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10-18-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 652
Posted By steelbikeguy

am I hallucinating, or are those tubular rims...

am I hallucinating, or are those tubular rims that you are putting a clincher tire onto?

Steve in Peoria
10-16-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 295
Posted By steelbikeguy

well, there's definitely not any problem with...

well, there's definitely not any problem with toe-clip overlap! :)

I'd love to hear the story behind this creation!

Steve in Peoria
10-14-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 468
Posted By steelbikeguy

yeah, that Falcon is pretty classy!! Steve...

yeah, that Falcon is pretty classy!!

Steve in Peoria (and a sucker for British bikes)
10-13-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 971
Posted By steelbikeguy

hmmm... I already mentioned the left brake...

hmmm... I already mentioned the left brake lever hanging oddly, as well as the front QR lever being on the right. Beyond that I'd have to get nit-picky and complain about the end of the toe-straps...
10-12-21, 06:00 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 971
Posted By steelbikeguy

thinking back to when I made my post, I think I...

thinking back to when I made my post, I think I looked at my two catalogs, a 1974 (I think) and a 1976, I think I went to the '76 because it showed the blue mink & silver paint scheme. Looking at...
10-11-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 971
Posted By steelbikeguy

I haven't had to look for a replacement, but I...

I haven't had to look for a replacement, but I assume that there must be fastener suppliers that could get the basic bolt.... although it might be a UK supplier.

My Hetchins has a black steel...
10-11-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 971
Posted By steelbikeguy

at a glance, the bolt looks fairly similar to...

at a glance, the bolt looks fairly similar to what is in the catalog....

https://live.staticflickr.com/8160/28539719204_9b718d9836_c_d.jpg
high res version: ...
10-11-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,570
Posted By steelbikeguy

As a SunTour fan, I picked up these Blue Line...

As a SunTour fan, I picked up these Blue Line shifters somewhere. I think I just got the levers and associated hardware, assuming that they fit on standard downtube shifter bosses.
Umm... that...
10-11-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 971
Posted By steelbikeguy

The bike has seen a bit of use, as evidenced by...

The bike has seen a bit of use, as evidenced by the change of bar tape and tires, but that's about it. Remarkable condition! Raleigh paint jobs of that era are rather fragile (and perhaps that is...
10-06-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,574
Posted By steelbikeguy

the ultimate example of this trend might be the...

the ultimate example of this trend might be the Infinity seats...


https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/infinity_seat_21874290ec31e535c13344cc5cad503cdb2fd8a5.jpg

As...
10-06-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,574
Posted By steelbikeguy

I don't agree, but the Mavic "starfish" crank...

I don't agree, but the Mavic "starfish" crank deserves to be known by everyone, for better or for worse....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51140140382_f2f0ea03e1_b_d.jpg

That whole Mavic...
10-05-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 2,581
Views: 898,791
Posted By steelbikeguy

I just noticed that my C'dale bag has the...

I just noticed that my C'dale bag has the seatpost velcro strap oriented 90 degrees from your bag, so that my main zipper runs from top to bottom instead of side to side. On my bike, there are two...
10-04-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 2,581
Views: 898,791
Posted By steelbikeguy

The bag was intended for use for spare tubulars...

The bag was intended for use for spare tubulars (aka sew-ups), as noted. I've still got one that I use, and it's quite a civilized way to carry a spare tire. It even has a little zippered pocket...
10-04-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By steelbikeguy

I like the cross-section views of the different...

I like the cross-section views of the different cassette hub designs! I've got Shimano cassette hubs, which are not too complicated and put the right hand bearing cup & cone on the far right end. ...
09-30-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,891
Posted By steelbikeguy

yeah, I can identify with that. :) I first...

yeah, I can identify with that. :)

I first met Mr. iab at a small ride in Chicagoland. We got invited over to the iab household to see the few bikes hanging in the storage area. There were...
09-30-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,891
Posted By steelbikeguy

I never caught the Italian bug, but I do have a...

I never caught the Italian bug, but I do have a heavily pantographed Olmo Competition...

https://live.staticflickr.com/4382/37218071482_1edd59e76f_c_d.jpg

My collection is small, but it is fun...
09-30-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4,605
Views: 471,763
Posted By steelbikeguy

hmm..... that bears a certain resemblance to a...

hmm..... that bears a certain resemblance to a Michelin that developed a bulge, and then the tube found its way around the layers of cords and blew out.
It appeared to me that the layers of cords...
09-28-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 795
Posted By steelbikeguy

you haven't been on Brimfield-Jubilee road! ...

you haven't been on Brimfield-Jubilee road!

https://live.staticflickr.com/5635/30547407863_8eba7be6c5_c_d.jpg

this isn't the worst, though.... it's just the easiest to get a photo of.
My...
09-26-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,764
Posted By steelbikeguy

Julian did mention that he sold the Teesdale. A...

Julian did mention that he sold the Teesdale. A bit of a shame, but the addition of the Merz certainly compensates for it.
He's managed to find some pretty nice bikes.. not that I'm complaining...
09-26-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 497
Posted By steelbikeguy

I use clear packing tape to stick it to the...

I use clear packing tape to stick it to the inboard side of the fork blade. It's a low-tech way of doing it, but it works much better than it has a right to. Here's a cropped photo of the Raleigh...
09-26-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 497
Posted By steelbikeguy

Boy, I haven't had mine in the cold weather for a...

Boy, I haven't had mine in the cold weather for a long time... mine are on my shiny bikes that just get ridden on nice days. The bikes that get used and abused are fitted with more modern Cateyes,...
09-25-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,764
Posted By steelbikeguy

after spending too much time looking the details...

after spending too much time looking the details on Julian's Merz, it was time to be sociable again and talk to everyone, especially the new folks. :)

Kraig (aka "KAH" here on bike forums)...
09-25-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,764
Posted By steelbikeguy

this post could just be titled "Julian's Merz". ...

this post could just be titled "Julian's Merz".

Julian acquired this nifty Merz touring bike recently, and was nice enough to share it with the rest of us!
I think it dates back to the early...
09-22-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,951
Posted By steelbikeguy

Very nice that Michael Barry is keeping the...

Very nice that Michael Barry is keeping the business running! His dad passed away a few(?) years ago, but they were at the 2016 Classic Rendezvous gathering. Got a shot of them riding together, as...
09-22-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,764
Posted By steelbikeguy

The Peoria club had a joint ride with the...

The Peoria club had a joint ride with the Bloomington/Normal bike club last weekend. We call it the Meet In the Middle ride, where we each start out from our respective metro area and meet in...
09-21-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,764
Posted By steelbikeguy

if it weren't for cold weather, I'd never have...

if it weren't for cold weather, I'd never have time to tear my bikes down and do some proper maintenance.
Plus, it's a good excuse to get out on cross country skis. No chain to clean, and no flat...
09-18-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,103
Posted By steelbikeguy

a good reason to stick to the Raleigh SBDU bikes!...

a good reason to stick to the Raleigh SBDU bikes! :)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50282854552_a7655bd5a6_c_d.jpg

although I've got a nice shiny International that seems to be okay too....
09-18-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 706
Posted By steelbikeguy

My recollection is that it was hard enough to...

My recollection is that it was hard enough to educate the consumer about what a derailleur was and what gears were. The optimal selection of gearing was not something that the consumer was going to...
09-17-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By steelbikeguy

I do appreciate Jim Langley's work over the...

I do appreciate Jim Langley's work over the decades, but Bicycling was in decline when this review was written. It could be argued that it was just halfway on its decline.
For those who never...
09-17-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 723
Posted By steelbikeguy

I completely empathize! I had a much less...

I completely empathize!

I had a much less serious, but equally dumb, incident about 10 years ago.
I was just toodling through Jubilee College park, going down a small hill. Somehow, I managed to...
09-16-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,103
Posted By steelbikeguy

I seem to have a tendency towards British bikes...

I seem to have a tendency towards British bikes built with lightweight Reynolds tubing...

such as a Raleigh Team built with Reynolds 753 tubing:...
09-15-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,581
Posted By steelbikeguy

yep... plus, I'm curious about the methods used...

yep... plus, I'm curious about the methods used to achieve these gravity defying pedals.
Just tighten the bearings a bit?
Some sort of rubber bands on the pedal axle to produce some drag between...
09-15-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,581
Posted By steelbikeguy

I dunno about the Captain.. look at those...

I dunno about the Captain.. look at those pockets and tell me he isn't a career shoplifter.

but as far as the Schwinn corporate standard for bike photos... there does seem to be a consistent...
09-15-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,581
Posted By steelbikeguy

clearly, the cranks should be aligned with the...

clearly, the cranks should be aligned with the seat tube!
However, as far as other OCD details are concerned, the valve stem should be at the bottom, wingnuts aligned,and the spokes should be...
09-14-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By steelbikeguy

a nice review of the assembly methods. The...

a nice review of the assembly methods.

The summary of "they really all do the same thing" isn't really surprising. I'm not sure why they bothered to say that there was a measured difference in...
09-14-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,267
Posted By steelbikeguy

something like this? ...

something like this?

https://live.staticflickr.com/1728/42454352821_cb32796982_c_d.jpg

although it belongs (belonged?) to Jim Cunningham. The photo is from the 2018 Classic Rendezvous...
09-13-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 582
Posted By steelbikeguy

always happy to see someone dig into the older...

always happy to see someone dig into the older stuff and create replicas! Looks like fun!
The bottle cage that you link to (in the Speedplay flickr virtual museum) is an intriguing one, and strikes...
09-13-21, 05:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 856
Posted By steelbikeguy

wow! I had no idea that shipping (and customs?)...

wow!
I had no idea that shipping (and customs?) to Canada was so crazy. Maybe it's time to start a border smuggling operation, strapping bags of bike parts to the backs of wandering moose, and...
09-12-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 1,249
Views: 137,185
Posted By steelbikeguy

that reminds me... I had the pleasure of...

that reminds me... I had the pleasure of watching the Iron Horse Classic bike race in Durango, Colorado in 1982. Very neat event, and it was named after the small gauge railroad that runs from...
09-12-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 856
Posted By steelbikeguy

If you get to the point where you want to replace...

If you get to the point where you want to replace the 14 tooth cog, I've got some spares and could sell you one at a modest cost.

Steve in Peoria
09-06-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 1,249
Views: 137,185
Posted By steelbikeguy

I think I mentioned that I was down in St. Louis...

I think I mentioned that I was down in St. Louis and managed to ride directly into a very nasty storm.
What I didn't mention was that the main reason to go down there was to see an enormous steam...
09-05-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,424
Posted By steelbikeguy

this matches my experiences with Continental...

this matches my experiences with Continental tires on vintage rims. In addition to carrying some metal tire irons with a sharp enough lip to get under the bead, I carry a small tire jack tool called...
09-04-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,764
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm not sure that I know the answer to that...

I'm not sure that I know the answer to that question. The Trefzger Bakery web site doesn't specify. I think there were a couple of brands of bikes manufactured in Peoria way back when.. the...
08-31-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1,249
Views: 137,185
Posted By steelbikeguy

I was riding from the Chain of Rocks Bridge...

I was riding from the Chain of Rocks Bridge (across the Mississippi, near St. Louis) and heading for downtown and the Arch.....
It was a hot, humid, and sunny day, with the temperature around 91F at...
08-28-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By steelbikeguy

The T.A. rings are the only ones that I know...

The T.A. rings are the only ones that I know of... but it's been a long time since I've shopped for them.
Peter White Cycles is a distributor here in the USA.. ...
08-26-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By steelbikeguy

also useful for so many bikes with centerpull...

also useful for so many bikes with centerpull brakes! It would be nice to have QR's on the cable hangars, but that was a bit of a luxury.
Weinmann certainly set a precedent by having QR's built...
08-26-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,446
Posted By steelbikeguy

Looks great! Always good to see a shiny Raleigh...

Looks great! Always good to see a shiny Raleigh ready to hit the road! :)

Steve in Peoria
08-24-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 243
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've got some SunTour XC pedals that I've fairly...

I've got some SunTour XC pedals that I've fairly well abused, and the screws are still not showing any corrosion.
The screws all have a little "S" stamped into them. Do yours have the S? Just...
08-23-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,064
Posted By steelbikeguy

as much as I feel like a Silca frame pump is the...

as much as I feel like a Silca frame pump is the one true and pure way to put air into tires, I feel obliged to mention that racers were carrying compressed gas for inflating spare tires a long time...
08-23-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,594
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've had these jerseys for quite a while.....

I've had these jerseys for quite a while.. probably between 10 and 20 years. There's just not many times when it's appropriate to show them all at once.
It's still a lot of jerseys, and the wool...
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