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10-17-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By Salamandrine

It's because the mountain bike world has mostly...

It's because the mountain bike world has mostly gone to disk brakes. MTB brake boosters were also necessary when using canti/V brakes with suspension forks, to keep the two sides connected. Also, in...
10-17-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 754
Posted By Salamandrine

Not that much to be impressed with in reality....

Not that much to be impressed with in reality. Most of my cog swapping during the freewheel era was done making up new custom freewheels for people, using brand new cogs and bodies. Even when there...
10-16-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,913
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, I've seen the Masi BSO's rolling around. I...

Yeah, I've seen the Masi BSO's rolling around. I believe you can buy a Masi for like $350 now... Cheapens the brand for sure, even of the vintage bikes. Tell a person you have a Masi now, and they...
10-16-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,632
Posted By Salamandrine

It's a little too easy to look at this through...

It's a little too easy to look at this through the lense of 2019. Take yourselves back 3 or 4 + decades. BITD there really wasn't any sort of realistic comparison between tubulars and clinchers. Not...
10-14-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 357
Posted By Salamandrine

Running shoes are probably about the worst...

Running shoes are probably about the worst possible shoes for riding a bike. OK for a commute or something. A pedal with a decent sized platform with lots of surface area will help.

I can...
10-12-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 754
Posted By Salamandrine

That Bicycle Research tool was my usual go to...

That Bicycle Research tool was my usual go to BITD when making up custom freewheels, if I needed a freewheel vise. 9 of 10 times I used two chain whips, cuz it's faster. I think the shop where I...
10-11-19, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By Salamandrine

This bike deserves holding out for Mafac....

This bike deserves holding out for Mafac. Realistically, that was the only cantilever brake there was when this bike was new. I'd happily put that used set of Herse brakes on there though. Pretty...
10-10-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Salamandrine

Well that is a nice save! One of the more...

Well that is a nice save! One of the more dramatic before and afters I've seen recently. Looking transformed.

6.585lb is fairly light for a 531db touring frame of that size. It's about a racing...
10-10-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 204
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, it's a simple job. All you have to do is...

Yeah, it's a simple job. All you have to do is replace the spacer on the drive side with a spacer(s) 6mm shorter, cut 6mm off the axle (file a bevel and deburr), and re-dish the wheel. Note that all...
10-10-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,632
Posted By Salamandrine

Man I miss Clement. I had a big stash but it's...

Man I miss Clement. I had a big stash but it's long gone now. The nice thing about Clement red glue was that if it got hot, it would actually remelt enough to glue the tire on almost as well as a...
10-08-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 480
Posted By Salamandrine

The hybrid SPD pedals with a flat on one side are...

The hybrid SPD pedals with a flat on one side are mostly intended multi purpose bikes. I have a set of the similar A530 pedals on my Rivendell Clem. I use the SPD side for long rides, but the...
10-06-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,987
Posted By Salamandrine

High quality for sure. Could be raced if you...

High quality for sure. Could be raced if you threw on some sew ups. These were from the top tier of Univega. The price was a bit lower than the Superstrada because it wasn't Dura Ace. I preferred the...
10-06-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,632
Posted By Salamandrine

I used Wolber Liberty tires for a while. They had...

I used Wolber Liberty tires for a while. They had the tube permanently sealed inside the casing. I think it was all vulcanized together. They supplied this injector thing which was a tube of goop...
10-06-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 39,820
Posted By Salamandrine

Ah, thanks for this! I knew someone out there...

Ah, thanks for this! I knew someone out there would know. :) Makes sense because there are a whole lot of juglans californica trees around here.
10-06-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,632
Posted By Salamandrine

If this is about flipping old bikes, and you...

If this is about flipping old bikes, and you don't like cleaning of the decades old dry glue; yeah, it sucks.

If you're riding tubulars yourself, problem solved by not cleaning off the glue. It...
10-03-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Posted By Salamandrine

Vintage clip/pedal compatible cycling shoes...

Vintage clip/pedal compatible cycling shoes almost never come up used in my size, 46. Not a realistic option for many of us. For people that wear a 39 or something, there are usually some available....
10-02-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 797
Posted By Salamandrine

Agreed. Filing a 45º bevel around the ends of the...

Agreed. Filing a 45º bevel around the ends of the axle would be my very first move. That may remove the obstruction sufficiently to allow the nuts to spin off.

I can't see clearly from the small...
10-01-19, 05:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By Salamandrine

That is pretty fun. A price level where even hi...

That is pretty fun. A price level where even hi tensile steel is a luxury... ;) This was the level bike that most people realistically had, at least as a kid.

I like the ads too. I had almost...
10-01-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 797
Posted By Salamandrine

For sure using a die first is preferable if...

For sure using a die first is preferable if practical. There may not be enough axle sticking out to get started.
The lock nut should be harder than the axle. I can't see enough detail to gauge the...
10-01-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 797
Posted By Salamandrine

The slot is normal. A lot of hubs have slotted...

The slot is normal. A lot of hubs have slotted axle threads. The flare at the end of the axle is not. No way to know how that happened. Lots of hacks out there.

I would also suggest using lots of...
09-29-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,013
Posted By Salamandrine

1. I think that is overkill, but if you can get...

1. I think that is overkill, but if you can get that without too much fussing it's fine. As a couple people have already noted, it is counterproductive to try to get a rim too perfect. The best...
09-27-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 308
Posted By Salamandrine

Technically, they are neither ISO nor JIS, as...

Technically, they are neither ISO nor JIS, as those standards weren't used in the 70s (or 80s).

Nevertheless, they are pretty much JIS. I was confused about this once too, and have subsequently...
09-27-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,968
Posted By Salamandrine

Why not? I like bikes. :D

Why not? I like bikes. :D
09-27-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,284
Posted By Salamandrine

That sounds like the correct theory to me as...

That sounds like the correct theory to me as well. I'd guess that frame is pinned and brazed, and they used another pin for a stop.

6 lbs total for the frameset is on the light side for a 531 db...
09-26-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,024
Posted By Salamandrine

1A is the traditional one. It's what you want....

1A is the traditional one. It's what you want. The 1R is the aero one. They actually have been around longer than you'd think, going back to the 70s, but I think it'd be out of place on that bike....
09-26-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 444
Posted By Salamandrine

That's my first impression about this as well. ...

That's my first impression about this as well.

Yeah, unless the extractor threads in the crankarm (or the hex hole) been stripped, it should still be removable. Best option IMO is to use a 7mm hex...
09-25-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 925
Posted By Salamandrine

With all due respect, if the fibers are popping,...

With all due respect, if the fibers are popping, the sidewalls are not in awesome shape. Dried out sidewalls have nothing to do with it. It's a matter of the fibers that are encased inside. The...
09-24-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 925
Posted By Salamandrine

They look like they are old and the fabric has...

They look like they are old and the fabric has decayed. I've seen this happen to cotton tires many times. Can also affect rayon blend, etc. IMO they are toast and you should not ride them.

Here in...
09-24-19, 12:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 173
Posted By Salamandrine

funny

:roflmao2:Quoting Gary Fisher from the Masi review:

"Shimano has been slow to provide small parts. I hope this can change."

hah har har :roflmao::roflmao2::lol:
09-23-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 204
Posted By Salamandrine

To start, that chain looks one link too short to...

To start, that chain looks one link too short to me. I'd suggest a new chain with one more link.

Regarding the B adjustment, there's no screw but there are two settings which are changed in a...
09-23-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By Salamandrine

Cool experiment. It'll be interesting to know how...

Cool experiment. It'll be interesting to know how it works out over time. Mainly I'd be concerned about the fiberglass cracking eventually. Should have pretty good fatigue resistance though.

I...
09-23-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 555
Posted By Salamandrine

That's not a bike you see everyday. Fantastic. :D...

That's not a bike you see everyday. Fantastic. :D

What's going on with that rear rack that looks like a mini fender? Does anyone know if it is some aftermarket rack with mini fender from the 40s,...
09-22-19, 06:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 811
Posted By Salamandrine

Campy NR cones are surface hardened, and you...

Campy NR cones are surface hardened, and you can't practically regrind the surface without destroying the hard surface layer. That's what I was always told at least. So, bad idea. n reality it...
09-22-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 39,820
Posted By Salamandrine

:lol: I once encountered a spider doing the same...

:lol: I once encountered a spider doing the same sort of "Ya want some!" pose while hiking with some friends. He (I guess) was just standing back on his back legs in the middle of the trail. "None...
09-22-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,013
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, that's an issue these days. Not as many...

Yeah, that's an issue these days. Not as many shops. Surviving bike shops seem to mostly sell assembled bikes, plus do basic servicing but with minimal parts in stock. BITD when I wrenched shops...
09-22-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 504
Views: 39,820
Posted By Salamandrine

It looked like a bit of fluffy flower from a...

It looked like a bit of fluffy flower from a tree, then it started moving. Weirdest caterpillar ever. About 1cm long, and almost as wide. Hard to get a shot since all I had was my cell phone. Any...
09-22-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,013
Posted By Salamandrine

They have to be rolled threads. Why not...

They have to be rolled threads.

Why not simply visit a bike shop and purchase a correct replacement spoke. It's not a big deal.

1985 eh? One spoke breakage is not unusual, sometimes they just...
09-22-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By Salamandrine

I voted for #3...

I voted for #3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) because mixed components were the norm in 1979. The only common 'groupset' was Campagnolo NR or SR. A mixed group...
09-22-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,379
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes, Alpina were the typical OEM spokes for most...

Yes, Alpina were the typical OEM spokes for most Italian bikes. They were pretty rare stateside, though not impossible to get. DT would have been the typical choice of that time. Spring the extra $...
09-21-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By Salamandrine

Another vote for door number 3. :D

Another vote for door number 3. :D
09-20-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,539
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes it was, through the 70s. Bottom up became...

Yes it was, through the 70s. Bottom up became popular at the same time that Bike Ribbon started catching on, roughly the very early 80s.
I suspect we will have to agree to disagree on this.

It's...
09-20-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,539
Posted By Salamandrine

Wrapping top down was the standard method when...

Wrapping top down was the standard method when this bike was new.
09-19-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 811
Posted By Salamandrine

If the cones and the cups aren't pitted, they...

If the cones and the cups aren't pitted, they have plenty of miles yet. In your situation, I'd probably polish up the cones with polishing compound and a drill, and leave it at that. No sandpaper.
...
09-19-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,539
Posted By Salamandrine

Agreed. Nothing says Schwinn like translucent...

Agreed. Nothing says Schwinn like translucent plastic tape. Yeah, more often than not there's some NOS Hunt-Wilde Schwinn tape on ebay. I don't have a Schwinn and I have a roll, just cuz I always...
09-19-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,513
Posted By Salamandrine

I'm not really OCD but I try to be respectful....

I'm not really OCD but I try to be respectful. Feasible period parts are my preference. I don't care much about OEM. Restomod with a few modernish parts can be OK, but I've grown less enthusiastic...
09-19-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,513
Posted By Salamandrine

It was Campagnolo, except they called it a...

It was Campagnolo, except they called it a "gruppo".
09-18-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 960
Posted By Salamandrine

Aligning the dropouts and derailleur hanger is...

Aligning the dropouts and derailleur hanger is always my first step in setting up a bike. I have the tools, which makes it easy, but it's pretty easy to improvise a hanger tool from a spare axle as...
09-17-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,333
Posted By Salamandrine

A shop where I worked a long time ago had a big...

A shop where I worked a long time ago had a big old can of neatsfoot oil for this very purpose. Once it was pretty common. The beating thing does sound excessive. I guess it worked for someone....
09-16-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 16,987
Posted By Salamandrine

Depends on perspective. My brother had a Royce...

Depends on perspective. My brother had a Royce Union. That was high end. I had an even cheaper mystery brand from the local discount mart. My neighbors had Huffys. Didn't stop us from going on long...
09-15-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,723
Posted By Salamandrine

They were available. I remember them. Velobase...

They were available. I remember them. Velobase didn't make this up. ;) Several of the 'smaller' manufacturers did black chainring cranksets in the 70s, at least partly to differentiate themselves...
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