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08-08-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By John E

I like the correct-brand apparel. :)

I like the correct-brand apparel. :)
08-07-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 869
Posted By John E

I am shamelessly spoiled. I live 1 km from the...

I am shamelessly spoiled. I live 1 km from the Pacific Ocean, and my work commute (when I do go in these days) comprises either an ocean-view bike ride or an ocean-view train or bus ride (gonctd.com).
08-07-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 519
Posted By John E

The older the equipment, the more that tends to...

The older the equipment, the more that tends to be true. Minor revisions sneak in, and incompatibilities result, even when the "official" word says everything should play nicely together.
08-07-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 507
Posted By John E

I am an admitted Brooks bigot (two Team Pros, one...

I am an admitted Brooks bigot (two Team Pros, one regular Pro, one Swallow coming up, plus an Ideale), but you have to use what works best for you, particularly on a long ride.
08-04-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 734
Posted By John E

I just let them fall into my lap. :) Wife's...

I just let them fall into my lap. :) Wife's sister wants to get rid of her Carlton (see post on C&V), and I am tempted to take her up on it. A neighbor gave me the Bianchi about 15 years ago.
07-30-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By John E

My little guys are 5 and 3. Henry has a bicycle,...

My little guys are 5 and 3. Henry has a bicycle, and Erik has a tricycle, but they also like to make their dad do all the work by pulling them in the Burley trailer. Here Henry is showing Erik how to...
07-29-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 631
Posted By John E

Pre-COVID I had been walking (12-to-15-minute...

Pre-COVID I had been walking (12-to-15-minute miles) about 5 to 8 miles per day as part of my daily commute, plus lifting weights 3 or 4 days/week at the Y. Bicycling was relegated primarily to...
07-27-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 348
Posted By John E

I would drop the 52-42 to 47-38, for a 10 percent...

I would drop the 52-42 to 47-38, for a 10 percent drop, then consider something like 14-28, or 13-28 if 47/14 is not a high enough top end for her. I am currently running 46-38 / 13-15-17-20-23-26 on...
07-25-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,828
Posted By John E

I am blessed with repetition tolerance. :) I do...

I am blessed with repetition tolerance. :) I do have about a half-dozen good local routes, most of which involve at least two moderate climbs. I have been putting most of my miles on the mountain...
07-24-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,296
Posted By John E

Susan Goldsmith was a sweetheart. Alan was an...

Susan Goldsmith was a sweetheart. Alan was an attorney, and the bike shop was indeed Susie's idea. They hired me as I was graduating from UCLA, and I worked at the Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades,...
07-22-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 616
Posted By John E

Are you sure it's ISO threaded? My 1980 PKN-10...

Are you sure it's ISO threaded? My 1980 PKN-10 looks identical to your bike, and it is definitely positively Swiss-threaded, as I discovered when I converted it to a triple crankset. My elder son is...
07-22-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,779
Posted By John E

Any long-cage SunTour with the pivot at the...

Any long-cage SunTour with the pivot at the jockey wheel can easily handle a 34T sprocket -- been there, done that.

My vote: Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpulls front and rear, with reproduction...
07-21-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,272
Posted By John E

I had two bicycles that should have been...

I had two bicycles that should have been comparable: 1980 Peugeot PKN-10 and 1982 Bianchi Campione d'Italia. Both had moly steel butted main tubes. In fit-and-finish craftsmanship, the Bianchi was...
07-21-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 317
Posted By John E

That is really special, so to speak. Beautiful...

That is really special, so to speak. Beautiful machine -- thanks for sharing. Looks like my kind of frame geometry: sport-touring Goldilocks sweet spot between too stiff and too whippy.
07-16-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 465
Posted By John E

Since the first new road bike I bought for myself...

Since the first new road bike I bought for myself with my own money was a 1971 Nishiki Competition (American Eagle Semi-Pro), I have a soft spot for those, despite the mushy sway in the bottom...
07-16-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,319
Posted By John E

So much for my boast of owning one of the last...

So much for my boast of owning one of the last made-in-America Schwinns. :)
07-11-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,038
Posted By John E

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann centerpulls...

There is nothing wrong with Weinmann centerpulls that cannot be fixed with KoolStop pads and modern cables and housings. Last year I replaced the rear brake cable and housing on my UO-8...
07-07-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By John E

One of my son's neighbors organizes a...

One of my son's neighbors organizes a neighborhood Independence Day parade, but they wisely canceled this year. (The organizer's wife has MS, so that probably makes her especially vulnerable to...
07-02-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By John E

Tutta bella!

Tutta bella!
07-02-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,254
Posted By John E

Beautiful frame! It deserves Campag. Gran Sport...

Beautiful frame! It deserves Campag. Gran Sport derailleurs and shift levers. I like Weinmann Vainqueur 999 centerpull brakes, but there are lots of other good options. Either Agrati or comparable...
06-27-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,968
Posted By John E

Hello fellow Project KOM-10 owner. :) I am just...

Hello fellow Project KOM-10 owner. :) I am just about to head out on a ride on mine.

2019 4th of July parade in my elder son's neighborhood, with grandson Erik powered by mama Jin....
06-21-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 402
Posted By John E

We just had takeout lunch across the living room...

We just had takeout lunch across the living room with my younger son and his fiancee at their condo. Next on the agenda is to visit my elder son's family after our little grandsons (pictured in their...
06-16-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By John E

Great bike, nice half-step-plus-granny...

Great bike, nice half-step-plus-granny transmission, but why do you need any cable guides brazed on? I like the look of the triple top tube clips I put on my 1959 Capo.
06-14-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 915
Posted By John E

As I have mentioned before, my UO-8 is a nicer...

As I have mentioned before, my UO-8 is a nicer ride than it has any right to be, given its original price point.
06-14-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,028
Posted By John E

Absolutely disgustingly wasteful society, but we...

Absolutely disgustingly wasteful society, but we already knew that. The late, great Dr. Hans Rosling once said that the difference between mere poverty and hopeless, grinding poverty was ownership of...
06-09-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 894
Posted By John E

Maroon! (Depends on the bike. I have black...

Maroon!

(Depends on the bike. I have black Brooks Pros on the mountain bike and one of the Capo Siegers....
06-07-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 2,363
Views: 747,289
Posted By John E

Neighborhood 4th of July parade last year in my...

Neighborhood 4th of July parade last year in my elder son's neighborhood. Henry E., then 4, with little brother Erik, mama Jin, and grandpa John on his red-white-and-blue (seemed appropriate) Schwinn...
06-07-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By John E

For the past several weeks I have been putting...

For the past several weeks I have been putting 50, sometimes up to 100, miles/week on my Brooks Team Pro. No saddle sores, no discomfort. My absolute favorite saddle ever.
06-07-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By John E

Now that is wall-climber gearing! :) What...

Now that is wall-climber gearing! :)

What is the low, 24/40?
06-07-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 519
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting this! I was a UCLA physics...

Thank you for posting this! I was a UCLA physics undergrad, Earth Action Council (UCLA bicycling advocacy group) member, and Bicycling magazine subscriber at the time, still riding my low-end 1962...
06-07-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 483
Posted By John E

Given that this is the C&V forum, I do not...

Given that this is the C&V forum, I do not understand your comment. :)
05-29-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,353
Posted By John E

The key parameters include the seat tube outer...

The key parameters include the seat tube outer diameter (hard metric 28.0mm for French, 28.6 for most of the rest of the world), seat tube inner diameter (27.2mm with a 28.6 OD or 26.6 with a 28.0 is...
05-29-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 768
Posted By John E

In the immortal words of Charlie Harding ("C....

In the immortal words of Charlie Harding ("C. Harding's For Bikes," which was just south of the UCLA campus in to 1960s and 1970s), "A Falcon is a good English bike."
05-16-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 516
Posted By John E

My 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 non-suspension...

My 1988 Schwinn Project KOM-10 non-suspension mountain bike has become my go-to steed for both transportation and exercise. I drop my panniers over the rear Blackburn Mtn rack for shopping trips....
05-09-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 331
Posted By John E

I am glad my elder son is raising his boys right :)

Henry, age 5, and Erik, who turns 3 in June, preparing for a bike ride with Dad, who now has my beloved old 1980 Peugeot PKN-10, which fits him much better than it fit me. Erik rides in a Burley...
05-09-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By John E

... as he damn well better be, assuming that is...

... as he damn well better be, assuming that is his size. I'll bet it rides beautifully. Nice job, and great find.
04-18-20, 05:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,011
Posted By John E

My go-to-beater is my 1970 UO-8 (see signature). ...

My go-to-beater is my 1970 UO-8 (see signature).
Fork: full chrome aftermarket with less rake than original
Saddle: Terry liberator
Brakes: original Mafac racer in front, Peugeot-labeled Weinmann...
04-15-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,182
Posted By John E

I am enjoying this thread. Those Olmo frames look...

I am enjoying this thread. Those Olmo frames look great, and similar components were stock on my littermate 1960 Capo Siegers, one of which is getting the original Gran Sport derailleurs, Agrati...
04-11-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By John E

I didn't realize bicycle frame lugs were subject...

I didn't realize bicycle frame lugs were subject to COVID-19 hoarding. I guess you could trade them for toilet paper or hand sanitizer.
04-10-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,407
Posted By John E

I have been using my mountain bike on road for...

I have been using my mountain bike on road for shopping and other errands and some solo recreation/exercise, but it looks like I won't be doing any offroading for awhile, with 5" of rain for the...
04-10-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,309
Posted By John E

You guys are making me yearn for one of the best...

You guys are making me yearn for one of the best all-rounder bikes I ever owned -- a 1980 PKN-10. I changed to a Sugino touring triple, which required a Sugino fixed cup, which I forced to conform to...
03-28-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 794
Posted By John E

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%,...

I am now working 100% from home, instead of 50%, and I am using the freed-up commuting time for cycling and fast walking to complement weight lifting at home.

One benefit of being empty nesters...
03-22-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 405
Posted By John E

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy...

This morning I did my grocery shopping at Lazy Acres, a small southern California grocery chain, by bicycle. They have a public bike repair stand next to the bike racks in front of the store.
...
03-21-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 12,930
Posted By John E

Dang, that's nice-looking! :) You all have...

Dang, that's nice-looking! :)

You all have seen mine before.



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03-18-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,305
Posted By John E

Who said he was in his car? :)

Who said he was in his car? :)
02-28-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 712
Posted By John E

It is pretty easy to punch out the reflectors and...

It is pretty easy to punch out the reflectors and retrofit the 1/2" OEM pedals with toe clips -- been there, done that with the Varsity I briefly owned. The one change I would make is to replace the...
02-22-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,753
Posted By John E

One blessing of being devoid of natural athletic...

One blessing of being devoid of natural athletic ability is that I am able to bike, run, exercise for fitness and personal enjoyment, without worrying about delivering a distinguished performance.
02-21-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,001
Posted By John E

I temporarily ran my cheapo first Bianchi as a...

I temporarily ran my cheapo first Bianchi as a coaster 3-speed for awhile. It originally had 26" rims. I kept the front brake and right side downtube friction lever, which I used to shift the IGH....
02-10-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,017
Posted By John E

I think the IGH conversion, whether 3 or more...

I think the IGH conversion, whether 3 or more speeds, is a great idea. It would not compromise the look at all, and it would greatly enhance its practicality. If you live in a relatively flat area, a...
02-08-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 404
Posted By John E

I have the same setup on one of the Capo Siegers...

I have the same setup on one of the Capo Siegers (the one with almost all OEM parts). I applied penetrating oil and let it sit overnight before loosening the bolts, and it all came apart without much...
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