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04-18-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By rando_couche

Looks nice. Too bad about the plastic fork.

Looks nice. Too bad about the plastic fork.
04-18-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 368
Posted By rando_couche

I weigh 195 and run my 700x30c Grand Bois...

I weigh 195 and run my 700x30c Grand Bois Cypreses at 70 and 80 and have had zero problems. IMO (and IME), most people put far too much air in their tires.
04-16-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 61,196
Views: 9,167,204
Posted By rando_couche

Hard to tell from the photo, but I'm pretty sure...

Hard to tell from the photo, but I'm pretty sure that's a "Rainbow 'Traut", not an "A". Still an exceedingly nice bike at a fair price.
04-16-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,464
Posted By rando_couche

The answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the...

The answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is 42, if that helps any. Of course it helps if you know what the question actually IS.
Replies: 14
Views: 533
Posted By rando_couche

I'm in the midst of the same transition ('bent to...

I'm in the midst of the same transition ('bent to DF), hoping to get back into rando and maybe even ride the next PBP. But if not for having to stop and pee every 10 miles riding the 'bent (I can do...
04-02-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 894
Posted By rando_couche

May be multiple cracks. I'm amazed that no one...

May be multiple cracks. I'm amazed that no one else has seen/mentioned this.
04-01-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,604
Posted By rando_couche

Definitely looks like a Reynolds decal on the...

Definitely looks like a Reynolds decal on the fork. Also the remains of one on the seat tube. Sears did sell a full 531db model during the boom, and IIRC, they were painted that color. Definitely...
03-27-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 745
Posted By rando_couche

Those are complete junk, not worthy of a second...

Those are complete junk, not worthy of a second look. Where did you say they were located?
03-27-21, 03:41 PM
03-24-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By rando_couche

Yes.

Yes.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-18-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Posted By rando_couche

Yes.

Yes.
03-18-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By rando_couche

Looks like any old-style slotted cleat will work....

Looks like any old-style slotted cleat will work. That said, shoes like that aren't terribly common any more.
03-14-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 422
Posted By rando_couche

When I bought my first "good" bike (a Jeunet 620,...

When I bought my first "good" bike (a Jeunet 620, full 531db, French components) in 1973 for $250, the shop had a full Campy milled-and-drilled Colnago Super on the wall for $550, and I thought...
02-28-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,095
Posted By rando_couche

Can you swing your foot forward and over the...

Can you swing your foot forward and over the handlebar? I've been doing it that way for years (decades, actually).
02-27-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,265
Posted By rando_couche

And the longer fork, for larger diameter wheels,...

And the longer fork, for larger diameter wheels, wide tires and fenders, would result in a shorter head tube.
02-24-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 867
Posted By rando_couche

That's it, in a nutshell. I raced for several...

That's it, in a nutshell. I raced for several years on (what is now) the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome in Redmond, WA but never even rode Alpenrose. Sad news.

Scott Peterson
Newport OR
02-23-21, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By rando_couche

1st Gen Phil BB reliability?

Seems like I heard somewhere that the first generation Phil bottom brackets (with the red bearing seals) were prone to axle failure. Can anyone confirm or refute this?

Thanks
Replies: 13
Views: 697
Posted By rando_couche

The lugs are the same as on a Windsor Carrera...

The lugs are the same as on a Windsor Carrera Sport but the seat cluster is genuine imitation Cinelli. IIRC, Carabela (Windsor's sister brand) had a high-end bike that looked an awful lot like this,...
02-17-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By rando_couche

Thanks. I'm gonna take a pass.

Thanks. I'm gonna take a pass.
02-17-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,520
Posted By rando_couche

Couldn't care less what Froome thinks... period.

Couldn't care less what Froome thinks... period.
02-17-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 825
Posted By rando_couche

I'm interested, but... 1) Any evidence of...

I'm interested, but...
1) Any evidence of cracks at the junction of the RH crank arm and spider arms?
2) What's going on with that discolored area on the spider (opposite the crank arm)?

Thanks...
02-11-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,574
Posted By rando_couche

Is that another way of saying "the older I get,...

Is that another way of saying "the older I get, the better I was"? Or maybe "I was never as good as I used to be"?
02-11-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,574
Posted By rando_couche

Tell that to Bernard Thevenet (among others).

Tell that to Bernard Thevenet (among others).
02-11-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,574
Posted By rando_couche

OK, I'll give you that. But those things were...

OK, I'll give you that. But those things were cr*p to start with. Now they're just old cr*p.
02-09-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,587
Posted By rando_couche

And yet there are eBay sellers who seem to think...

And yet there are eBay sellers who seem to think that this paint job makes a frame worth MORE! (And I won't make any snarky remarks about Colnagos never having been "as good as they used to be".)
02-04-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,009
Posted By rando_couche

What kind of saddle are you riding? I had...

What kind of saddle are you riding? I had similar problems when I was riding a Unicanitor mod 55 (unpadded, flexy nylon shell). Problems went away with a Brooks B17 or C17. Some saddles breathe,...
02-03-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 529
Posted By rando_couche

Yep. 110 and 130mm 5-pin rings will be around...

Yep. 110 and 130mm 5-pin rings will be around after the cockroaches are gone. Availability of 3-pin rings is sketchy at best, even when the cranks are in production.
02-02-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 32,691
Posted By rando_couche

Wait - what? Dave's building Strawbs??

Wait - what? Dave's building Strawbs??
01-21-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By rando_couche

I'd hang it on the wall, because if I rode it I'd...

I'd hang it on the wall, because if I rode it I'd ride it to death and that would be a shame for something so quirkily cool.
01-19-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 971
Posted By rando_couche

IIRC, in the mid-late 70's, PY10's came with a...

IIRC, in the mid-late 70's, PY10's came with a full gold-anodized Spidel (Simplex SLJ/MAFAC/Stronglight) group. Google "Bernard Thevenet" to see examples. A local shop in Seattle had one, complete...
01-19-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 971
Posted By rando_couche

This is a prime example of the PX10's greatest...

This is a prime example of the PX10's greatest strength, IMO: versatility. With the MAFAC racer brakes, generous clearances and fender eyelets, you can install BIG tires, fenders and racks. (try...
01-16-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By rando_couche

AND Lygie made 66cm bikes also

AND

Lygie made 66cm bikes also
01-16-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By rando_couche

Also, some Raleighs (Super Course, Super...

Also,

some Raleighs (Super Course, Super Tourer, Competition GS and Professional) were available in 25.5" (65cm c-t)
Schwinn Paramounts were available in 26" (66cm c-t)
The Gazelle Champion...
01-16-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By rando_couche

Trek's top size in lugged steel frames was 25.5"...

Trek's top size in lugged steel frames was 25.5" (65cm). I have two of them. Not that hard to find.
01-16-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 564
Posted By rando_couche

I have 2 65cm Treks (one Reynolds 531db and one...

I have 2 65cm Treks (one Reynolds 531db and one 531CS), and a 25" (63.5cm) Jack Taylor Tour of Britain, afaik not custom built. Bikes in "our" size range (over 60cm) are uncommon, but do turn up...
01-12-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 871
Posted By rando_couche

So what DID you do?

So what DID you do?
01-11-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 813
Posted By rando_couche

9 speeds w/ C&R rear derailleur?

Are there any C&V rear derailleurs out there with enough travel for a 9-speed cassette? Failing that, how about a modern long-cage rear derailleur that won't look shockingly out of place on a '78...
01-07-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 747
Posted By rando_couche

Lovely bike! I've always had a soft spot for...

Lovely bike! I've always had a soft spot for French bikes in general. And the Huret Success is my absolute favorite pre-indexing rear derailleur (even tho the Jubilee is prettier)!
01-05-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,082
Posted By rando_couche

Of the two bikes in the original post, I'd pick...

Of the two bikes in the original post, I'd pick the steel bike, mostly because of the drivetrain. I like/need wide range gearing (sub-1:1 low) and close ratios. Mutually exclusive with only one...
01-05-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,085
Posted By rando_couche

The question about vintage gearing reminds me of...

The question about vintage gearing reminds me of the last time I rode a fixie after many years off: "Oh yeah. I remember why I quit doing this!"
01-04-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 648
Posted By rando_couche

Based on the chrome on the rear triangle, it...

Based on the chrome on the rear triangle, it looks like a PX10. Can you share a pic of the frame tubing decal (by the shift levers)?

With the 49d crankset, you can use TA chainrings which will...
01-04-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,930
Posted By rando_couche

Those look like the lugs on a Bridgestone Kabuki...

Those look like the lugs on a Bridgestone Kabuki Submariner:https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x916/s_l1600_fb770b65975c82bc77c8a6752c9bb12d72b7c966.jpg

The lugs were...
01-04-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,930
Posted By rando_couche

Actually, it's kinda cool, in a bizarre sort of...

Actually, it's kinda cool, in a bizarre sort of way.
01-04-21, 09:48 AM
01-02-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By rando_couche

After 40+ years of avid cycling, I aim for 5-7...

After 40+ years of avid cycling, I aim for 5-7 days a week, alternating hard (or long) and easy. One lesson from my racing days: "Always enough, but never too much" (ie, it's better to under-train...
01-01-21, 11:10 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 238,296
Posted By rando_couche

Oh. DiNucci. No wonder it's so GORGEOUS!!!! ...

Oh. DiNucci. No wonder it's so GORGEOUS!!!! (If I had the means, I'd have Mark build me one...)
01-01-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 20,241
Posted By rando_couche

Just a sampling of what I have to put up with. ...

Just a sampling of what I have to put up with. Yaquina Bay Road, Newport, OR.
...
12-28-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 602
Posted By rando_couche

I think I have a -17 deg Control Tech 1"...

I think I have a -17 deg Control Tech 1" threadless stem that would work for you. If you're interested I'll go dig it out.
12-24-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,775
Posted By rando_couche

Well, yeah. Your point being?

Well, yeah. Your point being?
09-21-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 521
Posted By rando_couche

Your bike absolutely NEEDS a pair of these: ...

Your bike absolutely NEEDS a pair of these:
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/PdgAAOSwwEpetYv2/s-l1600.jpg
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