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05-23-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,070
Posted By John E

These were Christmas presents for my brother and...

These were Christmas presents for my brother and me in 1962. My father found them at Wheel World in Culver City for $55 each, the cheapest 10-speed bike available. (Varsities ran $70, Continentals...
05-23-22, 05:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,865
Posted By John E

Your problem is in your gear lever, not your...

Your problem is in your gear lever, not your derailleur. Something either with a small capstan (e.g. original Campag. or Simplex) or alternatively with a ratchet (SunTour barcons or ratcheting stem...
05-22-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By John E

Not only human power, but human power at...

Not only human power, but human power at altitude, in thin air. :)
05-22-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 864
Posted By John E

It's hit-and-miss, but "chance favors the...

It's hit-and-miss, but "chance favors the prepared mind." (Louis Pasteur) I found the 1959 Capo at a yard sale for $20, and I could have ridden it almost as-was, but then I splurged on the paint job...
05-22-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 864
Posted By John E

I remember when Charlie Harding was selling...

I remember when Charlie Harding was selling Harding bikes out of his C. Harding's For Bikes shop on Westwood Blvd., just south of UCLA. :)
05-17-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By John E

Congrats -- you are one year ahead of us on...

Congrats -- you are one year ahead of us on wedding anniversaries (23 June 1973, a week after my wife completed her 5th (teaching credential) year at UCLA. My wife is increasing intimidated by...
05-17-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 288
Posted By John E

I found a rare (common in the early 1970s)...

I found a rare (common in the early 1970s) SunTour 27T cog, so I am going to try the Bianchi with 50-42 / 14-16-18-20-23-27 for 1.5-step normal use and 50-38 crossover with the same freewheel for...
05-17-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 910
Posted By John E

Thank you for this thread. Secure bicycle parking...

Thank you for this thread. Secure bicycle parking can be a genuine challenge. Companies spend big bucks on car parking for employees, then too often neglect those of us who bike to work. Offices with...
05-16-22, 03:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 288
Posted By John E

Do you really need the 52? On the 1959 Capo I run...

Do you really need the 52? On the 1959 Capo I run 46-38 / 13-15-17-19-22-25 with a short-cage Campag. 980 rear derailleur and a racing front derailleur -- works well. I have found over the years that...
05-16-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,532
Posted By John E

Very nice! I probably won't, but I have...

Very nice! I probably won't, but I have considered having someone braze a derailleur tab onto my Carlton, which never had one....
05-15-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 249
Posted By John E

There seem to be lots of nonconforming,...

There seem to be lots of nonconforming, "head-scratcher" Bianchis out there. Mine checks all the boxes for a 1982 (frame made in late 1981) Campione d'Italia, except for the "charcoal" color, which...
05-14-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By John E

Make that forks with big ugly seams on the backs...

Make that forks with big ugly seams on the backs of the forks! :(
Fit and finish in general were significantly inferior to my otherwise-comparable 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia.
All that said,...
05-14-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By John E

1980 PKN-10 bottom bracket was Swiss-threaded....

1980 PKN-10 bottom bracket was Swiss-threaded. Well-mannered all-rounder, not whippy or shaky.
05-14-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By John E

True. Ask the man who has owned both. :) My...

True. Ask the man who has owned both. :) My PKN-10 was my all-time favorite road bike, but it simply was one size too tall and long for me, so I gave it to my son.
05-12-22, 04:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 375
Posted By John E

A local bicycling "force of nature" here in San...

A local bicycling "force of nature" here in San Diego was Gordy Shields, who lived to 95 partly because of his exercise regimen.

https://sdbikecoalition.org/event/gordy-shields-memorial-ride-6/
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05-12-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 302
Posted By John E

My father told me he didn't start to feel old...

My father told me he didn't start to feel old until I hit 50. (He was 71, my current age, at the time). He told me he really felt old 2-1/2 years later when my brother turned 50. :)

We celebrated...
05-12-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 478
Posted By John E

PKN-10s are great kiddie pullers. I liked the...

PKN-10s are great kiddie pullers. I liked the clearance for wider tires, something my Bianchi lacks.
...
05-12-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,176
Posted By John E

I prefer 28mm or wider, although I have to limit...

I prefer 28mm or wider, although I have to limit the Bianchi to about 26mm (28mm callout size Continentals).
05-12-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 821
Posted By John E

I have used toeclips since 1968 and have no plans...

I have used toeclips since 1968 and have no plans or desire to change. I keep them just loose enough to enable me to jerk either foot straight back and out when desired or needed.

What really...
05-11-22, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 478
Posted By John E

One cool feature of the 1980+ PKN-10s is LH...

One cool feature of the 1980+ PKN-10s is LH threaded (Swiss, later ISO) BB cups. Peugeot belatedly got it right (left? :) ).
05-11-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 478
Posted By John E

These are really nice, very versatile bikes. I...

These are really nice, very versatile bikes. I would not have given mine away to my son if it had been one size smaller. :(
05-11-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By John E

1) I have two sets of 5 bolts, spacers, and...

1) I have two sets of 5 bolts, spacers, and recessed nuts each for building single-BCD triples, such as the 50-47-44 / 144mm and 50-42-39 / 135mm I have used in the past. Would those work?

2) It...
05-10-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 502
Posted By John E

It's not very prominent, but every now and then...

It's not very prominent, but every now and then someone will comment on the "dueling scar" over my left cheekbone, the result of my only close encounter of the wrong kind with a motor vehicle while...
05-09-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 375
Posted By John E

At almost 72, I am a youngster by your standards,...

At almost 72, I am a youngster by your standards, but I agree, "We don't need no stinkin' motors." :)
05-09-22, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 178
Posted By John E

Yes! Also new low-friction, low-compression...

Yes! Also new low-friction, low-compression cables. My Bianchi came with Modolo sidepulls. I replaced the calipers with Campags., which worked about as well (poorly), but, for me, aero-style Shimano...
05-09-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By John E

Gotta love that literal fork crown. :)

Gotta love that literal fork crown. :)
05-08-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 221
Posted By John E

Definitely a mid-1980s mountain bike. That's all...

Definitely a mid-1980s mountain bike. That's all I have, since I am unfamiliar with the marque. (This website is a lifelong learning platform! :) )

Further research: The history of Schauff, from...
05-07-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 614
Posted By John E

This bike is not only a looker, but as you can...

This bike is not only a looker, but as you can guess from the relaxed old school "sport touring" geometry and the spaghetti stays, it is supremely comfortable.



That is precisely what I plan to...
05-07-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,041
Posted By John E

Wow -- some of your real collectors put me to...

Wow -- some of your real collectors put me to shame. :)

My list is easy:

#1 transportation/beater: Peugeot UO-8

#1-and-only mountain bike, beach cruiser, etc.: Schwinn KOM-10 (my only...
05-07-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 614
Posted By John E

People warned me of that when I did my one big...

People warned me of that when I did my one big splurge on a CyclArt repaint. The "new" (19 years old on a 60+ year old bike) paint job has not kept me from enjoying the bike, and it certainly gets a...
05-03-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 666
Posted By John E

My classic no-suspension mountain bike (see...

My classic no-suspension mountain bike (see signature) is all the "cruiser" I would ever want.
05-03-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 146
Posted By John E

Sorry -- I have only one data point (see...

Sorry -- I have only one data point (see signature). In the early 1960s, a leading "K" stood for 1962. That's all I have.
05-03-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 209
Posted By John E

Replace your brake pads with KoolStops and your...

Replace your brake pads with KoolStops and your brake cable housings with new low-compression, low-friction technology, and you'll be amazed how well your old brakes work. (Been there ... done that...
05-03-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 336
Posted By John E

I never thought I would need a 13, but it works...

I never thought I would need a 13, but it works well with a 45-42 / 13-15-17-20-23-26 half-step or my 46-38 / 13-15-17-19-22-25 1.5-step. With a 49 or 50T outer chainring, I am happy with a 14T high...
05-02-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,522
Posted By John E

The only time I did anything with Simplex...

The only time I did anything with Simplex Prestige was when I worked at a Peugeot-Nishiki dealership in the early 1970s. The AO-8s and UO-8s came through with various gear combinations, including...
05-02-22, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 404
Posted By John E

Circa 1968 one of my father's friends gave me a...

Circa 1968 one of my father's friends gave me a 26x1-3/8" wheel with a 14-16-18-20 cog block on a standard Sturmey-Archer AW hub. Independently, one of my friends gave me a 26x1-3/8" wheel with a...
04-30-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By John E

Happy birthday. We celebrated my mother-in-law's...

Happy birthday. We celebrated my mother-in-law's 97th today -- I didn't ask her to ride 97 miles. :)
04-29-22, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 335
Posted By John E

My PKN-10 had only the French 3 tubes renforces...

My PKN-10 had only the French 3 tubes renforces sticker on the frame. There were visible seams on the backs of the fork blades, but at least no faux 531 stickers.
04-29-22, 09:10 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,522
Posted By John E

I have converted my 2x5 UO-8 to 2x6 (superb...

I have converted my 2x5 UO-8 to 2x6 (superb 45-42/13-15-17-20-23-26 half-step), using a Shimano "ultra-width" freewheel, because with half step, or even 1.5 step, I don't get both the range and tight...
04-29-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 450
Posted By John E

Mine broke in the aluminum casting surrounding...

Mine broke in the aluminum casting surrounding the hole for the pin.
04-28-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,181
Posted By John E

Interesting -- thank you for sharing. I was 58...

Interesting -- thank you for sharing. I was 58 years old, and I started seeing lightning flashes in the upper left corner of my field of vision, followed by floaters. Two days later (Monday morning)...
04-28-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By John E

... and we use the term "lightweight" lightly in...

... and we use the term "lightweight" lightly in the case of a Varsinental ... :)
04-28-22, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 403
Posted By John E

Better still, consider upgrading to aluminum...

Better still, consider upgrading to aluminum cranks, using a BB shell adaptor. After aluminum rims, this is the best upgrade you can make to a "VarsiNental."
04-28-22, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 335
Posted By John E

1976 PR-10 -- very nice machine. I loved my 1980...

1976 PR-10 -- very nice machine. I loved my 1980 PKN-10 (PR-10 successor), but it is one size too big (too long in the top tube and too tall in the seat tube) for me and a much better fit for my...
04-26-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 842
Posted By John E

I guess he doesn't floss his chainring teeth. :)

I guess he doesn't floss his chainring teeth. :)
04-26-22, 03:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 242
Posted By John E

Assuming your bearings, cones, and freewheel...

Assuming your bearings, cones, and freewheel threads are in good shape, just replace the rims and spokes and keep the hubs. This is what I have always done.
04-25-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 874
Posted By John E

I have a frame-fit pump on each of my bicycles,...

I have a frame-fit pump on each of my bicycles, which solves one storage problem.
04-24-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,181
Posted By John E

That's why doctors practice medicine. :) I...

That's why doctors practice medicine. :)

I am very interested in this thread because my -7 diopter myopia puts me at increased risk of retinal detachment, because of the elongation of the...
04-24-22, 12:16 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 2,985
Posted By John E

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

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/whole_frame_31e9e6a2181343703a7c128d744a2f4b7fa7454d.jpg
All stripped down and ready to rebuild. 1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse...
04-22-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 371
Posted By John E

I am glad you chose traditional cross-laced...

I am glad you chose traditional cross-laced spokes and high-flange hubs, which look right with that frame (or any frame, for that matter), while providing unbeatable, proven reliability.
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