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04-07-24, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3,891
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Posted By sbarner

Like so many of these, the front derailleur has...

Like so many of these, the front derailleur has been replaced. Probably because the band snapped off as was all too often the case.
03-20-24, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 757
Posted By sbarner

I've always liked the early versions of this...

I've always liked the early versions of this model. I wish it had been around in 1971 when I bought my Grand Touring.
03-20-24, 08:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,473
Posted By sbarner

Not to mention that the weight restricts any...

Not to mention that the weight restricts any potential purchaser to living on the first floor. It was quite a struggle getting these back up from my basement workshop.
03-19-24, 09:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,473
Posted By sbarner

I didn't take before pics, but there were two of...

I didn't take before pics, but there were two of these headed to recycling at the co-op before I recognized their low mileage and snagged them. I took them home and refurbed them there. I sold the...
03-14-24, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 673
Posted By sbarner

It's still hanging from the rafters as a...

It's still hanging from the rafters as a frameset, where it's been for the last 20 years. The paint on the top tube is a bit too rough for me to build it up as-is. I keep going back and forth about...
02-26-24, 08:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,550
Posted By sbarner

I love the Stronglight 49D crossover crankset. I...

I love the Stronglight 49D crossover crankset. I didn't realize they had ever existed.
02-26-24, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 659
Posted By sbarner

I'd feel a whole lot better about your great deal...

I'd feel a whole lot better about your great deal if that bike were not my size!
02-25-24, 10:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,023
Posted By sbarner

There's a certain Zen involved when you put more...

There's a certain Zen involved when you put more focus and work into something than required, especially when it's likely that it won't be noticed. A workman is loathe to put in more time than...
02-25-24, 09:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,023
Posted By sbarner

I always thought this was one of the areas where...

I always thought this was one of the areas where the folks in the Schwinn factory showed their mentality, as they didn't thin these crowns at all on the inside of the blade. There's a lot of extra...
02-21-24, 01:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,648
Posted By sbarner

It's the top tube length, not the seat tube...

It's the top tube length, not the seat tube that's getting long for me. Could I ride it? Sure, I have others that are long, but a 53 is where I like to be. Sure is a sweet bike, though.
02-19-24, 09:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,648
Posted By sbarner

So tempting. If only it were a centimeter shorter.

So tempting. If only it were a centimeter shorter.
02-13-24, 01:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,257
Posted By sbarner

That's a decent frame at a "pricey price." You...

That's a decent frame at a "pricey price." You won't build up a bike for 500 bucks with only $150 to invest in parts. So much depends on what you mean by "vintage": what you are used to riding, how...
02-12-24, 10:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,149
Posted By sbarner

The Mk II and Mk III shared that color, the...

The Mk II and Mk III shared that color, the latter adding chrome on the rear triangle and transitioning to different, more Italian looking lugs. It was a bit confusing because Raleigh called this...
02-02-24, 11:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 394
Posted By sbarner

I've got some miscellaneous NOS LP rack...

I've got some miscellaneous NOS LP rack components, left over from when our shop switched to Thule back in the early 1980s. I'll dig them out and let you know what I've got.
01-29-24, 04:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,219
Posted By sbarner

In the early 1980s, we had a tandem that had been...

In the early 1980s, we had a tandem that had been built by a guy who had very limited experience in framebuilding. It was built for a friend of mine and we bought it after his relationship broke up....
01-26-24, 08:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,244
Posted By sbarner

I was already 150 miles from home, visiting...

I was already 150 miles from home, visiting family, when I took a day to drive 200 miles to PA to pick up a Harry Havnoonian tandem--400 miles round trip. the bike was a real hoot to ride, but my...
01-26-24, 08:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,168
Posted By sbarner

I had a late-'50s Ladies 650B Follis shipped from...

I had a late-'50s Ladies 650B Follis shipped from France to the US, back before shipping rates became prohibitively expensive.
01-26-24, 09:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,552
Posted By sbarner

French being 35 mm diameter is a little over...

French being 35 mm diameter is a little over 0.007" larger than British, which is about the thickness of two sheets of 20 lb paper. Not much, especially considering the loose tolerances of many...
01-21-24, 09:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,187
Posted By sbarner

I'm sure there are some that will disagree --...

I'm sure there are some that will disagree -- there always are -- but that bike has crossed the barrier between here and the hereafter. Its Earthly struggles (and a bike like this struggled from new)...
01-21-24, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,360
Posted By sbarner

No telling when it was done, or why. The person I...

No telling when it was done, or why. The person I bought it from was at least the second owner, and he didn't pass any info about it along. All I know is that Richard said it didn't leave his shop...
01-20-24, 09:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,360
Posted By sbarner

Any excuse to show off my '82 Strada Immaculata....

Any excuse to show off my '82 Strada Immaculata. It now has a C-Record crank, not that there's anything wrong with the Chorus in the photo. Built when RS still had a young man's hair. I would have...
01-20-24, 08:27 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,088
Posted By sbarner

Here's my '74 PX10E. I think the geometry was the...

Here's my '74 PX10E. I think the geometry was the same as the LE, but I don't see that I recorded the measurements. '74 might have been the first year they brought a size below 21" into the US. This...
01-17-24, 08:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,533
Posted By sbarner

Here's mine. All tubes firmly attached. Not the...

Here's mine. All tubes firmly attached. Not the original fork. I believe this is the very first version, based on the downtube decal, the rear brake bridge (later ones were a clamp style), and no...
12-08-23, 11:16 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 55,915
Posted By sbarner

So pretty, and those notches are "Extra Virgin." ...

So pretty, and those notches are "Extra Virgin."
When I'm feeling low, I go down to the shop and stare at the Regina cog board. Like the Kama Sutra, it covers so many different positions....
12-07-23, 04:25 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 55,915
Posted By sbarner

My wife's 1973 P60. I bought it as a frameset and...

My wife's 1973 P60. I bought it as a frameset and built it up mostly as original, but with GB upright handlebars, blue Dia Compe brake levers that almost match in color, and Suntour thumbies in...
12-04-23, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Posted By sbarner

Nice bike at a nice price. Kind of glad it's not...

Nice bike at a nice price. Kind of glad it's not our size. Six tandems is too many, seven would not be the right direction.
12-04-23, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 601
Posted By sbarner

The length of the spoke nipple has nothing to do...

The length of the spoke nipple has nothing to do with the length of the spoke, since all of them have the same length thread inside. The long ones just have a longer unthreaded section. I think...
12-04-23, 02:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By sbarner

A British-threaded pedal usually won't start in a...

A British-threaded pedal usually won't start in a French-threaded crank because it's about 10 thousandths inch smaller in diameter, which is a lot for a threaded part.Of course, tolerances in the...
12-01-23, 07:03 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 55,915
Posted By sbarner

How could you possibly have a Paramount problem I...

How could you possibly have a Paramount problem I only count 14, that's only enough for 2 weeks.
Think about it, the rider that has no Paramount to ride, HE has a problem he never gets the joy of...
12-01-23, 11:14 AM
Replies: 617
Views: 84,752
Posted By sbarner

My latest acquisition -- a late-1970s Soma...

My latest acquisition -- a late-1970s Soma Competition. I was ready to replace the frame on my crap-weather bike, which was most recently a Bianchi Nuovo Racing that accumulated both tens of...
11-29-23, 07:57 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 55,915
Posted By sbarner

That would not have been a stock frame. It was...

That would not have been a stock frame. It was wise of the original purchaser to order it with the optional top tube cable braze-ons (standard on the P10 and P15), and the BB cable guides. They make...
11-29-23, 05:10 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 55,915
Posted By sbarner

That color was called Flamboyant Red. It was a...

That color was called Flamboyant Red. It was a translucent top coat over a white or silver base. There was a similarly done blue, and I think Campus Green could also be considered one of the...
11-29-23, 12:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,150
Posted By sbarner

So typically Zeus. The knuckles are what you...

So typically Zeus. The knuckles are what you would expect to see on a pre-1967 Campy bronze derailleur, the cage and body like restyled copies of the then-current Nuovo Record, drill some holes,...
11-28-23, 08:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 923
Posted By sbarner

I have a '74 in blue. Personally, I would have...

I have a '74 in blue. Personally, I would have preferred the iconic white, but this one was in such nice condition and small sizes don't turn up that often. With the exception of pedals, tires and...
11-23-23, 03:25 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,681
Posted By sbarner

What surprises me most about these is the...

What surprises me most about these is the braze-on cable stops and downtube shifter bosses. All the upper-end Frejus models I have seen from later in the 1960s have only had a rear derailleur casing...
11-10-23, 11:26 PM
Replies: 395
Views: 149,077
Posted By sbarner

Perhaps this will help others, as the AkzoNobel...

Perhaps this will help others, as the AkzoNobel 455A2 does indeed look like an excellent match for 1980s vintage Celeste. This conversion data comes from QConv.com

Akzo Nobel Colormap FD 455A2...
11-07-23, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 703
Posted By sbarner

Pretty sure the original crankset on a '77 was a...

Pretty sure the original crankset on a '77 was a Stronglight 99. Earlier PX10LEs used the 93, and perhaps a previous owner wanted more of a traditional "race crank," as the 99 was considered a...
10-31-23, 08:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,532
Posted By sbarner

I'm with Bulgie on this one. The crack dissipated...

I'm with Bulgie on this one. The crack dissipated stress in the joint and should stop once it reaches the BB opening. If another crack should start elsewhere in the BB shell, that might eventually...
10-30-23, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,289
Posted By sbarner

It looks like a MK III Pro in Mk IV colors, based...

It looks like a MK III Pro in Mk IV colors, based on the chainstay dimples and eyelets. 1972 would be the year for something like this to happen. It could also be a domestic market version that...
10-22-23, 08:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,179
Posted By sbarner

I believe mine is a 1966, though the seller...

I believe mine is a 1966, though the seller thought it was '65. It has a Columbus sticker under what is a thin, almost certainly factory clearcoat. I say factory because I think this bike was outside...
08-22-23, 09:37 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,589
Posted By sbarner

My biggest struggle has been resisting "nap...

My biggest struggle has been resisting "nap time." I typically lose. After two years, I am only just getting back to getting in some decent cycling mileage on a consistent basis. My old commute was...
05-18-23, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1,928
Views: 112,782
Posted By sbarner

I SO saw that coming...

I SO saw that coming...
05-14-23, 09:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,735
Posted By sbarner

I am resurrecting this old thread because I am...

I am resurrecting this old thread because I am the one who bought it and have been able to find out exactly nada about it in the years since. There is no serial number or anything at all stamped into...
05-14-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 1,928
Views: 112,782
Posted By sbarner

After seeing the type of thing that Raleigh got...

After seeing the type of thing that Raleigh got away with back in the '70s with 531 tubing, I doubt there's much to worry about in undercutting the stuff on that Huffy. It could probably take a...
05-14-23, 11:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,262
Posted By sbarner

Okay, first, I started riding sewups in 1972, so...

Okay, first, I started riding sewups in 1972, so I've been at this game for quite awhile. Second, even properly glued tires squirm on the rim. This has been well documented and is the biggest reason...
05-09-23, 04:43 PM
Replies: 1,928
Views: 112,782
Posted By sbarner

I think Mr. Ed killed off the name "Wilbur" for...

I think Mr. Ed killed off the name "Wilbur" for good. This poor kid just missed the cut.
Replies: 10
Views: 901
Posted By sbarner

You wouldn't see that bike for $250 around here,...

You wouldn't see that bike for $250 around here, unless the seller did not know its worth. This thread is about what a bike is worth, not what kind of steal someone made.
05-06-23, 04:21 PM
Replies: 8,824
Views: 1,143,627
Posted By sbarner

AMF's shtick in the bicycle side of their...

AMF's shtick in the bicycle side of their business was decidedly in the lowest end, competing with Huffy, Murray, etc. for the ultra-budget, department store market. When Schwinn was circling the...
05-06-23, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8,824
Views: 1,143,627
Posted By sbarner

1980 AMF track bike. From what I have been able...

1980 AMF track bike. From what I have been able to determine, AMF fielded a professional cycling team in 1979 and 1980, with both Beth and Eric Heiden on the roster. In the iconic photo of Beth...
05-02-23, 04:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,336
Posted By sbarner

Nothing really to add except that I used to sell...

Nothing really to add except that I used to sell these and have had a couple Formula 2 tubing frames of my own. The ride is quite nice. I used the threaded holes in the dropouts to mount a rack and...
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