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08-07-22, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5,116
Views: 547,103
Posted By Prowler

Kurt is right. You don’t have to post exact...

Kurt is right. You don’t have to post exact location, just town, state or just zip code. Anyone interested needs to know if they are local/short drive to you. Also some pictures would help a lot....
Forum: Touring
07-26-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,337
Posted By Prowler

I was pretty late to the party but got it done....

I was pretty late to the party but got it done. In 2019, at 67 yrs old, I took my first tour. I'd become interested in the GAP and, as I told my wife, "I'm not getting any younger" and no way to tell...
07-25-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,715
Posted By Prowler

Well I sure don't know what this tool does. A...

Well I sure don't know what this tool does. A friend obtained a whole lot of old tools (many badly rusted) from a long ago closed bike shop. Lots of bike tools and general purpose tools. I cannot see...
07-25-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 339
Posted By Prowler

I've not seen such a widget before either but I...

I've not seen such a widget before either but I understood the need. As I have no kickstands and either lay the bike down or lean it against something I wanted a wedge to engage a parking brake that...
07-23-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 2,728
Views: 998,276
Posted By Prowler

You may like this bike very much. I sure do like...

You may like this bike very much. I sure do like mine. I did a complete tear down then treated and preserved the patina. Built it back up, mostly stock, but added rando bars, recovered Vetta saddle,...
07-08-22, 04:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,255
Posted By Prowler

You, Sir, must have magic fingers! I bought that...

You, Sir, must have magic fingers! I bought that tap too but could simply NOT put a tap wrench that large on it. I lost all feel for what the threads were doing. I made a special purpose small tap...
07-05-22, 05:01 AM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

My daughter rowed 4s at NYU. She would tell me...

My daughter rowed 4s at NYU. She would tell me that the crew would work hard on that synchronization because of those rare moments when it all came together and the could feel the power and “hear...
Forum: Touring
07-02-22, 05:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 878
Posted By Prowler

I’ve first used Manapro Unimilk which is powered...

I’ve first used Manapro Unimilk which is powered milk primarily for livestock (because we had it for the horses). It worked nicely with granola. Saved an 8oz plastic baby food jar to mix it with. ...
06-30-22, 05:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,074
Posted By Prowler

My experience in three shops has been that the...

My experience in three shops has been that the frequency of use (“occasional”) has little to do with it. The strength of the wrench and the tolerances of the wrench are key. Any cone wrench can...
Forum: Touring
06-28-22, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 416
Posted By Prowler

Thanks again Waldo. Very enjoyable and relaxing...

Thanks again Waldo. Very enjoyable and relaxing time watching that. I envy all the great free campsites you find. A very quiet breezy campsite on a hill after a long day exploring. Ah, the stuff...
06-28-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,146
Posted By Prowler

This raises an interesting aspect to the OP...

This raises an interesting aspect to the OP question. He said “A 60s- mid 70s white PX-10 is immediately recognizable and conjures a nostalgia even among folks who haven’t ridden a bike in years”....
06-26-22, 05:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 781
Posted By Prowler

….as do I. Clamp in all in the vice and, like a...

….as do I. Clamp in all in the vice and, like a city bus driver, turn left. However, I had one wheel off an old Raleigh that fought back valiantly. Penetrating oil, heat gun, lots of torque, give...
06-10-22, 04:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 847
Posted By Prowler

Thanks for taking the time and the photos for...

Thanks for taking the time and the photos for this. I’m about 6 months ahead of you and am quite mindful that there are more years behind than ahead. I’ll do my 72 miles sometime in the fall (top...
Forum: Touring
06-09-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,238
Posted By Prowler

I use one of the common digital fish/luggage...

I use one of the common digital fish/luggage scales. I checked it once with 3 gallons of water and it seemed pretty accurate. Hung the bike on the scale with a rope.
My Voyageur is a 56cm c-c,...
06-09-22, 03:48 AM
Replies: 21,166
Views: 4,026,897
Posted By Prowler

Ah, another historian. “To the Wayback machine,...

Ah, another historian. “To the Wayback machine, Sherman.”
Forum: Touring
06-08-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,238
Posted By Prowler

My ‘87 Schwinn Voyageur weighs 30lbs. Stock...

My ‘87 Schwinn Voyageur weighs 30lbs. Stock setup including Vetta saddle. Plastic fenders, F&R racks, three bottle cages, Passela tires, No where near a good looking as polymorphself bike above....
06-01-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 13,675
Posted By Prowler

An excellent morning to be riding, straight out...

An excellent morning to be riding, straight out of the sun (on the return leg). Felt the strongest and fastest in the last 5 of the 30 miles. There's something to this cycling thang, eh?

...
06-01-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 1,426
Views: 173,420
Posted By Prowler

I was at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA...

I was at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA yesterday and found this in the parking garage. Another row of bike lockers were on the other side. Nice to see.

...
05-29-22, 05:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 524
Posted By Prowler

Same here but with 30wt motor oil. I’ve used PB...

Same here but with 30wt motor oil. I’ve used PB blaster too. Both work well. Some times I use a dull steel scraper on spots where the rust has “bloomed” up through a pin hole and flowed out onto...
05-29-22, 05:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 453
Posted By Prowler

+1. Several years ago I bought my Crescent which...

+1. Several years ago I bought my Crescent which had suffered through a RD hanger removal. My frame builder had a hanger to braze back on but asked what drop I wanted. I researched the topic and...
05-23-22, 04:46 AM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

Kilroy1988 ^^^^^^^^ Something looks off on that...

Kilroy1988 ^^^^^^^^ Something looks off on that RD hanger, though maybe just camera angle. The slot in the hanger should be the same 10 or 11mm width as the slot in the DO. Yours looks well spread....
05-21-22, 04:32 AM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

Very nice, Doc. Remind me to park mine on the...

Very nice, Doc. Remind me to park mine on the other side of the earth from yours. Mine looks just like yours - if you rode it thru mud then dumped a load of 2A modified on it, dug it out then...
05-20-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 526
Posted By Prowler

We don’t want to hijack hzqw2l thread but I’ll...

We don’t want to hijack hzqw2l thread but I’ll answer the reach question as it may help him too. For 700c rims my bike needs 60mm reach F&R.

As for the brazing, I’ve read several comments about...
05-20-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 526
Posted By Prowler

Oh boy, another chance to show an orange one, a...

Oh boy, another chance to show an orange one, a white one and a blue one in the same thread. Ergo, my 1974 92319

...
05-17-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

Sunday afternoon I checked another box, another...

Sunday afternoon I checked another box, another trail I'd not been on. Granted, it was just a snapshot of the trail but I got a sense of the place. I made a trip to West Virginia to pick up my Grand...
05-13-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 962
Posted By Prowler

+1. Another old fart here. All my road bikes...

+1. Another old fart here. All my road bikes are quill pedals, leather straps and steel toe cages. Straps are set to be easy to slide into and out of but snug enough to enable pulling up. Then...
05-13-22, 04:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 722
Posted By Prowler

I think I have that same drive train on my 1987...

I think I have that same drive train on my 1987 Voyageur. I’ve done many miles on that bike, including 450 miles full touring load, and have had no problems. And I’ll, at times, shift with wild...
05-07-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 720
Posted By Prowler

Please don’t feel like you erred, not as far as...

Please don’t feel like you erred, not as far as I’m concerned. I enjoy what you teach us about France. I, too, am a student of history - from ancient times to now. That’s why I recall Peter, Paul and...
05-07-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 720
Posted By Prowler

I see no “laid a lead egg” here. I enjoyed your...

I see no “laid a lead egg” here. I enjoyed your photo essay. It’s just that laying waste to an entire town and living and fighting underground for weeks on end while turning the surface to mud and...
05-07-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,318
Posted By Prowler

BUMMER as the weather looks to be just awful,...

BUMMER as the weather looks to be just awful, rain all day and plenty of it. Good luck to you B but rotten luck for the organizers and vendors.
05-03-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

This may be pretty boring for most of you but I...

This may be pretty boring for most of you but I could not help but ponder this today. I spent much of my ride time this morning appreciating how lucky I am. Lucky to own this old wreck of a bike and...
04-28-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,230
Posted By Prowler

AAAAAARGH yes. Thanks. Blunder in...

AAAAAARGH yes. Thanks. Blunder in front of the whole world. Nice move.
04-27-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,291
Posted By Prowler

I suppose this is as outdated as my bicycles but...

I suppose this is as outdated as my bicycles but youse asked. I have two old Rhode Gear trunk racks for my sedan. One is a double that I rarely use and the other is my often used rack. It started...
04-20-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

I seem to be leading a rather canal lifestyle...

I seem to be leading a rather canal lifestyle lately. Farmington canal last week, then the Blackstone canal then, today, the Schuylkill canal. First ride of the season on my Nishiki International....
04-19-22, 07:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,230
Posted By Prowler

It’s not a good photo for re-creation, huh? No,...

It’s not a good photo for re-creation, huh? No, I did not saw the hub. I milled the lumber to match the space between the hub flanges then drilled a hole thru a bit larger than the hub’s center...
04-19-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,230
Posted By Prowler

As requested. Obviously the long wait is my chain...

As requested. Obviously the long wait is my chain whip. I acquired the plate steel as scrap at a rail yard. Spent some time deciding how and where to cut it down. Finally decided "nah, just use the...
04-18-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,997
Posted By Prowler

As usual, my trip to the Cape included other...

As usual, my trip to the Cape included other stops and rides. Thursday morning I drove to Plainville, CT and rode the Farmington Heritage trail. That trail now has a parking lot at the southern end,...
04-18-22, 04:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,230
Posted By Prowler

While we await a proper reply from Bob: ...

While we await a proper reply from Bob:
Question 1) keep in mind that most (all?) lock rings (the threaded ring inside the small cog, just outside the small ball track) are threaded left hand. ...
04-13-22, 04:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 556
Posted By Prowler

BSO is bicycle shaped object, often sold at big...

BSO is bicycle shaped object, often sold at big box stores and have stamped rear dropouts with, shall we say, integrated derailleurs that cannot be removed from the hanger. Slip joint pliers and a...
04-12-22, 05:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 556
Posted By Prowler

I’ve correct many bent RD hangers and many have...

I’ve correct many bent RD hangers and many have needed small corrections, with a professional tool, to fix such problems. “Eyeballing” the alignment only works on BSOs.

Please clarify the...
04-12-22, 04:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 508
Posted By Prowler

I agree that once the new spoke is installed they...

I agree that once the new spoke is installed they all look alike and I tend to loose track of where the new one went. My easy solution is to salvage the cloth rim strip from a scrap wheel. Adhesive...
04-12-22, 03:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,514
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^^. From natural causes or from the...

^^^^^^^. From natural causes or from the troubles? Sorry to hear about your loss. You folks are in our thoughts every day.
04-11-22, 05:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By Prowler

I obtained this vinyl camera bag a couple of...

I obtained this vinyl camera bag a couple of years ago, probably an old VHS video camera carrier. I converted it to a trunk bag with a "corplast" bottom to stiffen it a bit and hook n loop straps to...
04-09-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 428
Posted By Prowler

I’ve had a yellow one of these which is the same...

I’ve had a yellow one of these which is the same with the leather channels and snap clips but no integrated mount bits, just the under/over bar black support. IIRC I bought it in 1979. Still works...
04-09-22, 05:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By Prowler

I think I may have been lucky with my Worksop...

I think I may have been lucky with my Worksop bike. That first winter I checked the frame alignments and spacings and all was well. Nothing needed. A couple of years ago I checked all my fork...
04-09-22, 04:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 566
Posted By Prowler

I agree: cage bearings offer ease of assembly,...

I agree: cage bearings offer ease of assembly, thus reduced labor costs, to the manufacturer but offer no advantage to the user. I use grade 25 loose balls in my bikes because they work very well...
04-08-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By Prowler

My recollections were correct: when I first got...

My recollections were correct: when I first got my Mk IV, almost 10 years ago, I took it all apart for a frame up overhaul. Had all winter to do it so I nerded out and measured everything as well,...
04-07-22, 04:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By Prowler

Sounds like you’re interested in the MK IV. I...

Sounds like you’re interested in the MK IV. I believe that run ended in the Sept of 1976 when Worksop shut down for the annual “vacation” and retooled for the following year’s model, in this case...
Forum: Touring
04-06-22, 05:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By Prowler

I also prefer the “clickstand” concept which puts...

I also prefer the “clickstand” concept which puts the bracing point well above the loaded bike’s center of gravity. On rough ground (as at camp sites) it is much more confidence inspiring. And it...
04-05-22, 03:51 PM
Replies: 19,229
Views: 2,419,763
Posted By Prowler

Felt like NBD. My "good bikes" so up into the...

Felt like NBD. My "good bikes" so up into the loft for the winter, 4 months a year. Nice and cold and dry up there so they're safe and sound but I miss them. They come back down and into service in...
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