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10-19-14, 08:13 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 47,548
Posted By FlatTop

"You can’t make a race horse of a pig." "No,"...

"You can’t make a race horse of a pig."
"No," said Samuel, "but you can make a very fast pig.”

John Steinbeck, East of Eden
09-03-14, 10:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,690
Posted By FlatTop

To address the OP on a carrier wave: Hi-Ten is a...

To address the OP on a carrier wave: Hi-Ten is a time-honored frame material, and is entirely appropriate for a stylish but low-end bike. Getting away from Sole and into the big market, the cost of...
04-10-14, 01:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,452
Posted By FlatTop

I guess I'd buy it, get a fork from a more common...

I guess I'd buy it, get a fork from a more common beat-up Schwinn, flip the bars, service the hub and give it a good cleaning. It would make a nice contrast piece to the Raleighs.
04-09-14, 05:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,866
Posted By FlatTop

Looks like a smart solution, and capably done....

Looks like a smart solution, and capably done. Expensive, no doubt. Worth it, too.
03-14-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,224
Posted By FlatTop

I'll bet there will be many inquiries and offers...

I'll bet there will be many inquiries and offers made. The new bikes have appeal, but the old ones have a classic character that some of the shoppers will find strangely compelling.
03-03-14, 12:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,260
Posted By FlatTop

I'd like to use a centerpull for a pick-up...

I'd like to use a centerpull for a pick-up device. Maybe at the end of a piece of top tube, with a comfortable handlebar grip and handbrake to work it. See ...
01-11-14, 12:19 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 13,173
Posted By FlatTop

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/929120-19...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/929120-19-Huffy-Santa-Fe-26-quot-mens-10-speed-on-Craigslist

My old nemesis. These are even more loathsome than Iversons.
08-04-13, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 647
Posted By FlatTop

It would be amusing to have the Mrs. arrive home,...

It would be amusing to have the Mrs. arrive home, her eyes swivel to the (now empty) vaulted ceiling, and just then Essthreetee walks in, removing his helmet.
06-04-13, 01:51 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,255
Posted By FlatTop

My choc-a-bloc 1-1/2 car garage, solid with...

My choc-a-bloc 1-1/2 car garage, solid with bikes, filing cabinets filled with parts, hanging wheels and bars, as viewed by the neighborhood 13-year-old bike nerd: "This is AWESOME!".
03-26-13, 10:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 14,701
Posted By FlatTop

That cleaned up nicely! The paint and chrome on...

That cleaned up nicely! The paint and chrome on these 1950s British bikes is enduring stuff.

The area where the decal and paint are worn away seems to be painted black! Is there usually a black...
02-20-13, 09:08 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,035
Posted By FlatTop

I've had Volvos, oh yeah. Starting with 120s and...

I've had Volvos, oh yeah. Starting with 120s and 140s, ending up with a rustbucket 245GLTi and a '90 240 wagon. Worked on my own, and on friends' Volvos. A 164 converted to propane with about 12.5:1...
12-11-12, 06:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,124
Posted By FlatTop

But the ----- Cruiser doesn't hum when you stop ;)

But the ----- Cruiser doesn't hum when you stop ;)
12-11-12, 05:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,159
Posted By FlatTop

I'd have paid to be one of those guys doing...

I'd have paid to be one of those guys doing triage on the vehicles in the Lee Hartung collection. Unearth rare bikes and cars that haven't seen sunshine for fifty years or more, coax them into...
11-28-12, 03:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,337
Posted By FlatTop

Best of luck, Bikedued. I hope the spirit...

Best of luck, Bikedued.

I hope the spirit moves you to continue posting here, even as you scale back on your riding and your collection. The great posts you've made about your projects have been...
11-20-12, 04:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,150
Posted By FlatTop

A lot of forks from bicycles of that era (and...

A lot of forks from bicycles of that era (and earlier, and later) may work well as functional replacements.

If you specifically want that 3-tiered plated fork it will be a tougher proposition. If...
07-12-12, 09:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,049
Posted By FlatTop

I'm absolutely a Jay Leno wannabe. He has a...

I'm absolutely a Jay Leno wannabe. He has a measure of judgement and taste that is evident (rocketcycles and Blastolene juggernauts notwithstanding) and he waves a great flag for the old car hobby....
07-10-12, 09:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,245
Posted By FlatTop

Reminds me of this ...

Reminds me of this
http://furiousfanboys.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/falcon.jpg
07-10-12, 09:47 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,049
Posted By FlatTop

Reportedly they are 1/4-20. There is no more...

Reportedly they are 1/4-20. There is no more common size in the Americas. You should be able to get them in any material or finish, from zinced carbon steel to white gold over titanium, for less than...
07-10-12, 09:15 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,049
Posted By FlatTop

Pebble Beach has hosted some beautiful restored...

Pebble Beach has hosted some beautiful restored and also period preserved hot rods in recent years. As hard as it is to correctly restore a production car with its wealth of documentation, how much...
06-27-12, 07:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,011
Posted By FlatTop

Looks very nice even before the clear! Are the...

Looks very nice even before the clear! Are the bands tape or paint?
06-06-12, 05:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,266
Posted By FlatTop

Like it? Run it. I'd prefer a rear sidepull brake...

Like it? Run it. I'd prefer a rear sidepull brake to the lock, but your call.
06-05-12, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,011
Posted By FlatTop

Looking forward to seeing these bikes' progress. ...

Looking forward to seeing these bikes' progress.

A bit surprised at the steel Rigida rim comments; I have a set of Superchromes on a non-Columbia and they appear to be nicely made.
05-28-12, 07:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,405
Posted By FlatTop

Hope springs eternal, it would seem. Parts...

Hope springs eternal, it would seem. Parts wouldn't be available for the Dana. If you want it to work you'll have to open your toolbox, put on your hat and figure something out.




If it sells...
05-28-12, 06:10 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,049
Posted By FlatTop

That's a stylish looking bicycle. Never saw...

That's a stylish looking bicycle. Never saw another, so...way to jump sideways! I like the sympathetic resto you've started, as the details of that bike are subtle and well worth preserving. Congrats...
05-17-12, 02:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,911
Posted By FlatTop

Could be a 190SL Mercedes 4, originally with...

Could be a 190SL Mercedes 4, originally with Solexes? It looks like you made a very nice job of it.
05-15-12, 02:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,522
Posted By FlatTop

+3

+3
05-15-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,642
Posted By FlatTop

Sailorbenjamin has this '42 Columbia Sports...

Sailorbenjamin has this '42 Columbia Sports Tourist, see: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/755668-1942-Columbia-Sports-Tourist?highlight=columbia+sports
and it is HIS BIKE.
HIS.
BIKE....
05-08-12, 11:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,405
Posted By FlatTop

=========================== My guess: The Dana...

===========================
My guess: The Dana gearbox was a hopeful addition made by the last owner. It may never had been rideable after installation. The chances are that it would throw the chain...
05-08-12, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By FlatTop

So dried flux went "CRACK!"? Maybe you should...

So dried flux went "CRACK!"? Maybe you should investigate further to find out whether you have a repairable frame or a buildable, nicely fitted high 10 tubeset.
05-06-12, 01:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,242
Posted By FlatTop

Great video! Many thanks. LOL...

Great video! Many thanks.





LOL now you've got me doing it.
05-05-12, 06:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,405
Posted By FlatTop

It appears to be a Dana Corp. bicycle...

It appears to be a Dana Corp. bicycle transmission. It installed in the bottom bracket and gave three gear ratios.
05-04-12, 10:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,311
Posted By FlatTop

That GT-6 would be outrageous with Group 44...

That GT-6 would be outrageous with Group 44 logos. Never mind, it's outrageous enough.

Whenever I see a 6-cylinder Triumph I remember the TR-6 I saw in traffic once. Pure white paint, but the body...
04-29-12, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,304
Posted By FlatTop

That's starting to look like a fun rider! I've...

That's starting to look like a fun rider! I've used Shimano grip shifter setups whenever I've found them, with no cause for regret.
Good job so far, please keep us up with the project.
04-28-12, 04:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,852
Posted By FlatTop

Looks neat-as-a-pin, in the way that only black...

Looks neat-as-a-pin, in the way that only black bicycles can. Very nice work.
04-06-12, 06:24 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,892
Posted By FlatTop

The Mechanic's Forum has many knowledgeable...

The Mechanic's Forum has many knowledgeable posters, but the bulk of their knowledge revolves around not-very-old to new bikes.

It gets frustrating when you need *tweak* and they advise *frob* or...
04-05-12, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,321
Posted By FlatTop

Nice job on the Soma! That's a cool bike.

Nice job on the Soma! That's a cool bike.
04-04-12, 08:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,788
Posted By FlatTop

Thanks for posting that link, ScottRyder....

Thanks for posting that link, ScottRyder. Whatever that color is, I need some for a Varsity.
04-01-12, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By FlatTop

Perfect flavor for that period. What's that bike...

Perfect flavor for that period. What's that bike hanging next to the Debutante? I suppose it's meant to be somebody's Grampa's bike.
03-31-12, 05:14 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,555
Posted By FlatTop

Perhaps the opposite is true, and frames lose...

Perhaps the opposite is true, and frames lose their suppleness and tone when not ridden?
Like fine violins which need to be played, lest they become lifeless and flat.
Or minds, that can get...
03-31-12, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,145
Posted By FlatTop

I'd like to see more emphasis on making metal...

I'd like to see more emphasis on making metal sculpture and plant hangers out of old bicycles. Can we have a sticky just for that?
03-30-12, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 660
Posted By FlatTop

While they don't glide along with the ease of a...

While they don't glide along with the ease of a two-wheeler, they aren't all that bad.

Still, if you are having hill trouble with the single speed bicycle, maybe some gears are in your future for...
03-29-12, 10:04 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,389
Posted By FlatTop

One trend I'm seeing a bit more of in the car...

One trend I'm seeing a bit more of in the car world: idealized patina. Instead of the active rust bloom that eats panels, the surface rust that has been treated with CLR to let the remaining paint...
03-16-12, 01:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 932
Posted By FlatTop

Only two and a half feet in height? Similar bikes...

Only two and a half feet in height? Similar bikes are still made in India for children. I'll hunt for a link.
03-15-12, 10:02 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,459
Posted By FlatTop

The bikes donated are supplemented by the many...

The bikes donated are supplemented by the many bikes culled from the Thunder Bay Classic & Vintage Bicycle Dump. Nobody pays for the valuable service of saving those bikes from becoming scrap or...
03-04-12, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,055
Posted By FlatTop

It's those or the Gumby brifters, not both.

It's those or the Gumby brifters, not both.
02-28-12, 10:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,557
Posted By FlatTop

I've had good luck using PB Blaster on...

I've had good luck using PB Blaster on aluminum-steel threadings. The stuff wicks in there and has a bit of lubricity.
02-21-12, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 885
Posted By FlatTop

It'll be interesting to see how this one...

It'll be interesting to see how this one develops. I'd be curious to see it with some 27x1-3/8" tires and some narrow northroad bars, maybe flipped.
02-13-12, 03:53 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,295
Posted By FlatTop

Truing wheels. Too much going on there for me to...

Truing wheels. Too much going on there for me to wrap my head around it all. I generally dink around and get pretty close in both planes with somewhat close spoke tensions and call it good.

My...
02-04-12, 05:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,369
Posted By FlatTop

The Dymaxion vehicle wasn't so much a car as the...

The Dymaxion vehicle wasn't so much a car as the land-based phase of an aircraft. Maybe the thing was meant to be taxied, not driven. Bucky might have gotten a bit carried away with the publicity....
01-19-12, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26,412
Views: 3,813,229
Posted By FlatTop

Beautiful DL1! And I'm liking the proportions of...

Beautiful DL1! And I'm liking the proportions of the Pashley rack vs the presstube or other vintage racks.

Is the rear wheel lock an addition? I'd expect to see that feature on a...
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