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07-06-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 434
Posted By Salamandrine

There were some high quality lightweight French...

There were some high quality lightweight French made mixte bikes sold during the bike boom. The more top end ones are fairly rare though. Most were more of a midrange bike, in the context of the...
07-06-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 615
Posted By Salamandrine

Based on the over the BB cable routing, I'd...

Based on the over the BB cable routing, I'd presume this bike is from the early 80s. Certainly not later. It predates Shimano 7400.

Most likely it would have been 6 speed originally. Verify this...
07-05-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 270
Posted By Salamandrine

??? Not sure what you mean. Of course it did. GS...

??? Not sure what you mean. Of course it did. GS became the second tier 'junior' level campy in the 70s and early 80s. I vividly remember it in fact on the starting line at jr's races.
07-05-20, 11:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 270
Posted By Salamandrine

I'd go Gran Sport over 600 'arabesque' in a...

I'd go Gran Sport over 600 'arabesque' in a heartbeat. Functionally it wasn't that different from NR. If it's one of those 3 arm spider GS cranks, be forewarned that chainrings are almost unobtanium....
07-05-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 930
Posted By Salamandrine

The bike doesn't really matter that much, but you...

The bike doesn't really matter that much, but you know that. Of the ones you mention, I'd probably go with the Raleigh International. Because I like them. The Cannondale might be good. I did plenty...
07-05-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 899
Posted By Salamandrine

Uh, yep wool jerseys. Still a good choice if it's...

Uh, yep wool jerseys. Still a good choice if it's a bit chilly when you start, but will get warm later. If you're really curious, look in some old Palo Alto Bike shop catalogs...
07-04-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 533
Posted By Salamandrine

Did you add links to your new chain compared to...

Did you add links to your new chain compared to the old? If the third picture in your 1st post is the bike in lowest gear, then the chain is too short, IMHO. At the risk of stating the obvious, a...
07-03-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 899
Posted By Salamandrine

A little history, as I remember it. Footwear...

A little history, as I remember it. Footwear depends on era and enthusiasm level. Before clipless pedals came out, if you had an expensive racing bicycle, you almost certainly would have worn cycling...
07-03-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 533
Posted By Salamandrine

Old chain on new (or newish?) cogs is generally...

Old chain on new (or newish?) cogs is generally considered a no no. That chain looks old and worn. Did you measure it for wear? Is it too short? Top jockey wheels is getting a bit too close to the...
07-03-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,268
Posted By Salamandrine

That'd be a good commuter for someone. Looks...

That'd be a good commuter for someone. Looks sketchier than it is, so it could be locked up without too much worry. Valentino derailleurs were fine if everything was set up and adjusted well....
07-01-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,044
Posted By Salamandrine

The B screw shouldn't need to be super optimized...

The B screw shouldn't need to be super optimized just for the RD to drop the chain into the smallest cog. Assuming the hanger is now close enough to aligned, that really only leaves friction issues....
06-30-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,044
Posted By Salamandrine

So if you completely slack the cable*, and back...

So if you completely slack the cable*, and back out the limit screw all the way, the RD still won't shift into the 12t? Ignore the brifters completely, shift by pulling the cable and letting it go.
...
06-30-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By Salamandrine

Campagnolo still sells the original replacement...

Campagnolo still sells the original replacement pads for these. I'll let you do the google search. I personally prefer the original genuine Campagnolo pads in the original flavor Record and Super...
06-30-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 689
Posted By Salamandrine

It looks to me like some sort of lawyer lip...

It looks to me like some sort of lawyer lip variation.
06-30-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,472
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice^^^ :) Doesn't anyone have a Mondia?...

Nice^^^ :)

Doesn't anyone have a Mondia? While they probably weren't the first, they were famous for doing multi color fades long, long before the fad took off in the 80s.
06-30-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,044
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks to RJ for making it. (not 'RT') I've heard...

Thanks to RJ for making it. (not 'RT') I've heard of him but haven't really watched any of his videos. This one popped up with a quick google search.

I can understand your worry about tweaking a...
06-30-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 275
Posted By Salamandrine

Cotton tape was king at that time, if you're...

Cotton tape was king at that time, if you're wondering about period correct circa 78-80. Though cello tape was around, the great craze for it was still a year or two away, and it was limited to racer...
06-29-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,044
Posted By Salamandrine

Chain length looks right to me. I think you're...

Chain length looks right to me. I think you're good.

You might want to play with your B screw adjustment, and see how that affects things. Usually I shoot for the RD cage to be a bit more parallel...
06-29-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 795
Posted By Salamandrine

Of course! :lol: I'm guessing it happened to...

Of course! :lol:

I'm guessing it happened to you as well? It was a near universal experience.

IIRC my naive and immature brain got over the fact that they weren't actually micro monkeys in...
06-29-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 375
Posted By Salamandrine

If you bounce the front wheel on the ground and...

If you bounce the front wheel on the ground and it rattles, it usually (75%) indicates that the headset is loose. Or, the headset bearings could be shot, in which case they can be loose even when...
06-29-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,044
Posted By Salamandrine

Check your derailleur hanger alignment. If they...

Check your derailleur hanger alignment. If they are bent inward, it can cause this symptom. This is so common that it's almost to be expected. It's nice to have the tool for this, but you can...
06-29-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 795
Posted By Salamandrine

Fun blast from the past. Thanks. Hmm, my older...

Fun blast from the past. Thanks. Hmm, my older brother and I were cub scouts around this time. Must have read that actual issue when it came out. I remember thinking that those Shimano derailleur ads...
06-28-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By Salamandrine

This is pretty interesting. Tough bikes eh? You...

This is pretty interesting. Tough bikes eh? You can see that all the motivation and need for the mountain bikes that would come in just a couple more years was already there. It's starting to morph...
06-28-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,044
Posted By Salamandrine

The BIG/big method gives the shortest possible...

The BIG/big method gives the shortest possible chain, but it isn't always optimal for shifting, IME. I prefer the Shimano method, especially for GT cage derailleurs. To do this, when you put the...
06-28-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 783
Posted By Salamandrine

Dy Yeah, clearly another case of too much...

Dy

Yeah, clearly another case of too much spinach. ;)

Still, as you say, 30 years ain't bad.

Looks to me like they cheaped out on the BB, which is where the failure occurred. It's a little...
06-28-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By Salamandrine

I seem to recall that the HPX has a recess for a...

I seem to recall that the HPX has a recess for a pin type pump clip, like the old HP. You could also use a Zefal plastic pump clip, or one of the old school chrome steel pin type pump clips
(ie...
06-28-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 386
Posted By Salamandrine

Not really, but I admire your conviction about...

Not really, but I admire your conviction about it! :lol:

I just looked at my main rides, and noticed that despite using Jagwire cable sets, I didn't actually use the Jagwire ferrules anywhere, so...
06-28-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 386
Posted By Salamandrine

Mostly Jagwire for my newest bikes, and no...

Mostly Jagwire for my newest bikes, and no complaints. I've been digging the plain brass ferrules Rivendell sells, and use those where applicable. IIRC I used Shimano shifter cables on my relatively...
06-26-20, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 552
Posted By Salamandrine

Sorry if I offended you. It's been a long...

Sorry if I offended you.

It's been a long time since I last built with washers. Probably in the 80s or very early 90s. I learned to build wheels the old school way, as a bike shop apprentice. I...
06-26-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 552
Posted By Salamandrine

I've built lots of wheels with spoke washers in...

I've built lots of wheels with spoke washers in the past. You are overthinking it. They are just small washers that you put the nipple through to reinforce the rim a bit, because there are no...
06-26-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,861
Posted By Salamandrine

Cool. Then your Paramount turned out to use the...

Cool. Then your Paramount turned out to use the same 610/750 set up as the more midrange Schwinns? I guess that makes sense.

IMO centerpulls are mechanically not that different from dual pivots,...
06-26-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,248
Posted By Salamandrine

Ouch. The moral of this story: 1....

Ouch.

The moral of this story:

1. Regularly inspect your brake pads for embedded gravel, grit, metal, etc.
2. Dig them out with a pocket knife or other pointy object.
3. If you hear a nasty...
06-25-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 594
Posted By Salamandrine

The Trek is correctly sized for you, based on the...

The Trek is correctly sized for you, based on the standards of the time.

Sure, fashion plays some role. As the 80s progressed, smaller frames became more fashionable. Better for stiffness,...
06-25-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 938
Posted By Salamandrine

No more spinach.

No more spinach.
06-25-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 858
Posted By Salamandrine

+1, I was going to recommend the same thing. Get...

+1, I was going to recommend the same thing. Get some magnifying glasses, and try to straighten and clean out the botched threads by hand with a pick or something. If it can be cleaned up enough that...
06-25-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 938
Posted By Salamandrine

Schwinn Varsity? I'm not entirely kidding....

Schwinn Varsity? I'm not entirely kidding. There's always some big manimal dude in every cycling scene. I remember one of those dudes BITD who used to show up to the racer training rides, on a...
06-25-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 382
Posted By Salamandrine

That's hilarious. Finest quality control in the...

That's hilarious. Finest quality control in the best British tradition. "Time for a pint, mate." It's good laughs, and it's not like they won't work now...
06-25-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 320
Posted By Salamandrine

While some of these chrome look paints and powder...

While some of these chrome look paints and powder coats are pretty impressive, I can still see from a mile away that it isn't actually chrome. AFA its possible use in restoration, IMHO it's only an...
06-24-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 504
Posted By Salamandrine

These days to do the pro looking ones like...

These days to do the pro looking ones like Cyclomondo and Velocals sell requires an expensive printer and some pro graphics software, and the knowledge to use it. However, a run of the mill...
06-23-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 537
Posted By Salamandrine

I think they'd come off quickly with compressed...

I think they'd come off quickly with compressed air. Without compressed air, it would be a struggle. Honestly though, I always thought they were kind of tacky and kitschy compared to cotton tape....
06-23-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes, possibly. Those are first generation Look...

Yes, possibly. Those are first generation Look pedals, and they could be French threaded. The marking is usually on the spindle itself, not the pedal body. If you remove them from the crank arms, you...
06-22-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 259
Posted By Salamandrine

I'd guess I put about 5000 miles on them before...

I'd guess I put about 5000 miles on them before trading the to hazetyguy along with the pedals and some other stuff. They were in pretty good shape at that point still. I don't remember any stitching...
06-22-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By Salamandrine

Current arm appears to have French pedal threads...

Current arm appears to have French pedal threads - according to the markings. Ebay arm appears to be standard BSC pedal threads.

Secondly, DANG!!!! If those crank arms have never been rethreaded,...
06-22-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, the switch was in the early 80s, more or...

Yeah, the switch was in the early 80s, more or less. I'm 99% sure that crank has 22.0 threads. It's just that with frenchie stuff, prepare to be surprised. If it was 23.3 the puller would have felt...
06-22-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 259
Posted By Salamandrine

The VO toe straps are pretty good match to a...

The VO toe straps are pretty good match to a honey B17. Also, they are IMO very good straps. Normally I dislike laminated straps, including the much lauded Binda Extra, but I found these VO ones very...
06-22-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 400
Posted By Salamandrine

Oh yeah, forgot about these newfangled things....

Oh yeah, forgot about these newfangled things. That's another option for sure. Suntour ultra freewheel should be findable or makeable. Looks like the current one is 13-21, which is pretty brutal if...
06-22-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 400
Posted By Salamandrine

You should be fine. Chainline specs have not...

You should be fine. Chainline specs have not changed. It's worth paying some attention to making sure it stays correct. If have the correct BB spindle length, should be an easy swap....
06-22-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 494
Posted By Salamandrine

Oh, I see it now. Right, proprietary mounting...

Oh, I see it now. Right, proprietary mounting bolts. That's going to be tough to source. Do you happen to know what the thread size is?

Maybe something could be jury rigged. It would be better to...
06-22-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 796
Posted By Salamandrine

Once you have stripped the crank threads, it's...

Once you have stripped the crank threads, it's effectively toast.

That said, yeah, you could salvage it, but IMHO only do this for your personal use. Even then I recommend against it.

It's...
06-22-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 494
Posted By Salamandrine

Most did not; that is true. I think that there...

Most did not; that is true. I think that there was a 70s era mighty tour triple that used long bolts and spacers. I remember them from somewhere/something. At any rate there are these NOS triple...
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