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10-01-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By John E

Maybe for you and for my younger son, but not for...

Maybe for you and for my younger son, but not for those of us who are pituitarily challenged. :)
09-29-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By John E

I was starting my junior year at UCLA, daily...

I was starting my junior year at UCLA, daily bicycle commuter and active member of the Earth Action Council, which promoted cycling for transportation. I was still riding my 1962 Bianchi Corsa, as...
09-23-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,476
Posted By John E

Update: I finally found a 46T ring for the...

Update: I finally found a 46T ring for the Bianchi. It is a TA, supposedly for inner use only, but it works fine as the outer ring. (I really don't care about ramps and pins, anyway, since I am...
09-21-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 909
Posted By John E

Best wishes to all of you -- knee problems can be...

Best wishes to all of you -- knee problems can be a witch with a b. I have been fortunate -- two lateral patellar dislocations, the first in high school, the second at age 45, good recovery.
...
09-21-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 622
Posted By John E

Yours is a very common failure (high-stress)...

Yours is a very common failure (high-stress) point. My first Capo frame broke there.
My Nishiki Competition failed when the seat tube lug broke away from the bottom bracket shell.
My other Peugeot...
09-21-22, 12:24 PM
09-21-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 357
Posted By John E

Raleigh Super Course, International, or...

Raleigh Super Course, International, or Competition of about your vintage? It's pretty easy to spread a 126mm OLD frame to 130.

I know you want ISO, but consider a Peugeot PKN-10. I would have...
09-19-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 343
Posted By John E

Thank you -- Otto Cap used these lugs for more...

Thank you -- Otto Cap used these lugs for more than a decade (1952 model shown here, with Capo brand derailleurs). ...
09-19-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 343
Posted By John E

If I recall correctly, the SL does have a built...

If I recall correctly, the SL does have a built in cable housing stop.

But, no stop ... no problem. Just route your cable housing under the BB shell, cut it off after it has completed the bend...
09-18-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 343
Posted By John E

45-42-28 is a great ringset combo. :) I...

45-42-28 is a great ringset combo. :)

I have used high-normal SunTour front derailleurs with triples, with no problem, other than remembering which bike I was riding. :)

When I worked at a...
09-18-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 712
Posted By John E

I replaced my seat post quick release with a hex...

I replaced my seat post quick release with a hex key bolt to slow down thieves. The alternative, which I have done in the past, is to take the saddle with me when I leave the bike.
09-18-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By John E

"Your mileage may vary."

"Your mileage may vary."
09-18-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,226
Posted By John E

I have broken one hub flange: a late 1970s (I...

I have broken one hub flange: a late 1970s (I think) Shimano high flange front. I noticed the crack across three of the spoke holes before anything catastrophic occurred.

Aesthetically, I think...
09-18-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,707
Posted By John E

When I repurposed my first Bianchi (low-end 1962...

When I repurposed my first Bianchi (low-end 1962 Corsa, my first 10-speed) for my college sweetheart (now wife for 49 years), and later when I custom-built the Peugeot UO-8 for her, she wanted stem...
09-17-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,511
Posted By John E

Interest in C&V bicycles rising or waning (or stable)?

I just got back from our annual Wavecrest Woody wagon meet -- https://sandiegowoodies.com/wavecrest-2/
and was surprised by the relatively low turnout. In years past the event has sated both the...
09-16-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,741
Posted By John E

Holy "Breaking Away," Batman, although his was...

Holy "Breaking Away," Batman, although his was late, instead of early, 1970s.
09-13-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 328
Posted By John E

KoolStop pads. Accept no substitute.

KoolStop pads. Accept no substitute.
09-13-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 731
Posted By John E

There is always the Strida. ...

There is always the Strida. https://www.strida.com/
09-13-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By John E

One of my college pals, and fellow 1972 double...

One of my college pals, and fellow 1972 double century completer, had given me a 1960 Capo Modell Campagnolo frame and random parts, which I had built up into a transportation beater. The frame got...
09-12-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 361
Posted By John E

How about lightly sanding and primering the bare...

How about lightly sanding and primering the bare metal spots to prevent rust?
I am facing a similar problem with my 1970 UO-8, since I live about 1km downwind of the Pacific Ocean, and everything...
09-10-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By John E

At close to 100 kcal/mile, and about 3500 kcal...

At close to 100 kcal/mile, and about 3500 kcal per pound of fat, the amount of walking you do will help you lose weight. If you are a gear-masher, cycling will build up muscle mass in the legs, and...
09-10-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 376
Posted By John E

That would be a UO-18. Those were very popular in...

That would be a UO-18. Those were very popular in the day. I worked at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership in the early 1970s, and we had a lot of trouble keeping those in stock because of high demand.

...
09-10-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 305
Posted By John E

You may find this helpful: ...

You may find this helpful:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

Sheldon really knew his stuff, and I had the privilege of meeting him when I was on business in Boston. He is gone (far...
09-10-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 980
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. I need a 16mm for one...

Been there ... done that. I need a 16mm for one crankset, and grinding down a socket was the only way I could get a suitable tool. Worked like a champ.
09-10-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 980
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. I need a 16mm for one...

Been there ... done that. I need a 16mm for one crankset, and grinding down a socket was the only way I could get a suitable tool. Worked like a champ.
09-09-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,476
Posted By John E

I have used a 42/26 or equivalent bottom gear for...

I have used a 42/26 or equivalent bottom gear for decades, and it still serves most of the time, but for the steepest local hills I do appreciate the granny ring on my mountain bike, the lowest gear...
09-09-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,250
Posted By John E

I did get some Capo reproduction decals from a...

I did get some Capo reproduction decals from a guy in Austria. They look pretty good.
09-09-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By John E

The man and woman in the poster look like Pierrot...

The man and woman in the poster look like Pierrot and Columbine.
09-09-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 459
Posted By John E

This is the fallacy of so-called "protected"...

This is the fallacy of so-called "protected" bicycle facilities and motorists who have either forgotten how to make a proper right turn (by first yielding to cyclists and merging safely into the bike...
09-09-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 376
Posted By John E

Nothing wrong with an AO-8/UO-8 that Japanese...

Nothing wrong with an AO-8/UO-8 that Japanese derailleurs and aluminum rims and crankset can't fix. :) According to the serial number, mine frame is a 1970. ...
09-08-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,005
Posted By John E

Long-sleeve lightweight cycling jacket goes on...

Long-sleeve lightweight cycling jacket goes on below about 60F.
Leg coverings go on below about 50F.
09-08-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 157
Posted By John E

I have an under-chainstay U-brake rear and a...

I have an under-chainstay U-brake rear and a RollerCam front on my 1988 KOM-10. I am very pleased with the bike, and it gets a lot of use on road and off, and I can easily understand why you High...
09-08-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 283
Posted By John E

Back in the good old days, real men shifted by...

Back in the good old days, real men shifted by guiding the chain by hand while backpedaling (rear cogs) or pedaling gently forward (chainrings). :) If you keep the chain somewhat slack and have a...
09-07-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 784
Posted By John E

Most adult trikes get it wrong, with two wheels...

Most adult trikes get it wrong, with two wheels in back and one in front. Two in front and one in back is a far more stable configuration, and it avoids the problem of either driving one rear wheel...
09-07-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 306
Posted By John E

I wear so-called expedition bike shorts, which...

I wear so-called expedition bike shorts, which are basically hiking shorts with snap-in (best) or sewn-in padded bike shorts underneath. These are versatile, with two zip-up (very important!!!)...
09-07-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 805
Posted By John E

I know -- braze on a disc brake caliper hanger...

I know -- braze on a disc brake caliper hanger and convert to disc brakes. :)

Seriously, though, I have strong reservations about those who attempt disc brake retrofits.
09-07-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,298
Posted By John E

Spot on. This would be a particularly bad idea on...

Spot on. This would be a particularly bad idea on a frame such as this:

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1200/sieger2_a2cb99fb3cc26cbd6e08152ea6c92b49cbb49cc4.jpg...
09-07-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 681
Posted By John E

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

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/capo_and_me_80cd0c39639dbf60a5d147ee374bc0a283de0622.jpg
1959 Capo with Nervar Star crank and Campag. 980 derailleur upgrades and new...
09-06-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By John E

I don't understand the fascination with single...

I don't understand the fascination with single speed at all, but at least you could easily put derailleurs back on it
09-06-22, 05:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 583
Posted By John E

I am definitely not a fan of low spoke count...

I am definitely not a fan of low spoke count wheels, and those take it to an absurd extreme.

The one good thing about disc brakes is that they seem to have cured the industry's radial spoking...
09-05-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By John E

I really liked my 1980 PKN-10, but it was one...

I really liked my 1980 PKN-10, but it was one size too tall for me and my elder son needed a road bike, so ... .

Watch the bottom bracket -- mine surprised me by being Swiss-threaded, instead of...
09-05-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,161
Posted By John E

The closest thing I have to a touring frame is...

The closest thing I have to a touring frame is the Carlton, and I am contemplating building it up as a 3x6 or 3x7 tourer. I definitely want something like 700Cx35 tires, but I get to buy new rims for...
09-05-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 805
Posted By John E

Interesting failure. When I broke a chainstay on...

Interesting failure. When I broke a chainstay on a 1973 UO-8, the crack went most of the way around the stay, right in the middle of the chainring and tire clearance dimples, which is a high stress...
09-04-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 295
Posted By John E

I absolutely refuse to join a [dis]Advantage...

I absolutely refuse to join a [dis]Advantage plan. I value choice, so my wife and I have Plan D and G supplements. I get VSP and dental through work, and pay for my wife's visual and dental as needed.
09-04-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By John E

"I put a new sucker washer in her; you may find...

"I put a new sucker washer in her; you may find the leather dry. ... You've got to prime the pump ..."
-- "Desert Pete," Kingston Trio
09-03-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 583
Posted By John E

I am the opposite. I really like having a variety...

I am the opposite. I really like having a variety of gears available. If I were to do fixed, it would be a 3-speed Sturmey.
09-02-22, 11:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,953
Posted By John E

Sorry, no pix (so I guess you have to trust me it...

Sorry, no pix (so I guess you have to trust me it happened). Here goes:

1) three rear axles, two hollow, one solid, at the drive side bearing cone

2) Shimano front hub flange across three...
09-02-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 710
Posted By John E

My 1970 UO-8, built up from a bare frame when I...

My 1970 UO-8, built up from a bare frame when I worked at a Peugeot dealership. UO-8s are some of the best basic gas pipe frames out there, but I do recommend component upgrades. :)
I am partial to...
09-01-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By John E

I have been spared the ravages of arthritis, but...

I have been spared the ravages of arthritis, but I have had a lot of hand strength, and I find that today's tires seem to fit more tightly on the rims than their predecessors. I have started carrying...
09-01-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,316
Posted By John E

When I bought the first Capo Sieger, it came with...

When I bought the first Capo Sieger, it came with aluminum 58-45 Simplex rings on an Agrati cottered steel crank, with a Caimi 14-16-18-20-22 freewheel. I probably have to keep this one 2x5, with...
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