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04-30-09, 12:38 PM
Replies: 106
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Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

There are always those that resist and poo poo...

There are always those that resist and poo poo truly great craftsmen, the cost, and fault their work. The same type can never understand the existence of a DuFour watch when a Timex gets them...
04-29-09, 10:27 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Picchio you are jealous, and have no answer to...

Picchio you are jealous, and have no answer to what is the magic of the better bicycles, nor will you ever own one
I certainly never said the careful temp control and outstanding brazing by Ernest...
04-29-09, 04:17 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Not really for everyone, and oddly back in the...

Not really for everyone, and oddly back in the day the Singer was high tech. The cost back then for a Singer racer was nearly three times the price of a Paramount for example.
Singer and Herse did...
04-29-09, 03:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

In regard to the superior brazing ability of...

In regard to the superior brazing ability of Csuka that can not be disputed. What else can it be that makes Singer bicycles so much better then many others?
There has to some "Black Magic" or...
04-29-09, 03:11 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Sounds more like maybe they just used thicker...

Sounds more like maybe they just used thicker tubing. The part about temperature control resulting, in and of itself, in a stiffer bike is hocus-pocus.

That could well be, I am not a welder, or...
04-29-09, 01:02 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I can say in regards to my Singer race bike that...

I can say in regards to my Singer race bike that it is much stiffer then other bikes with tight geometry I had back in those days.
The talk back then was Singer used better temperature control and...
04-28-09, 10:41 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Those older bikes like Herse, Singer and others...

Those older bikes like Herse, Singer and others were built one at a time by very experience people using great care that just cant happen in a factory setting, the cost does reflect that.
I like...
04-26-09, 10:22 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,924
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Have not posted for some time, been busy...

Have not posted for some time, been busy adjusting to the new world order, anyway.
This is my Singer racer I bought new in 1970 (ordered in early 69) I looks a little small for me cause it is, I was...
10-15-08, 12:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 976
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

My My, after 40yrs of working on Harleys and even...

My My, after 40yrs of working on Harleys and even being trained and certified at the company plant in 1981, I remember seeing a few of the old bicycles in the basement of the old factory building.
...
09-28-08, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,244
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

unterhausen, I am sure you are right about the...

unterhausen,
I am sure you are right about the forks.
It looks like Ernest has quite far to go if he is bending the frame in the photo to meet the pointer on the surface gage!
09-28-08, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,244
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I just love this photo of Ernest Csuka bending...

I just love this photo of Ernest Csuka bending this frame with a bar.
Could be you may have to clamp that fork down and bend it true.
http://www.framebuilders.toucansurf.com/SingerCS.htm
09-08-08, 01:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,784
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I have been using those for the last 20yrs on my...

I have been using those for the last 20yrs on my Alex Singer I have had for 38yrs.
I have found the shorter you can keep the cable housing the better they work, also they can be alittle tricky to...
07-30-08, 01:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,917
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I see reduced traffic in my small town. My...

I see reduced traffic in my small town. My elderly parents are driving much less. Makes for better cycling anyhoo.

Don
07-28-08, 11:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,975
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

This was a recent ebay Singer, Lugs are not quite...

This was a recent ebay Singer, Lugs are not quite like earlier bikes, but interesting anyway....
07-28-08, 04:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,975
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Well, I cant play good so I play loud! My...

Well, I cant play good so I play loud! My favorite Tele is the 68 with the Bassman amp in the photos.

Don
07-28-08, 02:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,975
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I have had one for 38yrs, but, have seen few...

I have had one for 38yrs, but, have seen few others. The ser# on the left rear dropout.
Lugs....
05-29-08, 03:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,377
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Should be able to find some trace of the original...

Should be able to find some trace of the original color, could be some up in the steering tube. I cant see some previous owner hot dipping the frame and then rattle can the dreadful yellow.
I would...
05-25-08, 01:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,377
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Yes, that is a Singer. I think what you refer to...

Yes, that is a Singer. I think what you refer to as model# is most likely the serial#, stamped on the left rear dropout. Mine #1380 made in 1970.
Lugs and brazing of the dropouts are the same. The...
02-21-08, 10:35 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,214
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Stringbreaker, That government owned Monarch EE...

Stringbreaker, That government owned Monarch EE lathe was purchased through a defense contractor 6yrs ago. The machine holds factory accuracy, however a worn out EE is still better than most anything...
02-20-08, 08:19 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,214
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

TurtleJack, the nuke sign is on the the door to...

TurtleJack, the nuke sign is on the the door to the clean assembly room, it from my days as a nuke machinist, but that is classified.
02-19-08, 11:42 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,214
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

This is my favorite bike shop. I found and stole...

This is my favorite bike shop. I found and stole this photo off the net. This is Ernest Csuka of Cycles Alex Singer doing his thing. On the back wall is a small very old lathe. I posted this on the...
02-19-08, 02:30 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,214
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

redneckwes, There are two Monarch 10EE lathes, a...

redneckwes, There are two Monarch 10EE lathes, a 1951 manufacturing model and a 1983 Inch/Metric Tool Makers. The turret lathe is a Hardinge Hand Chucker or model HC.
Though, anything can be made...
02-18-08, 11:34 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 14,214
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

This is my shop- ...

This is my shop-
http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/donsmonarch10ee/?action=view&current=Don_shop1.jpg
...
01-25-08, 11:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,341
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

In a pinch, the Speed Graphic can be used as a...

In a pinch, the Speed Graphic can be used as a weapon by conking the enemy on the head! Those are tough well proven cameras.
01-02-08, 03:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 879
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

DaTinker, going 85 on a Vespa is like going 300...

DaTinker, going 85 on a Vespa is like going 300 on anything else!!!
12-15-07, 09:41 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,584
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Of the many I have had and the ones I have now,...

Of the many I have had and the ones I have now, the 1970 Alex Singer race bike is the one. After nearly 38yrs, it is still my favorite....
12-10-07, 04:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,670
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

dbakl, the vintage Harley collector crowd is the...

dbakl, the vintage Harley collector crowd is the worst on the planet. They even think old HDs are not supposed to drip oil.
If you want to have some fun, hide a small oil can in your pocket, squirt...
12-10-07, 01:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,670
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Back in the 70s, many would upgrade their frames...

Back in the 70s, many would upgrade their frames and transfer the components from their earlier bike.
12-07-07, 06:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 18,461
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

The Campy end on my old Silca pump uses a...

The Campy end on my old Silca pump uses a compressed rubber seal, that may be alot better way to go.
If I were to do a production run of such an item, purchasing or making taps would be economical,...
12-07-07, 06:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 18,461
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Thats is a very coarse thread for such a small...

Thats is a very coarse thread for such a small diameter. It is a special thread and not standard. My search of industrial vendors we use came up empty.
A custom tap can be ordered, but could cost...
12-07-07, 02:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 18,461
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

With just a thread pitch gage, it appears the...

With just a thread pitch gage, it appears the threads are 1mm pitch with a 5mm outside thread diameter. I cant find a spare tube, or I would have put it on a optical comparator.
12-05-07, 04:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,117
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

The BB components seem to have rusted also....

The BB components seem to have rusted also. Something corrosive got on there. Cat pee can do it, even remove chrome. Cats make great gifts!
12-05-07, 01:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,117
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Yep! A Cat peed on it! Maybe this one. ...

Yep! A Cat peed on it! Maybe this one.
http://s170.photobucket.com/albums/u265/donsmonarch10ee/?action=view&current=DSC00004.jpg
11-29-07, 11:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,299
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

You may consider giving the moron his money back,...

You may consider giving the moron his money back, you never know these days, the guy could go tilt and kill your friend.
11-29-07, 11:33 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 17,241
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

waterockets may be on the right track with air...

waterockets may be on the right track with air tool oil. Air tool oil would have water/ corrosion inhibitors due to the nature of air tools much better than regular motor oils would.
11-27-07, 02:28 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 17,241
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I suppose they forgot that there are timing...

I suppose they forgot that there are timing chains in engines. Oiled chains can be reasonably maintained by wiping them down often with a rag.
I do not recomend using Log Cabin pancake syrup unless...
11-25-07, 10:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

I hope to get over to meet Brett some time. I am...

I hope to get over to meet Brett some time. I am a little machine crazy myself and always looking for methods to chuck odd items in lathes. This photo he has a fork chucked with a fixture in a 3 jaw...
11-23-07, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 972
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Bicycle tool maker

Here is a fellow that I found on the practical machinist forum. He is well known there for having exceptional machine tools such as the super rare Rivett lathe. I recently discovered that he makes...
11-18-07, 03:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,894
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Back in the 60s, I had a Mercier with a Nervar...

Back in the 60s, I had a Mercier with a Nervar Star crank. I couldnt find any extra parts for it back then, except a puller that I still have. It seemed to be a good crank.
11-16-07, 07:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,604
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Along with the Alex Singer"very nice", I have a...

Along with the Alex Singer"very nice", I have a LeTour, the LeTour is not a bad bike. Its one of my 2 wet weather bikes with fenders and ect.
10-30-07, 05:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,315
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Wow! Sounds extra stuck!

Wow! Sounds extra stuck!
10-30-07, 04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,315
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Part of my job in the machine shop is removing...

Part of my job in the machine shop is removing stuck broken items. What I would do is, heat the post reasonably with a propane torch, touch a piece of Bees Wax to the joint. Let it cool some, then...
10-15-07, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,990
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

The chemical solution I have is actually very...

The chemical solution I have is actually very natural. I learned this many years ago. Carefully heat the aluminum crank, then touch the threaded area with bees Wax.
Why Bees Wax? Bees Wax has a...
10-09-07, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,242
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

College town police auctions can be good, a...

College town police auctions can be good, a friend picked up a 70s Paramount for $30.
10-02-07, 01:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

If its yellow in color, its most likely white...

If its yellow in color, its most likely white lithium grease such as lubriplate or Campagnolo that turned yellow from age and use.
I have mentioned in the past that there are super high quality...
09-27-07, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,170
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

There were some failures in those old frames and...

There were some failures in those old frames and they had a lot of flex.
09-26-07, 10:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 925
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Nervar did make a puller, I still have one. It...

Nervar did make a puller, I still have one. It has a big hex nut, and the body is quite long.
09-22-07, 11:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,314
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Really nice! Don

Really nice!

Don
09-22-07, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,235
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

In more demanding applications Timeserts are for...

In more demanding applications Timeserts are for sure stronger. Best installed using a mill or drill press to keep things square.
http://www.timesert.com/
09-21-07, 11:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,123
Posted By HDFACTORYCERTIF

Its been many years since I went tubular. Tubasti...

Its been many years since I went tubular. Tubasti was the glue back then. I had a a few roll off causing spectacular crashes.
What I found worked best for me was to prepare a new rim by using a...
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