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Old 01-25-24, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by bark_eater


This forlorn Hercules has already been thrown on the pile and mangled a bit, but I saw SA hub and a derailleur. I had to improvise a 10 foot long hook to get it out. Definitely some bits to salvage here.
Now THAT is a project! It never ceases to amaze what folks (who do not have a love for the art) with throw away!
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
Not too shabby for $20. The bolts are rattling around in the base. I'll loctite the pivot bolt when I put it back together.


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one of the many great things regarding products Wiltonian is that PARTS ARE AVAILABLE.

should you wish them copper jaw overlays are available from the maker



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Originally Posted by juvela
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one of the many great things regarding products Wiltonian is that PARTS ARE AVAILABLE.

should you wish them copper jaw overlays are available from the maker



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I've got a leangth of a big old lead pipe for making jaw covers, but copper might be a healthier choice.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater
I've got a length of a big old lead pipe...
*quickly checks Huffy for sawn out sections of tubing*

Whew!
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Gifted from a friend who found it at his local dump. Id like to put some canti brakes on it. 700c wheels I think are original, Ive heard that if it had been a wheel conversion from 27 to 700c it gets tricky. Any and all help/advice is welcome.
thank you for your time and interest.








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Originally Posted by Lumpy Jones
Gifted from a friend who found it at his local dump. Id like to put some canti brakes on it. 700c wheels I think are original, Ive heard that if it had been a wheel conversion from 27 to 700c it gets tricky. Any and all help/advice is welcome.
thank you for your time and interest.
You should start a thread on this but it looks all set up for canti. Someone probably went to STI and found brakes to be weak. Set up as a touring bike it most likely had bar-end shifters. I've had luck using the STI shifters and canti brakes with an extra wide cable hanger. PAUL has some nice options.
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Super find. Romic was a fairly prolific custom frame builder in Houston. Old pal did some research years back and created this web article (note, not an HTTPS secure site, so at your own peril - I opened it and it has what I remembered).

Newer canti calipers may be difficult to fit, but many have vertical slots that may accommodate a 700c to 27" distance. Given this is a touring model, may have been built for 27" wheels.

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@Lumpy Jones

Nah, dive right in, especially if you happen to have the other set of wheels you might need, none of this is life threatening and you can always use extra parts to suss out ones just like this with less drama.

Make it so.
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I'm curious what that single threaded boss on the underneath of the downtube is for, anyone know?? Generator?
What a great bike, I'd have that stripped down and built up right so fast..
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Originally Posted by shoota
I'm curious what that single threaded boss on the underneath of the downtube is for, anyone know??
1 of the 2 for water/fuel bottle etc.

See pic #4
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Originally Posted by shoota
I'm curious what that single threaded boss on the underneath of the downtube is for, anyone know?? Generator?
What a great bike, I'd have that stripped down and built up right so fast..
there are two bosses there. Curious, tell me what youd build it up with, I could use some help. I think it had a 27 wheelset, clearly cantilever brakes, bar end shifters? Seems it came stock with 105 components, even the hubs are 105, and it has Campagnolo Gamma Oxide Strada rims.
photo #4 shows a mile of space above the wheel, Im sure thats for fender space but it looks more than just that leading me to believe it came with 27 wheels and 1-1/4 tires
thanks for your interest

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Picked up a 1987 Diamondback Apex. Nothing special model wise, but came with some nice parts, most notably the nearly NOS Suntour XC II pedals. And I am a sucker for thumb shifters.

In my town, I am the only buyer of vintage MTBs. Over the last year, it's all I have bought.

If I needed another one, I would refresh for personal use. But I have that covered. Refreshing for the local market means I would lose $100 on it, and buyer would likely part it out. So I will save that additional step and part out myself. I did need the cartridge bearing wheels (sort of).
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Originally Posted by Lumpy Jones
there are two bosses there. Curious, tell me what youd build it up with, I could use some help. I think it had a 27 wheelset, clearly cantilever brakes, bar end shifters? Seems it came stock with 105 components, even the hubs are 105, and it has Campagnolo Gamma Oxide Strada rims.
photo #4 shows a mile of space above the wheel, Im sure thats for fender space but it looks more than just that leading me to believe it came with 27 wheels and 1-1/4 tires
thanks for your interest
Well thats an easy one, because Ive done it. 11s STI shifting, canti brakes, 700c wheels with tubeless 38mm tires. Hard to beat.
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[QUOTE=Lumpy Jones;23139203]Gifted from a friend who found it at his local dump. Id like to put some canti brakes on it. 700c wheels I think are original, Ive heard that if it had been a wheel conversion from 27 to 700c it gets tricky. Any and all help/advice is welcome.
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Originally Posted by bark_eater


This forlorn Hercules has already been thrown on the pile and mangled a bit, but I saw SA hub and a derailleur. I had to improvise a 10 foot long hook to get it out. Definitely some bits to salvage here.
Nice a hybrid drive on a Sturmey-Archer. It looks like two cogs. Is it possibly a 3 cog Cyclo or is it two dished Sturmey-Archer cogs? The hub still looks nice and chromy without any rust. The Huret Derailleur is one of the older rebuildable type which is good if you are going to use it. If you are shifting only two or even three cogs this set-up would work well. The mudguards are going to need some hammer and dolly work after getting thrown on the heap, but they look like they can be straightened out.

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Originally Posted by Lumpy Jones
there are two bosses there. Curious, tell me what youd build it up with, I could use some help. I think it had a 27 wheelset, clearly cantilever brakes, bar end shifters? Seems it came stock with 105 components, even the hubs are 105, and it has Campagnolo Gamma Oxide Strada rims.
photo #4 shows a mile of space above the wheel, Im sure thats for fender space but it looks more than just that leading me to believe it came with 27 wheels and 1-1/4 tires
thanks for your interest
Did a quick Google and there was a post that said the last numbers represented the date, 95. This post from BF has 700 wheelset from 82' so pretty sure yours would be 700.
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Originally Posted by shoota
I'm curious what that single threaded boss on the underneath of the downtube is for, anyone know?? Generator?
What a great bike, I'd have that stripped down and built up right so fast..
Actually, if you look closer at photo #4 you can see that there are two of those female threaded bosses.
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Probably should have stripped this at the yard, but its kind of diminishing returns when the aluminum bits cost 3x as much when separated from the frame and it was cold this morning.. Its an interesting frame but unfortunately the seat stays are crushed. I might keep the fork to practice straitening. I'm particularly digging the Blue Line GT rear derailleur. I'm going to swap the long cage onto a Black Line group set.
And I'll get a bunch more parts in the "French" bin..




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Oooh nice!
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Oooh nice!
Yeah, but maybe not. That thing looks like it was pulled out of a lake or river, and as bad as the rust is, makes me wonder what the inside of the frame looks like. A person would have to remove the seat and use a bright flashlight, not a cell phone light, and look all the way down the tube to see the bottom bracket area.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata
Yeah, but maybe not. That thing looks like it was pulled out of a lake or river, and as bad as the rust is, makes me wonder what the inside of the frame looks like. A person would have to remove the seat and use a bright flashlight, not a cell phone light, and look all the way down the tube to see the bottom bracket area.
The OP did say the seat stays were crushed and that he got it for the parts.
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The "surface rust" is a little weird, because I think the frame is fully chromed. Maybe it was a red oxide paint of some sort. I'll investigate further tomorrow.
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This is what happens if your not there when the bikes arrive. Warmer today so I'll strip it here...
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This is what happens if your not there when the bikes arrive. Warmer today so I'll strip it here...
Oy vey!
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