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09-17-21, 05:05 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,054
Posted By elcraft

Geez, I would have thought something like the...

Geez, I would have thought something like the following;
Cinelli SC or Masi
Rene Herse
Hetchins MO
3Rensho
Eisenstraut or Gordon or Weigle or Columbine ( too many great American possibilities)
08-30-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 12,035
Posted By elcraft

Custom made engagement ring using heirloom...

Custom made engagement ring using heirloom stones, for one. Beloved heirloom ring from Grandma or Great Aunt So and So that needs to be sized to fit a new wearer. Structural repairs of worn out...
08-29-21, 11:57 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 12,035
Posted By elcraft

I face a similar problem. I am a goldsmith with...

I face a similar problem. I am a goldsmith with over 40 years experience. People will pay a mechanic $99 / hour, but balk when I want to charge $75/ hour. There is a perceived value issue here. ...
Forum: Foo
08-08-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By elcraft

“Gear” is a grouping of chainring and “cog” on...

“Gear” is a grouping of chainring and “cog” on rear.”Changing gears” means altering which combination of chainring/ cog you are using. Thus, cog is more descriptive of a part of the system. You can...
07-09-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By elcraft

“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding...

“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding this manufacturing tendency becoming more and more common. From Hot Tub filters to watch parts, many manufacturers seem to want a long term...
07-09-21, 03:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By elcraft

I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and...

I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and twisted in a mini wood screw. I was ble to wiggle and pull with a plier until the lead end came out.
06-08-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 829
Posted By elcraft

The gravity skewers, at one time, were defeated...

The gravity skewers, at one time, were defeated with a magnet. Has this defect been eliminated?
02-19-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By elcraft

Just for the information, was a four speed...

Just for the information, was a four speed freewheel 1/8” or 3/32” chain width?
02-15-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,189
Posted By elcraft

Love the traditional style fork with a sloping...

Love the traditional style fork with a sloping crown and curved blades! Very classy.
02-06-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,779
Posted By elcraft

Had my tools stolen on a two occasions. None of...

Had my tools stolen on a two occasions. None of my tools are older than a 70’svintage Raleigh/ Rampar tool kit with Hozan double ended wrenches like Bikemig’s. Came with a cheap third hand/ brake...
01-31-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By elcraft

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01-31-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 894
Posted By elcraft

As a commercial goldsmith,I have used ultrasonics...

As a commercial goldsmith,I have used ultrasonics for 35 years. I would caution against running an ultrasonic with only an inch or two of water- the transducers that create the ultrasonic waves can...
01-10-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 25,214
Views: 3,202,472
Posted By elcraft

Seems that there is some question about Sturmey...

Seems that there is some question about Sturmey Archer threading standard. Same as it ever was; BSC 13/32” x 26 tpi. I found a tap in that threading on eBay UK. Rumor has it that McMaster Carr has...
01-02-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 466
Views: 26,490
Posted By elcraft

I am most offended by signs of mechanical...

I am most offended by signs of mechanical ignorance. The proper orientation of quick release levers ( both the proper side of bike and “aero” or visual aesthetic vis-a-vis the chainstay/ fork...
12-25-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,137
Posted By elcraft

My ‘75 Super Course is exactly same paint /decal...

My ‘75 Super Course is exactly same paint /decal scheme. The cranks could be Nervar steel/alloy combo, Nervar Star all alloy , or (like mine) Stronglight 93. The Weinmann Alloy rms were high...
11-03-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,250
Posted By elcraft

BITD, I hand polished ( with a rag and my...

BITD, I hand polished ( with a rag and my fingers) Weinmann rims with Simichrome. People always asked me why I had steel rims instead of alloy.....
07-21-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,428
Posted By elcraft

BITD, bars set up that way were called “DUI...

BITD, bars set up that way were called “DUI bars”. Some guy, usually with an Army Surplus coat (sometimes in Camo) who still needed to get to work after his license was revoked, would get some entry...
07-21-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By elcraft

And here I thought I was the last guy still using...

And here I thought I was the last guy still using a Cyclo Rivoli chain tool! If you grip the pin with a small locking plier (i.e., Vise-Grip) perpendicular to the pin’s axis, you can tap a mallet or...
05-18-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 12,013
Posted By elcraft

I was always tired of switching ratchet wrench/...

I was always tired of switching ratchet wrench/ breaker bar to use my one inch deep wall socket for Park Tools cassette or Freewheel tools (I like to secure tool w/ skewer or axle nut). So I decided...
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Posted By elcraft

Chainwheel looks like BSA and does not have...

Chainwheel looks like BSA and does not have tubular Raleigh forkcrown. Probably a BSA from pre- Tube Investments era, i.e., pre- ‘57.
02-09-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,244
Posted By elcraft

These work amazingly well at an astonishing...

These work amazingly well at an astonishing price:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-Coaxial-Cable-Cutter-CE160127/300513196

I always use a cut off disc with a Demel style tool to...
02-03-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,932
Posted By elcraft

My words would just be restatements of what...

My words would just be restatements of what others have already said.
There are reoccurring themes, though, the "seminal" bike of one's youth (- '75 Raleigh Super Course Mk. II, in my case); the...
Forum: Foo
01-21-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 931
Posted By elcraft

My experiences with Miele weren't so good. Ours...

My experiences with Miele weren't so good. Ours would clog on the slightest thing. I would have to take it apart and remove the ridiculously smal leaf or object that wedge crosswise in the plastic...
01-19-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,744
Posted By elcraft

Svelto!! It is rarer than the Alvit,...

Svelto!!
It is rarer than the Alvit, lighter than the Alvit, works about the same as an Alvit, and not outrageously priced.
Bonus points, if you can find a set of red pulleys from an Alvit...
01-12-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By elcraft

I have the same Japanese Raleigh Mixte! The bike...

I have the same Japanese Raleigh Mixte! The bike came exactly as you guys suggest, i.e., skipping the second bridge. Works well, in this arrangement.
01-08-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,208
Posted By elcraft

These should work for 1/2" shafts: ...

These should work for 1/2" shafts:

https://www.amazon.com/Spindle-Adapter-16-10-Arbor-Polishing/dp/B07WCPJGZN/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Polishing+motor+taper+spindles&qid=1578499545&s=hi&sr=1-2

I...
01-08-20, 01:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,208
Posted By elcraft

Well, I was going to chime in about RPM and the...

Well, I was going to chime in about RPM and the existence of the tapered screw spindle, but you beat me to it. My experience is based on the Jewelry trade; a step sibling to the Dental trade. I would...
01-04-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,457
Posted By elcraft

I had some alloy buckled Christophe straps (from...

I had some alloy buckled Christophe straps (from back in the "Weight Weenie" days) that I dipped in Lexol Leather preservative that are still flexible and supple after 35 years! I intended to...
01-04-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,457
Posted By elcraft

This also useful for securing your bike when you...

This also useful for securing your bike when you are leaning it against something. Works like the classic flic-stand for fendered bikes! I also use toestraps as third hand tool, a "parking brake"...
11-18-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,634
Posted By elcraft

I had to this to save a a Campagnolo Record hub....

I had to this to save a a Campagnolo Record hub. This is the method that worked for me:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kYS3wBjSlao

Definitely secure freewheel tool to the axle with either the...
10-12-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,312
Posted By elcraft

BITD, some of us relied on our frame pump as an...

BITD, some of us relied on our frame pump as an "expandable baton". Of course, using a Silca Impero was out of the question. Another reason to have a Zefal over the expensive and exotic plastic...
Forum: Foo
06-28-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,656
Posted By elcraft

As my wife tells the phrase: "Give a man a fish...

As my wife tells the phrase:
"Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and you can get rid of him for the weekend......"
06-28-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By elcraft

If your freewheel/ freehub has more than 24 teeth...

If your freewheel/ freehub has more than 24 teeth on the largest cog, then attach the cage to the one marked 28. Theoretically, 28 teeth is the maximum that the derailleur is designed for. In some...
08-12-18, 10:42 AM
Replies: 623
Views: 92,790
Posted By elcraft

Add a "Mel Pinto Imports" and a "Proteus Designs"...

Add a "Mel Pinto Imports" and a "Proteus Designs" and you will have covered all the better shops from the D.C. Area.
12-03-09, 09:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,139
Posted By elcraft

Yeah, I must be inhaling something.... I mean...

Yeah, I must be inhaling something.... I mean that the tool's DIAMETERS are 22 mm for Campy/Standard and 23 mm for TA/Nervar and 23.35 mm for Stronglight! I have the old Park tool with the 23 mm...
12-03-09, 09:07 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,139
Posted By elcraft

My understanding of this Park tool was that the...

My understanding of this Park tool was that the French threaded side was only compatible with TA/Nervar cranks. The Stronglight pitch was slightly narrower/finer. This tool was standard threading...
10-14-09, 08:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 39,240
Posted By elcraft

The Record frame was better than most of the...

The Record frame was better than most of the comparable Euro-stuff in it's day (unfortunately, Japanese Bikes still lacked initially any cachet, then). The Sprites tended to be Nottingham made (like...
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