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Old 03-22-14, 11:11 AM   #1276
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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.
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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:

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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.


Nice looking bike.
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Old 03-22-14, 12:51 PM   #1279
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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!
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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.

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!
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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.
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Thanks! How great you recognized that derailleur. I think I can learn quite a lot here.
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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?
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Old 03-22-14, 03:56 PM   #1284
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Much better than a garage door! Great color too.

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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.
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Love the green and white/cream color combo
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One of the better bikes I've had................
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Last year at the start of London-Edinburgh-London.




And in Tokyo we rented mama-charis, I think that the bike was a little to small for me.
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Old 03-26-14, 03:20 PM   #1289
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Wow! That's a 1,000 mile round-trip, I believe. How did you and the Gazelle hold up?
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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.

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.
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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.
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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.
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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)


Second - my Speedwell Mk I with full first-generation Campy Super Record Ti group, Regina Ti chain & freewheel, bought from the founder's son


Third - my Larry Blake-built Lineseeker (predecessor to the Exxon Graftek) with American-made Weyless group, Cool Gear seat


Fourth - my first-gen Rigi with Shimano Dura-Ace 10 pitch track group incl seat post and handlebar stem, Brooks Swift seat


Fifth - my Teledyne Titan (with both prototype and production decals), full Hi-E group and 200 gram rims, Galli Ti brakes, Huret Jubilee changer


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


Seventh - my Colnago Master with Regina Record Extra (aluminum-cog Oro) freewheel, Campy Hi-Lo rear hub & Colnago-pantographed parts


Eighth is my Look Equipe Team Issue restored to La Vie Claire team specs except for the Campagnolo Delta brakes


Ninth - my Exxon Graftek with first-generation Shimano Dura-Ace parts (that included "safety levers" on the center-pull brakes!)


Tenth and final pic - my 120-speed Trek recumbent, because the "bicycle man" must have more gears than other mortals!


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.

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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....
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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!
There's no such thing as 'useless bike trivia' on this forum!
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