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Old 05-29-21, 11:39 AM
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Barely any riding back then, only occasionally on a 2001 Fuji Ace that I no longer have, but wish I did. Around that time I stripped, painted, and rebuilt a Murray Wildcat banana seat bike with my daughter. It was a rusty purple that we redid in orange and white. Unfortunately no pics.
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Not much different than today, although no Carlton and no second Capo Sieger back then.

Rewind 18 years, and I getting ready to have the 1959 Capo painted at CyclArt. I wish I had a before picture -- sorry. I still have the best car I have ever owned, the 2001 VW Passat wagon, but I had to donate the 1996 Audi A4 Quattro to PBS after a substantial electrical short / meltdown / near-fire in the power window circuitry. (I had a long career in the semiconductor industry, and I currently teach electrical engineering and computer science at a local university, so it hurt to admit defeat on this one.)
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
Not much different than today, although no Carlton and no second Capo Sieger back then.

Rewind 18 years, and I getting ready to have the 1959 Capo painted at CyclArt. I wish I had a before picture -- sorry. I still have the best car I have ever owned, the 2001 VW Passat wagon, but I had to donate the 1996 Audi A4 Quattro to PBS after a substantial electrical short / meltdown / near-fire in the power window circuitry. (I had a long career in the semiconductor industry, and I currently teach electrical engineering and computer science at a local university, so it hurt to admit defeat on this one.)
I know that feeling, 20 year fomoco and ASE Senior Master Technician, had a couple of cars that ended up at "we can replace the wiring harness and see what happens".

These were problems that were out of my specialty that I took on after they kicked other techs azzes that couldn't get there, I proceeded to join them but was fairly confident it would work and/or the problem would be found if we went there as that is what usually happened, you would find a water leak, pinchpoint or shrinkage stretch, abrasion, rub through area that didn't test/prove out during diag azz whoopin but became obvious once you got your eyeball or hand on it.
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I joined BF.net in July 2011, and had my trusty Fuji S-10S as my only bike, so I was still blissfully ignorant of better bikes and the dreaded 'n+1 rule'. Y'all have corrupted me!!!
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I had just joined BF, started with a Raleigh Sports and a Fuji S10S Ltd as the gateway to C&V. I also got my first of two Schwinn Cimarrons, and rode it at a Minneapolis C&V ride (thread below).

Minneapolis/St. Paul C&V Ride, October 15, 2011

Interesting that I feel like Ive made a lot of different interests changes since I was 20, but the style of bike is pretty similar to now as a 30 year old. No more 27 wheels though.
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Originally Posted by Cougrrcj View Post
I joined BF.net in July 2011, and had my trusty Fuji S-10S as my only bike, so I was still blissfully ignorant of better bikes and the dreaded 'n+1 rule'. Y'all have corrupted me!!!
There's no corruption here, only well meaning good old fashioned enabling, we aim to please.
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Originally Posted by John E View Post
... but I had to donate the 1996 Audi A4 Quattro to PBS after a substantial electrical short / meltdown / near-fire in the power window circuitry. (I had a long career in the semiconductor industry, and I currently teach electrical engineering and computer science at a local university, so it hurt to admit defeat on this one.)
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I know that feeling, 20 year fomoco and ASE Senior Master Technician, had a couple of cars that ended up at "we can replace the wiring harness and see what happens".

These were problems that were out of my specialty that I took on after they kicked other techs azzes that couldn't get there, I proceeded to join them but was fairly confident it would work and/or the problem would be found if we went there as that is what usually happened, you would find a water leak, pinchpoint or shrinkage stretch, abrasion, rub through area that didn't test/prove out during diag azz whoopin but became obvious once you got your eyeball or hand on it.
"How does one find a electrical issue?" "Look for the smoke of the electrons escaping" says my own FoMoCo/ASE Senior Master Tech buddy... No longer a FoMoCo grease monkey, but he keeps current with his ASE training/certification. He is 'on call' to several of the repair shops around town. They call him in for the tricky ones... Oh, and for the really strange things we say that "The Universe is made up of Protrons, Neutrons, Electrons and lastly Queertrons because who knows whys that circuit is doing that" What he typically finds are pinched wires, botched wiring, corrosion, and sometimes just a bad part right out of the box... His idea of 'relaxation' is buying and fixing rebuildable wrecks from the insurance auctions. He's converted his '95 F250 4x4 351/5.8L Speed density/batchfire to a 393w stroker Mass Air/SEFI. Doing a Mass-air conversion requires the whole front body wiring harness (for the Mass air meter, and other sensor wiring), the engine wiring harness and sensors, and the proper programmed ECU. also must add O2 sensors for each cylinder bank, manufacturing a 'tone ring' for the crank position sensor, etc... My '95 7.5L F250 is next, and that is going to be tougher to find the correct parts for...
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Old 05-29-21, 07:15 PM
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"How does one find a electrical issue?" "Look for the smoke of the electrons escaping" says my own FoMoCo/ASE Senior Master Tech buddy... No longer a FoMoCo grease monkey, but he keeps current with his ASE training/certification. He is 'on call' to several of the repair shops around town. They call him in for the tricky ones... Oh, and for the really strange things we say that "The Universe is made up of Protrons, Neutrons, Electrons and lastly Queertrons because who knows whys that circuit is doing that" What he typically finds are pinched wires, botched wiring, corrosion, and sometimes just a bad part right out of the box... His idea of 'relaxation' is buying and fixing rebuildable wrecks from the insurance auctions. He's converted his '95 F250 4x4 351/5.8L Speed density/batchfire to a 393w stroker Mass Air/SEFI. Doing a Mass-air conversion requires the whole front body wiring harness (for the Mass air meter, and other sensor wiring), the engine wiring harness and sensors, and the proper programmed ECU. also must add O2 sensors for each cylinder bank, manufacturing a 'tone ring' for the crank position sensor, etc... My '95 7.5L F250 is next, and that is going to be tougher to find the correct parts for...
I know a few guys like that, they are a cut above in general. I never enjoyed coloring outside the lines, the factory did what they did for their reasons and at flat rate, I usually had my hands full with everyday problems and idiocy from said factory, never mind dealership politics and their own very special version of said idiocy.

My idea of "relaxation" was delivering said azz whoopins at the drag strip with motorcycles and on many occasions receiving them as well.

One of the instructors along the way when asked what the azz whoopin problem was would say "somebody let the smoke out of the box, too bad no one was there to see it."

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"How does one find a electrical issue?" "Look for the smoke of the electrons escaping" says my own FoMoCo/ASE Senior Master Tech buddy...
Or, as one of my friends used to say, "The smoke is the magic ingredient that makes an electrical circuit work. If you let the smoke out, it won't work any more."

That's essentially what happened. On the evening before a week-long family reunion trip (great timing!), my wife called to tell me, "Your car is smoking." I said something stupid like, "Well, it's old enough to legally," then quickly realized how upset and scared she was. I envisioned smoke coming from an oil leak in the engine compartment (been there ... done that), but this was pouring right out of the dash vents, and she suddenly couldn't open any of the other windows. Even if I had taken the time to fix it, I did not have time or space for a project car, and I knew she would (wisely) never trust it again. It was a blast to drive and looked sharp, and it had been our younger son's first car, but the time had come to say goodbye.
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Geez, the stories I could tell you about Audi electronics back in the day. We owned a 100LS in the 70’s and it was just a series of electronic mayhem experiences.

Like the night we went over a bump in the road and the fuse box fell out from under the dashboard and started to burn. Headlights wouldn’t work so we removed the lenses from the turn signals and shorted out the four way blinker relay so they worked kinda like dim headlghts. Got us home, anyway.

Or the time a friend drove our car to meet us at the airport and I said to my wife: there she is! She asked how I knew, and I replied “because it’s sunny and 80 degrees and the windshield wipers are on.”

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10 years ago I was in my second cycling era. My original Varsity had gone to the recycler and the Moto had sat under years of dust. My son scammed a raffle at college and won a Huffy mtn bike. He figured out what a POS it was so he gave it to me. Yeah, POS but it worked so I'd started riding again. I was motivated so then cleaned and overhauled the '79 Mirage and rode that. 2011 I made my tentative entry to the world of Craigslist and located my CAAD3 R600. As I was heading to a nephew's wedding (120 miles away) I stopped and purchased the 'Dale midway. Funny, I was the only one at the wedding with a suit and a bicycle on the back o the car.

Then I discovered BF C&V....... By October 2013 I'd started looking for a projected or two for the new hours after my impending separation. Purchased the Raleigh Pro and it was "off to the races".
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Had just finished this, which was in celebration of my 60th birthday:

But was also working on this:

And this:

And this:

And this:
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Ahhh, Lucas Electric otherwise known as the British Prince of Darkness. I am well aware of Lucas since my college girlfriend and her mother both had Triumph Spitfires....
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Was it 2011? Yes, or close.
Here are several of my vintage bikes that got sold in one transaction to @Lascauxcaveman.
I was downsizing. HaHaHa.
But I lived and built back bigger.


note: Nothing for sale today.
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This was around 2011 - Puget Sound BF C&V ride.
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2011 was a quiet year. My Mercian was a few years into it's Ultegra upgrade. We bought my wife a contemporary Cannondale Synapse for our wedding which has since been replaced with a 1984 Lotus Eclair that I've modded in too many ways to remember. A year or two later that I acquired a fleet of 4 3-speed Sports models for the family, did a drop-bar conversion on a Ross Mt. Somethingorother early 80s "mountain" bike, and a year later my old teacher's PX-10 was passed to me.
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5/24/11 Would have been my 63-1/2 "unbirthday" and I was still riding like the wind.....
63.5 miles a week earlier on my new to me '79 Echelon Odyssey.
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2011 I did my very first bike overhaul. I found this bike thrown out in some trash near a skatepark me and some friends used to hang out at, so rusted and greasy the wheels would'nt turn so it had to be dragged home. But it was still totally stock, including the original bar tape. It took me 2 months to get it disassembled, cleaned up, greased, and back in working order, because I had never worked on a bike at all until then. I eventually parted it out and sold it, but i kind of wish I still had it, it was a looker, not light at all, but really pretty.
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2011 I did my very first bike overhaul. I found this bike thrown out in some trash near a skatepark me and some friends used to hang out at, so rusted and greasy the wheels would'nt turn so it had to be dragged home. But it was still totally stock, including the original bar tape. It took me 2 months to get it disassembled, cleaned up, greased, and back in working order, because I had never worked on a bike at all until then. I eventually parted it out and sold it, but i kind of wish I still had it, it was a looker, not light at all, but really pretty.
That's a '74-75 S-10S -- the same vintage as my Sept '74 ('75 model year) S-10S.

The pic below is my '75, bought new in '76 with a bunch of replacement parts in about '96 or so....





FOR THE DAY, that bike was light at 26-ish pounds (26.5 pounds in 23" like mine). Back then a Schwinn Paramount on tubulars was around 22 pounds! THREE YEARS later, in '77, Schwinn brought out the Japan-sourced Super LeTour 12.2 (12.2Kgms) which would be 26.8 pounds... The S-10S was years ahead of it's time! LOL!
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I was wearing jorts, a mess bag, and using modern aero levers. I was so lost. But now I have been found. I was blind. But now I see.

As far as the levers, I just needed to do one thing. htfu.
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2011, huh? Lessee, what was happening then, cycling-wise?

I had the 1967 Paramount, the the 1982ish Ron Cooper, the 1978 Eisentraut and the 1986 De Rosa. I had not yet traded the De Rosa for one right-sized1965ish Cinelli, nor did I yet have the a-bit-too-small 1972ish Cinelli that I later traded for a second right-sized 1965ish Cinelli.

I was running Conti 4000s (700x25) on everything. Now it's Conti 4000 25s on some, Conti 5000 32s on others.

I was riding regularly with bigbossman and markopolo, but, sadly, both have since moved away from the Bay Area.

I was fat and slow then. I'm old, fat and slow now. I guess that's progress of a sort.
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Bikes: 1981 Ron Cooper, 1974 Cinelli Speciale Corsa, 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 1, 1986 Miyata 710, 1982 Raleigh "International"

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Ten years ago I was doing what I do now, riding in the countryside on the weekends and participating in various century rides on my 30-year-old (now 40-year-old) Ron Cooper.

However, there were a few things I didn't know back then:

1. That there was such a thing as C&V cycling. I was simply riding my newest bike, having picked it up in 1981 and having seen no need for another bike.

2. I didn't know that it was permissible to own more than one bike at a time. Up until about 5 years ago I've only ever owned one road bike at one time. I have since rectified that sad situation.

3. I didn't know that splash tape was really lame.

4. I didn't realize that I could get the low gears I needed using period-appropriate components. I had just switched from my Nuovo Record 52-42/13-28 drivetrain to a modern triple, as shown in this photo, which was a huge relief for riding the hills around here. About 3 years later I discovered triplizers and long cage vintage derailleurs so switched back to Nuovo Record era stuff.
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