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10-25-21, 12:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By verktyg

Fork Is OK

Check out the 1975 UK catalog page that I posted. Those Super Champion and Grand Jubile bikes in 59cm had 74° head tubes with a 40mm - 45mm fork rake.

my 1974-74 Grand Jubile frame
...
10-25-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 477
Posted By verktyg

Late 1950's Early 60's Reg Harris Frame

Reg Harris was a name familiar amongst the cognoscenti up into the early 70's. I remember seeing accessories here in the US with his name on them. They were probably sourced through Ron Kitching in...
10-24-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By verktyg

UK Version Motobecane Super Champion

Bike is a 1974-75 UK Super Champion model equivalent to the US Grand Jubile bikes.

The 3 main tubes are butted Reynolds 531 tubing, the forks and stays are light gauge Motobecane carbon steel. The...
Replies: 9
Views: 251
Posted By verktyg

The upper photo of the blue modified mixte style...

The upper photo of the blue modified mixte style bike appears to be a mid 1970's European model with 650b tires. The silver bike is a later model probably from the early 1980's.

There are several...
10-24-21, 01:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 268
Posted By verktyg

Reinventing the Wheel?

Getting a seatpost machined to fit a frame is sort of like reinventing the wheel without fixing the flat tire! :innocent:

As I mentioned above the most important part of the operation after...
10-23-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 268
Posted By verktyg

Guesses, Guesses, Guesses

Being snarky but there are tons of info on this subject including many posts that I wrote over the past 16 years.

1. VintageSteelEU "I started thinking about getting a replacement of some sort,...
10-22-21, 03:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 946
Posted By verktyg

ARGH! During the Bike Boom Fad era from the...

ARGH!

During the Bike Boom Fad era from the late 60's to the early 70's, the buzz word was 10 SPEED RACING BIKE!

Back then bikes were still considered to be "KIDS TOYS"!

Anything with 2...
10-21-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By verktyg

Ratchet & Retrofriction Shift Levers

Really great link, thanks for posting it.

My suggestion to the OP sincos was to clean and lube the levers before attempting to take them apart.

1st year medical school meme: When you hear hoof...
10-21-21, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By verktyg

sincos "Any particular things to watch for...

sincos

"Any particular things to watch for when taking it apart (it seems to be designed to discourage taking it apart.)"

DON'T

Ne touche pas!!!

Si ce n'est pas cassé - ne le répare...
10-21-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 885
Posted By verktyg

HURET 1977 Type Dropouts

That's a Huret 1977 Type Dropout with an industry standard Campagnolo style derailleur hanger. The derailleur is a Spidel badged Simplex SLJ 5500 CP/SP with a 30T Max freewheel sprocket size.
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10-20-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,045
Posted By verktyg

Cribari - The Gentle Journey

Cribari - The Gentile Journey - AKA "CRYBABY"

Posters like this where pasted on bus stops and buses all over NYC back in the late 60's. Note the picture of the Zig Zag Man leaning up against the...
10-19-21, 12:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,045
Posted By verktyg

French and Italian Wines

One of my favorite wine posters - the French celebration of the Italian wine harvest...
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10-18-21, 02:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,045
Posted By verktyg

Zinfandel

For Shame... For Shame!

May your hills grow steeper and head winds stronger for that comment!

Wash your mouth out with some Zinfandel

Zinfandel - the true California Wine! "Oh Lord, stuck in...
10-17-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,045
Posted By verktyg

Alcohol Comsumption And Riding

In the realm of marketing, advertising and to a degree politics, there is no such thing as bad publicity. :troll:

Alcohol dehydrates the body. I used to avoid anything more than a beer or glass of...
10-16-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,045
Posted By verktyg

Ripple - Cheap "Bum Wines"

Bum Wines or Wino Wines... 13% to 20% ABV fortified, sweetened, sometimes flavored "wines".

Ripple while only 11% ABV was a fruit flavored carbonated beverage reputed to be made of grapes. Because...
10-14-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By verktyg

What Do I think? Not Much... ;-)

It's about a 1969-1971 Gitane Hosteller in almost mint condition, even the plastic bar tape looks original. Unfortunately it's photographed from the WRONG side.

"A picture is worth a thousand...
10-13-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,460
Posted By verktyg

Columbus SL Tubing Set Weights

The published weights of tube sets were a bit of smoke and mirrors... Here's why:

1974 Spec Sheet from "DeLongs Guide To Bicycles And Bicycling". The weight for a set of Columbus SL tubes is...
10-13-21, 12:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,034
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh Professionals 1977 On

We took on the Raleigh line in 1977 because the local dealer was fading out of the picture and there were some loyal fans who wanted to buy Raleigh Pros and Team Pros. We also had a need for bikes in...
10-12-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,384
Posted By verktyg

Pig In A Poke???

IMLTHO that's a lot of money for a bare production frame. ...and can you explain "+ extra for painting" ? :foo:

$1630 for the frame and shipping + taxes which could include duty and other fees...
10-12-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,034
Posted By verktyg

1974 Raleigh Pro Specs Plus 1977 Pro

jjhabbs

In reference to some questions and comments in your video (well done BTW)... Here's the 1974 Catalogue Spec Sheet. The 1974 Pro was listed with a 13-26T 6 speed Maillard Freewheel but a...
10-11-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,034
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh Pro Seatpost Bolts

jjhabbs Slowride79 steelbikeguy

Spectacular bike :love:

The 1973 and 1974 Raleigh Catalogues show a Campagnolo seatpost bolt:
...
10-10-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By verktyg

1990 Mondial

Looks GREAT!

My tale of 2 bikes - sorry to digress but I'll tie this in below:

In 2007 in a pique of Celeste envy, I bought a like new 1988 Bianchi Giro on eBay. It had a last generation Campy...
10-09-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 197
Posted By verktyg

Simplex Questions And Answers

Please read ALL of my posts in this thread (verktyg):

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/995774-simplex-slj-6600-real-life-capacity.html?styleid=8

WHATEVER YOU DO - DON'T... Don't touch...
10-08-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 384
Posted By verktyg

Somewhat Standard Rear Hub Dimensions

Attached are 2 charts from Suntour's Freewheel Technical Flyer. The first shows hub dimensions for 120mm axles and the second for 126mm.

Note: these figures should be considered accurate...
10-08-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 384
Posted By verktyg

General information: Campagnolo RECORD hubs...

General information:

Campagnolo RECORD hubs were part of the NUOVO RECORD and SUPER RECORD gruppos. There were never any NUOVO RECORD hubs.

There were briefly some SUPER RECORD vaporware hubs...
10-08-21, 03:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 394
Posted By verktyg

Bolt Swap - Recessed To Nutted

Yes indeed! :thumb:

I had an NOS set of IRD/Tektro recessed mount dual pivot brakes sitting around. I gave my doctor one of my classic touring bikes that had old Mafac brakes. I wanted to make...
10-07-21, 11:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 404
Posted By verktyg

1972-73 TdF Frame

Frame is drop dead gorgeous. It's the prettiest Gitane frame from that era I've ever seen.

Hate to be the bearer of bad news but... really great paint and chrome but Gitane never used that color...
10-05-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,719
Posted By verktyg

Handsome Is As Handsome Does

Campagnolo Valentino Rear Derailleurs
Handsome Is As Handsome Does
Not only are they uber UGLY - they don't work for spa***tura!!!
...
10-04-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 496
Posted By verktyg

USAZorro Lancaster Co. was further east... ...

USAZorro

Lancaster Co. was further east...

When I was young in the 1950's we frequently visited with family friends in Centre County, PA - Rebersburg, Belle Fonte, Centre Hall. My mother's...
10-04-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 408
Posted By verktyg

Chrome Plating Cracking

:thumb:

There are several different types of chrome plating that can be used on a bike frame:

Triple plating is superior in most applications. It's not 3 layers of chrome but an initial layer...
10-01-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 814
Posted By verktyg

Jack In The Beanstalk

I was going to say "I smell a rat" but my 1st thought was of Jack And The Beanstalk... (and the magic beans)....

This is all getting pretty far afield of C&V bicycles but maybe this will tie bikes...
10-01-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 403
Posted By verktyg

1964 Bridgestone Randonneur

My first 10 speed. I bought this Bridgestone in Japan in 1964. It came with Weinmann CP brakes, Huret derailleurs and a Wright leather saddle. Weight ~28 lbs as equipped so it must have had a very...
09-30-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 506
Posted By verktyg

Raleigh 555 Tubing

Good link James...

As T-Mar pointed out in his post, in the early 70's there were several bicycle books that tried to explain tubing including the cryptic Reynolds decals:

531 Straight Gauge 3...
09-30-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 527
Posted By verktyg

Too Many Bikes ????

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09-30-21, 12:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 976
Posted By verktyg

Custom Built Frame

Frame looks a little cobby for a custom builder of note???

Time Trial and Criterium frames were very popular in the UK up into the late 70's, early 80's. Those types of frames had very short wheel...
09-27-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By verktyg

Stem Insertion Depth

3" or 75mm to 80mm - or less depending on how long the threaded section of the steerer is.

You don't want the bottom of the steerer expanding in the threads:

Note how thin the steel is in the...
09-27-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 746
Posted By verktyg

thook dddd Many bikes were made with a...

thook dddd

Many bikes were made with a straight piece of pipe for a steerer tube!

Back in the 70's maybe earlier, Peugeot, Motobecane and Raleigh to name a few European marques did it that way....
09-27-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By verktyg

Stronglight 651 Sealed Bearing BB With Alloy Cups

Check out my photos above... The OP sincos has a Stronglight 651 Sealed Bearing BB with alloy cups. They had the tread size stamped into them.

I suspect that the outside face of the alloy fixed...
09-27-21, 03:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By verktyg

Grand Jubile Date? History...

sincos

Interesting bike... Never saw a Grand Jubile with Campy dropouts.

The Motobecane Grand Jubile model was introduced in 1973. It didn't appear in the catalog until 1974.

They were...
09-22-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 407
Posted By verktyg

Gaspipe Batavus

Not picky, gaspipe steel is gaspipe steel! :roflmao2:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/709x487/kia_304508d3ddca76481491dc1ddd37f3f8e99af740.jpg

The Batavus is a low end...
09-22-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 736
Posted By verktyg

BS !!!! Standby, Novella TdF 102

ABSOLUTE FRIGGIN BULL PUCKY regsrding the person at the "local workshop" who doesn't know his output from his input (**** I'll get to the warning note below)

Evidenced based reality. History...
09-14-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,064
Posted By verktyg

Ed Litton

I've been stopping by to see Ed since the 80's when he and Albert where together in Oakland. I built a couple of frames for myself at their shop in the early 90's and Ed painted them - Maximum Mojo -...
09-08-21, 10:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 929
Posted By verktyg

Rear Sprocket Terminology And More...

Amelio Some starting points with explanations and terminology...

Some photos lifted from Sheldon Brown's website RIP... The teethed things that the chain rides on are called Sprockets or Cogs....
09-05-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,500
Posted By verktyg

Bike Hand Tire Seating Tool

After nearly 50 years of mounting bike tires using my hands plus lots of different tools, I found one that works the best for me: the Bike Hand Tire Seating Tool...
09-05-21, 04:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 728
Posted By verktyg

1984 Gitane Team Pro

MiloFrance

BINGO!

Except for the lugs and chrome DS chain stay, the details on your frame match my 1984 Gitane Team Pro: Arcore aero forged sloping fork crown, number tag, internal rear brake...
09-03-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 584
Posted By verktyg

1960's Bertin C37

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09-03-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By verktyg

22.0mm Stems

The French/Metric standard for stems was 22.0mm. Exception, Cinelli, 3TTT and some other manufacturers made stems that WERE 22.0mm.

Problem: You can't put a stem that measures 22.0mm into a...
09-03-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,320
Posted By verktyg

1969ish Gitane Tour de France

Hang on, help is on the way...

Place holder post, "I'll Be Back"

Teaser pics:
...
09-02-21, 04:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 892
Posted By verktyg

Parts Is Parts - Not All Grease Is Created Equal

Most types of grease are designed to provide lubrication and reduce friction between mechanical moving surfaces. They provide a surface boundary layer to reduce direct contact between moving parts,...
09-01-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By verktyg

1980 Peugeot Super Sport Demi-Course

1980 Peugeot Super Sport Demi-Course
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