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10-30-20, 04:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, that is true. If the adjustable cup stays...

Yeah, that is true. If the adjustable cup stays put that's what happens. OTOH, if the lockring drags the cup along with it when it's tightened down, it will more likely tighten. I didn't want to...
10-30-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 974
Posted By Salamandrine

Stop. Before you do anything at all, learn to...

Stop. Before you do anything at all, learn to adjust the bottom bracket bearings. Play in itself is an adjustment and nothing more. Leave the cranks on. Loosen the adjustable lock ring on the non...
10-27-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,165
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice to see all the main tube sets of that era...

Nice to see all the main tube sets of that era with their specs in one chart. I see now that Tange #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) is almost exactly the same...
10-26-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,180
Posted By Salamandrine

OK, this bike is not C&V, but it is lugged steel...

OK, this bike is not C&V, but it is lugged steel at least. Somewhere I have pictures of my Mercian KOM on gravel roads too. The pictures of my Masi on gravel roads AFAIK only exist in my head, but...
10-26-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,568
Posted By Salamandrine

WRT brake routing, Campy brakes are set up for...

WRT brake routing, Campy brakes are set up for 'Italian' style routing, or front brake right hand. I've been setting up my brakes this way since I was 14, and it isn't wrong, it's just different. To...
10-24-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,307
Posted By Salamandrine

They were recently discontinued (I think ???),...

They were recently discontinued (I think ???), but you may still be able to find a Shimano FD CX-70 front derailleur. Designed especially for compact doubles and cyclocross. Works nicely on triples...
10-22-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,113
Posted By Salamandrine

I guess it's my turn to be a pedant, but 'super'...

I guess it's my turn to be a pedant, but 'super' is originally latin and goes back to classical times at the very least. It's mainly interesting in that it wasn't modified at all as colloquial...
10-22-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,637
Posted By Salamandrine

Circa the late 70s, a TA crank and Phil Wood BB...

Circa the late 70s, a TA crank and Phil Wood BB was the hot setup for touring, or for someone who wanted a triple or other non race gearing. Older bike shops will still have the remover for those if...
10-21-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,113
Posted By Salamandrine

I think it's mighty nice of the Italians to use...

I think it's mighty nice of the Italians to use an English word like "super" to describe their bikes and stuff. ;) :lol:



Yep. Let's not forget everything "Laser" in the 70s, and "Digital" or...
10-20-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,596
Posted By Salamandrine

Traditionally they'd would be put on with just...

Traditionally they'd would be put on with just grease, but using a real fixed cup tool -- not a wrench, and plenty of torque. I was taught to use a breaker bar/pipe with the campy fixed cup tool.
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10-19-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 13,180
Posted By Salamandrine

Sshhhhhh! You're spoiling it! ;) For sure, the...

Sshhhhhh! You're spoiling it! ;) For sure, the cynical side of me sees this as a marketing opportunity. If you create lots of subcategories, people need to buy more bikes, right?

Usually, vintage...
10-19-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,584
Posted By Salamandrine

That's interesting. I've never seen a campy 41T....

That's interesting. I've never seen a campy 41T. It must be from the last few years of NR/SR. With a traditional bushed Regina type chain, 42 is the minimum. The relatively high side plates would hit...
10-17-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,707
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, so I had to google Peleton bikes to figure...

Yeah, so I had to google Peleton bikes to figure out what you guys are talking about. So it's like an overpriced exercise bike that has a TV in front of it, and forces you to watch some sweaty bozo...
10-17-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,763
Posted By Salamandrine

It's because the 126 mm OLD was standard for a...

It's because the 126 mm OLD was standard for a really long time, and a gazillion bikes were made with it. 7 speed is the most speeds that will fit on 126, and more is better, right?

7 speed itself...
10-14-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,551
Posted By Salamandrine

I built my first wheels with DT spokes in late 79...

I built my first wheels with DT spokes in late 79 IIRC, and at the time they were still a little suspect. I broke plenty of them BITD, but I rode a lot of miles. DT seems to have improved their...
10-14-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,551
Posted By Salamandrine

Vintage bikes can cause some problems on an...

Vintage bikes can cause some problems on an extended tour. If you have to cross a river, sometimes it can lead to the wooden rims delaminating, since they were glued up with hide glue made from old...
10-11-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,198
Posted By Salamandrine

I haven't thought about this in 35 years, but now...

I haven't thought about this in 35 years, but now that I do, I think it had more to do with the dropout design of the bike that it commonly came on in the shop where I worked at the time. They just...
10-11-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,551
Posted By Salamandrine

I remember having this same question a few years...

I remember having this same question a few years ago. I went around and looked at all the modern touring bikes. IMO modern touring bikes tend to be overbuilt. They are optimized for a 250lb dude...
10-10-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,343
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice. It's funny how Mercian hasn't changed the...

Nice. It's funny how Mercian hasn't changed the King of Mercia hardly at all. The barber pole is still an extra cost option. I ordered mine with OS tubing, so it's a little different, but not much.
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10-10-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,309
Posted By Salamandrine

Campagnolo drivetrains don't wear out,...

Campagnolo drivetrains don't wear out, realistically. Chains and freewheels do wear out. You can tell by measuring the chain. Also, the chain will start to skip off the teeth of a worn out freewheel...
10-10-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,269
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, that's exactly it. People commonly would...

Yeah, that's exactly it. People commonly would try to use a QR as a wing nut instead of as a cam action lever.

QR were still new to most people in the late 70s and 80s. Every new bike that got...
10-09-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,269
Posted By Salamandrine

I'm sticking with inherently idiotic.

I'm sticking with inherently idiotic.
10-09-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,269
Posted By Salamandrine

Lawyer lips don't last 30 seconds on any bike...

Lawyer lips don't last 30 seconds on any bike I've owned. Ok, so they only ever came on one bike I've personally owned. They are inherently idiotic. File them off.

Scotchbrite tape on rims and...
10-09-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 18,765
Posted By Salamandrine

This thread made me realize that when bunny...

This thread made me realize that when bunny hopping curbs with a road bike, yeah, you do it basically the same way as with BMX. I don't often have occasion to do it anymore. Pretty sure I still...
10-08-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 262
Views: 18,765
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah you're right. BMX style bunny hops. I...

Yeah you're right. BMX style bunny hops. I forgot. Been a while since I had my Mongoose. Different technique but same effect. If you're clipped in you can just hop both wheels at once, even at high...
10-08-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 262
Views: 18,765
Posted By Salamandrine

They were developed for cyclists who were already...

They were developed for cyclists who were already using toe clips and straps with slot cleated shoes. If that's what you were used to, like me, clipless were a nice improvment, particularly SPD.
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10-08-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 966
Posted By Salamandrine

Nice find. You'll probably be able to find...

Nice find. You'll probably be able to find another Ofmega crankset like that. They were fairly common OEM on Italian bikes. Galli, Gipiemme, or of courese Campagnolo would be reasonable substitutes....
10-07-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,871
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, blue loctite is just gummy sticky stuff...

Yeah, blue loctite is just gummy sticky stuff that impedes loosening. You will still be able to adjust the D ring. If it's not organic enough for you, boiled linseed oil works.

FWIW I've never...
10-06-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,318
Posted By Salamandrine

The main thing is you want a stem with the...

The main thing is you want a stem with the correct diameter for the bar that you have. That must be measured first. Any quality forged stem will do, if it's the right size and length. Avoid cheap...
10-05-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,418
Posted By Salamandrine

It didn't seem strange at the time, but I've...

It didn't seem strange at the time, but I've carried more than a few blocks of frozen squid on my bike.
10-02-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,896
Posted By Salamandrine

A quick review of the Hirame Yoko pump head. ...

A quick review of the Hirame Yoko pump head.

Mine did not come with directions. Or maybe it did, but it was in Japanese? I can't recall. At any rate, it's pretty simple to use. Just slap it over...
09-30-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,654
Posted By Salamandrine

Interesting, I knew Wayne Stetina worked for...

Interesting, I knew Wayne Stetina worked for Shimano, but I never made the connection that he might have had something to do with Dura Ace 7400.

When 7400 came out, it was obvious that Shimano had...
09-29-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,403
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks like quite a project. As a long time...

Looks like quite a project. As a long time Moulton fan, I'll be paying close attention to this thread.

Are you going to have the chrome parts rechromed? At first view, that looks like it will be...
09-28-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,802
Posted By Salamandrine

Silver spokes.

Silver spokes.
09-27-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,104
Posted By Salamandrine

This comes up periodically. I've seen many people...

This comes up periodically. I've seen many people try to clear a bare steel frame. They always rust eventually, underneath the clear. Basically, it doesn't work.

Bluing it first would probably...
09-24-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7,310
Views: 747,582
Posted By Salamandrine

New Acorn Mini Bag. :D:love::D ...

New Acorn Mini Bag. :D:love::D


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09-24-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,007
Posted By Salamandrine

Usually swapping out rear cogs is much easier and...

Usually swapping out rear cogs is much easier and more effective. One tooth back there is worth 3 or 4 in the front, on average. I was going to say something about 45/16 but figured you picked it for...
09-24-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,672
Posted By Salamandrine

I thought everyone would just skip over 13, and...

I thought everyone would just skip over 13, and go straight to 14, like with elevators.

It looks like an elephant trying to ride a bicycle. What are they thinking.
09-24-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,251
Posted By Salamandrine

There's a reason lugged and bonded aluminum...

There's a reason lugged and bonded aluminum frames fell out of favor. Bonds fail. The lugs can crack. I wouldn't count on an 80s Alan as being something that could be ridden like a vintage steel...
09-24-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,176
Posted By Salamandrine

Unless you have the requisite innate talent, and,...

Unless you have the requisite innate talent, and, are willing to spend years practicing, go with a pen. Maybe have a brush for back up. I tried both ways a few years back and there's no contest.
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09-23-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,909
Posted By Salamandrine

That's what I run on my Rivendell Clem, but...

That's what I run on my Rivendell Clem, but homebrewed because I wanted silver non disc hubs. rhynolites aren't that heavy, 550g IIRC. The non disk Deore hubs are also considerably lighter. So it...
09-22-20, 10:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,548
Posted By Salamandrine

Well that's a great looking build! Congrats! Is...

Well that's a great looking build! Congrats! Is that a freewheel or a fixed gear? 44 or 45t front and 17 was a pretty common choice BITD. For flatter areas 45/16 should be fine.

+1 on the Koolstop...
09-22-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,064
Posted By Salamandrine

OK, one failure technically. Campy NR. Classic...

OK, one failure technically. Campy NR. Classic web crack. I rode it for at least a year after it got the crack, probably longer, maybe 100 miles/week. Eventually pulled it off. I've never actually...
09-22-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,064
Posted By Salamandrine

I'm still not buying the notion that they were...

I'm still not buying the notion that they were worse than other cranks from the time period. Stronglight 93/105 didn't crack, but the soft alloy caused other issues. AFAIK Brandt went directly from...
09-22-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 881
Posted By Salamandrine

Dang I hate when that happens!! :lol: I had...

Dang I hate when that happens!! :lol:

I had a 72 for a long time. Now that I have a nervex lugged PX10, I miss the plain lugs. Grass is always greener... I don't think there's any actual...
09-22-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,064
Posted By Salamandrine

I've broken two cranks right in the middle. Not...

I've broken two cranks right in the middle. Not campy. I only ever broke one clean off. After that I learned my lesson and inspect cranks for cracks periodically.

Pedal eye breaks can happen. This...
09-21-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,064
Posted By Salamandrine

That's the thing. They were on almost every...

That's the thing. They were on almost every racer's bike, precisely because they are reliable. When 99% of the high mileage crowd rode campy, of course you are going to see more cracked ones. If you...
09-20-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 875
Posted By Salamandrine

I vote for brown tape. Brown velvet tape was a...

I vote for brown tape. Brown velvet tape was a thing on Japanese bikes in the 80s. Too bad you can't find it anymore. I'd settle for brown cotton. I feel like James May today.

Maybe swap out the...
09-20-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,204
Posted By Salamandrine

Racers used to often write their names on their...

Racers used to often write their names on their tires, to keep track of whose wheels were whose.

Nice Bob Roll story.
09-19-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,472
Posted By Salamandrine

That's what I though when I read that. Jealousy?...

That's what I though when I read that. Jealousy? Are you effin kidding me? I don't give a rat's ass about that middle of the line Nishiki someone bought on craigslist. If there is a potential safety...
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