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02-26-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 438
Posted By John E

I once broke a left side cottered steel crank...

I once broke a left side cottered steel crank across the cotter eye and ended up riding home with the cranks at about 150-210 degrees instead of 180-180.

For me the most painful (literally)...
02-26-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 414
Posted By John E

With blackwall tires, I almost always wear out...

With blackwall tires, I almost always wear out the tread before the sidewall starts to crack or otherwise visibly deteriorate.

I have had to throw out several skinwall or tanwall tiresk,...
02-18-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 271
Posted By John E

I have converted most of my older road bikes from...

I have converted most of my older road bikes from 5 to 6 cogs, because I find I need at least 11 (no large-large cross-chaining allowed) unique ratios to provide me the range I need without too large...
02-15-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 865
Posted By John E

Maybe Shimano brake pads have improved over the...

Maybe Shimano brake pads have improved over the past decade, but I found a set so scary/dangerous that I immediately replaced them with KoolStop salmons, so that I could actually stop, instead of...
02-09-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,332
Posted By John E

My boss in the early 2000s had a Medici. The...

My boss in the early 2000s had a Medici. The steep frame geometry and the stiff factory gearing (52-42/13-19) shouted "criterium bike."
02-03-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 425
Posted By John E

Check out his seat post exposure on top of that....

Check out his seat post exposure on top of that. :)

I have two friends who stand 6'9". One has license plate 5 FT 21. :)
02-02-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By John E

For comparison, mine is (evidently) a 1982 model,...

For comparison, mine is (evidently) a 1982 model, built at the end of 1981 (see signature). The Bianchi script on my seat tube and downtube decals looks exactly like yours, but my decals lack the...
01-30-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 564
Posted By John E

I suggest cross-posting in the adaptive cycling...

I suggest cross-posting in the adaptive cycling forum, as well. Some very helpful and innovative folks there.
01-29-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,604
Posted By John E

Others have mentioned the obvious issue of riding...

Others have mentioned the obvious issue of riding position. This is why so many of us consider top tube length to be more important than seat tube length when we select a frame. My 1980 Peugeot...
01-28-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,604
Posted By John E

False dichotomy. I ride a 30-year-old...

False dichotomy. I ride a 30-year-old sport/competition mountain bike for loaded transportation. I also have sports touring road bikes that serve nicely for light transportation.
01-26-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,279
Posted By John E

"I've never seen a blue PX-10, and I never hope...

"I've never seen a blue PX-10, and I never hope to see one ..."

I have seen exactly one blue PX-10, owned by a fellow passenger on our bicycle-friendly commuter rail line...
01-24-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,767
Posted By John E

Another option is good ol' toeclips and straps,...

Another option is good ol' toeclips and straps, which are what I have happily used on all of my bikes since early 1969.
01-22-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 729
Posted By John E

I resemble that remark. They look like the ones...

I resemble that remark. They look like the ones on my Carlton. I'll bet the cloth tape was at least 40 years old.
01-21-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,950
Posted By John E

I gradually phased into my encore career in...

I gradually phased into my encore career in academia over a several-year span. At age 70 I don't need the money, but I greatly enjoy working with intelligent and motivated university colleagues and...
01-20-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,007
Posted By John E

"A Falcon is a good English bike" --...

"A Falcon is a good English bike"
-- Charlie Harding of C. Harding's For Bikes, Westwood Bl., Los Angeles, 1970s
01-18-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,007
Posted By John E

That sure looks like my Carlton -- same head lugs...

That sure looks like my Carlton -- same head lugs and seat cluster, Campag. braze-ons for downtube shift, same rear dropouts, same rear brake cable guides. The only differences I can see are my...
01-16-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,007
Posted By John E

I finally got one. I had an Armstrong and a...

I finally got one. I had an Armstrong and a Hercules, both converted 3-speeds, years ago, but now I have a real road bike. :)...
01-14-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,168
Posted By John E

As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I...

As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I dislike relegating decent old frames to the dumpster even more, so go for it. The only place I draw the line is on hacking off things like derailleur hanger...
01-11-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,115
Posted By John E

This is cool -- great thread. Previously I had...

This is cool -- great thread. Previously I had seen only the Sputnik bikes. Its fun to see the mix of Russian/Cyrillic and English/Roman text on the various components and frames.

Seeing the...
01-10-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 452
Posted By John E

You may want to slide that saddle back a bit.

You may want to slide that saddle back a bit.
01-10-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 682
Posted By John E

Probably, but since I prefer uncool and safe, I...

Probably, but since I prefer uncool and safe, I was an early adopter of the Bell Biker.
01-05-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,972
Posted By John E

I thought this was going to be a fish story.

I thought this was going to be a fish story.
01-03-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 879
Posted By John E

Wow! That is a fabulous idea, and I really like...

Wow! That is a fabulous idea, and I really like the machine you are copying.

I guess I could use one of my Capo Sieger frames as the basis for a replica of the bike Adolf Christian rode to 3rd...
01-02-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,377
Posted By John E

That is similar to what I have and like, except...

That is similar to what I have and like, except that my risers are on the ends of the straight bars, and padded. ...
12-28-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 2,321
Views: 233,355
Posted By John E

What a great thread! For all of you Mozart "Magic...

What a great thread! For all of you Mozart "Magic Flute" opera fans, here is our current cat, "The Queen of the Night." We rescued her two years ago, at age 5 or 6, after her owner had died, and the...
12-26-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,220
Posted By John E

I am much more interested in how fast I can...

I am much more interested in how fast I can ascend, rather than descend. The highest gears on my road bikes are in the mid-90 gear-inches (e.g. 46/13, 50/14), and I have a 104 (48/12) on my mountain...
12-26-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,380
Posted By John E

I have started doing a slow and deliberate "death...

I have started doing a slow and deliberate "death clean," with the intent of clearing out clutter and things that no one in my extended family can use. I do not want to burden my family.

I have...
12-26-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,412
Posted By John E

Yes, mine fooled me initially, which is why I...

Yes, mine fooled me initially, which is why I panicked a bit when I discovered how bent the drive side unit was. Fortunately for me, it was stamped, rather than forged, which enabled me to cold set...
12-25-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,353
Posted By John E

Happy ending -- I put in my bench vise,...

Happy ending -- I put in my bench vise, perpendicular to the jaws, and slowly and gently closed on it until the end of the gap matched the 3/8" on the other side. It seems to be very mild steel.

A...
12-19-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 765
Posted By John E

That is gorgeous. I love the look of the...

That is gorgeous. I love the look of the Stronglight crankset and your stunning paint job. It appears to be geared like a stock PX-10 of the same era, 52-45 / 14-21 -- a bit stiff for my abilities...
12-18-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By John E

Beautiful, and just in time for Christmas!...

Beautiful, and just in time for Christmas! Everyone knows red bikes are fastest and Italian bikes are fastest. :)
12-12-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 841
Posted By John E

One of my professor colleagues rides a unicycle...

One of my professor colleagues rides a unicycle around campus occasionally -- much tamer than the stuff you are doing. It's all I could do to learn how to balance two wheels, but I have always been...
12-12-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,309
Posted By John E

Now that is tight gearing! What do you have in...

Now that is tight gearing! What do you have in back -- something like 13,15,16,17,18? 52-42 up front?

I knew a couple of guys who ran 52-42 / 14-18 corncobs back then. Hills? No problem! :)
12-10-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,706
Posted By John E

I know, "zombie thread"

I ride a 1988 Project KOM-10 several times per week, mostly on road, some off. I have had it for more than 20 years, and I really like it a lot. It is stable, comfortable, and reasonably fast.
12-10-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 679
Posted By John E

la bicicletta Sounds like a feminine noun to...

la bicicletta

Sounds like a feminine noun to me.

Reminds me of Mark Twain's "The Awful German Language," first introduced to me by my high school German teacher, herself a native speaker. :)
...
12-10-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,255
Posted By John E

Great looker, and it has my Capo Sieger's...

Great looker, and it has my Capo Sieger's adjustable-reach stem, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.
12-09-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,243
Posted By John E

Look up analemma.on Wikipedia -- it's that figure...

Look up analemma.on Wikipedia -- it's that figure eight thingie some globes have over the vast expanse of the south Pacific :)

I am at latitude 33N -- we hit our earliest sunset on Dec 2 and 3.
12-08-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,196
Posted By John E

It's cool having the fire department right next...

It's cool having the fire department right next door. :)
12-08-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,196
Posted By John E

My wife never complains about my bicycle...

My wife never complains about my bicycle collection or my accumulation of tools and parts in the garage, but if she ever does, I'll show her your photo. Wow!
12-05-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,045
Posted By John E

When my mountain bike's original Shimano pedals...

When my mountain bike's original Shimano pedals needed work and I didn't have the time or the right tool to overhaul them, I stored them away and bought a cheap pair of Welgos. The LBS owner had...
12-04-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By John E

One of the clerks at my local grocery store asked...

One of the clerks at my local grocery store asked me about riding in the cold, and I told him the gloves, windbreaker, and even the COVID mask help. He was commiserating about how cold it was that...
12-03-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,463
Posted By John E

Hey, when you've got money, s___ will do for...

Hey, when you've got money, s___ will do for brains.
12-03-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,577
Posted By John E

I love it, but I am a concerned about the...

I love it, but I am a concerned about the apparent crack on the top of the head tube to downtube lug.
11-29-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By John E

There is nothing wrong with a mid-level Bianchi...

There is nothing wrong with a mid-level Bianchi -- ask the man who owns one. :)
11-29-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,914
Posted By John E

W. was another avid cycling president.

W. was another avid cycling president.
11-24-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By John E

I do not use particularly high gears, but I like...

I do not use particularly high gears, but I like to have something in the mid-90 gear inches, such as 50/14 (96), 49/14 (94.5), 46/13 (96). A 50/16 equivalent would leave me spinning out.

As for...
11-21-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 631
Posted By John E

I chiseled off the drive side Simplex boss and...

I chiseled off the drive side Simplex boss and covered the scar with a double SunTour cable stop for stem shifters while it was my wife's bike, then barcons and drop bars when it became mine. (She...
11-16-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By John E

That is a definite improvement. :)

That is a definite improvement. :)
11-10-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 652
Posted By John E

Regina America, perhaps? I use a 6-speed 13-25...

Regina America, perhaps? I use a 6-speed 13-25 freewheel with a Campag. 980 rear derailleur.
11-10-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 442
Posted By John E

I had the same Free Spirit in yellow. I kept it...

I had the same Free Spirit in yellow. I kept it parked at work and used it for noontime bike rides or errands. I added toeclips, tightened the freewheel range to 15-23, and converted to downtube...
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