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09-29-14, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,363
Posted By not_jason

The main thing you're gonna want to look for on a...

The main thing you're gonna want to look for on a new set of brakes is that they'll have enough reach. Modern road brakes are intended for usually no bigger than a 700x28 or so tire with super tight...
09-27-14, 09:40 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,064
Posted By not_jason

The company that now produces bikes under the...

The company that now produces bikes under the Schwinn name has recycled a number of model names from their classic catalog. One of their most ubiquitous department store mountain bikes is called the...
09-27-14, 06:41 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 10,390
Posted By not_jason

I don't know anything about that brand or that...

I don't know anything about that brand or that specific bike, but that thing looks extremely 70s to me. Shifter boss is very peugeotesqe, except with that weird male threaded part, which throws me...
09-19-14, 08:52 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 18,610
Posted By not_jason

There tend to be a lot of purple bikes in my...

There tend to be a lot of purple bikes in my life.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8241/8650536702_85856e9ed8_b.jpg

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09-10-14, 09:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,593
Posted By not_jason

Though I am on the side of not spending too much...

Though I am on the side of not spending too much money all at once on this thing, I do think people are being pretty unfair about the old Supra-Sport. Mine's triple-butted chromoly. It's not a...
09-09-14, 09:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,593
Posted By not_jason

As far as project bikes go, you can do a lot...

As far as project bikes go, you can do a lot worse than a Univega Supra-Sport. Not quite a racing bike, but a pretty solid sport tourer made out of chromoly steel. In most cases, if somebody asked...
09-08-14, 11:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,992
Posted By not_jason

This is just my opinion, but I'd encourage you to...

This is just my opinion, but I'd encourage you to leave them alone. A bike is only original once, and these look pristine. If you go switching parts and rebuilding the wheels, you're sacrificing...
08-04-14, 05:53 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 17,379
Posted By not_jason

There's definitely more than 2 songs about Eva...

There's definitely more than 2 songs about Eva Braun.
08-04-14, 05:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,372
Posted By not_jason

Univegas. Pretty colors, especially if they are...

Univegas. Pretty colors, especially if they are unusual, and especially especially if they're pink. Retrofriction shifters. Attractive forks.
07-30-14, 08:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,224
Posted By not_jason

Well, maybe, but maybe not. Sometimes the...

Well, maybe, but maybe not. Sometimes the cheapest way to ride a $500 bike is to buy a $250 bike.
07-30-14, 07:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,224
Posted By not_jason

I should know better than to get involved, but...

I should know better than to get involved, but I'd be weary of anyone advising expensive part upgrades right out of the gate. Particularly on something as simultaneously challenging and inherently...
06-24-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,554
Posted By not_jason

As electroforged Schwinns go, I was pretty happy...

As electroforged Schwinns go, I was pretty happy to stumble upon this frame for 5 bucks at a swap.

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8527/8468984475_d2510936b7_c.jpg...
06-22-14, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,457
Posted By not_jason

I'm no expert on Schwinn, but perhaps the serial...

I'm no expert on Schwinn, but perhaps the serial number inconsistencies owe to these being outsourced frames? Stands to reason they might have their own numbering system, right?

Many common older...
06-19-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 38,850
Posted By not_jason

As little interest as I have in department store...

As little interest as I have in department store mountain bikes at this point in my life, I can't overstate how important they were to me in my younger years. I had a pair of Murrays (24" and later...
06-19-14, 10:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 531
Posted By not_jason

Incidentally, the uncanny ability of some people...

Incidentally, the uncanny ability of some people to post multiple close ups of a bike without revealing any important details always astounds me.
06-19-14, 10:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 531
Posted By not_jason

Lugged Roadmaster?

Vintage Road Bike (http://maine.craigslist.org/bik/4526857070.html)

Found this on local CL. What in the world is this? I had a lugged roadmaster once, but it was 26" wheels and a cottered crank,...
06-18-14, 08:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 928
Posted By not_jason

Tell me about it! I put my child carrier on one...

Tell me about it! I put my child carrier on one of my slightly-too-small-for-me bikes, which helps a little, but man, getting on that thing is precarious.
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06-14-14, 02:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,730
Posted By not_jason

A possible explanation: Amazon?s $23,698,655.93...

A possible explanation: Amazon?s $23,698,655.93 book about flies (http://www.michaeleisen.org/blog/?p=358)
06-13-14, 08:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,464
Posted By not_jason

Is there a fixed cup protruding on the drive...

Is there a fixed cup protruding on the drive side? That could be adding to the perceived width of the shell. In the picture, I can't see the outline of where the fixed cup would be, but logically,...
06-12-14, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,614
Posted By not_jason

I have a Bianchi with otherwise full Campy C...

I have a Bianchi with otherwise full Campy C Record, and an RX-100 RD. I see no reason to correct it.
06-11-14, 11:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,614
Posted By not_jason

I have a Univega with Suntour ARX that shifts...

I have a Univega with Suntour ARX that shifts like a dream. Originally had a set of fantastic Suntour ratcheting stem shifters. Stem-shifters might be uncool, but those things worked really well.
06-11-14, 11:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,464
Posted By not_jason

Bottom brackets are one of the more complicated...

Bottom brackets are one of the more complicated components to select properly. There are a lot of variables to consider.

Measure the width of the bottom bracket shell. Most bikes use a fairly...
06-09-14, 11:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,464
Posted By not_jason

The local shop I go to has a selection of...

The local shop I go to has a selection of old-school BB spindles that he stocks for just this purpose, which is super handy. You might find that shops near you are mainly going to be stocking newer...
06-09-14, 09:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,464
Posted By not_jason

I maintain that you could probably fix that...

I maintain that you could probably fix that chainline pretty effectively just by swapping out the bottom bracket spindle for a shorter one. I've done this on a few ghetto singlespeed conversions,...
06-04-14, 12:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,464
Posted By not_jason

I do a lot of riding on single-speed/fixed. I...

I do a lot of riding on single-speed/fixed. I think it's potentially a great set up for a lot of people, including people who are just entering or returning to the hobby. Nothing beats just getting...
06-03-14, 11:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,446
Posted By not_jason

One of the great things about modern LED lights...

One of the great things about modern LED lights is how easily some of them can be removed. I'm not a fan of the aesthetics of new lights on old bikes, but when you're out after midnight, nothing...
05-31-14, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,524
Posted By not_jason

Really? I feel like BMX brake reach is pretty...

Really? I feel like BMX brake reach is pretty substantial, but I've never tried putting one on a mountain bike. Tire widths on BMXs are pretty similar to older mountain bikes, so I'd think you'd be...
05-30-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7,111
Views: 851,711
Posted By not_jason

I live on a half mile long dead end residential...

I live on a half mile long dead end residential street. This summer, I hope I can take my daughter for a ride up and down it every nice day that I get the chance. Some times we like to be color...
05-30-14, 07:49 AM
Replies: 1,453
Views: 487,975
Posted By not_jason

New member of the household. Much work ahead of...

New member of the household. Much work ahead of me.

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5521/14305309975_a40b22e248_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/nN7sgr)
05-29-14, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,078
Posted By not_jason

That was my read on it too, Bikemig. The frame...

That was my read on it too, Bikemig. The frame resembled the other lower end Peugeots I've had experience with. My take is that the bike's had at least two previous owners: The first one carefully...
05-29-14, 11:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,078
Posted By not_jason

So I bought this old Peugeot...

...and I'm not laboring under the impression that it's anything special, but I thought it had a lot of character. I suspect it's been through some parts changes in its life. I'm not sure what the...
05-29-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,191
Posted By not_jason

Some of those old generator lights are no-foolin'...

Some of those old generator lights are no-foolin' effective. I put a similar one (though obviously more recent) on one of my lesser used bikes, mostly for the aesthetic quirkiness of it, and was...
05-22-14, 06:01 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,176
Posted By not_jason

I once saw one of those old Raleigh rod-brake...

I once saw one of those old Raleigh rod-brake three-speeds with a Sugino track crank on it. Just thought I'd put that out there.
05-21-14, 07:43 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,176
Posted By not_jason

The place I used to go to before I moved away...

The place I used to go to before I moved away from central Maine could handle cottered cranks, in large part because the owner had been dealing with bikes since those were the norm. I remember at...
05-21-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,124
Posted By not_jason

Bullhorns don't look right on vintage bikes, but...

Bullhorns don't look right on vintage bikes, but from a functional perspective, they are my absolute favorite thing to use. I only have one set, which I have on a fixie (double blasphemy), and...
05-15-14, 06:18 AM
Replies: 623
Views: 59,875
Posted By not_jason

I like my basses like I like my bikes: Made in...

I like my basses like I like my bikes: Made in Japan in the 1980s, and fiercely under-appreciated.

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05-13-14, 11:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,246
Posted By not_jason

That Prelude is glorious. I'd buy that thing in...

That Prelude is glorious. I'd buy that thing in a heartbeat at 150. I'd probably buy it at 200.
05-08-14, 07:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,019
Posted By not_jason

He already did. But you are right, that is...

He already did. But you are right, that is always the first and best place to start on a project like this.
05-07-14, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,216
Posted By not_jason

In the sub-hundred-dollar market, I think...

In the sub-hundred-dollar market, I think bike-counterfeiting is a statistically nonexistent problem. If somebody told you their rattle-canned unmarked bike with stamped dropouts, stem shifters and...
05-04-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,372
Posted By not_jason

No disrespect to the Super Sport (I'd love to...

No disrespect to the Super Sport (I'd love to have one), but it is not the fairest representation of C&V. Even compared to it's 60s and 70s contemporaries, the Super Sport is well known for being...
04-23-14, 12:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,537
Posted By not_jason

Yeah, definitely mid-school. I rode in the...

Yeah, definitely mid-school. I rode in the mid-to-late 90s, and this looks almost exactly like the bike I rode back then. Do you have any idea what brand or model it is? I'd love to know.
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04-16-14, 08:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,156
Posted By not_jason

Man, this just makes me want to tear apart mine...

Man, this just makes me want to tear apart mine and start over! Good build.
04-14-14, 10:59 PM
Replies: 1,366
Views: 372,559
Posted By not_jason

1987 Bianchi Sport SX ...

1987 Bianchi Sport SX
https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/13822414425_04dc1cb7e8_c.jpg

1986 Bianchi Giro (You don't have to tell me what an aesthetic trainwreck this thing is, I already know.)...
04-14-14, 10:50 PM
04-14-14, 10:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,156
Posted By not_jason

When I got my bike, a handful of the original...

When I got my bike, a handful of the original parts had already been replaced. The brakes were original, but many of the drivetrain components had been switched out somewhere along the line. I do...
04-14-14, 09:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,156
Posted By not_jason

That's a tricky question. The combined...

That's a tricky question. The combined shifter/brake lever set up is something that the majority of new road bikes feature, and it definitely has a lot of strong selling points. That being said, I...
04-14-14, 08:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,237
Posted By not_jason

My primary beef with people repainting old bikes...

My primary beef with people repainting old bikes is that they rarely come out looking better than they went in. Factory finishes are nearly always better quality than what most people can or will do...
04-14-14, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,156
Posted By not_jason

As coincidence would have it, I just finished a...

As coincidence would have it, I just finished a very ambitious build on exactly the same bike.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/13822414425_04dc1cb7e8_c.jpg

You're definitely on the right...
04-13-14, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8,016
Views: 2,515,917
Posted By not_jason

Thanks so much. I've never put so much effort...

Thanks so much. I've never put so much effort (or money) into a build before, and I couldn't believe how satisfying it was to ride it for the first time and have it ride even better than I'd hoped. ...
04-13-14, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8,016
Views: 2,515,917
Posted By not_jason

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/13822414425_04...

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7451/13822414425_04dc1cb7e8_c.jpg

A poorer quality photo than I'd like, but here it is!
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