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10-25-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 303
Posted By verktyg

Late 1950's Early 60's Reg Harris Frame

Reg Harris was a name familiar amongst the cognoscenti up into the early 70's. I remember seeing accessories here in the US with his name on them. They were probably sourced through Ron Kitching in...
10-24-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 129
Posted By verktyg

UK Version Motobecane Super Champion

Bike is a 1974-75 UK Super Champion model equivalent to the US Grand Jubile bikes.

The 3 main tubes are butted Reynolds 531 tubing, the forks and stays are light gauge Motobecane carbon steel. The...
Replies: 8
Views: 168
Posted By verktyg

The upper photo of the blue modified mixte style...

The upper photo of the blue modified mixte style bike appears to be a mid 1970's European model with 650b tires. The silver bike is a later model probably from the early 1980's.

There are several...
10-24-21, 01:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 264
Posted By verktyg

Reinventing the Wheel?

Getting a seatpost machined to fit a frame is sort of like reinventing the wheel without fixing the flat tire! :innocent:

As I mentioned above the most important part of the operation after...
10-23-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 264
Posted By verktyg

Guesses, Guesses, Guesses

Being snarky but there are tons of info on this subject including many posts that I wrote over the past 16 years.

1. VintageSteelEU "I started thinking about getting a replacement of some sort,...
10-22-21, 03:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By verktyg

ARGH! During the Bike Boom Fad era from the...

ARGH!

During the Bike Boom Fad era from the late 60's to the early 70's, the buzz word was 10 SPEED RACING BIKE!

Back then bikes were still considered to be "KIDS TOYS"!

Anything with 2...
10-22-21, 02:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By verktyg

Old French Reynolds 531 Decals

au contraire...

In the early 70's the 531 characters on many French language Reynolds 531 decals were a pale gray green color. Back then I thought that they were faded but I started seeing those...
10-21-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 249
Posted By verktyg

Cable Thickness & Clamp Screw

:thumb:

Those late generation Sachs Huret ECO rear derailleurs were cheaply made stamped steel copies of the original Chalenger RDs that came out in 1973. I suspect that the threads that the screw...
10-21-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By verktyg

Ratchet & Retrofriction Shift Levers

Really great link, thanks for posting it.

My suggestion to the OP sincos was to clean and lube the levers before attempting to take them apart.

1st year medical school meme: When you hear hoof...
10-21-21, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By verktyg

sincos "Any particular things to watch for...

sincos

"Any particular things to watch for when taking it apart (it seems to be designed to discourage taking it apart.)"

DON'T

Ne touche pas!!!

Si ce n'est pas cassé - ne le répare...
10-21-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 868
Posted By verktyg

HURET 1977 Type Dropouts

That's a Huret 1977 Type Dropout with an industry standard Campagnolo style derailleur hanger. The derailleur is a Spidel badged Simplex SLJ 5500 CP/SP with a 30T Max freewheel sprocket size.
...
10-20-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,041
Posted By verktyg

Cribari - The Gentle Journey

Cribari - The Gentile Journey - AKA "CRYBABY"

Posters like this where pasted on bus stops and buses all over NYC back in the late 60's. Note the picture of the Zig Zag Man leaning up against the...
10-19-21, 12:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,041
Posted By verktyg

French and Italian Wines

One of my favorite wine posters - the French celebration of the Italian wine harvest...
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10-18-21, 02:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,041
Posted By verktyg

Zinfandel

For Shame... For Shame!

May your hills grow steeper and head winds stronger for that comment!

Wash your mouth out with some Zinfandel

Zinfandel - the true California Wine! "Oh Lord, stuck in...
10-17-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,041
Posted By verktyg

Alcohol Comsumption And Riding

In the realm of marketing, advertising and to a degree politics, there is no such thing as bad publicity. :troll:

Alcohol dehydrates the body. I used to avoid anything more than a beer or glass of...
10-17-21, 02:48 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,725
Posted By verktyg

Celeste Puch

The price was right but did I need another bike that would have been similar to the 2 Bianchis I already had. A rose by any other name...

The stickers on the Puch bikes shown in this thread say...
10-16-21, 11:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,603
Posted By verktyg

"You people are so superstitious... I don't know...

"You people are so superstitious... I don't know why you people seem to think this is magic. It's just this little chromium switch here." (Reference to the previous posts from this Zombie thread)
...
10-16-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,041
Posted By verktyg

Ripple - Cheap "Bum Wines"

Bum Wines or Wino Wines... 13% to 20% ABV fortified, sweetened, sometimes flavored "wines".

Ripple while only 11% ABV was a fruit flavored carbonated beverage reputed to be made of grapes. Because...
10-16-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 285
Posted By verktyg

Mafac Vertical Rear Caliper Mount Ref 478E

The part that you are looking for is Ref 478E. They were used with Mafac RAID, RACER and "S" model brakes on bikes with fenders. The ones that I saw were on French Mixte model bikes like Gitanes and...
10-15-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By verktyg

What Do I think? - Addendum

As I mentioned in my previous post, Hostellers were uncommon, especially so in our area with any bikes that came with fenders - not much rain in the Southwest. The early Hostellers, also Gitane...
10-14-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By verktyg

What Do I think? Not Much... ;-)

It's about a 1969-1971 Gitane Hosteller in almost mint condition, even the plastic bar tape looks original. Unfortunately it's photographed from the WRONG side.

"A picture is worth a thousand...
10-14-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,725
Posted By verktyg

Puch Branded Bianchi

Beautiful find! :thumb:

A number of years back Peter Rich formerly of VeloSports in Bizerkeley, CA had a similar NOS Puch on display but it was Celeste not white. I don't remember the tubing or...
10-13-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,460
Posted By verktyg

Columbus SL Tubing Set Weights

The published weights of tube sets were a bit of smoke and mirrors... Here's why:

1974 Spec Sheet from "DeLongs Guide To Bicycles And Bicycling". The weight for a set of Columbus SL tubes is...
10-13-21, 12:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,027
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh Professionals 1977 On

We took on the Raleigh line in 1977 because the local dealer was fading out of the picture and there were some loyal fans who wanted to buy Raleigh Pros and Team Pros. We also had a need for bikes in...
10-12-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,027
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh Pro Colors

In 1969 Raleigh introduced their Professional model (Mk I) in white with the black/redish/orangish seat tube stripes used by the German Ruberg team that rode those colours. Raleigh used that colour...
10-12-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,373
Posted By verktyg

Pig In A Poke???

IMLTHO that's a lot of money for a bare production frame. ...and can you explain "+ extra for painting" ? :foo:

$1630 for the frame and shipping + taxes which could include duty and other fees...
10-12-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,027
Posted By verktyg

1974 Raleigh Pro Specs Plus 1977 Pro

jjhabbs

In reference to some questions and comments in your video (well done BTW)... Here's the 1974 Catalogue Spec Sheet. The 1974 Pro was listed with a 13-26T 6 speed Maillard Freewheel but a...
10-11-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,027
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh Pro Seatpost Bolts

jjhabbs Slowride79 steelbikeguy

Spectacular bike :love:

The 1973 and 1974 Raleigh Catalogues show a Campagnolo seatpost bolt:
...
10-10-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 474
Posted By verktyg

1990 Mondial

Looks GREAT!

My tale of 2 bikes - sorry to digress but I'll tie this in below:

In 2007 in a pique of Celeste envy, I bought a like new 1988 Bianchi Giro on eBay. It had a last generation Campy...
10-09-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 434
Posted By verktyg

Answers To All Yer Questions

To all...

As they used to say in the sarcastic old rec.bicycles.tech news group.... "GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND" :lol:

Kidding aside, you may be more likely to find BF solutions via a Google search...
10-09-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By verktyg

Simplex Questions And Answers

Please read ALL of my posts in this thread (verktyg):

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/995774-simplex-slj-6600-real-life-capacity.html?styleid=8

WHATEVER YOU DO - DON'T... Don't touch...
10-09-21, 01:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 382
Posted By verktyg

Chains Catching

You mean like this... I did this on all of the frames that I built plus many bikes that I worked on, both customers and later my own.
...
10-08-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 382
Posted By verktyg

Somewhat Standard Rear Hub Dimensions

Attached are 2 charts from Suntour's Freewheel Technical Flyer. The first shows hub dimensions for 120mm axles and the second for 126mm.

Note: these figures should be considered accurate...
10-08-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 382
Posted By verktyg

General information: Campagnolo RECORD hubs...

General information:

Campagnolo RECORD hubs were part of the NUOVO RECORD and SUPER RECORD gruppos. There were never any NUOVO RECORD hubs.

There were briefly some SUPER RECORD vaporware hubs...
10-08-21, 03:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By verktyg

Bolt Swap - Recessed To Nutted

Yes indeed! :thumb:

I had an NOS set of IRD/Tektro recessed mount dual pivot brakes sitting around. I gave my doctor one of my classic touring bikes that had old Mafac brakes. I wanted to make...
10-08-21, 02:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By verktyg

Frame Sizes

How I'm judging the frame size: the space between the top and bottom head tube lugs and the rainbow band on the Gitane head badge sticker.

54cm 1972 Super Corsa
...
10-07-21, 11:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By verktyg

1972-73 TdF Frame

Frame is drop dead gorgeous. It's the prettiest Gitane frame from that era I've ever seen.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news but... really great paint and chrome but Gitane never used that color...
10-06-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By verktyg

Senrab62 Geoff, Short reach brakes...

Senrab62

Geoff,

Short reach brakes became the fashion in the 80's as 18mm - 20mm tires became De rigueur for "racing" road bikes. About the same time most brake calipers were shifting from...
10-06-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,710
Posted By verktyg

The Future Is Now!

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verktyg :50:
10-05-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,710
Posted By verktyg

Handsome Is As Handsome Does

Campagnolo Valentino Rear Derailleurs
Handsome Is As Handsome Does
Not only are they uber UGLY - they don't work for spa***tura!!!
...
10-04-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 492
Posted By verktyg

USAZorro Lancaster Co. was further east... ...

USAZorro

Lancaster Co. was further east...

When I was young in the 1950's we frequently visited with family friends in Centre County, PA - Rebersburg, Belle Fonte, Centre Hall. My mother's...
10-04-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 406
Posted By verktyg

Chrome Plating Cracking

:thumb:

There are several different types of chrome plating that can be used on a bike frame:

Triple plating is superior in most applications. It's not 3 layers of chrome but an initial layer...
10-04-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By verktyg

roccobike "The ebay bike has chromed Campy...

roccobike

"The ebay bike has chromed Campy dropouts"

Those are COLUMBUS stamped dropouts. ;)

verktyg :50:
10-03-21, 01:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 806
Posted By verktyg

randyjawa I was looking for that photo to go...

randyjawa I was looking for that photo to go along with my "I smell a rat" comment above....

verktyg :50:
10-01-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 806
Posted By verktyg

Jack In The Beanstalk

I was going to say "I smell a rat" but my 1st thought was of Jack And The Beanstalk... (and the magic beans)....

This is all getting pretty far afield of C&V bicycles but maybe this will tie bikes...
10-01-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By verktyg

1964 Bridgestone Randonneur

My first 10 speed. I bought this Bridgestone in Japan in 1964. It came with Weinmann CP brakes, Huret derailleurs and a Wright leather saddle. Weight ~28 lbs as equipped so it must have had a very...
09-30-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh 555 Tubing

Good link James...

As T-Mar pointed out in his post, in the early 70's there were several bicycle books that tried to explain tubing including the cryptic Reynolds decals:

531 Straight Gauge 3...
09-30-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By verktyg

Too Many Bikes ????

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09-30-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 969
Posted By verktyg

Custom Built Frame

Frame looks a little cobby for a custom builder of note???

Time Trial and Criterium frames were very popular in the UK up into the late 70's, early 80's. Those types of frames had very short wheel...
09-28-21, 02:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 814
Posted By verktyg

Saving Weight With Less Chainring Bolts

"Hey watch this" "Hold my beer"

I've always carried spare TA chainring bolts - both the bolts for mounting the large ring to the crankarm and the ones for the smaller rings to the large one. They...
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