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08-08-22, 05:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 676
Posted By DiegoFrogs

That's looking really good! There was a...

That's looking really good!

There was a period there where Giant was making some really nice Schwinn-badged bikes. As others have said, the frames are worth the time and experimentation, but one...
08-02-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 436
Posted By DiegoFrogs

With the right stem and handlebars, you can...

With the right stem and handlebars, you can probably get a comfortable fit.
07-31-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By DiegoFrogs

The Raleigh branded front brake, Shimano yoke...

The Raleigh branded front brake, Shimano yoke hanger and lack of brazed-on posts suggests to me that the fork was replaced.

I love brazed-on centerpulls!
07-24-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 250
Posted By DiegoFrogs

At least on the first generation GT, you'll need...

At least on the first generation GT, you'll need the long-cage bolt.

The short-cage version has the cage pivot bolt screw into the cage, whereas on the GT version the cage pivot bolt also does...
05-28-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 412
Posted By DiegoFrogs

That ticks every box... The mustard glazed...

That ticks every box... The mustard glazed fillet brazing looks amazing.
05-20-22, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I cold set my Pro Tour from 120 to 135. It was...

I cold set my Pro Tour from 120 to 135. It was nerve wracking, especially since I'd never undertaken such a thing, but it's been problem free for 9 years.
05-14-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,245
Posted By DiegoFrogs

My experience with a 7 speed Nexus was that it...

My experience with a 7 speed Nexus was that it seemed to be lower in efficiency in the highest gears. I rarely got into those two highest gears, anyway, and was always going downhill when I was in...
05-04-22, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Small suggestion: It might help to know what...

Small suggestion: It might help to know what country you're located in.

I know when I moved from the USA to Sweden, certain I knew absolutely everything about absolutely everything, finding...
05-01-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By DiegoFrogs

So, does the chain rub on the protruding portion...

So, does the chain rub on the protruding portion of the derailleur mounting bolt? Or does it drag on the pulleys of the derailleur or the derailleur body?
04-24-22, 05:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 689
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I glanced at that a few times... but like you,...

I glanced at that a few times... but like you, it's too small for me, and I moved 500 miles out of Toledo this week. The two bikes I have in transit were difficult enough to handle, along with the...
04-13-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 763
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I'll only pitch a tube if it can't be patched or...

I'll only pitch a tube if it can't be patched or has an issue with the valve or valve-stem. I've had a few where a burr on the rim's valve-hole punctured it, and that can't really be repaired.
...
04-03-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 5,235
Views: 600,171
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Opportunity struck, and I found a good job with...

Opportunity struck, and I found a good job with good personal life synergy. I'm about to start the disassembly for shipment of my Centurion and Carlton in a few weeks.

I always handled all this...
04-01-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 8,203
Views: 2,633,782
Posted By DiegoFrogs

That's really nice. I wish mine came with the...

That's really nice. I wish mine came with the original wheels.

Did the first toptube cable guide pop off, or did the housing just come loose from it?
03-25-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 996
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I had a Canadian built, internally lugged HLE...

I had a Canadian built, internally lugged HLE Peugeot for some time, probably for the American market. It used a 15/16" (23.8) mm post. I don't know what size your post should be, though.
03-12-22, 12:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I've long thought that the gentle curve that...

I've long thought that the gentle curve that Lotus used on these forks somehow satisfies my aesthetic ideal.
02-28-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 2,728
Views: 998,807
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Normally I'd be jealous... but if you're tall...

Normally I'd be jealous... but if you're tall enough to ride that frame and still need the seatpost and stem that high, I feel like you're doing the universe some kind of favor. I'm glad you were...
02-28-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I had to get out the calipers and measure the...

I had to get out the calipers and measure the dimension on my own bolt... I can't remember how I was adjusting this thing now. I think I may have been using the 14 mm version of one of those...
02-18-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 720
Posted By DiegoFrogs

About 8-9 years ago I wanted to replace the...

About 8-9 years ago I wanted to replace the pulleys on my Cyclone GT. I ended up buying a modern aluminum cartridge-bearinged set cheap on e-bay with the same number of teeth.

I had to get...
02-18-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 743
Posted By DiegoFrogs

As much as I love fixed-gear cycling, internally...

As much as I love fixed-gear cycling, internally geared hubs and derailleur-equipped bikes... I'd probably chose a derailleur or possibly IGH for a real tour.

I've ridden hundred mile days on all...
02-18-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,697
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Did these all come with Huret-specific RD...

Did these all come with Huret-specific RD hangers?

Many of the Superior photos above show Japanese RDs with Campy style mounts.

I'm just curious, because I've always had some lust for the...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 980
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I've had both really good and really bad luck...

I've had both really good and really bad luck with both super cheap and rather expensive tubes of many manufacturers, sizes and valve types.
02-07-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 717
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Sadly, this Toledo dweller has no French bikes...

Sadly, this Toledo dweller has no French bikes and doesn't have the space to store another bike, so I'm no help there.
02-07-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 717
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Perhaps you could trade with someone looking for...

Perhaps you could trade with someone looking for a stem for a French bike?
02-01-22, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By DiegoFrogs

As much as I like these kinds of fun challenges,...

As much as I like these kinds of fun challenges, I doubt you'll get it to index with anything, but I haven't tried myself.

Are you running a bike with very small diameter wheels? The Tourneys are...
01-19-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8,203
Views: 2,633,782
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Wow! That looks like it did get some use, but...

Wow! That looks like it did get some use, but was extremely well cared for.
01-18-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By DiegoFrogs

A Brooks very similar to that was my gateway into...

A Brooks very similar to that was my gateway into that sort of thing. I bought it at a yard sale for $5 twelve years ago.

The bike it lives on now doesn't get much use, but when it does get...
01-16-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 840
Posted By DiegoFrogs

The taper on the crank is aluminum, and the taper...

The taper on the crank is aluminum, and the taper on the bottom bracket's spindle is steel. If it was ridden loose for any length of time, it's usually the crank that loses the battle since...
01-16-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I ran an early Cyclone GT with a 12-32 8 speed...

I ran an early Cyclone GT with a 12-32 8 speed cassette and a 52/36 in front for some time, so there are some other attractive, period correct derailleurs that can really push the envelope in terms...
01-16-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 634
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Yep, that's the GT version. I've always thought...

Yep, that's the GT version. I've always thought of it as "grand touring."

The big giveaway is that the cage mounts to the knuckle with the bolt going through the jockey pulley.
01-11-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 667
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I don't know about the '87 World Sport, but the...

I don't know about the '87 World Sport, but the '86 Giant built World Sport that I had was trivial to convert to 700c with the original brakes and a few minutes of effort.
12-09-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Stunning! I'm surprised they built these with...

Stunning! I'm surprised they built these with wide range GT gearing and the pants guard... but that's the sort of stuff I like, anyway!
11-18-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By DiegoFrogs

That'll turn out pretty nice. I wouldn't...

That'll turn out pretty nice.

I wouldn't trust the way the rear rack mounts to the brake bridge. It also appears to be backwards. Looks like an old Wald rack.
10-18-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7,167
Views: 968,517
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Fork's bent!

Fork's bent!
10-13-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,960
Posted By DiegoFrogs

You'd probably be better off if the internals are...

You'd probably be better off if the internals are oiled instead of greased. In that case, I'd probably avoid one with a coaster brake.

Having said this, I rode my bike with a 7-speed Shimano Nexus...
10-10-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 813
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Ratty functional bikes are the best thing in the...

Ratty functional bikes are the best thing in the world.

Most people walk right on by. There are a small number of us that stop and appreciate them _without_ bolt cutters.
10-02-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 947
Views: 274,242
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Interesting to see a Schwinn land in Finland. I...

Interesting to see a Schwinn land in Finland. I lived in Sweden for 5 years and saw exactly one locked up, and it may have belonged to someone I know.

Do any of the stickers on the seattube give...
09-26-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,793
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I don't think I've ever exhausted any one that...

I don't think I've ever exhausted any one that I've bought. Typically I toss or donate whatever is left of what I have when I move (to another state or country) due to the risk of making a giant...
09-18-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,152
Posted By DiegoFrogs

This actually has a lot in common with bikes my...

This actually has a lot in common with bikes my sister and I rode as children, all of which came from toy stores and department stores.

I was looking at the bikes I set out for the scrap man in...
08-18-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,787
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I moved away in 2012 after a couple years as an...

I moved away in 2012 after a couple years as an apartment dweller in the foothills. It didn't seem like there was much of a vintage cycling vibe in the area.

I did buy, at the same shop, Campy...
08-18-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,787
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I'd go with the Cyclone GT, for sure, and I even...

I'd go with the Cyclone GT, for sure, and I even had the same spring failure documented above. Technologically advanced, light, elegant, beautiful.

I managed to bend a new tab on my spring to...
08-07-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 8,203
Views: 2,633,782
Posted By DiegoFrogs

No, they're just some cheapo pedals that I had on...

No, they're just some cheapo pedals that I had on hand. I've replaced them with some cheapo BMX platforms which suit the type of riding I do with this bike.
08-06-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8,203
Views: 2,633,782
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Here's the most detailed photo I could find. ...

Here's the most detailed photo I could find. The bike lives in my parents' garage far away, so for years it's been what I worked on and rode when I visited from overseas. I originally bought it...
08-01-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8,203
Views: 2,633,782
Posted By DiegoFrogs

That's really nice. A lot of early MTBs...

That's really nice.

A lot of early MTBs had bolt on wheels. It's strange to see that version of lawyer lips on the front..

It's interesting that they transitioned to Shimano derailleurs...
07-25-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 422
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I wouldn't bother with a disc brake. Either way,...

I wouldn't bother with a disc brake. Either way, you'll need to make that decision before refinishing. The modification will be costly.

Frankly, I'd build it up and ride it a bit before...
07-24-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,817
Posted By DiegoFrogs

Sometimes I'm tempted by bargains, but having...

Sometimes I'm tempted by bargains, but having moved about so frequently the last 15 years, I've learned my lessons about accumulating stuff. Having less stuff makes me more agile if some opportunity...
07-15-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,037
Posted By DiegoFrogs

That rack isn't really of the caliber of the bike...

That rack isn't really of the caliber of the bike you want to put it onto.

I've had a steel rack with the sprung 'mousetrap' before. The welds were rusted to the point of failure. It, in...
07-05-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,095
Posted By DiegoFrogs

About 8 years ago I bought some aluminum pulleys...

About 8 years ago I bought some aluminum pulleys and bolt-on wheel skewers from an e-bay seller from Canada. I had to drill out one of the bushings to fit my Suntour derailleur's shafts, which...
07-05-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,048
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I'd focus more on the brakes themselves. I had...

I'd focus more on the brakes themselves. I had a probably mid-90's Finnish city bike for a while that had front cantilever brakes. The brakes and levers were plastic! Maybe not ironically, they...
06-17-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 662
Posted By DiegoFrogs

The B-screw is screwed into the upper knuckle of...

The B-screw is screwed into the upper knuckle of the derailleur. Under normal circumstances, the chain tension pulls that screw's end against the derailleur hanger's notch - it's free-moving. ...
06-17-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 662
Posted By DiegoFrogs

I've no experience with Superbe or Superbe Pro,...

I've no experience with Superbe or Superbe Pro, but no Suntour I've ever had my hands on has had a sprung upper pivot.

I had to go and look - that assembly looks exactly like my ~1977 Cyclone GT.
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