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Old 03-04-24, 02:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Bergz



I always lamented the loss of the aluminum mounting bolt on the last generation of Suntour Superbe Pro. The sprung upper pivot does not appear to be necessary yet adds weight and complexity.
I turned down the head of a Sram mounting bolt to fit inside the Suntour bore and it works well saving 20 grams in the process. I'm sure I'll notice the reduced weight immediately....
Funny thing; when I first used Suntour derailleur, I thought lack of that spring is going to be a problem. And then it shofted beautifully and I ditched all Shimano derailleurs I had. Bar one, but that bicycle I ride in winter and wearing gloves, so index shifting helps. And now, despite having more bicycles, parts and frames I could possibly use on regular basis, I'm thinking about getting one with Sprint gruppo... Suntour is addictive.
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By the way, I often get super anxious when I design a wheel because I'm afraid I'll get the spoke lengths wrong. I use a google sheet I converted from Damon Rinard's Excel spreadsheet called spocalc. His math is perfectly fine, obviously, but then I need to get the hub and rim measurements pretty darn close. I've only come up with wrong spoke lengths once since using this spreadsheet, so that's pretty good, and when I started to build the wheel last night, of course, that anxious feeling set in. But the wheel came together without a hitch. I had meant to try to plan it with that extra touch where sighting through the valve stem hole can show the hub logo. But I forgot. And then I got lucky. Not that anyone will notice. It's so silly how some of us keep adding useless rituals to our utilitarian routines. It's added complexity and opportunity for added anxiety. Knowamean?
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Originally Posted by noglider
I had meant to try to plan it with that extra touch where sighting through the valve stem hole can show the hub logo. But I forgot.
I'm going out on a limb here, but I think the wheel will hold up perfectly well regardless of hub label orientation. At least it's not where there's a cross over the valve hole, like someone did on one of their first wheels 40+ years ago (and I ran into on a machine-built wheel not so long ago).
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Not much time for bikes today, but I did replace the grips on my alumicruiser - Saturday's ride told me in no uncertain terms the old grips were plumb wore out. Trying something eclectic here (no surprise on my bikes) - $1.75 cushy green silicone eBay grips on the main bar, and some red Spenco grips on the bar ends (that I picked up cheep at some bike swap eons ago). Hopefully this setup will hold up for a few years of busy use.

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Adding a bit of color to The Princess's UO-8 build. She picked this great shade; 1 Shot Peacock Blue, I was pushing for a softer blue. Decals next, clear coat this weekend, so assembly at the end of the month.



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BTinNYC I think I missed the post where you share your technique of painting the blue. Absolute Perfection!
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$15 to save this bike, it’s going to take a little elbow grease and rusted nuts to replace. But for the price I think it’s worth it. So far nothing is stuck or broke.
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Originally Posted by noglider
By the way, I often get super anxious when I design a wheel because I'm afraid I'll get the spoke lengths wrong. I use a google sheet I converted from Damon Rinard's Excel spreadsheet called spocalc. His math is perfectly fine, obviously, but then I need to get the hub and rim measurements pretty darn close. I've only come up with wrong spoke lengths once since using this spreadsheet, so that's pretty good, and when I started to build the wheel last night, of course, that anxious feeling set in. But the wheel came together without a hitch. I had meant to try to plan it with that extra touch where sighting through the valve stem hole can show the hub logo. But I forgot. And then I got lucky. Not that anyone will notice. It's so silly how some of us keep adding useless rituals to our utilitarian routines. It's added complexity and opportunity for added anxiety. Knowamean?
I wouldn't buy and ride a wheel where the decal / manufacturer's logo is in an "incorrect" place Because that tells you the person who built it is either careless or a mad genious. Considering the percentage of the general population who are mad geniuses is rather slim, it stands to reason that percentage of wheel builders who are mad geniuses would be roughly similar, which leaves us with the careless crowd. Ultimately, of course it doesn't matter where the logo is and which way it's facing, but I'd like to know the person who built the wheel paid attention to what they are doing. But, if I were to buy a complete wheel these days, it would most likely be for the hub and because of that I don't particularly care what they've done with the spokes and the rim. Rituals and conventions can be comforting
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Originally Posted by noglider
My commuting bike (1973 Raleigh International which I hand-painted) has been wearing a borrowed wheel for a couple of years. I borrowed it from my Lemond titanium racing bike. The Lemond has been wearing 650B wheels as an experiment. It's been fun, but I'll revert to 700c now, so it needs the borrowed wheel back. The 650B wheels are a very tight fit, and I can only use a 38 mm tire in the rear. The handling is a little wonky, especially if the front tire pressure isn't just right. The Lemond rode harshly, so I'll see if more supple 700c tires fix that.

A problem with borrowing the wheel is that the Lemond has a Campagnolo drivetrain, including a Campagnolo rear hub with Campagnolo spacing on the cassette. To shift, sometimes I have to use two clicks instead of one. It's not as bad as I would have thought, but the Raleigh will be going back to a Shimano rear hub.

I built a wheel last night! I used a Dura Ace hub I got off ebay a while back. I got it thinking I would build it onto my Lemond with 650B rims (while converting the Lemond to a Shimano drivetrain), but I changed my mind. I was told that this particular vintage Dura Ace hub can accept many kinds of Shimano cassettes, so I very much hope it accepts my 10-speed cassette. I used a 36-hole CR18 rim I got years ago when I stocked up on parts for flipping bikes. I anticipated a lot more need than I ended up having. I bought the spokes from Lee Kilpatrick (lkspoke@yahoo.com) who cuts custom spokes. It's always a pleasure dealing with him. I recommend him highly. I used a technique @FBinNY taught me which is to use a lighter gauge spokes on the non-drive side. I also have hundreds of spoke nipples hanging around from when I stocked up on parts.

My Raleigh isn't wearing my new wheel yet. Here it is, ready to go to work today. It's 13 miles each way, so I don't do the commute on bike most of the time.




Here is the wheel after lacing and before tensioning. I like to put a rubber band around the hub so people I can mess with the heads of who don't know about bikes, making them wonder how I got it "in there."





Soon, I'll try the cassette on the new wheel and use it on the Raleigh.
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Hello to all,

In lieu of introduction let me just share that I am “near” new to this forum and have total of 5 posts, all of them on “Show us your Raleigh” thread.
Unfortunately my communication tally does not entitle me to post pictures, so I could not contribute much in that thread, other than ask few questions of a member who posted a picture of a his refurbished Raleigh Super Course (early 70’s vintage). I received few answers and shared some information on the subject of Raleigh serial numbers and possible date of production.

I have a 1971-1972 Raleigh Super Course which, when new, was a carbon copy of a bike pictured in 1971 Raleigh Super Course US catalog, including the AVA stem, same wheels, hubs, derailleurs, frame, etc. It is the serial number (6 digits only), which points to possible early 1972 production year. (Data from Headbadge website - no association; used as information resource).
I am also familiar with information on Sheldon Brown’s site.

I am in the middle of restoring said bike and, unfortunately, the bottom-bracket spindle’s “race”, on the drive side, is worn; the spindle binds when trying to adjust its “play” to proper tolerances. New (loose) ball bearings did not solve the problem.
The few square taper or Cottered spindles on eBay seem less than serviceable, so remaining options are the sealed BB cartridge or thread-less type. The bottom bracket cup threading is Raleigh's 26 TPI (confirmed), which limits the possibilities drastically.
I can get Phil Wood’s Super Corsa 26TPI BB cups, and possibly the BB cartridge, but I am not sure what spindle length to order.

The full (original cotter type) spindle length is about 135.7 mm, and distance from the “middle” of left cotter slot to “middle” of right cotter slot on the spindle is about 116 mm. Chain-line is about 43.5 mm. Shell width is 70.5 mm.

I looked at Phil Wood Square Taper Bottom Brackets 103-145 mm (JIS Taper), but am not sure which spindle length would work. It would seem that, a square tapered spindle of 116 mm length with 68-73 mm (adjustable) shell should fit my application, and preserve chain-line.
The 135mm spindle would match the full length of Cottered 135 mm spindle, but the latter is asymmetrical, with left side race-to-end length of 33 mm, and right side of 46 mm, hence 116 mm spindle choice (?)

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Originally Posted by BTinNYC
Ready for clear coat.
Will you mask the chrome, or clear coat over it? I'm a few weeks away from clear coating my rusty Carabela and it has chrome socks and head tube lugs. I just don't think the chrome will hold the clear coat well, and I don't know that the patina will not come back as all out rust. So I'm mulling over what I should do.
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I'm going to clear coat the chrome too. That's what Peugeot did and it seems to have protected the chrome a bit.
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I am going to try some chrome paint over my bad (used to be chrome) chainstays. Were so bad I had to keep sanding down through the chrome so this will be an experiment for me. Luckily the seatstays were fine and the outsides of one chainstay was fine, just the inside and outside drive side.
Currently tried polishing a stem, but found the polishing kit with a 3in wheel on a corded drill was too slow. So far it's coming out good and this leaves me with hope on the campy cranks and other bits to polish out.
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Still no C&V work, but at least I am ambulatory enough with my knee scooter to get out to the garage and phart around with the 90 year old lathe. At least for two hours at a time, anyway. That's all I can stand on the knee scooter. After that, it's blissful nap time.

I found out that having babbitt bearings on the main shaft of the headstock dates it between 1932 to 1935. It was needle bearings from 1936 on.
I grew up working on old farm equipment and Chevy Stovebolt sixes, AKA babbitt beaters, so babbitt bearings are no big deal. I was able to dial in the clearance with .012 and .002 shims and install the new belts. If I get around to it tomorrow, I'll run it at no load for a while, then re-check the bearing clearances.

I'd work on the Everton but that requires moving the Ural and ATV out of the garage. My shifting foot doesn't work and I don't think I can even swing a leg over either.
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I wonder if there are C&V knee scooters? It is good you have fun things like the old lathe to occupy yourself with while your body heals.
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Beautiful restoration; paint scheme looks factory perfect.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
BTinNYC I think I missed the post where you share your technique of painting the blue. Absolute Perfection!
Gracias! I use the "1-Shot" brand enamel paint and add about 5% paint thinner. For the headtube, three coats; after the first two coats I wet sand each with 2000 grit and after the third coat I polish using a piece of belt leather, the hard side coated with wet cutting compound. Pinstriping masking tape for the pinstripes.

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Originally Posted by Insidious C.
I wonder if there are C&V knee scooters? It is good you have fun things like the old lathe to occupy yourself with while your body heals.
Jeez, I hope not. The current 'Evil One' is 8 years old and not all that refined. It beats crutches, though. I need to retrain myself on it and hope to be making chips in a couple weeks.
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Originally Posted by bikamper
I found out that having babbitt bearings on the main shaft of the headstock dates it between 1932 to 1935. It was needle bearings from 1936 on.
Oh, that takes me back. My first job out of school was in a hot steel rolling mill. I learned about babbitt bearings, bluing and scraping and “make GD sure the oil systems are up to temperature and pressure for an hour before we try to turn those mills!” Otherwise the mill is down for a week and we’re all working 24x7.

I also learned you could use a welders torch to melt down the scrap bearing halves to make weights for bottom fishing off the “Joisey” coast.
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This stuff?

Never knew this existed.
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Originally Posted by Classtime
This stuff?

Never knew this existed.
I used this:
https://finessepinstriping.com/produ...-striper-f-00/
But it seems the same as the 3M. The key to sharp lines is pulling the masking tape before the paint is dry, like when it's tacky. Dried paint wil chip a little along the tape edge.

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