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04-06-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 721
Posted By pcb

IIRC a lot of those tires back then had "75psi...

IIRC a lot of those tires back then had "75psi max" molded right into the rubber.

There can be some tire variability as well. I remember a very cheap Japanese tire on some lower-end Matsuris that...
04-06-21, 12:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By pcb

Mizutani was a trading company, yet another one...

Mizutani was a trading company, yet another one of those scrappy companies that put together a bike line to feed the US bike boom.

My two favorites were looking to sign up dealers at the '80/'81...
04-05-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By pcb

The mega ultra stem. The lugs are way cool, but...

The mega ultra stem. The lugs are way cool, but somehow it's the centered "fin" on the top of the bar clamp section that just kills me. And you do have more horizontally upward adjustability than...
04-05-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By pcb

Does that sticker read Mizutani Super Seraph?...

Does that sticker read Mizutani Super Seraph? Holy Japanese Obscurity, Batman!

Was there also a Regular Seraph, or a Seraph Standard, or a Minor Seraph? Or were they all Super?

I don't want to...
04-04-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By pcb

I just sorted a full drawer of Campy headset...

I just sorted a full drawer of Campy headset parts that, maybe not surprisingly, didn't yield a single full useable headset. Durn fork crown races either missing or pitted.

Anyway, from all my...
04-03-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 649
Posted By pcb

+1, I got a few different lengths from...

+1, I got a few different lengths from McMaster-Carr, usually use the shortest practical size. I use a nut on the outside, a kinda takewaway from all the Fujis I assembled, which came with outer...
04-03-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By pcb

No real wrong way to do it. Std assembly protocol...

No real wrong way to do it. Std assembly protocol in the shop in the early '80s was an early exit, before the curve. I started running my own a little higher, finding the early exit routing kinda...
04-02-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 24,026
Posted By pcb

Nice that the BG saw some of the world, and...

Nice that the BG saw some of the world, and helped dial in your fit.

Fitting is an occult science to me. Ten trained folks using laser guides and computers can come up with 10 different fits, but...
04-01-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 24,026
Posted By pcb

Alphabetically Green..... '80 Echelon...

Alphabetically Green.....

'80 Echelon Odyssey, built by Cherubim: Echelon was DIN's (Do It Now!) brand, they sourced two models from Cherubim. The Odyssey was sport-tour, the Spectra was...
04-01-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 24,026
Posted By pcb

That Moto respray looks great! I've been...

That Moto respray looks great! I've been "meaning" to try Color Factory for almost 20yrs now, maybe 2021 will be the year? Mind if I ask how it went for you, were you happy with the results, etc?...
04-01-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By pcb

As precise as I _need_ to be about some stuff,...

As precise as I _need_ to be about some stuff, chainline ain't one of the stuff. I've pretty much ignored chainline since the '80s, just try to get the inner chainring as close to the chainstay as...
03-31-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

Got some decent flat light and some time today...

Got some decent flat light and some time today for shooting a white frame outdoors. This is an '05 Waterford RS-22 Road-Sport frame, with e-richie Newvex lugs, in stainless steel. The Newvex lugs are...
03-30-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By pcb

Makes me miss my yellow Merckx. You're gonna dig...

Makes me miss my yellow Merckx. You're gonna dig how it rides!
03-30-21, 11:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By pcb

Sorry, a little late to reply here. The BEAST was...

Sorry, a little late to reply here. The BEAST was indeed, very much like WTB GreaseGuard and the Pedersen SE canti brakes, an attempt to one-up Shimano with cool new technology while also recapturing...
03-30-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,167
Posted By pcb

Gosh, you don't say? Here's a quote from the...

Gosh, you don't say? Here's a quote from the article:

"The performance benefits were obvious: a smaller main triangle was both stiffer and lighter. The rear triangle was correspondingly smaller,...
03-30-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,167
Posted By pcb

Gotcha. But I'm not making an assumption, I'm...

Gotcha. But I'm not making an assumption, I'm speaking from experience. I was National Sales Mgr of a B-/C-level line, which introduced compact road frames in '99-'00ish? when the craze started. 1st...
03-30-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,167
Posted By pcb

IME, modern compact road frames were an attempt...

IME, modern compact road frames were an attempt to use marketspeak to justify a smaller run of frame sizes. After a year or two it became apparent that mfrs needed more than just 3 or 4 frame sizes...
03-24-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 383
Posted By pcb

D'oh! is right. Framebuilder-ish folks...

D'oh! is right.

Framebuilder-ish folks should chime in, but AFAIK shouldn't present a structural problem left as is. You didn't ask, I'm just observing/saying.

Proper/best reversal would...
03-21-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 650
Posted By pcb

Thanks for the reminder on the WPro seals/races....

Thanks for the reminder on the WPro seals/races. And the 2nd-gen Winner also had the oil hole, evidently, so then the seals/races and gold lockring would be the only differences.

The prohibition...
03-18-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 650
Posted By pcb

I don't know/remember much about the original...

I don't know/remember much about the original Winner.

The New Winner was the awesome 5-U6-R6-U7spd jack-of-all-freewheels, with adjustable bearings, dual pawl engagement with offset...
03-11-21, 01:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,893
Posted By pcb

Just some confirmatory oratory. 1. The...

Just some confirmatory oratory.

1. The longest-reach Superbe/SpbPro calipers ever produced were spec'd 47-57mm.
2. Using drop bolts back in the day was the usual go-to solution, they work just...
03-09-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By pcb

Yeah, I pawed through those catalogs an awful...

Yeah, I pawed through those catalogs an awful lot, too, and I was working in a shop selling the bikes. Still loved drooling over the catalog. And we didn't often have the highest-end bikes on the...
03-09-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,496
Posted By pcb

Hard to say since the diagrams and photos aren't...

Hard to say since the diagrams and photos aren't showing a lot of fit detail. Strikes me as being designed for modern-tech gravel bikes with disc brakes, thru-axles and fat fork blades, so there may...
03-08-21, 01:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,496
Posted By pcb

If ever there was YMMV territory, saddles are...

If ever there was YMMV territory, saddles are definitely it.

Usual initial saddle setup is stated saddle level or tilted up slightly. Works well that way for lotsa folks, but not everybody. You...
03-07-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 442
Posted By pcb

Couldn't make much out on two of the sticker...

Couldn't make much out on two of the sticker photos. FWIW, aside from any serial number/mfr stamps, any numbers on the stickers aren't likely to be all that helpful? I think. I mean, unless somebody...
03-07-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By pcb

Point taken. There are many performance-related...

Point taken. There are many performance-related hardware issues I'm relatively insensitive to. I sometimes feel like I'm among folks having a very nice conversation about, say whiskey, and all I can...
03-06-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By pcb

OP asked about "better braking," and a modern...

OP asked about "better braking," and a modern dual-pivot is going to work/brake/stop better with a modern-ish aero lever. Non-aero levers will still stop you fine, but not better.
03-04-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 600
Posted By pcb

I've got a couple vintage 1xZ projects in the...

I've got a couple vintage 1xZ projects in the queue, to add to the modern 1x builds I've got.

Where I run into conceptual issues with vintage geared 1x builds is getting a good all-around gear...
03-04-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

No, Weigle-esque as that color has become, it's...

No, Weigle-esque as that color has become, it's an early Zanconato groad frame. 2006 build, clears 700x38mm tires, 80mm of bb drop and 60mm of trail. I have to restrain myself from chopping off the...
03-03-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

'94 Nagasawa Road Special, Nagasawa-san's...

'94 Nagasawa Road Special, Nagasawa-san's personal frame:

https://live.staticflickr.com/7339/27583636985_4f3bd576ed_b.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/7083/27306660460_31525f5357_b.jpg
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03-03-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

2015ish Cherubim Speedmaster show bike, and yes,...

2015ish Cherubim Speedmaster show bike, and yes, the saddle and brake levers are, shall we say, impractical. But Konno-san likes fancy show bikes that draw a crowd, and this certainly did.
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03-03-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

1975 Witcomb USA Super Criterium, built when...

1975 Witcomb USA Super Criterium, built when Richard Sachs, Peter Weigle, Chris Chance and Gary Sinkus were the primary builders. Got this from a friend, who had contacted Peter about it. Peter said...
03-03-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

2006 Kirk Terraplane ...

2006 Kirk Terraplane

https://live.staticflickr.com/1721/40735194840_f23b8cfc5f_b.jpg

1978 Chris Kvale---this was the standard model, the deluxe had even thinner lugs. Chris said he thinned the...
03-03-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,788
Posted By pcb

1982 Columbine, originally built for a beefy...

1982 Columbine, originally built for a beefy weightlifter, spec'd with a beefier downtube.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49099983313_85ba8f2b19_b.jpg
...
03-03-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,248
Posted By pcb

That is a great, solid packing job. Just a...

That is a great, solid packing job. Just a hopefully helpful hint to anybody doing the same thing, you can use electrical tape i/o zip-ties. Saves a lot of time packing, holds the foam on just as...
02-22-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,133
Posted By pcb

And I'm not OCD at all, but it really bothers me...

And I'm not OCD at all, but it really bothers me now that I missed seeing the cable clamp plate on this Campy brake is rotated downward/forward. Should be parallel to the clamp/qr assembly. I usually...
02-22-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,133
Posted By pcb

Thanks, but important topics deserve the proper...

Thanks, but important topics deserve the proper amount of electrons!

The cap does give your fingers a little extra to grip, and makes it a little easier to pull. Especially if your fingers are...
02-22-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,133
Posted By pcb

I'm not aware of any rules or guidelines for...

I'm not aware of any rules or guidelines for this, and I don't count Velominati as canon.

I don't have any personal hard/fast rules for post-clamp cable length, it's a balance of practicality and...
02-08-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 994
Posted By pcb

I did a quick check on USA-based vendors stocking...

I did a quick check on USA-based vendors stocking the 30mm GP5k/black, didn't turn up any yet. And by not turn up, I mean there were no mentions of that size in order-page copy, no "30mm (out of...
02-03-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By pcb

I don't have much printed info on the pre-indexed...

I don't have much printed info on the pre-indexed Sprint component group, but IIRC it was pretty similar to Sprint 9000, the indexed version. Vanilla Sprint was only in the line for one season, I...
01-31-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 636
Posted By pcb

I'd say mostly a marketing thing. The old furts...

I'd say mostly a marketing thing. The old furts who thought indexing was for idiots wanted an off switch. As you mentioned, it also allowed use of non-compatible freewheels, if a wheel/freewheel had...
01-31-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 241
Posted By pcb

Very nice! 2500 frames are definitely not very...

Very nice! 2500 frames are definitely not very common, and yours looks beautiful.

Trek paid a lot of attention to making sure those glued joints didn't corrode or deteriorate. As long as you keep...
01-30-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,796
Posted By pcb

Reviving this thread, I never did get around to...

Reviving this thread, I never did get around to getting mine resprayed, but I did build 'er up again, with some better-matched Campy stuff. Since I shot the build photo, I switched to a Specialized...
01-29-21, 11:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By pcb

Hmmm, fascinating. I wouldn't think Maruishi...

Hmmm, fascinating. I wouldn't think Maruishi would be subcontracting a frame/bike at this price point. But it might be worth seeing if it fits any other Japanese mfr's serial # scheme.
01-29-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,042
Posted By pcb

I figured you knew, but being there's a thread...

I figured you knew, but being there's a thread floating around about in-group terminology/jokes, I figured I should model proper usage. Pinky out!
01-28-21, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By pcb

So with the 650A wheels and all the domestic...

So with the 650A wheels and all the domestic Japan stickers, pretty sure this was a Japanese-market Maruishi sports/touring bike, with what was originally probably a whole lot of Maruishi/model...
01-28-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,042
Posted By pcb

"Fork's bent." I think maybe some letters...

"Fork's bent."

I think maybe some letters are missing from that crossbar sticker? Originally read "Team GTFOH?"

Gotta love any frame that uses the seatpost bolt to help attach/anchor the...
01-26-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,822
Posted By pcb

Maybe John's double-negative sentence structure...

Maybe John's double-negative sentence structure is causing confusion? The progression as I see it goes like this, paraphrased:

Q. Isn't '84 late for portacatena? Think it's in the catalog?
A1:...
01-23-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,461
Posted By pcb

Bob Jackson didn't close down due to financial...

Bob Jackson didn't close down due to financial difficulties, at least going from what they publicly announced and comments from local folks with knowledge. The principals are senior citizens, they've...
01-22-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,461
Posted By pcb

There's been some thread drift here, but I...

There's been some thread drift here, but I thought I'd point out that the news as of a couple days ago is that Woodrup Cycles and another investor did successfully purchase the Bob Jackson name,...
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