| Firenze, Roadie, saw it at the store; they must not be some high quality, suicide brake levers, I let it be. |
It must not be a "real" Talian bike, but if someone has positive remarks, I mgiht go for it. I will search out info.
| I've seen quite a few of these at thrift stores. One in particular, as I recall - was in really great condition - nice paint, no oxidation, etc. However, I could tell from the quality of the components, the build of the frame, the drop outs, the brake levers with safety levers, etc. - that it was hardly even a mid-level bike - more low-end......and I have plenty of bikes like that anyway - so I always passed on them.|
I have no idea of that particular brand - who made it - where it's from - who sold them, etc.
| Those were given away free with purchases made at an electronics store in Daly City, CA. They are the lowest of low end.|
| I had one, and as mentioned above, I got it free with the purchase of a boom box at a stereo place in Warwick, RI. I rode it quite a bit in the early nineties before moving on to something way better.|
| uhm. i just found a guy selling his old firenze road bike for $50. i drove three hours to buy it from him, put it in a shop in my town, payed about $150 for tune-up and repairs.... and is rides like a dream!! i love it. i don't know what you guys mean about low-end... sure it's old.. but it's vintage and that simply adds to the coolness! hehe|
| There was a discussion a few years ago concerning the availability of lace-up toe-clip style cycling shoes. Someone knew places that stocked some (French?) brand. I can't find it in the archive. Can someone help?|
| For many years, Carnac made a classic, laceup style leather touring shoe. It no longer appears on their homepage. It was never available in my local shops but could be special ordered. You might call around your local shops & see if any have it but chances are slim. Carnac still makes a touring shoe but it combines laceup & velcro. I prefer their "Ventoux" model which is a road shoe with recessed cleats. Comfortable to walk in & fits my toeclip bikes as well as SPD clipless. Both are available here for $59.95, Don. http://www.gearandtraining.com/index.asp?PageAction=MFGSEARCH&ManfID=124&Page=1|
| I have some stuck chainring bolts. Usually, I can take an allen wrench and loosen them. Sometimes, if the whole bolt spins - I can wedge something in the slots on the backside and then get them loose. Well, this time - nothing is working. I tried penetrating oil, but still - they will not come loose. I got 3 of them off....but there are two that will not come loose. Any tips?|
| Might think about stabilizing the allen side by placing the wrench in a vise, keep it flush with the chainring. On the slot-end, use a large screw driver (or impact wrench if you got it) and a hammer to tap on the driver while applying constant turn pressure. Sometimes this will loose the corrosion weld that is holding the screw. Just a thought to consider. |
| I found a 73 Sport Tourer on Craigs List yesterday. It's in pretty good shape with Suntour barcons (could those have been original?), bad tires, and stiff bearings. I'm anxious to give it a ride and see if its rep for pleasant riding is justified. Then the old Q: Keep or flip?|
| Now that's an idea - Suntour barcons on the sport tourer. I had thought about swapping my stem shifters for down-tube.....but barcons may be the way to go.|
| I looked at the Schwinn catalogs at http://www.geocities.com/sldatabook/prologue.html|
and found that barcons were a $10 option in 1973.
| Cool! If the '73 shows the barcons as $10 option - then it won't be so radical if I go to those, rather than the down-tube shifters. |
| Yes, bar-end shifters are a better way to go. Although one of the (many) idiosyncratic features that endear the Sports Tourer to me are those funky stem shifters...and you have to admit they're right there and easy to use! David, congrat's on your new acquisition and please let us know what you think of the riding characteristics. |
| Yes, those stem shifters are something else! They are pretty tall - and they do look funky. But......nothing like this old bike I had a long time ago.....it had these stem shifters that were like 5 or 6 inches long....with a knob on the end of each....it was like some stick shifter from a sports car or something.....now that was funky!|
| Is anyone else planning to watch the start of RAAM 2006, this Sunday 11 June at 09:00 at the Oceanside Pier? I'll be pretty easy to spot, with either the red-and-white Capo, the brown Bianchi, or the red-white-and-blue Schwinn mountain bike.|