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10-17-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 296
Posted By Salamandrine

It's because the mountain bike world has mostly...

It's because the mountain bike world has mostly gone to disk brakes. MTB brake boosters were also necessary when using canti/V brakes with suspension forks, to keep the two sides connected. Also, in...
10-06-19, 04:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,987
Posted By Salamandrine

High quality for sure. Could be raced if you...

High quality for sure. Could be raced if you threw on some sew ups. These were from the top tier of Univega. The price was a bit lower than the Superstrada because it wasn't Dura Ace. I preferred the...
09-24-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 922
Posted By Salamandrine

They look like they are old and the fabric has...

They look like they are old and the fabric has decayed. I've seen this happen to cotton tires many times. Can also affect rayon blend, etc. IMO they are toast and you should not ride them.

Here in...
09-19-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,506
Posted By Salamandrine

I'm not really OCD but I try to be respectful....

I'm not really OCD but I try to be respectful. Feasible period parts are my preference. I don't care much about OEM. Restomod with a few modernish parts can be OK, but I've grown less enthusiastic...
09-18-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 956
Posted By Salamandrine

Aligning the dropouts and derailleur hanger is...

Aligning the dropouts and derailleur hanger is always my first step in setting up a bike. I have the tools, which makes it easy, but it's pretty easy to improvise a hanger tool from a spare axle as...
09-15-19, 07:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,719
Posted By Salamandrine

They were available. I remember them. Velobase...

They were available. I remember them. Velobase didn't make this up. ;) Several of the 'smaller' manufacturers did black chainring cranksets in the 70s, at least partly to differentiate themselves...
09-14-19, 02:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 231
Posted By Salamandrine

The obvious suggestion is a vintage TA tourist or...

The obvious suggestion is a vintage TA tourist or Stronglight 49 crankset. These can be configured however you want. Consider an old school compact range like 30/46. Or find a triple TA set up....
09-14-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,061
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, 531 came in multiple gauges, and if the...

Yeah, 531 came in multiple gauges, and if the builder spec'ed a thicker gauge for whatever reason, the bike will be stiffer.

Chainstay crimping and length also affect stiffness, as well as oval vs...
09-13-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,331
Posted By Salamandrine

So that's a Simplex bottle cage. I've never seen...

So that's a Simplex bottle cage. I've never seen one. Amazing. Also amazing is the knowledge on this board. Thanks for the info.


Is it just me or does that thing look like it was designed to...
09-11-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 14,670
Posted By Salamandrine

I appreciate that but I'm hardly an expert. It's...

I appreciate that but I'm hardly an expert. It's just that I was there. I raced a few time trials circa the early 80s. Everyone was still riding road bikes. Also I was working in bike shops the whole...
09-10-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 14,670
Posted By Salamandrine

Interesting. Thanks for posting that. I did not...

Interesting. Thanks for posting that. I did not know about those. If the Salmon TT bike really was racing in 1981 that was quite early. I would like to see some corroborating evidence. Seems more...
09-10-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 14,670
Posted By Salamandrine

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/ic...

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/icons-of-cycling-francesco-mosers-1984-hour-record-bike-287395

This one was really the first that started it all. Was incredibly radical at the...
09-09-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 519
Posted By Salamandrine

Seriously, I use one hand for both levers, as did...

Seriously, I use one hand for both levers, as did pretty much everybody BITD. Nobody switched hands to shift the other side, well almost nobody. If it works for you I guess it's fine.

I can and do...
09-02-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 444
Posted By Salamandrine

Cool bike. I actually forgot about the lozenge...

Cool bike. I actually forgot about the lozenge version. Pretty cool you still have it. Neat bit of cycling history. There was some cool Frenchie stuff going on during this period for sure. I think...
09-02-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 963
Posted By Salamandrine

OK, you're fine for the crank and BB spacing...

OK, you're fine for the crank and BB spacing then. You actually do have room to take it in a mm or two if you wanted to bias it towards being correct in the two big rings. Fine as is though.

RE...
09-02-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 963
Posted By Salamandrine

Why not measure? Get your middle ring the right...

Why not measure? Get your middle ring the right distance from the center of the seat tube, and go from there.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainline.html

Is that rear triangle spaced 126 or...
09-01-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 820
Posted By Salamandrine

Univega. or Uniwega. It will come off with...

Univega. or Uniwega. It will come off with acetone if need be, but kind of unique to see a turbo with that branding.
08-28-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,115
Posted By Salamandrine

Delrin.

Delrin.
08-26-19, 03:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 408
Posted By Salamandrine

Oh, actually I'm glad to hear that. In that...

Oh, actually I'm glad to hear that.

In that case, relacing is definitely the way to go. Remember to remove your freewheel FIRST...

H+ Son TB14 is well regarded, and looks a little like an old...
08-24-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,917
Posted By Salamandrine

I think I understand now where you're coming from...

I think I understand now where you're coming from on this, and you're right, from that point of view it's kind of ridiculous. I'm not sure if there were strategic legal reasons that bikes are shipped...
08-23-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,917
Posted By Salamandrine

No bike I ever assembled in my LBS days ever came...

No bike I ever assembled in my LBS days ever came with hubs adjusted. It was assumed that a professional mechanic would adjust them properly in the shop during assembly. It's time consuming. Not...
08-23-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 907
Posted By Salamandrine

That's why lycra stretches. :) Anyway, the answer...

That's why lycra stretches. :) Anyway, the answer is chafing. Some of us can still ride back flat to the wind if we choose. You really don't want a zipper chafing on your junk.

FYI Kucharik will...
08-22-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,917
Posted By Salamandrine

FWIW, I noticed back way back when that Campy...

FWIW, I noticed back way back when that Campy hubs were never as glass smooth as new if they were rebuilt with aftermarket grade 25 bearings. As a result, I only used OEM campy bearings on my own...
08-19-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,500
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, it was sort of expected that you could...

Yeah, it was sort of expected that you could climb anything with a 42x21 as lowest gear BITD (my day anyway). Cleated cycling shoes, light sew ups, and knowing how to climb out of the saddle were...
08-18-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,953
Posted By Salamandrine

Those bikes were considered rocket like back when...

Those bikes were considered rocket like back when they first came out. Great bang of the buck. Performed like a race bike that cost 3x the price. I had a later first gen Cannondale that I rode...
08-16-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,394
Posted By Salamandrine

I was waiting for someone to bring these up. They...

I was waiting for someone to bring these up. They might be considered the last of the high flange hubs. Afterwards there were really none, until the vintage revival type we have today.

Perhaps...
08-15-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 715
Posted By Salamandrine

These were very nice bikes. Should be mentioned...

These were very nice bikes. Should be mentioned along with the other grail 80s tourers from the other thread.



Short bottles were all there were then, for the most part. I don't think anyone...
08-13-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,394
Posted By Salamandrine

No, not a single moment. Both high and low flange...

No, not a single moment. Both high and low flange were available throughout the 70s. Eddy preferred low flange, IIRC... Popularity of high flange slowly waned. By the early to mid 80s, mostly the...
08-12-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 401
Posted By Salamandrine

FWIW I really dig my Carradice Zipped roll, which...

FWIW I really dig my Carradice Zipped roll, which despite the name is not a tool roll, but rather a small-medium saddlebag. I find it big enough (3.5l) for the usual stuff (spare tube, minipump,...
08-11-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By Salamandrine

The 50th anniversary gruppo had AFAIK the only...

The 50th anniversary gruppo had AFAIK the only gold plating ever done officially by campy.

Some people just like custom. Can't speak to the 70s, but I remember taking customers' parts to the local...
08-10-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,337
Posted By Salamandrine

Superficially Deltas were similar looking to Dura...

Superficially Deltas were similar looking to Dura Ace AX, but mechanically very different. The delta brakes had a parallelogram mechanism inside, rather than a wedge and rollers. Modolo Kronos IIRC...
08-10-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,337
Posted By Salamandrine

Not for me. I guess I'm one of the few that...

Not for me. I guess I'm one of the few that always thought they were ugly, from a purely design standpoint. They seem to work OK if set up correctly. I never tried them on a real ride, only test...
08-09-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,303
Posted By Salamandrine

On second thought, this is a better way to fix...

On second thought, this is a better way to fix it. Few people know how to braze anymore, but TIG skill is pretty common. Plus there's no worry about the dropouts matching, and less touch up to do.
08-08-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,303
Posted By Salamandrine

It's a relatively easy repair to braze in a new...

It's a relatively easy repair to braze in a new dropout, therefore probably pretty cheap repair, as long as a repaint isn't factored in.

It happened occasionally. Freewheel hub axles can flex a...
08-07-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,104
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, all that. ^^^^^ Also, the BB may have...

Yeah, all that. ^^^^^

Also, the BB may have been faced down excessively at some point. I've seen this issue before. The BB shell should be measured, or else you're just flying blind.

Those...
08-07-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,081
Posted By Salamandrine

There were two correct ways to wrap bars when...

There were two correct ways to wrap bars when cotton was king, depending on whether or not the bike had brake hoods. Later on, there was a third correct way to wrap that we learned for Bike Ribbon -...
08-05-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,136
Posted By Salamandrine

To define better an ideal has to be in mind...

To define better an ideal has to be in mind first. Apples and oranges. Both have strengths and weaknesses. In ye olden days we would have said: side pull for racing, center pull for touring.
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08-05-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,800
Posted By Salamandrine

Too sum up, ISO 597 was once the 2nd most obscure...

Too sum up, ISO 597 was once the 2nd most obscure of the five different 26 inch tire sizes. Now it is the most obscure. Just buy the Kendas. There's no other choice.

The first shop I worked used...
08-05-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 7,678
Posted By Salamandrine

Just received this. Not a bike yet, but it will...

Just received this. Not a bike yet, but it will be soon.https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1296x918/20190731_145441_fc78c3784be9d29b3a462f58c974e04f8881df38.jpg
07-29-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,836
Posted By Salamandrine

Good point. You're right, I hadn't considered...

Good point. You're right, I hadn't considered that. Could be 'dural'.
07-29-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,836
Posted By Salamandrine

Clearly I wasn't clear. It is not practical in...

Clearly I wasn't clear. It is not practical in any way to repair that derailleur. I agree, just replace it. I was just saying that if cost is no object, it's technically possible.

The JB weld was...
07-27-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 976
Posted By Salamandrine

Never push the pin all the way out. The way to do...

Never push the pin all the way out. The way to do it is to push it only part way out, just far enough to be able to wiggle the link open.

It is extremely unlikely that you will ever find a...
07-26-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 964
Posted By Salamandrine

It won't hurt. This was done sometimes. Obviously...

It won't hurt. This was done sometimes. Obviously (or not) the WD40 will dissolve out the grease from your BB and headset, at least if you have the old school non-sealed type. So either remove you BB...
07-21-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,365
Posted By Salamandrine

Well that's a real beauty! Congratulations on...

Well that's a real beauty! Congratulations on your new bike. Nice to see the pictures of the plum sparkling in the sun. Take good care of it. :thumb:
07-18-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,551
Posted By Salamandrine

The chromed steel cages held up to the metal...

The chromed steel cages held up to the metal slotted shoe cleats people used to use. Those cleats will burn through an aluminum cage pretty fast. Even plastic cleats would wear out an aluminum pedal...
07-17-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,551
Posted By Salamandrine

SR hubs for all practical purposes don't really...

SR hubs for all practical purposes don't really exist. They made them for like 5 minutes, and it's still argued as to whether any were actually ever sold. I was a mechanic for 12 years and never saw...
07-14-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 418
Posted By Salamandrine

Like many things in cycling tech, the change took...

Like many things in cycling tech, the change took place over several years. For the most part, the switch from 126 to 130 happened in the 90s. IIRC Dura Ace was first with the 8 spd 7402 stuff in...
07-11-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,139
Posted By Salamandrine

To me, the slippery nature of a Brooks is plus. I...

To me, the slippery nature of a Brooks is plus. I constantly shift around slightly. IME it's kind of bad to be glued to one spot, and I absolutely hate grippy saddles. Suede Turbos only worked BITD...
07-04-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,945
Posted By Salamandrine

I suppose it is blasphemous, but in a good way....

I suppose it is blasphemous, but in a good way. So yeah, go for it.

That bike was made during the darkest days of Brooks. Virtually nobody rode leather saddles during that era. I can't imagine...
07-03-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,830
Posted By Salamandrine

Sho 'nuff. I'd say that's pretty good evidence......

Sho 'nuff. I'd say that's pretty good evidence... ;) :thumb:


Also, I just looked it up and found that Grab On grips are still in business and are still made!! If you want to do a real period...
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