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05-10-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 257
Posted By pcb

Gotcha. I was replying to tricky's post asking...

Gotcha. I was replying to tricky's post asking whether the GP4K were still current or not.

There still looks to still be spotty new GP4K inventory at retailer level, but nothing cheap.
05-10-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 257
Posted By pcb

I don't see the GP4000 on conti's website any...

I don't see the GP4000 on conti's website any more, so I'm assuming they've officially been replaced by the GP5K. I don't know whether Conti still has GP4K inventory, or if what we're seeing is...
05-10-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 947
Posted By pcb

It does seem clear that our transport systems are...

It does seem clear that our transport systems are overstressed, with increased shipping delays for all carriers.

But I reckon the deliberate policy changes/decisions made by DeJoy and the usps...
05-10-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By pcb

That was an interesting time in the US bike...

That was an interesting time in the US bike market, with "racing" spec moving away from Euro-style long-course/stage geometry/clearances towards short-course/criterium tight/stiff/quick-handling...
05-10-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 257
Posted By pcb

Ignoring the cost issue for now, the GP4KSII...

Ignoring the cost issue for now, the GP4KSII 28-622/700c is known to run significantly wider than labeled, but I don't think the same is true for the 25mm versions. I've used the 28s, and they were...
05-09-21, 11:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By pcb

I haven't ridden the Pasela Protites, so I can't...

I haven't ridden the Pasela Protites, so I can't say from actual experience. But the Gravel King Slick 35-700c were only around 315g on my scale, while the 35-700c Pasela Protites are 450g according...
05-09-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By pcb

I ride some GP5000/32-700c tires, very nice...

I ride some GP5000/32-700c tires, very nice tires. In my experience they get to the marked 32mm width on wider, modern rims, with inner widths of 19mm+. So they'll be at around 32mm on the Pacenti...
05-08-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 886
Posted By pcb

Absolutely spectacular! I was going to ask...

Absolutely spectacular! I was going to ask whether you had any neighbors shaking their heads, not understanding all that space devoted to mostly just push-bikes. Nice to know there are other bicycle...
05-08-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By pcb

Buncha stuff to sort out here, but tl;dr has...

Buncha stuff to sort out here, but tl;dr has pretty much already been covered: Frame was designed for 32-35mm 700c tires with 47-57mm calipers, and trying to go wider with 700c or 650b will only...
05-06-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 681
Posted By pcb

Lotta good points made so far, I'd say OP won't...

Lotta good points made so far, I'd say OP won't know until they try. Getting stuff you lusted for in your yout is a pretty common motivator for all collectors, I reckon.

My numbers have ebbed and...
05-06-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 947
Posted By pcb

I only use usps Priority for outgoing small...

I only use usps Priority for outgoing small stuff, and in general outgoing has been significantly smoother these past few months than Dec-Feb. My worst was a $500+ item shipped early Jan that took...
05-05-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,979
Posted By pcb

I know they're only NOS once, and these have been...

I know they're only NOS once, and these have been installed on a couple of builds, but I always talked myself out of riding them and subbed in something else. Pretty uncommon long-reach last-gen...
05-05-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 441
Posted By pcb

Panasonic, like the other very large Japanese...

Panasonic, like the other very large Japanese frame/bicycle mfrs, makes/made a very wide range of product from bottom-of-the-line to high-end custom workshop frames. The three traditionally biggest...
05-02-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 380
Posted By pcb

You did ask for "honest and unvarnished..." ...

You did ask for "honest and unvarnished..."

I think once the fender lines are fixed it'll be a lovely bike, and hopefully it rides as nice as it looks. I greatly dislike the cruelty of fender line...
04-27-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,979
Posted By pcb

Didn't notice I posted two photos of the bottom...

Didn't notice I posted two photos of the bottom of the brown Fujita shoes, fixed it above, and I'll drop it here. Also a peek inside:
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04-25-21, 09:40 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,979
Posted By pcb

I've been saving the pedals and shoes since '81...

I've been saving the pedals and shoes since '81 or so; looks like I briefly wore the brown shoes:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50290908248_606f350fa5_b.jpg
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04-22-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 397
Posted By pcb

OP should hop to T-Mar's data and search around...

OP should hop to T-Mar's data and search around there for starters.

Kinda feels like a Taiwan-/China-made frameset to me, at least medium-level, not low-end. I'd look at Giant & Merida ser#...
04-21-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 804
Posted By pcb

Oh, yeah---forgot I sold a bunch of these back in...

Oh, yeah---forgot I sold a bunch of these back in the day, and they were lugged. But we sold a whole lot more of the Taiwan-/China-built tig'd models.

And also, yeah, I guess even with hybrids in...
04-21-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 804
Posted By pcb

I guess it may depend on how you define...

I guess it may depend on how you define "vintage." Wanting it lugged makes it significantly more difficult.

Vintage lugged touring/cyclocross frames built for 700c wheels usually wouldn't fit 50mm...
04-21-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By pcb

Not ringing any bells for me, but the frame...

Not ringing any bells for me, but the frame details seem like a newer/later vintage than the components. Under-bb cable guides/routing, top tube brake housing bz-ons, dual water bottle bosses, plus...
04-15-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 728
Posted By pcb

The Witcomb USA story is pretty fascinating....

The Witcomb USA story is pretty fascinating. Witcomb USA wasn't founded to sell US-built, Witcomb-branded frames, it was started to sell UK Witcombs built in Wales and imported into the US. The Welsh...
04-12-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,203
Posted By pcb

I am most impressed by the slickness and appeal...

I am most impressed by the slickness and appeal of the Specialized Sequoia ad. Sinyard and crew knew what they were doing. Answers a bunch of questions/negatives indirectly but very effectively.
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04-06-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 875
Posted By pcb

IIRC a lot of those tires back then had "75psi...

IIRC a lot of those tires back then had "75psi max" molded right into the rubber.

There can be some tire variability as well. I remember a very cheap Japanese tire on some lower-end Matsuris that...
04-06-21, 12:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By pcb

Mizutani was a trading company, yet another one...

Mizutani was a trading company, yet another one of those scrappy companies that put together a bike line to feed the US bike boom.

My two favorites were looking to sign up dealers at the '80/'81...
04-05-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 815
Posted By pcb

The mega ultra stem. The lugs are way cool, but...

The mega ultra stem. The lugs are way cool, but somehow it's the centered "fin" on the top of the bar clamp section that just kills me. And you do have more horizontally upward adjustability than...
04-05-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By pcb

Does that sticker read Mizutani Super Seraph?...

Does that sticker read Mizutani Super Seraph? Holy Japanese Obscurity, Batman!

Was there also a Regular Seraph, or a Seraph Standard, or a Minor Seraph? Or were they all Super?

I don't want to...
04-04-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 561
Posted By pcb

I just sorted a full drawer of Campy headset...

I just sorted a full drawer of Campy headset parts that, maybe not surprisingly, didn't yield a single full useable headset. Durn fork crown races either missing or pitted.

Anyway, from all my...
04-03-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 844
Posted By pcb

+1, I got a few different lengths from...

+1, I got a few different lengths from McMaster-Carr, usually use the shortest practical size. I use a nut on the outside, a kinda takewaway from all the Fujis I assembled, which came with outer...
04-03-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By pcb

No real wrong way to do it. Std assembly protocol...

No real wrong way to do it. Std assembly protocol in the shop in the early '80s was an early exit, before the curve. I started running my own a little higher, finding the early exit routing kinda...
04-02-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,564
Posted By pcb

Nice that the BG saw some of the world, and...

Nice that the BG saw some of the world, and helped dial in your fit.

Fitting is an occult science to me. Ten trained folks using laser guides and computers can come up with 10 different fits, but...
04-01-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,564
Posted By pcb

Alphabetically Green..... '80 Echelon...

Alphabetically Green.....

'80 Echelon Odyssey, built by Cherubim: Echelon was DIN's (Do It Now!) brand, they sourced two models from Cherubim. The Odyssey was sport-tour, the Spectra was...
04-01-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,564
Posted By pcb

That Moto respray looks great! I've been...

That Moto respray looks great! I've been "meaning" to try Color Factory for almost 20yrs now, maybe 2021 will be the year? Mind if I ask how it went for you, were you happy with the results, etc?...
04-01-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By pcb

As precise as I _need_ to be about some stuff,...

As precise as I _need_ to be about some stuff, chainline ain't one of the stuff. I've pretty much ignored chainline since the '80s, just try to get the inner chainring as close to the chainstay as...
03-31-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,108
Posted By pcb

Got some decent flat light and some time today...

Got some decent flat light and some time today for shooting a white frame outdoors. This is an '05 Waterford RS-22 Road-Sport frame, with e-richie Newvex lugs, in stainless steel. The Newvex lugs are...
03-30-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By pcb

Makes me miss my yellow Merckx. You're gonna dig...

Makes me miss my yellow Merckx. You're gonna dig how it rides!
03-30-21, 11:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 447
Posted By pcb

Sorry, a little late to reply here. The BEAST was...

Sorry, a little late to reply here. The BEAST was indeed, very much like WTB GreaseGuard and the Pedersen SE canti brakes, an attempt to one-up Shimano with cool new technology while also recapturing...
03-30-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,915
Posted By pcb

Gosh, you don't say? Here's a quote from the...

Gosh, you don't say? Here's a quote from the article:

"The performance benefits were obvious: a smaller main triangle was both stiffer and lighter. The rear triangle was correspondingly smaller,...
03-30-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,915
Posted By pcb

Gotcha. But I'm not making an assumption, I'm...

Gotcha. But I'm not making an assumption, I'm speaking from experience. I was National Sales Mgr of a B-/C-level line, which introduced compact road frames in '99-'00ish? when the craze started. 1st...
03-30-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,915
Posted By pcb

IME, modern compact road frames were an attempt...

IME, modern compact road frames were an attempt to use marketspeak to justify a smaller run of frame sizes. After a year or two it became apparent that mfrs needed more than just 3 or 4 frame sizes...
03-24-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By pcb

D'oh! is right. Framebuilder-ish folks...

D'oh! is right.

Framebuilder-ish folks should chime in, but AFAIK shouldn't present a structural problem left as is. You didn't ask, I'm just observing/saying.

Proper/best reversal would...
03-21-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 799
Posted By pcb

Thanks for the reminder on the WPro seals/races....

Thanks for the reminder on the WPro seals/races. And the 2nd-gen Winner also had the oil hole, evidently, so then the seals/races and gold lockring would be the only differences.

The prohibition...
03-18-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 799
Posted By pcb

I don't know/remember much about the original...

I don't know/remember much about the original Winner.

The New Winner was the awesome 5-U6-R6-U7spd jack-of-all-freewheels, with adjustable bearings, dual pawl engagement with offset...
03-11-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,397
Posted By pcb

Oooh, very cool! My '71 is a little more...

Oooh, very cool! My '71 is a little more primitive. No bb shell cutout, no fork tangs, still has Carlton decals. Same lugset, but semi-wrap seatstays i/o this full-wrap. Raleigh upped their game a...
03-11-21, 01:25 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,390
Posted By pcb

Just some confirmatory oratory. 1. The...

Just some confirmatory oratory.

1. The longest-reach Superbe/SpbPro calipers ever produced were spec'd 47-57mm.
2. Using drop bolts back in the day was the usual go-to solution, they work just...
03-09-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By pcb

Yeah, I pawed through those catalogs an awful...

Yeah, I pawed through those catalogs an awful lot, too, and I was working in a shop selling the bikes. Still loved drooling over the catalog. And we didn't often have the highest-end bikes on the...
03-09-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,768
Posted By pcb

Hard to say since the diagrams and photos aren't...

Hard to say since the diagrams and photos aren't showing a lot of fit detail. Strikes me as being designed for modern-tech gravel bikes with disc brakes, thru-axles and fat fork blades, so there may...
03-08-21, 01:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,768
Posted By pcb

If ever there was YMMV territory, saddles are...

If ever there was YMMV territory, saddles are definitely it.

Usual initial saddle setup is stated saddle level or tilted up slightly. Works well that way for lotsa folks, but not everybody. You...
03-07-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By pcb

Couldn't make much out on two of the sticker...

Couldn't make much out on two of the sticker photos. FWIW, aside from any serial number/mfr stamps, any numbers on the stickers aren't likely to be all that helpful? I think. I mean, unless somebody...
03-07-21, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By pcb

Point taken. There are many performance-related...

Point taken. There are many performance-related hardware issues I'm relatively insensitive to. I sometimes feel like I'm among folks having a very nice conversation about, say whiskey, and all I can...
03-06-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By pcb

OP asked about "better braking," and a modern...

OP asked about "better braking," and a modern dual-pivot is going to work/brake/stop better with a modern-ish aero lever. Non-aero levers will still stop you fine, but not better.
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