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10-22-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 14,461
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Posted By smontanaro

A very small catch (a minnow?). We brought a Trek...

A very small catch (a minnow?). We brought a Trek 720 back from NY recently. (I mentioned it a few pages ago.) Ellen decided she wanted to try it out and see if it would work for her. I came out to...
10-14-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,136
Posted By smontanaro

I'll balance out the negativity about studded...

I'll balance out the negativity about studded tires. I used 45NRTH Xerxes tires. They are narrow (30mm) relative to most other studded tires and were designed for commuting. There are no studs in the...
10-13-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,136
Posted By smontanaro

I have no experience with any IGH other than...

I have no experience with any IGH other than Sturmey Archer three speeds (AW and XRD3). In my experience, the gears are a bit too widely spaced. You might find a narrow double up front to be...
10-07-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 64,445
Views: 10,008,298
Posted By smontanaro

Nice looking Bob Jackson (1978, 62cm) on eBay: ...

Nice looking Bob Jackson (1978, 62cm) on eBay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/224637540143
...
10-06-21, 04:57 AM
Replies: 7,271
Views: 731,840
Posted By smontanaro

Not in my actual possession yet, but at my...

Not in my actual possession yet, but at my nephew's in London. I've purchased two new pairs of the Specialized Touring Pedals in the past three years or so. Both originated in the UK.
...
09-20-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,071
Posted By smontanaro

I think the problem is that the URL you posted...

I think the problem is that the URL you posted (at least as it came through in my browser) was a secure (https://...) URL. The site appears (amazingly enough - this is 2021 after all) to not use...
09-19-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 666
Posted By smontanaro

It's possible some rust has already begun to take...

It's possible some rust has already begun to take hold. Evapo-Rust or oxalic acid will take care of that,.
09-13-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,267
Posted By smontanaro

I'll play. I used to own a Trek Madone, but saw...

I'll play. I used to own a Trek Madone, but saw the error of my ways many years ago and now have a full steel stable.
...
09-13-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 523
Posted By smontanaro

Frame/fork weights & dimensions - any interest?

A recent weight weenie thread on Classic Rendezvous and my experience dunking three different frames in oxalic acid over the past week got me thinking it might be interesting to weigh and measure...
09-10-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 7,271
Views: 731,840
Posted By smontanaro

The Europeans were always so much better at...

The Europeans were always so much better at chainguards than we Americans. Might have something to do with targeting adult transportation needs with much of their production, not considering bikes as...
09-08-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 779
Posted By smontanaro

I got a dryer vent brush and a squirt bottle (for...

I got a dryer vent brush and a squirt bottle (for Simple Green) at Home Depot. The pins in the bottom bracket shell made quick work of the brush, but it did its job. Then it was off to the OA bath...
09-08-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,398
Posted By smontanaro

An update... I asked over on Classic...

An update...

I asked over on Classic Rendezvous about the stem. The consensus was that it *is* a Cinelli steel stem. Apparently, they were delivered on Paramounts in the early 60s, sometimes with...
09-05-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,349
Posted By smontanaro

Huzzah! Thanks for all your effort, Jon.

Huzzah! Thanks for all your effort, Jon.
09-03-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 779
Posted By smontanaro

We seem to be getting a bit off in the weeds. I...

We seem to be getting a bit off in the weeds. I want to be able to judge the soundness of the inside of the frame before deciding whether to do a significant restoration, and to have confidence that...
09-01-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By smontanaro

Whoops, misread... Saw "derailleur" and read...

Whoops, misread... Saw "derailleur" and read "cassette"...

Unless the pulley cage is too narrow, your garden variety 8sp chain should work.
08-28-21, 04:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,521
Posted By smontanaro

Out of town this weekend. Will check Monday.

Out of town this weekend. Will check Monday.
08-26-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 64,445
Views: 10,008,298
Posted By smontanaro

63cm Davidson in St. Augustine, Florida on eBay....

63cm Davidson in St. Augustine, Florida on eBay. Potentially nice pick-up for someone. I'm always a bit leery of Floridian steel bikes though. The persistent humidity and salt sea air makes me worry....
08-24-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7,271
Views: 731,840
Posted By smontanaro

That may be true, but I'm not going to Drew this...

That may be true, but I'm not going to Drew this neat old Simplex dropout just to use the claw hanger.

🍀https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51346487309_6964171df6_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2mejaMX)
08-24-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7,271
Views: 731,840
Posted By smontanaro

Simplex derailleur and Huret shifter from rhm for...

Simplex derailleur and Huret shifter from rhm for the Automoto. I'll have to do a little digging to find out if the derailleur can be mated to my Simplex dropout. We shall see.

Edit: The entry in...
08-20-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 728
Posted By smontanaro

mlundell I think Varsity's came with Huret Allvit...

mlundell I think Varsity's came with Huret Allvit derailleurs. Picking up a new-to-you used one here or on eBay might be an option. Before springing for the Shimano pulleys SurferRosa referenced,...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,365
Posted By smontanaro

I know it's no problem right now as this thread...

I know it's no problem right now as this thread and the second one (https://www.bikeforums.net/framebuilders/1237002-raising-lugs-pictures.html) are both active, but it might make sense for the mods...
08-19-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 17,994
Views: 2,035,861
Posted By smontanaro

Yesterday, I rode to Michigan. The intent was to...

Yesterday, I rode to Michigan. The intent was to ride from Evanston, IL to Covert, MI, and I'd have made it (I think) except for a couple logistic errors and a train.

I overslept and got out the...
08-13-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 17,994
Views: 2,035,861
Posted By smontanaro

I hied myself up to Lake Forest today. First stop...

I hied myself up to Lake Forest today. First stop was the remains of the downed tree from Wednesday's ride. The tree and the crushed car have been hauled away, but the stump remains:
...
08-13-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,398
Posted By smontanaro

Thanks for the thread reference. Reading that...

Thanks for the thread reference. Reading that allowed me to find the serial number sleuthing thread on Tonton Velo with alain2908's spreadsheet. That suggests mine is probably from late '54 or...
08-13-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 17,994
Views: 2,035,861
Posted By smontanaro

We were without power for about 24 hours. I went...

We were without power for about 24 hours. I went for a putt around town on my three-speed Wednesday to survey the damage and to see where ComEd was working. Took me 70 minutes to find a ComEd...
08-12-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 238
Posted By smontanaro

Not sure how rare it is. I have an '81...

Not sure how rare it is. I have an '81 (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUee29g) though. I bought as a bare frame on a lark as a complement to my ItalVega Super Speciale (https://flic.kr/s/aHskEvnBRY).
...
08-11-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By smontanaro

Highly unlikely. Speaking with my...

Highly unlikely. Speaking with my used-to-develop-spam-filters hat on, simply deleting an email (read or unread) won't tell Google you think it's spam. That's why they have a "Report Spam" menu entry...
08-10-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,398
Posted By smontanaro

Automoto Champion du Monde cleanup/build thread

Not sure where this is going yet, but I recently acquired a 1950s Automoto Champion du Monde frame and a few useful parts from 63rickert. It was originally owned by Lionel Bottari, who is, I think,...
08-06-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 854
Posted By smontanaro

I have a set on a Motobecane Grand Touring mixte...

I have a set on a Motobecane Grand Touring mixte we use as a loaner for our AirBnB guests. Ellen also rides it on occasion. No complaints that I've heard of.
...
07-30-21, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7,271
Views: 731,840
Posted By smontanaro

Not really in the post, picked up this 1955...

Not really in the post, picked up this 1955 Automoto Champion du Monde (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWiqLDA) frame from 63rickert earlier today. We only live a few blocks apart, so it was an easy grab with...
07-15-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By smontanaro

Two different groups. I just went to my Google...

Two different groups. I just went to my Google Groups my-groups page. Internet-BOB is here:

https://groups.google.com/g/internet-bob

just as ThermionicScott indicated.

Charles Wahl I have...
07-15-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 17,994
Views: 2,035,861
Posted By smontanaro

Brought my Eisentraut up to the beach house and...

Brought my Eisentraut up to the beach house and got out for a ride yesterday. After stopping for a little b'fast in South Haven, I rode a few miles out the Kal Haven trail.
...
07-08-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,487
Posted By smontanaro

It's surely doable, but the reverse isn't, and...

It's surely doable, but the reverse isn't, and while you can put SunTour wheels on Campy derailleurs, they are going to be a bit sloppy (similar to my experience with Bullseye pulleys on Campy...
07-06-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 64,445
Views: 10,008,298
Posted By smontanaro

I know it's all badge engineered stuff, but I was...

I know it's all badge engineered stuff, but I was unaware Miche marketed an entire group:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/284361524881
...
07-05-21, 04:56 AM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 233,099
Posted By smontanaro

The best tubulars I've been able to lay my hands...

The best tubulars I've been able to lay my hands on (as far as ride quality are concerned) were Challenge Parigi-Roubaix, Veloflex Vlaanderen and FMB, all in the 27-28mm range. With a bit of patience...
07-05-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,883
Posted By smontanaro

I realize the two industries aren't similar, but...

I realize the two industries aren't similar, but when I worked in finance it was common to place moratoriums on updates in advance of holidays or major financial announcements. Even critical bug...
07-05-21, 04:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,487
Posted By smontanaro

Back in the pre-Internet days when I still messed...

Back in the pre-Internet days when I still messed around with old Porsches (and VW Bugs were still in production and plentiful in bone yards and the JC Whitney catalog), there was a pretty...
06-30-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 7,271
Views: 731,840
Posted By smontanaro

Christophe toe straps, maybe the first time I've...

Christophe toe straps, maybe the first time I've purchased them new.
...
06-30-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 17,994
Views: 2,035,861
Posted By smontanaro

No place special, just my usual haunts. Tom the...

No place special, just my usual haunts. Tom the Serotta out for a shakedown ride (new tires, new/old wheels, freewheel, brake pads). Still a mutt build.

I stopped at a synagogue in Glencoe because...
06-24-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2,109
Views: 233,099
Posted By smontanaro

johnnyace Kenda does (or did) make tubulars. They...

johnnyace Kenda does (or did) make tubulars. They are on my sh*t list though (not for their tubulars), so I won't even bother to check for current production.
06-23-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,431
Posted By smontanaro

I shied away from leather saddles for a long...

I shied away from leather saddles for a long while. Eventually, I made up my mind to try them. If I found something for a good price, I snapped it up and put it on a bike. (I have several, so...
06-21-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 64,445
Views: 10,008,298
Posted By smontanaro

I'd take a flyer on that. It's my size and checks...

I'd take a flyer on that. It's my size and checks the relatively-unknown-American-builder box that speaks to me. Any Tampa area C&V folks able to facilitate?
06-11-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By smontanaro

Finding a specific post in a huge thread

The forum interface is driving me nuts. I get notified of (some, many, but not all) updates to subscribed threads. I've learned to live with missing many interesting posts in subscribed threads....
06-11-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 64,445
Views: 10,008,298
Posted By smontanaro

I started to look at that this evening. I had the...

I started to look at that this evening. I had the seatpost out to measure it and the seat tube dimensions, and happened to stare down at the bottom bracket. There was an unmistakeable Campagnolo...
06-07-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,521
Posted By smontanaro

French Stuff for sale

Note: Please respond via email to skip.montanaro@gmail.com. It just makes my life easier. Thanks...

I have a bunch of French parts for sale, This is the bulk of the haul from my recent foray into...
06-05-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 64,445
Views: 10,008,298
Posted By smontanaro

I got down to KC this week and picked up the...

I got down to KC this week and picked up the bike. I also picked up a small Mercian frame for an iBoB denizen from another KC CL seller. While I was there, I bought a SunTour Superbe crank from him...
06-03-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 4,338
Views: 426,653
Posted By smontanaro

A while back, someone was looking for a Legnano...

A while back, someone was looking for a Legnano branded manubrio condorino. Alessandro Nati has a decent looking pair on eBay:
...
06-01-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 256
Posted By smontanaro

The Rebour Files

Stunning amount of work by Heiko Strömer - 1435 scans of Daniel Rebour's artwork, all in one album!

https://flic.kr/s/aHsmVEmu4r

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51180680571_494c6612db_c.jpg...
05-29-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,229
Posted By smontanaro

I think it's appropriate for everything. I've...

I think it's appropriate for everything. I've not used the later (more moderne Pro) stuff, but I had Superbe on an early 80s Trek 760 for 20-odd years and have it on my Griffon...
05-29-21, 05:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 390
Posted By smontanaro

eBay user v*v*velo has some new/old FMB PR from a...

eBay user v*v*velo has some new/old FMB PR from a defunct (I think) race team he's been selling. (Much cheaper than new.) I grabbed a pair and installed on my Griffon. Date stamp reads May 2011.
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