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06-22-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By kroozer

Spoke lengths for 26x1-3/8 wheels (590)

What would be the approximate spoke lengths for these 26x1-3/8 (590mm) wheels? 3x or 4x crossing.
Sun CR-18 rims.
Sturmey Archer AW rear hub.
Small-flange front hub.
I'm having some difficulty...
04-13-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 1,513
Views: 117,895
Posted By kroozer

ISO Campagnolo Record front hub, 36-hole, small...

ISO Campagnolo Record front hub, 36-hole, small flange. no skewer necessary.
12-01-18, 11:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,596
Posted By kroozer

Just use the Ebay mantra and remind yourself,...

Just use the Ebay mantra and remind yourself, "another one will come along sooner or later".
11-24-18, 01:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By kroozer

Hmmm, 2 pounds, that's something to think about....

Hmmm, 2 pounds, that's something to think about. I also think that hybrids would make great touring bikes, but I'm looking into MTB's mainly for their 26" wheel size, which has become the...
11-23-18, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By kroozer

Vintage MTB aluminum vs steel

I'm shopping around for a late 80s-early 90s rigid-frame MTB to convert to a tourer. I used to ride only steel but I'm also considering aluminum now.
1. How much lighter is an aluminum frame vs an...
10-30-18, 01:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 621
Posted By kroozer

Olmo was one of the largest bicycle manufacturers...

Olmo was one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in Italy and produced a full line of models, from rather heavy and cheap (but cool) commuters to lightweight racers. You should somehow get us some...
10-28-18, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By kroozer

I would go all 70's French. That gives you a lot...

I would go all 70's French. That gives you a lot of interesting choices for pretty much every component, and most high-end French parts are fairly affordable.
10-28-18, 01:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 410
Posted By kroozer

I have heard the S-33's casing is not sewn...

I have heard the S-33's casing is not sewn together, i.e. you can't unstitch them to repair the tube. Is this true? I have a flat S-33 sitting by.
10-28-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 401
Posted By kroozer

I have an SL and like how it shifts. What I do...

I have an SL and like how it shifts. What I do not like is how far far back the clamp area extends from the down tube. It takes up a lot of space and makes attaching fenders very difficult.
10-09-18, 01:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 639
Posted By kroozer

I just use plastic these days.

I just use plastic these days.
10-08-18, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 460
Posted By kroozer

I think Weinmann and Dia-Compe also made some...

I think Weinmann and Dia-Compe also made some very long-reach side-pulls. Weren't a lot of Schwinn's equipped with these?
Universal 61 center-pull and 68 side-pull brake sets came with short-reach...
10-07-18, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By kroozer

I put a Condor on my son's commuter and it's fine...

I put a Condor on my son's commuter and it's fine for short city rides. For all-day comfort who knows. The cover material is vinyl which is not great in warm/hot weather. Get a piece of thin leather...
10-06-18, 08:53 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,353
Posted By kroozer

So there are several trends going on here: Most...

So there are several trends going on here:
Most of the vintage bike collectors are older. Many (most?) of us have long since filled out our collections and are not buying much these days. I haven't...
10-01-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,304
Posted By kroozer

Those look like Stallard dropouts, which were...

Those look like Stallard dropouts, which were English, and as others have mentioned, the light bracket is very typically English. It looks like a high quality English frame from the postwar era, late...
09-28-18, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By kroozer

Also, Italy was in the middle of a ruinous war...

Also, Italy was in the middle of a ruinous war and under Nazi occupation from mid-1943 on. I don't know if they were even making high-end racing bikes during the time period you mentioned.
09-28-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 433
Posted By kroozer

If more than just the seat tube was cro-mo,...

If more than just the seat tube was cro-mo, they'd let you know. It's the cheapest way to put a cro-mo sticker on the frame.
09-27-18, 10:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,809
Posted By kroozer

I had one of those, exact same year/size/color....

I had one of those, exact same year/size/color. Bought it new in '83 for $225 and built it w/ Campy NR, Brooks, Cinelli, light clinchers. Great all-rounder. Kinda tempted to buy this one just for...
09-27-18, 10:18 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 77,658
Posted By kroozer

Compay that looks just like my bike! N. 8712,...

Compay that looks just like my bike! N. 8712, look at post #223 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=223) in this thread.
Here are some other pics:...
09-26-18, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 266
Posted By kroozer

What vintage are you talking about? I always...

What vintage are you talking about? I always think of the early-mid 70's models, which had different lugs.
09-20-18, 04:10 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,502
Posted By kroozer

Racing bikes are the best for speed and overall...

Racing bikes are the best for speed and overall efficiency on long rides, but they sacrifice some practicality to achieve that. As many have noted, a lot of racers can't take even medium-sized tires....
09-13-18, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By kroozer

I hadn't thought about brake pad clearance. The...

I hadn't thought about brake pad clearance. The bike will have standard brakes, probably Universal 68's.
I have no idea of rim weights but I'm not going to worry about that. My commutes are fairly...
09-13-18, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 241
Posted By kroozer

Commuting on Rhyno Lite rims?

I'm planning on building up some700C wheels for a commuter. The streets here are really rough and I'll be using the fattest tires that fit the frame, in this case 700x42. I was thinking of getting...
09-04-18, 06:25 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 5,078
Posted By kroozer

This is the main reason why I use tubulars on a...

This is the main reason why I use tubulars on a couple of my bikes (1960's racers). Clinchers on everything else.
08-25-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,815
Posted By kroozer

I have no idea of the manufacturer, but the...

I have no idea of the manufacturer, but the brazed-on Campagnolo cable guides on the bottom bracket were commonly used between the mid 1970's to early 80's. My guess would be closer to the earlier...
08-20-18, 11:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 545
Posted By kroozer

I would second nlerner's advice about using...

I would second nlerner's advice about using wire-bead tires on non-beaded rims. Steel will stretch less than Kevlar. I think that's more important than the pressure.
08-20-18, 11:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,137
Posted By kroozer

Nice! You should start another thread for this.

Nice! You should start another thread for this.
08-19-18, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 328
Posted By kroozer

April 1996, right before my first son was born. I...

April 1996, right before my first son was born. I was riding in traffic, got momentarily distracted, the van in front of me suddenly braked, and I smashed my face right into the back end. Luckily I...
08-15-18, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By kroozer

If they're your size you should consider buying...

If they're your size you should consider buying them. I have a pair of these (size 47) I bought on Ebay a few years ago. They've been great shoes. When the sole finally cracked on one I had a local...
12-29-17, 12:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,126
Posted By kroozer

I have used 700C fenders (Origin8 Classique) on...

I have used 700C fenders (Origin8 Classique) on 650Bx42 wheels and they worked fine.
12-13-17, 02:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,930
Posted By kroozer

I'll put in a plug for Mexico. Great year-round...

I'll put in a plug for Mexico. Great year-round weather in much of the country (due to elevation), compact cities with good public transport, cheap costs, close to the US. It is not for everyone, but...
12-11-17, 05:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By kroozer

Cool article. I'm a little surprised they didn't...

Cool article. I'm a little surprised they didn't give the Vietnamese more ink and at least dig up one photo-- they get a short mention for what was probably the most massive military use of bicycles...
11-21-17, 08:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,775
Posted By kroozer

I test-fitted a set of 650Bx42's on my '74...

I test-fitted a set of 650Bx42's on my '74 International and they fit fine. They're great all-rounders that you can customize in any number of ways. My son is riding it now as an urban commuter with...
11-16-17, 03:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,629
Posted By kroozer

I have been told that zinc chromate is the best...

I have been told that zinc chromate is the best primer to go over chrome plating.
11-16-17, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,099
Posted By kroozer

I have a set of these I bought new in 1978, same...

I have a set of these I bought new in 1978, same color. Still using 'em (although they don't look as nice as Guy's anymore!).
11-15-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,128
Posted By kroozer

Rims are a consumable but they're also hi-viz, so...

Rims are a consumable but they're also hi-viz, so I always try to find something that matches visually even if it's not a vintage part.
11-13-17, 01:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,656
Posted By kroozer

My mom and my aunt both have Trek hybrids (I...

My mom and my aunt both have Trek hybrids (I think 720) and they're great bikes. The 700 looks like it's in very good condition, and it's the best-looking of the three.
11-12-17, 04:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,397
Posted By kroozer

I don't have any 21st century bikes, but I've...

I don't have any 21st century bikes, but I've been converting several of my older mounts with fat tires, racks, and low gears, so they can do rough street commuting as well as gravel excursions. I...
11-12-17, 04:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,712
Posted By kroozer

I'll add my voice to those who advocate for some...

I'll add my voice to those who advocate for some lightweight tubular rims and tires, which will be more correct than those steel Cromix's and offer way better performance, the way the bike is...
11-12-17, 03:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 732
Posted By kroozer

I'll assume you're a bit more picky than "throw...

I'll assume you're a bit more picky than "throw on anything that works".
I try to match components by nationality and vintage. For early 80's you have tons of great choices for a classic road racing...
11-06-17, 01:43 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,197
Posted By kroozer

My main project this winter is to refinish my...

My main project this winter is to refinish my 1950 Rotrax Super Course.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7644/16838575587_dd7f0fca48_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/rDY6SK)Rotrax 1...
11-04-17, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,058
Posted By kroozer

Beautiful bike! That would be perfect for my...

Beautiful bike! That would be perfect for my wife. Just one thing, I think the tire guides on the brakes have been installed side-ways.
11-04-17, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,147
Posted By kroozer

Recommend some 700x28 tires

What 700x28 tires do you like? They'll be for a lightweight bike that I ride on good roads, so I'm looking for a fairly light & fast model. I was thinking Pasela's but I'd like to know what other...
10-04-17, 03:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,205
Posted By kroozer

Velo Orange sells a spring-loaded fender clip for...

Velo Orange sells a spring-loaded fender clip for $5, it supposedly keeps a nice line with the wheel, but moves forward when you need to remove the rear wheel. I haven't actually tried it but am...
10-02-17, 10:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By kroozer

They look like Sunshine/Sansin.

They look like Sunshine/Sansin.
10-02-17, 10:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,902
Posted By kroozer

For a while I lived in the Sierra del Nayar...

For a while I lived in the Sierra del Nayar mountains here in Mexico. A lot of people from there are living in Hermiston, they were always talking about it, how freaking cold it gets!
09-30-17, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 841
Posted By kroozer

The missing paint around the rear dropout makes...

The missing paint around the rear dropout makes me wonder if there wasn't some sort of repair made there. If the rest of the paint is good I would just redo that one area. The finish is the classic...
09-29-17, 07:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,642
Posted By kroozer

I would think it would be fairly simple matter to...

I would think it would be fairly simple matter to make 36-hole rims if they already got the basic rim-shaping machinery set up. Or to bend them around a bit more and make 650B rims. (I'm not a...
09-27-17, 07:30 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,434
Posted By kroozer

I have been slowly moving to larger sizes. For...

I have been slowly moving to larger sizes.
For fast riding on smooth roads I have settled on 700x25/27x1 as my standard, since everyone says they roll as well as 23's. My tubular's are 23 and 24mm....
09-25-17, 12:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 877
Posted By kroozer

Does anybody know the timeline for these?

Does anybody know the timeline for these?
09-22-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 19,150
Posted By kroozer

Here's the 650B conversion on my 75 GJ: Weinmann...

Here's the 650B conversion on my 75 GJ: Weinmann rims, Fatty Rumpkin 42mm tires, Maillard 700 hubs, Weinmann 750 brakes, VO fenders.
...
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