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08-02-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 630
Posted By John E

Black? Red? White? Blue? ...

Black? Red? White? Blue?

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CycleAware mirror on my Giro XEN helmet. ...
07-30-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 967
Posted By John E

When I lived in west Los Angeles, with its...

When I lived in west Los Angeles, with its well-connected grid of side streets, I always mapped out my rides in advance to minimize time on the fastest, busiest boulevards. Here in north coastal San...
07-30-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By John E

That's why they call it a Jubilee. :)

That's why they call it a Jubilee. :)
07-27-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,326
Posted By John E

I currently try to do at least four rides per...

I currently try to do at least four rides per week, each 10 to 20 miles in length, with a couple of decent hill climbs.
07-27-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 427
Posted By John E

Is that a homebrew granny ring? Nice!

Is that a homebrew granny ring? Nice!
07-27-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,538
Posted By John E

I can vouch for early 1970s Peugeot AO8, UO8,...

I can vouch for early 1970s Peugeot AO8, UO8, UO18, UE8, UE18 being great general purpose road bikes. The frames are much better than the components, so most of these can benefit from Japanese...
07-24-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 290
Posted By John E

Bonus points for the wide tires and for having an...

Bonus points for the wide tires and for having an Austrian bike. :) I really like it.
07-24-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,472
Posted By John E

So you do not think motorists should be held...

So you do not think motorists should be held accountable when they drive drunk, drugged, stoned, distracted, or otherwise recklessly?
07-22-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,472
Posted By John E

There is far too much of this going on. We need...

There is far too much of this going on. We need greater accountability for errant motorists.
07-16-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 705
Posted By John E

This forum is always an education -- I had never...

This forum is always an education -- I had never heard of a Walton bicycle until today. Looks good to me.
07-16-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,175
Posted By John E

I really should get off my arse and order...

I really should get off my arse and order Weinmann-compatible KoolStop pads. I love my regular KoolStops, but yours just look right.
07-16-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 369
Posted By John E

Many of us are in that situation. Some of us stop...

Many of us are in that situation. Some of us stop accumulating, others thin the herd periodically, others don't care and just keep going. :)...
07-11-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,282
Posted By John E

I lost my best bike ride destination when Tuna...

I lost my best bike ride destination when Tuna Canyon Rd. in the Malibu hills was converted from two-way to one-way downhill only. :( This happened long after I left Los Angeles in 1981 for...
07-11-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,175
Posted By John E

Not good for cars. :)

Not good for cars. :)
07-11-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 511
Posted By John E

I paid $5 for a Brooks Pro that had been used for...

I paid $5 for a Brooks Pro that had been used for one week, until the first owner gave up on trying to break it in. It is tired and worn now, but I did get almost 50k miles out of it.
07-11-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,175
Posted By John E

I am with you all the way regarding the color....

I am with you all the way regarding the color. Schwinn did have some great paint and color selections in the 1960s and 1970s.
07-11-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,175
Posted By John E

If it were mine to build stock, the one change I...

If it were mine to build stock, the one change I would make would be a 6-speed freewheel, probably "ultra" spaced to fit the 120mm dropout spacing, with the crucial missing 20T cog. I never...
07-11-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,175
Posted By John E

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann Vainqueur...

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpull brakes, which I have on all of my road bikes except the Bianchi. Its Campagnolo sidepulls are OK, but underserving of hype and adulation....
07-06-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,282
Posted By John E

... and get caught in a time warp, as in the...

... and get caught in a time warp, as in the Sandra Bullock / Keanu Reeves movie about another lake house.
06-30-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 438
Posted By John E

You do not need to replace your freewheel before...

You do not need to replace your freewheel before replacing your chain. It is more important to replace your chain whenever it has elongated more than 0.5 percent, to avoid accelerated wear on the...
06-29-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 568
Posted By John E

My newest road bike (see signature) will turn 40...

My newest road bike (see signature) will turn 40 around the end of this year. The Capos are all past age 60, and the Carlton turns 60 sometime next year. The Passat wagon is now 20 years old, and I...
06-24-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,694
Posted By John E

Giro Rumble. If someone would reinvent the...

Giro Rumble.
If someone would reinvent the Avocet Touring shoes of the 1970s-80s, I would buy those.
06-23-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,002
Posted By John E

Brooks used to offer pre-softened Team Pros,...

Brooks used to offer pre-softened Team Pros, which were great. If you are patient enough to break it in, there is nothing like a Brooks Pro for the long haul.
06-21-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By John E

If you have affordable access to parts and do...

If you have affordable access to parts and do your own work, it might be a decent enough project, although the price may be a bit steep for the condition.

I really like my 1970 UO-8, which rides...
06-18-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,309
Posted By John E

"Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be....

"Latin is a language, as dead as dead can be. First the killed the Romans; now it's killing me.
06-16-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,703
Posted By John E

I have no smart watches, but three dumb ones. ...

I have no smart watches, but three dumb ones.

1) solar-powered Citizen eco-drive analog, inherited from my late father and having obvious sentimental value;
It keeps great time, but I have to...
06-14-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,301
Posted By John E

I love the bugs -- they take us right back to...

I love the bugs -- they take us right back to Admiral Grace Hopper's coining of the word computer bug when she found a dead moth in a mechanical relay switch. :)
06-13-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 917
Posted By John E

Fork crown resembles that of my 1962 Bianchi, but...

Fork crown resembles that of my 1962 Bianchi, but I have also heard that low end Bianchis of that day were actually rebranded Chiordas.
06-12-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,343
Posted By John E

Been there, done that, splurging $400 on a...

Been there, done that, splurging $400 on a CyclArt paint job for a $20 yard sale find, plus $85 for the maroon Brooks Team Pro saddle, but the result is beautiful and gets lots of attention....
06-12-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,343
Posted By John E

Reminds me of my grandfather's story about...

Reminds me of my grandfather's story about growing up in rural Colorado and watching a local huckster selling strawberries, two baskets for a nickel, but three for only a dime! :)
06-10-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 678
Posted By John E

Sort of like this? (The only problem is that my...

Sort of like this? (The only problem is that my sons are millennials, and both drive sport sedans with stick shifts. :)
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06-10-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,004
Posted By John E

Having worked on a few 3-speeds myself (usually...

Having worked on a few 3-speeds myself (usually 3x4 or 3x3 hybrids, as mentioned above, but one early version 3-speed coaster), I am enjoying reading your progress report. I also envy your evident...
06-06-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By John E

Circa 1970 I had an Armstrong and a Hercules...

Circa 1970 I had an Armstrong and a Hercules 3-speed, both of which had been converted to drop bars and 3x3 and 3x4 hybrid internal gear / derailleur transmissions. I had one as a campus beater for...
06-06-21, 05:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,839
Posted By John E

Thank you for the detailed explanation. Sweden...

Thank you for the detailed explanation. Sweden did indeed have a strong reputation in metallurgy, back when SAAB and Volvo were recognized as among the most durable automobiles available.
06-05-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,045
Posted By John E

That's all I own. :) These are three of my...

That's all I own. :) These are three of my "patina classics." The only repainted bikes I own are the oldest in my collection, the 1959 Capo and one of the two 1960 Siegers.
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06-05-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 735
Posted By John E

Those are indeed rare and beautiful bikes --...

Those are indeed rare and beautiful bikes -- thanks for sharing.

My only cycling and camping story is from a morning in 1972, when two of us were cycling up Mt. Wilson (just northeast of Los...
06-05-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,282
Posted By John E

I am not meticulous about it, although I do...

I am not meticulous about it, although I do acknowledge that keeping moving parts clean and appropriately lubricated is important. My Peugeot / beater is so rusty and beat up at this point that...
06-01-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 868
Posted By John E

It's great to see more youngsters joining our...

It's great to see more youngsters joining our group. :)

I am working full time by choice, which beats the hell out of working because you have to, but my current work-from home accommodates...
05-31-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,079
Posted By John E

You have brought up one of my greatest...

You have brought up one of my greatest frustrations, because I have Campag. GS, Record, and 980 derailleurs that max. out at 26T. The low gear sweet spot for me for many years was 42/26, constrained...
05-30-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By John E

Memorial Day weekend

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Take a moment to thank a veteran....
05-30-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 694
Posted By John E

I don't know about the rest of you, but I find...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I find that today's road and mountain bike tires tend fit much more tightly over the rim than those of 20-30 years ago. I recently bought a KoolStop Tire Jack,...
05-29-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,592
Posted By John E

In the 1970s when some of my friends were taking...

In the 1970s when some of my friends were taking up cycling I gave away several bikes and lots of parts, including my really slick long-axle Sturmey-Archer AW 3-speed hub with Cyclo 14-16-18-20...
05-29-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,525
Posted By John E

Not much different than today, although no...

Not much different than today, although no Carlton and no second Capo Sieger back then.

Rewind 18 years, and I getting ready to have the 1959 Capo painted at CyclArt. I wish I had a before picture...
05-22-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,083
Posted By John E

Thank you, and thanks to my sis-in-law for giving...

Thank you, and thanks to my sis-in-law for giving it to me. Yes, it is a beautiful frame, cleanly crafted as well as nicely designed. I am building new (stainless steel) spokes and (700C aluminum)...
05-22-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,083
Posted By John E

Given that I am now a 1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse...

Given that I am now a 1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse owner, I am following this thread with great interest. Mine came from my wife's sister with a SunTour VGT rear derailleur, SunTour freewheel, and...
05-20-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,023
Posted By John E

On my bikes with rear racks, I find it easier to...

On my bikes with rear racks, I find it easier to step over the top tube than around the rack, particularly with panniers attached.

My wife has taken ballet lessons for 50 years. She wonders why so...
05-20-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,301
Posted By John E

I run an "ultra-spaced" 6-speed Shimano 13-26...

I run an "ultra-spaced" 6-speed Shimano 13-26 freewheel on my UO8, which now also measures 123mm overlock. Perfect fit with the right selection of axle spacers, which you may already have.
The big...
05-19-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 15,921
Posted By John E

I never tire of this thread. 1960s and 1970s were...

I never tire of this thread. 1960s and 1970s were the golden age for road bikes.

I have added a(nother) 1960 Capo Sieger and a 1962 Carlton FrancoSuisse since I posted my 1959 and 1960 Capos...
05-15-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,057
Posted By John E

I guess it didn't do shift.

I guess it didn't do shift.
05-14-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By John E

Nice to see Nervar alloy cranks instead of the...

Nice to see Nervar alloy cranks instead of the Super Sport's Ashtabula boat anchor.
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