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08-19-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By Mechanicjay

They work well enough to stop my 200lb ass on a...

They work well enough to stop my 200lb ass on a 40lb gas-pipe special down Seattle hills in the wet with something approaching middling confidence. Which is better than the "wish and a prayer" level...
08-18-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Posted By Mechanicjay

Discretion is key. You can check out my post in...

Discretion is key. You can check out my post in the "What other C&V skills" post for an idea of the breadth of my retro interests. When first starting out, yes, grab whatever you can that's free...
08-18-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 712
Posted By Mechanicjay

C&V permeates every aspect of my life. ...

C&V permeates every aspect of my life.



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08-14-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,035
Posted By Mechanicjay

Somewhat late to the "J" Party, but this make...

Somewhat late to the "J" Party, but this make hasn't been represented yet!

Here's a shot of my '75 John Deere Men's Racer. The pic is a bit old, but it's currently hanging in the garage and I...
08-14-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,927
Posted By Mechanicjay

Motobecane Grand Touring. Dates from '70-'72....

Motobecane Grand Touring. Dates from '70-'72. Have 500+ miles on it so far this season. :)

http://archives.smbfc.net/uploads/bike/re_20190705_182228.jpg
08-02-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 428
Views: 25,587
Posted By Mechanicjay

July: 296.8 Really bummed I didn't hit 300...

July: 296.8

Really bummed I didn't hit 300 for the month.
07-10-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,164
Posted By Mechanicjay

Aw Jeez, this sounds amazing. Unfortunately,...

Aw Jeez, this sounds amazing.

Unfortunately, this is also the date of the Vintage Volkswagen show and swap meet in Shoreline -- for which I need to attend for old VW Camper reasons. Else, I'd be...
07-07-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By Mechanicjay

So was the FFS not terribly popular, or does it...

So was the FFS not terribly popular, or does it just date this bike to a very narrow period of time?
07-06-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By Mechanicjay

Schwinn Suburban

Got this guy for free from an Old Lady's garage.

New tubes and tires, repack bearings, and a few hours with some 0000 steel wool on the chrome bits and she cleaned up pretty well.

Has the goofy...
07-05-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,032
Posted By Mechanicjay

This looks like it was a lot of fun! Thanks for...

This looks like it was a lot of fun! Thanks for the pictures and getting it in my head that I too could do something like this someday!
07-05-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 268
Posted By Mechanicjay

Color Coordination Help

I'm trying to workout some color coordination with my '71-ish Moto Grand Touring.

White Bike, trying to add red accents for some color, but don't want to go overboard it.

The bike currently:...
07-05-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,512
Posted By Mechanicjay

Been busy with other pursuits, like resurrecting...

Been busy with other pursuits, like resurrecting a '73 VW Camper, putting on a display at the Vintage Computing Festival, plus kids, life etc.

Committing to getting back in the bike commuting...
07-04-19, 12:31 AM
Replies: 5,411
Views: 420,999
Posted By Mechanicjay

1) NOS axle and cones for a hi-flange Normandy...

1) NOS axle and cones for a hi-flange Normandy hub.
2) A new Avocet magnet ring so I can run the RED Avocet 30.
04-21-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Well, I ordered a set of Lyotard 460D pedals off...

Well, I ordered a set of Lyotard 460D pedals off the fleabay with 9/16 threads. Everything on the pedals is the same except for the threading on the crank-arm end. As the pedals I got in the mail...
04-07-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Yeah, Recycled Cycles was a bust this time...

Yeah, Recycled Cycles was a bust this time around. The Bike Shack (bike Coop) up here on the North End, was just depressing. They moved locations and longer have buckets and buckets of junk to dig...
03-31-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Lyotard 460 pedals. Definitely 14mm.

Lyotard 460 pedals. Definitely 14mm.
03-31-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Take it back: Lyotard. Have been searching around...

Take it back: Lyotard. Have been searching around and found a shot that are totally my pedals (though mine have reflectors and a toe cage bolted on):...
03-31-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Yeah, I work in the U-district. I'll be stopping...

Yeah, I work in the U-district. I'll be stopping by Recycled Cycles tomorrow on lunch :)

..Where is Bike Works?
03-31-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Gouche 95% sure it's Atom.

Gouche

95% sure it's Atom.
03-31-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 557
Posted By Mechanicjay

Pedal Trouble

As part of the spring tune-up before the season starts, I decided to disassemble, clean and repack the bearings on my Motobecane's pedals. The left pedal had developed a slight click. I took the...
06-27-17, 03:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,534
Posted By Mechanicjay

Indeed. Add a set of Kool-stop pads and you can...

Indeed. Add a set of Kool-stop pads and you can easily do an end-over in an emergency stop.

Old dried out, hard-as-rock brake pads, yeah not so much.

I'm not sure I'd a buy a new steel wheel...
06-26-17, 06:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,860
Posted By Mechanicjay

Probably about the same running equipment as my...

Probably about the same running equipment as my '71ish Moto GT.

Mine has an Atom 5 speed freewheel in the back, don't remember the sizes, except that the big cog is 32t.

Cones for those hubs...
06-26-17, 05:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,272
Posted By Mechanicjay

On a bike that gets ridden, I see no point in...

On a bike that gets ridden, I see no point in fretting over consumables and regular wear items that are not original. Absolutely keep it looking correct, but mostly keep it safe. For a museum...
06-15-17, 03:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 846
Posted By Mechanicjay

lol. I get it though. I've made exactly ONE...

lol. I get it though. I've made exactly ONE social media post about biking and it's when I hit a goal 1000 commuting miles during a season. I even prefaced it with an apology. I definitely have a...
06-13-17, 11:31 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 19,833
Posted By Mechanicjay

My John Deere in full commuting trim, 1 3/8 inch...

My John Deere in full commuting trim, 1 3/8 inch tires, full fenders, luggage rack, etc comes in at a heart palpitation inducing 38 lbs. Add my 198 lb ass (it was a long dark winter here, ok?) and...
06-12-17, 04:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 869
Posted By Mechanicjay

Does that fork look a bit tweaked to anyone else?

Does that fork look a bit tweaked to anyone else?
06-03-17, 11:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,354
Posted By Mechanicjay

Ditto -- about to give up on my hunt.

Ditto -- about to give up on my hunt.
06-03-17, 08:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 899
Posted By Mechanicjay

Guess the add was updated. It was definitely...

Guess the add was updated. It was definitely only $50 the other day. I guess he "serviced" it and is now asking $99. That definitely cuts too deep into my limited hobby budget. Oh well.
06-02-17, 06:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 899
Posted By Mechanicjay

Y'all are doing a terrible job of helping keep my...

Y'all are doing a terrible job of helping keep my money!! LOL
06-01-17, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 899
Posted By Mechanicjay

Attempt to relive past....

...for $50?

https://seattle.craigslist.org/est/bik/6138017667.html

This is an exact copy of the first "real" bike I got for Christmas in the early 90's. Rode the ever-living crap out of it...
05-31-17, 02:34 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,782
Posted By Mechanicjay

I'm a retro guy, not only Bikes, but cars,...

I'm a retro guy, not only Bikes, but cars, computers, pretty much anything.

I'm a software developer by trade. When I leave my office, I'm not interested in existing in a world of...
05-31-17, 08:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,857
Posted By Mechanicjay

I will second the notion of 1 3/8 tires @ 75 PSI...

I will second the notion of 1 3/8 tires @ 75 PSI for a forgiving ride. It's the only thing that make my gas-pipe special tolerable over rough pavement.

Just to clarify your statement of "no more...
05-30-17, 06:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,803
Posted By Mechanicjay

I'm happy to make a recording for you as I come...

I'm happy to make a recording for you as I come down the hill from my house in morning. If it's chilly enough out, you can get some really great resonant ringing out of the rims too! :lol:
05-30-17, 06:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,857
Posted By Mechanicjay

Yeah, that'd make a totally great casual cruiser...

Yeah, that'd make a totally great casual cruiser bike for someone.

I'd grab something like that off the curb in a heartbeat. Agreed, Co-op or Goodwill.
05-30-17, 12:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,017
Posted By Mechanicjay

I hate to advocate for mere parts swapping -- but...

I hate to advocate for mere parts swapping -- but a new freewheel is cheap and a quick test could have saved a 1/2 day of messing about ( I mean it's your time, so if you enjoyed it, that's really...
05-30-17, 11:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,803
Posted By Mechanicjay

At least they make a create a cool "whhhrrrzzzz"...

At least they make a create a cool "whhhrrrzzzz" sound when you stop?
05-30-17, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By Mechanicjay

I got this one for $25. That was a couple bucks...

I got this one for $25. That was a couple bucks more than I might have normally wanted to pay, but I had a birthday gift-certificate to burn. :) It fits perfectly on the '76 Motobecane...didn't...
05-29-17, 10:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 616
Posted By Mechanicjay

Some fun accessories

Was at the LBS today getting a new waterproof bag, I was perusing the used parts bins and came away with a couple winners:

1) Impero frame pump with Campagnolo head
2) New in Box Avocet 45
3)...
06-20-16, 03:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By Mechanicjay

I'm not sure, but they suck. We had some pretty...

I'm not sure, but they suck. We had some pretty cheesy ones. Last summer they re-did the bike room with these new fancy hangers. The new ones are so much closer together than the old ones that it's...
06-17-16, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By Mechanicjay

Thanks! There was a thread about these bikes as...

Thanks! There was a thread about these bikes as i was resurrecting one last year, with some interesting background on them. The one I'm riding now is my MIL's frameset, which was in very good...
06-17-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By Mechanicjay

Indeed. I can't speak to the other bikes, but ...

Indeed. I can't speak to the other bikes, but at least for my JD, while it's a heavy-ass frame, it's all SunTour running gear, which seems to be infinitely rebuildable. We just don't seem to...
06-16-16, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By Mechanicjay

Retro Line-up at work today

As I pulled into the bike room today, I saw my buddy's, green Peugeot hanging, next to it a Yellow LeTour.

I hung my John Deer in the middle.

So here you have it folks: 3, 40 year old bikes...
03-08-16, 12:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 861
Posted By Mechanicjay

i picked up 2 used Normandy from @Aubergine...

i picked up 2 used Normandy from @Aubergine (http://www.bikeforums.net/members/aubergine-426813.html) at the coop. I got 1 good cone and one with only 1 tiny pit in it. I'm going to try polishing...
03-06-16, 04:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 861
Posted By Mechanicjay

Wow thanks Aubergine! Yes, do hold that for me. ...

Wow thanks Aubergine! Yes, do hold that for me. How late are you there today? I'm about to run out for some tools for a automotive project gone awry.
03-06-16, 12:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 861
Posted By Mechanicjay

I do plan on putting some miles on this bike. ...

I do plan on putting some miles on this bike. I'm just concerned that used cones with an unknown number of miles is just kicking the can down the road, but not far enough. Though if it's cheap...
03-06-16, 10:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 861
Posted By Mechanicjay

Yeah, I do almost all my shopping at Recycled...

Yeah, I do almost all my shopping at Recycled Cycles. That's where I came up empty in the fall. They do move a lot of stuff through the used parts bins -- it's probably worth checking out.
...
03-06-16, 10:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 861
Posted By Mechanicjay

Hub Recommendations for an old Motobecane

I'm looking for a new front hub for my '71 Motobecane Grand Touring.

The cones in the original Normandy front hub are shot and I've been unable to source replacements, not surprisingly.

I was...
02-29-16, 12:57 PM
Replies: 1,364
Views: 84,050
Posted By Mechanicjay

This weekend, my 5 year old was BEGGING me to go...

This weekend, my 5 year old was BEGGING me to go on a ride with him.

Sadly, I had no bike in working order, so told him he had to help me finish putting some things together, which worked out...
11-17-15, 12:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 947
Posted By Mechanicjay

As soon as I started to come down the hill from...

As soon as I started to come down the hill from home and saw the lake, I almost turned around and went home. I came 10 miles from LFP to UW. Do you work at the UW?
11-17-15, 12:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 947
Posted By Mechanicjay

Intrepid Seattlites

+10 commuting points to anyone who rode to work in Seattle today.

It wasn't so much the rain as the wind! Dodging falling branches along BG trail was not my idea of a good time!

Standing on...
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