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03-09-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,299
Posted By SuperLJ

I grew up in rural western Illinois, and a good...

I grew up in rural western Illinois, and a good ol’ red barn has always reminds me of home. Whenever I go back, it sadly seems as if there are fewer and fewer of them around.

I live near...
01-17-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By SuperLJ

“Ecart MAXI entre plateaux - 20 teeth” ...

“Ecart MAXI entre plateaux - 20 teeth” translates to “maximum gap between chainwheels - 20 teeth”.

I could be mistaken, but I would take that to mean 20T between adjacent chainwheels, not 20T...
01-16-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By SuperLJ

I can verify this. I had one break in exactly...

I can verify this. I had one break in exactly that spot.
01-16-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By SuperLJ

If you look at the catalog scan above under...

If you look at the catalog scan above under “Capacités”, it says maximum difference between chainrings is 20 teeth, and minimum large chainring is 45 teeth.
01-16-22, 04:55 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 6,174
Posted By SuperLJ

This is great stuff, Steve. Thanks for posting,...

This is great stuff, Steve. Thanks for posting, and keep ‘em coming!
01-16-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 856
Posted By SuperLJ

Your derailleur is most likely from the mid to...

Your derailleur is most likely from the mid to late ‘70s. The earliest ones weren’t anodized. Simplex didn’t come out with triple-specific front derailleurs until the early ‘80s. Here’s a 1975...
01-04-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,182
Posted By SuperLJ

Hope no one at Rivendell minds me doing this, but...

Hope no one at Rivendell minds me doing this, but here ya go:

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01-04-22, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,182
Posted By SuperLJ

Joe Starck built all the custom Rivendells...

Joe Starck built all the custom Rivendells (including mine) in the late 90’s / early 2000’s. There’s a great interview with him in Rivendell Reader #12.

Short bio from the interview: He worked at...
12-16-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 43,890
Posted By SuperLJ

I had forgotten those lyrics from Mr. Bojangles....

I had forgotten those lyrics from Mr. Bojangles. Had a good cry just now, when I read them. I needed that. Thank you.

That’s a handsome big yellow dog that adopted you. Beautiful eyes! You can...
12-14-21, 02:00 PM
Replies: 382
Views: 43,890
Posted By SuperLJ

We had to put down our beloved 15-year-old dog,...

We had to put down our beloved 15-year-old dog, Brooks, a couple of weeks ago. Both of my kids were able to come home to say goodbye. We had a vet come to the house to do it, so he was at home...
12-08-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 8,247
Posted By SuperLJ

I like French bicycles a bunch too. ...

I like French bicycles a bunch too.

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12-08-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 8,247
Posted By SuperLJ

I’ve used a mechanical device from France every...

I’ve used a mechanical device from France every time I’ve gone to work for the last 20+ years. I think it's pretty fantastic. Of all the devices of it's type that I've used over my 38 year career,...
10-05-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,135
Posted By SuperLJ

I’ve been using CR18’s with 35-38mm tires on my...

I’ve been using CR18’s with 35-38mm tires on my loaded touring bike for years with no issues. Here’s a handy chart courtesy of Sheldon: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#width

...
07-05-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,035
Posted By SuperLJ

The Gran Sport I have was purchased by my brother...

The Gran Sport I have was purchased by my brother at World of Bikes in Davenport in 1975. Small world, Steve!
...
05-23-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,412
Posted By SuperLJ

They will - that’s what they’re designed for. ...

They will - that’s what they’re designed for.

Maillard’s answer to SunTour’s ultra-spaced freewheels. Been using one on my Bertin for decades.
03-30-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,765
Posted By SuperLJ

Great thread! So much cool eye-candy in here. ...

Great thread! So much cool eye-candy in here.

I’m not sure how vintage this would be considered, but I’ve had this Sachs New Success group in continuous use on a couple different bikes since the...
03-25-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,670
Posted By SuperLJ

I <3 fenders! ...

I <3 fenders!

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03-15-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,004
Posted By SuperLJ

Sachs’ Rene Singer lugs on my Nobilette: ...

Sachs’ Rene Singer lugs on my Nobilette:

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02-26-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,316
Posted By SuperLJ

A beautiful old bike in excellent condition with...

A beautiful old bike in excellent condition with smart upgrades. Nothing about that sucks. Nice job!
10-05-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 29,532
Posted By SuperLJ

Hey, I’ve got an orange bike! Not exactly C&V,...

Hey, I’ve got an orange bike! Not exactly C&V, but here’s my ‘00 Rivendell:
...
10-04-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,485
Posted By SuperLJ

Heya AZORCH - I showed the photo of your...

Heya AZORCH -

I showed the photo of your bike to my wife. She informed me that’s it’s not pink at all. According to her, it’s “fuchsia”.

She had the 128 Crayola box when she was a kid, so I...
10-04-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,485
Posted By SuperLJ

Welcome back Mr. AZORCH! Another vote here...

Welcome back Mr. AZORCH!

Another vote here for all French, especially since you’ve already got all the parts on hand. That’s a really nice frame with a great pedigree. It deserves it. Maybe even...
09-15-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 607
Views: 131,829
Posted By SuperLJ

Thanks for the nice compliment. Yes, Sachs...

Thanks for the nice compliment.

Yes, Sachs Rene Singer lugset. Mark convinced me that the cast-in cable stops on the lower head lug needed to go. Main triangle is 853. JR at VeloCals made the...
09-10-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,811
Posted By SuperLJ

Mrs. Peel from The Avengers was my first...

Mrs. Peel from The Avengers was my first celebrity crush when I was just a kid. Sorry to hear of her passing. RIP Dame Diana

For those of you who aren’t familiar, here’s a great video:
...
08-16-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 607
Views: 131,829
Posted By SuperLJ

Here's my contribution - a 2016 Nobilette. I...

Here's my contribution - a 2016 Nobilette.

I spent many years collecting parts for what would be my "ultimate" bike, financing them almost entirely by selling stuff on eBay. As far a ride quality...
07-30-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,187
Posted By SuperLJ

I’ve been a big fan of Ron & his wife’s stuff for...

I’ve been a big fan of Ron & his wife’s stuff for a long time. Here’s my Nobilette with a deluxe large Rando bag, and a bi-fold seat wedge that they don’t make anymore.
...
06-26-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 43,078
Posted By SuperLJ

Here’s my contribution, a ‘78 Bertin C35. ...

Here’s my contribution, a ‘78 Bertin C35.

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06-17-20, 07:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,118
Posted By SuperLJ

I’m sure you’ve already found this, but here’s...

I’m sure you’ve already found this, but here’s Sheldon’s article about French bikes: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/velos.html

Often you can use a 28.6 front derailleur on a 28.0 French seat tube...
06-16-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,091
Posted By SuperLJ

Avocet Touring & Touring II saddles were popular...

Avocet Touring & Touring II saddles were popular “comfort” options back then. Selle Royale made a model similar to the one Kermie posted above too.
06-15-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,118
Posted By SuperLJ

Vitus 971 was top-quality tubing, every bit the...

Vitus 971 was top-quality tubing, every bit the equal of Columbus SL or Reynolds 531. You’ll note that the top tube is 9/6/9, the same as Columbus SL, as opposed to standard 531’s 8/5/8.

That’s a...
06-14-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,011
Posted By SuperLJ

You obviously known what you’re doing - beautiful...

You obviously known what you’re doing - beautiful work! Polishing old aluminum bike parts is so rewarding. I can’t wait to see the finished bike!
06-10-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,393
Posted By SuperLJ

I’m 5’11” and all my bikes are 59 or 60s. I...

I’m 5’11” and all my bikes are 59 or 60s. I proportionately have long legs / short torso though...
06-10-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,393
Posted By SuperLJ

+1

+1
06-09-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,089
Posted By SuperLJ

Remember when Bicycling! had actual articles?...

Remember when Bicycling! had actual articles? Those were the days! I actually have a pair of Vittoria shoes just like the ones in the ad. Thanks for the post.
06-08-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,660
Posted By SuperLJ

Thanks for all the responses. So far it looks...

Thanks for all the responses. So far it looks like it’s running 50/50. I can see advantages to both I guess.
06-08-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,660
Posted By SuperLJ

Schrader to Presta valve rim adapters

Looks like these comes in two styles. One is just a rubber grommet that fits in the Schrader hole, the other replaces the nut on a Presta valve and has a shoulder that fits in the hole in the rim....
06-08-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,587
Posted By SuperLJ

GB - I couldn’t agree more. I was just...

GB -

I couldn’t agree more. I was just hoping to use the existing 40h SunTour hub because it’s really nice quality, and I’m notoriously cheap.

Years ago when I was building my Heron loaded...
06-07-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,587
Posted By SuperLJ

I was heartsick when I called and the first one...

I was heartsick when I called and the first one was gone, but then again I got this one for $100 less, so I’m good with the way things turned out. I’ve been looking a long time, and this is my first...
06-07-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,587
Posted By SuperLJ

First “new” bike in a long time

Just picked up this Nishiki Seral off Craigslist yesterday. My 20-something son has been bugging me for another bike since he’s long outgrown the tiny Trek 614 I fixed up for him years ago. I paid...
06-06-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 36,502
Posted By SuperLJ

C & O Towpath - my favorite bike camping trip...

C & O Towpath - my favorite bike camping trip ever.

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06-05-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,654
Posted By SuperLJ

I ordered some Mavic Open Pro retro decals from...

I ordered some Mavic Open Pro retro decals from the same seller a year or so ago. Way more attractive than the billboard ones the rims come with.
...
05-25-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,381
Posted By SuperLJ

I’m not sure if this counts and it ain’t all that...

I’m not sure if this counts and it ain’t all that ingenious.

Modern front cable hangers are really fugly and sit too far out and too high, so for my Nobilette I tapped out a chromed steel MAFAC...
05-20-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,892
Posted By SuperLJ

I’m in a 17-piece big band that plays traditional...

I’m in a 17-piece big band that plays traditional swing era music, and I put together this Crane bell to use for the telephone ringer sound in Glenn Miller’s Pennsylvania 6-5000. If you’re not...
05-17-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,579
Posted By SuperLJ

Great video Chr0m0ly...

Great video Chr0m0ly (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/chr0m0ly-370888.html), your wife has an outstanding voice!

I picked up the trumpet again a few years back (after a 35 year break) and got a...
05-17-20, 01:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,141
Posted By SuperLJ

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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05-17-20, 12:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,141
Posted By SuperLJ

Here’s a third option you might want to consider:...

Here’s a third option you might want to consider:

https://www.benscycle.com/honjo-48-rear-fender-pivot-bolt-attatchment/fender_part_honjo__707-259_707-259/product
05-10-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,036
Posted By SuperLJ

No apology necessary - it honestly never crossed...

No apology necessary - it honestly never crossed my mind.

I’m embarrassed that I didn’t see the boss that rgvg was talking about in the first place. When I saw the term “air bottle basement” my...
03-07-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 8,985
Posted By SuperLJ

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Cheap masonite garage door spiffed up with some 1x4 trim and retro hardware.
01-31-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,366
Posted By SuperLJ

When I was a kid our family used to go up to the...

When I was a kid our family used to go up to the Boundary Waters in MN every summer to fish for walleye and pike. Here's one of my prized processions - my Dad's 1960's Pflueger Summit baitcaster.
...
12-21-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,083
Posted By SuperLJ

I've done this exactly as rhm describes here and...

I've done this exactly as rhm describes here and it works great.

Again, just to be clear, if you spread the fender to make it wider, the radius will decrease. If you squeeze them to make them...
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