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02-22-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 25,506
Posted By LeicaLad

I, too, am very pleased to see this thread...

I, too, am very pleased to see this thread revived! Welcome back, Bro Rumfoord.

Thanks!
02-22-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 3,441
Views: 809,978
Posted By LeicaLad

Looks like a 1971. I've had a few of these, and...

Looks like a 1971. I've had a few of these, and they are my absolutely favorite riders.
02-22-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3,441
Views: 809,978
Posted By LeicaLad

Brian, I looked at your other photos, and that...

Brian, I looked at your other photos, and that truly IS a beautiful bike.

I sure do hope grandson posts a few photos of the bikes his dad has kept, too!
01-30-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By LeicaLad

Thanks.

Thanks.
01-30-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By LeicaLad

BITD? You're referring to the late 80s-early 90s...

BITD? You're referring to the late 80s-early 90s as BITD? Really? There have long been chains of various widths. When freewheels went narrow to squeeze 6 speeds into 120mm dropouts, or 7 speeds...
01-30-21, 11:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By LeicaLad

Deore XT rings - narrow chain?

So, I have little experience with this series of cranks. It's an early FC-M730 crankset but it has SG chainrings. The outer ring has the SG sticker, half of which is given up to "For NARROW chain...
10-25-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 76,272
Posted By LeicaLad

Indeed! Very Nice!

Indeed! Very Nice!
09-20-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 76,272
Posted By LeicaLad

And one cannot help but notice the fine...

And one cannot help but notice the fine willow-leaf seat stay treatment. This frame was brazed by one of their best.

Shame it's too small, tho'

imho, obviously!
09-14-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 76,272
Posted By LeicaLad

Superdan, That is absolutely lovely. In a...

Superdan,
That is absolutely lovely. In a line-up, I'd call this a '71, but that's because I have 3 (well, 2 1/2) 1971 Gitane bikes.

Your sprucing 'er up looks mighty fine to me. Call me...
08-08-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 478
Posted By LeicaLad

Edco sealed BB - creaking sounds

So, this is about an Edco Competition sealed bearing unit bottom bracket. Id picked this up in trade at the 2018 Westminster bike swap. It came with beat-up BSC thread cups. I had a new-2-me 1971...
07-01-20, 03:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By LeicaLad

Thank you. This makes perfectly good sense. ...

Thank you. This makes perfectly good sense.

Best to you all!
06-30-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By LeicaLad

Thanks for the suggestions. I do have a...

Thanks for the suggestions. I do have a Fastenall shop quite close by. I don't really want to stack washers, as that reduces the thread bite into the axle more than I would prefer.

I'm also...
06-30-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By LeicaLad

C&V crankbolt washer options

Friends,
So, I seem to be short of crank bolt washers, and haven't found a source for them. In my search, I begin to wonder why the
crank bolts that I do have seem to be oddly under-sized for the...
05-07-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By LeicaLad

Gentlemen All, Thank you. It had been so...

Gentlemen All,

Thank you. It had been so long since I overhauled one of these hubs, I'd forgotten (too many) details.

I'm good now.

Thank you, again, to each of you.

Cheers,
Owen W
05-06-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By LeicaLad

Thank you. Please bear with me here. So, the DS...

Thank you. Please bear with me here. So, the DS cone needs to be rock solid locked in place. Perhaps even Loctite induced solid. THEN reinsert axle, paying attention to bearings and grease...
05-06-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By LeicaLad

I'm still confused. I had adjusted the wheel,...

I'm still confused. I had adjusted the wheel, but the DS nut simply backed off. Suddenly the back wheel is practically flopping.

Now, if I simply tighten it by hand I can bind the bearings by...
05-06-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By LeicaLad

Hub bearing adjustment w/o lock washer

C&V background. Most hub axles I know are keyed and have ways to lock the adjustment in place.

This is a FH-1055. The axle is not keyed. One side only has what I expect: a pair of nuts, the...
04-10-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By LeicaLad

Some solid advice. Many thanks. There is a...

Some solid advice. Many thanks. There is a small side hole that has a tiny screw. I'd not opened it but will (once back from a ride).

Thanks, also to Noobinsf, for the link back to PastorBob. ...
04-10-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By LeicaLad

I do actually understand how a freewheel works. ...

I do actually understand how a freewheel works. My question regards excessive lubricant.

Thank you.
04-10-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By LeicaLad

Flooded Freewheel

Gentle Wrenches,

I built a wheel set on fine Campy Hi-Flange hubs that, of course, require a freewheel. Deep from within the boxes came a nice Sachs Maillard LY92 freewheel, with a note saying...
03-08-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By LeicaLad

Thanks. Phil Wood products. Cheers

Thanks. Phil Wood products.

Cheers
03-08-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 502
Posted By LeicaLad

Cleaning/re-lubing SKF 61903 BB bearings

Gentlemen,

I have acquired a nice 114mm OMAS B.B. axle with SKF 61903 bearings. The bearings are smooth, but the grease was a bit sticky/old. I gave a modest shot of penetration oil, and they...
03-03-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 3,441
Views: 809,978
Posted By LeicaLad

Peter, Only to repeat: What an incredibly fine...

Peter, Only to repeat: What an incredibly fine machine you've found. I also appreciate your detailed write-up. That said, this does look a tad small for you. ; -)
Thanks, again, for posting...
02-02-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 847
Views: 241,580
Posted By LeicaLad

That's a real beauty. I'm curious how it handles...

That's a real beauty. I'm curious how it handles on corners. That bottom bracket looks really low.

Always a key concern in 650B modifications.

: -)
01-12-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3,441
Views: 809,978
Posted By LeicaLad

Sorry. This is the bike I meant. This is a...

Sorry. This is the bike I meant. This is a 1972.

: -)
01-12-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3,441
Views: 809,978
Posted By LeicaLad

Just FYI. It's a 1972. Cheers!

Just FYI. It's a 1972.

Cheers!
12-16-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

Well, how nice. I take back what I said. This...

Well, how nice. I take back what I said. This is very much 1971, at the latest. Possibly even late 1970. The fork crown is a major tell, but so are the touches on the seat cluster.

Now, that...
12-16-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

per the Edit. Clearly the case. That's why you...

per the Edit. Clearly the case. That's why you overlook the stuff that was easily changed, like derailleurs, stems, etc., and note the ones that few owners ever bother with, like headset, seatpost...
12-16-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

Well, I'd say '71 at the earliest. The '69 & '70...

Well, I'd say '71 at the earliest. The '69 & '70 specimens that I've seen have little signature details that stand out, starting with just a bit better workmanship. There were no mixup of parts in...
12-15-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

Back to original post: No photo of hubs, but the...

Back to original post: No photo of hubs, but the skewer is a Tipo. Parts aren't that important. Like everyone, I started changing parts on my TdF from the moment I could afford to. I suggest the...
12-15-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

Did it come with other "little" bits, like cable...

Did it come with other "little" bits, like cable guides, chainstay guides, etc.? The SC had Campy bits, the TdF had French bits. But, in the end, there is essentially no difference. Same tubes,...
12-15-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

No, they're both the same. That is one of the...

No, they're both the same. That is one of the distinct weaknesses of the Gitane frames. The bridge can be easily damaged by over-tightening. But, that little item aside, they're still great riding...
12-15-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

I have both a 1971 TdF that I bought brand new in...

I have both a 1971 TdF that I bought brand new in 1971, and a "garage queen" 1971 Super Corsa. The bikes are essentially identical, except that the SC has Campy dropouts. In late '71 and '72 there...
12-11-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,414
Posted By LeicaLad

Whatever works, do please post (lots of) photos,...

Whatever works, do please post (lots of) photos, please!
08-30-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By LeicaLad

Ah. Final report. Thanks, Scott, for...

Ah. Final report.

Thanks, Scott, for calling my attention to watch the alignment of the rivet heads with the spacer. Once done, it all settles into place, and the spacing looks perfect.

All...
08-30-19, 03:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By LeicaLad

Many thanks, Scott. I'll let you know after...

Many thanks, Scott.

I'll let you know after today's tinkering.

: -)

Cheers!
08-29-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By LeicaLad

[QUOTE=ThermionicScott;21098967]Thanks, that's...

[QUOTE=ThermionicScott;21098967]Thanks, that's exactly what mine look like.

Cool, one of these guys?
...
08-29-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By LeicaLad

Always happy to humor. First, attached is a...

Always happy to humor.

First, attached is a photo of a clean FH-1055. Don't think anything can come out.
...
08-29-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By LeicaLad

"Uniglide-style dustcap"?? I have a spare...

"Uniglide-style dustcap"??

I have a spare FH-1055 I'll go dig out to look at.

But I'm uncertain. The lock ring looks like it's pretty flush and can't go much deeper.

I have some 9s spacers...
08-29-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,591
Posted By LeicaLad

Why is this new cassette loose?

I'm treading across the vintage line and into an issue.

So, I went to change the cogs on an FH-1055 (126mm). Id been running a Uniglide (UG) cassette, but it was worn and giving problems. In my...
Replies: 15
Views: 4,103
Posted By LeicaLad

Yes, this is truly and ancient thread. I am...

Yes, this is truly and ancient thread. I am quite amused in reading it.

No, sorry to say, it didn't stay with me long and it was sold to a student at Georgetown U. I suspect it didn't survive...
07-18-18, 02:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,652
Posted By LeicaLad

I have several pair of the Tektro R559, which are...

I have several pair of the Tektro R559, which are a long-reach caliper. All are nutted. The long-reach are really nice either for 650B conversions, or for old frames built for 27" but converted to...
07-30-17, 08:43 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,339
Posted By LeicaLad

I have a vegan daughter who is a student at VCU. ...

I have a vegan daughter who is a student at VCU. There seem to be quite a few choices for vegan and vegetablearians around the VCU campus and the Fan District.

Other than the swampy weather...
07-24-17, 12:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,599
Posted By LeicaLad

You've been introduced! You need to go...

You've been introduced!

You need to go over and say hello! A.S.A.P., too!

: - )
07-10-17, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By LeicaLad

OMS? How 'bout acetone? Hadn't thought to soak...

OMS? How 'bout acetone? Hadn't thought to soak it all.

Which of the solvents might/would eat the plastic sleeve?

Thanks.
07-10-17, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 737
Posted By LeicaLad

Vintage OMAS BB bearing question

Good scholars,

I have a NOS OMAS cartridge bearing bottom Bracket that I'm thinking to install into a '71 Gitane.

The cartridge bearings are open-backed. French made, they are marked AY 17 Z. ...
07-07-17, 07:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By LeicaLad

So YOU'RE the one buying these up! Hmmm. I...

So YOU'RE the one buying these up!

Hmmm. I was thinking hard about one of those headsets, too.

Oh, well.

Cheers! : - )
07-07-17, 07:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,781
Posted By LeicaLad

Okay. You've opened up an entire can of worms...

Okay. You've opened up an entire can of worms here.

The 7400 hubs are fabulous, and they look great, too. HOWEVER, they have major limitations.

First, if you are talking 7 speeds, you need...
07-03-17, 07:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,583
Posted By LeicaLad

I also have an older Craftsman socket wrench that...

I also have an older Craftsman socket wrench that fits well.

However, I was in hunt of a 7mm hex head for my several French bikes that have 7mm stem bolts and I found this tool:
...
06-18-17, 05:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,470
Posted By LeicaLad

I'm sure I have one of these in my French parts...

I'm sure I have one of these in my French parts bin. I will try to find it to see if there's anything I can contribute.

Right now, tho', nothing.

Interesting case, none the less.
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