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09-19-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 200
Posted By John E

Scary stuff! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on...

Scary stuff! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on avoiding anything worse.
09-19-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By John E

I have been putting a lot of miles, mostly...

I have been putting a lot of miles, mostly onroad, on the mountain bike, often utility trips with the panniers. My usual beater, the UO-8, is still down for parts.

I just finished regearing the...
09-19-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 323
Posted By John E

I wouldn't say it's a hard-and-fast number, but...

I wouldn't say it's a hard-and-fast number, but as you approach 2mm per side / 4mm total, you really should think about cold-setting and ensuring that the rear dropouts remain parallel. I have broken...
09-19-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 428
Posted By John E

Very nice! One of my college pals bought a 1971...

Very nice! One of my college pals bought a 1971 Nishiki Custom Sport shortly after I bought my Nishiki Semi-Pro. His was a gaspipe boat anchor with steel rims and cranks, but 10 years later, the...
09-17-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 471
Posted By John E

I have done a lot less standing ever since I...

I have done a lot less standing ever since I snapped a Sugino Mighty Compe crank across the pedal eye during an out-of-saddle climb.
09-17-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 432
Posted By John E

I am guessing PR-10, as well. There should be the...

I am guessing PR-10, as well. There should be the remains of a French language Reynolds 531 sticker on either the seat tube or the downtube.

Delightful bikes -- my son still rides my 1980 PKN-10,...
09-17-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 197
Posted By John E

Thank you! Art was a regular drop-in when I...

Thank you! Art was a regular drop-in when I worked at Bikecology in the early 1970s. Particularly impressive was his personal 19-pound black chrome machine, with A D STUMP prominent on the downtube....
09-17-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 823
Posted By John E

I really like the under-the-brake-lever location...

I really like the under-the-brake-lever location for the 3-speed trigger -- that is how I mounted mine. Since mine was a 12-speed hybrid with a 14-16-18-20 Cyclo cog block and a Campag. Gran Sport...
09-17-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By John E

To determine whether you have a hub or a shifter...

To determine whether you have a hub or a shifter problem, try putting your bike on a shop stand and pulling on the shift cable while you turn the cranks. You should get third gear (wheel turns faster...
09-17-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,335
Posted By John E

Very nice! Since I am in line to get a 1960s...

Very nice! Since I am in line to get a 1960s Carlton, I am taking a special interest in your progress.
09-16-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 376
Posted By John E

As you can read from my signature, I am with you...

As you can read from my signature, I am with you 100% on "rebuild rather than just buy new." I did originally buy the UO-8 new for my wife, but as a bare frame that I built up with the handlebars,...
09-16-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By John E

Sounds like you need electronic shifting on your...

Sounds like you need electronic shifting on your bicycle, as well. :)
09-16-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 497
Posted By John E

Showing my personal bias, I am with you on...

Showing my personal bias, I am with you on paneling the seat tube, rather than the downtube, to echo the head tube.
...
09-14-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 644
Posted By John E

Bicycling has been a game changer and a life...

Bicycling has been a game changer and a life saver for me since I took it up in 1962 and started cycling seriously in 1968. It has enabled me to beat inherited tendencies toward obesity, diabetes,...
09-14-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 254
Posted By John E

I am guessing late 1950s. The 26.4mm seat post...

I am guessing late 1950s. The 26.4mm seat post diameter is consistent with plain gauge Columbus or 531 tubing. Don't worry about the stamped dropouts, which Capo continued to use into the early...
09-13-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 276
Posted By John E

I do not have your problem, but I really like the...

I do not have your problem, but I really like the bar extensions I put on my mountain bike. These provide a relaxing, neutral wrist orientation....
09-13-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 249
Posted By John E

I have always liked those frame-mounted Sturmey...

I have always liked those frame-mounted Sturmey Archer quadrant shifters.
09-13-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By John E

I am glad you still have it. I broke the seat...

I am glad you still have it. I broke the seat tube lug off of the bottom bracket shell on my first serious road bike, a 1971 American Eagle [Nishiki] Semi-Pro [Competition].

I bought the 1970...
09-13-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 3,321
Posted By John E

The air quality is good in north coastal San...

The air quality is good in north coastal San Diego County, but we are one of the fortunate pockets right now, and much depends on wind direction. My wife's sister reports dreadful air quality in the...
09-13-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Posted By John E

Very nice! Looks like the original half step...

Very nice! Looks like the original half step 49-46 / 14-16-18-20-22 gearing, as well, and original mudguards, to boot. I presume the horizontal "531" denotes plain gauge tubing, as opposed to a mixed...
09-12-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 429
Posted By John E

That thing is as gorgeous as it is deadly. ...

That thing is as gorgeous as it is deadly.

All you need now is a canopy to reproduce The Village's penny-farthing logo from "The Prisoner."
09-12-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 536
Posted By John E

This is why some folks use left hand drive for...

This is why some folks use left hand drive for fixed gear, because this makes the rear cog self-tightening during deceleration. The only problem is that this makes the pedals self-loosening, unless...
09-12-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 536
Posted By John E

I would not ride a bicycle without a front brake,...

I would not ride a bicycle without a front brake, which provides 70 percent of your braking force when properly used.
09-12-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 543
Posted By John E

Clubman Drive, Davenport FL Capo Street,...

Clubman Drive, Davenport FL
Capo Street, Beaumont TX
Bianchi Drive, Auburn MI
Peugeot Street, Sebring FL
Raleign Street, Orlando FL
Centurion Drive, Lakeland FL
Carlton Street, Longwood FL...
09-10-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By John E

True. I think the greatest danger from tubulars...

True. I think the greatest danger from tubulars comes from adhesive failure. I just got tired of having so many to patch, even though I got reasonably good at it.
09-10-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 436
Posted By John E

This is why I always stored my spare tubular...

This is why I always stored my spare tubular tires lightly inflated, rather than folded. Back before I moved to north coastal San Diego County and discovered goat head thorns, I rode tubulars once...
09-10-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By John E

Wow! That is in gorgeous condition. Can't say the...

Wow! That is in gorgeous condition. Can't say the same for my 1970 UO-8 and (now my son's) 1980 PKN-10, but they have been well-used and have serve well over the years.
09-09-20, 06:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 424
Posted By John E

Thanks for posting your SDP story. With three...

Thanks for posting your SDP story. With three bikes from Vienna, I am obviously a fan of Austrian bicycles. :)
09-09-20, 06:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 230
Posted By John E

"Old La Honda Rd." sounds like a segment of my...

"Old La Honda Rd." sounds like a segment of my first century-long (double metric, actually) back in the early 1970s, with my cousin, who lived in Los Altos at the time. I see what you mean about...
09-09-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 667
Posted By John E

Speaking from practicality, rather than...

Speaking from practicality, rather than aesthetics, I prefer mountain bike bars with extensions. I use them with 4-finger Shimano brake levers, which I can operate from the extensions or from the...
09-08-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 674
Posted By John E

Every party needs a party pooper --I love my...

Every party needs a party pooper --I love my gears. As minimalist as I ever went was a 3-speed coaster with a front hand brake.
09-08-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,244
Posted By John E

I like this picture of Gino Bartali of "My...

I like this picture of Gino Bartali of "My Italian Secret" fame, using a Cambio Corsa transmission....
09-07-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By John E

I concur. Peugeot got sloppy during the Bike Boom...

I concur. Peugeot got sloppy during the Bike Boom of the early 1970s, and evidently stayed that way. My 1980 PKN-10 has brazing splatter and even a void on one of the rear dropouts, and the paint has...
09-07-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 614
Posted By John E

Interesting point. Is this also an argument in...

Interesting point. Is this also an argument in favor of lug cutouts, to enhance the odds of properly flowing the brazing material into the tube-lug joint? ...
09-07-20, 06:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By John E

I give Motobecane high marks for switching from...

I give Motobecane high marks for switching from French to Swiss BB threading in the mid-1970s, about 5 years ahead of Peugeot. I also give Motobecane credit for recognizing the superiority of SunTour...
09-07-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By John E

Why even try to save those old boat anchor wheels...

Why even try to save those old boat anchor wheels with their absurdly heavy rims? The best single improvement you can make on any vintage bike is to replace steel rims, particularly the super-heavy...
09-06-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 246
Posted By John E

Sometimes relevant is that lateral float is...

Sometimes relevant is that lateral float is greater for derailleurs designed for index shifting than for earlier models. You will get a bit more precise shifting in friction mode if you have less...
09-06-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 341
Posted By John E

The gearing is easy to change. The SunTour...

The gearing is easy to change. The SunTour Cyclone Mk II can easily handle 24T, and I use one with 26T and a 3-tooth drop up front (45-42/13-15-17-20-23-26).

I believe your crankset has a 130mm...
09-05-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,933
Posted By John E

I have no [death] wish to go 50mph. 50/14 is a...

I have no [death] wish to go 50mph. 50/14 is a high enough top gear for me, just under 35mph at 120RPM.
09-05-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,933
Posted By John E

We already know that many of the newer components...

We already know that many of the newer components and frames are far less durable than their predecessors.
09-04-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By John E

Two of our best annual family reunions were...

Two of our best annual family reunions were around Lake Tahoe. Thanks for posting.
09-04-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,063
Posted By John E

If your boss at the bike shop gives up on trying...

If your boss at the bike shop gives up on trying to break it in after only a week and offers it for $5, I would say "go for it." Almost 50K miles later, it is finally wearing out.
09-04-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Posted By John E

Great-looking bike from one of the best road bike...

Great-looking bike from one of the best road bike eras. I would replace the brake pads with something safer/more effective, i.e., KoolStops, but otherwise I like it a lot. The yellow cable housings,...
09-03-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,721
Posted By John E

There is nothing "odd" about favoring station...

There is nothing "odd" about favoring station wagons -- I wish there were more of us diehard wagon fans in North America. (Our cars are a 2001 VW Passat wagon and a 2016 VW Golf Sportwagen.)

I...
09-03-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 346
Posted By John E

Swiss threading is very likely on a Motobecane of...

Swiss threading is very likely on a Motobecane of that vintage. They stayed with hard metric threading, but finally got the fixed cup thread direction right (actually left). Peugeot belatedly caught...
09-02-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 757
Posted By John E

As a hard core wagon fan, I am mad at Audi for...

As a hard core wagon fan, I am mad at Audi for discontinuing the A4 Avant in the US. I am keeping my 2001 VW Passat wagon and 2016 Golf Sportwagen as long as I can. At least Audi is bringing the RS6...
09-02-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 526
Posted By John E

Cool! I like 11mm, because I can substitute a...

Cool! I like 11mm, because I can substitute a 7/16", if that is handy. I have a super cheap set of thin combo wrenches that includes a 7/16".
09-01-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,268
Posted By John E

Novara -- no longer made :( New ones are...

Novara -- no longer made :(

New ones are Pearl Izumi Summit. I generally like the brand, but these run way too small, so I am sending them back.
08-31-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,492
Posted By John E

Wow! About the same vintage as my Capos. Same...

Wow! About the same vintage as my Capos. Same one-piece integral crank and spider, nice 49-46 half-step (my favorite). Freewheel looks weird -- I would have expected 14-16-18-20-22 or 14-16-18-20-23,...
08-31-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,264
Posted By John E

My sincere condolences to you, Deacon Mark....

My sincere condolences to you, Deacon Mark. Several of my friends and acquaintances have remained single after losing a spouse/soul mate after a long and happy marriage.
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