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10-17-19, 12:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By noobinsf

No! Adjust your brakes to the correct tension...

No! Adjust your brakes to the correct tension when the lever is down (closed). Opening the lever (rotating upward) allows you to remove the wheel when needed without deflating the tire. Ask lots of...
10-16-19, 11:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By noobinsf

You posted pics just as I was replying. Looks...

You posted pics just as I was replying. Looks like a nice bike with good parts. A couple of observations — if the seat post is where it fits you, this bike may be too big. Also, the closeup of the...
10-16-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By noobinsf

Briefly, 600 eventually became the Ultegra group,...

Briefly, 600 eventually became the Ultegra group, and, generally, RX100 < 105 < Ultegra < Dura Ace. However, all of these groupsets have evolved over the years, and the differences between these...
10-16-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By noobinsf

The stuff that shows up here blows me away...

The stuff that shows up here blows me away sometimes. I hope this bike is documented in a book somewhere. Ahem, ScottRyder...
10-16-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 435
Posted By noobinsf

Looks like 1973 was unique among the 70s for the...

Looks like 1973 was unique among the 70s for the Le Champion being available in black:

<------ Bicycling Magazine 10-1973 ------> Motobecane Le Champion...
10-16-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 231
Posted By noobinsf

That’s the point, though... the Sunrace 5 is...

That’s the point, though... the Sunrace 5 is thicker than normal 5, and in this case is equivalent to a Shimano 6.
10-16-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 231
Posted By noobinsf

Sunrace freewheels (OP's 5 speed) have a...

Sunrace freewheels (OP's 5 speed) have a reputation for being thicker than others, and I can confirm this is the case due to my experience with Sunrace's 7-speed freewheel. I like it and it works...
10-16-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 231
Posted By noobinsf

If you are a paying member (not expensive), then...

If you are a paying member (not expensive), then you can place a want-to-buy (WTB) ad in the classic/vintage sales section. I'm sure someone here will have something they can sell you for a fair...
10-16-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 122
Posted By noobinsf

Wow, beautiful! Very clean. As a Moto GR owner...

Wow, beautiful! Very clean. As a Moto GR owner myself, I know the good feeling!
10-15-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 1,060
Views: 59,940
Posted By noobinsf

Yes, you're right -- just checked on a couple of...

Yes, you're right -- just checked on a couple of my own purchases, nothing to get spooked over. I guess it's publicly available anyway, so USPS would not be wise to put detailed info up -- didn't...
10-15-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

Thanks for the compliments! I could not use...

Thanks for the compliments!

I could not use this spacer:

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/300x195/4zlcwu0h_48e56571d5b4e9afa889a4821e94622287566e13.jpg

...because the...
10-15-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

Let's see... 1) Bars are Nitto B115 in 42cm...

Let's see...

1) Bars are Nitto B115 in 42cm width, which I had from another build, and I used the SR 80mm stem that came stock on a Univega Viva Touring that I sold long ago as a frame.

2) The...
10-15-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 302
Posted By noobinsf

Not sure about a solution, but I would not bend....

Not sure about a solution, but I would not bend. These are aluminum, and bending could catalyze a sudden failure later on.
10-15-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1,060
Views: 59,940
Posted By noobinsf

Doesn’t the tracking num have private info?...

Doesn’t the tracking num have private info? Please edit to remove...
10-14-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 810
Posted By noobinsf

Thanks, Lascauxcaveman and juvela for posting the...

Thanks, Lascauxcaveman and juvela for posting the examples and history!
10-14-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,479
Posted By noobinsf

Lower right corner -- is that the Velo Orange...

Lower right corner -- is that the Velo Orange April Fools' bag?
10-13-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 2,372
Views: 177,930
Posted By noobinsf

You know, I’m not attuned enough to give a...

You know, I’m not attuned enough to give a detailed review of tires, but I have no complaints about these. They’re light enough that I don’t notice them, grippy enough for confident descents, and...
10-13-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 2,372
Views: 177,930
Posted By noobinsf

Thank you! I do love this bike now that it’s...

Thank you! I do love this bike now that it’s finished.

The brakes are Shimano 105 5800 (tel:105 5800) — picked them up from Chain Reaction during a big sale, and they’re much better than the...
10-12-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By noobinsf

Wow.

Wow.
10-11-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By noobinsf

That’s definitely a Bergmeister - head lug, fork...

That’s definitely a Bergmeister - head lug, fork crown, seat stay ends, seat lug, crankset. The nds will show you the internal top tube brake cable routing. I had one for a couple of years. It’s a...
10-11-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 302
Posted By noobinsf

I’m also a little unclear as to why the bullet...

I’m also a little unclear as to why the bullet treatment would obstruct the chain. If the stay does not obstruct the *cog*, then why would there be an issue? The chain will run above the bullet part...
10-11-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,171
Posted By noobinsf

In addition to the great advice you've received...

In addition to the great advice you've received about saddle height and angle, make sure you pay attention to saddle width as well. It could mean the difference between feeling neutral and...
10-10-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,034
Posted By noobinsf

Great thread! Here is my current collection: ...

Great thread! Here is my current collection:

82 Univega Competizione

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72...
10-10-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 747
Posted By noobinsf

Yeah, looks like your front wheel is a bit...

Yeah, looks like your front wheel is a bit farther from the wall than the rear, which could be producing the illusion. Like mentioned above, maybe your front tire is a slightly smaller width/diameter...
10-10-19, 01:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By noobinsf

Ah, ok -- I was under the impression that an...

Ah, ok -- I was under the impression that an online petition already existed, but it looks like maybe that isn't the case (at least not anymore?). I may get something started, but I was really hoping...
10-10-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2,372
Views: 177,930
Posted By noobinsf

I finally got this Univega Competizione in a good...

I finally got this Univega Competizione in a good state after moving away from an attempt at making it a brifter bike.
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10-10-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,171
Posted By noobinsf

Aren't the bars on Mrs. Non-Fixie's bike...

Aren't the bars on Mrs. Non-Fixie's bike essentially porteur bars? I had some on my old commuter that were the classic Belleri porteurs, but Velo Orange makes them currently, which would fit your...
10-09-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,171
Posted By noobinsf

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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A dirt drop stem is also a possibility. This pic is...
10-09-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,081
Posted By noobinsf

I remember drooling over that Peter Mooney...

I remember drooling over that Peter Mooney before. If only I had the budget and the space... GLWS!
10-08-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By noobinsf

Bata Biker shoe petition?

I have read in a couple of places that there is a Facebook petition to have the Bata Biker reissued, but I cannot find it anywhere. Does anyone have any further information on this?

I ask because...
10-07-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

I love these catalogs -- they look like the...

I love these catalogs -- they look like the Takara catalog peoples' happier, more successful relatives.
10-07-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 52,424
Views: 7,073,125
Posted By noobinsf

In 1982 -- it has the Cyclone MKII derailleurs,...

In 1982 -- it has the Cyclone MKII derailleurs, which were stock on my 82...

Also, if stock, it should have Sunshine ProAm hubs, and it has the dork disk that mine had, so they are likely stock...
10-07-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 52,424
Views: 7,073,125
Posted By noobinsf

You mean NDS? It looks like it's just obscured...

You mean NDS? It looks like it's just obscured behind the substantial dork disk.
10-07-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 52,424
Views: 7,073,125
Posted By noobinsf

Here is a Univega Competizione that looks to be...

Here is a Univega Competizione that looks to be in decent shape under the grime, with original components. For shorter riders in New England, it would be worth a look for $80 if you’re local.
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10-07-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 14,280
Views: 1,308,063
Posted By noobinsf

Short stint in the Oakland hills yesterday,...

Short stint in the Oakland hills yesterday, working on my climbing...
...
10-06-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

The 58cm frame I mention in my original post was...

The 58cm frame I mention in my original post was a Gran Premio from 1986. I loved it, but it was too big. I was lucky when this one popped up on the ‘bay. Nice GP!
10-06-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 15,034
Posted By noobinsf

That’s quite a collection, Wildwood. I think the...

That’s quite a collection, Wildwood. I think the Zeus is my favorite among all of those gorgeous bikes.
10-06-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

And still haven’t figured out the right place to...

And still haven’t figured out the right place to put this sticker, since these shifters came from the box...
...
10-06-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

I had a cable stop from before, the one from a...

I had a cable stop from before, the one from a kind Aussie soul who machined them as custom pieces, but I couldn’t figure out a satisfying way to shim it to immobilize it. So, I followed a thread...
10-06-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,944
Posted By noobinsf

This one has taken me a long time. I wanted to...

This one has taken me a long time. I wanted to make it a brifter bike, but I couldn’t get past some issues with the front shifting — the cable stop wasn’t immobile, the housing fought with the...
10-04-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,585
Posted By noobinsf

Love the new color. Careful where you park it --...

Love the new color. Careful where you park it -- folks will think it's their save from the dump! :P
10-04-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,988
Posted By noobinsf

You could wet sand the seat post to clean it up...

You could wet sand the seat post to clean it up and avoid removing much material. Lots of threads here about how folks polish their components to a high shine.

It's a mild justification of ebay...
10-03-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,925
Posted By noobinsf

I have a pair of these Pumas, too. I really like...

I have a pair of these Pumas, too. I really like them with the MKS platform pedals on my commuter, but with quill pedals and half clips, my foot ends up sore around the middle because they are so...
10-03-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 557
Posted By noobinsf

It sounds like you know your way around bikes...

It sounds like you know your way around bikes already, and you know the frame is not really worth upgrades. If you're into that sort of thing, clean it up and reminisce about how that bike felt when...
10-03-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 762
Posted By noobinsf

That looks like a 55cm or thereabouts, which I...

That looks like a 55cm or thereabouts, which I would guess is too small for you. I recommend pass -- it's a good bike, but not a stunner.
10-02-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14,280
Views: 1,308,063
Posted By noobinsf

I also know nothing of the brand, but here is a...

I also know nothing of the brand, but here is a quick tidbit from Google:

Frejus in Britain (http://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/frejus.html)

"Designed by the Ghelfi brothers, the frames were...
10-02-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 810
Posted By noobinsf

Bare plastic are actually comfortable? I haven't...

Bare plastic are actually comfortable? I haven't ridden one of those since my department store BMX'er in the 80's, but I'm sure that one's quality was pretty awful, so I wasn't trying the best.

I...
10-02-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 407
Posted By noobinsf

haha, keep at it!

haha, keep at it!
10-01-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 810
Posted By noobinsf

Well, shoot, I guess it would have been advisable...

Well, shoot, I guess it would have been advisable to try it first. :cry:

It did keep me from buying that Gitane for sale right now...
10-01-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 810
Posted By noobinsf

Many thanks to member ScottRyder for his vintage...

Many thanks to member ScottRyder for his vintage Japanese bike site that shows me what this saddle must have looked like when it was new:
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