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05-25-23, 04:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,640
Posted By El Chaba

Proteus Design

Proteus Design
05-22-23, 05:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,987
Posted By El Chaba

I got this Meral a little while back.It had been...

I got this Meral a little while back.It had been ridden, but well cared for, but many of the drivetrain parts were shot. It was perfect for my concept which was to rebuild it maintaining everything...
05-21-23, 01:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 555
Posted By El Chaba

This one is from the late 70s but it has an...

This one is from the late 70s but it has an updated drivetrain. I originally got this to ride with my then girlfriend who was about 100 lbs. It was very well behaved ( the tandem…not necessarily her)...
05-10-23, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 647
Posted By El Chaba

Maybe both….

Maybe both….
05-02-23, 11:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,247
Posted By El Chaba

I will echo the sentiment that Mafac brakes do...

I will echo the sentiment that Mafac brakes do not need additional stiffening when mounted on brazed on fittings. Whoever the first person was to take that approach - likely Rene Herse or Alex...
04-30-23, 12:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,247
Posted By El Chaba

I have to compliment your impeccable taste,...

I have to compliment your impeccable taste, Mark….I have never had any complaints about the stiffness of Mafacs on brazed on mounts, but the easy availability of these stiffeners may still tempt me...
04-21-23, 06:52 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,683
Posted By El Chaba

There were good rims and crappy rims in both the...

There were good rims and crappy rims in both the vintage and current eras. The Mavic rims at the middle and upper part of their range stand up well against anything made today and in many respects...
04-08-23, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,030
Posted By El Chaba

Oh no….Drillium Dude was one of my favorite...

Oh no….Drillium Dude was one of my favorite participants here….That is a huge loss….
04-06-23, 11:31 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,668
Posted By El Chaba

Very interesting. I recall him absolutely going...

Very interesting. I recall him absolutely going off on me a month or two after I joined the list for mentioning that I had purchased a brand new Super Record crankset in what I believed to be an...
03-28-23, 06:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,123
Posted By El Chaba

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I bought this DeRosa back in 1992 after wanting one...
03-25-23, 06:00 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,840
Posted By El Chaba

There is also a small but strong cottage industry...

There is also a small but strong cottage industry of builders and component makers in Japan producing items in the French tradition of randonneuring. That tradition started in the 1950s and was very...
03-25-23, 05:43 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,840
Posted By El Chaba

The idea of supporting a very traditional company...

The idea of supporting a very traditional company with a long standing reputation figured prominently in my decision to purchase an Alex Singer bicycle (delivered 12/21, but more or less planned for...
03-22-23, 05:14 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 5,954
Posted By El Chaba

I have never thought of myself as any sort of a...

I have never thought of myself as any sort of a bike snob. As a matter of fact, I could not give a damn about what any member of the uneducated, unwashed masses does…
03-22-23, 04:55 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 5,954
Posted By El Chaba

Don’t just get the g springs, get the spring...

Don’t just get the g springs, get the spring carrier as well. That is most often the part that wears/fails and they should be replaced together. I have a stash of 9/10 speed ergo parts as...
03-17-23, 08:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,365
Posted By El Chaba

I think that your problem may have been a...

I think that your problem may have been a one-off. I have a number of Regina America freewheels still in service today. As I mentioned in an earlier post, our team in that era was sponsored by Regina...
03-17-23, 08:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 645
Posted By El Chaba

Yes, I have ordered from Grand Bois on a number...

Yes, I have ordered from Grand Bois on a number of occasions. Great, quality products and when you receive your package take a moment to marvel at the care taken with the packaging.
03-17-23, 05:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,365
Posted By El Chaba

That is a really important point….That is by far...

That is a really important point….That is by far the greatest factor in cog wear has much less to do with the hardness of the cogs but much more to do with the condition of the chain. I am also a...
03-16-23, 12:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,365
Posted By El Chaba

I share the view that the metal used for the cogs...

I share the view that the metal used for the cogs in Regina and also Maillard freewheels was hard wearing. I always thought that the freewheel bodies of Shimano Dura Ace and Sun Tour Winner...
03-16-23, 12:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,365
Posted By El Chaba

I have a few (rambling) thoughts on the subject....

I have a few (rambling) thoughts on the subject. Back in the era, Regina chains did last the longest and by a fair margin, IME. They were also laterally rigid which made them better suited for...
03-16-23, 11:31 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,708
Posted By El Chaba

I think that would be about like trying to apply...

I think that would be about like trying to apply tubasti with a q-tip clenched between your teeth with both arms tied behind your back….
03-15-23, 05:44 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 39,897
Posted By El Chaba

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03-15-23, 06:33 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,708
Posted By El Chaba

I have a few other observations about shellacked...

I have a few other observations about shellacked bar tape. A simple, thin coat seems to do a great job at “tacking down” cloth tape. If you really want to make the tape job semi-permanent, you will...
03-14-23, 05:14 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,708
Posted By El Chaba

With shellac, when you need to add a new coat to...

With shellac, when you need to add a new coat to freshen things up from wear and tear, the new application solves into the previous layers and becomes one.
03-14-23, 04:41 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,708
Posted By El Chaba

Some bikes do call for shellac…or “French...

Some bikes do call for shellac…or “French polish”…

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03-11-23, 01:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 515
Posted By El Chaba

no, it was the reverse. The Ergopower levers were...

no, it was the reverse. The Ergopower levers were completely a Campagnolo product. There was some cooperation between the companies with Campagnolo supplying Sachs with Ergopower levers for use with...
03-11-23, 04:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By El Chaba

Yes, those marks are subtle. Perhaps that is why...

Yes, those marks are subtle. Perhaps that is why they went to the other ring as on the 8 speed model. I prefer the looks of the ring on yours, but I can find no other fault with something that has...
03-10-23, 08:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,884
Posted By El Chaba

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03-10-23, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By El Chaba

Here is the 8 speed version that appears to work...

Here is the 8 speed version that appears to work in the same way as the earlier models. I have nothing but good things to say about these shifters and the Sachs NewSuccess stuff in general. The front...
03-10-23, 01:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 305
Posted By El Chaba

I don’t know about earlier models, but my 8 speed...

I don’t know about earlier models, but my 8 speed levers have a friction mode.
03-10-23, 05:46 AM
Replies: 1,030
Views: 129,435
Posted By El Chaba

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03-09-23, 12:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,632
Posted By El Chaba

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As long as this thread has turned into one of general...
03-06-23, 02:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,884
Posted By El Chaba

Deltas maybe the most polarizing bicycle...

Deltas maybe the most polarizing bicycle component ever made. Their signature line reads, “ I never owned or used a set, but they didn’t stop well”
03-05-23, 05:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,884
Posted By El Chaba

One thing that is clear is that the guy who wrote...

One thing that is clear is that the guy who wrote the Retrogrouch blog post has never even been near a set of Delta brakes of any iteration.
03-04-23, 07:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 390
Posted By El Chaba

These were VERY a popular with racers in my area...

These were VERY a popular with racers in my area in the early to mid 1980s. Everybody that I knew who had one loved it. The fundamentals were so good if the finishing was not. They were stuck...
03-04-23, 01:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,027
Posted By El Chaba

Any method of gluing that achieves a good bond is...

Any method of gluing that achieves a good bond is okay. People make WAY too big a deal of it. Watch the link to the video of a Rabobank mechanic gluing a tubular. Note that there is no glue on the...
03-02-23, 06:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,867
Posted By El Chaba

The bicycle industry used to be dominated by...

The bicycle industry used to be dominated by small businesses that genuinely tried to make the best products possible to satisfy demand. As time progressed, many and then most of those small...
02-26-23, 05:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,365
Posted By El Chaba

I know that there is much more to a great riding...

I know that there is much more to a great riding bike than the tube set, but a couple of my best riding bikes happen to be built from Columbus SL. I think that I can tell the difference between SL...
02-01-23, 02:40 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 39,930
Posted By El Chaba

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1981 Peugeot Pro 10…..
02-01-23, 02:36 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 59,546
Posted By El Chaba

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Mino Denti Master Pro. The 8 speed parts have been...
02-01-23, 01:32 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 59,546
Posted By El Chaba

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1995 DeRosa Primato. My opinion may differ, but I...
02-01-23, 01:24 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 59,546
Posted By El Chaba

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1992 DeRosa Classico. This is the best riding bike...
01-31-23, 01:05 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 59,546
Posted By El Chaba

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01-21-23, 03:23 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,794
Posted By El Chaba

Here are a couple of photos from La Vuelta that I...

Here are a couple of photos from La Vuelta that I took a few years ago…Michelin and Specialized “clinchers” .
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01-20-23, 08:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 403
Posted By El Chaba

There is something very gratifying about the...

There is something very gratifying about the existence of French threaded Campy tool kits in the US all these years later…
01-17-23, 04:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 992
Posted By El Chaba

Some of the crap people get told by bike...

Some of the crap people get told by bike shops…..wow….
01-16-23, 07:38 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,794
Posted By El Chaba

I will follow up a bit more on what IAB...

I will follow up a bit more on what IAB wrote….Most of the classic tubular rims seem to be in the 20-22 mm range ( excepting track and time trial rims….eg. something like the Mavic CX18 @ 18 mm). As...
01-16-23, 09:02 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,794
Posted By El Chaba

Yes. (Although I ride many more miles on...

Yes. (Although I ride many more miles on tubulars) You can buy tires from Veloflex, Vitoria, Continental, Challenge and no doubt others that feature EXACTLY the same tread and and casing...
01-15-23, 02:45 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,794
Posted By El Chaba

I never use a new tubular as a spare…cheap or...

I never use a new tubular as a spare…cheap or otherwise. If you use a used tubular, it will already be stretched making a roadside change a bit easier. That is a pretty big dividend when you are on...
01-13-23, 05:32 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,794
Posted By El Chaba

Compared to a clincher of the same width, a...

Compared to a clincher of the same width, a QUALITY tubular will be more supple, handle better, be far more resistant to pinch flats, be far safer in the event of a flat at speed, and have lower...
01-06-23, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By El Chaba

I have a 1991 Gios Compact. So that was well...

I have a 1991 Gios Compact. So that was well before the split of the company, but after the de Vlaeminck era so mine has investment cast lugs like other Italian steel frames from that era. Also gone...
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