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Forum: Recumbent
05-31-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 159
Posted By Jeff Wills

Steintrikes built (past tense) the Wild Wave. I...

Steintrikes built (past tense) the Wild Wave. I think they had more success with the non-tilting trikes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFv9jWgSOOc
05-31-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 95
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hmmm... if the bare hub (axle removed, freehub...

Hmmm... if the bare hub (axle removed, freehub not) were placed so the freehub were immersed in lubricant... I don't think this will work. The Shimano freehubs I've worked on have a large rubber seal...
05-29-20, 10:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 676
Posted By Jeff Wills

I found an extra-crappy MTB wheel abandoned on...

I found an extra-crappy MTB wheel abandoned on the I-205 bridge one day. A little shopping at the hardware store, some pop-rivets, and a post sunk in concrete later... artsie-fartsie windmill:
...
05-29-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'll try that... and hope it works. My...

I'll try that... and hope it works. My prescription sunglasses are a previous prescription (which I need to get updated- recommendations welcome) and my "regular" glasses are two sets of bifocals....
05-28-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By Jeff Wills

I like the Morph pumps enough that I have one on...

I like the Morph pumps enough that I have one on each bike. My problem is that my vision has gotten crappy enough that I can't read the gauge on the Road Morph chuck. The digital gauge might be...
05-23-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,586
Posted By Jeff Wills

Interesting zombie thread. Started in 2006,...

Interesting zombie thread. Started in 2006, revived in 2020.
05-23-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 173
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, early large-production mountain bike....

Yes, early large-production mountain bike. Probably 1982 to 1984. I remember seeing those show up a year or two after Specialized starting hitting their stride with the first Stumpjumpers. I bet they...
05-22-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 119
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hmmm.... 650B wheels are pretty close to the same...

Hmmm.... 650B wheels are pretty close to the same diameter. How much a hole do you want to blow in your bank account?
...
05-22-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 173
Posted By Jeff Wills

Probably a .833" diameter stem, the same as old...

Probably a .833" diameter stem, the same as old Schwinns and BMX bikes. Probably done to insure strength in the steerer and/or to use an off-the-shelf cruiser-style fork. A number of early mountain...
05-22-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 241
Posted By Jeff Wills

If that's the case then basic friction shifters...

If that's the case then basic friction shifters are the way to go. Remove the Grip Shifts and throw them in the trash.

As above, you will not find any new shifters that will index with your...
05-20-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 474
Posted By Jeff Wills

I once had an Eisentraut frame that had that same...

I once had an Eisentraut frame that had that same fracture on the bottom bracket shell. It had seen a lot of hard touring miles under a rider who liked low-cadence grinding. Simple fatigue.

The...
Forum: Foo
05-20-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8,711
Views: 913,695
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...
05-19-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By Jeff Wills

The late '80's was a time when road bikes were...

The late '80's was a time when road bikes were built with very little clearance for tires larger than originally mounted. Switch to the 25mm Armadillo tires- you won't be able to go larger.
05-17-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 474
Posted By Jeff Wills

Good golly, what size is that frame?

Good golly, what size is that frame?
05-17-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 306
Posted By Jeff Wills

If it's that close I would suspect a boogered...

If it's that close I would suspect a boogered thread. Bicycle pedal threading is about as universal a standard as there is. If the cranks are aluminum: 9/16" x 20tpi. If the cranks are steel: 1/2"...
05-16-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
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: 483
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....
05-14-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By Jeff Wills

And then make sure the "noodle" stays there once...

And then make sure the "noodle" stays there once it's in the correct spot. I've worked on a cheap bikes where the parts were so flimsy the noodle came unhooked when squeezed hard. This is a bad...
05-12-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,531
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.
...
05-11-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 27,025
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'd guess that someone replaced the rear wheel...

I'd guess that someone replaced the rear wheel with something else that fit between the dropouts. I've never heard of a Varsity that had a 27" front wheel and 26" rear wheel. (The extra-small...
05-09-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 193
Posted By Jeff Wills

Following what Bill said: Your frame's rear...

Following what Bill said:
Your frame's rear triangle is built to the old standard, which is 10mm narrower than the current standard. It's possible to widen the frame but it takes a relatively...
05-08-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 453
Posted By Jeff Wills

There is a considerable difference between "road"...

There is a considerable difference between "road" cassette bodies and "mountain" cassette bodies, at least among Hyperglide units. I can't tell you about Uniglide bodies but I believe the same holds...
05-08-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 924
Posted By Jeff Wills

No such thing as "too cool to fail". Look at...

No such thing as "too cool to fail". Look at virtually any well known bicycle brand: Schwinn, Cannondale, Colnago, Motobecane, Windsor... you'll find a faceless corporate owner. C'est la vie.
05-08-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 194,469
Posted By Jeff Wills

So sorry about your grandmother. Remember:...

So sorry about your grandmother.

Remember: you don't adopt a cat, you're employed as servants. :) Sam looks somewhat pleased.
Forum: Recumbent
05-04-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,111
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hi, Mark! Yeah, we've been around a while,...

Hi, Mark! Yeah, we've been around a while, haven't we?

I was building recumbent trikes before recumbent trikes were cool. This is me in 1982 or thereabouts:
...
05-04-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 2,142
Views: 194,469
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.
05-02-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By Jeff Wills

^^^ Those are not the original pads & holders...

^^^ Those are not the original pads & holders that came with your Superbe brakes. Those look like basic replacements, far cheaper than the originals.

I would replace them with Kool-Stop...
05-01-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By Jeff Wills

It's going to depend on how the holes are drilled...

It's going to depend on how the holes are drilled in the rim. When I've built small wheels, the spoke can end up kinked a little bit just above the spoke nipple. It looks a bit weird but the wheel...
05-01-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 285
Posted By Jeff Wills

Judging by this PDF: ...

Judging by this PDF:
https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/ev/EV-FC-M8000-3849B.pdf
you could remove the outer rings and move the big ring to the "middle" position, attaching it with short, single chainring...
04-26-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By Jeff Wills

Could be. I've only been on Bike Forums for...

Could be. I've only been on Bike Forums for (eek!) 12 years.
04-25-20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,087
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: 394
Posted By Jeff Wills

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

"Like" button in the bottom bar, far right.
04-24-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 394
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ruckus Composites does this:...

Ruckus Composites does this: https://ruckuscomp.com/news/tag/bottombracket
04-22-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 301
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, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 301
Posted By Jeff Wills

Suburbans had chromed steel rims. Schwinn...

Suburbans had chromed steel rims.

Schwinn brakes could squeal when new. (I was a Schwinn mechanic in the early '80's.) When that happened we'd twist the brake caliper so the front edge of the...
04-21-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
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, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,876
Posted By Jeff Wills

Campagnolo brake lever clamps are indeed thicker...

Campagnolo brake lever clamps are indeed thicker and heavier than the Dia-Compe items. If the clamps were tightened without being installed on a handlebar they can distort enough that they don't...
04-21-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By Jeff Wills

Front derailleur adjustment is tough because...

Front derailleur adjustment is tough because there are many things that affect how it works and they all play off one another. If the derailleur has been bent (due to crashing, chain jamming, or...
04-21-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
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...
04-21-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 241
Posted By Jeff Wills

A cut tire is another failure waiting to happen....

A cut tire is another failure waiting to happen. Even repaired with a boot or Gorilla Glue it's going to find some way to let you down. When I find a cut through the casing I replace the tire.
04-20-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By Jeff Wills

The FC-6206 is the Shimano 600EX triple crank...

The FC-6206 is the Shimano 600EX triple crank from around 1985. It's forged. It's also one of my all-time favorite cranks: forged, 110mm/74mm bolt patterns, reasonably light weight.
Velobase:...
04-20-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
Posted By Jeff Wills

Take a look at 70sSanO's post (above). He says...

Take a look at 70sSanO's post (above). He says the SunRace part won't work without modification.
04-19-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By Jeff Wills

As others said, "Biopace" is the chainrings on...

As others said, "Biopace" is the chainrings on that setup. If you look at the backside of the crankarm you'll find a stamped part number like "FC-6206" or "FC-1055". "FC" equals "front crank". Tell...
04-19-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 637
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...
04-19-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
Posted By Jeff Wills

The "lever boss cover" with the concave bottom...

The "lever boss cover" with the concave bottom (p/n 643 3810-1) comes with Shimano downtube shifters. It fits Campagnolo-style shift lever bosses. The other (p/n 643 4300) has a flat bottom is/was...
04-19-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By Jeff Wills

You have a bike with three-piece cranks. From...

You have a bike with three-piece cranks. From your description it sounds like you need a crankarm extractor to remove the crank arms. Here's instrucitons:
...
04-18-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
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: 829
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...
04-18-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 469
Posted By Jeff Wills

Not as is. The fitting that goes between the...

Not as is. The fitting that goes between the shift lever and the frame needs to be flat on the underside, not curved like those shown.

I'm not sure how the Sunrace shift levers fit to that part. ...
04-16-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 372
Posted By Jeff Wills

Looking at the pictures of the OP's setup it...

Looking at the pictures of the OP's setup it appears that the spacers and alignment of the pads is pretty good. I'd check that arms rotate on their posts freely after unhooking the straddle cable....
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