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10-27-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 306
Posted By francophile

Just remember: Adapting vintage to vintage using...

Just remember: Adapting vintage to vintage using measurements and thought is usually far cheaper than buying a modern solution.

What you'll spend on VO will be instantaneous to get what you need,...
10-26-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 21,019
Posted By francophile

Looks like we have similar taste in bikes and...

Looks like we have similar taste in bikes and dogs, eh?

Several years after losing our 35lb rottie/beagle mix Sophie, we finally decided to start hunting for another fur kid. A couple months ago,...
10-26-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,493
Posted By francophile

Had similar happen when shipping a PX10 dropout...

Had similar happen when shipping a PX10 dropout spacer to top506 , couple years ago now? Now I only ship tracked mail. Even that's apparently fallible, though! Like ...

I shipped a pile of French...
10-26-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,493
Posted By francophile

I am 99% certain nobody is going to have that...

I am 99% certain nobody is going to have that specific stem in their bins :D I've had it for many years and ever since I got it I've had a search alert on eBay domestic and int'l trying to figure out...
10-26-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,493
Posted By francophile

Well, update, it's in China's customs right now....

Well, update, it's in China's customs right now. Someone "might have tossed in the wrong bin or something". The agent I spoke with assures me China will diligently forward it back to USPS to go to...
10-26-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,493
Posted By francophile

USPS finally called back, it's looking like...

USPS finally called back, it's looking like someone maybe keyed this in as destined for CN (China) versus CAN (Canada). My label clearly says Canada.

On phone with their int'l support agent,...
10-26-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,493
Posted By francophile

USPS woes on irreplaceable vintage part - don't suppose any of you work there?

EDIT: Update on this one below. Don't get me wrong, would still love it if someone on the inside was able to look into this, but ... at least, after two hours on USPS site and phone calls, I have...
10-10-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,219
Posted By francophile

Sorry to hear about this and OP's pandemic...

Sorry to hear about this and OP's pandemic situation. I've mentioned in a couple other threads, I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop, it's looking like 1st round is coming late next week while I'm...
10-08-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,219
Posted By francophile

Campy FD. Pedals, as in, there are none. Should...

Campy FD. Pedals, as in, there are none. Should have CA 45s iirc.
10-08-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,219
Posted By francophile

I do, kitchen scale, primarily for breadmaking....

I do, kitchen scale, primarily for breadmaking. If you want to save on shipping, helps to have around. But there's a lot to be said about flat-rate shipping boxes and envelopes from USPS. Doesn't...
10-08-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,219
Posted By francophile

Get a toothbrush, tire brush, sponge, soapy...

Get a toothbrush, tire brush, sponge, soapy bucket of water and a block off 2 hours to scrub it down and dry it off. Toss a new front wheel on it, take good photos it against a bland background at...
10-05-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By francophile

Interesting. Actually, you're right and I must...

Interesting. Actually, you're right and I must be forgetting a detail about the diagonal vs. not-diagonal. Non-diagonal is main triangle only. Diagonal can be either, must be. But I clearly see...
10-05-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 307
Posted By francophile

I've said this numerous times on this forum, and...

I've said this numerous times on this forum, and I'll say it again.

I love the Helicomatic system, it's not even close as bad as some folks make it out to be. I firmly believe no human is right...
10-04-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 15,923
Posted By francophile

Recent acquisition I didn't have room for even...

Recent acquisition I didn't have room for even after selling more than half my stable this past 12mos, but at $100 for a TdF/SC that was mostly-original, I had a hard time saying no.

Not nearly as...
09-30-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3,305
Views: 291,400
Posted By francophile

This is what I would recommend also. Typically...

This is what I would recommend also. Typically speaking, I've gotten people who haven't posted in years to help by searching the thread for the city and/or those major cities around it, then PM'ing...
09-25-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,232
Posted By francophile

I can relate to this far too well.

I can relate to this far too well.
09-25-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,232
Posted By francophile

Atlanta CL has several right now in the $600-800...

Atlanta CL has several right now in the $600-800 range which would've been lucky to pull half that before the pandemic. I haven't bothered to look, but still have a few keyword triggers go off here...
09-25-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By francophile

PS here is the (SC) I picked up yesterday on the...

PS here is the (SC) I picked up yesterday on the cheap (relatively). PO told me he bought it new in 70, but components date it to 71. Said it was a 60, clearly is a 58 ctc. He swapped out the...
09-25-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 462
Posted By francophile

I've got a bag of misc P3/V4/S5 headset pieces...

I've got a bag of misc P3/V4/S5 headset pieces I'd listed over in the sale forum...
09-25-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 58,671
Views: 8,598,550
Posted By francophile

FYI to anyone who was interested, this didn't...

FYI to anyone who was interested, this didn't sell and has been relisted at the same price. This specific frame when branded with "VITUS" logos or sold under any of the other big names it was...
08-31-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By francophile

Based on DT pump peg position and the TT cable...

Based on DT pump peg position and the TT cable stops I'm guessing it's in the PX -8 or PX-50 wheelhouse and this is an EU market bike, not US. Lots of them made it over here thanks to our...
08-31-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,967
Posted By francophile

I didn't reply because I assume someone else...

I didn't reply because I assume someone else would already say it, but I guess maybe I truly am the only one who doesn't hate the product.

Helicomatic hubs. I guess I'm not big enough to bend the...
08-30-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,257
Posted By francophile

Angle matters! The angle needs to be steep enough...

Angle matters! The angle needs to be steep enough the blunt end of the cotter doesn't slip into the crank, but shallow enough you'll have flat and wider contact area with the spindle face. Cotters...
08-28-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 777
Posted By francophile

Some people would just tell you to Proofide it. ...

Some people would just tell you to Proofide it.

I personally prefer neatsfoot oil to restore. Fiebing's is my preferred brand. The critical part (to me) is, especially after getting dry, you're...
08-27-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,257
Posted By francophile

Just to drill the point home, and maybe it's...

Just to drill the point home, and maybe it's another reason to hate on French stuff for some people, I dunno. Check out the following cotters.

# 1 is the product Sunlite makes, I presume it's...
08-27-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,257
Posted By francophile

Think of cotters as a game. To win the game, you...

Think of cotters as a game. To win the game, you need as much of the filed face of the cotter to come in contact with the flat face of the spindle as possible. The more surface area of each flat you...
08-27-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,257
Posted By francophile

There's a potential cultural element here as...

There's a potential cultural element here as well, tied to region. But I know people from one region may not be as sensitive as those to others. per Wikipedia:

A cotter is a pin or wedge passing...
08-26-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3,305
Views: 291,400
Posted By francophile

I bought a stash of incomplete Universal...

I bought a stash of incomplete Universal calipers, and got a Super 68 or 77 that came with an undisclosed cracked arm, so I probably do have what you need. Thing is, it'll be hell for me to find it...
08-26-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 682
Posted By francophile

YES! I couldn't think of the other English word...

YES! I couldn't think of the other English word for I-beam. That's it. I especially love the slightly older Reynolds girder stem with 2-bolt in front. Those look awesome! Can't find a pic...
08-25-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,257
Posted By francophile

Oh, and I found this, it's randyjawa 's old...

Oh, and I found this, it's randyjawa 's old Geocities guide to filing cotters - I don't recommend going to that page though, it kept trying to hijack my computer. Anyway, maybe this info helps?

...
08-25-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 990
Posted By francophile

Mine's even creepier, I constantly catch him...

Mine's even creepier, I constantly catch him staring at me in my bathroom mirror. Just moderately unnerving.
08-19-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 901
Posted By francophile

Bike is toast, I'll pay for you to ship it to me...

Bike is toast, I'll pay for you to ship it to me so I can take care of the issue. :D
08-19-20, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3,305
Views: 291,400
Posted By francophile

Winged wheel one? What level of condition? ...

Winged wheel one? What level of condition? Hardware included? If you can handle "rider" quality, i.e. no significant rusting but maybe a pit here or there and could use a buff and polish, PM me...
08-14-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,050
Posted By francophile

I've got these Universal Super 77 listed in...

I've got these Universal Super 77 listed in another spot. Recessed mount.

I'd let them go for $35 if you cover the ride. I'd hope they'd pair well with the Scott levers above, which look like...
08-07-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 58,671
Views: 8,598,550
Posted By francophile

Daaaaaaaaang that's a steal and a half. You...

Daaaaaaaaang that's a steal and a half. You rarely see Newest come up at all, much less in this condition. I love love love the lugging on this.
08-07-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,061
Posted By francophile

I've seen a lot of Rodriguez bikes from you west...

I've seen a lot of Rodriguez bikes from you west coast folks, and I've always been really impressed. This one is over-the-top nice, my size, I love everything about it. I think the attention to...
08-07-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 3,305
Views: 291,400
Posted By francophile

I'm overloaded on handlebars and wheelsets and...

I'm overloaded on handlebars and wheelsets and don't dig on brifters, but what I happen to have is one or more 25.4 alloy (and maybe steel) seatposts with a graveyard of Simplex RDs I can harvest...
08-06-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,569
Posted By francophile

After chatting with phenry24 about this earlier,...

After chatting with phenry24 about this earlier, I forgot I'd meant to put up more pics. I eventualy got around to replacing the hoods, re-wrapping the bars to ditch the barfy cow tape, and got rid...
08-05-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By francophile

One thing about the Action cups: They're...

One thing about the Action cups: They're thicker. If someone were to buy those, they could probably easily get away with a standard 68mm ("3" stamped) spindle.

Not saying that's what you did on...
08-04-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,101
Posted By francophile

I'm still passing it along, he's not on BF so...

I'm still passing it along, he's not on BF so I'll PM if he's interested. Don't consider this a "dibs!", if someone else comes along before me I can't commit yet, let them have it.

One of my...
08-04-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By francophile

Nope. The good expensive Titanium stuff, DuoPar...

Nope. The good expensive Titanium stuff, DuoPar circa '81/'82. Naming got a little weird towards late 70s to early 80s, you start seeing Success and DuoPar used interchangeably in the catalog. God...
08-02-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By francophile

Hey Lynn, any interest in using a fresh DuoPar...

Hey Lynn, any interest in using a fresh DuoPar group w/period-correct drilled Nervar crankset? I've been waffling about whether to put this on my PX-10 frameset, but I'm offloading a lot of my nicer...
07-31-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 3,305
Views: 291,400
Posted By francophile

Man, this is really tempting. I would love to get...

Man, this is really tempting. I would love to get rid of my secondary Minoura stand and ditch the crappy Bikehand stand I have bolted to my shop bench. I'll defer to another member though. Your most...
07-28-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,028
Posted By francophile

Hey tgot just popped in here to say: Got your...

Hey tgot just popped in here to say: Got your twin!

I can't ride this comfortably due to size (I tried soooo hard) so I listed it for sale just before the pandemic exploded. I pulled the listing...
07-28-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By francophile

Hey 1989Pre gimme a sec, let me blow your mind....

Hey 1989Pre gimme a sec, let me blow your mind. DON'T BUY ANYTHING.

I just popped off one of the pivot bolts from a crappy old pair of MAFAC Racers. Guess what? IT'S THE SAME BOLT!

Pop one of...
07-28-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By francophile

I won't lie: That's my general M.O. Then...

I won't lie: That's my general M.O. Then cut-to-length and bevel the thread edge, file the entry thread, and bingo.

The reality is this: We can be fairly certain this isn't a 40+ year old...
07-28-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By francophile

PS - $50 is overkill. I would've sold you my last...

PS - $50 is overkill. I would've sold you my last remaining one for that all day long! You should file a claim on eBay over that if it was advertised as MAFAC - it's not! Total BS.
07-28-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By francophile

Just a quick warning: I realized something. ...

Just a quick warning: I realized something.

Obviously that's not the stock MAFAC part. That means the bolt may not have the same specs as the MAFAC part. So just be aware, while I can tell you...
07-28-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By francophile

This could be a good even-shallower solution: ...

This could be a good even-shallower solution: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TYRGSXG/

Bittersweet part about going button-head is you don't need a cone wrench to tighten it down. Downside is...
07-28-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By francophile

Jebus 22mm is way too long. M3, M4, M5, M6...

Jebus 22mm is way too long.

M3, M4, M5, M6 are all metric (hence M) sized bolts. If you have a flat screen TV mounting kit or IKEA furniture and kept the bolts off them, the hardware from either...
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