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10-16-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 39
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Posted By rustystrings61

c.2000 B17 (purchased from Sheldon Brown at...

c.2000 B17 (purchased from Sheldon Brown at Harris during the Great Brooks Saddle Panic of that year) with auxiliary rivet pulling it back into shape after it tore under the original right front...
10-15-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,484
Posted By rustystrings61

This is a truly beautiful bike, and I always like...

This is a truly beautiful bike, and I always like the distinctiveness of the '72s - the plain Nervex DuBois lugs painted black, with the original, more traditional geometry always stood out for me.
10-15-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By rustystrings61

After looking at it some more, reading your...

After looking at it some more, reading your answers, etc., I have decided I will explore plan B, which is to leave the chain at its original length, dispense with the through-bolts and mount the...
10-14-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By rustystrings61

How far back can one safely go with Campagnolo track ends?

My Mercian was ordered with clearance for 28 mm tires and mudguards. The mudguards attach with through-bolts that run up into a boss on the underside of the fork crown and a hole drilled into the...
10-08-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By rustystrings61

There are some similarities to this one, a 1982...

There are some similarities to this one, a 1982 team bike built for Stefan Mutter (http://www.speedbicycles.ch/velo/156/puch_mistral_ultima_1982.html). The transitions from stays and fork blades to...
10-08-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 544
Posted By rustystrings61

For the life of me I can't find the article or...

For the life of me I can't find the article or discussion online, but I remember reading about the Walden Turn, named for Mike Walden of the Wolverine Sports Club - essentially you kept your bike...
10-08-19, 06:24 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,224
Posted By rustystrings61

And here's my '71 Gitane TdF, built up as a...

And here's my '71 Gitane TdF, built up as a fixed-gear conversion. It is a joy and a delight to ride this one.
...
10-07-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By rustystrings61

I ran mine with both double and triple chainrings...

I ran mine with both double and triple chainrings with no problem - the challenge was getting a Campagnolo Olympus mtb rear derailleur to play nice with the barcons over an 8-speed Campagnolo...
10-07-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21,544
Views: 2,175,364
Posted By rustystrings61

Lovely build!

Lovely build!
10-07-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4,617
Views: 470,862
Posted By rustystrings61

A pair of Phil Wood 6901 sealed bearings to...

A pair of Phil Wood 6901 sealed bearings to replace the original 7901s in my c.2002 Surly New Track hubs. I gladly paid the experienced older mechanic at my LBS to swap them out for me, and this...
10-07-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,115
Posted By rustystrings61

Gone but not forgotten - 2000 Joe Starck-built...

Gone but not forgotten - 2000 Joe Starck-built Rivendell Road custom -
...
10-04-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,213
Posted By rustystrings61

Last road bike - 1997 Bianchi Alloro purchased in...

Last road bike - 1997 Bianchi Alloro purchased in summer 1999, the last lugged Bianchi on the floor of Sunshine Cycles in Greenville. It fit me by modern standards, but today I would say it was at...
10-03-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 762
Posted By rustystrings61

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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You're welcome.
10-03-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 772
Posted By rustystrings61

Those are standard English 9/16 x 20 threads, or...

Those are standard English 9/16 x 20 threads, or close enough that it's not an issue. Nice Nervar crankset, too - with the stock rings you have, the inner ring is the Nervar-only 128 mm bcd (though...
10-02-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 772
Posted By rustystrings61

After seeing the pix, I am curious - is this...

After seeing the pix, I am curious - is this mangled axle end perhaps an artifact of running a quick release skewer on those thin, thin, stamped dropouts Raleigh used on the Gran Sport? My memory is...
10-02-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,789
Posted By rustystrings61

Those are EXACTLY the cameras I was thinking of! ...

Those are EXACTLY the cameras I was thinking of! The best analogy I can make, which some of y'all will understand, is that the $9 Aiptek pencam was the Fostex X-15 1 7/8 ips cassette portastudio of...
10-02-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,789
Posted By rustystrings61

I loved the other end of digital cameras. Back...

I loved the other end of digital cameras. Back more than a dozen years ago I switched over from one-use film cameras on the bike (because when you drop them, who cares?) to the magnificent $9...
10-01-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 772
Posted By rustystrings61

FWIW, the basic classic Normandy Sport, when...

FWIW, the basic classic Normandy Sport, when cleaned and repacked with good bearings and good grease, can be a remarkably smooth running hub. I think they're worth the bother.

I wish there were...
09-30-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,115
Posted By rustystrings61

Holy Posada...

Holy Posada (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/372097), Batman!
09-30-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,000
Posted By rustystrings61

Doh! Of course it does! I should never respond...

Doh! Of course it does! I should never respond to threads without coffee!

On thinking about it more, I am wondering when Raleigh went to the rear brake cable stop that had the outer ring for the...
09-30-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,000
Posted By rustystrings61

It's very interesting and I don't think it is a...

It's very interesting and I don't think it is a fake.

I have never seen this combination of frame parts on any one Raleigh, but I think I've seen all of these parts on OTHER Raleighs. The Bocama...
09-27-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,827
Posted By rustystrings61

My understanding about the hardwood dowel in the...

My understanding about the hardwood dowel in the underside of Peugeot fork crowns was indeed a safety measure reflecting the dead hand of history and one of the Tour de France's most epic stories -...
09-25-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,655
Posted By rustystrings61

The "old school" of traditional diamond design...

The "old school" of traditional diamond design frames built with good or better quality round steel tubing in standard diameter with 32 or more spokes per wheel is a highly evolved - nay, freaking...
09-25-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 897
Posted By rustystrings61

Maybe more than you want to hassle with, but what...

Maybe more than you want to hassle with, but what about -

ST length
TT length
Cstay length
wheelbase
head and seat angles
trail
fork rake
09-25-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,209
Posted By rustystrings61

I feel the need to interject a side note about...

I feel the need to interject a side note about Nervar cranks and Park tools. The Nervar Star and 631 (50.4 bcd) cranks I have worked with required a standard 22 mm puller, NOT a 23, which is...
09-25-19, 05:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 956
Posted By rustystrings61

As I understand it, WSI did not have the rights...

As I understand it, WSI did not have the rights to the Centurion name in all markets, and it made sense to consolidate everything under one name as they expanded.
09-24-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 706
Posted By rustystrings61

Earlier, Tugadude cited the late, much-missed...

Earlier, Tugadude cited the late, much-missed Sheldon Brown's very helpful, illustrated and handy synopsis (https://sheldonbrown.com/fixed-conversion.html). That would be...
09-24-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,655
Posted By rustystrings61

An honest-to-goodness 28 mm tire with a good...

An honest-to-goodness 28 mm tire with a good casing is a skeleton key to all sorts of great riding experiences on all sorts of surfaces. I rode thousands of fixed-gear miles on gravel, dirt and...
09-23-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,736
Posted By rustystrings61

I came so very very very close to buying a Puch...

I came so very very very close to buying a Puch Royal Force as my first 531-tubed bike - but in the end I got a better deal on a Royal X. Now I understand why - we bought it in '78 and it was a '76...
09-23-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,860
Posted By rustystrings61

Truth! His writings have guided me through so...

Truth! His writings have guided me through so many French projects and have informed my choices with my ratty old TdF!
09-23-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 609
Posted By rustystrings61

That's what I said before I bought mine...

That's what I said before I bought mine (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1179305-raleigh-competition-chronicles-rustystrings61-s-1973-a.html). Just remember, '70s bike with '30s geometry,...
09-23-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,860
Posted By rustystrings61

Beautiful, beautiful bike. I think that's a real...

Beautiful, beautiful bike. I think that's a real Gitane fork, too, as it has the fish-mouth ends. Is that a 60 cm? Every TdF I've ever encountered in 60 cm was simply magical ...
09-23-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 600
Posted By rustystrings61

I think it will work with the same chain length...

I think it will work with the same chain length so long as I avoid the big-to-big and small-to-small combinations. The two chainring setup with the Dingle would give me 42x19 low, 44x17 high and the...
09-23-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 600
Posted By rustystrings61

My preferred bike for many years and many miles...

My preferred bike for many years and many miles of mixed-surface road rides is this fixed-gear Mercian -
...
09-23-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 625
Posted By rustystrings61

Were this my bike I would find someone with the...

Were this my bike I would find someone with the old Park tool for straightening forks and have a go at it. Either that or try Dave Moulton's approach...
09-23-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,758
Posted By rustystrings61

1976 Puch Royal X ...

1976 Puch Royal X

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09-19-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 1,885
Views: 157,228
Posted By rustystrings61

I have fallen into my wife's practice of adding...

I have fallen into my wife's practice of adding new names to cats until they go years without hearing their original names. Thus Hannibal became the General, which morphed into Generalissimo, which...
09-18-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 532
Views: 99,490
Posted By rustystrings61

I always thought the riveted headbadge on PX-10s...

I always thought the riveted headbadge on PX-10s went away c.1970, when they went to the '70-74 graphic scheme. I had a similar Peugeot PX-10 frameset that had the decal headbadge - but with rivets...
09-18-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 1,060
Views: 59,965
Posted By rustystrings61

O Grand Crapmaster, please add this thy humble...

O Grand Crapmaster, please add this thy humble servant to the list of those awaiting a visitation from the Box O' Crap. I have read and agree to abide by the rules, and though I have not played this...
09-18-19, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5,526
Views: 444,248
Posted By rustystrings61

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1500x2000/spokes_73c69fdc4b9859a87561b2615afce0f6c06d2420.jpg

64 298 mm ACI/Alpina butted spokes with brass nipples - now to get some rims!
09-18-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 935
Posted By rustystrings61

A 70's era Raleigh would be ideal, because to a...

A 70's era Raleigh would be ideal, because to a large extent, the Carlton-built Raleighs c.1969-1976 pretty much duplicated the geometry of 40s and 50s bikes. chainwhip quoted @ gugie as describing...
09-17-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,348
Posted By rustystrings61

I got curious, and since I still think in gear...

I got curious, and since I still think in gear inches, I went back and ran the numbers on Sheldon's calculator. If you run 700 x 38 tires with 46x18 gearing, that would give you a 69.8-in gear,...
09-16-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,954
Posted By rustystrings61

It took a while, but I found a Brooks B17 for...

It took a while, but I found a Brooks B17 for this bike. In keeping with the theme of funky repairs, I scored one of the relatively recent B17 Aged models used from the 'Bay for a whopping $15 plus...
09-13-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,916
Posted By rustystrings61

Weird outlier data point - The c.1969 Mercian...

Weird outlier data point - The c.1969 Mercian Olympic that Mike Melton repaired c.1972-ish while associated with Joe Azar's shop in Columbia SC was done with Vitus 971 metric tubing for the top and...
09-12-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 5,526
Views: 444,248
Posted By rustystrings61

Yay! The saddle arrived and it IS a Brook B17...

Yay! The saddle arrived and it IS a Brook B17 Aged - now to replace the broken rivet and treat it all with some Proofide and finish building the bike it goes on ... anybody know when they introduced...
09-12-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4,617
Views: 470,862
Posted By rustystrings61

An eBay score - Brooks B17 Aged in need of a...

An eBay score - Brooks B17 Aged in need of a replacement rivet and some Proofide, $15 and shipping -
...
09-12-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,820
Posted By rustystrings61

MKS Sylvan Touring pedals if you prefer wider...

MKS Sylvan Touring pedals if you prefer wider without clips and straps; MKS Sylvan Track if you want narrower and prefer clips and straps.
09-11-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 737
Posted By rustystrings61

Gitane had a darker blue that came in immediately...

Gitane had a darker blue that came in immediately after the foil decal era - if you had traces of a lower case logo and decal I would suggest a simple but vibrant Cobalt blue all over with the yellow...
09-11-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 737
Posted By rustystrings61

How about some sort of Cobalt blue? Would be...

How about some sort of Cobalt blue? Would be snazzier version of a stock color ....
09-11-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,820
Posted By rustystrings61

I'm in the "do NOT repaint" camp here. I would...

I'm in the "do NOT repaint" camp here. I would recommend some variant of rust bath followed by Meguiar's polish and suitable polish for the chrome bits, then maybe some serious wax or spray on...
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