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06-24-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,427
Posted By John E

... and even rarer because we lose others with...

... and even rarer because we lose others with good genes and lifestyles to mishaps or illness along the way.


You are absolutely correct. The objective should always be to play the hand you are...
06-24-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,311
Posted By John E

There are lots of model year inconsistencies in...

There are lots of model year inconsistencies in any manufacturer's offerings. I have a Bianchi with 1982 components, a 1981 serial number, and a color not listed in either year's catalog. :)

I...
06-24-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 573
Posted By John E

Yes, just search for a crankset with a 110mm BCD...

Yes, just search for a crankset with a 110mm BCD spider. Assuming the spider clears the frame, you could even go with a triple spider with a 110mm outer BCD -- just don't populate the granny bolt...
06-24-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 344
Posted By John E

Please do follow up on this story. As others...

Please do follow up on this story. As others noted, that bike is obviously well worth the price of admission.
06-23-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By John E

Tullio Campagnolo hit 118 on 26 Aug. :) ...

Tullio Campagnolo hit 118 on 26 Aug. :)

These "virtual birthdays" put a time perspective on the evolution of our sport, which is mostly a 20th and 21st Century phenomenon.
06-23-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By John E

I was thinking the same thing, but couldn't pass...

I was thinking the same thing, but couldn't pass up a second Sieger, with a serial number within 30 of the other one.
06-23-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 674
Posted By John E

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At 5'8" with a 32" inseam (30" pant length), I prefer a pretty square approx....
06-23-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 578
Posted By John E

I use a period-correct aluminum Pletscher...

I use a period-correct aluminum Pletscher mousetrap rack with Rudy Project panniers on the Peugeot. I don't do heavy touring, but routinely carry 20 to 30 lbs of groceries.
06-22-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 536
Posted By John E

Best options: 1) Shimano 130mm 38T inner...

Best options:

1) Shimano 130mm 38T inner ring; no other crank or spider mods needed;

2) Any 110mm crankset with a 34 or 36T inner ring.

Use a smaller outer ring, as well, and then see how...
06-22-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 273
Posted By John E

I remember those well, along with stories about...

I remember those well, along with stories about Mexican cycling great, Agustin Alcantara (1946-1979 -- gone too soon), who sometimes rode Windsors.
06-22-19, 05:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
Posted By John E

Post in the BikeForums 50+ forum. Many of us are...

Post in the BikeForums 50+ forum. Many of us are dealing with aging parents. (My wife's 94-year-old mother does not have Alzheimer's, but she has been facing some new health challenges that may...
06-22-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,619
Posted By John E

Nice restoration! Stunning looking bike, and I am...

Nice restoration! Stunning looking bike, and I am not surprised it rides nicely.

I know what you mean about the gearing. I am replacing the OEM 14-22 freewheels on both Siegers with 14-26 on...
06-20-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 584
Posted By John E

Having owned a Varsity and two UO-8s, I strongly...

Having owned a Varsity and two UO-8s, I strongly recommend dumping the Conti and keeping the Peugeot, or just keeping both, if you can.

The UO-8 is arguably one of the best entry level cheapo...
06-20-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 412
Posted By John E

The late, great Sheldon Brown had a good writeup:...

The late, great Sheldon Brown had a good writeup:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer/s52.html

To shift up through the gears:

1st gear: both levers back
2nd gear: smaller lever...
06-19-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 543
Posted By John E

The yellow enamel paint on my 1971 Nishiki was...

The yellow enamel paint on my 1971 Nishiki was sloppy to the point that the factory put silver-colored decals over the chrome-to-paint junction on the fork blades. By 1973 Kawamura was turning out...
06-19-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By John E

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I just use a pair of Minoura singles.
06-19-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,717
Posted By John E

Definitely a keeper, if it fits you or someone...

Definitely a keeper, if it fits you or someone else in the family. Should clean up pretty nicely.
06-18-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,986
Posted By John E

Yup -- local (for me, in north coastal San Diego...

Yup -- local (for me, in north coastal San Diego County) lady with a local and legendary trainer.
06-18-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By John E

I am partial to the SRAM "8-speed"...

I am partial to the SRAM "8-speed" chains.
06-17-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 536
Posted By John E

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As the father of two sons, the elder of whom is now also the father of...
06-17-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,219
Posted By John E

I hate tight tire/rim combinations, such as the...

I hate tight tire/rim combinations, such as the Contis and Campag. Omegas on my Bianchi.

I hate breaking a really "fixed" fixed BB cup loose. When I had the 1959 Capo repainted, I had Jim...
06-16-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 616
Posted By John E

Thank you for the referral. Although I have lived...

Thank you for the referral. Although I have lived in north San Diego County for 38 years, I had never heard of "Retrogression." Definitely worth checking out.
06-16-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,898
Posted By John E

Welcome to a great forum. My wife just...

Welcome to a great forum.

My wife just turned 69, and I am three months behind her. I do a lot of fast walking, plus some cycling, weight training, and jogging. She took up ballet 50 years ago,...
06-16-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,427
Posted By John E

"9 Elderly People You Won't Believe Actually...

"9 Elderly People You Won't Believe Actually Exist"
No, I very much believe they exist, and I know lots of other people of their respective ages with comparable levels of fitness, flexibility,...
06-15-19, 08:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 573
Posted By John E

When did PX-10 drop the half-chrome forks and...

When did PX-10 drop the half-chrome forks and stays?

My 1980 PKN-10 had half-chrome forks, painted stays, which was typical on the PR-10, and I believe the PA-10, as well.
06-15-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,782
Posted By John E

I just drip motor oil or ATF into the freewheel...

I just drip motor oil or ATF into the freewheel bearings with the bike lying on its left side. Lots of gunk comes out. Once you do this, you do have to commit to a regular maintenance schedule,...
06-15-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 676
Posted By John E

Do not let the under-the-chainstay U-brake scare...

Do not let the under-the-chainstay U-brake scare you away. I have one on my Schwinn, and it works extremely well, and maintenance is not that big a pain.

I'll second the vote for 1980s...
06-15-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,064
Posted By John E

Murphy is the guy who wakes up on his head...

Murphy is the guy who wakes up on his head because his Murphy Bed folded up while he was sleeping.
06-15-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 332
Posted By John E

Your post reads as though you have a Custom Sport...

Your post reads as though you have a Custom Sport or an early Olympic, which would indeed have cottered cranks. See the response above and follow the links on care and feeding of cotters, which were...
06-15-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 573
Posted By John E

I am a former 1980 PKN-10 (successor version of...

I am a former 1980 PKN-10 (successor version of PR-10) owner who would still have it if I were taller or it were one size (2-3 cm) shorter/smaller. It is a joy to ride, and it can accommodate full...
06-14-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,106
Posted By John E

If his is pre-1970, then the new downtube decals...

If his is pre-1970, then the new downtube decals are correct. Great job either way!

Now you have me motivated. Sieger number 2 was fairly decently repainted, sans decals. A fellow in Austria now...
06-14-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,064
Posted By John E

Been there ... done that -- snapped a Sugino...

Been there ... done that -- snapped a Sugino Mighty Compe crank across the pedal eye during an out-of-saddle climb. I was not too seriously injured in the resulting fall, but certainly could have...
06-12-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,636
Posted By John E

Best of both worlds -- full-complement caged...

Best of both worlds -- full-complement caged bearings. Sounds like a winner all around.
06-12-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,106
Posted By John E

Tell me more about the paint job. Do you have a...

Tell me more about the paint job. Do you have a spray booth? What type of paint did you use?

A PX-10 is always a classy-looking bike, but yours looks particularly good. I kind of like the 1960s...
06-12-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,263
Posted By John E

I spent the first almost-half of my life in west...

I spent the first almost-half of my life in west Los Angeles, except for my four high school years in Huntington Beach. I have lived in north coastal San Diego County since 1981.

I won't ride...
06-12-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,021
Posted By John E

Giving up junk food and sugar-laden drinks and...

Giving up junk food and sugar-laden drinks and cutting back on alcohol and caffeine never hurt anyone.
06-12-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,774
Posted By John E

It is safest to make yourself visible and...

It is safest to make yourself visible and relevant. I always use a mirror and a bright red rear-facing blinkie (day or night), and, absent a proper bike lane, I position myself about 1/4 to 1/2 way...
06-10-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,249
Posted By John E

Note the lack of a front license plate, which...

Note the lack of a front license plate, which would make enforcement almost impossible. Front plates should be mandated in all 50 states, with the numerous scofflaws ticketed and cars impounded for...
06-10-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 804
Posted By John E

Are you sure you need 165s specifically? I...

Are you sure you need 165s specifically?

I put 165s on the UO-8 because my shorter rake fork causes toe-to-tire overlap, but I have 170s on everything else, and I don't think I notice the...
06-10-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 595
Posted By John E

1) really bad case of chain suck; 2) deliberate...

1) really bad case of chain suck;
2) deliberate ham-handed removal to accommodate a kickstand

I know under-the-chainstay U-brakes are out of fashion and have their own set of issues, but I have...
06-09-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,282
Posted By John E

Thanks for posting. These guys are in my age...

Thanks for posting. These guys are in my age bracket. :) I have had the pleasure of meeting John Howard a few times.
06-09-19, 06:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,517
Posted By John E

Ah -- high-end bicycles, circa 1960. Three of my...

Ah -- high-end bicycles, circa 1960. Three of my five road bikes fit that description. :)
06-06-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,219
Posted By John E

I am not convinced. With the right cog and...

I am not convinced. With the right cog and chainring selection, my 3x8 can cover as much range with smaller steps, or a greater range with the same steps.
06-06-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 527
Posted By John E

2-hr. drive north; looks like too tall and...

2-hr. drive north;

looks like too tall and long a frame for me;

already have two project bikes (the Siegers);
06-05-19, 11:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,765
Posted By John E

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Yes, absolutely replace the Simplex with SunTour. :) This one started out as a...
06-05-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,585
Posted By John E

You Europeans get all the cool sport sedan based...

You Europeans get all the cool sport sedan based station wagons, which are the perfect bike haulers. We yanks get only sedans and too-tall SUVs.
06-04-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,901
Posted By John E

You and I are on the same page (see signature).

You and I are on the same page (see signature).
06-04-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 775
Posted By John E

Personal opinion: I hate sloping top tubes, and I...

Personal opinion: I hate sloping top tubes, and I hate big visible welds. I like cleanly brazed lugwork, either simple or ornate, and a good, clean fillet braze job.
06-04-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 523
Posted By John E

By fortunate coincidence, we have a contemporary...

By fortunate coincidence, we have a contemporary Capo clothing and accessory (including water bottles) company, based in Italy and completely unrelated to the Capo bicycle company of Vienna, so I...
06-03-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 531
Posted By John E

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My wife and I raised two boys, and now the elder one and his wife are raising...
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