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01-22-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 173
Posted By randyjawa

That bike would definitely fall into a...

That bike would definitely fall into a collectable bicycle. Were I the one buying it, I would want it to be as original as possible, meaning sell it exactly as it is right now. Don't clean it and...
01-22-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 685
Posted By randyjawa

I subscribe to the old saying that "there are no...

I subscribe to the old saying that "there are no stupid questions" although that saying came into being before the introduction of trollism. Anyway...

We were all newbies once and newbies have to...
01-22-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 597
Posted By randyjawa

A few years ago, I would have been surprised that...

A few years ago, I would have been surprised that I had repeated myself. Sadly (or not), these days with an old and worn out memory, I am not surprised at all. Sorry for the doubling up.
01-22-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 119
Posted By randyjawa

If I were at my lake cottage, I would put one in...

If I were at my lake cottage, I would put one in the mail for you right away. Sadly,, for both of us, the cottage is snowed in and I cannot get there at the moment. Winter in Canada - pooey stinko!
01-22-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 597
Posted By randyjawa

The Saint Tropaze I showed has been relisted many...

The Saint Tropaze I showed has been relisted many times over several years. I am not positive but the first time it was listed at approximately $250 US, a price I thought to be way too high at the...
01-21-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By randyjawa

I owned a Grand Jubilee also and, though I did...

I owned a Grand Jubilee also and, though I did not have them to compare at the same time, I recall the Grand Record offered a nicer ride quality, although I rode the Grand Jubiilee a lot more simply...
01-21-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,409
Posted By randyjawa

Great looking Olmo! Every so often I get a bike...

Great looking Olmo! Every so often I get a bike that is truly impressive and feel much the same as the OP must feel. After years of finding great bikes, I have finally settled on a few that did,...
01-21-22, 05:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By randyjawa

If it fits and the price is good, get it. My...

If it fits and the price is good, get it. My Motobecane Grand Record was one of the prettiest and best riding bikes that I have ever owned (and I have owned a few). My Motobe Grand Record......
01-21-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 597
Posted By randyjawa

Ebay and the Long Haul...

For several years now, perhaps more than several, this bike has been offered for sale or auction. I am not sure why it sticks in my mind, but it does and got me to wondering if any other long offered...
01-21-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By randyjawa

Falcon..? ...

Falcon..?
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01-21-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 685
Posted By randyjawa

Two definite possibilities - old grease in hubs...

Two definite possibilities - old grease in hubs and bottom bracket or tire rubbing on frame somewhere (probably the chain stay).
01-20-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 722
Posted By randyjawa

I have sanded both steering stems and seat posts,...

I have sanded both steering stems and seat posts, knowing that doing so destroys the original nature of the piece. But the result worked just fine. That said, resale value is absolutely...
01-20-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 316
Posted By randyjawa

This sort of thing is not at all unusual and can...

This sort of thing is not at all unusual and can be found on low to high end bikes. I doubt that I would offer a refund or take the bike back as it is typical manufacturing flaw and not after use...
01-16-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 646
Posted By randyjawa

After trying sew-ups. I totally agree with this. ...

After trying sew-ups. I totally agree with this. I do have one bike left, fitted with sew-ups but I ride it rarely and only on the best of roads. Sew-up flats are just TOO expensive to replace, in...
01-16-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By randyjawa

If anyone is interested and decides to buy this...

If anyone is interested and decides to buy this single rim, I have an orphan also, to complete a set.
01-16-22, 06:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 733
Posted By randyjawa

It is, indeed, difficult to determine the price...

It is, indeed, difficult to determine the price for vintage items. I would like to know how the OP came up with the $2,700.00 number, if he or she is willing to say.
Replies: 10
Views: 297
Posted By randyjawa

UO8 and more a seventies vintage than eighties,...

UO8 and more a seventies vintage than eighties, in my opinion. As it sits I doubt that I would offer $50.00 for the bike. It, for me, would be a flipper as it is way to big. Cleaned up, serviced,...
01-14-22, 10:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 924
Posted By randyjawa

Though it would ruin the threads on the cross...

Though it would ruin the threads on the cross threaded cup, I would try to fit a 12" pipe wrench on the protruding threaded section and remove the cup. Might not be enough to grab, but that would be...
01-12-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 495
Posted By randyjawa

Though they reek of vintage appeal, wingnuts are...

Though they reek of vintage appeal, wingnuts are a poor way to mount a wheel. I have then on my recently built Torpado (have used them before and did not like them) but only temporarily. I will be...
01-11-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 596
Posted By randyjawa

You already have the Brifters and that is a great...

You already have the Brifters and that is a great start...
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You will...
01-11-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,661
Posted By randyjawa

Simply put, unless you start with a bike in...

Simply put, unless you start with a bike in exceptionally good shape and fitted with all of the original components, chances are the cost to restore will be very high. This recently acquired Trek...
01-10-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,276
Posted By randyjawa

I would not trust that stem for a single ride. ...

I would not trust that stem for a single ride. If it fails, utterly, and it will, your handlebar will become darn near useless. Get rid of the stem and get a new another one - they are not that...
01-09-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 428
Posted By randyjawa

I have built lots of wheel sets and I agree 100%...

I have built lots of wheel sets and I agree 100% with the above comment. Used stainless steel spokes = OK if in good shape. Used/rebuilt hubs = OK. Used bent rims, not a chance. Even less than...
01-07-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,037
Posted By randyjawa

Entry level seamed tubing Torpado with entry...

Entry level seamed tubing Torpado with entry level components and steel rims. Given to me by a good friend for free. It was fun to street restore and I actually do like riding it......
01-06-22, 01:28 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,289
Posted By randyjawa

I used to be a bike hoarder......

I used to be a bike hoarder......
01-05-22, 01:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By randyjawa

A racing saddle with bag loops? Not too sure...

A racing saddle with bag loops? Not too sure about the "racing" part of the description. My best guess, as mentioned by Chombi1 is Brooks B17 and that, in my mind, is not a racing saddle but it...
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By randyjawa

We need to know the size of the bike, the...

We need to know the size of the bike, the condition of the bike, where it is located and then those things must be coupled with marketing skills of the seller. Pictures would be a great help in...
01-03-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 425
Posted By randyjawa

Install thorn resistant inner tubes, pump them to...

Install thorn resistant inner tubes, pump them to prescribed pressure and forget about them for years. They do not bleed air like the flimsy inner tubes commonly fitted to vintage road bikes...
12-30-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By randyjawa

If they are as good as the Mafac Racer brake...

If they are as good as the Mafac Racer brake calipers, then they are pretty darn good and certainly worth using for a period correct bike. Lots of people think poorly of the Mafac brake calipers, but...
12-27-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 941
Posted By randyjawa

"I am so tempted to replace all the foil decals....

"I am so tempted to replace all the foil decals. They just look grubby and drag to look down but I’m fearful of losing the vintage accent."

Make no mistake about it. Once you start replacing...
12-26-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 941
Posted By randyjawa

The black bar tape, top down, was installed that...

The black bar tape, top down, was installed that way since I had end plugs that inserted into the handlebar, thus securing the running end of the tape......
12-25-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 941
Posted By randyjawa

Unless the bicycle's cosmetics are really...

Unless the bicycle's cosmetics are really challenged, new tape will not necessarily drag the look down. Also, I have little like or respect for smooth slippery handle bar tape, such as that presented...
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By randyjawa

I did a bit of looking around on the internet and...

I did a bit of looking around on the internet and this Torpado Professional (https://steel-vintage.com/torpado-professional-early-1970s-sports-bike-detail) showed up. It is a later model than mine,...
Replies: 4
Views: 465
Posted By randyjawa

I have a sixties something Torpado Professional....

I have a sixties something Torpado Professional. I know for sure that it is a Pro because the seat tube decal identifies it as a Professional......
12-24-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,882
Posted By randyjawa

In post #30 I failed to address the notion of...

In post #30 I failed to address the notion of "collector". At one time I was a collector having as many as eighty bikes in my collection at one time. I could not keep them all properly maintained...
12-24-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,882
Posted By randyjawa

For me. the most fun is finding (I actually...

For me. the most fun is finding (I actually worked to perfect my methods for finding and, to date, have found over 500) a nice old vintage road bike like this 100% original and, pretty much, mint...
12-24-21, 04:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By randyjawa

Marinoni bikes are truly impressive machines,...

Marinoni bikes are truly impressive machines, Great look coupled with excellent workmanship and superb ride quality. My present Marinoni is the best feeling/riding bike that I have ever owned. The...
12-20-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 736
Posted By randyjawa

I picked this home made grinder up at a yard sale...

I picked this home made grinder up at a yard sale one day for a very small cost......
12-20-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By randyjawa

That Peugeot I pictured is "as found" at the...

That Peugeot I pictured is "as found" at the dump, believe it or not. "As found" it did not have a saddle. The next day, however, at the dump I found another Peugeot with the saddle pictured,...
12-20-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,092
Posted By randyjawa

Post number mentions that stainless steel spokes,...

Post number mentions that stainless steel spokes, butted ones and of good quality, are expensive. That is so true and the spokes on my Rabeneick set me back $151 and change. I almost messed my...
12-20-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By randyjawa

I did go to my Camp (see post #8) and I have very...

I did go to my Camp (see post #8) and I have very similar levers but not the ones picture. Mine have small round holes rather than bigger slots in them. Sorry to get your hopes up.
12-20-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 465
Posted By randyjawa

I know that Camp is the Northwestern Ontario name...

I know that Camp is the Northwestern Ontario name for my summer home, however; I am originally from Alberta where camp involves tents and the like. I have never been comfortable calling my summer...
12-19-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 992
Posted By randyjawa

Remember that waiting includes a powerful emotion...

Remember that waiting includes a powerful emotion = hope. It is part of the fun, in my opinion.
12-19-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By randyjawa

Because the bike does not have chrome fork socks,...

Because the bike does not have chrome fork socks, I would suggest that it is a UO6, not a UO8. This is a UO8 that I found at the dump many years ago. It now lives in Australia......
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By randyjawa

Trek 1000 - 100% Original and Near Mint...

What value would you place on this lovely original, right down to the original Trek water bottle, and extremely good condition Trek 1000. The rims braking surfaces show little or even no wear. The...
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By randyjawa

If you are not driving there now, you are...

If you are not driving there now, you are probably too late.
12-17-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,024
Posted By randyjawa

You might get a bang out of this... ...

You might get a bang out of this...
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12-17-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,092
Posted By randyjawa

When using plated spokes again, I clean them with...

When using plated spokes again, I clean them with aluminum foil first. This does a pretty good job of cleaning and smoothing. old spokes. I have used used stainless spokes many times and had very...
12-15-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,214
Posted By randyjawa

1/2" drive 15mm socket ground down to clear the...

1/2" drive 15mm socket ground down to clear the crank threads will work or 3/8" drive 15mm socket as is will fit also.
12-15-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,709
Posted By randyjawa

I hated this color combination but has it ever...

I hated this color combination but has it ever grown on me. I can honestly say that, of the few or many color fades that I have owned, this has to be my favorite......
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