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07-21-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 713
Posted By John E

My brain is an amazing thing, as well -- I have...

My brain is an amazing thing, as well -- I have always been a total klutz. :(

This reminds me of my British expat friends, who have to switch between driving on the right here and driving on the...
07-21-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,651
Posted By John E

Thank you for this thread -- following it has...

Thank you for this thread -- following it has been a real treat. Lovely machine, very British. :)
07-21-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By John E

With the wingnuts and painted fork, that is a...

With the wingnuts and painted fork, that is a 5-speed AO-8, not UO-8, European variant. Reverse one of your cotters as suggested, unless your left crank has cracked at the pedal eye, and that is the...
07-21-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 713
Posted By John E

To those who use clips and straps on some bikes...

To those who use clips and straps on some bikes and some form of snap-in/clipless on other bikes -- do you ever have a problem getting your foot stuck because you make the wrong motion for the system...
07-20-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By John E

It all depends on you and what type of riding you...

It all depends on you and what type of riding you do. I really like my old school no-suspension mountain bike, but then I do not do overly technical stuff. In my case, my own physical coordination,...
07-20-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,494
Posted By John E

I really like everything about it, except for the...

I really like everything about it, except for the easily deleted brake turkey levers and the chainwheel guard.
07-20-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 870
Posted By John E

My American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro...

My American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition], sold in March 1971 and probably made in late 1970, had serial number 78091, so I am guessing you have an early 1970s Olympic. The early ones were ...
07-19-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By John E

BF is great. I particularly like C&V and 50+,...

BF is great. I particularly like C&V and 50+, because those hit my own interests.

For advice on VW/Audi cars, my go-to site is Passatworld, which is a similarly rich source of information. That...
07-19-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 484
Posted By John E

Two of my bicycles had 4X from the factory -- the...

Two of my bicycles had 4X from the factory -- the 1960 Capo Sieger and the 1971 Nishiki Competition. Note that 4X works decently only with 36 or more spokes and on a high flange hub. The English...
07-18-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By John E

Note that not all tires run true to their label...

Note that not all tires run true to their label or callout sizes. Continentals I have owned run small (700Cx28 being closer to 25 or 26mm), whereas Specialized have run full or even a bit larger...
07-18-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 676
Posted By John E

Top tube length is very important in determining...

Top tube length is very important in determining bike fit. I gave my son my PKN-10 more because of the too-long-for-me top tube than the too-tall-for-me stepover height. In contrast, I rode a 23" /...
07-17-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,283
Posted By John E

I have usually had road quills with clips and...

I have usually had road quills with clips and straps, but I did like my SunTour platforms, and I'll look into the MKS platforms, with clips and straps.
07-14-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 402
Posted By John E

C'mon Lygie people. :) I almost bought one back...

C'mon Lygie people. :) I almost bought one back in the early 1970s. I am sure we'll see some Lejeune and Legnano owners pop up soon.
07-14-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 902
Posted By John E

Brooks Team Pro (2), Pro (1), Serfas ARC, Terry...

Brooks Team Pro (2), Pro (1), Serfas ARC, Terry Liberator -- all good.

When I bought my Nishiki in 1971, it came with a padded vinyl saddle, which I immediately swapped with an old Ideale...
07-14-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,141
Posted By John E

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For a neighborhood 4th of July parade, some bikes don't need no...
07-13-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,926
Posted By John E

This thread flashed me back to my days at...

This thread flashed me back to my days at Bikecology, where I worked to supplement my meager income as a grad student teaching assistant. The owner had a "General Confession," which was assigned to a...
07-13-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 381
Posted By John E

The wheels do not even have to match. I use big...

The wheels do not even have to match. I use big rear rack panniers on the Peugeot, and the aftermarket fork has less rake than the OEM unit. I have a 27 x 1-1/4" tire in back for the load and a...
07-12-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,584
Posted By John E

I do buy it, because of the fiber, which slows...

I do buy it, because of the fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and the resulting shock on the pancreas. Whole fruit wins over fruit juice for the same reason. White flour and sugar,...
07-12-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,584
Posted By John E

Avoiding white sugar and white flour is a pretty...

Avoiding white sugar and white flour is a pretty good start on a magic diet.

Walking aerobically 30 minutes or more per day is a pretty good start on a magic exercise or activity.

Avoiding...
07-12-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,584
Posted By John E

I absolutely positively concur. The "fountain of...

I absolutely positively concur. The "fountain of youth" does exist and is fairly well know, but too many people ignore it.
07-12-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,584
Posted By John E

It's all about genes, luck, and lifestyle. You...

It's all about genes, luck, and lifestyle. You can't change the first, and you can influence the second only partially, but you have full control over the third.

My still-going-strong 94-year-old...
07-12-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,951
Posted By John E

For me, the risk/reward ratio of a fast descent...

For me, the risk/reward ratio of a fast descent is simply too high. My road bikes have top gears around 95 to 96 gear-inches, which means I spin out (120 rpm) just below 35mph. I am much more...
07-11-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,367
Posted By John E

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I am 10 years older than my oldest bicycle that has mostly original...
07-11-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,125
Posted By John E

My Bianchi weighs 10kg. So what?

My Bianchi weighs 10kg. So what?
07-08-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,025
Posted By John E

He must be a VW/Audi owner. :) That's about the...

He must be a VW/Audi owner. :) That's about the only place I have found a use for the 18mm socket I bought open stock.
07-08-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 652
Views: 122,971
Posted By John E

Some of you Europeans will laugh at me, but ca....

Some of you Europeans will laugh at me, but ca. 1960 Capo bicycles are very rare (400 total back then) in the U.S., and I have three of them, including two top-of-the-line Siegers.
07-06-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By John E

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On a happier note, the future of America is on good hands. Foreground, my elder son...
07-06-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By John E

Love the bike, but (we're been down this road...

Love the bike, but (we're been down this road before) hate internal cable routing, but that's just me.
07-06-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,122
Posted By John E

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It wasn't long ago that Henry, now 4, rode in the MiniCooper,...
07-06-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,553
Posted By John E

It may depend in part on how large a freewheel...

It may depend in part on how large a freewheel you plan to use and therefore how forward and up the rear derailleur cage can sit and still work properly for you. It may not matter much at all.
07-05-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By John E

Thank you for this thread. We all have things to...

Thank you for this thread. We all have things to cherish and things to confess in our respective family trees and state and national history, but I believe also that the balance is positive. I cannot...
07-05-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 557
Posted By John E

Check the length of your chain -- 24 half-links,...

Check the length of your chain -- 24 half-links, from center of first pin to center of twenty-fifth, should measure no more than 12-1/16", which would indicate 1/2 percent of elongation due to...
07-05-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 870
Posted By John E

As T-Mar mentioned, the serial number (probably...

As T-Mar mentioned, the serial number (probably on the bottom bracket) would be very helpful, as would exact wording of the decals.

Any steel frame with a 120mm OLD can very easily be widened to...
07-04-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By John E

I love that T.S.Isaac, a marque I had never...

I love that T.S.Isaac, a marque I had never encountered before.

My Schwinn was made when Schwinn was sponsoring mountain bicycling champion Ned Overend. (My wife is always amused by that surname...
07-04-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 521
Posted By John E

My two favorite online forums are BikeForums /...

My two favorite online forums are BikeForums / Classic & Vintage and Passatworld / B5 generation. The knowledge base in each is astounding, as is the willingness to help each other out -- everything...
07-04-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By John E

Happy 4 July. Show us your red-white-and-blue bikes-- any non-Schwinns out there?

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Project KOM-10 Team Issue, the 1988-1989 version of the Paramountain. Tange Prestige II tubing throughout. The one hanging from the garage rafters is mine -- the...
07-03-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,842
Posted By John E

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07-01-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 516
Posted By John E

Very nice, and close to my size. :)

Very nice, and close to my size. :)
06-29-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,606
Posted By John E

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Bat cave, anyone? :) We have always been tight for space, so I try to use every...
06-29-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 543
Posted By John E

Same here.

Same here.
06-29-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,606
Posted By John E

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Cool thread, with some beautiful machines. I always like to show off my...
06-29-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,290
Posted By John E

Are your "flat feet," and not age-related loss of...

Are your "flat feet," and not age-related loss of fatty padding tissue, the issue? I do a lot of walking and some cycling and jogging, and I am in a lot of pain if I do not have decent cushioning gel...
06-28-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 626
Posted By John E

Your sense of humor is hard to swallow. :)

Your sense of humor is hard to swallow. :)
06-28-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By John E

At least it's a big improvement over the original...

At least it's a big improvement over the original 3-bolt Sugino Maxy with the noninterchangeable outer ring.

I do have long stack bolts and spacers if anyone wants to convert this one to a...
06-28-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 517
Posted By John E

That is a vast improvement over the Free Spirit...

That is a vast improvement over the Free Spirit Huffy/Murray boat anchors of the 1970s. (Been there ... done that. Mine fortunately got stolen. :) )
06-27-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 673
Posted By John E

I had an old Armstrong 3-speed with drop bars and...

I had an old Armstrong 3-speed with drop bars and a 4-speed Cyclo cog block. I painted "Junko" on the fork blades. Gave it away long ago, but it was great fun as a theft-resistant campus commuter.
06-27-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,469
Posted By John E

One of my faculty pals rides no hands all the...

One of my faculty pals rides no hands all the time -- he's a unicyclist. :)
06-27-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,177
Posted By John E

I started the summer I turned 12 (1962), with a...

I started the summer I turned 12 (1962), with a 2-speed Schwinn "middleweight." Before that I lacked the physical coordination to balance a bicycle confidently. Once I learned to ride (don't laugh --...
06-26-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,429
Posted By John E

All true. I would be terrified to try that myself.

All true. I would be terrified to try that myself.
06-26-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,915
Posted By John E

I gave my beloved 57cm 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 to my...

I gave my beloved 57cm 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 to my elder son, because, as much as I really liked the frame, it was one size too long and too tall for me. Now that he has recovered from surgery for a...
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