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05-16-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 107
Posted By big chainring

The customer usually has the questions.... You...

The customer usually has the questions....
You provide the answers.
And believe me, there will be some interesting questions aimed your way.
05-14-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By big chainring

Thats a great explanation. Thanks. I have both...

Thats a great explanation. Thanks. I have both those freewheels. For around where I live the 13-19 is really a good assortment of gears. I can switch to the 14-21 if I head to Wisconsin.
05-14-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 596
Posted By big chainring

Very odd statement. I ride on the hoods the...

Very odd statement. I ride on the hoods the majority of the time on 1970's Weinmann brakes. It was just as common to ride on the hoods in the 70's as it is today. Its not a new concept.
05-14-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 596
Posted By big chainring

The old Treks are great bikes. Can't go wrong...

The old Treks are great bikes. Can't go wrong with them. Great bike to learn basic mechanics. Trek selected nice components for their bikes, no need to buy anything but perhaps tires. Clean,...
05-14-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By big chainring

Shorten the chain.

Shorten the chain.
05-14-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By big chainring

What freewheel with 45/52 chainrings?

I put a Stronglight steel cottered crank on my Gitane the other day. Chainrings are 45/52. That was a fairly common set-up back in the 60's and 70's. I'm not finding a freewheel that gives me a nice...
05-12-21, 05:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By big chainring

Thanks for the replies. I kinda figured it...

Thanks for the replies. I kinda figured it wouldnt make a difference. I did have a framebuilder that was just a mile from my house but now is retired.

Rooney, Gitane orange was a really unique...
05-11-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By big chainring

Fork alignment... Good Grief!

I've been working on my Gitane Grand Sport Dlx. Bit by bit trying to make it as good as it can be. The bike pulled heavy to the left when I got it and I was living with it, but decided to tackle the...
05-10-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,021
Posted By big chainring

Eva and Adolf's Bike Bunker J. Dahmer Bikes and...

Eva and Adolf's Bike Bunker
J. Dahmer Bikes and Meats
J.W. Bobbitt's Bikes and Sausage Shop
Gacy's Bike Cellar
05-09-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,021
Posted By big chainring

Velosmith.....Wilmette, Illinois ​​​​

Velosmith.....Wilmette, Illinois
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Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By big chainring

Sweet! Guessing its a 25". What is actual center...

Sweet! Guessing its a 25". What is actual center to top measurement? Thats a beauty!
05-09-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,021
Posted By big chainring

The Wheel Thing, La Grange Park Ilinois.

The Wheel Thing, La Grange Park Ilinois.
05-08-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By big chainring

Unfortunately the original crank and spindle just...

Unfortunately the original crank and spindle just aint right. Combination of worn spindle, perhaps slightly bent crank arm, and general low quality cottered crank. So I installed an older 1960's...
05-06-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 438
Posted By big chainring

Some interesting history on the Professional Mark...

Some interesting history on the Professional Mark 1.
https://on-the-drops.blogspot.com/2017/11/continental-racing-raleigh-raleigh.html
05-06-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 9,223
Posted By big chainring

Hmm, I usually yell out "Hey Eddy"

Hmm, I usually yell out "Hey Eddy"
05-06-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 9,223
Posted By big chainring

"Never understood this what this riders are all...

"Never understood this what this riders are all about, are they try to set world record in speed or something, i doubt that they ever will participating in any cycling sport events".
I'm with you...
05-05-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 2,890
Views: 693,700
Posted By big chainring

My latest favorite ride. Just serviced the bottom...

My latest favorite ride. Just serviced the bottom bracket today. Think it may be the first time its been greased in 50 years!
...
05-05-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,334
Posted By big chainring

George Garner in Northbrook has one I'm sure. If...

George Garner in Northbrook has one I'm sure. If you brought that bike into them they may just repair for no charge. They like seeing the old stuff.
05-05-21, 06:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By big chainring

Very clean.

Very clean.
05-05-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By big chainring

On the other hand this bike has seen a lot of...

On the other hand this bike has seen a lot of weather and use. Wheels were heavily rusted and numerous flat spots. Frame has quite a bit of rust under the top tube, probably from sitting outside in...
05-05-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By big chainring

I removed nut and washer from cotter pins....

I removed nut and washer from cotter pins. Sprayed WD-40 into and around crank hole/cotter. Threaded nut back on so nut is level with top of threads. Put support under crank arm as in picture. Drive...
05-05-21, 11:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,041
Posted By big chainring

Cotter pin removal... Too easy!

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Well that was easy. Removed cotter pins, serviced bottom bracket,...
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By big chainring

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From the Raleigh catalog. The Competition was a great upper-mid...
04-26-21, 04:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By big chainring

https://youtu.be/eHFamApISCs

https://youtu.be/eHFamApISCs
04-25-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 447
Posted By big chainring

Chris Springer Intermediate champ. Then Junior...

Chris Springer Intermediate champ. Then Junior champ and a suspension that ended his racing career. Interesting story regarding the Super Week and Nationals antics at the Milwaukee School of...
04-25-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 541
Posted By big chainring

Yes Schwinn had safety levers early on. Imported...

Yes Schwinn had safety levers early on. Imported bikes did not. By '74 most entry level bikes domestic and import had them.

An example would be the Raleigh Grand Prix US spec bikes. '73 - no...
04-25-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 205
Posted By big chainring

X-tra super special service course.

X-tra super special service course.
04-25-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 541
Posted By big chainring

I think after the Consumer Safety regulations...

I think after the Consumer Safety regulations came into effect 1974? I think, most entry level bikes had the "safety levers' along with a whole slew of reflectors. Thats generally my cutoff date for...
04-23-21, 06:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

Very funny. If you make it a habit to make...

Very funny.

If you make it a habit to make someone laugh or smile, or give a compliment, even a trivial one, you enrich their well being as well as yours.
04-22-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 808
Posted By big chainring

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04-21-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,236
Posted By big chainring

I think the first year I raced I crashed in one...

I think the first year I raced I crashed in one out of three races. But I was learning. Second year only crashed a couple times. After that it was rare to go down. Its a learning curve. And when you...
04-20-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,236
Posted By big chainring

Try a Madison event on the track. You're only...

Try a Madison event on the track. You're only racing half the race. So your risk of crashing is reduced 50%. And remember, NO exchanges in the last 200 meters.
04-20-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By big chainring

Whenever I see reference to Simichrome polish I...

Whenever I see reference to Simichrome polish I am always reminded of Al Stillers Sauganash Cyclery on the northwest side of Chicago. My first tube of Simichrome was purchased there. The little...
04-20-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,059
Posted By big chainring

Steel rims and Turtle Wax chrome polish.

Steel rims and Turtle Wax chrome polish.
04-18-21, 04:59 PM
04-18-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 255
Posted By big chainring

Nice work and a beautiful bike. Newbaums light...

Nice work and a beautiful bike. Newbaums light blue.
04-17-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

Rapha merino wool cap. Rivendell blue and white...

Rapha merino wool cap. Rivendell blue and white checked wicking hemp shirt. Rapha is introducing classic color scheme formal bikewear. Represented is the retro St Raphael team ensemble. This guy is...
04-17-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

My next post will be "How much faster will I...

My next post will be "How much faster will I climb with a new set of carbon wheels"? Will that work? Or maybe, " I have a scratch on my bike, is it safe to ride"?
04-17-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

Its just silliness. Thats all. Like 90 percent of...

Its just silliness. Thats all. Like 90 percent of the topics here. I'm not literally asking for a serious response. I gotta use more smiley faces.
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By big chainring

Early 70's Raleigh Grand Prixs are great bikes. I...

Early 70's Raleigh Grand Prixs are great bikes. I like the way they ride. Cool that you have the owners manual. Some collectors geek out over those. Average price for a Grand Prix is probably...
04-17-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 912
Posted By big chainring

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Note original cable housing on my Gitane.
04-17-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

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Hey bud, No dunking on hipsters!
04-17-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

Now you guys have me looking things up. The...

Now you guys have me looking things up. The "Campanissimo". Of course he would shop at Rapha! They have a jersey named after him! With a collar even. Does Rapha offer a jaunty cap to complete the...
04-17-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

See the guy in the suit jacket and tie and the...

See the guy in the suit jacket and tie and the stocking cap. Where does he find his cycling equipment? Rapha or Rivendell? Humans tend to gravitate to a certain style of clothing and Rapha and...
04-17-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

Rough crowd. ...

Rough crowd.

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Man, summer can't get here fast enough!
04-17-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

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How bout this one?
04-17-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By big chainring

Put some lipstick on it and bring it.

Put some lipstick on it and bring it.
04-17-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,314
Posted By big chainring

Rapha or Rivendell?... Discuss

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04-16-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By big chainring

Vintage bike show Aurora, Illinois

This was posted on the Chicago Vintage Lightweights Facebook page. Sounds like a good time to me.
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