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03-04-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 5
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Posted By francophile

Tom's helped me in the past, give him a holler. ...

Tom's helped me in the past, give him a holler. If he can't find anything, give me a shout, I have a Simplex bone pile I've shared with others in the past but I'll be out of of pocket for several...
03-04-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 948
Posted By francophile

Guy 3rd from the right is literally the only...

Guy 3rd from the right is literally the only person in the picture not smiling. He's looking at the camera as if he's watching the cameraman shag his wife or something. One of a few odd things in...
03-04-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 746
Posted By francophile

I get the sense you're looking for someone to...

I get the sense you're looking for someone to rebuild for you, so this advice may be totally fruitless, I'm just sharing an experience you may find interesting.

You'd be amazed at what you can...
03-03-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 56,766
Views: 8,150,831
Posted By francophile

Torpado contract-built a number of bikes folks...

Torpado contract-built a number of bikes folks may be more familiar with, including Italvega. They have a wide range of work and quality of frames they built. The model you're seeing is priced at...
03-03-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By francophile

I would salvage from a dead parts pile. I keep a...

I would salvage from a dead parts pile. I keep a number of carcasses laying around for just this reason. There may be other brands to use? But I've never needed to.

Best part: The local co-op...
03-03-20, 12:22 PM
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Posted By francophile

Nishiki Superbe, looks mid-70s plus or minus 3-4...

Nishiki Superbe, looks mid-70s plus or minus 3-4 years? Needs some cleanup. $150 start price, $250 BIN. Edit: Seller revised the bike to be $350 BIN a little while after I posted this - sad, I think...
03-03-20, 12:20 PM
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Posted By francophile

This isn't a TdF. It's much lower-end, Interclub...

This isn't a TdF. It's much lower-end, Interclub or something maybe? Not Reynolds tubed, looks like a cottered crank possibly.
03-02-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By francophile

Just noticed OP has only 2 posts at the time of...

Just noticed OP has only 2 posts at the time of my reply here, and I'm pretty sure you need to hit 10 before you can PM.
03-01-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 17,724
Posted By francophile

This is awesome, but I gotta say: Based on what...

This is awesome, but I gotta say: Based on what we're all seeing in this thread, I can't help but think you're one of those souls with a knack for making lemonade when life hands you lemons. I can't...
02-28-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 17,724
Posted By francophile

I can fully respect that, believe it or not. ...

I can fully respect that, believe it or not.

From my side, I honestly believe in karma; you ultimately get what you give. User your voice to push negativity, fear, and hate into the world, don't...
02-26-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 56,766
Views: 8,150,831
Posted By francophile

Looks like they relisted $50-something cheaper: ...

Looks like they relisted $50-something cheaper: https://www.ebay.com/itm/352980272583

I've purchased from seller before, was a good transaction. Definitely looks to be parting out things, but...
02-26-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,979
Posted By francophile

The 'Renovated by" sticker is interesting. I...

The 'Renovated by" sticker is interesting. I haven't seen one of those before. I guess that shop did a refresh on it at some point?

Anyway, is the fork OK? Maybe it's just a weird angle or...
02-25-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,203
Posted By francophile

Shortest "normal" I've ever seen is a...

Shortest "normal" I've ever seen is a French-sized (22.0) quill Belleri I have in the shop that's a 45mm reach with the pinch bolt at the bottom of the bar clamp. It has the classic fail-point,...
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By francophile

I usually hang out over in the C&V forum:...

I usually hang out over in the C&V forum: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/

Pinned to the top of the C&V forum is a special vintage-oriented Sales subforum:...
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By francophile

​​​​​​ Keep eyes peeled on the C&V Sales forum,...

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Keep eyes peeled on the C&V Sales forum, I want to try and get them up this week if I can manage during what's turning into an insane work week.

On the hard-to-find part. Been looking for...
02-24-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 392
Posted By francophile

Do I notice rifling inside the crown opening? ...

Do I notice rifling inside the crown opening?

I almost always associate hearts with Derosa or Benotto. But not familiar enough with either to know if they ever built anything with Suntour ends &...
02-24-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,104
Posted By francophile

Nice longboard? The downtube looks sketchy. ...

Nice longboard?

The downtube looks sketchy. Maybe repair from an accident?

I'm of the mind, "always save it!" where reasonable. I have no doubt soaking it in Oxalic Acid bath would probably...
02-23-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 240,898
Posted By francophile

Ah. Crap. Actually just found a right-cup only...

Ah. Crap. Actually just found a right-cup only for $13 shipped. https://www.ebay.com/itm/293462546523 Someone over-torqued the one I just pulled off a bike I picked up, and it's got a long crack...
02-23-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2,777
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Posted By francophile

Not sure what you consider VGC+, but these are...

Not sure what you consider VGC+, but these are original condition, slight kink in the housing, and could use a cleanout/rebuild: https://www.bikeforums.net/21200819-post1761.html

I will never use...
02-22-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 515
Posted By francophile

I picked one of these up some time ago and...

I picked one of these up some time ago and rebuilt it to trade someone needing a replacement for his dad's inherited (and very beat to hell) Zeus. I loved the overall styling, the decals, colors and...
02-21-20, 10:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,607
Posted By francophile

You know the old saying ... Once you go "Franc",...

You know the old saying ... Once you go "Franc", no money "en l'banque"! :p
02-21-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By francophile

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1191316...

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1191316-best-options-clean-gunk-grease-etc-all-parts-bike-frame.html
...
02-20-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 402
Posted By francophile

A lot of times Regional A and Regional B will...

A lot of times Regional A and Regional B will save money. Just sucks not all payment platforms recognize it, so sometimes getting a quote is difficult, and if shipping to a farther-out zone, you can...
02-20-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,077
Posted By francophile

Based on what a friend of mine went through...

Based on what a friend of mine went through having T3-L2 fused (or braced, or whatever that steel rod procedure is), you may want to expect having limited ROM leaning forward. He was able to fit his...
02-20-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 56,766
Views: 8,150,831
Posted By francophile

Follis is back for $60: ...

Follis is back for $60:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/French-Vintage-Follis-Road-Bike/143536696059

(pic is a dozen posts up)



Nice looking Swiss Super Mondia goodness, $150 starting bid:
02-20-20, 07:48 AM
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Posted By francophile

Isn't that where Wally World is? Looks almost...

Isn't that where Wally World is? Looks almost like Marty Moose.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/660x586/ocnomowhat_8e085fd08b94f9cfd7ef0a894d7246066419aaf3.png
02-20-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,561
Posted By francophile

PS: Kurt has a great write-up on death stems...

PS: Kurt has a great write-up on death stems here: https://theheadbadge.blogspot.com/2012/08/death-stems-demystified-ava-and-atax.html

Many companies were guilty, pretty sure this is a 3TTT stem...
02-20-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,561
Posted By francophile

Same concept as cracks in concrete. Drill a hole...

Same concept as cracks in concrete. Drill a hole at the end of the split to terminate the cracking. Only with concrete/masonry you'd probably use a filler, or self-leveling sealant if it's a floor....
02-19-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 56,766
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Posted By francophile

Yup, V172 on '81, and I believe V888 on the '82? ...

Yup, V172 on '81, and I believe V888 on the '82? Then they switched to Columbus in '83.

I will say, the tapered seat stays on the '83 are sexyyyyyyy. Weight of its Columbus frame is almost...
02-19-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,077
Posted By francophile

As long as the other stuff isn't shrinking, I'm...

As long as the other stuff isn't shrinking, I'm good with it!
02-19-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 978
Posted By francophile

"Dang, I could get X$ for the drivetrain alone! ...

"Dang, I could get X$ for the drivetrain alone! It's like a free frame, wheels and brakes!"

Hello, N+28
02-19-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,077
Posted By francophile

That's definitely where I'm losing mine, lower...

That's definitely where I'm losing mine, lower torso, and a lot of sacral and lumbar pain arrived in its place. You having a different experience?
02-19-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 782
Posted By francophile

that looks like it took a hell of a front-ender,...

that looks like it took a hell of a front-ender, and I doubt it was just the fork impacted. I'd carefully look at the top tube and down tube at the head tube to check for cracks in the paint, creases...
02-19-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 240,898
Posted By francophile

This comment made me realize I should probably...

This comment made me realize I should probably mark up my original post.

I'm open to 3TTT and other brands. As long as the general look is roughly in ballpark with the 1A posted in my reply. ...
02-19-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,077
Posted By francophile

I like the response Wildwood left above and ...

I like the response Wildwood left above and dirtman too, I think both are in-line with my experience. At 20, I was just under 6' 2", by the time I hit 40, on a good day I may measure 6' ½" and on...
02-18-20, 07:34 PM
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Posted By francophile

Note the kickstand clamp damage to the...

Note the kickstand clamp damage to the chainstays. May be a turnoff for some folks.
02-18-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By francophile

Nah. I've got a setup for easy sanding and don't...

Nah. I've got a setup for easy sanding and don't mind doing the work. Really looking to find something the correct size versus hacking at the issue.

I may buck up and just use one of my silver...
02-18-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By francophile

Feeback on eBay is overwhelmingly positive. ...

Feeback on eBay is overwhelmingly positive. almost 2,000 sales and the only negative feedback I see on them going back a year is "intentionally sent wrong product, knowing I can't return it" which...
02-18-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By francophile

Except I'm not looking to go threadless and, in...

Except I'm not looking to go threadless and, in my case, I'm going black.
I have no less than half a dozen 22.0 quill stems in the shop, probably closer to a dozen. Just none in black. :troll:
...
02-18-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 433
Posted By francophile

Found product: French 22.0 threadless stem adapter

While continuing my elusive hunt for a black French-diameter (22.0) quill stem with 100mm-120mm reach, I stumbled across this product on the auction website:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/233467408083...
02-18-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 240,898
Posted By francophile

Thought about this. Or even sanding the whole...

Thought about this. Or even sanding the whole thing down, then using gun bluing to dye it, then polish maybe?

But at that point, I started thinking about the hours of work I'd put into it and...
02-18-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 240,898
Posted By francophile

I don't doubt your personal experience, but given...

I don't doubt your personal experience, but given it had a 22.2 Cinelli in it previously and it was totally jammed despite being barely inserted 1.5" (stem is 22.0 until you reach the top of the...
02-18-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 56,766
Views: 8,150,831
Posted By francophile

Someone had a 1993 55cm XO-4 brand new in box...

Someone had a 1993 55cm XO-4 brand new in box here in ATL for $300 and it's still listed over here (https://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/bik/d/atlanta-1993-bridgestone-xo-4-55cm-new/7077409050.html).
...
02-18-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 2,777
Views: 240,898
Posted By francophile

Correct. Can't do that with a black stem. I'm...

Correct. Can't do that with a black stem. I'm looking to stick with and expand on a specific look with this bike. Person I bought it from shoved a 22.2 black stem in it, I had to "gently" fork it out...
02-17-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By francophile

No clue. Earlier than my usual interest. I...

No clue. Earlier than my usual interest. I typically don't do pre-1970s, and based on visual cues, that bike feels 40s/50s era to me at the latest.
02-15-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 915
Posted By francophile

Just be aware it *will* discolor some waterslide...

Just be aware it *will* discolor some waterslide decals. I had it nearly bleach a Columbus fork decal to all-white. I don't think it will impact anything with a clearcoat. I can post pictures of...
02-15-20, 09:13 PM
02-14-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By francophile

Check the underside of the fender, any traces? ...

Check the underside of the fender, any traces?

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/6214414886_ddaa79c345_b_0c17527388ae466c31e79bb4ce2f340a2046dc10.jpg
02-14-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 56,766
Views: 8,150,831
Posted By francophile

My co-op will use it, and it will go to a good...

My co-op will use it, and it will go to a good home. The Trek frameset had a cracked-off drive-side shifter boss from some unknown event, so I carefully popped off the non-drive side boss,...
02-14-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 56,766
Views: 8,150,831
Posted By francophile

I'd donated a couple of framesets last night to...

I'd donated a couple of framesets last night to the co-op: Mid-80s Reynolds 501 Trek 500 frameset along with a 90s Specialized Epic Pro Carbon frameset. Felt the same way about the latter.
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