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08-16-19, 12:14 PM
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Posted By rustystrings61

We splurged and replaced all the windows in our...

We splurged and replaced all the windows in our house this week. Titus and Harry knew who the bay window was for. Maybe they'll stay off the kitchen table for a while - but, no, who do I think I'm...
08-15-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 669
Posted By rustystrings61

Six years ago I was going to rattlecan this '71...

Six years ago I was going to rattlecan this '71 Gitane TdF flat black. But then I saw it in the sunlight, scars, sun-faded candy-apple Omnium Vert, outlines of hardware long gone, chrome worn thin in...
08-08-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,282
Posted By rustystrings61

Iíve seen at least two different crowns used,...

Iíve seen at least two different crowns used, this simpler one and what I think was a Vagner PL variant.
08-07-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,550
Posted By rustystrings61

Drops with hooded levers - I need all the...

Drops with hooded levers - I need all the different positions to keep my hands happy and to spread the work around to different muscle groups.
08-06-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,282
Posted By rustystrings61

My Nervar Star 128 bcd cranks take a standard 22...

My Nervar Star 128 bcd cranks take a standard 22 mm crank tool. There are rings out there, though sizes other than 40, 42, 52 and 54T may require going to French eBay like I just did in pursuit of a...
07-26-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,548
Posted By rustystrings61

While my introductory Competition came from a...

While my introductory Competition came from a trash heap, I found this one on CL under an ad marked ď3 bicycles.Ē The link led to three blurry photos of this, a 1970 Dunelt and a Walmart Schwinn,...
07-25-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,548
Posted By rustystrings61

Parts gathered so far .... ...

Parts gathered so far ....

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07-25-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,548
Posted By rustystrings61

So what exactly is my plan for this bike? ...

So what exactly is my plan for this bike?

The T.A. bottom bracket will remain, because it is nearly identical to a Nervar bottom bracket, only nicer made. And I have a set of Nervar Star cranks,...
07-25-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,548
Posted By rustystrings61

When I returned from vacation, I dumped all the...

When I returned from vacation, I dumped all the components into a bath of Evapo-Rust, then wrapped the frame in paper towels and soaked them in the same overnight. It helped, but the bike wasn't...
07-22-19, 02:54 PM
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Views: 145,484
Posted By rustystrings61

I have been working on this 1973 Raleigh...

I have been working on this 1973 Raleigh Competition, which involved scrubbing away decades worth of dirt, treating frame and fork with Evapo-Rust and bronze-brushing the rust and loose chrome from...
07-22-19, 11:47 AM
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Posted By rustystrings61

Took the '71 Gitane TdF fixed conversion out for...

Took the '71 Gitane TdF fixed conversion out for this morning's Dawn Patrol ride, realized I hadn't ridden the loop that takes in Clem and Deadfall roads in a couple of years, corrected that...
07-22-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,087
Posted By rustystrings61

One of the bikes that I keep talking about...

One of the bikes that I keep talking about parting with, but somehow never do, is an ancient, crusty Mercier 100 or 200 that probably started out much like JimR56's machine above, but apparently led...
07-22-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 14,003
Views: 1,258,272
Posted By rustystrings61

I went out for a Dawn Patrol ride this morning on...

I went out for a Dawn Patrol ride this morning on the '71 Gitane TdF converted to fixed-gear. I realized I hadn't cycled the loop that includes Deadfall and Clem roads for two years, so I corrected...
07-18-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 204
Posted By rustystrings61

The only place I ever saw these new and for sale...

The only place I ever saw these new and for sale was The Blue Wheel, a bike shop in Charlottesville, Virginia. The ones I remember had Gnutti high-flange hubs with Q/R, Campagnolo Velox derailleur...
07-17-19, 09:06 AM
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Posted By rustystrings61

I've been rediscovering my '02 Mercian Vincitore;...

I've been rediscovering my '02 Mercian Vincitore; Monday night I swapped out the 18T fixed cog I use for dirt roads for a gently-used White Industries Dos Eno 17/19T freewheel. Yesterday I rode laps...
07-17-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 284
Views: 37,289
Posted By rustystrings61

My 2002 Mercian Vincitore, back on the road after...

My 2002 Mercian Vincitore, back on the road after a lengthy hiatus. I swapped out the 18T fixed cog I normally use for dirt roads for a 17/19T Dos Eno a couple of nights ago. The last two mornings...
07-15-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,882
Posted By rustystrings61

First, there's this site (http://63xc.com/); I...

First, there's this site (http://63xc.com/); I have some of my own old stories up her (http://internaldetours.blogspot.com/)e, and the ones you want are in early 2006, especially; and then here's the...
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By rustystrings61

c.1974-75 with Reynolds 531 main triangle, most...

c.1974-75 with Reynolds 531 main triangle, most likely an Interclub because the headset looks like something less expensive than the Stronglight P3 that came on the Tour de France. Chas. Colerich...
07-15-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,100
Posted By rustystrings61

"Crusty" would be a good nickname for this one,...

"Crusty" would be a good nickname for this one, had I not already settled on "De Selby," in honor of the mad scientist whose works are frequently cited in Flann O'Brien's masterpiece The Third...
07-15-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By rustystrings61

I think the photo comes from Roger Pierre's The...

I think the photo comes from Roger Pierre's The Book of the Bicycle, c. 1973. It was printed in England and sold in the U.S. during the boom, a relatively thin hardback with many photos. There were...
07-03-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6,521
Views: 1,940,853
Posted By rustystrings61

Older 24-in wheel Trek 800 built up with MicroNEW...

Older 24-in wheel Trek 800 built up with MicroNEW 3x7 brifters for my 12 year old son.
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06-27-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,003
Posted By rustystrings61

This is the method I used a couple of years back...

This is the method I used a couple of years back on an old Mercier with good results - like Kurt said, leave the headset cups in place to prevent ovalization. In this photo I had let things sag back...
06-24-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,450
Posted By rustystrings61

If you want to stay with 27-in, Panaracer Paselas...

If you want to stay with 27-in, Panaracer Paselas in 27 x 1 1/4 really are the bomb. I had been running mine at 70 psi even on hooked bead rims, just because they float so nicely, but after using...
06-24-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By rustystrings61

I can add this data point - these were sold by...

I can add this data point - these were sold by The Blue Wheel in Charlottesville, VA c.1974-76; Ballila centerpulls, Gnutti high-flange quick release hubs, Campagnolo Valentino or Velox derailleurs,...
06-19-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 767
Posted By rustystrings61

I strongly suspect mine wasn't the only one that...

I strongly suspect mine wasn't the only one that broke! I still use the single cage mount unit seen above on a couple of different bikes and it seems to work okay. The dual mount had angled...
06-19-19, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 767
Posted By rustystrings61

Minoura used to make a similar mount designed for...

Minoura used to make a similar mount designed for two bottle cages, and I had one for a while. Unfortunately, it broke on a dirt road one day, dumping, bottles cages and all but fortunately falling...
05-21-19, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6,521
Views: 1,940,853
Posted By rustystrings61

A quick and dirty conversion done for the Clunker...

A quick and dirty conversion done for the Clunker Challenge 100 - c.1994 Bianchi Timber Wolf with nicer wheels, SR rando bars and scavenged levers and shifters. It works, and after the Challenge is...
05-09-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,654
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm with verktyg on swapping out those junky...

I'm with verktyg on swapping out those junky wheels. Once you have cleaned and serviced and repacked everything and fitted this bike with some good wheels you will be rewarded by an amazing ride...
05-06-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 468
Posted By rustystrings61

I can confidently tell you that if this bike fits...

I can confidently tell you that if this bike fits you, it is WORTH being stuck in the dog house. Many of my bikes have come and gone, but my Mercians are here for the duration. If a touring Mercian...
05-06-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 468
Posted By rustystrings61

Juvela notes it is sending mixed signals,...

Juvela notes it is sending mixed signals, model-wise, which makes sense. It occurs to me that neither of my Mercians is a set model, either - my Vincitore I had built custom for me is a Vincitore,...
05-06-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,682
Posted By rustystrings61

Not a childhood bike, but one from adolescence -...

Not a childhood bike, but one from adolescence - my Dad bought me this 1976 Puch Royal X in 1978, and I rode it lots and all over....
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By rustystrings61

This Bottecchia Special is a step DOWN from the...

This Bottecchia Special is a step DOWN from the Miyata 310. The '92 RB-2 referenced above is vastly superior. Bianchigirll nailed it as a bike-boom era machine. I have it's slightly lower in the...
04-25-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By rustystrings61

FLASHBACK! Oh man, I remember reading this...

FLASHBACK! Oh man, I remember reading this article when it first came out! In southwestern Virginia in those years, the nearest bike shops were in Roanoke. My friend David had started the little...
04-05-19, 08:41 AM
Replies: 1,764
Views: 141,163
Posted By rustystrings61

Harry, last seen in this thread in post 1538...

Harry, last seen in this thread in post 1538 (https://www.bikeforums.net/20561156-post1538.html), has grown. Here we see him in a rare moment of harmony with Titus (on the left) in a photo that...
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