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05-06-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 476
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-...
05-03-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 49,134
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...
04-26-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 815
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...
04-25-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 553
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...
04-18-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
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...
04-14-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2,336
Views: 240,994
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: 495
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...
04-08-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 538
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, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 538
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: 299
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...
04-02-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,593
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: 290
Posted By Jeff Wills

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

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

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x500/mc_escher_journey_to_infinity_movie_review_2021_e6885bc44cb1b34c692fcb04c7de3443b29b4da7.jpg
04-01-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 285
Views: 25,593
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...
03-23-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 294
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...
Forum: Foo
03-22-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,479
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...
03-06-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,254
Posted By Jeff Wills

Dammit, now I'm having Talking Heads flashbacks...

Dammit, now I'm having Talking Heads flashbacks to go with the donuts.

Talking Heads - Burning Down the House (Official Video) - YouTube
03-04-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,085
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ditto. Even with 700C wheels, the chainstay...

Ditto. Even with 700C wheels, the chainstay clearance limits the bike to 32C (1 1/4") width tires. That was OK when I had my first Superior in the 1980's, less so now.
03-01-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,085
Posted By Jeff Wills

Done there, been that. I went kind of nuts with...

Done there, been that. I went kind of nuts with the 3-piece crank conversion but hey... it rides nice:

Burgundy Super Sport | Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohpv/albums/72157670249022375)...
02-27-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,728
Posted By Jeff Wills

Open Road Bicycles has moved to Altadena, near...

Open Road Bicycles has moved to Altadena, near the corner of Lake and Altadena Dr. Steve is still everything there- owner, chief mechanic, bookkeeper, bottle washer. He and I worked at Euro Asia...
02-25-21, 11:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,061
Posted By Jeff Wills

OTOH, maybe it wouldn't be an issue with enough...

OTOH, maybe it wouldn't be an issue with enough padding on the seat:
Sofa Bike Turns A Love Seat Into A Pedal-Powered Date Vehicle (coolthings.com)

:D:):D:recum::recum:...
Forum: Foo
02-17-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 9,512
Views: 1,167,322
Posted By Jeff Wills

Dude, I've been going to work throughout. (Big...

Dude, I've been going to work throughout. (Big city hospital.) This IS my day at work.
02-17-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,762
Posted By Jeff Wills

It's how I learned to build wheels in a shop......

It's how I learned to build wheels in a shop... nearly 40 yeas ago. Back then we didn't have elaborate spoke inventories so it was SOP to build a rear wheel with one length of spoke, dish the wheel,...
02-13-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,992
Posted By Jeff Wills

I agree. Mid-80's mountain bikes with indexed...

I agree. Mid-80's mountain bikes with indexed Suntour drivetrains are a dead end. Unless you want to strip the bike and replace most of the drivetrain (as SanO said) find another bike to work on.
...
02-11-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By Jeff Wills

My first-year Cannondale came with one of those...

My first-year Cannondale came with one of those Superbe Tech-L rear derailleurs along with its unique cable routing. When the derailleur broke, I removed the angled pipe and substituted a small...
01-11-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 582
Posted By Jeff Wills

I agree. After the Nuclear Armageddon, three...

I agree. After the Nuclear Armageddon, three things will still be around: Keith Richards, Twinkies, and Schwinn Varsities.
01-06-21, 10:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,711
Posted By Jeff Wills

1 1/'8" threaded headsets came before 1 1/8"...

1 1/'8" threaded headsets came before 1 1/8" threadless headsets. Both appeared in the early '90s when mountain bikes were really hitting their stride.
01-04-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,589
Posted By Jeff Wills

A friend of mine is a cyclist and a quilter. She...

A friend of mine is a cyclist and a quilter. She and her husband ride together a bunch. (He's not a quilter.)

My wife has 1 bike, I have 6. She let's me keep all the bikes in the garage, along...
01-01-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 247,230
Posted By Jeff Wills

RIP Dawn Wells aka Mary Anne.

RIP Dawn Wells aka Mary Anne.
12-31-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,817
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'm on the side that your big feet hit the end of...

I'm on the side that your big feet hit the end of the QR lever and flipped it open. Since things were apparently fine once the mechanic put things back together there's probably nothing mechanically...
12-31-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,453
Posted By Jeff Wills

Definitely a Ford. As in "I can't af-ford it...

Definitely a Ford. As in "I can't af-ford it now".
12-30-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,816
Posted By Jeff Wills

We will all live on thanks to the Internet. I...

We will all live on thanks to the Internet. I still refer to Sheldon Brown's pages even though he's been gone 12 years.
12-30-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,236
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'm still betting on a SunTour cassette hub. The...

I'm still betting on a SunTour cassette hub. The spline pattern on the hub matches the one in this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1192679-remove-suntour-freehub-body.html

It...
12-29-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,838
Posted By Jeff Wills

Get a bike that fits you. Riding the wrong size...

Get a bike that fits you. Riding the wrong size bike, no matter that tubing and components, can be hellacious. Riding a cheap bike that fits you is Nirvana.

Consult an experienced bike fitter...
12-26-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 732
Posted By Jeff Wills

Remove the freewheel from the wheel. Remove any...

Remove the freewheel from the wheel.
Remove any seals over the bearings. (Old Schwinn Normandy freewheels have flexible seals front and back.)
Soak in kerosene to wash out old lube and drip dry....
Forum: Foo
12-14-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8,077
Views: 1,547,384
Posted By Jeff Wills

I followed a CTS-V Wagon up I-5 a couple months...

I followed a CTS-V Wagon up I-5 a couple months ago. I was just about past it when I noticed a couple Grateful Dead stickers on the back bumper.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoxEcD4PCco
12-12-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,602
Posted By Jeff Wills

That would be my wife. Started working in the...

That would be my wife. Started working in the '80's writing assembler. Progressed to C and C++ and other stuff. Now she examines patents for the U.S. Patent Office so she argues with lawyers all the...
12-12-20, 12:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,602
Posted By Jeff Wills

Here's your Christmas Hanukkah Kwanzaa holiday...

Here's your Christmas Hanukkah Kwanzaa holiday gift:

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Forum: Foo
12-11-20, 11:37 PM
Replies: 8,077
Views: 1,547,384
Posted By Jeff Wills

Stanguellini Colibri Speed Record Car 1963 ...

Stanguellini Colibri Speed Record Car 1963

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x688/stanguellini_colibri_3_a209e1519dd01066526660caedd7d7e9d27070b3.jpg
12-09-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 776
Posted By Jeff Wills

ICS- Ital Cicli Systems- gold plated Campagnolo...

ICS- Ital Cicli Systems- gold plated Campagnolo Record and C-Record parts in the '80's and '90's. If you are in the U.S. you could have a local shop check with Euro-Asia Imports, who had some ICS...
12-06-20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 917
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you lower the derailleur, will the tail end of...

If you lower the derailleur, will the tail end of the derailleur cage hit the chainstay? I have a bike like that (36-24 double on a cargo bike). The front derailleur is 10mm above the chainring and...
Forum: Foo
12-03-20, 10:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By Jeff Wills

Such as ALMA:...

Such as ALMA: https://www.almaobservatory.org/en/home/ . I visited it in the summer of 2019, part of an astronomy-and-eclipse tour through Chile. Lots of fun and neat engineering.
Forum: Foo
11-30-20, 11:56 PM
Replies: 9,512
Views: 1,167,322
Posted By Jeff Wills

Grosjean hit the Armco at 130+mph and just...

Grosjean hit the Armco at 130+mph and just STOPPED. They say he sustained 53G's and 22 seconds in the fire... and he's smiling from his hospital bed today.

Respect!
11-27-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,228
Posted By Jeff Wills

... Raises hand ...

... Raises hand ...
11-27-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 7,436
Posted By Jeff Wills

Future historians are going to be really, really...

Future historians are going to be really, really confused! :roflmao2:
11-27-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,676
Posted By Jeff Wills

Some of the software I deal with at work has...

Some of the software I deal with at work has "bugs" I recognize from my classes in Visual Basic 4, i.e. 1998. They're inconsequential, so the company has never dealt with them. If it works, don't...
11-23-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,594
Posted By Jeff Wills

I will add that all of the Schwinn bikes I put...

I will add that all of the Schwinn bikes I put together BITD that had 3-speed coaster brake hubs also had front hand brakes. The Sturmey-Archer S3C hubs had much weaker brakes than the Bendix...
11-22-20, 10:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,347
Posted By Jeff Wills

It's interesting that this thread started in 2019...

It's interesting that this thread started in 2019 and revived in 2020. If it returns in 2021 I guess we'll have a new tradition.

The fall colors in the Portland area have been unusually bright. ...
Forum: Foo
11-16-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 8,077
Views: 1,547,384
Posted By Jeff Wills

No one is buying sedans, much less coupes....

No one is buying sedans, much less coupes. There's really no market for lower "cars" anymore- all the manufacturers are building SUV's, which are the replacements for the station wagons of yore.
...
11-15-20, 10:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,466
Posted By Jeff Wills

https://www.ebay.com/sch/Tubes/177829/m.html?_nkw=...

https://www.ebay.com/sch/Tubes/177829/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=&_ssn=roxsince1987
11-11-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,647
Posted By Jeff Wills

A relevant piece of artwork: ...

A relevant piece of artwork:

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/703x909/bike_cartoon_02_2fdebfc917d990947943a3cf8ed9bb66e1da8847.jpg
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