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02-23-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 831
Posted By jonwvara

I'm not repainting it in every case. Years ago,...

I'm not repainting it in every case. Years ago, when I first became interested in old bikes, I had three different bikes professionally repainted, and regretted it all three times. You can always...
02-22-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 32,213
Posted By jonwvara

A few years ago I was on an overnight tour with a...

A few years ago I was on an overnight tour with a friend and we ran into a group of Lotus car enthusiasts at a Dunkin' Donuts somewhere around Stow, Mass. I rode over to them on my Classique and...
02-06-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,734
Posted By jonwvara

Here's my on-the-road freewheel remover, which is...

Here's my on-the-road freewheel remover, which is basically a functional and reliable version of the Pocket Pro from the 70's.

I think I have about a dozen of them. It makes me feel a little like...
02-03-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 551
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, my dad etched his SS# on his old Raleigh...

Yes, my dad etched his SS# on his old Raleigh Sports, which I rode for a bit but ultimately gave to the bike coop because it was too small for me. It looked so strange by today's standards--like the...
02-01-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,248
Posted By jonwvara

Good point! On the other hand, I bet that if...

Good point!

On the other hand, I bet that if I went to a bar and told the patrons that I had eight bottles of scotch that I needed to get rid of, I would find plenty of people willing to help.
01-31-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,248
Posted By jonwvara

You kind of put your finger on it here. Even a...

You kind of put your finger on it here. Even a stupidly low price seems high once you add shipping (and the human cost of packing a bike.) I would never consider paying as much for one of my bikes on...
01-31-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,248
Posted By jonwvara

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Part of the problem is that I have a hard time putting a realistic value on...
01-30-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,248
Posted By jonwvara

Too many bikes: there are reasons

I have eight bikes, or maybe nine. That's a pretty moderate number, by the standards of this forum, but it's three or four more than I really want or need.
I've known that for years that I should...
01-24-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,664
Posted By jonwvara

Ha! I'd forgotten about that one! I'm always...

Ha! I'd forgotten about that one!

I'm always bemused by the use of the word "bits" to mean "bike parts." Since it's a British usage--as far as I know, at least--it makes some sense in the context...
01-20-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16,765
Views: 1,780,705
Posted By jonwvara

Although it's almost two years old, I can't...

Although it's almost two years old, I can't resist posting this muddy-road pic--an ill-advised shortcut (based on Google Maps) between Selma and Demopolis, Alabama.

...
01-18-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,188
Posted By jonwvara

Just to stir the pot, there's always Lexol. It...

Just to stir the pot, there's always Lexol. It has enabled me to resuscitate a couple of hopelessly dry old saddles.
01-17-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 16,765
Views: 1,780,705
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks also for the wonderful listing of place...

Thanks also for the wonderful listing of place names. Nempnett Thrubwell? That is a wonderful name indeed.
01-17-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16,765
Views: 1,780,705
Posted By jonwvara

Not a great day for a ride, but as good as it's...

Not a great day for a ride, but as good as it's likely to get in this part of Vermont in January. East on Route 2 from Marshfield village to the overlook above Molly's Pond and back--uphill out,...
01-14-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,188
Posted By jonwvara

Limmer grease! Man, that takes me back to my...

Limmer grease! Man, that takes me back to my trailwork days in the early 70s.

Yeah, I'd probably use it. I've been known to use a little Sno-Seal on my Brooks saddles (and on my Limmers, back when...
01-07-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,364
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah! It isn't even notarized!

Yeah! It isn't even notarized!
01-06-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,364
Posted By jonwvara

Sure, if torpedoes would work better, let's use...

Sure, if torpedoes would work better, let's use those.
01-05-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,364
Posted By jonwvara

I was scheduled to have a cavity in an upper left...

I was scheduled to have a cavity in an upper left molar filled back in April. The pandemic put the kibosh on that. My dentist still isn't accepting new appointments. Now the tooth hurts when I bite...
01-01-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 1,178
Views: 233,517
Posted By jonwvara

I interviewed her once, along with Russell...

I interviewed her once, along with Russell Johnson, who played The Professor. They were both left-handed. On average, one in seven people is a lefty, so you would have expected to find only one among...
12-30-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,185
Posted By jonwvara

That's the Schwinn Varsity of glacial erratics,...

That's the Schwinn Varsity of glacial erratics, sure enough.

Vermont's erratics are smaller, but of higher quality.
12-28-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,364
Posted By jonwvara

I'm in agreement with the views expressed in post...

I'm in agreement with the views expressed in post #36, above. The OP seems to raise a valid question or two, but his patronizing attitude is offensive and inconsistent with the spirit of honest...
12-27-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,364
Posted By jonwvara

The plot thickens...

The plot thickens...
12-27-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,185
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, no denying that. Plus the glaciers filled...

Yeah, no denying that. Plus the glaciers filled my fields all full of rocks. The bastids!
12-27-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,185
Posted By jonwvara

1. Ice sheet carves river valleys. 2. Road...

1. Ice sheet carves river valleys.
2. Road system is later superimposed on existing river valleys.
3. Bicycles and other wheeled vehicles use roads superimposed on etc., etc.
12-27-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,185
Posted By jonwvara

Orthodoxy Part 2

I'm sure that many longtime members of this forum were disturbed to learn of a possible misinterpretation of the serial numbering of Centurion brand bicycles. This in itself is bad enough, but it...
12-26-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,364
Posted By jonwvara

I like what William Warburton supposedly said:...

I like what William Warburton supposedly said: "Orthodoxy is my doxy. Heterodoxy is another man's doxy." [He was presumably thinking of the word as used in the sense of a mistress, lover, or...
12-24-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,092
Posted By jonwvara

This is a cheerfulness-inducing thread. Those are...

This is a cheerfulness-inducing thread. Those are nice little bikes. Good work all around!
12-23-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,708
Posted By jonwvara

Nice find! But what's so bad about a life of...

Nice find!

But what's so bad about a life of mediocrity? I have mostly enjoyed mine, so far.
12-16-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 261
Views: 18,438
Posted By jonwvara

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Somewhere between Selma and Uniontown, Alabama. A little ways beyond here,...
12-09-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,240
Posted By jonwvara

I didn't mention this earlier, but the equation...

I didn't mention this earlier, but the equation of time is a sore subject with me. I once wrote a fairly long article about it for Yankee Magazine--they assigned the piece to me, for some reason....
12-09-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,240
Posted By jonwvara

I thought I was the only one who knew or cared...

I thought I was the only one who knew or cared about this. I always get a small glimmer of hope when we have our earliest sunset, which now happens at about 4:08 in my neck of the woods.
12-05-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,056
Posted By jonwvara

Cartridge BB installation, genius!

I will now describe a stroke of towering genius that came to me recently while replacing a bottom bracket cartridge. I expect I will soon learn that it's a trick that everyone else here already knew,...
11-18-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 859
Posted By jonwvara

There's not much information out there about...

There's not much information out there about Dawes. I have heard (with what reliability I know not) that the Dawes factory burned at one point, after which the company retired the "flaming torch"...
10-19-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 331
Views: 73,822
Posted By jonwvara

Very nice! One of the nicer things about...

Very nice!

One of the nicer things about many TdFs of that vintage is that they used Simplex rear dropouts without the integral derailleur hanger. It's convenient to be able to use any derailleur...
10-11-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3,685
Views: 333,420
Posted By jonwvara

I have some NOS orphan P3 parts, I think. I'll...

I have some NOS orphan P3 parts, I think. I'll dig them out tomorrow and get back to you.
09-29-20, 05:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 791
Posted By jonwvara

Yes. But they're beyond sturdy--almost...

Yes. But they're beyond sturdy--almost indestructible, in my experience. I once t-boned a bulldog while descending a hill at about 20 mph (he ran up an embankment where I couldn't see him until he...
09-16-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 16,765
Views: 1,780,705
Posted By jonwvara

You rule, man! Nice work! I predict that you will...

You rule, man! Nice work! I predict that you will take that 50-mile ride in due time.

Maybe your aching knees are a result of your saddle being tad too low. Of course, a lot of other things can...
09-16-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 756
Posted By jonwvara

I think it would be nuts to do anything to that...

I think it would be nuts to do anything to that frame other than clean and wax it. It will cost a lot of money and you'll end up with a much less desirable bike. Seriously, don't do it!
09-14-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 16,765
Views: 1,780,705
Posted By jonwvara

Onions

I rode my wheelbarrow out to the garden today and brought home a winter's worth of onions, maybe 100 lbs. or so. They have to cure there on the floor of the bike shop for two weeks or so, during...
09-08-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 3,685
Views: 333,420
Posted By jonwvara

Well, I'm glad I helped you figure out your own...

Well, I'm glad I helped you figure out your own stash. Do you remember that Mark Twain chapter from Roughing It, called "My Grandfather's Old Ram?" As Jim Blaine said, "Prov'dence don't fire no blank...
08-24-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 103,750
Posted By jonwvara

Looks like a Wyandotte, a Rhode Island Red, and...

Looks like a Wyandotte, a Rhode Island Red, and maybe a Speckled Sussex.
Chicks dig old bikes.
08-24-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 992
Views: 103,750
Posted By jonwvara

Near the end of the improved road to Waitsfield...

Near the end of the improved road to Waitsfield Gap on a four-day bikepacking trip. The last mile was a push over steep big rocks--it felt like climbing into the Vermont version of a cloud forest. I...
08-07-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 846
Posted By jonwvara

What an empiricist! Shocking.

What an empiricist! Shocking.
08-02-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,730
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, it's as if you got your crampons sharpened...

Yeah, it's as if you got your crampons sharpened by Fred Beckey.

You'll hear a lot of skepticism about repainting around here. You'll certainly hear it from me. A good job--and it's never worth...
07-23-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 670
Posted By jonwvara

This is a brilliantly titled post. I can't...

This is a brilliantly titled post. I can't imagine anyone with a trace of curiosity not looking in, as I did, to see why you want to know.

I'm no help, though. I don't know if they float.
07-22-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 29,612
Posted By jonwvara

In March, I would have said that of course there...

In March, I would have said that of course there will be a 2021 Eroica, regardless of what happens in 2020. Now I'm not so sure. This is purely a wild-ass guess, but I'd now put the April of 2021...
07-22-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By jonwvara

I can't wait for the "I got wrecked on my Trek...

I can't wait for the "I got wrecked on my Trek 420" thread.
07-20-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,108
Posted By jonwvara

It doesn't get extravagantly hot here in Vermont,...

It doesn't get extravagantly hot here in Vermont, which is fortunate since I don't like riding in the heat. But a few years ago, on a ride from Marfa to Marathon, Texas, the temp was slightly above...
07-19-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 1,898
Views: 188,657
Posted By jonwvara

I used some Jantex tape recently--being a cheap...

I used some Jantex tape recently--being a cheap New Englander I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame because you get enough for two wheels for less than ten bucks. I haven't removed a tire yet, so...
07-15-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 681
Posted By jonwvara

Lejeune project complete

I took the newly built-up Lejeune out for a ride this afternoon. I obtained the frame from BF member big chainring, and the tubular rims from Andy_K. The rest of the components came out of my parts...
07-13-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 502
Posted By jonwvara

Shimming 25mm handlebars to a 26mm stem

This may or may not be of interest to anyone, but I recently had to shim a set of older 25mm French handlebars to fit a modern 26mm Nitto stem (part of a LeJeune project that's about done; I will...
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