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03-02-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 17,391
Posted By mech986

I posted this before in 2018 but this was my 1972...

I posted this before in 2018 but this was my 1972 Italvega Super Speciale as ridden at Eroica California 2018 and shown here in October 2019 in Signal Hill, CA. Changed out the gearing, added a long...
02-17-21, 03:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 462
Posted By mech986

Is that a 27” rim there now? That would mean the...

Is that a 27” rim there now? That would mean the canti’s pivot and design (brake pad contact) is right at the limit (by appearances) for the 27” rim (630mm diameter). The 700C rim is 622mm in...
02-17-21, 02:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 461
Posted By mech986

There are no requirements for brake lever hoods,...

There are no requirements for brake lever hoods, your choice to use them or not. Eroica California allows aero and vintage exposed brake cable routing. (But see the specific country event rules just...
Replies: 43
Views: 1,696
Posted By mech986

Amazing that the numbers you found above the...

Amazing that the numbers you found above the derailleur on this bike exactly match those at the same position on the Benotto. FYI, its a Suntour claw derailleur hanger for dropouts that have no...
02-07-21, 05:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,262
Posted By mech986

Glad you’re ok, that type of failure at speed...

Glad you’re ok, that type of failure at speed would have been very dangerous if not fatal. That said, it doesn’t look repairable without a fair amount of money and repaint after a full tube...
02-07-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

Will be nice weather tomorrow in Pasadena so hope...

Will be nice weather tomorrow in Pasadena so hope everyone who rides has a great time.
02-05-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 702
Posted By mech986

Nice work! Do you have any before stripping or as...

Nice work! Do you have any before stripping or as bought pics, and pics of the frame after its initial stripping for chroming. I've not seen the Superlight / Super Speciale frame stripped to see what...
02-05-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 702
Posted By mech986

Got your PM, thanks for the reply and getting...

Got your PM, thanks for the reply and getting this thread started, will be pumped to see your Superlight back together again soon. I've updated my database and his entry in mine with your info and...
Replies: 48
Views: 2,061
Posted By mech986

Who says you can't go back home? ...

Who says you can't go back home?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/JVC-JR-S300-AM-FM-Stereo-Receiver-Local-Pickup-Only/174592114029?hash=item28a6803d6d:g:N2wAAOSwggRf5RqK
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Replies: 48
Views: 2,061
Posted By mech986

Which model receiver would you like to have? Are...

Which model receiver would you like to have? Are you good with any electronics refurbishment or repairs?

Nice Pioneer and Sansui Receivers too plus Rectilinear speakers.



Yeah, them old...
01-29-21, 03:04 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

RE: Bean Town: Hi all, hope you all are...

RE: Bean Town:

Hi all, hope you all are doing well. Although I haven't been able to ride with them, many folks are still keeping the Velo-Retro ride alive and well. Many of you will know we stop...
01-18-21, 02:47 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

Thanks for reporting Manny, glad to see everyone....

Thanks for reporting Manny, glad to see everyone. Sorry to hear about Bean Town, must have been terrible. Hope they get rebuilt properly and survive.
01-18-21, 02:40 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

there had been rides out of the Bicycle Stand...

there had been rides out of the Bicycle Stand shop in Long Beach, normally The Bicycle Stand hosts a monthly classic bike ride every last Saturday in Long Beach. But with Covid restrictions don’t...
09-13-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

Evacuations ordered near our Velo-Retro Route. ...

Evacuations ordered near our Velo-Retro Route.

If you are familiar with our route, we ride northward on Second Street in Arcadia east of Santa Anita Blvd. We pass under the 210 near Huntington...
09-07-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By mech986

Hey Ex Pres, thanks for posting this. The 5894...

Hey Ex Pres, thanks for posting this. The 5894 serial number would suggest a 1971-73 production date as that conforms with the 4 digit serial numbers of that time. The separation of the leading 5...
09-07-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 825
Posted By mech986

I’d be very tempted to leave a note on the bike...

I’d be very tempted to leave a note on the bike asking the “owner” to contact me because I’d buy the bike outright for a reasonable sum.
09-07-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

The ride has been going on for at least 20 years....

The ride has been going on for at least 20 years. Chuck Schmidt, our host says “the ride goes on even if nobody shows up.” The pandemic has been the only major slowdown in ridership although the...
09-07-20, 04:37 AM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

Yes, the Bobcat Fire broke out around noon in the...

Yes, the Bobcat Fire broke out around noon in the hills above Monrovia-Azusa, about 12-15 miles northeast as the crow flies from Beantown Cafe in Sierra Madre, our rest stop. Air Quality in Los...
09-06-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

Well, hope everyone stayed home or in a nice cool...

Well, hope everyone stayed home or in a nice cool place today. Temp was 104 at 11:00 am start time and right now at 2:25pm, reading 109 supposedly still rising to 110-112. The sun and heat would be...
08-27-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,689
Posted By mech986

OP mentioned in first post the BB is Italian.

OP mentioned in first post the BB is Italian.
08-27-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,032
Posted By mech986

A local Pep Boys is a good place to get...

A local Pep Boys is a good place to get Evapo-Rust. Search under Evapo and you get result. They seem to offer an instant 25% off on store pickup items if you order online. Always check to be sure...
08-24-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 900
Posted By mech986

A bike pioneer who lost his home in Bonny Doon: ...

A bike pioneer who lost his home in Bonny Doon:
https://cyclingtips.com/2020/08/santa-cruz-wildfire-claims-home-of-specialized-engineer-chuck-teixeira/
08-23-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 900
Posted By mech986

California Wildfires threatening many C&V members’ homes and property

Hey all, The California wildfires have been threatening significant portions of the Big Sur area, Santa Cruz mountains, and northern California. A lot of C&V members live in those areas and many have...
08-21-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 7,681
Posted By mech986

I’ve used a GearTech ratcheting box wrench and...

I’ve used a GearTech ratcheting box wrench and even better the Flex-head ratcheting box wrench. Either makes adjustments very easy to dial in a new saddle. Even easy to approach from the side if...
08-21-20, 01:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,097
Posted By mech986

Happy that was all the extent of the damage, but...

Happy that was all the extent of the damage, but personally, I'd very carefully look at all the drive side spokes and probably consider replace/relacing all of them. I wouldn't want to think about a...
08-07-20, 10:44 PM
Replies: 20,086
Views: 3,355,209
Posted By mech986

while looking at this on Facebook I saw this...

while looking at this on Facebook I saw this sponsored ad, I did a double take when it said Men’s Jersey, then I understood.

...
08-07-20, 01:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By mech986

Unfortunate, but inevitable given the health...

Unfortunate, but inevitable given the health situation plus international travel restriction. Same here with Eroica California and other Eroica events worldwide. Just keep training, imagine your...
08-07-20, 01:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,061
Posted By mech986

Kucharik makes knit cycling gloves just like we...

Kucharik makes knit cycling gloves just like we used to ride, and I rode these in the early 70's. Not cheap but not expensive compared to today's gloves if you need "the look".

Red White Green:...
08-04-20, 02:00 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 29,660
Posted By mech986

As if Cambria didn't have enough to deal with,...

As if Cambria didn't have enough to deal with, what with Covid-19 forcing cancellation of Eroica California 2020, and the decline in tourism, a nice kitchen shop called A Matter of Taste burned a few...
08-03-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 378
Posted By mech986

Thanks, that would explain it! Wish we had that...

Thanks, that would explain it! Wish we had that in writing somewhere where it could be seen and understood.
08-02-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,512
Posted By mech986

Nice finds. My condolences to the family. ...

Nice finds. My condolences to the family. Having to see their father’s fun and hobby stuff leaving can be hard even if it is important to do. It is my sincere hope that all of us respect and...
08-02-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 378
Posted By mech986

Is there a limit to # of likes one can give per day?

I was reading a thread over in Covid and liking a number of posts when suddenly after hitting like on a post, all the like buttons disappeared from all the posts I could find. I refreshed the page...
08-01-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 46,323
Posted By mech986

Make sure you bring extra water (for yourself and...

Make sure you bring extra water (for yourself and others) and make some of it loaded with electrolytes and sodium. Take extra Calcium before the ride if you are prone to cramps. Have a plan to stop...
08-01-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By mech986

And by the way, drinking any versions of hand...

And by the way, drinking any versions of hand sanitizer for it ethanol content is to be discourage. Tastes lousy and the amount of alcohol is rather meager, and more expensive than just buying the...
08-01-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 819
Posted By mech986

Its very unfortunate that for whatever reason...

Its very unfortunate that for whatever reason some imported hand sanitizers from a few factories had methanol added instead of using the stated safe and usable isopropyl or regular ethanol...
08-01-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 10,757
Posted By mech986

TDS, any update on how you have been doing? I...

TDS, any update on how you have been doing? I hope things have been a bit better for you, your co-workers, and NYC. Out here in California its been an inexorable steady climb, partly because of our...
07-30-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

Back in the day, italian bikes were measured CTT...

Back in the day, italian bikes were measured CTT or center of crank bolt to top of the top tube via the seat tube. Some even suggested top of the seat lug. Today, its more CTC or center of top tube...
07-30-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 11,068
Posted By mech986

If you mean headquartered now in Atlanta, yes,...

If you mean headquartered now in Atlanta, yes, but Porsche Boxster and Boxster S models were built in Finland under contract by Valmet Automotive, with additional production at the former Karmann...
07-30-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

Spindle length will depend on how you achieve...

Spindle length will depend on how you achieve doing the triple. My Campagnolo double was custom drilled for a 74 BCD inner cog but with spacers really required a >119mm standard Campy 70-SS -120-X3...
07-29-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

As mentioned above, the other way round. ...

As mentioned above, the other way round. Torresini established Torpado (TORressini based in PADOva) and built Torpado bikes and frames as well as Italvega for US distribution under contract from Ben...
07-29-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

francophile , could you elaborate on the other 3...

francophile , could you elaborate on the other 3 Italvega bikes you've come across or point to any threads about them? I'd love to add them to my serial number database if you have any documentation...
07-29-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

Francophile, thanks for the additional...

Francophile, thanks for the additional information. Your *305198* serial number confirms a clear 1973, May, 198th frame if my interpretation of the numbering scheme is correct. Its been hard to...
07-29-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 210
Views: 11,068
Posted By mech986

The Ford GT40 Mk. II in 1966 and the GT40 Mk. IV...

The Ford GT40 Mk. II in 1966 and the GT40 Mk. IV in 1967 both beat Ferrari rather handily at Le Mans which was the big prestige race in Europe. Ferrari had won previously by being reasonably well...
07-29-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,641
Posted By mech986

The cranks in my photos were part of a University...

The cranks in my photos were part of a University Engineering school's materials study to see failure modes in bicycle components - once identified, the parts were continually stressed until failure....
07-29-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

Very nice francophile! Can you get a shot of the...

Very nice francophile! Can you get a shot of the underside of the bottom bracket and see if there is a serial number and frame size stamped there? Can you also verify that it takes a 27.0 mm...
07-28-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 29,660
Posted By mech986

Stay safe everyone. Protect your health, wear a...

Stay safe everyone. Protect your health, wear a mask, ride when able and safe, and hopefully you'll be able to speculate on the 2021 Eroica California being held.
07-28-20, 05:23 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

Tgot, what type of Italvega does the mechanic...

Tgot, what type of Italvega does the mechanic own? Any chance we see a pic of it too?

Here's another way an Italvega can look set up for Eroica, my 1972 Super Speciale:...
07-28-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,757
Posted By mech986

You are correct. The flat headbadge represents...

You are correct. The flat headbadge represents 70-71 production years, 72's started coming with 3D badges with raised borders colored gold around and between the Italian colors. Correctly, the BB's...
07-28-20, 04:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By mech986

This Bridgestone RB-1 is quite small so may not...

This Bridgestone RB-1 is quite small so may not fit but has much of the gearing mods and still retains the classic look even though built in the late 80's early 90's.
...
07-28-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By mech986

Nice bike, top of the line money for mid level...

Nice bike, top of the line money for mid level parts on a nice frame. The thing that would bother me though is how is it going to be shipped. Shipping is free but via USPS Parcel Select Ground???...
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