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05-20-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,467
Posted By microcord

Oh I do appreciate it, despite its shortcomings....

Oh I do appreciate it, despite its shortcomings. It and I have been on some memorable adventures. (Shibu pass (https://biketourjapan.com/cycling-shibu-pass-2172m/), for one.)
05-20-22, 12:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,467
Posted By microcord

I've got one myself and I do like the ride,...

I've got one myself and I do like the ride, what's left of the periwinkle blue colour, and the ample clearance for 28 mm tyres.

I'm not competent to judge the craftsmanship; but I'm mightily...
05-09-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

It's a hodge-podge of parts expertly assembled...

It's a hodge-podge of parts expertly assembled (i.e. by a pro, not me) just four months ago. The frame is branded Ken Ryall (the suburban London retailer), and also, "Legere" (no, not "Légère"), I...
05-09-22, 06:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,158
Posted By microcord

A very handsome Bob Jackson. Though . . . perhaps...

A very handsome Bob Jackson. Though . . . perhaps it's just the camera angle, but that saddle rather scares me.

Bob Jackson's website (https://www.bobjacksoncycles.co.uk/) has been promising that...
05-08-22, 03:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,122
Posted By microcord

Don't worry about the ranking; let's see all 47!

Don't worry about the ranking; let's see all 47!
05-07-22, 02:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

I took it for a little (27 km) ride this...

I took it for a little (27 km) ride this afternoon. (And a slow one, as I quickly discovered that I was wearing too much.)

Smooth! The front brake works symmetrically. (I don't say "flawlessly" --...
05-06-22, 01:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Done! I squeezed the scotchbrite (or...

Done!

I squeezed the scotchbrite (or scotchbrite knock-off) side of a sponge around the boss, hard, and swivelled. Again and again. And again (etc). The boss (which had looked pretty good to start...
05-05-22, 04:44 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Many thanks to you all for the comments you made...

Many thanks to you all for the comments you made (while I was enjoying a deep sleep after a demanding ride on a much newer bike).



Point taken about any attempt to thin a bushing. (And it...
05-05-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Precisely reaming plastic

OP speaking. Quick version: What should I bear in mind when attempting to ream out a slightly greater internal diameter of a plastic bushing?

Blow-by-blow version: Wiggle-wiggle-wiggle worked: the...
04-18-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Thank you, ehcoplex . I'm a bit sleepy now, but...

Thank you, ehcoplex . I'm a bit sleepy now, but I'll give it a go tomorrow morning.
04-17-22, 08:19 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Friends don't let are hesitant about recommending...

Friends don't let are hesitant about recommending that friends buy from immense oligopolists named after rivers, but the last time I looked Amazon Japan (where I happen to be) was selling Koolstop...
04-10-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Amazing. Here I am, discovering new dimensions of...

Amazing. Here I am, discovering new dimensions of my own ignorance. One thing I thought I did know was never to use one of those tools, unless of course one was on the road and there was nothing...
04-10-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Sorry, somehow I missed this message. You're...

Sorry, somehow I missed this message. You're right, they do indeed! Here (https://cyclesgrandbois.com/SHOP/gb_bw.html). I hadn't even noticed that they sold bits of brakes and the like; many thanks...
04-10-22, 02:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By microcord

Concours d'élégance reptilienne : Zunow

I'm not the seller, I don't know the seller, and it's not my size. But I think I'm in love. Or if not love, then some scaly substance.
...
04-10-22, 01:45 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Well, this is interesting. My problem turns out...

Well, this is interesting. My problem turns out to have nothing to do with the straddle cable. When I take off the straddle cable (from one side, anyway), remove the nut and curious contoured giant...
04-08-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Good morning (my time), all! Thank you for your...

Good morning (my time), all! Thank you for your comments. I'm in a rush to go on a bike ride (on a different bike) that was arranged back when I had fewer worries; this evening I'll be too exhausted...
04-08-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

ehcoplex , it's not just the price of Compass's...

ehcoplex , it's not just the price of Compass's "Rene Herse Brass Thrust Washers for Centerpull Brakes", it's the extraordinary rates Compass can charge for airmailing their stuff (plus the...
04-08-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

non-fixie , Kabuki12 , thank you both for your...

non-fixie , Kabuki12 , thank you both for your suggestions. I've already promised friends (and am looking forward to) a ride tomorrow; I'll do this on a newer bike with three-year-old 105 brakes. And...
04-08-22, 01:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,758
Posted By microcord

Mafac "Racer" off-centre-pull

The pair of Mafac "Racer" centre-pulls on my bike do their job tolerably well. I don't sense that stopping has deteriorated during the circa 1000 km of use. But recently the front right pad has...
03-29-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,024
Posted By microcord

If the ride is long enough for padded undies to...

If the ride is long enough for padded undies to be a good idea, then denim would be an obviously bad choice: heavy, and a sponge for sweat or rain.

As for alternatives to denim, and for styles,...
03-18-22, 06:14 AM
Replies: 19,079
Views: 2,371,101
Posted By microcord

Weekends are for hilly rides; weekdays are for...

Weekends are for hilly rides; weekdays are for lazy flat rides. Yesterday I went upriver to the only "cyclists' shrine" I've heard of:
...
Replies: 1,034
Views: 657,116
Posted By microcord

Yesterday, heading towards home on what would be...

Yesterday, heading towards home on what would be a 185 km ride:


https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x900/p3126446_4c886d637512f8965d8b15855bd64f824a603cf2.jpg

(It's the...
02-27-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By microcord

And the drop-outs are of course ready for bolts...

And the drop-outs are of course ready for bolts to attach those full fenders. A bike I'm riding a lot these days has a British frame built in 1961; this too has drop-outs ready for bolts for...
Replies: 32
Views: 2,162
Posted By microcord

Yes, that Hambini eruption was (is) bad. OK...

Yes, that Hambini eruption was (is) bad.

OK then: Peak Torque on the newer, more expensive of Shimano's cranksets:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj__lexd_BI

People have indeed been talking...
Replies: 32
Views: 2,162
Posted By microcord

Um, no he isn't; he's true to his inimitable...

Um, no he isn't; he's true to his inimitable personality.

What he rants about merits the rants; and OK, the ear-splitting "Hello Hambini fans and welcome" is his "signature" intro -- but the stuff...
Replies: 32
Views: 2,162
Posted By microcord

"Bike Fit Tuesdays" on crank length (My own...

"Bike Fit Tuesdays" on crank length
(My own legs are long enough for 175 mm or longer to be the normal recommendation. For a couple of months I alternated between one bike with 170 mm and another...
02-22-22, 02:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By microcord

My circa-1990 Cinelli "Mens Sana" is happy with...

My circa-1990 Cinelli "Mens Sana" is happy with 700x28 Gravelkings.

The bike isn't with me now, so I can't remind myself of just what it looks like. But I think I remember that it looks as if it...
02-20-22, 02:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By microcord

I'd love to join your proposed ride, jjhabbs ;...

I'd love to join your proposed ride, jjhabbs ; but in such company I might be ashamed of my mixed-up, plebeian bike (not to mention my C+V ignorance), and far more decisively I only join rides that...
02-20-22, 12:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By microcord

I hope I'm not one of these people. I assembled...

I hope I'm not one of these people. I assembled my own dog's dinner of anachronistic parts because I was pretty sure that it would be good and the more authentic alternatives were more elusive and...
02-19-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By microcord

As the happy rider of a bike with a British frame...

As the happy rider of a bike with a British frame built in 1961 that's now equipped with a cotterless crank, aluminum components and '70s/'80s Suntour gearing, I can recommend this approach (while...
02-19-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By microcord

"Shorties", uh huh. Thank you, all! (As for...

"Shorties", uh huh. Thank you, all!

(As for their purpose/usefulness, if any, I'd always supposed that they were a compromise for the indecisive bike buyer. "It does rain a lot, so I'd better have...
02-19-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,039
Posted By microcord

Pardon the brief digression, but is there a name...

Pardon the brief digression, but is there a name for the tiny kind of fenders/mudguards -- just long enough to help protect the brakes and perhaps the saddle -- as shown above on the Galaxy?
...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,235
Posted By microcord

By "wrong", did you perhaps just mean "not as...

By "wrong", did you perhaps just mean "not as originally built/intended"?

(There are vanishingly few Herse bikes hereabouts for me to ogle. Perhaps there's one Herse bike on the road for every...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,235
Posted By microcord

If the front rack is way too high, it should be...

If the front rack is way too high, it should be way lower; and if it were way lower, it would crush the mudguard. Putting aside "way", how is it too high? It looks good to me.

As for the rear...
02-12-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 168,588
Posted By microcord

Now that I'm wider awake, I notice that last...

Now that I'm wider awake, I notice that last night's gimping (https://www.gimp.org/) was even cruder than I'd feared, with the "curves" mangled for just one rectangle within the larger rectangle. Oh...
02-12-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 168,588
Posted By microcord

What's a thread like this without a "bike in...

What's a thread like this without a "bike in front, Mt Fuji somewhere in the background" shot?
...
02-08-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 53,239
Posted By microcord

1961 Ken Ryall

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/800x1101/p2096201gs_6600a4c393b0f151501cc85c596b773d79b2f174.jpg
(The rivets are 55 mm apart.)
...
02-03-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 420
Views: 47,767
Posted By microcord

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1900x1391/p2036191gs_97b8851d6af683739d6655d1867b63c77fe4876e.jpg

Tomato red Ken Ryall from 1961, with an anachronistic mishmash of parts,...
01-31-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By microcord

I (in Tokyo) wouldn't assume that it wouldn't...

I (in Tokyo) wouldn't assume that it wouldn't have the tool. I just don't know. I do know that the man who runs (well, who is) my favourite LBS didn't/doesn't have a wrench needed for one stage of...
01-30-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By microcord

I don't know what bike shops are like wherever it...

I don't know what bike shops are like wherever it is that LeSexyFishorse lives, but in my part of the world I wouldn't assume that a bike shop, even a good one, has the right tool for a decades-old...
01-30-22, 02:46 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By microcord

Get the tool. When you say "cassette", I've...

Get the tool.

When you say "cassette", I've a hunch that you mean "freewheel". But I'm not sure. If you too aren't sure, see Freewheel or cassette (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/free-k7.html)? For...
12-27-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 7,643
Views: 842,264
Posted By microcord

A copy of H H England, Cycling Manual, 24th...

A copy of H H England, Cycling Manual, 24th edition (London: Temple Press, 1960)

...
12-23-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By microcord

Yes, but that experience would at times surely...

Yes, but that experience would at times surely involve exceeding 15 km/h, even if only when going slightly downhill, or with a tailwind. I wouldn't trust stirrup brakes to stop two adults plus tandem...
12-22-21, 01:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By microcord

This notion puzzles me. While I don't wish to...

This notion puzzles me. While I don't wish to insult the riders of tandems, I can't see the utility of a tandem over a pair of regular bikes; unless perhaps it's the ability to ferry around relatives...
12-20-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,707
Posted By microcord

The labels on my Panaracer Gravelkings say...

The labels on my Panaracer Gravelkings say nothing about inflation. I searched around one tyre; and, for the first time ever, I noticed that yes, far from the label it does inconspicuously say KEEP...
12-20-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 4,707
Posted By microcord

Look on a ("road") tyre for indications that it...

Look on a ("road") tyre for indications that it should be mounted so that it spins one way rather than the other, and dutifully make sure to mount it in the way indicated.

(I'm not entirely sure...
12-14-21, 04:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,239
Posted By microcord

Kabuki: Try the Kalavinka head badge: ...

Kabuki:



Try the Kalavinka head badge:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/276x328/kalavinka1_e4909cd1d3314ccbac718ae923e486c49c5f1953.jpg

(Photo nicked from some...
12-13-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,239
Posted By microcord

Here...

Here (https://cannonball24.com/japanese-frame-builder-list/)'s a pretty up-to-date list of Japanese frame builders, with links. The great majority work in steel. I'd have more confidence riding a...
12-09-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,996
Posted By microcord

As I look through this thread, I suddenly feel...

As I look through this thread, I suddenly feel short.

My own inadequacy aside, I'm thrilled to see this:



If the "Tweed Run (https://www.tweedrun.com/)" ever makes it to your part of the...
12-08-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,631
Posted By microcord

Well done! Just one thing: the stem of the red...

Well done! Just one thing: the stem of the red bike is raised very high. Quoting Sheldon Brown: "Most stems have a 'minimum insertion' mark that shows how high they may safely be set. If you can see...
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