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08-10-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,126
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm not sure that he has been using a controversy...

I'm not sure that he has been using a controversy to sell products as much as he has identified a preference for a style/characteristic of a product and then gradually started to offer them for sale....
08-10-22, 09:14 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,126
Posted By steelbikeguy

This seems like a premise for a very interesting...

This seems like a premise for a very interesting thread! :)

Without the benefit of the participation of folks who were designing or specifying bikes, I doubt we can reach any conclusion. ...
08-09-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,126
Posted By steelbikeguy

Based on the era, I'm going to guess that it has...

Based on the era, I'm going to guess that it has oversize tubing??
That might contribute to a dead feeling (which is how I'm interpreting the term "underwhelming"), especially if you are accustomed...
08-08-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 519
Posted By steelbikeguy

As if a T.A. bottle isn't iconic enough, having...

As if a T.A. bottle isn't iconic enough, having Anquetil on it certainly does!
It's amazing that it survived in such good condition! My only bottle from my early years is a T.A. half-pint "doping"...
08-07-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 519
Posted By steelbikeguy

These bottles clearly haven't changed much in the...

These bottles clearly haven't changed much in the last couple of decades, i.e. no new ones are up on the ducts, so they don't seem to be getting rid of them.
Still... I imagine that for the right...
08-07-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,368
Posted By steelbikeguy

Moulton APB The Moulton All Purpose Bike was...

Moulton APB
The Moulton All Purpose Bike was intended to be a more sophisticated utilitarian version of Moulton's small wheel bike designs (see the earlier article on the Moulton Series 1).
I'm...
08-07-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,641
Posted By steelbikeguy

as a former St. Louis McDonnell Douglas employee,...

as a former St. Louis McDonnell Douglas employee, I have no choice but to agree that the Phantom is iconic!
... it was also rather profitable for the company, allowing it to progress to the F-15,...
08-07-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 519
Posted By steelbikeguy

a Race Across America bottle on the left, an AYH...

a Race Across America bottle on the left, an AYH bottle, a Ciocc bottle in gold, a Tommasini bottle, and a Bike World bottle (a shop in Des Moines, which was just below Michael's in Ames, in terms of...
08-07-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 519
Posted By steelbikeguy

In the St. Louis area is the Maplewood Bike Shop...

In the St. Louis area is the Maplewood Bike Shop (technically located in Maplewood, just outside of the St. Louis city limits). When I lived in the area, they had a collection of water bottles lined...
08-07-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By steelbikeguy

It would be hard to argue that Chuck Harris...

It would be hard to argue that Chuck Harris wasn't a bit eccentric, at least in terms of recycling materials. The roof rack on his van was said to be made from old rims, where he cut them at the...
08-06-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 242
Posted By steelbikeguy

those are pretty intriguing! Are they made out...

those are pretty intriguing!
Are they made out of an aluminum alloy? They look too thick to be steel, but in that era, aluminum was uncommon.
I like how it looks like it was stamped out of sheet...
08-06-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 220
Posted By steelbikeguy

check valve?? We don't need no stinkin' check...

check valve??
We don't need no stinkin' check valve....

honestly, there isn't a check valve on the Impero. That's part of it's "charm" and folklore.
The assumption is that the valve in the tube...
08-06-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,641
Posted By steelbikeguy

a shot taken on a lousy day, but the icon should...

a shot taken on a lousy day, but the icon should be obvious....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48529370867_d3640a5c20_c_d.jpg


not obvious enough?
Here's a wider shot... Got it?
...
08-05-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 28,898
Posted By steelbikeguy

have you picked out a suitable wall to hang this...

have you picked out a suitable wall to hang this frame on?? ;)

yeah, that really is bad news. I can't imagine that there is a way to fix this. Any chance of getting some refund from the seller?...
08-05-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By steelbikeguy

for what it's worth.. an article from the...

for what it's worth.. an article from the October 1997 issue of Bicyclist magazine.....

https://live.staticflickr.com/4558/37537731904_9925f67524_b_d.jpg
...
08-05-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,641
Posted By steelbikeguy

icon? iconic? or just a cultural reference?? ...

icon? iconic? or just a cultural reference??


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1333/img_9711a_3e68067985964f434874ca289432ab8739e3a557.jpg

just a few miles down the...
08-04-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 898
Posted By steelbikeguy

Looking over my small collection of old bikes, I...

Looking over my small collection of old bikes, I realize that I don't have any Cinelli stems at all!

I do have a nice pantographed 3TTT stem on my Olmo Competition, though...
...
08-03-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 523
Posted By steelbikeguy

It's all about the technique! ;) I have had...

It's all about the technique! ;)

I have had issues with the washer not sealing well, which usually requires flexing the leather washer open a bit and adding a little grease or vasoline to improve...
08-03-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 523
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm not as down on the heads on the chromed...

I'm not as down on the heads on the chromed Silcas.. I do use them, and haven't had a problem. Of course, I'm also happy with the original plastic heads on the classic Impero.

I do think there...
08-03-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 523
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've used Silca pumps for a long time, and my...

I've used Silca pumps for a long time, and my experience is that the chromed pumps were a strange and final variation of the Impero. The pump head, IIRC, doesn't come off, so you can't put on a...
08-03-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,368
Posted By steelbikeguy

Mercian tourers Mercian was founded in 1946,...

Mercian tourers
Mercian was founded in 1946, and expanded the range of models in the 50's. They offer a wide range of styles, but all are of a high standard. The article doesn't mention the barber...
08-03-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 457
Posted By steelbikeguy

Perhaps you could drill and tap a new hole just...

Perhaps you could drill and tap a new hole just to the right (clockwise) of the original hole???

Steve in Peoria
08-03-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 457
Posted By steelbikeguy

This question has crossed my mind, as I've seen...

This question has crossed my mind, as I've seen these on ebay without the stop pin. I think you've identified the main issue... over-rotation of the cage when removing or installing the wheel. In...
08-03-22, 05:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 997
Posted By steelbikeguy

Part of the fun of these rides is the ability to...

Part of the fun of these rides is the ability to notice someone on an interesting bike and start chatting with them. Perhaps this is easier when you are looking for vintage or custom steel bikes,...
08-01-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

Mark Nobilette doesn't get a lot of discussion...

Mark Nobilette doesn't get a lot of discussion here, if my memory is to be trusted, so this seems like a good reason/excuse to post some pics of a Nobilette frame from the 2009 NAHBS in...
07-28-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 810
Posted By steelbikeguy

Yep, over in the Mossville area. This photo was...

Yep, over in the Mossville area. This photo was taken at one of the old factories that were converted to offices about 15 years ago.

Steve in Peoria
07-27-22, 05:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By steelbikeguy

The Bullseye used a bunch of thin metal washers...

The Bullseye used a bunch of thin metal washers and worked fine. They were a bit of a hassle to handle, though.

I've got later pulleys from Tacx that used plastic shims & washers, and they've...
07-27-22, 04:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've heard people complain about the noise of the...

I've heard people complain about the noise of the Bullseye pulleys, but I'm never noticed it (maybe I'm losing my hearing??)

I've had a few floating around in my parts box, and they have since...
07-27-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By steelbikeguy

the Aldi's bike rack never looked so good! :) ...

the Aldi's bike rack never looked so good! :)

Steve in Peoria
07-27-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,368
Posted By steelbikeguy

MAFAC Racer brakes How many classic components...

MAFAC Racer brakes
How many classic components not only have a unique look, but have a unique sound! :-)
Yeah, they are somewhat renown for squealing, but they still have a loyal fan base. Hilary...
07-27-22, 02:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 427
Posted By steelbikeguy

Thanks to Aardwolf for that recommendation! I...

Thanks to Aardwolf for that recommendation!
I had been looking at those, I think, and contacted the manufacturer about the BDP-01, asking if they would fit a SunTour derailleur.
They were nice...
07-27-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,194
Posted By steelbikeguy

Electronics is certainly an issue, considering...

Electronics is certainly an issue, considering how quickly some integrated circuits are declared obsolete and no longer manufactured. The early analog stuff like this radio has a decent chance of...
07-27-22, 06:29 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'd seen photos of those unique Eisentraut...

I'd seen photos of those unique Eisentraut seatpost binders before, but this shot showing the hole for the binder makes it obvious just how much of the top tube was removed to make room for the...
07-26-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,283
Posted By steelbikeguy

Always good to see a nice collection! As a...

Always good to see a nice collection! As a Raleigh fan, I enjoyed the 753 Raleigh and the Pro in the team colors.
A shop with 200 vintage bikes in stock is certainly unique. It would be...
07-25-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,239
Posted By steelbikeguy

Paul was a great resource and was always ready...

Paul was a great resource and was always ready with a great story to convey the desired info. His insights into the later years at SunTour were fascinating.
For those who are interested, Diane...
07-25-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 378
Posted By steelbikeguy

I think the chainstays end up being the limiting...

I think the chainstays end up being the limiting factor for a lot of these bikes.
My '74 International has 35mm between the chainstays at the point where the tire passes between them. Plenty of...
07-25-22, 08:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,451
Posted By steelbikeguy

no idea about the wrench. Maybe find a suitable...

no idea about the wrench. Maybe find a suitable screwdriver and grind a notch in the middle so it could fit?
The suggestions to replace the bolt and nut with something more user friendly seem like...
07-25-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,368
Posted By steelbikeguy

the world just isn't fair. Why doesn't anyone...

the world just isn't fair.
Why doesn't anyone listen to that song and think "wait, didn't he also build those novel frames with the thin chainstays back around 1920 or so?".

Steve in Peoria
(had...
07-24-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

well, with that clue, I have to guess...

well, with that clue, I have to guess Columbine...

https://live.staticflickr.com/7500/27727643861_093852b2c6_b_d.jpg

edit: almost forgot this article, which shows a Columbine seat cluster.......
07-24-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

wait, is "heavy" the clue? is it a Schwinn...

wait, is "heavy" the clue?

is it a Schwinn Continental? ;)

Steve in Peoria
07-24-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

until you can post photos, how about some hints...

until you can post photos, how about some hints to build the anticipation?? :)

Steve in Peoria
07-24-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,194
Posted By steelbikeguy

Any vintage bike that falls into Randy's hands...

Any vintage bike that falls into Randy's hands will think it has arrived at the gates of heaven, at least based on the photos of his bikes! :)

The idea of lasting a long time is an interesting...
07-24-22, 11:08 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 7,368
Posted By steelbikeguy

Maclean Apollo In the UK, Don Maclean opened a...

Maclean Apollo
In the UK, Don Maclean opened a shop in 1918 and started producing frames not long afterward. These frames included some characteristics that had originated in French frames, such as...
07-24-22, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By steelbikeguy

Thanks for that extra, essential detail! It...

Thanks for that extra, essential detail! It completely slipped my mind.

Some shots of the short cage derailleur and pivot bolt....
...
07-24-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 997
Posted By steelbikeguy

I forgot that he was based in DC. IIRC, his...

I forgot that he was based in DC.
IIRC, his column was titled "Over the Coffee", and I'm sure I saved a number of them. I wonder if I've still got a few stashed away??

My hazy memory says that...
07-24-22, 05:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By steelbikeguy

dang it, now I have to go and look up the...

dang it, now I have to go and look up the difference between the 1st generation and the Mk II. ;)

To be honest, I wasn't sure I could tell you what the difference is, but a quick perusal of my...
07-23-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,820
Posted By steelbikeguy

Have fun with your projects, but be aware of how...

Have fun with your projects, but be aware of how many projects are stacking up and waiting for attention.

I have to actively say no to new projects because there are already a bunch waiting for...
07-23-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 283
Posted By steelbikeguy

wow, that is in great shape! So much shiny...

wow, that is in great shape!
So much shiny chrome too! :)

The SR stem with the grooves on the sides was one of my favorites from the old days. I'm not sure why, since it would be just as strong...
07-23-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 997
Posted By steelbikeguy

I recall reading the Register every day during...

I recall reading the Register every day during RAGBRAI and checking Karras's and Kaul's columns. John would report on the various sights and people encountered along the route, and Donald would...
07-23-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 456
Posted By steelbikeguy

cool! A classic from Alex Moulton! Cycling...

cool! A classic from Alex Moulton!
Cycling Plus did a short article about these...

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