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05-25-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 574
Posted By poprad

Huh. Well now I have no idea until OP posts a...

Huh. Well now I have no idea until OP posts a better-lit photo..
05-25-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 574
Posted By poprad

I'm pretty sure this isn't a crack but an entire...

I'm pretty sure this isn't a crack but an entire missing piece, this should be a continuous metal surround of the binder bolt nut:

...
05-24-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 574
Posted By poprad

Right you are Bob, and props from the Man...

Right you are Bob, and props from the Man himself:

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05-24-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Thanks CMAW. I don't have a scale here, but it's...

Thanks CMAW. I don't have a scale here, but it's no lightweight with all the stuff I specified. That said, I doubt you'd find a randonneur with these options in my size weigh much less.

As to the...
05-23-22, 01:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 574
Posted By poprad

That could be a lovely build. Next time I am at...

That could be a lovely build. Next time I am at the shop I can find out the name of the original order, the paper invoices are all in huge binders back to the 50s. I don't see a serial # on the...
05-22-22, 08:02 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

So the day after... Once the white smoke...

So the day after...
Once the white smoke cleared from above the Vatican and the angels ceased their melody, I collected my thoughts and committed to a group ride with the "slow group" of the ACBO....
05-21-22, 01:07 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

It rides like a bike I've owned for 20 years and...

It rides like a bike I've owned for 20 years and tweaked until it's perfect. Tomorrow morning early will be the first real ride. It was an incredible day, filled with new friends, new bike, and...
05-21-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

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05-21-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

La jour est arriver: ...

La jour est arriver:

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Olivier's son and protege, Walter. Meet the new...
05-09-22, 11:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,178
Posted By poprad

Any time I get too wrapped around the axle on NOS...

Any time I get too wrapped around the axle on NOS parts, be it bikes, cars, or anything else, I just imagine the heap of stuff left after my demise and the process of a thrift store employee sifting...
05-08-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 644
Posted By poprad

Another excellent post, and again we all benefit...

Another excellent post, and again we all benefit from your time and effort. Thanks again SpeedofLite!

Any chance you have Part 1 of the PBP article on hand...?
05-08-22, 06:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 587
Posted By poprad

Thanks for that, I'd hoped to strike a chord with...

Thanks for that, I'd hoped to strike a chord with a few folks.

I'll bring this back towards cycling with this link:

First post-WWI TdF Podcast...
05-08-22, 02:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By poprad

Le 8 Mai, 1945

Happy VE day everyone, Paris on that day must have been stunning. (vintage cycling content sprinkled throughout)

VE Day Paris
05-08-22, 12:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 587
Posted By poprad

There are many places in Northern France where...

There are many places in Northern France where villages were entirely wiped off the map by artillery, and some were left with remains of buildings. The French chose to leave these remains as...
05-06-22, 07:15 PM
Replies: 1,701
Views: 349,891
Posted By poprad

I have never heard of this, that is very...

I have never heard of this, that is very interesting for an armchair military historian. I'm more of a three legged short stool historian myself, but it stands as interesting.
05-06-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 1,701
Views: 349,891
Posted By poprad

And she was despised by the Nazi regime as a...

And she was despised by the Nazi regime as a turncoat for working for the allies and visiting U.S. troops on USO tours. Fascinating woman.
05-06-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 587
Posted By poprad

WWI content with a vintage cycling Easter egg

Find it!

Hint, reading the full description of the album will help.

Butte de Vauquois, France (http://flic.kr/s/aHBqjzNz75)

This one surprised me as I foolishly thought I was some sort of...
05-06-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 509
Posted By poprad

OP your Ideale is the same model I've spec'ed for...

OP your Ideale is the same model I've spec'ed for my Singer. It's a lovely seat, I test rode one and for me it feels very like the Brooks Pro that I've put many miles on. I'm in the "rarely treat"...
04-27-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 1,296
Views: 358,938
Posted By poprad

Not sure if I'd ever posted this bike that I...

Not sure if I'd ever posted this bike that I acquired basically NOS back in 2017. My first really "nice" bike was an R4000 with the chromo rootbeer color, but that one went west a long time ago. I...
04-25-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By poprad

Get your feet wet? I'd say you jumped right into...

Get your feet wet? I'd say you jumped right into the deep blue end of the pool! Congrats on a great find, that looks like a rider for sure. Maybe your brother had a hand in that discovery...
04-25-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,257
Posted By poprad

Delicious build, really nice! ...

Delicious build, really nice!

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04-25-22, 03:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Bob! Great to hear from you. I had also been...

Bob! Great to hear from you. I had also been inactive in here from about 2018 through last summer, new job, new country, COIVD, etc etc...

I'm glad you've enjoyed this thread and stand by for...
04-24-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Thanks, this was indeed a unique opportunity. ...

Thanks, this was indeed a unique opportunity. I'm just glad I took advantage of it. The group of people who orbit that shop are a special breed.
04-24-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Yeah, he was just laying out the most basic of...

Yeah, he was just laying out the most basic of basics. He's happy to let me photo his frame jig but isn't about to give free framebuilding classes.
04-24-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Here's the vid if this works: Olivier and frame...

Here's the vid if this works:
Olivier and frame layup (flic.kr/p/2ngnyWT)
04-24-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

OK, finally, Doug F this is all for you. When I...

OK, finally, Doug F this is all for you. When I asked Olivier was happy to share. I had noted that the frame table was clear so it was the perfect day to lower the jig and get some pics. The short...
04-24-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

We had a few libations, some fantastic...

We had a few libations, some fantastic conversation that ran the gamut from the recent Paris-Roubaix, the French elections, the war in Ukraine and Greg Lemond's battle with Fignon (hint: Olivier was...
04-24-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Another of the AS riding group showed up with...

Another of the AS riding group showed up with what Olivier calls one of his "masterpieces." A fixie randonneuse with a chainguard and some of the finest applied paint I've ever seen. I wouldn't...
04-24-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Next step: lug lining. This is done by another...

Next step: lug lining. This is done by another craftsman, so off it goes again. After excess prevarication I went with simple black. Closer and closer.
...
04-24-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

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04-24-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

What better e-mail to read in the middle of a...

What better e-mail to read in the middle of a frustrating workday than "come by, your frame is back from the chromer?" So I did, and indeed it was. As usual I met some new and interesting folks,...
04-24-22, 01:48 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

Update coming later today, frame back from the...

Update coming later today, frame back from the chromers!
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03-25-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By poprad

Or contact Jen Green and ask that craftsperson to...

Or contact Jen Green and ask that craftsperson to make you something truly unique:

Custom Headbadges (http://www.headbadges.com/store/c2/Headbadges.html)

She is a true artist and a pleasure to...
03-24-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 560
Posted By poprad

I have a RH on my Colnago Super but w old school...

I have a RH on my Colnago Super but w old school Campy NR on 5 spd rear. The fit and finish is beyond beautiful, and I have zero bad things to say about them. Mated to an SKF BB unit it's never going...
03-24-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,935
Posted By poprad

And lastly a workman-like Raleigh Comp GS. ...

And lastly a workman-like Raleigh Comp GS. Sturdy and simple:
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03-24-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,935
Posted By poprad

"Centurionelli" build: ...

"Centurionelli" build:
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03-24-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,935
Posted By poprad

'74 Colnago with a fine coating of Tuscan dust in...

'74 Colnago with a fine coating of Tuscan dust in 2012:
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And slightly dirtier the...
03-24-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,935
Posted By poprad

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03-24-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 911
Posted By poprad

Definitely. A good frame guy can braze you in a...

Definitely. A good frame guy can braze you in a new dropout for not much drama, and the repaint for that section only shouldn't bee that pricey either. That's too gorgeous a build to abandon.
03-23-22, 12:37 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,935
Posted By poprad

Not mine, but seen in the Singer shop recently: ...

Not mine, but seen in the Singer shop recently:

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A classic and graceful Jo...
03-19-22, 01:14 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

northbend you are dangerously close to opening an...

northbend you are dangerously close to opening an unclosable pandora's box of blather about military history and specifically WWI. If you want to discuss more feel free to PM, as this would derail...
03-18-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

For anyone who just can't get enough I uploaded a...

For anyone who just can't get enough I uploaded a whole set of hi-res pics to my Flickr album:

Alex Singer Cycles (flic.kr/s/aHsjA6DF2j)

They're all public, enjoy!
03-14-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

I'ts even possible that a fine bottle of Bourbon...

I'ts even possible that a fine bottle of Bourbon that made its way to the shop for the holidays may have assisted in that vein.
03-13-22, 01:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By poprad

Every time you do this for us I have to say...

Every time you do this for us I have to say thanks, you're providing an invaluable service. Please keep this up, it is incredibly enjoyable to read, and the "Question Man" one in this issue where he...
03-12-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

I haven't the foggiest, but hopefully soon I can...

I haven't the foggiest, but hopefully soon I can just walk over and measure them!
03-12-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

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And that's it for this post. I was invited upstairs for a glass or two of...
03-12-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

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03-12-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

So a few more of the shop and then the frame...

So a few more of the shop and then the frame itself:
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03-12-22, 06:29 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

The light was beginning to wane. There are few...

The light was beginning to wane. There are few lights in the shop, and Olivier is happy to work under a single bulb at times. We discussed options for a rear facing LED and I chose the...
03-12-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,434
Posted By poprad

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