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Old 05-04-23, 04:30 PM
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welcome Jim !

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Thanks for joining Jim! I would say this forum is a wealth of knowledge but I think it just got way wealthier
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Old 05-04-23, 04:34 PM
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The only thing I have to add is that one day I want you to ride the Campy Super Huffy and tell me how much better it is than my Paramount

And welcome!
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Originally Posted by bulgie
Jim is also currently the maker of ultra-cool replacement parts for vintage bikes, like titanium bolts to replace the steel ones in Campy derailers, seatposts and such. Some hard-to find steel bits like the cage-rotation-stop screw for a 1965 Campy Record derailer, or bolts for the old steel Cinelli stems. See his ebay for some of his wares.

He even made his own Cinelli Bivalent hub sets ó from scratch ó don't ask what those cost, you can't afford it! Maybe he'll share pics of his Exxon Graftek where every steel part has been replaced with Ti on the Campy gruppo. Even the springs on the brakes are Ti, and the eccentric and lever for the QR on the brakes.

Here's my NR/SR/Rally hybrid that Jim made at my request, with upper and lower pivot bolts in Ti:

Mark B

i need some ti Campy stuff. Seeing that derailleur, that's hot. Too many thoughts come to mind, thoughts very few people here might appreciate haha
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Originally Posted by gugie
At the risk of losing Jim after his first post here, here's a link to a thread you'll never see on the CR list.

Forgive us, this is the dive bar of vintage bicycle worshippers.
Hahaha! I had fun thinking of how great it would be to join that group and then make the thread. Banned faster than Herse coming out with another $1000 old bike part.

I still might. Just to see how close I get
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Man, this place is getting too classy for me. I better slink out the door before anyone notices how uncool I am.

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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
The only thing I have to add is that one day I want you to ride the Campy Super Huffy and tell me how much better it is than my Paramount

And welcome!
Or maybe he'll explain to you why you should have built it with DA 7400 stuff instead.
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Wow, very cool! Portlandjim Think you may have a hand in bringing these beautiful bikes to market:


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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Man, this place is getting too classy for me. I better slink out the door before anyone notices how uncool I am.

Welcome to Bike Forums, @Portlandjim!
You are cool as hell Andy!
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I think this has gone on long enough.




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Old 05-06-23, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by gugie
At the risk of losing Jim after his first post here, here's a link to a thread you'll never see on the CR list.
Why? As far as I can see, it is entirely on topic.
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Welcome Jim! Iíve lusted after your bikes here for years, but Iíve never seen one in the flesh. Hopefully thatíll change someday.
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Originally Posted by iab
Why? As far as I can see, it is entirely on topic.
Oh, it is.

You'll just never see it on CR.
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Old 05-06-23, 03:35 PM
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OK! I arrived at 10 posts just now. Photos allowed!
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Welcome, Jim! I'm working on a bike right now that was built right around the time that you joined Specialized.
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welcome, Be careful, you will be recruited to be a guest of honor on the Cino ride
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I was honestly afraid that we'd never hear from Jim again after that Huffy thread got mentioned.

But he's still on board, whew.

Welcome, Jim!
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Originally Posted by Portlandjim
OK! I arrived at 10 posts just now. Photos allowed!
Thank you for taking the time to join here!
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Itís great to have you on board! My question for the day - when did you re-design the Allez and the Sirrus? Iíve long wondered whether to thank you or your predecessor Tim Neenan for the superb handling of my red Ď88 Sirrus.
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Originally Posted by Portlandjim
OK! I arrived at 10 posts just now. Photos allowed!
Thank you, Jim! Welcome aboard!
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Originally Posted by Portlandjim
OK! I arrived at 10 posts just now. Photos allowed!
Post away Sir.
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Originally Posted by Portlandjim
OK! I arrived at 10 posts just now. Photos allowed!
Okay! May I ask for pics of the stem you made for the Graftek? Ideally if you have them, in-precess shots, or at at least disassembled to show how it works.

Thanks
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Graftek Stem

This is all I have for photos. I would not do the tapered thread cone again. It's not that practical, it take a lot of torque to tighten.




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Nice! Highlights, for those who couldn't tell from the pics:
  • no bolt head at all on the top of the quill, just blank there.
  • And steel, but less than half the weight of a Cinelli steel stem. Lighter than almost any aluminum stem too.
Workmanship is unparalleled. Maybe the nicest stem ever made.
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