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12-02-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 171
Posted By rustystrings61

I ran MKS Sylvan track pedals with Christophe...

I ran MKS Sylvan track pedals with Christophe clips and ALE straps for many years; I still have a set on my favorite fixer-gear beater.
12-01-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,034
Posted By rustystrings61

Okay, I'll play. Sentimental favorite -...

Okay, I'll play.

Sentimental favorite - either a bike you truly desired when younger, or one you have lots of history with. This is mine, a 1976 Puch Royal X that my father bought for me in 1978,...
11-30-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 695
Posted By rustystrings61

Thank you, MauriceMoss , because this one was...

Thank you, MauriceMoss , because this one was driving me NUTS. The non-Fischer sand-cast BB and the pinned/peened/dimpled chainstay sockets, coupled with the serial number location and the serial...
11-30-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,619
Posted By rustystrings61

Tumbleweed! I remember them! I don't remember...

Tumbleweed! I remember them! I don't remember what I bought at their shop, but I DO remember they had the first vintage rod-brake 28-in wheel Raleigh I had ever seen. They were in a funky old...
11-21-22, 02:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,201
Posted By rustystrings61

I think 551st of 1971, but I have never looked at...

I think 551st of 1971, but I have never looked at my Mercian's steerer to be honest. On bottom brackets the builder number is usually stamped on another line. I'll try to remember to look closer at...
11-21-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,201
Posted By rustystrings61

As cool as the Mercian Vincitore looks, it will...

As cool as the Mercian Vincitore looks, it will ride even better. Here's mine, built by Derek Land in 2002 and delivered in January, 2003. It's easily got the most miles of any bike I've ever owned -...
11-14-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 508
Posted By rustystrings61

Ain't it the truth! Even the simple Surly Dingle...

Ain't it the truth! Even the simple Surly Dingle is now extinct, which is a drag - it's the heart of my favorite multi-surface fixed gear! Surly tells me there are none in their warehouse and they...
11-11-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 577
Posted By rustystrings61

I see Bocama 18 lugs and I KNOW I've seen that...

I see Bocama 18 lugs and I KNOW I've seen that particular swaged seat stay end before and it kills me I can't pull up the manufacturer's name! I will frankly be shocked if it's not French - the...
11-04-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By rustystrings61

So then it would be the third bike built on April...

So then it would be the third bike built on April 12, 1971?

Interesting. I like decodeable serial numbers!

In 1977, Gibson went to a decodeable serial number system for their guitars, which...
11-04-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By rustystrings61

So - how do we interpret this number? The frame...

So - how do we interpret this number? The frame is a Gitane Tour de France from the foil sticker Mel Pinto era with long point Prugnat lugs and a curly Nervex Pro fork crown with swaged seat stay...
11-04-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,089
Posted By rustystrings61

I think Maitre Jacques fits the bill if we're not...

I think Maitre Jacques fits the bill if we're not too strict about it -

$50 for a c.1971 Gitane TdF frameset with stock Stronglight BB and P3 headset, with the top nut replaced with a Zeus unit....
11-04-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,040
Posted By rustystrings61

Shockingly clean and original! Pretty much a...

Shockingly clean and original! Pretty much a museum piece!
11-03-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By rustystrings61

I built my first fixed-gear in 1998 with a c.1958...

I built my first fixed-gear in 1998 with a c.1958 Raleigh Lenton Sport frameset, cottered cranks and a budget set of tubular wheels where I respaced the rear. I then did rolling upgrades involving...
11-01-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,858
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm just grateful that vintage bikes haven't...

I'm just grateful that vintage bikes haven't skyrocketed in price the way vintage guitars have. I saw the writing on the wall in the late 90s when I went to a Bee Three-sponsored guitar show in...
11-01-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,260
Posted By rustystrings61

42 cm works for me, and is pretty close to my...

42 cm works for me, and is pretty close to my actual shoulder width - I think it was Karen Rawls who had be back into a pair of handlebars at the Cirque one year and authoritatively said. "Yup, you...
10-31-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 28,536
Posted By rustystrings61

Just a quick update on Puch Royal X no. 5637702,...

Just a quick update on Puch Royal X no. 5637702, a 1976 one-year-only model in the U.S. The only catalog literature I've ever seen for this model was a fold-out with a poster on one side and...
10-31-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 785
Posted By rustystrings61

I swear, I think I saw this bike in 2006 or so at...

I swear, I think I saw this bike in 2006 or so at the Cirque du Cyclisme in Greensboro - if not, these are WONDERFUL bikes! GLWTS!
10-28-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 963
Posted By rustystrings61

Those are nominally 35 mm tires, but in actuality...

Those are nominally 35 mm tires, but in actuality they measure 1.33-inches, so 1 1/3-in or so. In other words, not too far off from the 27 x 1 1/4-in tires of my youth!
10-28-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 755
Posted By rustystrings61

The Centurion was built to be 126 mm, I suspect,...

The Centurion was built to be 126 mm, I suspect, and I would return it to that. I run Surly New Track hubs like that on my Mercian Vincitore (120 mm spaced rear) and my '73 Raleigh Competition (126...
10-28-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 432
Posted By rustystrings61

You have plenty of room to fit 3 mm spacers...

You have plenty of room to fit 3 mm spacers between the cones and the locknuts on the stock axles depicted. I would highly recommend that. FWIW, when I built up my '73 Raleigh Competition as a...
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By rustystrings61

I agree that it is a PX-10 built in 1972 - the...

I agree that it is a PX-10 built in 1972 - the classic earlier angles with plain Nervex DuBois lugs, painted black at the head lugs. Maybe EARLY '71, as the left side Simplex rear dropout has the...
10-26-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 960
Posted By rustystrings61

I had this c.1970 "transitional" given to me as a...

I had this c.1970 "transitional" given to me as a frameset in 2006. I say transitional because it had a foil headbadge decal with rivets in it - ...
10-26-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 963
Posted By rustystrings61

This is my 1973 Competition Mk. II, which I have...

This is my 1973 Competition Mk. II, which I have set up in mad-scientist, all-roads mode. The germane thing here is the cockpit setup - I wound up replacing the stem with a 10cm Nitto Technomic to...
10-26-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 960
Posted By rustystrings61

Twenty years ago on the old Classic Rendezvous...

Twenty years ago on the old Classic Rendezvous list I made myself crazy trying to figure out the PX-10 lug story. I think the first use of the plain Nervex DuBois lugs was 1972, combined with the...
10-26-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 893
Posted By rustystrings61

I have a 1988 Centurion LeMans in the magenta and...

I have a 1988 Centurion LeMans in the magenta and white two-tone fade finish with the N serial number mentioned above that is frequently attributed to Tano. I bought it for $35 last year during the...
10-21-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 14,878
Posted By rustystrings61

I sat and read through the entire thread and...

I sat and read through the entire thread and pondered. I've owned a Rivendell, meant to be an all-rounder-ish bike that in the end left me cold. I've got a custom Mercian Vincitore road fixed-gear...
10-10-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,022
Posted By rustystrings61

The OP's bike's seat stay caps don't look like a...

The OP's bike's seat stay caps don't look like a Raleigh to me, but maybe it's the angle. The lugs look like Bocama 30-somethings, as seen here (https://2velo.com/bocama-lugs-bcm-catalog/09-10/). ...
10-03-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,112
Posted By rustystrings61

If the plan is to re-use the stock parts, I would...

If the plan is to re-use the stock parts, I would just clean the fixed cup in place and reassemble with fresh grease and bearings.
09-29-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,112
Posted By rustystrings61

Here is probably your best bet to remove the...

Here is probably your best bet to remove the fixed cup - https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html

Scroll down to where the late St. Sheldon describes fixed-cup tools. I have successfully...
09-16-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 607
Posted By rustystrings61

Is that a Campagnolo Olympus rear derailleur? I...

Is that a Campagnolo Olympus rear derailleur? I ran one of those for several years on my old Rivendell, and it was a lovely bit of kit!

That is a stunning bike, and I'm in agreement about...
09-15-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 72,814
Views: 11,828,104
Posted By rustystrings61

62 cm Schwinn Peloton frameset in Greenwood, SC,...

62 cm Schwinn Peloton frameset in Greenwood, SC, $25...
09-15-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 72,814
Views: 11,828,104
Posted By rustystrings61

Lemond Zurich in Lexington SC, $200...

Lemond Zurich in Lexington SC, $200...
09-06-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 766
Posted By rustystrings61

I still kick myself - I had TWO of these in the...

I still kick myself - I had TWO of these in the original Stronglight paper wrapper, purchased new from Bicycle Classics c.1998 - one of them went in an excessive fit of generosity when I parted with...
08-26-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 670
Posted By rustystrings61

Sugino Mighty Comp was substitute standard for...

Sugino Mighty Comp was substitute standard for the TdF when Gitane couldn't get Stronglight 93s; so, for that matter, were Campagnolo Tipo large flange hubs when they couldn't get Normandy Luxe...
08-26-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,214
Posted By rustystrings61

That's because the Gran Sport in the '72 catalog...

That's because the Gran Sport in the '72 catalog wasn't really a Gran Sport. They used a photo of one of the 1971 variants of the Competition, which had two color schemes that never made it to the...
08-22-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,546
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm shocked to admit that for the first time in a...

I'm shocked to admit that for the first time in a long while, NONE of my bikes have five-speed freewheels! I know my '76 Puch came stock with a Regina Oro 14-22 that I had switched over to a 14-24,...
08-22-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 779
Posted By rustystrings61

Playing in the Clunker Challenges over the last...

Playing in the Clunker Challenges over the last few years has given me a new appreciation for Weinmann Vainquer 999 centerpulls, decent to better quality 27 x 1 1/4 tires at 70 psi, Normandy Sport...
08-18-22, 06:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,494
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm with Juvela - 1972, evidenced by the frame...

I'm with Juvela - 1972, evidenced by the frame angles and the plain Nervex DuBois lugs with the headlugs painted black. The Pletscher/ESGE rack was what was available back then, but they're hard on...
Replies: 16
Views: 431
Posted By rustystrings61

I would be ecstatic to find one in that size for...

I would be ecstatic to find one in that size for $100 around here. I foolishly parted with my c.1990 950 and have kicked myself for quite a while since. Ideal for dropped-bar conversion!
08-11-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 72,814
Views: 11,828,104
Posted By rustystrings61

1985 Peugeot PS-10 with Campagnolo Triomphe...

1985 Peugeot PS-10 with Campagnolo Triomphe cranks and derailleurs, Vitus 980, Modolo Speedy brakes, 58 cm, in North Augusta, SC - $130...
08-09-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 316
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: 1,923
Posted By rustystrings61

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/77eb216e_74b2_48e9_b9ba_7c55dec41608_1c2991d9d8529d4863c27033fe1afd421a2617d5.jpeg

Jackson Station...
08-08-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 916
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: 14,956
Views: 3,648,985
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, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 323
Posted By rustystrings61

Thank you for the reminder - I had been thinking...

Thank you for the reminder - I had been thinking about selling my Frankenbiked '86 ST400 I rode for last year's Clunker Challenge, but now I think I'll keep it and bide my time while slowly assembing...
08-08-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 992
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...
08-04-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 864
Posted By rustystrings61

Thanks for posting this! I had never really been...

Thanks for posting this! I had never really been aware of the UJ10, but the moment I saw the first photos I was intrigued. The lugs are Bocama model 14 type II, and they were used on a surprisingly...
07-28-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,017
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, ...
07-27-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 525
Posted By rustystrings61

What year is the USofC registration sticker? ...

What year is the USofC registration sticker?

One idea to kick in there - when I see 1970s (and I think this bike is from that time frame), hand-built bike frames and the University of South...
07-25-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
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...
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