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05-01-21, 04:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By Prowler

I should be appalled but these touch a soft spot....

I should be appalled but these touch a soft spot. Reminds me of the mini bike my brother and I created way back. T frame fab'd by the kid up the street with a HT and fork welded on. I salvaged an...
04-28-21, 05:54 PM
Replies: 17,190
Views: 1,844,792
Posted By Prowler

Beautiful day. First day in the 80s this year....

Beautiful day. First day in the 80s this year. First ride in shorts and t-shirt. For various reasons, too awkward to get in to, I have been off the "good bikes" for 6 months. In the winter I use the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By Prowler

Many new bikes come packed with tubes of closed...

Many new bikes come packed with tubes of closed cell foam on the frame. You don't want to know how much of that stuff goes to land fills. However those tubes make very good frame protectors. I keep...
04-01-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1,447
Views: 177,762
Posted By Prowler

Another "saved from the dump" for someone....

Another "saved from the dump" for someone. Salvaged off a bike heading for the knackers. Each folding basket is 13" x 8" by 9" deep. Mounting clips included for securing to a rear rack. All steel and...
03-25-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4,308
Views: 404,081
Posted By Prowler

Well I've acquired a fairly useless skill set...

Well I've acquired a fairly useless skill set and, within 200 yards of my house, I'm the foremost authority. I'm helping a friend restore a couple of Huffy Yellow Submarine bikes. They each have...
03-24-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 474
Posted By Prowler

I'm glad my unspeakable experiments helped the...

I'm glad my unspeakable experiments helped the OP. I've been very happy with the way my C'dale front bag rides. It's been several years with it and no worries. The one I made was a one off using...
03-17-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17,190
Views: 1,844,792
Posted By Prowler

A nice day (for mid march) and my first trip on...

A nice day (for mid march) and my first trip on the Schuylkill River Trail since around New Years. Almost all dry pavement and no ice left. A very good ride. Happy to ride today as they predict 1" of...
03-15-21, 03:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 677
Posted By Prowler

Got a sewing machine? Ditty bags (aka kit bags)...

Got a sewing machine? Ditty bags (aka kit bags) are very easy to make. I make em with a draw string top then lash them to the saddle with a toe strap. The most recent one I made used material from...
03-12-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 7,089
Views: 668,731
Posted By Prowler

Having survived the past year, a year that...

Having survived the past year, a year that offered more challenges than any I can remember, I decided to treat myself. I've wanted a nice merino wool jersey for a long time and greatly admired the...
03-07-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,025
Posted By Prowler

AFAIK soldering iron tips are copper or a copper...

AFAIK soldering iron tips are copper or a copper alloy. May be way too soft for excavations. It's great having a variety of dental pick. Quite useful for this job. And I don't think a hair dryer...
Forum: Foo
03-03-21, 04:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,281
Posted By Prowler

Too cold here yesterday for open roads so I got...

Too cold here yesterday for open roads so I got on the rollers to do my Little Feat of endurance. Old Reynolds 531 frame but, really, I Waiting for Columbus.
03-01-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By Prowler

Very nice. Thanks. But you are the master. I...

Very nice. Thanks. But you are the master. I have that tap too and could never use it with a tap handle that large! Maybe cuz I'm a sparky vs a real engineer, but I use about the smallest wrench...
02-27-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 17,190
Views: 1,844,792
Posted By Prowler

You may have heard that the "snow train" seems to...

You may have heard that the "snow train" seems to have ended here in the Mid-Atlantic. Lately I've been riding the snow blower instead of the bikes (other than on the trainers in the unheated shop)....
02-16-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1,447
Views: 177,762
Posted By Prowler

More Saved from the Dump

Literally. Things are finally pretty slow at the LBS so we're cleaning house. Recently they tossed about 200lbs of literature that had been in drawers too long. Mostly current era stuff but I snagged...
02-16-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2,540
Views: 850,655
Posted By Prowler

Road worthy again

This is the bike I've used for the GAP, the Pine Creek and several other lovely rides. Twice packed like a mule and several times running free. Last summer on the Pine Creek trail it rained over...
02-13-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 16,923
Posted By Prowler

SN, I'll see your Buuuump and raise you one. As...

SN, I'll see your Buuuump and raise you one. As it's winter and the snow train keeps crossing the country and my home town, I'm mostly working out in the Folly (detached garage/shop). When doing my...
02-13-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 17,190
Views: 1,844,792
Posted By Prowler

One other observation. On our trips to the UK,...

One other observation. On our trips to the UK, mostly in the south, I've notice a duality of terms with temperature. When discussing the weather many folks use Celsius for describing cold and...
02-07-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By Prowler

Wow, this takes me back. At about the same time...

Wow, this takes me back. At about the same time I, too, looked like that on my Varsity. My older brother had purchased his Continental which inspired me. I mowed a LOT of lawns for "chump change"...
02-06-21, 04:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 590
Posted By Prowler

I consider the tab or knurling on a nut a mere...

I consider the tab or knurling on a nut a mere convince, never enough to really hold the nut in place for tightening. I ALWAYS use two keys for loosening or tightening a binder bolt. It is way to...
01-28-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,491
Posted By Prowler

. That's easy. Enables you to tie down the...

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That's easy. Enables you to tie down the lever to keep the FD from popping onto the big ring in "the heat of battle". I use a Velcro strap.
01-22-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,378
Posted By Prowler

Great thread and it seems that I cannot get...

Great thread and it seems that I cannot get enough of fine old British steel. I'll admit that I especially like the classic machines with computers and bottle cages. I know, not period correct but,...
01-22-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 573
Posted By Prowler

I've rehabilitated enough old wheels that I've a)...

I've rehabilitated enough old wheels that I've a) gained plenty of experience and b) learned to fully detension/fully loosen all the spokes and start over. It's the only way to ensure the nipples...
01-21-21, 06:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By Prowler

Most (all?) BB spindles of that era were...

Most (all?) BB spindles of that era were asymmetric - one end longer than the other. Sometimes only a few mm difference but enought to matter. Some (most?) bike shop mechanics would not know that. ...
01-19-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 17,190
Views: 1,844,792
Posted By Prowler

It was a very nice day on the Schuylkill River...

It was a very nice day on the Schuylkill River Trail. Clear and sunny, temps in the low 40s. The Ersatz Gran Prix was running beautifully - quiet, strong, confident. When suddenly out of the corner...
01-19-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,635
Posted By Prowler

There is another recent thread on this topic. ...

There is another recent thread on this topic. Should not be hard to find.

+1 on holding the front brake on, with a bungee or line or strap. Just like the parking brake on a car.

Kick stands...
01-15-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,620
Posted By Prowler

Way back when, I reinstalled my Raleigh heron...

Way back when, I reinstalled my Raleigh heron badge during the rehab. Being a frugal but inventive guy, and not liking the look of any of the rivets or drive screws or fasteners I'd seen on these...
01-05-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,528
Posted By Prowler

Other than Babe, the Blue Oxen, shown elsewhere,...

Other than Babe, the Blue Oxen, shown elsewhere, I suppose my frankenbike is my ugly bike. IIRC the f/f is a 1974 Gitane Gypsy Sport and the rest is from 26 other bikes and parts bins etc. It is...
12-30-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 962
Posted By Prowler

Congratulations. Nice historic bike. Mine is a...

Congratulations. Nice historic bike. Mine is a 1974 92319 made in Varberg. I'm Carolina dirt farmer but my father-in-law was Swedish. Not why I bought the bike but it's a nice connection. I...
12-29-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 64,070
Posted By Prowler

I suppose "artsy", like beauty or industrial or...

I suppose "artsy", like beauty or industrial or nerdy, is in the eyes of the beholder. But since I don't get to see this very often (6 years since the last time) I thought it may belong here....
12-27-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 4,308
Views: 404,081
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^ Yes. When you get the outer FW body off...

^^^^^^ Yes. When you get the outer FW body off and all the tiny bearings all over the shop floor, you'll most likely find two pawls with their return springs. Each is installed in a flat spot on...
12-25-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 818
Posted By Prowler

Nice bike in nice condition. And, as its winter...

Nice bike in nice condition. And, as its winter and already a hard one there in WI from what I hear, I recommend you do everything. You have the time (April is a long way off) to be fussy and to...
12-25-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By Prowler

Now I'm not a real bike mechanic, just play one...

Now I'm not a real bike mechanic, just play one on TV. But I'm not aware that bent cages were "fairly common with only the full cage on one side". I have the open cage Cyclone GT RD on two bikes. ...
12-21-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 4,308
Views: 404,081
Posted By Prowler

I've done this too but also have a DIY pin...

I've done this too but also have a DIY pin spanner that is slim enough to sneak in between the arm and the cup. I made mine from a length of cattle electric fence wire. Wire made to hold horses in...
12-18-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By Prowler

A humble vote here for the TS III as that's the...

A humble vote here for the TS III as that's the one I acquired at a very good price. For my purposes its just as good as the others. I'm real pleased with it. Granted the tubing is "better" in the IV...
12-17-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,613
Posted By Prowler

We started as the nest was emptied, maybe 10...

We started as the nest was emptied, maybe 10 years ago. As I now have CRS, I'd have to go walkies, and try to count em. One year I farted around too much and we lost that one. They are nice to see...
12-17-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,613
Posted By Prowler

Pretty white holidays so far in Penn's Woods....

Pretty white holidays so far in Penn's Woods. We've been buying live trees for years. Enjoy them thru then plant them. We have them all over the property. This one should move inside this weekend.
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12-15-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 600
Posted By Prowler

+1 At the LBS I used to try explaining this to...

+1 At the LBS I used to try explaining this to folks buying a bike. As I still drive a manual 5 spd transmission car I see the analogy. Let off the gas, punch the clutch, shift, let out the clutch...
12-09-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,998
Posted By Prowler

I have two, classic and vintage. The classic is a...

I have two, classic and vintage. The classic is a 6" Wilton vice. Bolted to a cabinet I built which is bolted to the studs in the wall. I wanted to be sure that if I needed to bend something the...
12-05-20, 06:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 778
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^ that configuration, often termed "mega...

^^^^^^ that configuration, often termed "mega range", was created for mountain bikes with long cage RDs, mostly for BSOs for entry level riders who needed a bail out gear due to inexperience and the...
12-04-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 61,477
Views: 9,273,053
Posted By Prowler

I cannot count the number of nice classic bikes...

I cannot count the number of nice classic bikes I've seen with brake cable housings all kinked and folded over like that because someone thought routing them in front of the bars was tradition. I...
12-04-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,589
Posted By Prowler

I think a strider thing is a great idea. Learn...

I think a strider thing is a great idea. Learn em up on balance with no pedals whacking their legs all the time. BUT (warning - grumpy ole man here) there was a time when any Dad knew how to pop an...
11-27-20, 05:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 614
Posted By Prowler

Not common but not unheard of. Friday or Monday...

Not common but not unheard of. Friday or Monday bikes. I've built many bikes out of the box and I've seen it. It has gotten so I eyeball every bike I work on to see if the hanger is bent - new, in...
11-21-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,570
Posted By Prowler

Nice lighter side mention. Have you heard much...

Nice lighter side mention. Have you heard much of Power Up? I heard a recent interview where, I think, Brian Johnson said the world really needs some basic turn-it-up rock music right now. Making...
11-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 14,256
Views: 3,160,815
Posted By Prowler

At our LBS we've seen many of these and their...

At our LBS we've seen many of these and their cousins this year. Dug out from who knows where, many in terrible condition. They have to be about the heaviest bikes we deal with. When they come in...
11-17-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,252
Posted By Prowler

Yup, that's what I've finally done. I have a...

Yup, that's what I've finally done. I have a very nice ENE bell on one bike and an old Reich bell that I've rigged to easily install on any of the stems of the other bikes. They do work well. As...
11-12-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,326
Posted By Prowler

An alternate idea that has worked fine for me: a...

An alternate idea that has worked fine for me: a tool sack. As I have 8 bikes in current rotation I needed one solution that works on all of them. So I made an easy draw string bag (aka ditty sack)...
11-11-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,252
Posted By Prowler

Excellent point so, given the OP appears to be...

Excellent point so, given the OP appears to be just a recently joined member, I'll expand this a bit. Vintage rear wheels have vintage hubs with free wheels. That design places the DS wheel...
11-11-20, 05:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By Prowler

Great plan and, as its my size f/f, I can...

Great plan and, as its my size f/f, I can envision the end result. I'm a big fan of first Gen Cyclone and Suntour ultra 6 FWs. I've also, recently, become a real fan of those "randnner" handlebars....
11-11-20, 05:23 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 6,713
Posted By Prowler

Lately it seems to be wheels. I really don't...

Lately it seems to be wheels. I really don't need any but when I see a nice pair of vintage wheels in nice condition, with smooth hubs, well adjusted, I just keep thinking about them. "Would these...
10-28-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,294
Posted By Prowler

Keep in mind, for a few years brake pad holders...

Keep in mind, for a few years brake pad holders had only three sides with the pad slid into the slot. The mechanic had to pay attention and install the assembly so that the braking action forced the...
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