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noglider 03-22-14 10:46 AM

My balding is far from complete so far, and it's happening slowly. I think it wasn't long ago I had half my hair left. And looking at myself straight on in the mirror, I appear to have more than I really have, which is pictures of me startle me. When my father died at 81, RIP, he still had thick and copious hair, but that's irrelevant, isn't it? My maternal grandfather was totally bald.

non-fixie 03-22-14 11:11 AM

I'm not sure I want to pursue that particular topic here ...

Anyway, my mental maturity doesn't seem to be getting very much past 16. :)

jimmuller 03-22-14 12:33 PM

So the new norm is normcore? Or is it the other way around?

If you can see anything from this pic, you're better than I. Taken today, a cool and eventually wet ride:

http://users.rcn.com/jimmuller/pics/SpyPond2.jpg

Michael Angelo 03-22-14 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by solange (Post 16601382)
Hi hi,
I'm new here and joined because I am looking to buy a new retro bike. I got my bicycle addiction last year when I picked up two old bikes in really bad condition for 40 euros and started to set them to my hand.. I had never repaired a bike before, and really loved it! So here's two pictures of my bikes. I turned one into a single speed just to ride to Uni and back, for groceries etc.
Funny enough the only picture with me and my bike I could find is at a stage my bike wasn't really usable yet ;) But I was really proud so had to take a picture!
I don't even know what brand the green bike is, since it didn't have it's original paint anymore and was rusty all over.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370328http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370329http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370330


Nice looking bike.

jimmuller 03-22-14 12:51 PM

Solange, nice work! If they work as good as they look, then for no knowing how to work on bikes you sure did a great job!

WNG 03-22-14 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by solange (Post 16601382)
Hi hi,
I'm new here and joined because I am looking to buy a new retro bike. I got my bicycle addiction last year when I picked up two old bikes in really bad condition for 40 euros and started to set them to my hand.. I had never repaired a bike before, and really loved it! So here's two pictures of my bikes. I turned one into a single speed just to ride to Uni and back, for groceries etc.
Funny enough the only picture with me and my bike I could find is at a stage my bike wasn't really usable yet ;) But I was really proud so had to take a picture!
I don't even know what brand the green bike is, since it didn't have it's original paint anymore and was rusty all over.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370328http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370329http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370330

Welcome to the C&V Forum solange! Very nice saves and a wonderful job on your two bikes. Especially for having no experience.
Like the look of the green SS, and I see a Huret rear derailleur on your road bike.
Enjoy them for many miles, and see you on the forum!

seedsbelize 03-22-14 01:01 PM

Solange, I have a frame to paint in the coming months, and upon seeing the green one, decided that was the color I wanted. Then I saw the grey one. I even have a set of white tires hanging around. Guess I'll have to get another bike. Welcome to C and V.

solange 03-22-14 01:02 PM

Thanks! How great you recognized that derailleur. I think I can learn quite a lot here.

noglider 03-22-14 01:32 PM

That's a great shot of you, Solange. Your bikes are handsome, and we like retro bikes as much as old bikes. Well, at least some of us do.

i don't want to sound critical, as if I'm saying you don't measure up to be among us, but I'd like to give some tips for setting your bike up for better operation. May I shoot?

non-fixie 03-22-14 03:56 PM

Much better than a garage door! Great color too.

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...8&d=1395513505

solange 03-23-14 12:21 AM

Of course! that's what I'm here for. The green bike has undergone some change since the photo was taken. Chain is tensioned up, it has two brakes, and no toeclips anymore. The grey one didn't change all that much.

krtchp19 03-23-14 01:58 AM

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...8&d=1395513505
Love the green and white/cream color combo

Thumpic 03-23-14 04:45 PM

2 Attachment(s)
One of the better bikes I've had................

paulkal 03-24-14 08:18 AM

Last year at the start of London-Edinburgh-London.

http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...ps7c738c36.jpg


And in Tokyo we rented mama-charis, I think that the bike was a little to small for me.
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...ps8f9adad3.jpg

non-fixie 03-26-14 03:20 PM

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Originally Posted by paulkal (Post 16605866)
(..) London-Edinburgh-London.

Wow! That's a 1,000 mile round-trip, I believe. How did you and the Gazelle hold up?

Sixty Fiver 03-26-14 03:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by solange (Post 16601382)
Hi hi,
I'm new here and joined because I am looking to buy a new retro bike. I got my bicycle addiction last year when I picked up two old bikes in really bad condition for 40 euros and started to set them to my hand.. I had never repaired a bike before, and really loved it! So here's two pictures of my bikes. I turned one into a single speed just to ride to Uni and back, for groceries etc.
Funny enough the only picture with me and my bike I could find is at a stage my bike wasn't really usable yet ;) But I was really proud so had to take a picture!
I don't even know what brand the green bike is, since it didn't have it's original paint anymore and was rusty all over.

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370328http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370329http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=370330

Great looking bikes... I would adjust the chain on the fixed gear and clean up the cables (too long).

That is if you have not done that already.

paulkal 03-27-14 08:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by non-fixie (Post 16614325)
Wow! That's a 1,000 mile round-trip, I believe. How did you and the Gazelle hold up?

It is 1400 km, the Gazelle did fine, except for 1 broken spoke on the way back. I, on the other hand, did not so fine. After 300 km I had to take the train back to London (with the gazelle), saddle sore. So now I have wait (and train) 3 more years.
The Gazelle felt at home, being made of Reynolds tubing.

non-fixie 03-27-14 11:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by paulkal (Post 16616142)
It is 1400 km, the Gazelle did fine, except for 1 broken spoke on the way back. I, on the other hand, did not so fine. After 300 km I had to take the train back to London (with the gazelle), saddle sore. So now I have wait (and train) 3 more years.
The Gazelle felt at home, being made of Reynolds tubing.

Sorry to hear about your troubles, Paul. I've checked the website and it looks like a great event. Even though the website says you can do it unprepared, at a little under 300 kms a day, I wouldn't really think so. If I start training now, maybe I can make 2017. It'd be really cool to have done this.

753proguy 03-27-14 05:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by exxongraftek (Post 16383752)
Finally got to the place where I can post these. First pic is me on my Boneshaker (swapped an old Palo Alto Bike Shop 10-speed for her)
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358058

Second - my Speedwell Mk I with full first-generation Campy Super Record Ti group, Regina Ti chain & freewheel, bought from the founder's son
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358059

Third - my Larry Blake-built Lineseeker (predecessor to the Exxon Graftek) with American-made Weyless group, Cool Gear seat
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358060

Fourth - my first-gen Rigi with Shimano Dura-Ace 10 pitch track group incl seat post and handlebar stem, Brooks Swift seat
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358061

Fifth - my Teledyne Titan (with both prototype and production decals), full Hi-E group and 200 gram rims, Galli Ti brakes, Huret Jubilee changer
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358062

Sixth - my Masi with "interesting leftovers group" incl. Ofmega Mistral crank, prototype Hi-E front hub, original Campagnolo Nuovo Record long-cage (pre-Rally) derailleur
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358063

Seventh - my Colnago Master with Regina Record Extra (aluminum-cog Oro) freewheel, Campy Hi-Lo rear hub & Colnago-pantographed parts
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358064

Eighth is my Look Equipe Team Issue restored to La Vie Claire team specs except for the Campagnolo Delta brakes
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358065

Ninth - my Exxon Graftek with first-generation Shimano Dura-Ace parts (that included "safety levers" on the center-pull brakes!)
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358067http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358068

Tenth and final pic - my 120-speed Trek recumbent, because the "bicycle man" must have more gears than other mortals!
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=358069

Not pictured - Guerciotti Alan mountain bike with AMP Research front fork, second Teledyne (16 pound track bike), second Rigi & second Graftek which all get ridden
(#1 - #9 I can't afford to break so they hang in the Bike Room)... but I'm not as bad as I was...twelve others (from 40's-80's) were sold off when I lost my last job.

Enjoy!

Wow. D-A and suicide levers on a Graftek. Maybe the only one on the planet that is set up that way? That looks like the largest frame size that was available? I have a 24-inch one (or maybe it is a 60 cm., it's a bit in-between 60 and 61). How large is yours? Very cool bike....

Sixty Fiver 03-27-14 06:02 PM

http://www.ravingbikefiend.com/bikep...2sepiacrop.jpg

exxongraftek 03-28-14 08:57 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 753proguy (Post 16617965)
Wow. D-A and suicide levers on a Graftek. Maybe the only one on the planet that is set up that way? That looks like the largest frame size that was available? I have a 24-inch one (or maybe it is a 60 cm., it's a bit in-between 60 and 61). How large is yours? Very cool bike....

Thanks! This Graftek is a 63 cm center-to-center. Too big for me to ride, but the finish level and the fact it is an uncommon iteration of the Graftek frames (Graftek dropouts but round instead of square brake bridge) made it a must-have for me. And the "suicide" levers coupled with the Dura-Ace centerpull arms predate the prettier Dura-Ace sidepull brakes most people think are "first-generation Dura-Ace" - these were on the market about a year prior.

non-fixie 03-28-14 12:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by exxongraftek (Post 16619590)
Thanks! This Graftek is a 63 cm center-to-center. Too big for me to ride, but the finish level and the fact it is an uncommon iteration of the Graftek frames (Graftek dropouts but round instead of square brake bridge) made it a must-have for me. And the "suicide" levers coupled with the Dura-Ace centerpull arms predate the prettier Dura-Ace sidepull brakes most people think are "first-generation Dura-Ace" - these were on the market about a year prior.

Nice Graftek! (And my size too). Do you know what model those levers are? I have a pair with the same straight blades (without the safety levers), but haven't been able to find any info on them so far.

exxongraftek 03-29-14 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by non-fixie (Post 16620332)
Nice Graftek! (And my size too). Do you know what model those levers are? I have a pair with the same straight blades (without the safety levers), but haven't been able to find any info on them so far.

Thanks! These levers are marked "Shimano Dura-Ace" in the usual place brake levers are branded, high on the standard lever by where it meets the lever body.
During the same time, there was a virtually identical lever used on the "Tourney" part-set that was just marked "Shimano" in the same place. I think that is what you have. A lot of them had no "suicide" levers.

I take a perverse sense of satisfaction knowing that the first generation of Dura-Ace brakes had "suicide" levers. Kind of like the Campagnolo spoke protector.

These levers earned the "suicide" name - they had enough potential cable pull force to pull the cable out of a fixing bolt during a panic stop - I know from sad experience.

non-fixie 03-30-14 01:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by exxongraftek (Post 16623471)
During the same time, there was a virtually identical lever used on the "Tourney" part-set that was just marked "Shimano" in the same place. I think that is what you have. A lot of them had no "suicide" levers.

Thank you! Another mystery solved. As it happens I have a pair of Tourney center pull brakes from the same period, until now without levers. :)

exxongraftek 03-30-14 10:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by non-fixie (Post 16624660)
Thank you! Another mystery solved. As it happens I have a pair of Tourney center pull brakes from the same period, until now without levers. :)

Great! It's gratifying when some of the "useless bike trivia" I've picked up through the years ends up useful to someone. Enjoy those brakes!


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