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04-20-24, 11:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,101
Posted By John E

Yes, Wien / Vienna, where the Capo bicycle...

Yes, Wien / Vienna, where the Capo bicycle company was founded in 1930 and resurrected by Otto Cap's son, Harald, ca. 1990. He is on top of the Vienna statehouse.
04-15-24, 06:40 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,167
Posted By John E

My 1971 Nishiki Semi-Pro frame failed at the 20...

My 1971 Nishiki Semi-Pro frame failed at the 20 year, 40K mile mark, when the seat tube socket broke away from the remainder of the bottom bracket shell. Too many hill climbs, many out-of-saddle, I...
04-12-24, 07:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 764
Posted By John E

I participate in BF and in PassatWorld, which is...

I participate in BF and in PassatWorld, which is a support group for all of us VW Passat owners, particularly B5/B5.5 era (1998-2005), which has by far the largest following and fan base. Our cars...
04-12-24, 06:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 864
Posted By John E

This is what a treasure about this and other...

This is what a treasure about this and other shared-interest communities in which I am involved. We cover a broad range of ages, economic and social backgrounds, and political positions, and none of...
04-11-24, 01:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 951
Posted By John E

Looking good so far. Best wishes from a fellow...

Looking good so far.
Best wishes from a fellow fan of Austrian bikes (see signature -- mine are about 20 years older than yours). :)
04-10-24, 05:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,116
Posted By John E

I envy your amount of workshop space. :)

I envy your amount of workshop space. :)
04-08-24, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By John E

Looks great to me. I like the look of that Nervar...

Looks great to me. I like the look of that Nervar crank. Does it have a 128mm BCD like my Nervar Star, which would make that inner ring probably about a 40T?
04-08-24, 03:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,774
Posted By John E

Interesting point. The OEM UO-8/AO-8 fork has a...

Interesting point. The OEM UO-8/AO-8 fork has a long offset, presumably to avoid toe strike.
Since I bought mine as a bare frame, I was on my own for a fork, and the one I installed brings the front...
04-07-24, 02:11 PM
Replies: 683
Views: 109,648
Posted By John E

Mind the "Speed checked by radar" sign, guys. :)...

Mind the "Speed checked by radar" sign, guys. :)

I really enjoyed seeing some of the lesser-known marques among the photos.
04-04-24, 11:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 676
Posted By John E

Thank you. It does get noticed when I ride it. ...

Thank you. It does get noticed when I ride it.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1960x2000/1959capoencinitasstation_1625c07cf8858c09e7f676ea63a565649cdcf35b.jpg
CyclArt did a...
04-04-24, 11:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 676
Posted By John E

How about 20 years? My white housing still looks...

How about 20 years? My white housing still looks great on my red frame.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/877x658/capo40324_5a_742294d34673dfe82a6fa16f1d503f765667eeeb.jpg
04-04-24, 09:44 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,880
Posted By John E

My mountain bike (1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10) is...

My mountain bike (1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10) is an absolute delight. Heavy-ish at 27 lbs., but not a boat anchor. No-suspension steel-framed mountain bikes of that era are extremely versatile,...
04-02-24, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,188
Posted By John E

... or is it G, as in 7th letter of the alphabet...

... or is it G, as in 7th letter of the alphabet and 7th month? My objection to your interpretation is that two months start with G, and two start with M....
04-01-24, 06:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,101
Posted By John E

Frame up: either the newer (by minutes or hours)...

Frame up: either the newer (by minutes or hours) CapO (named after company founder and owner, Otto Cap) Sieger or the Carlton Franco-Suisse
Both are full Reynolds 531, with double-butted main...
03-30-24, 09:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 893
Posted By John E

Another vote for Minoura handlebar mounts for...

Another vote for Minoura handlebar mounts for water bottles. Very appropriate for older bicycles, and avoids paint damage or displacement of pumps.(Initial post-repaint rebuild shown. Yes, I did...
03-30-24, 09:26 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,028
Posted By John E

I remember our Earth Action Council's guidance on...

I remember our Earth Action Council's guidance on bicycle buying ca. 1970. They recommended European road bikes between about $100 and $150 (Peugeot UO-8 and Raleigh Super Course were two favorites),...
Replies: 11
Views: 634
Posted By John E

We sold a few of those at Bikecology during the...

We sold a few of those at Bikecology during the 1973 dock strike, when our usual Nishiki and Peugeot deliveries became spotty. Other than the cool copper finish, it is fundamentally a basic, low-end...
03-27-24, 06:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 397
Posted By John E

Back in the 1970s it was pretty common to keep...

Back in the 1970s it was pretty common to keep two sets of wheels, clinchers for everyday use, tubulars for club rides and special events. I kept the original 27" wheels on my Nishiki Competition...
03-27-24, 07:15 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,909
Posted By John E

With brakes, it's all about system leverage, pad...

With brakes, it's all about system leverage, pad (good) friction, parasitic (bad) friction, caliper rigidity, and adjustment and lubrication of pivot points.

My most terrifying braking experience...
03-22-24, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 343
Posted By John E

I don't like the admittedly small chance of...

I don't like the admittedly small chance of snagging something with a forward-facing QR lever. I also like to be able to grab a fork or a stay while tightening a lever.

Front: always the left...
03-21-24, 01:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 669
Posted By John E

If I rebuild on an existing hub, I keep the same...

If I rebuild on an existing hub, I keep the same clockwise/anticlockwise inner/outer spoke pattern that is evident in the indentations on the hub flange.

In practice, I have yet to find that the...
03-12-24, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,018
Posted By John E

With only one brake, I would feel a lot safer...

With only one brake, I would feel a lot safer with it on the front (as with the yellow track bike) than on the rear.
03-09-24, 08:08 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 46,946
Posted By John E

Bianchi catalog calls it "Charcoal"; my artist...

Bianchi catalog calls it "Charcoal"; my artist wife calls it "Ralph Lauren Brown"
Either way, it's a brown bike from Ed White (Edorado Bianchi)
...
03-08-24, 03:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,145
Posted By John E

At 50mph on a 42T chaining, yet. :)

At 50mph on a 42T chaining, yet. :)
03-07-24, 07:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By John E

As indicated (so to speak) by SteelWheels' post...

As indicated (so to speak) by SteelWheels' post with caliper readout, callout size on the sidewall of a tire does not necessarily equal its actual width when mounted on your particular rim and...
03-07-24, 06:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,179
Posted By John E

If I could have only one bicycle, it would be a...

If I could have only one bicycle, it would be a road touring bike similar to that, with clearance for wide tires and perhaps mudguards, powerful brakes, lots of gears, and rear rack accommodations.
03-06-24, 07:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 690
Posted By John E

Speaking of (Austrian) riders on tall Austrian...

Speaking of (Austrian) riders on tall Austrian frames, Adolph Christian racing photos show very little seatpost. I think tall frames were popular in the 1960s, so you fit right in.
03-06-24, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By John E

Sell or give it to someone of appropriate size.

Sell or give it to someone of appropriate size.
03-05-24, 03:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 690
Posted By John E

Even back in 1960, Capo was ISO-threaded (based...

Even back in 1960, Capo was ISO-threaded (based on my 3 samples), and I believe Steyr-Daimler-Puch has always done the same. I have never seen an Austrian bike with other than ISO.
03-03-24, 04:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,586
Posted By John E

Even on my mountain bike (thumb shifters) an...

Even on my mountain bike (thumb shifters) an Peugeot (barcons), I always anticipate fatigue on a climb and downshift before I need to. I am old school enough to avoid trying to shift a chain under...
03-02-24, 12:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,432
Posted By John E

Yes -- it was great to learn more about his other...

Yes -- it was great to learn more about his other talents and his personality. No wonder my favorite American president, TR, held him in high regard as a man of accomplishment. Major Taylor was a...
03-02-24, 12:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,432
Posted By John E

You got that right. PBS certainly overdoes the...

You got that right. PBS certainly overdoes the pledge drive stuff, to the point that it probably costs them more in potential memberships than it brings in.
KPBS is the only TV channel we watch,...
03-02-24, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By John E

You should be fine with 700Cx35 tires. 27x1-1/4"...

You should be fine with 700Cx35 tires. 27x1-1/4" tires are 31mm wide, and a 622mm diameter tire bead (700C rim) is 4mm smaller in radius than a 630mm (27" rim).
02-27-24, 06:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By John E

When my grandsons were much more "portable," my...

When my grandsons were much more "portable," my elder son used to pull them around in a kiddie trailer. He certainly appreciated my conversion to a triple half-step-plus-granny chainring setup.
02-23-24, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By John E

Gorgeous bike, but your gearing is too tall for...

Gorgeous bike, but your gearing is too tall for me. :)
02-22-24, 02:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,705
Posted By John E

Just use the Sheldon Brown nut, washers, bolt...

Just use the Sheldon Brown nut, washers, bolt removal system. It is also OK to treat it as the fixed cup it is. :)
02-21-24, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 662
Posted By John E

I do strongly favor the use of barcons, which I...

I do strongly favor the use of barcons, which I have on the UO-8 and which I am putting on the Carlton.
02-20-24, 06:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,570
Posted By John E

Coming up on 51 years for us on 23 June of this...

Coming up on 51 years for us on 23 June of this year, which coincides this year with the San Diego Scottish Highland Games.
02-14-24, 10:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,540
Posted By John E

Consider a "second tier" bike, such as my Bianchi...

Consider a "second tier" bike, such as my Bianchi Campione d'Italia, which is arguably as serviceable and enjoyable as a high-end Specialissima, but which can be found at a much lower price point....
02-14-24, 10:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,818
Posted By John E

Visiting your bike collection is on my bucket...

Visiting your bike collection is on my bucket list. :)
02-11-24, 03:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 338
Posted By John E

It is great to see bikes with toeclips, which I...

It is great to see bikes with toeclips, which I still ride.
02-08-24, 11:41 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,540
Posted By John E

Consider a 1960s geometry racing frame, which is...

Consider a 1960s geometry racing frame, which is more like a 1970s or early 1980s touring frame, with wider tire clearances and a longer wheelbase.
02-07-24, 09:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 780
Posted By John E

You have to buy and use whatever system works for...

You have to buy and use whatever system works for you. I grew up with friction shift, which I use exclusively. (I'm even the guy who friction-shifted a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed coaster hub with an old...
01-30-24, 10:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,454
Posted By John E

I'll buy your argument. It is always dangerous to...

I'll buy your argument. It is always dangerous to dwell in generalizations and one-size-fits-all "solutions" to anything. I am pleased that my sons got good university educations and have gone on to...
01-29-24, 05:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,454
Posted By John E

My first bicycle was an early 1950s Schwinn...

My first bicycle was an early 1950s Schwinn American with paperboy handlebars and a Bendix 2-speed coaster hub shifted by a lever that resembled a brake lever. Six months later I moved up to a very...
01-29-24, 05:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,454
Posted By John E

I warn all of my university students that I do...

I warn all of my university students that I do not teach easy classes, by putting my favorite Teddy Roosevelt quote on the cover page of the class website:
"Life offers no greater prize than the...
01-23-24, 06:08 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 11,676
Posted By John E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq_xTeWiv6I ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq_xTeWiv6I

My nickname at home is "Bicycle Repairman." When I came home from work, my wife would alert me to something needing repair around the house, a car, or a...
01-18-24, 03:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,125
Posted By John E

3-speed coaster brake, perhaps?

3-speed coaster brake, perhaps?
01-16-24, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,004
Posted By John E

Can't go wrong with the SRAM 8-speed, which is my...

Can't go wrong with the SRAM 8-speed, which is my go-to chain for everything I own.
01-09-24, 10:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,352
Posted By John E

Though I know quite a bit about Capo frames, it...

Though I know quite a bit about Capo frames, it was Berto's mention of Capo derailleurs, something I didn't known existed, that put me on the quest to find a picture of a set. Looking at these made...
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