Kool Stop Brake Pads – the Best Choice

Kool Stop Brake Pads – the Best Choice

Kool Stop Brake Pads   I’ve been an admirer of Kool Stop brake pads for years, using them on many vintage bikes I’ve restored. Not only have Kool Stop always provided direct replacements for classic brakes made by Mafac, Weinmann and Campagnolo, they’ve always...
Restoring Brake Hoods

Restoring Brake Hoods

Restoring Brake Hoods   Better to have worn and even crumbling old brake hoods than none at all, is my opinion. Sometimes you come across bikes advertised as “restored” only to notice that the brake hoods are missing. Bare metal lever bodies are ugly and detract...
Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Video.

Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Video.

  Can 10 Speed Friction Shifting Work? Some people have commented on the video that they have succeeded in making 10 speed friction shifting work. I accept that some set ups could function, but the precision involved would surely cause two issues: All parts would...
French Steerer Threads-Retapping and Repairing

French Steerer Threads-Retapping and Repairing

 French Steerer Threads   Here is an email I received recently from Carles, with an interesting but difficult problem with his Vitus bike: “I recently ended up in your website, which I found super useful. I had the bad luck of ending up with a vitus with italian...
Converting to STI Gearing: the vintage 9 Speed

Converting to STI Gearing: the vintage 9 Speed

Converting to STI gearing   It’s not everyone’s cup of tea: a purple frame that is quite striking and flamboyent, but I really like the colour. The story is a short one: I bought a custom built bike, mysteriously branded “Treboutte”, last year, and took all the...

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