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07-26-22, 09:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 535
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, neither was Mr. Cunningham. He was one of...

Well, neither was Mr. Cunningham. He was one of the mountain bike pioneers but looks weren't his strong point.
I met him when he was still working in a shop and getting Mantis bicycles going. We...
06-12-22, 10:13 PM
Replies: 511
Views: 74,502
Posted By Jeff Wills

Geez, I really need to get there and ride with...

Geez, I really need to get there and ride with you guys. I miss riding in the sun and warmth. (58 degrees and raining in the Portland area today.) FWIW: I grew up in South Pasadena. My first...
06-06-22, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 730
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, many of the "Schwinn Approved" freewheels...

Yes, many of the "Schwinn Approved" freewheels were made in France by Atom. The Park FR-4 tool looks better than the original Atom tool in that you don't need to remove the spacer on the axle. This...
05-01-22, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 630
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes. The Nexus internal gear hub uses the rear...

Yes. The Nexus internal gear hub uses the rear axle as a sun gear for its planetary transmission. In anything except the 1:1 middle gear, the axle is turned with considerable force. The axle has...
05-01-22, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 332
Posted By Jeff Wills

The group that flew from Crete to (almost)...

The group that flew from Crete to (almost) Santorini was from MIT and about 10 years after the Gossamer aircraft. Google the NOVA episode "The Light Stuff" for the whole story.

Human-powered...
04-24-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3,092
Views: 349,711
Posted By Jeff Wills

They are not pets. They are mobile,...

They are not pets. They are mobile, self-cleaning, house accoutrements. No place is home without a feline in residence.
04-17-22, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3,092
Views: 349,711
Posted By Jeff Wills

Mango and Pumpkin are 10 years old! (...ish... we...

Mango and Pumpkin are 10 years old! (...ish... we don't know their actual birth date since they were born to couple feral barn cats.)
They were socialized with other cats so they weren't skittish...
04-14-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,444
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'll have to visit the next I'm close by.

I'll have to visit the next I'm close by.
04-09-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 41,590
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hey- twinsies! Here's my 1977 Schwinn Superior-...

Hey- twinsies! Here's my 1977 Schwinn Superior- also 26". Mine's a resto-mod, No more stock equipment (except for the headset). It's got a first-series XTR drivetrain.
...
03-12-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 207
Posted By Jeff Wills

Suburban Cowboy

There's been some interest in Schwinn Suburbans lately so I thought I'd share my latest acquisition. It's an early '70's Suburban that I found through Facebook Marketplace. It was only a few minutes...
03-10-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,229
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, the OP's plans for that dirty Suburban...

Well, the OP's plans for that dirty Suburban might be heading for the dumpster. I agree- even a "replace rubber, clean and lube" minimal restoration would eat up any profit from the deal. Anything...
03-09-22, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 759
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ditto. During my tenure in a Schwinn shop I...

Ditto. During my tenure in a Schwinn shop I probably added a few thousand to those millions. They were standardized to an extreme degree- the same stem was used on Pixies, Sting-Rays, and...
02-28-22, 11:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,264
Posted By Jeff Wills

Chuck, that's pretty silly. The Old Gorge...

Chuck, that's pretty silly. The Old Gorge Highway is an easy ride for me, and I've been a Washington resident since I moved here.

In fact, the way I've ridden it is a loop starting in Vancouver,...
02-28-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,264
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, the neat part about the stops along the Old...

Well, the neat part about the stops along the Old Gorge Highway is the opportunity to stop and hike around the waterfalls. The hike up Oneonta Gorge is a lot of fun, but should only be attempted on...
02-28-22, 11:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,264
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, there are plans afoot to build a rideable...

Well, there are plans afoot to build a rideable bypass around the stairs. It would help my recumbent trike riding friends to ride the entire path from Cascade Locks going west. They're somewhat...
02-18-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,694
Posted By Jeff Wills

Doug, you might find this thread useful... or...

Doug, you might find this thread useful... or lustworthy:
How To Schwinn Lightweight Show Quality Paint Job Start To Finish | Bicycle Restoration Tips | The Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange...
02-14-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 991
Posted By Jeff Wills

Or, if you have a lathe and/or a friend with...

Or, if you have a lathe and/or a friend with machining skills, you can modify the adaptor like I did on my three-speed Super Sport:

Burgundy Super Sport | Flickr...
11-04-21, 10:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,610
Posted By Jeff Wills

Don't get me started. :) ...

Don't get me started. :)

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10-26-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3,092
Views: 349,711
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah, that's how my day went, too! ...

Yeah, that's how my day went, too!

:lol::roflmao::lol:
10-24-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By Jeff Wills

Not a Schwinn. It's a bike boom bike from the...

Not a Schwinn. It's a bike boom bike from the '70's (Huffy or Murray)- almost not worth the effort to take it to the recycling center.
10-24-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By Jeff Wills

What, the toothed washer that's spun on the...

What, the toothed washer that's spun on the steerer tube? That happened on nearly all the bikes I worked on BITD. Cheap bikes, thin headset washers, and loose tolerances made this a given.

SOP...
10-21-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 579
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, the IRD is a friction lever. I bet the...

Yes, the IRD is a friction lever.

I bet the IRD, Velo Orange, and Dia Compe ENE shifters come off the same production line in Taiwan. The only difference is the logo:

ENE THUMB SHIFTER |...
08-20-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 3,092
Views: 349,711
Posted By Jeff Wills

^^^ Look at the size of those paws! He (she?) is...

^^^ Look at the size of those paws! He (she?) is going to be huge!
08-20-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By Jeff Wills

Skewers from that era were essentially...

Skewers from that era were essentially standardized across makes and models of hubs. In other words, anything would fit anything else.

Front hub: 100mm OLD (over-locknut distance),
Rear hu:...
08-17-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By Jeff Wills

Exactly what Shannon describes: with all shifting...

Exactly what Shannon describes: with all shifting (upshifts and downshifts) done with thumb movements, your thumbs quickly became tired and cramped. Shimano's next iteration was "Rapidfire Plus"...
08-12-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By Jeff Wills

Based on its position near the shift pin-...

Based on its position near the shift pin- probably intentional and put there to aid shifting. Quit worrying and go ride your bike.
08-12-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you are seeing the cassette sprockets wobble...

If you are seeing the cassette sprockets wobble while the wheel is coasting... that is a well-known condition caused by manufacturing tolerances. (All my bikes have this to one degree or another.) ...
08-05-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,065
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well... as I pointed out, the Schwinn S-6 rim is...

Well... as I pointed out, the Schwinn S-6 rim is larger in diameter than the EA-3 rim. Therefore, installing an EA-3 tire on a Schwinn rim is nearly impossible and would not result in a blow-off like...
08-04-21, 09:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,065
Posted By Jeff Wills

Old Schwinn mechanic here... As above, the tire...

Old Schwinn mechanic here... As above, the tire probably blew off the rim because it wasn't seated properly. The Schwinn Breeze used 26 x 1 3/8 (S-6) tires and smooth-wall steel rims. Since you say...
08-02-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,320
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah. thanks to my wonky right ankle there it...

Yeah. thanks to my wonky right ankle there it now a polished spot on the right crankarm, right where it "bends" inward. Shucks... bikes were meant to be ridden, weren't they?

I'm not sure of the...
07-29-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,320
Posted By Jeff Wills

I have a M900 XTR crank on my Green Superior...

I have a M900 XTR crank on my Green Superior (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohpv/albums/72157642470085394). These are hard to find, even in OK shape, but I managed to score a NOS set with 172.5mm...
07-18-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By Jeff Wills

That's pretty amazing- the front derailleur on a...

That's pretty amazing- the front derailleur on a Gold Rush is well shielded from road dirt. Did you just not clean it for a couple years?
07-18-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Jeff Wills

Older Shimano triple front derailleurs used...

Older Shimano triple front derailleurs used different amounts of cable pull for "road"vs. "mountain" setups. The Ultegra requires less pull than the Alivio so try it.
06-13-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,617
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah, Velobase has been flaky for months. I...

Yeah, Velobase has been flaky for months. I blame Bill Gates and the Russian hackers. So there.

Thanks for pointing out that the Velobase listing says they're aluminum . What they're really...
06-12-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,893
Posted By Jeff Wills

B&H Cycle, South Pasadena, 1979 - 1984. Schwinn...

B&H Cycle, South Pasadena, 1979 - 1984. Schwinn shop, where I learned the trade and read the repair manuals during my lunch breaks.
Euro-Asia Imports, La Crescenta, 1987-1989. Wholesale warehouse,...
06-12-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,716
Posted By Jeff Wills

It's a Schwinn, not a frickin' 1-of-15 Ferrari ....

It's a Schwinn, not a frickin' 1-of-15 Ferrari . Paint it any way you like.

I had Black Magic paint my Superior in a good simulation of the stock Flamboyant Green... and then went with 99%...
06-12-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,575
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yep. Actually, the Deore XT II and Deore II hubs...

Yep. Actually, the Deore XT II and Deore II hubs were available in both 130mm and 135mm OLD. I remember stocking the shelves at Euro-Asia Imports years ago with all the variations: 130mm and 135mm,...
06-12-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Jeff Wills

How about some funky MKS pedals? MKS Lambda...

How about some funky MKS pedals?
MKS Lambda Pedals - Platform, Aluminum, 9/16", Silver | - Ben's Cycle (benscycle.com)...
06-09-21, 10:26 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,716
Posted By Jeff Wills

The SunTour V-GT rear derailleur was the best in...

The SunTour V-GT rear derailleur was the best in the late '70's and early '80's. It held its own against much more expensive hardware until the advent of index shifting.
05-25-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,191
Posted By Jeff Wills

Oh, it matters. They're not interchangeable at...

Oh, it matters. They're not interchangeable at all.

Wheels Mfg. has axles in both threads and many lengths. I used one of their QR rear axles, 10mm x 26tpi x 146mm, to put a C-Record hub in a...
05-19-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,849
Posted By Jeff Wills

Actually, it started with the (Surrace)...

Actually, it started with the (Surrace) Sturmey-Archer hub, which I found on Craigslist. Then I decided to build a set of wheels around it. Then I found the Super Sport frame... and... and... and......
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05-18-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 9,800
Views: 1,571,302
Posted By Jeff Wills

41 years ago today: ...

41 years ago today:

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05-18-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,849
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ooohh... another way to miss out on group rides! ...

Ooohh... another way to miss out on group rides!

I don't suppose they'd shun me for showing up on my "unicorn" Schwinn Super Sport three-speed:

Burgundy Super Sport | Flickr...
05-16-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,769
Posted By Jeff Wills

As above: install new pads that haven't been...

As above: install new pads that haven't been sitting around hardening.
05-10-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,400
Posted By Jeff Wills

The other side of this is the "Mountain Tamer"...

The other side of this is the "Mountain Tamer" triple and quadruple chainring setups. These use(d) Suntour freewheel cogs for chainrings, meaning your chainring could be as small as 17 teeth. ...
05-10-21, 10:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,400
Posted By Jeff Wills

SunTour made the "AG Tech" derailleur to work...

SunTour made the "AG Tech" derailleur to work with their 14-38 tooth freewheel. It was stock on the Schwinn Sidewinders in 1982-83:
The Schwinn Sidewinder | 1982 to 1984 (bikehistory.org)...
05-06-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,487
Posted By Jeff Wills

Don't cut them down. They need to have a little...

Don't cut them down. They need to have a little height to stay in place if you lose pressure, the tube slips, and the valve tips over.

A friend had his Presta rims drilled for Schrader valves-...
05-03-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 511
Views: 74,502
Posted By Jeff Wills

Holy carp- is that Mission & Fair Oaks in South...

Holy carp- is that Mission & Fair Oaks in South Pasadena?

The building on the left used to be a Bank of America (and now it's a Chipolte). I set up my first checking account there with my first...
04-26-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,704
Posted By Jeff Wills

Screw "period correctness"! Make up a story if...

Screw "period correctness"! Make up a story if you like:
"The frame hung around in the back room of a bike shop before someone decided to build it. At that point the Mavic SSC parts were cool and...
04-25-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,350
Posted By Jeff Wills

FWIW: a couple friends have developed balance...

FWIW: a couple friends have developed balance issues as they have aged. One sustained a TBI that resulted in several months of care at the hospital where I work. Many of them have converted to...
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