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03-02-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 274
Posted By jonwvara

When did Gitane start using integral hangers on...

When did Gitane start using integral hangers on the TdF? My 1971 had the plain dropout with the claw, but my current Tdf, which I think is a 74, has the integral hanger.
EDIT: Just looked up an old...
03-02-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 274
Posted By jonwvara

The original paint and chrome look very good...

The original paint and chrome look very good overall. It's nice to have the rear dropout with the hanger claw--that way you're not held hostage to Simplex. Or is that a claw mounted outside a...
02-27-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,362
Posted By jonwvara

Wait, what? No picture of the crossbow itself?...

Wait, what? No picture of the crossbow itself? C'mon, help us out here.
02-23-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 879
Posted By jonwvara

I'm not repainting it in every case. Years ago,...

I'm not repainting it in every case. Years ago, when I first became interested in old bikes, I had three different bikes professionally repainted, and regretted it all three times. You can always...
02-22-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 32,362
Posted By jonwvara

A few years ago I was on an overnight tour with a...

A few years ago I was on an overnight tour with a friend and we ran into a group of Lotus car enthusiasts at a Dunkin' Donuts somewhere around Stow, Mass. I rode over to them on my Classique and...
02-14-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By jonwvara

Does anybody want to trade something interesting...

Does anybody want to trade something interesting for my copy of The Bicycle Wheel? I had no idea they were such a hot item.
02-07-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By jonwvara

I knew that asses entered into it somehow.

I knew that asses entered into it somehow.
02-06-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By jonwvara

Is the chamois creme also super lightweight?

Is the chamois creme also super lightweight?
02-06-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By jonwvara

The only Assos product I knew of for a long time...

The only Assos product I knew of for a long time was a chamois creme they make, or at least sell under their brand name. A friend of mine used to swear that it was the greatest stuff ever. I never...
02-06-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,795
Posted By jonwvara

Here's my on-the-road freewheel remover, which is...

Here's my on-the-road freewheel remover, which is basically a functional and reliable version of the Pocket Pro from the 70's.

I think I have about a dozen of them. It makes me feel a little like...
02-03-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 814
Posted By jonwvara

Lapping compound! Brilliant! I am absolutely...

Lapping compound! Brilliant! I am absolutely going to do that next time I install a chainring.
02-03-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 567
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, my dad etched his SS# on his old Raleigh...

Yes, my dad etched his SS# on his old Raleigh Sports, which I rode for a bit but ultimately gave to the bike coop because it was too small for me. It looked so strange by today's standards--like the...
02-03-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,071
Posted By jonwvara

This Lotus was listed on Ebay for $360 for...

This Lotus was listed on Ebay for $360 for several years. Not there now--perhaps the seller gave up, or maybe the world famous nature of the bike actually induced someone to buy it....
02-02-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 814
Posted By jonwvara

Only someone like me would know or care about...

Only someone like me would know or care about this, but the hex-socket-on-both-sides chainring bolts are only available for double chainrings. No one makes a single-stack version, as far as I know....
02-01-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,298
Posted By jonwvara

I own eight bikes, but there are actually nine of...

I own eight bikes, but there are actually nine of them hanging in the shed. The ninth is a Bianchi Randonneur that I did a complete tear-down-and-rebuild on last fall. It's a gift for a young guy I...
02-01-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,298
Posted By jonwvara

Good point! On the other hand, I bet that if...

Good point!

On the other hand, I bet that if I went to a bar and told the patrons that I had eight bottles of scotch that I needed to get rid of, I would find plenty of people willing to help.
01-31-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,298
Posted By jonwvara

You kind of put your finger on it here. Even a...

You kind of put your finger on it here. Even a stupidly low price seems high once you add shipping (and the human cost of packing a bike.) I would never consider paying as much for one of my bikes on...
01-31-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 814
Posted By jonwvara

Blue locktite under chainring nuts?

You know that maddening thing when you go to loosen a chainring bolt and it just spins in the hole? And then you have to use that stupid little two-pronged tool to hold it in place--or try to hold it...
01-31-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,298
Posted By jonwvara

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Part of the problem is that I have a hard time putting a realistic value on...
01-30-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,298
Posted By jonwvara

Too many bikes: there are reasons

I have eight bikes, or maybe nine. That's a pretty moderate number, by the standards of this forum, but it's three or four more than I really want or need.
I've known that for years that I should...
01-30-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 13,625
Posted By jonwvara

Back in 2017, when a friend and I rode the ACA...

Back in 2017, when a friend and I rode the ACA Southern Tier route, I found a little Gerber folding knife in the road just outside Brawley, California.That was on February 23rd. It was a fairly...
01-26-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 793
Posted By jonwvara

My PX-10--acquired some years ago as a frame and...

My PX-10--acquired some years ago as a frame and fork from BF member Noah Scape, and since built up with a triplized Model 93 and mostly period-correct components--has the plain Nervex lugs, but...
01-25-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,730
Posted By jonwvara

You've chipped away ever so slightly at the...

You've chipped away ever so slightly at the batholith of my ignorance. Thanks!
01-25-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,730
Posted By jonwvara

That's good--I had never heard of that one. ...

That's good--I had never heard of that one.

Is there also a Category 5? I ask in all innocence. Maybe there really is one.
01-25-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,730
Posted By jonwvara

See, this is why I need a welder. I would have...

See, this is why I need a welder. I would have had to use a pipe wrench and a cheater bar.
01-24-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,730
Posted By jonwvara

Ha! I'd forgotten about that one! I'm always...

Ha! I'd forgotten about that one!

I'm always bemused by the use of the word "bits" to mean "bike parts." Since it's a British usage--as far as I know, at least--it makes some sense in the context...
01-20-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16,781
Views: 1,783,160
Posted By jonwvara

Although it's almost two years old, I can't...

Although it's almost two years old, I can't resist posting this muddy-road pic--an ill-advised shortcut (based on Google Maps) between Selma and Demopolis, Alabama.

...
01-18-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,207
Posted By jonwvara

Just to stir the pot, there's always Lexol. It...

Just to stir the pot, there's always Lexol. It has enabled me to resuscitate a couple of hopelessly dry old saddles.
01-17-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 16,781
Views: 1,783,160
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks also for the wonderful listing of place...

Thanks also for the wonderful listing of place names. Nempnett Thrubwell? That is a wonderful name indeed.
01-17-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16,781
Views: 1,783,160
Posted By jonwvara

Not a great day for a ride, but as good as it's...

Not a great day for a ride, but as good as it's likely to get in this part of Vermont in January. East on Route 2 from Marshfield village to the overlook above Molly's Pond and back--uphill out,...
01-15-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,207
Posted By jonwvara

TFC Limmers, at that!

TFC Limmers, at that!
01-14-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,207
Posted By jonwvara

Well, it is wrong.

Well, it is wrong.
01-14-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,207
Posted By jonwvara

Limmer grease! Man, that takes me back to my...

Limmer grease! Man, that takes me back to my trailwork days in the early 70s.

Yeah, I'd probably use it. I've been known to use a little Sno-Seal on my Brooks saddles (and on my Limmers, back when...
01-13-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,877
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, that's the legendary "George Washington's...

Yes, that's the legendary "George Washington's axe" alluded to above.

In the case of either that axe or the posited hammer, the original part would be the wedge that secures head to handle.
01-07-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah! It isn't even notarized!

Yeah! It isn't even notarized!
01-06-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

Sure, if torpedoes would work better, let's use...

Sure, if torpedoes would work better, let's use those.
01-05-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

I was scheduled to have a cavity in an upper left...

I was scheduled to have a cavity in an upper left molar filled back in April. The pandemic put the kibosh on that. My dentist still isn't accepting new appointments. Now the tooth hurts when I bite...
01-03-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

This thread is where fun goes to die. I'm out of...

This thread is where fun goes to die. I'm out of here--anyone can have my place.
01-01-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 1,186
Views: 234,963
Posted By jonwvara

I interviewed her once, along with Russell...

I interviewed her once, along with Russell Johnson, who played The Professor. They were both left-handed. On average, one in seven people is a lefty, so you would have expected to find only one among...
12-30-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, I've been trying for year to sneak in the...

Yeah, I've been trying for year to sneak in the word "Matsu****a."
12-30-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,234
Posted By jonwvara

That's the Schwinn Varsity of glacial erratics,...

That's the Schwinn Varsity of glacial erratics, sure enough.

Vermont's erratics are smaller, but of higher quality.
12-30-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,234
Posted By jonwvara

Is that the Madison Boulder?

Is that the Madison Boulder?
12-29-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,234
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, things are definitely better here in Part...

Yeah, things are definitely better here in Part 2, where there are glaciers and stuff.
12-29-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

Also, is it possible to sign up for the control...

Also, is it possible to sign up for the control group in this experiment? I would prefer to receive the placebo, if that's an option.
12-29-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

The OP is to be congratulated for doggedly...

The OP is to be congratulated for doggedly pressing forward in spite of stiff headwinds.

But what does "not ture" mean? Also, what's a "comapny? I'm getting a little confused.
12-29-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,234
Posted By jonwvara

Great, thanks. I realize that flow isn't always...

Great, thanks. I realize that flow isn't always due south in northern-hemisphere continental sheet--that's was an amateur broad-bush generalization on my part.
12-28-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

You're kidding, right? You think we have a...

You're kidding, right? You think we have a shortage of wingnuts down here? Keep him--maybe he'll come in handy someday. You never know.
12-28-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,499
Posted By jonwvara

How about a paragraph about the boat?

How about a paragraph about the boat?
12-28-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,234
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, it was indeed started in jest, and probably...

Yes, it was indeed started in jest, and probably ill-advisedly--I was trying to redirect my annoyance with the "Orthodoxy Part 1" thread. My annoyance with that one has only grown since then.

That...
12-28-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,427
Posted By jonwvara

I'm in agreement with the views expressed in post...

I'm in agreement with the views expressed in post #36, above. The OP seems to raise a valid question or two, but his patronizing attitude is offensive and inconsistent with the spirit of honest...
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