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09-18-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By bulgie

Good article. Geoff Drake is a cool guy, didn't...

Good article. Geoff Drake is a cool guy, didn't know him well but he's a mensch.

Slight quibble with stating specs like the wall thickness or the headtube angle without mentioning that those vary,...
09-18-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,283
Posted By bulgie

Beautiful bike, and an excellent job building it...

Beautiful bike, and an excellent job building it back better than new! I miss mine, same year and color, sold because it was too small, but we had some fun times together and I LOVE the aesthetics. ...
09-17-21, 03:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By bulgie

I might be quibbling but I wouldn't call that...

I might be quibbling but I wouldn't call that tapered, just ovalized. I say that because there were also tubes that flared (tapered) to a larger diameter below the front derailer, and were also...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-13-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 668
Posted By bulgie

Yeah I've been liking the long TT, short stem...

Yeah I've been liking the long TT, short stem idea for a while now. It also lets you have a reasonably steep HTA (which I like for pavement) without toe overlap, and without steepening the STA...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-06-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By bulgie

I think what you're referring to as memory is...

I think what you're referring to as memory is better described as yield strength. Most structural metals (especially steel) have a range of stress that deflects the metal only elastically, so that...
09-06-21, 04:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,092
Posted By bulgie

I drilled my GB "Forged Hiduminium" stem in the...

I drilled my GB "Forged Hiduminium" stem in the mid-'70s and have ridden that bike ever since, including light off-road, but low miles. It's mostly been a commuting and errand bike. I am a sprinty...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-12-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 867
Posted By bulgie

What's the length of your existing steerer? I...

What's the length of your existing steerer? I know it's a longshot, but maybe we can swap. I'm looking for a PX-10 fork for a tall frame, needs to be 240 mm from the crown race seat up. I have...
08-04-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,382
Posted By bulgie

That's whay they call them drop outs. ...

That's whay they call them drop outs.
<rimshot>
08-03-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,382
Posted By bulgie

In about '72 I was working in a shop that sold...

In about '72 I was working in a shop that sold Raleighs. I was assembling a brand new Grand Prix (second model up from the bottom in the "10 speed" category) and one fork dropout didn't look right....
Forum: Framebuilders
07-24-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,895
Posted By bulgie

Here's mine: ...

Here's mine:
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OK not really. But not all that far off either.

I...
07-22-21, 03:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,491
Posted By bulgie

No, Max frames are heavy because a Max tubeset is...

No, Max frames are heavy because a Max tubeset is heavy. It's possibly a good choice for a very large sprinter, but even for that guy, I think large diameter round tubes would be better than the...
07-19-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,157
Posted By bulgie

Newvex lugs are for OS tubing only, making for a...

Newvex lugs are for OS tubing only, making for a pretty different ride vis-a-vis an International.

I've got a bunch of actual old Nervex Professional lugs, and some 531 tube sets, so maybe? Not...
07-18-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By bulgie

I think a "thread less" headset is one with less...

I think a "thread less" headset is one with less threads — not the same as "threadless"!

Here's a humorous ad for a "less thread" headset from the late-'80s (I think):
...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-14-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By bulgie

OK, I'll sell you my old one as soon as I make a...

OK, I'll sell you my old one as soon as I make a new one, some time in the next 10 years or so.
Forum: Framebuilders
07-14-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By bulgie

Best, if you can make it fit, is one that...

Best, if you can make it fit, is one that attaches to one jaw of a bench vise, with the "half pipe" attached to the other jaw. Attached as in bolted in where the vise jaws attach. Most vises are too...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-12-21, 01:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 571
Posted By bulgie

If you'd consider shipping, Ti Cycles (Dave...

If you'd consider shipping, Ti Cycles (Dave Levy), near Portland OR, is skilled, knowledgeable, ethical and reliable. Last I heard anyway; haven't communicated with him in a longish time....
Forum: Framebuilders
07-01-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 808
Posted By bulgie

Don't forget to do something to make the...

Don't forget to do something to make the right-side midstay clear the chain. Not only while pedaling, but also while shifting — the chain moves around a bit randomly while shifting. So leave a...
06-27-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By bulgie

Retro-Raleighs was a website hosted by Ray "Don"...

Retro-Raleighs was a website hosted by Ray "Don" Chong. (No, he didn't actually go by Don, that was just me, a riff on Rae Dawn Chong, famous among bikies for her 10-second wheel change in the bike...
06-25-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By bulgie

Glad those will be available. I got mine a few...

Glad those will be available. I got mine a few years ago from Amir Avitzur in Israel but I don't think he was going into production or trying to sell them. I may be wrong, that was just the...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-24-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,329
Posted By bulgie

I know this is a pretty caveman alternative, but...

I know this is a pretty caveman alternative, but have you considered a spreadsheet? Mine has one nice feature, it is super fast to use, at least for the old-school type frames I like, using tubes,...
06-24-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By bulgie

I have a 28t ring that will work for you (10 mm...

I have a 28t ring that will work for you (10 mm holes, 12 mm counterbore) and I'll trade if you want. I can send a pic or two if you're interested.

I can use the one with small holes for a Campy...
06-23-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 41,097
Posted By bulgie

But then your Racer will be one spacer short,...

But then your Racer will be one spacer short, right? You need a Racer Spacer™? PM me your address if you want, I can send you one. It will be used, "patinated", but usable.

BTW nice score on...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-23-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,184
Posted By bulgie

Anyone wanting to build a Riv Road "homage"...

Anyone wanting to build a Riv Road "homage" should buy some of my Riv crowns too. As used by Richard Sachs among others. A wise man once said "expensive, but a great bit of framebuilding history":...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-14-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,170
Posted By bulgie

One Davidson fan who surprised me is Jim Merz. ...

One Davidson fan who surprised me is Jim Merz. He was on the very short list of the world's best framebuilders for a while in the '70s and early '80s before he quit to be a design engineer for...
06-01-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,993
Posted By bulgie

Remember to keep track of some of the...

Remember to keep track of some of the odd-dimensioned items.

Like the seat tube of the frame being a little oversized, which required Schwinn to spec a special front derailer and also the clamp...
05-27-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 20,653
Views: 3,621,105
Posted By bulgie

Super-efficient direct cable routing

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Lightweight!...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-20-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,184
Posted By bulgie

I have a couple sets, forget where I got them. ...

I have a couple sets, forget where I got them. Not from Baylis, I would remember that. More likely ebay.
Sorry this pic is so bad, amongst a pile of other lugs, but I figger POIDH and a bad pic is...
05-18-21, 04:22 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,237
Posted By bulgie

We made at least one quad-ring crank that I...

We made at least one quad-ring crank that I remember, at Santana in about 1977, using TA Pro 5-vis rings. I didn't take pictures unfortunately

Here's a pic I found somewhere of a Singer tandem...
05-09-21, 05:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,173
Posted By bulgie

Zing! Sick burn. You sure won that exchange —...

Zing! Sick burn. You sure won that exchange — congrats.

I also didn't get the acronym (if it doesn't mean Rat Trap Pass then I'm stumped), so I guess I'm in that "dullest" category too. I can...
05-06-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,997
Posted By bulgie

Ouch! Yeah I might just have gotten lucky. I...

Ouch! Yeah I might just have gotten lucky. I forget the brand, but my punch/spindle appears to be very high quality. BB spindles should have lots of toughness to be a good spindle, which is also a...
05-06-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,997
Posted By bulgie

Yeah, I did say a press is a better choice for...

Yeah, I did say a press is a better choice for most people. I just like hammering, myself, but I'm not normal.

Another reason to buy a Bikesmith press is that Mark Stonich who makes them is a...
05-02-21, 02:03 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 11,237
Posted By bulgie

If I remember right, the Nervar Star moniker was...

If I remember right, the Nervar Star moniker was reserved for the one with the Campy-style 5-arm spider, with the 128 mm BCD.
The 5-pin 50.4 mm cranks didn't get "Star" in the name.

Because I was...
04-25-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 799
Posted By bulgie

Yes, that's a crown made by welding thick...

Yes, that's a crown made by welding thick sheetmetal that's been bent around. Not cast. Perfectly OK way to make a crown, though not high-end or fashionable. Strong enough (usually) and pretty light....
04-19-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 702
Posted By bulgie

The cracked pulleys are almost certainly...

The cracked pulleys are almost certainly original. 9-tooth plastic pulleys were used on late-model Record and the first year or so of the Nuovo, before switching to 10-tooth. 9t pulleys in usable...
04-19-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By bulgie

I see two places that may be cracked (hard to...

I see two places that may be cracked (hard to tell in photos): top of the downtube lug where the DT emerges, and in the left-side seatstay cap, possible crack across the logo?
The fork not matching...
04-14-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,157
Posted By bulgie

The 30t ring pictured by merziac earlier is the...

The 30t ring pictured by merziac earlier is the brainchild of Bob Freeman. He used to have a bike shop (since closed), called Elliott Bay, in Seattle, partnered with Bill Davidson the framebuilder....
04-13-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,157
Posted By bulgie

merziac asked "isn't the allen in the bottom the...

merziac asked "isn't the allen in the bottom the really tough part?
"

The allen socket is made with a broach. Rotary broaches are the coolest (and fastest). I'm not enough of a machinist to know...
04-13-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 738
Posted By bulgie

Steve in Peoria found the Mounting Dolt, but...

Steve in Peoria found the Mounting Dolt, but there's another one (or two depending on how you count).
On the F. der., the Chain Roller is called out as being the Clamp Screw, and the actual Clamp...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-13-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,017
Posted By bulgie

Not quite; tempering means to try to get some...

Not quite; tempering means to try to get some toughness back after the quench leaves the steel in a hard but brittle state. Tempering weakens the steel but if done right leaves the steel still...
04-12-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,819
Posted By bulgie

Funny that the author says the best rack ever was...

Funny that the author says the best rack ever was the Claud Butler. (Actually he mis-spelled it as Claude, a common mistake).

In 1976 I rode across Canada with two friends. We rode East to West —...
04-02-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,917
Posted By bulgie

Fantastic! Moto GR is close to my heart since I...

Fantastic! Moto GR is close to my heart since I rode one across the continent in 1976.

The TA Pro 5-vis "Cyclotouriste" would be a logical choice, if keeping in the spirit of the original is...
03-31-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,452
Posted By bulgie

Yep. ...

Yep.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1026x1068/toilet_roll_holder_c845c3fa28a48d0189331f11577442f32e25d3fd.jpg
Circa 1980 Davidson. Portacatena optional.

Mark B
Forum: Framebuilders
03-26-21, 04:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By bulgie

Could you explain what you mean in more detail? ...

Could you explain what you mean in more detail? Your short statement is a bit ambiguous, but it sounds wrong to me no matter how I parse it.

Did you mean the lightest fork blade (what this thread...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-25-21, 12:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By bulgie

Ha ha, no, not in those years, but In the '40s...

Ha ha, no, not in those years, but In the '40s and '50s (maybe earlier too), smaller diameter blades at the bottom were in vogue, specifically for rough-pavement comfort. I have 531 blades as small...
03-23-21, 02:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 728
Posted By bulgie

Making round hub spoke holes fit fat aero spokes?...

Making round hub spoke holes fit fat aero spokes?

-Mark B
Forum: Framebuilders
03-22-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By bulgie

Not quite. 653 had 531 forks (no heat-treat @...

Not quite. 653 had 531 forks (no heat-treat @ 120,000 psi), 753 rear stays (full heat treat @ 195.900 psi), and main triangle was 653 which is stronger than 531, I have heard that was via...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-22-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By bulgie

I have a Reynolds catalog from 1978 — I think,...

I have a Reynolds catalog from 1978 — I think, hard to tell. It does have a mysterious code of "778" on the back though. It covers 531, 531SL and 753. This was back when 753 only came in metric....
Forum: Framebuilders
03-21-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,183
Posted By bulgie

All the 753 blades I have measured were just as...

All the 753 blades I have measured were just as thick as 531. So even in the worst case where you lost the heat-treat, they'd be as strong as 531, which are if anything a bit too strong for my taste,...
03-20-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,402
Posted By bulgie

When I first saw the OP's pics, I immediately...

When I first saw the OP's pics, I immediately thought the dropouts looked Japanese, but I didn't say anything because that seemed so unlikely. Of course name-brand forged dropouts from Japan, like...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-19-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,756
Posted By bulgie

This is often (usually?) not true. When Damon...

This is often (usually?) not true. When Damon Rinard did his frame stiffness testing, a Cannondale 2.8 showed one of the most flexible rears of all (over 60 frames tested).

The problem is alu...
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