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11-25-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 56
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Posted By mikemowbz

That does sound pretty definitive, doesn't it? ...

That does sound pretty definitive, doesn't it?
This was what I had understood from your original post - confirming a worrying suspicion I'd had after seeing them drop out of sight with multiple...
11-24-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By mikemowbz

Blackspire - here in British Columbia, Canada -...

Blackspire - here in British Columbia, Canada - still makes 94 bcd double/triple rings. Pretty good range of tooth counts available for their Epic 6/7/8s rings:
...
11-24-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,916
Posted By mikemowbz

Yeah, I work in a shop and observed these saddles...

Yeah, I work in a shop and observed these saddles going out of stock with our two Brooks suppliers...then disappearing from the offerings on the B2B sites entirely.
Out with a whimper and not a bang...
11-24-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 705
Views: 64,369
Posted By mikemowbz

Wow, that long! I hadn't realized. I only have...

Wow, that long! I hadn't realized.
I only have one bike I've owned longer, the '85 Nishiki Prestige I bought as a frame set in 2009 or 2010 and built up after moving to Vancouver from Montréal....
11-23-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 64,369
Posted By mikemowbz

The photo credit here actually belongs to a...

The photo credit here actually belongs to a colleague - phone pic snapped by either Jackson, on the Lemond, or Dylan, on the Miyata 912 in the middle. I don't recall for certain. My bike is the...
08-10-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 17,221
Views: 1,850,849
Posted By mikemowbz

Today I rode one of my most-traveled summer...

Today I rode one of my most-traveled summer routes, into the wind and along the water out to Spanish Banks and the University of British Columbia.

Pit stop at Kitsilano Beach:...
05-31-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,897
Posted By mikemowbz

Thanks. Just need to service/re-assemble the rear...

Thanks. Just need to service/re-assemble the rear wheel to get this one done - as soon as I get a little break from work, this will come together.

I also need to sort out a boxy rando...
05-17-20, 11:40 PM
Replies: 17,221
Views: 1,850,849
Posted By mikemowbz

Love it - reminds me of my regular haunts here in...

Love it - reminds me of my regular haunts here in East Vancouver, BC - lots of riding down by the string of Port facilities around Burrard Inlet...

Nice Miyata! Black brake calipers/levers really...
05-17-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,897
Posted By mikemowbz

Currently building up (pardon the poorly-focused,...

Currently building up (pardon the poorly-focused, poorly-lit, and cluttered picture taken in situ at the workstand in the bike dungeon):
...
05-17-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,897
Posted By mikemowbz

Very cool. When I used to live in Montréal, I'd...

Very cool. When I used to live in Montréal, I'd see 1960s Torpados with chromed lugs here and there on a pretty regular basis - I forget the specifics, but I know at least one shop in the city sold...
05-17-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4,324
Views: 406,879
Posted By mikemowbz

Wow. Those are fantastic, Jeff. 'Skeleton'...

Wow. Those are fantastic, Jeff.

'Skeleton' ain't got nothing on these. Much more elegant, and painstaking to do I'm sure.

Maybe one day I'll have to consider drillium-ing up the Mercian...some...
05-17-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 18,252
Posted By mikemowbz

I last purchased a new bike from a bike shop for...

I last purchased a new bike from a bike shop for myself about 6 months ago...but I do happen to work at the bike shop in question.

Couldn't resist the right price on a modern Cromor-tubed flat-bar...
04-27-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,749
Posted By mikemowbz

Thank you. As I suspected, just a bit short/low...

Thank you. As I suspected, just a bit short/low in front for me. Stunning bike, but it *would* detract a bit if I had to put a 40mm setback post and an unduly tall stem in there...
Someone is going...
04-27-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,749
Posted By mikemowbz

What are the top tube (c-t-c) and head tube...

What are the top tube (c-t-c) and head tube (end-to-end, not including HS cups) measurements?
I think this might be a size too small for me, but I want it...so clean, not just condition but...
04-19-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 912
Posted By mikemowbz

Lovely. In 60 or 62cm I would be all over that....

Lovely. In 60 or 62cm I would be all over that. Sure to find a happy home...
03-17-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By mikemowbz

Thanks for the link. I'll have a more thorough...

Thanks for the link. I'll have a more thorough read tomorrow when I've got a bit of time to myself after work!
03-17-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By mikemowbz

Does look like 25.5in centre of BB to top of seat...

Does look like 25.5in centre of BB to top of seat lug, based on a quick measurement. Approximately ~57cm TT. Definitely a tall one - I'm almost 6' 3" and have just-adequate standover clearance.

As...
03-17-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,714
Posted By mikemowbz

I work at a bike shop in Vancouver, BC. Have...

I work at a bike shop in Vancouver, BC.

Have been reading in trade press about situations around the USA - including mandated closures in the Bay Area, shops going to 'appointment-only'...
03-17-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By mikemowbz

Pics as promised: ...

Pics as promised:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49670969782_8d136d873b_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iFfGNJ)DSC01305 (https://flic.kr/p/2iFfGNJ) by Mike Mowbz...
03-16-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 647
Posted By mikemowbz

The last pre-'W'-format Worksop serial? 1973 Carlton Professional A9999

As Worksop-built Raleigh aficionados are aware, there was a notable transition in serial # format 1973/1974 with the introduction of the 'W' serial format in which the digit following the 'W' (which...
09-02-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

More pics...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48668741591_6be0f1decc_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2h9G2hk)DSC01226 (https://flic.kr/p/2h9G2hk) by Mike Mowbz (https://www.flickr.com/photos/baddestofthebad/), on...
09-02-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

Detailed Pics!

Some shots of frame details. Didn't want to keep Drillium Dude waiting too long!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48668742836_d0bf8b5e22_k.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2h9G2DN)
DSC01211...
09-02-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

More pics to come, including images of frame...

More pics to come, including images of frame details - as soon as I have the chance to upload to my PC.

In the meantime, some interesting updates following close inspection this AM:

For one,...
09-01-19, 03:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

That's what I thought...though that claim is in...

That's what I thought...though that claim is in print in Road Bike Action magazine, April 2018! Didn't make much sense to me.
09-01-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

Thanks for the reply, Mark. I can't wait to...

Thanks for the reply, Mark.

I can't wait to ride it!

Definitely Columbus, per decal at top of ST (which I believe would confirm approx. 1977-83 window, though I'm not an expert on the Columbus...
09-01-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,676
Posted By mikemowbz

Wow. I like this a lot. Especially with the...

Wow. I like this a lot.

Especially with the Spesh bits and Suntour build. And the Veloflex!

Came together very nicely.
09-01-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

Thanks, Jeff. Me and the mechanic on shift when I...

Thanks, Jeff. Me and the mechanic on shift when I was unboxing the frame yesterday were drooling a bit ourselves over some of the frame details.

It's the little things! Fork crown lug points so...
08-31-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By mikemowbz

Vintage Serotta - ca. 1980?

Recent eBay acquisition I could not resist pulling the trigger on here: a rather 'vintage' Serotta frame set that I'm guessing might be ca. 1980 or so?

No brazed on TT cable guides or shifter...
08-31-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,347
Posted By mikemowbz

That looks a whole lot like a standard anti-theft...

That looks a whole lot like a standard anti-theft seat binder sold as part of a set (along with not-so-QR wheel skewers) by 49N.

I sell these at the shop I work at. The tool - if I am correct -...
08-30-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By mikemowbz

I own one of these from last time around - and...

I own one of these from last time around - and find it extremely useful on the bike I have it fitted to currently.

Very nicely made, and a practical item for someone like me who has a steep flight...
07-26-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 445
Posted By mikemowbz

WTB: Bomber 27in (i.e. 27x1 1/4) wheel set

Hi all.

Another 'WTB' on behalf of a friend from me: 27 x 1 1/4 wheel set.

I'm helping a pal build up an old Miyata 210, canti frame built for 27in wheels.

Trouble is, the only 27in set I...
07-26-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 7,999
Views: 2,465,163
Posted By mikemowbz

Indeed! The wacky thing? I own *two* such frames,...

Indeed! The wacky thing? I own *two* such frames, really very similar, from two fairly small-scale Canadian builders.

My Cyclops...
07-22-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,525
Posted By mikemowbz

What a fantastic gathering of bikes (and riders)....

What a fantastic gathering of bikes (and riders).

Hard to imagine so many classics lined up in one place...and stretched out riding the pavement.

Great to see all these pics.
07-22-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,106
Posted By mikemowbz

Thought that might be the case - but didn't want...

Thought that might be the case - but didn't want to fail to mention it...

Cool bike!
07-22-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,106
Posted By mikemowbz

Nice bike - and an interesting discussion. I...

Nice bike - and an interesting discussion.

I see Steve Bauer bikes occasionally in the shop I work at in Vancouver, including some pretty nice ones - but this is a particularly nice frame.
...
07-16-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7,999
Views: 2,465,163
Posted By mikemowbz

I might have to make a whole thread for this one...

I might have to make a whole thread for this one at some point - but this seems like the place to show off the whip I've most been enjoying so far this summer!

Ryffranck, hand built in Sherbrooke,...
07-12-19, 11:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Posted By mikemowbz

Thank you for that detailed response. It is...

Thank you for that detailed response. It is indeed quite possible that the tapers are worn.

I have not actually seen the spindle in question - relying on info from the mechanic who disassembled...
07-12-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Posted By mikemowbz

Thanks for the link, John. I'll give that a...

Thanks for the link, John. I'll give that a thorough read this evening.

The crank is a Gran Sport (Nuovo Gran Sport?) from the 1980s - offhand, I believe the 'proper' BB length is a 120mm...
07-11-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Posted By mikemowbz

ISO/WTB: complete vintage Campy BB, BSA, 117-119mm-ish

Hi all:

Searching for a friend.

Bike currently running a 115mm vintage Campy spindle - but just slightly too close on DS, and inner chainring interferes with chainstay under load.

Really...
06-10-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,560
Posted By mikemowbz

Zombie thread, I know. Was just thinking...

Zombie thread, I know.

Was just thinking about this thread discussion as I was out riding my EL OS Ryffranck that I recently built up.

Can confirm that this particular example, at least, is far...
05-19-19, 08:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,766
Posted By mikemowbz

Indeed. Really liking what I'm seeing on his...

Indeed. Really liking what I'm seeing on his site, very much front of the pack. Thanks for posting!
05-19-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,766
Posted By mikemowbz

Good information. I suspect I will stop by...

Good information.

I suspect I will stop by the Swift space south of Pioneer Square in Seattle next time I'm down there to contemplate my options in person.

The bike is more of a 'fast' rando...
05-19-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,766
Posted By mikemowbz

These are fantastic, I'd not heard of the brand -...

These are fantastic, I'd not heard of the brand - and timing could not be better, as this is particularly current to my interests.

Recently returned home from Portland with a big tall Gilles...
05-02-19, 12:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,036
Posted By mikemowbz

Indeed, working the weekend - plus dental surgery...

Indeed, working the weekend - plus dental surgery first thing Monday - will be sure to put in some miles/km's Sunday around Vancouver/Burnaby to make up for what I'm missing out on (in some small...
04-08-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By mikemowbz

+1 These are very well-made and nicely...

+1

These are very well-made and nicely finished in the polished silver version. Eyeletted. Should be easily available in USA given the distributor.

Velo Orange also offers some nice options...
01-29-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,903
Posted By mikemowbz

So, the date of departure quickly approaches - an...

So, the date of departure quickly approaches - an I will be in Portland as of this Thursday night sticking around for a week before heading back to Canada on the 7th.

My plans to ride have...
01-29-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 547
Posted By mikemowbz

Alas, while I am in Canada, the 4250km distance...

Alas, while I am in Canada, the 4250km distance between me and the venue in Brantford may prove too great for a visit this time.

Would love to see some reports (with pictures!) from folks in...
01-28-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 176
Posted By mikemowbz

WTB: 36h 8sp Record RR hub, 36h Record SILVER 9/10/11 hub set

Hey Folks:

I am on a bit of a journey here, prompted by (irrational?) guilt at my own - now scuttled - plans to build up a frame produced by a small Québec builder named JP Ryffranck with modern...
01-25-19, 12:28 AM
Replies: 1,070
Views: 89,284
Posted By mikemowbz

hazetguy hooked this guy up with some uncommon...

hazetguy hooked this guy up with some uncommon Mavic bits to push my 10-year plan for completing a group ever-closer to the finish!

Communication, packing, and the goods themselves, all :thumb:.
01-22-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 25,857
Posted By mikemowbz

Haven't checked in on this thread for a while -...

Haven't checked in on this thread for a while - this bike just keeps getting better and better!
The silver Dia Compe cantis do complement things nicely, and the a set of polished (or grey ano) TB14s...
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