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04-03-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 657
Posted By 63rickert

Correction to the Jim Langley article. John...

Correction to the Jim Langley article. John Howard raced bikes. Mike Howard built frames.
04-01-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 703
Posted By 63rickert

All the 5 speed wheels on the rack go into any of...

All the 5 speed wheels on the rack go into any of my 5 speed bikes with no adjustments, no fiddling, no problems. All the 6 speed wheels on the rack go into any of the wife’s 6 speed bikes with no...
03-31-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 703
Posted By 63rickert

I tried twice with modern Shimano freewheels....

I tried twice with modern Shimano freewheels. There is no connection at all between vintage and modern freewheels. Last time was about a year ago with fresh inventory. Does not work. I’ve no idea...
03-27-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 472
Posted By 63rickert

[QUOTE=bulgie;21385506]Tell it to all those guys...

[QUOTE=bulgie;21385506]Tell it to all those guys who won the Tour de France, and most every other race in the world, on those flexy, un-sporty 50.4 cranks! But fashions change, and riders get...
03-11-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 12,049
Posted By 63rickert

WRT repeated queries ‘What else could we do?’ ...

WRT repeated queries ‘What else could we do?’

Plenty. As an absolute beginning no more handshakes. Where I am which is Chicago, but maybe a different cohort than others here, a proferred hand will...
03-11-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 759
Posted By 63rickert

Lots of small changes continuously to early Phil...

Lots of small changes continuously to early Phil hubs and brackets as they kept breaking.

Remember the 3x5 card in the hub box that said 0.004” free play at rim was normal? Bike would roll down...
02-23-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,379
Posted By 63rickert

Default/de facto was long reach brakes. When the...

Default/de facto was long reach brakes. When the switch is made to short at front, sure, they could have gone short at either end. Against that is inertia. No absolute need to change the rear so it...
02-20-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,313
Posted By 63rickert

High downhill speeds could happen back when....

High downhill speeds could happen back when. Limited by rough roads. Limited by tires. On a fixed gear it is possible, at least when young, to pedal at 200rpm. At that speed counter-pedaling doesn't...
02-20-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,572
Posted By 63rickert

Well, yes. But no way to know if all would wear...

Well, yes. But no way to know if all would wear or fail proportionally to the lab result. Constructing a lab test that would replicate real world results is not likely. This is why anecdotal reports,...
02-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,029
Posted By 63rickert

Reverse electrolysis is the best method by far. ...

Reverse electrolysis is the best method by far. Problem is it must be done by those with experience and they must stand over the tank watching. With heavy car and truck parts no problem to walk away...
02-14-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,006
Posted By 63rickert

When I was at my best, thirty years ago, a ride...

When I was at my best, thirty years ago, a ride like that would have been 5 hours something. Less than 6 hours. And I might have done that having been at the start line with those who were racing,...
02-14-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 788
Posted By 63rickert

Beautiful work. As good as it has ever been done....

Beautiful work. As good as it has ever been done. Definitely put this up at C&V.

If you don't already know Chris Howard and cycloretro.com take a look. He has a couple tricks up his sleeve beyond...
02-14-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,006
Posted By 63rickert

Just re-read top post. OP is talking 5 minutes...

Just re-read top post. OP is talking 5 minutes per hour from equipment. And guesstimating a 180km road race takes 8 hours. Wrong. No equipment gives five minutes per hour. And a 180km race even over...
02-14-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,006
Posted By 63rickert

Where are these road races? In US road racing on...

Where are these road races? In US road racing on non-crit courses is just about gone. The road race (not a time trial) where you race alone most of the time does not exist. Riding alone in a road...
02-07-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,313
Posted By 63rickert

Here's one a friend sent me today: ...

Here's one a friend sent me today:

https://gearjunkie.com/25th-infantry-bicycle-corps

Maybe don't attempt all of that on Barney but assume the bike is reasonably capable (except where you have...
02-05-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 1,447
Views: 130,838
Posted By 63rickert

I use rims that are 50, 60, 70 years old. Half of...

I use rims that are 50, 60, 70 years old. Half of them came to me free and were badly flatspotted. Or otherwise useless deplorable unredeemable scrap metal. If I tell you how to make rims work...
01-30-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,054
Posted By 63rickert

Raleigh Sports Model DL-22 frames break. All of...

Raleigh Sports Model DL-22 frames break. All of them. If yours hasn't broken yet you just don't ride enough. Frames from an earlier era have a decent chance of some longevity but still fail. 1973...
01-30-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,054
Posted By 63rickert

The additional weight, power, and torque will be...

The additional weight, power, and torque will be no problem for any vintage bike. Guaranteed to work every time. You won't have any problems. Since that old Raleigh is so redundantly reliable it will...
01-30-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,858
Posted By 63rickert

Bridges for sale here, discounted.

Bridges for sale here, discounted.
01-28-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,037
Posted By 63rickert

I have Vittore Gianni wool cycling sweaters from...

I have Vittore Gianni wool cycling sweaters from 1960s that still see regular use.
01-27-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,537
Posted By 63rickert

All handlebars used to do that. Cinelli...

All handlebars used to do that. Cinelli handlebars used to do that. Cinelli did that back when I weighed 140. How long you been riding?
01-18-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,466
Posted By 63rickert

This vendor has acceptable repros of TA bottles....

This vendor has acceptable repros of TA bottles. https://www.ebay.com/str/Eroica-Passione?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
Some of the graphics are very good. Better ink/printing than originals.

Usable...
01-18-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,835
Posted By 63rickert

These are good frames. The drilling in the lower...

These are good frames. The drilling in the lower head lug is an Alain Michel trademark. Obviously much easier to copy than a Carré willow leaf but there are so many marks of fine construction... The...
01-17-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,853
Posted By 63rickert

Can you do math in your head? Memorize a gear...

Can you do math in your head? Memorize a gear chart? Mount a stopwatch on your 'bar. Count pedal revolutions. If you know pedal rpm and gearing you can calculate speed. Basically gear inches times...
01-17-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,928
Posted By 63rickert

They did have a race program. Even did a US tour....

They did have a race program. Even did a US tour. The guys were using bikes, not Lamberts.
01-16-20, 01:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 605
Posted By 63rickert

That's as good as I've found. It's history by...

That's as good as I've found. It's history by series of anecdotes. Most of that I've come across before in other forms. Yes, they processed them after they came off the lathe. Sometimes just guys...
01-15-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By 63rickert

Hadn't seen your post somehow. I'd bet it was an...

Hadn't seen your post somehow. I'd bet it was an Automoto. Even in the basic coaster brake model they used a neatly brazed strut from chainstay to seatstay and had a brazed reinforced socket for the...
01-15-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 605
Posted By 63rickert

I wish I had a good answer. Have tried to best of...

I wish I had a good answer. Have tried to best of ability and thrown some time at the question and not come up with good answers. I have found that as late as 1900 cycling companies were making capex...
01-15-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 605
Posted By 63rickert

Absolutely no way that was an original bearing....

Absolutely no way that was an original bearing. Someone else's best guess/approximation. In the Anglo-American world in 1898 ball bearings were still turned on lathes. Accuracy at best was plus or...
01-12-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,263
Posted By 63rickert

The Sapim washers are good. Different enough from...

The Sapim washers are good. Different enough from hardware store washers it would be worth the ticket. For the oval cupped variety I have a small stock of 1940s Raleigh washers that are just about...
01-12-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,263
Posted By 63rickert

Inset washer makes this sound like a top quality...

Inset washer makes this sound like a top quality rim. Washers are a tiny detail taken for granted until faced with a task like this. My 1930s Torrington nipples have a much narrower head than current...
01-11-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,263
Posted By 63rickert

New spokes, yes. What are you using for nipples?...

New spokes, yes. What are you using for nipples? The originals? I have a handful of 3/4" Torringtons and glad of it, those rims look like you'd need something longer. Washers?
01-10-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 174
Views: 10,403
Posted By 63rickert

Please don't discard those narrow handlebars. No...

Please don't discard those narrow handlebars. No one will be making more and some of us love them.
01-09-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,263
Posted By 63rickert

Use a traditional spar varnish, not poly. Very...

Use a traditional spar varnish, not poly. Very little difference between Pratt & Lambert Vitralite Spar and what would have been used originally. Epifanes would be another good choice but the P&L is...
01-08-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 10,403
Posted By 63rickert

Your bikes have water bottle mounts?!!

Your bikes have water bottle mounts?!!
12-28-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 881
Posted By 63rickert

Turin branded bikes were Cycles France-Loire,...

Turin branded bikes were Cycles France-Loire, better known as Mercier. Final batch was Superia. There were several oddball BBs which were a problem. They only failed if you used them. Those BBs were...
12-22-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,249
Posted By 63rickert

You are mistaken. Local concentration of vapor...

You are mistaken. Local concentration of vapor can occur any time any place for reasons which are entirely overlooked until something exciting occurs. The more you tempt fate the more likely...
12-11-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 16,115
Posted By 63rickert

So that's like a 40,000 mile service interval?...

So that's like a 40,000 mile service interval? Gosh, I better get a Dutch bike
12-10-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,816
Posted By 63rickert

This is a no-brainer. She deserves the best....

This is a no-brainer. She deserves the best. Pacenti, double-butted, René Herse.
12-10-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,034
Posted By 63rickert

The Biria is nifty in every way. They got a bad...

The Biria is nifty in every way. They got a bad start and a bad rep with an initial batch of frames with incurable alignment issues. Easy to imagine that jigging up that frame first time there could...
12-07-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,085
Posted By 63rickert

OP should do it his way and make mistakes. And...

OP should do it his way and make mistakes. And fix them. Project requires bolts and spacers and I've no idea what Willow includes. Or what OP has on hand.

Good chance this can be done on original...
12-06-19, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By 63rickert

Start fiddling with the pieces and it will...

Start fiddling with the pieces and it will quickly be clear how to make this work with any old lever. Sheldon's setup is the absolute crudest ever seen. It was done not so much out of poverty as...
11-30-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,949
Posted By 63rickert

Going to disagree with most here. Yes, the entire...

Going to disagree with most here. Yes, the entire issue could be as simple as crown of the road. OTOH the OP presumably has other bikes or remembers other bikes that don't pull.

Most bikes are...
11-26-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By 63rickert

Cyclocross. They would be stomped on....

Cyclocross. They would be stomped on. Unavoidable. Doubling up gave at least some hope a foot would still go in. Not theory. Done it. Many did it.
11-26-19, 01:05 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 11,567
Posted By 63rickert

The idea that non-disc brakes are deadly is where...

The idea that non-disc brakes are deadly is where you have to go to sell discs. First, last, only resort of the sales force.
11-24-19, 06:09 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,239
Posted By 63rickert

A move from a 14 to a 12 is just huge. Worry...

A move from a 14 to a 12 is just huge. Worry about an 11 much later.
11-24-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,025
Posted By 63rickert

Original 753 had an extreme heat treating...

Original 753 had an extreme heat treating process, which was given as the reason for no coldsetting and the reason tubes down to 0.376 would be durable. Heat treating in general was evolving rapidly...
11-23-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,563
Posted By 63rickert

Why would a C&V person have any interest in...

Why would a C&V person have any interest in Shimano chains? Let them make directional chains if they wish.
11-19-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 10,540
Posted By 63rickert

Going over is easiest. Works quite well. Done it,...

Going over is easiest. Works quite well. Done it, three occasions. Does not injure riders in the pile either. What is required is a lesson. Once you see someone else do it seems very simple. And is.
11-07-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 12,172
Posted By 63rickert

Why would data exist? I am talking about going...

Why would data exist? I am talking about going back to 60s and 70s when cycling was an activity for children. Adults who cycled were plain weird. We did all know each other. There was a community. If...
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