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09-16-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 526
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: 71,595
Views: 11,658,418
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: 71,595
Views: 11,658,418
Posted By rustystrings61

Lemond Zurich in Lexington SC, $200...

Lemond Zurich in Lexington SC, $200...
09-06-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 746
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: 619
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: 6,089
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: 2,308
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: 703
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: 1,369
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: 384
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: 71,595
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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: 292
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: 1,795
Posted By rustystrings61

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08-08-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 860
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: 14,881
Views: 3,620,569
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: 272
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: 939
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: 784
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: 74
Views: 1,910
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: 510
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: 436
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: 375
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: 979
Views: 271,449
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...
07-12-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,526
Posted By rustystrings61

I wonder if Reynolds made a metric gauge steerer...

I wonder if Reynolds made a metric gauge steerer tube - all of the Gitane TdFs I've had were fitted with Nervor steerers. For that matter, my Swiss Allegro, with thinner-walled metric 531, also has...
07-05-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By rustystrings61

The Specialized Sirrus from that era is an...

The Specialized Sirrus from that era is an amazing bike, and I still marvel at how PERFECT the handling on my '88 truly is. That's a very cool modern build on a classic frame!
06-22-22, 05:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By rustystrings61

Major Taylor's autobiography was also reprinted...

Major Taylor's autobiography was also reprinted in the '70s in paperback with a yellow cover - I had a copy c.1975 or so and wish I knew what became of it.

I always thought he was one of the...
06-21-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By rustystrings61

Another possible option - Mavic Sport, a tubular...

Another possible option - Mavic Sport, a tubular rim but WITHOUT eyelets. I misremember which bike that passed through my hands had those - maybe a Raleigh Competition?
06-15-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 854
Views: 205,574
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...
06-15-22, 06:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 650
Posted By rustystrings61

Juvela's recommendation of SunTour VGT-Luxe is...

Juvela's recommendation of SunTour VGT-Luxe is EXACTLY what I did with my first Simplex-equipped bike, and the full ensemble with a SunTour freewheel cured what ailed a lot of nice bikes. I think...
06-14-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 21,588
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...
06-14-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,249
Posted By rustystrings61

I've ridden fixed on lots of local and club...

I've ridden fixed on lots of local and club rides, as well as several event rides through the years. I would steer clear of the hammerfest folks, but I do that anyway, whether on the cog or on...
06-13-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 650
Posted By rustystrings61

The Dawes Galaxy of this era is roughly...

The Dawes Galaxy of this era is roughly comparable to a Raleigh Super Course - plain gauge Reynolds 531 main tubes with unlabeled forks and stays. Many years ago the VCC's Dawes marque specialist...
06-12-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14,881
Views: 3,620,569
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: 717
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: 59,064
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: 6,564
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...
Replies: 19
Views: 4,816
Posted By rustystrings61

Raleigh built some very cool bikes; they also got...

Raleigh built some very cool bikes; they also got really sloppy at times, especially c.1973. That was the peak year of the boom, and all sorts of substandard stuff happened. It's also the year...
06-07-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 683
Posted By rustystrings61

Don't forget that much of the time you won't need...

Don't forget that much of the time you won't need to sand down a Nitto stem to fit a metric/French/Swiss steerer if you (a) run a brake cylinder hone down the inside of the steerer tube to remove any...
Replies: 19
Views: 4,816
Posted By rustystrings61

The Raleigh Competition frames with the sloping...

The Raleigh Competition frames with the sloping crown and the rapid-taper chainstays are chameleons. This one is in exquisite condition with almost all the stock bits, and should be preserved as...
06-06-22, 10:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 973
Posted By rustystrings61

I've been running 700x28 Paselas on a couple of...

I've been running 700x28 Paselas on a couple of bikes for eight years or so now, primarily on my fixed-gears. Those get ridden over all sorts of surfaces without issue. They have been my favorite...
06-06-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,736
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...
06-03-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 21,588
Posted By rustystrings61

Clunker Challenge No. 8 Conclusion

I needed 9/10 of a mile to complete my 100 km for the challenge - but that was barely worth pumping up the tires. I wound up taking a relatively leisurely ramble over roads I traveled 40 years ago,...
06-01-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 494
Views: 21,588
Posted By rustystrings61

I've never had a PA-10, but I've had a PR-10 and...

I've never had a PA-10, but I've had a PR-10 and multiple PX-10s. I am interested in seeing how yours turns out - the combo of generic Peugeot tubing with forged Simplex ends and the tighter, more...
05-31-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 13,903
Posted By rustystrings61

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1976 Puch Royal X my father bought for me in 1978 - my first 531...
05-31-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,030
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm running the basic regular Pasela and not the...

I'm running the basic regular Pasela and not the PT version.
Replies: 10
Views: 438
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, 11:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,030
Posted By rustystrings61

I've been running blackwall Pasela 27 x 1 1/4-in...

I've been running blackwall Pasela 27 x 1 1/4-in wire bead tires on my '76 Puch that came back to me with Rigida hooked-bead rims on Normandy Luxe Competition hubs. Like most Luxe Comp hubs, the...
05-31-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 966
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: 104
Views: 4,485
Posted By rustystrings61

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The little Topeak spoke wrench has been a lifesaver...
05-30-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5,228
Views: 555,522
Posted By rustystrings61

My thanks to all of you! Madhonk is hooking me...

My thanks to all of you! Madhonk is hooking me up, and I hope to get this rascal running soon!
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