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12-11-08, 12:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,878
Posted By spider-man

I've always thought the Raleigh USA Grand Prix...

I've always thought the Raleigh USA Grand Prix with 531 main tubes was a fine bike at a reasonable price (usually). The one with the purple and teal colour scheme. Many were sold. I do 95% of my...
12-11-08, 12:25 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 14,003
Posted By spider-man

I think that applies to most if not all of the...

I think that applies to most if not all of the things described in this thread.
12-11-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 14,003
Posted By spider-man

I don't consider myself against newfangledness or...

I don't consider myself against newfangledness or computerization or progress. They're all just fine -- for other people. :D
12-10-08, 03:48 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 14,003
Posted By spider-man

As I mentioned, I do not eat fast food. I make my...

As I mentioned, I do not eat fast food. I make my own salad dressing. I make my own bagels and bread. (Without using a bread machine, I might add.) Very rarely do I use any sort of frozen food unless...
12-10-08, 10:23 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 14,003
Posted By spider-man

As pertains to motorized vehicles, I don't do...

As pertains to motorized vehicles, I don't do fuel injection. I prefer ignition points. Of course, I also prefer non-motorized vehicles.

I prefer a hammer to a nail gun, a reel mower to a...
11-25-08, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 963
Posted By spider-man

There's some variation in crown race diameter too.

There's some variation in crown race diameter too.
11-16-08, 12:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,352
Posted By spider-man

+1. I love that sound. I prattle on about it so...

+1. I love that sound. I prattle on about it so much that my wife can now identify a passing Sturmey-Archer-equipped bicycle by sound.
11-15-08, 11:02 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 6,939
Posted By spider-man

Schwinn didn't get a bailout.

Schwinn didn't get a bailout.
11-15-08, 11:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By spider-man

Right, good point. If that's the case, powdercoat...

Right, good point. If that's the case, powdercoat is the wrong move in the first place.
11-15-08, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 571
Posted By spider-man

+1. Why strip the coating when you can just paint...

+1. Why strip the coating when you can just paint over it?
11-14-08, 02:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,375
Posted By spider-man

What a beauty. Are those VO fenders and racks?

What a beauty. Are those VO fenders and racks?
11-14-08, 02:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 733
Posted By spider-man

+1. I think a 5' 4'' rider would need a smaller...

+1. I think a 5' 4'' rider would need a smaller frame than that.
11-13-08, 07:23 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,375
Posted By spider-man

1988 Gitane Team Pro. ...

1988 Gitane Team Pro.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_X6FWKVIvDZY/SPYyIk3mwvI/AAAAAAAABb8/lDcbxFAn-Qk/s576/gitane1.jpg
11-10-08, 04:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By spider-man

Two tools: chainring nut wrench and allen wrench.

Two tools: chainring nut wrench and allen wrench.
11-09-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,229
Posted By spider-man

He says the cone is damaged. If that's the case,...

He says the cone is damaged. If that's the case, all the adjustment in the world won't help until he replaces the defective part.

I always overhaul the bearings on any hub I purchase, new or...
11-09-08, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By spider-man

Nothing wrong with them, but I would not put...

Nothing wrong with them, but I would not put those parts on a vintage bike. I say sell it whole if you aren't going to ride it.
11-03-08, 03:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By spider-man

Nashbar sells a 1'' threaded fork with carbon...

Nashbar sells a 1'' threaded fork with carbon legs. Not sure who manufactures it or who else sells them.
11-03-08, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 343
Posted By spider-man

A 1 1/8'' headset will not fit a 1'' fork. A 1...

A 1 1/8'' headset will not fit a 1'' fork. A 1 1/8'' fork will not fit a frame that was built to use a 1'' fork. You need a 1'' fork.
Forum: Commuting
11-03-08, 01:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,063
Posted By spider-man

+10 bajillion.

+10 bajillion.
11-02-08, 09:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 899
Posted By spider-man

Very nice, and definitely stands out in a crowd.

Very nice, and definitely stands out in a crowd.
Forum: Commuting
11-02-08, 04:11 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,509
Posted By spider-man

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_X6FWKVIvDZY/SPYyIxTGnlI/AAAA...

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_X6FWKVIvDZY/SPYyIxTGnlI/AAAAAAAABcM/2JJVFDPMEhI/s400/raleigh1.jpg

Mid-'80s Raleigh USA Grand Prix. Phil BB, Shimano 105/Stronglight Delta frankenheadset; Suntour GPX cranks,...
11-01-08, 10:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 909
Posted By spider-man

Three things come to mind: * I have seen...

Three things come to mind:

* I have seen some city-type bikes with a rear derailleur only. Specific examples elude me in my old age.

* Some bicycles sporting front and rear derailleurs used a...
11-01-08, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 441
Posted By spider-man

Sheldon's tips for non-drilling ways around the...

Sheldon's tips for non-drilling ways around the problem:

http://sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ra-e.html#recessed
11-01-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,680
Posted By spider-man

I have built a number of wheels using MA-3 rims...

I have built a number of wheels using MA-3 rims and found them to be high quality, with absolutely no problems. The Open Sport is nearly identical, and I have also built several wheels with them. The...
10-29-08, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,107
Posted By spider-man

You could put a level on it to check, but from...

You could put a level on it to check, but from the photo it does look a bit bent. Perhaps it was involved in a crash. At any rate, the beauty of steel is that it can almost certainly just be bent...
10-22-08, 01:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,454
Posted By spider-man

+1 on the Phil BB. It's not so expensive when you...

+1 on the Phil BB. It's not so expensive when you consider how long it will last, plus it provides adjustable chainline.


There is also a no-longer-made Shimano cartridge BB model that works...
Forum: Commuting
10-21-08, 07:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,670
Posted By spider-man

Pics of the bike? Sounds like it may be...

Pics of the bike? Sounds like it may be repairable damage to the frame.

Condolences about the wreck.
10-21-08, 08:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,299
Posted By spider-man

In my experience the thickness of powdercoating...

In my experience the thickness of powdercoating is problematic only when you have pantographing or lug cut-outs on your frame, as they tend to get filled in more than is ideal. If you have plain lugs...
10-20-08, 06:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,393
Posted By spider-man

I have had a frame powdercoated in Harahan at a...

I have had a frame powdercoated in Harahan at a place called Kirkfield's. Cheaper and more durable than paint, but maybe not what you're looking for.

There's an automotive paint shop in the...
10-20-08, 04:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,120
Posted By spider-man

Yes, the shellac will help hold the twine. It's...

Yes, the shellac will help hold the twine. It's also a good idea to run the end piece of twine through the last two or three loops, then pull tight. Then cut off the excess, and then shellac.

I...
10-16-08, 02:44 PM
Replies: 1,350
Views: 337,036
Posted By spider-man

http://lh5.ggpht.com/jamesparkerkarst/SPd2YdFcOUI/...

http://lh5.ggpht.com/jamesparkerkarst/SPd2YdFcOUI/AAAAAAAABf8/LUjewc-JrFU/s400/mixte1.jpg

The wife's 1978 Raleigh Super Course II. I got it as a frame, fork and headset and built it up thusly....
10-16-08, 02:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,120
Posted By spider-man

http://lh5.ggpht.com/jamesparkerkarst/SPd2Ynm_ypI/...

http://lh5.ggpht.com/jamesparkerkarst/SPd2Ynm_ypI/AAAAAAAABgE/23usUJJc1K8/s400/shellac1.jpg

Two coats of amber over brown cotton tape, which is over another layer of cotton tape, which is over an...
10-16-08, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,689
Posted By spider-man

Cottered cranks can be a bear. Start soaking the...

Cottered cranks can be a bear. Start soaking the bolts at the threads in Liquid Wrench now. Might as well soak other bolts that are coming out too. When you put the bike back together, use a plastic...
10-15-08, 09:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 801
Posted By spider-man

Ride the bike with the crank bolts removed; or...

Ride the bike with the crank bolts removed; or cut the crank off. Option No. 1 is preferable.
Replies: 1,027
Views: 567,395
Posted By spider-man

Mid-'80s Raleigh USA Grand Prix at the start of...

Mid-'80s Raleigh USA Grand Prix at the start of the Baton Rouge Cycling Club's fall century.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/jamesparkerkarst/SPYyIxTGnlI/AAAAAAAABcM/LhK-HlvkD3o/s400/raleigh1.jpg

Let's...
10-15-08, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,065
Posted By spider-man

Adding to your overlap list: Norman ...

Adding to your overlap list:

Norman
Raleigh
Sturmey-Archer
Rudge
Gitane
Chater Lea

and many more.
10-14-08, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 715
Posted By spider-man

Don't feel too bad. That would appear to be the...

Don't feel too bad. That would appear to be the "upper body bush," which often breaks on C-Record rear mechs. Mine broke too. Supposedly the same piece was used in another Campy derailleur of that...
10-11-08, 01:15 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 18,072
Posted By spider-man

+1

+1
10-10-08, 09:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By spider-man

Very pretty bike. I don't think your rust...

Very pretty bike. I don't think your rust problems are anywhere near severe enough to warrant a full-on oxalic bath. The aluminum parts will polish up great with your metal polish of choice. I use...
10-09-08, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By spider-man

My wife's Raleigh Super Course mixte is made of...

My wife's Raleigh Super Course mixte is made of 531. Late '70s. Nice ride.
10-02-08, 09:44 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 7,524
Posted By spider-man

There is also a long history of British cyclists...

There is also a long history of British cyclists converting their derailleur-geared bikes to fixed gear for the winter months. Certainly dating back into the period we consider vintage.

Riding a...
10-01-08, 08:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,003
Posted By spider-man

It's only original once. If you like money, don't...

It's only original once. If you like money, don't repaint.
09-25-08, 08:16 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 23,653
Posted By spider-man

I personally prefer the look of the lugged...

I personally prefer the look of the lugged Raleigh frame. I've had the pleasure of working on only one Schwinn three-speed, a ladies Breeze, and it did not have pump pegs. Some of the Raleigh...
09-21-08, 06:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 689
Posted By spider-man

I always follow Hilary Stone's auctions, though...

I always follow Hilary Stone's auctions, though I've never bought from him.
09-21-08, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 414
Posted By spider-man

A new handlebar is (or can be, I should say)...

A new handlebar is (or can be, I should say) pretty cheap. Straightening a steel frame shouldn't cost too much either.

If everything else checks out OK, I would use the handlebar/alignment issue...
09-20-08, 10:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 734
Posted By spider-man

Nice story. Welcome to NOLA.

Nice story. Welcome to NOLA.
09-16-08, 07:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 694
Posted By spider-man

I concur. Sounds like the shop 1) may not know...

I concur. Sounds like the shop 1) may not know what they're doing; and 2) wants to extract more money from you.
09-16-08, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 694
Posted By spider-man

What do you mean by the "hubs have gone out," and...

What do you mean by the "hubs have gone out," and what was the remedy the first time they did so?
09-11-08, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,935
Posted By spider-man

Lest you forget, C-Record is a product of the...

Lest you forget, C-Record is a product of the '80s. My late-'80s bike has Prugnats with cutouts, fastback seat stays and a classy paint job.
09-11-08, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 632
Posted By spider-man

Lucas? Does it deliver an electric shock instead...

Lucas? Does it deliver an electric shock instead of a ding-ding-ding?


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