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Forum: Framebuilders
08-03-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 121
Posted By capnjonny

bent Comec

Anyone in Silicon Valley that is in to frame building want to fix a Comec frame for us at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange. We got the bike as a donation but can't sell it with a bent frame. It...
08-02-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 232
Posted By capnjonny

I had this happen at Burning Man last year. ...

I had this happen at Burning Man last year. Solved it by having an itinerant welder put a spot weld between the spindle and retaining nut. When I got home I trashed everything, cranks, and spindle...
07-30-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By capnjonny

Auto Shift

Yesterday I went to someones house to pick up a couple donations for the Bike Exchange . There was a run of the mill mtn bike and this, A Land Rider Auto Shift. The bike is a tank, oversized tubing...
Replies: 35
Views: 3,011
Posted By capnjonny

Easy and cheap solution . Buy yourself spme...

Easy and cheap solution . Buy yourself spme sunrace friction thumb shifters. They are cheap and they work well. ...
07-27-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 3,414
Views: 296,635
Posted By capnjonny

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Specialized Crossroads Hybrid . perfect city bike. ...
07-24-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,414
Posted By capnjonny

For what it's worth , the best gear combination I...

For what it's worth , the best gear combination I have ever had was 24-36-48 on the front and 12-24cog 6 or 7 speed freewheel at the back with Shimano friction thumbies.

Three distinct gear sets...
07-21-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 718
Views: 363,473
Posted By capnjonny

I buy 3 packs of picks at harbour freight, (the...

I buy 3 packs of picks at harbour freight, (the ones with the yellow handles) for a couple dollars. I use them all the time . One thing you can do is insert the end of the pick( 90 deg. works best)...
07-20-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By capnjonny

Thanks for the info. I went to Velo base and...

Thanks for the info. I went to Velo base and found them . I have a lot of Dia Comp levers in my stash but have never seen these before. They are classy looking . Next time I do a 70's or early...
Replies: 2
Views: 305
Posted By capnjonny

What to do with a Somec

I just brought a Somec bike home from the bike Exchange today. It looks to be in very good condition. About the only thing I noticed was the miss matched wheels and some ragged bar tape.

I...
07-15-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By capnjonny

What the heck is this?

Working at the bike exchange I frequently find bike parts I have never seen before . Today I was rummaging around in the road brake lever box trying to find some Shimano 600 levers for the Basso I...
07-14-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3,414
Views: 296,635
Posted By capnjonny

In the shop now is a steel frame Basso. I just...

In the shop now is a steel frame Basso. I just finished stripping , cleaning, and touching up the frame . tThis bike had a mishmash of parts on it . I probably won't use any of them excep the seat...
07-14-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 3,414
Views: 296,635
Posted By capnjonny

Specialized Crossroads

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This is my latest project. I have realized that the paint...
06-28-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 23,025
Views: 2,605,820
Posted By capnjonny

old Rudge

Any old Rudge fans on this list. You may have seen the one I posted a while back. I just posted a request for an appraisal on the What's it worth page.

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange has...
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By capnjonny

What is this CABE of which you speak. I would...

What is this CABE of which you speak. I would seek their council .
Replies: 3
Views: 337
Posted By capnjonny

Classic Rudge value?

A couple months ago I posted pictures of a 1930's Rudge ladies bike That was donated to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange.

My co conspirators have asked me to ask you all for an appraisal I...
06-24-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 3,414
Views: 296,635
Posted By capnjonny

viking bike

60's Viking cycles racing bike

I love my job.

I went in to the Bike Exchange this morning to help set up for the Wednesday senior citizens bike fixing event. We just started up again last...
06-22-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 3,414
Views: 296,635
Posted By capnjonny

I just finished this Nishiki Olympic Mixte and am...

I just finished this Nishiki Olympic Mixte and am taking it to the shop tomorrow for them to sell. When I brought it home I was unimpressed with the color. It looked like dirty brown mustard. After...
06-01-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By capnjonny

Thanks for all the reply's folks. At the Bike...

Thanks for all the reply's folks. At the Bike exchange we are told to always sand or otherwise rough up the brake pads and clean the rims. While I have the tires off (to replace) I sand the rims with...
Replies: 2
Views: 390
Posted By capnjonny

1930 Rudge value

The Bike Exchange has a pre war Rudge ladies Fast Sport that they have decided to sell. I reported on it a few days ago (post # 22676) .
I have no idea what something like that is worth. It must...
05-27-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By capnjonny

Making brakes work better?

When I do an overhaul on a bike that the bike exchange wants to sell I do the following ( on cantilever brakes) .
remove the brake arms and clean and grease the posts
Sand the brake shoes on my...
05-27-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By capnjonny

making brakes work better

When I do an overhaul on a bike that the bike exchange wants to sell I do the following ( on cantilever brakes) .
remove the brake arms and clean and grease the posts
Sand the brake shoes on my...
05-26-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,515
Posted By capnjonny

One "tool" that I use a lot is an old straight...

One "tool" that I use a lot is an old straight bar off an old mountain bike. I cut it down so it fits in my tool box . ti slips over the end of my socket wrench or an allen wrench and gives me the...
05-25-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 568
Views: 116,543
Posted By capnjonny

another hipster bike

Here is another upright mtn bike I just finished. Black on black . Perfect for the Sillycone Valley hipster techie to ride to work at Google then cruise downtown Mountain View. I stole the tires from...
05-21-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 23,025
Views: 2,605,820
Posted By capnjonny

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As soon as I got home with the old Rudge (see above post) I...
05-20-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 23,025
Views: 2,605,820
Posted By capnjonny

How about a Rudge Fast Sport? I was dropping...

How about a Rudge Fast Sport?

I was dropping off a couple bikes at the Bike Exchange today after doing at home Covid resto and was snooping around to see if there was anything interesting in the...
05-20-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 3,414
Views: 296,635
Posted By capnjonny

Here for your viewing pleasure , a 1978? Austro...

Here for your viewing pleasure , a 1978? Austro Daimler Vent noir.

It came into the Bike Exchange as a frame and fork. As soon as I saw it I grabbed it and brought it home. This was a time when...
05-18-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 10,254
Posted By capnjonny

Thanks for the photos of your spray booth. I...

Thanks for the photos of your spray booth. I also discovered the value in a rotisserie like you use for spraying. It is especially helpful to keep paint from running. I have never been one for...
05-13-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,118
Posted By capnjonny

I have been following this thread and noticed...

I have been following this thread and noticed there is a great amount of expertise here on things Italian. I have a question you all might be able to answer.

At the Bike Exchange I often find...
05-13-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,118
Posted By capnjonny

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05-03-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,038
Posted By capnjonny

I posted above but feel the need to add...

I posted above but feel the need to add something . Please don't ignore bikes with Hi ten frames. Just because they are not race bikes shouldn't keep you from appreciating them for what they are. ...
04-24-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 694
Posted By capnjonny

One little thing I would recommend highly for any...

One little thing I would recommend highly for any tool box is a set of picks. Harbor freight had them for $1 the other day for a set of 4 - the ones with yellow handles. I work on a lot of bikes and...
04-22-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By capnjonny

Huffy custom

I just stripped the Huffy I recently acquired and gave it an upgrade. I have a couple questions for anyone familiar with Huffys.

Will the ashtabula crank interchange with something else. like a...
04-16-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,528
Posted By capnjonny

Here is my latest urban assault vehicle . ...

Here is my latest urban assault vehicle .

Schwinn Sierra, mostly original equipment including 14- 30 Shimano freewheel, front and rear derailleurs, crank, wheels, brakes, stem and seat post.
...
04-15-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 679
Posted By capnjonny

before I stripped the frame I would try a clear...

before I stripped the frame I would try a clear coat over the existing paint. If it was originally a lacquer job a lacquer clear would probably make many of the small scratches disappear It will...
04-14-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,118
Posted By capnjonny

Back in 1962 when I got my first 10 speed, a...

Back in 1962 when I got my first 10 speed, a Candy orange Flandria, There was one bike I lusted after, An Olmo Special at Hank and Franks bicycle shop in Oakland Ca. These days I am frequently...
04-13-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,633
Posted By capnjonny

You can also find the small squeeze bottles at...

You can also find the small squeeze bottles at harbor freight. They come in a 3 pack. I have one for paint thinner, one for WD40 , one for alcohol. The only hastle is keeping track of the little...
04-13-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 765
Posted By capnjonny

What can I do with this Huffy?

A friend just donated this Huff to the Bike Exchange. Normally we don't take bikes like this because they are heavy, poorly built and in terrible shape. This one checks off some of those boxes...
04-13-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 182
Posted By capnjonny

What can I do with this Huffy?

A friend just donated this Huff to the Bike Exchange. Normally we don't take bikes like this because they are heavy, poorly built and in terrible shape. This one checks off some of those boxes...
04-12-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,290
Posted By capnjonny

Wow, Didn't realize that I started this thread...

Wow,
Didn't realize that I started this thread back in. 2016

Fast forward to 2020 and here is a tip.
I just finished restoring a 1972 Botteccia. The head badge was pretty far gone. My friend...
04-12-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By capnjonny

If the saddle were a Brooks or Ideal I would...

If the saddle were a Brooks or Ideal I would expect to still see embossing in the leather. I have had both brands from the 60's that still had the embossing clearly readable.
04-11-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 568
Views: 116,543
Posted By capnjonny

Here is my latest urban assault vehicle . ...

Here is my latest urban assault vehicle .

Schwinn Sierra, mostly original equipment including 14- 30 Shimano freewheel, front and rear derailleurs, crank, wheels, brakes, stem and seat post.
...
04-01-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 528
Posted By capnjonny

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03-27-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,588
Posted By capnjonny

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03-25-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By capnjonny

The French mystery bike makes it's debut

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When bikes get donated to the Bike Exchange we never know what we are going to get....
03-21-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By capnjonny

Huret Success rear derailleur question

I am currently finishing up the French Mystery bike that has Huret dropouts and am trying to fit a Huret Success derailleur.
Huret Success derailleur (2470)...
03-21-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 8,633
Posted By capnjonny

I finally succumbed to their siren song as I was...

I finally succumbed to their siren song as I was leaving the store loaded with Armageddon provisions. Bought 4 boxes . What use will money be post apocalypse anyway. if I hoard them long enough...
03-21-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 8,633
Posted By capnjonny

Glad to see some here at least acknowledging that...

Glad to see some here at least acknowledging that we are in crisis mode. Here in Silly cone valley things are completely shut down. I haven't been to the grocery store or any where else in a week...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,641
Posted By capnjonny

For the record, I do the best I can with what I...

For the record, I do the best I can with what I have, and at the Bike Exchange that varies greatly. I am a sucker for bikes with Chrome spats and lugs and I love anything Italian. I believe the...
03-19-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,279
Posted By capnjonny

Squirt dad, Thanks for the glider project....

Squirt dad,
Thanks for the glider project. Just the thing to do with my 6 year old grand son.
I don't really buy parts as all my bike work is done for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange in Palo...
03-18-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 757
Posted By capnjonny

French Fling

As I stopped in to visit my friend at his bike shop he was demonstrating this bike to a customer who had commissioned him to restore it for him. The customer, an antique dealer , found it at a flea...
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