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06-16-16, 11:47 AM
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Posted By aixaix

Just picked this up: ...

Just picked this up:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28164070@N04/albums/72157669749892726

Before taking the pix I replaced the tires, cables, rear derailleur (removed a Suntour Cyclone & installed...
12-16-15, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,393
Posted By aixaix

Ohhh, Tom! You really want me to dredge up all...

Ohhh, Tom! You really want me to dredge up all that Gran Turismo data and misery again?
In sum: the body is too long; the distance from the jockey roller to the cluster is too great in the higher...
09-02-15, 04:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,013
Posted By aixaix

I wouldn't be concerned about asbestos fibers....

I wouldn't be concerned about asbestos fibers. Pressed asbestos doesn't pose much of a risk unless it is broken or ground up. If they strip while you are braking, asbestos fibers will not be the most...
Forum: Northeast
05-03-15, 08:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,137
Posted By aixaix

If the OP is riding a Surly Cross Check as listed...

If the OP is riding a Surly Cross Check as listed in his signature, this is not an issue. Fwiw, I have ridden much of the OCA on tubulars and though I wouldn't recommend it, it can be done. The trail...
Forum: Northeast
05-03-15, 04:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,137
Posted By aixaix

Riverdale & Woodlawn have easy access to the Old...

Riverdale & Woodlawn have easy access to the Old Croton Aqueduct trail and the south county trail. Both trails get you out of the urbs in a hurry and allow you to enjoy the many pleasant roads around...
05-02-15, 04:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By aixaix

Anybody riding on the Bronx River Parkway tomorrow, 5/3?

I am.
Starting at the south end at 10:00.
I'll be the white-haired (& bearded) guy creeping along on a black 1969 Cinelli.
Forum: Northeast
05-02-15, 04:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,217
Posted By aixaix

I will be riding on the parkway tomorrow,...

I will be riding on the parkway tomorrow, starting at the south end at 10:00AM, when it opens. Being vintage myself, I'll be on a vintage racing bike: a black 1969 Cinelli.
Say hi. I'm generally...
04-27-15, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,595
Posted By aixaix

Style trumps substance in these matters. At our...

Style trumps substance in these matters. At our age it'd better.
04-27-15, 02:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,595
Posted By aixaix

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28164070@N04/sets/72...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28164070@N04/sets/72157627343204674/

Older photos with bilious background. I've since changed the tape to blue & took off the brake. The thing looks almost new, which...
12-29-14, 03:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,332
Posted By aixaix

Yes, Tom, I still have it and would be happy to...

Yes, Tom, I still have it and would be happy to send it on to tetra d. Shipping should cost no more than $150 or so...



dddd, email your address to me at euromeccanicany@yahoo.com and I'll tie...
12-09-14, 12:23 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,473
Posted By aixaix

Many of us C&V types came of age during the bike...

Many of us C&V types came of age during the bike boom of the late 60s/early 70s. We have a relationship with bikes that mirrors the depth and intensity of car-obsession, and for the same reason. The...
11-01-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,978
Posted By aixaix

What that piece did was keep the rack from...

What that piece did was keep the rack from sliding down the seat stays. I don't think it made the rack mount any stiffer, but it kept the rack in place on the frame which made it less likely the seat...
10-31-14, 02:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,978
Posted By aixaix

The issue here is the type of failure that's...

The issue here is the type of failure that's likely to occur when one of the struts or rails splits at a bolt hole. To expand on RHM's point, once one joint fails, other failures are likely to follow...
09-26-14, 03:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
Posted By aixaix

The bikes that just take up space in a garage are...

The bikes that just take up space in a garage are mostly low-end, but not always. Like many on this forum, I've pulled decent bikes out of the trash and gotten garage sale bargains. (A few years ago...
09-23-14, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,236
Posted By aixaix

I don't know if this is a consideration, but the...

I don't know if this is a consideration, but the performance and reliability of many road bike components (shifters, pedals & hubs especially) on mid-range and top-end models improved hugely from the...
09-23-14, 11:11 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,982
Posted By aixaix

That sign is at the top of a rather long climb...

That sign is at the top of a rather long climb from the east and a shorter, steeper climb from the west. Knowing the iron-legged RHM is more than equal to the job of grinding up any slope in...
09-23-14, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,550
Posted By aixaix

Cool VW! 407947Here's mine, with foldies on the...

Cool VW!
407947Here's mine, with foldies on the rear rack.
As for a mountain bike for under $200, I'd suggest getting the simplest one (hardtail, rim brakes) that fits you. Brand is less important...
09-21-14, 09:01 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,982
Posted By aixaix

407731 1956 Frejus. I was born that year....

407731
1956 Frejus. I was born that year. Although I was there the entire time I don't remember a thing.

I rode it last week for the first time in a couple of months. Took it down & up the West...
08-13-14, 07:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,146
Posted By aixaix

How common is injury from steel frame or fork failure?

Several recent C&V threads got me thinking about this. I've seen many bent and broken steel frames and forks, but haven't had first-hand or even second-hand knowledge of people injured because of...
Forum: Northeast
08-13-14, 06:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,342
Posted By aixaix

I rode the North County Trailway from Rt 117 to...

I rode the North County Trailway from Rt 117 to Yorktown for the first time last Sunday. In spite of the road stretches, it is a more interesting and less car-proximate path than the SCT, which runs...
07-25-14, 09:05 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 24,419
Posted By aixaix

395396395397 Yet another Milanese confection....

395396395397
Yet another Milanese confection. Mid 1970s, barely ridden. It hangs on the wall at work and I admire it every day.
07-03-14, 04:29 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,687
Posted By aixaix

Olympia celebrated their 120th birthday in 2013....

Olympia celebrated their 120th birthday in 2013. They are the second-oldest bike manufacturer in Italy still in business (behind Bianchi). Unlike many of the other companies mentioned, Olympia hasn't...
05-30-14, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 517
Posted By aixaix

The head badge is 60s-70s. At some point in the...

The head badge is 60s-70s. At some point in the early 1970s, they started using an aluminum badge with slightly different graphics. If the frame doesn't take a 26.2mm seat post, it is a 1980s or...
05-27-14, 03:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,316
Posted By aixaix

Gotta disagree. In 1978 I gave my wife a...

Gotta disagree.
In 1978 I gave my wife a Serotta frame custom made by Ben himself. She loved it and put many miles on it before we had kids. Next, she got a Ross MTB and a Burley in which our...
Forum: Northeast
05-26-14, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 606
Posted By aixaix

Could be a replacement fork, but the only way you...

Could be a replacement fork, but the only way you will get any decent info will be to post photos. Without knowing the model and age of the bike, nobody can give you a meaningful answer. If the bike...
05-23-14, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,799
Posted By aixaix

Photo? Chamois riding shorts under cargo...

Photo?

Chamois riding shorts under cargo shorts for longer rides.
05-19-14, 10:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,525
Posted By aixaix

Had enough trouble naming my kids. Bicycles...

Had enough trouble naming my kids. Bicycles around here will always be, "the tandem", "the white Olympia", "the other white Olympia", "the foldie", etc.

My daughter has named all her bikes. Her...
05-15-14, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,307
Posted By aixaix

Two thoughts: if you can photograph the down tube...

Two thoughts: if you can photograph the down tube & seat tubes against a uniform neutral background with even light that doesn't glare and display the images side by side, it might be possible to...
05-15-14, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 645
Posted By aixaix

Olympia MTB: now with a good fork; Frejus with triple crankset

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28164070@N04/sets/72157644663686741/

Been riding this a little bit, now that I have a good fork on it. Unlike the anonymous fork I got with the frame, the Marzocchi...
05-14-14, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,710
Posted By aixaix

I'd like to hear how you know this, Aaron. ...

I'd like to hear how you know this, Aaron.

On second thought, I guess I'd rather not.
05-14-14, 01:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,783
Posted By aixaix

You are generous, you blue devil! Although...

You are generous, you blue devil!

Although I agree with the lost architect (Wrongway Wright?) that galvanized vs stainless is less trivial than a simple matter of branding, I think these things...
05-14-14, 10:50 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,783
Posted By aixaix

Tell him to pound sand. This is nearly as trivial...

Tell him to pound sand. This is nearly as trivial as finding two different brand inner tubes on a bike.
Or offer to buy it back, less shipping. I suspect he'll back down pretty quick.
Forum: Northeast
05-14-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By aixaix

The Old Croton Aqueduct is flat and easily...

The Old Croton Aqueduct is flat and easily reached from the Hudson Div. stations. It isn't paved and it isn't always in sight of the river, but it is the closest path on the east bank south of...
05-10-14, 05:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,866
Posted By aixaix

Hey, Francis! I tried just that when I first...

Hey, Francis!
I tried just that when I first got the bike. Ephgrave left only one very small hole. Whatever is in there is too big to pass. My best guess is that it is a blob of solder: the bike is...
05-10-14, 03:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,467
Posted By aixaix

It is a known fact as yet unexplained by science...

It is a known fact as yet unexplained by science that removing components from a Schwinn Varsity actually makes it heavier. Teams of physicists have had no luck explaining this phenomenon, their task...
05-10-14, 03:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,097
Posted By aixaix

Customer- what do you look for? My...

Customer- what do you look for?

My priorities

1. Doesn't blame me for his problems
2. Doesn't assume other issues are my fault
3. Appreciates my effort and skill
4. Is grateful for my...
05-10-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,866
Posted By aixaix

I have a 1961 Ephgrave track bike with something...

I have a 1961 Ephgrave track bike with something loose in the top tube. I haven't done anything about it because it is more quirky than annoying: the one imperfection in an otherwise flawless frame.
Forum: Northeast
05-10-14, 07:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By aixaix

Kimball's pretty busy, but it is wide. Bronx...

Kimball's pretty busy, but it is wide. Bronx River Road/Midland Ave might be a little better. You can pick up the BRP pathway off Pondfield Road in Bronxville just opposite the northbound BRP exit...
05-07-14, 06:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 839
Posted By aixaix

It is out in the open on a public street....

It is out in the open on a public street. Management is very laid back, as far as I can tell. Show up as early as you want and deal, deal, deal! (Although you might be assaulted by hipsters if they...
Forum: Northeast
05-07-14, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By aixaix

Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway is a...

Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway is a good option. There are often a lot of riders, skaters and walkers, but it is two full lanes and a shoulder for nearly all of its 7+ mile length. If you...
Forum: Northeast
05-07-14, 04:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,213
Posted By aixaix

Lighting Guy is right about the hills, but some...

Lighting Guy is right about the hills, but some of the streets in North Yonkers go by fabulous old houses. The main arteries run north/south and are usually full of cars.
I'll stick my two cents...
05-05-14, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,409
Posted By aixaix

Thanks for checking! As for the bearings being...

Thanks for checking!
As for the bearings being a standard size: they just aren't. They are made not only to a specific size, but to a specific taper. Standard bearings are generally made for...
Forum: Northeast
04-30-14, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,105
Posted By aixaix

Aha! Thank you redbird2. Cardinal? Scarlet...

Aha! Thank you redbird2.

Cardinal? Scarlet Tanager? Roseate Spoonbill? Flamingo? Red Knot? Or the fabulous Firebird?
Forum: Northeast
04-30-14, 02:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,105
Posted By aixaix

Cars being towed often have more than one...

Cars being towed often have more than one occupant. Maybe AAA sends a guy in a car for bike problems. Getting a tandem into a car is a major pain.
Forum: Northeast
04-30-14, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,105
Posted By aixaix

Tandems are excluded? What's the thinking behind...

Tandems are excluded? What's the thinking behind that, I wonder?
04-30-14, 12:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,409
Posted By aixaix

It's unlikely, given that the headset cups are...

It's unlikely, given that the headset cups are barely larger than the bearings they contain, I'm certain the bearing assemblies were custom-made for the application. Other headset makers might use...
Forum: Northeast
04-29-14, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,009
Posted By aixaix

The 2014 schedule is out: Bicycle Sundays...

The 2014 schedule is out: Bicycle Sundays (http://parks.westchestergov.com/featured-events/bicycle-sundays)

In sum, May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28
04-29-14, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,409
Posted By aixaix

Looking forward to hearing what you find. I don't...

Looking forward to hearing what you find. I don't think Origin8 supplies parts, but the headsets are a lot cheaper than Shimano. And if you turn up an orphan bearing, I'll be your best friend...
04-29-14, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,409
Posted By aixaix

Thanks, Dave. I need the bearing itself. The...

Thanks, Dave. I need the bearing itself. The crown race is, like the rest of the set, in perfect shape. I thought about taking the bearing apart, but I suspect it is well and truly trashed as the...
04-29-14, 12:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,409
Posted By aixaix

They are the same, but it looks like they've been...

They are the same, but it looks like they've been discontinued. I'm hoping to find an orphan somewhere.
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