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07-23-10, 02:01 PM
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Posted By jhefner

And a front wheel bigger than the back wheel. ...

And a front wheel bigger than the back wheel. All of the bikes of that era were fixies.

http://inlinethumb13.webshots.com/45068/2667522670079522983S600x600Q85.jpg...
06-21-10, 05:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,105
Posted By jhefner

That sounds to me like you need to back off the...

That sounds to me like you need to back off the inside limit screw just a tiny bit. Try riding uphill again, and repeat until you find that "sweet spot" where it shifts correctly without throwing the...
06-21-10, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Posted By jhefner

Nah, way too young. ...

Nah, way too young.

http://www.prices4antiques.com/transportation/bicycles-motorcycles/Bicycle-Accessory-Cyclometer-Lakins-Standard-High-Wheel-D9829866.htm
06-21-10, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,105
Posted By jhefner

I wonder if flexing of the frame at the bottom...

I wonder if flexing of the frame at the bottom bracket while climbing hills may be to blame; the setup works fine unloaded; but the slight amount of sideways flexing is enough to throw the limits off.
06-16-10, 04:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 429
Posted By jhefner

From http://www.sheldonbrown.com/varsity.html: ...

From http://www.sheldonbrown.com/varsity.html:



Production totals for electro-forged Schwinns in the same period were also in the millions.

-James
06-16-10, 10:22 AM
Replies: 15
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Posted By jhefner

The handlebars and crank/chainwheel look very...

The handlebars and crank/chainwheel look very Schwinn; you can even see the Schwinn logo on the grips.

But, the frame is different from the ones I have seen; they look like one in the posted...
06-15-10, 12:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,721
Posted By jhefner

When three of our states (Alaska, California, and...

When three of our states (Alaska, California, and Texas) are as big as the largest countries in Europe, and the United States as large as Europe itself; don't expect us to use the same mass transit...
06-15-10, 10:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,794
Posted By jhefner

I am not so sure about that. I was able to get up...

I am not so sure about that. I was able to get up close and personal with the c.1880s highwheeler pictured earlier in the thread (on display in a museum.) I "pinged" the backbone (curved main tube)...
06-11-10, 02:35 PM
Replies: 98
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Posted By jhefner

And Viscount, who made the Aerospace G.P. out of...

And Viscount, who made the Aerospace G.P. out of straight guage chrome-molly tubing.

To further confuse some folks, it was a fillet welded "lugless" frame that looked more like a welded hi-ten...
06-11-10, 02:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,780
Posted By jhefner

That's what makes the old stuff rare. The...

That's what makes the old stuff rare. The circumstances surrounding the demise of each item may differ, but they all disappear until only a handfull are left.

The folks that have worked with me...
06-10-10, 05:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,780
Posted By jhefner

I hear what you are saying; but at the very...

I hear what you are saying; but at the very least, he should set up a will or foundation or other arrangements in case he were to pass away suddenly.

My other interests is steam locomotives, and...
06-10-10, 04:45 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,794
Posted By jhefner

I think a more likely explanation for this design...

I think a more likely explanation for this design is that the seating position is the same as a highwheel bicycle, it's contemporary. Compare the orientation of the seat, handlebars, and crank to...
06-10-10, 04:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,780
Posted By jhefner

Which is why I would love to see it organized as...

Which is why I would love to see it organized as a "Tour de France Hall of Fame"; much like our NFL Hall of Fame, with the TdF as it's owner/sponsor. The logical place would seem to be Paris; since...
06-10-10, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By jhefner

Are these what you are talking about: ...

Are these what you are talking about:

http://powergrips.mrpbike.com/

I have never seen these before, and agree they would be a good alternative.

-James
06-10-10, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 572
Posted By jhefner

I think I may try mini toe clips one day; the...

I think I may try mini toe clips one day; the pedals will have to be changed out to use them. We can still get shaky at times; and the idea of being strapped during those times is not good; I need...
06-10-10, 02:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 926
Posted By jhefner

If you ever been around antique tractors, steam...

If you ever been around antique tractors, steam engines, and similiar fare, you will find out about the personality type that is planning "one day" to restore his pride and joy; but in the meantime,...
06-10-10, 01:49 PM
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Views: 572
Posted By jhefner

I first rode it in "granny gear"; but I find that...

I first rode it in "granny gear"; but I find that it is more comfortable to ride in the 42T front sprocket, and shift through the rear gears as needed (the rear is a six speed 14-28 freewheel.) I...
06-10-10, 01:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,794
Posted By jhefner

The lacing, wooden wheels, and overall...

The lacing, wooden wheels, and overall configuration of the seat, handlebars and crank look like they might be period correct; but the crank and pedals are not. Is this a modern reproduction, or a...
06-10-10, 01:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,794
Posted By jhefner

<Deleted post, see the pictures now> Is it...

<Deleted post, see the pictures now>

Is it ridable? What does it feel like?

-James
06-10-10, 01:24 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,780
Posted By jhefner

I know there are cycling museums out there, and...

I know there are cycling museums out there, and regular musuems like the Smithsonian have extensive bike collections; but this collection cries out to be carefully photographed and cataloged, then...
06-10-10, 01:00 PM
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Views: 572
Posted By jhefner

I had a similiar need. My special needs son is...

I had a similiar need. My special needs son is 11, and weighs over 100 lbs. He has never ridden a bicycle before, so he didn't know how to balance himself, but we wanted badly to have him join his...
05-27-10, 03:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 989
Posted By jhefner

This is a 1915 Hendee Indian. 152765 ...

This is a 1915 Hendee Indian.

152765

Nice find!

-James
05-26-10, 01:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,523
Posted By jhefner

I have compared my Viscount to the pictures in...

I have compared my Viscount to the pictures in the Viscount ads I have, and the stem is just slightly lower. The top of the stem is roughly even with the middle of the seat clamp in the ads. In the...
05-25-10, 03:50 PM
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Views: 874
Posted By jhefner

Have the same story, except: * It was...

Have the same story, except:

* It was locked to a lamp post at a trade school I was attending.
* It was one of the kids in shop class who saw it there every day, and talked their instructor into...
05-20-10, 06:09 PM
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Views: 4,577
Posted By jhefner

c. 1975 Schwinn Varsity. Bought brand new, rode...

c. 1975 Schwinn Varsity. Bought brand new, rode it for a year or three, then it was stolen and trashed. Bought the Viscount Aerospace G.P. to replace it, and still ride the Viscount today.
...
05-19-10, 01:27 PM
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Views: 1,226
Posted By jhefner

Not so; we are not talked about riding down a...

Not so; we are not talked about riding down a vertical wall; and drag races would be pointless if it were so.

Now, if two bikes were falling from 10,000 feet, being acted on by the same force of...
05-19-10, 01:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,015
Posted By jhefner

Always consult an investment advisor before...

Always consult an investment advisor before investing. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Shake well before using.

Your milage may vary.
05-18-10, 09:29 AM
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Views: 1,274
Posted By jhefner

If I was in your shoes; I would gentlely suggest...

If I was in your shoes; I would gentlely suggest that they ride as it for a little while, find out what gear they are most comfortable riding in, and then bring it back, and you would convert it to a...
05-17-10, 09:26 AM
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Views: 21,513
Posted By jhefner

In regards to Mopar; my first car was the...

In regards to Mopar; my first car was the "Bluesmobile" - a 1974 Plymouth Fury III with the 360 V-8. I was tall and skinny in high school, and my best friend at the time was short and fat, so when...
05-14-10, 05:56 PM
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Views: 21,513
Posted By jhefner

My name is my name. Back in the mid...

My name is my name.

Back in the mid ninities, I was teaching myself Microsoft Access and Visual Basic. I needed a test database, and I liked steam engines, so I imported a list of steam...
05-07-10, 04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 703
Posted By jhefner

I had a similiar story with my c.1975 Viscount...

I had a similiar story with my c.1975 Viscount Aerospace G.P.; which I also stopped riding when I was in my 20s, carried it with me everywhere we moved, and finally restored and started riding again...
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Views: 985
Posted By jhefner

No, the death fork was unpainted aluminum; and...

No, the death fork was unpainted aluminum; and was only found on the Aerospace G.P.

-James
04-28-10, 07:00 PM
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Views: 303
Posted By jhefner

Thanks! That answers all my questions about how...

Thanks! That answers all my questions about how it worked.

-James
04-28-10, 02:03 PM
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Views: 2,360
Posted By jhefner

According to the Rydjor website, Sankine built...

According to the Rydjor website, Sankine built one bike for the Japanese market, and a different bike for the U.S./Canadian market. (Search C & V for the Sankine thread for more info.)

"Sekine...
04-28-10, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,356
Posted By jhefner

Based on the fact that the tires had "Sears...

Based on the fact that the tires had "Sears Allstate Nylon" written on them; I think what you have is a Sears bike built by Murray. If that is correct, it would have had Sears stickers on it, and not...
04-26-10, 08:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By jhefner

Definitely around the 1891-1910 timeframe with...

Definitely around the 1891-1910 timeframe with the shaft drive; Michelin pneumatic tires and spoon brake; but don't recognize the headbadge.

-James
04-16-10, 11:33 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,253
Posted By jhefner

They are something I only heard of recently, but...

They are something I only heard of recently, but here are some more examples:

1948 Bottecchia (http://collection.rydjor.com/bikecollection/1948bottech.htm)

1949 Frejus...
04-15-10, 04:09 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,626
Posted By jhefner

To add to the OP's component list, the headset...

To add to the OP's component list, the headset and front fork look to be Tange, along with the bottom bracket.

-James
04-14-10, 10:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,535
Posted By jhefner

That is correct; what few bikes and cars were...

That is correct; what few bikes and cars were built during wartime had no chrome; it being needed for the war effort. Don't know when the wartime restrictions ended; probably in 1945. Fits well the...
04-13-10, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,495
Posted By jhefner

Well, "made in germany" rules out Murray. :) ...

Well, "made in germany" rules out Murray. :)

What looks like a stock bottom bracket. But that frame and chainwheel certainly look American. Beats me. :bang:

The J.C. Higgins label would...
04-13-10, 02:10 PM
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Views: 2,495
Posted By jhefner

See: http://www.nostalgic.net/elgin.htm ...

See:

http://www.nostalgic.net/elgin.htm

I did not realize that Elgin was Sear's prewar brand name for it's bikes; but they were built by others: The postwar bikes were branded JC Higgins.

...
04-13-10, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,495
Posted By jhefner

Think what you got is a Murray, and not a Elgin....

Think what you got is a Murray, and not a Elgin. From what I have read, it was Murray who built bikes for J.C. Higgins, and not Elgin.

I think it is a post-war, not pre-war bike. Most of the...
04-13-10, 10:38 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,437
Posted By jhefner

No, no, no; this was an attempt at a 2WD bicycle;...

No, no, no; this was an attempt at a 2WD bicycle; worked fine so long as you didn't turn the front wheel....
04-13-10, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,087
Posted By jhefner

Take a look at the Bottecchia Kronostrada...

Take a look at the Bottecchia Kronostrada (actually a rebadged Cinelli Laser) that Greg LeMond rode to victory on in the time trial portion of the 1989 Tour de France:
...
04-09-10, 11:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,700
Posted By jhefner

By going with large flange hubs and a large...

By going with large flange hubs and a large chainwheel that looks "beefy", you did a nice job preserving the Varsity look while making it lighter and more response. Love the pedals as well.

If...
04-08-10, 07:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,137
Posted By jhefner

If this is really the direction you want to go...

If this is really the direction you want to go in; do a Goggle image search for "tall bike". That should give you some ideas of where to go from there.

I have some detail photographs of an actual...
04-06-10, 11:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,221
Posted By jhefner

Online Vintage Bicycle Museum

Apoligies in advance if this was mentioned before; but I have been enjoying browsing this online museum at http://oldbike.wordpress.com . I made some notes on some topics that came up last week in...
04-01-10, 12:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,065
Posted By jhefner

From the 1910s to about the 1930s the line...

From the 1910s to about the 1930s the line between bicycles and motorcycles was almost noexistant. The motorcycle builders like Harley and Indian built bikes, and some of the bicycle builders offered...
04-01-10, 10:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By jhefner

Yes, that's correct; the mounting peg was a...

Yes, that's correct; the mounting peg was a holdover from the high wheel bicycles, where you had to have a mounting peg to lift yourself up on your left foot, then kicked off with your right foot and...
03-30-10, 01:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 910
Posted By jhefner

Wal-mart has a clamp-on bottle cage with the...

Wal-mart has a clamp-on bottle cage with the clamp fitting for between $7.00-$8.00; just throw the cage itself away, or save for another project. Just installed one on my son's trailer bike.
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