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09-13-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 40,712
Posted By mech986

Evacuations ordered near our Velo-Retro Route. ...

Evacuations ordered near our Velo-Retro Route.

If you are familiar with our route, we ride northward on Second Street in Arcadia east of Santa Anita Blvd. We pass under the 210 near Huntington...
09-07-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 539
Posted By mech986

Hey Ex Pres, thanks for posting this. The 5894...

Hey Ex Pres, thanks for posting this. The 5894 serial number would suggest a 1971-73 production date as that conforms with the 4 digit serial numbers of that time. The separation of the leading 5...
09-07-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By mech986

I’d be very tempted to leave a note on the bike...

I’d be very tempted to leave a note on the bike asking the “owner” to contact me because I’d buy the bike outright for a reasonable sum.
09-07-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 40,712
Posted By mech986

The ride has been going on for at least 20 years....

The ride has been going on for at least 20 years. Chuck Schmidt, our host says “the ride goes on even if nobody shows up.” The pandemic has been the only major slowdown in ridership although the...
09-07-20, 04:37 AM
Replies: 365
Views: 40,712
Posted By mech986

Yes, the Bobcat Fire broke out around noon in the...

Yes, the Bobcat Fire broke out around noon in the hills above Monrovia-Azusa, about 12-15 miles northeast as the crow flies from Beantown Cafe in Sierra Madre, our rest stop. Air Quality in Los...
09-06-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 40,712
Posted By mech986

Well, hope everyone stayed home or in a nice cool...

Well, hope everyone stayed home or in a nice cool place today. Temp was 104 at 11:00 am start time and right now at 2:25pm, reading 109 supposedly still rising to 110-112. The sun and heat would be...
08-27-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 697
Posted By mech986

OP mentioned in first post the BB is Italian.

OP mentioned in first post the BB is Italian.
08-27-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 761
Posted By mech986

A local Pep Boys is a good place to get...

A local Pep Boys is a good place to get Evapo-Rust. Search under Evapo and you get result. They seem to offer an instant 25% off on store pickup items if you order online. Always check to be sure...
08-24-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By mech986

A bike pioneer who lost his home in Bonny Doon: ...

A bike pioneer who lost his home in Bonny Doon:
https://cyclingtips.com/2020/08/santa-cruz-wildfire-claims-home-of-specialized-engineer-chuck-teixeira/
08-23-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 774
Posted By mech986

California Wildfires threatening many C&V members’ homes and property

Hey all, The California wildfires have been threatening significant portions of the Big Sur area, Santa Cruz mountains, and northern California. A lot of C&V members live in those areas and many have...
08-21-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 6,280
Posted By mech986

I’ve used a GearTech ratcheting box wrench and...

I’ve used a GearTech ratcheting box wrench and even better the Flex-head ratcheting box wrench. Either makes adjustments very easy to dial in a new saddle. Even easy to approach from the side if...
08-21-20, 01:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 851
Posted By mech986

Happy that was all the extent of the damage, but...

Happy that was all the extent of the damage, but personally, I'd very carefully look at all the drive side spokes and probably consider replace/relacing all of them. I wouldn't want to think about a...
08-07-20, 10:44 PM
Replies: 19,610
Views: 3,209,076
Posted By mech986

while looking at this on Facebook I saw this...

while looking at this on Facebook I saw this sponsored ad, I did a double take when it said Men’s Jersey, then I understood.

...
08-07-20, 01:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 264
Posted By mech986

Unfortunate, but inevitable given the health...

Unfortunate, but inevitable given the health situation plus international travel restriction. Same here with Eroica California and other Eroica events worldwide. Just keep training, imagine your...
08-07-20, 01:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 669
Posted By mech986

Kucharik makes knit cycling gloves just like we...

Kucharik makes knit cycling gloves just like we used to ride, and I rode these in the early 70's. Not cheap but not expensive compared to today's gloves if you need "the look".

Red White Green:...
08-04-20, 02:00 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 25,003
Posted By mech986

As if Cambria didn't have enough to deal with,...

As if Cambria didn't have enough to deal with, what with Covid-19 forcing cancellation of Eroica California 2020, and the decline in tourism, a nice kitchen shop called A Matter of Taste burned a few...
08-03-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By mech986

Thanks, that would explain it! Wish we had that...

Thanks, that would explain it! Wish we had that in writing somewhere where it could be seen and understood.
08-02-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,142
Posted By mech986

Nice finds. My condolences to the family. ...

Nice finds. My condolences to the family. Having to see their father’s fun and hobby stuff leaving can be hard even if it is important to do. It is my sincere hope that all of us respect and...
08-02-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By mech986

Is there a limit to # of likes one can give per day?

I was reading a thread over in Covid and liking a number of posts when suddenly after hitting like on a post, all the like buttons disappeared from all the posts I could find. I refreshed the page...
08-01-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 365
Views: 40,712
Posted By mech986

Make sure you bring extra water (for yourself and...

Make sure you bring extra water (for yourself and others) and make some of it loaded with electrolytes and sodium. Take extra Calcium before the ride if you are prone to cramps. Have a plan to stop...
08-01-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 648
Posted By mech986

And by the way, drinking any versions of hand...

And by the way, drinking any versions of hand sanitizer for it ethanol content is to be discourage. Tastes lousy and the amount of alcohol is rather meager, and more expensive than just buying the...
08-01-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 648
Posted By mech986

Its very unfortunate that for whatever reason...

Its very unfortunate that for whatever reason some imported hand sanitizers from a few factories had methanol added instead of using the stated safe and usable isopropyl or regular ethanol...
08-01-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,499
Posted By mech986

TDS, any update on how you have been doing? I...

TDS, any update on how you have been doing? I hope things have been a bit better for you, your co-workers, and NYC. Out here in California its been an inexorable steady climb, partly because of our...
07-30-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

Back in the day, italian bikes were measured CTT...

Back in the day, italian bikes were measured CTT or center of crank bolt to top of the top tube via the seat tube. Some even suggested top of the seat lug. Today, its more CTC or center of top tube...
07-30-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,114
Posted By mech986

If you mean headquartered now in Atlanta, yes,...

If you mean headquartered now in Atlanta, yes, but Porsche Boxster and Boxster S models were built in Finland under contract by Valmet Automotive, with additional production at the former Karmann...
07-30-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

Spindle length will depend on how you achieve...

Spindle length will depend on how you achieve doing the triple. My Campagnolo double was custom drilled for a 74 BCD inner cog but with spacers really required a >119mm standard Campy 70-SS -120-X3...
07-29-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

As mentioned above, the other way round. ...

As mentioned above, the other way round. Torresini established Torpado (TORressini based in PADOva) and built Torpado bikes and frames as well as Italvega for US distribution under contract from Ben...
07-29-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

francophile , could you elaborate on the other 3...

francophile , could you elaborate on the other 3 Italvega bikes you've come across or point to any threads about them? I'd love to add them to my serial number database if you have any documentation...
07-29-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

Francophile, thanks for the additional...

Francophile, thanks for the additional information. Your *305198* serial number confirms a clear 1973, May, 198th frame if my interpretation of the numbering scheme is correct. Its been hard to...
07-29-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,114
Posted By mech986

The Ford GT40 Mk. II in 1966 and the GT40 Mk. IV...

The Ford GT40 Mk. II in 1966 and the GT40 Mk. IV in 1967 both beat Ferrari rather handily at Le Mans which was the big prestige race in Europe. Ferrari had won previously by being reasonably well...
07-29-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 931
Posted By mech986

The cranks in my photos were part of a University...

The cranks in my photos were part of a University Engineering school's materials study to see failure modes in bicycle components - once identified, the parts were continually stressed until failure....
07-29-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

Very nice francophile! Can you get a shot of the...

Very nice francophile! Can you get a shot of the underside of the bottom bracket and see if there is a serial number and frame size stamped there? Can you also verify that it takes a 27.0 mm...
07-28-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 248
Views: 25,003
Posted By mech986

Stay safe everyone. Protect your health, wear a...

Stay safe everyone. Protect your health, wear a mask, ride when able and safe, and hopefully you'll be able to speculate on the 2021 Eroica California being held.
07-28-20, 05:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

Tgot, what type of Italvega does the mechanic...

Tgot, what type of Italvega does the mechanic own? Any chance we see a pic of it too?

Here's another way an Italvega can look set up for Eroica, my 1972 Super Speciale:...
07-28-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,737
Posted By mech986

You are correct. The flat headbadge represents...

You are correct. The flat headbadge represents 70-71 production years, 72's started coming with 3D badges with raised borders colored gold around and between the Italian colors. Correctly, the BB's...
07-28-20, 04:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By mech986

This Bridgestone RB-1 is quite small so may not...

This Bridgestone RB-1 is quite small so may not fit but has much of the gearing mods and still retains the classic look even though built in the late 80's early 90's.
...
07-28-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By mech986

Nice bike, top of the line money for mid level...

Nice bike, top of the line money for mid level parts on a nice frame. The thing that would bother me though is how is it going to be shipped. Shipping is free but via USPS Parcel Select Ground???...
07-28-20, 01:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By mech986

Both Sugino and SR also make 144 bcd (bolt circle...

Both Sugino and SR also make 144 bcd (bolt circle diameter) rings in drilled OEM configurations for a little bling. Also in silver anodized or black anodized. Used rings of any type will be cheaper...
07-28-20, 01:41 AM
Replies: 58,144
Views: 8,492,455
Posted By mech986

I wonder if it belonged to Bill Walton or a...

I wonder if it belonged to Bill Walton or a Seattle Supersonic player? Then again, could also have belonged to a Seahawk too.





Yeah, I was gonna say, those dual pot brake pads just sorta...
07-28-20, 12:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 931
Posted By mech986

Funny how threads about the same topic sometimes...

Funny how threads about the same topic sometimes pop up at the same time:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/classic-rendezvous-lightweight-vintage-bicycles/b3DsZL4XQiU

and a link from Jim...
07-26-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,365
Posted By mech986

Thanks for the info and the kind words. Yeah, I'm...

Thanks for the info and the kind words. Yeah, I'm running my rear axle pretty much all the way back so I have as much clearance from the rear chainstay bridge and the crimped sides of the stays....
07-26-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 410
Posted By mech986

Thanks for the pics. The dropout/stay treatment...

Thanks for the pics. The dropout/stay treatment is fairly unique to Paletti built frames.
07-25-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 410
Posted By mech986

Do you have shots showing the chainstay / dropout...

Do you have shots showing the chainstay / dropout junctions with the skewer out of the way? I'm looking to see exactly how this was done.
07-25-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,365
Posted By mech986

I used to be a smaller guy, then I got older. ...

I used to be a smaller guy, then I got older. For now, I'm about 5' 9", 210 pounds plus 24 pounds of bike so about 235-240 all loaded up. To some, my Compass 700C x 35 tires look low and "cushy"...
07-25-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,365
Posted By mech986

Of course, you are correct and speaking for a big...

Of course, you are correct and speaking for a big portion of C&V members where value and making every dollar count is important. However, I would suggest that supple wall Compass / Rene Herse tires...
07-25-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By mech986

I have an Italvega Super Speciale frame and fork...

I have an Italvega Super Speciale frame and fork which has been stripped of paint completely. I've very much toyed with the idea of having the entire frame chrome plated and then get a very very...
07-25-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 410
Posted By mech986

Do you have a shot of the rear dropouts and...

Do you have a shot of the rear dropouts and chainstay layout?
07-23-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,114
Posted By mech986

Nah, its a chicken and a pup at the lower right. ...

Nah, its a chicken and a pup at the lower right. I really don't see anything else! :love:
07-23-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,114
Posted By mech986

Ah, you had me at Monica Bellucci, the rest is...

Ah, you had me at Monica Bellucci, the rest is just, well, superfluous.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1280x852/k2tw3zt_3f569c366becb0208d23eb23ccd5072089959fac.jpg
Monica...
07-22-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 537
Posted By mech986

https://cyclesroland.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/5...

https://cyclesroland.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/50-60.jpg?w=620

This is from the article above. Slight variations through from 50's to early 70's in shading and outlining. We'd have to see...
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