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10-16-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By steelbikeguy

the use of the frame as a conductor is not...

the use of the frame as a conductor is not uncommon, but can be problematic.

I've heard of various cases where the user is using wires to carry the electrical current, with no intent to use the...
10-15-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,173
Posted By steelbikeguy

Maybe we can find some time to waste on Saturday?...

Maybe we can find some time to waste on Saturday?
If you bring the tire, I can bring the patch kit. I've got an extra chunk of the "thread" used for sewing it back up that I can let you practice...
10-15-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,173
Posted By steelbikeguy

with tubulars, as noted, you just swap tires. ...

with tubulars, as noted, you just swap tires.
With clinchers, you should/need to check the tire for whatever caused the flat and make sure it's not still stuck in the tire. This is certainly adds a...
10-11-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 393
Posted By steelbikeguy

There's a youtube channel called Lock Picking...

There's a youtube channel called Lock Picking Lawyer, which is primarily focused on how easily common locks can be picked. There is a lot of attention paid to bike locks, though, and it addresses a...
10-10-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 79,110
Posted By steelbikeguy

beautiful! A local buddy, Randy P., had a...

beautiful!

A local buddy, Randy P., had a rando frame built by Alex in the last year too. By chance(?), his was also 100% stainless, and it's gorgeous!
He's put the bike to good use too, as he...
10-10-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 910
Posted By steelbikeguy

given the trend towards colder weather in the...

given the trend towards colder weather in the next few days, perhaps we need to plan for "whiter" weather, such as we had for the spring ride?
...
10-08-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 910
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm not sure that all of the bikes will fit in a...

I'm not sure that all of the bikes will fit in a Mazda 3 hatchback.... :)

Maybe John has a preference? If the weather is dry, the options are:
1. 1974 Raleigh International in the copper...
10-08-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By steelbikeguy

thanks for sharing the article! Just another...

thanks for sharing the article!

Just another reminder of the quality of articles that are possible, but are rarely seen nowadays. Frank Berto set a very high standard for tech articles.

Steve...
10-08-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 910
Posted By steelbikeguy

Count me in! Always fun to meet new folks,...

Count me in!

Always fun to meet new folks, especially ones that have put together the ultimate bike nerd man cave! ;)

Any informal theme to the ride? i.e. bring your Italian bikes, or maybe...
10-05-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By steelbikeguy

I would say that it is very much C&V. I saw a...

I would say that it is very much C&V. I saw a Graftek carbon fiber bike, circa 1977, shown at a large event in 2018, equipped with the Super brake. Very cool bike!
...
10-05-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 611
Posted By steelbikeguy

it might lack some of the charm of proper Campy...

it might lack some of the charm of proper Campy gear, but a Phil titanium BB is pretty nice and even suitably retro.
I've got one on my Raleigh Team bike and have been quite happy with it.

Steve...
10-04-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

looking forward to 2020.... I'm thinking of...

looking forward to 2020....

I'm thinking of moving the ride a couple of weeks earlier. Part of this is due to the desire to get slightly better weather (there have been a couple of instances of...
10-04-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By steelbikeguy

just to clarify... the forward voltage of LEDs...

just to clarify...
the forward voltage of LEDs varies with the color, with longer wavelengths having the lower voltages and shorter wavelengths having higher voltages.
White LEDs, which use...
10-02-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,615
Posted By steelbikeguy

well, you could pack a spare crank bolt and a...

well, you could pack a spare crank bolt and a suitable wrench... that should relieve some concern.

there are some sag vehicles cruising the route too, so if something goes very badly, you won't...
10-02-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,615
Posted By steelbikeguy

for the benefit of those who are new to the Hilly...

for the benefit of those who are new to the Hilly Hundred, and because every thread needs some pictures, let me offer a few pics from previous Hillys....

as noted, the rest stops are exceptional! ...
10-01-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,787
Posted By steelbikeguy

the "quick draw" capability of compact cameras is...

the "quick draw" capability of compact cameras is what I like about my little Canon Powershot. It just takes one hand to pull it out of the jersey pocket and take a picture. Very convenient!
...
10-01-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,787
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've had good luck with the Canon Powershots. ...

I've had good luck with the Canon Powershots.
I had one that ran off of 4 AA batteries, and it was fine until I dropped it. oops.

The next one ran off of two AA's, and it tolerated being in a...
09-30-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 179
Posted By steelbikeguy

any chance that you have detailed photos? ...

any chance that you have detailed photos?
There are limits to posting photos until you get to 10(?) posts, but one of us might be able to help out.

What are your plans for the light??

Steve...
09-30-19, 06:07 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

It would be fun to have you attend. Maybe...

It would be fun to have you attend. Maybe carpool with Robbie?

It'll be fun to meet more BF folks at Hilly. Any chance that RobbieTunes has started a thread on this already?? I know that...
09-29-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

was it 7 inches? It sure seemed like it, and...

was it 7 inches? It sure seemed like it, and we've been getting a fair bit today too. Crazy!

The ride could certainly use a little French class and style. I'll save you a spot. :)

Steve...
09-29-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

Yep, start building up the Bianchi, and then...

Yep, start building up the Bianchi, and then you'll feel obligated to join the ride!

I hadn't considered declaring a theme for the bikes... I am limited to English bikes, Italian bikes, and...
09-29-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

well, if you had shown up, that would have just...

well, if you had shown up, that would have just tempted the Weather Gods to dump on us. :)

The Hilly is just a month away! Start working on the hills and get your warm clothes out of storage!...
09-28-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

glad that you didn't look out the window and just...

glad that you didn't look out the window and just say "screw that... I'm going back to bed and stay dry", like a rational person would.

Also glad that you and Julian coerced/convinced Bob and...
09-28-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

back on the road, and getting back to...

back on the road, and getting back to Chillicothe...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48811045007_06160f80d6_c_d.jpg

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48811044517_fde77ed50a_c_d.jpg

We...
09-28-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

The silver lining of the cloudy day was that the...

The silver lining of the cloudy day was that the orchard wasn't as busy as usual. We were able to park the bikes and get to the bakery with little delay. Today was Jack's birthday and he generously...
09-28-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

The cruise up to Tanner's Orchard was generally...

The cruise up to Tanner's Orchard was generally uneventful.... just folks enjoying a ride and chatting with each other...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48810374348_dfa1ccfbd1_c_d.jpg
...
09-28-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

The first leg of the route is south along River...

The first leg of the route is south along River Beach Drive. This goes along the shore of the Illinois River. It's a favorite scenic location, and the morning is prime time. It's also a place...
09-28-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

yeah, I wasn't expecting anyone to show up. My...

yeah, I wasn't expecting anyone to show up. My plan to was to just ride to Tanners by myself, grab a donut while standing in wet clothes, and do a bee-line for home.
It was a nice surprise to see...
09-28-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

Ken brought his 753 Raleigh Team and wore his...

Ken brought his 753 Raleigh Team and wore his matching jersey. I would go on to describe the sublime beauty of the Raleigh Team bikes, but since I've also got one, you might not think I'm unbiased. ...
09-28-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

Brian had pulled up and was getting his Bianchi...

Brian had pulled up and was getting his Bianchi out and putting on his gear.....
The sun had broken through the clouds, which was greatly appreciated!
...
09-28-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

When I got to Shore Acres Park, Jack and Ken were...

When I got to Shore Acres Park, Jack and Ken were unpacking, and I noticed Julian and Bob getting their bikes unloaded. Julian is from nearby Bloomington/Normal and has a nice collection of bikes....
09-28-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

It was a dark and stormy night..... no,...

It was a dark and stormy night.....

no, seriously... it was seriously nasty weather on Friday night!
Thunderstorm warnings, flood warnings, and even tornado warnings! Heavy rain and thunder all...
09-26-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,300
Posted By steelbikeguy

according to wikipedia, silver oxide batteries...

according to wikipedia, silver oxide batteries are primary cells, and are not rechargeable.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver-oxide_battery

Maybe just install 357 batteries and see how that...
09-26-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 322
Posted By steelbikeguy

any chance that you're an electrical engineer? ...

any chance that you're an electrical engineer? If not, that will reduce the options.

in any case of electromagnetic interference, the general options are these:
1 reduce the strength of the...
09-26-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

I wonder if a Brompton would qualify??? They...

I wonder if a Brompton would qualify???

They are cute and so small. How could the airline say no? :)

Steve in Peoria
09-26-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

Very understandable! I was going to PM you and...

Very understandable!
I was going to PM you and check on your plans, because I wouldn't make that sort of drive with the lousy forecast.

Of course, you know what this means, don't you? Once...
09-26-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

531 tubing, SunTour parts, rack fittings... ...

531 tubing, SunTour parts, rack fittings... seems like the perfect bike!
Or maybe just the perfect bike for commuting, running errands, riding in crappy weather (with fenders & lights), etc.??
I...
09-24-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

I was going to guess that it was a Valentino rear...

I was going to guess that it was a Valentino rear derailleur... what's the difference between the Velox and Valentino?

The wrap-over seat stays are an interesting feature too. I can see that it...
09-23-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,695
Posted By steelbikeguy

similar answer to that offered by thinktubes ...

similar answer to that offered by thinktubes .... go with a compact crank and a bit wider freewheel.

I started with standard vintage Campy gearing; 52-42 in front, and 13-24 in back. Loved...
09-23-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

The Illinois Valley Wheelm'n (in Peoria) and the...

The Illinois Valley Wheelm'n (in Peoria) and the Bloomington club(??) do a ride where we meet in Mackinaw, appropriately called the Meet In The Middle ride. We happened to do it on the day of the...
09-23-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,440
Posted By steelbikeguy

As Mark says, it wasn't common. It was more of a...

As Mark says, it wasn't common. It was more of a custom touch. As an indication of just how exotic it was, it is found on the two exotic bikes, a Wizard and a Confente, featured in this article in...
09-23-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 39,175
Posted By steelbikeguy

who knew that a scarecrow could be promoted to...

who knew that a scarecrow could be promoted to the sales department?!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48784002717_3f61cec633_c_d.jpg


Steve (and just west of Edelstein when I took this...
09-23-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

because the weather was great this morning and...

because the weather was great this morning and someone has to do quality checks on donuts, I did a quick run up to Tanner's Orchard again.

As many polls have indicated, the one thing that keeps...
09-23-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,152
Posted By steelbikeguy

I hope Ted can make it! If the lure of warm...

I hope Ted can make it! If the lure of warm donuts and apple fritters isn't sufficient enticement, there's always the excitement of travel to exotic locations.. such as Peoria and the Illinois...
09-22-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 39,175
Posted By steelbikeguy

I can understand dropping the bike after seeing a...

I can understand dropping the bike after seeing a spider like that, but I think I'd be running away from it instead of getting close and taking its picture!

Even though I stick to road riding, I...
09-21-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 799
Posted By steelbikeguy

the 1976 page for the short coupled Paramount...

the 1976 page for the short coupled Paramount tandem, just in case anyone is interested.....

https://live.staticflickr.com/4472/37688525232_0afc589145_b_d.jpg

full resolution version here:...
09-20-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 39,175
Posted By steelbikeguy

the Intrepid's web site has an old photo that...

the Intrepid's web site has an old photo that shows some sailors next to the chain. I'm going to guess that each link is a bit more than 1 foot across.
https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/Focsle
...
09-20-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,518
Posted By steelbikeguy

Style does weigh heavily when deciding if a...

Style does weigh heavily when deciding if a design can be considered "classic", and my personal taste says that box lining is definitely a step in that direction!
Matching fenders, the use of a...
09-20-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 502
Views: 39,175
Posted By steelbikeguy

as for myself, I don't require more photos. The...

as for myself, I don't require more photos. The internet is chock full of 'em already! :)
I did find a photo on flickr that showed that there is indeed a F-16 and SR-71 on the Intrepid's deck:...
09-19-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,391
Posted By steelbikeguy

being on bike rides with folks who made the bikes...

being on bike rides with folks who made the bikes they are riding?

from the 2016 Classic Rendezvous gathering... the fellow from Lyme, CT, who really got into the rando bike theme....
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