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12-23-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 212
Posted By microcord

An unusual Miyata Professional

A machine labelled as a Miyata Professional, advertised as a replica of a trike ridden in 1914 by the boy who'd grow up to be emperor Shōwa:
...
12-19-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,818
Posted By microcord

12 March: I rode my newly assembled Ken Ryall...

12 March: I rode my newly assembled Ken Ryall from home (near sea level) to the top of Kazahari pass (1146 metres) and back home again, for a total of 185 km. Not my biggest ride of the year, but my...
12-05-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 432
Views: 59,345
Posted By microcord

nlerner Oh yes, I see...

nlerner Oh yes, I see (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-sales/1183697-fs-1960-ken-ryall-british-made-frameset-plus-headset.html).

I really hope that it went to an appreciative home.
12-05-22, 05:57 PM
Replies: 432
Views: 59,345
Posted By microcord

Looking forward to seeing that Ken Ryall frame...

Looking forward to seeing that Ken Ryall frame built up and on the road!

(It's wet and miserable here, but soon it should be sunny again and I hope to go out for a ride on my own Ken.)
10-31-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,391
Posted By microcord

One thing to beware of is how handlebars are...

One thing to beware of is how handlebars are measured. It may well be from the centre of one end to the centre of the other end, but it could instead be from the likely position of one hood to the...
10-11-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By microcord

Either the Dura-ace RD says "105" (to match the...

Either the Dura-ace RD says "105" (to match the crankset) or my eyesight is deteriorating.



In my part of the world, groupset match is expensive, in time, money or both. It might look odd if...
05-20-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Oh I do appreciate it, despite its shortcomings....

Oh I do appreciate it, despite its shortcomings. It and I have been on some memorable adventures. (Shibu pass (https://biketourjapan.com/cycling-shibu-pass-2172m/), for one.)
05-20-22, 12:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

I've got one myself and I do like the ride,...

I've got one myself and I do like the ride, what's left of the periwinkle blue colour, and the ample clearance for 28 mm tyres.

I'm not competent to judge the craftsmanship; but I'm mightily...
05-09-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,044
Posted By microcord

It's a hodge-podge of parts expertly assembled...

It's a hodge-podge of parts expertly assembled (i.e. by a pro, not me) just four months ago. The frame is branded Ken Ryall (the suburban London retailer), and also, "Legere" (no, not "Légère"), I...
05-08-22, 03:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By microcord

Don't worry about the ranking; let's see all 47!

Don't worry about the ranking; let's see all 47!
05-07-22, 02:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,044
Posted By microcord

I took it for a little (27 km) ride this...

I took it for a little (27 km) ride this afternoon. (And a slow one, as I quickly discovered that I was wearing too much.)

Smooth! The front brake works symmetrically. (I don't say "flawlessly" --...
05-06-22, 01:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,044
Posted By microcord

Done! I squeezed the scotchbrite (or...

Done!

I squeezed the scotchbrite (or scotchbrite knock-off) side of a sponge around the boss, hard, and swivelled. Again and again. And again (etc). The boss (which had looked pretty good to start...
05-05-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,044
Posted By microcord

Many thanks to you all for the comments you made...

Many thanks to you all for the comments you made (while I was enjoying a deep sleep after a demanding ride on a much newer bike).



Point taken about any attempt to thin a bushing. (And it...
04-10-22, 02:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By microcord

Concours d'élégance reptilienne : Zunow

I'm not the seller, I don't know the seller, and it's not my size. But I think I'm in love. Or if not love, then some scaly substance.
...
04-08-22, 01:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,044
Posted By microcord

Mafac "Racer" off-centre-pull

The pair of Mafac "Racer" centre-pulls on my bike do their job tolerably well. I don't sense that stopping has deteriorated during the circa 1000 km of use. But recently the front right pad has...
03-18-22, 06:14 AM
Replies: 20,018
Views: 2,533,048
Posted By microcord

Weekends are for hilly rides; weekdays are for...

Weekends are for hilly rides; weekdays are for lazy flat rides. Yesterday I went upriver to the only "cyclists' shrine" I've heard of:
...
02-20-22, 02:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By microcord

I'd love to join your proposed ride, jjhabbs ;...

I'd love to join your proposed ride, jjhabbs ; but in such company I might be ashamed of my mixed-up, plebeian bike (not to mention my C+V ignorance), and far more decisively I only join rides that...
02-19-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,379
Posted By microcord

As the happy rider of a bike with a British frame...

As the happy rider of a bike with a British frame built in 1961 that's now equipped with a cotterless crank, aluminum components and '70s/'80s Suntour gearing, I can recommend this approach (while...
02-12-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,564
Views: 187,735
Posted By microcord

Now that I'm wider awake, I notice that last...

Now that I'm wider awake, I notice that last night's gimping (https://www.gimp.org/) was even cruder than I'd feared, with the "curves" mangled for just one rectangle within the larger rectangle. Oh...
02-12-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 1,564
Views: 187,735
Posted By microcord

What's a thread like this without a "bike in...

What's a thread like this without a "bike in front, Mt Fuji somewhere in the background" shot?
...
02-08-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 432
Views: 59,345
Posted By microcord

1961 Ken Ryall

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x1101/p2096201gs_6600a4c393b0f151501cc85c596b773d79b2f174.jpg
(The rivets are 55 mm apart.)
...
12-27-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 8,029
Views: 904,840
Posted By microcord

A copy of H H England, Cycling Manual, 24th...

A copy of H H England, Cycling Manual, 24th edition (London: Temple Press, 1960)

...
12-09-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,244
Posted By microcord

As I look through this thread, I suddenly feel...

As I look through this thread, I suddenly feel short.

My own inadequacy aside, I'm thrilled to see this:



If the "Tweed Run (https://www.tweedrun.com/)" ever makes it to your part of the...
12-08-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,842
Posted By microcord

Well done! Just one thing: the stem of the red...

Well done! Just one thing: the stem of the red bike is raised very high. Quoting Sheldon Brown: "Most stems have a 'minimum insertion' mark that shows how high they may safely be set. If you can see...
Replies: 42
Views: 1,779
Posted By microcord

Note "people buy"; not "everyone buys" or even...

Note "people buy"; not "everyone buys" or even "most people buy". It means "a significant number of people buy": I'd be amazed if this weren't true of every affluent nation, and don't see why the US...
10-20-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,308
Posted By microcord

Panasonic is of course a vast company. I've no...

Panasonic is of course a vast company. I've no idea about the status within it of the order/custom-made sporty bikes sector. (Imaginably, very secure. Imaginably, surviving only because of its...
10-14-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,308
Posted By microcord

Hello from Japan, which is where this frame/bike...

Hello from Japan, which is where this frame/bike is marketed. I suppose you could call it a knock off of a classic frame; but then perhaps you could call a CF Specialized a knock off of a CF Trek, or...
10-12-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,308
Posted By microcord

That's one frame among many in the "Panasonic...

That's one frame among many in the "Panasonic Order System". The customer can choose among many options and color schemes. 148,500 yen (including tax) for the frame; less than double that for the...
08-13-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,974
Posted By microcord

If I possessed one of these, I'd want to use it...

If I possessed one of these, I'd want to use it for (among others) solo rides. If I then wanted to make a quick stop at a loo or convenience store, I'd want to lock it to an immovable object. What...
06-14-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By microcord

. . . and with a "Safety Data Sheet" that goes on...

. . . and with a "Safety Data Sheet" that goes on for nine sheets. Truly a bulk item!

Perhaps there's a niche market for tiny, refillable puffers that can easily be carried around, together with...
03-10-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,394
Posted By microcord

Old myths die hard. You might be interested in: ...

Old myths die hard. You might be interested in:

Frame flex (http://web.archive.org/web/20100330185641/bikethink.com/Frameflex.htm)
What is 'planing'?...
03-09-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,394
Posted By microcord

As Insidious C has suggested, if your legs are...

As Insidious C has suggested, if your legs are ever straight, your saddle is too high.

On saddle height: this video. (Other videos in Francis Cade's series "Bike Fit Tuesday" are also excellent.)...
01-14-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,710
Posted By microcord

If $3K is all it costs, then it costs less than...

If $3K is all it costs, then it costs less than do a lot of bikes with CF frames and shouty logos.

I'm glad that there's a wide array of expensive bikes for middle-aged [insert your least favorite...
01-08-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,340
Posted By microcord

See this learned disquisition...

See this learned disquisition (http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2014_02_24_archive.html) from 2014.
10-07-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,130
Posted By microcord

Itinerant, in recent years (till '19), there have...

Itinerant, in recent years (till '19), there have been two bike "flea markets" in western Tokyo, both held either on the same day or a week apart, in April and October. If I remember right, neither...
10-04-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,130
Posted By microcord

It's already cool. While you're waiting for your...

It's already cool. While you're waiting for your bikes, take a train from Haijima to Musashi Itsuka-ichi. That's where the fun starts. You can rent bikes at Urayama Base...
09-24-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,640
Posted By microcord

I'd remove the extra brake levers and the...

I'd remove the extra brake levers and the kickstand. Whether you should get a rear rack or a different crankset depends on the topography, the climate, your ambitions and likely accommodation, your...
09-17-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,130
Posted By microcord

Yes, Corsa Corsa is the place to go if you are...

Yes, Corsa Corsa is the place to go if you are very rich and besotted with prominent Italian brand names. But if you aren't, you're more likely to enjoy a visit to Tempra (http://templug.jugem.jp/),...
09-01-20, 12:33 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,045
Posted By microcord

Say what you will about disk brakes, etc; that...

Say what you will about disk brakes, etc; that TdF Cannondale (let alone the grey one) is finished a lot less tackily than is my circa-30-year-old Cinelli "mens sana", whose frame had the goofy Latin...
08-27-20, 02:36 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,708
Posted By microcord

The foam rubber tubes that lazy people like...

The foam rubber tubes that lazy people like myself used as a pretty decent substitute for bar tape. (Time for a come-back?)
07-16-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,678
Posted By microcord

I'm holding out for Sturmy Daniels' finest.

I'm holding out for Sturmy Daniels' finest.
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By microcord

Curiously, Muratori is both an Italian surname...

Curiously, Muratori is both an Italian surname (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muratori) and a Japanese one. The latter is written [redacted under duress] and is unusual.

Oh FFS. The software tells...
05-18-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 935
Posted By microcord

In your place, I wouldn't. When you ask...

In your place, I wouldn't.

When you ask whether you "should" update the bike, I wonder if you're worried about something. As long as 1993 technology is working well (and it very likely is),...
04-22-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,998
Posted By microcord

Depending on how deeply the Wayback Machine...

Depending on how deeply the Wayback Machine burrowed into (pre-catastrophe) My Ten Speeds, one should be able to recreate much/most/all of that website on one's hard drive using wget...
04-22-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,998
Posted By microcord

Way, wayback

Is there much wrong with the Wayback Machine scrape of 9 May 2019 (http://web.archive.org/web/20190509053836/http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpeeds_1/FREE_SITE_1/FREE_SITE_INTRODUCTION.htm)?
02-11-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,056
Posted By microcord

Here in Tokyo it was cold the day before...

Here in Tokyo it was cold the day before yesterday, but I went for a little Tokyo ride (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31913806) all the same.

This was the first time I'd been up to Tossaka pass...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,242
Posted By microcord

If your knowledge of bikes is very limited (and...

If your knowledge of bikes is very limited (and very likely even if it isn't), that's a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a bike. Generations of cyclists were perfectly able to stop well using...
07-24-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,545
Posted By microcord

MKS "Sylvan Touring Next": comfortable,...

MKS "Sylvan Touring Next": comfortable, sufficiently grippy in the wet, extraordinarily low friction.
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