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Old 11-17-08, 06:45 PM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
What is she?
Looks like a Continental to me.
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What is she?

Schwinn Continental 1974...know where I can find period correct decals for the facelift?
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81 super le tour, My commuter as of late.
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Cleaning Up Campy Components

I have some Campagnola NR components that I want to use on a bike that just got repainted. Any idea how to get that pearl-like glow that they had when new back?
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Originally Posted by gstrickler
I have some Campagnola NR components that I want to use on a bike that just got repainted. Any idea how to get that pearl-like glow that they had when new back?
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You'd probably be better off starting a new thread about the topic. Or, alternatively, try searching for "restoring anodized parts" or something along those lines. Off the top of my head, I don't think there's a lot that can be done (aside from re-anodizing) to refinish these parts...but I could be wrong.

If you're not averse to removing anodizing, and polishing the aluminum, your options definitely open up.

Edit: Here's a link that may help:
https://www.raydobbins.com/polishing/

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junkfoodjunkie that is a beautiful bike
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finished Nishiki International, sort of

I recently finished putting together this early 70s (KS324163) Nishiki International with parts I got from the local bike coop (https://www.velocipedebikeproject.org), LBS, craigslist, ebay, commercial parts stores and with advice from all over including some from here. It's obviously not period correct; my goal was to build something that would roll and shift, on a budget. Like other posters have noted, it felt great to ride something I built myself.

It is surprisingly lightweight. I think the heaviest thing on it is the stem. I have really come to love the early Nishiki decals and the very thin seat stays. The heart shaped cable guide stops are quirky.

Unfortunately, I've entered a phase of having a constant urge to tinker with it and feeling dissatisfied with how it rides, e.g.,

The gearing is too low for my hilly surrounds at 13-24

I don't like how the flopped and wrapped bars turned out, so will unwrap, flop back, and try cork grips instead

The long reach brakes stick a little, the pads are weak

The crank arms won't stay tight

The parts list for what it's worth:

NOS suntour down tube cable guide
vintage suntour down tube shifters
Sun race front derailleur
vintage Viscount saddle
Ukai, sansein hubs 700c x 25 (1) and wolber, shimano 105 hubs (1), 700c
(I'll replace the Ukai up front with the matching Wolber eventually)
no-name albatross handlebars
Schwinn Le Mond Cranks and unknown chainrings
Diacompe Stem (.833in/21.1mm) (heavy)
Tektro 800a long reach caliper brakes
Nashbar Aero Brake Levers
Wippermann 800 8/7/6 speed chain
Nashbar Deluxe Cork Tape
Shimano Tourney Rd-Tx31 Rear Derailleur (came with a hanger-$11 brand new)
Panaracer Pasela Tire 700X32C (just fit between the brake calipers)
Wellgo 888 Alloy Quill Pedals

Thanks for the advice and inspiration,

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This should be good for a laugh!

This is a double post. I originally posted this in the Southern California section. Moderators, please feel free to delete this one if that's a problem.

This is “Old Faithful,” my Centurion Super Lemans. As near as I can remember, I bought this bike in early 1982. It was my first good bike, and is still my favorite. The old Huret odometer reads 7,000 miles, but I estimate that it has about twice that because I used more than one set of wheels on this bike, and this is the only set that has an odometer. I had an old bike computer at one time that also had several thousand miles on it. I used to do a lot of touring and commuting on this bike, as well as my first century.

Don’t anyone flame me because it’s so dirty. At least you know it’s being used. I rode 30 miles on it today.
The triple crank was added in 1984. The smallest chain ring this crank takes is a 34, which means that I use a 34 tooth freewheel to get a 27 inch first gear. I don’t think you can tell by the picture, but the handlebars have a “randoneur” bend to them, which is ideal for touring.



I guess I need to replace my old Avocet touring saddle.



Don’t see too many of these old Huret odometers anymore. Note the brackets for the low riders. These were for folks who didn’t have braze-ons on their front forks.



Don’t see too many Mirrycles either.



How about a flickstand? I saw a thread about these just a few days ago.



An old Suntour VX wide range derailleur….extremely solid and very inexpensive.



Like I said, not many braze-ons when I got this bike. I used hose clamps because I hated the water bottle clamps that were available in those days.



The bar-cons. I still see some of these around.



They put real medallions on them in those days. I think this was the last year for these.



It may not be pretty, but I still love this bike. It's made the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles twice, as well as a lot of shorter tours. It also did a fair amount of commuting duties back in the eighties. One of these days I’ll strip it, replace the bottom bracket and wheels, add some braze-ons and paint it. Until then, I’ll just keep riding it.

Thanks for indulging me.
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Thanks for the post Gordo. I'll take a dirty bike with a story before a clean bike that never gets ridden any day. Sounds like the two of you have seen some sites together. I just got a Peugeot this past summer with one of those mirrors on it. I fixed the bike up for my son and he said it was'nt cool so I took it off. Thanks again and I would'nt change a thing..
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Old 11-20-08, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by brandenjs
Thanks for the post Gordo. I'll take a dirty bike with a story before a clean bike that never gets ridden any day. Sounds like the two of you have seen some sites together. I just got a Peugeot this past summer with one of those mirrors on it. I fixed the bike up for my son and he said it was'nt cool so I took it off. Thanks again and I would'nt change a thing..

Thanks for the kind words. I don't think there is anything about this bike that would qualify as "cool" anymore! Hell, what do kids know anyway?

My bike and I went shopping today. I think I definitely qualify as a "Fred." (Do they still use that term anymore?)

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Originally Posted by Gordo Grande
I don't think there is anything about this bike that would qualify as "cool" anymore!
Don't sell yourself short. There's lots of good stuff on that bike; your story shows it's stood the test of time and is still going strong. What's cooler than durability and function? Well done. btw, I just have to ask - what are the pvc pipes for?
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Originally Posted by jbonamici
Don't sell yourself short. There's lots of good stuff on that bike; your story shows it's stood the test of time and is still going strong. What's cooler than durability and function? Well done. btw, I just have to ask - what are the pvc pipes for?
Fishing poles!
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Man, I'm 19 and that thing is AWESOME. But, then again, I don't act like a 19 year old, most people say I act like I'm in my 30's, and most people think when they see me that I'm like 24... so... what do I know about my own generation (Other than bad tastes in music and fashion).
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I finally removed my flickstand, and found that I can almost always find someplace to lean the bike that is secure, or I can lay it down on the ground. The flickstand is a nice idea, but I prefer to have as little extra stuff on my bike as possible.
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Originally Posted by phoenix
Fishing poles!
Bingo!!! Yes, they are for fishing poles!!!! LOL!!!!!

You see, my other obsession is fishing. This is really my pierfishing cart!

I also own an Equinox bicycle trailer, that I bought when my kids were little. (They're almost grown now). I really use that for heavy shopping, and sometimes for fishing when I have to ride to the ocean. This was just a short trip, so I thought I'd try hooking up the old pier cart instead of taking the Equinox. It actually worked pretty well. BTW, I got the idea over in the "utility bicycle" forum.

I hope to retire in a couple of years, at which time I'll spend all my time riding and fishing....and probably combining the two.
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Originally Posted by jbonamici
Don't sell yourself short. There's lots of good stuff on that bike; your story shows it's stood the test of time and is still going strong. What's cooler than durability and function? Well done. btw, I just have to ask - what are the pvc pipes for?
Thanks for the kind words.
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Originally Posted by Amani576
Man, I'm 19 and that thing is AWESOME. But, then again, I don't act like a 19 year old, most people say I act like I'm in my 30's, and most people think when they see me that I'm like 24... so... what do I know about my own generation (Other than bad tastes in music and fashion).
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Thanks for the kind words, Amani576. I can tell by the bikes you list in your signature that you can appreciate some of the older rides. I have nothing against newer bikes....I just can't see going out and buying a bunch of new ones when I already own so many great older bikes.

Too bad that we live on opposite coasts....otherwise we could ride together.
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Originally Posted by TromboneAl
I finally removed my flickstand, and found that I can almost always find someplace to lean the bike that is secure, or I can lay it down on the ground. The flickstand is a nice idea, but I prefer to have as little extra stuff on my bike as possible.

I actually use an old toe strap on my mountain bikes. I just leave it hanging over the handlebars while I ride, and then slide it down over the brake lever when I need to park the bike. Not only does it hold the front wheel steady, I figure it would probably confound some would-be thief for a few seconds while they try to figure it out.

Back in my touring days I just stuck a dime in the brake lever to accomplish the same goal. As long as the old flickstand is still working, though, I leave it on this bike.
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I have missed this thread, so must subscribed, best to share as well. I love them tall and steel

My 80 Conti on outing a couple weeks ago -

Upgraded to alloy rims, Continental Ultra Sport tires, bottle cage, Brooks B17I, and period correct saddle bag. Weighs in at 34#, 1 # heavier than the Super Sport being rebuilt.

73 Super Sport -

Now sharing space with a 76 Superior, (a very dirty Superior, arrival day) -
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Gotta' love them Schwinns. I think, along with a lot of other people here, that the first ten-speed I ever saw was a Schwinn. I can still remember how I marvelled at it, since up until then my "English Racer" type bike was as good as it got in Milwaukee. Only the rich kids got Schwinn ten-speeds. I couldn't figure out how someone rode with those funny handlebars and weird gear shift levers.

Love that vintage saddle bag.
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picked this up, its in such great shape i hate to have had to put it up for sale, but it deserved a better fate then sitting at a salvation army store with a tag saying its sold as a "parts bike". I may keep it if it dosen't sell. Any info. anyone can give me on it? I don't think it has any value aside from the fact its NOS.

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MESE:IT&ih=015

oh and sorry, not trying to advertise my auction, but these were the best pics I had of it!
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Originally Posted by Gordo Grande
Bingo!!! Yes, they are for fishing poles!!!! LOL!!!!!

You see, my other obsession is fishing. This is really my pierfishing cart!

I also own an Equinox bicycle trailer, that I bought when my kids were little. (They're almost grown now). I really use that for heavy shopping, and sometimes for fishing when I have to ride to the ocean. This was just a short trip, so I thought I'd try hooking up the old pier cart instead of taking the Equinox. It actually worked pretty well. BTW, I got the idea over in the "utility bicycle" forum.

I hope to retire in a couple of years, at which time I'll spend all my time riding and fishing....and probably combining the two.
Gordo - I like your bike, your attitude and your future plans. Glad you found your way to C&V.
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Gordo - I like your bike, your attitude and your future plans. Glad you found your way to C&V.
Thanks, again, for the kind words. I think I've found a new home here.

Fortunately, my wife is as nuts as I am, and she supports my obsessions whole-heartedly, especially bicycling. We had two hand-blown glass bicycles on our wedding cake when we got married. Unfortunately, that piece didn't survive the Northridge Earthquake! ;-)
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Pardon my ignorance...

What does NOS mean?

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Originally Posted by Gordo Grande
What does NOS mean? Thanks
New Original Stock, to mean never sold retail across the counter, or utilized after purchased.

The reference by the poster is indicating the bike never seen it out of the store. NOS is often used in reference to parts or accessories obtain as result of a retailer liquidating or inventory buyout marketed by third party.
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