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07-13-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 337
Posted By Salamandrine

I remember at least a couple times BITD when I...

I remember at least a couple times BITD when I had to ride 5 or 10 miles home on a flat tire. This was with sew ups, and therefore it wasn't that bad. At some point I started carrying a back up patch...
07-13-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 203
Posted By Salamandrine

That's a small but useful tip for somebody in the...

That's a small but useful tip for somebody in the future. Sounds simpler, faster and easier than finding correctly dimensioned sheet stock, and then having to roll your own.
07-13-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 313
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, I do the same thing. Helps seat the pads...

Yeah, I do the same thing. Helps seat the pads and removes any glazing. Be careful of the paint! Sometimes cleaning off the surface glaze is enough to fix problems. Really old pads can be dry all the...
07-13-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 313
Posted By Salamandrine

OK, sorry I missed that. I'm not familiar with...

OK, sorry I missed that. I'm not familiar with Saavedra pads, or I may have forgotten. How old are they? Old dried out pads of any sort will have a tendency to squeal. A few years ago when I rebuilt...
07-13-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 313
Posted By Salamandrine

I sold a lot of new bikes with new campy record...

I sold a lot of new bikes with new campy record brakes BITD. None of them squealed. Know why? They had new campy pads on those brakes, not salmons.

IMO it's basically sacrilege to bend a vintage...
07-13-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By Salamandrine

Suntour were better, until their patent expired...

Suntour were better, until their patent expired and Shimano was able to copy the formerly patented slant parallelogram. After that they were about the same.
07-12-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 313
Posted By Salamandrine

Campy record brakes and salmon pads almost always...

Campy record brakes and salmon pads almost always squeal. I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but it's still true. The Modolo pads might be OK, but that sounds like kind of a hassle. You may...
07-12-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 371
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, vintage frame sizing was different. Typical...

Yeah, vintage frame sizing was different. Typical fitting depended on the era, intended use, and of course personal preferences. From as far back as I can remember there was a slow shift to smaller...
07-12-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Salamandrine

I've seen a lot worse. I'd suggest soaking the...

I've seen a lot worse. I'd suggest soaking the affected areas with a mild rust remover like Evaporust. Don't use anything more abrasive then a soft toothbrush. Until you decide if you want to send it...
07-12-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By Salamandrine

Congrats on the new Cannondale. :thumb: FYI,...

Congrats on the new Cannondale. :thumb:

FYI, 27 x 1 1/4" was the still standard touring tire at the time. 27 x 1 1/8" was also used, and the metric/700c equivalents were becoming more popular....
07-12-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 568
Posted By Salamandrine

Quite possibly, if not probably, most folks. When...

Quite possibly, if not probably, most folks. When I was wrenching, we had so many Weinmann and Dia Compe pads around, I must have figured it out. There were multiple cards of pads, boxes of pads,...
07-12-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 568
Posted By Salamandrine

Now that I see the bike, I'm changing my vote to...

Now that I see the bike, I'm changing my vote to a strong lean towards Campy record brakes. The frame has the top tube clips rather than under tube braze on stops. Plus the geometry looks full race.
07-12-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 960
Posted By Salamandrine

When I ordered my Mercian "King of Mercia"...

When I ordered my Mercian "King of Mercia" touring bike, I had to custom order a longer top tube. The standard 64cm frame had only a 56.5cm top tube. I seem to recall that the Bob Jackson 'World...
07-11-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 568
Posted By Salamandrine

Oh I remember those angled pads, and the angled...

Oh I remember those angled pads, and the angled rims too. They were kind of a pain. They did make non angled pads too. In fact they made a bunch of different pads, some thicker than others. The brake...
07-11-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,505
Posted By Salamandrine

Wow, congratulations on the 'new' Trek! Maybe...

Wow, congratulations on the 'new' Trek! Maybe that should be your pick. Looks like the perfect century bike to me.

BITD when most people only had one small waterbottle, people made a point of...
07-11-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By Salamandrine

Are these pure brake levers, or brifters?...

Are these pure brake levers, or brifters? (brake-lever + shifters)

If they are pure brake levers, I personally would not pay $50 for some rare NOS hoods. You may need to improvise something. For...
07-11-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 654
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, going from a 21 to a 28t is a huge...

Yeah, going from a 21 to a 28t is a huge difference. 39x28 is plenty of gearing IMO if you are young and relatively fit.

BTW, that is clearly a cassette, not a freewheel. Should be reasonably easy...
07-11-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 568
Posted By Salamandrine

I think that people have a prejudice against...

I think that people have a prejudice against Weinmann center pull brakes because they were so common. I know I did. That changed when I saw my first real in the flesh René Herse touring bike, perhaps...
07-10-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 568
Posted By Salamandrine

Both Campy Record brakes and Weinmann brakes are...

Both Campy Record brakes and Weinmann brakes are good choices and correct for this bike. I'd lean towards the Weinmann centerpulls. They are a better choice for a general recreational riding, even...
07-10-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 654
Posted By Salamandrine

In addition to the suggestions already made, you...

In addition to the suggestions already made, you may want to try some clipless pedals and cycling shoes. They can be very helpful for climbing.

That looks like a truly awesome ride.
07-10-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,117
Posted By Salamandrine

No, there isn't. I'd put one on straightaway. ...

No, there isn't. I'd put one on straightaway.

Many people do not realize that by 1980 or so, you literally could not give away a leather saddle. They were seen as archaic by nearly everyone. It's...
07-09-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
Posted By Salamandrine

BITD most bikes shops had a Medai pump for...

BITD most bikes shops had a Medai pump for schrader valves, and a Silca for presta valves. Both were very solid reliable pumps that stood up to constant use.

We had one of those double pumps for a...
07-09-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 528
Posted By Salamandrine

I remember when these came out. I was working...

I remember when these came out. I was working after school at the LBS.

First impressions of everyone:

1) Why is a bike bag and backpack company making bicycles??

2) Isn't that just like a...
07-09-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 476
Posted By Salamandrine

Besides the above mentioned items, mine would...

Besides the above mentioned items, mine would regularly carry a fishing pole.
07-09-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,505
Posted By Salamandrine

I don't know if this is a possibility in your...

I don't know if this is a possibility in your area, but I'd highly recommend you do a local cycling club century for your first one. There will be food and water stops, so you don't need to worry...
07-08-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 476
Posted By Salamandrine

Strangely, apparently there are still a few left....

Strangely, apparently there are still a few left. There was an old K-mart here in LA until November of last year, when if finally closed. It was like a time warp to the 70s. I never thought to look...
07-08-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 869
Posted By Salamandrine

In the lingo of the day, 28t max meant the...

In the lingo of the day, 28t max meant the biggest possible cog you might get away with on your freewheel, not total tooth capacity.

Honestly, that looks dangerous. A chain that short could fold...
07-08-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,113
Posted By Salamandrine

I love those radioactive metallic chartreuse...

I love those radioactive metallic chartreuse greens that were common in the 70s. Coincidentally, that's a bike color that is also on my list of to be acquired... :) I think I had some Hot Wheels that...
07-08-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,790
Posted By Salamandrine

I'll mostly agree with that, at least some...

I'll mostly agree with that, at least some qualifications. To me, the term production bike means the big bike manufacturers with full bike shop lines: Trek, Specialized, Bridgestone, Bianchi, Miyata,...
07-08-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,790
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, the RB-1 was a little old fashioned even...

Yeah, the RB-1 was a little old fashioned even BITD. That's partly why bike mechanics liked them. No BS.

AFA the RB-1 being the last lugged steel production bike, I think it was a reasonable...
07-06-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 761
Posted By Salamandrine

There were some high quality lightweight French...

There were some high quality lightweight French made mixte bikes sold during the bike boom. The more top end ones are fairly rare though. Most were more of a midrange bike, in the context of the...
07-06-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,003
Posted By Salamandrine

Based on the over the BB cable routing, I'd...

Based on the over the BB cable routing, I'd presume this bike is from the early 80s. Certainly not later. It predates Shimano 7400.

Most likely it would have been 6 speed originally. Verify this...
07-05-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 326
Posted By Salamandrine

??? Not sure what you mean. Of course it did. GS...

??? Not sure what you mean. Of course it did. GS became the second tier 'junior' level campy in the 70s and early 80s. I vividly remember it in fact on the starting line at jr's races.
07-05-20, 11:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 326
Posted By Salamandrine

I'd go Gran Sport over 600 'arabesque' in a...

I'd go Gran Sport over 600 'arabesque' in a heartbeat. Functionally it wasn't that different from NR. If it's one of those 3 arm spider GS cranks, be forewarned that chainrings are almost unobtanium....
07-05-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,505
Posted By Salamandrine

The bike doesn't really matter that much, but you...

The bike doesn't really matter that much, but you know that. Of the ones you mention, I'd probably go with the Raleigh International. Because I like them. The Cannondale might be good. I did plenty...
07-05-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,015
Posted By Salamandrine

Uh, yep wool jerseys. Still a good choice if it's...

Uh, yep wool jerseys. Still a good choice if it's a bit chilly when you start, but will get warm later. If you're really curious, look in some old Palo Alto Bike shop catalogs...
07-04-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By Salamandrine

Did you add links to your new chain compared to...

Did you add links to your new chain compared to the old? If the third picture in your 1st post is the bike in lowest gear, then the chain is too short, IMHO. At the risk of stating the obvious, a...
07-03-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,015
Posted By Salamandrine

A little history, as I remember it. Footwear...

A little history, as I remember it. Footwear depends on era and enthusiasm level. Before clipless pedals came out, if you had an expensive racing bicycle, you almost certainly would have worn cycling...
07-03-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 573
Posted By Salamandrine

Old chain on new (or newish?) cogs is generally...

Old chain on new (or newish?) cogs is generally considered a no no. That chain looks old and worn. Did you measure it for wear? Is it too short? Top jockey wheels is getting a bit too close to the...
07-03-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,320
Posted By Salamandrine

That'd be a good commuter for someone. Looks...

That'd be a good commuter for someone. Looks sketchier than it is, so it could be locked up without too much worry. Valentino derailleurs were fine if everything was set up and adjusted well....
07-01-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,076
Posted By Salamandrine

The B screw shouldn't need to be super optimized...

The B screw shouldn't need to be super optimized just for the RD to drop the chain into the smallest cog. Assuming the hanger is now close enough to aligned, that really only leaves friction issues....
06-30-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,076
Posted By Salamandrine

So if you completely slack the cable*, and back...

So if you completely slack the cable*, and back out the limit screw all the way, the RD still won't shift into the 12t? Ignore the brifters completely, shift by pulling the cable and letting it go.
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06-30-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By Salamandrine

Campagnolo still sells the original replacement...

Campagnolo still sells the original replacement pads for these. I'll let you do the google search. I personally prefer the original genuine Campagnolo pads in the original flavor Record and Super...
06-30-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 709
Posted By Salamandrine

It looks to me like some sort of lawyer lip...

It looks to me like some sort of lawyer lip variation.
06-30-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,721
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice^^^ :) Doesn't anyone have a Mondia?...

Nice^^^ :)

Doesn't anyone have a Mondia? While they probably weren't the first, they were famous for doing multi color fades long, long before the fad took off in the 80s.
06-30-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,076
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks to RJ for making it. (not 'RT') I've heard...

Thanks to RJ for making it. (not 'RT') I've heard of him but haven't really watched any of his videos. This one popped up with a quick google search.

I can understand your worry about tweaking a...
06-30-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 286
Posted By Salamandrine

Cotton tape was king at that time, if you're...

Cotton tape was king at that time, if you're wondering about period correct circa 78-80. Though cello tape was around, the great craze for it was still a year or two away, and it was limited to racer...
06-29-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,076
Posted By Salamandrine

Chain length looks right to me. I think you're...

Chain length looks right to me. I think you're good.

You might want to play with your B screw adjustment, and see how that affects things. Usually I shoot for the RD cage to be a bit more parallel...
06-29-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 840
Posted By Salamandrine

Of course! :lol: I'm guessing it happened to...

Of course! :lol:

I'm guessing it happened to you as well? It was a near universal experience.

IIRC my naive and immature brain got over the fact that they weren't actually micro monkeys in...
06-29-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 392
Posted By Salamandrine

If you bounce the front wheel on the ground and...

If you bounce the front wheel on the ground and it rattles, it usually (75%) indicates that the headset is loose. Or, the headset bearings could be shot, in which case they can be loose even when...
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