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12-28-14, 09:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,573
Posted By Rabid Koala

That's a really nice Raleigh Competition! I...

That's a really nice Raleigh Competition!

I use a small piece of heat shrink tubing in place of cable ends. It slides off easily to remove the cable, and it keeps the cable end from fraying. One...
11-02-14, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had something similar, but smaller, and filled...

I had something similar, but smaller, and filled with the same parts as a teenager.
10-25-14, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,034
Posted By Rabid Koala

Those red aluminum caps are extremely rare. I...

Those red aluminum caps are extremely rare. I really think they made the "look" of the Mighty crank set. Good luck trying to find any if you want them.
10-13-14, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,553
Posted By Rabid Koala

I bought one brand new in 1973 to replace a...

I bought one brand new in 1973 to replace a Raleigh Grand Prix. The Nishiki was a well built bike that was very reliable. I never trusted the Raleigh, but felt I could ride the Nishiki anywhere, and...
09-28-14, 08:35 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,408
Posted By Rabid Koala

When I was in the demographic target for a...

When I was in the demographic target for a Varsity, in 1969, I wanted nothing to do with it. I wanted a Raleigh Grand Prix. After I wore the Raleigh out (hey by then I was 15), I got a Nishiki....
09-08-14, 09:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,473
Posted By Rabid Koala

I assembled and repaired a bunch of Interclubs in...

I assembled and repaired a bunch of Interclubs in my LBS days in 1974. I sure remember the gold ones. I still lust after Gitane purple, I have only seen a few of those. My TdF is the very common aqua...
08-23-14, 03:45 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 10,484
Posted By Rabid Koala

I have pretty much done all of my own wrenching,...

I have pretty much done all of my own wrenching, except for building a couple of wheels early on in my re-entry to cycling. I do those now, too.

It gets really frustrating when I go in a shop and...
08-17-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 793
Posted By Rabid Koala

I bought a Super Course MK II for my wife several...

I bought a Super Course MK II for my wife several years ago and experienced the same thing. The crown race would just fall off. IIRC, I just shimmed it with something and put it back together with no...
08-10-14, 09:53 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 21,551
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had one of those JC Higgins internal hub plus...

I had one of those JC Higgins internal hub plus derailleur bikes in the late 60s. I was 10 years old. It came to me with a broken axle, so I swapped out the rear wheel, but what did I know then? The...
08-10-14, 09:35 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,221
Posted By Rabid Koala

I briefly had an early 90s Cannondale R800, it...

I briefly had an early 90s Cannondale R800, it caused me nothing but pain. In hindsight I should have substituted a carbon fork, but sold it instead. :twitchy:
07-26-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,095
Posted By Rabid Koala

A dork disc is bad enough on a correct bike, but...

A dork disc is bad enough on a correct bike, but on a single speed it is even more wrong.
07-18-14, 06:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,853
Posted By Rabid Koala

My Waterford Paramount has 600 tricolor, I love...

My Waterford Paramount has 600 tricolor, I love it. I have two other newer bikes that have Dura Ace 7700 and one with Ultegra 6500 9 speed, nothing to complain about there either.
07-18-14, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,075
Posted By Rabid Koala

I worked in a shop that sold Gitanes back in...

I worked in a shop that sold Gitanes back in 1974. At the time all we had were the foil decal ones. They had either a Simplex Prestige (yuck) or a steel SunTour (much better). My own Gitane Gran...
07-15-14, 09:53 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 37,484
Posted By Rabid Koala

I picked up a $25 Sports Tourer in Kool Lemon a...

I picked up a $25 Sports Tourer in Kool Lemon a couple of years ago. It was in really poor condition, the worst of it being a rusted fork crown. The paint was so thin you could see through it, so if...
05-18-14, 10:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,082
Posted By Rabid Koala

Our Goodwill and Salvation Army stores are...

Our Goodwill and Salvation Army stores are insanely greedy. I quit looking in them on a regular basis a long time ago. Having said that, I have found some bargains other than bikes, such as a Ryobi...
04-29-14, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,098
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had one of those about a decade ago, it was a...

I had one of those about a decade ago, it was a sweet ride!
04-01-14, 10:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,751
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had a 69 Grand Prix in red with black trim....

I had a 69 Grand Prix in red with black trim. Mine came with the standard Simplex rear derailleur and had the same headbadge as yours. It took a bit of tough use from a then 12 year old. I had it for...
11-05-13, 11:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,273
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had a 74 champagne International a few years...

I had a 74 champagne International a few years back, it was a beautiful bike and really enjoyable to ride. I sold it after I bought a 74 Professional and a few Paramounts, but I often wish I had it...
10-19-13, 04:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,653
Posted By Rabid Koala

Laminated Master locks are very easy to defeat...

Laminated Master locks are very easy to defeat with a hacksaw. Two small cuts and the bottom pries open, the cylinder falls out. Usually the center rivets are fakes. Those old commercials where they...
07-28-13, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 769
Posted By Rabid Koala

Nice score! Those RSX brifters cleaned up will...

Nice score! Those RSX brifters cleaned up will bring a decent price.
07-27-13, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 866
Posted By Rabid Koala

I hadn't seen this one, thanks for posting!

I hadn't seen this one, thanks for posting!
07-05-13, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
Posted By Rabid Koala

I have a Specialized S Works E5 that came to me...

I have a Specialized S Works E5 that came to me with a bad proprietary headset. I am largely unfamiliar with modern headsets, after some research and some headset spacers I was able to fit a Cane...
07-05-13, 10:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,159
Posted By Rabid Koala

Wow, that is gorgeous, Stan! If it causes...

Wow, that is gorgeous, Stan!

If it causes you get a little bored with your Waterford, I'll be happy to make a new home for it down here in San Diego........:p
06-28-13, 05:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,514
Posted By Rabid Koala

Congratulations on a great score! About...

Congratulations on a great score!

About those discolored decals.....based on my experience they will clean up nicely with some mild abrasive and a whole lot of caution. Your mileage may vary.
06-06-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,107
Posted By Rabid Koala

Mine was a lime green 64, if I recall correctly....

Mine was a lime green 64, if I recall correctly. I got it used after having a Huffy knock off, it amazed me how much more solid and indestructible it was.
06-02-13, 01:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 739
Posted By Rabid Koala

Great looking pup! I have a yellow lab, she is 13...

Great looking pup! I have a yellow lab, she is 13 and can't take long walks anymore. :(
06-02-13, 01:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,770
Posted By Rabid Koala

Nice Paramount! I've got an Opaque Blue 73 P15,...

Nice Paramount! I've got an Opaque Blue 73 P15, it gets a lot of attention when I ride it.
05-29-13, 06:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,639
Posted By Rabid Koala

Stan, I never get tired of seeing your Super...

Stan, I never get tired of seeing your Super Sport (or any of your other bikes!)
05-06-13, 09:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,167
Posted By Rabid Koala

I love to dismantle freewheels to service them,...

I love to dismantle freewheels to service them, they sound and spin so nicely after they are done. If you are afraid of lots of small bearings, then better leave it to an expert!
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04-13-13, 10:32 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 14,109
Posted By Rabid Koala

I've been lurking of late, but not posting. I...

I've been lurking of late, but not posting. I don't hate anyone, but do get annoyed with people who walk 4 abreast on the bike trail or who let their dogs run unleashed.

Here is my dog Sandy, who...
01-19-13, 08:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,309
Posted By Rabid Koala

I picked up a similar bike a few years back at a...

I picked up a similar bike a few years back at a thrift store, mine was a Frejus Tour de France as indicated by the TdF stamping on the bottom bracket. I don't recall if the lugs were chrome or not,...
01-14-13, 11:07 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,708
Posted By Rabid Koala

I always make sure I have a box for the item I...

I always make sure I have a box for the item I list before I sell it. I always end auctions on Sunday. I love printing the labels on ebay, I drop my items at a contract station, a private business...
01-10-13, 07:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,441
Posted By Rabid Koala

My Gitane TdF had a Criterium on the rear. I...

My Gitane TdF had a Criterium on the rear. I replaced it with a more modern Simplex, later I changed it back because the Criterium shifted better. I did replace the FD with a more modern non-Delrin...
01-09-13, 11:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,512
Posted By Rabid Koala

Yes! My first pair came on my Gitane TdF....

Yes!

My first pair came on my Gitane TdF. One was missing the screw so I took them off and tossed them in my parts box. Some time later I bought a cheap Shimano shifter off of ebay just for the...
01-08-13, 06:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 996
Posted By Rabid Koala

Back in 74 I wanted one of those in the worst...

Back in 74 I wanted one of those in the worst way, and never got one.

Yours proves that they can still look great after all these years!
01-05-13, 06:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,016
Posted By Rabid Koala

In the spring of 2009, at age 51, I saw a rise in...

In the spring of 2009, at age 51, I saw a rise in my PSA to 4.1. My urologist did a biposy, it came back negative. My PSA bounced around, went down to 3.8 six months later, urologist said it was OK,...
01-04-13, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,117
Posted By Rabid Koala

I love the look of the pre-67 Varsities,...

I love the look of the pre-67 Varsities, Continentals and Super Sports so much better than the ones with the giant dork discs and chainguards.

Very nicely done!
12-22-12, 11:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,223
Posted By Rabid Koala

Bill Walton rode this years "Bike Around the Bay"...

Bill Walton rode this years "Bike Around the Bay" in San Diego. My wife and I were very near the front of the line (with our chrome Paramounts) and saw Bill and his huge bike. I don't recall what...
11-22-12, 04:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,777
Posted By Rabid Koala

It was a beautiful morning for a ride in Pacific...

It was a beautiful morning for a ride in Pacific Beach, San Diego:

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11-20-12, 07:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,413
Posted By Rabid Koala

The only suggestion that I would offer is if you...

The only suggestion that I would offer is if you use barcons, use the SunTours as they are vastly superior to the Campy ones. My chrome 71 P13 came with Campy bar ends, and I have tried them with...
11-17-12, 06:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 14,334
Posted By Rabid Koala

For barcons, my preference is the mid to late...

For barcons, my preference is the mid to late 70's Shimano ones. They have a spring like the Retrofriction shifters do, so shifting is balanced. They are a bit less common than SunTours are, but are...
11-10-12, 02:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,056
Posted By Rabid Koala

They both look great! Michael Angelo, what...

They both look great!

Michael Angelo, what did you think of the paint? Once or twice I considered buying some for a project but never did. Did you use your own spray equipment or get the paint in...
11-04-12, 08:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By Rabid Koala

I prefer the Blue Magic, have tried the Mother's...

I prefer the Blue Magic, have tried the Mother's too.
11-04-12, 08:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,001
Posted By Rabid Koala

The only thing I have bought so far is a Jagwire...

The only thing I have bought so far is a Jagwire cable set with blue housing. I did try to locate a set like that without buying from China, but couldn't find one. I haven't yet done the build so I...
11-03-12, 10:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,758
Posted By Rabid Koala

If we could only go shopping for that stuff at...

If we could only go shopping for that stuff at those prices today....
10-29-12, 06:31 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 22,994
Posted By Rabid Koala

I have had an 04 Litespeed Tuscany for about 6...

I have had an 04 Litespeed Tuscany for about 6 months, so far I love it.
10-26-12, 07:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,130
Posted By Rabid Koala

I'll be at the San Diego one next week!

I'll be at the San Diego one next week!
10-23-12, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,097
Posted By Rabid Koala

When I bought my Nishiki International in early...

When I bought my Nishiki International in early 73 the inventory of Kokusai's was gone from my LBS, and American Eagle was also nowhere to be found.
10-20-12, 05:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,706
Posted By Rabid Koala

Congratulations on the job and the best of luck...

Congratulations on the job and the best of luck to you! Be safe out there.
10-19-12, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,593
Posted By Rabid Koala

I love seeing a shiny old Gran Sport derailleur....

I love seeing a shiny old Gran Sport derailleur. I still have one that I saved from the junk box at the LBS back in 1974.
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