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07-18-13, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By MrEss

I'm talking about how when you get a cut that...

I'm talking about how when you get a cut that goes through more than just two or three threads, then that part of the tread is weakened, the damage spreads, and eventually the tire is ruined.

It's...
07-18-13, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By MrEss

Tire Carcass Patches - who uses them?

I've got a big stack of tire boot / patches made from the carcass of my dearly departed Challenge Parigi-Roubaix tire. It is many more than I am likely to need.

Send me a PM with your mailing...
07-17-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,464
Posted By MrEss

Riding by myself, I, too spend the majority of my...

Riding by myself, I, too spend the majority of my time in 4 gears: Cruising, Mild Climbing, Serious Climbing, and Descending. If I spin out because of a tailwind or a mild descent, I'm pretty likely...
07-09-13, 06:41 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 5,311
Posted By MrEss

I'm strongly of the opinion that the very last...

I'm strongly of the opinion that the very last thing you need to know in the middle of a descent is your exact speed. It's a gut check -- either your gut says "whee" or your gut says "slow it down a...
07-07-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,254
Posted By MrEss

I wear a helmet when I'm cycling, and I'm fine...

I wear a helmet when I'm cycling, and I'm fine with others who are old enough to know better and choose not to. I'm pretty confident that if I'm run over by a bus, whether or not I wear a helmet will...
06-03-13, 10:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 24,423
Posted By MrEss

We have two bikes here with 26" Paselas... one...

We have two bikes here with 26" Paselas... one 26x1.5 and the other 26x1.75. On one bike, with Rhyno Lite rims, the tires fit pretty tightly and are somewhat hard to mount. On the other bike, unknown...
05-03-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 493
Posted By MrEss

If it's a keeper, put the decals you like. I'd go...

If it's a keeper, put the decals you like. I'd go with a repro of the pre-war Schwinn logotype -- it's so pretty.

If it's not a keeper, you probably shouldn't even paint it.
04-15-13, 03:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 24,423
Posted By MrEss

Jan rides a lot more miles than I do (remember...

Jan rides a lot more miles than I do (remember that he's the only person to have ever worn out rootboy's brass-wired tire savers) and is of the opinion that lower tire pressure *is* a method of...
04-13-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 24,423
Posted By MrEss

Thanks a lot for this review. I put a lot of...

Thanks a lot for this review.

I put a lot of thought into tires for my honey's drop-bar MB2 "road bike". The Compass tires were near the top of the list, but cost won the day and the bike got...
04-10-13, 08:14 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,914
Posted By MrEss

They require special nonstandard pedals with...

They require special nonstandard pedals with giant threads. I guess they were supposed to be more aerodynamic.

These days they're fairly hard to use unless you can find the fairly rare...
04-10-13, 12:07 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,914
Posted By MrEss

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/7058426753_ce8d...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/7058426753_ce8d5c047b_c.jpg

Suntour, Campagnolo, SRAM, Shimano, SR, and KMC components all living happily together. It's a friction love-fest.
04-04-13, 01:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,131
Posted By MrEss

The original run of them did not, and you were...

The original run of them did not, and you were required to use a traditional flat-sided FD. The newer Mk. II revision is reported to have been modified to accept modern "lipped" FDs.
04-01-13, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 783
Posted By MrEss

When this was happening to me, it was because a...

When this was happening to me, it was because a crack had developed in the fixing bolt. It warned me by creaking, but I didn't heed. Eventually it broke completely. After replacement with a good...
03-30-13, 07:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By MrEss

If you don't have a spoke source in mind, I...

If you don't have a spoke source in mind, I highly recommend Dan's Competition. They cut Sapim spokes to order and they do it really cheap. I think it's about $0.40 for a 14/15 double butted spoke....
03-30-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,304
Posted By MrEss

I've been using about 5 links plus a single-hook...

I've been using about 5 links plus a single-hook bottom bracket spanner -- only to remove Hyperglide lockrings, which are not very tight. This inspiration to raid the recycle bin at the LBS for some...
03-30-13, 01:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,387
Posted By MrEss

I think one of the biggest advantages of vintage...

I think one of the biggest advantages of vintage components is in their depreciation... if we want, many of us can enjoy the groups of the 30s, 60s, 80s, or whenever through the rose-colored glasses...
03-23-13, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13,756
Views: 1,206,181
Posted By MrEss

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8583045909_9a07...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8583045909_9a07253cb3_c.jpg

Just a few miles around the park, but it sure was nice to get out with my honey and enjoy the warm weather (40F).

On Monday, I'll...
03-22-13, 03:17 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,477
Posted By MrEss

I flat on them maybe 6x per year (in about 2k...

I flat on them maybe 6x per year (in about 2k miles per year). Usually they're little pinholes that I don't notice until the tire is flat in the morning. When I have flatted by the roadside, it's...
03-18-13, 09:05 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,477
Posted By MrEss

+1 Challenge Parigi-Roubaix. They're so cushy and...

+1 Challenge Parigi-Roubaix. They're so cushy and ohmygoshfast. I'm about #180 and love 'em at 65/85PSI F/R. Pinch flats worry me, or I'd go a bit lower in the rear.

Planning on trying 55/70 in a...
03-14-13, 01:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,873
Posted By MrEss

That Cyclops looks great, but I bet having the...

That Cyclops looks great, but I bet having the walker available when you needed it was even better. It's great to hear you're recovering.
02-24-13, 03:58 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,911
Posted By MrEss

They sure are gorgeous, and I still remember...

They sure are gorgeous, and I still remember being jealous of the rich kids that had them on their BMX bikes. I'm surprised by their weight, though.

My Victory crankset weighs 580g with rings,...
02-17-13, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 668
Posted By MrEss

Is that front wheel radial laced on a sheriff...

Is that front wheel radial laced on a sheriff star hub? Don't tell your life insurance agent!
01-18-13, 10:14 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,560
Posted By MrEss

This one didn't come from the factory with...

This one didn't come from the factory with fenders, but it came with fender eyelets.

I suspect that the bikes marketed to serious amateurs came with fender eyelets -- for bad-weather training.
...
01-18-13, 09:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,322
Posted By MrEss

Can I buy your flippers? That's way beyond the...

Can I buy your flippers? That's way beyond the quality level evident in most flips I've seen!
01-16-13, 06:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,530
Posted By MrEss

Mine is also far from C&V but it's wonderfully...

Mine is also far from C&V but it's wonderfully effective. Some low-end Shimano dynohub that the LBS had sitting around, coupled with the B&M Lyt N. Total outlay about $70, and the light it throws is...
01-16-13, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By MrEss

If it's not a genuine Murray Serotta, somebody...

If it's not a genuine Murray Serotta, somebody went to a lot of trouble to fake it. Engraving the fork crown and then re-chroming it? It's cool and rare, but probably not valuable enough to pay for...
01-16-13, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13,756
Views: 1,206,181
Posted By MrEss

They held this year's USA Cyclocross Nationals...

They held this year's USA Cyclocross Nationals at a park along my commute. Stopped by a few times, but never remembered to bring a camera.

Put my iPod in my pocket and got a last-chance shot as...
01-14-13, 11:52 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,560
Posted By MrEss

I'm really loving this bike. If you're...

I'm really loving this bike.

If you're unhappy with the harsh ride on the 23mm tires it maxes out at, maybe you should relace the hubs into some tubular rims? Then you could run 85 or 90PSI for a...
01-14-13, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6,998
Views: 702,831
Posted By MrEss

They held this year's USA Cyclocross Nationals at...

They held this year's USA Cyclocross Nationals at a park along my commute. Stopped by a few times, but never remembered to bring a camera.

Put my iPod in my pocket this morning and got a...
01-11-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By MrEss

Congrats on the score. I love these pumps, esp...

Congrats on the score. I love these pumps, esp with the metal Campy head.
01-05-13, 07:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,433
Posted By MrEss

What does this mean? Duties levvied on products...

What does this mean? Duties levvied on products imported in too high a quantity, to discourage a company from "dumping" a bad product into the country by lowing the price a ton??
01-02-13, 12:39 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 8,613
Posted By MrEss

This is a really gorgeous bike, looking forward...

This is a really gorgeous bike, looking forward to outdoor pictures on its maiden voyage!

Since it's going to get some miles, maybe it would be better to put black Kool-Stop Nuovo Record refills...
01-01-13, 07:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,590
Posted By MrEss

No computer on the bike, but 3000 ~ 3500 is a...

No computer on the bike, but 3000 ~ 3500 is a reasonable estimate. Most of it is commuting -- I live at exactly the right distance so the commute takes the same time by car or bike. So, I get about...
12-26-12, 09:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,091
Posted By MrEss

+1 on the above advice to read Sheldon's and Mike...

+1 on the above advice to read Sheldon's and Mike T's pages on wheelbuilding.

The bit that I wish was more explicit in those great tutorials: Don't wait until the wheel has tension to "tune" the...
12-25-12, 09:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,600
Posted By MrEss

I've been very happy with Challenge...

I've been very happy with Challenge Parigi-Roubiax clinchers on dirt/gravel/tarmac mixed rides like Dairy Roubaix (http://www.dairyroubaix.com/). If you've got room for 32s, the new Challenge Eroica...
12-24-12, 07:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 399
Posted By MrEss

Great plan! If it only hits the chainstay on...

Great plan!

If it only hits the chainstay on the drive side, BB spacer to the rescue. (Or, if the spindle is asymmetrical and it hits on the NDS, reverse it and BB spacer to the rescue!) If you...
12-23-12, 07:54 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 292
Posted By MrEss

What's your favorite rim for mid-width (28 ~ 35mm) clinchers

I love wheels, and I've been thinking about rims a lot lately.

I'm extremely happy with the all-rounder wheels I built for my Atala. They're Tiagra hubs with grade 25 bearings, DT Revolution...
12-23-12, 07:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,686
Posted By MrEss

I love the range of opinions we get on C&V......

I love the range of opinions we get on C&V... it's not just "expensive == pretty".

Personally, when I saw the DA 9000 launch photos my jaw dropped. I said "Wow, Shimano finally decided to do a...
12-20-12, 02:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 514
Posted By MrEss

I just did this exact same mod about 2 weeks ago!...

I just did this exact same mod about 2 weeks ago! I did mine with a rat tail bastard and a flat bastard file. Cleaned up really nicely. These bikes make great singlespeeds.

At least yours has...
12-19-12, 08:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 614
Posted By MrEss

When I rode BMX fifteen years ago, I really liked...

When I rode BMX fifteen years ago, I really liked the ACS Claws freewheels. They were good quality and not overpriced. I think they're still in production.

It freezing up in cold weather is...
12-14-12, 06:46 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,278
Posted By MrEss

Like many others, mine is a C&V-only household. I...

Like many others, mine is a C&V-only household. I commute on this 1971 Atala (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/700039-71-Atala-or-You-Can-Paint-Your-Own-Bike), and take it on the Tuesday...
12-03-12, 01:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,311
Posted By MrEss

They're bizarre. I'd love to try one, but suspect...

They're bizarre. I'd love to try one, but suspect I would not want to keep it.
12-02-12, 06:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,658
Posted By MrEss

OK, I'm not convinced that it's any better than a...

OK, I'm not convinced that it's any better than a regular BB, but my jaw hurts from dropping so hard. IT'S SO PRETTY.

One of these in your favorite nice-day-only bike with a huge BB cutout would...
12-02-12, 09:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,444
Posted By MrEss

I would note that most upgrades one could do to...

I would note that most upgrades one could do to the Columbia would transfer directly to another higher-quality 3 speed. So, since the OP is handy, the money wouldn't go to waste even if they decided...
12-01-12, 03:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,444
Posted By MrEss

Velouria (who occasionally posts here) has...

Velouria (who occasionally posts here) has written this up better than I can.

http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2010/10/lovely-bicycle-on-budget-vintage-vs.html

Basically, if you're handy you'll...
11-27-12, 09:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,398
Posted By MrEss

Did a Super Sport that old come with clincher or...

Did a Super Sport that old come with clincher or tubular tires?

Gorgeous bike. I think you've even got to love the one-piece crank on this one.
11-25-12, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 763
Posted By MrEss

+1 more vote for blue Loctite. My Italian-thread...

+1 more vote for blue Loctite. My Italian-thread C-Record fixed cup was a $10 swap meet find. It came pre-buggered, so I wasn't able to use the "reef it down" technique.
11-24-12, 09:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By MrEss

wow, that's much more conventional! Sounds...

wow, that's much more conventional! Sounds totally normal, go with the 42 or keep the 39, depending on whether or not you want the slightly lower low gear of the 39.
11-24-12, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By MrEss

Shifting half-step gearing is a little funny. If...

Shifting half-step gearing is a little funny. If you go through all the gears in order, you have to shift both front *and* rear every other gear.

Another way is to remember which front chainring...
11-24-12, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By MrEss

I assume it's a 5-speed freewheel. If the gearing...

I assume it's a 5-speed freewheel. If the gearing progression is even, it's about a 22% gap between cogs.

If keeping the 53 is important to you, I'd recommend a 48t chainring to help make up for...
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