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Posted By MajorA

I've got an A-D a couple more steps up the food...

I've got an A-D a couple more steps up the food chain from this era - an '82 Starleicht with all Dura-Ace - but I'd guess that the workmanship, finish quality and rideability of this bike would be...
08-04-10, 10:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,276
Posted By MajorA

Kudos to the airport for recognizing great...

Kudos to the airport for recognizing great American craftsmanship in a very public way.
07-30-10, 01:50 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,996
Posted By MajorA

BAD ... musicians call their version of the...

BAD ... musicians call their version of the disease GAS - "Gear Acquisition Syndrome". I've got both. Which, I guess, means I have BAD GAS.
07-29-10, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 699
Posted By MajorA

Weren't Motos being made in Taiwan by this time?...

Weren't Motos being made in Taiwan by this time? I agree with Maddox about the 1990-ish vintage (based on the fade paint job), and if that's the case $200 if it's in great shape, and your size, seems...
07-28-10, 07:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,783
Posted By MajorA

I picked up a very similar Scapin on eBay for...

I picked up a very similar Scapin on eBay for about $200 a couple of years back; it was equipped with circa '85 Victory, and built with Aelle tubing. I know that Aelle gets pooh-poohed on C/V, but...
07-26-10, 01:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,228
Posted By MajorA

What does it say about me that one of the first...

What does it say about me that one of the first things I noticed in the OP's photo was the corn cob freewheel?
07-25-10, 06:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 529
Posted By MajorA

I went throught the same kind of inquiry about...

I went throught the same kind of inquiry about four years ago when I bought an all-105 bike from 1986, based on the Shimano date codes; it had been branded "Hunter" and was a good-looking 62 cm bike...
07-25-10, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,505
Posted By MajorA

It's probably Torpado, not Torpedo. Torpado made...

It's probably Torpado, not Torpedo. Torpado made a full range of bikes from gaspipe to Columbus/Campy race machines; judging from the dork disk (slang for the plastic freewheel guard on the rear...
07-21-10, 08:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,358
Posted By MajorA

If it's all Campy, it's aluminum alloy. Lots of...

If it's all Campy, it's aluminum alloy. Lots of tapping (gentle tapping) and lots of patience have always been my friends.
07-21-10, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,495
Posted By MajorA

You can make a simple pin wrench out of an 8"...

You can make a simple pin wrench out of an 8" piece of coathanger: bend at the midpoint to a 20-25 degree angle, then bend the two "pins" at a 90 degree angle to the plane described by the arms of...
07-20-10, 11:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,121
Posted By MajorA

In my area (Eugene, Oregon) the prices are up,...

In my area (Eugene, Oregon) the prices are up, but not crazy. It's pretty easy to explain. In lean times, consumers who would buy new without thinking about it are more willing to research what they...
07-17-10, 08:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,896
Posted By MajorA

To the earlier suggestion that it might look like...

To the earlier suggestion that it might look like a Bob Jackson, the SN isn't consistent with their numbering, so it ain't a BJ. Other than that, I got nothin'.

Other than to say that it's...
07-16-10, 03:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,605
Posted By MajorA

I can't help you with Dura-Ace history as to...

I can't help you with Dura-Ace history as to Acer-Mex, but I do know that right around this time Dura-Ace was getting its first serious looks as a competitor to Campy; I have an '82 Austro-Daimler...
07-15-10, 03:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By MajorA

lov2biks ... 13605 puts you in 1978-79 as far as...

lov2biks ... 13605 puts you in 1978-79 as far as I can tell, but I have to admit that the bulk of the #s which I collected were 1975 and prior, and the chronology gets a little less precise after...
07-14-10, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 744
Posted By MajorA

Not only do they give you the info, they'll send...

Not only do they give you the info, they'll send you a laminated copy of the job card if they've still got it ... costs about $25. In my case, this led to the discovery of a cool story, too, which...
07-09-10, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,018
Posted By MajorA

Ahhh ... but the 572 is the "professional's...

Ahhh ... but the 572 is the "professional's professional" with several race laurels, including the Paris-Roubaix. I suppose it's a matter of taste in hyperbole.
07-08-10, 03:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,018
Posted By MajorA

You've got a real find there. This:...

You've got a real find there. This: http://www.classicrendezvous.com/France/bicycles/Follis/follis_ad.htm is a link to a 1974 Follis price sheet, which ID's the 572 as there top-of-the-line race...
07-02-10, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,734
Posted By MajorA

Plug for my local coop: Eugene (Oregon) Bicycle...

Plug for my local coop: Eugene (Oregon) Bicycle Works. Fifty bucks a year gets you full access to the work area, which includes every tool imaginable, and I mean EVERY one. My herd includes Bob...
07-02-10, 12:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 913
Posted By MajorA

My Austro Daimler Superleicht, an eBay snag, came...

My Austro Daimler Superleicht, an eBay snag, came to me with bare DuraAce wheelhubs. I had my LBS (Paul's Bicycle Way of Life in Eugene, Oregon ... plug, plug) build them up with modern Mavic OpenPro...
05-25-10, 05:11 PM
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Views: 5,033
Posted By MajorA

They don't fit in the sense that they don't...

They don't fit in the sense that they don't match, and some folks will give you grief for that ... but I have a set of Sugino Aero Mighty on an otherwise all-Dura Ace Austro Daimler from 1982. They...
01-11-09, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,180
Posted By MajorA

I love bikes with stories. Damn.

I love bikes with stories. Damn.
01-09-09, 11:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,076
Posted By MajorA

I have these levers (Exage Sport) on one of my...

I have these levers (Exage Sport) on one of my bikes, and love 'em; also, over time, all of my non-aero levers have been switched over to aero, period correctness be damned. They fit my hands better...
01-06-09, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,727
Posted By MajorA

I have a variety of Shimano brakes from that...

I have a variety of Shimano brakes from that period, and I use off-the-peg modern Shimano 105 pads. They're slicker-looking, and more aero that the originals, but they do the job ...
12-16-08, 12:38 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 32,097
Posted By MajorA

+1 .... three of my bikes are in the 20.5-22.0...

+1 .... three of my bikes are in the 20.5-22.0 range, two of which are Reynolds 531, one of which is Columbus Aelle. They're built up with '82 Dura Ace, '72 Nuovo Record, and '80 Shimano 600, so the...
12-12-08, 10:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,090
Posted By MajorA

I haven't seen any love yet for Peugeot and...

I haven't seen any love yet for Peugeot and Motobecane ... both had mid-level models with 531 main tubes, but high tensile stays, which are great riders and which usually go for $150-$250 as complete...
12-12-08, 10:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,062
Posted By MajorA

So here's my decision, at least until I change my...

So here's my decision, at least until I change my mind sometime between now and the time I actually send the frame to the painter ...

Bob Jackson it is.

Since the frame, according to the job...
12-12-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,771
Posted By MajorA

I guess I'm officially an old crud when I look at...

I guess I'm officially an old crud when I look at the first photo and my initial reaction is "Hey! That's a nice Gios! And it hasn't been converted to a fixie yet, too!"
12-10-08, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By MajorA

Yes, you should ... and it's the seatstay cluster...

Yes, you should ... and it's the seatstay cluster from the 1972 Bob Jackson-built Hetchins which is the subject of another of today's threads.
12-10-08, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By MajorA

+1 ... guys who only know new equipment kind of...

+1 ... guys who only know new equipment kind of assume that any BB problem gets fixed by changing out the whole unit, because that's how they're all made now. To add to this comment, if the spindle...
12-10-08, 12:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,062
Posted By MajorA

Okay ... does anybody know 1) where I can get a...

Okay ... does anybody know 1) where I can get a set of Hetchins transfers; and 2) anybody who's in the market for an excellent set of circa-1972 BJ reproduction transfers?
12-10-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,062
Posted By MajorA

And a quick reply from Flash: "Thanks for...

And a quick reply from Flash:

"Thanks for getting in touch. We know that Alf subcontracted some frame
building out to Bob Jackson Cycles (among others) at times when Jack
Denny couldn't keep...
12-10-08, 09:46 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,062
Posted By MajorA

According to the Bob Jackson mastr sheet, this is...

According to the Bob Jackson mastr sheet, this is confirmed as a 1972 frame; that's consisent with the full Campy NR group, which included a Patent 1972 derailleur, and 151 BCD Pista cranks, which...
12-10-08, 09:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,062
Posted By MajorA

Odd twist in Bob Jackson/Hetchins lore

About two years ago I bought a bike on eBay, on a hunch, for a bunch less than it turns out to have been worth. It was listed by one of those auction drop-off houses as an “Italian racer”, probably...
12-04-08, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,731
Posted By MajorA

My # is 000804 .... everything fits with the...

My # is 000804 .... everything fits with the other info on the database as to size, tubing, crown forks, drops, etc.

And I'm not worrying about an accurate build. I'm thinking of using a full...
12-04-08, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,731
Posted By MajorA

Apparently not. It's a solid sparkle grey which...

Apparently not. It's a solid sparkle grey which Trek called "pewter" I think, and per the web site:

"The early bikes, from 1976 to 1981, were available in numerous colors. For these, color is not...
12-04-08, 03:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,731
Posted By MajorA

Trek model numbers

Dumb question:

I just took delivery of what, per Vintage Trek using the serial number database, is a 610 frame (a beauty, by the way ... pics when it's built up ...) built in very late 1980. Since...
11-21-08, 02:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 440
Posted By MajorA

Aero Vent Noir

Ordinarily, I'd post this on the "eBay Finds" thread, but this frame is just too gorgeous to get lost in the shuffle. Also, I doubt that I'm queering anyone's pitch, in that there are ten bidders and...
11-19-08, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,446
Posted By MajorA

Actually, all of my info on the frame, other than...

Actually, all of my info on the frame, other than the pictures, comes from the SN, which the seller provided; using the Vintage Trek site, 1981 610 is what I came up with. The size was consistent...
11-19-08, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,446
Posted By MajorA

The herd grows: 1981 Trek 610

This frame came up this morning on eBay for $99, including shipping; sometimes you can't say no, particularly if you're 6'4" and it's a 63.5cm frame. Judging from the condition of the paint on the...
11-17-08, 06:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,427
Posted By MajorA

Okay, thread officially hijacked. The...

Okay, thread officially hijacked.

The request wasn't really for your benefit. It was for mine (so my taxes don't pay for your lifetime care in a nursing home, and your Social Security disability...
11-17-08, 04:48 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,427
Posted By MajorA

Not to hijack the thread or anything, but having...

Not to hijack the thread or anything, but having seen the immediate aftermath of a no-helmet, low-speed crash (the rider died the next day, and helping secure the scene until the EMTs got there has...
11-13-08, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By MajorA

Another powder vs. paint question

So I have a frame which I'd like to build up and ride, but in this wet climate (Oregon) it will catch a bad case of rot because of its many scrapes, scuffs and rust spots unless it's painted or...
11-13-08, 02:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,481
Posted By MajorA

I have tubulars on a Campy wheelset which I use...

I have tubulars on a Campy wheelset which I use on a couple of my bikes, a Scapin and an Austro-Daimler. I love the things, and I use the cheap (Vittoria Rally) Thai-made tires. They're light, have...
11-11-08, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 971
Posted By MajorA

Between the OP's photo, and one of the replies, I...

Between the OP's photo, and one of the replies, I had a vivid and visceral recollection of riding my first "big" bike, a 1967 Schwinn Typhoon, with my feet off the pedals, and yelling "WHEE!"
...
11-01-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By MajorA

+1 ... I have cranksets (Campy, Sugino, and...

+1 ... I have cranksets (Campy, Sugino, and Shimano) going as far back as the early '70's which take modern pedals, of all makes (Shimano, Ritchey, Wellgo), without a problem. Now, if you had a...
10-17-08, 02:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,100
Posted By MajorA

Welcome to the Eugene vintage community! This is...

Welcome to the Eugene vintage community! This is an awesomely bike-friendly town

Here's your hot tip for the day: working on vintage bikes without the right tools can be a real pain, and some...
10-15-08, 05:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,807
Posted By MajorA

Not to confuse matters, but I have a 1984-ish...

Not to confuse matters, but I have a 1984-ish Scapin which is partially kitted out with Cambio Rino parts. My understanding from research when I picked it up off of eBay was that the bike was an...
10-12-08, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,339
Posted By MajorA

Pricewise, bikes like this always bring a little...

Pricewise, bikes like this always bring a little more on eBay. Any all-531 bike in good shape should bring over $200.

That said, I love my '82 Austro-Daimler Superleicht, an all-531, all-Dura Ace...
10-12-08, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 386
Posted By MajorA

Just thought I'd share a C&V moment

This morning I rode in to my office on my '84 Scapin (Ferrari red, a mix of Campy and Gipemme stuff with tubulars; chromed sloped-crown fork, a a high-gloss panto'ed "Scapin" stem ... you just feel...
10-02-08, 05:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,424
Posted By MajorA

Congrats ... I can't offer much about the frame,...

Congrats ... I can't offer much about the frame, but you'll love the Shimano 600. I've got several bikes from that era with a range of groups (Shimano 105, Shimano 600, Dura-Ace and Campy) and for...
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