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Old 02-25-20, 01:29 PM
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Love the photo, the nostalgia of what this bicycle was, what it is, and what it will be in the future...as our love of petro-carbon vehicles wanes.

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Old 02-25-20, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Freewheels, especially 5 speed.
Why "especially 5 speed", since 5-speed freewheel hubs are much less likely to break axles than 6- or 7-speeds?

I do agree that freehubs are a much better solution (despite the fact that I have nothing but freewheels on my road bikes).
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
Why "especially 5 speed", since 5-speed freewheel hubs are much less likely to break axles than 6- or 7-speeds?

I do agree that freehubs are a much better solution (despite the fact that I have nothing but freewheels on my road bikes).
I've got a 14-32 5 speed on the bike I rode on Eroica the last couple of years. I was constantly searching for a combo that aligned with my power output.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I've got a 14-32 5 speed on the bike I rode on Eroica the last couple of years. I was constantly searching for a combo that aligned with my power output.
Well there's that...but at least the axle didn't break.
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
Well there's that...but at least the axle didn't break.
Yes, strong like ox!

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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
I've got a 14-32 5 speed on the bike I rode on Eroica the last couple of years. I was constantly searching for a combo that aligned with my power output.
It's hard to find an in between gear with a widely spaced 5 speed freewheel. Were you running half step gearing? That will help. But yeah gearing a 120 OLD bike for riding hills and gravel is a challenge. That's why I broke down and bought an ultra 6 freewheel recently,
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Looks like a Bianchi-made folding military bike.
Yep. Like I wrote it is an MTB. Front and rear suspension too.
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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
It's hard to find an in between gear with a widely spaced 5 speed freewheel. Were you running half step gearing? That will help. But yeah gearing a 120 OLD bike for riding hills and gravel is a challenge. That's why I broke down and bought an ultra 6 freewheel recently,
I've been very happy with a 34/14 Shimano Megarange 6 speed on my 120 spaced Raleighs. The green one with the triple has got me over some hellacious hills (and two Eroicas) with a 32/40/52 Sugino triple. I also have the same freewheel with a 52/42 Sakae double that works great excrpt for the most extreme hills. I treat the Megarange as a 5 speed + 34t granny.

50t big ring shown. I have since gone to a 52t to get a little more top end with the 34/14 rear.

34/14 Megarange with 52/42 double, also a great combination.

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Bianchi is now the longest-running currently-in-business bike company. Their lineup is big, and they really know what they're doing. I have owned one Bianchi, a ~1996 Volpe, a well designed and built low-to-mid-level model, and it had the best paint job of any bike I owned. I eventually gave the bike away to a needy friend, as I prefer lighter frames.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed View Post
I've been very happy with a 34/14 Shimano Megarange 6 speed on my 120 spaced Raleighs. The green one with the triple has got me over some hellacious hills (and two Eroicas) with a 32/50/52 Sugino triple. I also have the same freewheel with a 52/42 Sakae double that works great excrpt for the most extreme hills. I treat the Megarange as a 5 speed + 34t granny.
snip . ..

50t big ring shown. I have since gone to a 52t to get a little more top end with the 34/14 rear.

34/14 Megarange with 52/42 double, also a great combination.
Yeah I may need to try one of these out. I am concerned about that jump from 24 to 34 though. Still you could run this on a compact and get good hill climbing gears.

I have a ride coming up in June that will have over 6,000 ft of climbing in 125 miles spread out over 2 days. I'd like to take a Mercier 300 I am rebuilding. I'll likely run an ultra 6 14-30 in the rear and a 50-34 up front.

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Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
It's hard to find an in between gear with a widely spaced 5 speed freewheel. Were you running half step gearing? That will help. But yeah gearing a 120 OLD bike for riding hills and gravel is a challenge. That's why I broke down and bought an ultra 6 freewheel recently,
I wasn't, but half-step would be a good solution, thanks for the tip!

I chose this freewheel because it was gold colored and gave me a low granny gear.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
snip . . .

I chose this freewheel because it was gold colored snip . . .
I'm with you. All that really matters is that the bike looks good,
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Originally Posted by davester View Post
5-speed freewheel hubs are much less likely to break axles than 6- or 7-speeds.
In the last ten years, I've broken only one axle -- on my only 5-speed freewheel bike. (The others are 6- or 7-speeed freewheels.)

Full disclosure would help. The 5-speed is on my one and only grocery getter.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
In the last ten years, I've broken only one axle -- on my only 5-speed freewheel bike. (The others are 6- or 7-speeed freewheels.)

Full disclosure would help. The 5-speed is on my one and only grocery getter.
I usually find that I've broken an axle after an ill-advised rough gravel ride.
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Agreeing I am, thanks frizzen .

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You run out of gears, up a hill you shift up 5-4-3-2-1 (bleep), on the flats, in 4 I over spin/in 3 I over push.

But they do bring back the love when I ride my triple 10 speed .
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Might sound vain, but the thing I dont like is what do you wear for a long ride. Easy for the carbon fiber folks, they get to deck themselves out in spacesuit spandex, which looks so over done on our bikes. Vintage race jersey maybe? I dunno, costco windbreaker seems to work for now.
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Might sound vain, but the thing I dont like is what do you wear for a long ride. Easy for the carbon fiber folks, they get to deck themselves out in spacesuit spandex, which looks so over done on our bikes
I ride my carbon bike in "baggy" shorts and a jersey to have pockets for food, I ride my C&V bikes in the same kit.
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Originally Posted by N2motorsports View Post
Might sound vain, but the thing I dont like is what do you wear for a long ride. Easy for the carbon fiber folks, they get to deck themselves out in spacesuit spandex, which looks so over done on our bikes. Vintage race jersey maybe? I dunno, costco windbreaker seems to work for now.
Basic black bike shorts and vintage wool. There are tons of options. Check out all the retro stuff at OCG:

https://onlinecyclinggear.com/collec...o-cycling-gear
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Might sound vain, but the thing I dont like is what do you wear for a long ride. Easy for the carbon fiber folks, they get to deck themselves out in spacesuit spandex, which looks so over done on our bikes. Vintage race jersey maybe? I dunno, costco windbreaker seems to work for now.
Mostly just hiking shorts, long underwear and a T shirt lately. For longer rides, cycling clothes are more comfortable, and noticeably faster and easier in any sort of wind and/or higher speeds. Wearing them doesn't make me feel foolish, cuz I just don't care.

FWIW, I started with wool shorts, but frankly the spandex ones are just better. I don't care for the pads of modern shorts but that's a different issue. Wool jerseys are still my preference, but I'll switch to modern synthetic during the summer heat. No team jerseys or anything covered in graphics for me, no way. BITD the only team jersey people typically wore was the one for their own bike club. Most people wore plain wool jerseys with no signage most of the time. Reminds me I should buy another Kucharik while I still can.

Most people don't seem to know this, but skin shorts came on the scene long before lycra jerseys.

So to sum it up, I'd recommend a wool jersey and modern shorts but in plain black for riding your vintage bike. Of course you can wear whatever you want. Shoes are actually most important.
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