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05-11-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 357
Posted By Charles Wahl

If the Idéale 90 is not hard as rock, you did...

If the Idéale 90 is not hard as rock, you did really well. The Jeunet is not one of their Reynolds 531 models, bars look like chromed steel; but hey, are those aluminum rims? And it probably has...
05-10-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 420
Posted By Charles Wahl

I believe that "flamboyant" finishes were...

I believe that "flamboyant" finishes were typically done over a silver or gold paint, at least based on a couple frames I have. I'm sure that looks somewhat different than "chromovelato" with...
05-10-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By Charles Wahl

Vacuum cleaner hooked up to one orifice, some...

Vacuum cleaner hooked up to one orifice, some thread fed into the other one. Once the thread is through, pull through a piece of fishing line or twine that can take more tension. For fishing a...
05-06-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 385
Posted By Charles Wahl

I understand completely. I have a couple...

I understand completely. I have a couple well-loved ugly ducklings. I was not casting any aspersions on craquelure vs anything else, in fact it looks appealing. It was simply an observation intended...
05-06-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 385
Posted By Charles Wahl

Hmm. I have a '72–'73 Le Champion, also black...

Hmm. I have a '72–'73 Le Champion, also black w/red, and no such craquelure. The paint seems rather thin, though, and it's got other advanced-beausage qualities.
05-06-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 412
Posted By Charles Wahl

Why would a "shallow weld intrusion" be present...

Why would a "shallow weld intrusion" be present at or near the seat post opening? My point is: welding shouldn't enter into it, (like the plumage in Monty Python's "Parrot sketch") on a lugged and...
05-05-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 444
Posted By Charles Wahl

I have one of the San Marco Concor WCS suede...

I have one of the San Marco Concor WCS suede yellow saddles, exactly (I think) like the one pictured in your initial post, New In Box. I'd be willing to part with it for $160 plus shipping.
05-04-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 319
Posted By Charles Wahl

That started life as a black Turbo.

That started life as a black Turbo.
04-28-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By Charles Wahl

The 881 dropout T-Mar speaks of was a predecessor...

The 881 dropout T-Mar speaks of was a predecessor of the later dropout that was ubiquitous on bikes like the Peugeot PX-10. Though it was drop forged, it was thinner than the later dropouts, 5 mm...
04-28-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 435
Posted By Charles Wahl

I think you mean "peened", but if not, shame on...

I think you mean "peened", but if not, shame on me. I have a similar problem with a couple vintage English forks: came to me with crown races (that I believed to be original) having 27.0 ID, but the...
04-27-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By Charles Wahl

Even though I'm very careful, I always find that...

Even though I'm very careful, I always find that superglue (cyanoacrylate) creates an uncontrollable mess; less so with the thicker varieties, but I would try rubber cement first, used like contact...
04-25-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 235
Posted By Charles Wahl

Weight weenies don't need no stinkin' cages. You...

Weight weenies don't need no stinkin' cages. You can add more balls (good) without, but don't overdo it -- fill to "fit" and remove one ball. Sutherlands is usually pretty good about how many to use...
04-25-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 966
Posted By Charles Wahl

For years I have ridden using only Onitsuka Tiger...

For years I have ridden using only Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 "track shoes" -- well, I have a pair of their Serrano model as well, which is fine, but I'm not as wild about it as the basic original...
04-25-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 236
Posted By Charles Wahl

In case it's not obvious, the holes in the rear...

In case it's not obvious, the holes in the rear fender are for lacing in skirt-guard cables.
It looks, to me, like the bike was in a frontal collision, and has bent fork blades. Unless you can...
04-25-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 664
Posted By Charles Wahl

That's a really beautiful build. I'm really...

That's a really beautiful build. I'm really impressed by the brown tape, housings and especially the brown Brooks saddle; extremely classy. I would look for a Campagnolo smooth shaft seat post (would...
04-24-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,576
Posted By Charles Wahl

I nominate this for excellence of artistic...

I nominate this for excellence of artistic execution. Here's another of the same artist at work:
...
04-24-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4,314
Views: 405,544
Posted By Charles Wahl

SotR23 Nice rehab on that lilac/purple Raleigh,...

SotR23 Nice rehab on that lilac/purple Raleigh, and orange sneaker laces go well with that purple frame, but I'm going to bet that it's a 1971 Competition, not a '72. Check the serial: F would be '71...
04-22-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,576
Posted By Charles Wahl

Mos' def'; winner so far IMO, but what a great...

Mos' def'; winner so far IMO, but what a great idea, and so many excellent ones.
04-22-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 380
Posted By Charles Wahl

I can't see any top tube model logo, nor any...

I can't see any top tube model logo, nor any legible tubing decals; if you're going to be choosy about whether the bike has Vitus (as seller states in the description) or Reynolds, then I wouldn't...
04-21-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Charles Wahl

Beautiful! And very nice photography. Your...

Beautiful! And very nice photography.
Your photo sighting from rear of saddle forward has the bars apparently tilted toward the right -- why is that?
04-21-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 754
Posted By Charles Wahl

If the dropouts are not threaded (as I said, mine...

If the dropouts are not threaded (as I said, mine were not, with hole diameter too large to thread M3 x whatever) then it shouldn't be that difficult to remove the broken screw. As I said, I think...
04-21-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 876
Posted By Charles Wahl

My apologies; must be the synapses in my onboard...

My apologies; must be the synapses in my onboard memory shorting out again. Maybe it was another Bay Stater, like southpawboston . Or just my imagination. The BB drop doesn't look at all on the low...
04-20-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 876
Posted By Charles Wahl

I can let you borrow a Stronglight crank remover...

I can let you borrow a Stronglight crank remover -- don't know how long it would take to get from The Big Apple to The 6 (or wherever you are that's not home), but you're welcome to it.
04-20-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 876
Posted By Charles Wahl

The upside of having low brake clearance is that...

The upside of having low brake clearance is that it makes it easy to go 650B. I have a PX-10 frame that I believe to be a '72 (plain "DuBois" lugs, serial 2513217) and its brake reach for 700C is...
04-20-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 754
Posted By Charles Wahl

Nice project! Don't lose those...

Nice project!
Don't lose those chromed-screw-with-plastic-half-moon Huret rear dropout adjusters! If your '73 is like my recently-pressed-into-service '72, then the holes in the dropouts are...
04-20-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 553
Posted By Charles Wahl

That's "complementary" for the color. I like...

That's "complementary" for the color. I like orange and blue, but only in the indigo-creamsicle range. Well, there's the Holdsworth orange-teal too. But I voted red, and so did a few other folks; so...
04-19-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Posted By Charles Wahl

I like it!

I like it!
04-19-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 253
Posted By Charles Wahl

Maybe not what you're thinking of, but: in the...

Maybe not what you're thinking of, but: in the mid-80s I bought a Raleigh "made in England" frame (racing type) that was also sold by the shop (Michael's Cyclery in Ames IA, the provider of equipment...
04-18-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 77,064
Posted By Charles Wahl

Here's a frame that I bought from JunkYardBike a...

Here's a frame that I bought from JunkYardBike a few years ago now. The photo is his, when he'd built it up with a (nice) "mishmash of available parts". Serial number on outside of left rear dropout...
04-18-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 473
Posted By Charles Wahl

Oh, that'll buff right out! But joking aside,...

Oh, that'll buff right out! But joking aside, that's a fairly advanced state of decay for a chromed area on a frame. Chrome is done electrolytically, typically with copper plate first, followed by...
04-17-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By Charles Wahl

Thank you! That did the trick, but why would it...

Thank you! That did the trick, but why would it have changed? I use a bookmark in my browser to "execute" BikeForums, and have never had that happen before. And I haven't browsed BF with a phone in a...
04-17-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 775
Posted By Charles Wahl

Jeunet? I vaguely remember seeing that "kumquat...

Jeunet? I vaguely remember seeing that "kumquat orange flamboyant" as one of their colors. They also used that sort of tape for trimming the paint/chrome transitions, though maybe that was a St...
04-17-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By Charles Wahl

Where to complain about BikeForums "new look"?

What's not to like?
No preview when hovering over thread title
Much less use of color for differentiating information
Extremely small difference between bold for threads with new posts since last...
04-15-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 44,179
Posted By Charles Wahl

PSA: I posted a notice in "eBay / Craigslist" for...

PSA: I posted a notice in "eBay / Craigslist" for a Gran Sport frame/fork in WI with decent price and shipping; 1973-ish, 62 cm ctt, good cosmetics & chrome....
04-15-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

For anyone who might be looking for a "Grander...

For anyone who might be looking for a "Grander and Sportier"™ project, here's a 1973-ish Raleigh Gran Sport frame/fork 62 cm ctt in WI:...
04-14-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,303
Posted By Charles Wahl

I think that rhm meant to type "disk brakes" but...

I think that rhm meant to type "disk brakes" but maybe not. Most boomers don't need the other kind, but some obviously still do (ref. current events).
04-13-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 766
Posted By Charles Wahl

I stand corrected, and guess I need to revise my...

I stand corrected, and guess I need to revise my dating of the frames I thought were from the '50s. My apologies, T-Mar.
04-13-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By Charles Wahl

The Raleigh half-hoop cable stop was often...

The Raleigh half-hoop cable stop was often furnished with a screw-adjuster. Not a lot of movement, but depending on how "tight" you prefer your brakes to be adjusted (I like 'em tight-ish) it might...
04-12-21, 07:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 766
Posted By Charles Wahl

Please ignore; I misunderstood T-Mar's post above...

Please ignore; I misunderstood T-Mar's post above and got things wrong.
While it pains me to contradict T-Mar, and with the greatest respect, I don't think that the 880 dropout debuted in 1962....
04-12-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

Frejus frameset with replaced rear brake bridge...

Frejus frameset with replaced rear brake bridge 24" x 24.75" in Ft Lee NJ; $400 ask. Appears to be same owner as the 61 cm complete Frejus I posted here on 6 April....
04-12-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

1990 Bridgestone RB-1 59 cm; title says $575 but...

1990 Bridgestone RB-1 59 cm; title says $575 but description says $475
https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/bik/d/brooklyn-90-bridgestone-rb-road-bike/7305273981.html
...
04-12-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

I don't deny that; however, there's plenty of...

I don't deny that; however, there's plenty of clearance between front tire and down tube, and the photo of the head tube doesn't show any wrinkles....
04-12-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

1962 Rudge Sports, looking to be in pretty great...

1962 Rudge Sports, looking to be in pretty great shape and original; $320 ask.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/d/new-york-rudge-sports-english-bicycle/7305636781.html...
04-12-21, 07:23 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,010
Posted By Charles Wahl

Before attacking with a brush, I'd see what a...

Before attacking with a brush, I'd see what a little Simichrome would do (contains some oxalic acid).
04-12-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

Whew! Talk about "ridden hard and put away wet"....

Whew! Talk about "ridden hard and put away wet". Nice original kit, though.
04-12-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

Here's a smaller 1970s copper Raleigh...

Here's a smaller 1970s copper Raleigh International that looks to be well-cared-for, but with quite a few components replaced (Sugino Mighty Tour cranks, Suntour Cyclone 1st gen. derailleur, turkey...
04-11-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 61,536
Views: 9,288,609
Posted By Charles Wahl

Mercian Superlight, Ft Lee NJ

NOTE: this CL offering has been reduced from $900 to $750 ask.
https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/d/astoria-vintage-mercian-superlight/7305128084.html
04-11-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,109
Posted By Charles Wahl

I'm not sure what you're getting at -- I've been...

I'm not sure what you're getting at -- I've been happy enough with the way mine operate, and don't feel they're sloppy; I have widened the lever's ears when installing if I've noticed any...
04-11-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,109
Posted By Charles Wahl

I have a soft spot for those Weinmann "waffle...

I have a soft spot for those Weinmann "waffle iron" pattern levers (with or without the "quick-release" feature) myself, but I only have the plain ones.
04-11-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By Charles Wahl

Use centerpulls? [ducking]

Use centerpulls? [ducking]
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