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10-24-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By John E

You may need to use different mounting bolts for...

You may need to use different mounting bolts for the downtube cable stops. I had to do that with a similar set that I am using on my Carlton Franco-Suisse build, so I just reused the original bolts...
10-24-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,428
Posted By John E

A cyclist as sensitive to cadence and pedal load...

A cyclist as sensitive to cadence and pedal load as I am will want a gear ratio progression no larger than about 6 to 7 percent, afforded by something like the classic 49-46/14-16-18-20-23...
10-23-21, 07:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By John E

Concur. I was fortunate to trade a number of...

Concur. I was fortunate to trade a number of emails with him over the years, and to visit him at Harris Cyclery while on a business trip in Boston. Always approachable and helpful, sorely missed by...
10-21-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 897
Posted By John E

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Head tube lug and art deco logo/badge details
10-21-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 999
Posted By John E

Obviously not designed by someone who actually...

Obviously not designed by someone who actually uses drop bars effectively, taking advantage of the multiple hand positions a proper set of drops provides.
10-16-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 875
Posted By John E

I am glad to see a 26T freewheel again on the new...

I am glad to see a 26T freewheel again on the new market, because some derailleur/hanger combinations cannot accommodate 28T, and 24T has always been a little too stiff for me on hilly rides. (I did...
10-16-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 875
Posted By John E

On cassettes, every manufacturer does seem...

On cassettes, every manufacturer does seem fascinated with 11T or 12T cogs, which work for me only with reduced-size chainrings. I run 13T and 14T high gear cogs on all of my freewheel-equipped road...
10-14-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 597
Posted By John E

You dad was smart. Now we have kids cruising...

You dad was smart. Now we have kids cruising around on eBIkes capable of fairly high speeds.
10-14-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 486
Posted By John E

In the immortal words of the late Charlie Harding...

In the immortal words of the late Charlie Harding of "C. Harding's For Bikes" on Westwood Bl. in Los Angeles, "A Falcon is a good English bike." That comment goes double for your new acquisition. I...
10-10-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 830
Posted By John E

As evidenced by my mountain bike (see signature),...

As evidenced by my mountain bike (see signature), I am a sucker for red, white, and blue paint jobs (or blue, white, and red, as in your case :) ). Other than a choice of blue and red under-seat...
10-08-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 349
Posted By John E

The most valuable Varsities are arguably the 1960...

The most valuable Varsities are arguably the 1960 8-speeds and 1961 10-speeds with the obsolete Simplex derailleurs. Try to find one that hasn't been upgraded to a Huret rear derailleur, if you care...
10-06-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,729
Posted By John E

I was thinking the derailleurs, particularly the...

I was thinking the derailleurs, particularly the front cage and the body of the rear, looked crude by 1960 standards, and were not up to the craftmanship and design of the frames, particularly the...
10-06-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,729
Posted By John E

I do not like the look of four-bolt crank...

I do not like the look of four-bolt crank spiders. Three-bolt and five-bolt, and even six-bolt, just look right, by comparison. (Hidden fifth bolt systems still have 5-bolt spacing.)
10-06-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 905
Posted By John E

It is better to know a good cardiologist and not...

It is better to know a good cardiologist and not need one than to need one and not know one.

Paraphrased from George "King" Stahlman's bail bond service, "Better to know me and not need me than...
10-06-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 780
Posted By John E

My one-and-only collision with a motor vehicle...

My one-and-only collision with a motor vehicle (classic left cross) resulted in a frame bend-back of my first Capo, not to mention a concussion, a double break of the left clavicle, and a permanent...
10-06-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By John E

I had the same failure on a Shimano front hub,...

I had the same failure on a Shimano front hub, which I retired as soon as I noticed the defect.
10-06-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,729
Posted By John E

1950s Capo derailleurs and shift levers. Otto...

1950s Capo derailleurs and shift levers.
Otto Cap wisely switched to Campagnolo by 1958, but Adolf Christian may have placed third in the 1957 Tour de France on a bicycle equipped with these -- not...
10-03-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By John E

An overnight soak of penetrating oil, followed by...

An overnight soak of penetrating oil, followed by manual manipulation, should help. My wife's aging Viking Husqvarna sewing machine seizes up if not used for a few months, and the entire 6000 series...
10-03-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 659
Posted By John E

My commuter/beater through several of my college...

My commuter/beater through several of my college years was an Armstrong 3-speed converted to a 12-speed (Cyclo 14-18-20-22 sprocket cluster) with drop bars. It was not as nimble as my proper road...
10-02-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,137
Posted By John E

I have a Giro Xen helmet with visor, and I ride...

I have a Giro Xen helmet with visor, and I ride road bikes on the drops and a mountain bike, usually on my handlebar extensions for a more road-like position. I did have to cut a notch in the upper...
10-02-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 732
Posted By John E

You guys are out of my league, but I can vouch...

You guys are out of my league, but I can vouch for the riding experience delivered even by a modest TreTubi Bianchi in a non-Celeste color. At least I have the Bianchi water bottle. :)...
09-30-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By John E

Someone on my local NextDoor website just...

Someone on my local NextDoor website just mentioned a chap whose goal is to go "around the world," i.e., to accumulate 40K km, by riding every day in his neighborhood. After 10 years, he is just...
09-30-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 962
Posted By John E

https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/search/bian...

https://www.classic-trader.com/uk/cars/search/bianchi

Also this subcompact Autobianchi:
https://i.ytimg.com/vi/g6auBZhbuD0/maxresdefault.jpg
Joint effort of Bianchi, Fiat, Pirelli.
09-30-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 267
Posted By John E

If it was originally a 6-speed, 126mm is probably...

If it was originally a 6-speed, 126mm is probably correct. Many Schwinn 5-speeds used 126, as well, because they had a chain overshift guard outboard of the small cog. At any rate, spreading a...
09-30-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 392
Posted By John E

For safety, I strongly recommend replacing the...

For safety, I strongly recommend replacing the brake pads with KoolStops. Very nice machine!
09-28-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,818
Posted By John E

Remember these? Rare birds from the mid-1950s,...

Remember these? Rare birds from the mid-1950s, evidently an evolutionary dead end.


https://velobase.com/CompImages/Shifter/9AF7C7D3-F8C0-4BEE-950F-B02012880D73.jpeg
I worked at a used bike shop...
09-28-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By John E

I guess we're still sorting out the Bianchi...

I guess we're still sorting out the Bianchi serial numbering scheme, which may well have inconsistencies, as with so many other manufacturers. I have seen fortnightly schemes, which consume all 26...
09-28-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By John E

I am going to set up my Carton with reversed...

I am going to set up my Carton with reversed barcon cabling, because the SunTour barcons I bought have a truly lousy index mode, which will bother me less on the front derailleur than the rear, which...
09-28-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 940
Posted By John E

You do want to put new KoolStop salmon pads on...

You do want to put new KoolStop salmon pads on your Delta brakes. My older Campag. sidepulls were downright scary with lesser pads, including Shimanos.
09-27-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,675
Posted By John E

Being coordination-challenged, it was all I could...

Being coordination-challenged, it was all I could do to balance a bicycle at age 12. I wouldn't dare ride no-hands then, and I certainly won't now, almost 60 years later. :)
09-27-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By John E

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Looking through the Bianchi at the 1959 Capo, the Schwinn, and an old MTB frame....
09-27-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By John E

I am speculating that is it Swiss-threaded, and...

I am speculating that is it Swiss-threaded, and some bozo unsuccessfully tried to unscrew it anticlockwise.
Of course, it could be French-threaded, and some bozo unsuccessfully tried to unscrew it...
09-27-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,818
Posted By John E

How many of you have seen a genuine CAPO brand...

How many of you have seen a genuine CAPO brand downtube shifter (or derailleur, for that matter)? This is an early 1950s Capo Sieger, before Harald Cap went Campagnolo. ...
09-27-21, 05:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,818
Posted By John E

That depends. I have worked with both, but prefer...

That depends. I have worked with both, but prefer having a brazed-on stop, to prevent any chance of paint damage.
09-25-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,025
Posted By John E

I am assuming they are front/back tooth count...

I am assuming they are front/back tooth count ratios. 52/14 = 3.71 = 100-inch gear

39/34 = 1.15 = 31-inch gear
09-25-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,025
Posted By John E

All of my road bikes are 40 to 60 years old (see...

All of my road bikes are 40 to 60 years old (see signature), and my mountain bike is past the 30-year mark. Austrian bikes are cool. :)
...
09-24-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 659
Posted By John E

One size does not fit all. I tried the 38T...

One size does not fit all. I tried the 38T Biopace middle ring that came with my mountain bike and never got used to the pedaling cadence.
09-23-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By John E

Several years ago I successfully converted an...

Several years ago I successfully converted an aluminum ISO-threaded BB fixed cup to Swiss by force-threading it into my Swiss-threaded 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 frame. The setup still serves my elder son...
09-23-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 659
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. One of the first...

Been there ... done that. One of the first changes I made to my mountain bike was to replace the 38T biopace middle ring with a 40T round one (110mm BCD). I recently replaced the 48T outer ring with...
09-22-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 370
Posted By John E

Mine was built in late 1981, probably as a 1982...

Mine was built in late 1981, probably as a 1982 model. It has Italian BB threading, with that characteristic weird-to-me metric (36mm diameter) / English (24 TPI) hybrid.

Tip: never throw away...
09-22-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 408
Posted By John E

For what it's worth, I bought my American Eagle...

For what it's worth, I bought my American Eagle Semi-Pro in March 1971. (Kawamura frame, KS78091)

By the time I started working at Bikecology a year later, the marque was Nishiki.
09-22-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 370
Posted By John E

Thanks for posting. It is somewhat newer than...

Thanks for posting. It is somewhat newer than mine, given the decals, the vertical dropouts, and the unicrown fork.
09-20-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 550
Posted By John E

Cool thread. When I was an undergrad at UCLA, one...

Cool thread. When I was an undergrad at UCLA, one of the law students started a small used bike shop in Santa Monica, and advertised me as "house bike freak and mechanic." The enterprise was...
09-20-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 523
Posted By John E

bicycles on "Father Brown Mysteries"

My wife and I are big fans of Mark Williams' portrayal of a Roman Catholic priest / amateur detective in the PBS television series, "Father Brown Mysteries," which is set in the early 1950s. He rides...
09-18-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 722
Posted By John E

True: 14-17-20-24-28 with a 12-tooth drop up...

True: 14-17-20-24-28 with a 12-tooth drop up front is a nearly perfect 1.5-step.

I have always customized my bicycle gearing to avoid wasteful redundancies, which one cannot afford with only 5 or...
09-17-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 330
Posted By John E

I found a Blackburn that fits my UO-8 pump pegs...

I found a Blackburn that fits my UO-8 pump pegs nicely. A short Zefal HP-X would be a superb choice, as well....
09-15-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,372
Posted By John E

That crank dust cap certainly was Jacked up....

That crank dust cap certainly was Jacked up. Great machine, though.
09-15-21, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By John E

It also greatly resembles the lower-end Atalas of...

It also greatly resembles the lower-end Atalas of that vintage -- also Chiorda? I have long suspected that my first road bike, a 1962 bottom-of-the-line Bianchi Corsa, was a Chiorda rebrand, as well.
09-15-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By John E

I am not a fan of the components, but I really...

I am not a fan of the components, but I really like the lugwork on that frame, and that's what counts.
09-14-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,330
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. It is nice to be...

Been there ... done that. It is nice to be wanted, and, as you say, if you enjoy the work, why not?

One of my neighbors is trying to convince my younger son to take over his physical therapy...
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