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08-09-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
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Posted By rustystrings61

I believe the Sirrus is a 1990 built in the 9th...

I believe the Sirrus is a 1990 built in the 9th or 10th week of the year, going by the serial number - thanks, TMar! In essence, it's an Allez with less durable paint and Shimano 105 instead of 600...
08-09-22, 06:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,655
Posted By rustystrings61

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08-08-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 746
Posted By rustystrings61

The beauty of the Raleigh Super Course (and its...

The beauty of the Raleigh Super Course (and its upscale siblings the Gran(d) Sport(s), Competition and International) is how adaptable they are, from relatively zippy road bikes to non-expeditionary...
08-08-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 14,798
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Posted By rustystrings61

The lugged '87-89 Sirrus is an amazing bike. My...

The lugged '87-89 Sirrus is an amazing bike. My red '88 rivals or excels any bike from any price range I've ever ridden. They're kinda like 60 cm Gitane TdFs from the Mel Pinto era, there is...
08-08-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 671
Posted By rustystrings61

My 1988 Centurion LeMans is marked "Made in...

My 1988 Centurion LeMans is marked "Made in Japan/Designed in the U.S.A." I bought it for $35 as a Clunker Challenge entry last year and fell in love with it. I know it's supposed to be a mid-level...
07-28-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,821
Posted By rustystrings61

Under the Vulture-Tree BY DAVID BOTTOMS...

Under the Vulture-Tree
BY DAVID BOTTOMS (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/david-bottoms)
We have all seen them circling pastures,
have looked up from the mouth of a barn, a pine clearing, ...
07-25-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 378
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm gonna say 1975 because of the Prugnat 62d...

I'm gonna say 1975 because of the Prugnat 62d lugs which are first pictured in that year. The Competition moved from Nervex Professional lugs in the earliest versions c.1969, then went to Bocama...
07-19-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By rustystrings61

Give them LOTS of penetrating oil and time first....

Give them LOTS of penetrating oil and time first. Voice of hard experience here.

I had the same frame - it's a 630, the 620 had rear brake cable stops brazed onto the right side of the top tube. ...
07-14-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 268,799
Posted By rustystrings61

I stumbled onto this thread and realized I never...

I stumbled onto this thread and realized I never posted a photo of the completed Raleigh Competition. I run 44/42T chainrings, a Surly 17/19T fixed Dingle cog and a White Industries 20/22T freewheel...
06-15-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 854
Views: 203,496
Posted By rustystrings61

Currently, I only have one Raleigh, this 1973...

Currently, I only have one Raleigh, this 1973 Competition built up as an all-roads bike - I've posted it elsewhere. Currently running 42/44T chainrings with a Surly 17/19T Dingle fixed cog and a...
06-14-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

The true end of the Clunker Challenge ...

Having completed my 100 km (115.8 km, actually), I managed to complete the final stage of the Clunker Challenge - sending the bike on. I swapped out the Vetta saddle for the Avenir that came on the...
06-12-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14,798
Views: 3,601,808
Posted By rustystrings61

The Stronglight model 93 is maybe my favorite...

The Stronglight model 93 is maybe my favorite crankset EVER - requires the proprietary 23.35 tool to pull it. Yours likely came off a Raleigh Gran Sport as it has the chainguard for an outer ring...
06-12-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 706
Posted By rustystrings61

This is my very favorite forum on the internet. ...

This is my very favorite forum on the internet. Iíve been a longtime member of another vintage bike forum, was in fact invited to join by its listmaster when he first created it - but for several...
06-12-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 58,421
Posted By rustystrings61

1st Single-Speed Sunday of 2022!

With the Clunker Challenge completed for the year, I thought it was time to return to the fixed-wheel. I pulled Maitre Jacques the ‘71 Gitane TdF from his pegs, pumped up the tires to 80 psi and set...
06-08-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,119
Posted By rustystrings61

When I got back into cycling after after not...

When I got back into cycling after after not riding for more than a decade, I stumbled onto Sheldon Brown's writings about fixed-gears and was intrigued. Then I read this article by Peter Moore...
06-06-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,666
Posted By rustystrings61

That looks a lot like the cheap West German...

That looks a lot like the cheap West German Kalkhoff (probably)10-speed that was my first drop bar bike.

My father went to the Ben Franklin's five and dime in Rocky Mount, Virginia in 1972 or...
05-31-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 13,784
Posted By rustystrings61

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1976 Puch Royal X my father bought for me in 1978 - my first 531...
Replies: 10
Views: 425
Posted By rustystrings61

Agreed that it's more likely an '89; somewhere...

Agreed that it's more likely an '89; somewhere near the end I think they switched to a unicrown fork. I have an '88, which is a wonderful riding bike, especially so since it is actually my size - on...
05-31-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 943
Posted By rustystrings61

My usual recommendation for a full 531DB Raleigh...

My usual recommendation for a full 531DB Raleigh is to gently run a brake cylinder hone down it, after making sure the top is the correct width. It should indeed be 27.2, and both of the '73...
05-31-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,010
Posted By rustystrings61

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The little Topeak spoke wrench has been a lifesaver...
05-30-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 5,117
Views: 547,314
Posted By rustystrings61

The bike is a 1992 Trek 820 I plan on building as...

The bike is a 1992 Trek 820 I plan on building as a single-speed beater; I have a 34T 110 bcd ring I was thinking of using, and even a 170mm Sugino drive crank, but Iíll need a 170 left crank and...
05-29-22, 09:53 PM
Replies: 70,539
Views: 11,543,222
Posted By rustystrings61

1982? Univega Gran Rally in Greenville, SC - $50

I think this is a 57cm 1982 Univega Gran Rally...
05-29-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 14,798
Views: 3,601,808
Posted By rustystrings61

The piston stem is off it, and if anyone desires...

The piston stem is off it, and if anyone desires it Iíll make them a GOOD deal!

I went to work on it today using parts from the bins. Itís sobering to realize that even though I havenít been...
05-29-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 889
Posted By rustystrings61

Thursday night I decided it was time to share The...

Thursday night I decided it was time to share The Holy Grail with my 13-year-old daughter. She thought the coconuts bit was hysterical.

Words fail to convey how funny she thought this was. ...
05-29-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,085
Posted By rustystrings61

This could have been a picture in Richardís...

This could have been a picture in Richardís Bicycle Book if they hadnít chosen to go with the lovely line drawings, to accompany the passage where he mentioned how bicycles won every race point to...
05-27-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 14,798
Views: 3,601,808
Posted By rustystrings61

Free!

I stopped by the LBS today, and in the course of chatting with the owner we stepped into the back room. I mentioned I was keeping my eyes open for an older rigid mountain bike - wait, is that an old...
05-24-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

I don't know if this is a Paramount - but I DO...

I don't know if this is a Paramount - but I DO think it came from Oscar Wastyn's shop. The link to the blue bike's history is here...
05-24-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 943
Posted By rustystrings61

Oh, I dunno about replacing the derailleur hanger...

Oh, I dunno about replacing the derailleur hanger - these make AWESOME all-road fixed-gear/single-speed mounts! Mine runs 42/44T chainrings with a 17/19T Surly Dingle fixed cog on one side of the...
05-24-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,278
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm inclined to say yes, 1963 - and the serial...

I'm inclined to say yes, 1963 - and the serial number falls between two bikes dated by date codes on hub lockrings, no. 179365 from 1961 and no. 190932 dated 1965. Put that together with the...
05-24-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

The "British Made" stamping on the BB shell -...

The "British Made" stamping on the BB shell - isn't that an indication of where the BB shell was made, more so than the origin of the complete bike? If it is an Oscar Wastyn-built frame, wouldn't he...
05-23-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

I was thinking more along the lines of this bike...

I was thinking more along the lines of this bike (http://classiccycleus.com/home/1930s-oscar-wastyn-special/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=1930s-oscar-wastyn-special).
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05-23-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

And if it is indeed a product of clan Wastyn,...

And if it is indeed a product of clan Wastyn, theresís another tie-in to Schwinn, since they built the earliest Paramounts.
05-23-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

Is this a Wastyn-built bike of some stripe? The...

Is this a Wastyn-built bike of some stripe? The lugs looks similar to the ones they used before switching to Nervex Professionals - maybe 40s? Are there points on the head lugs aimed at each other?
05-23-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,278
Posted By rustystrings61

Added to the Allegro database! Truly...

Added to the Allegro database!

Truly STUNNING example! Bocama 14 type II lugs, too! This may be the single best preserved Allegro I can recall seeing from this era! This is a truly lovely...
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By rustystrings61

Pre-1970 judging by the graphics and what appears...

Pre-1970 judging by the graphics and what appears to be a riveted metal headbadge. Those look like Prugnat lugs, too. These are NOT common. Nice catch!
05-15-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

Day 2

I know, a week has gone by - but life gets crazy sometimes!

I took advantage of the Sunday morning pause and traveled roads I normally avoid. Forty years ago these were all good roads to ride,...
05-12-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By rustystrings61

That is a replacement derailleur - Peugeot LOVED...

That is a replacement derailleur - Peugeot LOVED Simplex, and clung to tout Francaise parts for a looooong time. Simplex later built "Peugeot" labeled derailleurs, and Stronglight built "Peugeot"...
05-08-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 720
Posted By rustystrings61

A suitable companion piece would by Across France...

A suitable companion piece would by Across France in Wartime by Kuklos, aka W. Fitzwater Wray, British cyclist and author. Itís his 1916 account of riding from Brittany to the front line and sending...
05-07-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

Roadworthy!

In two bursts of misprioritized time I finished up the LeTour’s build. In the wee hours of the morning I installed the freewheel and the new/old IRC tires. I fitted the SunTour Blaze derailleurs and...
05-06-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

Progress!

I disassembled and cleaned and regreased the front hub. The cones have some pitting, but what's the Clunker Challenge without that? The rear is in much better nick and should roll nicely when I am...
05-02-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 70,539
Views: 11,543,222
Posted By rustystrings61

Those are AWESOME fixed and single-speed all-road...

Those are AWESOME fixed and single-speed all-road bikes - here's how mine turned out - this would be an ideal frame for this setup!
...
04-29-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

If memory serves, the Mirage was roughly...

If memory serves, the Mirage was roughly comparable to the Peugeot A-08 - non-QR version of Atom/Normandy/Maillard hubs, unbranded hi-ten tubing, surprisingly nice ride. I rode my first clunker...
04-29-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

The lugs are Bocama, and look like some variant...

The lugs are Bocama, and look like some variant of the Model 18 but with Type II sockets for the top and down tubes. The French LOVED the Huret Allvit derailleur ensemble, and I am told that if they...
04-26-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 70,539
Views: 11,543,222
Posted By rustystrings61

Tall early Trek model 536? near Macon, Georgia,...

Tall early Trek model 536? near Macon, Georgia, $100 (https://macon.craigslist.org/bik/d/macon-trek-bicycle/7471016820.html). Ishawata 022, Shimano 600 parts, and if it was an inch smaller ...
...
04-19-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,499
Posted By rustystrings61

I was a steel is real purist until on a lark for...

I was a steel is real purist until on a lark for last year's Clunker Challenge I acquired a battered '86 ST400 with a replacement steel fork and a hodge-podge/dog's breakfast parts mix. I repacked...
04-19-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

How far are you from Greenwood? I have a 23-in...

How far are you from Greenwood? I have a 23-in 1986 Univega Arrowpace that would go really cheap - as in, since I would swap out the saddle, it would be FREE.
...
04-14-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

I think if you choose this one for Clunker...

I think if you choose this one for Clunker Challenge duty, you should get style points for getting 100 km out of the original Delrin Simplex Prestige derailleur ensemble - and maybe bonus points if...
04-14-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 489
Views: 20,368
Posted By rustystrings61

Yay!!! Okay - so in the last days of Clunker...

Yay!!!

Okay - so in the last days of Clunker 100 Challenge COVID 2.0 edition #7 (https://www.bikeforums.net/22156530-post559.html) I bought this poor old 1989 Schwinn LeTour for $15 from a guy...
04-14-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By rustystrings61

That's funny - just a couple of days ago I had...

That's funny - just a couple of days ago I had reason to go to the rented storage unit, where the mothballed '89 Schwinn LeTour I bought for $15 at the tail end of last year's edition is waiting...
04-13-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,043
Posted By rustystrings61

All of the 531-tubed Austro-Daimlers and Puchs...

All of the 531-tubed Austro-Daimlers and Puchs are severely underrated, I think. When I finally recovered my long-lost Puch Royal X a few years back, I was thinking it was nice for nostalgia...
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