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08-01-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 382
Posted By John E

I have all of my bikes set up for friction shift,...

I have all of my bikes set up for friction shift, including my mountain bike's 3x8 setup with the earlier-style SunTour Accushift levers, which provide a true friction mode, unlike the...
07-31-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 639
Posted By John E

My 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, now my son's kiddie...

My 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, now my son's kiddie puller, takes up to 700Cx35 tires. This was one of its more endearing features, and I would have kept it if it had been one size smaller....
07-30-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 948
Posted By John E

When I lived in west Los Angeles, with its...

When I lived in west Los Angeles, with its well-connected grid of side streets, I always mapped out my rides in advance to minimize time on the fastest, busiest boulevards. Here in north coastal San...
07-30-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 948
Posted By John E

That is a common problem everywhere. Sacrifice...

That is a common problem everywhere. Sacrifice quality of life on the altar of the Urban Growth Machine, see how many people you can cram in to a given city or neighborhood.
07-30-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 212
Posted By John E

That's why they call it a Jubilee. :)

That's why they call it a Jubilee. :)
07-30-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By John E

I hated the single hand position on my mountain...

I hated the single hand position on my mountain bike, and I spend more time on the extensions than on the main grips. I would not be without them! As a side bonus, thanks to my 4-finger...
07-27-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,046
Posted By John E

I currently try to do at least four rides per...

I currently try to do at least four rides per week, each 10 to 20 miles in length, with a couple of decent hill climbs.
07-27-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 418
Posted By John E

Is that a homebrew granny ring? Nice!

Is that a homebrew granny ring? Nice!
07-27-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 124
Posted By John E

50-42-30 should work fine. At one point I...

50-42-30 should work fine. At one point I considered a racing T for the Bianchi, and that is the ringset I was going to cobble together for it, since I currently run a 1.5-step: 50-42 /...
07-27-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,515
Posted By John E

I can vouch for early 1970s Peugeot AO8, UO8,...

I can vouch for early 1970s Peugeot AO8, UO8, UO18, UE8, UE18 being great general purpose road bikes. The frames are much better than the components, so most of these can benefit from Japanese...
07-25-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 430
Posted By John E

Every bike I own is either half-step, 1.5-step,...

Every bike I own is either half-step, 1.5-step, or 1.5-step-plus-granny. In the mid 1970s I built my wife a 1.5-step 10-speed setup with a "megarange" type bailout large cog. I had bought a used TA...
07-24-21, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By John E

Bonus points for the wide tires and for having an...

Bonus points for the wide tires and for having an Austrian bike. :) I really like it.
07-24-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,407
Posted By John E

So you do not think motorists should be held...

So you do not think motorists should be held accountable when they drive drunk, drugged, stoned, distracted, or otherwise recklessly?
07-23-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 813
Posted By John E

It's those high nighttime lows that bother me the...

It's those high nighttime lows that bother me the most.
07-22-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,407
Posted By John E

There is far too much of this going on. We need...

There is far too much of this going on. We need greater accountability for errant motorists.
07-22-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 322
Posted By John E

Yup -- the lower pressure is the key.

Yup -- the lower pressure is the key.
07-21-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 556
Posted By John E

I am a diehard toeclips and straps fan. I keep...

I am a diehard toeclips and straps fan. I keep the straps just barely loose enough to enable me to yank my feet out. My favorite shoes right now are Giro Rumbles, although they work much better with...
07-21-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 400
Posted By John E

Ask me again after I do a chain replacement on...

Ask me again after I do a chain replacement on the mountain bike this weekend. I seem to recall needing 3 additional links the last time I re-chained it, which caught me completely by surprise.
07-21-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 636
Posted By John E

I draw the "original" line at gearing, because I...

I draw the "original" line at gearing, because I have rarely kept the original gear ratios on any bike I have ever purchased. When we sold PA-10s, PR-10s, an PX-10s at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership,...
07-20-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 314
Posted By John E

I just use a pair of plastic-coated P-clamps,...

I just use a pair of plastic-coated P-clamps, taking advantage of the chain hanging peg to prevent slippage.
07-18-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By John E

Assuming a long-enough chain, if small-small...

Assuming a long-enough chain, if small-small works much better than large-large check your driveline alignment. With a 2x6, the chainrings should align with the third and fourth cogs. To bring them...
07-18-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 807
Posted By John E

That is very similar to my solution when I...

That is very similar to my solution when I adapted my Schwinn TwinStik stem levers to work with a SunTour VGT. I was building the Peugeot from scratch for my wife, and the Schwinn lever didn't have...
07-17-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 948
Posted By John E

There are cycling facilities that enhance safety...

There are cycling facilities that enhance safety and there are others that increase hazards at intersections and driveways. One of the biggest drawbacks of most bike lanes is that they discourage (or...
07-17-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 823
Posted By John E

If you don't mind the "modern" or...

If you don't mind the "modern" or "period-incorrect" appearance of aero levers, I do appreciate the 10-15% increase in leverage they afford.
07-16-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 701
Posted By John E

This forum is always an education -- I had never...

This forum is always an education -- I had never heard of a Walton bicycle until today. Looks good to me.
07-16-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By John E

I really should get off my arse and order...

I really should get off my arse and order Weinmann-compatible KoolStop pads. I love my regular KoolStops, but yours just look right.
07-16-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 823
Posted By John E

I use either good old Weinmann Vainqueur 999 or...

I use either good old Weinmann Vainqueur 999 or Shimano aero levers, because the reach on most other levers, particularly Modolos, Campagnolos, or Mafacs, is just a bit too long to enable me to grab...
07-16-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 368
Posted By John E

Many of us are in that situation. Some of us stop...

Many of us are in that situation. Some of us stop accumulating, others thin the herd periodically, others don't care and just keep going. :)...
07-16-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 363
Posted By John E

Here is my 1970 UO-8. When I originally built it...

Here is my 1970 UO-8. When I originally built it for my wife from a bare frame, I chiseled off the right side downtube shifter mount and installed the cable stop. When she wanted a mountain bike...
07-14-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,292
Posted By John E

Yup -- my only American bike has Japanese tubing,...

Yup -- my only American bike has Japanese tubing, brakes, and driveline, English saddle, American brake pads, and Team USA red-white-and-blue paint job.
07-14-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,292
Posted By John E

Austrian bikes

Austria, yes! Having owned four Capos, I seem to have a small bias toward Austrian bikes. :) I am glad to have finally acquired a high-quality British bike, as well
07-13-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By John E

I like a 7 percent ratio progression myself. I...

I like a 7 percent ratio progression myself. I run 45-42 / 13-15-17-20-23-26 on the Peugeot, and would add a 30 and a 34 for a 2x8 system. I am a big fan of either half-step or 1.5-step, such as...
07-13-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 493
Posted By John E

How about white brake cable housing?

How about white brake cable housing?
07-11-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,259
Posted By John E

I lost my best bike ride destination when Tuna...

I lost my best bike ride destination when Tuna Canyon Rd. in the Malibu hills was converted from two-way to one-way downhill only. :( This happened long after I left Los Angeles in 1981 for...
07-11-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By John E

I can't help you on the "Schwinn Approved" label...

I can't help you on the "Schwinn Approved" label question, but 610 front / 750 rear was pretty standard Weinmann brake caliper sizing on a wide range of frames, particularly British, American,...
07-11-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By John E

Not good for cars. :)

Not good for cars. :)
07-11-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 504
Posted By John E

I paid $5 for a Brooks Pro that had been used for...

I paid $5 for a Brooks Pro that had been used for one week, until the first owner gave up on trying to break it in. It is tired and worn now, but I did get almost 50k miles out of it.
07-11-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 256
Posted By John E

I have two littermate Capo Siegers. I have not...

I have two littermate Capo Siegers. I have not heard of anyone else using "Sieger" ("Winner" in English).
07-11-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By John E

I am with you all the way regarding the color....

I am with you all the way regarding the color. Schwinn did have some great paint and color selections in the 1960s and 1970s.
07-11-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By John E

If it were mine to build stock, the one change I...

If it were mine to build stock, the one change I would make would be a 6-speed freewheel, probably "ultra" spaced to fit the 120mm dropout spacing, with the crucial missing 20T cog. I never...
07-11-21, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By John E

My Bianchi came with Modolos, which are very...

My Bianchi came with Modolos, which are very similar to the Campags, but I substituted Shimano aeros because, in my hands, their shorter reach and greater leverage facilitate safer, faster panic...
07-11-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,167
Posted By John E

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann Vainqueur...

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpull brakes, which I have on all of my road bikes except the Bianchi. Its Campagnolo sidepulls are OK, but underserving of hype and adulation....
07-10-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 392
Posted By John E

I have two sets of five long bolts each from when...

I have two sets of five long bolts each from when I ran 49-46-43 / 13-16-19-23-26 third-step on a 144mm BCD Sugino crank. Worked like a champ with SunTour Cyclone derailleurs (short cage in back).
07-08-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 10,228
Posted By John E

Makes sense to me. Either a 1960 model built in...

Makes sense to me. Either a 1960 model built in 1959 or they skipped I in their letter sequence.

My Bianchi's 1.M serial number is from 1981, but it fits the 1982 model description, except for...
07-08-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 769
Posted By John E

On my road bikes I use nothing taller than 50/14...

On my road bikes I use nothing taller than 50/14 or 46/13 (96 gear-inches). I do have a 46/12 (100 gear-inches) on my mountain bike. The latter will get me to 35mph at 120 RPM on the cranks, which is...
07-08-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 10,228
Posted By John E

As a fellow F-S owner, I am following your saga...

As a fellow F-S owner, I am following your saga with interest. My S/N starts with K, which denotes 1962. Your H would be 1959 only if they used I and J in the letter sequence. Many manufacturers...
07-06-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,259
Posted By John E

... and get caught in a time warp, as in the...

... and get caught in a time warp, as in the Sandra Bullock / Keanu Reeves movie about another lake house.
07-06-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 175
Posted By John E

I figured T-Mar would know, if anyone would. This...

I figured T-Mar would know, if anyone would. This C&V forum continues to be an education for me.
07-06-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By John E

I loved that "neutral" between 2nd and 3rd when I...

I loved that "neutral" between 2nd and 3rd when I had a Sturmey-Archer AWC, since it had a coaster brake which otherwise made it difficult to position the pedals for a fast and efficient launch from...
07-06-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 633
Posted By John E

Particularly on a bike with a rear rack, I often...

Particularly on a bike with a rear rack, I often put my leg over the top tube.
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