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01-21-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 380
Posted By rustystrings61

The U.S.A. never really dealt properly with bikes...

The U.S.A. never really dealt properly with bikes as transportation, and thus we get stupid stuff like "must be able to skid on level pavement" as a benchmark. The U.K. began mandating a separate...
01-19-21, 11:13 AM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 356,077
Posted By rustystrings61

I don't know if this helps but my two 23.5-in...

I don't know if this helps but my two 23.5-in Raleighs (a '73 Gran Sport and a '73Competition Mk. II) both have 73x73 angles, 57 cm top tubes, 41.5-in/105 cm wheelbase with 44 cm-ish chain stays and...
01-19-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 437
Posted By rustystrings61

Some random contributions - 1. The PX-10 was...

Some random contributions -

1. The PX-10 was pretty much in its main form by around 1960, using metric gauge Reynolds 531 tubing and Nervex Professional lugs by that point. The most frequently...
01-13-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 832
Posted By rustystrings61

I love my '74 Allegro. This one is lovely, and I...

I love my '74 Allegro. This one is lovely, and I am already adding your bike to the Allegro database I've been assembling for a while...
01-13-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,605
Posted By rustystrings61

Okay, I'll play - the copy becomes wonderful when...

Okay, I'll play - the copy becomes wonderful when the original has greater collector value as an artifact than it does as a working tool. In the bike world, it was cheaper for me to buy a new...
01-12-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 14,156
Views: 3,094,784
Posted By rustystrings61

A friend we helped get out of homelessness last...

A friend we helped get out of homelessness last year has furnished his apartment with stuff salvaged from dumpsters. He scored this c.2012 Trek Skye last week and passed it on to me last night. I...
01-11-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,047
Posted By rustystrings61

A day late and no pix - but Sunday I managed to...

A day late and no pix - but Sunday I managed to get in 14 miles over the usual Hodges-and-back route. The day was improved by encountering four different cyclists, one of whom was riding a lovely...
01-11-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 20,345
Posted By rustystrings61

1976 Puch Royal X purchased new in 1978. As far...

1976 Puch Royal X purchased new in 1978. As far as I can tell, this was a one-year-only model in the U.S. and made its sole catalog appearance as one panel in a series of photos on the back of a...
01-04-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By rustystrings61

Added bonus - it takes a standard 22.0 mm crank...

Added bonus - it takes a standard 22.0 mm crank puller, as opposed to the proprietary 23.0 of a T.A. or a 23.35 Stronglight. I have a set of those on my Allegro and like them very much. Nervar...
01-03-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,047
Posted By rustystrings61

Where is everybody? Today’s high temps were...

Where is everybody?

Today’s high temps were in the mid-50s, so my ride buddy and I met up at the fountain downtown for a ramble aboard, both of us aboard custom Mercian fixed-gears - and of course...
12-30-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 16,641
Views: 1,758,767
Posted By rustystrings61

Argh, schedules! Meant to post this yesterday! I...

Argh, schedules! Meant to post this yesterday! I got out on the Mercian for one last ride in 2020 before the projected heavy rains arrive. I rolled on through Hodges and down to Blue Jay Road, where...
12-27-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 16,641
Views: 1,758,767
Posted By rustystrings61

Family, schedules and weather have kept me off...

Family, schedules and weather have kept me off the bike for nearly a month - but today’s ramble out to Hodges and back on the Mercian fixed-gear was a delightful return!

On the way home I got a...
12-16-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,477
Posted By rustystrings61

A surprising number of things long stuck in amber...

A surprising number of things long stuck in amber got rolling in 2020. The '73 Raleigh Competition/De Selby project had been stalled since September 2019, but I got rolling on it again this August,...
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By rustystrings61

I had the next model up, the Tour de l’Europe,...

I had the next model up, the Tour de l’Europe, which was essentially the same frame as the Champion and the Monte Carlo, just different parts. Non-descript tubing, Bocama lugs, ESGE/Pletscher flat...
12-14-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,892
Posted By rustystrings61

The short answer - build up slowly. Do some...

The short answer - build up slowly. Do some things apart from cycling, add stretching or yoga or some such thing to what you do, and again, take it easy and slowly work up. A little bit done daily...
12-14-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By rustystrings61

FWIW, I have been using this model M.M. Atom...

FWIW, I have been using this model M.M. Atom skewer with a hollow axle on a Surly fixed/fixed rear hub on my Mercian for several years now with great success. It's simple, durable, reliable and it...
12-06-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,112
Posted By rustystrings61

2002 Derek Land-built Mercian Vincitore custom...

2002 Derek Land-built Mercian Vincitore custom road fixed gear designed for long rides. Track ends are a pain for road fixed riding with fenders and I think their usefulness away from velodromes is...
12-05-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,917
Posted By rustystrings61

Perhaps we should go British pedantic and insist...

Perhaps we should go British pedantic and insist these bikes be referred to as fixed-wheel ... :lol:
12-04-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,184
Posted By rustystrings61

That's actually THE gear the old British guys...

That's actually THE gear the old British guys writing c.1930-1960 recommended for a gentleman's bike with one freewheeling gear, and it works out pretty well with the old theory that your crank...
12-04-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,184
Posted By rustystrings61

Perhaps something like this? ...

Perhaps something like this?
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12-04-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,184
Posted By rustystrings61

I'll add to what Gresp15c said - first question,...

I'll add to what Gresp15c said - first question, what sort of riding do you envision doing, exactly? Hinted at by Gresp15c, but I will bluntly go there, is - do NOT feel compelled to set your...
12-02-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 686
Views: 58,162
Posted By rustystrings61

An AipTek $9 PenCam gallery - Boulder,...

An AipTek $9 PenCam gallery -

Boulder, Colorado, 2006
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Time is elastic...
12-02-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 686
Views: 58,162
Posted By rustystrings61

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12-02-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 686
Views: 58,162
Posted By rustystrings61

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12-02-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,278
Posted By rustystrings61

Oldest (currently owned) is the '71 Gitane TdF...

Oldest (currently owned) is the '71 Gitane TdF converted to fixed gear -
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11-30-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,557
Posted By rustystrings61

Weights below are largely equipped to go out on...

Weights below are largely equipped to go out on the road. Zero carbon fiber, tires are 28 mm minimum, mostly vintage or repurposed vintage stuff.

Currently, the heaviest bike in the stable is a ...
11-29-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,047
Posted By rustystrings61

Crazy holiday schedule meant that multiple lovely...

Crazy holiday schedule meant that multiple lovely sunny days went by without a ride. I remedied that today with a quick afternoon Hodges-and-back jaunt on the Mercian fixed-gear and took a moment to...
11-29-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16,641
Views: 1,758,767
Posted By rustystrings61

Just a little jaunt out to Hodges and back - but...

Just a little jaunt out to Hodges and back - but it was enough to feel good and qualify as a ride.

...
11-28-20, 11:21 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,061
Posted By rustystrings61

Many surviving British and French entry-level...

Many surviving British and French entry-level 10-speeds from the early 70s are found with SunTour rear derailleurs that have replaced a long-gone Simplex Prestige. In the part of Virginia where I...
11-27-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,388
Posted By rustystrings61

DO check stack height! V/O French headsets...

DO check stack height! V/O French headsets really, truly should have been made to Stronglight P3 stack height, not the Campy NR. But that’s just me ... very cool bike and I will look to see what I...
11-23-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By rustystrings61

What sorts of rides do you envision taking your...

What sorts of rides do you envision taking your fixed-gear on? If you want a super flexible road-going fixed-gear that can be adapted to all sorts of rides, I will humbly point you towards vintage...
11-20-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,317
Posted By rustystrings61

The short form - my Dad bought me this unsold...

The short form - my Dad bought me this unsold 1976 Puch Royal X in March, 1978, and it was my primary bike until I stopped riding seriously in '83 or so. It traveled around with me from place to...
11-20-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,317
Posted By rustystrings61

If you say so. But fwiw, I recently re-acquired...

If you say so. But fwiw, I recently re-acquired a bike I sold in 1987, a bike my father bought for me in 1978, and now that it's home it's not going anywhere. No matter what other bikes come in the...
11-16-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,489
Posted By rustystrings61

. My '73 Competition Mk. II would be a good...

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My '73 Competition Mk. II would be a good example of that. The long prong on the lower Capella head lug stands proud with maybe 1/8 with no solder beneath it; the lugs are innocent of file...
11-15-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16,641
Views: 1,758,767
Posted By rustystrings61

The high for today was 71, so I slipped out and...

The high for today was 71, so I slipped out and got in 27.25 miles on the Mercian Vincitore fixed gear. I was pushed for time so not so many pictures, just views of the paved rail-trail with its...
11-14-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,489
Posted By rustystrings61

I cannot remember which British cycling book or...

I cannot remember which British cycling book or interview this came from, but at one time U.K. cyclists would fit a strand of leather that would stretch loosely across the tread of the tire and...
11-12-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,882
Posted By rustystrings61

I am not too far from stable stasis, or so I tell...

I am not too far from stable stasis, or so I tell myself. My Vincitore custom road fixed-gear is a keeper and the first among equals in the stable. The beat Gitane TdF is its lieutenant, ready for...
11-11-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By rustystrings61

Mercian pinched a few pennies on dropouts and...

Mercian pinched a few pennies on dropouts and used stock Bocama lugs and probably a stock Vagner crown on the Campionissimo - but it still should be 531 throughout, and if Mercian ever made a bad...
11-11-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 10,043
Posted By rustystrings61

I don't think I've seen anyone mention Grant...

I don't think I've seen anyone mention Grant Petersen's book Just Ride in this thread, but his whole un-racer attitude might help reinforce the sentiment of finding one's own ride.
11-10-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 10,043
Posted By rustystrings61

Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't seem to me...

Maybe it's just me, but this doesn't seem to me to be a fit issue or an equipment issue. This is an internal conflict issue. He doesn't enjoy cycling, at least not yet - but he feels compelled to go...
11-08-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,047
Posted By rustystrings61

Not quite 17 miles today on a route that took me...

Not quite 17 miles today on a route that took me over both local rail-trails and through a couple of parking lots, past trailer parks and the stately homes of the local Robber Baron Row. Really...
11-07-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 16,641
Views: 1,758,767
Posted By rustystrings61

I got up early and decided my busy day allowed me...

I got up early and decided my busy day allowed me enough time to ride to Hodges and back, and 14 miles beats no miles any day! I got a pic of the Mercian in front of the long-gone People’s Bank and...
11-06-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 4,527
Posted By rustystrings61

I have one set of 5 VIS cranks in use, a set of...

I have one set of 5 VIS cranks in use, a set of Nervar 631/633 (http://velobase.com/ViewComponent.aspx?ID=cf9efbc6-1a9d-40d3-ad5b-11e2bc53a628&Enum=115) that I acquired in a trade with some $$ thrown...
11-05-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,285
Posted By rustystrings61

After reading through this thread and thinking...

After reading through this thread and thinking back over my experiences on bikes since 1973 or so, I believe that while the possibility of a crash due to negligence is greater than it was in past...
11-04-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,997
Posted By rustystrings61

I don’t listen to music on the bike because I...

I don’t listen to music on the bike because I need to hear what’s happening. I DO sometimes have music in my head while riding, but frequently it’s some snippet of American Primitive guitar stuff.
...
11-04-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By rustystrings61

Depending on how long a stem extension you want,...

Depending on how long a stem extension you want, I will simply say "Nitto." Thanks to Chas. Colerich/verktyg, I now know to (1) make certain the top locknut on the headset doesn't have a top flange...
11-01-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 356,077
Posted By rustystrings61

Those appear to be the same Bocama Professional...

Those appear to be the same Bocama Professional lugs used for the Gran Sport c.1973-76, which makes sense - they were already in inventory and they require less head tube real estate than Capellas. ...
10-29-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,528
Posted By rustystrings61

This model crank, with 42/52T rings, was the...

This model crank, with 42/52T rings, was the stock crankset on the Raleigh Competition Mk. II c.1973-76. Certain older Park Tools crank pullers came with a double-sided head, one side the...
10-28-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By rustystrings61

Just for fun, here is a pic of the bike that has...

Just for fun, here is a pic of the bike that has gotten the most of my miles for at least five years now - this c.1971 Gitane TdF came to me as a frame, fork, headset and Stronglight BB for $50 after...
10-28-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 456
Posted By rustystrings61

As I read this you have frame, fork, headset,...

As I read this you have frame, fork, headset, stem and bars, yes? Do you have the stock French BB cups present? If so, I would pick a crank and go get a spindle that works with that crank and be...
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