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Posted By microcord

He's still setting a blazing pace...

He's still setting a blazing pace (http://trackleaders.com/transam19).

I'm pretty sure that the difference in diet between him...
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Posted By microcord

That Trek is an attractive bike. Will...

That Trek is an attractive bike.



Will you be standing next to the bike, guarding it against potential damage; or will you have to put it into a baggage car and just hope that no oaf throws...
05-26-19, 06:53 PM
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Posted By microcord

Yes, see for example "Canít help falling in...

Yes, see for example "Canít help falling in price: why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value...
04-30-19, 01:50 AM
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Posted By microcord

It does indeed sound very obscure! But thank you...

It does indeed sound very obscure! But thank you for telling me what you do know.
04-30-19, 01:47 AM
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Posted By microcord

Hmm, interesting. It's normal for a Japanese...

Hmm, interesting. It's normal for a Japanese company to have a company history published. These are very stodgy affairs and can be highly selective; but for what they do say, they should be reliable....
04-28-19, 05:34 PM
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Posted By microcord

F W Evans is well known, but I'd not heard of an...

F W Evans is well known, but I'd not heard of an Evans in France. I tried googling for it (evans france bicycle -cadel -"evans cycles" -"tour de france", etc), but kept getting irrelevant stuff. Do...
04-28-19, 04:59 PM
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Posted By microcord

While I've never heard of early bikes or their...

While I've never heard of early bikes or their riders being called kangaroos, I'll concede that I have an extraordinarily wide-ranging ignorance of 19th-century Japan. I thought I'd look into this.
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04-28-19, 08:35 AM
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Posted By microcord

Putting aside the matter of kangaroos, ...

Putting aside the matter of kangaroos,



No it doesn't. The name consists of maru (round, circular) + ishi (stone). This is the same ishi that appears in "Ishibashi" (from which "Bridgestone"...
03-06-19, 03:31 AM
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Posted By microcord

That's a good set of photos. Of course it's easy...

That's a good set of photos. Of course it's easy for anyone to say "But there really have to be photos of XYZ as well"; so I'll say it:

There really have to be photos of the Cherubim umbrellas.
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03-06-19, 03:03 AM
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Posted By microcord

Now that's a very palatable price -- a pity that...

Now that's a very palatable price -- a pity that the page says "This item does not ship to Japan." Yes, I'll look around.
03-05-19, 05:54 PM
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Posted By microcord

due ruote, Spaghetti Legs, thank you both very...

due ruote, Spaghetti Legs, thank you both very much.

I think the saddle is dry, so the next job is proofing (well, increasing resistance) and cosmetic restoration. I looked for "Obenauf" in the...
03-05-19, 03:35 AM
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Posted By microcord

Thank you for your patience with my ignorance,...

Thank you for your patience with my ignorance, Chombi1. Yes, it's this patterned stuff. (Buffalo? Well well: I'd been wondering which critter's hide was being imitated.) Last week, my saddle looked...
03-05-19, 01:55 AM
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Posted By microcord

It's . . . leather? I'd taken it for granted that...

It's . . . leather? I'd taken it for granted that it was plastic. Well, that certainly explains things.

I have a single pair of black leather shoes that I wear for funerals, but otherwise my feet...
03-04-19, 11:15 PM
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Posted By microcord

Selle Italia Turbo Special 'n' soggy

Decades ago, I bought a Selle Italia Turbo Special:...
03-04-19, 08:28 AM
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Posted By microcord

You haven't said how fit he is, and different...

You haven't said how fit he is, and different people might have different understanding of "major" in major hills.

I have a bike with 43+27 chainwheels and 11-to-32 cassette. It gets me up slopes...
03-03-19, 04:07 AM
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Posted By microcord

IRD (as mentioned above); Dixna...

IRD (as mentioned above); Dixna (http://tsss.co.jp/web/?p=5147); and (the most recent acquisition) a 54-40-30 crankset bought "used" at an auction but seemingly unused, about as vintagey/handsome as...
03-03-19, 03:53 AM
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Posted By microcord

I imagine that this is true of Italian bikes as...

I imagine that this is true of Italian bikes as well.

There have been plenty of Japanese brands of non-mass-produced bikes: as well as those already mentioned, there've been Alps, Zephyr, Level, S...
02-27-19, 07:06 AM
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Posted By microcord

I don't get what either a "super bike" or a "real...

I don't get what either a "super bike" or a "real super bike" is. (A high-priced bike from a company with a big advertising budget?)
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Posted By microcord

I have a Dixna brand 43/27 crankset, 105 FD,...

I have a Dixna brand 43/27 crankset, 105 FD, 11-32 Tiagra (I think) 10-cog cassette, and Tiagra RD. Not so expensive, and it all works together well.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-14-19, 02:33 AM
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Posted By microcord

Speaking as a wrinkly, white-haired old person,...

Speaking as a wrinkly, white-haired old person, I'm actually rather sceptical of blaming the ills of the world on the young. It's not them who are to blame for vast disparities of income and wealth,...
01-05-19, 11:52 PM
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Posted By microcord

Either (A) what Chombi1 said: Or (B)...

Either (A) what Chombi1 said:



Or (B) for less than [what I'd guess is] the price of a new Bottecchia frame, I could have a frame made to order, just for me. Designed for disk brakes if I...
01-05-19, 07:48 AM
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Posted By microcord

Bikes named "Puma" and given the puma design of...

Bikes named "Puma" and given the puma design of the sneaker company have been sold in Japan: here (https://www.cyclowired.jp/lifenews/node/21970)'s a page about them in 2009.

There seems to be...
01-02-19, 06:25 PM
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Posted By microcord

I've just come back to Tokyo from what was within...

I've just come back to Tokyo from what was within memory the countryside, still regards itself as the countryside, but is suburbia. Only the occasional oddball cycles or walks anywhere. It's totally...
01-02-19, 05:35 PM
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Posted By microcord

This discussion is becoming increasingly strange,...

This discussion is becoming increasingly strange, and I think that one reason is the very different understandings of (or laws concerning) ebikes.

Where I happen to live, electric assist is...
01-02-19, 08:14 AM
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Posted By microcord

I read this in disbelief. Just how many more...

I read this in disbelief. Just how many more ebikes do you want sold in a year before saying that it's the year of ebikes? The streets, or rather the sidewalks, are already crawling with them. Or...
12-30-18, 08:07 AM
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Posted By microcord

Hello from Tokyo. Yes, try this video to view...

Hello from Tokyo. Yes, try this video to view expensive wall art. I'm sure that the video is well intended by all concerned but I find it pretty funny. The shop (Corsa Corsa) is on an arterial road...
12-30-18, 03:26 AM
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Posted By microcord

I have a 1982 Miyata LeMans, stored carelessly,...

I have a 1982 Miyata LeMans, stored carelessly, and a circa-1990 Cinelli Mens Sana, stored carefully. I love them both. I don't know how they were painted but the results are that the paintwork on...
10-19-18, 04:17 AM
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Posted By microcord

Hello from Tokyo. The woman in the...

Hello from Tokyo.

The woman in the (surprisingly long) video pronounces it right. (The first time, anyway. I then had to stop the video because dinner was ready.) But the second syllable doesn't...
07-07-18, 10:00 PM
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Posted By microcord

incorrupt Ravanello

Posted back in 2012; never corrected.
The allusion to habanero, or red pepper, may be why the head badge . . . uh . . . shows a radish.

Here's a better view of the head badge design:...
06-30-18, 07:43 AM
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Posted By microcord

I was sure I'd seen WD-40 for sale; but when I...

I was sure I'd seen WD-40 for sale; but when I looked for it, it proved curiously elusive. (The big name here is CRC5-56, from a company named Kure.) Anyway, I eventually found it, sprayed some...
06-11-18, 04:07 PM
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Posted By microcord

Morning (my time), everyone! Thank you for your...

Morning (my time), everyone! Thank you for your continuing ideas and tips ... not to mention your polite tussling over the reputation of SunRace. (Incidentally, my example really is new, as far as I...
06-10-18, 11:53 PM
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Posted By microcord

Yes about one in five of my messages here gets...

Yes about one in five of my messages here gets zapped; I really don't know why, as they all seem innocuous to me.

That video is very clear. (NB for anyone watching it for the first time: the...
06-10-18, 05:32 PM
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Posted By microcord

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

Good morning (my time), all. Thank you for your messages. (Actually I replied several hours ago, but that message was stopped for moderation and then deleted -- I've no idea why.)

I am indeed in...
06-10-18, 02:57 AM
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Posted By microcord

Thank you, *Scuba. I do have the freewheel...

Thank you, *Scuba.

I do have the freewheel removal tools, and I even have a one-inch (!) spanner to turn the Park one for Suntour. While I lack the other tools, they don't seem to be hard to get....
06-10-18, 01:38 AM
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Posted By microcord

New freewheel spinning too freely

A friend's 14-to-22 (or so) ancient six-sprocket Suntour freewheel worked fine. But as its combination with a "small" 42-tooth chainwheel really is impossible for 15% ascents and real-world thighs,...
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Posted By microcord

On the seat tube, I think I see a sticker...

On the seat tube, I think I see a sticker announcing the tubeset.

Perhaps a previous owner was persuaded that changing to these silly brake levers would make the bike safer; I don't know. I don't...
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Posted By microcord

I hate to disappoint you, but it's not a limited...

I hate to disappoint you, but it's not a limited edition. It's a Miyata "LeMANS Criterium"; where it was marketed (primarily Japan), "exclusivity" was never a sales point. If it were bigger, and if...
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Posted By microcord

This is a police registration sticker. We're...

This is a police registration sticker. We're looking at it upside down. It appears to be stuck on top of a previous registration sticker. Anyway, the bike was registered in Ashiya (芦屋), a town in...
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Posted By microcord

Sorry for the delay, T-Mar. Mine is 56 cm (C-T). ...

Sorry for the delay, T-Mar. Mine is 56 cm (C-T).

The label on the head tube of crashg's frame is the same as that on mine. (I've seen at least one alternative design among other LeMANS (or should...
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Posted By microcord

The number's on the head tube. Hmm, it had...

The number's on the head tube.

Hmm, it had never occurred to me that it might not be a 56 cm frame. (How incurious I am!) Certainly the size makes it seem 56 cm, and a friend's 1979 LeMans...
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Posted By microcord

My own Miyata LeMans Criterium (which I know is...

My own Miyata LeMans Criterium (which I know is "Criterium" because it's so labelled on its top tube) has a serial number starting with "K" (i.e. 1982) and a sticker saying "LCR-560-I". "LCR" does...
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Posted By microcord

Oh, sorry, I missed that. Anyway, I was thinking...

Oh, sorry, I missed that. Anyway, I was thinking "domestic from Miyata's POV".
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Posted By microcord

No, it's a domestic market model. I have its 560...

No, it's a domestic market model. I have its 560 mm 1982 brother, and a handsome bike it is. I ride it routinely (even if I wish the frame were 4 cm larger). Here in Japan, Miyata used the name "Le...
05-10-18, 06:44 AM
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Posted By microcord

For the first time, I'm using brifters. I heard...

For the first time, I'm using brifters. I heard that 11-speed was rather fragile, and that (10-speed) Tiagra was good. Thus my brifters and RD are current-model Tiagra (which isn't compatible with...
04-22-18, 06:50 AM
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Posted By microcord

My commuting bike -- 1982 Miyata LeMans Criterium...

My commuting bike -- 1982 Miyata LeMans Criterium (Miyata 1200?) frame, mongrel wheels off another bike, Suntour Cyclone II and Sugino transmission, flipped 'n' snipped handlebar as fitted when I...
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Posted By microcord

Along the various rivers that connect the...

Along the various rivers that connect the unexciting suburbia where I live with the hilly areas that are interesting to ride around; along the undulating route to and from work; over the hills that...
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Posted By microcord

If my frame is the same as a 1200 then the 1200...

If my frame is the same as a 1200 then the 1200 is a lovely frame. Somewhere, I have the freewheel that came with the bike, and that may or may not be original. I kept it for its curiosity value....
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Posted By microcord

Neither can I. I'd like to be able to, but when I...

Neither can I. I'd like to be able to, but when I went to the Bicycle Culture Centre (or similar name) in Meguro (SSW Tokyo) and asked if they had Miyata catalogues of the time, I got (politely)...
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Posted By microcord

Thank you again, T-Mar. My own...

Thank you again, T-Mar.



My own (Japanese-market) Miyata frame dates from 1982 and shows no sign of having been altered (when I got it, it was fitted with a 7-speed freewheel); unless I made a...
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Posted By microcord

T-Mar, many thanks for the expert and...

T-Mar, many thanks for the expert and illuminating commentary. Just a couple of small points, though:



What do you mean by "parallel frame angles" -- head tube to seat tube? And by...
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