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01-29-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,891
Posted By steve sumner

I sold Centurions from their inception (75?)...

I sold Centurions from their inception (75?) until I left that store in 1989 at which point we were the biggest dealer in San Diego County.
We were told at the start that H.Tano and WSI had an...
01-26-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,050
Posted By steve sumner

to xiaoman 1 : the earlier px10s used Nervex Pro...

to xiaoman 1 : the earlier px10s used Nervex Pro lugs, in 72 they switched to Nervex "Duobois"
in 73 they went back to Nervex Pro. As to the OPs idea of finding a bare frame and building it up with...
01-26-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 557
Posted By steve sumner

to oneclick: our shop sold Gitane from the late...

to oneclick: our shop sold Gitane from the late 60s until about 76 and all of the bikes that came
with forged ends used Simplex on the front no matter what was used in the rear
01-26-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,321
Posted By steve sumner

I recall about 10 types of "Maxy" cranks, all of...

I recall about 10 types of "Maxy" cranks, all of them swaged. they are the only swaged cranks that I've
seen that are stamped "forged". the reason that Sugino cranks are measured 171mm is that it...
01-20-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,191
Posted By steve sumner

a great thread with some lovely pics...

a great thread with some lovely pics but.......seeing as how the TA crank is the only one to include
pedal washers lends creedence to the long held theory that the arms are soft and flexible. also...
01-14-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,949
Posted By steve sumner

the 26.8 seatpost points to a Reynolds 531...

the 26.8 seatpost points to a Reynolds 531 straight gauge tubing
12-23-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By steve sumner

I seem to recall that in the 70s the lightest...

I seem to recall that in the 70s the lightest tubular rims came in 28 hole
Fiamme yellow label and Super Champion Medaille de Or
I can't recall any 28 hole clinchers. the 2 models I mention were so...
12-23-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,066
Posted By steve sumner

the pic of the SW frame from Steel Vintage is...

the pic of the SW frame from Steel Vintage is showing Guinticiclo lugs that I've only ever seen
on late 60s Masi Specials and one rare pic of Tommasinis first frame. a big clue as to who's
shop...
12-20-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By steve sumner

the France and S marking sounds like the plastic...

the France and S marking sounds like the plastic dust cap on a mid-range Stronglight crank BITD.
12-14-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,781
Posted By steve sumner

in the book Daniel Rebour: Bicycle Drawings there...

in the book Daniel Rebour: Bicycle Drawings there is a pencil line drawing of a bike set up
for the 1945 Paris Cycle Show with shifters attached to the front of brake levers on a road bike.
So the...
12-08-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,699
Posted By steve sumner

as was mentioned there was a post about the CTA...

as was mentioned there was a post about the CTA bars awhile back. it just goes to show that
bars and stems need to be the EXACT same size. an Allegro came in my shop for repair a long
time ago...
12-07-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,420
Posted By steve sumner

the swedged seatstay cap certainly looks French...

the swedged seatstay cap certainly looks French but the Reynolds decal is written in English???
It would help to know the threading of the frame.
12-04-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 550
Posted By steve sumner

SurferRosa is absolutely correct. a stop screw is...

SurferRosa is absolutely correct. a stop screw is not needed when the freewheel and chain is in place.
It is only a nice feature for wheel changes. I remember Huret derailleurs without a stop screw....
12-02-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,641
Posted By steve sumner

the way to make a Dura-Ace rear mech work with...

the way to make a Dura-Ace rear mech work with Ultegra shifters is to change the upper
pulley with an Ultegra or lesser grade. The pully has more side to side movement.than
the Dura-ace.. b4 doing...
12-02-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 872
Posted By steve sumner

Schreen rims were made in Germany in the 40s and...

Schreen rims were made in Germany in the 40s and 50s. they were wood filled and weighed
around 220 grams. later in the 60s they were bought by Weinmann of Switzerland
11-30-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Posted By steve sumner

I used the Cinelli 2000 uniblock cleats and then...

I used the Cinelli 2000 uniblock cleats and then moved on to M-71 clipless. I like the no float solid like rock
feel. b4 that I used slotted cleats that were actually made for the shop I worked at:...
11-29-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 872
Posted By steve sumner

most of the rims are very common except the...

most of the rims are very common except the "record" which I read as Schreen
in which case it would be a rare bird (and too light to use)
11-27-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,095
Posted By steve sumner

I like yellows that aren't too bright. kind of...

I like yellows that aren't too bright. kind of honey butter/burnt yellow
but as for other colors I got to say that orange is timeless.
11-20-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,423
Posted By steve sumner

gives me beautiful memories. my first race bike...

gives me beautiful memories. my first race bike was a 72 PX10.put 1000's of miles on it.
the bars broke clean off at the stem while pulling hard up a steep hill. boy could I balance
then. had to...
11-20-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,153
Posted By steve sumner

the C in TDC stands for cross. the continental is...

the C in TDC stands for cross. the continental is but one model. popular in England but rarely seen here.
in 50 yrs. of bike wrenching I've only used mine once. but it looks cool on my tool board...
11-20-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,143
Posted By steve sumner

I have to give a shout out to one my oldest...

I have to give a shout out to one my oldest friends in the bike business: Curtis Odom
look up Curtis Odom Style in facebook and you"ll see the best looking and
finest quality bicycle hub possibly...
Replies: 18
Views: 1,245
Posted By steve sumner

I was thinking more esoteric on my parts group....

I was thinking more esoteric on my parts group. instead of Stronglight and Simplex which makes me think of my
first race bike (a PX10 of course) I was thinking maybe TA Trevano, Jubile, and...
11-19-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,422
Posted By steve sumner

it's a race bike. ride it any way you want except...

it's a race bike. ride it any way you want except SLOW. and please no tacky handlebar tape
classic bar tape was always white.
Replies: 18
Views: 1,245
Posted By steve sumner

I've always wanted to find a French frame good...

I've always wanted to find a French frame good enough to build as top of the line all-French parts
it seems you have just that frame. almost all top line bike were full Campy Record BITD. It would...
11-18-20, 01:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,467
Posted By steve sumner

in the 70s Eddy thought DeRosa was the only maker...

in the 70s Eddy thought DeRosa was the only maker whos work was up to Masi standards and could
supply the amount that he needed.he also chose DeRosa to help set up his factory. can't get a better...
11-18-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,400
Posted By steve sumner

I don't know if modern TA cranks are made from a...

I don't know if modern TA cranks are made from a different alloy than older ones. but the old ones are
the only crank I know of that came stock with pedal washers because the arms were so soft the...
11-18-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,728
Posted By steve sumner

I would use a Jubile. by far the most elegant...

I would use a Jubile. by far the most elegant bicycle part ever made. but back to alvits and sveltos.
don't forget that the alvit was stock on herse and singer so even tho it's considered bottom of...
11-11-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By steve sumner

your fork crown race and lower cup need replacing...

your fork crown race and lower cup need replacing at the least. your headset has what's known as "brinnelling".
b4 there was rockwell hardness testing of metals. a Dr. Brinnel determined a way to...
11-07-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 15,460
Posted By steve sumner

I am truly lucky to have a set of "grail" levers...

I am truly lucky to have a set of "grail" levers on my bike. they are early 70s Campy Record with custom cut-outs
(slots and triangles) made for Mario Confente to use on his bikes. these are the 1st...
10-28-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,235
Posted By steve sumner

the shop I worked at in the 70s sold the Zeus...

the shop I worked at in the 70s sold the Zeus tire carrier. the rubber straps were usually rotten
straight out of the box!
10-28-20, 09:11 AM
10-27-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,473
Posted By steve sumner

once you get that stem loose you'll need to lower...

once you get that stem loose you'll need to lower it as it could break if there's not enough
inside the steering tube. that saddle looks like one of the many clones of the Unicanitor
that came out...
10-27-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By steve sumner

the shop I used to work in sold Interclubs until...

the shop I used to work in sold Interclubs until about 1974. it was a very interesting bike.
Gitane referred to it as their entry racing bike. models below were touring/sport general purpose
bikes...
10-24-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,260
Posted By steve sumner

when I worked in a shop in the 70s we had tools...

when I worked in a shop in the 70s we had tools made specifically for straightening crank arms
Nervar arms are on the soft side so straightening it should be no problem
10-24-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,304
Posted By steve sumner

Campy Rally cage plates bolt right onto a NR...

Campy Rally cage plates bolt right onto a NR derailleur ,look great, and will handle a 32T
10-21-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By steve sumner

3ttt later changed to 3T stands for Tubo Techno...

3ttt later changed to 3T stands for Tubo Techno Torino. possibly the best bars and stems ever made.
they proved that bulged bars (larger at the stem section) were lighter and stronger than sleeved...
10-21-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 11,189
Posted By steve sumner

this thread went completely off topic! the...

this thread went completely off topic! the question was what was the best Regina freewheel not if you liked them!
I think think the answer is America, why else would they have marketed them in nice...
10-19-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,400
Posted By steve sumner

where's a pic of my friend Bernard Croyet when...

where's a pic of my friend Bernard Croyet when you need one? We became friends in the early 80s
after he retired. Hell of a bike rider. Hell of a nice guy He migrated to San Diego when Bicycle Parts...
10-18-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,400
Posted By steve sumner

why would someone not bother to center the bars...

why would someone not bother to center the bars in the stem? would have expected Phillipe bars and stem
it's interesting that in the Spidel era that the Simplex seatpost hasn't been upgraded at...
10-17-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 334
Posted By steve sumner

Gitane had 2 models below the GS De Luxe. they...

Gitane had 2 models below the GS De Luxe. they were the Gran Sport and the Royal Asport the Royal Asport was so bottom of the line that Gitane
wouldn,t put their name on it. Our distributer, Gitane...
10-16-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,389
Posted By steve sumner

I see the end of the strap going back through the...

I see the end of the strap going back through the buckle which doesn't allow you to tighten and loosen properly
10-16-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By steve sumner

it might be fun to file it and see how deep the...

it might be fun to file it and see how deep the crack goes but it's not worth reusing
mid to low level Campy parts from this era were made in the "eastern bloc" somewhere
not the same Campy that...
10-16-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 659
Posted By steve sumner

as the housing stop is Suntour my guess is that...

as the housing stop is Suntour my guess is that the original shifters were Suntour barcons.
as others have said they would make a very nice upgrade. your stem shifters are not working correctly...
10-16-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By steve sumner

Gitanes usually came with Simplex fork tips no...

Gitanes usually came with Simplex fork tips no matter what the rear dropouts were. the Campy fork tips lean towards it
being a Super Corsa. the headset is probably a Lightrace
10-16-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,722
Posted By steve sumner

a note to Bertin jim: In the 70s I thought the...

a note to Bertin jim: In the 70s I thought the Ideale 2002 had the perfect shape for my rearend and the right amount
of flex too. I put over 100,000 on mine. never got the chance to try out more...
10-15-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 109,036
Posted By steve sumner

when Piaggiao (sp) bought Bianchi way back when...

when Piaggiao (sp) bought Bianchi way back when the color became the same sea foam green
as the Vespa. if you look at the old pics of Coppi there is a lot more blue in the color, more unique
the...
10-15-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,622
Posted By steve sumner

the first shop I worked at used an Eldi (circa...

the first shop I worked at used an Eldi (circa 1070) It wasn't painted
just a cast iron gun metal grey kind of thing
10-14-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,579
Posted By steve sumner

because it's a TT bike and lack of weight is a...

because it's a TT bike and lack of weight is a consideration I think building it with Zeus parts would be fun.
maybe a single chainring would have been "right" BITD.I have a Stronglight solid...
10-14-20, 09:07 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 31,170
Posted By steve sumner

there is only ONE color suitable for a true...

there is only ONE color suitable for a true vintage Suoer Corsa and that is silver paint with chrome lugs.
the epitomie of classy! the only acceptable second color choice is rose (Cino's favorite)...
10-12-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,354
Posted By steve sumner

you should reverse the direction of your tire...

you should reverse the direction of your tire savers (i"ve seen this setup too many times to mention)
the rear is only causing unneeded friction but the front is throwing dirt/grit straight into...
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