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10-17-21, 05:45 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

Damn, I wish that was closer. I'd jump on it in...

Damn, I wish that was closer. I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. Never saw one in yellow, I thought the ivory ones were rare enough.
10-06-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,574
Posted By sykerocker

Sorry, mine burned in the fire.

Sorry, mine burned in the fire.
09-30-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By sykerocker

Have you considered buying a Bafang E-bike kit...

Have you considered buying a Bafang E-bike kit and converting your current bike? Assuming you've got the skills to tear a bike down and rebuild it, it strikes me as the cost effective way to go. As...
09-30-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By sykerocker

Take it for granted that any new replacement...

Take it for granted that any new replacement cotter will have to be filed to fit. That was standard procedure when I worked in the bike shop fifty years ago.
09-30-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,028
Posted By sykerocker

Which means, after the fire, at least the first...

Which means, after the fire, at least the first 5-6 restorations I do are all running into five figurers apiece. Possibly more like 10-12.

Shrudder.
09-28-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By sykerocker

Enjoyed reading it, because I've got a (I...

Enjoyed reading it, because I've got a (I believe) 1992 Diamondback Expert as my one 'modern' bike. It uses a Shimano RSX drivetrain with brifters. About five or six years ago, shortly after...
09-28-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 797
Posted By sykerocker

Question: It's been a few years since I've used...

Question: It's been a few years since I've used Huret derailleurs, and my entire stock of them was lost in the fire. Looking at those cages, they appear (note, appear) to be identical, or at least...
09-28-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By sykerocker

Then (if my memory is correct, AW's do a 1/3rd...

Then (if my memory is correct, AW's do a 1/3rd down into first, and a 1/4 overdrive into third - correct me if my memory is faulty) that'd mean you're first gear is approximately at 24. Plan on...
09-27-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By sykerocker

That's 40 gear inches ((chainwheel/freewheel) x...

That's 40 gear inches ((chainwheel/freewheel) x wheel diameter in inches) - which is getting into a climbing gear. That's getting awfully close to my Twenty in first gear (36.3).
09-27-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,028
Posted By sykerocker

Given my private passions for Rossins, I can only...

Given my private passions for Rossins, I can only imagine what I've spent putting my three on the road. The first one was "complete" but had three quarters of the components replaced because I wanted...
09-27-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 279
Posted By sykerocker

I swapped my rear cog for a 16t, and the bike has...

I swapped my rear cog for a 16t, and the bike has a 44t chainwheel. That combination gives me 55 gear inches in second, which I find reasonably useful for the flats.

This from a guy who's...
09-27-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,028
Posted By sykerocker

You guys have just shown me why I, a consummate...

You guys have just shown me why I, a consummate bookkeeper in pretty much everything else, do not keep financial records on the bikes I'm planning on keeping long term.
09-23-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 960
Posted By sykerocker

During the Seventies Bike Boom, Raleigh support...

During the Seventies Bike Boom, Raleigh support was magnificent. It was the only company that competed with Schwinn for customer service, support, and quality of product. I have very few memories of...
09-23-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 960
Posted By sykerocker

About a month ago, I got to visit Erie, PA for...

About a month ago, I got to visit Erie, PA for the first time since I moved from there in 1977. Of course, one of my first stops was A.R. Adams Cycle, my employer during that decade. It's still in...
09-23-21, 05:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 868
Posted By sykerocker

As best I can tell, and my memory is still good...

As best I can tell, and my memory is still good on this, my bike is absolutely bone stock, a straight from the crate (as was mine back in ‘73) example of the bike except for the tires. Yours is...
09-22-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 868
Posted By sykerocker

I had one of them when I lived in Erie in the...

I had one of them when I lived in Erie in the mid-70's and worked at A.R. Adams Cycle. It became my main commuter, because I only had to store it in the second floor closet, rather than taking my...
09-22-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 478
Posted By sykerocker

And they're still wonderful on the trails if...

And they're still wonderful on the trails if you're a non-serious mountain biker, or primarily a roadie who goes out once in a while. Had a Gary Fisher that looked a lot like that for years, selling...
09-22-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 610
Posted By sykerocker

Seems to be only missing the rear fender. I...

Seems to be only missing the rear fender. I assume a fender from a Twenty Folder would be identical?
09-21-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By sykerocker

Gladly, This one's set up so I can do one work...

Gladly, This one's set up so I can do one work stand while still having the wife's car parked inside. Now, since these pictures were taken that back wall is full of shelves, the return of the (much...
09-21-21, 06:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,783
Posted By sykerocker

It is. Pretty much all my serious road bikes run...

It is. Pretty much all my serious road bikes run tubulars. I find them much easier to get along with.
09-17-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,267
Posted By sykerocker

For me it's just a gut feeling that God intended...

For me it's just a gut feeling that God intended bicycle frames to have the top tube parallel to the pavement. Anything other than that I find unattractive. Which means I can share the same...
09-16-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By sykerocker

You can go home again - sorta

Finally getting around to writing about it now, but about a month ago, I did one of my periodic motorcycle trips to Greater Pittsburgh International Raceway for the MotoAmerica Superbike races. Only...
09-14-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 23,546
Posted By sykerocker

Call it what you want, I'm just glad the section...

Call it what you want, I'm just glad the section is here. Maybe someone can explain Campagnolo vintage brifters to me, what works with what, and I can finally start venturing out beyond Shimano.
09-14-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,783
Posted By sykerocker

A few years back, I got tired of seeing all the...

A few years back, I got tired of seeing all the middle-aged doctors, lawyers and accountants showing up at Tour de France time for Sunday rides thru the Ashland area on their Orbeas, Pinarellos, etc....
09-14-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,267
Posted By sykerocker

Closest I've yet to come was a Fuji. Aluminum...

Closest I've yet to come was a Fuji. Aluminum frame with carbon fiber fork and stays. And I don't seem to have any pictures of it.
09-12-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,283
Posted By sykerocker

That is turning into one of those classic "if...

That is turning into one of those classic "if only they've had built them that well when they were new" builds. Which is what I'm usually used to in vintage British motorcycles.

Gives me...
05-09-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 524
Posted By sykerocker

Uh, I'm still riding a 7 x 3 Shimano drivetrain. ...

Uh, I'm still riding a 7 x 3 Shimano drivetrain. And it's my only bike with brifters. Was just given a set of Campagnolo hubbed freehub wheels. Now I get to figure out what'll work with it.
03-21-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 596
Posted By sykerocker

Pity it doesn't have the actual Mafac safety...

Pity it doesn't have the actual Mafac safety levers, which were the only effective ones made back then. I've got a set on my Magneet for touring, and they're a lot more positive if you have to panic...
02-09-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,707
Posted By sykerocker

That's a Roger Riviere. Or a Concorde. Or a St....

That's a Roger Riviere. Or a Concorde. Or a St. Etienne. Basically, there were all Gitanes, made for other branding, to a specification one step under the cheapest Gitane-branded bike made during the...
01-29-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 25,227
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Posted By sykerocker

As best I can tell, they're original. The only...

As best I can tell, they're original. The only things on the bike obviously not original were the front brake caliper and lever, the fender mounting point to the fork was snapped, and the fork was...
01-29-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

It is with great joy that I've finally turned out...

It is with great joy that I've finally turned out my first restoration in the new shop since the fire, 14 months ago. The '55 Royal Enfield cleaned up fairly well, I still need to find a seat for...
01-29-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,337
Posted By sykerocker

My respect for you just went up ten points.

My respect for you just went up ten points.
01-29-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By sykerocker

I've got a bit of information on the brand. My...

I've got a bit of information on the brand. My understanding is that Ranger was one of Schwinn's Chicago competitors during the 1890's/1900's. By the late '60's, however, it had just become the...
01-29-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,337
Posted By sykerocker

Can't wait to see the picture of the builder...

Can't wait to see the picture of the builder riding the bike.
01-27-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 13,630
Posted By sykerocker

Boy, have I been out of the loop! This is the...

Boy, have I been out of the loop! This is the absolute first mention I've seen of these bikes. Then again, I haven't checked the Rivendell website in a couple of years now. Never saw a reason to,...
01-12-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

I definitely could be mistaken, plus I remember...

I definitely could be mistaken, plus I remember what they called them back in the Fifties. By the Sixties I wasn't following these bikes at all. It's gotta be a semi-rare one, given that by that...
01-12-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

Looks like a Corvette. Add center tank with horn...

Looks like a Corvette. Add center tank with horn and a red rear rack with taillight, and you've got a Mark IV Jaguar, which my parents got me for my 8th birthday in 1958. Which, 11 years later...
01-08-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,021
Posted By sykerocker

And what kind of donation would you be looking...

And what kind of donation would you be looking for?
01-08-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,173
Posted By sykerocker

And if anybody is suited to review this saddle,...

And if anybody is suited to review this saddle, he's certainly the person. :roflmao2::roflmao2::roflmao2:

Wonderfully written.
01-08-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely. Happily I had my set from my Triumph...

Definitely. Happily I had my set from my Triumph motorcycle days, and they were among the few tools I saved from the fire. Unfortunately, I lost the Whitworth sockets. If you're looking for a set,...
01-08-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

There were a couple of BSA bicycles around the...

There were a couple of BSA bicycles around the vintage British motorcycle group I've done shows with (it's the mark of a real BSA collector to have at least one bicycle to go along with all the...
01-08-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

Not that far away from where I'm at. It'd...

Not that far away from where I'm at. It'd finally given me the excuse to do the bay bridge and tunnel for a day's drive. 23 years living down here and I've yet to drive on it.
01-01-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

Where in Maryland? Ashland, VA isn't all that...

Where in Maryland? Ashland, VA isn't all that far south, and I normally (which means this year doesn't necessarily count) head up to Westminster for the swap meet next month.
01-01-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

Morning of the New Year: It’s supposed to rain...

Morning of the New Year: It’s supposed to rain pretty much all day today, so I did a quick run on the Sprite this morning to try and get my daily 5+ in before it hit. Managed .75 miles and the rain...
12-25-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,428
Posted By sykerocker

I'll hopefully find out this summer when I...

I'll hopefully find out this summer when I finally get back to Erie, PA for the first time in thirty years. Have promised myself one last trip back to the old stomping grounds, and the last I heard,...
12-24-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 6,428
Posted By sykerocker

My folks, having spent major coin buying me a...

My folks, having spent major coin buying me a Schwinn Mark IV Jaguar for my 8th birthday in 1958, weren't about to pony up for yet another bike 5-6 years later. Why would I need one? I had a...
12-13-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,955
Posted By sykerocker

Which is why I've been hard core conservative on...

Which is why I've been hard core conservative on the vintage vehicle front (automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles) since I started in the antique car hobby with the AACA back in 1968. While I can...
12-13-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 10,955
Posted By sykerocker

Thinking back to the days of the Presque Isle...

Thinking back to the days of the Presque Isle Bicycle Club (Erie, PA 1972-77), the "standard" road bike available at the time (think Raleigh Grand Prix) came with a 42-52t cottered crank, 14-28t five...
12-10-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,135
Posted By sykerocker

Likewise. Happily enough my size for a loaded...

Likewise. Happily enough my size for a loaded tourer, but unfortunately a bit away, plus the mandatory 14-day quarantining.
12-10-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,802
Posted By sykerocker

One of the few things I saved from the fire, it...

One of the few things I saved from the fire, it was my father's and is definitely older than I am. Media blasted it at my buddy's motorcycle shop and repainted it, Park Tools Blue, of course. Bolted...
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