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01-29-23, 06:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 543
Posted By elcraft

I WOULD recommend buying a bench grinder! A...

I WOULD recommend buying a bench grinder! A grinder has many other valuable uses, as well. It can be mounted with polishing wheels or cut-off/ sitting discs. Some use it to even the ends of...
01-25-23, 05:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 16,776
Posted By elcraft

We rented something akin to a these Surreys in...

We rented something akin to a these Surreys in Villa Borghese park in Rome. These were electric assisted. It was fun riding them in the particular environment of the park. The assist made it...
01-23-23, 03:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 589
Posted By elcraft

For 24 cents, I might just have to throw caution...

For 24 cents, I might just have to throw caution to the winds and buy it! I had noticed the bent spoke and extra quick link in your kit, but this device squeezes the quick link as a nutcracker might...
01-22-23, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 589
Posted By elcraft

What is the white wire thingy that looks like a...

What is the white wire thingy that looks like a spread hairpin (just below the zip ties)?
01-20-23, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By elcraft

The OP was successfully vetted by the shop...

The OP was successfully vetted by the shop owner- indicating the OP’s knowledge without arrogance. The offer of the use of an extra wheel stand becomes a client outreach / gorilla marketing that...
01-05-23, 06:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,496
Posted By elcraft

The article outlines problems that were rife...

The article outlines problems that were rife throughout retail. Air conditioners, cookware, electronics, clothing and shoes all experienced a similar “bull whip” phenomenon. This really indicates...
12-25-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 275
Posted By elcraft

What kind of help are you in need of? I live in...

What kind of help are you in need of? I live in a town nearby Stoughton..
12-23-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,959
Posted By elcraft

The very first thing that popped into my head...

The very first thing that popped into my head about 3D Printing applications, were adapters for the previously mentioned Huret derailleur for use with standard drop outs. Additionally, an adapter...
12-18-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,644
Posted By elcraft

I suspect that Mr. Heine neglected to show the R...

I suspect that Mr. Heine neglected to show the R H crankset design to the contracted industrial designer. Design aesthetic, I would posit, is the reason C&V enthusiasts go for “Period Correct” or,...
12-13-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 211
Posted By elcraft

Vince Warner @ Colwood Wheel Works in Hailsham,...

Vince Warner @ Colwood Wheel Works in Hailsham, Sussex in the UK has re- manufactured many, many of Sturmey Archer’s indicators. He even has some of the rarer long versions of the usual indicators...
12-12-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,644
Posted By elcraft

Yeah, I was just thinking of Suntour’s version of...

Yeah, I was just thinking of Suntour’s version of this, the S-1. Suntour managed to incorporate the cable tensioning and chain tensioning in a sleeker design. The cabling was used more conventional...
12-04-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,338
Posted By elcraft

I use a cutting mat on a wooden surface for the...

I use a cutting mat on a wooden surface for the bulk of my work. I have found that large aluminum bakers’ tray make a great chemically resistant and spill containing surface. These bakers sheets are...
12-04-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,014
Posted By elcraft

And yet, the additional cabling and subsequently...

And yet, the additional cabling and subsequently mushier shifting of bar end shifters never seems to detract from their acceptance from the purists! I suspect that the “tucked” position of the rider...
11-28-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 619
Posted By elcraft

Nice ride! I have found Huret mechs to be...

Nice ride! I have found Huret mechs to be undervalued. Even the Alvit worked well. I would rather have Huret than any of the Delrin Simplex models!
But do show us the frame pump set up you have...
11-13-22, 10:48 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 7,195
Posted By elcraft

WRT to being able to see the hub marking through...

WRT to being able to see the hub marking through the valve stem hole, this seems . exactly opposite of what I think would look best! If the valve stem naturally descends to the lowest point, then...
Replies: 26
Views: 646
Posted By elcraft

Unique Boxlining!

Unique Boxlining!
Forum: Touring
09-18-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,676
Posted By elcraft

I purchased a set of adapters for canister fuel...

I purchased a set of adapters for canister fuel on eBay. One allows a Lindal valve device ( most canister stove designs) to accept either a disposable 1 lbs propane cylinder or the screw on “aerosol”...
Replies: 37
Views: 817
Posted By elcraft

While I only scanned the replies, I didn’t notice...

While I only scanned the replies, I didn’t notice a mention of BikesNotBombs CoOp in Jamaica Plain. They specialize in
“Commuter “ bikes , mostly from recycled road bikes. The difference for the...
08-16-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By elcraft

Yes, you were the first correct poster, if...

Yes, you were the first correct poster, if spelling counts! I speculate that there was a gruppo created for Gran Compe at one time. Similarly, there was a Suntour Superbe gruppo and of course,...
08-15-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By elcraft

Grand Compe. Better known for their beautiful...

Grand Compe. Better known for their beautiful brakes
07-26-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 537
Posted By elcraft

Having no expertise in this type of frame...

Having no expertise in this type of frame identification, some things did come to mind, though. The fork looks like it is of later manufacture than the frame. The head tube cable stops also look to...
07-12-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 52,318
Posted By elcraft

I managed to find the appropriate Key Word for a...

I managed to find the appropriate Key Word for a search and found that these clips were available as an aftermarket part. The Terry Company (Probably better known for the handlebar watch clip) was...
07-10-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 712
Posted By elcraft

Normally I would agree, using thumb/ hand...

Normally I would agree, using thumb/ hand strength to “Roll” on a tire onto its rim. But then I acquired a set of Continental Gatorskins and found that , as had never happened before, I couldn’t get...
07-03-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 52,318
Posted By elcraft

As I tried to say before, the Shifter...

As I tried to say before, the Shifter modifications is outstanding! But so is the clamp that holds the antique Optimus kerosine/ parafin stove! Was this clamp a commercially manufactured part or a...
06-30-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,287
Posted By elcraft

Proprietary seat post! May not be available in...

Proprietary seat post! May not be available in the future!
06-25-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 774
Posted By elcraft

I put my Hi-E cage on the handlebar of my ‘75...

I put my Hi-E cage on the handlebar of my ‘75 Super Course back in 1976. I used the supplied “muffler clamp” band. It’s been there ever since……
06-20-22, 11:56 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 52,318
Posted By elcraft

The modification of the Sturmey Archer trigger is...

The modification of the Sturmey Archer trigger is very clever! But the mounting clip for the antique Optimus kerosine/parafin stove is quite unusual! Is that your manufacture or a formerly ...
06-19-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 710
Posted By elcraft

It appears that the only current offerings of IGH...

It appears that the only current offerings of IGH with coaster brakes, from Sturmey Archer/Sunrace are the S-RC3 three speed and the 2SC two speed hub.
If you include cable actuated drum brake...
06-08-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By elcraft

Get a phone! Not only can you call for help(if...

Get a phone! Not only can you call for help(if needed) but there are apps that replace all those clamped on devices. I like Strava. The free app is usually good enough, records your average speed,...
Replies: 19
Views: 5,082
Posted By elcraft

Love those three pin TA cranks and Jubilee Mechs!...

Love those three pin TA cranks and Jubilee Mechs! It always surprises me the variation of components that were used on Competitions. One year , IIRC, had gold anodized Stronglight 93 cranks instead...
05-30-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 519
Posted By elcraft

My third hand is a toe strap! Also comes in handy...

My third hand is a toe strap! Also comes in handy as a parking brake ( either on the brake lever or strapping the front wheel to the down tube).
As for the missing tools, we usually attribute that...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-29-22, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 934
Posted By elcraft

While my torch experience is Goldsmithing...

While my torch experience is Goldsmithing related, I concur with Doug Fattic. Check valves and flash arrestors are NEVER bi-directional! I agree with the configuration of having the flash arrestors...
05-10-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 836
Posted By elcraft

Some Shimano freewheels require different...

Some Shimano freewheels require different rebuild style than say, a hub. In most ball bearings rebuilds, the bearings are stuck into the races with grease, and the cone surfaces are “inserted” into...
Forum: Touring
05-07-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 888
Posted By elcraft

I have had good luck with a Serfas seat cover. ...

I have had good luck with a Serfas seat cover. In fact, I use a cover mostly to camouflage my Brooks saddle.

https://www.amazon.com/Serfas-SCB-1-Waterproof-Seat-Cover/dp/B001SJQCL8
05-06-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 11,399
Posted By elcraft

You know you are old when you realize you know...

You know you are old when you realize you know all the words to the songs on the oldie station….
05-04-22, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 556
Posted By elcraft

Only one way to top this! If you could actually...

Only one way to top this! If you could actually source a gold anodized Stronglight 93 crankset! I have seen only one in the flesh, it was on a mid Seventies Raleigh Competition. But this bike is...
05-04-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 600
Posted By elcraft

If you are in US or “drive on the Right side of...

If you are in US or “drive on the Right side of the Road” countries, then put the light on left side (NDS) of the bike. If you are in the UK, Japan, or “drive on the Left side of the Road”...
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By elcraft

This doesn’t even look like Rampar! Headset looks...

This doesn’t even look like Rampar! Headset looks wrong, transfers/decals look unlike any Raleigh font or branding I have ever seen. Definitely pass on this!
04-19-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 446
Posted By elcraft

Three issues affect the usability of these...

Three issues affect the usability of these wheels; #1), the over locknut width of the wheel and your Dawes’ rear drop out spacing. Depending on the year of manufacture, the Dawes may have to have its...
04-08-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 212
Views: 23,442
Posted By elcraft

Fabulous Box Lining! What’s your technique? Are...

Fabulous Box Lining! What’s your technique? Are they masked out or are they applied by some sort of roller or pen?
04-06-22, 05:44 AM
Replies: 26,686
Views: 3,903,064
Posted By elcraft

De Indstrialization. It became more profitable...

De Indstrialization. It became more profitable to manufacture in low wage Asia than to consider the loss of employment for thousands of workers. The value of the land then exceeded the value of the...
04-01-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,294
Posted By elcraft

“If it was good enough for Eddie, it was good...

“If it was good enough for Eddie, it was good enough for us……. “
When Tressostar cloth tape was “coolest”, the standard seemed to be to tape from the top of the bars down to bar plugs ( No finishing...
03-31-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,343
Posted By elcraft

Harris and Sheldon Brown were definitely an...

Harris and Sheldon Brown were definitely an incredible influence for cycling knowledge in Boston area. But this may be a “chicken and egg” phenomenon. Boston, owing to so many Schools in the area,...
03-28-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 699
Posted By elcraft

Marine hardware sources like West Marine,...

Marine hardware sources like West Marine, regularly stock metric stainless fasteners. Some of the fasteners are available with Hex Socket/Allen Key drives or Phillips style drives.
One caveat,...
03-27-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,099
Posted By elcraft

In truth, I have a clear plastic spoke protector...

In truth, I have a clear plastic spoke protector on my commuting bike- I do see the virtue in a little plastic to prevent a possibly catastrophic chain mis-shift. Choosing to have such a disc does...
03-25-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,099
Posted By elcraft

Spoke Protectors or Pie plates are also known as...

Spoke Protectors or Pie plates are also known as “Dork Discs”. If your derailleur is properly adjusted, then there is no compelling need for a Spoke Protector- it simply adds unneeded weight, thus...
03-24-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,343
Posted By elcraft

EXACTLY! The information is as much fun as...

EXACTLY! The information is as much fun as finding others with the same interests.
03-24-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,343
Posted By elcraft

Jon, You are perceptive. I did, in fact,...

Jon,
You are perceptive. I did, in fact, pay $50 more for that cola brown Sprite! But, making it get to you was the least I could do after you sent me the Cyclo- Benelux cog. Paying both...
03-23-22, 11:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,343
Posted By elcraft

Interesting, my subscription to Bicycling ended...

Interesting, my subscription to Bicycling ended January of 1978! These hybrid drive scenarios have been an ongoing interest for me. I started to recreate my lost 9 speed almost immediately after it...
03-22-22, 09:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,343
Posted By elcraft

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