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10-04-19, 03:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 756
Posted By verktyg

Crescent Bikes

We sold some Crescents during the bike boom and up to 1975 or so.

We focused on the 2-3 high end models - the Pepitas.

1970 Spec Sheet:...
10-02-19, 01:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 548
Posted By verktyg

Clear Coat

:thumb: ^

Clear coat was/is applied to protect the finish of the paint and protect the chrome. In the case of the paint, to provide scratch resistance and rust resistance on the chrome plated...
10-01-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 979
Posted By verktyg

Spam, Spam, Spam...

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verktyg :50: Fly this bike to Cuba!
09-30-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 979
Posted By verktyg

Do You Have Any Cheese?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1JWzyvv8A

verktyg :50:
09-29-19, 02:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 446
Posted By verktyg

Bike Forum Etiquette

gitanesearch, some hints about Bike Forum protocol that will help you get better responses:

1. Limit jumping onto Zombie threads - messages over 6 months old... Start a new thread with a new...
09-28-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,507
Posted By verktyg

1974-76 Gitane

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It's a lower end 1974-76 Gitane with what appears to be two people...
09-25-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,217
Posted By verktyg

Patina

:thumb:

The tires out-gassing into the clearcoat probably resulted in photosensitive areas that UV exposure resulted in discoloration. Peugeot as well as Motobecane used thick clear coating that...
09-25-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By verktyg

Do those tires have a puncture resisting belt...

Do those tires have a puncture resisting belt under under the tread? If so, the belt may not have been properly centered during the layup process?

Maybe it's some kind of fungus from all the...
09-22-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 751
Posted By verktyg

Campy Record vs Nouvo Tipo Cups

Campy Nuovo Tipo # 1271 rear hub cups were stamped, minimally machined, hardened then the ODs, and ball bearing races were ground.

This # 1271 cup failed when it cracked from being overtightened...
09-14-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By verktyg

Bottecchia US Sales

Can't say about European sales but I'd guess that until Greg Lemond started riding Bottecchia branded bikes at the end of his career, all US Bottecchia sales were probably for complete bikes.

The...
09-13-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 855
Posted By verktyg

1977 Bottecchia Frame

When you hear hoof beats, think horses not zebras! :innocent:

LucasHartong not trying to say "you have an ugly dog" but... (Your frame looks pretty nice with the new paint job).

The cosmetics...
09-13-19, 01:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,261
Posted By verktyg

Gitane Professional Piste track bike

Slightly of topic but I just made an offer on a ~1968 Gitane Professional Super Piste track bike with a Reynolds 531 frame and Campy components.

I'll probably pick it up this afternoon (Friday the...
09-11-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 721
Posted By verktyg

Choice Of Colors

roadbikeChris since the bike is going to be rider not a restoration, paint it what ever color suits your fancy.

One suggestion, you should put the bike together enough to ride it to make sure it...
09-11-19, 11:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 721
Posted By verktyg

Cyclomondo Gitane Foil Decals

I worked with Greg Softly/Cyclomondo when he was designing those Gitane repros back in 2008. We were sending pics and decals back and forth between OZ and the US for about a month.

They're pretty...
09-05-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 776
Posted By verktyg

Large Brake Cable Loops

Narhay

I get better TV reception that way, besides I have VERY large hands.... :roflmao2:
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09-05-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 776
Posted By verktyg

Campy Barcons

Both Simplex and Huret produced bar end shift levers for a long time - up into the mid 70's. I don't recall ever seeing any photos of barcons on a bike in European competition but the photos posted...
09-03-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 13,502
Posted By verktyg

My Team and Team Replica Bikes

A few rarely seen Team and Team Replicas...

1986 Bertin C80SSC raced by a team out of Ft. Collins, CO. Still a bare frame but someday...

Photos of the complete bike as raced by the original...
09-03-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 861
Posted By verktyg

Mafac Tandem Cantilevers vs. DiaComp 987 Brakes

When I built my touring frame back in 1976 I designed it for 20mm wide sewup rims to use with Mafac Tandem cantilevers.

Mafac Tandem cantilever brakes were rare commodities in the US even back in...
09-03-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 481
Posted By verktyg

Optical illusions... verktyg :50:

Optical illusions...

verktyg :50:
09-01-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Posted By verktyg

Death stem!

THE STEM IS DANGEROUSLY TOO HIGH!

Sheldon Brown forever damned AVA brand stems as Death Stems! I've never seen an AVA stem fail but the sand cast PIVO brand stems are/were the real death stems,...
09-01-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 519
Posted By verktyg

CALL VERKTYG 1st!

juvela Happy Feet

My guess is that this bike is an early 1968 Gitane Grand Sport Deluxe. I'm going by the decals and the white plastic shift levers plus the cranks. You can't rely on the date code...
08-21-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,420
Posted By verktyg

Long Slow Distance

:thumb: Wondering when someone was going to pick up on that Long Slow Distance reference.... Ha Ha Ha
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08-20-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,835
Posted By verktyg

Chain Stay Dents

nomadmax did you say that the frame is made of Columbus Aelle or regular Columbus (judging from the tubing sticker)?

Most of the Guerciotti frames that we sold back in the 70's were 56cm to 60cm...
08-20-19, 05:36 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,835
Posted By verktyg

Heavy Respray

It looks like the BB area has been resprayed, as if a repair was done in the area???

Does the paint look like it's been blended in like around the BB and/or is there cracking in the paint in any...
08-20-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,835
Posted By verktyg

Soapy Water For Testing Gas Line Leaks

Mix 1 tablespoon of dish washing detergent into 1 cup of water to create a leak detecting solution. You can also buy a thick commercial solution that does the same thing.

Paint the solution over...
08-20-19, 02:11 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,835
Posted By verktyg

Cracked BB Shell ???

The area in nomadmax frame was a weak spot in some brands of BB shells because the sharp V could create stress risers which would lead to cracks.

On some better built frames, extra brazing...
08-20-19, 01:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 472
Posted By verktyg

1966-1970 Simplex PresTige Criterium RD

The "official" name of the derailleur that you have was the Simplex PresTige CRITERIUM AR537.

There's some conflicting info on velobase.com and on http://www.disraeligears.co.uk. I'm going with...
08-17-19, 11:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By verktyg

1973 W. F. Holdworth Competizone

My 1973 W.F. Holdsworth Competizone has a curved rear brake bridge,
...
08-17-19, 03:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,024
Posted By verktyg

Zeus History

The people on the northeast coast of Spain were working with metals when the cave dwellers of Vicenza were still chipping flint!
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08-17-19, 03:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By verktyg

The "Immortals"

This is my all time favorite race photo. It shows the leaders of the 1976 TdF with the "Immortals" from that era up front.

Gimondi is wearing a blue and white Bianchi jersey over Eddy's right...
08-17-19, 02:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 942
Posted By verktyg

Early 70's Holdsworth?

Has all the hallmarks of an early 1970's Holdsworth except for the head tube lugs. Maybe not a Professional but rear the top.

Wrap over seat stays
...
08-15-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 477
Posted By verktyg

1988 Catalog

Not sure whether this is a US or Canadian catalog but it mentions a mix of Modolo / Ofmega / ITM / Stronglight components on several models. So what I posted above about Bianchi playing loose with...
08-14-19, 12:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 268
Posted By verktyg

Nervex BB Shell Numbers

First question, no. The number stamped into the Nervex BB shell that is referenced above is the part number showing angles, chain stay "socket" diameter and style?. This page from the 1958 Nervex...
08-13-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 655
Posted By verktyg

2Cv

For those who are unfamiliar with a Citroën 2CV "deux chevaux"...

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Besides...
08-13-19, 03:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By verktyg

Not a Motobecane

capnjonny those photos in post 15 are my Motobecanes.

Motobecane used specially made Nervex lugs which look similar to Nervex Professionals but have different "nozzles" for the main tubes.

Lugs...
08-13-19, 01:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,024
Posted By verktyg

Beppe Saronni

I was looking for a late 70's orange Colnago Super to replace mine that was stolen when I found this 1983 Super frame. Loved the red color.
...
08-13-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By verktyg

Stronglight Spindles

There were no French, British, or Italian Stronglight BB spindles.
...
08-10-19, 05:44 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 12,910
Posted By verktyg

Brit Beasts

You guys are SICK!

I have just what you need for getting Brit cars running in tip top shape:
...
08-10-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By verktyg

Stronglight BB spindle with Campy cups

It sounds like you want to use a Stronglight BB spindle with Campy Italian cups in a 70mm wide BB shell???

Campagnolo and many other brands used 68mm spindles for French and British BBs, 70mm...
08-10-19, 03:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,285
Posted By verktyg

TIG quick fix for broken dropout

:thumb:

The first repair that I did on a frame was replacing standard Campy 1010 horizontal dropouts with Campy 1069 vertical dropouts. I had a frame built for me and it was a case of "OH NO! You...
08-09-19, 05:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,285
Posted By verktyg

Broken Suntour Dropout

Back in the 70's we sold some Crescent's bikes. The mid range non Campy Pepitas came with Suntour dropouts instead of Campy's. We had a number of the drive side Suntour dropouts break. We though that...
08-08-19, 08:43 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 12,910
Posted By verktyg

1999 Subaru Forester

I have a 1999 Subaru Forester that I bought a few years back just for hauling my bike/bikes around.

With the rear seats down, I can easily slide a bike with the wheels on into the "cargo space".
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08-07-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,584
Posted By verktyg

Sugino Cranks

I'll spare you the "Google is your friend" chide. ;)

velobase.com is a good source for this kind of information.

This link will take you right to the Sugino section:

VeloBase.com -...
08-06-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,124
Posted By verktyg

605 Side Pulls vs 999 Center Pulls

By the 1970's the Weinmann 999 center pull brakes were called the 610 and 750 models which referred to the reach. They remained pretty much unchanged from the mid 60's until the 1980's. DiaCompe made...
08-06-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,364
Posted By verktyg

surströmming

You're not talking about "surströmming" are you?

"During the production of surströmming, just enough salt is used to prevent the raw herring from rotting while allowing it to ferment. A...
08-06-19, 03:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,364
Posted By verktyg

MC Treats

My mother used to make SOS on Sunday mornings... With chipped dried beef or ground beef or Spam which she cut into little blocks like bricks. Always on toast. I liked the ground beef with Worcester...
08-06-19, 02:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 490
Posted By verktyg

Suntour VGT

Raleigh badged Suntour VGT on my 1971 Raleigh Competition beater. I was blown away after I rebuilt this one. It shifts as smooth as any Shimano RD from the indexing era.
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08-05-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14,272
Views: 1,306,674
Posted By verktyg

Not to stray away (thread hijack) from the...

Not to stray away (thread hijack) from the Where'd You Ride Today theme, but from 1987 to 1991 give or take a year, Bianchi used the same frame geometry on their mid range to better quality...
08-05-19, 04:50 AM
Replies: 14,272
Views: 1,306,674
Posted By verktyg

Sunday August 4th Iron Horse Trail

28.5 miles on the Iron Horse Trail between Walnut Creek and San Ramon, CA. No bragging rights for mileage but it's the most miles I've put on in a long time plus plus the weather was ~90°.

Heading...
07-31-19, 01:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,280
Posted By verktyg

High Tension Steel

Kuromori :thumb: Very good, saves me a lot of writing.

I'll add a few things to the mix:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS HIGH TENSION STEEL!!! :troll:

The proper term is High Tensile Steel and it...
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