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09-23-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
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: 4
Views: 161
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: 269
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: 355
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: 269
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: 442
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: 425
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: 624
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: 256
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: 33
Views: 1,143
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: 373
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: 373
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: 1,977
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...
09-14-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By John E

You do have a history! :) You remind me of my...

You do have a history! :)
You remind me of my maternal grandparents, who knew each other as kids in a small mining town in western Colorado where both of my grandmother's parents and one of her...
09-14-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,977
Posted By John E

:) I married the right gal that same year...

:)

I married the right gal that same year (June 23, same date as two of her YWCA dorm roommates). She had just finished her 5th year (teaching credential) at UCLA, and I was one year into what...
09-14-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By John E

For me, that is the real test of frame quality --...

For me, that is the real test of frame quality -- does it have a butted moly steel main triangle? For a 28.6mm seat tube OD, you want to see a 27.2mm seat post ID.
09-14-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 996
Posted By John E

Warmup is indeed key. For me, every eastbound or...

Warmup is indeed key. For me, every eastbound or northbound ride starts with a hill climb. Southbound rides start with more than a mile of level ground, which facilitates a decent warmup. (I can't go...
09-13-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,401
Posted By John E

I have always been "coordination challenged," to...

I have always been "coordination challenged," to say the least. (Politically correct way of saying I'm a total klutz, devoid of natural athletic ability. My younger son is a natural athlete, and it...
09-13-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 609
Posted By John E

Nothing wrong with a UO-8 with aluminum cranks...

Nothing wrong with a UO-8 with aluminum cranks and rims and SunTour derailleurs. :)
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09-13-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By John E

My helmet is off to you -- nicely done. I faked...

My helmet is off to you -- nicely done. I faked it, myself :)
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09-13-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By John E

Nothing wrong with stamped dropouts. :) ...

Nothing wrong with stamped dropouts. :)

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All stripped down and ready to...
09-12-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 545
Posted By John E

Assuming you have a good bench-mounted vise, just...

Assuming you have a good bench-mounted vise, just get yourself a freewheel puller, a chain whip, and a freewheel vise. Find a less-worn replacement 14T cog on eBay. Problem solved. You can either get...
09-10-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,997
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that ... worked well. A prior...

Been there ... done that ... worked well. A prior owner of the 1959 Capo had replaced the original Agrati cottered crankset with Nervar Star, with the usual 52-42 ringset. Needing an 8-tooth drop for...
09-09-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By John E

https://tvquotes.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Sou...

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09-08-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By John E

"I'm back in the saddle again Out where a...

"I'm back in the saddle again
Out where a friend is a friend
Where the longhorn cattle feed
On the lowly gypsum weed
Back in the saddle again"
09-08-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,669
Posted By John E

I started working at Bikecology during my senior...

I started working at Bikecology during my senior year at UCLA (1972), and continued summers, winter breaks, Friday nights, and Saturdays for the next couple of years, as a grad student. "Big Al"...
09-08-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 764
Posted By John E

My knees are fine, but my mountain bike has...

My knees are fine, but my mountain bike has become my main ride, as well. I use the granny chainring more often than I care to admit :), and I like the variety of hand positions afforded by my bar...
09-06-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,272
Posted By John E

That's what either drills or small screwdrivers...

That's what either drills or small screwdrivers are for. I routinely separate spiders so that I can mix and match sprockets. I have been custom-gearing my bicycles for at least 50 years. My biggest...
09-04-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 501
Posted By John E

I haven't seen a Nishiki Road Compe in decades. I...

I haven't seen a Nishiki Road Compe in decades. I hope you do end up getting it.

Has this one been fully converted to a Campagnolo driveline, or just the gear change levers?
09-04-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 272
Posted By John E

I strongly favor helmet-mounted mirrors. I have...

I strongly favor helmet-mounted mirrors. I have been using a CycleAware mirror for more than 20 years and don't know how I ever lived without it.
...
09-02-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By John E

I have a RollerCam front brake, but a U-brake in...

I have a RollerCam front brake, but a U-brake in back, so no direct experience w/ the front-back difference.

However, for under-the-chainstay orientation, the brake arms/shoes cannot be allowed to...
08-26-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 752
Posted By John E

One first sets the inner limit position by...

One first sets the inner limit position by loosening the cage and moving it along the pushrod, then adjusts the outer limit screw. Same as Campag. Gran Sport.
08-25-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 738
Posted By John E

Starting in the late 1960s or so, yes. Prior to...

Starting in the late 1960s or so, yes. Prior to that, "It ain't necessarily so."

1960 top-of-the-line Capo Sieger -- stamped dropouts with U-shaped braze-on to provide thickness and stiffness. ...
08-25-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 738
Posted By John E

I favor integral derailleur hangers myself, but I...

I favor integral derailleur hangers myself, but I guess my 1962 full butted Reynolds 531 Carlton Franco Suisse does not qualify as "higher quality." :(...
08-24-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,340
Posted By John E

Yup -- I am jealous. My elder son pretty much...

Yup -- I am jealous. My elder son pretty much lost all of his in his early 30s. I warned my boys not to expect much, since both of their grandfathers went bald in their 20s. :)
08-24-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 445
Posted By John E

Both BB cups are definitely standard RH threaded....

Both BB cups are definitely standard RH threaded. Peugeot did not get it right (left) until ca. 1980 -- my PKN-10 surprised me by having a Swiss-threaded BB. You can try the bolt-and-washers fixed...
08-24-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 582
Posted By John E

Salmons provide more braking friction,...

Salmons provide more braking friction, particularly under wet conditions. They are softer and wear a bit faster, which is not a big deal.

The worst brake pads I ever head were black Shimanos. I...
08-24-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 826
Posted By John E

Nice machine -- those were very popular when I...

Nice machine -- those were very popular when I was at university. Is that a Nervar crankset with the same 128mm BCD as my aluminum Nervar Stars? I never did understand why Nervar had to make up their...
08-23-21, 07:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,681
Posted By John E

I knew I guy who did something similar. He...

I knew I guy who did something similar. He retired from a mechanical engineering job and opened his own automotive repair shop, which grew by word of mouth into a rather successful enterprise.
08-23-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,893
Posted By John E

I have tried minipumps, but I normally use a full...

I have tried minipumps, but I normally use a full size frame-fit pump. I have a Zefal Mtn pump on the Schwinn, a Blackburn on the UO-8, and Zefals on the other bikes....
08-21-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,681
Posted By John E

With an encore career in academia, I go "back to...

With an encore career in academia, I go "back to school" every September, although I usually teach summer school, as well. I teach upper division and graduate students, as well as my favorites,...
08-21-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By John E

What is the serial number? Mine (see signature)...

What is the serial number? Mine (see signature) wraps around the lug at the top of the seat tube. The lugs, front tire clearance, and lack of chrome resemble mine, which came with Ofmega cranks,...
08-21-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 680
Posted By John E

The SunTour VGT rear derailleur and the KuoKoto...

The SunTour VGT rear derailleur and the KuoKoto Pro Ace pedals were two of the best features of my 1971 American Eagle Semi-Pro, which I rode for 20 years until the bottom bracket shell broke at the...
08-21-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 445
Posted By John E

He always is. :) Wonderful asset to our...

He always is. :)
Wonderful asset to our community.
08-19-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By John E

I am wild-guessing Motobecane, because among...

I am wild-guessing Motobecane, because among French framebuilders, they were early adopters of SunTour derailleurs.
08-19-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 433
Posted By John E

Yup -- love the steel crank / SImplex adapter /...

Yup -- love the steel crank / SImplex adapter / aluminum rings look. :)


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08-19-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,872
Posted By John E

Pack the cage pivot chamber with grease as a rust...

Pack the cage pivot chamber with grease as a rust preventive.
08-19-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,872
Posted By John E

Except that Motobecane broadly adopted SunTour in...

Except that Motobecane broadly adopted SunTour in the 1970s.
08-18-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 546
Posted By John E

happy wife ==> happy life :)

happy wife ==> happy life :)
08-17-21, 04:49 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,045
Posted By John E

45/22 is a very tall bottom gear. If you can go...

45/22 is a very tall bottom gear. If you can go 13-26 in back, you can use a smaller outer chainring. I run 45-42 / 13-26 on my UO-8, but the 93 gear-inch top end may not be high enough for...
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