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09-26-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By rustystrings61

The Mercier 200 rides way better than it should. ...

The Mercier 200 rides way better than it should. Congratulations on going out and having a great ride!
09-26-20, 06:21 PM
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Views: 639,029
Posted By rustystrings61

A ride to scout a new commuting route stretched...

A ride to scout a new commuting route stretched out to include an old favorite road I hadnít ridden in several years.
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09-26-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 469
Posted By rustystrings61

It is indeed the same tool! My Miche experience...

It is indeed the same tool! My Miche experience has primarily been with the Primato series BB from c. 2000 for the earlier Primato track crankset with the 135 mm bcd. Both units have given good...
09-26-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16,115
Views: 1,672,601
Posted By rustystrings61

New routes, old routes

Today I tried out what could be my commute to work on days I donít need to take children to school. I strung together cutting through two neighborhoods, crossing two major thoroughfares, an unpaved...
09-26-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 469
Posted By rustystrings61

Miche cartridge BBS are very good- Iíve been...

Miche cartridge BBS are very good- Iíve been using them in my all-roads fixed-gear for 15 years or more now with excellent results!

Looks like the internal brazed construction to me! Cool bike!
09-25-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 277
Posted By rustystrings61

Mine is 60 cm to top, so about 58 cm square c-c;...

Mine is 60 cm to top, so about 58 cm square c-c; I think Gitane is French for "Forget how it looks, focus on how it rides!" I always wanted but never scored one with the willow-leaf stay caps, mine...
09-25-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,272
Posted By rustystrings61

I keep coming back to this one, the '02 Mercian...

I keep coming back to this one, the '02 Mercian Vincitore custom road fixed-gear. After experimenting with different tires and a White Industries Dos Eno freewheel, I set it back up with 28 mm...
09-25-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 277
Posted By rustystrings61

Should you choose to go with it as a beater...

Should you choose to go with it as a beater frameset, here is an example of how that can turn out. Beware that what you think will be a beater may wind up at the top of your personal bike hierarchy!...
09-24-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 277
Posted By rustystrings61

I think you have a TdF - congratulations! My...

I think you have a TdF - congratulations! My battered ‘71 converted to fixed-gear is one of my very favorite bikes ever! If yours is a 60cm to top, you are especially blessed - there is just...
09-24-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 294
Posted By rustystrings61

42x16 = 45x17, around 70 gear inches. In his...

42x16 = 45x17, around 70 gear inches. In his 1936 Every Cyclist’s Handbook, F.J. Camm recommended a 65-in gear for single freewheel use for gentlemen. He recommended a 60-in gear for ladies riding...
09-24-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 277
Posted By rustystrings61

Double check the seat post diameter - I would...

Double check the seat post diameter - I would expect it to be 26.4, like every other Gitane TdF I’ve ever handled. Otherwise, it’s a TdF built with the Simplex ends that require a derailleur claw...
09-24-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 842
Posted By rustystrings61

In the '80s, Macon's loudest band that probably...

In the '80s, Macon's loudest band that probably did the most dangerous mind-altering substances had a rehearsal loft downtown, located in the former Morris Chemical Testing Laboratories facility,...
09-24-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 785
Views: 139,116
Posted By rustystrings61

The paint work is lovely! About that head badge...

The paint work is lovely! About that head badge - I would just find a good photo to work from and grab some tiny brushes and Testor's model paint from a hobby supply place and go to town. That's my...
09-23-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By rustystrings61

Nice to finally see the Emperors' new bike on the...

Nice to finally see the Emperors' new bike on the road!
09-23-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 428
Posted By rustystrings61

My take is that 1972 is the last year of the...

My take is that 1972 is the last year of the slack geometry in use since the '60s. Starting in '73 one starts seeing much more upright PX-10s with steeper angles, both as PX-10Es with Nervex Pro...
Replies: 19
Views: 389
Posted By rustystrings61

That particular Bocama lug, once you notice it,...

That particular Bocama lug, once you notice it, starts turning up in all sorts of places. Allegro switched from Nervex Professionals to the 14/pattern II on all of their 531-tubed bikes c.1960 or...
09-22-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By rustystrings61

Were this my bike to sell, I would clean...

Were this my bike to sell, I would clean everything GENTLY, so as to leave patina, but to remove dust, dirt and grease AND to allow for a really good inspection for any damage of any sort. I would...
09-22-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 9,684
Posted By rustystrings61

RandomTandem's post above should be a sticky to...

RandomTandem's post above should be a sticky to illustrate the finer points of bike junkie math. It's a textbook-quality example!
09-22-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 428
Posted By rustystrings61

1972 PX-10s seem to be one of those "magic year"...

1972 PX-10s seem to be one of those "magic year" items - people who own them talk about how simultaneously they wish they had the fancy Nervex Pro lugs instead of the plainer DuBois pattern, but then...
09-21-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 2,838
Posted By rustystrings61

Not having a good place to work on your bike IS...

Not having a good place to work on your bike IS hard and challenging, and I completely get that.

Good luck with resolving this and getting a good repair. That's a beautiful bike, and frankly I...
Replies: 19
Views: 389
Posted By rustystrings61

Odd little footnote - this bike has Bocama model...

Odd little footnote - this bike has Bocama model 14 pattern II lugs (https://2velo.com/bocama-lugs-bcm-catalog/08-11/), which were also used on the PA-10, but not on the comparable A-08/U-08 sorts of...
09-21-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 307
Posted By rustystrings61

How about - gently - taking a known set of...

How about - gently - taking a known set of English pedals and seeing if they'll fit the Stronglights? If they don't go on at all, fine, the cranks are French threaded. As far as these Lyotard...
09-20-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 336
Posted By rustystrings61

FWIW, the stock SINGLE chainring spindle for a...

FWIW, the stock SINGLE chainring spindle for a Stronglight is 113 mm; mod. 93 as a double used a stock 118 mm spindle, unless you have a Raleigh Gran Sport with the 125 spindle and a chainguard where...
09-19-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By rustystrings61

I think ‘60s because of the Nervex lugs and the...

I think ‘60s because of the Nervex lugs and the graphics - by the time Mel Pinto starts importing them they had gone to plainer Italianate lugs. Very cool bike!
09-19-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 16,115
Views: 1,672,601
Posted By rustystrings61

Much cooler today than it has been, and about to...

Much cooler today than it has been, and about to get cooler! Today may be my last early morning ride of the year - I may have to wait till the day starts warming up, that or wear a lot more clothes!...
09-17-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 888
Posted By rustystrings61

July, 1976 - a few weeks before my 15th birthday...

July, 1976 - a few weeks before my 15th birthday I did a three-day tour on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Here's my mount, a 1975 Batavus Tour de l'Europe kitted out with Eclipse handlebar and pannier bags...
09-17-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 891
Posted By rustystrings61

For road fixed-gear cycling, as a means of...

For road fixed-gear cycling, as a means of augmenting the use of standing on the bike, road dropped-bars and the multiple hand positions they offer have helped me to shift my saddle contact somewhat...
09-17-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 58,251
Views: 8,508,792
Posted By rustystrings61

I still kick myself for selling my 56 cm Bianchi...

I still kick myself for selling my 56 cm Bianchi Volpe from this year. I see it around town every so often, but never in a way that I can stop and ask its current owner if he'd like to sell it ...
09-16-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 457
Posted By rustystrings61

After seeing the photo, you have a Peugeot PR-10,...

After seeing the photo, you have a Peugeot PR-10, the PX-10s less expensive stablemate - different cranks and Peugeotís house tubing for forks and stays - still an excellent bike!

Regarding the...
09-16-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 457
Posted By rustystrings61

If you have a PX-10, then you have the desirable...

If you have a PX-10, then you have the desirable Stronglight V4 headset. Do NOT replace it if at all possible, it probably just needs cleaning and grease, maybe new bearings - like all Stronglight...
09-16-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 378
Posted By rustystrings61

Those ARE the fancy Simplex skewers - at one...

Those ARE the fancy Simplex skewers - at one point Japanese collectors were paying larger money than made sense. I have a memory of someone 3-D printing or otherwise reproducing the little wingnut...
09-16-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 378
Posted By rustystrings61

1972 PX-10E with Nervex DuBois lugs rather than...

1972 PX-10E with Nervex DuBois lugs rather than the curly Nervex Professional lugs; replacement saddle and brake levers; replacement wheelset but with what are likely the original (and at one time...
09-16-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 58,251
Views: 8,508,792
Posted By rustystrings61

This one is an awesome buy-it-now IF you can...

This one is an awesome buy-it-now IF you can either go get it or find a facilitator! To my eye, it's a very clean example - 62 cm, which is alas, too big for me!

...
09-15-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 891
Posted By rustystrings61

22 years of fixed-gear riding now, and Sheldon...

22 years of fixed-gear riding now, and Sheldon Brown (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/fixedgear.html)launched me into it. A little more than half my total mileage since 1998 has been fixed. For the...
09-14-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By rustystrings61

I had returned to cycling after many years away,...

I had returned to cycling after many years away, and had built up my mileage to around 3k a year over a 6-year period, when I had my heart attack and quadruple bypass at 42. The medical personnel...
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By rustystrings61

Yeah, it pretty much is period correct, and a...

Yeah, it pretty much is period correct, and a good cleaning and a nice dark green or bronze with the right decals and you're good to go. I would NOT restore it to Simplex derailleurs, though - I...
09-14-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 58,251
Views: 8,508,792
Posted By rustystrings61

I felt sorry for it and I surely don't need it,...

I felt sorry for it and I surely don't need it, and if you're close enough to pick it up rather than have it shipped, it would be worthwhile - especially if you like plain-gauge 531 and patina! ...
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By rustystrings61

Wait - here is the review from '69 and a thread...

Wait - here is the review from '69 and a thread on these bike (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1167713-road-test-bike-review-1969-dawes-galaxy.html)s - I forgot to link it earlier!
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By rustystrings61

Milremo hubs are actually stock, too and that...

Milremo hubs are actually stock, too and that points to late 60s, like the one in the review from '69. If you're not riding in the rain, the stock steel ones are fine, but alloy would be zippier and...
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By rustystrings61

Sure that's not Sturmey-Archer, England?

Sure that's not Sturmey-Archer, England?
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By rustystrings61

Milremo (MILan-san REMO) was the house brand...

Milremo (MILan-san REMO) was the house brand shared by Ron Kitching and Andre Bertin; they sold frame parts and components, usually re-branded parts made by other companies. My Dawes Realmrider had...
Replies: 12
Views: 245
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm saying you have a Dawes Galaxy from the late...

I'm saying you have a Dawes Galaxy from the late '60s or early '70s. It's roughly comparable to the Raleigh Super Course of the same time frame, Reynolds 531 plain gauge main tubes, some other...
09-13-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 16,115
Views: 1,672,601
Posted By rustystrings61

Shortened Sunday ramble

Got off to a late start, lost time thinking I had a mechanical that turned out to be a saddlebag buckle rattling on my seatpost, then stopped to talk bikes for a few when I unexpectedly ran up in an...
09-13-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,922
Posted By rustystrings61

Cutting my Sunday ramble short

It rained here yesterday morning so I did maintenance miles on a beater until I couldnít stand it any more. Today I woke up a little later than I meant to, then I thought I had a mechanical issue...
09-11-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Posted By rustystrings61

I'll play, though I note the same place in this...

I'll play, though I note the same place in this case is a quiet small town in South Carolina that can either be the terminus of an out-and-back or a starting point for lots of great back roads rides....
Replies: 11
Views: 354
Posted By rustystrings61

Too small for me, but perhaps my 13-year-old son...

Too small for me, but perhaps my 13-year-old son can ride it in another year .... I’ll let y’all know if I get it and post details. I’m sure T-mar’s serial number work will reveal much! Thanks for...
09-10-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By rustystrings61

Didn't Fred DeLong write about those in glowing...

Didn't Fred DeLong write about those in glowing terms? My apologies for the pun, but seriously, my memory is he held them in high regard.
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By rustystrings61

OH! On the Liberia, is that saddle by Henri...

OH! On the Liberia, is that saddle by Henri Gauthier? Those were, I believe, the stock saddles on those bikes. Mine didn't have that when I acquired it.

Does the LeDucq have Simplex ends without a...
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By rustystrings61

Your Liberia appears to be a variant of the Grand...

Your Liberia appears to be a variant of the Grand Deluxe like mine. If you go here and read through this thread ...
09-09-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,128
Posted By rustystrings61

Not really. Historically, many fine bikes were...

Not really. Historically, many fine bikes were built without an integral derailleur hanger, because there were so many competing mounting systems. By the mid-70s the writing was on the wall and...
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