is often used as a starting point in discussion of vintage or classic cars and bicycles. All of my bicycles qualify, and if I can successfully replace the fried power window...
09-15-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 653
Posted By John E

The B5/B5.5 generation Passat wagon is the...

The B5/B5.5 generation Passat wagon is the best-sized, best-configured car ever offered on the U.S. market. My wife and I bought a pre-facelift (B5) 2001 dealer demo in January 2001. Since then it...
09-14-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 808
Posted By John E

Ah --- you are probably correct.

Ah --- you are probably correct.
09-14-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By John E

14-17-20-24-28 is by far the most common 14-28...

14-17-20-24-28 is by far the most common 14-28 freewheel out there, so I am guessing that is what you have. This is a nice, even progression, with manageable gaps, but the challenge will be finding a...
09-14-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 808
Posted By John E

You will want to pull the entire crankset anyway,...

You will want to pull the entire crankset anyway, to lube the bearings and probably replace the balls themselves. A thin profile wrench of the proper size should get that stuck bolt out. (Removing...
09-12-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 660
Posted By John E

Looks delightful. Thank you for posting.

Looks delightful. Thank you for posting.
09-12-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 615
Posted By John E

That reminds me of my coworker and cycling pal...

That reminds me of my coworker and cycling pal who forgot he had his bike on the roof of his Alfa Romeo when he drove into the underground parking garage at his condo. The clips proved to be the...
09-12-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 800
Posted By John E

Your story about beating the young whippersnapper...

Your story about beating the young whippersnapper reminded me of myself as a university senior. I was cycling in Santa Monica CA with a couple of other 20-somethings I had encountered along the way...
09-11-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 694
Posted By John E

My Colnago story: When I worked at a bike...

My Colnago story:

When I worked at a bike shop in the early 1970s, the shop manager bought a new Colnago and invited me to take a ride up the Santa Monica / Malibu coast with him. I innocently...
09-11-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 687
Posted By John E

Great find at that price, and in pretty nice...

Great find at that price, and in pretty nice condition. If it were mine, I would be inclined to go with barcons and rat-trap pedals with toeclips and straps, and probably a 6-speed freewheel in back.
09-11-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,595
Posted By John E

On a road bike, I like a top gear in the mid-90s:...

On a road bike, I like a top gear in the mid-90s:

50/14 (Bianchi), 46/13 (1959 Capo), 49/14 (the "keep it original" Sieger), TBD (the "restomod" Sieger project), 45/13 (Peugeot)

I do run a 104...
09-10-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,106
Posted By John E

All I've got is this crummy UO-8. :)

All I've got is this crummy UO-8. :)
09-10-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,172
Posted By John E

Just WOW! :)

Just WOW! :)
09-08-19, 06:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 342
Posted By John E

Did not the Peugeot PR-10/PKN-10 also feature...

Did not the Peugeot PR-10/PKN-10 also feature Reynolds 531 three main tubes butted? If this rides as well as my beloved old PKN-10, as I suspect it does, it is a great find.
09-07-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 984
Posted By John E

It should be fine for your friend. (My wife is...

It should be fine for your friend. (My wife is 5'6", and a 21" UO-8 fit her nicely.) Peugeots tend to run long fore-to-aft, so she can always raise the seat post and get a good overall fit.
09-07-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 342
Posted By John E

OK, I am a bit biased in favor of Austrian bike...

OK, I am a bit biased in favor of Austrian bike frames (see signature), but I really like your A-D, even if it did come from Graz instead of Vienna. That rear derailleur was nothing special to begin...
09-07-19, 06:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 984
Posted By John E

Back when I worked in a Peugeot-Nishiki...

Back when I worked in a Peugeot-Nishiki dealership in the early 1970s, it seemed that almost every female customer wanted a white Peugeot UO-18. The taller 22" size was particularly hard to keep in...
09-07-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 243
Posted By John E

I like everything except the crankset. Nice find!

I like everything except the crankset. Nice find!
09-05-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 630
Posted By John E

OK Chas., I am going to good-naturedly razz you...

OK Chas., I am going to good-naturedly razz you about the length of your brake cables, since others did that to me when I first built the 1959 Capo after repainting. :)
09-02-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 655
Posted By John E

A.D.Stump -- there's a name I haven't heard in...

A.D.Stump -- there's a name I haven't heard in awhile. When I worked at weekends and holidays at Bikecology to help pay for grad school at UCLA, A.D. occasionally came by on one of his superlight (by...
08-31-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By John E

The importer was West Coast Cycle Supply. These...

The importer was West Coast Cycle Supply. These bikes are historically important because they did mark Japan's entry into the American import market, which up until then had been dominated by the...
08-30-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,105
Posted By John E

For several years I have helped refurbish used...

For several years I have helped refurbish used bikes for an annual Christmas season charity benefit. The local Community Resource Center organizes one of the halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in the...
08-30-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,416
Posted By John E

I keep thinking about reducing the count, but...

I keep thinking about reducing the count, but each has its specific purpose.
08-30-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 973
Posted By John E

This thread certainly makes me miss my old Avocet...

This thread certainly makes me miss my old Avocet Touring and Touring II shoes, which are still my favorites among all I have ever owned, although my Giro Rumble VRs come pretty close.
08-30-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By John E

I remember those. When I worked at Bikecology, a...

I remember those. When I worked at Bikecology, a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership, in the early 1970s, we sometimes had to scramble for inventory, between the bike boom and various dock strikes. We sold a...
08-29-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By John E

The brand of brake pads can make a huge...

The brand of brake pads can make a huge difference, as well. I put a new set of nice-looking Shimanos on the Bianchi (early generation Campag. calipers) and scared myself on a foggy descent. In went...
08-27-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,335
Posted By John E

Amen to that! You are less than a year older than...

Amen to that! You are less than a year older than I am, and I do not consider myself too old for cycling. There are lots of older folks out there who ride farther and/or faster than I can.
08-23-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By John E

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1342/capo_garage2_16b93f712ab9860b98893e798f01613a1eb845a4.jpg
Might look cool w/ the maroon saddle?
08-18-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,439
Posted By John E

I have always enjoyed keeping my old equipment...

I have always enjoyed keeping my old equipment working until it was no longer serviceable. Blame my Scots DNA, but I am too cheap to splurge on new stuff if I have perfectly good old stuff. I broke...
08-17-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,731
Posted By John E

Because of coordination issues, I was late (age...

Because of coordination issues, I was late (age 12) to start cycling, but ever since it has always been the only sport I have truly deeply loved. As you can read from my signature, I favor older...
08-17-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 20,848
Posted By John E

I am glad to see the Pasadena ride still going...

I am glad to see the Pasadena ride still going strong after all these years. Great photos, and some very nice machinery.
08-17-19, 06:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By John E

Slicks, or just wide road tires with a bit of...

Slicks, or just wide road tires with a bit of tread? I second your vote for a mountain bike, particularly one without suspension. My Schwinn can serve a commuting / transportation / grocery shopping...
08-17-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 534
Posted By John E

I just missed being able to watch Stage 2 of the...

I just missed being able to watch Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah from the road. We were in Eden (just east of Ogden) for our annual family reunion, and I had to be back at work on Wednesday, when the...
08-17-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 664
Posted By John E

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/586x416/capo_sieger_mine_b5eeec973defdeea702a95fccdf43c6f5e9a882c.jpg

First 1960 Sieger -- 99% original. Will be keeping most of the original...
08-17-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 618
Posted By John E

All of us break frames and components. I'm a...

All of us break frames and components. I'm a small/midsize guy (5'8", 145 lbs.), and over the years I have broken two frames, two cranks, a hub flange, and several spokes while riding. (To be fair, I...
08-12-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 603
Posted By John E

If you want to stay Italian, a Regina America is...

If you want to stay Italian, a Regina America is a good option. I am currently building a 13-15-17-19-22-25 from parts of two of them.
08-12-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 534
Posted By John E

Very nice! Bellissima.

Very nice! Bellissima.
08-11-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 646
Posted By John E

Some people do left side drive with fixed gear...

Some people do left side drive with fixed gear for safety reasons -- the cog will never break loose under deceleration. However, putting a left-threaded pedal and crank on the right side, and...
08-10-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 10,358
Posted By John E

This is a sensitive issue for me. We have a 2001...

This is a sensitive issue for me. We have a 2001 VW Passat wagon, which is simply the best-sized, best-configured car ever sold in the American market. Now VW internet pop-up ads are touting the new...
08-07-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,509
Posted By John E

Sugino Mighty Compe cranks look great and work...

Sugino Mighty Compe cranks look great and work well until they break. I snapped one across the pedal eye during an out-of-saddle climb (ouch), but it was a 1970 production first-generation model with...
08-07-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,624
Posted By John E

I grew up with music, notably Romantic Period...

I grew up with music, notably Romantic Period "classical" and American folk, two (of several) genres I still treasure today. My brother and one of my high school pals sang and played guitar, mostly...
08-07-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,151
Posted By John E

I have an old Terry Liberator that has served me...

I have an old Terry Liberator that has served me well, but is now wearing out. I am also partial to Brooks Pro saddles, not just on the road bikes, but also on my mountain bike, with its somewhat...
08-06-19, 07:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,479
Posted By John E

Nervar Star is a nice crankset. One can work...

Nervar Star is a nice crankset. One can work around the PITA 128mm BCD by using a drill to elongate the holes in a 130mm chainring (been there ... done that).
08-05-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,963
Posted By John E

$10K bond was way too low, but at least the SOB...

$10K bond was way too low, but at least the SOB did show up.
08-05-19, 09:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,067
Posted By John E

Most brake calipers have similar mechanical...

Most brake calipers have similar mechanical advantages, but you can alter a centerpull's MA by changing the length of the straddle cable. (This is trivial on a MAFAC, doable on a Weinmann/Diacompe if...
08-05-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 479
Posted By John E

My 1971 Nishiki Competition came with a SunTour...

My 1971 Nishiki Competition came with a SunTour VGT and a 14-34 freewheel, with half-step (54-47) up front. Since the jockey wheel is at the cage pivot, it could handle 34T in back irrespective of...
08-03-19, 08:17 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,527
Posted By John E

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1200/sieger2_3d73df2ec345b5870f8ece38fb68b659bb34c589.jpg
08-03-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,527
Posted By John E

Cars: 2001 VW Passat wagon (Audi B5 platform) --...

Cars: 2001 VW Passat wagon (Audi B5 platform) -- simply the best-sized, best-configured car ever offered in the U.S. market

Bikes: pair of littermate 1960 Capo Siegers -- top-of-the-line, full...
08-03-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 669
Posted By John E

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1170x1560/1952_sieger_der_front_a1a2acc19b5a4a37e5681a19d66de3c430b3d9c7.jpg...
07-29-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,332
Posted By John E

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x803/peug_uo8_9ad77989db19520c22916c422420006dec26dae2.jpg
SunTour Cyclone II rear derailleur, SunTour barcons, Shimano Titlist front...
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