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01-12-23, 09:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,225
Posted By scarlson

Somebody took a mig welding art class and then...

Somebody took a mig welding art class and then applied it to a bike. As long as the head tube isn't actually cracked, it is a pretty cool looking bike. I agree, some supports under the racks are...
01-10-23, 10:31 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,633
Posted By scarlson

Ten forward gears and a Georgia overdrive :D

Ten forward gears and a Georgia overdrive :D
12-25-22, 11:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,710
Posted By scarlson

Mostly no bike stuff this Christmas! Volvo...

Mostly no bike stuff this Christmas! Volvo suddenly won't start, so I spent a day trying to diagnose it, then had to ride my Trek out ten miles with a car battery on the minirack to my boss's house...
12-23-22, 11:20 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,706
Posted By scarlson

Joe Bell's wonderful splatter. Not the best paint...

Joe Bell's wonderful splatter. Not the best paint I've seen, but certainly the best I've had. This paint is expertly done, thick without being lumpy and nearly impossible to scratch! I got it for...
12-20-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,290
Posted By scarlson

If I had a frame that needed chainstays, I'd...

If I had a frame that needed chainstays, I'd probably custom make a chainstay crown, or bent stays, to accommodate big tires. But to be fair, I'd also be making my own vertical dropouts with a...
12-20-22, 03:26 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,127
Posted By scarlson

I may have given you the wrong impression! :lol: ...

I may have given you the wrong impression! :lol:
I will say, it is a fine frame. I don't think it's super duper desirable, being only the three main tubes are 531 and it's not very thin walled...
12-16-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,508
Posted By scarlson

Legend has it that the helical action of the...

Legend has it that the helical action of the twin-cable (desmodromic) Le Cyclo derailleur was inspired by the helical groove-and-pin linkage that opens and closes the bolt on a Lewis light machine...
12-15-22, 09:58 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,290
Posted By scarlson

Kurt, I love this thread because it shows you are...

Kurt, I love this thread because it shows you are living your best life - and I mean that sincerely!
12-14-22, 11:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 930
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, and extra light tubing at that! It is 1/4"...

Yeah, and extra light tubing at that! It is 1/4" diameter and I think the walls are 0.035". It was a rush build. I was being sent to Ann Arbor to collect some data for my PhD and needed/wanted to not...
12-14-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 930
Posted By scarlson

I wanted one of those little wire French racks,...

I wanted one of those little wire French racks, so I bought the Dia Compe version only to find I really didn't like it. Too bendy and way too heavy for how tiny it was!

So I tig welded something...
12-13-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,633
Posted By scarlson

I have a bike with a chainrest dropout like the...

I have a bike with a chainrest dropout like the one in the pictures that both you and I posted. It protrudes inboard a bit underneath the "rail" on which the chain rests. Thus the axle has to...
Replies: 23
Views: 1,051
Posted By scarlson

Quite a few of us ride on old Vitus bikes, and...

Quite a few of us ride on old Vitus bikes, and can ride pretty fast on them, even these days. I'll say I don't think the frame "wears out" as some believe. The thinner, more flexible tubing is even...
12-13-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,633
Posted By scarlson

I will attempt to provide my perspective, at the...

I will attempt to provide my perspective, at the risk of sounding silly, since it hasn't been said by anyone else. I'm honestly kind of surprised I have a novel perspective on this dogpile? Whatever,...
12-12-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,639
Posted By scarlson

Maybe this is very niche, but I always liked the...

Maybe this is very niche, but I always liked the feature of old Jack Taylors, where the dynamo light wire wasn't just internal, it actually ran through an internal conduit made of tiny diameter...
12-10-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,123
Posted By scarlson

Shinano...

Shinano (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_aircraft_carrier_Shinano) by Dior (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dior).
12-09-22, 11:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,740
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, weight has always been my concern with IGHs...

Yeah, weight has always been my concern with IGHs too. Some of them feel like a cannonball when you are lacing up the wheel and hefting the thing around.

It would probably require a lot of...
12-09-22, 12:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,740
Posted By scarlson

This thing looks like the love child of a...

This thing looks like the love child of a MounTech and a three-pulley LePree.
12-07-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,508
Posted By scarlson

Suntour and Shimano had a weapons themed branding...

Suntour and Shimano had a weapons themed branding for a while as well.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/420x233/shimano_suntour_logo_c1a17ecbeac89857b0c7f29751c3d564ed734f6b.jpg...
12-06-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By scarlson

Aside from the above concerns, I would not tap to...

Aside from the above concerns, I would not tap to 5x0.8 from 5x1. It will be a mess. The thread pitches are so close that there will be nearly no threads left by the end of your tapping job. That's...
12-05-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,223
Posted By scarlson

Does this count? Brakes felt a little funny...

Does this count?

Brakes felt a little funny after I pumped up the tire.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_0044_e8beb76aea84ce9afdd34d3bfb3c722a1c77f120.jpg
12-03-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,022
Posted By scarlson

I agree with your preference. Less weight on the...

I agree with your preference. Less weight on the back means less "tail wags the dog" effect.

The stub coming out of the fork is my preference when it comes to low rider front rack braze-ons. Using...
12-02-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,113
Posted By scarlson

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_8896_0ad623850c9af7b1cc6e7d747a212b88b1d07d14.jpg
12-02-22, 08:35 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,113
Posted By scarlson

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

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_9505_0218d6fc2deb10b8361ba9a0d9bf45dfd17a52a6.jpg...
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By scarlson

By now, you've probably figured out that the...

By now, you've probably figured out that the serial numbers aren't decodable the way you have decoded them. My guess is that E is for English, F is for French, and I is for Italian threading, and...
11-26-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 838
Posted By scarlson

Yes!! And I should be able to get 4 or 5 more...

Yes!! And I should be able to get 4 or 5 more numbers for you from the Cambridge Vitus Club. These are the four charter members, plus we have a spare frame or two....
11-20-22, 01:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,079
Posted By scarlson

I could do that, sure. I sorta did that on my...

I could do that, sure. I sorta did that on my Holdsworth Claud Butler (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1177510-cracked-holdsworth-claud-butler-autopsy-resurrection.html) which had a...
11-15-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By scarlson

I'll take a picture when I next see it. The paint...

I'll take a picture when I next see it. The paint is that brown color so it pretty much just looks like rust anyway.


That's not entirely true. You are right for low and high, but in middle gear,...
11-15-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By scarlson

The only thing you can't replace on these is the...

The only thing you can't replace on these is the hubshell. That is fine. And the ratchet teeth also seem fine. You can push (or screw depending on the year) the left (low gear) ratchet out of the hub...
11-15-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By scarlson

Pedaling hard? Ha, it would skip and disengage...

Pedaling hard? Ha, it would skip and disengage when the wheel was in the air and I was turning the cranks by hand!


It was like you'd expect, yeah. Lots of grinding. Grind, clatter, CRACK, grind...
11-14-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,196
Posted By scarlson

I am really tempted to CAD/CAM this up and...

I am really tempted to CAD/CAM this up and actually make one now.
11-11-22, 11:11 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,594
Posted By scarlson

I love them even with our lousy apartment...

I love them even with our lousy apartment electric coil stove. The light weight and smooth surface are a revelation after using the modern stuff. I inherited my two Griswold frying pans (one prewar...
11-11-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,594
Posted By scarlson

Griswold! You are a man of culture, I see ;) ...

Griswold! You are a man of culture, I see ;)
There is nothing like frying in a good piece of American iron.
11-11-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,594
Posted By scarlson

It was aluminum, not steel, but you are more or...

It was aluminum, not steel, but you are more or less right. Junkers started making corrugated designs in late WWI, when the engines were even less powerful, and speeds were even lower. Because drag...
11-11-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,594
Posted By scarlson

The problem with this is, I just don't think the...

The problem with this is, I just don't think the hand hammered look ever represented hand craft, in bicycle fenders at least. Hammered aluminum bike fenders came out in the '30s or '40s, same time as...
11-06-22, 11:22 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,544
Posted By scarlson

Soon to be seen in Shimano's technical...

Soon to be seen in Shimano's technical documentation:
"--XTR powered by RTX --
Nvidia RTX technology allows the new plunger-type single-pulley XTR rear mech to calculate the perfect overshift in...
11-06-22, 09:46 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,407
Posted By scarlson

If you ever want it fixed up proper-like, with...

If you ever want it fixed up proper-like, with lugs, brazing, or TIG welding, and are in New England, hit me up. This is my kind of broken bike.

Could do a 650b conversion while you're at it.
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11-05-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By scarlson

If you need a long cage to wrap chain (such as...

If you need a long cage to wrap chain (such as for a double in front), you might try a Le Cyclo clamp-on. Clamps on to the chainstay. Cyclo mechs usually have nice long cages and a ton of...
11-03-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,207
Posted By scarlson

Huret Allvit long cage. Le Cyclo would also...

Huret Allvit long cage.

Le Cyclo would also work, and some builders used them into the '60s.

Or if you want to get something really rare, or make something yourself, you could go for a copy of...
10-28-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 416
Posted By scarlson

A lot of modernish (after 2005) lower-end but...

A lot of modernish (after 2005) lower-end but still name-brand hybrid bikes have 135 spacing with a 7 speed freewheel hub. I don't know if these wheels would need to be respaced/dished to fit a 9sp...
10-28-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,743
Posted By scarlson

I used the tire wipers for a couple years on my...

I used the tire wipers for a couple years on my touring rig. It had the file-tread Compass "barlow pass" tires. Like Gravelkings and Pari-Motos, basically. I never got a flat, but the noise slowly...
10-27-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 454
Posted By scarlson

"What's the most you've ever lost on a bike flip?...

"What's the most you've ever lost on a bike flip? ...friendo"
10-26-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 636
Posted By scarlson

Is the fork also French threaded? Does a 22.2...

Is the fork also French threaded? Does a 22.2 stem fit in it? Or does it need a 22.0?
10-18-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 831
Posted By scarlson

The frame gets it

It would seem to me that if you can't free it, saving the post will be easier than saving the frame normally is when the opposite is true and you want to save the frame. Just saw through the frame...
10-18-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,600
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, I mean, as a car guy and someone who's used...

Yeah, I mean, as a car guy and someone who's used the derailleurs in question, I'd say NR/SR and Le Cyclo and Jubilee and whatnot are more akin to a non-synchromesh manual, or at in some cases a...
10-15-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,224
Posted By scarlson

I'm most often quite happy to go from whatever...

I'm most often quite happy to go from whatever spacing to whatever else. I've gone from 120 to 135 without issue. Framebuilders of yore often would cold-set a triangle all over the place after they'd...
10-15-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,224
Posted By scarlson

This is a steel frame, yes? Just do it yourself! ...

This is a steel frame, yes? Just do it yourself!
https://sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html#spreading

You're in the USA, right? American litigiousness means that bike shops may not want to mess...
10-15-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By scarlson

Casoria. Seems like it's blurring the line...

Casoria. Seems like it's blurring the line between a hybrid and a cruiser. That's what I got the wheels off of, I think, after searching a while.

The one I found, the steel seatpost had seized to...
10-15-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,600
Posted By scarlson

I agree with all the sentiment surrounding the...

I agree with all the sentiment surrounding the Cyclone M2. My only problems with it are the super heavy return spring, which doesn't play well with retrofriction levers, large chain gap because it...
10-14-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,600
Posted By scarlson

Shimano XTR M952, long cage. ...

Shimano XTR M952, long cage.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1200/4523222_large_1d7afd947445fd214ac3bba42972897463e812ad.jpg

For friction or indexed, it works great....
10-14-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By scarlson

I found that some recently-built Huffy bikes...

I found that some recently-built Huffy bikes (cruisers and MTBs) come with 650b wheels. I was very surprised. The hubs are junk, the axles are nutted 3/8", and the spokes are galvanized, but the rims...
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