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07-03-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By jonwvara

That fixing-up-a-car analogy is about the same...

That fixing-up-a-car analogy is about the same one that occurred to me.
07-03-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 530
Posted By jonwvara

Nice! Roughly equivalent to the Fuji S10S/Special...

Nice! Roughly equivalent to the Fuji S10S/Special Road Racer, I'm guessing? Paint looks great.
Forum: Touring
07-03-22, 05:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 644
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks for a great trip report and photos. I live...

Thanks for a great trip report and photos. I live in Vermont, and it's nice to be reminded sometimes of how exceptional the riding is here. I'm not really sure why I bother to tour anywhere else,...
07-03-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 509
Posted By jonwvara

I'm dubious that the approach you describe will...

I'm dubious that the approach you describe will work, but good luck. Let us know how it works out.
07-03-22, 05:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 717
Posted By jonwvara

Aw, they have sucked the life out of this thread.

Aw, they have sucked the life out of this thread.
07-02-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 717
Posted By jonwvara

I did not know that. But since the moderators are...

I did not know that. But since the moderators are working like dogs already, I hesitate to increase their workload. I am just going to go with "Vrooks" from here on out.
07-01-22, 05:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 717
Posted By jonwvara

You're right! I had not noticed it, but "vrooks"...

You're right! I had not noticed it, but "vrooks" has a very definite Seussean ring. He was awesome.

No kidding, The Cat in the Hat is still one of my favorite books.
07-01-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 717
Posted By jonwvara

I have nothing to add about the saddle, but feel...

I have nothing to add about the saddle, but feel a small amount of anguish every time I look at the subject line to this thread.

"Nrooks" is actually kind of funny as a typo, but what's less funny...
06-22-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 448
Posted By jonwvara

Just get some Paselas. You can get 26s in several...

Just get some Paselas. You can get 26s in several widths.
06-17-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14,743
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Posted By jonwvara

Not to mention that the thrift store in question...

Not to mention that the thrift store in question is in Anchorage. That particular bike looks like someone rode it there from Florida, and put it away wet when they got there.. But it has potential.
06-15-22, 01:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 554
Posted By jonwvara

Also, I hadn't realized the people were counting...

Also, I hadn't realized the people were counting the teeth in base ten.
06-15-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,548
Posted By jonwvara

All 52-42 cranksets should be triplized without...

All 52-42 cranksets should be triplized without delay.
06-14-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 554
Posted By jonwvara

That's what I get for commenting after seeing a...

That's what I get for commenting after seeing a tiny image on my phone--I had not noticed that it was 1-inch chain. But it still looks bigger than 57 teeth to me.
06-13-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 554
Posted By jonwvara

That chainring appears to me to have considerably...

That chainring appears to me to have considerably more than 57 teeth.
06-10-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,492
Posted By jonwvara

I have used ProLink for the past 20 years or so....

I have used ProLink for the past 20 years or so. It's a good lube and a good cleaner. But I doubt that the chain lube a person uses makes any difference in the grand scheme of things.
06-07-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Posted By jonwvara

Al, my view is that you should go ahead and touch...

Al, my view is that you should go ahead and touch up/repaint to the extent that you think wise. I have always been the guy around here who urges others not to repaint, but that's purely because of my...
06-02-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 675
Posted By jonwvara

Nice! I've seen that on a couple of older bikes....

Nice! I've seen that on a couple of older bikes. Does it add a lot of friction to the shifting effort? It would seem to add a lot of cable, housing, and a bunch of extra curves.
06-02-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 675
Posted By jonwvara

It's cheapish "cork" tape, wrapped from the...

It's cheapish "cork" tape, wrapped from the bottom, secured at the top with a strip of red electrical tape (tape is black, bike is red). I'll post a picture tomorrow. Barcons are already installed,...
06-02-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 675
Posted By jonwvara

But... but..I have always prided myself on not...

But... but..I have always prided myself on not using more bar tape than strictly necessary. I am at a stand.
06-02-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 675
Posted By jonwvara

Installing bar-end shifters after bars are taped

I recently decided to convert a just-rebuilt bike from downtube shifters to bar ends. I didn't want to strip off the freshly-wrapped bar tape (one of my better wrap jobs, as luck would have it) in...
05-29-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 564
Posted By jonwvara

I would not call that a failed experiment. Your...

I would not call that a failed experiment. Your goal was to test a specific hypothesis: whether a 50-38 front combination would function correctly as a substitute for your previous 50-42. You found...
05-12-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks for looking! I will have to harden my...

Thanks for looking! I will have to harden my heart and use my NOS 46, and mismatch be damned....
05-11-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 416
Posted By jonwvara

This is heartbreaking.

This is heartbreaking.
05-10-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, understood. That's why I didn't say we're...

Yes, understood. That's why I didn't say we're well adjusted--just better adjusted than I thought.

In fact, I'm pretty sure that most of our bikes are better adjusted than we ourselves are.
05-10-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By jonwvara

I just read Kurt Vonnegut's collection of essays...

I just read Kurt Vonnegut's collection of essays A Man Without a Country, which I had somehow missed, even though it was published in 2005. It was his last book, and his take on the state of the...
05-10-22, 01:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, agreed about the money. But that's not what...

Yes, agreed about the money. But that's not what bothers me. It's just that, since NOSness isn't important to me, every time I install an NOS part I think "well, this is too bad. There are people out...
05-10-22, 04:58 AM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 530,992
Posted By jonwvara

Self-serving of me to point this out, but if you...

Self-serving of me to point this out, but if you can't find a used one, there's always this:

https://www.redclovercomponents.com/store/p3/122_BCD_Conventional_Chainring%2C_37_Teeth.html
05-10-22, 04:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By jonwvara

A 46 or 47--47 being my first choice--in the...

A 46 or 47--47 being my first choice--in the Model 93 pattern. The NOS ring is a 46-tooth for a 105 bis.
05-09-22, 06:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,311
Posted By jonwvara

The nightmare of NOSness

I have a NOS Stronglight chainring in a size I need, but it's not the "correct" style for my Model 93 crankset. The BCD is the same, though, so I could easily just bolt it on and ride it. The slight...
05-06-22, 09:25 AM
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Views: 530,992
Posted By jonwvara

Hey, thanks, Neal.

Hey, thanks, Neal.
05-04-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 530,992
Posted By jonwvara

I kind of need a 46, not a 45--half-step setups...

I kind of need a 46, not a 45--half-step setups are not very flexible that way.
05-04-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 530,992
Posted By jonwvara

Still seeking to trade my 46-toothStronlight 105...

Still seeking to trade my 46-toothStronlight 105 bis chainring for a Model 93 style with the same tooth count--see photo in#4830, above.
05-03-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 530,992
Posted By jonwvara

PM on the way.

PM on the way.
05-03-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By jonwvara

As a general rule, I don't know better,...

As a general rule, I don't know better, regardless of the endeavor involved. But in this case, I suppose I will take the easy way out and restrict myself to a 14-tooth high. Coasting down hills has a...
05-03-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By jonwvara

Suntour Perfect with 13-tooth cog?

I once owned a Suntour Perfect freewheel that had smaller threads in the outside cog position, allowing it to take a 13-tooth small cog. They're not very common, but there are some around, I think....
05-02-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4,997
Views: 530,992
Posted By jonwvara

Stronglight chainring trade

I have a nice 46-tooth Stronglight chainring made for, I believe, the 105 bis crank. It's 122 BCD, and in new and unused condition. If anyone is interested, I'd like to trade it for another 46-tooth...
05-02-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 168,565
Posted By jonwvara

What does a donut cost these days? I wouldn't...

What does a donut cost these days? I wouldn't know, because I only eat healthy foods. But I'm guessing that a dollars-to-donuts bet is pretty much at par now.

I will add that I once rode a bike...
05-01-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By jonwvara

This made me laugh, because when I looked at the...

This made me laugh, because when I looked at the pictures, the first thing I thought was, "hey, it's still mostly covered with paint--I might just clean it up and leave it alone."

Like they say,...
04-27-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

Dammit! Those clueless old people are the beating...

Dammit! Those clueless old people are the beating heart of my business!

Anyway, many thanks for a bunch of useful information. It's good to know that sometimes things just happen. Next time, I...
04-27-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

I remember that well. I'm very fond--possibly...

I remember that well. I'm very fond--possibly overly fond--of Stronglight stuff. I have several bikes with Stronglight 93 cranksets, but only one 144 Campagnolo crank. The Campy crank hasn't actually...
04-26-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

What's that, a 47-42-28? I use the same...

What's that, a 47-42-28? I use the same half-step-and-granny setup on my TdF, and like it a lot.
04-26-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

Thank you! I was hoping for something like that!

Thank you! I was hoping for something like that!
04-26-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 863
Posted By jonwvara

I guess I must have psychic powers. Really, just...

I guess I must have psychic powers. Really, just a guess, based on my liking for the poem I quoted.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the fleet when you have time.
04-26-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

42-tooth 144 rings come up on ebay all the time....

42-tooth 144 rings come up on ebay all the time. Prices for used ones with lots of remaining life are pretty reasonable, and even NOS examples seem not to fetch extravagant prices.

Those rare...
04-26-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

Heck, now I'm kind of embarrassed. Believe it or...

Heck, now I'm kind of embarrassed. Believe it or not, I didn't start this thread to collect public accolades. Really. I was wondering if perhaps there was some sort of public database through which...
04-25-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 863
Posted By jonwvara

Fire and IceBy Robert Frost...

Fire and IceBy Robert Frost (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/robert-frost)
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor...
04-25-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 824
Posted By jonwvara

Red Clover Components web site is okay

Thanks to a helpful forum member, I just learned that Norton Antivirus had rated the Red Clover Components site as unsafe, apparently through the use of some sort of algorithm. As far as I can tell,...
04-24-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,323
Posted By jonwvara

That is a nice bike! As others have said, I would...

That is a nice bike! As others have said, I would replace the bars and stem. The Campagnolo dropouts are a stroke of luck, since now you're not limited to Simplex derailleurs. Given that the chrome...
04-15-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,137
Posted By jonwvara

Someone, somewhere, had a theory about that. I...

Someone, somewhere, had a theory about that. I can't imagine what it would have been, though.
04-13-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 550
Posted By jonwvara

Yep, that's how it happens, all right. Murphy's...

Yep, that's how it happens, all right. Murphy's Law is not a joke, but a design principle that should be taken seriously.
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