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05-26-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By jonwvara

What is this thing of which people speak,...

What is this thing of which people speak, "selling a bike?"
05-26-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1,533
Views: 138,503
Posted By jonwvara

I like those pressures, and I also weigh 170. So...

I like those pressures, and I also weigh 170. So useful information, thanks.
05-25-20, 01:14 PM
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Views: 138,503
Posted By jonwvara

A couple of beginner tubular questions: ...

A couple of beginner tubular questions:

Vermont roads--even paved ones, of which there are not many--tend to be rough. The narrowest clinchers I use are 28mm, so I'd like to start with some wide,...
05-23-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 687
Views: 66,160
Posted By jonwvara

Is anyone familiar with Robert Frost's short poem...

Is anyone familiar with Robert Frost's short poem "Nothing Gold Can Stay?"

Spring in Vermont can be hard. We had two substantial snowstorms in May, and it was cold until about a week ago. Now...
05-21-20, 04:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By jonwvara

I have a couple of Belt saddles, and find them...

I have a couple of Belt saddles, and find them comfortable. In my experience, they don't break in the way a Brooks does. After a few hundred miles, the Brooks will start to develop dimples where your...
05-15-20, 05:17 AM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

Andy, thanks for the offer, which I might yet...

Andy, thanks for the offer, which I might yet take you up on. But since I had never heard of Normandy hubs with oilers, I did a search and came up with this old BF thread:
...
05-14-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,146
Posted By jonwvara

I think that would polish right out with a little...

I think that would polish right out with a little Simichrome.

I have nothing useful to add but wanted to check in here because this thread has such a wonderful title.
05-13-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

I'm also hopeless at photo stuff, evidently--I...

I'm also hopeless at photo stuff, evidently--I took half a dozen photos this evening, but my phone was unwilling to send more than two of them to my computer. Here they are. PM me your phone number...
05-12-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,900
Posted By jonwvara

Standing the pink bike in front of the pink...

Standing the pink bike in front of the pink Owens-Corning insulation is a nice touch--much more so than the usual white garage door.
05-12-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

Last ride 76, I will get those pictures taken and...

Last ride 76, I will get those pictures taken and posted tomorrow, I hope. I meant to do it today but the little carpentry project I'm working on got a little out of hand.
05-11-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 318
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, I like the look of those old red-label...

Yeah, I like the look of those old red-label Mavic Montherly rims--they're what came on my previous Gitane TdF, which I bought new in 1971, if I'm remembering correctly that far back.
05-11-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 318
Posted By jonwvara

Buy or build a tubular wheelset?

I'm far from a master wheelbuilder, but have probably build a couple of dozen of them over the past ten years, all of which have performed well. I'm now planning to outfit one of my bikes with...
05-11-20, 05:49 PM
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Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

ISO tubular wheelset

I haven't ridden tubulars since Nixon was president, but thinking it's time to give them a try again. I'm looking for something consistent with a 1970s French bike--maybe Normandy Luxe hubs on Mavic...
05-09-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 801
Posted By jonwvara

Assuming the Promax folks are right about the...

Assuming the Promax folks are right about the extenders adding 16mm of reach, that that should suffice for a 700 to 650B conversion, but would be well short of what you'd need to go from 27 to 650B....
05-09-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 801
Posted By jonwvara

Not to hijack the original thread, but is there...

Not to hijack the original thread, but is there really a way to go from 27" to 650B without having a framebuilder reposition the cantilever studs? I found it challenging enough to convert my 1000...
05-09-20, 05:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 801
Posted By jonwvara

Not so surprising--in my experience, the original...

Not so surprising--in my experience, the original Araya rims are as close to indestructible as any rim can possibly be. Especially the 40-spoke ones. The 27-inch rims do limit your tire options,...
05-07-20, 04:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 801
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, that's a very nice bike. You're lucky to...

Yes, that's a very nice bike. You're lucky to have gotten the front rack--they ride extremely well with a front load. The crankset is non-original.
05-06-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 687
Views: 66,160
Posted By jonwvara

I like snakes. A few years ago when I was riding...

I like snakes. A few years ago when I was riding somewhere between Poplarville and Gulfport, Mississippi, a big black snake came highballing out of the tall grass at the edge of the road and directly...
05-04-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 687
Posted By jonwvara

As I've always said, there's no substitute for...

As I've always said, there's no substitute for dumb luck.
05-04-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 687
Posted By jonwvara

Funnily enough, I actually do have a...

Funnily enough, I actually do have a first-generation Mountech on my Miyata 1000. I even rode cross-country with it in 2017, and had no issues. My father, who was a great long-distance tourist, rode...
05-04-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 687
Posted By jonwvara

I am regretting this earlier post, which I now...

I am regretting this earlier post, which I now see as a bit of unhelpful wise-assery. I would now say that the correct way to service a Helicomatic hub is to give it away to someone who wants to...
05-04-20, 04:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 687
Posted By jonwvara

If anyone really wants to get on the Helicomatic...

If anyone really wants to get on the Helicomatic bandwagon, I've got one here that I'd be willing send off for the price of postage. It's a six-speed, probably 14-26 or so. I'll provide the actual...
05-01-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,989
Posted By jonwvara

"Horde" is a great word because it has three...

"Horde" is a great word because it has three homophones. My favorite comes from the word "hoar," which is frost.

You can use "hoared" in a sort of highfalutin' literary way, as in "The C&V...
05-01-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 687
Posted By jonwvara

I was taught that the correct way to adjust them...

I was taught that the correct way to adjust them is to throw them away.
05-01-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, that was another heartbreaking year.

Yeah, that was another heartbreaking year.
05-01-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonwvara

Okay, man, count me in!

Okay, man, count me in!
05-01-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonwvara

That's going to be a sought-after collector's...

That's going to be a sought-after collector's item someday, like those "1986 World Champion Boston Red Sox" caps.
04-30-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonwvara

For the front brake, I do disconnect the yoke at...

For the front brake, I do disconnect the yoke at the straddle cable. The Mafac hanger on the steerer is slotted so the cable comes out. But for the back brake, only the two stops I added are slotted....
04-30-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonwvara

I think it's a Lucas 2 front rack. I tend to tour...

I think it's a Lucas 2 front rack. I tend to tour pretty light, so most of my stuff will go in the saddlebag. I hope not to need panniers at all--just a waterproof bag of clothing, sleeping bag,...
04-30-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By jonwvara

Not touring to Eroica on a PX-10

This is the PX-10 that I had planned to load with camping gear and ride from San Francisco to Cambria earlier this month. As many of us a aware by now, that event was canceled--some kind of virus or...
04-29-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

Same here. Trouble is, I'm a word guy. Okay,...

Same here. Trouble is, I'm a word guy. Okay, let's get back to stuff for trade.

I posted a set of 1990s Look-style Shimano 105 pedals a week or so ago that I wanted to update to say no trade is...
04-29-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

It is! It's also a bicycle, though, since...

It is! It's also a bicycle, though, since motorcycles are bicycles.
04-29-20, 04:35 PM
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Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

C'mon, technically, motorcycles are bicycles....

C'mon, technically, motorcycles are bicycles. Sure, they're kind of specialized, but doesn't "bicycle" just mean "two-wheeler?
04-28-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By jonwvara

I don't like OA, but as Gugie suggests, I once...

I don't like OA, but as Gugie suggests, I once made some little cup-shaped dams around rusty cable guides from modeling clay, and filled them with Evaporust. The trick is to really smear the clay...
04-27-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

I don't have all that much experience with...

I don't have all that much experience with cantilever brakes, so it's not surprising that I've never seen anything like that. Thanks for the heads-up.

Once I build a set of wheels and get this...
04-26-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

I believe that the clearance between brake and...

I believe that the clearance between brake and tire will increase as the pads wear.
04-26-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

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

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/shimano_cantilevers_2_0ef69392ebddb4ceb23ddf3cab6136f7afe16903.jpg
On second thought, now that I have angled the pads downward a bit,...
04-26-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

Well, I will point out that I never expected this...

Well, I will point out that I never expected this to come out perfectly on the first try. So at least I was right about something.
04-26-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

After re-examining my pad setup in better light,...

After re-examining my pad setup in better light, I am backing down from my premature declaration of victory. I can now see that although the top edges of the pad do indeed clear the tire (though...
04-25-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

My favorite last words are "What could go wrong?"...

My favorite last words are "What could go wrong?" and "Hey, watch this!"

Point taken about pad squish. A little more clearance would be nice. I suppose I could always file a small bevel on the...
04-25-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

Wow, tough crowd! That's what I get for putting...

Wow, tough crowd! That's what I get for putting the word "successful" in the head.

The photo may be a little deceptive. The pads don't hit the tire. They are close to the tire, but not too close....
04-25-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 633
Posted By jonwvara

Successful 27" to 700c caliper brake conversion

In preparing to convert my 1981 Miyata 1000 from 27" to 700c wheels, I read through a number of threads on the subject here. There were quite a few suggestions for cantilever brake calipers with...
04-23-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By jonwvara

Gosh, you're right! I rode cross-country on that...

Gosh, you're right! I rode cross-country on that wheelset a few years ago and never noticed that it's a 40-spoke rear--just assumed it was 36 in both front and back. Not sure what I'll do now. I'll...
04-23-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

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

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/shimano_pedals_f1820db8c008a4c3446f77460108c2432e8e37b1.jpg
While looking for another set of pedals in a little-frequented bin, I...
04-22-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By jonwvara

Quality differences between Sansin Gyromaster and Sansin low-flange hubs?

I'm planning to build a new set of 700c wheels for my 1981 Miyata 1000. (It originally came with 27" rims, and although I'm not going to open that can of worms here, I think I have the cantilever...
04-21-20, 05:00 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,961
Posted By jonwvara

Self-serving of me, but... 122 BCD...

Self-serving of me, but...

122 BCD Triplizer, 42 Teeth (http://www.redclovercomponents.com/store/p1/122_BCD_Triplizer%2C_42_Teeth.html)

or

122 BCD Conventional Chainring, 37 Teeth...
04-16-20, 05:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,294
Posted By jonwvara

This is tough. I also suspect that it will not...

This is tough. I also suspect that it will not happen. If it does happen, it also seems likely that attendance will be down. Since I have been planning to attend as a vendor, not a rider, it probably...
04-12-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,513
Posted By jonwvara

I used to lead bike tours for a company then...

I used to lead bike tours for a company then called Bike Vermont, and we used to ride through Landgrove quite often. I forget its name (proving our point, I guess), but there was a back dirt road...
04-12-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2,569
Views: 223,605
Posted By jonwvara

Why, thank you! I will hold that in reserve and...

Why, thank you! I will hold that in reserve and hope for the best.
04-12-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,513
Posted By jonwvara

Town roads in Vermont actually did not have...

Town roads in Vermont actually did not have official names until the state adopted an emergency 911 system in the early 1990s, came up with names, and put up signs. Up until then, road names were...
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