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05-28-20, 05:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 525
Posted By Prowler

IIRC the stop pins/screws are a convenience vs a...

IIRC the stop pins/screws are a convenience vs a necessity. Convenient for the original assembler and for the owner while maintaining the bike. During operation it does nothing so, as you know...
05-23-20, 04:55 AM
Replies: 56,281
Views: 8,019,539
Posted By Prowler

Is it just camera angle or too little coffee to...

Is it just camera angle or too little coffee to early but - is that fork right for that frame? Steerer seems too long for that HT. At least it's not too short.
05-23-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 396
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^ Didn't Raleigh make a series of bikes,...

^^^^^^ Didn't Raleigh make a series of bikes, across the line up, with that Team livery for a while. I backed away from a POS Raleigh Record once - stamped DOs, bolt on's, poor brazing, bottom...
05-22-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3,232
Views: 266,745
Posted By Prowler

Last summer I used my freshly overhauled 87...

Last summer I used my freshly overhauled 87 Schwinn Voyageur to travel the Great Allegheny Passage. 300 miles of decent gravel and screenings, largely dry but some rain and all rain the last day, 25...
05-22-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15,487
Views: 1,547,521
Posted By Prowler

Yesterday, actually - drove up to Cementon, PA to...

Yesterday, actually - drove up to Cementon, PA to ride the Delaware and Lehigh trail. Excellent. Cool clear morning, almost no breeze and bright sun out from under the thick forest. Follows the Leigh...
05-13-20, 02:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 615
Posted By Prowler

Just to be sure that your "aperture " is open...

Just to be sure that your "aperture " is open enough, do not over focus on just the BB. VERY odd that the crank arm hits the FD cage. Check that the FD is OK. I've seen some "field modified" FDs -...
05-12-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By Prowler

Suntour Alpha 2000 RD - for posterity

I've had good experience with Suntour transmissions so keep my eyes open for RDs, FDs, FWs and shifters. Recently I noticed a Suntour Alpha 2000 (accushift) RD in the scrap pile at the LBS. It was...
05-12-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,695
Posted By Prowler

On my recently completed rehab of an 84 Fuji TS...

On my recently completed rehab of an 84 Fuji TS III, I wanted plain brown tape and only found one, one that did not have busy logos stamped all through it. Selected dark brown Origin 8 'cork' tape...
05-12-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 748
Posted By Prowler

I have a similar outlook. My 87 Voyageur has...

I have a similar outlook. My 87 Voyageur has 50-45-26 which worked quite well on the GAP last summer. 70lbs plus me on a 25 mile upgrade going west and a 125 mile upgrade returning east. Glad to...
05-07-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,524
Posted By Prowler

I'll be the outlier, as usual, but I do what...

I'll be the outlier, as usual, but I do what works for me. My fav is the ill fated Vetta TT Trishock. I say "ill fated" as all of the 9 I now have were rejects, in the dust bin, stinky saddle box,...
05-06-20, 05:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,955
Posted By Prowler

We need a lot more information in order to help. ...

We need a lot more information in order to help. Tell us about the stairs, straight, turns with landings, how much room at the ends. Tell us about the bike. Type, suspension, make and model. Go...
05-05-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,096
Posted By Prowler

These were finished as the 'stay at home' was...

These were finished as the 'stay at home' was getting started. I'd been thinking alternatives and designing over the winter but the fab and finish completed in early April. My thoughts for my rehab...
05-03-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 6,259
Views: 536,286
Posted By Prowler

+1 on the E-ne bell. I like mine and I'm using...

+1 on the E-ne bell. I like mine and I'm using it a LOT these days on those folks who cannot figure out distancing. Sound seems to carry real well and easy to use. There are still a few folks who...
04-30-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,317
Posted By Prowler

Mike, I'll add another aspect of this, for the...

Mike, I'll add another aspect of this, for the rare few who have multiple bikes. Repeating the fit. I spent a lot of time getting the fit right on my Raleigh Pro. It's all day, long miles,...
04-29-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,023
Posted By Prowler

++++1 I feel the same way. I'm now possessed...

++++1 I feel the same way. I'm now possessed of a strong skepticism about "experts" and marketing professionals. I no longer accept that they have our best interests in mind. Some yes. But...
04-24-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By Prowler

Pipe Smoke Analytics: All three are a HOOT...

Pipe Smoke Analytics:

All three are a HOOT to ride. For the way I ride they are very similar. They do not do loaded touring, but do handle long day rides, even centuries with bar bags. Flats,...
04-24-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By Prowler

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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1974 Crescent Pepita 92319.
ST = 59cm c-c. Wheel base = 111cm. Weight as shown...
04-24-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 186
Posted By Prowler

Shelter'n Science - Raleigh vs Nishiki vs Crescent

Well, not Science really, more like Contemplative Engineering or Pipe Smoke Analytics. As Iím unemployed and unemployable (serious distain for authority) Iím not truly sheltering at home but I am not...
04-16-20, 04:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 875
Posted By Prowler

At our LBS I was tasked to install a set of...

At our LBS I was tasked to install a set of fenders. Went well until I dropped one of the wee stainless steel washers for the rear. I spent way too long searching for it, across the hardwood floor...
04-16-20, 04:01 AM
Replies: 2,310
Views: 745,698
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^ your note implies that the hop onset was...

^^^^^^ your note implies that the hop onset was "all sudden like". Wierd, so I'd first suspect the fat tire. Is it still centered on the rim? Inspect the mold line all around. I'd even drop the...
04-15-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 15,487
Views: 1,547,521
Posted By Prowler

Today was a beautiful spring day but the morning...

Today was a beautiful spring day but the morning was busy so this afternoon I just rode around the block. That's a 15 mile hilly circuit through the surrounding neighborhoods, never more than a mile...
04-15-20, 04:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By Prowler

I had the same issue and, for me it was a weak...

I had the same issue and, for me it was a weak VMO - vastus medialis oblique, or something like that. A pear shaped quad on the inner side of your thigh. Being weaker than other quads it allowed...
04-15-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,494
Posted By Prowler

Glad your laughing about this. I've found that,...

Glad your laughing about this. I've found that, given the stresses on the HS (rough roads, rail crossings, potholes, curbs, wooden bridges, etc) it's best if you get the lock nut/top nut really...
04-14-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,531
Posted By Prowler

GREAT! Since all the men's rooms and portajohns...

GREAT! Since all the men's rooms and portajohns are locked up along our trails, I'm gonna shop at those places. What relief.
04-14-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 2,310
Views: 745,698
Posted By Prowler

To quote the great philosopher The Outlaw Josey...

To quote the great philosopher The Outlaw Josey Wales: "I rode with em and I ain't got no complaints". But I've not ridden it loaded, probably never will. Light touring only. And I'm a pretty...
04-14-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 348
Views: 120,079
Posted By Prowler

Correct, the bridge is not threaded and that...

Correct, the bridge is not threaded and that small adjuster is quite hard to turn with the cable tension on it. I use an Irwin Quick Grip Clamp, passed thru the spokes, to close the brake pads thus...
04-13-20, 04:29 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,505
Posted By Prowler

A few weeks ago I accidentally pulled my old...

A few weeks ago I accidentally pulled my old Dremel off the bench. It missed the floor mat by an inch or so. Broke the Bakelite housing. It's a Dremel 100 that my father bought in the '60s. Sad...
04-13-20, 03:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 436
Posted By Prowler

YIKES! I just finished making a few DIY masks...

YIKES! I just finished making a few DIY masks cuz we cannot find any on the shelves around here. Is the CDC now saying we should wear tights and a cape?

I'm gonna need more old bed sheets.....
04-12-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 474
Posted By Prowler

Actually, Mark, I think you've got the basis for...

Actually, Mark, I think you've got the basis for a really nice poster that would do well here among us old reprobates. Let us know when it's available or when we can get a .jpg
04-12-20, 05:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 334
Posted By Prowler

At least you did not swap the spindles when you...

At least you did not swap the spindles when you overhauled the pedals. BTDT.
04-12-20, 04:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 541
Posted By Prowler

I note what my bikes weigh relative to each other...

I note what my bikes weigh relative to each other but not to anyone else's bikes. Too many variables. Ex: my 87 Voyageur weighs 28lbs, road ready. No point, though, comparing that or your Merz. ...
04-12-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 599
Posted By Prowler

+1 always, always. And, OP, don't think about...

+1 always, always. And, OP, don't think about "not smart enough". Many of those sets have been put in backwards by mechanics who did not know nor care. Always use two hex keys and peek inside to...
04-12-20, 04:24 AM
Replies: 3,232
Views: 266,745
Posted By Prowler

Funny how a couple of photos like that can get a...

Funny how a couple of photos like that can get a guy hankering to go build a wheel. Nice warm wood stove, good tunes on the box, hot coffee, lacing spokes, not thinking about anything else. You...
04-12-20, 03:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,408
Posted By Prowler

Yeah, but where ya gonna find the time to do...

Yeah, but where ya gonna find the time to do that?😳 Please start a new thread if you do, and lotsa photos.
04-11-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 6,259
Views: 536,286
Posted By Prowler

Congrats to you. I'm another big fan of those...

Congrats to you. I'm another big fan of those svelte stainless steel button bottle cages. I have 4, one broken. When shopping for my Voyageur, I found two in the same day, one at a coop and the...
04-11-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,408
Posted By Prowler

Calling Pastorbobnlnh again as he once told me he...

Calling Pastorbobnlnh again as he once told me he had such a tool. AFAIK not reverse threaded. The ring inside that locknut - top bearing cap/inner race - is probably reverse threaded. I've not...
04-10-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2,310
Views: 745,698
Posted By Prowler

Thanks and, yes, I know. I think it is a great...

Thanks and, yes, I know. I think it is a great value. "Lowly" was a bit tongue in cheek.....
04-10-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 2,310
Views: 745,698
Posted By Prowler

Recently put this on the road after a complete...

Recently put this on the road after a complete rehabilitation over this past winter. Though only a lowly TS III, I'm really enjoying the ride. A lot of fine touring bike for what it all cost me. ...
04-10-20, 04:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,026
Posted By Prowler

After I "separated" on Halloween of 2013, I...

After I "separated" on Halloween of 2013, I bought 2 old bikes which each got a frame up rehab which honed my mech skills. Over the following year I got into a position where a local LBS owner asked...
04-08-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 723
Posted By Prowler

Sounds great. Make mine Yeungling. I suppose...

Sounds great. Make mine Yeungling. I suppose in the confines of the Nautilus, greater beer output/square foot is a big plus. Thirsty times....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-20, 04:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Prowler

Never happens as I retrained my body when I...

Never happens as I retrained my body when I learned to track stand. Was right foot forward when stopped before. Now left foot forward and wheel turned left. Yes, even a cranky old fart can learn...
Forum: Touring
04-07-20, 04:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,577
Posted By Prowler

I also fabricated a stand/outrigger strut for my...

I also fabricated a stand/outrigger strut for my journey on the GAP last summer, a variation of the Click-stand idea. Given the weight of all my stuff, I wanted to engage the bike high up and brace...
04-05-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 15,487
Views: 1,547,521
Posted By Prowler

As I'm a morning person anyway, getting up to...

As I'm a morning person anyway, getting up to start my ride at dawn is no problem. And the "normal people" will not show up that early, only the experienced trail users. I'd rather travel with...
04-02-20, 05:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 460
Posted By Prowler

A bit of arithmetic will tell you about widths -...

A bit of arithmetic will tell you about widths - 1" ~ 25c, 1 1/8 ~ 28c and 1 1/4 ~ 32c. I have Paselas on 5 bikes and am well pleased. I have 27 x 1 1/4 on "the mule", 87 Voyageur, as that rough...
04-01-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 183,398
Posted By Prowler

After 100 test miles now, I can officially...

After 100 test miles now, I can officially declare completion of the rehabilitation on my 1984 Fuji Touring Series III. This bike is working out just great. Full story in my 'winter project' thread...
04-01-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15,487
Views: 1,547,521
Posted By Prowler

It was a good day for singing my Isolation Song....

It was a good day for singing my Isolation Song. However, I've found that the civil behavior on our trail system can be pretty deplorable so I left early and got it done before 'normal people' came...
03-30-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By Prowler

No plans for fenders. As I'm unemployed and...

No plans for fenders. As I'm unemployed and unemployable I choose the nicest weather for rides. Quite happy to avoid rain. My Voyageur is the only bike with fenders. Choosie, huh?
03-29-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By Prowler

A final thought: I can see there is much more...

A final thought: I can see there is much more love for the Fuji TS IV and V out in the cloud. However after studying the specs it appears the differences are quite minimal and considering what this...
03-29-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By Prowler

Test rides:. Getting out on the trails real...

Test rides:. Getting out on the trails real early when it's still too cold for 'normal people'. Two nice rides so far, about 70 miles total. I really like it. I have rando type bars on two other...
03-29-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 370
Posted By Prowler

More Fiddle faddle ...

More Fiddle faddle
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Experiments: DIY straps. Toe clips lined with brown leather...
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