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02-02-23, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By rustystrings61

I have one of those and adore it. I bought it...

I have one of those and adore it. I bought it for a Clunker Challenge for $35 one year and realized it has a far nicer ride than it has any right to. Stock parts would have been Exage Sport, so...
02-02-23, 08:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,216
Posted By rustystrings61

THAT is a big part of it for me. The issue...

THAT is a big part of it for me. The issue sometimes is finding the next caretaker ...

In the '90s I collected vintage military rifles, because they were cheap and I liked them. I spent a lot of...
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By rustystrings61

The darker Puch looks 80s, as the mid-70s Puchs...

The darker Puch looks 80s, as the mid-70s Puchs (and Austro-Daimlers) used all clamp-on fittings including rear brake cable clamps and a clamp-on rear derailleur stop. I think I see a Reynolds decal...
01-30-23, 01:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By rustystrings61

You're right - your bike DOES have Prugnat 62A,...

You're right - your bike DOES have Prugnat 62A, which is what followed the Carlton Capella lugs of '73, which in turn followed the Nervex Professionals used before then. But they DID used Bocama 14...
01-30-23, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 505
Posted By rustystrings61

I rode a similar lugged steel Asian-built Schwinn...

I rode a similar lugged steel Asian-built Schwinn as my college commuter bike. I'll add my voice to the call for a front brake, mine certainly saved my bacon a time or two.
Replies: 14
Views: 510
Posted By rustystrings61

Too bad the dark burgundy Puch got away - looks...

Too bad the dark burgundy Puch got away - looks like 531 tubing sticker, which would indicate built in Graz using silver-brazing. For that matter, the Sears/Puch built with 531 has a weird cult...
01-30-23, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By rustystrings61

I think those are Bocama Model 14 Type II lugs on...

I think those are Bocama Model 14 Type II lugs on this bike. It past threads there have been other 25.5-in Super Courses with the same lugs - but ONLY 25.5-in Super Courses, not the smaller sizes. ...
01-26-23, 12:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,130
Posted By rustystrings61

The crown looks very late 70s-early 80s to me;...

The crown looks very late 70s-early 80s to me; the use of the fancy vintage curved seat stay bridge could be older, or could be a nice "bespoke" touch. Is the rear bridge even drilled for a brake?...
01-19-23, 09:38 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,251
Posted By rustystrings61

I've run 32mm tanwall Paselas on an '86...

I've run 32mm tanwall Paselas on an '86 Cannondale ST400 and been shocked at how smooth and slick a ride that provided. I also took that setup down Ross Road, one of the great secret dirt roads in...
01-19-23, 08:10 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,251
Posted By rustystrings61

I would point you towards 27 x 1 1/4 blackwall...

I would point you towards 27 x 1 1/4 blackwall Paselas, just because I have been stunned at how smooth and swift a ride they provide. They are not really noticeably narrower than the 35mm...
01-09-23, 04:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

BSA cranks were used on lots of top-end bikes for...

BSA cranks were used on lots of top-end bikes for many years - first choice for 6-day bikes. The forward-opening rear dropouts make me think it was a high-quality road bike, and I suspect they are...
01-09-23, 03:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,454
Posted By rustystrings61

Well, I had success with this...

Well, I had success with this brute-force-and-massive-ignorance method -

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4313/35119331183_a2af27af1e_b.jpg

The gory details are here...
01-09-23, 03:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 666
Posted By rustystrings61

I think that while the BB shell and many parts...

I think that while the BB shell and many parts are BSA, the frame was constructed by some smaller and more detail-oriented shop. The stay ends do NOT look like any factory model I can recall - in...
01-09-23, 08:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,415
Posted By rustystrings61

https://scontent.fcae1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t45.5328-...

https://scontent.fcae1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t45.5328-4/286982894_5343916735662786_4776150680291089855_n.jpg?stp=dst-jpg_s960x960&_nc_cat=105&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=c48759&_nc_ohc=QU5wHt57djEAX9LFsVh&_nc_ht=scon...
01-06-23, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 694
Posted By rustystrings61

The Gitane TdF is a PERFECT frame to convert to...

The Gitane TdF is a PERFECT frame to convert to fixed or single-speed use - and I can attest that the ride is sublime. I purchased mine, a c.1971 example, for $50 as a frame, fork, headset and...
01-05-23, 07:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,365
Posted By rustystrings61

This could be a whole 'nother competition, a...

This could be a whole 'nother competition, a sub-set variation of the Velo Cheapo and Clunker Challenge 100 ... but I am afraid of what the rules for this contest might involve.
01-04-23, 07:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 422
Posted By rustystrings61

I've run vintage steel q/r skewers for...

I've run vintage steel q/r skewers for fixed-gears since 1998. The last decade or so I've standardized on '70s M.M. Atom/Maillard pattern skewers, which so far have never been a problem and haven't...
01-04-23, 07:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 846
Posted By rustystrings61

In the fifteen years I've run my Mercian...

In the fifteen years I've run my Mercian Vincitore fixed-gear with a quick release unit, it hasn't ever slipped. I have been using the same mid-70s all-steel M.M. Atom skewer for the last 10 of...
01-04-23, 07:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,088
Posted By rustystrings61

The older British cycling manuals used to suggest...

The older British cycling manuals used to suggest a 65-in gear for freewheeling bikes; the medium gear ratio time trial folks used to set an upper limit of 72 fixed gear inches. I've been running...
12-19-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,121
Posted By rustystrings61

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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c.1971 metric-gauge 531 Gitane Tour de France with...
12-15-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 394
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm not the esteemed juvela, BUT Peugeot was the...

I'm not the esteemed juvela, BUT Peugeot was the 800-lb gorilla of the Frency cycle industry, and they burned through parts pretty quickly during the great bike boom. PX-10s were flying out the door...
12-14-22, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By rustystrings61

I have a 1988 Sirrus - c.1987-1989 Specialized...

I have a 1988 Sirrus - c.1987-1989 Specialized used the same frame with different paint and parts to build both the Sirrus and the Allez. Mine has an undefineable perfection in how it feels on the...
12-09-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,672
Posted By rustystrings61

Wait - is that an Abyssinian? Those guys are SO...

Wait - is that an Abyssinian? Those guys are SO much fun! I miss Hector, the Red Abyssinian that owned me for a while ...
12-09-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By rustystrings61

So am I correct in thinking this is a model 620? ...

So am I correct in thinking this is a model 620? Unfortunately, his right pants leg blocks our view of the rear stays and whether or not they are chromed. But I see basic Simplex Prestige shifters...
12-05-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 754
Posted By rustystrings61

As others have said, the Super Competition was...

As others have said, the Super Competition was the continuation of the PX-10, full 531, etc.; the Competition was the continuation of the PR-10, 3-tubes Reynolds, slightly lesser but still very nice...
12-05-22, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15,015
Views: 3,687,611
Posted By rustystrings61

I've owned a couple of those blue Oschners. ...

I've owned a couple of those blue Oschners. They're actually very nice riding bikes!
12-02-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 589
Posted By rustystrings61

I ran MKS Sylvan track pedals with Christophe...

I ran MKS Sylvan track pedals with Christophe clips and ALE straps for many years; I still have a set on my favorite fixer-gear beater.
12-01-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,534
Posted By rustystrings61

Okay, I'll play. Sentimental favorite -...

Okay, I'll play.

Sentimental favorite - either a bike you truly desired when younger, or one you have lots of history with. This is mine, a 1976 Puch Royal X that my father bought for me in 1978,...
11-30-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 857
Posted By rustystrings61

Thank you, MauriceMoss , because this one was...

Thank you, MauriceMoss , because this one was driving me NUTS. The non-Fischer sand-cast BB and the pinned/peened/dimpled chainstay sockets, coupled with the serial number location and the serial...
11-30-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,734
Posted By rustystrings61

Tumbleweed! I remember them! I don't remember...

Tumbleweed! I remember them! I don't remember what I bought at their shop, but I DO remember they had the first vintage rod-brake 28-in wheel Raleigh I had ever seen. They were in a funky old...
11-21-22, 02:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,636
Posted By rustystrings61

I think 551st of 1971, but I have never looked at...

I think 551st of 1971, but I have never looked at my Mercian's steerer to be honest. On bottom brackets the builder number is usually stamped on another line. I'll try to remember to look closer at...
11-21-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,636
Posted By rustystrings61

As cool as the Mercian Vincitore looks, it will...

As cool as the Mercian Vincitore looks, it will ride even better. Here's mine, built by Derek Land in 2002 and delivered in January, 2003. It's easily got the most miles of any bike I've ever owned -...
11-14-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 703
Posted By rustystrings61

Ain't it the truth! Even the simple Surly Dingle...

Ain't it the truth! Even the simple Surly Dingle is now extinct, which is a drag - it's the heart of my favorite multi-surface fixed gear! Surly tells me there are none in their warehouse and they...
11-11-22, 02:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 691
Posted By rustystrings61

I see Bocama 18 lugs and I KNOW I've seen that...

I see Bocama 18 lugs and I KNOW I've seen that particular swaged seat stay end before and it kills me I can't pull up the manufacturer's name! I will frankly be shocked if it's not French - the...
11-04-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 473
Posted By rustystrings61

So then it would be the third bike built on April...

So then it would be the third bike built on April 12, 1971?

Interesting. I like decodeable serial numbers!

In 1977, Gibson went to a decodeable serial number system for their guitars, which...
11-04-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 473
Posted By rustystrings61

So - how do we interpret this number? The frame...

So - how do we interpret this number? The frame is a Gitane Tour de France from the foil sticker Mel Pinto era with long point Prugnat lugs and a curly Nervex Pro fork crown with swaged seat stay...
11-04-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,175
Posted By rustystrings61

I think Maitre Jacques fits the bill if we're not...

I think Maitre Jacques fits the bill if we're not too strict about it -

$50 for a c.1971 Gitane TdF frameset with stock Stronglight BB and P3 headset, with the top nut replaced with a Zeus unit....
11-04-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,170
Posted By rustystrings61

Shockingly clean and original! Pretty much a...

Shockingly clean and original! Pretty much a museum piece!
11-03-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 903
Posted By rustystrings61

I built my first fixed-gear in 1998 with a c.1958...

I built my first fixed-gear in 1998 with a c.1958 Raleigh Lenton Sport frameset, cottered cranks and a budget set of tubular wheels where I respaced the rear. I then did rolling upgrades involving...
11-01-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,544
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm just grateful that vintage bikes haven't...

I'm just grateful that vintage bikes haven't skyrocketed in price the way vintage guitars have. I saw the writing on the wall in the late 90s when I went to a Bee Three-sponsored guitar show in...
11-01-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,380
Posted By rustystrings61

42 cm works for me, and is pretty close to my...

42 cm works for me, and is pretty close to my actual shoulder width - I think it was Karen Rawls who had be back into a pair of handlebars at the Cirque one year and authoritatively said. "Yup, you...
10-31-22, 10:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 28,916
Posted By rustystrings61

Just a quick update on Puch Royal X no. 5637702,...

Just a quick update on Puch Royal X no. 5637702, a 1976 one-year-only model in the U.S. The only catalog literature I've ever seen for this model was a fold-out with a poster on one side and...
10-31-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 858
Posted By rustystrings61

I swear, I think I saw this bike in 2006 or so at...

I swear, I think I saw this bike in 2006 or so at the Cirque du Cyclisme in Greensboro - if not, these are WONDERFUL bikes! GLWTS!
10-28-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,129
Posted By rustystrings61

Those are nominally 35 mm tires, but in actuality...

Those are nominally 35 mm tires, but in actuality they measure 1.33-inches, so 1 1/3-in or so. In other words, not too far off from the 27 x 1 1/4-in tires of my youth!
10-28-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By rustystrings61

The Centurion was built to be 126 mm, I suspect,...

The Centurion was built to be 126 mm, I suspect, and I would return it to that. I run Surly New Track hubs like that on my Mercian Vincitore (120 mm spaced rear) and my '73 Raleigh Competition (126...
10-28-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 480
Posted By rustystrings61

You have plenty of room to fit 3 mm spacers...

You have plenty of room to fit 3 mm spacers between the cones and the locknuts on the stock axles depicted. I would highly recommend that. FWIW, when I built up my '73 Raleigh Competition as a...
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Posted By rustystrings61

I agree that it is a PX-10 built in 1972 - the...

I agree that it is a PX-10 built in 1972 - the classic earlier angles with plain Nervex DuBois lugs, painted black at the head lugs. Maybe EARLY '71, as the left side Simplex rear dropout has the...
10-26-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,114
Posted By rustystrings61

I had this c.1970 "transitional" given to me as a...

I had this c.1970 "transitional" given to me as a frameset in 2006. I say transitional because it had a foil headbadge decal with rivets in it - ...
10-26-22, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,129
Posted By rustystrings61

This is my 1973 Competition Mk. II, which I have...

This is my 1973 Competition Mk. II, which I have set up in mad-scientist, all-roads mode. The germane thing here is the cockpit setup - I wound up replacing the stem with a 10cm Nitto Technomic to...
10-26-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,114
Posted By rustystrings61

Twenty years ago on the old Classic Rendezvous...

Twenty years ago on the old Classic Rendezvous list I made myself crazy trying to figure out the PX-10 lug story. I think the first use of the plain Nervex DuBois lugs was 1972, combined with the...
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