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Old 09-08-10, 07:30 AM
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one available in Cleveland : https://cleveland.craigslist.org/bik/1940658560.html
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I just bought a threadless bottom bracket for my Viscount and then my LBS tells me they can't install it because the seat post tube extends into the bottom bracket area. I need to get this bike on the road asap. What can I do?
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Use a half round file or a Dremel to trim that tube end.
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You could grind out the offending tube until it is flush or use a different BB. Do you still have the original BB parts? What crankset are you planning to use? I have a bunch of extra spindles lying around if you want to stick with the original design concept but use a different crankset.
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tap the BB for italian threads and use a campy cup/cone BB.
this was standard procedure for 'upgrading' lambert/viscounts back in
the day. I know I had one.

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He already bought a threadless bottom bracket. My suggestion will get him on the road.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
Use a half round file or a Dremel to trim that tube end.
If this did not occur to the mechanic, perhaps Vox T should look for another LBS.
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I wouldn't trust the mechanics at my LBS anywhere near my bikes with a file or Dremel.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois
He already bought a threadless bottom bracket. My suggestion will get him on the road.
+1

Originally Posted by Grand Bois
I wouldn't trust the mechanics at my LBS anywhere near my bikes with a file or Dremel.
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Ok.

Here's my gratuitous Viscount pic, a work in progress:

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson
Ok.

Here's my gratuitous Viscount pic, a work in progress:

This is what it looked like when I found it - it was a single speed with a TA crank and Campagnolo brakes.

Yeah - that's surface rust. Everything you see hanging on it was stripped off and sold. I then cleaned and shot it with primer. I didn't really have a plan for it, and it sat until you popped up looking for one.

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So little respect for the Viscount. This one didn't draw even a single bidder at $75 opening bid:

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...#ht_500wt_1156

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Originally Posted by nlerner
So little respect for the Viscount. This one didn't draw even a single bidder at $75 opening bid:

https://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...#ht_500wt_1156

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i had a mostly complete one at my booth at the trexlertown swap meet last month and although my booth was VERY busy all say, I think one person looked at it. It's cleaning and hanging in my garage now.
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I think I was that one person.

I want to buy one, ride it, then sell it. I mean, they don't ride amazingly, do they? They're light, but they look kinda slow.
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Originally Posted by noglider
They're light, but they look kinda slow.
I have had no issues keeping up on my club rides while on my V.A.P.
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I didn't mean slow acceleration, I meant the handling. But I don't think I've ever tried one. How does it handle?
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I'm in the middle of restoring my Viscount. Well, what I now know is a Viscount thanks to the people who ID'd it on here. Refitted new BB bearings, which despite the negative feeling you get off searching google, was actually easy and took about 45 minutes. I'm in the UK and I did notice a massive variation in bearing price. Some of the Ebay bike shops are charging around £13 per bearing. In the end I searched across Ebay using '6003-2RS' and bought two quality bearings including delivery for under £3.

I do have a question, I have a plastic gear cable guide fitted under the bottom bracket, but a braze on cable guide on top of the rear fork. I can only think the plastic guide has been added, is a clamp on cable guide the usual system for cable guides on Viscounts?

And does anyone think that chainset is original?
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I do have a question, I have a plastic gear cable guide fitted under the bottom bracket, but a braze on cable guide on top of the rear fork. I can only think the plastic guide has been added, is a clamp on cable guide the usual system for cable guides on Viscounts?

And does anyone think that chainset is original?
I doubt that crank is original (that's very nice one, though). As for the cable guide, there would have been a brazed-on guide on top of the BB, and a cable stop on the top of the chainstay. Possibly the original guide broke off. For the front derailleur, there would have been a cable stop on the downtube, and you'd use a derailleur with a built-in cable stop, and a short length of housing between them. Looks like that's gone too.
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Thanks k_as_in_knife, there is a little dip in the top of the BB as though something has been removed. Looks like its had all the braze on bits removed at some time in its life, although I don't know why they left the one on top of the chainstay. It does have an amazing lacquered paint job, something else that probably isn't original!
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Originally Posted by noglider
I didn't mean slow acceleration, I meant the handling. But I don't think I've ever tried one. How does it handle?
It handles smoothly, not twitchy. More of a GT car than a sports car.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I didn't mean slow acceleration, I meant the handling. But I don't think I've ever tried one. How does it handle?
Bear in mind that they were designed for a specific fork that has now, on most models, been replaced with something else. So two otherwise identical bikes may now have different forks and therefore different handling characteristics. And then there's the nutters who re-rake their forks for cosmetic reasons....
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I've never heard of such nutters. Would you happen to be among them?
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Originally Posted by noglider
I didn't mean slow acceleration, I meant the handling. But I don't think I've ever tried one. How does it handle?

They handle better than you might think. Good climbers, solid, stable descenders. Not a crit bike, but responsive enough.
I rode mine 185 miles in the rain a couple of years ago and it brought my tired, soggy butt home in grand style.

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OK, I gotta have one. It's really amazing how the lust we had as teenagers is still so compelling. I wanted one way back then, and I couldn't afford it. It still intrigues me.

So is it basically the classic sport touring setup like a Raleigh Super Course?
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