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03-30-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 132
Posted By John E

I wonder it's Maltese.

I wonder it's Maltese.
03-28-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By John E

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%,...

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%, and I am using the freed-up commuting time for cycling and fast walking to complement weight lifting at home.

One benefit of being empty nesters...
03-27-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 703
Posted By John E

My mountain bike lacks eyelets since it was...

My mountain bike lacks eyelets since it was designed for competition back when Schwinn sponsored Ned Overend, but it does have a chain hanger braze-on on the inside of the drive side seat stay. This...
03-25-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By John E

I participate regularly in my local NextDoor. You...

I participate regularly in my local NextDoor. You can always tune out certain threads or certain contributors, if need be. For me, the good outweighs the bad, but your community may differ. :)

(We...
03-25-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 382
Posted By John E

For what it's worth, I have ample margin with the...

For what it's worth, I have ample margin with the 38T inner on my Nervar Star crank (proprietary 128mm BCD). Your spider arms are 1mm longer than mine.
03-25-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By John E

Sharp-looking paint job! I remember those...

Sharp-looking paint job! I remember those super-long Huret shift levers from ca. 1970. Too bad that classic TA crankset was shot.
03-24-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,256
Posted By John E

I started using a helmet-mounted CycleAware...

I started using a helmet-mounted CycleAware mirror about 15 years ago and don't know how I ever survived without it. The only deficiency is the adhesive system, but it is easy to replace that with a...
03-24-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,982
Posted By John E

On eBay I got a bulk deal on 6" pegboard hangers....

On eBay I got a bulk deal on 6" pegboard hangers. 4" would have been better, but I do like not having tools fall off when I stack multiple copies of them or grab an adjacent tool, so this is an...
03-22-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 257
Posted By John E

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy...

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy Acres, a small southern California grocery chain, by bicycle. They have a public bike repair stand next to the bike racks in front of the store.
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03-22-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,570
Posted By John E

I am glad someone still has the decency to build...

I am glad someone still has the decency to build a frame with a proper horizontal top tube. I also like the 5-spoke symmetry in the crank spider; 4-spoke spiders just look wrong and ugly to me --...
03-21-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,803
Posted By John E

Note that the smoking rate is 40% higher in Italy...

Note that the smoking rate is 40% higher in Italy than in the US. In Asia, where most men smoke and most women don't, the COVID-19 death rate was far higher for men than for women.
03-21-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,803
Posted By John E

I fail to see the logic of that. Social...

I fail to see the logic of that. Social distancing is crucial, so no group rides and no pacelines or peletons, but solo riding, as we all know, is a great way to get exercise while avoiding people.
03-21-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 168
Posted By John E

53cm C-C maybe, but it looks like the same...

53cm C-C maybe, but it looks like the same geometry and proportions as my 55cm C-T Bianchi.
03-21-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,940
Posted By John E

Dang, that's nice-looking! :) You all have...

Dang, that's nice-looking! :)

You all have seen mine before.



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03-19-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 517
Posted By John E

My first road bike, a bottom-of-the-line 1962...

My first road bike, a bottom-of-the-line 1962 Bianchi probably made by someone else, had Huret Allvit and 52-47/13-26 gearing. It shifted OK, but I tended to snap a lot of shift cables at the gear...
03-18-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,607
Posted By John E

Who said he was in his car? :)

Who said he was in his car? :)
03-18-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 7,097
Posted By John E

I'll buy if I need anything, but I am tight on...

I'll buy if I need anything, but I am tight on space and reaching the age for downsizing, rather than any form of upsizing.
03-12-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. I bought my Schwinn...

Been there ... done that. I bought my Schwinn with a 38T Biopace middle ring, for which I sought round 40T replacement. I looked at the new Shimano unit at the bike shop, and the sales guy and I...
03-10-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 662
Posted By John E

I think you are referring to his "PX-3" project....

I think you are referring to his "PX-3" project. S/A 3-speed hub in a PX-10 frame.
03-10-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 722
Posted By John E

A few years back I bought a pair of Wellgo pedals...

A few years back I bought a pair of Wellgo pedals for the mountain bike. They were advertised as having "sealed bearings," which turned out to be polymer bearings. They have been OK, but I still want...
03-08-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 662
Posted By John E

The classic 3-speed "English racer" concept...

The classic 3-speed "English racer" concept updated for the 21st Century.
03-06-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 403
Posted By John E

Interesting. My Tre Tubi Bianchi is evidently a...

Interesting. My Tre Tubi Bianchi is evidently a 1982 model made in late 1981 (1.M.... serial number). My decals look like yours, except gold-on-charcoal instead of dark blue-on-Celeste. Lugs look the...
03-05-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 987
Posted By John E

I am leaving in 5 minutes to do my upper body...

I am leaving in 5 minutes to do my upper body weight training at the YMCA. I also do a lot of fast walking. Cycling is great for cardio, but it needs to be supplemented with weight-bearing and...
03-05-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,535
Posted By John E

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Oops -- left the garage door open for that shot. :)
03-02-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 808
Posted By John E

I did keep a front brake with my 3-speed coaster...

I did keep a front brake with my 3-speed coaster conversion, and I recommend the same for your project. It will improve your stopping distance and provide welcome redundancy in case your chain snaps...
03-01-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 630
Posted By John E

I like that a lot. It's too tall for me, but it...

I like that a lot. It's too tall for me, but it would have been a great frame for my 12-speed hybrid hub (14-16-18-20 Cyclo cog block/adapter on a standard ("wide range") Sturmey Archer 3-speed...
03-01-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,260
Posted By John E

I resemble that remark. :) My wife and I are...

I resemble that remark. :) My wife and I are turning 70 this summer, and I am still working full time, or close to it, in my encore career. My wife, a self-employed artist (oils, some water, some...
03-01-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By John E

I just did N-1 with the car fleet, donating the...

I just did N-1 with the car fleet, donating the 1996 Audi A4 2.8 Quattro to my local PBS station. I just didn't have time to finish the extensive rewiring needed following an electrical short and...
02-28-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,260
Posted By John E

My father's definition of "old." -- "I felt old...

My father's definition of "old." -- "I felt old when you turned 50 [making him 71 at the time], but I really felt old when your [younger] brother turned 50!"
02-28-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,674
Posted By John E

I like the motorcycle style brake levers, having...

I like the motorcycle style brake levers, having the Shimano 4-finger equivalents on my own mountain bike. I can brake from the handlebar extensions with my 4th and 5th fingers.
02-28-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 427
Posted By John E

It is pretty easy to punch out the reflectors and...

It is pretty easy to punch out the reflectors and retrofit the 1/2" OEM pedals with toe clips -- been there, done that with the Varsity I briefly owned. The one change I would make is to replace the...
02-28-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By John E

I remember the Nishiki Road Compe well. As a UCLA...

I remember the Nishiki Road Compe well. As a UCLA grad student, I was working summers and weekends at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership in 1972-1974. My own bicycle collection included a 1971 American...
02-23-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By John E

Thanks for the education. We see Austrian bikes...

Thanks for the education. We see Austrian bikes (I should know ... see signature), but very few German bikes in North America.
02-23-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 654
Posted By John E

Once the SunTour patent expired, almost everyone...

Once the SunTour patent expired, almost everyone copied the design as quickly as possible, because it makes so much sense.
02-22-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,305
Posted By John E

One blessing of being devoid of natural athletic...

One blessing of being devoid of natural athletic ability is that I am able to bike, run, exercise for fitness and personal enjoyment, without worrying about delivering a distinguished performance.
02-22-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,295
Posted By John E

Hey, if Lego company can build a 1:1 scale...

Hey, if Lego company can build a 1:1 scale driveable Bugatti Chiron 90 percent from Lego Technics parts, then you should be able to accomplish your mission.
...
02-21-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 566
Posted By John E

I like the Nervar Star crankset and the SunTour...

I like the Nervar Star crankset and the SunTour derailleurs. Great job on the chrome cleanup and paint touchup.
02-21-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 737
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. I have a 2001 Passat...

Been there ... done that. I have a 2001 Passat wagon with VW-branded bolt-on crossbars and Yakima bike racks. I hang the entire assembly from the rafters, directly over the Passat, for each...
02-21-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 808
Posted By John E

I temporarily ran my cheapo first Bianchi as a...

I temporarily ran my cheapo first Bianchi as a coaster 3-speed for awhile. It originally had 26" rims. I kept the front brake and right side downtube friction lever, which I used to shift the IGH....
02-20-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 525
Posted By John E

Having suffered through abysmal stopping ability...

Having suffered through abysmal stopping ability of Shimano pads (even though they indeed looked cool), I cannot recommend them over KoolStops, which will actually stop your bike on a downhill slope...
02-16-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,741
Posted By John E

I wear a Giro Xen because it is one of the few...

I wear a Giro Xen because it is one of the few helmets that properly fit my spherical head shape.
02-16-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 382
Posted By John E

BB shell width is presumably 70mm. ...

BB shell width is presumably 70mm.

Chainrings are the same proprietary 128mm BCD units the very desirable cotterless aluminum Nervar Star crank takes. If you scrap the cranks, the rings are...
02-13-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 630
Posted By John E

I avoid all that stuff. The keys, as mentioned...

I avoid all that stuff. The keys, as mentioned above, include diet and exercise.
02-12-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,186
Posted By John E

Those are great-looking bikes, and I am enjoying...

Those are great-looking bikes, and I am enjoying watching yours come together. Did I miss it, or have you decided which tubulars to buy for it? (Where I live, goat head thorns are rampant, which...
02-10-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 698
Posted By John E

I think the IGH conversion, whether 3 or more...

I think the IGH conversion, whether 3 or more speeds, is a great idea. It would not compromise the look at all, and it would greatly enhance its practicality. If you live in a relatively flat area, a...
02-09-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,077
Posted By John E

This thread really makes me miss my old Avocet...

This thread really makes me miss my old Avocet Touring shoes. As I have mentioned before, it would be great if someone would reissue a clone of those, using up-to-date materials.
02-08-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,332
Posted By John E

I like the fact that some people are using them...

I like the fact that some people are using them instead of a car on some of their trips.
02-08-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By John E

I have the same setup on one of the Capo Siegers...

I have the same setup on one of the Capo Siegers (the one with almost all OEM parts). I applied penetrating oil and let it sit overnight before loosening the bolts, and it all came apart without much...
02-06-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,212
Posted By John E

Are you sure about the year? It looks like early...

Are you sure about the year? It looks like early 1960s to me.
02-03-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,367
Posted By John E

I keep asking myself whether motorists have grown...

I keep asking myself whether motorists have grown increasingly hostile and/or distracted or whether I am just getting more timid as I age. It may be both, but I strongly suspect the former. Motorists...
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