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07-09-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,620
Posted By John E

I have a stash of vintage parts, including...

I have a stash of vintage parts, including freewheels, as I suppose many of you do. What do you need in particular?
07-08-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By John E

The link doesn't work, but I found your homepage...

The link doesn't work, but I found your homepage at Princeton. You are the latest of several physics PhDs I have met through bicycling (either virtually or on the road). I was a (solid state) physics...
07-07-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By John E

They damn well better smile and wave back. :)...

They damn well better smile and wave back. :) That is one cool-looking recumbent tandem trike; it appears to be very well engineered.
07-07-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By John E

One of my son's neighbors organizes a...

One of my son's neighbors organizes a neighborhood Independence Day parade, but they wisely canceled this year. (The organizer's wife has MS, so that probably makes her especially vulnerable to...
07-07-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By John E

Please thank them for their service.

Please thank them for their service.
07-04-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Posted By John E

Traditionally, Nishiki Semi-Pro / Competition on...

Traditionally, Nishiki Semi-Pro / Competition on up were double-butted Ishiwata CrMo, whereas the Kokusai / International was plain gauge CrMo, which is consistent with your seat post diameter.
...
07-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 354
Posted By John E

I have a VAR truing stand that I sometimes clamp...

I have a VAR truing stand that I sometimes clamp to my workbench, but I generally prefer to true wheels right on the bike, using the brake pads as guides. I do a lot of "braille" tuning, resting a...
07-03-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By John E

Update. After my ride this morning, the right...

Update. After my ride this morning, the right pedal bearings were loose, and the left were binding. This is normal if the locknuts are too loose, because RH threads are used on both pedals. I...
07-03-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By John E

Not really. I'm just a small-to-medium guy, 5'8"...

Not really. I'm just a small-to-medium guy, 5'8" tall, 145 lbs., but I have broken two pedals, three cranks, two frames, one front hub flange, three rear axles, and several spokes and cables over...
07-02-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By John E

Busted another pedal

For the second time in my life I have broken a pedal cage while riding. The first was one of my beloved SunTour platform pedals; today's victim was one of my cheapo WellGo mountain bike pedals. I...
07-02-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,652
Posted By John E

I have magnetic sunglass clip-ons that came with...

I have magnetic sunglass clip-ons that came with my UltraClip glasses. Unfortunately, these appear to have been discontinued, so I have been hoarding gently used frames from eBay.
07-02-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 421
Posted By John E

Tutta bella!

Tutta bella!
07-02-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 838
Posted By John E

Beautiful frame! It deserves Campag. Gran Sport...

Beautiful frame! It deserves Campag. Gran Sport derailleurs and shift levers. I like Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpull brakes, but there are lots of other good options. Either Agrati or comparable...
06-30-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 696
Posted By John E

I do not have any eBike plans personally, but I...

I do not have any eBike plans personally, but I really like the way they have brought more people into cycling.
06-30-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,667
Posted By John E

I was looking at the price sheet. In early 1971,...

I was looking at the price sheet. In early 1971, when I was considering the Super Course vs. the American Eagle (Nishiki) Semi-Pro (Competition), the SC cost $125 US. The bike boom hit, and then the...
06-30-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 906
Posted By John E

My introduction to the Specialissima came in the...

My introduction to the Specialissima came in the mid-to-late 1960s. I had received a bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa for Christmas 1962. After my brother rear-ended a parked truck with his and had...
06-28-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 343
Posted By John E

Readin', Ridin', and 'Rithmetic, right?

Readin', Ridin', and 'Rithmetic, right?
06-28-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By John E

The HPx handle is very similar to that of your...

The HPx handle is very similar to that of your old HP (just adds a dimple), so any clip that would have worked with your HP will be fine with an HPx. Just set the clip height so that you need to...
06-27-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,638
Posted By John E

Hello fellow Project KOM-10 owner. :) I am just...

Hello fellow Project KOM-10 owner. :) I am just about to head out on a ride on mine.

2019 4th of July parade in my elder son's neighborhood, with grandson Erik powered by mama Jin....
06-22-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By John E

Absent photos and more details, such as seat tube...

Absent photos and more details, such as seat tube inside diameter (or seatpost outer diameter), your guess makes a lot of sense to me. I am sure T-Mar, Bianchigirll, or one of our other resident...
06-22-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By John E

Yeah, I got the early 1980s made-in-Japan part,...

Yeah, I got the early 1980s made-in-Japan part, but, as always, you have all the details. :)
06-21-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 343
Posted By John E

We just had takeout lunch across the living room...

We just had takeout lunch across the living room with my younger son and his fiancee at their condo. Next on the agenda is to visit my elder son's family after our little grandsons (pictured in their...
06-20-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,211
Posted By John E

A lot of it depends on your gearing. Bottom gear...

A lot of it depends on your gearing. Bottom gear on most of my road bikes is around 43-45 gear-inches (45/28, 42/26, or 38/23)); on the mountain bike, the middle ring gets me down to 37 gear-inches...
06-17-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,438
Posted By John E

The Brits did the same thing, and the Japanese,...

The Brits did the same thing, and the Japanese, notably Nishiki, copied. I thought it was to reduce the rear brake leverage and accelerate the rear brake shoe closure to reduce the chances of a rear...
06-16-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By John E

Great bike, nice half-step-plus-granny...

Great bike, nice half-step-plus-granny transmission, but why do you need any cable guides brazed on? I like the look of the triple top tube clips I put on my 1959 Capo.
06-15-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 883
Posted By John E

For me, the best location for a BioPace ring is...

For me, the best location for a BioPace ring is in the giveaway box I sometimes put out at the end of the driveway. I bought the Schwinn with a 48-38-28 ringset, in which the middle was a Biopace,...
06-15-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,350
Posted By John E

Last year I bought a frameset I didn't need and...

Last year I bought a frameset I didn't need and probably couldn't justify, except that it was a near-littermate (see signature) of a bike I already had, which I thought was pretty cool, particularly...
06-15-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,357
Posted By John E

There is nothing like a high-quality non-indexed...

There is nothing like a high-quality non-indexed transmission -- I have SunTour on some bikes, Campag. on others.
06-15-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By John E

I agree with everything in your post (as usual),...

I agree with everything in your post (as usual), T-Mar, but having suffered with the Cyclo version of the Simplex pull-chain / bandspring rear derailleur, I would look for one of many superior...
06-15-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,033
Posted By John E

For me, Brooks Team Pro, by far. With working...

For me, Brooks Team Pro, by far. With working from home, I have been putting 50-100 miles/week on my Team Pro, and I am consistently delighted with it.
For you, ???
06-14-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,646
Posted By John E

As a lover of so-called "classical" music, I also...

As a lover of so-called "classical" music, I also greatly appreciate much of the folk and rock music of the 1960s and 1970s, back when popular music composers and performers had been trained in the...
06-14-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 208
Posted By John E

Ah -- the Holy Grail 41T 144mm BCD chainring!

Ah -- the Holy Grail 41T 144mm BCD chainring!
06-14-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 727
Posted By John E

As I have mentioned before, my UO-8 is a nicer...

As I have mentioned before, my UO-8 is a nicer ride than it has any right to be, given its original price point.
06-14-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,161
Posted By John E

Absolutely disgustingly wasteful society, but we...

Absolutely disgustingly wasteful society, but we already knew that. The late, great Dr. Hans Rosling once said that the difference between mere poverty and hopeless, grinding poverty was ownership of...
06-11-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John E

I am impressed. I do hope you post something...

I am impressed. I do hope you post something about your frame build project if it comes to fruition. Quite the undertaking!

I have owned four Capo frames, all with about the same geometry. The...
06-10-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John E

Thank you. The CyclArt paint job, a 2003 splurge...

Thank you. The CyclArt paint job, a 2003 splurge I have never regretted, was based on another 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, based in your state(!), that I saw on the Internet. (We had just celebrated...
06-09-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By John E

Maroon! (Depends on the bike. I have black...

Maroon!

(Depends on the bike. I have black Brooks Pros on the mountain bike and one of the Capo Siegers....
06-07-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2,353
Views: 739,587
Posted By John E

Neighborhood 4th of July parade last year in my...

Neighborhood 4th of July parade last year in my elder son's neighborhood. Henry E., then 4, with little brother Erik, mama Jin, and grandpa John on his red-white-and-blue (seemed appropriate) Schwinn...
06-07-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By John E

For the past several weeks I have been putting...

For the past several weeks I have been putting 50, sometimes up to 100, miles/week on my Brooks Team Pro. No saddle sores, no discomfort. My absolute favorite saddle ever.
06-07-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 284
Posted By John E

Now that is wall-climber gearing! :) What...

Now that is wall-climber gearing! :)

What is the low, 24/40?
06-07-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting this! I was a UCLA physics...

Thank you for posting this! I was a UCLA physics undergrad, Earth Action Council (UCLA bicycling advocacy group) member, and Bicycling magazine subscriber at the time, still riding my low-end 1962...
06-07-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 652
Posted By John E

Nice bike. I like Nishikis of the late 1970s into...

Nice bike. I like Nishikis of the late 1970s into the 1980s, and I love road touring bikes in general. The half-step-plus-granny gearing (I use 1.5-step-plus-granny on my mountain bike) and the...
06-07-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 421
Posted By John E

Given that this is the C&V forum, I do not...

Given that this is the C&V forum, I do not understand your comment. :)
05-29-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 781
Posted By John E

I get that, but we do have a second-world country...

I get that, but we do have a second-world country with a high poverty rate but some level of technology and no liability issues right across our southern border.
05-29-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,113
Posted By John E

The key parameters include the seat tube outer...

The key parameters include the seat tube outer diameter (hard metric 28.0mm for French, 28.6 for most of the rest of the world), seat tube inner diameter (27.2mm with a 28.6 OD or 26.6 with a 28.0 is...
05-29-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 711
Posted By John E

Ah ... Campag. Valentino, literally the Edsel of...

Ah ... Campag. Valentino, literally the Edsel of derailleurs. (Valentino Campagnolo and Edsel Ford were sons of their respective fathers.)
05-29-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 711
Posted By John E

In the immortal words of Charlie Harding ("C....

In the immortal words of Charlie Harding ("C. Harding's For Bikes," which was just south of the UCLA campus in to 1960s and 1970s), "A Falcon is a good English bike."
05-25-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By John E

My 1980 PKN-10, which is now my elder son's,...

My 1980 PKN-10, which is now my elder son's, definitely has a Swiss-threaded BB, as I discovered when I converted the crankset to a Sugino triple. (He told me he is thankful for that 34T inner ring...
05-23-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By John E

My wife is an avid reader. I would read more, but...

My wife is an avid reader. I would read more, but I am working particularly hard this quarter, teaching two undergrad classes and three graduate courses. We both love so-called classical music, and I...
05-23-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,292
Posted By John E

Interesting. My 1988 Project KOM-10 is from...

Interesting.
My 1988 Project KOM-10 is from Greenville, as well.
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