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12-30-13, 11:38 PM
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Posted By stronglight

Excellent 37t chainrings now road tested.

Greetings old friends.

It's been a while since I have posted anything on BF-C&V. But now that the holiday season is quickly passing and winter projects are likely returning to everyone's minds, I...
07-11-12, 11:31 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,486
Posted By stronglight

As some readers may have noticed, many Japanes...

As some readers may have noticed, many Japanes cyclists can be obsessively demanding about their bikes. There are probably more vintage Rene Herse and Alex Singer touring bikes now on the roads of...
06-13-12, 09:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,675
Posted By stronglight

Also, always make sure you are using the correct...

Also, always make sure you are using the correct "nationality" of bolt, too.

I know from certain old British bikes that the dropout eyelets were sometimes tapped for British threads (BSC or even...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,417
Posted By stronglight

Finally... "new" bar tape for my 71 Paramount

First chance I've had to take a photo showing my old bike as newly dressed up.

I had always used simple black cotton tape on this bike, but recently took a chance and was pleased to find some...
03-02-12, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2,085
Views: 640,803
Posted By stronglight

Venom thanks for posting. Great to hear that...

Venom thanks for posting. Great to hear that this book appears to now be more widely distributed than I would have imagined. Here are a few scans from my VERY old edition - probably from the early...
02-25-12, 12:01 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 17,686
Posted By stronglight

:lol: Nah... they made child sized bikes...

:lol:

Nah... they made child sized bikes too. Here is a 1975 catalog photo showing models with 24" and 18" wheels:

http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1244/1384935406_a299bade64_b.jpg

Perhaps...
01-28-12, 11:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,910
Posted By stronglight

Thanks so much for posting that information. It...

Thanks so much for posting that information. It is indeed a great riding bike! I was initially attracted to the "unknown" French marque when I saw the frameset offered on eBay because it was...
12-11-11, 06:54 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 17,686
Posted By stronglight

Glad you asked. The difference in color is due to...

Glad you asked. The difference in color is due to different lighting conditions. The more... uh... "blue" was take indoors with a flash. The more turquoise hue was taken outdoors - either in shade...
11-25-11, 02:08 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 17,686
Posted By stronglight

That's some remarkably well preserved chrome on...

That's some remarkably well preserved chrome on the Nervar crank arms and Lyotard pedals!

Great components, too. Slip-proof Suntour Power Shifters... and those Dura-Ace center-pulls had very...
11-24-11, 12:00 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 17,686
Posted By stronglight

BlueDevil63, Yours is the same model, same...

BlueDevil63,

Yours is the same model, same color and probably the same year as my Le Champion. Great riding bike! And I do ride it frequently.

Mine has the same paint issues. Notice here I...
10-16-11, 04:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,936
Posted By stronglight

http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/6-lega...

http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/6-legacy/images/button-blackisbeautiful-lg.jpg

BUT...

In this case I'd go with a simple light gray or silver. It blends with all the alloy...
10-15-11, 08:28 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 15,529
Posted By stronglight

I too have learned much while reading this...

I too have learned much while reading this thread. In fact, I have NEVER seen this lug cut pattern on used before on any PY or PX models. Perhaps a Prugnat lug?
...
09-29-11, 12:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 13,495
Posted By stronglight

If you can find a nice pair of SIS 6-speed...

If you can find a nice pair of SIS 6-speed shifters on ebay, go for it. But remember you will also need a compatible band to attach them to downtube of the frame. All of the Tourney models I see on...
09-28-11, 11:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 780
Posted By stronglight

Introduction date of Dura-Ace SP-7200 seatposts?

I had posed some questions on the Classic Rendezvous Google Group last week. To my surprise, I received no response from anyone among that knowledgeable group. Some of the members are often very...
09-08-11, 12:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,939
Posted By stronglight

I love that! :lol: I don't think any of us...

I love that! :lol:

I don't think any of us should feel bad about needing lower gears.

Here is the famous Koppenberg hill of the Tour of Flanders.
...
08-09-11, 11:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By stronglight

With mine I use a 12-26 tooth 8-speed cassette....

With mine I use a 12-26 tooth 8-speed cassette. This configuration and the 14 tooth difference between cogs is precisely what was recommended for that derailleur. I also use 39-53 chainrings. That...
08-08-11, 11:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 630
Posted By stronglight

Size matters. Smaller is better. I shipped a...

Size matters. Smaller is better. I shipped a fairly large (58cm) frameset to Japan a few years ago. I used a sturdy corrugated cardboard bicycle box picked up from my local bike shop and then...
08-06-11, 01:26 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 11,822
Posted By stronglight

I would be tempted to take the rack and spend as...

I would be tempted to take the rack and spend as stupid amount of time polishing it on my buffing wheel :innocent:

I've been following this thread for months now and it is very satisfying to see...
08-06-11, 11:03 AM
Replies: 2,085
Views: 640,803
Posted By stronglight

That is a great looking bike! I do have a...

That is a great looking bike!

I do have a couple of observations...

Is it my imagination or are those guidonnet style brake levers mounted backwards - on the wrong sides of the handlebars? ...
08-03-11, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,179
Posted By stronglight

Yeah, I constantly fight the addiction, but...

Yeah, I constantly fight the addiction, but always have that craving for "just one more...".
08-03-11, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,179
Posted By stronglight

Very true. It is quite ironic that fine...

Very true. It is quite ironic that fine inexpensive Japanese components were once great bargains on the world market - which helped to hasten the collapse of the French component market. And now...
08-02-11, 11:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By stronglight

The brakes are classic Cantilevers. For many...

The brakes are classic Cantilevers. For many years they were considered the most powerful and efficient brakes available and for that reason they were commonplace on custom French Touring bikes or...
08-02-11, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,179
Posted By stronglight

ENE "CICLO C-2" Touring frameset?

This is an odd request for info... but the subject is certainly in keeping with my concept of "Classic" so I'll throw this out to everyone here.

I came across a listing for a new (current...
06-17-11, 01:20 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,808
Posted By stronglight

I'm with Neal on this one. They definitely used...

I'm with Neal on this one. They definitely used seamed tubing and adding a shim was likely an easy way to avoid a lot of careful reaming and cleaning of the seat tube interiors. But, on the Mixte...
06-16-11, 09:40 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,989
Posted By stronglight

I imagine it would be fun to watch someone use a...

I imagine it would be fun to watch someone use a Bio-Pace ring for a fixed gear bike. The chain would continually go from super slack to tight again.

It surely must look like a bike with a...
05-04-11, 02:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,710
Posted By stronglight

There was more than one style with gold bands. ...

There was more than one style with gold bands. From around 1973 through 1976 the wording in the gold bands stated:

manufactured by
REYNOLDS TUBE CO. LTD
Birmingham, England

This one...
03-29-11, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 743
Posted By stronglight

Just been thinking a bit more on your BB issue. ...

Just been thinking a bit more on your BB issue. I'm not sure what kind of Schwinn-ready adapter you are considering for retro-fitting the shell to accept a threaded type BB. Perhaps something like...
03-29-11, 03:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 743
Posted By stronglight

Firstly, regarding the original inquiry... ...

Firstly, regarding the original inquiry...

I'm using a UN-53 with a 118 mm axle on a bike (spaced 122mm at the rear hub) and using an old TA Double chainring crank. The drive side fits very...
03-29-11, 02:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,088
Posted By stronglight

Try this website for some current classic city...

Try this website for some current classic city bikes still produced in Italy:

http://umbertodei.it/index.php?option=com_sgicatalog&task=view&id=1&Itemid=99&lang=en

The company was around since...
03-17-11, 02:22 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,492
Posted By stronglight

If anyone is wondering about the front bag...

If anyone is wondering about the front bag support, there is a derivative version which was once sold by Park Bicycle Tools currently for sale on eBay... [ see eBay Item number: 110658897047 ]

I...
03-04-11, 04:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 412
Posted By stronglight

Great! Thanks for sharing that video find...

Great! Thanks for sharing that video find rivas7200

At 3:03 it looks like Eddy pryed off a bottle cap by wedging it between the right rear brake caliper arm and the seat stay. I suspect that was...
03-01-11, 12:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By stronglight

They made both. 25.0 for the domestic sales and...

They made both. 25.0 for the domestic sales and also 25.4 for the non-French export market.

I agree with Grand Bois, you should be able to use a 25.4 bar in a smaller diameter stem clamp. ...
02-22-11, 09:57 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,477
Posted By stronglight

The later (1982) Rally was essentially a Nuovo...

The later (1982) Rally was essentially a Nuovo Gran Sport (the cheaper 1980s model) with a long pulley cage added. I was told that Campy may have (ahem) "overlooked" some Shimano copyrights when...
02-22-11, 07:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,152
Posted By stronglight

Interesting components. The Rebour finished...

Interesting components. The Rebour finished Ideale saddle is certainly a worthwhile find and the 3TTT Gran Prix stems have become pretty rare and pricey these days, too. The freewheel looks like it...
02-15-11, 05:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,941
Posted By stronglight

We should remember that it was typically only the...

We should remember that it was typically only the very top level racers like Eddy Merckx who really had any input regarding what they would ride for any sponsored team. And, the domestiques or the...
02-11-11, 02:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,627
Posted By stronglight

Should not be a problem changing out either older...

Should not be a problem changing out either older Bottom Bracket or Hub sealed bearing cartridges.

On older hubs, in place of the cone, there is usually a "cone-like" flanged sleeve which passes...
02-07-11, 06:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,526
Posted By stronglight

The GB brand was commonly used by Schwinn during...

The GB brand was commonly used by Schwinn during the 1970s for many road bikes, but usually their logo "GB" (in a circle along the extension) was substituted for the letter "S" for the Schwinn...
02-07-11, 05:05 AM
Replies: 17,469
Views: 2,691,438
Posted By stronglight

I'm holding out for the Colnago with a "long...

I'm holding out for the Colnago with a "long narrow racing-style saddle"... you know, the saddle with a chrome sissy-bar at the rear and with tiger striped velour fabric for the top - just like all...
02-06-11, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,859
Posted By stronglight

Earlier Cinelli stems were 26.4 mm. But later...

Earlier Cinelli stems were 26.4 mm. But later some (not all) Cinelli stems were also being made in 26.0 - which had become the more universally accepted road bar diameter by the 1990s.
...
02-05-11, 12:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,763
Posted By stronglight

I suspect there was a minor concession made to...

I suspect there was a minor concession made to accommodate a typical rider's front-to-rear weight differential when seated on a bike.

:50: In earlier days it was quite common to find wheels...
02-04-11, 01:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,403
Posted By stronglight

Below is the headbadge of my 1971 Motobecane Le...

Below is the headbadge of my 1971 Motobecane Le Champion. In every other way it is a truly beautiful bike... but they just had to put this nasty huge plastic piece on the bike.
...
02-02-11, 12:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,445
Posted By stronglight

So... I guess this was the "Ladies" version?...

So... I guess this was the "Ladies" version? :rolleyes:

Definitely dates from before the popularity of modern "compact" frames.
...
02-01-11, 11:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,119
Posted By stronglight

Beautiful !!! - Gilbert [Galibier95] always has...

Beautiful !!! - Gilbert [Galibier95] always has some fascinating old components and accessories. He's also a very reliable eBay seller. And, I'm delighted that he always has excellent photos of...
01-27-11, 03:01 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,725
Posted By stronglight

Regarding the dusty or untampered appearance of...

Regarding the dusty or untampered appearance of the blue Herse bike...

A lot of serious collectors really prefer to see an old bike in truly "as found" condition - complete with frayed cable...
01-27-11, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By stronglight

No. Didn't bid on this bike. Figured the...

No. Didn't bid on this bike. Figured the shipping cost to the US, and the looooooong wait for it to pass through customs (while the searched for explosives or whatever else these days) would not...
01-27-11, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,212
Posted By stronglight

Peugeot 650B bike _ a recently ended auction

Auction for a very nice Peugeot 650-B wheeled Randonneur/city bike recently ended on eBay (a PX-50, I believe).

http://i.ebayimg.com/11/!CDNRtGw!mk~$(KGrHqZ,!kwE0FEv!b),BNN)zTPvRg~~_12.JPG
...
01-11-11, 04:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,686
Posted By stronglight

Yes! Definitely from around the mid-1970s. ...

Yes! Definitely from around the mid-1970s. Don't fret too much over narrowing down the date too closely, there are no clues offered from seriel numbers from this period.

One hint I can offer...
01-07-11, 05:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,748
Posted By stronglight

Excess baggage costs for International flights...

Excess baggage costs for International flights usually vary greatly from Domestic flights. And, some Airlines can charge a lot more for additional checked luggage than others, so shop around with...
01-02-11, 01:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,264
Posted By stronglight

The plastic sleeves just block any falling rust...

The plastic sleeves just block any falling rust or crud which may rattle loose inside your frame tubing. By the 1970s Campagnolo, Stronglight, Suntour, Shimano and most other manufacturers were...
01-02-11, 12:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,326
Posted By stronglight

On the original forks, the "low-rider" bosses...

On the original forks, the "low-rider" bosses placed at the middle of the fork blades were a nice idea. But, they were never really optimized by the Jim Blackburn aluminum front racks sold with some...
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