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10-22-19, 12:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 314
Posted By verktyg

26-34 Low Gear

When we started rough stuff riding (road bikes off road) in 1976. I was using a Shimano 14-34T 5 speed skip tooth FW with a 42-26T TA crank.

Mostly used the 26-34 combo to pop a wheelie to get...
10-20-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 924
Posted By verktyg

Simplex Maxi Prestige Long Arm Derailleur

au contraire mon frere

Alpine Gearing found on most non racing bike boom models had 14-28T 5sp FWs with 52-42T, 52-40T or 52-36T cranks. The standard Simplex Prestige RDs could usually handle...
10-20-19, 12:28 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,317
Posted By verktyg

Donate to keep velobase.com going

The old saying: "Don't be so cheap, you wont be so rich!"

If you like velobase, make a donation via Paypal, ;)

verktyg :50:
10-20-19, 12:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 181
Posted By verktyg

Front shifting failures

BigMig "a genuine shimano POS; shimano made some turkeys and this was one of them."

:thumb:

Not only Shimano but Frank Berto's book "The Dancing Chain" mentions hundreds of ideas and design...
10-19-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By verktyg

Pasela TG vs PT Tires

I've been running Pasela TourGuard tires since 2007. They have a smooth ride at 90 psi and I'm running them on some hookless rims without any problem. I've never had a puncture flat with the TGs.
...
10-05-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 792
Posted By verktyg

Crescent Color Code Explanations

Interesting info, makes sense. You could go to the bank with anything that Dennis Stone (RIP) said.

I've only seen a few white Crescents and even fewer blue ones "in the steel".

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10-04-19, 04:26 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,395
Posted By verktyg

LBS Bike Purchases

At the end of 1973 I bought my first "all Campy" bike. It was a 1971 Gitane Super Corsa that had been hanging on the wall for several years at the shop where I was working part time. I got it for...
10-04-19, 03:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 792
Posted By verktyg

Crescent Bikes

We sold some Crescents during the bike boom and up to 1975 or so.

We focused on the 2-3 high end models - the Pepitas.

1970 Spec Sheet:...
10-04-19, 03:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By verktyg

Adding Washers

Yes, that's something that I've considered. I have a bunch of thin washers that came with Bullseye sealed bearing pulleys BITD. Also maybe using slightly longer pulley screws to add 1mm to the cage...
10-03-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By verktyg

I forgot top mention chainrings

Short changed? :foo:

What I should have mentioned in my first post is, I'm going to be using new or slightly used classic 5-6-7 speed chainrings and cranks.

Unless the teeth are well worn,...
10-03-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By verktyg

Chain Rubbing On Derailleur Cage

Thanks, that's the kind of info I was looking for.

Campy used both a 6.2mm wide 10 speed chain and a narrower 5.88mm wide 10 speed chain.

Since this is a newer product it probably uses the...
10-03-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 305
Posted By verktyg

Using 8 Speed Chain With A 10 Speed RD

Not C&V but has anyone had experience using an SRAM PC850 6-7-8 speed chain or similar width chain with a new Campy Veloce 10 speed rear derailleur?

Campy Veloce RD11-VLBXS
...
10-02-19, 01:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 581
Posted By verktyg

Clear Coat

:thumb: ^

Clear coat was/is applied to protect the finish of the paint and protect the chrome. In the case of the paint, to provide scratch resistance and rust resistance on the chrome plated...
10-02-19, 12:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,846
Posted By verktyg

Just sold all of my film cameras

I stopped using all of my film cameras in 1999 when I bought a 2.1mp Canon PowerShot S10 digital camera. They'd just come out and were in short supply in the US. I got a "good deal" on mine from a...
10-01-19, 02:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 755
Posted By verktyg

Early 50's Rollfast

My maroon and ivory sleek beauty came with a horn case too. It went along with the fenders. My first adventure in hot rodding.

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10-01-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,062
Posted By verktyg

Spam, Spam, Spam...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/331x309/bicyclerepairman_cf3feb0a9d1f81dd85c0c782d6914c8c2da33077.jpg :innocent:

verktyg :50: Fly this bike to Cuba!
09-30-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,062
Posted By verktyg

Do You Have Any Cheese?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1JWzyvv8A

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09-30-19, 02:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,540
Posted By verktyg

1973 Gitane Gran Sport

Welcome,

Your bike appears to be Gitane Gran Sport Deluxe model. They came with quick release hubs. Back then QR hubs were the sign of a "quality" bike.

Gitane offered a less expensive model...
09-30-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By verktyg

1971-72 CL TdF

"The ad has inaccuracies" :innocent:

"This is Not the Racing version but the Consumer retail version." Huh?

"Frame is "501 Reynolds Aluminum" with total bike weight of 26 lbs." Good for...
09-29-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Professionnel (Professional)

Gitane used the model name PROFESSIONNEL a number of times.

This one goes back to the 1962 catalog:

http://www.gitaneusa.com/images/catalog/1964/Page_05.jpg

Next time, 1966:
...
09-29-19, 04:37 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 18,207
Posted By verktyg

Della Santa Greg Lemond Build Sheet.

Here's a January, 1990 build sheet for maybe the last frame that Roland Della Santa made for Greg Lemond. I had a chance to buy the frame from an LA Collector back in 2009.

I'd just bought two new...
09-29-19, 02:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By verktyg

Bike Forum Etiquette

gitanesearch, some hints about Bike Forum protocol that will help you get better responses:

1. Limit jumping onto Zombie threads - messages over 6 months old... Start a new thread with a new...
09-29-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 1,680
Views: 142,596
Posted By verktyg

Kurt, slightly different topic. I replaced...

Kurt, slightly different topic.

I replaced the reamer/cutter below the facing cutter on my VAR 32 with a brass bushing. Took about 10 minutes to make on a lathe.
...
09-28-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,540
Posted By verktyg

It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane

I said above: "It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane". That's the best info that I can provide. Anything else would be a complete guess.

Gitane made too many different models with those feature,...
09-28-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 887
Posted By verktyg

1983-84 Mid Range Peugeot Frame

It's about a 1984 mid range Peugeot with creatively misapplied early 70's decals and heavy powder coat paint.

Peugeot only used that stupide set screw design for clamping the seatpost in the rear...
09-28-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,540
Posted By verktyg

1974-76 Gitane

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/406x394/gitanewithcrystalball_4d8c5776181ddd81869d37d0d9a0ccc6cb4ed717.jpg

It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane with what appears to be two people...
09-28-19, 01:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 755
Posted By verktyg

Tool for adjusting fenders

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09-26-19, 11:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 755
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Gran Sport

Worked on hundreds of those bikes BITD.

The BB spindle is toast, the cups probably too.

1 x 9 is the new fixie fad! :foo:

Also, I HATE FENDERS! Have since about 1951 or 52 on my 1st bike, a...
09-25-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,268
Posted By verktyg

Patina

:thumb:

The tires out-gassing into the clearcoat probably resulted in photosensitive areas that UV exposure resulted in discoloration. Peugeot as well as Motobecane used thick clear coating that...
09-25-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 930
Posted By verktyg

Do those tires have a puncture resisting belt...

Do those tires have a puncture resisting belt under under the tread? If so, the belt may not have been properly centered during the layup process?

Maybe it's some kind of fungus from all the...
09-24-19, 01:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,268
Posted By verktyg

Early 70's Peugeot PA-10

The PA-10 was Peugeot's amateur racing model. Gitane had the Interclub and other French makers had similar models.

They were mostly made of lighter gauge carbon steel tubing with sewups and racing...
09-23-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,867
Posted By verktyg

Speaking French

I never got older... Ha, ha, ha...



Picky, picky, picky... I fixed it. :troll:

Thomas Jefferson wanted the newly established US to adopt the metric system ~225 years ago. :rolleyes:
...
09-23-19, 09:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,867
Posted By verktyg

Speaking French

I never got older... Ha, ha, ha...



Picky, picky, picky... I fixed it.

I think in inches, feet or miles plus millimeters and meters.

It hurts my head to think in centimeters - 1000mm = 3+...
09-23-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,867
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Frame Sizes

francophile "ne touche pas ça" also "fa pas ça" (the first things that I learned in French when I was a little kid) :innocent:
Johnnybikes

The French and Gitane in particular measured frames...
09-22-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 816
Posted By verktyg

Campy Record vs Nouvo Tipo Cups

Campy Nuovo Tipo # 1271 rear hub cups were stamped, minimally machined, hardened then the ODs, and ball bearing races were ground.

This # 1271 cup failed when it cracked from being overtightened...
09-21-19, 01:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By verktyg

Important Questions ???

Important questions before seeking suggestions or answers:

1. WHAT SIZE FRAME???

2. How nice is nice? The French built bikes to ride, not look at!

Of the big 3 French bike Manufactures,...
09-20-19, 03:18 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,018
Posted By verktyg

Bertin Head Tube Badges

Bertin used these thick aluminum foil head tube badges from the mid 60's until the mid 80's.
...
09-20-19, 01:34 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,018
Posted By verktyg

Speaking Of Paramounts...

The 1959 and 1984 Paramounts were bikes that passed through Stone's Cyclery in Alameda, CA. I helped Dennis Stone sell them online.

1959 Paramount
...
09-20-19, 12:52 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,018
Posted By verktyg

Head Tube Badges Recently Acquired Bike & Frame

Early 80's Echelon. These frames were built in Japan by Cherubim, Hitoshi Konno's shop. He was Yoshi Konno's older brother (of 3Rensho fame). They were made for and imported by DIN Industries a...
09-19-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 6,018
Posted By verktyg

Slovenian Coat Of Arms

Zdravo, moja družina je prišla iz Kostanjevice na Krki. V ZDA so se priselili v letih 1880-1890. Moj priimek je Colarič.

Še vedno imam sorodnike tam in v Novo Mesto, Ljubljana in Domžale.
...
09-18-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By verktyg

The Immortals - 1972 TdF

Off topic a little but this is one of my all time favorite cycling photos: The Immortals in the 1976 TdF with Eddy leading the pack and a younger Van Impe in the polka dot KOM jersey,
...
09-18-19, 05:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By verktyg

1982 World Championship Raleigh Support Car

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Geese among the ducks.

Someone from the UK sent me this...
09-16-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By verktyg

Extremely Low End

^^^^^^ :thumb:

Who am I to criticize what may be someone else's pride and joy? As the old saying goes, "Rubber Wheels Beat Rubber Heels".

The focus of a lot of the C&V members is on classic...
09-14-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 883
Posted By verktyg

Bottecchia US Sales

Can't say about European sales but I'd guess that until Greg Lemond started riding Bottecchia branded bikes at the end of his career, all US Bottecchia sales were probably for complete bikes.

The...
09-13-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 883
Posted By verktyg

1977 Bottecchia Frame

When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras! :innocent:

LucasHartong not trying to say "you have an ugly dog" but... (Your frame looks pretty nice with the new paint job).

The cosmetics...
09-13-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 883
Posted By verktyg

1977 Bottecchia. They used cheap swagged...

1977 Bottecchia.

They used cheap swagged seat stay tops for a long time.

verktyg :50:
09-13-19, 01:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,314
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Professional Piste track bike

Slightly of topic but I just made an offer on a ~1968 Gitane Professional Super Piste track bike with a Reynolds 531 frame and Campy components.

I'll probably pick it up this afternoon (Friday the...
09-13-19, 01:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 643
Posted By verktyg

IRD Cyclone FWs

The IRD Cyclone Mk 1 freewheels look interesting but they lack the Shimano style ramps on the sprockets that the previous Classica FWs had.

Discontinued Classica model
...
09-11-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 748
Posted By verktyg

Choice Of Colors

roadbikeChris since the bike is going to be rider not a restoration, paint it what ever color suits your fancy.

One suggestion, you should put the bike together enough to ride it to make sure it...
09-11-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 748
Posted By verktyg

Cyclomondo Gitane Foil Decals

I worked with Greg Softly/Cyclomondo when he was designing those Gitane repros back in 2008. We were sending pics and decals back and forth between OZ and the US for about a month.

They're pretty...
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