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05-15-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 701
Posted By John E

I guess it didn't do shift.

I guess it didn't do shift.
05-14-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 304
Posted By John E

Nice to see Nervar alloy cranks instead of the...

Nice to see Nervar alloy cranks instead of the Super Sport's Ashtabula boat anchor.
05-07-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 908
Posted By John E

The kitchen in your garage is almost as big as...

The kitchen in your garage is almost as big as the one in my house. ;) (Corridor/Pullman-style 4x10 floor area with countertops an appliances lining both sides.)

Since I keep my cars for a long...
05-04-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By John E

I can't imagine doing that at any age, but I am...

I can't imagine doing that at any age, but I am admittedly coordination-challenged. (Our younger son is a talented natural athlete, and the big joke in our family is that he inherited it from me. :) )
05-01-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,116
Posted By John E

Aren't suicide shifters the subject of the...

Aren't suicide shifters the subject of the M*A*S*H theme song, "Suicide Is Painless"?

One of my high school buddies had a 1960 Schwinn Continental with a Simplex suicide shifter, and I recall...
04-25-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,578
Posted By John E

I love this thread! I am a sucker for lugs, fancy...

I love this thread! I am a sucker for lugs, fancy or plain. You have seen my contribution before: my 1962 Carlton FrancoSuisse and my three ca. 1960 Capos....
04-21-21, 06:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 375
Posted By John E

As you discovered, the secret to low gearing is...

As you discovered, the secret to low gearing is to realize you probably do not need the typical highest gear ratios that adorn many bicycles. You still have 100 gear-inches on top (48/13); I run...
04-19-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 905
Posted By John E

My son's (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10 has painted...

My son's (formerly my) 1980 PKN-10 has painted stays and half-chrome forks. It is still one of my favorites among all of the bikes I have owned, but I gave it to him because it is one size too tall...
04-17-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 795
Posted By John E

What are you going to do with half a fork and...

What are you going to do with half a fork and half a set of stays? :)
04-17-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
Posted By John E

Best wishes with your kitty. My wife and I have...

Best wishes with your kitty. My wife and I have been blessed with about three overlapping generations of cats over the past 45 years. Most have been rescues or shelter adoptions.
04-13-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 571
Posted By John E

True -- even low-end Bianchis benefit from great...

True -- even low-end Bianchis benefit from great frame geometry. My first road bike was a bottom-of-the-line 1962 Bianchi Corsa, and it rode and handled better than it had any right to.
04-12-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,012
Posted By John E

I wouldn't ride a track bike on the street...

I wouldn't ride a track bike on the street without at least a front brake, but that's just me.

It looks absolutely beautiful!
04-07-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By John E

No direct experience or stories to tell, but I...

No direct experience or stories to tell, but I knew the name well when I worked at Bikecology, a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership, in the early 1970s. At least he had a good long run.
04-06-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,191
Posted By John E

My 1970 UO-8, or as we called them at the shop,...

My 1970 UO-8, or as we called them at the shop, "You Owe Nothing." I bought it as a bare frame and custom-built it for my wife when I worked at Bikecology, subsequently repurposed it as my...
04-03-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,161
Posted By John E

I hope they don't banish this one, for two...

I hope they don't banish this one, for two reasons.
1) It is a very timely thread. (Sorry, couldn't resist ...)
2) Most of the posts involve vintage timepieces.

Pix of the V&C pocket watch from...
04-02-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,161
Posted By John E

I have two family heirloom watches: 1) The...

I have two family heirloom watches:

1) The gold Vacheron & Constantin pocket watch presented to my great-grandfather on July 4, 1922 by the Clinchfield Coal Company, following the first aid...
04-01-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,793
Posted By John E

... or any other day, for that matter. :)

... or any other day, for that matter. :)
03-29-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 702
Posted By John E

Nishiki used SunTour barcons and derailleurs...

Nishiki used SunTour barcons and derailleurs extensively through most of the 1970s. The chrome rear tips and the integral derailleur hanger are positive hints.

EDIT: Clearer photo shows no...
03-26-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 967
Posted By John E

Normal low rear -- goes with the Spirt normal...

Normal low rear -- goes with the Spirt normal high front. :)
03-24-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 431
Posted By John E

Nice work. I'll take an IGH over single speed any...

Nice work. I'll take an IGH over single speed any day.
03-23-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 661
Posted By John E

That's what I use on my mountain bike, which has...

That's what I use on my mountain bike, which has no eyelets of any kind, since it was a dedicated racing model. The chain rest on the drive side prevents slippage, and the rubber coating prevents...
03-21-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By John E

Understood. I rode the 1972 Los Angeles Wheelmen...

Understood. I rode the 1972 Los Angeles Wheelmen Double Century on 54-44/14-24 1.5-step gearing, then used a 50-47/14-16-18-20-23 half-step for flats and swapped in a 42 for 1.5-step gearing for...
03-21-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 845
Posted By John E

For what it's worth for comparison, here are pix...

For what it's worth for comparison, here are pix of my 1962 Carlton Franco Suisse. Mine has vertically oriented rivet holes for a head badge, which is missing, but I did obtain a couple of head badge...
03-19-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,541
Posted By John E

Welcome to the New Old Guy from and Old Old Guy....

Welcome to the New Old Guy from and Old Old Guy. :)

Because of significant physical coordination challenges, I was not able to balance a bicycle until the summer I turned 12, but once I got...
03-10-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 722
Posted By John E

Our rainy season has arrived late, so I am still...

Our rainy season has arrived late, so I am still riding my mountain bike, but you have inspired me to prep. a couple of the road bikes for spring and summer. As I get older I tend to prefer wider...
03-10-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,893
Posted By John E

Hey -- I resemble that remark! ...

Hey -- I resemble that remark!
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03-02-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,151
Posted By John E

My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28...

My Bianchi (see signature) currently has 700Cx28 Continental tires, which run 2-3mm on the small side. I was not able to put 700Cx28 Specialized Armadillos on it, because they run a bit large.
03-01-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,146
Posted By John E

I can do this. ...

I can do this.
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02-26-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By John E

I once broke a left side cottered steel crank...

I once broke a left side cottered steel crank across the cotter eye and ended up riding home with the cranks at about 150-210 degrees instead of 180-180.

For me the most painful (literally)...
02-26-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 780
Posted By John E

With blackwall tires, I almost always wear out...

With blackwall tires, I almost always wear out the tread before the sidewall starts to crack or otherwise visibly deteriorate.

I have had to throw out several skinwall or tanwall tiresk,...
02-18-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By John E

I have converted most of my older road bikes from...

I have converted most of my older road bikes from 5 to 6 cogs, because I find I need at least 11 (no large-large cross-chaining allowed) unique ratios to provide me the range I need without too large...
02-15-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,129
Posted By John E

Maybe Shimano brake pads have improved over the...

Maybe Shimano brake pads have improved over the past decade, but I found a set so scary/dangerous that I immediately replaced them with KoolStop salmons, so that I could actually stop, instead of...
02-09-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,484
Posted By John E

My boss in the early 2000s had a Medici. The...

My boss in the early 2000s had a Medici. The steep frame geometry and the stiff factory gearing (52-42/13-19) shouted "criterium bike."
02-03-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 687
Posted By John E

Check out his seat post exposure on top of that....

Check out his seat post exposure on top of that. :)

I have two friends who stand 6'9". One has license plate 5 FT 21. :)
02-02-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By John E

For comparison, mine is (evidently) a 1982 model,...

For comparison, mine is (evidently) a 1982 model, built at the end of 1981 (see signature). The Bianchi script on my seat tube and downtube decals looks exactly like yours, but my decals lack the...
01-30-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 664
Posted By John E

I suggest cross-posting in the adaptive cycling...

I suggest cross-posting in the adaptive cycling forum, as well. Some very helpful and innovative folks there.
01-29-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,094
Posted By John E

Others have mentioned the obvious issue of riding...

Others have mentioned the obvious issue of riding position. This is why so many of us consider top tube length to be more important than seat tube length when we select a frame. My 1980 Peugeot...
01-28-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,094
Posted By John E

False dichotomy. I ride a 30-year-old...

False dichotomy. I ride a 30-year-old sport/competition mountain bike for loaded transportation. I also have sports touring road bikes that serve nicely for light transportation.
01-26-21, 12:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,520
Posted By John E

"I've never seen a blue PX-10, and I never hope...

"I've never seen a blue PX-10, and I never hope to see one ..."

I have seen exactly one blue PX-10, owned by a fellow passenger on our bicycle-friendly commuter rail line...
01-24-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,058
Posted By John E

Another option is good ol' toeclips and straps,...

Another option is good ol' toeclips and straps, which are what I have happily used on all of my bikes since early 1969.
01-22-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 810
Posted By John E

I resemble that remark. They look like the ones...

I resemble that remark. They look like the ones on my Carlton. I'll bet the cloth tape was at least 40 years old.
01-21-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,607
Posted By John E

I gradually phased into my encore career in...

I gradually phased into my encore career in academia over a several-year span. At age 70 I don't need the money, but I greatly enjoy working with intelligent and motivated university colleagues and...
01-20-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,461
Posted By John E

"A Falcon is a good English bike" --...

"A Falcon is a good English bike"
-- Charlie Harding of C. Harding's For Bikes, Westwood Bl., Los Angeles, 1970s
01-18-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,461
Posted By John E

That sure looks like my Carlton -- same head lugs...

That sure looks like my Carlton -- same head lugs and seat cluster, Campag. braze-ons for downtube shift, same rear dropouts, same rear brake cable guides. The only differences I can see are my...
01-16-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,461
Posted By John E

I finally got one. I had an Armstrong and a...

I finally got one. I had an Armstrong and a Hercules, both converted 3-speeds, years ago, but now I have a real road bike. :)...
01-14-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,376
Posted By John E

As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I...

As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I dislike relegating decent old frames to the dumpster even more, so go for it. The only place I draw the line is on hacking off things like derailleur hanger...
01-11-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,884
Posted By John E

This is cool -- great thread. Previously I had...

This is cool -- great thread. Previously I had seen only the Sputnik bikes. Its fun to see the mix of Russian/Cyrillic and English/Roman text on the various components and frames.

Seeing the...
01-10-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 558
Posted By John E

You may want to slide that saddle back a bit.

You may want to slide that saddle back a bit.
01-10-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 829
Posted By John E

Probably, but since I prefer uncool and safe, I...

Probably, but since I prefer uncool and safe, I was an early adopter of the Bell Biker.
01-05-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,147
Posted By John E

I thought this was going to be a fish story.

I thought this was going to be a fish story.
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