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03-04-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 390
Posted By John E

If you are reasonably mechanically inclined, a...

If you are reasonably mechanically inclined, a used bicycle is the way to go, just a well-maintained late model used car generally is. Your own level of physical fitness/training and how...
03-03-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,415
Posted By John E

We definitely have a winner here! Have we a...

We definitely have a winner here! Have we a thread somewhere on direct-link / rod / suicide front derailleurs?
03-02-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 563
Posted By John E

My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28...

My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28 Continental tires, which run 2-3mm on the small side. I was not able to put 700Cx28 Specialized Armadillos on it, because they run a bit large.
03-02-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By John E

True -- I learn something every time I visit this...

True -- I learn something every time I visit this website.
03-02-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By John E

Welcome to our club. :) We expect ongoing...

Welcome to our club. :)

We expect ongoing progress reports. :)
03-02-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 830
Posted By John E

My 1982 Bianchi put my 1980 Peugeot to shame on...

My 1982 Bianchi put my 1980 Peugeot to shame on fit and finish, everything from brazing debris to decal alignment.
03-02-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,415
Posted By John E

A British gent who had retired to Fallbrook (San...

A British gent who had retired to Fallbrook (San Diego County) CA after a career with Hetchins, had a beautiful collection of 24 Hetchins road bikes spanning 24 model years. One of them had a...
03-01-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,648
Posted By John E

I can do this. ...

I can do this.
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03-01-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 745
Posted By John E

barcons Weinmann Vainquer 999 centerpull brakes...

barcons
Weinmann Vainquer 999 centerpull brakes
Campag. high flange hubs

nice frame!
02-28-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 331
Posted By John E

Absolutely positively yes! I have run 50-47...

Absolutely positively yes!

I have run 50-47 / 14-16-18-20-23 -- near-perfect half-step for flat rides. I swapped in a 42 for a nice 1.5-step for hill work. It works even better with a 6-speed...
02-28-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,062
Posted By John E

I replaced the original long reach Modolo...

I replaced the original long reach Modolo non-aero levers on the 1982 Bianchi with short reach Shimano aeros, as part of a brake system upgrade that include KoolStop salmon pads. For me, the enhanced...
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02-26-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,501
Posted By John E

My Kenmore (GE Profile) gas range is a 1996...

My Kenmore (GE Profile) gas range is a 1996 model. Does that qualify as a "classic" yet. :)

I did inherit my father-in-law's Craftsman drill press, which probably dates from the 1940s.

Thanks...
02-26-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 475
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: 567
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,...
02-24-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By John E

I plan to keep the original paint, warts and all....

I plan to keep the original paint, warts and all.
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02-24-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 901
Posted By John E

I remember when Charlie Harding started selling...

I remember when Charlie Harding started selling Harding brand bikes in his shop near UCLA. I never did get the full story on the connection.
02-23-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 824
Posted By John E

I am using an early 1970s Araya rim on the back...

I am using an early 1970s Araya rim on the back of my UO-8, with a 27 x 1-1/4" tire. I don't dare go beyond 80 PSI, but anything in the 70-80 PSI range seems to work nicely. I run a 700Cx28 in front...
02-23-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,583
Posted By John E

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

"A Falcon is a good English bike." -- Charlie Harding, C. Harding's For Bikes, near the UCLA campus, ca. 1970
02-20-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 536
Posted By John E

Tough decision. I am partial to the Bianchi,...

Tough decision. I am partial to the Bianchi, because I had a low-end 1962 model and, as a teenager, lusted after the Specialissimas. I also like the Frejus because it is equipped like a Capo Sieger...
02-19-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By John E

Yup -- same as my son's (formerly my) 1980...

Yup -- same as my son's (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10, serial number starting with B0. Your decals look a lot like ours.
02-18-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By John E

According to the serial number (see signature),...

According to the serial number (see signature), my UO-8 is a 1970 build, but my downtube decals match those of 1971-2 UO-8s and differ from those shown here.
02-18-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 286
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...
02-16-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 630
Posted By John E

Same here. I have always been uncoordinated, and...

Same here. I have always been uncoordinated, and the stakes for losing my footing on a descent increase with age. For me, it's always been fast up the stairs and slow down. Stairs are great exercise,...
02-16-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By John E

I guess he figures an AO-8 is rarer than a UO-8....

I guess he figures an AO-8 is rarer than a UO-8. :)
02-16-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 793
Posted By John E

Just the weight of the cyclist. It's a pretty...

Just the weight of the cyclist. It's a pretty clever system, invented by the inventor of the modern cam-activated quick release skewer.
02-15-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
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...
02-12-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 414
Posted By John E

Sheldon Brown's advice on rim vs. tire width: ...

Sheldon Brown's advice on rim vs. tire width: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
"Which tire fits safely on which rim? ...Although you can use practically any tire/rim combination that...
02-12-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 192
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting that. My Schwinn came a...

Thank you for posting that. My Schwinn came a year later -- it would be interesting to read more reviews on it.
02-11-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By John E

Now you know why so many of us have both a...

Now you know why so many of us have both a mountain bike and one or more road bikes. :)

I am not the right person to ask about pedals, because I am a die-hard toeclips-and-straps fan.
02-09-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 864
Posted By John E

I finally got my wife a vaccination appointment...

I finally got my wife a vaccination appointment on Sunday afternoon at a new superstation about 12 miles from home. Other than the 40-minute wait, everything went well, and she reports only arm...
02-09-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,825
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."
02-08-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,883
Posted By John E

It is cool to see so many blue PX-10s starting to...

It is cool to see so many blue PX-10s starting to show up. All I ever saw back in the day were the white ones.
02-08-21, 10:50 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,883
Posted By John E

Serial number 00xxxxx suggests 1970 (see my...

Serial number 00xxxxx suggests 1970 (see my UO-8's S/N in my signature), although we have heard of Peugeot S/N inconsistencies.
02-06-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,166
Posted By John E

Absolutely yes, although I usually use the...

Absolutely yes, although I usually use the resistance machines at the local YMCA, which has converted the covered periphery of one of its patios into an outdoor gym. I go early in the morning when...
02-06-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By John E

You remind me of Derek in "Vice Grip Garage" ...

You remind me of Derek in "Vice Grip Garage" Yes, that's how he spells it, either accidentally, to get around the Visegrip trademark, or as a clever play on words. The guy finds abandoned cars,...
02-04-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,722
Posted By John E

Nothing beats hanging from the garage rafters...

Nothing beats hanging from the garage rafters using ... bicycle storage hooks. :)

Pegboard and high shelves along one wall, big toolbox and floor-to-ceiling shelves along the other, workbench and...
02-04-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By John E

My big frustration is that my favorite sizes,...

My big frustration is that my favorite sizes, 13-26 and 14-26, are so rare. It seems like everything is either 24 (or smaller) or 28 (or larger). Many older short-cage derailleurs work well up to...
02-03-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 453
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. :)
02-03-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 377
Posted By John E

Is your Regina English or Italian threaded?...

Is your Regina English or Italian threaded? (Difference in the angle at which the threads are cut.)
02-02-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,590
Posted By John E

Concur. Also, if you have a condition in a...

Concur. Also, if you have a condition in a particular part of the eye, note that many ophthalmologists now specialize as either vitreo-retinologists or ocular surface / lens / cornea specialist.
02-02-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 877
Posted By John E

The skip-tooth large cogs we claimed to improve...

The skip-tooth large cogs we claimed to improve downshifting. The idea became an evolutionary dead end with the advent of profiled teeth. The idea for skip-tooth may have come from the old inch-pitch...
02-02-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
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...
01-31-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,462
Posted By John E

My comfort/gravel/utility machine is my Schwinn...

My comfort/gravel/utility machine is my Schwinn mountain bike (see signature), with perpendicular extensions on the ends of the regular Ritchey mountain bike bars. These give me a much-needed...
01-31-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,297
Posted By John E

I would happily take either color, or...

I would happily take either color, or silver-gray-pearl, like my 1980 PKN-10. I like my Bianchi in "charcoal," even though the Celeste ones are, of course, classic.
01-31-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 809
Posted By John E

Thick stamped dropouts such as yours were fairly...

Thick stamped dropouts such as yours were fairly common in the 1950s and 1960s. Nice frame!
01-30-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
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.
01-30-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,777
Posted By John E

That fork rake does look very long, even for a...

That fork rake does look very long, even for a UO-8.

Since I built mine from a bare frame, it has always had a non-OEM fork, which has considerably less offset than the OEM version. As a result, I...
01-29-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,815
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...
01-29-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By John E

I can see an application for quick-release /...

I can see an application for quick-release / quick-swap cogsets in the old days of a limited number of gear ratios, and it is a cool idea. (A lot of us did something analogous by keeping two...
01-29-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By John E

You all scored with Austrian Free Spirits. (Ask...

You all scored with Austrian Free Spirits. (Ask the guy with three Austrian bikes -- see signature -- if he is at all biased.) I had one of the Murray/Huffy boat anchors, a $10 yard sale...
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