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09-23-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,478
Posted By steve sumner

when Schwinn was searching the world for the...

when Schwinn was searching the world for the location of their cruiser only factory
b4 Hungary was chosen India was at the top on the list until it was discovered
that basic nuts and bolts were...
09-23-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 95,343
Posted By steve sumner

roccobike had some misinformation about the...

roccobike had some misinformation about the relation between Raliegh and Nishiki.
Ben Lawee owned the importers Lawee Inc. which owned the name Univega
Mitch Weiner and Cozy Yamaguchi owned the...
09-14-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 304
Views: 66,385
Posted By steve sumner

the model with Campy drops and full Campy gruppo...

the model with Campy drops and full Campy gruppo was called the Super Corsa
the model with Simplex drops and top line French parts was call the Tour de France
09-14-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By steve sumner

BITD Frejus had only 3 models: the Professional...

BITD Frejus had only 3 models: the Professional was 531 w/Campy drops
the Tour de France was 531 w/Simplex drops and the one with stamped
drops was called the Corsa. I have a Corsa that I plan to...
09-13-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By steve sumner

my guess is Gnutti

my guess is Gnutti
09-07-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 339
Posted By steve sumner

the mystery tool on the right is for removing the...

the mystery tool on the right is for removing the ball cup on a Shimano 3-speed hub
09-03-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 631
Posted By steve sumner

I have seen those brakes b4 BITD. I'm not 100%...

I have seen those brakes b4 BITD. I'm not 100% but I think they are made by Cherry.
09-01-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,972
Posted By steve sumner

different year, same lesson. Pros ride what their...

different year, same lesson. Pros ride what their sponsors tell them to (except team leaders)
as they can go fast on anything. Marketers sell what the pros are riding no matter if it's liked
or...
08-30-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 533
Posted By steve sumner

in the unfortunate case of a crash you WANT to be...

in the unfortunate case of a crash you WANT to be strapped to your bike ( clips or clipless)
it minimizes the distance you slide (less rash on your thigh) legs free introduces the chance
of a...
08-30-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By steve sumner

high ten, also called high tensile or high...

high ten, also called high tensile or high tension are terms for steels with a higher carbon content
with designations like 1040 and 2040 as opposed to low carbon steels like 1010 and 1020.
it was...
08-30-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 965
Posted By steve sumner

BITD these were considered more bullet proof than...

BITD these were considered more bullet proof than Sturmeys but the thinner indicator
chain was harder to come by. I suppose that's still true.

Juvela, I have a Centrix single speed coaster in...
08-30-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,749
Posted By steve sumner

BITD I think it was Tom Ritchey who said: a...

BITD I think it was Tom Ritchey who said: a really good road bike is supposed to react like a spring
you don't make springs out of aluminum" that springy, resiliant, alive feel only comes from steel...
08-30-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 802
Posted By steve sumner

my favorite is the English made Gripfast. the...

my favorite is the English made Gripfast. the "spoon" section is thinner and wider
than the Eldi. I just think it grabs more tire during the all important first "lift".
08-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 563
Posted By steve sumner

that brake with the slotted screw for a pivot...

that brake with the slotted screw for a pivot bolt looks like the English brand John Bull
08-26-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 282
Posted By steve sumner

our shop sold Torpados in the early 80s. the...

our shop sold Torpados in the early 80s. the salesman didn't know much:
instead of Torresini from Padoua(sp?) he tried to tell me they had factories
in Torino and Padoua
08-26-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By steve sumner

a freewheel will "float" while spinning rear...

a freewheel will "float" while spinning rear wheel if the axle is in the least bit bent.
also in my 60s Maillard catalog the cheaper Atom freewheel was offered with
1/2 balls for a savings of 50c...
08-26-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,041
Posted By steve sumner

I've always called them crank cotters bcuz they...

I've always called them crank cotters bcuz they don't look anything like cotter pins!
08-25-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 563
Posted By steve sumner

when the Milano Sport brand name became available...

when the Milano Sport brand name became available for sale it was bought by none other
than Alberto Masi so that he could sell frames made by his hand in North America as the
name Masi was/is owned...
08-24-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By steve sumner

I'd sand the rim smooth and keep using it, sand...

I'd sand the rim smooth and keep using it, sand the pads while yr at it, some of the debris in the pads
is too small to see well
08-22-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,817
Posted By steve sumner

Boone McReynolds designed and built the first...

Boone McReynolds designed and built the first "aero" bars well b4 Scott Bars
and one of his first riders to use them was Greg Lemond
08-22-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 521
Posted By steve sumner

quadruple butting was a marketing term made up by...

quadruple butting was a marketing term made up by Ishiwata. it just means that the ends of the tubes
are stepped twice. usually resulting in being more heavy. but it sounded good in ads: 4 butts has...
08-22-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,815
Posted By steve sumner

to remove a bad freewheel when no puller is...

to remove a bad freewheel when no puller is available: use hammer and center (pointed) punch
to unscrew lockring. discard cog,balls, and pawls. clamp remaining freewheel innards in vise
and unscrew.
08-22-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 6,310
Posted By steve sumner

the 2-bolt seatpost is the BEST. it is the ONLY...

the 2-bolt seatpost is the BEST. it is the ONLY way to truly be MICRO adjustable.
discard the Campy wrench, the Dia-compe offset brake wrench is 12 point as opposed
to 6. it's also good to have a...
08-22-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 683
Posted By steve sumner

never saw those Mafac GTs b4. like the...

never saw those Mafac GTs b4. like the bolts,don't like the QRs
always liked the simple/elegant design of just releasing one side of
the straddle wire. plus they opened wider than other brakes
08-21-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 683
Posted By steve sumner

I like the minimalist lugs. kinda disappointed...

I like the minimalist lugs. kinda disappointed that the stays are just domed. the brake cable hanger
is nicely done but now you're stuck with centerpulls, I guess you'll be looking for some Mafac...
08-21-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 993
Posted By steve sumner

the model for the US market that would be...

the model for the US market that would be comprable is the Jubile Sport. I'm not a fan of that
method of frame construction but both Moto and Peugeot made a ton of them with no problems.
I'd just...
08-21-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By steve sumner

that 72 is not stamped into the the head tube but...

that 72 is not stamped into the the head tube but rather the lug. it is an angle stamping and should have been
sanded/ground/removed b4 painting. the Union hub is German made and very low end. the...
08-20-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 909
Posted By steve sumner

the plastic cable guide is made in France but...

the plastic cable guide is made in France but also the swedged seat stay treatment is very French
what is the BB threading?
08-20-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,728
Posted By steve sumner

those soft stiched bar coverings weren't a French...

those soft stiched bar coverings weren't a French thing they were a proprietery Motobecane thing
they came on all but the the top two models for about 5 years. the riv-nut ones were on the better...
08-20-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,556
Posted By steve sumner

as to Vintagerando's question of what brand...

as to Vintagerando's question of what brand generator was stock in the 70s
it would have been Soubitez or Ciebe.
08-20-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 207
Posted By steve sumner

as was stated the GB brand stands for Gary...

as was stated the GB brand stands for Gary Burgess. besides bars and stems they also made brakes
08-20-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By steve sumner

tubing was called Flash. not sure what it is...

tubing was called Flash. not sure what it is actually made of but was commonly used on
all the low end models of the upper end Italian brands during the mid 80s
08-19-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,251
Posted By steve sumner

just 2 quick thoughts: those that complain of...

just 2 quick thoughts: those that complain of toes going to sleep are using toe clips that are too long
they do come in sizes! also if you're only going to use clips for this one ride why not go for...
08-19-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,534
Posted By steve sumner

you guys would like the facebook page: bicycle...

you guys would like the facebook page: bicycle tools collecting and using
check it out!
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By steve sumner

those are called swedged seat stay treatments...

those are called swedged seat stay treatments where the tubing is folded with the help of a die type tool
to resemble a seatstay cap. very common on low to mid range French bikes. very uncommon on...
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By steve sumner

i hate what kickstand clamping will do. they...

i hate what kickstand clamping will do. they should all be rear axle mount unless the frame
is cruiser bike thick!
08-18-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 430
Posted By steve sumner

noobinst is not quite right tho very close. the...

noobinst is not quite right tho very close. the Sears bikes were made for a couple of decades by Styer
the name of the company was Styer,Daimler,Puch. the Styers were the more pedestrian models:...
08-17-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By steve sumner

the "bullet" seat stay caps were very common on...

the "bullet" seat stay caps were very common on low end Italian bikes of
the 60s and 70s. the head lugs scream Torpado but were used by others as well
08-17-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 471
Posted By steve sumner

I use a HKC HOZAN iron stand. they have been out...

I use a HKC HOZAN iron stand. they have been out of production for decades but can still be found
on ebay at one point I was a professional wheelbuilder building 100 wheels a week. the Hozan is...
08-17-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By steve sumner

with the fork looking the way it does am very...

with the fork looking the way it does am very surprised the head tube area
has minimal damage. early 80s judging by the stem and brake levers
best part of the bike is the super cool brake cable...
08-14-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 681
Posted By steve sumner

the way to make your DA rear mech index with 600...

the way to make your DA rear mech index with 600 shifters is to change the rear derailleur
upper pulley to a 600 one ( more side play)
08-13-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,965
Posted By steve sumner

My Daniel Rebour book has a drawing from the 1945...

My Daniel Rebour book has a drawing from the 1945 Paris Cycle Show with shifters attached
to the front of brake levers so I really have to ask "What is new"! I saw clipless pedals in a
1880's...
08-11-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,344
Posted By steve sumner

if you wrap cloth tape from the top the edges...

if you wrap cloth tape from the top the edges tend to become unwraped in the drops during use.
I used to use stiched on leather ( Rhode Gear Handlebar Hide) a kit you could buy. the feel was...
08-11-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By steve sumner

the only reason to use loose balls in to be able...

the only reason to use loose balls in to be able to use the max number the cup will take.
if the retainers/caged bearing has that amount use them. if not go loose or find a retainer
with the max...
08-11-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,347
Posted By steve sumner

ding, ding, ding you win again!

ding, ding, ding you win again!
08-10-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,347
Posted By steve sumner

if you're going to use the antique term jockey...

if you're going to use the antique term jockey wheel then you'll have to also say idler wheel
as there is one of each on a rear derailleur. or you could just say derailleur pulleys
pop quiz: which...
08-10-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 664
Posted By steve sumner

remember a new chain on a worn freewheel makes...

remember a new chain on a worn freewheel makes the skipping/jumping problem worse
08-10-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,521
Posted By steve sumner

to feel the difference between lo and high flange...

to feel the difference between lo and high flange hubs the wheelsets need to be the same in all other ways
most importantly that they were built by the same builder. the difference is VERY subtle....
08-09-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,720
Posted By steve sumner

the spacing combined with the shifter braze on...

the spacing combined with the shifter braze on makes me think the stock setup was
a Sturmey setup with two cogs (remove the cog spacers and a 2nd cog will fit with their "backs"
together) and a...
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