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Old 01-29-15, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
On most of my bikes, I put a drop of super glue on the end of the cable and then add a drop of paint that ties in to frame paint. On my Park Pre I went with two paint colors on the cable ends.
Looks very slick.
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Old 01-29-15, 03:02 PM
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@oddjob2,
Did I mention that you belong among the pantheon of C&V restorers/refurbishers? I mean that. Phil
Thanks for the mighty fine compliment. Nice to be known as a pillar of this fine community!
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Old 01-29-15, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by urodacus View Post
Regal saddle, often recovered.
+1, So far 3 of my bikes have Regals and one has a cheap Regal copy.

For all of my bikes, I wrap the bars in two different directions. Meaning, I start at the brake lever and wrap down to the bar end, then start above the brake lever and wrap up to the middle. Best of both directions. I always solder the ends of cables.

I very much dislike sidepulls so all my bikes have centerpulls. When I get new bikes with sidepulls, I always try them out but end up swapping them out.
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I always solder my cable ends

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Old 01-29-15, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Balilla calipers instead of Universals

Frejus070 by iabisdb, on Flickr

Cinelli_Model_B 110 by iabisdb, on Flickr

Balilla Calipers by iabisdb, on Flickr

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I might have a set of those... I'll check when I get home.

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Old 01-29-15, 05:32 PM
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Steel frames only!
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Originally Posted by mooncountry View Post
Can you, um, tell me a little more about these cranks? ("FB" is really hard to google--thanks, Facebook.) They're BEAUTIFUL! I assume they're lightyears beyond my pricerange (because that's $0 at this point), but it would be good to know where to find them for the future..
FB stands for Fratelli Brivio (Brothers Brivio).

Fb Hubs

FB hubs are quite common as they were the biggest producer in Italy from the 30s through the end of the 50s. Any Campagnolo 3-piece high or low flange hub was an FB OEM part. See most any Italian 3-piece hub, no matter the brand on it, it is likely FB.

Cranks are pretty rare. They pop up on Italian ebay once or twice a year. Even less so on US ebay. In mint condition, it would be possible for those cranks to hit 4 figures.

Bottom brackets and spindles are even more rare. I have seen 4 in the last 8 years. But they don't command the prices of the cranks.
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Old 01-29-15, 06:34 PM
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My bar wrapping from the levers outwards to the ends and the stem is signature to me at this point. All my bike's except one (by accident) are wrapped this way.
As hard as I try I can't seem to convince anyone in this forum that it is the best way to avoid having tape edges lift and separate as it does not present any edges towards where and what direction your hands will mostly apply pressure on the bar on the tops or on the drops.
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
And most of my bikes have fenders with a front mudflap, since I find that fenders and a front mudflap together really help keep the bike cleaner than just fenders alone:
A mark of real commuting wisdom!
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Old 01-29-15, 09:55 PM
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I often have a radial spoke pattern on the front wheel. I saw a bunch of old bikes from the 1910s leaning against a stone wall once, and many of them had radial patterns.
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Old 01-29-15, 10:00 PM
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Here is one bike signature that sets this bike apart:

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Old 01-30-15, 04:54 AM
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Ok, I confess. My bikes have to have toeclips/straps and 23mm tires. Probably more OCD than "signature".
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Old 01-30-15, 05:04 AM
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all my bikes have 700c x 25 tires
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Originally Posted by Michael Angelo View Post
all my bikes have 700c x 25 tires
What chain lube do you use? That is the real question.
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I'm so new to all this (only done two C&V so far with the third on the way) that I can barely write, let alone have a signature. Upon reflection though on both of those there were/are no crank arm dust caps so I painted the spindle end a color to tie into the bike and have painted the nuts silver. No one has noticed. My winter project Grand Prix has cottered cranks so I don't know yet if I'll 'dot' those spindle ends or not.

As to the whole lot of bikes, I have now obtained and recovered 4 mid '90s Vetta Trishock saddles and use them on road and mtn bikes. Is that 'signature'? Donno, they just suit my skinny contact point and they are real cheap.
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Old school class.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
FB stands for Fratelli Brivio (Brothers Brivio).

Fb Hubs

FB hubs are quite common as they were the biggest producer in Italy from the 30s through the end of the 50s. Any Campagnolo 3-piece high or low flange hub was an FB OEM part. See most any Italian 3-piece hub, no matter the brand on it, it is likely FB.

Cranks are pretty rare. They pop up on Italian ebay once or twice a year. Even less so on US ebay. In mint condition, it would be possible for those cranks to hit 4 figures.

Bottom brackets and spindles are even more rare. I have seen 4 in the last 8 years. But they don't command the prices of the cranks.

Thanks for the information! Yeah, those are some truly gorgeous cranks. I don't really believe in a "grail bike," but I think that I'll be keeping a real eye out for FB cranks from now on. I have plenty of time to uncover something in a thrift store/garage sale (I tell myself, wistfully...). Hey: it's happened before!
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Originally Posted by OldsCOOL View Post
What chain lube do you use? That is the real question.
Chainsaw oil
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Old 01-30-15, 01:53 PM
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Chainsaw oil
Whale Oil it's organic and C&V
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Got so tired of rear axle slip when Mashing that I put one of these on all my bicycles...



Small 90 bent piece of aluminum preventing the axle from slipping forward...
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I don't know if you would call it a 'signature' but most of my bikes seem to be migrating to a Monolanor style brake, also if I am having wheels built I usually have the front radially laced.
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Please See Post #5 on this thread......
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...ge-1983-a.html
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Originally Posted by Velognome View Post
Whale Oil it's organic and C&V
Tar pit oil. Very vintage.
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
Got so tired of rear axle slip when Mashing that I put one of these on all my bicycles...



Small 90 bent piece of aluminum preventing the axle from slipping forward...
Very nifty.
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Highlight paint in the recesses













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