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Forum: Framebuilders
03-25-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 971
Posted By e-RICHIE

I've seen plug-in (male/female fit) dropouts on...

I've seen plug-in (male/female fit) dropouts on frames gong back to the original Six Day era. The style is hardly a modern or time/cost-cutting feature.
02-06-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,375
Posted By e-RICHIE

Agreed. This sentiment crosses over into the now...

Agreed. This sentiment crosses over into the now not-so-new framebuilding zeitgeist that began after the Y2K period. If people last long enough, they're (some, anyway) likely to realize that real...
07-23-20, 04:32 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,837
Posted By e-RICHIE

Huh? Heh! I work full time making bicycles. ...

Huh?
Heh!
I work full time making bicycles.
Always have.
For the record.
Forum: Framebuilders
02-28-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By e-RICHIE

@TiHabanero I have another question because I'm...

@TiHabanero I have another question because I'm not able to visualize what you're working with. If the main triangle wasn't completed, and only the head tube and down tube were assembled, and you saw...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-28-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By e-RICHIE

oh okay. You’re assembling the triangle in...

oh okay. You’re assembling the triangle in sections. I thought you aligned/realigned the unit after it was fully done.
Forum: Framebuilders
02-25-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By e-RICHIE

What was heated, and where?

What was heated, and where?
Forum: Framebuilders
02-24-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,314
Posted By e-RICHIE

The head tube linearity on some frames (the main...

The head tube linearity on some frames (the main triangle) will stretch into alignment (Read: with enough force something will bend). It all depends on how the frame is clamped, how long the error...
01-18-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 9,611
Posted By e-RICHIE

It's a 40 year old RS. And a repainted one at...

It's a 40 year old RS.
And a repainted one at that.
I have no idea what if any mods may have been made.
07-03-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,985
Posted By e-RICHIE

I didn't mean inaccurate as a slur. Apologies if...

I didn't mean inaccurate as a slur. Apologies if the nuance of writing a quick reply made it appear as such.



See above.
07-02-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,985
Posted By e-RICHIE

I can't address all the inaccurate comments...

I can't address all the inaccurate comments directed at my work, but I was emailed about the fork alone. It is one of mine. Yes, I did have many versions of the pantographing until I could afford...
06-08-17, 03:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,570
Posted By e-RICHIE

You'd better correct the brakes as showing in...

You'd better correct the brakes as showing in that last attachment in Post 14.
The pads/holders are in backwards.
05-02-17, 06:17 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 18,045
Posted By e-RICHIE

Those are 16mm seat stays, and a normal shape....

Those are 16mm seat stays, and a normal shape. I've never known Medici frames to have anything except conical stays. There were 14mm on the smaller units, and 16mm on the taller ones.
05-02-17, 11:17 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 18,045
Posted By e-RICHIE

It wasn't weird then if you were there. Many were...

It wasn't weird then if you were there. Many were beginning to incorporate small parts from unconventional supply chains as ways to make bicycles lighter or simply to distinguish them. Remember, this...
05-02-17, 07:54 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 18,045
Posted By e-RICHIE

Drillium Dude - The cable guides, the ones that...

Drillium Dude - The cable guides, the ones that are tight or appear smaller, were made for Elephant (brand) housing which was, in the day, an off brand that somehow made its way into some pro level...
06-03-15, 07:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,223
Posted By e-RICHIE

Back then, Dick Swann was an advocate for loose...

Back then, Dick Swann was an advocate for loose bearings over caged bearings. Hence the broad-stroke comment regarding Campagnolo atmo. Remember, this was 1970.
06-02-15, 08:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,223
Posted By e-RICHIE

PS Do yourselves a favor - read the letter and...

PS Do yourselves a favor - read the letter and take it on face value.
Don't make the error of looking at it (and judging the words) through a 2015 lens atmo.
Thanks.
06-02-15, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,223
Posted By e-RICHIE

It was 1970 atmo. The note was in reply to a...

It was 1970 atmo.

The note was in reply to a list of questions I sent to Mr. Swann who was, at that time, also answering reader letters at Bicycling Magazine. I knew him privately, too, because I...
03-30-15, 03:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,758
Posted By e-RICHIE

Ride it and abuse it atmo.

Ride it and abuse it atmo.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-20-15, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,063
Posted By e-RICHIE

That dropout broke because you're riding on a...

That dropout broke because you're riding on a bent or broken hub axle. If you don't fix the wheel part, a repair will only break again some day in a similar way atmo.
01-19-15, 08:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,141
Posted By e-RICHIE

As I wrote another (geek) today, it's a plausible...

As I wrote another (geek) today, it's a plausible story. But that was more than 40 years ago so there's no way to know for certain.
01-19-15, 06:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,141
Posted By e-RICHIE

Peter and I shared assembly duties and it was...

Peter and I shared assembly duties and it was rare, EXTREMELY rare, that either of us did a frame end to end. He'd do fronts, I would add rears, and the forks were filled in by one of us. Or I would...
01-19-15, 05:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,141
Posted By e-RICHIE

The Witcomb (there's no H) frames made in London...

The Witcomb (there's no H) frames made in London didn't look anything like what we made in East Haddam, and that extends to the decals. How they made them in Deptford and how we did things in...
11-18-14, 09:07 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,700
Posted By e-RICHIE

I don't know when your frame was made (unless I...

I don't know when your frame was made (unless I see a serial number). And yeah, I used the parts occasionally during the transition era. It's not like GM where we have model years and end of season...
11-18-14, 08:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,700
Posted By e-RICHIE

Yes - read the letter to VN. I stopped by...

Yes - read the letter to VN. I stopped by 1979/1980 because I got sick of what I essentially enabled. I let the others run with it. But here, I was done with the part (even though I had thousands in...
11-18-14, 07:44 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,700
Posted By e-RICHIE

You're welcome. The answer to that is also...

You're welcome.
The answer to that is also Because. You have to under-think this, and also channel a Kennedy (JFK) era mentality. The bicycle is a pretty small and limited canvas. In the days when...
11-18-14, 07:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,700
Posted By e-RICHIE

The part of the quote that I replied to. ...

The part of the quote that I replied to.

Look. In my book, none of this matters much, especially some 40 years after the fact. I'm not going to speak to the use of playing card figures as...
11-17-14, 05:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,700
Posted By e-RICHIE

That's not true. And since this stuff is cached...

That's not true. And since this stuff is cached for a long time, I thought I'd let you know.
11-13-14, 07:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,487
Posted By e-RICHIE

In the iab post that the single link was mined...

In the iab post that the single link was mined from, you'll see other links to my
albums with the 3D printed parts, and also plain ol' 3D models made by hand.
He's linked to wax models in this one.
Forum: Framebuilders
11-08-14, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,938
Posted By e-RICHIE

When you bought lugs from Nervex, there was a...

When you bought lugs from Nervex, there was a menu for cuts on the main tubes, and cuts for the head tubes.
You ordered the combination you wanted; some look good, some didn't. Some odd combos were...
11-08-14, 10:20 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 23,479
Posted By e-RICHIE

The lug walls taper to a 1.2mm edge, and are...

The lug walls taper to a 1.2mm edge, and are thicker (but not by much...) at the areas that envelope the tube interferences. The casting process itself has some limitations, some of which are based...
11-06-14, 05:06 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 23,479
Posted By e-RICHIE

Thanks! Here are several Flickr albums that...

Thanks!
Here are several Flickr albums that show the lack of a developmental route we take to pull some of this off atmo.


The UOS 27mm blade + 1 1/8"crown ...
11-06-14, 02:08 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 23,479
Posted By e-RICHIE

The 3D printed models are the best part. They...

The 3D printed models are the best part. They look and feel like candy. I wish I could sell just them. They'd be great for holiday gift giving atmo.
11-06-14, 01:45 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 23,479
Posted By e-RICHIE

The Newvex parts were conceived in 2003 and have...

The Newvex parts were conceived in 2003 and have an 18mm/20mm upper part on the top tube lug (as do the Richie-Issimos, the René Singers, the Nuovo Richies, and the Sax Max versions) because the...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-24-14, 07:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,727
Posted By e-RICHIE

There is none; it was the technology of the day...

There is none; it was the technology of the day atmo.
Forum: Framebuilders
08-07-13, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,899
Posted By e-RICHIE

Great thread, and informative too atmo.

Great thread, and informative too atmo.
Forum: Framebuilders
07-06-13, 05:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,034
Posted By e-RICHIE

This discussion is a little vague and the replies...

This discussion is a little vague and the replies over-generalized. Most sets of steel tubing come in various weights, gauges, and tube lengths available so the the maker can choose pipes for the...
06-07-13, 07:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 955
Posted By e-RICHIE

It's all gone - this batch is the last of it. ...

It's all gone - this batch is the last of it.
And it was eBay not the CR list.

Thanks atmo.
Forum: Framebuilders
04-28-13, 05:35 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 12,000
Posted By e-RICHIE

Here are some recent Flickr sets atmo - ...

Here are some recent Flickr sets atmo -

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9866331@N08/sets/72157633272684112/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9866331@N08/sets/72157633350924500/
...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-08-13, 08:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,523
Posted By e-RICHIE

You'd prefer an illogical guess?! Don't ride it...

You'd prefer an illogical guess?!
Don't ride it then.
Forum: Framebuilders
04-08-13, 05:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,523
Posted By e-RICHIE

What you have there is a result of the wrong...

What you have there is a result of the wrong filler for the task (not enough elasticity), or a clearance issue in which the maker tried to span some space where the stay and lug contact patch didn't...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-05-13, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By e-RICHIE

Only the front fork. For the main frame, rear...

Only the front fork.
For the main frame, rear triangle, and related, the fixture is only for set up not brazing.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-16-13, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By e-RICHIE

Here's another image dump I pasted in this past...

Here's another image dump I pasted in this past week atmo -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9866331@N08/sets/72157632984681718/detail/
Forum: Framebuilders
03-11-13, 01:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 955
Posted By e-RICHIE

Re the sequence - The three lugs are already...

Re the sequence -
The three lugs are already finished brazed. Then, the bb shell is added onto the mitered ends of the down and seat tubes. Then, that joint is brazed last. Kalavinka's fixtures are...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-09-13, 09:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,019
Posted By e-RICHIE

Here's my Flickr collection in which I used to...

Here's my Flickr collection in which I used to dump all the sets created to show process shots atmo -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/9866331@N08/collections/72157619619034839/

I stopped paying...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-07-12, 08:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,970
Posted By e-RICHIE

This Gran Prix model was a low level Atala even...

This Gran Prix model was a low level Atala even when it was new. Bike boom or no bike boom,
the $80 I paid when new was not a lot of money atmo. I'd wager that it was machine brazed
rather than...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-06-12, 08:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,970
Posted By e-RICHIE

My first ten speed bicycle was an Atala Gran Prix...

My first ten speed bicycle was an Atala Gran Prix and the entire unit cost less than $80 new. You
can't expect much from a factory made frame whose production never went past 1974. In short,
it...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-12, 07:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,979
Posted By e-RICHIE

I guaranty you'll get more tail than Sinatra with...

I guaranty you'll get more tail than Sinatra with a branded dropout atmo.
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-12, 08:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,979
Posted By e-RICHIE

You didn't. It's a conversation atmo.

You didn't. It's a conversation atmo.
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-12, 07:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,979
Posted By e-RICHIE

Thanks, Eric - I'm not lobbying or anything...

Thanks, Eric - I'm not lobbying or anything similar. But I agree with you. Back in ??? all of us used parts from the same 3-4 vendors PERIOD. There was virtually no selection. There was a choice or...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-20-12, 06:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,979
Posted By e-RICHIE

Pete - you obviously missed an era or two that...

Pete - you obviously missed an era or two that includes, as one example, a good majority of the frames
being sold as handmade or custom having the Cinelli imprint in the bottom bracket shell atmo....
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