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10-14-19, 09:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,935
Posted By John E

My Schwinn had a 38T Biopace middle ring, but...

My Schwinn had a 38T Biopace middle ring, but when I replaced it with a 40, I went for round, which I prefer. (More uniform pedal cadence, and better shifting.)
10-14-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,967
Posted By John E

Interesting. I would have expected Swiss, but...

Interesting. I would have expected Swiss, but agree with the earlier comment that Sugino probably never made a hard metric LH thread fixed cup. I need to try Sheldon's technique on my mountain bike...
10-14-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,379
Posted By John E

Tres bien! I see someone already replaced...

Tres bien!

I see someone already replaced the OEM 45T inner chainring with a 40. The other popular mod was to replace the 14-21 freewheel with a 14-26 or 14-28. Very nice machine, and the Brooks...
10-10-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,335
Posted By John E

There is nothing wrong with a non-celeste...

There is nothing wrong with a non-celeste Bianchi. (Mine is a rare "charcoal," which my artist wife calls metallic "Ralph Lauren brown.")
10-08-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 433
Posted By John E

I would sign that, but what I really want is a...

I would sign that, but what I really want is a reissue of the Avocet touring shoes.
10-08-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 185
Posted By John E

I run 12 speeds on most of my road bikes, in...

I run 12 speeds on most of my road bikes, in either half-step or 1.5-step ("Alpine"). My freewheel combos, including 14-16-18-20-23-26 and 13-15-17-20-23-26, are listed explicitly in the article,...
10-08-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 246
Posted By John E

That's a marque I have not heard about in awhile....

That's a marque I have not heard about in awhile. One of college pals had a mid-to-high end Ideor Asso from about your same vintage.
10-05-19, 11:33 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,185
Posted By John E

1962: My father bought low-end Bianchi Corsas for...

1962: My father bought low-end Bianchi Corsas for me and my brother, $55 each, at Wheel World in Culver City, Los Angeles County.

March 1971: My girlfriend (now wife) wanted a bicycle, so I...
10-04-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 936
Posted By John E

My Bianchi is "charcoal" (metallic "Ralph Lauren...

My Bianchi is "charcoal" (metallic "Ralph Lauren brown," according to my artist wife), but at least I found a celeste Reparto Corse water bottle for it. :)
10-04-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 550
Posted By John E

I think we pretty much have consensus here. Get...

I think we pretty much have consensus here. Get some sort of roof or bumper rack and bring it back home to clean up and fix up. Since you can do most of the work yourself, the project should not be...
10-03-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 596
Posted By John E

There are no absolutely "correct" numbers in this...

There are no absolutely "correct" numbers in this game. My own resting (mid-to-upper 40s) and aerobic heart rates have been relatively low for decades. I am more interested in my recovery rate, or...
10-03-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,570
Posted By John E

I'll do a small, brief wheelie occasionally on my...

I'll do a small, brief wheelie occasionally on my mountain bike, but that's about it.
10-03-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 182
Posted By John E

That is a nice frame from the era in which Japan...

That is a nice frame from the era in which Japan was putting out some world class product. I applaud you conservative spoking (lots of spokes, with cross lacing). What size are the tires? I am not at...
10-02-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,773
Posted By John E

Point (and shoot :) ) well taken. In this thread...

Point (and shoot :) ) well taken. In this thread I was interested mainly in the comments regarding modern compact cameras. My wife is a professional artist (mainly oils, some watercolors and...
10-01-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,863
Posted By John E

Speaking of Schwinn Paramount mountain bikes, the...

Speaking of Schwinn Paramount mountain bikes, the Project KOM-10 came between the Paramountain and the Paraamount in chronology (1988-1989). Grandpa's bike didn't need any decorations for the 4th of...
10-01-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 442
Posted By John E

That certainly cleaned up nicely. What type of...

That certainly cleaned up nicely. What type of drop bar bend is that? I would miss the usual hand position above and behind the brake levers.
09-29-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 849
Posted By John E

I presume the seat tube outer diameter is hard...

I presume the seat tube outer diameter is hard metric 28.0mm. What diameter seat post does it take? This will help separate a higher-quality butted frame from one of its more humble brethren.
09-29-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By John E

I have always admired the Raleigh Competition --...

I have always admired the Raleigh Competition -- good choice for a restomod.
09-29-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,922
Posted By John E

I forgot you had that. Modell Campagnolo? Serial...

I forgot you had that. Modell Campagnolo? Serial number? I picked up YAC (Yet Another Capo). This one is almost a litter mate of my all-original Sieger and will get a restomod build for contrast.
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09-28-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,863
Posted By John E

I am partial to my red-white-and-blue Schwinn. :)

I am partial to my red-white-and-blue Schwinn. :)
09-27-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,869
Posted By John E

It is always nice to meet a local fellow fan of...

It is always nice to meet a local fellow fan of vintage bicycles, though. My 1959 Capo has drawn a number of admiring glances and nice comments over the years. Most recently, I was getting off the...
09-27-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,013
Posted By John E

Some of us are old enough to remember when 10...

Some of us are old enough to remember when 10 speeds meant the then-standard 2x5. :)

With two "littermate" Capo Siegers, one nearly complete and original, the other just a frame and fork, and I am...
09-27-19, 06:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 790
Posted By John E

Absent a multi-cog block in back, that is what I...

Absent a multi-cog block in back, that is what I would do with a wide range 3-speed, as well, to "fill in the gaps."

My favorite setup with a Sturmey AW hub was a 14-16-18-20 cog block, which...
09-27-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 372
Posted By John E

That was always the big challenge for Jim...

That was always the big challenge for Jim "CyclArt" Cunningham, who liked to collect vintage bikes, but whose preferred frame size was around 64cm. His go-to bike was an American Masi that he might...
09-26-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 227
Posted By John E

Welcome board. They are cool bikes that ride and...

Welcome board. They are cool bikes that ride and handle far better than their low price and status would suggest.
09-25-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,259
Posted By John E

About 90Hz. Oh ... that's crank RPM. I guess you...

About 90Hz. Oh ... that's crank RPM. I guess you meant how many days/week riding. :)
09-25-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,869
Posted By John E

Great answers, great thread reminding me of why I...

Great answers, great thread reminding me of why I am involved here and in my other favorite forum, Passatworld. The latter has saved me a lot of money and time in keeping my 2001 VW Passat wagon...
09-25-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By John E

On "why not ultra-7 if standard-6 works": ...

On "why not ultra-7 if standard-6 works":

Mixed results in my case, very hub-dependent and freewheel-dependent. (Of course, one can usually play with spacers and washers to make it work.)
09-24-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 685
Posted By John E

Historically, Tahoe can get snow any calendar...

Historically, Tahoe can get snow any calendar month of the year. We went to Shakespeare on the Lake one August evening in 2001, and the nighttime continental U.S. low was 31 F, in nearby Truckee.
09-24-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 234
Posted By John E

At least it's a step up from the usual welded...

At least it's a step up from the usual welded boat anchors with Ashtabula cranks.
09-24-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,224
Posted By John E

The PA-10 was the rarest Peugeot road bike model...

The PA-10 was the rarest Peugeot road bike model in the Los Angeles area. Everyone went for the UO-8 or moved up to the PR-10 or PX-10. We generally sold PA-10s with 14-26 or 14-28 freewheels and...
09-23-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6,712
Views: 1,604,784
Posted By John E

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Still riding the Schwinn. Grandpa with younger grandson and his mommy....
09-22-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By John E

I have similarly enjoyed meeting up at various...

I have similarly enjoyed meeting up at various times with three BF members and riding with two of them. One borrowed the PKN-10 (now my son's bike) for a week; the other borrowed the Bianchi. I rode...
09-22-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 416
Posted By John E

The fillet-brazed CrMo frames were always...

The fillet-brazed CrMo frames were always Schwinn's sleeper models. Extra points on this one for a nice alloy crankset and that great SunTour rear derailleur. That black with brown saddle, tape, and...
09-22-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,084
Posted By John E

That would be another interpretation of "Do I...

That would be another interpretation of "Do I know where hell is? Hell is in 'hello.' Heaven is 'goodbye forever, it's time for me to go.'" -- "Wand'rin' Star" from "Paint Your Wagon," Alan J. Lerner
09-18-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 284
Posted By John E

That's about our size (I'm 5'8", wife is 5'6"),...

That's about our size (I'm 5'8", wife is 5'6"), and she would have liked the color. :)
A rare find, indeed.
09-18-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 933
Posted By John E

I sort of did that, but with a heavy stove pipe...

I sort of did that, but with a heavy stove pipe frame from an Armstrong 3-speed. I used a Sturmey AW (wide-range 3-speed) hub with a long axle and 14-16-18-20 Cyclo cogblock and an early Campag....
09-17-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 751
Posted By John E

That looks like a delightful place to ride.

That looks like a delightful place to ride.
09-17-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By John E

UO-8s were very common in the U.S., but UE-8s...

UO-8s were very common in the U.S., but UE-8s were considerably rarer. Very nice! These basic Peugeots ride much better than most bikes of the same general price range and vintage.
09-17-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,314
Posted By John E

I got my first (nearly new) Brooks Pro for $5,...

I got my first (nearly new) Brooks Pro for $5, because my boss at the bike shop gave up after a week of trying to get used to it. It is still serviceable after almost 50K miles, but it is finally...
09-17-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 482
Posted By John E

I never understood the 49-47 combination. Several...

I never understood the 49-47 combination. Several I have seen come with my personal favorite 49-46, which works brilliantly with something like 14-16-18-21-24 in back.

I am glad you got your...
09-17-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,954
Posted By John E

The only objectionably flexy frame I have owned...

The only objectionably flexy frame I have owned was my 1960 Capo Modell Campagnolo. Unlike my current 1959, it had double-butted 531. With a Pletscher rack loaded with textbooks, it was not the ideal...
09-16-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,505
Posted By John E

Yes, I think 25 years is often used as a starting...

Yes, I think 25 years is often used as a starting point in discussion of vintage or classic cars and bicycles. All of my bicycles qualify, and if I can successfully replace the fried power window...
09-15-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 719
Posted By John E

The B5/B5.5 generation Passat wagon is the...

The B5/B5.5 generation Passat wagon is the best-sized, best-configured car ever offered on the U.S. market. My wife and I bought a pre-facelift (B5) 2001 dealer demo in January 2001. Since then it...
09-14-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,041
Posted By John E

Ah --- you are probably correct.

Ah --- you are probably correct.
09-14-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By John E

14-17-20-24-28 is by far the most common 14-28...

14-17-20-24-28 is by far the most common 14-28 freewheel out there, so I am guessing that is what you have. This is a nice, even progression, with manageable gaps, but the challenge will be finding a...
09-14-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,041
Posted By John E

You will want to pull the entire crankset anyway,...

You will want to pull the entire crankset anyway, to lube the bearings and probably replace the balls themselves. A thin profile wrench of the proper size should get that stuck bolt out. (Removing...
09-12-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,280
Posted By John E

Looks delightful. Thank you for posting.

Looks delightful. Thank you for posting.
09-12-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 906
Posted By John E

That reminds me of my coworker and cycling pal...

That reminds me of my coworker and cycling pal who forgot he had his bike on the roof of his Alfa Romeo when he drove into the underground parking garage at his condo. The clips proved to be the...
09-12-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,495
Posted By John E

Your story about beating the young whippersnapper...

Your story about beating the young whippersnapper reminded me of myself as a university senior. I was cycling in Santa Monica CA with a couple of other 20-somethings I had encountered along the way...
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