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05-20-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,058
Posted By CriticalThought

1954 Hercules & 1952 Humber

Here are two of mine.... a 1954 Hercules and a 1952 Humber. I love the quirky duplex forks on the Humber... currently in the queue for a good clean up and re-fit.

1954 Hercules...
05-15-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks for the perspective, dddd I'll keep an...

Thanks for the perspective, dddd I'll keep an eye out for an all steel one as well since it seems these Derlin ones inevitably fail (unless hung on the wall!).

:)
05-15-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

I did some poking around and found that these...

I did some poking around and found that these derailleurs aren't too expensive, even as new-old-stock. I think I'm going to buy a clean & un-used one, and just take care of it and keep it out of the...
05-15-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Update - Looking for a new Front Derailleur - Simplex?

So, the Derlin bit of the front derailleur has fractures forming just about everywhere there is stress. Some places completely cracked through sadly. Some parts look like rust formed on the steel and...
05-14-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks dddd. I can see that now that you point...

Thanks dddd. I can see that now that you point it out when I look at that photo of it from the top. Hmmm... Now that I've been thinking about these Derlin Simplex I kind of want to keep them!. Maybe...
05-14-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Update

Thanks again everyone for your advice and input. It looks like this TdF will clean up nicely, the shiny bits anyway. I dusted her off and cleaned up the saddle... which I was really keen on trying...
05-10-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,595
Posted By CriticalThought

Mint Miele

Here's mine. My favorite aspect is the super thin seat stays. Love this bike.

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05-09-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,225
Posted By CriticalThought

1971 Gitane Professional Tour de France

My recently acquired 1971 Gitane Professional Tour de France.
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05-09-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks dddd. That picture of your bike is...

Thanks dddd. That picture of your bike is inspiring. I can't wait until mine is in similar shape. Fair point about riding it before rebuilding it. I will. I think I'll pull the wheels off my...
05-09-19, 10:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Here are some pictures of the Ideale #90 as...

Here are some pictures of the Ideale #90 as found... dirty but with the cool looking flat alloy rails. It does feel lighter, but what I read about it being less comfortable due to the rigidity of the...
05-09-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks all, especially verktyg for the thoughtful...

Thanks all, especially verktyg for the thoughtful and informative replies. I think I'll clean it up and assuming I don't find any problems after servicing the bearings and mech, will ride it. In the...
05-08-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks for the quick and informative response,...

Thanks for the quick and informative response, Juvela.

Date code on the simplex is 7/71, so looks more and more like a 71. :)

Interestingly, the lower idler wheel (if that's what they're...
05-08-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,134
Posted By CriticalThought

Barn Find - Gitane Professional Tour de France 1971?

Calling all Gitane experts...

I came into possession of this early 1970s Gitane Professional Tour de France today. Single owner, mostly original, and stored in a shed for decades. I would...
04-02-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 12,084
Posted By CriticalThought

Green (and Purple) Duell Solo

My Dutch Duell Solo from (I think) 1980 or so ... I love this bike.

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Though...
02-01-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 661
Posted By CriticalThought

Motobecane Grand Jubilé and Miele

Hey Brewsmith!

Still riding the Greenway around Breckenridge Brewery? I just saw this old post and realized that you also have a Grand Jubilé. Still have it? I ask because I picked one up and...
10-02-18, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 490
Posted By CriticalThought

What's the best way to find out about these sorts...

What's the best way to find out about these sorts of rides in Denver? Rapha mailing list? Or do the shops listed have their own retro-ride mailing lists? Anyone South of Denver up for an informal...
08-29-18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 1,675
Views: 262,120
Posted By CriticalThought

Duell Solo by Jan Van Dalen

My 1980s Duell Solo by Jan Van Dalen (Hoek van Holland, Nederland).

Campy everything (even the number hanger bolt on the bottom of the top tube is Campagnolo!) save the RD which someone replaced...
08-28-18, 07:46 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,875
Posted By CriticalThought

Just Under The Wire! Two hand made beauties... Duell & Scot

Turns out I have two purple bikes for August... a 1950s Flying Scot by David Rattray (Glasgow, Scotland) and a beautiful 1980s Duell Solo by Jan Van Dalen (Hoek van Holland, Nederland). Both hand...
08-17-18, 01:09 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 18,215
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks all, for the suggestions and photos. I...

Thanks all, for the suggestions and photos. I agree wholeheartedly that these Grand Jubilés have a wonderful feel to them and are a joy to ride. I also love that French je ne sais quoi that they have...
08-15-18, 05:49 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 18,215
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks PilotFishBob. Good info. Gorgeous bike...

Thanks PilotFishBob. Good info. Gorgeous bike as well. I was thinking of keeping the 27 inch wheels but I haven't actually decided yet. Thanks for the photo!
08-15-18, 04:36 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 18,215
Posted By CriticalThought

1976 Motobecane Grand Jubilé (I think)

I recently came across this gem. I think it's a 1976 Motobecane Grand Jubilé, though I'd love that confirmed by the Motobecane experts. Might be a '77?

It has the Reynolds decal and the Huret RD,...
08-10-18, 08:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,204
Posted By CriticalThought

Mint Latina - One of my favourite bikes

Hadn't seen this thread before so thought I'd contribute some pics of one of my favourite bikes. Near mint Miele Latina with a lovely matching Campagnolo gruppo.

I didn't know what this bike was...
08-09-18, 03:26 PM
Replies: 20,981
Views: 2,020,770
Posted By CriticalThought

1953 Raleigh Superbe Sports Unearthed

I lucked into this bike today. I think it's a 1953 Raleigh Superbe Sports.

I'm amazed that it's so original (even has the color matched Raleigh branded factory pump). It also has what I suspect is...
08-09-18, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By CriticalThought

How obscure is this SA Dynohub 4 Speed?

I lucked into finding what I think is a 1953 Raleigh 24L Superbe Sports Tourist. It's fairly complete, including the lamps, wiring, and Automatic Filter Switch & Dry Battery Unit in addition to the...
07-14-18, 11:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,222
Posted By CriticalThought

Raleigh "Lenton" Sports and Rattray Flying Scot

Here are two from my stable.

Raleigh "Lenton" Sports
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07-14-18, 11:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,264
Posted By CriticalThought

Best replacement group-set for this bike?

Looking good xiaoman1 !

The red and white paint scheme of these Lemonds is my favorite. Here is mine (2001 Alpe D.Huez). I LOVE this bike. Great climber. I've done so many centuries on it over the...
06-14-18, 06:40 PM
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Views: 2,020,770
Posted By CriticalThought

Haven't ridden the old RSW-16 folder in a while....

Haven't ridden the old RSW-16 folder in a while. Took it out today for a bit. I really want to get a Raleigh Twenty of similar vintage so that I can compare them back to back. The 16 is really heavy...
06-14-18, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13,847
Views: 1,227,793
Posted By CriticalThought

Down along the canal on the old RSW... ...

Down along the canal on the old RSW...

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06-14-18, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13,847
Views: 1,227,793
Posted By CriticalThought

Ah... now, if only it were a B-17 above the...

Ah... now, if only it were a B-17 above the B17... :)


Lovely bike, lovely composition.
06-12-18, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 661
Posted By CriticalThought

Classic Canadian - Mint Miele

Put a new tube on the rear of the old Miele (yes, Ambrosio rims aren't the easiest to mount) and took her on a shake-down ride up and down the river here in Denver. I think the last real ride I did...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-18, 08:23 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 205,928
Posted By CriticalThought

Yep, original Dunlops from 1964. I wish I could...

Yep, original Dunlops from 1964. I wish I could get similar in white, but the only remade ones I could find are black. Since I like riding the bike I have the black new ones on it, but kept the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-18, 08:03 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 205,928
Posted By CriticalThought

You guys are so right... I've also had it...

You guys are so right... I've also had it described as looking like Laurel & Hardy's car that got crushed between two streetcars... (pretty dead on!)
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-18, 09:26 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 205,928
Posted By CriticalThought

I know what you mean... this is mine "folded". :)...

I know what you mean... this is mine "folded". :) (and this one is actually an RSW-16)
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-18, 07:08 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 205,928
Posted By CriticalThought

Hey Schwinnsta It's an Ibex trailer made by BOB....

Hey Schwinnsta It's an Ibex trailer made by BOB. Bob Ibex (http://www.bobgear.com/bike-trailers/ibex) It pivots on bearings on either side of the rear axel of the bike, and in the other plane at the...
06-08-18, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13,847
Views: 1,227,793
Posted By CriticalThought

1957 Flying Scot

Pretty much decided to replace the rare Brampton cranks on the 1957 Flying Scot with a period set of Williams, along with a climbing gear and a Simplex lever style front derailleur. I thought I'd go...
06-08-18, 09:15 AM
Replies: 20,981
Views: 2,020,770
Posted By CriticalThought

Superbe Evening Ride

Bought a house in Denver recently and have been really enjoying taking the old 3-speeds out on the bike paths near the house. Feels so much like riding around the English countryside where my sister...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-18, 02:47 PM
Replies: 3,859
Views: 655,472
Posted By CriticalThought

Love, love, love this bike. The stiff aluminum...

Love, love, love this bike. The stiff aluminum frame is a huge plus when towing a trailer... especially when that trailer is loaded up with a heavy load of freshly brewed beer, straight from the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-18, 02:45 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 205,928
Posted By CriticalThought

Pre-weekend beer run... stiff aluminum frame a...

Pre-weekend beer run... stiff aluminum frame a huge plus when towing a trailer full of beer!
...
06-01-18, 02:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,624
Posted By CriticalThought

My most comfortable suspended road bike... ...

My most comfortable suspended road bike... quirky German but geil!
...
06-01-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 8,584
Posted By CriticalThought

Does mostly silver count??? ...

Does mostly silver count???

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05-24-18, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By CriticalThought

rhm and kohl57 thank you both for your...

rhm and kohl57 thank you both for your perspectives and opinions. They're very much appreciated!

rhm thanks for your offer. I will PM you. (I got rid of the zip ties :thumb: )

kohl57 I agree...
05-23-18, 10:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By CriticalThought

Good points, rhm Going by the serial number...

Good points, rhm

Going by the serial number I would think this bike is much later. It's definitely an odd combination as so much of it leans toward late 50s, yet the serial number could easily be...
05-23-18, 08:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By CriticalThought

Thanks big_chainring! Knowing this also makes me...

Thanks big_chainring! Knowing this also makes me think my bike was originally set up similarly. I'm still really curious about three color pint scheme and what prompted it.

Thanks for your...
05-23-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By CriticalThought

Here is a photo of the Raleigh "snowflake" decal...

Here is a photo of the Raleigh "snowflake" decal on the seat tube... it's growing on me but I still find it a bit odd... unless this was a "Christmas" bike?
...
05-23-18, 07:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By CriticalThought

kohl57 / KenNC and all, thanks for your thoughts...

kohl57 / KenNC and all, thanks for your thoughts & observations.


Peter, I also initially thought it was a 1960s "Lenton" and though I agree with your use of quotation marks (the frame feels...
05-21-18, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,121
Posted By CriticalThought

1950s Raleigh Lenton Sports Curiosity

I just came across this 1950s (presumably) Raleigh Lenton Sports that I was able to pick up pretty painlessly. I had been keeping an eye out for a period correct front derailleur so that I could add...
03-05-18, 01:17 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,506
Posted By CriticalThought

Champagne Gold Mercian Super Tourist Tandem with Black Highlights

My late 1970s Mercian Super Tourist tandem. I love this bike!

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Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-18, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2,281
Views: 275,681
Posted By CriticalThought

Xootr Swift on the San Francisco Bay

Xootr Swift on the San Francisco Bay.

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02-22-18, 05:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,071
Posted By CriticalThought

Hey crank_addict, thanks! And good question...

Hey crank_addict, thanks! And good question re the bb shell oil port. Like you, I have some other old bikes with ports on the top side. It hadn't occurred to me that the one on this bike was...
02-22-18, 05:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,071
Posted By CriticalThought

A few hundred miles in

So I decided to get the 1957 Flying Scot to a point where I could comfortably start putting some miles on her, but without changing her looks. So for now, no re-paint or anything along those lines. ...
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