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09-24-21, 10:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 947
Posted By Andy_K

I've really never had any complaints about basic...

I've really never had any complaints about basic Park PPL-1. Phil's Tenacious is cool (I like the color) but expensive. I'm not sure what it get's you. I tried some really cheap general purpose...
09-23-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 416
Posted By Andy_K

I haven't seen that color combination on a...

I haven't seen that color combination on a Motobecane before. It's stunning!

RE: being more of an upright rider...I've found that a Nitto Tecnomic stem will fit with a minimal amount of sanding.
...
09-22-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 407
Posted By Andy_K

Here's one of my builds that's a bit of a...

Here's one of my builds that's a bit of a resto-mod but lacks indexed shifters. It's a 1969 (or maybe even '67) Raleigh Competition. This is the only bike I own that's as old as I am.

There's a...
09-22-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,939
Posted By Andy_K

So, when nlerner said that you had "grown a...

So, when nlerner said that you had "grown a beard" since he last saw you.... :roflmao:
09-22-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,939
Posted By Andy_K

I was actually talking about the cube of water on...

I was actually talking about the cube of water on the post at the end of the picture, but I'm with you on dehydration. I usually can't carry enough water for more than about 20-30 miles on a warm...
09-21-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,939
Posted By Andy_K

Which one of you was the water carrier? That...

Which one of you was the water carrier? That looks heavy.
09-17-21, 12:18 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,505
Posted By Andy_K

I already shared what I think are my five...

I already shared what I think are my five favorite bikes that I currently have in the garage, but I do have a kind of mental list of what I’d like to have. The criteria here are arbitrary. They have...
09-16-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,505
Posted By Andy_K

Why so few pictures on this thread? I'm not...

Why so few pictures on this thread?

I'm not even sure others would agree with me about which are the top 5 bikes in my collection. I might disagree with my own list a week from now, but I'll take...
09-16-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 890
Posted By Andy_K

Somehow I missed this thread the first time...

Somehow I missed this thread the first time around. I'm glad it popped up again.

I know the Raliegh serial number decoding is as close to accepted dogma as anything ever gets with Raleigh. It...
09-16-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 704
Posted By Andy_K

I have to go with the "too much work for what's...

I have to go with the "too much work for what's achieved" group here. To me, patina has to be natural to be of value. I can respect a vehicle with different color panels or patches of primer or...
09-15-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,502
Posted By Andy_K

I'm not sure I'd noticed that before, but having...

I'm not sure I'd noticed that before, but having just sampled a bunch of randomly chosen vintage catalog pictures, it's a remarkably ubiquitous feature of complete bike pictures.
09-15-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 448
Posted By Andy_K

I remember reading about this trick a few years...

I remember reading about this trick a few years ago when I was working on an old Nishiki, and there were some people saying that it's just an illusion because the aluminum foil flakes off onto the...
09-15-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,502
Posted By Andy_K

When I'm intentionally staging a bike for a...

When I'm intentionally staging a bike for a picture, I try to put the cranks at 3 o'clock and position the valve stems according to where I want the tire labels, usually either top center or bottom...
09-11-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 499
Posted By Andy_K

Is that paint? It looks to me like they might...

Is that paint? It looks to me like they might have slapped a layer of tar on it.
09-08-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 501
Posted By Andy_K

What are the brake levers? I don't especially...

What are the brake levers? I don't especially like the tan Dia Compe hoods (or any Dia Compe hoods for that matter), but the translucent Campy clone hoods are nice.

Pic of the bike?
09-06-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 562
Posted By Andy_K

I remember reading The Golden Boy's post. I don't...

I remember reading The Golden Boy's post. I don't remember the details of the different cages. I had an XC rear derailleur that I wanted to use as a donor for the LePree, but I ended up just cleaning...
09-06-21, 01:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 562
Posted By Andy_K

Yeah, Iíve had success with this. I moved the...

Yeah, Iíve had success with this. I moved the 3-pulley cage from a LePree RD to a Superbe Pro of the same generation (because a spring broke in the LePree). The Superbe had a two-pulley short cage...
09-05-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,245
Posted By Andy_K

This. I switched to kapton tape some years ago...

This. I switched to kapton tape some years ago when I started using rims that were designed for tubeless. Cloth tape simply doesnít work with those with any tire. Since then I started using it for...
09-05-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,107
Posted By Andy_K

105 has always been good enough for serious...

105 has always been good enough for serious enthusiast use. For the past 10 years, Tiagra and Sora have also been good enough for serious use. The biggest thing this changes is that people won't be...
09-05-21, 01:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Posted By Andy_K

It's got a lot of similarities to my 1989 Bianchi...

It's got a lot of similarities to my 1989 Bianchi Giro. I'll highlight the main points, which also show some differences.

Head tune lugs, pump peg, and fork crown -- note the pantagraphed...
09-02-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,112
Posted By Andy_K

As a happy Gugificazione customer, I can tell you...

As a happy Gugificazione customer, I can tell you that all things considered (original purchase + mods + powder coat, etc.) I may have the most expensive Motobecane Grand Jubilť on the planet, but I...
09-02-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,001
Posted By Andy_K

It's a term I learned from Bianchigirll and...

It's a term I learned from Bianchigirll and possibly coined by her in its bicycle use, but a perfect word for what it is either way. Historically, it referred to a mark impressed on a rifle to denote...
09-02-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,001
Posted By Andy_K

Coming home soon! ...

Coming home soon!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51420353963_49428c4106_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mkQKLX)

It looks like a pretty close match to the 1990 Mondiale verktyg posted above. I...
08-31-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 64,096
Views: 9,896,691
Posted By Andy_K

It is! I hadn't even noticed that. I just grabbed...

It is! I hadn't even noticed that. I just grabbed it because it was cheap and I liked the old Park logo.
08-30-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 64,096
Views: 9,896,691
Posted By Andy_K

They were generally asking pretty ambitious...

They were generally asking pretty ambitious prices. They were asking over $2000 for the carbon Fondriest bike, and I think around $1300 for the aluminum one. The hubs were marked at $30 each, so I...
08-30-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 64,096
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Posted By Andy_K

[/h1]Someone beat me to the Bianchi (though I...

[/h1]Someone beat me to the Bianchi (though I haven't given up hope that at least the frame will still find its way to my garage), but I didn't come away entirely empty handed.
...
08-29-21, 02:13 AM
Replies: 64,096
Views: 9,896,691
Posted By Andy_K

Sounds like you should be adding to this thread:...

Sounds like you should be adding to this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1192615-show-us-bikes-bought-via-ebay-craigslist-finds-thread.html
08-28-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,498
Posted By Andy_K

One of the nice things about getting old is you...

One of the nice things about getting old is you get to experience a lot of new things, sometimes more than once. When I saw the title of this thread, I didn't remember having seen it before. As I...
08-26-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 64,096
Views: 9,896,691
Posted By Andy_K

I should know better than to look at this thread....

I should know better than to look at this thread. I guess I know what I'll be doing Saturday morning. The fact that they enlisted an estate sale agency doesn't give me hopes for a bargain, but dang...
08-26-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By Andy_K

So, Campy 9-speed lock nuts are a tricky problem....

So, Campy 9-speed lock nuts are a tricky problem. They aren't all the same size. I don't remember the numbers, but there was one size that is compatible with later 10/11 speed hubs and are commonly...
08-26-21, 03:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,439
Posted By Andy_K

This is probably the worst ad picture for a bike...

This is probably the worst ad picture for a bike Iíve bought.

https://live.staticflickr.com/5467/17038600619_059789fd82_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rXDhmc)
08-26-21, 02:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,773
Posted By Andy_K

I checked the archives (because that particular...

I checked the archives (because that particular ride was absurdly well-documented), and you may have been thinking of the Stan Johnson that Roger M brought (far right below).
...
08-26-21, 02:03 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,944
Posted By Andy_K

I like low gear and modded parts as much as...

I like low gear and modded parts as much as anyone, but having tried the Nuovo Record with a long cage on my De Rosa I can tell you I wasn't happy with it. It shifts OK (not great). My biggest...
08-25-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Andy_K

No, I'm not sure. They're thick and have a raised...

No, I'm not sure. They're thick and have a raised area for where the axle is clamped. Those are the only visual identifiers of forged dropouts that I know. I'm sure it's possible to make a stamped...
08-25-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Andy_K

This reminded me of another bike that passed...

This reminded me of another bike that passed through my garage (along with the fact that Campagnolo made stamped dropouts with an integrated derailleur hanger -- 1010/1 Sport...
08-25-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Andy_K

Counter-point, 1973 Nishiki Olympic ...

Counter-point, 1973 Nishiki Olympic

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51402443246_e0f815ea5f.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mjfXxu)

I'm pretty sure these were the same dropouts as used on Nishiki's...
08-25-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,467
Posted By Andy_K

I was very encouraged to see nlerner's data,...

I was very encouraged to see nlerner's data, because I know he's a much more fit rider than I am but I think if I made a max effort I could match those average speeds for at least the first 10 miles....
08-20-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By Andy_K

Oh, I forgot to comment about the head badge. I...

Oh, I forgot to comment about the head badge. I suggest removing it. You'll need to knock off the backs of the rivets from inside the head tube. A screwdriver will usually do the trick with a few...
08-20-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By Andy_K

I've stripped and painted a grand total of two...

I've stripped and painted a grand total of two frames, so take my answers as one school boy comparing notes with another.

I used CitriStrip and was very happy with the results. It does leave a lot...
08-19-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,001
Posted By Andy_K

But which celeste is it? ;) I'll check in...

But which celeste is it? ;)

I'll check in with you when I get the bike back.
08-19-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,944
Posted By Andy_K

That's what someone told me when I was trying to...

That's what someone told me when I was trying to do this before. For some reason I couldn't make it happen then. The fact that the inside tab broke off made it harder to get good purchase on the...
08-19-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,944
Posted By Andy_K

Actually, the spring that broke in the LePree was...

Actually, the spring that broke in the LePree was a clock spring.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49940242006_0b40e0174e_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2j63N4h)

I never even managed to figure out...
08-18-21, 01:37 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,001
Posted By Andy_K

I've come to the conclusion that one must have a...

I've come to the conclusion that one must have a Justice Potter Stewart understanding of celeste. I can't define it, but I know it when I see it.
08-17-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,001
Posted By Andy_K

He didn't say, but I expect so.

He didn't say, but I expect so.
08-17-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,770
Posted By Andy_K

Yes, absolutely. One of my daughters was born on...

Yes, absolutely. One of my daughters was born on December 19, and even that resulted in an annual round of "sorry, we can't make it" birthday party RSVPs.
08-17-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By Andy_K

I don't have any rules, per se, but there's...

I don't have any rules, per se, but there's definitely some subconscious calculation going on somewhere in my mind that tells me when not to refurb. If the lizard brain doesn't give me the stop sign,...
08-17-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,770
Posted By Andy_K

Having been born on October 31, I'm less...

Having been born on October 31, I'm less enthusiastic about the holiday than most people I know. It's not as fun as it sounds.
08-17-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 7,001
Posted By Andy_K

Update: The Bianchi has been at the powder coater...

Update: The Bianchi has been at the powder coater for a while now. He's got a big backlog, and I'm not in any rush. I got an update from him this week, saying that there were at least four layers of...
08-13-21, 12:52 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 7,334
Posted By Andy_K

i didnít even notice the Stella hanging there....

i didnít even notice the Stella hanging there. That may be the first time thatís happened.

i also only see one Gran(d) Sport(s) in this picture. That must have been a long time ago!
08-10-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 434
Posted By Andy_K

One of these bikes is not like the others -- and...

One of these bikes is not like the others -- and I don't mean the aluminum C'dale.
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