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05-25-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 300
Posted By John E

My 1980 PKN-10, which is now my elder son's,...

My 1980 PKN-10, which is now my elder son's, definitely has a Swiss-threaded BB, as I discovered when I converted the crankset to a Sugino triple. (He told me he is thankful for that 34T inner ring...
05-23-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 226
Posted By John E

My wife is an avid reader. I would read more, but...

My wife is an avid reader. I would read more, but I am working particularly hard this quarter, teaching two undergrad classes and three graduate courses. We both love so-called classical music, and I...
05-23-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,548
Posted By John E

Interesting. My 1988 Project KOM-10 is from...

Interesting.
My 1988 Project KOM-10 is from Greenville, as well.
05-16-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 351
Posted By John E

My 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 non-suspension...

My 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 non-suspension mountain bike has become my go-to steed for both transportation and exercise. I drop my panniers over the rear Blackburn Mtn rack for shopping trips....
05-14-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By John E

I use regular frame mount water bottle holders...

I use regular frame mount water bottle holders with Minoura handlebar converter clamps....
05-14-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 442
Posted By John E

I just ordered thumb shifters from...

I just ordered thumb shifters from bikerecyclery.com, and they are shipping tomorrow, so they are definitely (back) in operation.
05-10-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 274
Posted By John E

That thing is a game changer, in that it allows...

That thing is a game changer, in that it allows one to separate considerations of maximum cog size vs. chain wrap/take-up capacity. It won't help much if you have a big drop between chainrings, but...
05-10-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,245
Posted By John E

Harding -- now there's a marque I haven't seen...

Harding -- now there's a marque I haven't seen since the 1960s and 1970s, when I lived in west Los Angeles and frequented Charlie Harding's shop on Westwood Bl., just south of UCLA. He had a full...
05-09-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 917
Posted By John E

Remember... Is it wrong... or just French! ...

Remember... Is it wrong... or just French!

Reminds me of "it's not a bug ... it's a feature."
05-09-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 239
Posted By John E

I am glad my elder son is raising his boys right :)

Henry, age 5, and Erik, who turns 3 in June, preparing for a bike ride with Dad, who now has my beloved old 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, which fits him much better than it fit me. Erik rides in a Burley...
05-09-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 794
Posted By John E

... as he damn well better be, assuming that is...

... as he damn well better be, assuming that is his size. I'll bet it rides beautifully. Nice job, and great find.
05-09-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 917
Posted By John E

Based on my experience with my 1980 PKN-10, 700C...

Based on my experience with my 1980 PKN-10, 700C clinchers are definitely the way to go if you are averse to tubular tires. I could barely accommodate a 27"x1" tire in front, but I can go as high as...
05-09-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 801
Posted By John E

Nice score! I love sport touring bikes of that...

Nice score! I love sport touring bikes of that general vintage
05-04-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,994
Posted By John E

Bicycling is the only sport I have ever truly,...

Bicycling is the only sport I have ever truly, deeply loved, but I have supplemented it for several years with weight training to maintain bone density and muscle mass. I can't pretend to relish...
05-04-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By John E

I don't get the single speed thing or the fixed...

I don't get the single speed thing or the fixed gear thing, but the important aspect is that you are enjoying it, and you didn't do anything irreversible to the frame. As my signature attests, I am...
05-04-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 290
Posted By John E

Any differences in standover height or top tube...

Any differences in standover height or top tube length?
04-29-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,245
Posted By John E

The top gear on my mountain bike is 48/12 with...

The top gear on my mountain bike is 48/12 with 26" tires = 104 gear-inches, but I am perfectly happy with mid-90s on my road bikes, with 50/14 or 46/13 (~96) being my favorites. I go as low as 49/14...
04-29-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,304
Posted By John E

55cm C-T in a "square" frame is my ideal. ...

55cm C-T in a "square" frame is my ideal.
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With the respective elbow against...
04-25-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,354
Posted By John E

I don't mind an MUP which is either lightly used...

I don't mind an MUP which is either lightly used or provides a decent alternative, such as an adjacent Class II bike lane. For those familiar with north coastal San Diego County, we just lost the...
04-24-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 849
Posted By John E

Yup -- my wife and I are hitting 70 this summer....

Yup -- my wife and I are hitting 70 this summer. Welcome to the 50+ club!

My father told me that he really felt old for the first time when my younger brother hit 50. :)
04-18-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Posted By John E

​​​​​​ In 1973 my new bride needed a...

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In 1973 my new bride needed a replacement bicycle, and since I was working at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership, I was able to order a bare frame for $47 and build it up to suit her. At the shop...
04-18-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 629
Posted By John E

The OP is right between my younger brother and me...

The OP is right between my younger brother and me in age.

I am going to hazard a guess and second the "Royce Union" option. American Eagle (Nishiki) didn't hit the US until ca. 1967-68.
04-18-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 664
Posted By John E

That's it -- a nice metallic brown, which looks...

That's it -- a nice metallic brown, which looks really sharp with the gold Bianchi decals down the seat tube and across the downtube. Decal font, including the leading and trailing horizontal lines,...
04-18-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 664
Posted By John E

My artist wife calls it "metallic Ralph Lauren...

My artist wife calls it "metallic Ralph Lauren brown." Bianchi's official name for the color is reportedly "charcoal." It is not the same as the brown I have seen on a few of the Japanese Bianchis...
04-18-20, 05:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Posted By John E

My go-to-beater is my 1970 UO-8 (see signature). ...

My go-to-beater is my 1970 UO-8 (see signature).
Fork: full chrome aftermarket with less rake than original
Saddle: Terry liberator
Brakes: original Mafac racer in front, Peugeot-labeled Weinmann...
04-15-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,150
Posted By John E

I am enjoying this thread. Those Olmo frames look...

I am enjoying this thread. Those Olmo frames look great, and similar components were stock on my littermate 1960 Capo Siegers, one of which is getting the original Gran Sport derailleurs, Agrati...
04-14-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 402
Posted By John E

Looking good. These frames also ride and handle...

Looking good. These frames also ride and handle better than almost anything else in their price class.

If it were mine, I would replace the stem shift with barcons and ditch the brake extension...
04-13-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 239
Posted By John E

I look at the original components issue this way...

I look at the original components issue this way -- when a new bicycle is sold and delivered to its first customer, component swaps have always been very common, particularly for things like gearing,...
04-11-20, 10:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 779
Posted By John E

"I don't need easy; I just need possible." --...

"I don't need easy; I just need possible." -- Bethany Hamilton
04-11-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By John E

Depending on how much fork crown, chainstay, and...

Depending on how much fork crown, chainstay, and rear brake clearance you have, you may be able to use full 27 x 1-1/4 tires. I remember the Michelin Elan, which were the first 27" low-profile tire,...
04-11-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,154
Posted By John E

The benefit of LH drive with RH threading is that...

The benefit of LH drive with RH threading is that your cog won't unscrew during hard deceleration, leaving you with braking, although you fortunately do have a separate front wheel braking system....
04-11-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 472
Posted By John E

I didn't realize bicycle frame lugs were subject...

I didn't realize bicycle frame lugs were subject to COVID-19 hoarding. I guess you could trade them for toilet paper or hand sanitizer.
04-10-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,237
Posted By John E

I have been using my mountain bike on road for...

I have been using my mountain bike on road for shopping and other errands and some solo recreation/exercise, but it looks like I won't be doing any offroading for awhile, with 5" of rain for the...
04-10-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,156
Posted By John E

You guys are making me yearn for one of the best...

You guys are making me yearn for one of the best all-rounder bikes I ever owned -- a 1980 PKN-10. I changed to a Sugino touring triple, which required a Sugino fixed cup, which I forced to conform to...
04-04-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 414
Posted By John E

The "tighten it more" approach worked well with...

The "tighten it more" approach worked well with my Swiss-threaded 1980 Peugeot PKN-10. Having had no success going clockwise, I gave it an anticlockwise jerk, and then I was able to unscrew it...
04-01-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,785
Posted By John E

I was relieved to see at least one lowly UO-8 in...

I was relieved to see at least one lowly UO-8 in this thread, which otherwise threatened to be a real "high rent district" gallery.

My two best frames are probably the littermate Capo Siegers,...
03-31-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 621
Posted By John E

Thank you for the tip. We are 20-year season...

Thank you for the tip. We are 20-year season ticket holders with San Diego Opera, and we were looking forward to a live performance of "Barber of Seville" in late April / early May. (Our son and...
03-30-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By John E

I wonder it's Maltese.

I wonder it's Maltese.
03-28-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 742
Posted By John E

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%,...

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%, and I am using the freed-up commuting time for cycling and fast walking to complement weight lifting at home.

One benefit of being empty nesters...
03-27-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,139
Posted By John E

My mountain bike lacks eyelets since it was...

My mountain bike lacks eyelets since it was designed for competition back when Schwinn sponsored Ned Overend, but it does have a chain hanger braze-on on the inside of the drive side seat stay. This...
03-25-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 980
Posted By John E

I participate regularly in my local NextDoor. You...

I participate regularly in my local NextDoor. You can always tune out certain threads or certain contributors, if need be. For me, the good outweighs the bad, but your community may differ. :)

(We...
03-25-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 554
Posted By John E

For what it's worth, I have ample margin with the...

For what it's worth, I have ample margin with the 38T inner on my Nervar Star crank (proprietary 128mm BCD). Your spider arms are 1mm longer than mine.
03-25-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 367
Posted By John E

Sharp-looking paint job! I remember those...

Sharp-looking paint job! I remember those super-long Huret shift levers from ca. 1970. Too bad that classic TA crankset was shot.
03-24-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,365
Posted By John E

I started using a helmet-mounted CycleAware...

I started using a helmet-mounted CycleAware mirror about 15 years ago and don't know how I ever survived without it. The only deficiency is the adhesive system, but it is easy to replace that with a...
03-24-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,351
Posted By John E

On eBay I got a bulk deal on 6" pegboard hangers....

On eBay I got a bulk deal on 6" pegboard hangers. 4" would have been better, but I do like not having tools fall off when I stack multiple copies of them or grab an adjacent tool, so this is an...
03-22-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 383
Posted By John E

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy...

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy Acres, a small southern California grocery chain, by bicycle. They have a public bike repair stand next to the bike racks in front of the store.
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03-22-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,222
Posted By John E

I am glad someone still has the decency to build...

I am glad someone still has the decency to build a frame with a proper horizontal top tube. I also like the 5-spoke symmetry in the crank spider; 4-spoke spiders just look wrong and ugly to me --...
03-21-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,783
Posted By John E

Note that the smoking rate is 40% higher in Italy...

Note that the smoking rate is 40% higher in Italy than in the US. In Asia, where most men smoke and most women don't, the COVID-19 death rate was far higher for men than for women.
03-21-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,783
Posted By John E

I fail to see the logic of that. Social...

I fail to see the logic of that. Social distancing is crucial, so no group rides and no pacelines or peletons, but solo riding, as we all know, is a great way to get exercise while avoiding people.
03-21-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 182
Posted By John E

53cm C-C maybe, but it looks like the same...

53cm C-C maybe, but it looks like the same geometry and proportions as my 55cm C-T Bianchi.
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