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06-14-19, 04:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,636
Posted By Prowler

I cannont argue the points made but, here's the...

I cannont argue the points made but, here's the rub: how do we find "quality caged ball bearings"? I can imagine that quality balls are easy but determining the quality of the cage ( given the...
06-12-19, 05:46 PM
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Views: 1,211,139
Posted By Prowler

Today was another of our many perfect spring days...

Today was another of our many perfect spring days here in the Mid-Atlantic. Barely a breeze, perfect skies, sun, flowers and flowering trees, great scenery. It was 'boathouse' day as I rode from...
06-11-19, 04:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 425
Posted By Prowler

I barely know what your talking about but I play...

I barely know what your talking about but I play at bike mechanic while dancing in the driveway 🤓

But, when overhauling free wheels I have used dental floss to hold the pawls. Take a piece long...
06-07-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13,789
Views: 1,211,139
Posted By Prowler

My long ride this week was "the day of the dead"...

My long ride this week was "the day of the dead" and a beautiful day it was. The sky one stainless blue and mid 70s, land in full flower, not enough wind to fill a hat. The best of spring weather....
06-07-19, 04:30 AM
Replies: 13,385
Views: 2,660,016
Posted By Prowler

Nice. Are the rear DOs Campy or Suntour? 320s had...

Nice. Are the rear DOs Campy or Suntour? 320s had Campy. 319s had Suntour GS, which I prefer. On the decaling: yours has no Reynolds ST decal and your TT decals are back near the seat while my 1974...
06-04-19, 04:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 899
Posted By Prowler

And from the dirty chain: Greasy fingers smearing...

And from the dirty chain: Greasy fingers smearing shabby clothes, hey Aqualung.

I too carry the Race Rocket and have used it 6 or 8 times "in harms way" along a trail. Both presta and schrader...
06-02-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,637
Posted By Prowler

I took a different path (the usual for me). I...

I took a different path (the usual for me). I don't need cold drink and I really only need water. I also do not stop to drink. I normally rehydrate while underway so I need that to be easy. I've...
05-30-19, 03:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,599
Posted By Prowler

I have an '87 Voyageur which I'm getting ready...

I have an '87 Voyageur which I'm getting ready for a short tour, camping on the GAP, so I weighed it yesterday. With a Blackburn type rear rack, handlebar bag and 3 bottle mounts its 31.6 pounds. ...
05-23-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 6,462
Views: 1,878,207
Posted By Prowler

Looking forward to seeing your 850. I converted...

Looking forward to seeing your 850. I converted my 1995 recently ( see https://www.bikeforums.net/20571018-post6191.html Post 6191). I've put on, not only proper bar tape but many miles on mine...
05-22-19, 04:18 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,200
Posted By Prowler

Go man, go. I'm taking mine out this morning for...

Go man, go. I'm taking mine out this morning for a ride I call 'the day of the dead' as it passes thru and between two old cemeteries in Philadelphia. I love how that Carlton chrome shines on a...
05-22-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 720
Posted By Prowler

Keep in mind that the hanger or claw needs to be...

Keep in mind that the hanger or claw needs to be parallel to the wheel, all the way around. Best to start with a nicely true wheel. Otherwise always check at the valve stem. Check it both top to...
05-21-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 1,948
Views: 125,997
Posted By Prowler

I've been chasing a creak in my Raleigh Pro. I...

I've been chasing a creak in my Raleigh Pro. I removed the cranks for service back in late winter and on a recent ride I kept noticing a creaking sound as I pedaled. Bugs me, I cannot ignore that...
05-20-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,654
Posted By Prowler

Re: reaching for the spoke nipple. No. It was a...

Re: reaching for the spoke nipple. No. It was a bit awkward at first but I just 'turned my brain around' and it's now easy.

In the first photo you'll see a round walnut disk fixed in the upper...
05-18-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13,385
Views: 2,660,016
Posted By Prowler

This is a bit of orthogonal thinking here as its...

This is a bit of orthogonal thinking here as its saved parts vs saved bike. Recently, upon arrival at my LBS for work, I found a discarded front fender in the trash barrel out back. As I was not...
05-18-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,654
Posted By Prowler

My shop is small enough that I really need to...

My shop is small enough that I really need to have as much multi use stuff as possible. When it came time to make a truing stand (solid, secure, effective and easy to set up and put away) I looked at...
05-12-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,807
Posted By Prowler

This finally worked out and worked VERY well. ...

This finally worked out and worked VERY well. Thursday, RickRob and I cycled the Farmington Heritage trail from the Red Oak Hill Rd trailhead to Westfield, MA (31 miles one way) and had a great...
05-07-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,807
Posted By Prowler

I'm pretty tired of waiting for a decent run of...

I'm pretty tired of waiting for a decent run of weather so, damn the torpedos.... I'm on the road Thursday morning to ride the
Farmington trial. Friday may or may not be a washout. I may get a...
05-07-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,006
Posted By Prowler

No, but I've had sufficient success just keeping...

No, but I've had sufficient success just keeping an eye out for old lightly used FWs. I'm pretty well stocked up on 5 and 6 speed units. Ex: Saturday at the transfer station I saw a POS mtn bike. ...
05-07-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By Prowler

Be sure to mock up your design before you commit....

Be sure to mock up your design before you commit. I have my bikes 'packed tight' like that, one level, using front wheel stands. OK for the front wheels facing outwards though you have to be...
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By Prowler

Thanks for the opinions. This is what I was...

Thanks for the opinions. This is what I was thinking too. Nice to hear that I'm in the ballpark. It sure is a nice bike.

When you folks offer an idea on FMV, does that consider the full...
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By Prowler

Yes I overhauled the F hub. No issues. I...

Yes I overhauled the F hub. No issues. I thought the hubs were well done. Cones and races were just fine. I suspect this bike was stored indoors so, like the wasp nests, all the bearings stayed...
05-01-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 1,321
Views: 77,098
Posted By Prowler

Weird timing here. I recently dumpster dived a...

Weird timing here. I recently dumpster dived a front fender. Fender was broken but it had a similar nice stainless steel stay loop. I found that nicely spanned the gap between the mid fork...
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Views: 596
Posted By Prowler

1973 Motobecane Grand Record

I've recently finished the frame up restoration on this one and the owner is planning to sell it. Curious what FMV would be. Total restoration - fully disassembled, washed, cleaned and waxed. All...
05-01-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 28,547
Posted By Prowler

1973 Grand Record

This is the Grand Record that has been my winter project. Just finished it, did the 30 mile test ride and gave it back to its owner. I sure enjoyed this one. This is just my size too BUT not...
04-29-19, 04:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By Prowler

Gugie, don't say 'bifurcates'. People will think...

Gugie, don't say 'bifurcates'. People will think yer a dweeb. Next you'll be saying 'promulgate' and 'instantiation'.

It's a slippery slope Mon.
04-28-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By Prowler

Someone here suggested applying a round 'dot' of...

Someone here suggested applying a round 'dot' of black electrical tape over that nut, adhering to the shifter body too. Maybe 1/2" diameter. I put those on my Suntours and they've stayed for three...
04-28-19, 04:52 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,967
Posted By Prowler

Or the daisy chained Bombe machines that broke...

Or the daisy chained Bombe machines that broke the 4 rotor Enigma code. Unstoppable, unflappable, indubitable, indefatigable.
04-28-19, 04:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 305
Posted By Prowler

Check out the Wheelmen Club - the wheelmen.com ...

Check out the Wheelmen Club - the wheelmen.com They are focused on restoring and riding bicycle made prior to 1932 and many of them are 'turn of the century', 1900 or so. There is a chapter...
04-27-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By Prowler

Thanks for the advice. I have racks that can...

Thanks for the advice. I have racks that can mount to the fork lowers but have not decided if I need them. Just went for a 20 mile training run on packed cinder trail, a couple of tight turns,...
04-26-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By Prowler

This morning the forecast was even worse. Sunday...

This morning the forecast was even worse. Sunday morning dawns with 35deg and snow all day. Trip postponed. At least the Voyageur is ready when called.
04-25-19, 04:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By Prowler

Thank you. I've wondered about the terms. I'm...

Thank you. I've wondered about the terms. I'm bicycle touring. The other two are bike packing on new rigs with frame packs, etc.

BUT, as of this morning the forecast for Saturday is overcast with...
04-24-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By Prowler

First Bike Touring Trip - Voyageur's journey

Oh, yes, I could post this in with the Touring crowd but I like this neighborhood much better. Besides it's C&V. I'm finishing preparations for my first bike packing trip, ever. I'm taking my 1987...
04-24-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 13,789
Views: 1,211,139
Posted By Prowler

Tuesday was my first ride all the way into...

Tuesday was my first ride all the way into Philadelphia for this season. It was a perfect day so I rode down to the South Street bridge to be sure it was still there (yup, its still there). I took...
04-24-19, 04:50 AM
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Views: 1,211,139
Posted By Prowler

+1, me too. More everyday ride photos.

+1, me too. More everyday ride photos.
04-23-19, 04:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,680
Posted By Prowler

My vintage rollers do not have a wind unit so no...

My vintage rollers do not have a wind unit so no variable resistance. Variable cadence though. I use my C'dale with the brifters and indexed shifting. I can shift up and down to match the cadence...
04-22-19, 04:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,680
Posted By Prowler

Well, this thread is bordering on zombie but,...

Well, this thread is bordering on zombie but, good to hear from you. Two years later and I'm still riding those rollers thru the winter. I was pleased at my retained efficiency each December, not...
04-20-19, 04:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By Prowler

I have the Grey Matter pads on two bikes but on...

I have the Grey Matter pads on two bikes but on side pulls. Work well. No complaints. We use them a lot at the shop on all sorts of bikes and caliper types. No complaints from customers. I never...
04-18-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,346
Posted By Prowler

Ok, a question. I'm planning a bit of bike...

Ok, a question. I'm planning a bit of bike packing/touring so am sorting out my gear and how to load my '87 Voyageur. I have the list as minimal as I can get it and the total weigh is still...
04-18-19, 05:26 AM
Replies: 1,321
Views: 77,098
Posted By Prowler

I was grieved to find that the chain wear on my...

I was grieved to find that the chain wear on my Nishiki was over 1% as I had been doing more riding than checking. Ugh! So time for a new chain. But, oh, check the FW too. Yup the 3rd and 4th cog...
04-18-19, 04:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By Prowler

I agree which is why I chose a BMX SS chain. ...

I agree which is why I chose a BMX SS chain. Tougher than my other derailleur chains. Now I suspect the weakest link is that bolt that connects the chain to the bar. If that fails I'll go to a...
04-17-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By Prowler

Yup. The plate steel runs end to end. Heavy n...

Yup. The plate steel runs end to end. Heavy n solid.
04-17-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By Prowler

The mother of all chain whips

OK, this is unreasonable and I only did it cuz I could. I've made a couple of chain whips using angle iron - one shown here. In removing FW cogs I've bent these and needed something stronger. I...
04-17-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,555
Posted By Prowler

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Kurt, I thought about you and your 'blue' Raleigh Pro today as I sailed along on...
04-17-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,807
Posted By Prowler

I've already decided to delay my trip until May....

I've already decided to delay my trip until May. Cool, overcast, some chance of rain and a steady 20mph headwind with gusts to blow you to Provincetown does not sound like fun.

So, May 11 or May...
04-17-19, 04:39 AM
Replies: 1,948
Views: 125,997
Posted By Prowler

It sounds like you're thinking about a wider...

It sounds like you're thinking about a wider range FW, 14 - 28 or bigger. That needs two things. More chain wrap which the V-GT cage would give you. You also need ample clearance between the guide...
04-14-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,555
Posted By Prowler

Kurt, you would know better than I, but I would...

Kurt, you would know better than I, but I would not expect the 78 to match the 75. IIRC Raleigh change from Mink Blue to Steel Blue on the MkV, a bit darker blue. True?

My MkIV (SN says...
04-11-19, 04:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By Prowler

I cannot help but, being a big fan of the bikes...

I cannot help but, being a big fan of the bikes built "next door", I'm interested in what gets posted here. My 1974 Crescent is a very well done machine and I ride it a lot. I'll be watching this...
04-10-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13,789
Views: 1,211,139
Posted By Prowler

Yesterday was a ride I call "The Day of the...

Yesterday was a ride I call "The Day of the Dead". Left Oaks, PA on my Nishiki International (first ride on that one since last August). GREAT bike. Rode the Schuylkill River Trail east to Manayunk...
04-01-19, 04:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 696
Posted By Prowler

Great looking bike! Two thoughts. Post a photo...

Great looking bike! Two thoughts. Post a photo of the "drive side" so we can see the cranks and derailleurs. We don't care so much about the side your sabre hangs on. And move that front QR...
04-01-19, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1,321
Views: 77,098
Posted By Prowler

This weakend was the "official end of...

This weakend was the "official end of winter/start of spring". I serviced then stored the snow thrower and, thus, freed the tractor from winter servitude. I then washed and lubed the two winter...
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