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05-04-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By rhm

I'll guess it's a lady's model Flyer with an...

I'll guess it's a lady's model Flyer with an incomplete frame. The Flyer is supposed to have a two piece frame with springs. This looks like the springs and the upper frame piece have been removed. ...
05-04-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 366
Posted By rhm

The date codes on the cantle plate are A B C or...

The date codes on the cantle plate are A B C or D, presumably the year divided into quarters, plus two digits for the year. The earliest I've seen is A 59. Those dates continue to the 80's but lots...
04-23-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,234
Posted By rhm

I've been wearing helmets since 1978 or so. This...

I've been wearing helmets since 1978 or so. This photo is from 1983:

https://live.staticflickr.com/3113/2627772995_e619be3d12_k.jpg
04-14-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,283
Posted By rhm

Well, C and S are both sibillants, aren't they? ...

Well, C and S are both sibillants, aren't they?

:innocent:
04-13-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,283
Posted By rhm

I hear yeh, Guge. i resisted dick brakes for so...

I hear yeh, Guge. i resisted dick brakes for so long but eventually I gave up... and it turns out i really like them. It might be time for a bunch of the baby boomers in this forum to move on to...
04-12-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 766
Posted By rhm

i would avoid 27 . The original would have had...

i would avoid 27 . The original would have had "sprints" which are tubular tires, sometimes called 27 but really the same size as 700c. With luck you may manage to find 700c rims that resemble...
03-31-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By rhm

As far as I know, Mesenger was an American...

As far as I know, Mesenger was an American company. Whether this is a Mesenger product, i don't know.

Mesenger did make replacement covers for these. The covers were tough vinyl with padding, and...
03-26-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By rhm

1. As far as I know, the early 50's Raleighs all...

1. As far as I know, the early 50's Raleighs all had cranks made in-house, and I can't think of any that had the 5-pin crank-chainring interface. In the later 50's some of the higher end bikes had...
03-23-21, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By rhm

I've never heard of 'Veloetruria' before. The...

I've never heard of 'Veloetruria' before. The name would translate as 'Etruscan Bicycle," Etruria being the ancient Etruscan homeland, so presumably made in central Italy. There was also a Kingdom...
03-23-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,301
Posted By rhm

I am fighting a very strong urge to start...

I am fighting a very strong urge to start perusing old cycling photos on google images right now, to see if I can find the image I have in my mind. But alas I don't have time for this right now. ...
03-23-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,301
Posted By rhm

^^Yeah, I can't tell exactly what that is, but...

^^Yeah, I can't tell exactly what that is, but I'm sure you're right. It doesn't look hand stitched on, not at all.
03-23-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,301
Posted By rhm

Cool, thanks for the explainer! The kind of...

Cool, thanks for the explainer!

The kind of flocked letters I was thinking of are older, like a 40's - 50's, and the letters were individually stitched onto the jersey by hand.
03-23-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,263
Posted By rhm

Obviously a cork screw is the way to go if it's...

Obviously a cork screw is the way to go if it's long enough, but if you need something longer I'm sure the hardware store has a long coarse threaded screw (something designed to screw into wood) that...
03-22-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,301
Posted By rhm

I think the true vintage jerseys had flocked...

I think the true vintage jerseys had flocked letters, and this embroidery is an imitation of that (a pretty good imitation, but an imitation). A lot of fancy sewing machines can do embroidery like...
03-22-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By rhm

Either that or, like me, you just can't tell that...

Either that or, like me, you just can't tell that subtle difference between "fine" and "even better than fine."
03-22-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By rhm

As a general rule, any derailleur system that...

As a general rule, any derailleur system that worked well enough to be put into production probably worked well enough. If it didn't survive the test of time, it was probably because of some other...
Replies: 18
Views: 1,818
Posted By rhm

That's quite an achievement! Congratulations,...

That's quite an achievement! Congratulations, Amanda! Cheers! :beer:

I haven't been following Amanda since she beat Tommy Godwin's mileage record. Has she been doing other races?

Last August...
03-20-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,988
Posted By rhm

Fair enough. Full disclosure, my drill press vise...

Fair enough. Full disclosure, my drill press vise (which I really do use as a cotter press) is probably not a Harbor Freight one. I got it at a garage sale for a dollar. I've had good luck with other...
03-20-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,988
Posted By rhm

Hold on there! The Bikesmith Design cotter press...

Hold on there! The Bikesmith Design cotter press is made for the crank on a Raleigh Sports, Superbe, DL-1, and that type of bike. The ones with a chain guard. Those cranks have a lot of room...
03-20-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,988
Posted By rhm

Cyclists everywhere, since the dawn of cycling,...

Cyclists everywhere, since the dawn of cycling, have been looking at their bikes and trying to figure out what it is about this bike that makes it so dang slow. And they tend to fixate on one thing...
03-20-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 378
Posted By rhm

Check back with this thread in a year or so......

Check back with this thread in a year or so... tires tend to grow, as they age... in a few months these may be just right.
03-20-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,677
Posted By rhm

I would like to see a photo of the existing rear...

I would like to see a photo of the existing rear hub, with the cog removed. It looks to me like a proper Campagnolo Nuovo Tipo track hub, and all that's missing is the lockring. You cannot use a...
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By rhm

I like the brake cable routing. Can't say I've...

I like the brake cable routing. Can't say I've ever seen it done that way before. :thumb:
02-07-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,232
Posted By rhm

OMG, is that my bike? I don't believe I've ever...

OMG, is that my bike? I don't believe I've ever had a bike that looked that clean. I hate to think what it looks like now. Oy.
02-05-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,211
Posted By rhm

Yes, exactly, it is exactly the color of Shrek's...

Yes, exactly, it is exactly the color of Shrek's forehead on p. 4 of the first edition of... eh, the bibliographic details escape me. But it has to be exactly that color. Some people go for the...
Replies: 35
Views: 3,179
Posted By rhm

I was on 53 mm RTP tires, and I didn't slow down...

I was on 53 mm RTP tires, and I didn't slow down much, and it didn't seem very long. I'd estimate 1.2 km. So, that's about 1200 km on 53 mm tires, and for that 0.1% of the ride, I was really...
02-01-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 847
Posted By rhm

Ah, well, I think I can address that. The reason...

Ah, well, I think I can address that. The reason I would convert a 700c bike into a 650b bike would be to convert a racing bike to a randonneuring bike. That works quite nicely, since you get the...
01-30-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,616
Posted By rhm

Yup, that's my problem, right there, except: ...

Yup, that's my problem, right there, except:
(a) you can actually count the number of bikes you have, and it's one digit? I cannot count the number i have, but I can assure you it is not a rational...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,348
Posted By rhm

I have been extending my evening commute more and...

I have been extending my evening commute more and more lately. The longer route gives me almost no cars (getting from one side of Route One to the other, not to mention I-95) and if i don't have to...
01-26-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,829
Posted By rhm

Well, you don't have to take the brake apart to...

Well, you don't have to take the brake apart to take the wheel off, if you let all the air out of the tire. All the air, yes, I know, all the air, which can take a while. Resilions don't have any...
01-25-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 7,283
Posted By rhm

English Racer?

English Racer?
Forum: Commuting
01-25-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,426
Posted By rhm

We spend so much time on BikeForums disagreeing...

We spend so much time on BikeForums disagreeing about tires and saddles and stuff, it's nice to see people arguing about sock saturation rate. For a change. Very Refreshing. Carry on!
Forum: Commuting
01-23-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,849
Posted By rhm

Oh, yeah, just a simple piece of reflective tape...

Oh, yeah, just a simple piece of reflective tape sewed to a strip of cloth with some velcro...

https://www.rei.com/media/c47aa2b6-15bd-4972-84aa-d170ca3a2556?size=646x485

The ones Jandd makes...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 11,150
Posted By rhm

Old thread! Some of this was already...

Old thread!

Some of this was already discussed ten years ago, but in case anyone hasn't read the whole thread, the better LED dynamo headlights have a headlight beam shaped for maximum light on...
Forum: Commuting
01-23-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,849
Posted By rhm

This time of year my commute is dark morning and...

This time of year my commute is dark morning and evening. As others have mentioned, traffic is lighter an hour or two after rush hour, and i like riding at night anyway, so no big deal. Good dynamo...
01-22-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,148
Posted By rhm

Yup, that's a pretty easy fix, just have to...

Yup, that's a pretty easy fix, just have to replace the frame, and I have replacement frames. Probably from a dead saddle, but possibly a new one. So if the leather is still good, I can replace the...
01-21-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,012
Posted By rhm

Right, good question! I have a Bell Systems...

Right, good question! I have a Bell Systems crimper the right size to crimp a spoke to a cable. So I thread my cable back and forth from rim to hub and back, as many times as it goes, then crimp a ...
01-21-21, 12:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,012
Posted By rhm

i have removed the freewheel from a couple hubs...

i have removed the freewheel from a couple hubs using a rim laced to the drive side flange using old brake cables for spokes. It's basically the same as using spokes, just easier to get the cable...
Replies: 8
Views: 1,139
Posted By rhm

There were a few years during which I did most of...

There were a few years during which I did most of my long distance riding on a recumbent. It was fast on the flats, and comfortable, but it never felt 'normal' to me and I continued to commute on an...
01-16-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,295
Posted By rhm

No, sorry, I definitely don't know what they...

No, sorry, I definitely don't know what they offered and when. I really don't pay that much attention to color. I don't see the same colors as most people do. I had one old Brooks saddle that, when...
01-16-21, 12:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,295
Posted By rhm

Sure looks a lot like mine, same size, same...

Sure looks a lot like mine, same size, same condition.

That Brooks B17 is older than the rest of the bike. the oval stamp was discontinued in 1954 or something.

Different stem shifters come...
01-16-21, 12:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 746
Posted By rhm

I'd assume the reasoning is something like "the ...

I'd assume the reasoning is something like "the
customer knows what the customer wants, and the customer pays for it."
01-15-21, 11:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 435
Posted By rhm

I have a pair of Sun CR18 rims, 700c, that were...

I have a pair of Sun CR18 rims, 700c, that were labelled wrong. I would have taken the labels off anyway, so no big deal to me that they said "26 x 1.75 and "ISO 559." It happens!
01-13-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By rhm

Looks like 110 mm bcd, probably made for BMX....

Looks like 110 mm bcd, probably made for BMX. Bullseye, maybe?

Edit:
Not Bullseye, I remember now, they had BULLETPROOF screened on the side in large black letters. Classy.
01-09-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,004
Posted By rhm

Those levers aren't right. Looks like they were...

Those levers aren't right. Looks like they were made for straight bars or something. The correct levers will look like this:

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50680745201_380d8b8741_b.jpg
12-31-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,788
Posted By rhm

:lol: ...yeah... A couple years ago a friend of...

:lol: ...yeah... A couple years ago a friend of mine crashed snd didn't know why. He explained it in an email. He's a physicist and takes a methodical approach to problem solving.
Well, as i said,...
12-31-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,788
Posted By rhm

Wheels can get loose, I get that. You can kick...

Wheels can get loose, I get that. You can kick the QR with your heel, yes. It's happened to me... the wheel slides forward in the dropouts and stops turning, and the it becomes difficult to stay...
12-31-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 466
Views: 22,530
Posted By rhm

The verb "wrench." I'm fine with the...

The verb "wrench."

I'm fine with the noun.
12-26-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 9,152
Posted By rhm

Well, some years ago i read a paper on an obscure...

Well, some years ago i read a paper on an obscure topic at a professional conference and afterwards an elder statesman of the field remarked that my interpretation of the evidence was "bold." What...
12-24-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,663
Posted By rhm

+1

+1
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