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12-04-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 540
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: 24
Views: 1,564
Posted By John E

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https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2howud
11-27-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 762
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: 262
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: 261
Posted By John E

How about Turkey Levers on a bike?

How about Turkey Levers on a bike?
11-21-22, 04:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,103
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: 1,375
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...
11-17-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8,382
Views: 2,702,083
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...
11-10-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,539
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: 557
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...
10-30-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 476
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...
10-29-22, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 382
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: 970
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: 436
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, 06:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 725
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...
10-06-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 351
Posted By John E

You want whippy? ...

You want whippy?

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/capo_and_me_80cd0c39639dbf60a5d147ee374bc0a283de0622.jpg
1959 Capo with Nervar Star crank and Campag. 980...
10-01-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 762
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. :)
09-19-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
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). ...
09-18-22, 06:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,466
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.
09-17-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,315
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: 51
Views: 2,715
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: 395
Posted By John E

KoolStop pads. Accept no substitute.

KoolStop pads. Accept no substitute.
09-10-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
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: 338
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: 1,016
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, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
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, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 181
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: 311
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: 42
Views: 1,335
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, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 848
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, 05:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 753
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: 870
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: 610
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: 430
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: 55
Views: 1,869
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...
09-03-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 617
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: 2,065
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: 837
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...
08-28-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By John E

My one data point: When I replaced the...

My one data point:

When I replaced the Bianchi's hard-sprung Campag. sidepulls with soft-sprung Shimano dual-pivots, the new calipers could not completely retract the rear brake cable. I bought...
08-26-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 869
Posted By John E

For me, a lugged steel frame with a horizontal...

For me, a lugged steel frame with a horizontal top tube simply looks right.
08-26-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 516
Posted By John E

I thought the wraparound seat stays were one of...

I thought the wraparound seat stays were one of the coolest features of my 1971 Nishiki Competition. In my current stable, only the 1962 Carlton has them, but they really flatten out, compared to the...
08-26-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 799
Posted By John E

I like the bike, particularly the bottom picture,...

I like the bike, particularly the bottom picture, with a decent set of 36-spoke wheels on it. Are no aftermarket hoods available? I had no trouble finding them in gum, black, and white for Weinmann...
08-25-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By John E

When I did my one-and-only DC two months before...

When I did my one-and-only DC two months before turning 22, I encountered a 76-year-old Black gentleman who had ridden the Los Angeles Wheelmen Double Century every year since he had turned 65 and...
08-20-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 582
Posted By John E

My Bianchi takes 25-26mm true size. 700Cx28...

My Bianchi takes 25-26mm true size. 700Cx28 Contis have always worked on it. I just bought 5000s to replace my aging 2000s.
08-17-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,495
Posted By John E

I like the frame and the overall condition. The...

I like the frame and the overall condition. The Campag. Tipo hubs are OK, but either NRs or Normandy Luxe Competitions would be more appropriate.
If it were mine, I would promptly lose that hideous...
08-16-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,154
Posted By John E

My 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 fits that description...

My 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 fits that description well. My son currently has 700Cx35mm tires (700Cx35 callout, more like 700Cx32 in practice) on it. (I can't even do full size 700Cx28s on my...
08-14-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 991
Posted By John E

Braze on ... twist off. No problem. :) Good...

Braze on ... twist off. No problem. :)

Good argument for stainless steel bolts for water bottle cages.
08-13-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,568
Posted By John E

It's all about discouraging DIY. One of my...

It's all about discouraging DIY. One of my favorite local shops just morphed into repairs-only, no more parts sales. My local Pep Boys automotive did the same.
I feel less guilty about buying on...
08-11-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,376
Posted By John E

I prefer 3X for mountain bikes and 2 or 3X for...

I prefer 3X for mountain bikes and 2 or 3X for road bikes.
08-10-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,110
Posted By John E

Bingo! I wear Giro Rumble shoes with most of...

Bingo!
I wear Giro Rumble shoes with most of the bikes, Diadoras with the Bianchi, because of shorter toeclips. I keep the straps just loose enough to let me jerk a foot out, as needed.
I really...
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