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12-07-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 301
Posted By John E

https://balladeer.files.wordpress.com/2018/10/penn...

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From Irish-American actor Patrick McGoohan's "The Prisoner"
12-06-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 890
Posted By John E

I'll get you a pic of my UO-8. It runs great, but...

I'll get you a pic of my UO-8. It runs great, but the paint and decals are really shot by now, with ample surface rust, making it the perfect commuter/shopper/beater it is. :) It looked a lot better...
12-04-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 730
Posted By John E

Tell me more about your gearing. Bottom gear on...

Tell me more about your gearing. Bottom gear on my mountain bike is 26 gear-inches, 28/28 ratio with 26" tires. I have gone as low as 24/28 (22 gear-inches), but I don't know whether anything lower...
12-04-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 574
Posted By John E

Great bike. Curious to know whether the BB...

Great bike. Curious to know whether the BB threading is Swiss (my PKN-10) or ISO. Definitely not French, at least. :)
12-04-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,665
Posted By John E

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https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2howud
12-01-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 223
Posted By John E

My 1980 PKN-10 definitely had a Swiss threaded...

My 1980 PKN-10 definitely had a Swiss threaded BB. Delightful ride, and very versatile, with generous tire clearance. I would have kept it if it had been 2 cm shorter and lower.

I found Weinmann...
12-01-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 593
Posted By John E

I live 1 km downwind of the Pacific Ocean. Chrome...

I live 1 km downwind of the Pacific Ocean. Chrome is a liability.
11-29-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 580
Posted By John E

"Two countries divided by a common language." ...

"Two countries divided by a common language."

"One common language I'm afraid we'll never get.
Oh why can't the English learn to set
A good example to people whose English is painful to your...
11-27-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 944
Posted By John E

I did grind down the walls of a 16mm socket for a...

I did grind down the walls of a 16mm socket for a TA Professional crankset I used to own, and I still have the socket in my toolbox for the next time I encounter a crankset with a 16mm bolt.

I do...
11-27-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 774
Posted By John E

... or frontal collision. (Been there ... done...

... or frontal collision. (Been there ... done that -- classic "I didn't see him" left cross.) Had it straightened, rode it a few more years until the downtube failed very much as depicted in this...
11-24-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By John E

Evolutionary dead end that died an early and...

Evolutionary dead end that died an early and well-deserved death.

Mistake #1 was not having two brake levers and two master cylinders -- redundancy is a good thing. (I do fully understand the need...
11-24-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By John E

How about Turkey Levers on a bike?

How about Turkey Levers on a bike?
11-22-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 694
Posted By John E

I have a UO-8, which I built from a bare frame...

I have a UO-8, which I built from a bare frame when I worked at a Nishiki/Peugeot dealership.
It has never had Simplex derailleurs, plastic or otherwise -- always some sort of SunTour in back and...
Replies: 29
Views: 8,479
Posted By John E

Generally / often means 1.5-step. Classic 1970s...

Generally / often means 1.5-step.
Classic 1970s Alpine was 52-40/14-17-20-24-28 12 tooth drop in front, 3 to 4 in back

I use 46-38 / 13-15-17-20-23-26 1.5-step on the Bianchi (was 50-42 /...
11-21-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 865
Posted By John E

Maybe I'm just old school, but those brifters on...

Maybe I'm just old school, but those brifters on non-drop handle bars look awkward to me. What's wrong with thumb shifters and separate brake levers, like my 4-finger Shimanos?
...
11-21-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,205
Posted By John E

Thank you for the RAAM article about Pete...

Thank you for the RAAM article about Pete Penseyres, who, at age 79, remains very active in the local north San Diego County bicycling scene.
11-19-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,378
Posted By John E

We have lived in the same single-story house for...

We have lived in the same single-story house for 41 years, and scrimped to pay off the mortgage 30 years ago. The only upsizing we ever did was to add a new garage and convert the original into a...
11-19-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 529
Posted By John E

... or perhaps Agrati 3-arm, like this? (ca. 1960...

... or perhaps Agrati 3-arm, like this? (ca. 1960 Capo Sieger) These came with Agrati pedals, NR hubs, GS derailleurs, Weinmann brakes

...
11-19-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 666
Posted By John E

Yeah -- this is getting pretty threadbare, so to...

Yeah -- this is getting pretty threadbare, so to speak.
11-17-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8,385
Views: 2,703,577
Posted By John E

Hey -- I resemble that remark. Note the...

Hey -- I resemble that remark.
Note the SunTour RollerCam front brake, which makes me think my fork is a very early production version. (Can't tell from the June 1988 frame build date, because the...
11-16-22, 08:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By John E

If you are unhappy with the stopping power even...

If you are unhappy with the stopping power even after installing KoolStop brake pads and low-friction cables, your next steps are areo brake levers (about a 15% increase in leverage) and dual-pivot...
11-16-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By John E

My son put 35s on my old 1980 PKN-10, with a...

My son put 35s on my old 1980 PKN-10, with a little margin to space. In my experience, I have found that tires can vary a lot from their callout size, with Specialized running largish and...
11-16-22, 07:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 480
Posted By John E

The dent appears to line up with where the right...

The dent appears to line up with where the right side of the handlebar crosses over the top tube.
11-13-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 507
Posted By John E

True -- there is no one-size-fits-all answer...

True -- there is no one-size-fits-all answer here. I splurged on one professional paint job, the 1959 Capo, and have never regretted it, because the result is still stunning, 20 years later....
11-12-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,615
Posted By John E

As an electrical engineer, I attribute that to a...

As an electrical engineer, I attribute that to a few factors.
1) After Hydrogen, Lithium is the most reactive chemical element. You have to respect it.
2) Lots of cheaply, shoddily made batteries...
11-12-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,615
Posted By John E

I live along a designated "safe route to school,"...

I live along a designated "safe route to school," on a residential street that is normally quiet, except when parents are ferrying the kiddies to and from school or on Sundays midday for the farmers'...
11-12-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,170
Posted By John E

I put a megarange freewheel on my wife's bike...

I put a megarange freewheel on my wife's bike before they were fashionable. We were on a "staring newlywed grad students" budget in 1973, and I was working weekends and holidays at a Peugeot/Nishiki...
11-11-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,593
Posted By John E

I resemble that remark. :)

I resemble that remark. :)
11-11-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,593
Posted By John E

I resemble that remark. :)

I resemble that remark. :)
11-11-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,615
Posted By John E

At 72, I have no near term plans or desire to...

At 72, I have no near term plans or desire to replace my human-powered bicycles with ebikes, because I ride for a combination of exercise, enjoyment, efficiency, and economy.
11-10-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,593
Posted By John E

Illegitimi non carborundum -- Don't let the...

Illegitimi non carborundum -- Don't let the bastards grind you down. The friends you make and the knowledge you gain here are what matters. The haters do not, unless you allow them the privilege.
11-07-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 569
Posted By John E

You will probably have to add a washer and spread...

You will probably have to add a washer and spread your rear triangle by about 2mm, but a SunTour Ultra-6 freewheel is a great option, and what I used when I repurposed my 1970 UO-8 as a...
11-05-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,132
Posted By John E

Yes -- we saw 50-36 and 52-36 / 14-26 before they...

Yes -- we saw 50-36 and 52-36 / 14-26 before they standardized on 52-40 / 14-28, which provides better shifting and gear ratio progression as a true 1.5-step "alpine" setup.

The PA-10s came...
11-05-22, 06:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,132
Posted By John E

I agree completely. Pushrod front derailleurs...

I agree completely. Pushrod front derailleurs were designed for half-step gearing; anything works better when you have 1.5-step or crossover gearing. My 1960 Campag. Gran Sport is somewhat tolerable,...
11-04-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,132
Posted By John E

I worked at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership...

I worked at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership 1972-1974. Most UO-8s, UO-18s (mixtes), and AO-8s (UO-8 with wingnuts, half-taped bars, and no fork chrome) came through with 52-40/14-28 10-speed gearing on...
11-04-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,075
Posted By John E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umj0gu5nEGs ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umj0gu5nEGs

Time Warp bike. Very nice. :)
11-02-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By John E

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

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1394x848/susancarlton_57f7778a05f2992d8f9ec820c1fb1caf1d10d3ea.jpg...
10-30-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By John E

Great thread! Keep 'em coming. :)

Great thread! Keep 'em coming. :)
10-30-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 477
Posted By John E

True. Also, although we saw the first hints of...

True. Also, although we saw the first hints of high-performance wire-ons/clinchers in the early 1970s with the Michelin Elan and similar tires, the late 1970s and the 1980s ushered in the era of...
10-30-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 477
Posted By John E

For what it's worth, my 1982 Bianchi Campione...

For what it's worth, my 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia came with 36 hole low-flange Ofmega hubs, Nisi wired-on/clincher rims, Campagnolo quill pedals, NR derailleurs, and Modolo Speedy brakes. I am...
10-30-22, 06:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,138
Posted By John E

Regarding the rear derailleur, you'll have to...

Regarding the rear derailleur, you'll have to weigh function against form. As the owner of several specimens of each, I can easily vouch for SunTour slant planograph derailleurs as out-shifting their...
10-29-22, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By John E

Having broken three rear axles -- two 120mm OLD...

Having broken three rear axles -- two 120mm OLD and one 126mm OLD -- all immediately inside the drive side bearing cone, I have no desire to experiment with anything wider in a traditional freewheel...
10-28-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 975
Posted By John E

You guys are making me miss my 1980 PKN-10, which...

You guys are making me miss my 1980 PKN-10, which is a delightful bike, but one size too long and tall for me -- a much better fit for my elder son.

Having worked at a Nishiki/Peugeot dealership...
10-28-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 440
Posted By John E

That is a nice frame -- do not do anything...

That is a nice frame -- do not do anything permanent to it. Obviously, do not hack off the derailleur mounting tab. I would also recommend strongly against cold-setting back to 120mm because the...
10-23-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 928
Posted By John E

Point well taken, but I have found I can use my...

Point well taken, but I have found I can use my KoolStop tire jack, in conjunction with tire levers, to aid with removal, as well as installation.

When I buy folding road bike tires, I have to...
10-23-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 727
Posted By John E

Given what we know today about...

Given what we know today about health-threatening, ecosystem-threatening microplastic pollution and about UV degradation of plastic, I am thankful these were an evolutionary dead end. I'll stay with...
10-22-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 928
Posted By John E

When cycling, I always wear a small yellow...

When cycling, I always wear a small yellow CamelBak Mule NV backpack -- or a larger one -- anyway, so I simply keep a KoolStop jack in each. No big deal.
10-22-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By John E

7790 A.6 would be January 1986, I believe. (My...

7790 A.6 would be January 1986, I believe. (My 1982 model year, made-in-late-1981, frame is 1.M 9914.)
10-22-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 415
Posted By John E

Not my kind of bikes, but the "time capsule"...

Not my kind of bikes, but the "time capsule" condition of bikes and era-appropriate accessories is awesome.
10-22-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 433
Posted By John E

I believe it may be a Custom Sport or an Olympic....

I believe it may be a Custom Sport or an Olympic. Definitely an improvement over the early 1970s equivalent. Nishiki made significant advances during that decade.
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