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12-28-14, 09:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,024
Posted By Rabid Koala

That's a really nice Raleigh Competition! I...

That's a really nice Raleigh Competition!

I use a small piece of heat shrink tubing in place of cable ends. It slides off easily to remove the cable, and it keeps the cable end from fraying. One...
11-02-14, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 528
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had something similar, but smaller, and filled...

I had something similar, but smaller, and filled with the same parts as a teenager.
10-25-14, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,669
Posted By Rabid Koala

Those red aluminum caps are extremely rare. I...

Those red aluminum caps are extremely rare. I really think they made the "look" of the Mighty crank set. Good luck trying to find any if you want them.
10-13-14, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,927
Posted By Rabid Koala

I bought one brand new in 1973 to replace a...

I bought one brand new in 1973 to replace a Raleigh Grand Prix. The Nishiki was a well built bike that was very reliable. I never trusted the Raleigh, but felt I could ride the Nishiki anywhere, and...
09-28-14, 08:35 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,435
Posted By Rabid Koala

When I was in the demographic target for a...

When I was in the demographic target for a Varsity, in 1969, I wanted nothing to do with it. I wanted a Raleigh Grand Prix. After I wore the Raleigh out (hey by then I was 15), I got a Nishiki....
09-08-14, 09:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,049
Posted By Rabid Koala

I assembled and repaired a bunch of Interclubs in...

I assembled and repaired a bunch of Interclubs in my LBS days in 1974. I sure remember the gold ones. I still lust after Gitane purple, I have only seen a few of those. My TdF is the very common aqua...
08-23-14, 03:45 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 9,233
Posted By Rabid Koala

I have pretty much done all of my own wrenching,...

I have pretty much done all of my own wrenching, except for building a couple of wheels early on in my re-entry to cycling. I do those now, too.

It gets really frustrating when I go in a shop and...
08-17-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 746
Posted By Rabid Koala

I bought a Super Course MK II for my wife several...

I bought a Super Course MK II for my wife several years ago and experienced the same thing. The crown race would just fall off. IIRC, I just shimmed it with something and put it back together with no...
08-10-14, 09:53 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 16,395
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had one of those JC Higgins internal hub plus...

I had one of those JC Higgins internal hub plus derailleur bikes in the late 60s. I was 10 years old. It came to me with a broken axle, so I swapped out the rear wheel, but what did I know then? The...
08-10-14, 09:35 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,658
Posted By Rabid Koala

I briefly had an early 90s Cannondale R800, it...

I briefly had an early 90s Cannondale R800, it caused me nothing but pain. In hindsight I should have substituted a carbon fork, but sold it instead. :twitchy:
07-26-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,356
Posted By Rabid Koala

A dork disc is bad enough on a correct bike, but...

A dork disc is bad enough on a correct bike, but on a single speed it is even more wrong.
07-18-14, 06:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,405
Posted By Rabid Koala

My Waterford Paramount has 600 tricolor, I love...

My Waterford Paramount has 600 tricolor, I love it. I have two other newer bikes that have Dura Ace 7700 and one with Ultegra 6500 9 speed, nothing to complain about there either.
07-18-14, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 867
Posted By Rabid Koala

I worked in a shop that sold Gitanes back in...

I worked in a shop that sold Gitanes back in 1974. At the time all we had were the foil decal ones. They had either a Simplex Prestige (yuck) or a steel SunTour (much better). My own Gitane Gran...
07-15-14, 09:53 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 31,668
Posted By Rabid Koala

I picked up a $25 Sports Tourer in Kool Lemon a...

I picked up a $25 Sports Tourer in Kool Lemon a couple of years ago. It was in really poor condition, the worst of it being a rusted fork crown. The paint was so thin you could see through it, so if...
05-18-14, 10:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,160
Posted By Rabid Koala

Our Goodwill and Salvation Army stores are...

Our Goodwill and Salvation Army stores are insanely greedy. I quit looking in them on a regular basis a long time ago. Having said that, I have found some bargains other than bikes, such as a Ryobi...
04-29-14, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,468
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had one of those about a decade ago, it was a...

I had one of those about a decade ago, it was a sweet ride!
04-01-14, 10:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,515
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had a 69 Grand Prix in red with black trim....

I had a 69 Grand Prix in red with black trim. Mine came with the standard Simplex rear derailleur and had the same headbadge as yours. It took a bit of tough use from a then 12 year old. I had it for...
11-05-13, 11:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,098
Posted By Rabid Koala

I had a 74 champagne International a few years...

I had a 74 champagne International a few years back, it was a beautiful bike and really enjoyable to ride. I sold it after I bought a 74 Professional and a few Paramounts, but I often wish I had it...
10-19-13, 04:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,596
Posted By Rabid Koala

Laminated Master locks are very easy to defeat...

Laminated Master locks are very easy to defeat with a hacksaw. Two small cuts and the bottom pries open, the cylinder falls out. Usually the center rivets are fakes. Those old commercials where they...
07-28-13, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By Rabid Koala

Nice score! Those RSX brifters cleaned up will...

Nice score! Those RSX brifters cleaned up will bring a decent price.
07-27-13, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By Rabid Koala

I hadn't seen this one, thanks for posting!

I hadn't seen this one, thanks for posting!
07-05-13, 06:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 718
Posted By Rabid Koala

I have a Specialized S Works E5 that came to me...

I have a Specialized S Works E5 that came to me with a bad proprietary headset. I am largely unfamiliar with modern headsets, after some research and some headset spacers I was able to fit a Cane...
07-05-13, 10:07 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,098
Posted By Rabid Koala

Wow, that is gorgeous, Stan! If it causes...

Wow, that is gorgeous, Stan!

If it causes you get a little bored with your Waterford, I'll be happy to make a new home for it down here in San Diego........:p
06-28-13, 05:52 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,956
Posted By Rabid Koala

Congratulations on a great score! About...

Congratulations on a great score!

About those discolored decals.....based on my experience they will clean up nicely with some mild abrasive and a whole lot of caution. Your mileage may vary.
06-06-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 954
Posted By Rabid Koala

Mine was a lime green 64, if I recall correctly....

Mine was a lime green 64, if I recall correctly. I got it used after having a Huffy knock off, it amazed me how much more solid and indestructible it was.
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