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Forum: Foo
05-20-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8,711
Views: 911,889
Posted By Jeff Wills

Round. It's a manhole cover. If it were square...

Round. It's a manhole cover. If it were square or rectangular there's a chance it could rotate and fall down the hole.

And now you know why manhole covers are round. Who says Bike Forums isn't...
05-16-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By Jeff Wills

They're already trashed. Cut through the whole...

They're already trashed. Cut through the whole grip and peel them off. Clean off any adhesive with Goo Gone then clean the bar thoroughly with alcohol. You don't want any slippery residue on the bar...
05-16-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 478
Posted By Jeff Wills

You can have the crown race milled to 26.4mm...

You can have the crown race milled to 26.4mm pretty easily. Going the other way... not so easy.

What's wrong with a Tange headset? Classic looks, cheap, will last until the next millenium....
05-12-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,521
Posted By Jeff Wills

You upright riders got nuthin' on a...

You upright riders got nuthin' on a long-wheelbase recumbent.
This one's not vintage... it replaced one that was 20 years old and broke. I have another recumbent that's 30 years old, though.
...
05-04-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2,138
Views: 194,005
Posted By Jeff Wills

"Shimano" of course. (Ducks and runs.) I...

"Shimano" of course. (Ducks and runs.)

I would name her "Bella". She's a beauty.
04-25-20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,080
Posted By Jeff Wills

I've used torque wrenches on crank bolts but it's...

I've used torque wrenches on crank bolts but it's been years since I had one. I don't have one now but my square-taper cranks don't loosen.

Here's what I do when I tighten cranks now: position...
04-25-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By Jeff Wills

"Like" button in the bottom bar, far...

"Like" button in the bottom bar, far right.
04-22-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 297
Posted By Jeff Wills

I agree. As long as you're not going for 100%...

I agree. As long as you're not going for 100% "correct" restoration, Kool-Stop Continentals would be my choice.
04-21-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
Posted By Jeff Wills

In that case, the drum brake probably needs to be...

In that case, the drum brake probably needs to be unscrewed from the hub. This might need a special removal tool or a big effin' wrench, depending. A couple more posts and you can add a picture. ...
04-21-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you tried to include a picture it didn't work....

If you tried to include a picture it didn't work. You need 10 posts or more to include pictures or URLs in a post. This is an anti-spammer measure.

Hubs for (non-integral) drum brakes are...
04-19-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 634
Posted By Jeff Wills

FWIW: I went from 12 years in the bicycle...

FWIW: I went from 12 years in the bicycle business to software testing to being a pharmacy technician. When they found out I knew something about computers and mechanical stuff they made me the...
04-18-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 428
Posted By Jeff Wills

The fatter crank arms are usually "melt forged"...

The fatter crank arms are usually "melt forged" where the slimmer ones are genuine forgings. Whatever the process I think the extra material was meant to compensate for the different manufacturing...
04-18-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 824
Posted By Jeff Wills

I think you'll find that the inner side of the...

I think you'll find that the inner side of the Dia-Compe caliper is slotted for the wheel guide. If you leave them out the brake shoe won't tighten properly- it doesn't have enough surface area to...
04-15-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 408
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, Jackshafts are used when the ratio from...

Yes, Jackshafts are used when the ratio from large (chainring, gear, whatever) to small (cog, gear, whatever) is too large to fit in the space available. In the case of extra-super-high-speed...
04-13-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 2,138
Views: 194,005
Posted By Jeff Wills

Lately Mango and Pumpkin have been very snuggly...

Lately Mango and Pumpkin have been very snuggly with us after we climb in bed. Mango smooshes up against my right side, then me, then my wife in her usual fetal position, and finally Pumpkin curled...
04-05-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 203
Posted By Jeff Wills

Schwinn promo film from 1965

Good history and a time capsule from the last century:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEFvGYhfXnw
04-05-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,539
Posted By Jeff Wills

Good to know. I grew up there (South Pasadena,...

Good to know. I grew up there (South Pasadena, actually) and I have a couple friends in the bike shop community.
Forum: Recumbent
04-03-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 811
Posted By Jeff Wills

Several friends rode across the U.S. on...

Several friends rode across the U.S. on faired-and-body-socked Easy Racer bikes about 15 years ago: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/ER2005 . With Easy Racers comatose I'd seriously consider a...
04-03-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By Jeff Wills

All you need to make a 2WD bicycle a reality is a...

All you need to make a 2WD bicycle a reality is a credit card: https://christinibicycles.com/ . Think about it: twice the number of freewheels to overhaul! Heaven for Pastor Bob!
04-02-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By Jeff Wills

It looks very similar to Fred Tatch's Manuped. ...

It looks very similar to Fred Tatch's Manuped. He rode it and raced it in the 1970's Human Powered Speed Championships and was rattling around Portland's Human Power Challenge 5 years ago:
...
03-12-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By Jeff Wills

No, those dimples are from someone using a...

No, those dimples are from someone using a pointed punch to expand the diameter of the crown race seat. It's an old mechanic's trick for when the crown race seat is slightly undersize. I doubt it...
03-09-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 2,138
Views: 194,005
Posted By Jeff Wills

Mango is somewhat larger than that. ...

Mango is somewhat larger than that.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1418/mango_pumpkin_11_15_6_sm_9546a79b63a815ca53a2f15c09a37a95e88e4bd6.jpg
03-08-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By Jeff Wills

It should work and there should be cable travel...

It should work and there should be cable travel to spare. Did you remove all slack in the cable with the shifter rotated all the way forward? (That's my usual trick.) Also, is the indexing disk of...
03-06-20, 11:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By Jeff Wills

Back in my bike shop days we had a section of...

Back in my bike shop days we had a section of galvanized sprinkler pipe that fit over the steerer. Use it like a slide hammer and the crown race goes right on.
Forum: Recumbent
03-04-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By Jeff Wills

A 6' 8" friend rode an XXL Easy Racers Gold Rush....

A 6' 8" friend rode an XXL Easy Racers Gold Rush. He's a powerful rider and rode it in a couple PAC Tours (https://pactour.com/)- fast, supported cross-country rides that cross the U.S. in about 28...
03-03-20, 10:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,117
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah- can you clone me? My employer seems to...

Yeah- can you clone me? My employer seems to think I can do the work of two people.
03-01-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By Jeff Wills

Told you so. :) Back in the pre-index era,...

Told you so. :)

Back in the pre-index era, we'd straighten bent derailleur hangers by eye with a Crescent wrench. With 7/8/9/10/11/12-speed index shifting the precision required is pretty high.
02-23-20, 10:13 PM
Replies: 379
Views: 27,539
Posted By Jeff Wills

From last week's "Family Guy". Recumbent folks...

From last week's "Family Guy". Recumbent folks call this "Aerobelly'.
...
02-11-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, the hub bodies were identical. I...

Yes, the hub bodies were identical.

I remember stocking all the variations at Euro-Asia Imports back then. You had your choice of 130mm or 135mm, 32 or 36 hole, black or silver.
02-09-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,094
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'm not sure I understand your question. In...

I'm not sure I understand your question.

In the past, Shimano's triple "flat-bar" and mountain shifters were 100% interchangeable. I have used Shimano SL-R660 shifters and SL-M751 shifters with...
02-08-20, 11:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,094
Posted By Jeff Wills

I guess I'm an old fart now. I like triple...

I guess I'm an old fart now. I like triple cranks and small jumps between cogs. My current bike has a 24-36-48 triple up front and a 12-34 9-speed cassette. I'd like a "road" triple (24-42-52) but...
02-04-20, 11:26 PM
Replies: 282
Views: 24,110
Posted By Jeff Wills

Not mine. A 26" frame Schwinn Superior in...

Not mine. A 26" frame Schwinn Superior in Flamingo is my grail bike.
(From this thread: https://thecabe.com/forum/threads/how-to-schwinn-lightweight-show-quality-paint-job-start-to-finish.87859/ )...
02-04-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 34,826
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you were watching the Sooper Bowl, you saw a...

If you were watching the Sooper Bowl, you saw a little more of South Pasadena:
https://www.ispot.tv/ad/ZKcG/geico-sequels-presentation-pinocchio
(Minus the CGI Pinocchio)
A couple blocks east on...
02-02-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 34,826
Posted By Jeff Wills

Mission at Meridian, South Pasadena. The Meridian...

Mission at Meridian, South Pasadena. The Meridian Iron Works are on the right, the house from "Halloween" (the movie) is to the left behind the helmet and SUV.
My hometown. I need to figure out how...
01-27-20, 11:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 184
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes. Shimano used the same spline pattern on the...

Yes. Shimano used the same spline pattern on the Dura-Ace, Sante, 600, and Z-series freewheels. The threaded cogs differed depending on whether you had a 6- or 7-speed setup.
01-26-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,094
Posted By Jeff Wills

Except that derailleur is "not available". I...

Except that derailleur is "not available". I think there's a Microshift equivalent but I can't find it. It exists because I put one on my new bike. It's a front derailleur that works with older...
01-19-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,250
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes. Euro-Asia Imports buys up surplus stock in...

Yes. Euro-Asia Imports buys up surplus stock in addition to what they bought for their own stock years ago. The last time I visited there were still boxes of parts that I had sealed up when I worked...
01-11-20, 11:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,012
Posted By Jeff Wills

This is incorrect. The shifter moves the cable a...

This is incorrect. The shifter moves the cable a certain amount and the cable causes the rear derailleur to move laterally to match the cog spacing. If the shifter and derailleur aren't designed to...
01-10-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 1,059
Views: 189,140
Posted By Jeff Wills

I can't find a photo, but here's a link to a...

I can't find a photo, but here's a link to a story about Neil Peart:
https://www.cleveland.com/popmusic/2011/11/rushs_neil_peart_takes_a_ride.html
Cyclist, motorcyclist, world traveler, and 3 or 4...
01-06-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 6,212
Posted By Jeff Wills

I was going to post the Disturbed cover of "The...

I was going to post the Disturbed cover of "The Sounds of Silence" but then the site came back.
01-05-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 348
Posted By Jeff Wills

In my experience- waiting for the...

In my experience- waiting for the "thump-thump-thump" on braking is too late. Many years ago I felt my rim thump at the start of a ride. Ten miles later it let go with a bang:
...
01-05-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 34,826
Posted By Jeff Wills

Darn. Missed it again. I was down there from...

Darn. Missed it again. I was down there from Christmas day to New Year's Eve. With all the relatives and friends I was visiting I managed to cover 500 miles on various freeways. Someday...
01-05-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 895
Posted By Jeff Wills

Light oil or grease on the frame: lemon Pledge or...

Light oil or grease on the frame: lemon Pledge or similar furniture polish. (Don't get it on rim or disk braking surfaces.)
Heavier, dirtier grease: Simple Green followed by soap & water.
Chain:...
12-19-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By Jeff Wills

If a wheel is built properly with high, even...

If a wheel is built properly with high, even tension you'll should not need to touch them for the life of the rim. At worst, a well-built wheel will require minor touch-up after the first couple...
12-15-19, 11:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By Jeff Wills

You are running into a generational issue. In the...

You are running into a generational issue. In the early '80's the brake mounting studs were closer together since cantilever-equipped bikes generally didn't have fat tires. With the coming of...
Forum: Recumbent
12-13-19, 11:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,540
Posted By Jeff Wills

The OHPV gang got together last Sunday. There are...

The OHPV gang got together last Sunday. There are a lot of folks who own both bikes and trikes. We're rarely this homogeneous:
...
Forum: Foo
12-13-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 8,711
Views: 911,889
Posted By Jeff Wills

My was just fine, thank you. Here's the full...

My was just fine, thank you.

Here's the full commercial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on9vqL4W6Hc
Forum: Foo
12-11-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 8,711
Views: 911,889
Posted By Jeff Wills

Skynet takes over... and we're OK with it.

Skynet takes over... and we're OK with it.
12-09-19, 11:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 335
Posted By Jeff Wills

A co-worker broke a similar crank in the same...

A co-worker broke a similar crank in the same fashion. I pointed him to the same Park Tool as above and he managed to replace the crank himself. He's pretty handy for a pharmacist. :roflmao:
12-07-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 2,138
Views: 194,005
Posted By Jeff Wills

We have one of those feeders also. It is...

We have one of those feeders also. It is programmed so it opens for finicky 11-pound Pumpkin and not his brother 21-pound Mango. Littermates, even! You can never tell.
...
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