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10-26-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 154
Posted By dddd

Wharf Rat you're right about the more-upright...

Wharf Rat you're right about the more-upright geometry versus the 210 and 1000 models, makes the bike more fun on the road.

I used mine off-road half the time, I found it was a competent mountain...
10-22-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 910
Posted By dddd

Can't wait to see a picture of the pair!

Can't wait to see a picture of the pair!
10-21-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 446
Posted By dddd

There were also the earlier "alphabet" style of...

There were also the earlier "alphabet" style of Campy cassette cogs that fit on the old steel 8s freehub body having shallow splines. These lack the refined indexing features lf later 8s Campy...
10-20-20, 11:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,146
Posted By dddd

Bianchi's Super of ~1980 was merely an upper...

Bianchi's Super of ~1980 was merely an upper mid-level bike, and made in Japan, but they really made it perform like a top-level Italian bike and reasonably light as well considering it had clinchers.
10-19-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 591
Posted By dddd

I am recalling that The Londoner was a product...

I am recalling that The Londoner was a product made by Fuji, very early 70's.

I had one like the one shown, but was purple and with tiny frame and 26" wheels.
10-15-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 208
Posted By dddd

It's a good day when there is a machinist around...

It's a good day when there is a machinist around while you're trying to fix old bike components!
10-12-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By dddd

The 980 derailers on my Torelli (with 1980's...

The 980 derailers on my Torelli (with 1980's standard road gearing) worked notably well while charging all of the rollers and switchbacks here in these foothills.

The chain and sprockets are an...
10-07-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,284
Posted By dddd

I've carried more than one boxed-up bike or frame...

I've carried more than one boxed-up bike or frame to the post office some 1.2 miles away.
I start by finding the balance point where I then cut a hole that becomes a handle. The top edge is where...
10-07-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 390
Posted By dddd

Many people who use Shimano chain for the reasons...

Many people who use Shimano chain for the reasons that I do will buy a KMC Missing link instead of using the Shimano pin.

I usually use the Shimano pins because I don't ever remove the chain for...
10-06-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,284
Posted By dddd

While out perusing a good few silicon-valley(!)...

While out perusing a good few silicon-valley(!) garage sales one Saturday morning, I ended up hauling a small wooden desk (with drawer) home for a distance of a couple of miles.
Around the same...
10-06-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,383
Posted By dddd

Current stems tend to be of uniformly sturdy...

Current stems tend to be of uniformly sturdy construction, if a bit heavy for the less expensive ones like Kalloy.

I've used this Kalloy model which is often found re-branded and it is solid....
10-04-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,166
Posted By dddd

For the alloy crankbolt covers, what you want to...

For the alloy crankbolt covers, what you want to do is get penetrant working around the edge and also inside of the covers.

After some penetrating time, get a wooden dowel about 3/4" diameter and...
10-04-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By dddd

branko 76 makes a good point about actual...

branko 76 makes a good point about actual (mounted) tire width. Do you have a caliper to measure your existing mounted tires?

I use the Pasela 1" tires on my Pro-Tour for all riding, even rough...
09-28-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By dddd

CPI, from Taiwan or China. This brand turns up...

CPI, from Taiwan or China. This brand turns up on lots of mass-market bikes such as from Costco and perhaps lower-end LBS bikes.
09-28-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 523
Posted By dddd

This 1952 E. Christophe pro bike changed hands...

This 1952 E. Christophe pro bike changed hands three times for zero dollars in 2011, arriving to me in a quite rough but complete/original condition.

I had to straighten out the rear end of the...
09-26-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,360
Posted By dddd

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09-23-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 449
Posted By dddd

I've used Cane-Creek hoods on the early Shimano...

I've used Cane-Creek hoods on the early Shimano levers, the fit is ok although the front edge at the roughly 45-degree angle is off a bit, thankfully hidden from view.

As with any hood swap, be...
09-20-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By dddd

Often it's the amount of loading that is the...

Often it's the amount of loading that is the biggest factor in deciding whether certain lightweight parts should be avoided.

Big, strong rider and/or steep terrain using limited gearing are things...
09-18-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 238
Posted By dddd

Some of the earlier Raleighs (including the...

Some of the earlier Raleighs (including the Competition) used wider A129 concave rims that often had QC problems with the braking surfaces.
This was a problem with other OEM rims sourced from Araya...
09-17-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By dddd

That's right, but actually mine was labeled as...

That's right, but actually mine was labeled as "Made in Sweden", so there must have been a factory there from which DBS sourced this particular WINNER model.
...
09-17-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 628
Posted By dddd

That thru-axle incident was a freak occurrence,...

That thru-axle incident was a freak occurrence, seems that there was an object stuck between tire and frame, jammed up the axle so it couldn't slide out.

But for sure never could have happened...
09-17-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,012
Posted By dddd

Thanks, VeloMule. I'm going to have to do that...

Thanks, VeloMule. I'm going to have to do that mod to my 1962-1/2 Continental, if I ever learn my way around paint!
...
09-16-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 463
Posted By dddd

The OP's Deore should work well as a 7s SIS...

The OP's Deore should work well as a 7s SIS derailer.

It looks like the spring from inside of the cable adjuster detent barrel has been placed outside of the plastic detent barrel, instead of...
09-15-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By dddd

A surprising number of bikes from that era were...

A surprising number of bikes from that era were patterned after the highly successful Schwinn Varsity.

BDS bikes from Sweden even looked like the Varsity with 1" frame tubing, slack frame angles...
09-13-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 690
Posted By dddd

Note that it is also possible to reduce the...

Note that it is also possible to reduce the spring's linear pre-load force simplyh by using thicker pads or by adding a pad spacer (threaded length permitting, I've sometimes had to then put the pad...
09-10-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,759
Posted By dddd

The thing is that many Varsities left the factory...

The thing is that many Varsities left the factory with 126mm spacing, to accommodate their patented chain-retention ring that was mounted on the small end of the freewheel (where a 6th cog might go)....
09-10-20, 01:30 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,759
Posted By dddd

Actually, some early-70's Varsities also came...

Actually, some early-70's Varsities also came with the Shimano-made rear derailer, and also came with Sansin-made, hi-flange hubs having the Schwinn-trademark triangular flange cutouts.

But by...
09-10-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,759
Posted By dddd

For sure it was nostalgia that had me bringing...

For sure it was nostalgia that had me bringing home my first old Schwinns from the thrift store as an adult, but it really was the fantastic ride quality that led me to plenty of challenging...
09-09-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,759
Posted By dddd

Knee-action, what's not to like? ...

Knee-action, what's not to like?

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09-08-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,759
Posted By dddd

The Varsity is a special bike with it's...

The Varsity is a special bike with it's super-relaxed frame geometry and sturdy kickstand keeping the parked bike ever so well-planted.

The easiest upgrade process might be to find a better bike...
09-08-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 471
Posted By dddd

I would tend to choose levers by shape, whatever...

I would tend to choose levers by shape, whatever your preference in in this regard.
I'm OK with Weinman/DC levers since the wide body (and availability of cheap hoods) seems to best suit my own...
09-05-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 458
Posted By dddd

One thing (besides the modern cable housing) that...

One thing (besides the modern cable housing) that will really improve the shifting would be to get rid of the original 8mm wide chain. Even if it's the genuine Shimano Uniglide, the subsequent "UG...
09-05-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By dddd

Firstly, if you can still turn the cranks...

Firstly, if you can still turn the cranks backward smoothly with the chain on the small chainring and largest rear cog, consider it good as-is.

The angle can be adjusted by re-balancing the...
09-04-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,677
Posted By dddd

I often lean a bike with either wheel removed...

I often lean a bike with either wheel removed against a railing, wall or post. I gently swing the bike's saddle toward such support before gently letting the bike rest on the front dropouts or rear...
09-02-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,945
Posted By dddd

Steel hubshells with a name stamped on them are...

Steel hubshells with a name stamped on them are usually going to be fine.

It's the unbranded WallyWorld hubs on like Mongoose bikes which are prone to having cups loosen or even the freewheel...
09-01-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By dddd

There is a metal tubular sleeve that connects the...

There is a metal tubular sleeve that connects the rim joint 180-degrees from the valve stem.
08-28-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By dddd

I have this one picture of a very high-end,...

I have this one picture of a very high-end, Nervex-lug 1961 model Geminiani on my workstand being prepared for a (second owner) local rider's trip to eroica.

The GT rear derailer (original was...
08-27-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By dddd

The fix for not having the needed selection of...

The fix for not having the needed selection of shims can be to sand down the seating surface of the cone using wet/dry 240 grit or similar on a flat surface.

Be prepared to test-fit the cone...
08-25-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 461
Posted By dddd

I actually like the lighter weight of the lugless...

I actually like the lighter weight of the lugless frames of the 80's myself. Same great ride qualities but considerably less frame weight.

It's great for someone to be able to buy such a...
08-24-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,573
Posted By dddd

This one is almost entirely original, early-90's...

This one is almost entirely original, early-90's Performance Parabola "Road Hybrid". Bought a pair of them from Goodwill for $80 about 15 years ago.
It uses huge dual-pivot calipers with...
08-21-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 4,695
Posted By dddd

Beautiful bike, just about my favorite color! ...

Beautiful bike, just about my favorite color!

I'm would be willing to bet that this H1R got that speed with under 80hp at the rear wheel, being that it's air-cooled and with such a faired...
08-20-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,628
Posted By dddd

This one never saw use with bicycles, but imy...

This one never saw use with bicycles, but imy favorite because I made it from a discarded aquarium air pump as a teenager, to vacuum-extract brake fluid from disc brake calipers on motorcycles.
By...
08-20-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,322
Posted By dddd

Good review, and nice bike! One of the...

Good review, and nice bike!

One of the riders in our club rides a roadini, older model, and likes it.
08-19-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,979
Posted By dddd

I notice that a lot of y'all's builds are partial...

I notice that a lot of y'all's builds are partial modernized, and I concur.

I start to lose interest when it might come time to install a modern, fixed-chainline crankset, so prefer instead to...
08-19-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 827
Posted By dddd

Ehh, not quite! If you look at that guy's...

Ehh, not quite!

If you look at that guy's legs, you can see that he doesn't need a two-handed pull on the bars or a semi-recumbent riding position to power the frontwheel up, he merely extends one...
08-19-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 827
Posted By dddd

It's very good to know that there are conversion...

It's very good to know that there are conversion utilities (apps) for changing format. I may need that in the future.

This morning I read all of the recommendations while remembering some of my...
08-16-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 4,695
Posted By dddd

Nemosengineer, your Triumph project reminds me of...

Nemosengineer, your Triumph project reminds me of the hours that I killed up at at LACR drag strip watching vintage motocross after finishing up eliminations on the strip.

I remember one guy...
08-16-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 637
Posted By dddd

I found the same model bike last November, and...

I found the same model bike last November, and it's become my everyday ride for training, off-road exploring, club rides and errands.

These are good for those who prefer their touring bike to be...
08-16-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 424
Posted By dddd

Just curious if anyone knows what particular...

Just curious if anyone knows what particular model of Japanese bottom bracket is supposed to be "JIS low profile"(?).

Visually, the early Sugino Mighty i.e. Suntour Superbe taper looks and...
08-15-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 988
Posted By dddd

I was offered $1500 for this bike once. It's the...

I was offered $1500 for this bike once. It's the bike I always ride on the Fourth.
...
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