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Old 11-30-17, 09:28 PM
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Things that "Just look right"

Scrounging through the mud buckets at the swap meets to find just the right part that completes the look of a project is half the fun. Some parts when missing take away from the build.

Things that just look right:

Campag delta brakes and super record deraileurs
polished aluminum
anything nickel plated
anything brass
large flange hubs
the way brake cables cross when old brakes are set up moto-style
mild aero rims of the '80's
3 top tube cable clamps
track bars, Kelley bars, Hussey bars, flipped North Roads or some of the old near forgotten patterns
painting frame or primary decal color in cast in engraving and cap screw sockets
internal cam quick releases with grab rings
Silca frame pumps painted frame color - bonus for Compag head
Brooks saddles with big copper rivets
a tubular tire strapped with a toe strap under that saddle
short grips on the drops with minimalist brake levers
cloth bar tape
leather tool bags
the contrasting head and darts on prewar bikes
7/8 inch nipples on early steel rims
core extractor caps on full threaded Schraeder tubes with above rims
MKS sylvan pedals
'phone dial' hubs on prewar Schwinn racers
Campag over bottom bracket frame cable guides
black frames with box linework on TOC/prewar bikes
waterslide transfers
the glint of polished spokes in the sun
the polite tick...tick...tick of a Sturmey-Archer hub
quaderent shifters
down-tube shifters
that short skinless springy stainless steel cable section to the rear derailleur
dia-compe and weinman three-speed brake levers from the 60's and early 70's
chrome socks and lugs
lug lining
a fork mounted headlight powered by a Dyno-hub
nicely done fillet brazing
a pair of aluminum water bottles with corks in a handlebar mounted cage

What are your favorites?
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Campag delta brakes
I actually strongly disagree with this one. I seem to be in my own boat all by myself, but Delta brakes look incredibly chunky to me, as if a perfectly good-looking caliper got too close to a Schwinn electroforging operation and got hit with a big chunk of slag. On the rear of a bike, a the cover looks disproportionately massive next to the spindly stays; on the front, the tall triangular profile breaks up the squared-off shape of a classic fork crown. They don't combine and sit well with the frameset underneath them, a kind of huge parasite clinging onto the bike.
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Old 11-30-17, 10:17 PM
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I think you missed listing Campy's monoplanar brake calipers......
An instant classic design the moment it was issued by the company, IMO.... Just looks perfectly right!
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I had a fork mounted bottle dynamo head light on my PH10 up until about 2 years ago. I couldn't get $5 for it at a garage sale so I finally threw it out.
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Old school Profile Aero Bars and Aero Uni Disk.
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Old school Profile Aero Bars and Aero Uni Disk.
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Funny, no one ever mentions those. I tore off a set of the cloth uni disk covers last year. When I mentioned and posted it here it seemed like a "meh" reaction. I had no need for them and didn't want to remove freewheel. I did keep all the clips, figure they may come in handy for some project. And the old Scott aero bars.

I was kind of expecting to see pics when I read title.
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A well made front rack with a leather and cloth handlebar bag
A good fender line.
Says "I'm prepared for a good, long ride" to me.

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Old 12-01-17, 01:57 AM
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The right bidon and toe straps - always look just right.

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C Record crank with the 5th spider hidden under the crank arm. Later replicated on the 10 speed Record alloy crank.

Regarding the Deltas, they do have a bit of “chunkiness” but I like how they complement the flow of the seat stays up to the seat tube and post. Effect is similar but not as pronounced on the fork legs.
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A tweed jacket with an English 3 speed touring bicycle.
A Huret Jubilee rear derailleur.
Eddy Merckx grimacing as he gaps the peloton.
Fully sloping, integral fork crowns.
Forged dropouts with integral hangers.
Brazed-on bottle and shift lever bosses.
Celeste Bianchis
RT on a Centurion
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I agree with most of the list with the exception of the Delta's I agree with @HTuPoley, they look a bit like a tumor. It is such a relief to finally make that statement! What is even better is not to lust after something that is so costly to own and maintain with marginal benefit!

I would like to add Universal Mod 61's. They are mostly ignored but I remember them being nearly the default standard on a lot of bikes. Yea MAFAC were quite popular too.

Axle adjusters screws with cast DO's

Stronglight 93 cranks

How about Patina?
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For my 70's boom bikes I put together I am always on the lookout for;
MAFAC brakes
Nervar Star and Sport cranks
Universal Super 68's
Old worn Leather saddles
Old worn Unicanitor saddles
Lyotard pedals
GB Hiduminium stems
Criterium bend bars
Pivo rando bend bars
Tubular wheelsets
14-22 5 speed freewheels
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Well, since it's Christmastime:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.

Also, copper rivets in saddles. Cinelli bars and stems. Chrome lugs. Time pedals. Colnago anything. Brifters with exposed cable housing.

That's all I got.
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Suicide levers!
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
I think you missed listing Campy's monoplanar brake calipers......
An instant classic design the moment it was issued by the company, IMO.... Just looks perfectly right!
+1...gorgeous...

Starfish cranks
Simplex SLJ shifters
Shimano Deerhead
Shimano DX
Shimano XTR...any group
Basically any Shimano MTB gruppo
Campy alloy record 8/9 shifters
Mavic OP decals
Campy aero posts
OMAS headsets
Cinellli old steel stems

Galmozzi headbadges
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chromed Nervex lugs, although just about any chromed or polished stainless head lugs make my heart beat a little faster...




Detto Pietro perforated leather shoes.... especially with the oak soles!




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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
I actually strongly disagree with this one. I seem to be in my own boat all by myself, but Delta brakes look incredibly chunky to me, as if a perfectly good-looking caliper got too close to a Schwinn electroforging operation and got hit with a big chunk of slag. On the rear of a bike, a the cover looks disproportionately massive next to the spindly stays; on the front, the tall triangular profile breaks up the squared-off shape of a classic fork crown. They don't combine and sit well with the frameset underneath them, a kind of huge parasite clinging onto the bike.
I agree.

Don't forget their ridiculous prices. Not to mention even when they are set up properly their performance is less than stellar.
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sorry to post twice... but I forgot all about box lining, especially when done by Jack Taylor...



or simply in the style of Jack Taylor...




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(has anyone mentioned Campy's "sheriff star" high flange hubs yet??)
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Originally Posted by HTupolev View Post
I actually strongly disagree with this one. I seem to be in my own boat all by myself, but Delta brakes look incredibly chunky to me, as if a perfectly good-looking caliper got too close to a Schwinn electroforging operation and got hit with a big chunk of slag. On the rear of a bike, a the cover looks disproportionately massive next to the spindly stays; on the front, the tall triangular profile breaks up the squared-off shape of a classic fork crown. They don't combine and sit well with the frameset underneath them, a kind of huge parasite clinging onto the bike.
OMG, for real!!!!!

I saw my first set in real life when buying my Giordana Antares. The owner had several De Rosa's from his race days that he was showing me and one was equipped with the Delta brakes. Sooooooooooooooooo beautiful!
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Originally Posted by Wileyone View Post
I agree.

Don't forget their ridiculous prices. Not to mention even when they are set up properly their performance is less than stellar.
Ok, not going to argue the price or even that I can see people calling them chunky. And I've never had a set. But I've seen as many posts saying they are a good as anything else when setup properly as I have that they aren't any good when set up properly. I guess the only way to really find out is to try for myself. Maybe one day.....
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Ok, not going to argue the price or even that I can see people calling them chunky. And I've never had a set. But I've seen as many posts saying they are a good as anything else when setup properly as I have that they aren't any good when set up properly. I guess the only way to really find out is to try for myself. Maybe one day.....
Most of what you hear about deltas is from people who've never used them. They were the most adjustable brake of their time, and they work quite well when set up properly, but setting them up takes some getting used to. I like how they adjust personally, and they're plenty powerful. Basically lots of toe in is needed.

Yes...they were insanely expensive, they were heavy...there are other brakes that are cheaper that work as well/better (7400 dual), but I agree with them being beautiful and distinctive. They're certainly different, and not everyone's cup of tea...but they do work.
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Annodized parts, Mathauser finned pads, fenders on certain bikes, Cobalto brakes, tan walls, fill in of stamps/flutes/cutouts, the 1980's.
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Dura Ace 7700 Groupo
Metal Headbadges
Benotto Bar Tape
Vittoria Tubulars
Fast back seat stays
Filet Brazed done right.
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