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12-08-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By John E

That looks like something one of our local...

That looks like something one of our local bike-riding celebrities, Bill Walton, would ride. :)
12-08-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 597
Posted By John E

Great choice, right down to the color! My UO-8 is...

Great choice, right down to the color! My UO-8 is my general purpose beater, complete with period-correct Pletscher mousetrap rack and cylindrical Bellwether handlebar bag. I have a pair of panniers...
12-07-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 502
Posted By John E

My typical breakfast, ride day or not: ...

My typical breakfast, ride day or not:

grapefruit + other fruit such as golden delicious apple and banana
tofu
steel cut oats with wheat germ on top
12-06-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 844
Posted By John E

In my highly biased opinion, Austrian bikes are...

In my highly biased opinion, Austrian bikes are great, although mine are from a much smaller company in Vienna.
12-06-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 2,989
Posted By John E

Find one to test ride before passing judgment one...

Find one to test ride before passing judgment one way or the other.
When my Nishiki Competition frame broke after 20 years and 40K miles, I bought a pair of Sugino French-threaded BB cups and...
12-06-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 787
Posted By John E

Those resemble the Huret wing nuts I put on my...

Those resemble the Huret wing nuts I put on my first Bianchi -- I always liked the look. Wingnuts do get mangled in a spill, though -- don't ask me how I know this.
12-05-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 898
Posted By John E

This is precisely why some of long-term...

This is precisely why some of long-term bicyclists have trouble riding a tricycle. When I got on my friends pedicab, he warned me that some people (myself definitely included!) have the leaning and...
12-05-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 443
Posted By John E

Many of us collectors have unused frames that...

Many of us collectors have unused frames that work splendidly for this purpose.

This thread is spot on -- with quick release axles, it is far too easy to adjust cone-type bearings too tightly.
12-05-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By John E

Welcome to the POC (unofficial Peugeot Owners'...

Welcome to the POC (unofficial Peugeot Owners' Club :) ). I have had two early 1970s UO-8s (still have one; the other one's frame broke) and a 1980 PKN-10 (great bike, now belongs to my elder son,...
12-04-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,675
Posted By John E

My younger son is a natural athlete, but I am...

My younger son is a natural athlete, but I am quite the opposite (a total klutz, to be precise), so he must have inherited it from my amateur ballerina wife. :)

As I have written in the past,...
12-04-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,570
Posted By John E

Yup -- basic low-end Japanese 10-speed, similar...

Yup -- basic low-end Japanese 10-speed, similar to some Azuki, Nishiki, and aforementioned Kabuki models. The normal-high (reverse action) front SunTour derailleur is pretty slick, and the slant...
12-04-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By John E

If the chainrings fit over the spider, you could...

If the chainrings fit over the spider, you could always gently elongate their mounting holes slightly outward, or, maybe better, elongate the mounting holes of that nonstandard spider inward, This is...
12-04-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 481
Posted By John E

That was my first thought when someone mentioned...

That was my first thought when someone mentioned an American builder. I guess a few might have used Italian BB diameter and threading, but to what earthly benefit?


We think alike in that...
12-03-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By John E

I love under-the-radar commuters. Been there ......

I love under-the-radar commuters. Been there ... done that with my first Capo.
12-03-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 469
Posted By John E

We agree on that point, but I haven't used a...

We agree on that point, but I haven't used a spoke protector in almost 50 years -- no regrets.
12-01-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By John E

True -- there are a lot of us engineer types on...

True -- there are a lot of us engineer types on Bike Forums. Just reading this thread made me feel as though I have lost another "good friend I never met."
12-01-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 731
Posted By John E

"...and Bob's your uncle." It is indeed...

"...and Bob's your uncle." It is indeed satisfying to complete an ambitious project so successfully.

(I can actually use that British phrase with my sons, because my brother's name is Robert. :) )
11-30-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,428
Posted By John E

Your cautionary thread inspired me to prioritize...

Your cautionary thread inspired me to prioritize the Shingrix.

Follow up: I am finally back to full strength on the bike, following my Moderna COVID booster on Tuesday and my first Shingrix dose...
11-30-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,311
Posted By John E

I like those stylish and distinctive old British...

I like those stylish and distinctive old British chainrings. :)

I do not own own currently, but I still also have a fondness for the IGH/derailleur hybrid transmissions I mentioned earlier,...
11-30-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,041
Posted By John E

Pix, please -- see juvela's post, above. I...

Pix, please -- see juvela's post, above.

I never owned one myself, but Dawes bikes were somewhat popular when I was a UCLA student (1968-78). I would be interested to see what model your father...
11-28-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 576
Posted By John E

This awkward placement avoids crossing the rear...

This awkward placement avoids crossing the rear brake cable from right to left, which would also be awkward. The brake cable routing is a superb argument for the traditional and versatile routing of...
11-26-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,428
Posted By John E

No one told me about a two-week waiting period. I...

No one told me about a two-week waiting period. I had the COVID booster on Tuesday and my first Shingrix today. It made sense to wait two days, because the Moderna booster did make me feel like death...
11-26-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By John E

... as do the Italian ones. Been there ... done...

... as do the Italian ones. Been there ... done that. That's what LocTite blue is for. :)

The sole benefit of French or Italian BB threading is that you can install adjustable cups on both sides...
11-26-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 808
Posted By John E

Simply having a horizontal top tube goes a long...

Simply having a horizontal top tube goes a long way to making a bike look C&V, i.e., correct, in my view.
11-26-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 212
Posted By John E

"Don't have a cow, man!" -- Bart Simpson

"Don't have a cow, man!" -- Bart Simpson
11-24-21, 05:53 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,268
Posted By John E

I have broken three frames while riding. The...

I have broken three frames while riding.

The first doesn't count, because it was my first (1960) Capo, which had been straightened after the classic bend-back frontal collision. (My only close...
11-23-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 373
Posted By John E

My knowledge of French bikes begins with P and...

My knowledge of French bikes begins with P and ends with t, but there are others here who can probably assist you.
11-23-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,013
Posted By John E

Agreed. :) Ask the man who owns three. (The 1952...

Agreed. :) Ask the man who owns three. (The 1952 Sieger is not mine, but interesting because of its Capo brand derailleurs.) Thank you for this thread -- it has been an education for me, despite by...
11-23-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 594
Posted By John E

I realize you didn't ask this, but I really like...

I realize you didn't ask this, but I really like your gearing. Is that original? I love classic touring bikes ... .

As far as bar tape, the current color looks great with that frame.
11-20-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 870
Views: 89,314
Posted By John E

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11-20-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,319
Posted By John E

I forgot to mention the cartridge BB on my 1959...

I forgot to mention the cartridge BB on my 1959 Capo and the one I plan to install on my mountain bike.
11-19-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 853
Posted By John E

In "The Dancing Chain," Frank Berto talks about...

In "The Dancing Chain," Frank Berto talks about cyclists in the 1930s downshifting chainrings with their feet and upshifting by pulling the chain up and over by hand. Okay, I guess ... .
11-18-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,319
Posted By John E

Lights! LEDs day and night, front and rear,...

Lights! LEDs day and night, front and rear, preferably USB-chargeable.

Brake pads! KoolStop salmons or bust.

Modern low-compression, low-friction cable housings.

I do have an 8-speed...
11-18-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,319
Posted By John E

Thank you for posting. I won't ride anymore...

Thank you for posting. I won't ride anymore without a KoolStop tire jack, given how tightly some of today's tires, clincher and ATB, fit onto rims.
Forum: Foo
11-17-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 420
Posted By John E

I refuse to do [dis]Advantage, just as I never...

I refuse to do [dis]Advantage, just as I never did HMOs. Choice is more important than cost where my health is concerned.
11-16-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 822
Posted By John E

I run 2x6 on my (vintage) road bikes, but could...

I run 2x6 on my (vintage) road bikes, but could happily switch to 2x7, 3x6, or 3x7, and I use 3x8 on my mountain bike, which also serves as my gravel bike. The 1x systems do not interest me. With a...
11-16-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,520
Posted By John E

I am with you. Being devoid of athletic talent, I...

I am with you. Being devoid of athletic talent, I never rode competitively. I continue to ride for the same reasons as when I was a teenager in the 1960s: exercise, pleasure, transportation,...
11-16-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,939
Posted By John E

Thank you for the heartfelt tribute to Tony Tom....

Thank you for the heartfelt tribute to Tony Tom. I never met him, but after reading your posts, I feel like I have met another good "friend I never met."
11-16-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 566
Posted By John E

I remember the old French 14-15-17-19-21...

I remember the old French 14-15-17-19-21 freewheels, which were stock on early 1970s Peugeot PA, PR, and PX-10s, with 52-45 ringsets up front. A little too stiff a bottom gear for my tastes, even...
11-15-21, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By John E

Looks great, plenty of time to get it ready for a...

Looks great, plenty of time to get it ready for a Memorial Day or Independence Day parade. :)

Your new acquisition is like my mountain bike -- some bikes don't need no 4th of July decorations.
11-15-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,221
Posted By John E

The only thing I would change is the brake pads....

The only thing I would change is the brake pads. (I am a KoolStop fanatic, because they work.)
11-15-21, 05:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 529
Posted By John E

Thank you for digging up the article on my...

Thank you for digging up the article on my all-time favorite cycling shoes, Avocet Touring II. Dang, I miss those!
11-13-21, 08:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,704
Posted By John E

A kindred spirit! I like horizontal top tubes,...

A kindred spirit! I like horizontal top tubes, frame lugs, leather saddles, toeclips, and non-indexed shifting.
11-13-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 880
Posted By John E

Both of my BB creaks were due to frame cracks --...

Both of my BB creaks were due to frame cracks -- Nishiki Competition on the BB shell's seat tube lug, UO-8 on the right chainstay between the chainring and tire clearance dimples.
11-13-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,014
Posted By John E

I ride my bikes, so they get scratched. I...

I ride my bikes, so they get scratched.

I live 1 km downwind of the Pacific Ocean, so things get rusty.

So be it.
11-10-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 7,293
Posted By John E

My favorite type of bicycle would be a road...

My favorite type of bicycle would be a road touring bike, possibly an older road racing bike, with ample clearance for 32 or even 35mm tires, and with medium-range gearing, something on order of 40...
11-09-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By John E

Welcome to Club Carlton! I am a very new member,...

Welcome to Club Carlton! I am a very new member, myself -- my Franco-Suisse is my most recent acquisition / project bike. This is the first good English road bike I have ever owned, after a couple of...
11-06-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,538
Posted By John E

That is why I so adamantly prefer full-size frame...

That is why I so adamantly prefer full-size frame fit pumps.
11-06-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By John E

Depends on whether we are talking C-T or C-C --...

Depends on whether we are talking C-T or C-C -- makes almost a 1.5cm difference on a standard road frame.

In a classic road bike, and depending on frame geometry "squareness," 55cm C-T is my exact...
11-04-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 932
Posted By John E

I envy you guys with the full basement mancaves....

I envy you guys with the full basement mancaves. :)
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