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05-10-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By pcb

Yeah, I think '76/'77 the Finest and America were...

Yeah, I think '76/'77 the Finest and America were both in the US line, with very similar geometry. In '78 the Finest became the crit-geo Finest Mark II. The America and Finest MkII continued in the...
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I don't see the GP4000 on conti's website any more, so I'm assuming they've officially been replaced by the GP5K.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, 12:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By pcb

I'd also add downtube cable stops, just for added...

I'd also add downtube cable stops, just for added flexibility later on. It's nice to never need a clamp there no matter how you decide to shift.

I'd also add bridge/crown fender mounts, even if...
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...
05-10-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 698
Posted By pcb

For the Back In The Day part of it, I think it...

For the Back In The Day part of it, I think it was less an issue of lack of demand and more that triple cranksets with small inner chainrings were a far better/easier solution. For all the reasons...
05-09-21, 11:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 244
Posted By pcb

Pretty sure a recent thread here confirmed that...

Pretty sure a recent thread here confirmed that late-production Waterford Paramounts carried PDG decals/graphics. US/Waterford production confirmed by serial number and sn# location.

Not really...
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...
05-09-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By pcb

Happy to help a fellow tire-width conundrum...

Happy to help a fellow tire-width conundrum sufferer.

beicster's post mentioning Dia-Compe 610 centerpulls made me realize I neglected to mention that there are a whole bunch of vintage and even...
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, 10:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 431
Posted By pcb

Hey Steve, see my quote above. Supposedly there...

Hey Steve, see my quote above. Supposedly there was an overlap with both stamping and ink.
05-08-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 431
Posted By pcb

"I'm very bored" or "I bury Paul"? Why was Paul...

"I'm very bored" or "I bury Paul"? Why was Paul the only one barefoot on the Abbey Road cover? That WAS his car crash audio in Revolution #9!

This is a quote from BF member texraid, from 2008. I...
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, 11:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 409
Posted By pcb

Just this morning used an adjustable reamer to...

Just this morning used an adjustable reamer to clean up a 27.2 seat tube that, before I got the frame, wound up in-between 27.2/27.0mm. Had the reamer for quite a while, used it for only the second...
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, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 441
Posted By pcb

Thanks for that! Suspicions confirmed....

Thanks for that! Suspicions confirmed....
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, 09:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 431
Posted By pcb

Hmmmm, I do recall Brooks in the early days of...

Hmmmm, I do recall Brooks in the early days of stamped-in-leather digits saying they were reversed for production year, which seemed accurate and made sense then. But relatively recent production...
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...
05-05-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,397
Posted By pcb

I think you're right, Kurt, but I had to look...

I think you're right, Kurt, but I had to look that up to figure out what 531 Rapid Taper was. Definitely no crimps, round the entire length of the tube, and the transition to skinny is fairly rapid....
05-04-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 245
Posted By pcb

Very cool---thanks! It does occur to me that...

Very cool---thanks!

It does occur to me that if one weren't terribly concerned about originality, and was a mindful mechanic, one could cut off one end from each shoe/holder to create 3-sided...
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By pcb

You've got your finger on one of the greatest...

You've got your finger on one of the greatest frustrations of my cycling involvement, the undervaluing of work from most every lesser-known US builder. There have been very talented builders crafting...
05-03-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4,314
Views: 405,484
Posted By pcb

Nothing exciting, Part Deux... That left me...

Nothing exciting, Part Deux...

That left me without a grocery-getter, but I had an '82 Trek 614 frameset, with decent rattle-can touch-up and intact Death Fork, which has been sitting fallow for...
05-03-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 4,314
Views: 405,484
Posted By pcb

Nothing super exciting here.... I recently...

Nothing super exciting here....

I recently built up an NOS '11 or so Giant Bowery frame I bought a while back, mainly for local grocery getting. The Bowery is a tig'd OS alloy-tubed road/track...
05-03-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 684
Posted By pcb

Sorry I'm late to the party! The First Rule...

Sorry I'm late to the party!

The First Rule for Noobs is "Sheldon Brown Always Has The Answer!" (SBAHTA). Sheldon Brown's website has most everything you'll need to know to understand your bike,...
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By pcb

TL;DR: I think you're best off seeing if DiFalco...

TL;DR: I think you're best off seeing if DiFalco and some of the outstanding high-end shops in the Bay Area can lend a hand selling this for you. Your best bet is interesting local folks with...
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...
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By pcb

Others can address this better than me, but for...

Others can address this better than me, but for bikes like these there is a HUGE gulf between "clean them up" and "restore them." You could spend $3-$4k easily on "restoring" a Herse. $1k+ for the...
04-29-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,979
Posted By pcb

I suppose so. Leather looks good, but no way to...

I suppose so. Leather looks good, but no way to tell what would happen if I tried to squeeze my bigger/wider old-man squashed feet in them. Kinda surprising since they've just sat in their cardboard...
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, 02:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,312
Posted By pcb

The only allen key you'd need would be to...

The only allen key you'd need would be to install/remove the body from the bars, and you don't need to remove the body to remove the lever. All you need for the lever, and for the shift cover I...
04-22-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 397
Posted By pcb

Don't most tig'd frames pretty much have fastback...

Don't most tig'd frames pretty much have fastback seatstays, or close-to-fastback?

Just grazed through photos of a bunch of tig'd frames I have/had, and the stays mostly look pretty much the same...
04-22-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,312
Posted By pcb

I'd take the lever out of the housing and spray...

I'd take the lever out of the housing and spray it. No need to do a deep-dive disassembly, but I'd think you'd want more access for spray/runoff than you'd get leaving the lever in the housing.

I...
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, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 531
Posted By pcb

Certainly, as already stated, could be a...

Certainly, as already stated, could be a replacement fork as well.
04-21-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,312
Posted By pcb

Sorry, late to the party as usual. To the...

Sorry, late to the party as usual.

To the best of my recollection there never was a TA-xxx tool for tightening that persnikity and easily lost outer domed locknut. Like merziac sez, a large/wide...
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...
04-15-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By pcb

Oh, I'm hella dark. The Batman ain't got nothing...

Oh, I'm hella dark. The Batman ain't got nothing on me!
04-15-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 761
Posted By pcb

Here's my Merz Triplizer setup, now on my '82...

Here's my Merz Triplizer setup, now on my '82 Columbine Sports Tour. I've had these chainrings since the early '80s---Merz 3x'er from the Fuji Pro on the right, 47t Sugino Mighty Victory outer ring...
04-15-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 20,279
Views: 3,427,291
Posted By pcb

If anybody needs a raleigh capri Professional...

If anybody needs a raleigh capri Professional Bycicle, here ya go! Nothing says "Professional Bycicle" like...whatever this all is.

Oh, and it just keeps getting better, because you can snag it...
04-13-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By pcb

Hey now, tread easy! First you come after Japan...

Hey now, tread easy! First you come after Japan _and_ Jersey, now William Shatner?

Somebody hold my beer while I find my phaser.....
04-13-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By pcb

I've just found the copy for my next custom...

I've just found the copy for my next custom t-shirt: Mounting Dolt

Thanks, Steve!
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