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79pmooney 04-08-24 01:41 PM


Originally Posted by Biker Pete (Post 23208808)
Yes, swapped out the original 14-26 Maillard freewheel for an NOS 13-21 Regina Oro. Works great here in the flatlands of Florida!

My old mountain FW! I rode Mt Washing on that 5-speed. Running 1X. Not kidding. 28 tooth front. Worked superbly. (Well the 1/4 mile from the toll gate to the beginning of the climb was a little ridiculous.) I bolted the 28 straight onto a cut down TA outer ring. Simply bypassed (underneath) the FD completely. That was when everyone else ran 52-42 and a 28 tooth FW. I had far superior gearing (but not legs).

Takes me back a few years! Thanks.

spclark 04-08-24 02:40 PM


Originally Posted by equinoxranch (Post 23205993)
I will be more than happy to explain that (European track/road) method if anyone wants to go the superior and quicker aforementioned route........

Please do, yes!

I'm a Continental fan as well, at least for their tires. No fan of their tire glue either.

WGB 04-09-24 07:46 PM

I now have Vittoria Corsa 700 x 30mm on my Miele. They were scheduled for my Batavus but the rear rubbed against the brake so now they reside on the Miele. Mounted on an NOS set of Mavic GP4s.

At first they seemed to be really soft when i rode but that was because I was jumping from 25s. They retain pressure well while riding but do seem to loose air when sitting faster than Continental Competitions. I just have to remember to pump up every day before riding.

I got them on sale from Excel last August for half price. Very impressive ride. My only regret is not buying two sets or more!

Edit: I'll get a close up in daylight of the labelling
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1dbbd27120.jpg

SJX426 04-12-24 05:08 AM

@WGB - They have latex tubes which is why they lose air. They are my go to tired and nearly all my rides have them.

Fredo76 04-16-24 10:35 PM

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7ba160672a.jpg
My first spare sew-up of the geezer era!

Removed my 23mm Rally from the front wheel and strapped it to my seat for a spare, then mounted a 21mm Rally to take its place. I bought the 21mm to have a smaller spare, but it needs to break in first.

pastorbobnlnh 04-22-24 07:40 AM

I experienced my first tubular flat--- well actually a blow-out--- since deciding to run tubulars in 2015. I was rolling along at 15 mph on level ground--- and BANG! 90 PSI deflated in under a second and the Mariposa Caffe Latex didn't stand a chance.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...399dc1732a.png
BANG! Schwalbe One Tubular Blow-Out!
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...762cca03ae.png
After mounting my spare Rally for the ride back home.

I really have nothing to complain about.

79pmooney 04-24-24 12:56 PM

Heaven!
 
Went for a magic 50 miles yesterday on my new to me and certified spiffy Pro Miyata. (A re-paint I bought from a forum member. The local framebuilder found a BB crack. (While facing, aligning, a little post-paint re-tapping ...) He stripped the BB area paint and slobbered plenty of braze on. (Knew exactly what he was looking at. In his shop/pre-framebuilding days, a local racer used to regularly crack his Pro BB exactly the same. Miyata ran the tubes a shade short so not enough mitering and fit. BB shell being asked to do too much. Dave Levy (Ti Cycles) has ridden with me a few times and knows I don't tear BBs apart so he's pretty sure I can get away with the slobber approach.)

So - everything below the ST and DT panels is new paint. Almost matches the rest of the bike. A little darker, less matte, but striking. (Went to a DIY auto body paint store. They almost got the color match right and everything else was A1-first class. I had the perfect 6 day dry, sunny window in March! Painted it outdoors in perfect light, temp, no wind. And being March, no going back, re-paints, etc. That weather window wasn't happening again.

Yesterday, first ride. On the rear wheel and tire I rode Cycle Oregon last Sept. Old shallow NOS GP4, 7-speed 13-26 FW hub. Vittoria 23C G+ tire pumped hard. Front, NOS GEL33O rim, new +Veloflex Protour 25c tire. I pumped to 119 psi rear, 102 front but I don't believe the gauge. My squeeze says 110, 97. The rest of the parts are a mish-mash, but a really good mish-mash! Superbe FD and those sexy DiaComp brakes made for the Pros. Cyclone DT rear to accommodate a later Chorus 52-42-30 triple. (I'm 30 years older than the bike and the best of the PNW isn't flat.) SunTour 2-bolt post. Ritchie -10 degree 140 quill stem, welded and gorgeous SS stem. Post and stem are light! Seat is a Specialized Body-Geo Comp. Hard as nails. Does nothing for me except- it works so well it disappears. Funky long reach bars with Cinelli 65-like semi-pista shoulders. Bars I absolutely love!

And the ride? The old magic carpet! Perfect bike, perfect wheels, perfect tires. Perfect race fit for this body. Yes, arms were tired. It's a race bike. Only sit-up is no-hands where the bike steers perfectly. Perhaps benefiting from a little Ti Cycles tweak. (With all this hype about fat cushy tires, blah, blah, blah, the best of those old skinny tired bikes with the first class sew-ups they were conceived around are as good as it gets. Well, yes, you do have to observe the road surface and steer accordingly. Parallel cracks are not your friend.)

spclark 04-24-24 06:04 PM


Originally Posted by 79pmooney (Post 23222724)
(... the best of those old skinny tired bikes with the first class sew-ups they were conceived around are as good as it gets. Well, yes, you do have to observe the road surface and steer accordingly. Parallel cracks are not your friend.)

Attaboy 79mooney! I'm with you in spirit if not in tandem.

(I'm 23 years older than my 52-year old Motobecane but we both still work well enough together to enjoy ourselves, weather-permitting!)

IdahoBrett 04-28-24 11:41 AM

My first bike with tubular tires. Not sure if it was the idea that they would be different feeling. But it felt different. More “solid” around corners. And when leaning the bike side to side at speed on a straightaway. It was just a short 3 mile ride to check some derailleur adjustments.

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...52130af97.jpeg

smontanaro 04-28-24 12:51 PM


Originally Posted by IdahoBrett (Post 23225672)
My first bike with tubular tires. Not sure if it was the idea that they would be different feeling. But it felt different. More “solid” around corners.

It depends a lot on the tire profile. Without knowing what you're used to, tubular tires often are more circular in Cross section, so there's not a dramatic of a change in how big a patch of rubber is on the road going from straight to a turn.

That said, that's just a general rule of thumb. I have some high quality clinchers which are very round in profile, and at least one set of tubulars (Maxxis) which are fairly unround.

MooneyBloke 04-28-24 01:16 PM


Originally Posted by smontanaro (Post 23225737)
and at least one set of tubulars (Maxxis) which are fairly unround.

Thanks for the warning. I will not buy this Maxxis; it is scratched.

smontanaro 04-28-24 03:37 PM


Originally Posted by MooneyBloke (Post 23225756)
Thanks for the warning. I will not buy this Maxxis; it is scratched.

By "unround" I meant in cross section. The pair I have mounted nice and true and seem to ride fine so far.

MooneyBloke 04-28-24 05:49 PM


Originally Posted by smontanaro (Post 23225861)
By "unround" I meant in cross section. The pair I have mounted nice and true and seem to ride fine so far.

That's how I understood it. I expect a round cross section in a quality tire.


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