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09-25-20, 05:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,419
Posted By kunsunoke

I tried NOS Syncro 2 shifters on the Marcel...

I tried NOS Syncro 2 shifters on the Marcel Calborn. The rear indexing did not work at all, no matter what the insert was. A switch to Ergopower 8 and a proper slant parallelogram Record C rear...
09-21-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,359
Posted By kunsunoke

I imagine Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal whip...

I imagine Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal whip would have been something hand-made by the French (custom Imron paint job), with reasonably relaxed geometry and a custom pre-softened Brooks saddle...
09-18-20, 05:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 929
Posted By kunsunoke

Wasn't the bike that got the...

Wasn't the bike that got the frame-pump-in-the-spokes a Free Spirit that the movie people got from Sears? Masi wouldn't allow one of their own bikes to be destroyed, apparently.
09-18-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,261
Posted By kunsunoke

If you decide to rent or buy a bike and do some...

If you decide to rent or buy a bike and do some riding, get some travelers insurance first. Cyclists colliding with pedestrians, automobiles and other cyclists are frequent occurrences there. It's...
09-08-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By kunsunoke

You should be okay. Bridgestone tended to be...

You should be okay. Bridgestone tended to be conservative with build specifications, so the brake levers should work with the Weinmann or Dia Compe center-pull brakes.
09-08-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,474
Posted By kunsunoke

Depends on what you're doing with the bikes. ...

Depends on what you're doing with the bikes.

As city bikes, commuters, point a to point b riders, Schwinn's electro-forged bikes are fine. More than fine, actually, assuming you don't need the...
09-07-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,187
Posted By kunsunoke

This market is wildly inconsistent. Vintage...

This market is wildly inconsistent. Vintage stuff is overpriced (particularly on eBay) and nobody wants it. Cheap stuff is overpriced and nobody wants it. But if your bike is from one of the large...
08-18-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By kunsunoke

Chromium paint is made from vacuum-metalized...

Chromium paint is made from vacuum-metalized aluminum pigment in solvent-based clear paint resin. It is a non-match for chromium plating even if the surface quality of the prepared surface is nearly...
08-15-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 951
Posted By kunsunoke

This is not a political reply. Given the...

This is not a political reply.

Given the scarcity of bikes during the current pandemic period we're in, the seller might actually get the price he's asking for.

That seat looks a little...
08-13-20, 03:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 920
Posted By kunsunoke

Depends on the bike. The Rossin and Trek 930...

Depends on the bike.

The Rossin and Trek 930 got Selle San Marco Titanium Rolls saddles.
The Ideor Asso has an Selle Italia-produced suede Cinelli knock-off.
The Tommasini and Serotta Nova use...
08-11-20, 05:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 643
Posted By kunsunoke

Some sources for replacement decals - ...

Some sources for replacement decals -
https://www.velocals.com/
https://www.bicycledecals.net/
08-09-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 420
Posted By kunsunoke

Try one of these: Nitto Technomic quill...

Try one of these:

Nitto Technomic quill stems at Ben's Cycle (https://www.benscycle.com/nitto-technomic-l225-long-quill-stem/stem_nitto_technomicl225_870/product)
08-01-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,484
Posted By kunsunoke

Velo Orange (https://velo-orange.com/) is your...

Velo Orange (https://velo-orange.com/) is your friend. You should be able to get replacements for French parts there - including brake pads and brake hoods.

Randy is right about the Simplex...
07-31-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

Those geometries varied for other bikes, too. ...

Those geometries varied for other bikes, too. This concept is called "sizing". Head and seat tube angles are still steeper for Italian bikes. Riding compartments are biased forward as a result. ...
07-31-20, 03:41 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

I never said Faliero Masi taught all US builders,...

I never said Faliero Masi taught all US builders, because such was not the case. My point was that road bikes up until that point were quite different, with slack geometry - and sometimes...
07-29-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

Construction of bicycles has been ongoing since...

Construction of bicycles has been ongoing since the nineteenth century. Early safety bikes can be fantastically well constructed, but difficult to manage, due to drive trains from hell. We got most...
07-27-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

No, I think the Italians and other nationals were...

No, I think the Italians and other nationals were building bikes long before the 1970s. What is undeniable is that the builders eventually coalesced around Italian ideas about aesthetics and...
07-27-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

Who taught those other builders to build those...

Who taught those other builders to build those bikes that you think are exactly the same? Build quality used to be much poorer in the USA - but then Faliero Masi taught an entire generation of...
07-26-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By kunsunoke

Thinwall / deep-well metric socket is the way to...

Thinwall / deep-well metric socket is the way to go there. Hopefully you have access to a few of those. They're harder to get, now that Craftsman tools are made in the PRC.
07-26-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

There's nothing intangible about what the...

There's nothing intangible about what the original Italian builders did. They leveraged a tradition of riding, racing, engineering, craftsmanship and artistry to produce some of the best and most...
07-26-20, 05:06 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

My Lossa-built Supercorsa was what I was thinking...

My Lossa-built Supercorsa was what I was thinking about when I posted. The Blue China paint is stunning. It's just too bad it doesn't hold up like Chemours' Imron.
07-26-20, 05:00 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

It's not marketing. It's experience. I'm not...

It's not marketing. It's experience. I'm not the only person that noticed.
07-21-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,141
Posted By kunsunoke

They look like what we expect race bikes ought to...

They look like what we expect race bikes ought to look like.
They instantly evoke nostalgia for simpler times, when cycling didn't focus on marketing of plastic bikes to plastic people.
They have...
06-13-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By kunsunoke

That bike's a candidate for drops - and also...

That bike's a candidate for drops - and also Shimano bar-end shifters or brifters.

Nobody really uses SRAM GripShift anymore. Shift detents were always really vague and janky.
05-21-20, 03:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By kunsunoke

Nishiki International on eBay...

Nishiki International on eBay (https://www.ebay.com/itm/NISHIKI-International-10-speed-1970s-Mens-road-Bike-Suntour-vintage-bicycle/273581482228?hash=item3fb2ba20f4:g:FvQAAOSwgbdb~Kf-)

Appears to...
05-20-20, 05:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By kunsunoke

Pics might help - keep posting until you get to...

Pics might help - keep posting until you get to minimums and that should get you to the point where you can plaster some up.;
05-10-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 359
Posted By kunsunoke

There's probably no benefit to replacing 8-speed...

There's probably no benefit to replacing 8-speed with 9-speed. Best option at this point is to replace the crank with a compact 48/34 setup with new rings (think Sugino XD) if you need lower gears. ...
05-09-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 799
Posted By kunsunoke

Italian paints and finishes have always been...

Italian paints and finishes have always been wretched. The chrome never holds up. Chromovelato becomes a bad joke after 2-3 seasons. Having said that, iab is absolutely correct in stating that a...
05-09-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,278
Posted By kunsunoke

Horrifying. PX-10s and PY-10s ought to be...

Horrifying.

PX-10s and PY-10s ought to be on tubulars.

Preferably Mavic Monthlerys. With Campagnolo NR hubs.
05-09-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,189
Posted By kunsunoke

First Colnago, now Mavic. Wonder who will be the...

First Colnago, now Mavic. Wonder who will be the next shoe to drop.

The world doesn't need anymore takeovers by the CCP.
05-09-20, 04:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,741
Posted By kunsunoke

Full finger. Reflective. And they double as...

Full finger. Reflective. And they double as lawn-mowing gloves. .

Ace Hardware full-finger; fluorescent yellow....
05-09-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By kunsunoke

GP4s are awesome tubular rims. They build true. ...

GP4s are awesome tubular rims. They build true. They stay true. You can use them on or off-road.

If only Mavic would start making them again, the world would be a much better place. Their...
05-06-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,364
Posted By kunsunoke

You can use anything bottom bracket set for...

You can use anything bottom bracket set for English threads as long as shell width is 68mm.
05-03-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,751
Posted By kunsunoke

Best of Spaulding

Best of Spaulding
05-03-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,118
Posted By kunsunoke

The Bridgestone RADAC my wife currently rides had...

The Bridgestone RADAC my wife currently rides had a badly-dented top tube and chewed-up chainstays. Both had to be fixed ($300+ at EagleOne). That one was by far the biggest money pit, but it does...
04-27-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By kunsunoke

If you're sticking with friction shifting, the NR...

If you're sticking with friction shifting, the NR shift levers should work with 7-speed freewheels or cassettes and an SR rear mech. C-Record v2 rear mech should also work with the setup you...
04-27-20, 04:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 845
Posted By kunsunoke

Last resort: (consider your paint to be toast if...

Last resort: (consider your paint to be toast if you need to go this route)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDzm-sIN47M
04-24-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By kunsunoke

Try this site: https://www.koolestuff.com/ ...

Try this site:

https://www.koolestuff.com/

https://www.ebay.com/itm/KOOL-LEMON-Yellow-Paint-for-Schwinn-Bike-Restoration-for-STINGRAY-Bicycle-others-/192245148559
04-24-20, 05:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 478
Posted By kunsunoke

Go with a PC 850 or PC 870. They're nicely...

Go with a PC 850 or PC 870. They're nicely plated and (though eight speed) should work with your Maillard freewheel.
04-23-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 845
Posted By kunsunoke

https://sheldonbrown.com/stuck-seatposts.html ...

https://sheldonbrown.com/stuck-seatposts.html

The key is to get the seatpost rotating.

Given what you have there you might try this approach -
1) Replace the seat and micro adjust top back...
04-19-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 813
Posted By kunsunoke

Dunno - I've done it both ways, and I think I...

Dunno - I've done it both ways, and I think I prefer taking the spokes out and starting fresh. You can replace stripped nipples, swap out bad spokes, adjust crossing patterns for better tension,...
04-19-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By kunsunoke

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/gorilla-glue-ta...

https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/gorilla-glue-tape-0676053p.html#srp

Gorilla Tape is what is used for ghetto tubeless modifications in the mountain biking world. Three wraps of Gorilla tape...
12-30-19, 06:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,186
Posted By kunsunoke

Not sure I'd agree with Schwinn not keeping up...

Not sure I'd agree with Schwinn not keeping up with the market. They built some really good and competitive bikes (Tempo, Peloton, Circuit, Superior, Super Sport, Paramount, The Sting, Sting...
10-29-19, 05:18 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,127
Posted By kunsunoke

Lots of good ideas for Eroica east coast. ...

Lots of good ideas for Eroica east coast.

Berkshires in MA
SE Pennsylvania
Finger Lakes / upstate NY

Any others?
10-17-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,257
Posted By kunsunoke

It's not nostalgia. Modern tubular tires...

It's not nostalgia.

Modern tubular tires continue to ride better than clinchers of the same casing diameter and same thread count.

Tubulars can be inflated to much higher pressures than...
10-13-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,257
Posted By kunsunoke

Few more tips for the repair-inclined tubular...

Few more tips for the repair-inclined tubular rider:

- The importance of matching the old stitch holes cannot be over-emphasized! Doing this prevents one from inducing a twist into the tire...
10-08-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 567
Posted By kunsunoke

Some Ideors date to 1963. Montrose Bikes...

Some Ideors date to 1963. Montrose Bikes imported them directly, up until the very end of production. I think there's nothing wrong with using slightly more modern Italian parts (Campagnolo Nuovo...
10-08-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 13,257
Posted By kunsunoke

0) Always carry a spare tubular tire with you...

0) Always carry a spare tubular tire with you when you ride, along with tire irons and some electrical tape. It often means the difference between riding and walking home.
1) Tufo tape is what you...
10-05-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 842
Posted By kunsunoke

It's a Bridgestone from the Petersen era, and...

It's a Bridgestone from the Petersen era, and therefore somewhat collectible - but whether you decide to go that route depends on your interest in / commitment to restoration.

The bends don't...
09-08-19, 05:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,683
Posted By kunsunoke

Some bikes you might want to consider - mainly...

Some bikes you might want to consider - mainly from 1987 - 1992 era; all non-suspension types

Trek 930/950/970
Bridgestone MB-2; MB-3; MB-4; MB-5
Specialized Rockhopper; Stumpjumper
Bianchi...
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