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09-25-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 443
Posted By Jeff Wills

I wonder why no one has pointed you at the hubs...

I wonder why no one has pointed you at the hubs used on recumbent trikes. These are cantilever design with axle diameters and bearing sizes appropriate for single-sided support. As a bonus you can...
09-25-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 567
Posted By Jeff Wills

He's still there, behind the Bunny Museum run by...

He's still there, behind the Bunny Museum run by his wife. They're doing pretty well:

Bunny Museum Breaks Record For Itís One-Of-A-Kind Collection - YouTube

FWIW: I worked with Steve before he...
09-18-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 535
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes. The upmarket Schwinns had chrome-plated...

Yes. The upmarket Schwinns had chrome-plated kickstands, the basic models were cadmium plated. You can't interchange Schwinn kickstands willy-nilly- the length, the angle of the bends, and the...
09-18-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 832
Posted By Jeff Wills

I have one almost exactly like that waiting for...

I have one almost exactly like that waiting for restoration. Mine looks like it was left at the "beach house" for use when the owners were on vacation- lots of rust spots, dried out grips, etc. etc....
09-12-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 832
Posted By Jeff Wills

I could swear that I saw that you could order a...

I could swear that I saw that you could order a Paramount with a 3-speed drivetrain in the '60's, but a quick search of catalog scans turned up nothing. Maybe it was a product of my imagination.
...
09-08-22, 09:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 322
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'm not sure the Open Air Bicycles is the same as...

I'm not sure the Open Air Bicycles is the same as it was 15 years ago (their website is pretty generic). I'll have to look around the next time I visit.

I remember the old Open Air Bicycles next...
09-08-22, 09:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 832
Posted By Jeff Wills

It won't be a problem. The chain will have a...

It won't be a problem. The chain will have a freewheel at both ends, that's all!

The Positron shifter is adjusted by shifting the chain to the middle cog, verifying the derailleur is on the...
07-26-22, 10:00 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,924
Posted By Jeff Wills

Dang, I'd love to join y'all, if even for half a...

Dang, I'd love to join y'all, if even for half a day. But I'm scheduled to work that weekend...

"Work" is a four-letter word, dagnabit.
07-26-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By Jeff Wills

One thing to double-double check: Is the...

One thing to double-double check: Is the non-drive side (left side) "cup" also Italian thread? If you are working in a "bike kitchen" it's possible that someone put an English thread left-side cup...
07-26-22, 09:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 589
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, neither was Mr. Cunningham. He was one of...

Well, neither was Mr. Cunningham. He was one of the mountain bike pioneers but looks weren't his strong point.
I met him when he was still working in a shop and getting Mantis bicycles going. We...
06-12-22, 10:13 PM
Replies: 525
Views: 76,102
Posted By Jeff Wills

Geez, I really need to get there and ride with...

Geez, I really need to get there and ride with you guys. I miss riding in the sun and warmth. (58 degrees and raining in the Portland area today.) FWIW: I grew up in South Pasadena. My first...
06-06-22, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 738
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, many of the "Schwinn Approved" freewheels...

Yes, many of the "Schwinn Approved" freewheels were made in France by Atom. The Park FR-4 tool looks better than the original Atom tool in that you don't need to remove the spacer on the axle. This...
05-06-22, 09:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,927
Posted By Jeff Wills

For posterity's sake: if you want to hang a...

For posterity's sake: if you want to hang a bicycle-type hub off of one side, look to 20mm axle "through-axle" hubs. A straight axle will go right...through them. Ahem. There are also hubs and...
05-01-22, 10:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 830
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes. The Nexus internal gear hub uses the rear...

Yes. The Nexus internal gear hub uses the rear axle as a sun gear for its planetary transmission. In anything except the 1:1 middle gear, the axle is turned with considerable force. The axle has...
05-01-22, 10:14 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,473
Posted By Jeff Wills

You're replying to a posting from more than 3...

You're replying to a posting from more than 3 years ago. Some of these are still around, some are available in the U.S. Supply chain issues have hit the bicycle business hard.

Velo-Orange is a...
05-01-22, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By Jeff Wills

The group that flew from Crete to (almost)...

The group that flew from Crete to (almost) Santorini was from MIT and about 10 years after the Gossamer aircraft. Google the NOVA episode "The Light Stuff" for the whole story.

Human-powered...
05-01-22, 09:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 542
Posted By Jeff Wills

You're thinking of the NOVA episode titled "The...

You're thinking of the NOVA episode titled "The Light Stuff", the tale of the MIT Daedalus and its flight from Crete to (almost) Santorini.
NOVA - The Light Stuff - TheTVDB...
04-24-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 3,116
Views: 353,684
Posted By Jeff Wills

They are not pets. They are mobile,...

They are not pets. They are mobile, self-cleaning, house accoutrements. No place is home without a feline in residence.
04-17-22, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3,116
Views: 353,684
Posted By Jeff Wills

Mango and Pumpkin are 10 years old! (...ish... we...

Mango and Pumpkin are 10 years old! (...ish... we don't know their actual birth date since they were born to couple feral barn cats.)
They were socialized with other cats so they weren't skittish...
04-14-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,479
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'll have to visit the next I'm close by.

I'll have to visit the next I'm close by.
04-10-22, 09:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,479
Posted By Jeff Wills

Oh my freakin' Gawd... YES! That is one of 12 or...

Oh my freakin' Gawd... YES! That is one of 12 or 13 AeroCoupe Cyclecars that were built in 1982 to 1985. I can probably recite the components used from memory.

IIRC, that was one of a couple that...
04-09-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 42,373
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hey- twinsies! Here's my 1977 Schwinn Superior-...

Hey- twinsies! Here's my 1977 Schwinn Superior- also 26". Mine's a resto-mod, No more stock equipment (except for the headset). It's got a first-series XTR drivetrain.
...
03-19-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 537
Posted By Jeff Wills

Given that it's Italian thread (36 x 24) it's...

Given that it's Italian thread (36 x 24) it's probably really really tight. It's been there 40 years, too.

I've loosened fixed cups with a few whacks with a rubber mallet. Try that at your own...
03-12-22, 11:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,255
Posted By Jeff Wills

As others pointed out, the FFS "freewheel" is...

As others pointed out, the FFS "freewheel" is interchangeable with conventional 5- or 6-speed freewheels. The hub is identical to other Schwinn non-FFS bikes. Removing the FFS "freewheel" requires an...
03-12-22, 11:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,255
Posted By Jeff Wills

You're in luck. I took some photos and started a...

You're in luck. I took some photos and started a new thread today:
Suburban Cowboy - Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1248212-suburban-cowboy.html)
I'm just starting on it....
03-12-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 216
Posted By Jeff Wills

Suburban Cowboy

There's been some interest in Schwinn Suburbans lately so I thought I'd share my latest acquisition. It's an early '70's Suburban that I found through Facebook Marketplace. It was only a few minutes...
03-10-22, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 316
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you're fabricating something, get your parts...

If you're fabricating something, get your parts from Grainger. I think that bicycle parts would not hold together at those RPM's.

Speaking of jackshafts:
...
03-10-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,255
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, the OP's plans for that dirty Suburban...

Well, the OP's plans for that dirty Suburban might be heading for the dumpster. I agree- even a "replace rubber, clean and lube" minimal restoration would eat up any profit from the deal. Anything...
03-10-22, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 323
Posted By Jeff Wills

I worked in a Schwinn shop in that period too and...

I worked in a Schwinn shop in that period too and I'm sure you're correct. The crankarms were "Schwinn Approved", made by SR I think. The bottom bracket was loose-ball cup-and-spindle type, like...
03-09-22, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ditto. During my tenure in a Schwinn shop I...

Ditto. During my tenure in a Schwinn shop I probably added a few thousand to those millions. They were standardized to an extreme degree- the same stem was used on Pixies, Sting-Rays, and...
02-28-22, 11:24 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,275
Posted By Jeff Wills

Chuck, that's pretty silly. The Old Gorge...

Chuck, that's pretty silly. The Old Gorge Highway is an easy ride for me, and I've been a Washington resident since I moved here.

In fact, the way I've ridden it is a loop starting in Vancouver,...
02-28-22, 11:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,275
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, the neat part about the stops along the Old...

Well, the neat part about the stops along the Old Gorge Highway is the opportunity to stop and hike around the waterfalls. The hike up Oneonta Gorge is a lot of fun, but should only be attempted on...
02-28-22, 11:06 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,275
Posted By Jeff Wills

Well, there are plans afoot to build a rideable...

Well, there are plans afoot to build a rideable bypass around the stairs. It would help my recumbent trike riding friends to ride the entire path from Cascade Locks going west. They're somewhat...
02-22-22, 10:37 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,798
Posted By Jeff Wills

Mark, my extreme apologies... you are correct, I...

Mark, my extreme apologies... you are correct, I got a bunch of stuff wrong. I plead extreme fatigue and fuzzy-headedness.
(I was posting after a long hard weekend at work. My current day job is...
02-20-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,798
Posted By Jeff Wills

Are you sure that your Twinn had a 1 1/4"...

Are you sure that your Twinn had a 1 1/4" oversize headset? I don't remember anything different about the headsets back when I was working in a Schwinn shop. (We had a several Schwinn tandems...
02-20-22, 10:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,798
Posted By Jeff Wills

Sweet Mother of Elvis that's pretty. Now I want...

Sweet Mother of Elvis that's pretty. Now I want one real real real REAL bad.
02-18-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,798
Posted By Jeff Wills

Doug, you might find this thread useful... or...

Doug, you might find this thread useful... or lustworthy:
How To Schwinn Lightweight Show Quality Paint Job Start To Finish | Bicycle Restoration Tips | The Classic and Antique Bicycle Exchange...
02-15-22, 10:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By Jeff Wills

Thanks. That bike is an exercise in...

Thanks. That bike is an exercise in interchangeability. The crank area consists of:
Truvativ adapter rings
Shimano bottom bracket
Nervar crank arms
TA crank bolts
Velo Orange chainring
MKS...
02-14-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 994
Posted By Jeff Wills

Or, if you have a lathe and/or a friend with...

Or, if you have a lathe and/or a friend with machining skills, you can modify the adaptor like I did on my three-speed Super Sport:

Burgundy Super Sport | Flickr...
12-05-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By Jeff Wills

Stephen Bilenky has a pretty active Facebook...

Stephen Bilenky has a pretty active Facebook presence. I think I know his shop cats almost as well as my own.

If you send him photos and/or serial number I bet he can find more info about the...
11-04-21, 10:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,629
Posted By Jeff Wills

Don't get me started. :) ...

Don't get me started. :)

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1000x664/dsc_0448_12722de3440eec388b25b5de1c7402623799a261.jpg
10-26-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3,116
Views: 353,684
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah, that's how my day went, too! ...

Yeah, that's how my day went, too!

:lol::roflmao::lol:
10-26-21, 08:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 301
Posted By Jeff Wills

John D Thompson is exactly correct. Nishiki...

John D Thompson is exactly correct. Nishiki bikes with the Front Freewheeling system had the Shimano bottom bracket like he pictured. The cups have splines inside that engage the early Shimano...
10-24-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 255
Posted By Jeff Wills

Not a Schwinn. It's a bike boom bike from the...

Not a Schwinn. It's a bike boom bike from the '70's (Huffy or Murray)- almost not worth the effort to take it to the recycling center.
10-24-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 647
Posted By Jeff Wills

What, the toothed washer that's spun on the...

What, the toothed washer that's spun on the steerer tube? That happened on nearly all the bikes I worked on BITD. Cheap bikes, thin headset washers, and loose tolerances made this a given.

SOP...
10-21-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, the IRD is a friction lever. I bet the...

Yes, the IRD is a friction lever.

I bet the IRD, Velo Orange, and Dia Compe ENE shifters come off the same production line in Taiwan. The only difference is the logo:

ENE THUMB SHIFTER |...
10-18-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 737
Posted By Jeff Wills

They did you a solid, Good for them, good for...

They did you a solid, Good for them, good for you.

20-ish years ago, a couple friends had a hub fail while on a around-USA tour. Since they were on a tandem, the wheel and hub weren't going to...
08-20-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 3,116
Views: 353,684
Posted By Jeff Wills

^^^ Look at the size of those paws! He (she?) is...

^^^ Look at the size of those paws! He (she?) is going to be huge!
08-20-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By Jeff Wills

Skewers from that era were essentially...

Skewers from that era were essentially standardized across makes and models of hubs. In other words, anything would fit anything else.

Front hub: 100mm OLD (over-locknut distance),
Rear hu:...
08-17-21, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By Jeff Wills

Exactly what Shannon describes: with all shifting...

Exactly what Shannon describes: with all shifting (upshifts and downshifts) done with thumb movements, your thumbs quickly became tired and cramped. Shimano's next iteration was "Rapidfire Plus"...
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