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05-17-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,771
Posted By Charles Wahl

I've used DecoColor pens (probably acrylic), the...

I've used DecoColor pens (probably acrylic), the "fine" variety. They have decent color selection, plus gold, silver and I think maybe copper. They're fairly easy to use, can clean up mess-ups with...
01-18-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By Charles Wahl

Thanks dedhed and Bill Kapaun. I'll get a UN-55...

Thanks dedhed and Bill Kapaun. I'll get a UN-55 and see how things go.
01-16-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By Charles Wahl

Bottom bracket for 2005 Trek city bike

We have a 2005 Trek 7200FX city bike that's a workhorse, but has a bottom bracket that's beginning to feel "crunchy" when spun without chain. I'm from the C&V end of things, so not familiar with...
01-06-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By Charles Wahl

You don't show the right-side actuator stuff you...

You don't show the right-side actuator stuff you have. If you have one of the "crappy bellcrank" ones, then Mark Stonich (MnHPVA Guy) can fix you up -- he knows how to repurpose a Shimano one.
11-11-18, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Charles Wahl

ShoeGoo, or any other solvent-based adhesive,...

ShoeGoo, or any other solvent-based adhesive, might mess with the paint (depending on the solvent, and its strength), in case that might bother you. Silicone sealant or acrylic bathtub caulk might be...
11-11-18, 05:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 500
Posted By Charles Wahl

My personal experience with Idéale saddles (which...

My personal experience with Idéale saddles (which would have been standard issue on a PX-whatever) is that
a) as pointed out above, they're fairly expensive for the shape you'll find most of them...
11-11-18, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Charles Wahl

Another facelift for BF? Or did I jwander into an unintentional settings nightmare?

I looked for something on BF using Google, and when I clicked on what was returned, BF had changed to this:
...
11-11-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,235
Posted By Charles Wahl

^^^Yea, and verily. See this for the downside to...

^^^Yea, and verily. See this for the downside to stuffing crap into seat tube, or any frame tube, for that matter:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/13175746@N05/sets/72157627154051334/
10-31-18, 07:08 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,063
Posted By Charles Wahl

OK, enough of the tease! We need a DIY thread --...

OK, enough of the tease! We need a DIY thread -- schematic, BOM, PC or PtP layout, photometrics and dimensioned drawings.
10-28-18, 09:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,099
Posted By Charles Wahl

I'm not an expert, but I do have a few English...

I'm not an expert, but I do have a few English frames from the 50s. The dropouts are characteristic of a British frame, as someone else pointed out, a pattern developed by Percy Stallard. The shifter...
10-18-18, 04:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 760
Posted By Charles Wahl

As you can see, there are more methods that...

As you can see, there are more methods that people use than there are ways to skin a cat. Here's a sort of C&V ur-thread on the topic....
09-06-18, 06:48 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,635
Posted By Charles Wahl

That's not the problem; I don't use a mobile app...

That's not the problem; I don't use a mobile app for my BF fix generally. Not visible in Firefox, but visible in Safari -- go figure.
09-06-18, 06:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 984
Posted By Charles Wahl

MKS GR-9 user here. Minimal platform works well...

MKS GR-9 user here. Minimal platform works well with minimal sort of athletic shoes. I use toeclips and straps, but have never used cleats. Thinking about trying strapless clips, if I can find some I...
09-05-18, 04:38 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 5,635
Posted By Charles Wahl

Am I the only one not seeing any names (screen or...

Am I the only one not seeing any names (screen or otherwise) in the above two posts, or is Sir_Name simply ribbing gugie?
09-03-18, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By Charles Wahl

Depends on whether the "crimp" involves a crack...

Depends on whether the "crimp" involves a crack in the seat tube, with damage or propogation potential. Hard to say anything about that without even a picture. If the slit terminates in the seat lug...
09-02-18, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Charles Wahl

I have a set of Wolber GTX (Alpine) 32H rims,...

I have a set of Wolber GTX (Alpine) 32H rims, gray anodized, laced to Shimano 600 hubs (rear is freehub type). From my parts spreadsheet: on the F/G/X/NOS scale they're "G, Rims have...
08-26-18, 06:59 PM
Replies: 51,154
Views: 6,631,556
Posted By Charles Wahl

Someone save this Gran Sport for C&V $159 BIN on eBay, Local Pickup only 63005 (MO)

Doesn't look to be in bad shape, and mostly original. 24.5"
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1200/80-gransport_33fb6a8d462be33dc3381eeadb382bd47b91398f.jpg

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08-26-18, 06:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By Charles Wahl

My hypothesis: it's simpler than that. Aluminum...

My hypothesis: it's simpler than that. Aluminum foil balled up removes the iron oxide, simple abrasion. Oxidized chrome is chromium oxide, which is transparent, not reddish like the ferrous oxide....
08-24-18, 06:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 646
Posted By Charles Wahl

Pardon my ignorance, but I don't understand the...

Pardon my ignorance, but I don't understand the above -- being someone who's always used toe clips and straps, but never cleats. How do toe clips (I presume that's what's meant by "cages") and straps...
08-24-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,493
Posted By Charles Wahl

The one in my house is WD4004075, only 112 ahead...

The one in my house is WD4004075, only 112 ahead of your'n, and apparently the same size frame (62 cm CTT). Came to me brush-painted white, over red.
08-24-18, 05:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,667
Posted By Charles Wahl

I generally weigh frames bare except for the...

I generally weigh frames bare except for the pressed-in parts: fork crown race, head tube bottom cup and head tube top race. I don't remove these parts unless they're overworn. Most of the frames...
08-23-18, 08:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,622
Posted By Charles Wahl

I'm one of the retrogrouches who doesn't like the...

I'm one of the retrogrouches who doesn't like the classic S-A shifter with the cable pulley and its cheapo-looking hardware, and so on. For years I've been using a single band-on Simplex...
08-23-18, 08:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 843
Posted By Charles Wahl

Who's given you permission to get back in the...

Who's given you permission to get back in the saddle?




My Seattle-resident son says it's much better today. We asked him to buy an air purifier for his apartment, which he dutifully did, and...
08-23-18, 06:40 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,273
Posted By Charles Wahl

So the next thing is an oxygen canister, and a...

So the next thing is an oxygen canister, and a catheter bag hung from the top tube. Oh, and a motor powered by lithium batteries -- a two-wheeled marauding wheelchair. "I'll stop riding the bike when...
08-22-18, 06:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 755
Posted By Charles Wahl

It's actually not weird, because...

It's actually not weird, because English/French/Swiss/Italian bikes, despite the vagaries of tube sizes and threading, all use the same "frame cup inside seat" dimension: 30.2 mm. So any headset that...
08-21-18, 07:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,667
Posted By Charles Wahl

Your subject is "average frame weight" but you're...

Your subject is "average frame weight" but you're talking about Reynolds 653, which is a more exotic variety.


I have about 15 bike frames here, that will fit either my spouse or me. I'd say that...
08-20-18, 08:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,040
Posted By Charles Wahl

Everyone needs friends like Andy_K....

Everyone needs friends like Andy_K. (https://www.bikeforums.net/members/andy_k-111144.html)
08-19-18, 09:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,040
Posted By Charles Wahl

24-1/2" or 23-1/2"? You already know that it's...

24-1/2" or 23-1/2"? You already know that it's not 650B material unless you're into dimpling the chainstays, or plan to use tires only modestly wide....
08-19-18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,305
Posted By Charles Wahl

MGs, eh. Given the propensity for British...

MGs, eh. Given the propensity for British engineering to leak oil, the garage floors may be fairly stained. An impetus to coat the floor, but removing the oil well enough for adhesion might be a...
08-19-18, 09:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 905
Posted By Charles Wahl

My standing pubic bone height (Dave Moulton's...

My standing pubic bone height (Dave Moulton's "inside leg") is 89 cm, and I seem to be most comfortable when saddle is 94 cm above the top of pedal (105.5%), measured along seatpost and seat tube,...
08-16-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,091
Posted By Charles Wahl

https://www.flickr.com/photos/151743...57699930598...

https://www.flickr.com/photos/151743...57699930598584 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/15174376@N00/albums/72157699930598584)

Wow -- I wish I could do that sort of stuff. Is there a thread devoted...
08-12-18, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Charles Wahl

If you'd rather have a freehub with cassette than...

If you'd rather have a freehub with cassette than freewheel, that's eminently doable too. You have to make sure to get a freehub body that's for 6/7-speed (they're the same). That way you could have...
08-12-18, 04:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By Charles Wahl

Re "B" fit, I thought, when I looked at the...

Re "B" fit, I thought, when I looked at the Velobase page, that the D-A lever bodies looked like they might not be as broad (circumference where you wrap your hand around them) as the Weinmann type;...
08-12-18, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,091
Posted By Charles Wahl

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/613x956/80-mafac_brakes_data_7efd7f93e61a5e8f400c92020768287b422afab9.jpg

This chart is from a Mafac poster, I think. You can find the full...
08-12-18, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 274
Posted By Charles Wahl

Sheldon Brown's opinion was that top tube length...

Sheldon Brown's opinion was that top tube length was the most important characteristic for frame fit. The frame top tube length that suits you depends on both your skeletal proportions (taller vs...
08-12-18, 09:29 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 822
Posted By Charles Wahl

I use ProGold ProLink on my chains. Their...

I use ProGold ProLink on my chains. Their standard instructions are to clean chain, put a drop on each link "bushing", allow to soak in awhile, then wipe chain clean with paper towels or clean rag. I...
08-12-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By Charles Wahl

"Information" (as always, YMMV) on these two...

"Information" (as always, YMMV) on these two threads
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/internet-bob/VK6Rw9fszdA...
08-07-18, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 218
Posted By Charles Wahl

I recently bought a 1972 Raleigh Competition...

I recently bought a 1972 Raleigh Competition complete. One brake lever and the RD had been replaced -- so I have a FD and the shifters, obviously for English sized tubing. The dérailleur does have...
07-29-18, 07:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,563
Posted By Charles Wahl

I'm sorry that your series has been interrupted,...

I'm sorry that your series has been interrupted, that you're suffering, and I hope that Gran(d) Sport(s) #3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) is OK.
While...
07-28-18, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Posted By Charles Wahl

Could the bottom bracket be retapped to Italian...

Could the bottom bracket be retapped to Italian thread (36 x 1, both sides right-hand threading)?
07-27-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 912
Posted By Charles Wahl

I'm interested to see what turns up here, because...

I'm interested to see what turns up here, because bars seem like the hardest thing to store. I just try to nest them echelon style on a deepish shelf. But whenever I want to look through them, it's...
07-25-18, 07:47 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,626
Posted By Charles Wahl

Having been in a search for a vintage frame for...

Having been in a search for a vintage frame for 650B conversion, and bought several, I can confirm nlerner's advice: there are plenty of bikes that will take a 35 mm tire in the rear, many that will...
07-20-18, 09:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 359
Posted By Charles Wahl

I had a New Winner Ultra 7-speed freewheel on one...

I had a New Winner Ultra 7-speed freewheel on one bike that worked fine for several years with a Sedisport chain; this was before masterlinks. I switched to an SRAM PC80, and while it worked fine,...
07-19-18, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By Charles Wahl

I thought it looked a bit wider; so it's really a...

I thought it looked a bit wider; so it's really a Narrow. Thought this was a bit wider narrow.
07-18-18, 09:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,874
Posted By Charles Wahl

OP asked why headsets matter, not the least one...

OP asked why headsets matter, not the least one had to spend to be satisfied. I think you may now know how little you can spend and be happy with a headset; but maybe you should try again, and see...
07-18-18, 08:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 343
Posted By Charles Wahl

Is the rear rim OC (off-center spoke holes) type...

Is the rear rim OC (off-center spoke holes) type or symmetrical? Can the rear wheel be retrofitted for a 126 mm spacing configuration? (no interest in greater here)
07-18-18, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By Charles Wahl

My rule is generally not to buy a saddle that...

My rule is generally not to buy a saddle that looks worse than my own butt, but I'm a soft touch: how wide is the saddle? The frame might be prime material for an "rhm" resto-mod.
07-18-18, 08:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,874
Posted By Charles Wahl

A headset's job is to keep the fork and frame...

A headset's job is to keep the fork and frame together with the absolute minimum of play, while allowing easy rotation, and lasting a long time while exposed to a lot of junk flung at it by wheel and...
07-18-18, 08:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 336
Posted By Charles Wahl

OP: Is that a Trek? What model? If it is a Trek,...

OP: Is that a Trek? What model? If it is a Trek, did you look up the easily available Trek catalog for this model to see if it had one of the supposedly defective fork crowns, before coming here and...
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