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12-17-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 217
Posted By niliraga

Yeah, those Belleri are 23.8 at the grip and not...

Yeah, those Belleri are 23.8 at the grip and not 22.2. I think the rustines will look perfect for the period look and should easily stretch the extra mm or 2
12-17-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,269
Posted By niliraga

^^^^^ perfect!! he looks like a total NYC...

^^^^^ perfect!! he looks like a total NYC beater/runabout, and will blend in nicely. fitting a ratty-looking saddle (patches of duct tape?) and mismatched wheels will both help make it more...
12-17-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,164
Posted By niliraga

Also, note that I've learned OA baths can...

Also, note that I've learned OA baths can dull/darken some translucent/metallic paint finishes. Always great on chrome or bare steel, but I would caution for testing on a less noticeable patch before...
12-16-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,269
Posted By niliraga

Theft here is mostly opportunistic/ignorant of...

Theft here is mostly opportunistic/ignorant of value, driven more by the need to make a quick street resale - a $200 chinese fixie in some rad "colorway" would be more of a target than a fine 80s...
12-05-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 1,407
Views: 96,199
Posted By niliraga

'Tis the season, it seems. So finally got around...

'Tis the season, it seems. So finally got around to hauling a 6' tree home (on my singlespeed beater, of course), wrapped tight in twine and slung over my back like an infantryman's rifle. And now...
12-01-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By niliraga

i'm using a set of these where the spider arms...

i'm using a set of these where the spider arms were factory drilled rather than just fluted - it's a really good look! and a little acetone may lift the Bianchi screening right off...
11-27-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 344
Posted By niliraga

with luck, that original drop-bolt might clean up...

with luck, that original drop-bolt might clean up nicely and then that one could revert to being a nutted rear unit for someone who needs the smidge of extra reach ...
11-16-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By niliraga

Tom, my stem collection is all good - are you...

Tom, my stem collection is all good - are you thinking of someone else at the Mech Gardens?
11-12-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 983
Posted By niliraga

Kinda loving how this early Pro was cheerfully...

Kinda loving how this early Pro was cheerfully built with clearances, fender eyes and cable hangers - none of that gung-ho minimalism of the later series. Now I'm hankering for a 24" of these ...
11-07-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,954
Posted By niliraga

that's a nice Bianchi, so seconded on the U-Lock...

that's a nice Bianchi, so seconded on the U-Lock + cable for the front.

Me, I like the Kryptonite 7" Mini as a good compromise size, and I think using the Sheldon method of locking the rear rim...
11-02-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,918
Posted By niliraga

...and maybe also those chromed steel Campy...

...and maybe also those chromed steel Campy pedals vs alloy french ones?
10-20-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 467
Posted By niliraga

Hello and welcome! for these stiff brakes of...

Hello and welcome!

for these stiff brakes of yours, first thing I'd do is find out where the stickiness is: release the cable from its clamp at the calipers, and manually squeeze the brake arms...
10-20-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,503
Posted By niliraga

these seem to be hyperlocal, and from what I hear...

these seem to be hyperlocal, and from what I hear are being done mainly by one shop? I see them most around lower manhattan - hardly ever over the bridge in brooklyn - and they're a huge hit for...
10-18-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Posted By niliraga

Many larger apartment buildings will have a...

Many larger apartment buildings will have a shared basement storage room, so that could be an amenity to look for as you hunt for a home - it's possible you could keep most of them there (and a cable...
10-17-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,220
Posted By niliraga

nice progress -- this is the sort of project...

nice progress -- this is the sort of project those bars were intended for, so glad to see this pics!
10-09-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,053
Posted By niliraga

whoa. nesteel, am I to understand that you have...

whoa. nesteel, am I to understand that you have a 24" 720 that you'd consider parting with?
10-02-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 53,654
Views: 7,492,269
Posted By niliraga

not even! I believe by the time that style of...

not even! I believe by the time that style of headbadge is in use, even the Super Course has forged dropouts.
10-02-19, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,379
Posted By niliraga

I will keep an eye out for that Italvega! I had...

I will keep an eye out for that Italvega! I had a blue one for years, that in the end sold to a guy in Bed Stuy who I often pass crossing the bridge - now I wish I had stripped him back to...
10-01-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 53,654
Views: 7,492,269
Posted By niliraga

I just drove out there - Steve is prob not...

I just drove out there - Steve is prob not picking up the phone because he's busy running around - he's packing all his stuff (including this) into a trailer and heading to florida.

Today is last...
09-24-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,211
Posted By niliraga

that's the noise exactly - back before I knew any...

that's the noise exactly - back before I knew any better, I once re-used a set of old and badly worn armadillos that should have been trashed long beforehand. The sound is like spokes settling in...
09-24-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By niliraga

seconded. If it were an inch taller, I'd nab...

seconded. If it were an inch taller, I'd nab that Competition and keep two of them. Dunno about this 1930s geometry, or if it's some magic fairy dust they sprinkled, but something about the way it...
09-22-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,133
Posted By niliraga

Option #3...

Option #3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) , which is already mixed enough that you can go with any brakes that take yer fancy. (my current crush is on gran compe...
09-20-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 53,654
Views: 7,492,269
Posted By niliraga

and not just any 700x38s, I think I see those...

and not just any 700x38s, I think I see those fantastic Avocet CX tires.
09-19-19, 04:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 288
Posted By niliraga

I'd start with the 110 since the collective...

I'd start with the 110 since the collective wisdom here indicates that's *most* likely to be ideal - and if that ends up being too short, it's still a useful size to have in your stash. Downside is...
09-17-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,220
Posted By niliraga

not to be a heretic here, but that kind of riding...

not to be a heretic here, but that kind of riding environment sounds perfect for a single-speed setup with a relaxed 42/16 ratio or similar.

Disadvantage of this approach: doesn't allow you to...
09-17-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 804
Posted By niliraga

Gosh that's a memorable bike and a memorable way...

Gosh that's a memorable bike and a memorable way to move it along. Going to fall asleep tonight hoping I wake up a few inches shorter and living in Washington...
09-17-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,876
Posted By niliraga

exactly one of those passed through my hands some...

exactly one of those passed through my hands some years ago - it was a smidge too tall for me, but I remember it as a very impressive ride. All Cyclone MkII stuff, I recall. forty bucks is a no...
09-14-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By niliraga

for bombing around the streets of a relatively...

for bombing around the streets of a relatively flat town (on 27/700s, assumed) I reckon 44/16 is a great all-purpose ratio and low enough for climbs over bridges etc. My $0.02 would be to go with...
09-13-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

it's an old SR with the cheap side-bolt clamps -...

it's an old SR with the cheap side-bolt clamps - pretty tatty but factory milling & markings are all still there.
09-13-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

am liking it. another theory, and one that's...

am liking it.

another theory, and one that's easier to disprove! -- maybe the distribution of photos is not what we *think* it is. Maybe drive-side is the clear majority because sellers are, on...
09-13-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

so I'd be looking for Ishiwata = possible...

so I'd be looking for Ishiwata = possible problem, Tange = improved/safe(r) design?
09-13-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

so here's top of the seat tube. my (unseasoned)...

so here's top of the seat tube. my (unseasoned) eye says this looks pretty kosher, and the opening is undamaged and seems pretty round. But if old Treks are supposedly all 27.2, why on earth is...
09-13-19, 05:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

ok, this is interesting... I just pulled a 26.8...

ok, this is interesting... I just pulled a 26.8 seatpost out.

Looks like the lug ears *may* be squashed together more than they should, but will come back to this later today. Meanwhile, am I...
09-12-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By niliraga

I use a similar excuse! ahem, I mean reasoning.

I use a similar excuse! ahem, I mean reasoning.
09-12-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By niliraga

that's a fair amount of Talenti to go through,...

that's a fair amount of Talenti to go through, just to secure some useful soaking/cleaning containers.
09-12-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

the Trek color names back then are bizarre - so...

the Trek color names back then are bizarre - so was this considered the "Gunmetal" they speak of? Me, I would have guessed Dark Blue, but what do I know...
09-12-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

ja, i was reading this thread - trying to not let...

ja, i was reading this thread - trying to not let it spook me too much. Once cleaned up I will inspect where crown and blades meet and look for hairlines/rust etc.
09-12-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

photo had been taken with front wheel loosely...

photo had been taken with front wheel loosely (ie, not) in place - with everything seated properly, pads hit where they should.
09-12-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

ok - scuffed and chipped, but straight and true...

ok - scuffed and chipped, but straight and true (photos not yet), here's what I can add so far...

- s/n appears to be 016262 - seems this indicates a 1982 610?
- measures ~24" ctc
- tubing is...
09-12-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,610
Posted By niliraga

So perfect. and with the extra 'i' in there, you...

So perfect. and with the extra 'i' in there, you can wave your hands around like a real italian and say "in-vin-chEE-bih-lay"
09-12-19, 04:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

...but I've seen a lot of Weinmann LP18 rims used...

...but I've seen a lot of Weinmann LP18 rims used around these parts for newer 27" wheelsets, so I fear it's just wearing newer 27s
09-12-19, 04:24 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

it'd be a bonus if it's already wearing 700s, and...

it'd be a bonus if it's already wearing 700s, and the existing Dia Compes would be coming off for sure.
09-11-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

:) as the old saying goes, "if someone steals...

:) as the old saying goes, "if someone steals your cab, well, it wasn't your cab!"
09-11-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

thanks folks - appreciate the collective brain...

thanks folks - appreciate the collective brain dump. can make it out there tomorrow pm at best, so fingers crossed.
09-11-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,222
Posted By niliraga

Need help identifying an older Trek

Hoping Trek experts respond to the bat light: a fairly unhelpful (and sole) photo of a bike ad up on the local CL here -- I'm looking to experiment with touring frames to see how they feel, and...
09-10-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 593
Posted By niliraga

Here's one that can't quit me now. I stupidly...

Here's one that can't quit me now. I stupidly bought this frame for $20 at a swap, thinking that I alone would have the talent and ingenuity to liberate a prized Campy 26.2 seatpost from it, then...
09-07-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,220
Posted By niliraga

I think the sanding that people refer to would be...

I think the sanding that people refer to would be to bring a non-french 22.2 shaft of a quill stem down to 22.0 (and thus allowing you to use any 25.4 bars that take your fancy. I don't know that...
09-07-19, 05:33 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,220
Posted By niliraga

This will be fantastic - classic mixtes almost...

This will be fantastic - classic mixtes almost always are, so I totally get what you're doing here and why!

But before you go ordering VO Porteur bars, be aware that their 23.8 and 22.2 options...
09-07-19, 05:18 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 9,019
Posted By niliraga

Rescued frame + salvaged bits = "Brooklyn street...

Rescued frame + salvaged bits = "Brooklyn street mutt", aka the Lemon & Lime

...
09-07-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 921
Views: 167,781
Posted By niliraga

These are spectacular machines - I have lust for...

These are spectacular machines - I have lust for one of these Fuji Series IVs, and keep an eye open for one in 59/60cm -- seems like most are 57 or 63?
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