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05-13-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,141
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hmmm... at the 16 to 18 gear inch range, pedaling...

Hmmm... at the 16 to 18 gear inch range, pedaling is about as fast as getting off and pushing. Most bikes are difficult to control at speeds lower than that. It's a skillful rider who can use gears...
05-11-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 296
Posted By Jeff Wills

So we don't do a Portland swap on June 14th. ...

So we don't do a Portland swap on June 14th.

I'd be interested in coming and drooling on bike parts.

If it's going to be kinda-sorta organized, make sure it's added to the Pedalpalooza...
05-10-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,141
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: 43
Views: 1,141
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)...
05-07-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By Jeff Wills

Agreed. The bike came with 27" wheels and tires...

Agreed. The bike came with 27" wheels and tires when new. 27 x 1 1/4" tires are relatively easy to find and there's a couple 27 x 1 3/8" tires out there but there's nothing bigger. Converting to...
Forum: Recumbent
05-06-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 112
Posted By Jeff Wills

A RANS Fusion is a "crank forward"- a little more...

A RANS Fusion is a "crank forward"- a little more upright than a recumbent but still laid back. The seat is mounted on a larger-than-normal diameter seatpost but the usual techniques should apply. ...
05-06-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 452
Posted By Jeff Wills

I used one of those to convert an early 26" wheel...

I used one of those to convert an early 26" wheel BMX-Cruiser to a multi-speed. Spread the rear triangle, align the fork ends, attach rear derailleur, Bob's your uncle.
05-06-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 483
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-...
05-05-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 483
Posted By Jeff Wills

The third option is handlebar-mounted "thumb"...

The third option is handlebar-mounted "thumb" shifters. These mount on the handlebar inboard of the grips.

I will bet that your bike doesn't have index shifting. You need "friction" shift...
05-04-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 475
Posted By Jeff Wills

I might have been 180 pounds back when I had my...

I might have been 180 pounds back when I had my first Schwinn Superior- a shop leftover 1978 model bought in 1979. I liked that bike, except the Nervar cranks were apparently made of brie. They...
05-03-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 49,196
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...
05-01-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Posted By Jeff Wills

If "BLB" means Brick Lane Bikes, then their...

If "BLB" means Brick Lane Bikes, then their offerings look like generic single-speed cranks with a 130mm bolt circle diameter. You can use any 130mm BCD, 3/32" width chainring on that crank. Sugino...
Forum: Foo
04-29-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2,520
Views: 106,372
Posted By Jeff Wills

<-- Not a real human. It's just sophisticated...

<-- Not a real human. It's just sophisticated CGI.
04-26-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 839
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...
04-26-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Jeff Wills

With my setup, you can use any English-threaded...

With my setup, you can use any English-threaded bottom bracket. That means you can choose the appropriate length spindle- mine is perfect for the single chainring and three-speed hub.
04-26-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Jeff Wills

I have 6 bikes. If I want something different, I...

I have 6 bikes. If I want something different, I pick something different. This one is great for errands and local jaunts.
04-25-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 571
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...
04-24-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 757
Posted By Jeff Wills

I used a BMX-type triple adapter to put three...

I used a BMX-type triple adapter to put three chainrings on a one-piece crank.

As to an "upgrade path", I recently built an old Schwinn Super Sport with an adapter kit and a collection of vintage...
Forum: Recumbent
04-22-21, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,757
Posted By Jeff Wills

I haven't heard of a recumbent trike that is...

I haven't heard of a recumbent trike that is designed with E-assist built-in. It wouldn't be impossible, but the market for recumbent trikes is very very small compared to upright bikes.

Sylvia...
04-18-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 644
Posted By Jeff Wills

I ran into Jim Langley at the 1991 Great Western...

I ran into Jim Langley at the 1991 Great Western Bike Rally. I'd talked to him previously since I worked for Bike'alog and was pretty good a tracking down obscure bike parts. At GWBR he was on his...
04-18-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 839
Posted By Jeff Wills

They are identical to the plates used on Vitus...

They are identical to the plates used on Vitus and Cannondale frames and the bar-end shifters. I hope that helps.

OTOH, all Mavic SSC would be totally cool.
Forum: Foo
04-15-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 2,520
Views: 106,372
Posted By Jeff Wills

Guacamole armadillo!

Guacamole armadillo!
04-14-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2,346
Views: 241,767
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'm so sorry to hear this. When they're with you...

I'm so sorry to hear this. When they're with you for years they're not pets, they're family. Hugs...
04-13-21, 10:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 505
Posted By Jeff Wills

Perfectly normal for a cheap freewheel. The...

Perfectly normal for a cheap freewheel. The bearings aren't the best quality but then they don't have to be- when you're coasting there's no load on the bearings.

Put the chain back on, make sure...
Forum: Foo
04-11-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 9,512
Views: 1,169,120
Posted By Jeff Wills

Totally rad princess!

Totally rad princess!
04-08-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By Jeff Wills

There's a good chance it's still rolling...

There's a good chance it's still rolling somewhere. After the Apocalypse, you'll probably see Keith Richards riding a Varsity while eating a Twinkie.
04-06-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, New Winner. There is genuine cone and...

Yes, New Winner. There is genuine cone and locknut on the bearings, making it possible to adjust the bearings easily and precisely. I used to overhaul and adjust mine just for fun.

Yellow Jersey...
04-06-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By Jeff Wills

Cheaper hubs, mostly. The Varsity might have been...

Cheaper hubs, mostly. The Varsity might have been the bottom of the Schwinn ten-speeds but it was built like a tank. It could take a phenomenal amount of abuse and keep rolling. It's not unusual to...
04-06-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 310
Posted By Jeff Wills

Any time I see "I pushed it 3 times before the...

Any time I see "I pushed it 3 times before the shift happened", I think "old shifters, grease has turned to gum".

This is a very very common problem with old shifters. The grease inside has...
04-06-21, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By Jeff Wills

First rule of bicycle tires: don't measure them. ...

First rule of bicycle tires: don't measure them. You will drive yourself mad.
Second rule of bicycle tires: consult the guru. Tire Sizing Systems (sheldonbrown.com)...
04-02-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,697
Posted By Jeff Wills

NOS. I worked in the bicycle business years ago...

NOS. I worked in the bicycle business years ago and I still know people. I saved the boxes, too.
...
04-01-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By Jeff Wills

You need a derailleur made by M.C.Escher. ...

You need a derailleur made by M.C.Escher.

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04-01-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,697
Posted By Jeff Wills

My 1977 Schwinn Superior resto-mod. Paid too...

My 1977 Schwinn Superior resto-mod. Paid too much for a rusty heap, paid way too much for the paint, paid a bunch more for the first-generation XTR components. Gosh I'm glad I have a wife that...
03-31-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah, I tried that. The problem was that I was...

Yeah, I tried that. The problem was that I was only 2/3 of the way down that descent when the tube blew the first time. I repaired the rim strip as you suggested, replaced the tube, and started...
03-30-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By Jeff Wills

I had a plastic rim strip fail on a 8-mile...

I had a plastic rim strip fail on a 8-mile descent with 8 to 14% grade. It basically melted, allowing the tube to "blow in" to the spoke holes in the rim. Frustrating, since it was essentially...
Forum: Foo
03-30-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 8,078
Views: 1,548,243
Posted By Jeff Wills

Want one of these? Heck, you can buy the whole...

Want one of these? Heck, you can buy the whole company!

The Entire Falcon Motorsports Car Company Is For Sale (jalopnik.com)...
03-25-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
Posted By Jeff Wills

Euclid was mountain bike equipment so these are...

Euclid was mountain bike equipment so these are very similar to Shimano "U-brakes" which were designed to mount on studs under the chainstays. By the time Campy made them available the mountain-bike...
03-23-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 298
Posted By Jeff Wills

I agree: Benotto. Bike Ribbon was available in...

I agree: Benotto. Bike Ribbon was available in lots of different colors and patterns but I don't remember the "pearlescent" ones. Those years were fuzzy, though.

Benotto: The Soma Fab Blog:...
03-23-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, titanium. Titus was one of many builders...

Yes, titanium. Titus was one of many builders that rode the titanium wave in the '90's and then went poof with the economy's challenges in the '00's. Here's the story of their dissolution:
The...
03-22-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 880
Posted By Jeff Wills

Women tend to have shorter torsos and longer legs...

Women tend to have shorter torsos and longer legs than men. That, combined with the mountain-bike geometry you're starting with, might make the reach to long even with the short stem extension you're...
Forum: Foo
03-22-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,487
Posted By Jeff Wills

There were about 45,000 people who participated...

There were about 45,000 people who participated in the clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine. Since they were tracking these people closely during and after the trials, we know how many were...
03-19-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 880
Posted By Jeff Wills

The length of the fork or steerer would matter if...

The length of the fork or steerer would matter if you need/plan to replace the fork. Otherwise it makes no difference to the handlebar/stem setup.

FWIW: if there's a bike co-op or similar near you...
03-18-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Posted By Jeff Wills

Take the entire wheel to a bike shop and say you...

Take the entire wheel to a bike shop and say you need a replacement. You need to find a shop that has been around a while and deals with basic bikes as opposed to highfalutin' "race" bikes. If you...
03-18-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By Jeff Wills

The MF-TZ30 is the lowest level. MF-HG40 is...

The MF-TZ30 is the lowest level. MF-HG40 is slightly better but in practice there's little difference. Either will last many thousands of miles unless you intend to ride the bike stomping on the...
03-17-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you can track one down, try a FD-R443 or...

If you can track one down, try a FD-R443 or FD-R453. This is what I used with a triple "flat-bar" shifter and a 52T large chainring.

Shimano FD-R443 Front Derailleur Band On (sjscycles.co.uk)...
03-17-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,414
Posted By Jeff Wills

That's me. I'm a big rider in the Pacific...

That's me.

I'm a big rider in the Pacific Northwet. I've worn through a couple sets of rims thanks to our persistent rain and road grit. I used to replace rims every couple years, when there was...
03-15-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,300
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ooohhh... what brand is that inner chainring? It...

Ooohhh... what brand is that inner chainring? It looks like stainless steel.
03-15-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 192
Posted By Jeff Wills

OK... people are missing that these are 12 gauge...

OK... people are missing that these are 12 gauge spokes- 0.105" thick as opposed to the more common 14 gauge, .080" thick spokes. This is what Schwinn used on the Twinn tandems back then. The hub...
03-14-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 385
Posted By Jeff Wills

One side English and the other side Italian?...

One side English and the other side Italian? Possible if the threads were stripped at one point and the stripped side was retapped Italian. Very, very unlikely though.

I'd also consider that...
03-10-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,412
Posted By Jeff Wills

A drop bolt is what we would have used back when...

A drop bolt is what we would have used back when those brakes were young. IIRC, they were 98% compatible with Campagnolo Record calipers. You could use this drop bolt if you can afford it. ...
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