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Old 03-22-22, 11:31 AM
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A brief comment for those thinking Bridgestone only ever made tires and gold balls: I have lived in Japan since 1993. Quite early on I learned that Bridgestone had a solid racing heritage, as well as building some very nice consumer sports machines. On another note, one of our shopping bikes that has sat in the weather for 27 years is a Bridgestone that gets ridden almost daily.
I lived in Tokyo, in Chofu-shi from 68 to 1972, my first new bike I bought and paid for myself was a Bridgestone Skyway with ISO 590 wheels and tires possibly Lark components. Very strong, around 50 dollars American complete with bottle generator and lights.
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My latest, probably not my last. Crust Canti Lightning Bolt..
Nice build! Interesting frame, too. Although why one would want 650B wheels in a 25" frame eludes me.
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Might as well add my own latest builds.

For "racing" (i.e. showing up at L'Eroica ) I built up this Union "Rini Wagtmans" last year. Rini Wagtmans was a Dutch pro and one of Eddy Merckx' domestiques, who helped the Union brand to get onto the racing scene. The team frames were made in Italy, supposedly by Gianni Motta, and sold in limited numbers to consumers with Wagtmans' name on it.



For touring with mrs non-fixie, I added this Robust to the stable this winter. Robust was a French brand from Saint-Etienne, the heart of the French bicycle industry. I found the frame set on ebay.fr. It is not a high end frame, but I liked the looks, the size and the geometry. And after building it, the ride as well.

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Old 03-22-22, 01:53 PM
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1975 Motobecane Grand Record 650b conversion....fun to ride
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Old 03-22-22, 08:19 PM
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My Frankenstein-Like Bike



This Specialized frame, which I purchased 10 years or so ago, dates to 1994. I'm riding it more than usual because my primary frame needs to be replaced, due to a crack in the bottom bracket area.

Profile Design carbon fork.Vuelta crankset. Yoeleo wheelset. Shimano brakes, Tektro brake levers.

Down tube shift levers chosen for nostalgia and because they are lighter in weight than brifters. Veloflex “open tubulars” for the retro look. Spesh bars and stem. Shimano derailleurs. A 10-speed cassette on an 11-speed hub. Veloflex “open tubular” tires.

With Shimano pedals: 18.4 pounds, 8.3 kg.

While not as flashy as my 2017 Trek Edmonda SLR (and just under 15 pounds), I love the feel of my back-up bike’s ride. Subjectively, it seems to role better, although the źoeleo wheelset has come off of my Emonda while I'm waiting for a replacement frame. Could a few extra pounds on a bike make a difference? I doubt it.

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Old 03-23-22, 02:15 AM
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This Specialized frame, which I purchased 10 years or so ago, dates to 1994. I'm riding it more than usual because my primary frame needs to be replaced, due to a crack in the bottom bracket area.

Profile Design carbon fork.Vuelta crankset. Yoeleo wheelset. Shimano brakes, Tektro brake levers.

Down tube shift levers chosen for nostalgia and because they are lighter in weight than brifters. Veloflex “open tubulars” for the retro look. Spesh bars and stem. Shimano derailleurs. A 10-speed cassette on an 11-speed hub.

With Shimano pedals: 18.4 pounds, 8.3 kg.

While not as flashy as my 2017 Trek Edmonda SLR (just under 15 pounds), I love the feel of my back-up bike’s ride. Subjectively, it seems to role better, although the źoeleo wheelset has come off of my Emonda while I'm waiting for a replacement frame. Could a few extra pounds on a bike make a difference? I doubt it.
Is your frame steel or aluminium?
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Old 03-23-22, 02:42 AM
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Is your frame steel or aluminium?
Aluminum. I mean aluminium! 😉
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Old 03-23-22, 09:11 AM
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Aluminum. I mean aluminium! 😉
How is your heart?
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Old 03-23-22, 11:34 AM
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Late 83 Univega Gran Turismo...work in progress
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Old 03-26-22, 02:17 AM
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How is your heart?
Right now: 39 bpm
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Right now: 39 bpm
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Old 03-27-22, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by dschell View Post
I lived in Tokyo, in Chofu-shi from 68 to 1972, my first new bike I bought and paid for myself was a Bridgestone Skyway with ISO 590 wheels and tires possibly Lark components. Very strong, around 50 dollars American complete with bottle generator and lights.
I wish I had been here at the same time you were. I was busy living the fevered life of an early 20-something. I had an interest in Japan, but it never occurred to me to try to live here. Those years were formative in Japanese history, I think it must have been an interesting moment. And I guess it was the golden age of Japanese cycling. The frame builders of later renown were young and determined. Keirin racing must have been a rage like speedboat racing and horses. SunTour was a personal enterprise trying to get on the world stage — sadly no longer Japanese.

Thanks for the reflections.
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Old 03-31-22, 12:39 PM
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1984 Univega GT, bought new in 1985,
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Mainly, because they roll very well, and I can run a wider tire, at a reduced weight. And,that's the wheel size the bike was designed around. Love it!
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My wife and I ride a TerraTrike Rover Tandem. We aren’t fast but we try to get at least 10 miles in 5 to 6 days a week. With an average speed of better than 10 mph. I am new to this forum so I can’t post a picture of our bike yet. But am looking forward to hearing other riders experiences and maybe sharing some of ours. We winter in Largo, Florida. There are a lot of great trails here.
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1984 Univega GT, bought new in 1985,
Lovely bicycle. Congrats on keeping it and maintaining it so well.
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The latest addition to the stable. It's a Trek Emonda SL5. I've swapped out the factory Bontrager alloy wheels with a pretty nice set of FFWD 44mm carbon wheels. Also added a 4iiii power meter (left side only) . A "lively" ride, to say the least.

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Sweet...I bought an SL 5 in blue last September. I ordered Bontrager Aeolus Pro37 carbon wheels before I left for Florida in mid December. They arrived a couple of weeks ago. We're heading back to PA next week. I put about 450 miles on the Emonda with the stock wheels before I left, and can't wait to get back and ride it with the new wheels. I've put over 2000 miles on my 20 year old Klein down here this winter. I'm running tubeless tires on both road bikes. Did you go tubeless on your Emonda? I also upgraded the saddle on the Emonda with a Fizik Arione Classic. I've had one on my Klein since it was almost new too. The stock saddle on the Emonda is comfortable enough, just heavier than it needs to be. I'll use it on my hybrid.

Enjoy your Emonda.

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Sweet...I bought an SL 5 in blue last September. I ordered Bontrager Oeolus Pro37 carbon wheels before I left for Florida in mid December. They arrived a couple of weeks ago. We're heading back to PA next week. I put about 450 miles on the Emonda with the stock wheels before I left, and can't wait to get back and ride it with the new wheels. I've put over 2000 miles on my 20 year old Klein down here this winter. I'm running tubeless tires on both road bikes. Did you go tubeless on your Emonda? I also upgraded the saddle on the Emonda with a Fizik Arione Classic. I've had one on my Klein since it was almost new too. The stock saddle on the Emonda is comfortable enough, just heavier than it needs to be. I'll use it on my hybrid.

Enjoy your Emonda.
Yeah, thanks Carl, I'm quite happy with my SL5 (who wouldn't be, right!?). I have just a little under 500 miles on it. You're going to find that those Aeolus Pro37 wheels will make a dramatic improvement in the responsiveness of your bike. My FFWD wheel/tire combo shaved a tad under 2 lbs from the bike. I am still running tubes (Conti Race Lites) with the GP5000 tires. And, I agree, the stock saddle on the Emonda is, indeed, comfy. However, I also did swap mine out - for the Verse Pro Carbon, along with a carbon seatpost. No complaints here!

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Its from a couple years ago but I'm still riding it. Just fitted a new chain on it
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Yeah, thanks Carl, I'm quite happy with my SL5 (who wouldn't be, right!?). I have just a little under 500 miles on it. You're going to find that those Aeolus Pro37 wheels will make a dramatic improvement in the responsiveness of your bike. My FFWD wheel/tire combo shaved a tad under 2 lbs from the bike. I am still running tubes (Conti Race Lites) with the GP5000 tires. And, I agree, the stock saddle on the Emonda is, indeed, comfy. However, I also did swap mine out - for the Verse Pro Carbon, along with a carbon seatpost. No complaints here!

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I was thinking about the carbon seatpost too. I want to ride it with the new wheels first though. I bought a carbon seatpost for my aluminum Klein right before we left for Florida last December. I wish I had done that sooner.
Did you notice any difference when you installed the post, or did you change that and the wheels at the same time?
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I was thinking about the carbon seatpost too. I want to ride it with the new wheels first though. I bought a carbon seatpost for my aluminum Klein right before we left for Florida last December. I wish I had done that sooner.
Did you notice any difference when you installed the post, or did you change that and the wheels at the same time?
Hey Carl,

Just sent you a PM regarding my thoughts on the carbon seatmast. Didn't want to hijack this thread. Thanks!

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