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10-17-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,607
Posted By rando_couche

Never had that happen. But I've only been riding...

Never had that happen. But I've only been riding for 45 years.
10-15-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By rando_couche

SACRILEDGE! It's a relatively rare (tho' not top...

SACRILEDGE! It's a relatively rare (tho' not top end) dedicated touring bike and almost completely original!
08-02-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By rando_couche

That would be the whole British "marginal gains"...

That would be the whole British "marginal gains" thing.
07-25-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,129
Posted By rando_couche

IME, this is true. Up to about age 65, I was...

IME, this is true. Up to about age 65, I was still relatively strong and fast, but in the last two years my performance levels have really gone down the drain. (Solo endurance ride average speeds...
07-25-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 910
Posted By rando_couche

I'm in the "25 inch bikes won't work for me any...

I'm in the "25 inch bikes won't work for me any more" club, but they're too small not too big! Unfortunately, I tend to like frames made of 531c, Super Vitus 971, etc, and those are REALLY hard to...
07-08-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,118
Posted By rando_couche

For Grand Tour pros, 110-120 rpm. Personally,...

For Grand Tour pros, 110-120 rpm. Personally, about the same, but in a MUCH lower gear!
07-08-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,118
Posted By rando_couche

Which is about how fast the TdF peloton goes on...

Which is about how fast the TdF peloton goes on the flat, with a favorable wind (which they had today).
06-28-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,537
Posted By rando_couche

Similar for me: Oregon is home, I've ridden...

Similar for me: Oregon is home, I've ridden several passes in the Pyrenees and Cordillera Cantabrica, roughly 6k miles away.
06-26-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,968
Posted By rando_couche

Latest news: TdF organizers are pursuing legal...

Latest news: TdF organizers are pursuing legal action, and the spectator is in hiding.
06-23-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,434
Posted By rando_couche

A Brooks is like any other saddle: if it doesn't...

A Brooks is like any other saddle: if it doesn't fit you right out of the box, it never will. I just returned to a B17 (a NOS one, it appears) after a few years on C17s and I'd forgotten how well...
06-20-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 864
Posted By rando_couche

Interesting brake cable routing...

Interesting brake cable routing...
06-16-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,419
Posted By rando_couche

Looks awfully nice for hi-ten (very clean...

Looks awfully nice for hi-ten (very clean metalwork, cromovelato, etc).
06-05-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,462
Posted By rando_couche

I keep my bikes clean enough to tell what color...

I keep my bikes clean enough to tell what color they are. Usually.
05-30-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,233
Posted By rando_couche

IIRC, there was a major Dutch or Belgian pro team...

IIRC, there was a major Dutch or Belgian pro team (Buckler maybe?) that rode Colnagos with Superbe or Superbe Pro, so a late '70's - early 80's Colnago would be appropriate.
05-24-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By rando_couche

Red Kool Stops on my non-brazed-on Racers, and...

Red Kool Stops on my non-brazed-on Racers, and they "almost" never squeak. A large crescent wrench is very effective for toeing in MAFACs.
05-24-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,029
Posted By rando_couche

IIRC, Cinelli Speciale Corsas were available at...

IIRC, Cinelli Speciale Corsas were available at one time with fenders. Of course, American buyers removed and tossed the fenders right away, and now they're unobtanium, very sought after and very...
05-24-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 946
Posted By rando_couche

Brooks B17 works best for me, regardless of what...

Brooks B17 works best for me, regardless of what I'm wearing. (And I've NEVER needed to "break one in" - they fit just fine right out of the box.
05-20-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 821
Posted By rando_couche

Judging from the shape of the rear dropouts and...

Judging from the shape of the rear dropouts and headlugs, I'm going to say early 70's Nishiki Semi-Pro.
05-11-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,589
Posted By rando_couche

My favorite "bike noise" is the sound of...

My favorite "bike noise" is the sound of high-quality, high-performance tires on a smooth road. Especially if there's a whole peloton of them flying by at speed!
04-22-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,361
Posted By rando_couche

Yep. He did.

Yep. He did.
04-16-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,988
Posted By rando_couche

The answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the...

The answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything is 42, if that helps any. Of course it helps if you know what the question actually IS.
04-02-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,795
Posted By rando_couche

May be multiple cracks. I'm amazed that no one...

May be multiple cracks. I'm amazed that no one else has seen/mentioned this.
04-01-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,665
Posted By rando_couche

Definitely looks like a Reynolds decal on the...

Definitely looks like a Reynolds decal on the fork. Also the remains of one on the seat tube. Sears did sell a full 531db model during the boom, and IIRC, they were painted that color. Definitely...
03-27-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,097
Posted By rando_couche

Those are complete junk, not worthy of a second...

Those are complete junk, not worthy of a second look. Where did you say they were located?
02-28-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,940
Posted By rando_couche

Can you swing your foot forward and over the...

Can you swing your foot forward and over the handlebar? I've been doing it that way for years (decades, actually).
02-24-21, 08:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 990
Posted By rando_couche

That's it, in a nutshell. I raced for several...

That's it, in a nutshell. I raced for several years on (what is now) the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome in Redmond, WA but never even rode Alpenrose. Sad news.

Scott Peterson
Newport OR
02-11-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,406
Posted By rando_couche

Tell that to Bernard Thevenet (among others).

Tell that to Bernard Thevenet (among others).
01-21-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By rando_couche

I'd hang it on the wall, because if I rode it I'd...

I'd hang it on the wall, because if I rode it I'd ride it to death and that would be a shame for something so quirkily cool.
01-12-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,159
Posted By rando_couche

So what DID you do?

So what DID you do?
01-05-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,271
Posted By rando_couche

The question about vintage gearing reminds me of...

The question about vintage gearing reminds me of the last time I rode a fixie after many years off: "Oh yeah. I remember why I quit doing this!"
01-04-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 762
Posted By rando_couche

Based on the chrome on the rear triangle, it...

Based on the chrome on the rear triangle, it looks like a PX10. Can you share a pic of the frame tubing decal (by the shift levers)?

With the 49d crankset, you can use TA chainrings which will...
01-04-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,803
Posted By rando_couche

Those look like the lugs on a Bridgestone Kabuki...

Those look like the lugs on a Bridgestone Kabuki Submariner:https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x916/s_l1600_fb770b65975c82bc77c8a6752c9bb12d72b7c966.jpg

The lugs were...
01-04-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,803
Posted By rando_couche

Actually, it's kinda cool, in a bizarre sort of...

Actually, it's kinda cool, in a bizarre sort of way.
01-02-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,745
Posted By rando_couche

After 40+ years of avid cycling, I aim for 5-7...

After 40+ years of avid cycling, I aim for 5-7 days a week, alternating hard (or long) and easy. One lesson from my racing days: "Always enough, but never too much" (ie, it's better to under-train...
01-01-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 26,597
Posted By rando_couche

Just a sampling of what I have to put up with. ...

Just a sampling of what I have to put up with. Yaquina Bay Road, Newport, OR.
...
07-16-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By rando_couche

1) It's not an aero cover. That's a carbon disc...

1) It's not an aero cover. That's a carbon disc wheel.
2) The threading on the left side is for a track cog, so the wheel can be used for either road or track.
05-21-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By rando_couche

BTW, the non-OEM fork and the bulge below the top...

BTW, the non-OEM fork and the bulge below the top head lug are both indicators of a frontal impact at some point in time.
05-19-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 64,465
Views: 10,013,477
Posted By rando_couche

No, that was the standard logo for a period of...

No, that was the standard logo for a period of time. Mine looked just like this except for the color (mine was emerald...
05-18-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3,050
Views: 753,938
Posted By rando_couche

Not quite current, but close enough. Comfy, fun...

Not quite current, but close enough. Comfy, fun and just as fast (on average) as my "conventional" bikes.
...
01-04-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By rando_couche

My short term memory is terrible. So is my short...

My short term memory is terrible. So is my short term memory.
01-02-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,483
Posted By rando_couche

Nice rock.

Nice rock.
11-20-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 26,097
Views: 2,727,874
Posted By rando_couche

Daily "wake up" ride. 14 miles out and back on...

Daily "wake up" ride. 14 miles out and back on the bay road. Got rained on yesterday, but not today!...
11-19-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 24,722
Posted By rando_couche

"Too old"? Not there yet at 65 yo. My stock...

"Too old"? Not there yet at 65 yo. My stock answer is "as long as I'm physically able to ride, I'm not too old." We'll see how that goes.

FWIW, I'm retiring in a couple weeks (but who's...
11-06-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 12,352
Posted By rando_couche

Yep. Riding in the snow is for people who don't...

Yep. Riding in the snow is for people who don't know how to (XC) ski!
11-04-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4,176
Views: 639,762
Posted By rando_couche

After a few weeks of unseasonable sunshine, the...

After a few weeks of unseasonable sunshine, the "Marine Layer" (aka FOG)...
10-30-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By rando_couche

Vittoria or Challenge. MADE in Italy? Don't...

Vittoria or Challenge. MADE in Italy? Don't hold your breath.
10-29-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 615
Posted By rando_couche

I've used similar forks (labeled "Kinesis") on a...

I've used similar forks (labeled "Kinesis") on a couple of bikes. They work quite well in terms of "what a fork should do" (handling, ride quality, etc), but aerodynamics? Nah.

BTW, what size...
10-26-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,805
Posted By rando_couche

You've overcome more physically than most of us...

You've overcome more physically than most of us ever will. Chapeau! And keep on pedalling.
10-22-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,130
Posted By rando_couche

A gravel bike is a bike ridden on gravel roads. ...

A gravel bike is a bike ridden on gravel roads. For instance, my Mondia Special, back in the mid 70's.
10-22-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,149
Posted By rando_couche

And don't automatically assume you need to raise...

And don't automatically assume you need to raise your stem to get weight off your hands. Over the past couple years, I've migrated to a long low position (13cm drop from saddle to bar) and my back...
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