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10-08-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Posted By John E

I would sign that, but what I really want is a...

I would sign that, but what I really want is a reissue of the Avocet touring shoes.
09-28-19, 02:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,866
Posted By John E

I am partial to my red-white-and-blue Schwinn. :)

I am partial to my red-white-and-blue Schwinn. :)
09-27-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,882
Posted By John E

It is always nice to meet a local fellow fan of...

It is always nice to meet a local fellow fan of vintage bicycles, though. My 1959 Capo has drawn a number of admiring glances and nice comments over the years. Most recently, I was getting off the...
09-23-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6,712
Views: 1,605,150
Posted By John E

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Still riding the Schwinn. Grandpa with younger grandson and his mommy....
09-22-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 380
Posted By John E

I have similarly enjoyed meeting up at various...

I have similarly enjoyed meeting up at various times with three BF members and riding with two of them. One borrowed the PKN-10 (now my son's bike) for a week; the other borrowed the Bianchi. I rode...
09-17-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,314
Posted By John E

I got my first (nearly new) Brooks Pro for $5,...

I got my first (nearly new) Brooks Pro for $5, because my boss at the bike shop gave up after a week of trying to get used to it. It is still serviceable after almost 50K miles, but it is finally...
09-14-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By John E

14-17-20-24-28 is by far the most common 14-28...

14-17-20-24-28 is by far the most common 14-28 freewheel out there, so I am guessing that is what you have. This is a nice, even progression, with manageable gaps, but the challenge will be finding a...
09-14-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,043
Posted By John E

You will want to pull the entire crankset anyway,...

You will want to pull the entire crankset anyway, to lube the bearings and probably replace the balls themselves. A thin profile wrench of the proper size should get that stuck bolt out. (Removing...
09-07-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By John E

OK, I am a bit biased in favor of Austrian bike...

OK, I am a bit biased in favor of Austrian bike frames (see signature), but I really like your A-D, even if it did come from Graz instead of Vienna. That rear derailleur was nothing special to begin...
09-05-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 783
Posted By John E

OK Chas., I am going to good-naturedly razz you...

OK Chas., I am going to good-naturedly razz you about the length of your brake cables, since others did that to me when I first built the 1959 Capo after repainting. :)
08-23-19, 10:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 964
Posted By John E

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Might look cool w/ the maroon saddle?
08-17-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 571
Posted By John E

I just missed being able to watch Stage 2 of the...

I just missed being able to watch Stage 2 of the Tour of Utah from the road. We were in Eden (just east of Ogden) for our annual family reunion, and I had to be back at work on Wednesday, when the...
08-05-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 491
Posted By John E

My 1971 Nishiki Competition came with a SunTour...

My 1971 Nishiki Competition came with a SunTour VGT and a 14-34 freewheel, with half-step (54-47) up front. Since the jockey wheel is at the cage pivot, it could handle 34T in back irrespective of...
08-03-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 685
Posted By John E

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1170x1560/1952_sieger_der_front_a1a2acc19b5a4a37e5681a19d66de3c430b3d9c7.jpg...
07-28-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 943
Posted By John E

If it fits your needs and preferences, you do not...

If it fits your needs and preferences, you do not need to apologize to anyone. I really like the color scheme, and those bars look like they give you about the same hand positions I get on my...
07-23-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 940
Posted By John E

At least replace the front tire, for safety...

At least replace the front tire, for safety reasons.
07-21-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,068
Posted By John E

My brain is an amazing thing, as well -- I have...

My brain is an amazing thing, as well -- I have always been a total klutz. :(

This reminds me of my British expat friends, who have to switch between driving on the right here and driving on the...
07-20-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,507
Posted By John E

I really like everything about it, except for the...

I really like everything about it, except for the easily deleted brake turkey levers and the chainwheel guard.
07-18-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By John E

Note that not all tires run true to their label...

Note that not all tires run true to their label or callout sizes. Continentals I have owned run small (700Cx28 being closer to 25 or 26mm), whereas Specialized have run full or even a bit larger...
07-14-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,995
Posted By John E

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For a neighborhood 4th of July parade, some bikes don't need no...
07-13-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,473
Posted By John E

This thread flashed me back to my days at...

This thread flashed me back to my days at Bikecology, where I worked to supplement my meager income as a grad student teaching assistant. The owner had a "General Confession," which was assigned to a...
07-13-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 588
Posted By John E

The wheels do not even have to match. I use big...

The wheels do not even have to match. I use big rear rack panniers on the Peugeot, and the aftermarket fork has less rake than the OEM unit. I have a 27 x 1-1/4" tire in back for the load and a...
07-12-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,837
Posted By John E

Avoiding white sugar and white flour is a pretty...

Avoiding white sugar and white flour is a pretty good start on a magic diet.

Walking aerobically 30 minutes or more per day is a pretty good start on a magic exercise or activity.

Avoiding...
07-12-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,837
Posted By John E

It's all about genes, luck, and lifestyle. You...

It's all about genes, luck, and lifestyle. You can't change the first, and you can influence the second only partially, but you have full control over the third.

My still-going-strong 94-year-old...
07-12-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 11,874
Posted By John E

For me, the risk/reward ratio of a fast descent...

For me, the risk/reward ratio of a fast descent is simply too high. My road bikes have top gears around 95 to 96 gear-inches, which means I spin out (120 rpm) just below 35mph. I am much more...
07-06-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,048
Posted By John E

It may depend in part on how large a freewheel...

It may depend in part on how large a freewheel you plan to use and therefore how forward and up the rear derailleur cage can sit and still work properly for you. It may not matter much at all.
07-04-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,046
Posted By John E

Happy 4 July. Show us your red-white-and-blue bikes-- any non-Schwinns out there?

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

Project KOM-10 Team Issue, the 1988-1989 version of the Paramountain. Tange Prestige II tubing throughout. The one hanging from the garage rafters is mine -- the...
06-29-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,435
Posted By John E

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Cool thread, with some beautiful machines. I always like to show off my...
06-28-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 767
Posted By John E

That is a vast improvement over the Free Spirit...

That is a vast improvement over the Free Spirit Huffy/Murray boat anchors of the 1970s. (Been there ... done that. Mine fortunately got stolen. :) )
06-24-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,266
Posted By John E

Please do follow up on this story. As others...

Please do follow up on this story. As others noted, that bike is obviously well worth the price of admission.
06-22-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 473
Posted By John E

I remember those well, along with stories about...

I remember those well, along with stories about Mexican cycling great, Agustin Alcantara (1946-1979 -- gone too soon), who sometimes rode Windsors.
06-20-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 789
Posted By John E

The late, great Sheldon Brown had a good writeup:...

The late, great Sheldon Brown had a good writeup:
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer/s52.html

To shift up through the gears:

1st gear: both levers back
2nd gear: smaller lever...
06-19-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By John E

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I just use a pair of Minoura singles.
06-17-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,567
Posted By John E

I hate tight tire/rim combinations, such as the...

I hate tight tire/rim combinations, such as the Contis and Campag. Omegas on my Bianchi.

I hate breaking a really "fixed" fixed BB cup loose. When I had the 1959 Capo repainted, I had Jim...
06-12-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,704
Posted By John E

It is safest to make yourself visible and...

It is safest to make yourself visible and relevant. I always use a mirror and a bright red rear-facing blinkie (day or night), and, absent a proper bike lane, I position myself about 1/4 to 1/2 way...
06-06-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,043
Posted By John E

I am not convinced. With the right cog and...

I am not convinced. With the right cog and chainring selection, my 3x8 can cover as much range with smaller steps, or a greater range with the same steps.
06-01-19, 05:42 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,855
Posted By John E

I worked at a Peugeot-Nishiki dealership, and...

I worked at a Peugeot-Nishiki dealership, and those 531 stickers at the top of the PX-10 and PR-10 seat tubes were extremely vulnerable to destruction in shop stands. We made it store policy to clamp...
05-29-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,316
Posted By John E

The gent who noticed and liked my Capo Modell...

The gent who noticed and liked my Capo Modell Campagnolo last weekend was riding a Woodrup, which was custom-made for him last year. He had a modern drivetrain, but the lugged frame, with its...
05-26-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,098
Posted By John E

Definitely two pillars of cycling history --...

Definitely two pillars of cycling history -- thanks for posting. I particularly like Bartali because of "My Italian Secret."
05-24-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,875
Posted By John E

The only time I worried about shifting into the...

The only time I worried about shifting into the spokes was with a normal-low Cyclo bandspring rear derailleur, but that was on a bike with a hybrid transmission (wide-range Sturmey Archer 3-speed IGH...
05-15-19, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 812
Posted By John E

It is generally hard to tell from photos, but...

It is generally hard to tell from photos, but that looks like a pretty steep head tube angle, like a criterium frame of the late 1970s. I would be curious to know how it rides and handles. Very...
05-09-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,579
Posted By John E

A very wise choice. I climbed Tuna 8 times, but...

A very wise choice. I climbed Tuna 8 times, but always descended via Topanga. I did hear horror stories about people melting tubular tire cement, exploding tires, experiencing brake fade, or missing...
04-04-16, 01:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,860
Posted By John E

... or a 14-26 5- or ultra-6-speed, assuming you...

... or a 14-26 5- or ultra-6-speed, assuming you can find one.
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