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Old 01-11-19, 04:40 PM
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Be sure to look for a Durham Elipitical Chainwheel. Rode one once. Felt like the wheels of the bike had been built off center.
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I've got a couple for sale if anyone is interested, 60 tooth and 54 tooth.
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Old 01-11-19, 04:49 PM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
I've got a couple for sale if anyone is interested, 60 tooth and 54 tooth.
Hmmm. Actually a little interested.

I wonder what tooth count creates an absolutely smooth ride down the center of a railroad track whilst on the ties at let's say 40mph?
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It is super subjective, but to this day I find the road version of the sweet wings cranks one of the slickest ever made.

Never seen one of their stems installed in a bike though.
I just did a quick eBay search for the Sweet Wings cranks and it appears that the only ones currently up for sale are the 177.5 size and priced at $550!
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Old 01-12-19, 09:17 AM
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I have the good fortune of owning a pair of Bruce's hand-made titanium brake straddle cable carriers; very limited production.



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That caliper looks pretty good also.
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Originally Posted by Erzulis Boat View Post
I wonder what tooth count creates an absolutely smooth ride down the center of a railroad track whilst on the ties at let's say 40mph?
With or without the train right behind you?
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Scott did sell relabeled Modolo brake levers as their own though......
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Perhaps someone could shed more light of Scott Sports and their handlebars- where made, etc.. They also 'grabbed' onto the aero bar patent and sold licensing rights of it, in the mid or late 1980s.
This should be worth finding out. I believe that the Modolo rebranded levers did state "made in Italy" at the clamps, whereas the Scott old school bars have "made in USA" printed on them.
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Old 01-12-19, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
I just did a quick eBay search for the Sweet Wings cranks and it appears that the only ones currently up for sale are the 177.5 size and priced at $550!
Yeah it's crazy! I did own a set but could not find a way to keep them completely corrosion free as they did not seem to be anodized (I tried waxing them as I did not want to power coat them).

In the end I let them go (for far less than that!)
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With or without the train right behind you?
Behind you................naturally.
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Thanks to everyone's helpful contributions I would think the only thing missing are hood-based brake levers made in the US. Though, to add one last query, is there any chance that anyone knows of a 6 or 7 speed freewheel as well?
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
roadie build stuff-
Topline / Grafton cranks, Sampson Stratics Ti bottom bracket, Scott - Peterson brakes, Selle Anatomica saddle or go older Cool Gear, American Classic seatpost. Chris King headset... why not?!

I have a Serotta Ti quill stem but I'm not sure who or where made.
You could skip the Grafton cranks, even if you could find them. Mine broke after 500 miles, spoke direct to John Grafton and no warranty whatever. "My parts have been to Jupiter." Yeah, now they've been to Chicago. Cool Gear saddles were fairly fragile too.

American Classic seatposts and hubs were wonderful. Sold in good quantity and deserved to. Anything made by American Classic in the years Al Kingsbery was in charge is worth having.
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Thanks to everyone's helpful contributions I would think the only thing missing are hood-based brake levers made in the US. Though, to add one last query, is there any chance that anyone knows of a 6 or 7 speed freewheel as well?
Winner (or Winners) Manufacturing was a California company that made some really odd roller bearing freehubs. The hub bodies were either clear silver anodized or black. I don’t know all the configurations that they offered but I know for a fact that they made one with their own Dura Ace 7400 7-speed freehub body (I have one). I wish somebody had a stash of Dura Ace freewheel Uniglide cogs to custom make up some free wheels.

They also made a Dura Ace Uniglide 8 speed 130mm hub. There were a few articles about the unique roller clutch design in their freehub body. From what I understand, the roller bearings had instantaneous engagement (zero backlash) due I believe to having no pawls. Instead the roller bearings rode in asymmetric races that only permitted free movement in the counterclockwise direction. When chain tension for forward movement was applied, apparently one end of the roller bearing would skew down a slight ramp ensuring positive engagement.

These were heavily criticized for being a failed design incapable of being ridden in the rain. To me they are very beautiful, equal to Dura Ace in finish quality.

So as to your question about a US built freewheel: my answer is a partial “yes” (freehub body “yes”, cogs “no” but perhaps someone could remedy that deficiency).
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Just learned that " In 1974, international bicycle components manufacturer Dia-Compe Japan established their U.S. headquarters in the Cane Creek Valley, just outside of Asheville North Carolina. The official reason for the location was to take advantage of a skilled local manufacturing workforce but rumor has it that company executives were equally fond of Western North Carolina’s beautiful mountains and golf courses. "

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