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Old 12-18-20, 09:25 PM
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Found out the wife is extending her visit by a month to her brother in Florida this Winter. I need, therefore, a new project to help pine away the hours she will be gone.
Santa found me a 40yo garage queen to refurb. Original and cosmetically very good.


Just got home

Carlton headbadge

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Wow....Where did you find one this clean, CL OU or?
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Old 12-18-20, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by JaccoW
Trying and failing to build a front wheel.

I'm going to have to take everything apart and measure again to see if I missed something.
I should have plenty of room with 3-cross and 278mm spokes on this rim but in 3-cross I cannot for the life of me connect the 3rd lacing and only 2-cross seems to work but has too long a spoke of course.
The twisting of the hub after the first two sides doesn't connect cleanly either so no idea what's going on here.

It's almost like this hub is weird, or a couple of different sized spokes snuck in here.

2-cross build with spokes being too long
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Old 12-19-20, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1
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Wow....Where did you find one this clean, CL OU or?
Best, Ben
1979 Carlton Criterium - brought to USA from UK, one owner, supposedly less than 100miles total. A very stand-up guy (sounded Scottish, not English)
It is a lesser frameset with claw derailleur hangar. But such a cosmetically clean 40yo bike won my heart.
I saw it on CL but also on OU. T'was less than 5miles away = convenience appreciated.

I was not up for a frame build, this go-round. The parts bin is thin and garage work hours are chilly.

Hopefully it will ride like a keeper. English Celeste?
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
1979 Carlton Criterium - brought to USA from UK, one owner, supposedly less than 100miles total. A very stand-up guy (sounded Scottish, not English)
It is a lesser frameset with claw derailleur hangar. But such a cosmetically clean 40yo bike won my heart.
I saw it on CL but also on OU. T'was less than 5miles away = convenience appreciated.

I was not up for a frame build, this go-round. The parts bin is thin and garage work hours are chilly.

Hopefully it will ride like a keeper. English Celeste?
Wildwood,
Agree about the condition that was why I asked for the backstory. Bikes this old and in this condition seem to be getting harder and harder to find.
If I had found it would certainly be a keeper.
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Cleaning up and preserving this old Breeze for a fundraiser for a local nonprofit program. We hoped to find someone to repaint it the original coppertone, but that isn't panning out. The serial number indicates it was produced in September of '66 likely for the '67 model year. It seems to be all original except for the rear tire. One thing we have learned is these were assembled with a minimal amount of grease and apparently the dealer was supposed to properly grease and adjust the headset and bottom brackets. There is more grease in a street taco than was in this bike so the disassembly and greasing didn't happen to this bike. But the bearings and races did survive surprisingly well. I hope this bike does well as a fundraiser because it has been so much fun for me and it is for a great cause so I hope to do another some day. I'm off work for the rest of the year, so I hope to get it finished up.




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Not much wrenching on Bikes.
But cut this out and painted it






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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz

4th Gen Craftsman 3/8" ratchet.
We find so many ratchet handles on the road. How many go to the trouble to get the rebuild kit? I do for Snap-On wrenches, for sure. This one deserved some love...
I never realized rebuild kits for ratchets was a thing. Cool bench block
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I never realized rebuild kits for ratchets was a thing. Cool bench block
For Craftsman and Snap-On, for certain. They're not cheap, even at eBay lowest prices.

As for "other" wrenching interests, well, I keep active there, too.
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Pulled the winter bike down from where it was hanging in the garage. A little quick service then out for a lazy 25 miles on it. This ol' 17 year old Jake the Snake is still looking pretty good.

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Posted elsewhere on BF a moment ago but this is the bike I'm currently wrenching on...Bernard Carre I'm fitting with first gen Campy Record, Mafac Dural Forge bakes, and 3TTT Gran-Prix Stem/Bars...all stuff you would see in the peloton in 1966. I plan to ride, thus the forged 3TTT stem which is still period correct.
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Spent about an hour tonight machining brass replacement washers for Cinelli stems, after working on my confuser most of the week. Software problems (argh!) when did I become so dependent on the new technology?
Oh yeah it was about 40 weeks ago when Covid lockdown started. Smiles, MH
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
Spent about an hour tonight machining brass replacement washers for Cinelli stems, after working on my confuser most of the week. Software problems (argh!) when did I become so dependent on the new technology?
Oh yeah it was about 40 weeks ago when Covid lockdown started. Smiles, MH
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That's why I still use a fountain pen or a pencil....being a pseudo-Luddite has its privileges.
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This is a proof of concept bike - trying to salvage an old steel department store frame with inexpensive newer components. Probably a late 70s Murray frame, with 26" MTB wheels and other miscellaneous parts bin stuff. I call it the Urban Assault Vehicle because it looks vaguely military. Rides better than it looks.




Here is the 1979 Raleigh Supercourse I was working on last week. It was left in somebody's back yard in Phoenix, Arizona for a couple of decades. The bike is ugly but I was amazed how well the alloy components cleaned up. It will be a decent downtown commuter bike.


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Hard to complain about the fit of these, I forgot about how nice new "gum" rubber hoods feel. They could be a little more opaque, but overall quite pleased them.

I can't decide if white would be better for the bike they're going on.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88
Not much wrenching on Bikes.
But cut this out and painted it






Great work! Haha! I love it! It reminds me of my dear old dad. He was an engineer and a mechanical genius, but this is the type of stuff he did for relaxation and enjoyment. Again, nice work, and Merry Christmas!
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Originally Posted by bwilli88
Not much wrenching on Bikes.
But cut this out and painted it





Originally Posted by J.Higgins
Great work! Haha! I love it! It reminds me of my dear old dad. He was an engineer and a mechanical genius, but this is the type of stuff he did for relaxation and enjoyment. Again, nice work, and Merry Christmas!
Agreed, in the spirit of good will ....bwilli88, a really nice contribution....
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"The Aristocrat of Bicycles" looks a little more dignified today thanks to an extra fine gold DecoColor paint marker.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
For Craftsman and Snap-On, for certain. They're not cheap, even at eBay lowest prices.

As for "other" wrenching interests, well, I keep active there, too.
You should be able to find a Snap-On dealer when you need one, their website can help locate.

And you could find a shop, friend, relative etc. that has a dealer to help.

And Craftsman are still being sold at ACE, Lowes and others with mixed reviews.

The CRAFTSMAN warranty page is alive and well and the 888-331-4569 # is still good so I would consult them for help.

Ratchets and sockets as well as many other are still Lifetime, no questions asked, no receipt necessary.

Many online have had good luck with them directly, ymmv.
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Great work Bill, only son and Dad's mom born on Dec. 25.
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Originally Posted by merziac
And Craftsman are still being sold at ACE, Lowes and others with mixed reviews.
I honestly no longer care about their warranty support. For any retailer who has taken on the burden of the failing Craftsman brand, I feel sorry for them. Kits are available and rebuild is trivial. Thanks though...
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz
I honestly no longer care about their warranty support. For any retailer who has taken on the burden of the failing Craftsman brand, I feel sorry for them. Kits are available and rebuild is trivial. Thanks though...
Agreed, but if a simple call to the mothership nets a free kit to your door....

And while the retailers may have been saddled with this by Apex, Stanley, etc. they are not innocent, they signed on for the brand recognition knowing it wasn't worth anywhere near what it used to be, also knowing they could bully the majority of people out of the warranty.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Agreed, but if a simple call to the mothership nets a free kit to your door....

And while the retailers may have been saddled with this by Apex, Stanley, etc. they are not innocent, they signed on for the brand recognition knowing it wasn't worth anywhere near what it used to be, also knowing they could bully the majority of people out of the warranty.
Yup. I recently arranged a bike trip into my local city (nearest Ace Hardware), only to discover that this Ace doesn't participate in the Craftsman warranty program. Gee, thanks. Guess where I will never spend a penny for my hardware needs... The ride was nice, though, so there's that...
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I got my last rebuild kits from Summit racing when Craftsman support was down. In fact I think there are likely 3 or 4 1/2" drive kits laying in the bottom drawer of the tool box. Depending on the kit you need I could even send one to ya. I am currently using both Mac and Snap-On, but still have a few of the Craftsman laying around. I use them in the travel tool box and when I go to my local co-op to work. If somebody snags one of those my feelings aren't hurt. The Craftsman ratchets are easy to find in the pawn shops as well and can be had for as little as a couple of bucks. A lot of my tools have been upgraded and I doubt if I will need to switch back to the Craftsman brand. But a free ratchet and rebuild kit is always a good deal on first blush. And I have yet to find a body that was not useable. Smiles, MH

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Bought a track bike on eBay a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty grimy so I've been spending a while cleaning things up. Lots of ancient crusty grease.

Seller said this was built by him in the 70s out of Columbus SL. Overall it's quite well done, a few little things that give the frame some character like how the chainstays are bulged a little bit from a cold set to fix a building error

Mocked up with the wheels from my Grand Jubile, tires are Veloflex Master 25 that are measuring out at 23mm. Maybe 2mm clearance at the fork crown, and a brake will foul the tire without a riser bolt.

Very happy right now, I've wanted a track bike in my size for a really long time. Please excuse the less than flattering lighting and background, it's dark outside

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