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08-10-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 319
Posted By John E

You must be about my size. The bikes which fit me...

You must be about my size. The bikes which fit me best are the Bianchi, the Carlton, and the three Capos, all of which are 55cm C-T. The UO-8 is a 21-incher, but proportionally long in the top tube....
08-10-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 240
Posted By John E

Coincidentally, the first new bike I bought for...

Coincidentally, the first new bike I bought for my wife, almost 48 years ago, was a bare 21" UO-8 frame, which I custom built for her with my own "megarange" gearing, UO-18 style straight bars, TA...
08-07-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 519
Posted By John E

CapoForma, the clothing (and water bottle)...

CapoForma, the clothing (and water bottle) manufacturer has nothing to with Capo bicycles of Vienna, Austria, but I couldn't resist. :)...
08-07-22, 09:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,327
Posted By John E

For me, top tube length is more important than...

For me, top tube length is more important than seat tube length. This is one reason I gave my 57cm C-T 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, which I otherwise really liked, to my elder son, who is 3" taller than me....
08-07-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 745
Posted By John E

This has nothing to do with C&V purity, but I...

This has nothing to do with C&V purity, but I like the look, strength, tunability, and reliability of 32 or 36 spoke wheels with a traditional 3X pattern. (Make that 3X or 4X in the case of 36 or 40...
08-05-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 626
Posted By John E

Interesting comments about motorcycles. I tend to...

Interesting comments about motorcycles. I tend to agree and have never ridden one or had the desire to do so, but I also note that some of the faster eBikes today blur the line between bicycles and...
08-05-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 240
Posted By John E

In 1974 I set up my wife's bike with 52-42 /...

In 1974 I set up my wife's bike with 52-42 / 16-18-21-24-32, to give her a bailout gear for our rides in the canyons and hills around west and central Los Angeles. I thought I invented "Megarange" or...
08-04-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 519
Posted By John E

First, note that some of the newer SunTour...

First, note that some of the newer SunTour barcons do not have a true friction mode. This was a huge disappointment for me. My best shot is to reverse them, putting the "rear" shifter in its...
08-01-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 667
Posted By John E

I can't tell what shift levers you have, but I am...

I can't tell what shift levers you have, but I am very partial to good old-fashioned friction or truly friction-compatible thumbies on mountain bikes.
07-29-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By John E

I have never met a SunTour derailleur I didn't...

I have never met a SunTour derailleur I didn't like.
07-24-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 3,893
Posted By John E

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1962 Carlton Franco-Suisse, my only "Brit bike," all stripped down and ready...
07-22-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 872
Posted By John E

Keeper, yes!!!! This is my grocery shopper, my...

Keeper, yes!!!! This is my grocery shopper, my patriotic holiday parader, my beach cruiser, my trailblazer, my all-rounder. I even bought it from a San Diego firefighter. :)...
07-22-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By John E

I like form and function. Some of the C&V...

I like form and function. Some of the C&V classics, including a few of my own, are a thing of beauty and a joy to ride.
07-20-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 997
Posted By John E

Mason City (the "River City" prototype from...

Mason City (the "River City" prototype from Meredith "The Music Man" Willson's youth) is on my bucket list. :)
07-20-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,404
Posted By John E

I love half-step plus granny, also 1.5-step plus...

I love half-step plus granny, also 1.5-step plus granny, which is what I use on the mountain bike's 3x8 setup.
46-38-28 (I also have a 26 and a 24 -- the 24 requires a bit of finesse when shifting...
07-19-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 474
Posted By John E

That is one beautiful bike trail!

That is one beautiful bike trail!
07-19-22, 07:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,066
Posted By John E

Bowden Spacelander :)

Bowden Spacelander :)
07-18-22, 04:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 439
Posted By John E

You can always try the Robert M. Pirsig trick of...

You can always try the Robert M. Pirsig trick of making a shim out of an aluminum beer can. :)
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
07-09-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 305
Posted By John E

I always hated, and never understood, the 18-23T...

I always hated, and never understood, the 18-23T gap in the Paramount freewheel. I happily run a 14-26 myself on the Bianchi, but it is a 6-speed with a much-used 20T cog, giving me a really good...
07-06-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,918
Posted By John E

Chacun a son gout. I recently started a...

Chacun a son gout.

I recently started a thread on my Bianchi -- gearing and brakes.
I now have Shimano aero brake levers (a conversion I did 15 years ago, since these fit my hands properly),...
07-05-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,086
Posted By John E

The combined knowledge base and expertise of this...

The combined knowledge base and expertise of this group is as impressive as its passion for C&V bikes. I cannot jump onto this forum without learning something.
07-05-22, 04:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,008
Posted By John E

Particularly on a C&V update, you do not need a...

Particularly on a C&V update, you do not need a unified component group. I have always freely mixed and matched either to get what I wanted or to take advantage of what was available.

I recently...
07-02-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 587
Posted By John E

I was working at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership...

I was working at a Peugeot/Nishiki dealership when those came out. I don't recall the Mafac brakes, but the cranks, shifters, derailleurs, decals, lugs, etc. do look very familiar. These were notably...
07-01-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,600
Posted By John E

1972 Double Century on my 1971 Nishiki...

1972 Double Century on my 1971 Nishiki Competition, back when it was not C&V. :)
06-26-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 737
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting the catalog pages, Steve. I...

Thank you for posting the catalog pages, Steve. I worked there on weekends and during university vacations from spring 1972 through spring 1974 and watched Big Al put together the company's first few...
06-20-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,519
Posted By John E

Nothing wrong with toeclips and straps. That's...

Nothing wrong with toeclips and straps. That's all I have ridden since 1969.

What I don't understand is why he leaned right after planting his left foot on the ground. I always unclip left, put my...
06-20-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 381
Posted By John E

I am getting revenge on my elder son, who is...

I am getting revenge on my elder son, who is learning what it is like to raise two boys. :)

For several years when my boys were little, our Saturday morning routine was to drop off my wife at her...
06-19-22, 05:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 445
Posted By John E

I tried Continentals on the close-reach Shimano...

I tried Continentals on the close-reach Shimano dual-pivots I am putting on the Bianchi, but more conventional KoolStop pads, with their shorter profile, fit much better and work very well. As for...
06-18-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 996
Posted By John E

If you have nice lugs, flaunt them. :) ...

If you have nice lugs, flaunt them. :)
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Head tube lug details
06-18-22, 06:25 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,535
Posted By John E

Read Sheldon Brown on bicycle brakes. The...

Read Sheldon Brown on bicycle brakes. The shortest possible stopping distance is obtained when the rear tire just starts to lose traction. In this case, the front brake is providing all of the...
06-18-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,535
Posted By John E

Update: I bought a pair of Shimano double-pivot...

Update: I bought a pair of Shimano double-pivot calipers and installed the front one this morning, with brand-new KoolStop black (what I had in my stash) pads instead of the OEM Shimano pads. What a...
06-16-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 760
Posted By John E

PX-10s are gorgeous, and I am all for...

PX-10s are gorgeous, and I am all for "sympathetic" builds. I also appreciate a fellow cyclist who sees no need for high gearing, although I do like something around the mid-90s, such as 45 or 46/13...
06-13-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,646
Posted By John E

CyclAware helmet-mounted mirror! :) ...

CyclAware helmet-mounted mirror! :)
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CycleAware mirror on my Giro XEN...
06-13-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,646
Posted By John E

Counterpoint -- I won't ride without a mirror,...

Counterpoint -- I won't ride without a mirror, which I find extremely valuable for checking traffic patterns and watching for things like impending right hooks, and also to help me with politely...
06-13-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By John E

First verify a 27.2mm seatpost. Looks British and...

First verify a 27.2mm seatpost. Looks British and pretty decent, whatever the marque or model details. :)
06-11-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 706
Posted By John E

Of course -- that is the best kind of touring. :)

Of course -- that is the best kind of touring. :)
06-11-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,535
Posted By John E

Point well taken, but I did verify good...

Point well taken, but I did verify good pad-to-rim contact in all cases. The Shimano pads were downright scary. In all situations and on all types of rims and brake calipers, KoolStop salmon pads...
06-11-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 706
Posted By John E

No, actually the head tube is bent back. :) ...

No, actually the head tube is bent back. :)

All seriousness aside, this is indeed a great forum, with lots of helpful folks united in their passion for older bicycles. I have a similarly pleasant...
05-31-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,010
Posted By John E

I like the look of skinwalls, but I have had bad...

I like the look of skinwalls, but I have had bad luck with the sidewalls rotting and decomposing long before the tread wears out, so I have gravitated to blackwalls.
05-30-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,498
Posted By John E

When I experienced the retinal tear and resulting...

When I experienced the retinal tear and resulting flashes and floaters, the retinologist who examined my eye announced, "That's like looking into a dirty fishbowl!" He was highly competent,...
05-30-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 311
Posted By John E

I would be tempted to drop in a Bendix kick-back...

I would be tempted to drop in a Bendix kick-back 2-speed hub
05-29-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,085
Posted By John E

I seldom wear long pants today while cycling, but...

I seldom wear long pants today while cycling, but those metal Terry's trouser hoops were part of my standard commuting attire for many years. Back in the mid-to-late 1960s, when that photo was taken...
05-29-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 764
Posted By John E

Thank you for your service before and -- I hope a...

Thank you for your service before and -- I hope a long time from now -- after death. One of my cycling friends donated his body to the UCSD medical school, and I later attended a very moving memorial...
05-28-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 764
Posted By John E

I'll bring it back to bicycling, since I have the...

I'll bring it back to bicycling, since I have the bike for it.
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Nothing...
05-26-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By John E

Anti-symmetric spoke lacing, particularly if...

Anti-symmetric spoke lacing, particularly if automated, is faster to build than symmetric, even though I prefer the latter. I do watch both the original heads-and-tails leading-and-following spoke...
05-17-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,131
Posted By John E

Thank you for this thread. Secure bicycle parking...

Thank you for this thread. Secure bicycle parking can be a genuine challenge. Companies spend big bucks on car parking for employees, then too often neglect those of us who bike to work. Offices with...
05-14-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 368
Posted By John E

1980 PKN-10 bottom bracket was Swiss-threaded....

1980 PKN-10 bottom bracket was Swiss-threaded. Well-mannered all-rounder, not whippy or shaky.
05-14-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 368
Posted By John E

True. Ask the man who has owned both. :) My...

True. Ask the man who has owned both. :) My PKN-10 was my all-time favorite road bike, but it simply was one size too tall and long for me, so I gave it to my son.
05-12-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By John E

My father told me he didn't start to feel old...

My father told me he didn't start to feel old until I hit 50. (He was 71, my current age, at the time). He told me he really felt old 2-1/2 years later when my brother turned 50. :)

We celebrated...
05-12-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 593
Posted By John E

PKN-10s are great kiddie pullers. I liked the...

PKN-10s are great kiddie pullers. I liked the clearance for wider tires, something my Bianchi lacks.
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