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06-28-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 827
Posted By John E

For those who favor "the road less traveled,"...

For those who favor "the road less traveled," Capo Sieger, anyone? :)
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06-27-22, 06:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 418
Posted By John E

As far as I know, all of the pre-1990 Schwinn...

As far as I know, all of the pre-1990 Schwinn mountain bikes were steel-framed, but you can't have mine (see signature) for your project, because it's a keeper. :)
06-27-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 670
Posted By John E

I did the direct rim swap thing about 15 years...

I did the direct rim swap thing about 15 years ago when I bought a pair of tubular rim wheels on eBay. Since I had given up tubular tires 40 years ago after moving to north coastal San Diego County...
06-26-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 663
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting the catalog pages, Steve. I...

Thank you for posting the catalog pages, Steve. I worked there on weekends and during university vacations from spring 1972 through spring 1974 and watched Big Al put together the company's first few...
06-26-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 136
Posted By John E

This is one reason to prefer aluminum BB cups --...

This is one reason to prefer aluminum BB cups -- vanishingly small chance of damaging the BB shell itself.
06-26-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By John E

Thank you, T-Mar. It is a pretty decent forgery,...

Thank you, T-Mar. It is a pretty decent forgery, though, right down to the brake cable guides along the top tube and the shift cables under the bottom bracket. :)
06-24-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,578
Posted By John E

The seat tube looks really steep in your photo,...

The seat tube looks really steep in your photo, suggesting a frame built for criterium racing.
06-24-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By John E

T-Mar has been a friend for many years, but he...

T-Mar has been a friend for many years, but he breadth of knowledge of bicycles still amazes me.
06-22-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 441
Posted By John E

Nice color on the Bianchi. :) ...

Nice color on the Bianchi. :)
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Original equipment matched 1982 Campione d'Italia...
06-22-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By John E

My mountain bike came with a 48 (round) - 38...

My mountain bike came with a 48 (round) - 38 (Biopace) - 28 (round) chainring set. The combination shifted fine, but I am not a Biopace fan, and I obtained better ratio progression with 48-40-28,...
06-21-22, 02:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By John E

Are these essentially a newer version of 4000s? I...

Are these essentially a newer version of 4000s? I need new tires for the Bianchi.
06-21-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By John E

I can't go above 26mm real size, e.g., 700Cx28...

I can't go above 26mm real size, e.g., 700Cx28 Contis. I can't even do Specialized 700Cx28s, which run larger.
06-21-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 646
Posted By John E

The one big benefit of being -7 diopters myopic...

The one big benefit of being -7 diopters myopic is that I simply remove my glasses whenever I need magnification of a small object. :)
My wife sometimes has to ask me to read fine print, even though...
06-21-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 343
Posted By John E

Ah -- what we do for our kids. :)

Ah -- what we do for our kids. :)
06-21-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By John E

Throw a set of aluminum cranks on it, and only...

Throw a set of aluminum cranks on it, and only very close inspection (rear dropouts and seat post diameter) would distinguish it visually from a PR-10, which was a great bike and truly almost as...
06-20-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,367
Posted By John E

One more update: 1) delighted with stopping...

One more update:
1) delighted with stopping power of both brakes;
2) astonished by the very light return spring tension of the calipers, compared to Campag.; no "third hand" tool required when...
06-20-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 328
Posted By John E

Nothing wrong with Austrian bikes (says the man...

Nothing wrong with Austrian bikes (says the man with three Capos :) ). I agree with the others that it is a great find for the intended application.

When I wanted to buy a bike for my wife, my...
06-20-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,098
Posted By John E

Nothing wrong with toeclips and straps. That's...

Nothing wrong with toeclips and straps. That's all I have ridden since 1969.

What I don't understand is why he leaned right after planting his left foot on the ground. I always unclip left, put my...
06-20-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By John E

Agreed -- when I worked at Bikecology (1972-74),...

Agreed -- when I worked at Bikecology (1972-74), the PA-10 was misunderstood and not a big seller, despite its utility as a budget entry-level racer. The 14-21 freewheel usually got replaced by a...
06-20-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By John E

I liked the toothbrush advice -- I have been...

I liked the toothbrush advice -- I have been saving old toothbrushes and worn-out socks for years, as ideal cleaning and scrubbing tools.
06-20-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 343
Posted By John E

I am getting revenge on my elder son, who is...

I am getting revenge on my elder son, who is learning what it is like to raise two boys. :)

For several years when my boys were little, our Saturday morning routine was to drop off my wife at her...
06-19-22, 06:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By John E

That reminds me of my college days at UCLA....

That reminds me of my college days at UCLA. Bicycle theft was rampant, and one defense was to uglify or otherwise disguise a good bike.
06-19-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 587
Posted By John E

The top two pictures indicate a crack right where...

The top two pictures indicate a crack right where my other UO-8 failed -- on the drive side chainstay's weak spot, between the tire and chainring clearance dimples.
06-19-22, 05:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By John E

I tried Continentals on the close-reach Shimano...

I tried Continentals on the close-reach Shimano dual-pivots I am putting on the Bianchi, but more conventional KoolStop pads, with their shorter profile, fit much better and work very well. As for...
06-18-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 912
Posted By John E

If you have nice lugs, flaunt them. :) ...

If you have nice lugs, flaunt them. :)
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Head tube lug details
06-18-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 439
Posted By John E

Interesting that the catalog shows 45-40/14-23...

Interesting that the catalog shows 45-40/14-23 gearing, but lists the 52-40/14-28 one would expect on an AO-8 or UO-8.
06-18-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 754
Posted By John E

My 1980 PKN-10 happily took a SunTour Cyclone II...

My 1980 PKN-10 happily took a SunTour Cyclone II rear derailleur, no problem.
06-18-22, 06:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,367
Posted By John E

Read Sheldon Brown on bicycle brakes. The...

Read Sheldon Brown on bicycle brakes. The shortest possible stopping distance is obtained when the rear tire just starts to lose traction. In this case, the front brake is providing all of the...
06-18-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,367
Posted By John E

Update: I bought a pair of Shimano double-pivot...

Update: I bought a pair of Shimano double-pivot calipers and installed the front one this morning, with brand-new KoolStop black (what I had in my stash) pads instead of the OEM Shimano pads. What a...
06-18-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,413
Posted By John E

Mine was red with gold trim. Lugs were painted,...

Mine was red with gold trim. Lugs were painted, and the head lugs were fake (one piece lugs and head tube). My brother's was gold with red trim.

I rode mine for 8 years, from December 1962 to...
06-18-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 560
Posted By John E

Update: I think I'll keep toughing it out with...

Update: I think I'll keep toughing it out with the 42/26 low gear, which I have used on most of my road bikes over the past 40-45 years. I know I can accommodate a wider gear range with improved...
06-16-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 439
Posted By John E

Interesting ... The head tube lugs definitely...

Interesting ...
The head tube lugs definitely differ radically from those of a US market AO-8 or UO-8, and the gear ratios are a lot tighter than what we received "south of the border," but...
06-16-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 710
Posted By John E

PX-10s are gorgeous, and I am all for...

PX-10s are gorgeous, and I am all for "sympathetic" builds. I also appreciate a fellow cyclist who sees no need for high gearing, although I do like something around the mid-90s, such as 45 or 46/13...
06-15-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By John E

This guy is a kindred sprit -- enjoys riding and...

This guy is a kindred sprit -- enjoys riding and recycling/reusing and tinkering with old bikes.
06-14-22, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 919
Posted By John E

The motorist needs to be charged with murder. Are...

The motorist needs to be charged with murder. Are we serious about traffic safety or not?
06-14-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,215
Posted By John E

Would I lock up my bike at the Del Mar Fair? ...

Would I lock up my bike at the Del Mar Fair?

Peugeot UO-8 beater -- that's what it is for
The others -- no
06-14-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By John E

It all depends on what you like. I prefer drops...

It all depends on what you like. I prefer drops on my road bikes and regular mountain bars with perpendicular forward-facing extensions on my mountain bike. I really like having more than one hand...
06-14-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By John E

Yes, I noticed that -- evidently now a well-known...

Yes, I noticed that -- evidently now a well-known (sort of) holiday. I should ride the Schwinn today. :)...
06-13-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 897
Posted By John E

CyclAware helmet-mounted mirror! :) ...

CyclAware helmet-mounted mirror! :)
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CycleAware mirror on my Giro XEN...
06-13-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 897
Posted By John E

Counterpoint -- I won't ride without a mirror,...

Counterpoint -- I won't ride without a mirror, which I find extremely valuable for checking traffic patterns and watching for things like impending right hooks, and also to help me with politely...
06-13-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 539
Posted By John E

Note that Major Taylor stems and the Schwinn...

Note that Major Taylor stems and the Schwinn adjust from the front. The OEM Ambrosio stem on one of my Capo Siegers adjusts from the rear. ...
06-13-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 376
Posted By John E

First verify a 27.2mm seatpost. Looks British and...

First verify a 27.2mm seatpost. Looks British and pretty decent, whatever the marque or model details. :)
06-13-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By John E

The best I could come up with for a "close...

The best I could come up with for a "close enough" vintage look:



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1973...
06-12-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 414
Posted By John E

1949 Gerbi Cambio Corsa

https://steel-vintage.com/gerbi-cambio-corsa-collectible-bike-1949-detail

I came across this while browsing around on the Internet. Beautiful machine, unfamiliar marque to me. What particularly...
06-12-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 645
Posted By John E

Yup -- as we say on PassatWorld, "It's a...

Yup -- as we say on PassatWorld, "It's a love-hate relationship." Some of the components are just plain under-engineered, notably vacuum lines, front suspension, and electricals. As soon as I finish...
06-12-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 645
Posted By John E

Concur. I have enjoyed meeting a half-dozen BF...

Concur. I have enjoyed meeting a half-dozen BF members in person, and I have ridden with three of them. (That's the reason for N+1 -- you can lend a bike to a visitor and then ride together.)
06-11-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 645
Posted By John E

Of course -- that is the best kind of touring. :)

Of course -- that is the best kind of touring. :)
06-11-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,367
Posted By John E

Point well taken, but I did verify good...

Point well taken, but I did verify good pad-to-rim contact in all cases. The Shimano pads were downright scary. In all situations and on all types of rims and brake calipers, KoolStop salmon pads...
06-11-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 539
Posted By John E

Wow! Trying for the world land speed record? :)...

Wow! Trying for the world land speed record? :) How many teeth front and rear? Here I thought the 58T chainring that came with my first Sieger was big ... .
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06-11-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 645
Posted By John E

No, actually the head tube is bent back. :) ...

No, actually the head tube is bent back. :)

All seriousness aside, this is indeed a great forum, with lots of helpful folks united in their passion for older bicycles. I have a similarly pleasant...
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