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Posted By LeicaLad

Yes, this is truly and ancient thread. I am...

Yes, this is truly and ancient thread. I am quite amused in reading it.

No, sorry to say, it didn't stay with me long and it was sold to a student at Georgetown U. I suspect it didn't survive...
07-18-18, 02:57 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I have several pair of the Tektro R559, which are...

I have several pair of the Tektro R559, which are a long-reach caliper. All are nutted. The long-reach are really nice either for 650B conversions, or for old frames built for 27" but converted to...
07-30-17, 08:43 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I have a vegan daughter who is a student at VCU. ...

I have a vegan daughter who is a student at VCU. There seem to be quite a few choices for vegan and vegetablearians around the VCU campus and the Fan District.

Other than the swampy weather...
07-24-17, 12:01 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

You've been introduced! You need to go...

You've been introduced!

You need to go over and say hello! A.S.A.P., too!

: - )
07-10-17, 07:41 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

OMS? How 'bout acetone? Hadn't thought to soak...

OMS? How 'bout acetone? Hadn't thought to soak it all.

Which of the solvents might/would eat the plastic sleeve?

Thanks.
07-10-17, 05:19 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Vintage OMAS BB bearing question

Good scholars,

I have a NOS OMAS cartridge bearing bottom Bracket that I'm thinking to install into a '71 Gitane.

The cartridge bearings are open-backed. French made, they are marked AY 17 Z. ...
07-07-17, 07:57 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

So YOU'RE the one buying these up! Hmmm. I...

So YOU'RE the one buying these up!

Hmmm. I was thinking hard about one of those headsets, too.

Oh, well.

Cheers! : - )
07-07-17, 07:42 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Okay. You've opened up an entire can of worms...

Okay. You've opened up an entire can of worms here.

The 7400 hubs are fabulous, and they look great, too. HOWEVER, they have major limitations.

First, if you are talking 7 speeds, you need...
07-03-17, 07:52 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I also have an older Craftsman socket wrench that...

I also have an older Craftsman socket wrench that fits well.

However, I was in hunt of a 7mm hex head for my several French bikes that have 7mm stem bolts and I found this tool:
...
06-18-17, 05:57 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I'm sure I have one of these in my French parts...

I'm sure I have one of these in my French parts bin. I will try to find it to see if there's anything I can contribute.

Right now, tho', nothing.

Interesting case, none the less.
06-11-17, 11:58 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Just another happy customer. I've purchased all...

Just another happy customer. I've purchased all my spokes & nipples from them for several years. All orders by phone. Spokes may be cut to length, too.

+another 1
04-02-17, 02:23 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Yes. It works. Only the 7 & 8 speed Dura-Ace...

Yes. It works. Only the 7 & 8 speed Dura-Ace require this unique 2nd position cog with the built-in spacer. Some were made for the 6 speed, but they aren't essential.

The 7s and 7-8s 1st and...
03-28-17, 07:14 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I'm not obsessive, but I keep a running list of...

I'm not obsessive, but I keep a running list of purchases, noting item, date purchased, price and source.

I also keep a separate file of components by category (brakes, hubs, stems, bars,...
03-24-17, 04:21 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I love this thread. Sorry nothing new to add,...

I love this thread. Sorry nothing new to add, but I hope it is fed often.

Thanks!
03-23-17, 02:47 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Not that there's any binding bids or dibs, even,...

Not that there's any binding bids or dibs, even, my eyes were riveted on that coppertone Raleigh International with the chrome Nervex lugs that I saw. I'd sure like to put dibs on that one.

Sigh.
03-22-17, 09:55 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

It'll look vaguely color coordinator. Will you...

It'll look vaguely color coordinator. Will you worry about which jersey to wear?

Actually, what I am more eager to hear about will be your experience of those tires. They look like excellent...
03-21-17, 09:20 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Dave is correct. That said, I am very...

Dave is correct.

That said, I am very willing to run a couple sets of these to the ground.

Free or cheap, I'm very happy and willing.

Anybody with unloved DA 7400 UG wheels, please let me...
03-20-17, 08:19 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Very nice story. Now, take some fresh photos...

Very nice story.

Now, take some fresh photos of that bike you have!

:-)
03-20-17, 08:14 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Several quick details. Velobase is your...

Several quick details.

Velobase is your friend. Photos of each hub model to help you.

See here: VeloBase.com - Component Listing...
03-20-17, 08:04 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I have two Gitane bikes, both 1971, that I love a...

I have two Gitane bikes, both 1971, that I love a lot.

One thing no one has mentioned is that the Grand Sport is plain gage tubing and quite a bit heavier that the models up the line.

Above the...
03-20-17, 07:56 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Oddly, I just made the decision to build up a set...

Oddly, I just made the decision to build up a set of tubulars for the first time in 40 some years.

The Tufo tires sound good, but, since it's been a long time and I'm still not thrilled about...
03-17-17, 07:40 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Hi. The first photo makes it appears as if the...

Hi. The first photo makes it appears as if the hanger bolt is missing. Is it in the package?

Thanks.
03-10-17, 08:26 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I can also understand swapping out the tubular...

I can also understand swapping out the tubular rims, but I wonder why you chose 27", as most of us went right to 700c with our '71 bikes. The brakes reach. Plus, you'd have clearance to ride some...
03-06-17, 08:19 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

You can build your own cassette from loose cogs. ...

You can build your own cassette from loose cogs. They should match, of course, but you can buy, say, a corncob cassette to get the tight low numbers, and then add the larger cogs from another...
03-06-17, 08:14 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Thanks, Grand Bois. I had read of someone...

Thanks, Grand Bois.

I had read of someone trying to take a tire off a rim while leaving the tape in place. It tore the base tape off the tire. I guess the better approach is to consider the tape...
03-05-17, 03:19 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I'm torn between these (Ribble has 'em for $18.76...

I'm torn between these (Ribble has 'em for $18.76 for the 24mm, about 1$ more for the 22mm), and the Conti Sprinter Gatorskins @ 25mm for about $50 per.

I'm trying to convince myself that the...
03-05-17, 12:33 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Ah, but I love the subjective reports. Of course...

Ah, but I love the subjective reports. Of course they are all anecdotal, and, as the saying goes, the plural of anecdote is not data. Nevertheless, so much of the hobby is so heavily skewed to the...
03-04-17, 02:22 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I, too, am hunting s'moptions for tires. I...

I, too, am hunting s'moptions for tires.

I have two sets of the Continental 4000-IIs. These are fabulous. Moreover, one of my 25mm tires seemed to develop a flaw, with a bulge not visible but...
03-04-17, 10:24 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

This bike belongs - or did belong - to one of our...

This bike belongs - or did belong - to one of our group members here. Jon, aka drillium revival.

There was a discussion about it on the CR list, too. I have a '63 Hetchins Mountain King, and...
03-03-17, 08:10 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Yeah, yeah. The thread is a year old, but this...

Yeah, yeah. The thread is a year old, but this is such a cool photo. Great looking guy and a cool old bike, too.
03-03-17, 09:00 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I have found that the 1-1.5mm spacer, just on...

I have found that the 1-1.5mm spacer, just on that drive side, was often enough to allow the 7-speed freewheel the clearance that the 6-speed didn't need. That small spacer is not enough to worry...
02-21-17, 08:22 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Charlie, This could be an interesting...

Charlie,

This could be an interesting article of reflection on your part. An opinionated review, if you will.

You could review the classics, but then given a real users view of the types of...
02-20-17, 03:01 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Great article, Charlie. I ordered my '81...

Great article, Charlie.

I ordered my '81 Ritchey from you in Sept '81. You shipped it to me in Thailand.

You still have the writer's touch, too.

Thanks, yet again. It's been a great ride,...
02-18-17, 05:16 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

It's all friction, so unless you're trying to...

It's all friction, so unless you're trying to recreate a bike off the pages of a catalog, you have lots of choices. Any of the Suntours discussed so far are great, including even the SVX-GT, the...
02-16-17, 07:42 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

The first generation had two iterations. You can...

The first generation had two iterations. You can see the difference in the reinforced neck between these.


http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o191/LeicaLad/IMG_3092.jpg...
02-14-17, 07:40 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Fabulous bike, Paul. It was great to see you...

Fabulous bike, Paul.

It was great to see you at Westminster. Clearly, I should have spent more time hanging with you to hear the story of this lovely machine.

Congrats!
02-13-17, 03:26 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Just 'cause I'm curious: how is that inner ring...

Just 'cause I'm curious: how is that inner ring spaced on that "triple".

The arms look to be a standard Campy double. Besides longer bolts, what spacers were used?

thanks.
02-13-17, 01:56 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

More photos of the Gitane, please. Thank you.

More photos of the Gitane, please.

Thank you.
01-29-17, 12:32 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

This is such a nice thing to see. Thanks for the...

This is such a nice thing to see. Thanks for the photos!
01-29-17, 10:32 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

My phone sent me someone's blog post about his...

My phone sent me someone's blog post about his "treasure trove discovery" via "uncle of friend" who left behind a camera stash.

As I read through his gleeful listing of cameras and lenses, I...
01-29-17, 08:58 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

It's a wonderful collection, and I also deeply...

It's a wonderful collection, and I also deeply appreciate being able to see them.

Still, I am also one of those who feel really sad for the collector. He's gone to a lot of work, and now must...
01-22-17, 07:59 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

The thread you want was posted by Francophile in...

The thread you want was posted by Francophile in mid-Sept 2016. I hope he doesn't mind my reviving his post!!!
...
12-23-16, 06:09 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Nice bike. Welcome to the bikeforums! ...

Nice bike. Welcome to the bikeforums!

:thumb:
12-10-16, 10:16 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

There's no denying that is one fine bike!

There's no denying that is one fine bike!
12-10-16, 08:52 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

May I repeat myself? "Bandera, I keep looking at...

May I repeat myself? "Bandera, I keep looking at that 1974 Raleigh International in your signature. What a great frame for 650B wheels. What's the big deal in lacing up a set and giving them a...
12-10-16, 08:03 AM
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Posted By LeicaLad

I picked up a pair of 650B rims on clearance at a...

I picked up a pair of 650B rims on clearance at a VO warehouse sale. It was an impulse purchase. I have several other bikes with VO rims, so the weight difference here is minimal. I have yet to...
12-01-16, 10:05 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

This was such a remarkable man. Do, please, pass...

This was such a remarkable man. Do, please, pass on the many condolences.

Sorry to hear this news.
11-30-16, 01:44 PM
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Posted By LeicaLad

Chombi1, would you be so kind as to post a few...

Chombi1, would you be so kind as to post a few more photos of this bike. My '85 aluminum version is so close, yet distinct.
Does your frame have a non-serial # date stamped on the tubing near the...
11-24-16, 07:40 AM
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Views: 23,876
Posted By LeicaLad

The bars are original, although tilted up some to...

The bars are original, although tilted up some to give those nice ramps.

The ride is surprising. The angles are very tight. Those 25mm Contis just barely clear. I was considering the 26mm...
11-23-16, 04:05 PM
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Views: 23,876
Posted By LeicaLad

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o191/LeicaLad/I...

http://i120.photobucket.com/albums/o191/LeicaLad/IMG_7756s_zps4cmnvinn.jpg (http://s120.photobucket.com/user/LeicaLad/media/IMG_7756s_zps4cmnvinn.jpg.html)


Fin de siècle of C & V.
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