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09-23-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 922
Posted By steelbikeguy

Mr. Chapman makes a nifty steel crankset. Not...

Mr. Chapman makes a nifty steel crankset.
Not sure if you can get it w/o buying a frame along with it (not that this would be a bad thing...)
...
09-19-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 785
Views: 138,927
Posted By steelbikeguy

The cool fall weather has arrived, giving me more...

The cool fall weather has arrived, giving me more opportunities to wear some of my old wool jerseys!
For this morning's ride with buddies, I had the pleasure of riding my '74 International and...
09-18-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,197
Posted By steelbikeguy

somewhat off-topic... I'm amazed that he could...

somewhat off-topic... I'm amazed that he could handle a camera on a stick well enough to pan around from the cranks to the derailleur, etc., without either sticking the camera into the spokes or...
09-17-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,197
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm not going to lie... this thread is making me...

I'm not going to lie... this thread is making me feel even better about picking this up about 20 years ago....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50282019198_327f5e56e0_c_d.jpg

It is nice...
09-15-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 974
Posted By steelbikeguy

I think this is the key... the grub screw that...

I think this is the key... the grub screw that sets the tilt eventually displaces some aluminum in the plate that it bears against. This causes a lack of tension in the main bolt, which allows it...
09-13-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

John, Julian, and Brian outside of Tanner's... ...

John, Julian, and Brian outside of Tanner's...
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50339575941_2f8090b41b_c_d.jpg

another shot of the gang relaxing outside of Tanner's......
09-13-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

John, Bob, and Julian on one of the many small...

John, Bob, and Julian on one of the many small paved roads that are typical of the area. With nearly no traffic, they make life pretty easy for cyclists....
09-13-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

after the usual chatting and gawking at shiny...

after the usual chatting and gawking at shiny bikes (and probably too many photos taken by some guy riding a Raleigh Team bike), the group gets underway!

Julian is in front as we head south on...
09-13-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

A new rider for this year is John, a rider from...

A new rider for this year is John, a rider from the outer edges of the Peoria area. I ran into him last year when he was riding a shiny steel Colnago at the bike club's invitational ride. We had a...
09-13-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

and back... the aforementioned Stronglight...

and back...

the aforementioned Stronglight crank with Zeus front derailleur and Atom 700 pedals
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50339160992_97b292be90_c_d.jpg

headtube and handlebars.......
09-13-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

Bernie, aka 76SLT here at Bike Forums, has also...

Bernie, aka 76SLT here at Bike Forums, has also had some fortune finding cool bikes! One of these is his 1971 Raleigh Competition. This is an unusual variation for those of us more familiar with...
09-13-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

...and back to Julian's Bruce Gordon touring...

...and back to Julian's Bruce Gordon touring bike...

the upper head tube lug...
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50338219548_dc6086a0fb_c_d.jpg

the lower head tube lug and fork crown.....
09-13-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

my ride report..... The weather on Saturday...

my ride report.....

The weather on Saturday was pretty awful, so it was delayed until today, Sunday. Springing this sort of change on people at the last minute is never good, so I wasn't really...
09-12-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 813
Posted By steelbikeguy

and approaching the problem from another...

and approaching the problem from another direction... have you verified that the rim is centered on the fork blades?

Steve in Peoria
09-10-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,255
Posted By steelbikeguy

cool stuff! Always fun to learn about stuff a...

cool stuff! Always fun to learn about stuff a few decades later! (I was so naive back then...)

here are some of the 7-11 details of my photos from the '82 Iron Horse. These are just from my...
09-10-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,255
Posted By steelbikeguy

just for fun... a couple of photos from the 1982...

just for fun... a couple of photos from the 1982 edition of the Iron Horse Classic race in Durango, Colorado. A buddy and some of his friends were racing as Cat 3's, and I was just along for the...
09-08-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

Glad to hear that you plan to attend! Now I...

Glad to hear that you plan to attend! Now I just have to cross a few more fingers and hope the weather doesn't end up nasty.

Also glad that you've gotten the 'dale that you were hoping for......
09-07-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 418
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've been retired for a few years and miss the...

I've been retired for a few years and miss the commute too. I even took a picture of the bike on the last day of bike commuting....

...
09-06-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

not directly related to the bike ride, but just a...

not directly related to the bike ride, but just a bit of interesting Peoria architecture......

This is the current Obed & Isaac's restaurant and microbrewery, formerly a Presbyterian church built...
09-02-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 774
Posted By steelbikeguy

So much space! Seems like a clear indication...

So much space!
Seems like a clear indication that the bike collection will be growing, eh?? Any planned acquisitions?

or... it would be a great venue for roller races in the winter! ...
08-29-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

I used to ride with a 68" gear, if memory serves....

I used to ride with a 68" gear, if memory serves. That's a pretty typical gear for riding on flat terrain, with some margin for grunting up hills and fast spinning down hills. 17mph was a nice...
08-29-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 534
Posted By steelbikeguy

there was a rather recent thread discussing the...

there was a rather recent thread discussing the perils of toe clips and straps.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1210153-strap-pedals-eroica-how-much-pita.html

basically, just avoid...
08-29-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 805
Posted By steelbikeguy

I have to amend my earlier post... I've got some...

I have to amend my earlier post... I've got some earlier steel tire levers that I like better than my Eldi's. They are a bit smaller than the Eldi version.
...
08-29-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

only two weeks till the 2020 edition of the...

only two weeks till the 2020 edition of the Tanner's Orchard ride??!! Where does the time go?

okay, the weather has cooled off a bit and the wind was out of the north, so it's a good time to...
08-24-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 651
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've never actually used the endless band style...

I've never actually used the endless band style of clamp, but I did feel like it offered an improvement over the conventional clamp-on shift lever. ...and let me insert a shot of my trusty old...
08-23-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,254
Posted By steelbikeguy

why would you twist your foot when using slotted...

why would you twist your foot when using slotted cleats?
I still use slotted cleats, and just lift up very slightly and pull the foot back.

Steve in Peoria
08-21-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 392
Posted By steelbikeguy

Yep. It's a big metal shell, with carefully...

Yep.
It's a big metal shell, with carefully sealed entry and exit points (for both people and wires).
Part of the fun is that the testing tries to avoid reflections from the walls and ceiling, so...
08-21-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 392
Posted By steelbikeguy

pretty neat! Turbines are an amazing assembly...

pretty neat!
Turbines are an amazing assembly of airfoils going around and around (and some staying put). Lots of remarkable metallurgy too!

The last interesting lab that I worked in was this...
08-21-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 392
Posted By steelbikeguy

let's give this a try.... click on the...

let's give this a try....

click on the little "down" arrow in the lower right (next to the shopping cart)

...
08-18-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,969
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm definitely a fan of looking at old bikes and...

I'm definitely a fan of looking at old bikes and wearing wool, but have never felt the urge to link it with riding crappy roads and suffering.
Dale's Classic Rendezvous gatherings have been a good...
08-15-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,909
Posted By steelbikeguy

it was a nice day with some winds expected from...

it was a nice day with some winds expected from the northwest, so it seemed like a good day to make a run up to Tanner's orchard to check the roads and the apple fritters (both are doing fine).

It...
08-12-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,254
Posted By steelbikeguy

Interesting question... I learned back in the...

Interesting question...
I learned back in the mid 70's as a teen age kid. I was wearing Adidas tennis shoes and learned to flip the pedal up and get into the toe clips. After a few years of this,...
08-11-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 447
Posted By steelbikeguy

Frank certainly did some thorough testing for...

Frank certainly did some thorough testing for these articles! Those were the days... <sigh>

In those days, I was happy with my SunTour Cyclone GT derailleur, but back in the early days of ebay,...
08-10-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 616
Posted By steelbikeguy

yep... and to use it correctly in a sentence, you...

yep... and to use it correctly in a sentence, you would say "the Wapsi is flooded again".
It used to flood and block highway 61 frequently when I was a kid and the new 4 lane version of 61 wasn't...
08-09-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 584
Views: 44,508
Posted By steelbikeguy

a couple of recent photos of the Hetchins. ...

a couple of recent photos of the Hetchins.
might not be artsy, but at least playing around with perspective and composition a bit.
...
08-09-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,639
Posted By steelbikeguy

The Var 3rd Hand might be my only really vintage...

The Var 3rd Hand might be my only really vintage tool, although I've been accumulating bike tools since the mid 70's. I've had the spring versions of 3rd hands, but the Var tool just works so much...
08-08-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 385
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've been using the Stronglight Delta and A9...

I've been using the Stronglight Delta and A9 headsets for 30 years now, so I may have forgotten what is most surprising when first fiddling with this style of headset. Still, I'd say that the big...
08-08-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 32,775
Posted By steelbikeguy

here's a shot of one of my red bikes, with a...

here's a shot of one of my red bikes, with a fairly low perspective.... I was just playing around with the camera to see if I could get anything interesting.
...
08-07-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,345
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've been riding this tape long enough for it to...

I've been riding this tape long enough for it to be fading... it started out black. This is probably Velox, but might be Cateye?? Not sure if I have any records on it.
This is a photo from...
08-06-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 86,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

was out toodling around the area north of Peoria...

was out toodling around the area north of Peoria today. Lots of modern wind turbines that are replacing some of the coal fired electric power plants, which seems like a great thing. Still, I saw...
08-06-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 865
Views: 86,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

speaking of barns and decay... this poor barn...

speaking of barns and decay... this poor barn has been crumbling noticeably over the last few years. Probably time for some lumber recycler to make an offer on it?
...
08-05-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,833
Posted By steelbikeguy

for some reason, the bearings frequently are...

for some reason, the bearings frequently are adjusted tight at the factory. They should be fine if you adjust them yourself.

I've got the MKS Sylvan pedals on a few(?) bikes. They have been...
07-27-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,238
Posted By steelbikeguy

just because it's not unreasonable, let me offer...

just because it's not unreasonable, let me offer some support for the idea of just carrying a bottle or two in the jersey pockets. I do it now and then.

To lend it a bit of authenticity, I've got...
07-22-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,030
Posted By steelbikeguy

as much as I use Shoe Goo and contact cement, I...

as much as I use Shoe Goo and contact cement, I suggest consulting a professional!

I had a very similar failure in some old Duegi shoes and went to the local cobbler (shoe repair shop). These...
07-21-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 956
Posted By steelbikeguy

When I was fixing aircraft in Yuma, AZ back in...

When I was fixing aircraft in Yuma, AZ back in the late 70's, I recall the flight line getting up to 124F.
I think I was smart enough to not ride at those temperatures, but I know it took a few bad...
07-20-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 418
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've had to disassemble my Cyclones over the...

I've had to disassemble my Cyclones over the years and pretty much have the routine down. The hardest part is to get the little nut off of the back of the lower pivot shaft, and it sounds like...
07-20-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 865
Views: 86,892
Posted By steelbikeguy

happened to be out riding at sunset yesterday. ...

happened to be out riding at sunset yesterday. There was a layer of clouds in the west, but the sun was about to bridge the gap between the clouds and the horizon. Not a bad photo, but the real...
07-20-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,624
Posted By steelbikeguy

and now... the green 35th Anniversary Wizard. ...

and now... the green 35th Anniversary Wizard.
https://live.staticflickr.com/7317/27683056321_1f5941b140_c_d.jpg


https://live.staticflickr.com/7123/27757776465_50c514c7d3_c_d.jpg

...
07-20-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,624
Posted By steelbikeguy

on the subject of "Wizards: Where Are They...

on the subject of "Wizards: Where Are They Now?"...

At the 2016 Classic Rendezvous gathering, there was a display in memory of Brian Baylis. Among the other bikes he had built, there were two...
07-18-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 709
Posted By steelbikeguy

a quick note.. it's not a good idea to ride...

a quick note.. it's not a good idea to ride with a bent or broken rear axle, since it tends to concentrate the bearing load in a small section of the hub's bearing cup. This can cause extreme...
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