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01-14-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 106
Posted By John E

System2 cartridge bearing front hub

The System2 cartridge bearing quick-release front hub on my mountain bike has developed excessive play, which would require a trivial repair if it were a traditional cup-and-cone system. (Been there...
01-14-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 881
Posted By John E

What a stunner! Great personal story to go with...

What a stunner! Great personal story to go with it. Bravo!
01-14-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 881
Posted By John E

Tell me more about that one, which is equipped...

Tell me more about that one, which is equipped about the same as my ca. 1960 Capos. Very nice!

I checked out some other (German) Rabeneick classics on the Internet and found a "Modell Campagnolo"...
01-14-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 881
Posted By John E

As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I...

As much as I dislike single-speed bikes, I dislike relegating decent old frames to the dumpster even more, so go for it. The only place I draw the line is on hacking off things like derailleur hanger...
01-12-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 606
Posted By John E

Ride one slowly one-handed while "walking" the...

Ride one slowly one-handed while "walking" the other with your other hand on the handlebar stem. Been there ... done that. I am not very coordinated (my amateur ballerina wife and my natural jock...
01-12-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,072
Posted By John E

I can confirm that Campag. Gran Sport were OEM on...

I can confirm that Campag. Gran Sport were OEM on 1959-1960 Capos (the other Austrian marque that made it to the US).
01-11-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,240
Posted By John E

This is cool -- great thread. Previously I had...

This is cool -- great thread. Previously I had seen only the Sputnik bikes. Its fun to see the mix of Russian/Cyrillic and English/Roman text on the various components and frames.

Seeing the...
01-10-21, 10:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,061
Posted By John E

Lower gears will not necessarily make you go...

Lower gears will not necessarily make you go slower on an ascent, because you will probably pedal faster. In contrast, your top descending speed could arguably be a function of your top gear ratio,...
01-10-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By John E

You may want to slide that saddle back a bit.

You may want to slide that saddle back a bit.
01-10-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By John E

Interesting ... ours are different models (as...

Interesting ... ours are different models (as near as I can tell, mine is a Campione d'Italia), and my serial number is wrapped around the lug at the top of the seat tube. Original equipment:
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01-10-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 961
Posted By John E

7 hours is about right for me, as well, and by...

7 hours is about right for me, as well, and by maintaining a 9pm to 4am schedule 7 days a week, I can usually fall asleep pretty promptly.
01-10-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 961
Posted By John E

Your sleep schedule resembles mine. I get up a...

Your sleep schedule resembles mine. I get up a bit after 4am every morning and try to get to bed by 9pm. I rarely take an afternoon nap, but I'll do so to make up a sleep deficit or in response to a...
01-10-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 528
Posted By John E

Probably, but since I prefer uncool and safe, I...

Probably, but since I prefer uncool and safe, I was an early adopter of the Bell Biker.
01-09-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,363
Posted By John E

The Fountain of Youth is no myth. Eat right,...

The Fountain of Youth is no myth. Eat right, exercise right, sleep well, de-stress yourself. No big mystery.
01-09-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By John E

For what it's worth, my ideal road bike size is...

For what it's worth, my ideal road bike size is 55cm C-T, and my mountain bike, a 19" = 48cm, fits me very comfortably.
01-09-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 722
Posted By John E

Slightly off-topic, but tangentially relevant....

Slightly off-topic, but tangentially relevant. What is the serial number on your Bianchi? I have thought mine was a 1982 model made in December 1981, but my decals are the previous version, and my...
01-08-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,037
Posted By John E

For what it's worth, when I bought my 1988...

For what it's worth, when I bought my 1988 Project KOM-10 ca. 1996, the first owner disclosed that the frame had been replaced under warranty. He's a big guy, so I hope I am easier on the new frame...
01-08-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 498
Posted By John E

During COVID my mountain bike has become my daily...

During COVID my mountain bike has become my daily rider, and my Brooks Team Pro continues to serve me well, as does the newer Team Pro on the 1959 Capo.
01-07-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 241
Posted By John E

:) When Harald Cap, a degreed mechanical...

:)

When Harald Cap, a degreed mechanical engineer, resurrected his father's Capo bicycle business in Vienna, he promoted his computer-designed custom frames. It is cool to see the stress analysis...
01-05-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 892
Posted By John E

I thought this was going to be a fish story.

I thought this was going to be a fish story.
01-05-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 351
Posted By John E

Nice lugs, 531 tubing, and Nervar Star cranks --...

Nice lugs, 531 tubing, and Nervar Star cranks -- what's not to like?
01-04-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 892
Posted By John E

We met at the start of our freshman year at UCLA...

We met at the start of our freshman year at UCLA (September 1968), got married in June 1973, right after she finished her fifth year teacher training, and while I was still in grad school. We could...
01-04-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By John E

Assuming that was the original serial number, 7...

Assuming that was the original serial number, 7 digits starting in 1 would denote 1971, with the caveat that Peugeot serial numbers can be inconsistent. The decals are consistent w/ 1971.
01-04-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 201
Posted By John E

I like the look of the Nervar Stars on my 1959...

I like the look of the Nervar Stars on my 1959 Capo. A previous owner had already made the upgrade from the original Agrati cottered steel cranks, so the $20 I paid for the bike easily covered just...
01-04-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 949
Posted By John E

At least yours are very good machines in great...

At least yours are very good machines in great shape. :) I could definitely use more space, myself.
01-03-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 594
Posted By John E

Wow! That is a fabulous idea, and I really like...

Wow! That is a fabulous idea, and I really like the machine you are copying.

I guess I could use one of my Capo Sieger frames as the basis for a replica of the bike Adolf Christian rode to 3rd...
01-03-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,747
Posted By John E

I no longer have room in my life for ugly bikes,...

I no longer have room in my life for ugly bikes, but believe me, they were quite the thing for me and others when I was a UCLA student, and bike theft was rampant. My specialty was old English...
01-03-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,822
Posted By John E

As reported elsewhere, I did get my Carlton, a...

As reported elsewhere, I did get my Carlton, a blue 1962 Franco Suisse, which looks to be basically an update of your [Monty] Python. It will be fun to work in parallel. :)
01-02-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,061
Posted By John E

That is similar to what I have and like, except...

That is similar to what I have and like, except that my risers are on the ends of the straight bars, and padded. ...
01-01-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,061
Posted By John E

Great thread. If the bike fits, ride it. If it...

Great thread. If the bike fits, ride it. If it doesn't, either adapt it until it does or replace it with one that does fit you.

When I first bought my mountain bike, I really missed the variety of...
01-01-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,035
Posted By John E

... or Bianchi, for that matter? ... ...

... or Bianchi, for that matter? ...

https://cartype.com/pages/700/bianchi
12-31-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 691
Posted By John E

The only bicyclist fatality in my city this year...

The only bicyclist fatality in my city this year was a right hook, courtesy of a truck driver delivering a PODS storage module, about two km northeast of my house, on a road I frequent as a cyclist,...
12-30-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,340
Posted By John E

Fortunately, many of the later (1980 on, for...

Fortunately, many of the later (1980 on, for sure) Simplex dropouts can accommodate other makes of derailleurs, as well, unlike the earlier Simplex-only ones. I had no trouble hanging a SunTour...
12-29-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 713
Posted By John E

Those are cool bikes. To the uninitiated, they...

Those are cool bikes. To the uninitiated, they look like "just another Continental," but they are considerably lighter and more collectible.
12-29-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,803
Posted By John E

Wow! That is a tall frame. The...

Wow! That is a tall frame. The half-step-plus-granny gearing is a major plus, as well. Very nice!
12-28-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 2,313
Views: 229,309
Posted By John E

What a great thread! For all of you Mozart "Magic...

What a great thread! For all of you Mozart "Magic Flute" opera fans, here is our current cat, "The Queen of the Night." We rescued her two years ago, at age 5 or 6, after her owner had died, and the...
12-28-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,388
Posted By John E

I had considered my collection "complete," but...

I had considered my collection "complete," but then I found a littermate to my Capo Sieger on eBay, and then my wife's younger sister needed to find a home for her Carlton Franco Suisse, and both...
12-28-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,704
Posted By John E

I have two bikes I use regularly for commuting,...

I have two bikes I use regularly for commuting, shopping, or general transportation: the Peugeot UO-8 and the Schwinn Project KOM-10. The latter has Prestige II tubing and 26x1.95" tires, and weighs...
12-27-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,124
Posted By John E

What about my Lambert mystery hubs? As I have...

What about my Lambert mystery hubs? As I have mentioned in a couple of other threads, my big Christmas present this year was a 1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse with mostly aftermarket components. The...
12-27-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 803
Posted By John E

What a great group! Thank you, everyone, for your...

What a great group! Thank you, everyone, for your offers to help and your suggested sources. Today I was in the garage going through my stash of wheels and tires hanging above the cars when I...
Replies: 12
Views: 664
Posted By John E

Assuming it is still there, check the serial...

Assuming it is still there, check the serial number plate riveted to the bottom of the bottom bracket shell. Peugeot serial numbers are notoriously inconsistent, but a 7-digit number should indicate...
12-27-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By John E

Hey -- all the good mountain bikes do. :) I...

Hey -- all the good mountain bikes do. :)

I love the statement about ATBs making good commuters and transportation steeds, because mine gets more use that way than as a trailblazer. I also have a...
12-27-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 803
Posted By John E

I gave up on period-correct when I decided to...

I gave up on period-correct when I decided to keep the Sugino crankset, SunTour derailleurs, and DiaCompe brake levers.

Less visible updates will include modern brake cable housings and KoolStop...
12-27-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 803
Posted By John E

Thank you. I saw a few 13.6mm rims such as those,...

Thank you. I saw a few 13.6mm rims such as those, but I am looking for 17-18mm.
12-26-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 267
Posted By John E

Yes, I remember that, as well, and I think I even...

Yes, I remember that, as well, and I think I even put it on my first Bianchi. I have not seen that in decades.
12-26-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 803
Posted By John E

no rims available?

I need aluminum 700C x 18 rims, silver, Presta, and I am unable to find them (Sun, Alex, Weinmann, etc.) in stock anywhere. Has the COVID bike boom triggered a big run on them, or have all of them...
12-26-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,221
Posted By John E

More good news today: I disassembled the axle...

More good news today: I disassembled the axle assemblies and found that the cones and hub races are in superb condition. I may even re-use the ball bearings themselves, given how little wear is...
12-26-20, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4,015
Views: 361,405
Posted By John E

Answered in my "calling all Carlton experts"...

Answered in my "calling all Carlton experts" thread. :)
12-26-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,045
Posted By John E

I am much more interested in how fast I can...

I am much more interested in how fast I can ascend, rather than descend. The highest gears on my road bikes are in the mid-90 gear-inches (e.g. 46/13, 50/14), and I have a 104 (48/12) on my mountain...
12-26-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,297
Posted By John E

Great thread, delightful pictures. Now that my...

Great thread, delightful pictures. Now that my wife and I, both mid-century products, qualify easily as "classics," we are thankful for our health and each other and our wonderful extended family.
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