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09-05-22, 10:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 816
Posted By kroozer

When I was 15 I was looking to replace my Schwinn...

When I was 15 I was looking to replace my Schwinn Continental with a better quality lugged bike, and a friend offered to sell me his green Fuji S-10-S, which was quite well-used but very pretty. He...
08-07-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,032
Posted By kroozer

For 700C, Sun is my go-to choice: they look...

For 700C, Sun is my go-to choice: they look great, seem to be good quality, and are reasonably priced at about $30 or so per rim. The M13-II is for narrower tires, while the CR-18 is for wider tires.
08-01-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 569
Posted By kroozer

I don't know what differentiates an 'amateur'...

I don't know what differentiates an 'amateur' racer from other racers, but there are loads of good racing bikes from that era to choose from. Don't automatically discount the fancier, higher-end...
07-25-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 351
Posted By kroozer

Platform pedals do have platforms but they aren't...

Platform pedals do have platforms but they aren't actually all that wide. My first choice are Lyotard 240 or 460, they are the boxy rat-trap style but wider than most. I use them for commuting with...
07-20-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By kroozer

Try the easiest thing first, remove the hanger...

Try the easiest thing first, remove the hanger and see if you can mount the derailleur straight onto the dropout. It looks like both are Simplex, so hopefully this will work.
07-06-22, 10:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By kroozer

1972-73 Le Champion

1972-73 Le Champion
06-29-22, 08:02 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,238
Posted By kroozer

In the Everyman category I would also nominate...

In the Everyman category I would also nominate the Peugeot UO-8 and the Fuji S-10-S, a couple of bike boom staples. The black Raleigh roadster with twin top tubes and rod brakes must also qualify on...
06-09-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,438
Posted By kroozer

You also might want to consider an older...

You also might want to consider an older (80's-90's) mountain bike. They are not as fast as road tourers, but they are very serviceable for many types of touring. They are cheap, strong, have low...
05-06-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By kroozer

I think Durax just made the crank arms, and you...

I think Durax just made the crank arms, and you could put on whatever chainrings you wanted, such as the Stronglight and Simplex shown. I have some Durax 5-pin fluted cranks with an Automoto...
05-06-22, 04:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 816
Posted By kroozer

It depends how picky you are. Maybe try the...

It depends how picky you are. Maybe try the cheapest and easiest option first and see how you like it. If not you can always do a full refinish later.
05-03-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 715
Posted By kroozer

Another option for a smaller diameter wheel is...

Another option for a smaller diameter wheel is the 650A, also called 26x1-1/4. The rim diameter is 590 mm, which is just a bit larger than the 584 mm diameter of 650B. It will give you extra space...
04-24-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,548
Posted By kroozer

What frame size do you need? I have a 58 cm 1978...

What frame size do you need? I have a 58 cm 1978 Windsor Super Carrera frame, which will be available in late May (when I get to Minnesota). It was modeled on the Cinelli Super Corsa with racing...
11-23-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,657
Posted By kroozer

Looks great, as long as it's the right size for...

Looks great, as long as it's the right size for you. Nice way to get back into cycling! What sort of help are you looking for? The bike looks like it's been taken care of, a few parts replaced but...
10-20-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,702
Posted By kroozer

I think the rear dropouts are Stallard. They were...

I think the rear dropouts are Stallard. They were used on many high-end English bikes from the 40's to the 60's, not so common by the late 70's.
10-20-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,622
Posted By kroozer

I divide bike components into 3 categories. ...

I divide bike components into 3 categories.

Groups 1: These items need periodic replacing, so new parts will probably be available for a long time in some form. They also have a generic look, so a...
10-16-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,746
Posted By kroozer

26"/559mm wheels do seem to have become...

26"/559mm wheels do seem to have become "obsolete" In the US and other wealthy countries, where MTB's are mostly ridden by people who can afford to spend money on bicycles for recreation, and...
10-15-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 928
Posted By kroozer

Nice bikes, y'all. I have a 1978 Windsor or...

Nice bikes, y'all. I have a 1978 Windsor or Carabela Super Carrera frame sitting in the garage that I'm about to begin restoring. It looks a lot like the Profesional (tight geometry, Cinelli-style...
10-06-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 732
Posted By kroozer

I had a Normandy Sport rear hub that had served...

I had a Normandy Sport rear hub that had served me well over many years of hard use. One day I noticed it was feeling kind of rough, so I opened it up for regreasing. The body had cracked on the...
09-28-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,199
Posted By kroozer

I have used a short-cage Jubilee RD with a 14-32...

I have used a short-cage Jubilee RD with a 14-32 FW and 42-52 rings, it's not supposed to work but it shifted fine for me.
09-20-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,827
Posted By kroozer

In the old days, most high quality bikes were...

In the old days, most high quality bikes were made to be ridden on paved roads. They were designed for relatively narrow tires and didn't have clearances for really wide tires because nobody made...
09-19-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,827
Posted By kroozer

Add my vote for a 90's vintage hybrid. Super...

Add my vote for a 90's vintage hybrid. Super versatile and they just never got much respect, so you can pick them up for cheap. In my family we have a Trek 720 and a Diamondback Approach. Dedicated...
08-07-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,358
Posted By kroozer

I never ride on highways at night if I can help...

I never ride on highways at night if I can help it, but it's my favorite time for urban riding: quiet, low traffic, cool, no blazing sun.
07-23-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,295
Posted By kroozer

Maybe there's a huge tooth difference on the...

Maybe there's a huge tooth difference on the chainrings?
07-14-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By kroozer

You could do that, but it's a lot of messing...

You could do that, but it's a lot of messing around and you probably won't save much money. I would think it would be a lot easier to buy a 14-32 freewheel. Then you'd have a spare as well.
07-03-21, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,523
Posted By kroozer

I love that style of frame, looks like a great...

I love that style of frame, looks like a great all-rounder. I have an Atala Record that looks a lot like it (the angles, lots of chrome), and my first thought was that it was one of the mass-produced...
11-24-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,647
Posted By kroozer

Skip, I have 2 bikes I'm running 650B wheels on...

Skip,
I have 2 bikes I'm running 650B wheels on (one with Mafac Racer brakes), and I use home-made "drop plates", as described on Sheldon Brown's website. In my case they are small steel plates that...
11-22-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,884
Posted By kroozer

For me the CR-18 and M13-II are the rim...

For me the CR-18 and M13-II are the rim equivalents of the Panaracer Pasela tire: they look good on vintage bikes, they perform well, and they're not expensive. My only beef with the CR-18 is that it...
11-21-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,895
Posted By kroozer

Bridgestone seems to be one of those brands that...

Bridgestone seems to be one of those brands that gets higher prices just for the name. Usually when you get a really good deal on something like that, the best way to maximize profit is to just turn...
10-27-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,136
Posted By kroozer

I think the rack is a TC (Touring Cyclist). I...

I think the rack is a TC (Touring Cyclist). I bought one for my Jack Taylor, since I wanted an English rack but couldn't afford a JT rack. They look cool, but supposedly sway like crazy with a heavy...
10-11-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 8,484
Posted By kroozer

I am converting two vintage bikes for touring, a...

I am converting two vintage bikes for touring, a 1974 Raleigh International for classic-style paved road touring, and a 1990 Diamondback Apex (rigid steel-frame MTB) for bike-backing expedition-style...
10-04-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,606
Posted By kroozer

Where did you find matching toe straps?

Where did you find matching toe straps?
10-03-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,606
Posted By kroozer

Another vote for French.

Another vote for French.
09-29-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,869
Posted By kroozer

The smooth-sided rims won't hold tires on as well...

The smooth-sided rims won't hold tires on as well as hook-beaded rims, but they can still work fine. BITD that's what everybody rode. 1) Use wire-bead (non-foldable) tires, which won't stretch as...
09-28-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,927
Posted By kroozer

The Classic Lightweights UK website has a lot of...

The Classic Lightweights UK website has a lot of good info on (mostly British) bikes and components from the postwar era. There is a big section on members' bikes with some great photos for...
07-24-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,101
Posted By kroozer

Rootboy, I am impressed.

Rootboy, I am impressed.
07-22-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,006
Posted By kroozer

I am running a V-Luxe with a Suntour 13-26 FW and...

I am running a V-Luxe with a Suntour 13-26 FW and an SR Apex 36-48 crank. It works fine.
07-22-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 22,896
Posted By kroozer

The Italians figured out the classic racing frame...

The Italians figured out the classic racing frame geometry, which everyone else eventually copied. Also, Campagnolo components ruled the racing world for decades (everyone ended up copying those as...
07-16-20, 03:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,266
Posted By kroozer

I have no experience with the Luxe, but the other...

I have no experience with the Luxe, but the other Huret derailleurs I've used have all handled a pretty wide range. I remember my short-cage Jubilee shifting a 14-32 freewheel with no problem....
07-04-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By kroozer

Who sells deep red cable housing?

I am getting a 1974 Motobecane Grand Record frame and need some deep red brake cable housing (lined). All I have seen on Ebay and VO is light, washed-out red, which will just not do--I need a Coca...
07-03-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 5,240
Views: 556,747
Posted By kroozer

ISO mixte/step-thru. My dad is 91 and bikes...

ISO mixte/step-thru.
My dad is 91 and bikes regularly, but lately he's been having trouble getting his leg over the top tube of his 1990's Diamondback hybrid. So we're looking for a medium-sized...
10-06-16, 08:10 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 12,944
Posted By kroozer

Congratulations on your bike, Gugie. You're...

Congratulations on your bike, Gugie. You're obviously a 650B aficionado and francophile, so it's inevitable that sooner or later you were going to have to get a bike by one of the classic...
02-11-16, 06:40 PM
Replies: 579
Views: 165,417
Posted By kroozer

1980's Davidson Discovery ...

1980's Davidson Discovery
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Replies: 9
Views: 1,432
Posted By kroozer

I used to have a 710, it was a very nice frame....

I used to have a 710, it was a very nice frame. Great sport tourer.
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