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Forum: Foo
08-01-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,784
Posted By elcraft

These knives have a more “tool” like handle and...

These knives have a more “tool” like handle and seem to be very useful as a food prep knife. The twist-to-lock locking system is simple and effective. Opinel has recently introduced stainless bladed,...
07-12-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 48,851
Posted By elcraft

I managed to find the appropriate Key Word for a...

I managed to find the appropriate Key Word for a search and found that these clips were available as an aftermarket part. The Terry Company (Probably better known for the handlebar watch clip) was...
07-03-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 48,851
Posted By elcraft

As I tried to say before, the Shifter...

As I tried to say before, the Shifter modifications is outstanding! But so is the clamp that holds the antique Optimus kerosine/ parafin stove! Was this clamp a commercially manufactured part or a...
06-25-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 738
Posted By elcraft

I put my Hi-E cage on the handlebar of my ‘75...

I put my Hi-E cage on the handlebar of my ‘75 Super Course back in 1976. I used the supplied “muffler clamp” band. It’s been there ever since……
05-04-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By elcraft

If you are in US or “drive on the Right side of...

If you are in US or “drive on the Right side of the Road” countries, then put the light on left side (NDS) of the bike. If you are in the UK, Japan, or “drive on the Left side of the Road”...
04-19-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 419
Posted By elcraft

Three issues affect the usability of these...

Three issues affect the usability of these wheels; #1), the over locknut width of the wheel and your Dawes’ rear drop out spacing. Depending on the year of manufacture, the Dawes may have to have its...
04-06-22, 05:44 AM
Replies: 26,298
Views: 3,788,193
Posted By elcraft

De Indstrialization. It became more profitable...

De Indstrialization. It became more profitable to manufacture in low wage Asia than to consider the loss of employment for thousands of workers. The value of the land then exceeded the value of the...
04-01-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,916
Posted By elcraft

“If it was good enough for Eddie, it was good...

“If it was good enough for Eddie, it was good enough for us……. “
When Tressostar cloth tape was “coolest”, the standard seemed to be to tape from the top of the bars down to bar plugs ( No finishing...
03-31-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,217
Posted By elcraft

Harris and Sheldon Brown were definitely an...

Harris and Sheldon Brown were definitely an incredible influence for cycling knowledge in Boston area. But this may be a “chicken and egg” phenomenon. Boston, owing to so many Schools in the area,...
03-27-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,014
Posted By elcraft

In truth, I have a clear plastic spoke protector...

In truth, I have a clear plastic spoke protector on my commuting bike- I do see the virtue in a little plastic to prevent a possibly catastrophic chain mis-shift. Choosing to have such a disc does...
03-25-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,014
Posted By elcraft

Spoke Protectors or Pie plates are also known as...

Spoke Protectors or Pie plates are also known as “Dork Discs”. If your derailleur is properly adjusted, then there is no compelling need for a Spoke Protector- it simply adds unneeded weight, thus...
03-24-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,217
Posted By elcraft

EXACTLY! The information is as much fun as...

EXACTLY! The information is as much fun as finding others with the same interests.
03-24-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,217
Posted By elcraft

Jon, You are perceptive. I did, in fact,...

Jon,
You are perceptive. I did, in fact, pay $50 more for that cola brown Sprite! But, making it get to you was the least I could do after you sent me the Cyclo- Benelux cog. Paying both...
03-23-22, 11:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,217
Posted By elcraft

Interesting, my subscription to Bicycling ended...

Interesting, my subscription to Bicycling ended January of 1978! These hybrid drive scenarios have been an ongoing interest for me. I started to recreate my lost 9 speed almost immediately after it...
03-22-22, 01:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,217
Posted By elcraft

In 1979, I made almost the same bike using a...

In 1979, I made almost the same bike using a hi-ten Raleigh Record frameset and the legendary Cyclo-Benelux triple cog conversion cluster. I used a Huret Challenger derailleur, as it could handle...
03-20-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,100
Posted By elcraft

Of course, the Raleigh Professional had Mark II,...

Of course, the Raleigh Professional had Mark II, Mark III, and Mark IV designations, as well. These were QUITE collectible! The Super Course remains one of the favored Raleighs to collect.

The...
03-09-22, 10:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 510
Posted By elcraft

BITD, the Presta adapter was threaded onto the...

BITD, the Presta adapter was threaded onto the DT shift lever clamp bolt (or double down tube cable stop clamp bolt). The threading was the same and it kept the rarity/ mystique aura going on the...
03-09-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,236
Posted By elcraft

The front hanger was slotted so the cable ferrule...

The front hanger was slotted so the cable ferrule could be lifted out; this was one of the Quick release options for the front brake. The quick release for the rear could be done by disengaging the...
02-02-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,205
Posted By elcraft

Nice Workspace!!

Nice Workspace!!
12-31-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 10,941
Posted By elcraft

When you find yourself turning down the radio in...

When you find yourself turning down the radio in the car so you can see better…….
12-25-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,533
Posted By elcraft

Gaps at brake hoods make me think this wasn’t a...

Gaps at brake hoods make me think this wasn’t a factory tape job. Or is my recollection clouded by Nostalgia? Cloth Velox Tressostar, etc. would look real nice. I am not sure 45 + year old plastic...
09-17-21, 05:05 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,227
Posted By elcraft

Geez, I would have thought something like the...

Geez, I would have thought something like the following;
Cinelli SC or Masi
Rene Herse
Hetchins MO
3Rensho
Eisenstraut or Gordon or Weigle or Columbine ( too many great American possibilities)
08-30-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 15,411
Posted By elcraft

Custom made engagement ring using heirloom...

Custom made engagement ring using heirloom stones, for one. Beloved heirloom ring from Grandma or Great Aunt So and So that needs to be sized to fit a new wearer. Structural repairs of worn out...
08-29-21, 11:57 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 15,411
Posted By elcraft

I face a similar problem. I am a goldsmith with...

I face a similar problem. I am a goldsmith with over 40 years experience. People will pay a mechanic $99 / hour, but balk when I want to charge $75/ hour. There is a perceived value issue here. ...
Forum: Foo
08-08-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 492
Posted By elcraft

“Gear” is a grouping of chainring and “cog” on...

“Gear” is a grouping of chainring and “cog” on rear.”Changing gears” means altering which combination of chainring/ cog you are using. Thus, cog is more descriptive of a part of the system. You can...
07-09-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 968
Posted By elcraft

“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding...

“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding this manufacturing tendency becoming more and more common. From Hot Tub filters to watch parts, many manufacturers seem to want a long term...
07-09-21, 03:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 968
Posted By elcraft

I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and...

I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and twisted in a mini wood screw. I was ble to wiggle and pull with a plier until the lead end came out.
06-11-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 13,968
Posted By elcraft

Tragic. The wealth of knowledge, frame...

Tragic. The wealth of knowledge, frame alignments, re threading and virtually any part from a Sturmey Archer product had been obtainable at Harris Cyclery. They were a Brommy dealership, too. I...
06-08-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,227
Posted By elcraft

The gravity skewers, at one time, were defeated...

The gravity skewers, at one time, were defeated with a magnet. Has this defect been eliminated?
02-19-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 555
Posted By elcraft

Just for the information, was a four speed...

Just for the information, was a four speed freewheel 1/8” or 3/32” chain width?
02-15-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,809
Posted By elcraft

Love the traditional style fork with a sloping...

Love the traditional style fork with a sloping crown and curved blades! Very classy.
02-06-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,228
Posted By elcraft

Had my tools stolen on a two occasions. None of...

Had my tools stolen on a two occasions. None of my tools are older than a 70’svintage Raleigh/ Rampar tool kit with Hozan double ended wrenches like Bikemig’s. Came with a cheap third hand/ brake...
01-31-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,248
Posted By elcraft

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01-31-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,284
Posted By elcraft

As a commercial goldsmith,I have used ultrasonics...

As a commercial goldsmith,I have used ultrasonics for 35 years. I would caution against running an ultrasonic with only an inch or two of water- the transducers that create the ultrasonic waves can...
01-10-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 26,298
Views: 3,788,193
Posted By elcraft

Seems that there is some question about Sturmey...

Seems that there is some question about Sturmey Archer threading standard. Same as it ever was; BSC 13/32” x 26 tpi. I found a tap in that threading on eBay UK. Rumor has it that McMaster Carr has...
01-02-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 33,385
Posted By elcraft

I am most offended by signs of mechanical...

I am most offended by signs of mechanical ignorance. The proper orientation of quick release levers ( both the proper side of bike and “aero” or visual aesthetic vis-a-vis the chainstay/ fork...
12-25-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,482
Posted By elcraft

My ‘75 Super Course is exactly same paint /decal...

My ‘75 Super Course is exactly same paint /decal scheme. The cranks could be Nervar steel/alloy combo, Nervar Star all alloy , or (like mine) Stronglight 93. The Weinmann Alloy rms were high...
11-03-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,862
Posted By elcraft

BITD, I hand polished ( with a rag and my...

BITD, I hand polished ( with a rag and my fingers) Weinmann rims with Simichrome. People always asked me why I had steel rims instead of alloy.....
07-21-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,372
Posted By elcraft

BITD, bars set up that way were called “DUI...

BITD, bars set up that way were called “DUI bars”. Some guy, usually with an Army Surplus coat (sometimes in Camo) who still needed to get to work after his license was revoked, would get some entry...
07-21-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,745
Posted By elcraft

And here I thought I was the last guy still using...

And here I thought I was the last guy still using a Cyclo Rivoli chain tool! If you grip the pin with a small locking plier (i.e., Vise-Grip) perpendicular to the pin’s axis, you can tap a mallet or...
05-18-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,808
Posted By elcraft

I was always tired of switching ratchet wrench/...

I was always tired of switching ratchet wrench/ breaker bar to use my one inch deep wall socket for Park Tools cassette or Freewheel tools (I like to secure tool w/ skewer or axle nut). So I decided...
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Posted By elcraft

Chainwheel looks like BSA and does not have...

Chainwheel looks like BSA and does not have tubular Raleigh forkcrown. Probably a BSA from pre- Tube Investments era, i.e., pre- ‘57.
02-09-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,531
Posted By elcraft

These work amazingly well at an astonishing...

These work amazingly well at an astonishing price:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-Coaxial-Cable-Cutter-CE160127/300513196

I always use a cut off disc with a Demel style tool to...
02-03-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,189
Posted By elcraft

My words would just be restatements of what...

My words would just be restatements of what others have already said.
There are reoccurring themes, though, the "seminal" bike of one's youth (- '75 Raleigh Super Course Mk. II, in my case); the...
Forum: Foo
01-21-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,248
Posted By elcraft

My experiences with Miele weren't so good. Ours...

My experiences with Miele weren't so good. Ours would clog on the slightest thing. I would have to take it apart and remove the ridiculously smal leaf or object that wedge crosswise in the plastic...
01-19-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,151
Posted By elcraft

Svelto!! It is rarer than the Alvit,...

Svelto!!
It is rarer than the Alvit, lighter than the Alvit, works about the same as an Alvit, and not outrageously priced.
Bonus points, if you can find a set of red pulleys from an Alvit...
01-12-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,102
Posted By elcraft

I have the same Japanese Raleigh Mixte! The bike...

I have the same Japanese Raleigh Mixte! The bike came exactly as you guys suggest, i.e., skipping the second bridge. Works well, in this arrangement.
01-08-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,866
Posted By elcraft

These should work for 1/2" shafts: ...

These should work for 1/2" shafts:

https://www.amazon.com/Spindle-Adapter-16-10-Arbor-Polishing/dp/B07WCPJGZN/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Polishing+motor+taper+spindles&qid=1578499545&s=hi&sr=1-2

I...
01-08-20, 01:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,866
Posted By elcraft

Well, I was going to chime in about RPM and the...

Well, I was going to chime in about RPM and the existence of the tapered screw spindle, but you beat me to it. My experience is based on the Jewelry trade; a step sibling to the Dental trade. I would...
01-04-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,299
Posted By elcraft

I had some alloy buckled Christophe straps (from...

I had some alloy buckled Christophe straps (from back in the "Weight Weenie" days) that I dipped in Lexol Leather preservative that are still flexible and supple after 35 years! I intended to...
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