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12-20-18, 02:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,441
Posted By thunderworks

Viscount (Lambert) bikes

I owned a bike shop in from the early 1970's until the mid 1990's. I made both good and bad decisions as a business owner. The one decision that stands as perhaps the worst in my 20 plus year career...
Replies: 32
Views: 1,951
Posted By thunderworks

Probably Japanese made bikes from the mid 1980's....

Probably Japanese made bikes from the mid 1980's.

Something special . . .? NO.

Quality mid-level bikes though that should ride well enough to justify cleaning, tuning, riding (or flipping on...
07-22-18, 05:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,887
Posted By thunderworks

On mid-1970's Motobecane Jubilees, the main...

On mid-1970's Motobecane Jubilees, the main triangle and the fork was Reynolds 531. The rear stays were not. In my experience, it is not particularly difficult to get derailleurs, other than Huret,...
07-05-18, 12:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,827
Posted By thunderworks

Related info . . .chances are good that the BB on...

Related info . . .chances are good that the BB on the 1973 Record is Swiss threaded. It's unusual and difficult to find modern BB's that will fit. Hopefully your BB is in good shape, but there is...
07-04-18, 05:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,641
Posted By thunderworks

Learn what differentiates junk old bikes from...

Learn what differentiates junk old bikes from good old bike. Restoring a junker leaves you with a junker. There's no virtue in restoring junk. The technology of old bikes is really simple. Spend some...
07-01-18, 03:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,597
Posted By thunderworks

dropouts

I don't believe you're correct. I was in the bike business from 1974 through 1994 . . . As best as I can remember, the standard geometry dropout was used by many builders well into the 1980's....
11-05-17, 08:45 AM
Replies: 25,083
Views: 3,143,236
Posted By thunderworks

Thanks for the valuable input . . . I'll post a...

Thanks for the valuable input . . . I'll post a picture eventually if I decide to sell. I agree most people on the Forum tend to underestimate value.
11-04-17, 12:05 PM
Replies: 25,083
Views: 3,143,236
Posted By thunderworks

I certainly understand that - Free Market - and...

I certainly understand that - Free Market - and all that, but hoped someone with more knowledge than me could provide some guidance.
11-04-17, 11:29 AM
Replies: 25,083
Views: 3,143,236
Posted By thunderworks

Raleigh Superbe

I have an early 1980's Raleigh Superbe that has never really been ridden. It's complete with Dynohub, rack, Brooks leather seat and even has a key for the fork lock. I'm thinking of selling it. Does...
11-04-17, 11:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,583
Posted By thunderworks

I owned a bike shop for many years and sold...

I owned a bike shop for many years and sold frames like this . . . an earlier poster is correct about the color. It's called Rose. There was a "hot pink" color as well. It was an opaque color without...
10-14-17, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,629
Posted By thunderworks

This is not the color of the Team bike I...

This is not the color of the Team bike I remember. This is a nice bike, but it looks far more like the entry level 531 frame model which I think was called an Inter 10. The upper level bike was a...
10-14-17, 11:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,629
Posted By thunderworks

Puch, AD

In the American bike market, the difference between AD and Puch was simply one of branding and marketing focus. Both labels were made by the same factories. The AD line was marketed as an "upscale"...
09-16-17, 02:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,629
Posted By thunderworks

year?

Is it the matte black version? Or the smoked chrome?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-27-17, 04:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,504
Posted By thunderworks

I use SRAM gear systems. I use both Shimano and...

I use SRAM gear systems. I use both Shimano and SRAM cassettes and both work perfectly with the SRAM shift systems. Mixing shouldn't be a problem.
04-01-17, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,090
Posted By thunderworks

IMO, the cost of a repair "far" exceeds the value...

IMO, the cost of a repair "far" exceeds the value of the frame which is minimal at best. It might have sentimental value of consequence, but really not much economic value. It was not a high end bike...
03-07-17, 04:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,458
Posted By thunderworks

I was a Miyata dealer for a number of years . . ....

I was a Miyata dealer for a number of years . . . IMO, the top tube internal cable guide is non-original (and somewhat poorly done) as is the paint. My guess is it's a late 80's frame.
12-24-16, 03:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,398
Posted By thunderworks

bars

My vote . . . bent.
12-14-16, 06:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,217
Posted By thunderworks

Functionality was the same. Based on the same...

Functionality was the same. Based on the same engineering. SR though was a little lighter - more use of alloy and modest use of titanium.
11-26-16, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,381
Posted By thunderworks

I've been to Italy twice and rode both times. I...

I've been to Italy twice and rode both times. I normally hate riding in traffic, but I felt far safer riding on Italian roads, in relatively heavy traffic, than I feel riding in the US. IMO, riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-23-16, 08:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,203
Posted By thunderworks

"Bang for the buck" . . .? for performance . . ....

"Bang for the buck" . . .? for performance . . . durability . . . comfort . . .? What's most important to you? The answer to your question depends on how you prioritize features.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,937
Posted By thunderworks

I went through this exact same ponder/question...

I went through this exact same ponder/question recently. Building a new bike and wanted light wheels. I'm an EXTREME LIGHTWEIGHT - only 120lbs. I'm also old (66), slow, and concerned about accidents...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,235
Posted By thunderworks

I think if you reset your 500 after each ride, it...

I think if you reset your 500 after each ride, it will keep each ride discrete. The bottom right hand button is a "reset" button. Do that at the end of your ride and the next time you ride, you'll be...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-16-16, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,235
Posted By thunderworks

It doesn't Bluetooth connect, but using a USB...

It doesn't Bluetooth connect, but using a USB connection and your computer, it uploads to Garmin Connect and Strava. I've used one for years and find it quite reliable and easy to use. If you want...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,053
Posted By thunderworks

Probably sold new for between $120 and $160. It's...

Probably sold new for between $120 and $160. It's not worth much.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-06-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 11,130
Posted By thunderworks

The original post was questioning the "training...

The original post was questioning the "training value" for different types of hill climbing rides. Just want to throw this out there . . . but I think there is a psychological value to occasional...
11-05-16, 09:07 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 11,930
Posted By thunderworks

IMO, tax considerations should be the very last...

IMO, tax considerations should be the very last topic to consider. . . if considered at all. Find the location and lifestyle that brings you satisfaction, however you define that and feel most...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-16, 09:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,897
Posted By thunderworks

I think the crew at Lynskey is highly skilled as...

I think the crew at Lynskey is highly skilled as fabricators, and they have certainly been around bikes for a long time, but no, I don't think they are "bike people" in the sense that I used it...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-01-16, 08:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,897
Posted By thunderworks

I have owned several different Lynskey bikes....

I have owned several different Lynskey bikes. Each, in its own way, was a good bike. I still own two of them and enjoy them when I ride them. I also have an S&S coupled Moots, and IMO, the Moots is a...
09-16-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,147
Posted By thunderworks

I recently acquired some bike stuff from the...

I recently acquired some bike stuff from the estate of a local rider who was tragically killed while riding. Included were 3 wheels, 2 rear, 1 front, that may be appropriate for your Gios. There...
08-07-16, 08:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,275
Posted By thunderworks

In the 1970's, the Fuji Finest was fully chrome...

In the 1970's, the Fuji Finest was fully chrome plated underneath the paint. Some of the chrome was highly polished and used as a contrasting panel. You could strip the paint and leave only the...
08-06-16, 03:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,275
Posted By thunderworks

Ishiwata was/is a tubing manufacturer. Fuji bikes...

Ishiwata was/is a tubing manufacturer. Fuji bikes in the 1980's were actually made, oddly enough, by Fuji . . . The were a sub division of Asahi Industries. Fuji was one of the few labels that...
07-24-16, 06:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,286
Posted By thunderworks

Motobecane

The Moto is either a 1974 or 1975 Grand Jubilee. The main triangle and the front fork are Reynolds 531. Original derailleur a were Huret Jubilee. Fantastic bike.
06-26-16, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 572
Posted By thunderworks

Common AW repairs

If you need to overhaul the hub, look carefully at the clutch key and the return spring. The key is one of the common wear points in the hub and is commonly replaced when doing an overhaul. The main...
06-18-16, 06:38 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,093
Posted By thunderworks

Is it true that early iterations of Record hubs...

Is it true that early iterations of Record hubs did not always have the oil port and clip?
05-21-16, 06:46 AM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 226,391
Posted By thunderworks

http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k536/thunderwo...

http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k536/thunderworks2/ebay/frame-3.jpg (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/thunderworks2/media/ebay/frame-3.jpg.html)

Restored Fuji Finest currently on eBay . . .
05-20-16, 12:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,830
Posted By thunderworks

The rims are Mavic, Medaille d'or. I think they...

The rims are Mavic, Medaille d'or. I think they weigh 310 grams each.
05-20-16, 08:12 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 13,830
Posted By thunderworks

http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k536/thunderwo...

http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k536/thunderworks2/Masi%20Criterium/masi-2a.jpg (http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/thunderworks2/media/Masi%20Criterium/masi-2a.jpg.html)

Currently on eBay . . .
Replies: 11
Views: 3,407
Posted By thunderworks

this was one of the bottom models in the AD...

this was one of the bottom models in the AD lineup. The Superleight was one of the top models -- Reynolds 531, full Campy NR etc. This was an OK bike, but truly nothing special. Most similar vintage...
04-02-16, 06:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,421
Posted By thunderworks

Bridgestone Kabuki bikes were well made, typical...

Bridgestone Kabuki bikes were well made, typical entry level Japanese bikes. They used "die cast" lugs that were strong but resulted in a heavy bike. This is a well made, albeit heavy bike. The Dia...
04-01-16, 12:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,936
Posted By thunderworks

Sorry totalbikeguy . . . but IMO (based on owning...

Sorry totalbikeguy . . . but IMO (based on owning a bike shop for over 20 years) . . .the bike is waaaay too big. It is 27" frame which typically fits basketball height people . . .6'6" and up. At...
Replies: 4
Views: 623
Posted By thunderworks

Masi Gran Criterium . . . And a Raleigh Pro track bike

A few years ago, our bike community suffered the very tragic loss of one of out long term members. He had been a serious rider for over 40 years.

I acquired some of the bike related stuff from his...
03-25-16, 05:24 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 24,779
Posted By thunderworks

An era appropriate Shimano Crane GS rear...

An era appropriate Shimano Crane GS rear derailleur is a wonderful option to handle large cogs in back. They show up on eBay periodically. It will work with freewheels and cassettes through 7 speed -...
03-19-16, 04:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,262
Posted By thunderworks

L'Eroica bike

I'm getting ready to sell my mid1970's Masi Gran Criterium and I need to replace the rims before I sell it.

Looking for some advice on whether I should lace clinchers or tubulars . . This is a...
03-09-16, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,455
Posted By thunderworks

It comes with wheels. The $400 is for the second...

It comes with wheels. The $400 is for the second set of wheels if a buyer wants them. I think the bike is genuine, and the price is realistic for the condition.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-16, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,389
Posted By thunderworks

I shipped a bike to Germany a few years ago. I...

I shipped a bike to Germany a few years ago. I used two cartons, one for the frame (fork removed) and one for the wheels. Components were distributed between the cartons as necessary.

I used the...
01-23-16, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,130
Posted By thunderworks

In the mid 1970's, Follis used lugs that had...

In the mid 1970's, Follis used lugs that had similar cutouts. I have a gut feeling this is a French bike. The seat stay caps are reminiscent of some upper end French bikes too.
01-19-16, 12:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,122
Posted By thunderworks

If you're not fully committed to a Suntour...

If you're not fully committed to a Suntour derailleur, IMO, the nicest appropriate vintage derailleur is the Shimano Crane GS. You can frequently find them on eBay. Just an opinion, but I think the...
01-17-16, 01:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,289
Posted By thunderworks

I think it's a Grand Prix from around 1979 or...

I think it's a Grand Prix from around 1979 or 1980.
01-02-16, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,402
Posted By thunderworks

Puch was owned, manufactured and distributed by...

Puch was owned, manufactured and distributed by Austro Daimler. Puch was the entry level line (from a marketing perspective) for AD. The Cavalier was the alloy rimmed version of the Cavette and it...
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