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As @earthtopus might say, I made breakfast for dinner, for breakfast
Okay, we're way down the rabbit hole now, but one more tidbit from #ThisOldBike . These brakes are made by Dia-Compe, who would later buy the patent to the "Threadless" headset that made it much easier to adjust and change handlebars on modern bikes. Dia Compe's USA division was in North Carolina, and eventually split off as "Cane Creek", still a huge manufacturer of headsets on nice bikes: https://cyclingtips.com/2017/08/origins-how-the-aheadset-threadless-headset-changed-bikes-forever/
Oh, back to Bridgestone for a second. I should have mentioned how much the modern history of the bicycle is connected to the Pneumatic rubber tire. Inflatable tires made bicycles much more comfortable and led to a huge boom in their popularity. They were also big business! Goodyear used to sell branded bikes, and the origins of the Tour de France are closely tied to the Michelin tire company #ThisOldBike https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27%C3%89quipe
The other big name in Japanese bike components is one that I haven't found on this bike: Shimano . It would be a few years until a combination of marketing savvy, engineering advancements, and a favorable USD/JPY exchange rate would allow Shimano to sweep the global market for bike components #ThisOldBike https://sheldonbrown.com/japan.html#flighttaiwan
This bike features cranks and handlebars by Sakae Ringyo and shifters and derailleurs made by Suntour. The two companies would later merge and the resulting "SR Suntour" brand is still found on value-oriented bike components today, particularly mountain bike suspension forks
My bike is a pretty bog standard mid-range road bike of the "Ten Speed" era, nothing particularly valuable. The models that go for $$$ are the high-end racing bikes and the weird stuff designed by Grant Peterson, the head of Bridgestone USA during the 80s/90s who would go on to found Rivendell Cycles and make beautiful, weird, boutique steel bikes https://sheldonbrown.com/bridgestone/ #ThisOldBike
First, the frame. Most Americans would see the Bridgestone logo and think "The uhh... tire company?" But Bridgestone has it's roots in Japan, named after founder Shojiro Ishibashi, whose surname translates as "stone bridge".
Bridgestone's bike division was a Japanese-American partnership that made some very interesting bikes through the 80s and 90s, some of which are rare and highly valued by bike nerds #MastoBikes #ThisOldBike
I'm a dummy with a low tolerance for inconvenience so I'll admit that I've totally slept on how easy modern libraries have made it to check out almost anything. You seriously just click a few buttons on the website, get an email when your book is ready, then you're in & out in 30 seconds with easy options to renew (and no late fees in St. Paul ). Use your library, friends!
First thing that stuck out to me when I examined the bike was too much wiggle in the rear hub (if you know what I mean). These old hubs use loose ball bearings in a "cup", held in place by a screw-on "cone" and lock nut. It's finicky to do a full rebuild, but this one is back in rideable condition after a few turns of a wrench to tighten the cones and lock nuts #ThisOldBike
The extension levers come off with a single screw, but unfortunately the mounting post is part of the lever pivot mechanism so it'll be sticking out until i get sick of it and attack it with a cutting tool.
Bike nerds sometimes call those extension bars "suicide levers", which is a little over-dramatic IMO, but you do get more lever travel to work with (and stronger braking force) after they're removed. #ThisOldBike
First order of business, let's get rid of these brake extension levers! These were a result of the Bike Boom of the early 70s, where "Ten Speeds" were sold to a lot of folks for aesthetic reasons who didn't want to ride on the brake hoods or the drops. These extension levers were a cheap and quick way to meet market demand, but they're just going to get in my way, so off they go #ThisOldBike
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