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Universal Mod. 68


Frame found in a free pile, unknown brand. Hand painted with artist's acrylics, just for fun!

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This bike makes me happy!

Thanks for the interest!

Hi all, sorry for the delay in replying and thanks for all the comments. This biuke is definitely still in the "project" phase, and now has a matching Universal Mod. 68 on the rear. I'm still kind of feeling out where I'm going to go with the project, ie: upright or drop, fenders and rack or not, etc...

Still don't know the maker. It has French threads (righty-tighty on the fixed cup), and those excellent lugs, but not much else to go on.

I do trust my own work for the most part, but also like the control of being able to brake on either or both wheels, so I really don't feel comfortable riding much with only one brake.

Thanks again!

has a nice patina

but its beauty won't help you stop if that front brake fails...

nice project though.

Well, it's a Universal...

...and most people don't intend to live forever.

Still, though: Oscar Egg headlugs! That pretty much screams French or Swiss. What's the BB threading? The adjustable cups are the same size/thread on Swiss and French, but the French fixed cup threads righty-tighty (i.e., WRONG), and the Swiss driveside threads lefty-tighty.

But the TA crankset is the Pro 3 (3-arm 116 BCD), right?

but what if you ride two

but what if you ride two brakes and both fail? if your worried about brakes failing you shouldn't be riding a bike. if your confident enough to ride one brake you are probably confident enough in your bicycle mechanical skills to know it wont fail.

You're probably too young to have heard the term

"belt and braces"; it's unlikely that both brakes will fail at exactly the same instant. Whereas with only one brake, only one break has to fail.

Anyway, in a lot of states, the Vehicle Code requires bikes with freewheels to have two brakes. I don't know whether that's the rule in Washington State or not.

Incidentally, WA law states

Incidentally, WA law states "Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement."

I've never had a caliper brake capable of doing this, and I'm not sure I'd want to.

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