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What old tech are you not willing to use on your C&V bike?

Old 11-23-21, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by GamblerGORD53 View Post
Most of the stuff mentioned, I wouldn't use.
But old tires?? LOL.
Can't count the number of post war tyres I've used that just don't quit until they have to. Tubes are equally robust.
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Originally Posted by clubman View Post
hockey cards in the spokes,.
I love how someone from Canada states Hockey cards and not Baseball cards in the spokes. It has to make you smile.
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Old 11-23-21, 08:19 PM
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First off, fixed gear. Have done a couple over the years just to get the experience, can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to coast downhill. Isn't that the purpose of climbing the hill?

Simplex delrin derailleurs, other than the two bikes that currently have them - but I refuse to mess with them since they're working just fine. Here it's totally because of age, and especially the willingness of the front derailleur mount to crack. These derailleurs weren't designed to last fifty plus years.

Campagnolo Nuevo Record sidepulls. I though they were crap when I stupidly upgraded my Gitane Professional Super Corsa back in 1974.

"Safety levers", unless they're the Mafac design. Those actually halfway work, although I still wouldn't want to use them in a panic stop. Currently have a set on my Magneet.

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Old 11-27-21, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
BPA can be washed off with repeated washing:
So don't throw away that Campagnolo C-Record bottle yet!
I don't throw the old bottles away, I just don't drink out of them. I've had, on occasion, had some of them just crumble apart in my hands... which doesn't really add to their ability to hold liquids.

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Old 11-27-21, 10:07 AM
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I've bought a couple of early 80s bikes with foam bar grips instead of tape. Even if they were in good condition and original to the bike I wouldn't want them. And my bikes tend to be mundane and apt to be appropriate for such grips.
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Old 11-27-21, 02:52 PM
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foam drop bar grips
downtube shifters (barcons instead)
non-aero brake levers
turbo saddles and the like
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Old 11-28-21, 12:21 AM
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My bike is about as original as it can be -

Brooks Pro saddle,
Nuovo Record crank, shifters, derailleurs seat post & brakes
Regina Oro chain,
5 gears in back, two up front. friction shifting
Skin wall tires,

The one thing I won't likely go back to are tubular tires. I'd like to try them again now that I am out of "the big city" but I am not optimistic. Besides, Challenge clinchers are just so darned good.

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Old 11-28-21, 12:32 PM
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I thought of another item: non-sealed bottom bracket bearings.

The frequent cleaning of non-sealed bearings was a real pain - removing cranks, removing adjustable side, reinstalling and adjusting,... There were also a bunch of expensive tools needed to do the job well.

I installed a Phil Wood cartridge when they first came out and since then have been able to forget about those bearings.

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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
Campagnolo Nuevo Record sidepulls. I thought they were crap when I stupidly upgraded my Gitane Professional Super Corsa back in 1974.
Was gonna add those to my list too, until I took a set apart, and de-tensioned the spring, now they work quite well for single pivots.
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Anything Shimano that's not DA.
Anything Campagnolo lower than GS.
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I'm really loving this thread more than I would expect.

Those Weinmann and Dia Compe single pivot brakes are crap. Durable, but they don't stop well. I still have Campagnolo Record single pivot calipers on my 1982 McLean, and they work great for me. They require more force at the lever than modern brakes, but I'm strong. When I'm going fast downhill, I have to put my hands on the drops, as over the hoods isn't great for a heavy stop.

What's wrong with Huret derailleurs? They work quite well. I've used the lower models as well as the upper ones, and they were all good for me.
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Whether stubbornness or a badge of courage I spent most of my life with downtube friction shifters. Wanted no part of the STI/brifter era.

But at 65 I succumbed to index downtube shifters.

At nearly 70, there were just those circumstances where I didn’t like having to remove my hands from the bars while negotiating tight situations. I had a set of Kelly TakeOffs I had tossed in a bin years ago I put into service as a temporary fix; but they have grown on me.

There are times I miss those silky retrofriction shifters, but age has made me realize discretion is the better part of valor.

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Steel wheels and the narrow, deep drop road bars, and I’m just about to give up on the stem-mounted friction shifters.
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