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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...
09-28-21, 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...
09-27-21, 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, 07:43 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.
09-22-21, 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...
09-21-21, 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...
09-17-21, 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, 09:44 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....
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, 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...
01-08-21, 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...
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, 04:31 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...
12-02-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 244
Posted By sykerocker

I've been dealing with Vittoria Rallys for about...

I've been dealing with Vittoria Rallys for about fifteen years now and have no complaints. The few punctures I've gotten have invariably happened as the tread is just about shot, so no need to take...
12-02-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By sykerocker

First off, good luck finding one. Fully 99% of...

First off, good luck finding one. Fully 99% of them ended up on the scrap heap. The fastest one of I know of that failed was at a bicycle shop I was working at that sold them. The customer made is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-28-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,362
Posted By sykerocker

1x9? Why? Hell, I'm doing just fine with a...

1x9? Why? Hell, I'm doing just fine with a Raleigh Twenty with a three-speed Sturmey Archer hub and a 44-16t drivetrain. Direct drive is a 55 gear inches, low is 49, high is 62. I usually try to...
11-26-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

It's only partially English (the rear wheel), and...

It's only partially English (the rear wheel), and it's only recently a 3-speed (ditto), but I've finally got that Flying Pigeon I picked up at Westminster in February on the road. Well, up and down...
11-20-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

Hit my local Ace Hardware this morning (you...

Hit my local Ace Hardware this morning (you should see their fasteners aisle!) and came up with a couple of proper width steel chrome spacers bored 3/8" with 3/16" wall thickness. They're far and...
11-17-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4,606
Views: 471,802
Posted By sykerocker

Last weekend, a fellow local antique bike...

Last weekend, a fellow local antique bike collector gave me two milk crates full of 80's/90's bicycle parts - which I'm currently going thru, cleaning, refurbishing, and sorting to the parts shelves....
10-10-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,528
Posted By sykerocker

I've got two, had a third, and I absolutely love...

I've got two, had a third, and I absolutely love them. The first is a 1972 Raleigh Tourist that is one of my two daily commuters:

...
10-06-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,699
Posted By sykerocker

To help out on the dating, here's the one I had...

To help out on the dating, here's the one I had for a couple of years, definitely Bike Boom era (73-74), wheels and derailleurs are not original. While definitely the bottom of the line bike (no...
10-01-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 83,650
Posted By sykerocker

So my tastes are a bit on the gothic side . . . ....

So my tastes are a bit on the gothic side . . . .

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09-25-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,363
Posted By sykerocker

This conversation brought something else to mind...

This conversation brought something else to mind that I'd forcibly put out of my mind: The one place where my shop has been at least semi-busy, besides working on my own stuff, is assembling...
09-25-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,363
Posted By sykerocker

The one good side I see out of this mess, is that...

The one good side I see out of this mess, is that the bicycle shops are busy. The last time I saw business like this, I was working in a shop - and that's 45-50 years ago. Lord knows they're...
09-25-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,363
Posted By sykerocker

This has been a very frustrating summer for me,...

This has been a very frustrating summer for me, with the 21st century Bike Boom in full swing I could be spending a lot of my retirement in my newly built and functional workshop fixing up bikes like...
09-23-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,239
Posted By sykerocker

I got disillusioned with Campagnolo back in 1974,...

I got disillusioned with Campagnolo back in 1974, when I virtually sold my girlfriend on the street to buy an all-Campagnolo Gitane Professional Super Corsa . . . . . and after riding a buddy's bike,...
09-19-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25,227
Views: 3,205,784
Posted By sykerocker

My subdivision had a neighborhood wide yard sale...

My subdivision had a neighborhood wide yard sale today, so Margaret and I did a little moseying around. And I came up with something worthwhile: A 1955 Royal Enfield 3-speed.

Since the fire last...
09-04-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,012
Posted By sykerocker

Wow! First off, you want to clean it, very...

Wow!

First off, you want to clean it, very gently, saving whatever paint and decals you can. Disassemble the bike and start cleaning each component.
06-17-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,282
Posted By sykerocker

And you'd probably shoot first.

And you'd probably shoot first.
06-16-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,606
Posted By sykerocker

I've always had a fondness for Fujis. Helping my...

I've always had a fondness for Fujis. Helping my buddy in Erie start the town's third bicycle shop based around Fuji and Atala (and, unfortunately, Lambert) ensured that there would always be a...
05-02-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,657
Posted By sykerocker

Well, it started with a 1958 Schwinn Mark IV...

Well, it started with a 1958 Schwinn Mark IV Jaguar, as an 8th birthday present. Which I still used in 1969-70 as a college commuter. The Seventies were serious cycling time, working at A.R. Adams...
04-19-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 243
Posted By sykerocker

Just a normal Sunday ride

Lest you think life has gone completely to hell and our society is in the toilet:

Usual Sunday ride, this time the '71 Gitane Tour de France which had a definitely worn and sketchy rear sew-up...
03-28-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,473
Posted By sykerocker

Bingo! It seems to work. Patched the tire...

Bingo! It seems to work. Patched the tire yesterday, inflated it and let it sit overnight. Did one layer of reinforced packing tape over top the layer of electrical tape. Mounted the wheel this...
03-23-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 955
Posted By sykerocker

Bike swap, for sale section here, anything but...

Bike swap, for sale section here, anything but Craigslist. That bike is too unique and nice to go out on the cold streets.

Immediately checked your location upon reading that statement. ...
03-23-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 9,935
Posted By sykerocker

Actually it was in virtually new condition with...

Actually it was in virtually new condition with only a flat tire. Plus every fastener on the bike was torqued down to 15 micro ounces. Except for the wheel bearing cups which were put on with a air...
03-23-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 9,935
Posted By sykerocker

Right now, if I spend money on anything cycling...

Right now, if I spend money on anything cycling related, it's going to be replacement of tools lost in the fire. I've still got the '79 PX-10 that I've been slowly building for five years now, the...
03-22-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,998
Posted By sykerocker

And, it is with great pleasure that I can report...

And, it is with great pleasure that I can report that the shop is completed!

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03-21-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,215
Posted By sykerocker

Love to see it, especially as I own three,

Love to see it, especially as I own three,
03-15-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,998
Posted By sykerocker

There's something to be said for being forced to...

There's something to be said for being forced to stay at home and hide for the sake of one's health: It's a wonderful motivation to get lots of work done on the property.

Having finished the...
03-15-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,998
Posted By sykerocker

Yes, I very much would be. Thank you.

Yes, I very much would be. Thank you.
03-10-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,998
Posted By sykerocker

Up until two days ago I had planned on anything...

Up until two days ago I had planned on anything from a basic battleship grey paint job thru having one of those expensive, fancy always-perfectly-clean epoxy garage floors with the Raleigh logo in...
03-09-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,998
Posted By sykerocker

The thread formerly known as "Death of a bicycle shop"

The garage (building) is finished! Spent the past week finishing the interior, got the home Wifi node set up in the attic, and reestablished the connection to the other garage/wife's hidey hole. ...
02-28-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 21,012
Posted By sykerocker

Parts were a complete loss. Fifteen years of...

Parts were a complete loss. Fifteen years of collecting, refurbishing, sorting, gone. Ninety percent of the tools, too. I managed to save a drawer of freewheel, freehub and crankset removal tools. Or...
02-28-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 21,012
Posted By sykerocker

Probably going to go with 'The Thread Formerly...

Probably going to go with 'The Thread Formerly Known as "Death of a Bicycle Shop"'. Other than discussion of small items, this will probably be the winding down of this thread. I'm not going to be...
02-28-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 21,012
Posted By sykerocker

Oh, I'm definitely going to do a full photo...

Oh, I'm definitely going to do a full photo layout once I've got the inside done. If I can stick to close to my planned schedule (inside walls and floor done by 1 April) I'd say something will be...
02-27-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 21,012
Posted By sykerocker

Sorry I've been gone for a few weeks, been busy...

Sorry I've been gone for a few weeks, been busy as hell since the Westminster show since the reconstruction of the garage flipped into high gear. The good news is . . . . . . we're done!

OK, the...
02-09-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By sykerocker

Anyone else make Westminster today? Buy anything?

Poguemahone and I did our usual table again this year, for me it was clean out the storage barn, getting rid of a couple of bikes that I'm not riding anymore (65 Raleigh Royale, 73 Lambert, 73...
02-07-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 21,012
Posted By sykerocker

Periodic update: WE'RE IN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!! ...

Periodic update: WE'RE IN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!!

As I'm writing this, the main contractor is finishing the last of the siding, and the two electricians moved in this morning to start wiring the...
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