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Old 06-10-11, 08:49 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
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?
Come buy mine. BTW, it is a couple pounds lighter than my 72 SC.
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Old 01-16-12, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Tom Pedale
Be glad to...replaced lots of these forks during my bikeshop days in the mid 70's. Viscount was distributed by Yamaha and once the fork issue surfaced, they got "on it" with recall notices. As you know, the "death fork" was aluminum blades with a "press fit" steel steering tube...not the strongest fabrication...tended to work loose! The Viscount was ahead of its time in many ways (sealed bearing BB, fillet brazed frame, relatively light)
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Copy of the Yamaha recall. My bike was an '73 Lambert SS and I went ahead and installed the Tange chromed fork that matched the specs. Also, had a threaded BB and so avoided all the hassles of the later threadless.
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Old 01-16-12, 01:14 PM
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'73 Lambert

Might as well post a picture of my '73 Lambert here. Hardly looks like a Lambert but has been a great bike; used for several years as loaded touring bike.

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Old 01-18-12, 06:22 AM
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crank bolts for the viscount lambert are not common size bolts, they are british fine thread whitrop...part no 6691 available from https://www.britishfasteners.com
BSF 5/16 X 22 X 3/4 STAINLESS ST. SET SCREW - (6691)
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my viscount lambert, not sure of the exact year.
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and odd parts!

Went to remove the stem so I could replace the front brake cable hanger and discovered that the stem bolt head uses a TORX key rather than a metric Allen key.
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I just picked this up last fall and will be rebuilding it for my son, it's got the third generation steel reinforced fork which I hear is safe to use.

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Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS
I just picked this up last fall and will be rebuilding it for my son, it's got the third generation steel reinforced fork which I hear is safe to use.

i would be interested to see a build thread on this. in the spring i will have to bring one of my bikes up (probably the in process yokota) and go for a ride with you and your son.
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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
i would be interested to see a build thread on this. in the spring i will have to bring one of my bikes up (probably the in process yokota) and go for a ride with you and your son.
Don't worry, there will be a dedicated thread for it.

Keep your eyes open for a spring group ride, we had one in the fall and had a great time with a turn out of something like 12 riders for a 40 mile run.
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Just picked this up yesterday I just need pedal dust caps, hubs/wheels to keep it original
Can anyone ID the year? 71? 72?
Early Lugged version with Threaded Bottom Bracket and "Davis Components " stamped on the BB Shell














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Originally Posted by thirdgenbird
i would be interested to see a build thread on this. in the spring i will have to bring one of my bikes up (probably the in process yokota) and go for a ride with you and your son.
Here's the completed bike, as built back up with the original crankset that turned out to be worn beyond use and sitting on wheels borrowed from my sons Peugeot.













And with the $5.00 co-op T/A crankset I found and polished for it and back on it's original wheels and tubular rims

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I had the lugged frame model too. The paint chipped off almost from day one. The drive side dropout did not have derailler hanger. I cut the hanger off the sun tour dr and brazed it onto the dropout.
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I have had this one for a while. Interesting bike for sure. It's a bit too small for me.


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Originally Posted by ftwelder
I have had this one for a while. Interesting bike for sure. It's a bit too small for me.


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Looks to be a 54cm, a better fit for me than my 56cm Aerospace Pro. We should talk.

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Looks to be a 54cm, a better fit for me than my 56cm Aerospace Pro. We should talk.

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Submitted for your approval: one mid 70s Viscount Aerospace.

I bought this bike about a month ago and finally finished the rehab. It took me quite a while to find white brake hoods. My goal was to have the second nicest looking Viscount in the Twin Cities (after FORDSVTPARTS build). I think it turned out quite nicely. It is in very good shape with no rust and minimal paint damage. I replaced the original cheap saddle with a newer cheap saddle. Everything else is original except the tires, brake hoods and bar tape. It still has the pedal dust caps. Here are some crappy pictures I took of it.

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I've got one I'm parting out if anyone is interested. It's actually not too far gone if you're handy.
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Those of you that have replaced the fork....what size is the crown race? I have mine apart and my digital calipers show 26.8. Never heard of it. Is that the right size or are my calipers off?

OF you who have replaced the fork.. did you have to replace the headset as well? IM thinking of going with one of those chrome Sunlite forks from Niagara. I have emailed them to see what size the crown race is on that.
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Has anyone tried the Velo-orange threadless bottom bracket in one of these?
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...-brackets.html
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Has anyone tried the Velo-orange threadless bottom bracket in one of these?
https://store.velo-orange.com/index.p...-brackets.html
I haven't tried the VO threadless unit, but I did use an EDCO threadless cartridge in my Viscount for a while.



It worked fine in the summer, but when the weather turned cold, the aluminum cups shrank more than the steel shell and kept loosening. I ended up tapping the shell for Italian threads and installing a standard bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by rjhammett
Submitted for your approval: one mid 70s Viscount Aerospace.

I bought this bike about a month ago and finally finished the rehab. It took me quite a while to find white brake hoods. My goal was to have the second nicest looking Viscount in the Twin Cities (after FORDSVTPARTS build). I think it turned out quite nicely. It is in very good shape with no rust and minimal paint damage. I replaced the original cheap saddle with a newer cheap saddle. Everything else is original except the tires, brake hoods and bar tape. It still has the pedal dust caps. Here are some crappy pictures I took of it.

I think it is time to thin the herd. I built a bike rack this summer which I have in my basement. It holds 8 bikes. I now have 9 bikes so I guess that means 1 must go. This baby is going up for sale. If I don't sell it I am fine about it. I will just keep it leaning up against one of the walls and maybe try selling it next spring.
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Anyone know the specs of the replacement fork for the death fork? I. e. rake/trail, etc.
or have links or names of forks you've used? I'm working up to a build on a viscount that still has a death fork. Probably be a short distance commuter/growler filler/grocery getter, but I'd like to keep my teeth. Thx all.
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If you still have the original fork, why not just measure its rake and go from there? Fwiw, Niagara sells cheap hi-ten chromed replacement forks, which should be fine for a grocery getter.
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I recently got a 1970's Viscount for my wife. Somewhere, the crank fixing bolts got lost, and these are not standard. Where can I get a pair? I can't put the bike together without them.
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I recently got a 1970's Viscount for my wife. Somewhere, the crank fixing bolts got lost, and these are not standard. Where can I get a pair? I can't put the bike together without them.
Viscount used two different, both non-standard, threads for their crank arm fixing bolts, depending on when the crank was produced: 5/16" x 26tpi or 5/16" x 22tpi.
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