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05-25-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 38
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Posted By Olympianrider

Wow, thanks for the suggestions! It makes me...

Wow, thanks for the suggestions!

It makes me realize how much I appreciate the expertise in this community. You’ve all given me a few things to look up. I’ve learned a few things, too.

Here’s...
05-22-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,451
Posted By Olympianrider

Correct 700c rims for 1973 Paramount?

Hello all,

I wanted to post a note here because I'm thinking some of you with greater experience may be able to offer guidance. The other day I was contemplating the purchase of a modern...
08-08-18, 08:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By Olympianrider

Hi, thought I'd post here because I'm baffled....

Hi, thought I'd post here because I'm baffled. What on earth is going on in the Columbia Gorge? Can a bicyclist get through or not? The official state-of-Oregon websites aren't much help, and news...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-18, 09:55 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

That's a good idea -- I've often wondered if I've...

That's a good idea -- I've often wondered if I've been using the optimum riding technique. I'm riding pretty much the same way I always have, with brute force. I know there are some who say it's...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-18, 09:45 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Wow, I did not know this! I figured there...

Wow, I did not know this!

I figured there was a reason the previous owner had set up the triple crank this way, or bought it this way originally. I used the crank in its original configuration on...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-18, 07:46 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

One of the few things I can speak about with any...

One of the few things I can speak about with any authority is what people were riding in the '70s -- because I was there.

On what we call "road bikes" today, and what we called "ten-speeds" back...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-18, 10:16 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

No, it wasn't that. I'm using fenders -- plain...

No, it wasn't that. I'm using fenders -- plain aluminum, just the thing for a vintage chrome bike -- and when I tried 28mm, THEY definitely rubbed. But not 25s.

(Which means I have a nice set of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-18, 09:39 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Hello all, I thought it might be a good idea...

Hello all,

I thought it might be a good idea to post a follow-up to the flurry of messages I exchanged with others on this forum last December. You might say this story has a twist ending.

Last...
07-22-18, 06:03 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,425
Posted By Olympianrider

Holy cow, this is funny. I notice that the...

Holy cow, this is funny. I notice that the original posting came four years ago, so I imagine that Frenchosa has come to some sort of decision in this time. But there is a coincidence here. Before...
07-21-18, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 384
Posted By Olympianrider

Thanks, all, for your help and advice! I knew...

Thanks, all, for your help and advice! I knew this was the right place for a question like this.

Sounds like the consensus is clear -- the modern 7-speed chain-width is the right one to use in...
07-20-18, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 384
Posted By Olympianrider

Chain selection advice/ Sun Tour New Winner Ultra freewheel

Here’s a question for the vintage-bike experts –

I am in the process of upgrading an old vintage bicycle, and am hoping some of you may be able to offer advice on chain selection.I am using a...
05-04-18, 04:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,248
Posted By Olympianrider

Thanks all, You know, in the last day or so...

Thanks all,

You know, in the last day or so I've come to realize this isn't a good idea after all -- not for the reasons that have been pointed out here, though they are all good ones. But rather...
04-30-18, 10:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,248
Posted By Olympianrider

Using Campagnolo 980 derailleur to upgrade cheap new bike?

Hello all,

I have a question that relates to the idea of using old parts on a new bike. A few weeks ago, I talked a girlfriend into buying her first bike since high school days. Iím kinda fond of...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-17, 02:40 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

SeattleForrest, I'm sure you know as well as...

SeattleForrest, I'm sure you know as well as anyone that bike season in the Pacific Northwest is done for the year. So sad. I had a co-worker tell me last week, "I bundled up like an Eskimo and...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-17, 12:25 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Just a few thoughts here, responding to the many...

Just a few thoughts here, responding to the many comments --



This is precisely what I was thinking about as all those riders passed me during the STP -- that my more limited number of gears...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-06-17, 02:20 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Nickolassc, I just want to say these are great...

Nickolassc, I just want to say these are great thoughts about gearing. I'm not planning anything as punishing as the one-day ride around Mt. Rainier. But it would be nice to be able to make it up the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-17, 03:16 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Oh, you guys have got me. I’d been figuring that...

Oh, you guys have got me. I’d been figuring that when I built up a new bike, I was going to get the very skinniest tires I could find. I’ll stop by my local bike shop and ask to ride something with...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-17, 12:44 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Hey, I want to say thanks for all the good advice...

Hey, I want to say thanks for all the good advice I've gotten here. Sounds like the frames I've been looking at online are solid contenders for a first carbon-fiber bike... and there may be some...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-17, 01:24 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Maybe it's me? Maybe it's not the bike? Oh,...

Maybe it's me? Maybe it's not the bike?

Oh, tell me it isn't so! Don't disillusion me like that!

Honestly, I do think the bike had at least a little to do with the fact that I was the last to...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-17, 04:08 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,720
Posted By Olympianrider

Any opinions on Planet X carbon-fiber frames?

Hello Bike Forums,


Iím looking to buy my first carbon-fiber frame, and I am wondering what the prevailing opinions are about the frames sold by Planet X bikes. Any other advice about my...
10-22-17, 09:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,436
Posted By Olympianrider

I was one of those who watched the movie...

I was one of those who watched the movie "Breaking Away" as a teen-ager, when it was still in the theater, watching the kid race the semi, and thinking, wow, there must be other people out there who...
10-22-17, 12:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,436
Posted By Olympianrider

Thanks, folks! I think I'm going to try the...

Thanks, folks!

I think I'm going to try the cheapest route first -- installing a new LED bulb in the existing housing and seeing if that will make a difference. I have a strong suspicion that if I...
10-21-17, 01:40 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,436
Posted By Olympianrider

Best way to retrofit old-style bullet headlight?

Hello all,

I can't be the only one with this issue, and I figured the classic and vintage forum might be the best place to find someone who has confronted it. I'd like to put a bright,...
06-17-17, 11:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,215
Posted By Olympianrider

Vintage Cyclist, what material did you use for...

Vintage Cyclist, what material did you use for that?

Your approach may be the most authentic-looking solution -- I have a 1981 Dawes Atlantis (the frame was recently bent beyond repair in a...
06-17-17, 11:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,215
Posted By Olympianrider

Who thrashes their chainstay? Me! My...

Who thrashes their chainstay? Me!

My "other" bike is the one I've been riding these last 37 years, since high school. (It's a Centurion Super Le Mans, heavier than anyone rides nowadays.) How...
06-16-17, 07:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,215
Posted By Olympianrider

Chainstay protector for vintage bike?

Hello all,


I’m in the process of acquiring parts to build up a vintage bike, and I’ve got a question regarding chainstay protectors.


The bike is a 1972 Swiss-made Clio with an...
09-25-16, 12:52 AM
Replies: 249
Views: 32,046
Posted By Olympianrider

My memories of the bike boom? I was a kid back...

My memories of the bike boom? I was a kid back then, but what I remember is that sometime around 1971, "ten speeds" suddenly became cool. All the Sting-Rays and all the department-store knock-offs ...
Replies: 11
Views: 978
Posted By Olympianrider

Wow, that does sound like a terrific option --...

Wow, that does sound like a terrific option -- trying to locate a smaller inner gear for the crankset -- but I'm afraid it's out of the picture for now. I handed everything over to the bike shop last...
Replies: 11
Views: 978
Posted By Olympianrider

Yes, it has the 36-tooth inner gear -- probably...

Yes, it has the 36-tooth inner gear -- probably not optimal; I would have preferred 30, but at least it is original and it should mate with an original front derailleur.

Meanwhile, I did get the...
Replies: 11
Views: 978
Posted By Olympianrider

Thanks so much! This was the impression I got,...

Thanks so much! This was the impression I got, too, from reading the literature. But nowhere is it spelled out!
Replies: 11
Views: 978
Posted By Olympianrider

Need advice -- front derailleur for Nuovo Record triple crankset?

Hello all,

First off, I want to thank everyone for the very helpful answers I received to a couple of previous queries. I am in the home stretch of a bike project -- I just handed over all the...
07-16-16, 09:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,940
Posted By Olympianrider

Yeah, I think that's exactly it. A quality bike...

Yeah, I think that's exactly it. A quality bike is one you can ride without thinking about it, that responds to every move you make, without hesitation, in exactly the way you expect it to -- there's...
07-16-16, 05:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,940
Posted By Olympianrider

That's interesting! Like I said, I've never seen...

That's interesting! Like I said, I've never seen set-screws like these in a bike frame before. I'd assumed they were supposed to be used to adjust the wheelbase, though I doubt there's any more than...
07-16-16, 04:10 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,940
Posted By Olympianrider

Iíve been reading these posts with great...

Iíve been reading these posts with great interest, because it is a question I have been pondering lately. Does the quality of a steel bike really depend on the steel? I think not. First and foremost,...
06-27-16, 02:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,406
Posted By Olympianrider

Wow, thanks for the advice! I feel a little...

Wow, thanks for the advice! I feel a little funny, at this age, learning about all the developments that have taken place in the biking field since the last time I paid close attention -- back in...
06-26-16, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,406
Posted By Olympianrider

Best Campy aero levers for Nuovo Record brakes?

Hello all,

I'm looking for another piece of advice about a bike project -- this one is a bit different than the last one I posed (about bar-end shifters) and I thought it was worth a different...
06-23-16, 10:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,961
Posted By Olympianrider

Such knowledge on this forum! I guess this is why...

Such knowledge on this forum! I guess this is why Al Gore invented the Internet! Iíve gotten an education in bar-end shifters, and I want to say I appreciate it. Sounds like the way to go is either...
06-23-16, 01:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,961
Posted By Olympianrider

Wow, these responses are impressive -- there...

Wow, these responses are impressive -- there certainly is a body of knowledge on this forum. I'm afraid these responses confirm my fears -- it sounds as though the Campagnolo bar-end shifters were...
06-22-16, 09:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,961
Posted By Olympianrider

Campagnolo bar-end shifters/ worth the trouble?

Hello all,

I'm a longtime biker and sometime lurker on this forum -- and I have a classic bike-part question I hope some of you can answer.

I've just bought myself a classic English-racer...
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