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Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-25-16, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By John E
The old Silcas looked great, particularly when...

The old Silcas looked great, particularly when color-coordinated with the frame, and I have always had a nostalgic soft spot for them, but frankly my Zefal HP-X pumps allow me to inflate tires to...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-25-16, 05:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 536
Posted By John E
I know you said you don't like helmet-mounted...

I know you said you don't like helmet-mounted mirrors, but I have happily used a CycleAware Reflex helmet mounted mirror for about 20 years and don't know how I ever did without it.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-25-16, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By John E
My elder son's first adult bicycle was a used...

My elder son's first adult bicycle was a used 1991 Specialized Hard Rock, which he still has and uses for commuting. (You can always spot his -- silver with a bright orange fork, which replaces the...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-25-16, 06:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 498
Posted By John E
Excellent point. Sometimes elevating the saddle...

Excellent point. Sometimes elevating the saddle nose very slightly will help, as well, because sliding forward on the saddle puts a lot of load on the hands.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-25-16, 06:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 498
Posted By John E
The main trick with older bars was to rotate them...

The main trick with older bars was to rotate them to tilt the bottoms downward toward the rear, which in turn made the area above the brake levers more comfortable and usable. The second trick was to...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-25-16, 06:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 620
Posted By John E
Excellent points -- I feel the same way.

Excellent points -- I feel the same way.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-25-16, 06:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 620
Posted By John E
I thought those cyclist-killers went out with the...

I thought those cyclist-killers went out with the 1970s. Cyclists and cycling advocates led an aggressive campaign against them in the early 1970s, and they were gradually replaced with safer...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-25-16, 06:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 298
Posted By John E
If you customize it by changing at least a few of...

If you customize it by changing at least a few of the components to create a new and unique combination, then it would. In the early to mid 1970s many of us did custom bike builds to achieve that...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-22-16, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By John E
Have you considered barcons instead of brifters?

Have you considered barcons instead of brifters?
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-22-16, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 523
Posted By John E
Stamped dropouts were common well into the 1970s,...

Stamped dropouts were common well into the 1970s, as were cottered steel cranks. These would be consistent with the lower-end Campag. derailleurs.

This bike looks like Bianchi's answer to a...
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-22-16, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 298
Posted By John E
Building on a nice C&V frame is indeed rewarding....

Building on a nice C&V frame is indeed rewarding. :)

Frameset: 1959 Capo Modell Campagnolo, Vienna, Austria (capo.at), plain gauge Reynolds 531, sloping fork crown
Saddle: 1973 Brooks Pro, since...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-22-16, 10:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By John E
This is why hit-and-run should always be tried as...

This is why hit-and-run should always be tried as a presumed DUI. We have had many cases of folks "bravely" turning themselves in the morning (or afternoon) after injuring or killing someone, after...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-22-16, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 209
Posted By John E
I don't know if the hubs are original, but that...

I don't know if the hubs are original, but that is often a good place to look for date codes.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-22-16, 10:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 377
Posted By John E
Otto Cap had a slightly different solution to the...

Otto Cap had a slightly different solution to the seat post clamping problem. Start with a flat plate of steel in the shape of an elongated oval, with a large oval cutout in the middle. Bent it in...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-21-16, 01:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 451
Posted By John E
I can't quite make out the beginning of the...

I can't quite make out the beginning of the serial number -- 1?

Bianchi often used the last digit of the year as the first digit of the serial number. This was true of my 1962 Bianchi and my...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-21-16, 01:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By John E
Yes, Austrian bikes are great. :) I really...

Yes, Austrian bikes are great. :)

I really like this resurrection of a fine old geared road bike.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-21-16, 01:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By John E
I doubt it. The only place that handled DUI...

I doubt it. The only place that handled DUI murder properly was Nassau County, NY, when Kathleen Rice was DA.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 07-21-16, 10:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 466
Posted By John E
As others observed in this thread, too many...

As others observed in this thread, too many drivers fail to stop for stop signs (or yield at yield signs). I do not like big, fast multilane roundabouts, but the three small single lane traffic...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-21-16, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By John E
I became familiar with First Flight through...

I became familiar with First Flight through MOMBAT, which has a Schwinn Project KOM10 very similar to mine.

1988 Schwinn KOM (http://mombat.org/MOMBAT/Bikes/1988_Schwinn_KOM.html)

Thank you for...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-21-16, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By John E
It's like the old Huret Allvits, which had three...

It's like the old Huret Allvits, which had three windup spring tension settings, easily set externally using a pair of pliers. I used to fool around with those as a teenager and never saw much...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-21-16, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 451
Posted By John E
What year is your Bianchi? (PAT80 is stamped into...

What year is your Bianchi? (PAT80 is stamped into the top face of the rear derailleur on mine.) I am guessing your graphics predate mine (1981) by a few years, which would make yours a late 1970s...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-20-16, 03:36 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 3,612
Posted By John E
Those are points on which you and I differ. I am...

Those are points on which you and I differ. I am all for wider rims and somewhat fatter tires.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-20-16, 07:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 286
Posted By John E
The 0.75/1.0/1.33 ratio provided a pretty nice...

The 0.75/1.0/1.33 ratio provided a pretty nice gear range of about 50 to about 90 (depending on cog size). The free-spinning neutral position between 2nd and 3rd came in handy on the coaster brake...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-20-16, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
Posted By John E
For safety reasons, I would not trust a used...

For safety reasons, I would not trust a used carbon fork.
Forum: Classic & Vintage 07-20-16, 06:52 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,735
Posted By John E
This thread somehow reminded me of the Airplane...

This thread somehow reminded me of the Airplane II movie: "Dunn and I were under Oveur, even though I was under Dunn."

The original wheelset on my Bianchi came laced Euro-style, which is also how...
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