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08-11-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 558
Posted By John E

I am simply not interested in buying a new bike,...

I am simply not interested in buying a new bike, because I already have N+whatever classics that suit my needs beautifully.
08-11-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 558
Posted By John E

I do roads and multitrack, no technicals.

I do roads and multitrack, no technicals.
08-11-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 558
Posted By John E

I prefer 3X for mountain bikes and 2 or 3X for...

I prefer 3X for mountain bikes and 2 or 3X for road bikes.
08-10-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 531
Posted By John E

Bingo! I wear Giro Rumble shoes with most of...

Bingo!
I wear Giro Rumble shoes with most of the bikes, Diadoras with the Bianchi, because of shorter toeclips. I keep the straps just loose enough to let me jerk a foot out, as needed.
I really...
08-10-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,045
Posted By John E

You must be about my size. The bikes which fit me...

You must be about my size. The bikes which fit me best are the Bianchi, the Carlton, and the three Capos, all of which are 55cm C-T. The UO-8 is a 21-incher, but proportionally long in the top tube....
08-10-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 477
Posted By John E

Coincidentally, the first new bike I bought for...

Coincidentally, the first new bike I bought for my wife, almost 48 years ago, was a bare 21" UO-8 frame, which I custom built for her with my own "megarange" gearing, UO-18 style straight bars, TA...
08-09-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,696
Posted By John E

Concur. :) Beautiful PX-10, by the way. ...

Concur. :)
Beautiful PX-10, by the way.
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08-09-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 170
Posted By John E

I think I beat you to it. :) In the late 1960s...

I think I beat you to it. :)
In the late 1960s / early 1970s I played around with downtube levers at the ends of drop bars.
I think my favorite barcons are still the first-generation SunTour...
08-07-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 529
Posted By John E

I did manage to find a Celeste colored Bianchi...

I did manage to find a Celeste colored Bianchi water bottle ...
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Original equipment...
08-07-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 300
Posted By John E

Good point. It's a pretty trivial and inexpensive...

Good point. It's a pretty trivial and inexpensive repair, making this a "good problem to have." :)
Better a broken axle than a broken frame (I have broken two while riding, neither serious for me,...
08-07-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 300
Posted By John E

My Ofmega hubs had Campag. axles, and that is...

My Ofmega hubs had Campag. axles, and that is what broke. :(
08-07-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 529
Posted By John E

CapoForma, the clothing (and water bottle)...

CapoForma, the clothing (and water bottle) manufacturer has nothing to with Capo bicycles of Vienna, Austria, but I couldn't resist. :)...
08-07-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,345
Posted By John E

For me, top tube length is more important than...

For me, top tube length is more important than seat tube length. This is one reason I gave my 57cm C-T 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, which I otherwise really liked, to my elder son, who is 3" taller than me....
08-07-22, 09:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 300
Posted By John E

This is the classic rear axle snap site (been...

This is the classic rear axle snap site (been there ... done that on three occasions in the past, two with QR axles, one with a solid/nutted axle) and probably the biggest single argument in favor of...
08-07-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 756
Posted By John E

This has nothing to do with C&V purity, but I...

This has nothing to do with C&V purity, but I like the look, strength, tunability, and reliability of 32 or 36 spoke wheels with a traditional 3X pattern. (Make that 3X or 4X in the case of 36 or 40...
08-05-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 643
Posted By John E

Interesting comments about motorcycles. I tend to...

Interesting comments about motorcycles. I tend to agree and have never ridden one or had the desire to do so, but I also note that some of the faster eBikes today blur the line between bicycles and...
08-05-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,447
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that. Peugeot UO-8, 120 to...

Been there ... done that. Peugeot UO-8, 120 to 123 to take an ultra-6 Shimano freewheel -- works like a champ.

1959 Capo, 120 to 126 to take a standard-6 Regina America freewheel -- also works...
08-05-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 372
Posted By John E

I face the same issue with my most recent...

I face the same issue with my most recent acquisition, the 1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse, which surprised me by never having had a derailleur hanger. For starters I plan to use the SunTour VGT and claw...
08-05-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 246
Posted By John E

In 1974 I set up my wife's bike with 52-42 /...

In 1974 I set up my wife's bike with 52-42 / 16-18-21-24-32, to give her a bailout gear for our rides in the canyons and hills around west and central Los Angeles. I thought I invented "Megarange" or...
08-04-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 523
Posted By John E

First, note that some of the newer SunTour...

First, note that some of the newer SunTour barcons do not have a true friction mode. This was a huge disappointment for me. My best shot is to reverse them, putting the "rear" shifter in its...
08-04-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 151
Posted By John E

If you are happy with downtube shift, I would...

If you are happy with downtube shift, I would stand pat.
If you want barcons, any with genuine friction shift mode will work fine. I am partial to the good old SunTour ratchet barcons of the early...
08-01-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,057
Posted By John E

Aha -- the porta catena takes up the extra 4 mm....

Aha -- the porta catena takes up the extra 4 mm. I get the 130mm OLD w/ 6 speeds.
08-01-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 733
Posted By John E

I can't tell what shift levers you have, but I am...

I can't tell what shift levers you have, but I am very partial to good old-fashioned friction or truly friction-compatible thumbies on mountain bikes.
08-01-22, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 534
Posted By John E

I am not about to look a gift horse in its mouth...

I am not about to look a gift horse in its mouth or other part of its anatomy, but I need a 1982 Bianchi catalog. :)
07-29-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 223
Posted By John E

I have never met a SunTour derailleur I didn't...

I have never met a SunTour derailleur I didn't like.
07-27-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By John E

I just use the integrated one-piece KoolStop...

I just use the integrated one-piece KoolStop pads, which have a nice long profile for wet weather braking.
07-27-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
Posted By John E

Friction shift is the ONLY way to go for the...

Friction shift is the ONLY way to go for the front derailleur. (Or the rear, in my opinion.)
07-26-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 447
Posted By John E

To reduce the seat-in-the-eyes impact, I wear a...

To reduce the seat-in-the-eyes impact, I wear a Halo cap under my helmet.
07-24-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,926
Posted By John E

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

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1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse, my only "Brit bike," all stripped down and ready...
07-22-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 880
Posted By John E

Here is the detailed info, from the 1988 Schwinn...

Here is the detailed info, from the 1988 Schwinn ATB catalog. KOM-10 = complete bike in red, white, and blue. KOM-20 = identical frameset-only
...
07-22-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 651
Posted By John E

I thrive on hills -- always have. At 145lbs and...

I thrive on hills -- always have. At 145lbs and 5'8" I am neither big nor particularly strong, but I emphatically favor traditional wheel designs, with at least 32 spokes in a 3-cross pattern, for...
07-22-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 880
Posted By John E

Keeper, yes!!!! This is my grocery shopper, my...

Keeper, yes!!!! This is my grocery shopper, my patriotic holiday parader, my beach cruiser, my trailblazer, my all-rounder. I even bought it from a San Diego firefighter. :)...
07-22-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By John E

I like form and function. Some of the C&V...

I like form and function. Some of the C&V classics, including a few of my own, are a thing of beauty and a joy to ride.
07-22-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,128
Posted By John E

Does your definition of "proper tools" include...

Does your definition of "proper tools" include the Sheldon Brown nut-washers-and-bolt system?

When I took the 1959 Capo to CyclArt for a repaint, I needed help removing the fixed cup. Jim...
07-20-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,000
Posted By John E

Mason City (the "River City" prototype from...

Mason City (the "River City" prototype from Meredith "The Music Man" Willson's youth) is on my bucket list. :)
07-20-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,415
Posted By John E

I love half-step plus granny, also 1.5-step plus...

I love half-step plus granny, also 1.5-step plus granny, which is what I use on the mountain bike's 3x8 setup.
46-38-28 (I also have a 26 and a 24 -- the 24 requires a bit of finesse when shifting...
07-19-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By John E

That is one beautiful bike trail!

That is one beautiful bike trail!
07-19-22, 07:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,070
Posted By John E

Bowden Spacelander :)

Bowden Spacelander :)
07-18-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 441
Posted By John E

You can always try the Robert M. Pirsig trick of...

You can always try the Robert M. Pirsig trick of making a shim out of an aluminum beer can. :)
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
07-17-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 329
Posted By John E

I second the nomination of that one, but I have a...

I second the nomination of that one, but I have a known "thing" for Austrian bikes. :)
07-16-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,088
Posted By John E

"There's a factory model, the Evo, with a...

"There's a factory model, the Evo, with a Sturmey-Archer three-speed bottom bracket gearset."

I remember when those first came out, and I suggested a bracket-mounted transmission to their...
07-16-22, 02:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By John E

You hit the real secret, which is to use a...

You hit the real secret, which is to use a smaller outer chainring, which in turn facilitates lower gear ratios all the way down, even without maximum-capacity derailleurs. 46/13 = 50/14 = 96...
07-09-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 687
Posted By John E

The KoolStop tire jack, though mainly intended as...

The KoolStop tire jack, though mainly intended as an installation tool, can help with getting tire removal started.
07-09-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Posted By John E

I always hated, and never understood, the 18-23T...

I always hated, and never understood, the 18-23T gap in the Paramount freewheel. I happily run a 14-26 myself on the Bianchi, but it is a 6-speed with a much-used 20T cog, giving me a really good...
07-06-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,918
Posted By John E

Chacun a son gout. I recently started a...

Chacun a son gout.

I recently started a thread on my Bianchi -- gearing and brakes.
I now have Shimano aero brake levers (a conversion I did 15 years ago, since these fit my hands properly),...
07-05-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,086
Posted By John E

The combined knowledge base and expertise of this...

The combined knowledge base and expertise of this group is as impressive as its passion for C&V bikes. I cannot jump onto this forum without learning something.
07-05-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,011
Posted By John E

Particularly on a C&V update, you do not need a...

Particularly on a C&V update, you do not need a unified component group. I have always freely mixed and matched either to get what I wanted or to take advantage of what was available.

I recently...
07-02-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 587
Posted By John E

I was working at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership...

I was working at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership when those came out. I don't recall the Mafac brakes, but the cranks, shifters, derailleurs, decals, lugs, etc. do look very familiar. These were notably...
07-01-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,601
Posted By John E

1972 Double Century on my 1971 Nishiki...

1972 Double Century on my 1971 Nishiki Competition, back when it was not C&V. :)
07-01-22, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 259
Posted By John E

?? The 6 bolts of the 3-piece Simplex 3-to-6...

??
The 6 bolts of the 3-piece Simplex 3-to-6 adaptor are evenly spaced. Minimum chainring size = 45T. Riveted system hanging the inner ring on the outer, using the same 6-bolt BCD (1952-3 Capo...
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