[CR]Rite of passage, and other major blunders....and stuff for sale!

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 16:51:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Larry Myers" <curmudgeon1957@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Rite of passage, and other major blunders....and stuff for sale!

Hey, Kids!

This thread takes me back to my first real racing machine (c.1970).....having scored a Raphael Geminiani at a yard sale (Campy GS, Mafac, TA, Ideale, etc), I was seriously bitten by the bike bug. After seeing the uber-cool drillium stuff the pros rode in the pages of International Cycle Sport, I decided that I, too, needed drilled out parts. I got out my dad's Craftsman drill, and went to work. I drilled the steel seatpost first; not realizing that since I hadn't removed the post from the frame first, I was filling my bottom bracket with metal shavings....next, I decided that the Ideale alloy-railed leather saddle was too heavy, and I thoroughly ventilated the alloy framework (given the current price of said saddles, a crime of the lowest sort!). Next, I turned my attentions to the MAFAC brake calipers- they also received the 'improvements' that I had bestowed onto the rest of the bike, along with a badly- needed set of new brake pads....2 days later- I rode out to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, to get some hill mileage in. All was well, until I entered the sweeping s-turns on the downhill side of Palos Verdes Estates Drive West (well known to you locals, I'm sure!), and while plummeting towards Marineland, I hit the brakes to slow down a bit....imagine my sphincter-puckering consternation as I watched my front brake pads eject from their holders- I had re-installed the holders with the open end facing forwards! Fortunately, the rear brake was fully functional, and I safely negotiated the rest of the descent. (Never did find my brake pads, though!). The final footnote to this sad tale- my newly-lightened Ideale saddle gave up the ghost with about 9 miles to go, forcing me to pedal standing up, the rest of the way home....Youth- SO wasted on the young....and here are some goodies for sale, all prices include shipping in lower 48:

1)NOS Campy 'Gran Sport' hi-flange hubset, 3-piece hubshells, 40/32 drilling. Perfect condition, never used. No date stamping on cones or locknuts, but I would say these are probably '50s vintage. Sorry, no skewers. $300, or will swap for Prior or Airlite road hubs in comparable condition, prefer 36/36 drilling, but not firm on that. 2)late 50's British frame pump- 'Apex Inflator Corp.' Beautiful condition, fully functional w/ original hose, for pegs placed 18" apart. I will include a set of NOS 'ALE' clothespin-style clips with it, $60 3)Cyclo 'Benelux' derailleur set- includes a rare Mod.12 rear mech (handles 5 cogs, and a 10-tooth chainring differential), plunger-type front mech, and beautiful bz-on shift levers. I will also sub a Mod.7 rear mech, if you prefer. Good condition, fully functional. $100/set 4)GB 'Hiduminium' stem (10cm), w/ very swoopy GB randonneur-style bars, late 50's. Stem is in good condition, bars are like new.$75 5)1959 Carlton 'Flyer' frameset- 62cm (c-t-t), 59cm top tube. Dark green & gold, LOTS of patina, still a beautiful frame. Chrome is in amazingly good shape (some 'bubbling' on fork), chrome lugs, cyclo drop outs, full '531' db throughout. $235 6)1st generation Weinmann 'Vainquer 999" center-pull brake set, levers & calipers only. Excellent condition, $65 7)last-generation C-record rear derailleur (sorry, Dale!), excellent condition,$95 8)Brooks tyre levers- 7 sets available, $9/set 9)Campy NR brakeset, sans pads/holders, no hoods, normal reach, non-recessed mounting. Good condition,$75 10) NIB Suntour 'New Winner' 6-speed freewheel (std. width), 13t-21t, $50

Fine Print: PayPal only, I ship once a week, usually on Tuesday- if you have to have something sooner, let me know; I will try to make it happen. I have some poor pics of the Carlton frame, no pics of anything else- I offer to refund your money within 7 days of your receipt of item (incl. shipping!) if you are not happy. I use my e-mail address to receive paypal monies- first to pay, is first to own :)

Thanks to all, Larry Myers Portland,OR,USA

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