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01-28-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,050
Posted By Salamandrine

:lol: Some things never change. That sort of...

:lol: Some things never change. That sort of thing was good for entertainment on long rides. As you know, you win that little game by default if you simply don't care.

Columbus hat is a good...
01-27-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,247
Posted By Salamandrine

I have spent many hours with the Park zombie tool...

I have spent many hours with the Park zombie tool in shops. It does provide more control. For home use, you could probably improvise something. Purchasing the official tool might be worth it if you...
01-27-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,050
Posted By Salamandrine

I haven't worn a cycling cap in decades, but I...

I haven't worn a cycling cap in decades, but I don't recall ever having one that matched my bike. I can tell you that BITD you'd more than likely get ribbed pretty hard by your friends if your cap...
01-24-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,217
Posted By Salamandrine

With the picture and grid, it looks a little too...

With the picture and grid, it looks a little too even to be unintentional. Those are usually more irregular. Looks like someone bent the drops of a rando bar down until they were parallel, and ended...
01-24-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 511
Posted By Salamandrine

That's right, now that you mention it, same maker...

That's right, now that you mention it, same maker but they're slightly different. I think the Christophe buckles are a little nicer also. It's like Dodge vs Plymouth, or something.

I may have seen...
01-24-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 511
Posted By Salamandrine

BITD the only laminated straps were Binda Extra...

BITD the only laminated straps were Binda Extra or Ale/Avocet

How about these?
https://www.retro-gression.com/collections/straps/products/synthetic-laminated-single-toe-straps

FWIW Lapize and...
01-24-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,231
Posted By Salamandrine

BITD, the corn cobs were never about "correct"....

BITD, the corn cobs were never about "correct". Freewheels only had 5 or 6 cogs in the back. If you ran a 13-26 or something, you be stuck with a big gap in your higher gears, which would be...
01-24-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,217
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes. I happens. It's probably not so much...

Yes. I happens.
It's probably not so much constant pressure. More likely it was a heavy rider and rough roads and potholes. Usually I've seem this with French bike boom era bikes. (as others have...
01-23-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 606
Posted By Salamandrine

From you description, it sounds like it only...

From you description, it sounds like it only needs some minor adjustment. The left or non drive side of the bottom bracket which is shown in the photo is the adjustable cup. These are always right...
01-22-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By Salamandrine

That's my experience too. FWIW Phil will rebuild...

That's my experience too. FWIW Phil will rebuild a BB with new bearings for 30 bucks or so, IIRC.

All of the Avocet cranks I've dealt with fit campy and campy copy spindles of the same era just...
01-22-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 606
Posted By Salamandrine

+1 just go 700c. There's plenty of room and it's...

+1 just go 700c. There's plenty of room and it's authentic continental spec even for the 70s.


FWIW the Sun rims that look most retro to me are the M13II. They come in polished and look like old...
01-22-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 579
Posted By Salamandrine

Even tension in bike wheels can only happen when...

Even tension in bike wheels can only happen when they are new. As the rim gets older and takes some minor bends, subsequent truing will make the spoke tension increasingly uneven. This is OK. After a...
01-19-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 393
Posted By Salamandrine

I vote for the Allvit, just because I always root...

I vote for the Allvit, just because I always root for the underdog. There's also something oddly appealing about these derailleurs.
01-19-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 579
Posted By Salamandrine

I'd strongly recommend that you shell out the...

I'd strongly recommend that you shell out the extra cash for double butted spokes. They will make a wheel that holds up much better than straight gauge. 14/15/14 is fine. It's what I use.

3x...
01-19-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 579
Posted By Salamandrine

A few points. First, once a wheel has broken...

A few points.

First, once a wheel has broken 2 or 3 spokes, it's usually a good indicator that it's at the end of it's life.

In a way the bike shop is right, time for new wheels. However they...
01-18-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,157
Posted By Salamandrine

^^^ +1. The other common type of cage was the REG...

^^^ +1. The other common type of cage was the REG 'erector' set type, and numerous knockoffs thereof. I think this design dates back to the aluminum bottle era. I'd imagine the spring mechanism would...
01-18-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,157
Posted By Salamandrine

Really? I never experienced the old TA cages as...

Really? I never experienced the old TA cages as being flexy. Never ever lost a bottle, and I often rode gravel. Then again bottles were smaller, generally speaking.

Even the vintage TA super cages...
01-18-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,157
Posted By Salamandrine

The correct cage is a chrome steel TA cage...

The correct cage is a chrome steel TA cage mounted on the downtube, but a similar Italian made cage would also be correct. Correct bottle is plastic with a flip off cap: REG, Mariplast, or ALE. TA...
01-16-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,389
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks like a regular Cannondale to me as well....

Looks like a regular Cannondale to me as well. The damage to the right chainstay and left seatstay etc make this frame worthless.

In theory it could be repaired if (maybe) one was willing to...
01-16-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks very much for that information. I looked...

Thanks very much for that information. I looked at some pictures of Automotos online, and I'm pretty sure you're right. That must have been the maker. I remember that it had a fairly flamboyantly cut...
01-15-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,285
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes they do. I haven't tried them. Bicycle...

Yes they do. I haven't tried them.

Bicycle Shoe Cleats for Toeclip Pedals $29.95 at Yellow Jersey (http://www.yellowjersey.org/tocleat.html)

I've seen another similar cleat somewhere else, but...
01-15-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,285
Posted By Salamandrine

It's interesting that the photos in that article...

It's interesting that the photos in that article show the strap ends tucked through the buckle. At that time pretty much no one was using them that way. Perhaps it was the photographer's decision.
...
01-14-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 410
Posted By Salamandrine

I think over the years Sears had quite a few...

I think over the years Sears had quite a few diverse suppliers.

The Sears Steyr 3 speed bikes are nice. They can make a good and useful city bike. If you want to go crazy, hotrodding them a bit...
01-14-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By Salamandrine

Hey that's pretty interesting. Thanks for posting...

Hey that's pretty interesting. Thanks for posting the comparison pics (and the correction). Never noticed it before. I guess I never saw a first gen crank right up next to the 2nd gen ones, and...
01-14-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By Salamandrine

FWIW....

FWIW. http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=33e0d8c7-7dd4-44be-9258-82d777192e93

The 2nd gen Dura Ace cranks had the same arms as first gen but new chainrings. I had a set of these BITD.
01-14-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By Salamandrine

They were probably re-tapped by a shop, and the...

They were probably re-tapped by a shop, and the FR thread markings struck out to indicate that they are know longer French threaded. Some mechanics could be very neat. I was, or tried to be. I quick...
01-13-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,743
Posted By Salamandrine

Hmm, I have relatively wide shoulders and was...

Hmm, I have relatively wide shoulders and was always fine with the wide bars of yesteryear, 40 cm. ;) Bars came in two sizes: 38 or 40.

Nowadays I use 42, and they are comfortable, but I find...
01-13-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 735
Posted By Salamandrine

Personally, I think brifters are a wash as far as...

Personally, I think brifters are a wash as far as any performance advantage. The left/front changer is more awkward than a simple DT lever. They are heavier and somewhat prone to failure. They do...
01-13-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By Salamandrine

They came in that color for a couple years. The...

They came in that color for a couple years. The saturated blue was a micro trend in the early 80s. It was inspired by Gios Torino. I had the Univega version of this frame in the exact same color. We...
01-12-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,391
Posted By Salamandrine

Probably pointless trivia in the year 2020, but...

Probably pointless trivia in the year 2020, but the plungers on the old Silca track pumps were typically lubricated with Campagnolo grease in every bike shop I worked in. The rubber gaskets in the...
01-12-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 735
Posted By Salamandrine

As it always has been, it's not about the bike....

As it always has been, it's not about the bike. 98% of riding a bike is fitness, and your average cyclist is going to see more improvement from losing 5 lbs than getting a modern bike.

Bikes are a...
01-12-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 15,968
Posted By Salamandrine

I'm not sure what an all rounder is, but my Riv...

I'm not sure what an all rounder is, but my Riv can go a lot of different places on and off the road, then again so can my Masi.

...
01-12-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 193
Posted By Salamandrine

I'd be surprised if it's a cassette. More than...

I'd be surprised if it's a cassette. More than likely a freewheel, and I'd wager it says "Regina" on it.

Road spacing went from 126mm to 130mm in the 90s (more or less), so you can't or at least...
01-11-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 213
Posted By Salamandrine

https://velo-orange.com/collections/brake-parts/pr...

https://velo-orange.com/collections/brake-parts/products/rustines-italian-lever-brake-hood-cover

They are available from other vendors as well. VO also sells the Modolo style hoods.

The Campy...
01-10-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,979
Posted By Salamandrine

Rust/oxidation. The air did it.

Rust/oxidation. The air did it.
01-10-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By Salamandrine

I should emphasize that I'm not 100% certain on...

I should emphasize that I'm not 100% certain on that, but I recall they were pretty tight with race geometry.

If you can find one, try to get a Specialissima from around the same time. While sold...
01-10-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By Salamandrine

I remember assembling and selling these BITD, but...

I remember assembling and selling these BITD, but it's been a while. They were pretty tight IIRC. I kinda think you'd be lucky to get 28's on there. It came with 20c tires -- to make it seem sportier...
01-10-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,949
Posted By Salamandrine

Hmm, it's not April 1st... This boggles the mind....

Hmm, it's not April 1st... This boggles the mind. "Alex Singer dumpster find" are not words often found together. Congratulations are in order.

I guess there's still a certain segment of the...
01-10-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,979
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice to see this thing rolling! For the bar...

Nice to see this thing rolling!

For the bar tape, cotton obviously. I'm thinking red or white or black or brown. Also white with shellac would be nice.

First, ride it a while and see how you...
01-09-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 422
Posted By Salamandrine

Well that's quite a score. Congratulations! I...

Well that's quite a score. Congratulations! I remember selling those BITD. 83 sounds about right.

A bit of trivia: the third water bottle cage was really intended to hold a fuel bottle for your...
01-08-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,743
Posted By Salamandrine

CPSC reflectors.

CPSC reflectors.
01-08-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,285
Posted By Salamandrine

I went back to riding toe clips and straps for...

I went back to riding toe clips and straps for about a year a few years back. I found it was no big deal, but I'd started with them when I was like 12, which was a long time ago now... Still had the...
01-08-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,285
Posted By Salamandrine

Perhaps this will be useful. Here are some basic...

Perhaps this will be useful. Here are some basic tips for using toe clips:

Don't tighten the straps until you get used to them. Leave them quite loose.
When you are used to them, leave loose in...
01-07-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,230
Posted By Salamandrine

First, when you put them on dry to stretch, pump...

First, when you put them on dry to stretch, pump them to moderate to full pressure. Let them sit and relax.

When ready to glue, yes it is 100% OK to install fully flat. In fact I recommend that...
01-07-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,842
Posted By Salamandrine

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder because I really like the contrasting colors in the suits. Even the green.... :)
01-07-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,650
Posted By Salamandrine

That's a fair point. "Production" can vary in...

That's a fair point. "Production" can vary in meaning. In this case not at all comparable to say a big Japanese factory. I might have said hand built by hippies... :) (I don't know if they really...
01-06-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,650
Posted By Salamandrine

:roflmao2: har har... I agree with the...

:roflmao2:

har har...

I agree with the repaint. It's rusting and too far gone. Decals are available. If you've got an autobody guy willing to do it, that's a good way to go. Frankly a good...
01-06-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 303
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks great! Well done. Enjoy!

Looks great! Well done. Enjoy!
01-06-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,230
Posted By Salamandrine

FYI I heard somewhere that while Tubasti is still...

FYI I heard somewhere that while Tubasti is still around, they changed it recently, and It's now a modern clear contact cement type adhesive, like everyone else.

The only time I've ever rolled a...
01-06-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 609
Posted By Salamandrine

WD40 was the typical cleaner for frames in every...

WD40 was the typical cleaner for frames in every bike shop I worked in during ye olden days. This isn't often mentioned, but any sort of water was once considered verboten, because it would or could...
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