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09-24-22, 05:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 458
Posted By BillRS22

Tire mounting

If needed I spray a slight lubricant, such as Windex or soap solution, on the rim and tire section that is difficult to
finish up. I have never needed levers to mount a tire, although some tires are...
09-17-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,522
Posted By BillRS22

C&V Interest

I just went to our local car show and think the crowds have been pretty steady for the last few years. Maybe 10 years
ago I would have been interested in a mid-50’s car, but now at 76 it would be...
09-06-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 8,594
Posted By BillRS22

E Bikes

I see a lot of teens zooming around the paved trails in our local parks. They are clipping along pretty good. We had to pedal when we were kids. I am SO jealous. Bill
09-05-22, 03:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 343
Posted By BillRS22

Peugeot Competition

I have a 1981(?) PKN-10 in the same color. The components are all French and most are branded Peugeot.
I bought it for $10 at a garage sale, and it cleaned up like new. Bill
09-04-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 696
Posted By BillRS22


Lattz, thanks for the information. I will check them out. Bill
09-03-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 696
Posted By BillRS22


Lattz, what kind of stem is that? It would look great on my dark green Waterford.


08-29-22, 04:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By BillRS22

Cable Housing

I bought older unlined Campy housing for a rebuild earlier this year. The housing went from the brake lever to the rear
brake in one piece. I was amazed how much friction and resistance there was...
08-21-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,173
Posted By BillRS22


On most rides I carry one spare tube, on longer rides two. I carry a frame mounted pump and also a CO2 inflator with two cylinders. I also carry self sticking patches and a tire boot. In all my years...
08-17-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,123
Posted By BillRS22

Chamois Cream

I use chamois cream with modern shorts. I apply to my skin areas that are friction points, and to the liner itself
although they are synthetic these days. I haven’t tried riding without the cream,...
08-15-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 580
Posted By BillRS22

Jury Rigged

Thanks for sending me to the dictionary for “Jury Rigged”. Jury Rigged is the oldest of the terms. I had never
heard of “Jerry Rigged” before. Being from the Chicago area, “Jury Rigged” just seemed...
08-14-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 955
Posted By BillRS22


I try for 3 rides during the week, 20-30 miles each. And 2 rides on the weekend, one at 40-50 miles. So I
normally get 120 miles or so per week June-Sep. I feel it if I ride more than 4 days in a...
08-13-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 745
Posted By BillRS22

Chain Stay Bridge

Of course you are right about being passionate regarding areas of interest. If an item you collect has a flaw, then that is all you see. Other people wouldn’t notice it. My neighbor thinks I’m nuts...
08-13-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 745
Posted By BillRS22

Chain Stay Bridge

OK, I just checked and both my 1974 Mercian and 2004 Waterford have a chain stay bridge. You must be awfully sensitive to let that extra weight bother you..
08-08-22, 05:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 966
Posted By BillRS22


Nice looking Suburban. My first bike as an adult was a new 1970 (!) Suburban in metallic brown after I graduated from college. I’m afraid I butchered it up pretty good as I didn’t really know much...
08-08-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 838
Posted By BillRS22

PI Shorts

I bought a pair of PI Pro shorts last year , XXL as usual, and they were at least a size too big. Plus, the chamois is a different design from a few years ago. I contacted P.I. and they said they did...
08-07-22, 06:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 379
Posted By BillRS22

Bob Jackson

Very nice! I love vintage English bikes. Bill
08-07-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,374
Posted By BillRS22


I have run over 2 squirrels, one straight on and one that did the zig-zag routine. Neither seemed to be affected
by the encounter. But yes, the front wheel jam up would be quite exciting. As would a...
08-06-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 557
Posted By BillRS22


I have used basic CatEye wireless computers for years. The one in use now is 17 years old. As per the above post, stray electronic signals will affect the maximum speed recorded. My best speed was...
08-04-22, 07:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 860
Posted By BillRS22

Super Course Rebuild

Well, maybe I need to go to confession. About 20 years ago I rebuilt an early 70’s Carlton Super Course
with flat bars and old DuraAce components. I kept the original Weinmann CP calipers. The bike...
08-01-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By BillRS22

Mercian Headset

Yes, I think the headset is Stronglight x-14.

Thanks Ross200,

07-31-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By BillRS22

Mercian Pro 1974 background

The original paint scheme was Mercian “Smoke Blue” with white pin striping around the lugs. The original
build was black DuraAce, and black stem and bars. The headset is a Stronglight needle...
07-31-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 381
Posted By BillRS22

Mercian Pro 1974

This is a 1974 Mercian Pro that I rebuilt with Campy components earlier this summer. I bought the bike in 1975 and originally
built it up with DuraAce components. In the 90’s it sported a Campy...
07-30-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By BillRS22

Putting Tire On Rim

As mentioned earlier, I always inflate the tube somewhat to give it shape. Sometimes
I spray a liquid, such as windex, around the last section of rim and tire. That usually
provides enough...
07-29-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,912
Posted By BillRS22


It’s the little things that make retirement enjoyable. Like if it’s really windy on the weekend, just wait and ride
during the week. Or in winter you don’t have to get up early and shovel the drive...
07-12-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 913
Posted By BillRS22


Another cyclist told me he was riding and a pickup truck coming the opposite way hit a deer and threw it into him. He was injured pretty seriously. It would be hard to avoid a situation like that. ...
07-11-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 372
Posted By BillRS22

Gita next 1973

Since you don’t have any experience with bikes, I suggest one of the older how-to books that cover bikes
and components from that era. “The New Complete Book of Cycling” by Eugene Sloan covers many...
07-10-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 623
Posted By BillRS22

Bike INsurance

I wondered a few years ago about my liability if I caused an automobile accident while riding my bike. It could
happen, or a driver could claim you caused an accident even if you didn’t. I decided...
Forum: Introductions
07-05-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 269
Posted By BillRS22


Welcome to the Forum, I am a new member myself. I am like you, mostly a road cyclist. But lots older.. Bill
07-03-22, 09:49 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,692
Posted By BillRS22

Wrapping Bars

Wrapping bars is one of my least favorite chores. Your wrap is OK but looks a little loose on the drops. When you do rewrap the bar, use the old tape and practice on another bar if you have one...
06-30-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 555
Posted By BillRS22

Veloce barbsize

I am a new member and have been reviewing old posts. I just removed Veloce brifters from a 3ttt Ergo Power
bar. The bar measures 26.0mm at the center section where it attaches to the stem, and about...
Forum: Introductions
06-26-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By BillRS22


Welcome from another new member. I love older English road bikes like my Mercian, and Carlton built Raleigh’s too. Bill
Forum: Introductions
06-23-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By BillRS22

New Old Guy

I always visit here so it's time to sign up. I am 75 years old and live in the Chicago area. I have been riding since the mid-70's and am now doing about 2500 miles per year, about 500 miles per...
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