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09-24-17, 10:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,207
Posted By howellhandmade

I suppose I shouldn't comment since I don't have...

I suppose I shouldn't comment since I don't have a Nishiki, but I have two Voyageurs and my wife has one. My wife's and one of mine I built from basket cases, super comfortable and capable bikes,...
08-13-17, 01:01 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 9,893
Posted By howellhandmade

Strewth.

Strewth.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,950
Posted By howellhandmade

Bikes do not come from the factory with the...

Bikes do not come from the factory with the steerer tube cut shorter than stock. That is a modification done by or at the request of the owner. We don't know exactly what length the OP's stem is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-17, 01:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,950
Posted By howellhandmade

The question is not whether he bought a used...

The question is not whether he bought a used bike, but whether a bike which had a steerer tube cut shorter than stock should be considered modified. Which requires the discussion of how a new bike is...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-17, 01:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,950
Posted By howellhandmade

This is what I mean; this is simply not so. The...

This is what I mean; this is simply not so. The steerer tube on a new bike is not "of course" cut. The steerer on a new bike does not come extra long, so that it must be cut no matter who buys it. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-17, 08:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,950
Posted By howellhandmade

I am perplexed by the opinions that shortening a...

I am perplexed by the opinions that shortening a steerer is not a modification, and that it is done as a matter of course. Any new bike comes from the manufacturer with a specified steerer tube...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-17, 09:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,950
Posted By howellhandmade

Yes, slamming the stem and cutting the steerer is...

Yes, slamming the stem and cutting the steerer is a modification, certainly in excess of new bar tape. I have a Jamis carbon bike with the stem/steerer as it came from the store, it looks like the...
08-04-17, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 712
Posted By howellhandmade

I meant to type, "NOT worth what he charges." I...

I meant to type, "NOT worth what he charges." I will give it a go, I just like to work out all the details before I jump. Handy on the titanium scrap, every place I've visited that machines titanium...
08-04-17, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 712
Posted By howellhandmade

Interesting! I'm teetering on the edge of home...

Interesting! I'm teetering on the edge of home anodizing myself. From what I read, buffing after sealing will remove the milky coating. I also read about a "de-smut" bath just before anodizing....
08-03-17, 10:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,186
Posted By howellhandmade

Because, $80. Sheesh, what girlfriend hasn't...

Because, $80. Sheesh, what girlfriend hasn't bought something in excess of what was strictly essential because it was a great deal? Bikes are a great, useful, healthy thing to collect. Some guys...
08-03-17, 09:29 PM
Replies: 734
Views: 49,958
Posted By howellhandmade

After four days of riding in goat head ground...

After four days of riding in goat head ground zero, Colorado, I finally collected one. Which was only notable because I had forgotten to pack a frame pump, so I bought a mini-pump when I arrived,...
08-03-17, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 313
Posted By howellhandmade

Riding can be tough due to traffic. There are...

Riding can be tough due to traffic. There are some nice trails, if a little busy on weekends. You're close to the Passage trail that goes all the way to DC. North Shore and "Jail" trails are handy....
08-03-17, 08:45 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 15,840
Posted By howellhandmade

This is my thought as well. Very interesting...

This is my thought as well. Very interesting information, now I kinda want an Abloy 362 just because, but it's HUGE, and costs more by itself than the bike I would consider locking in a high-theft...
08-02-17, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,572
Posted By howellhandmade

Dunno where you are, but here, there are so few...

Dunno where you are, but here, there are so few good bikes/deals on CL that if a good one shows up, you gotta pounce. If I took time to poll bikeforums I'd never get anything.
08-02-17, 03:22 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,792
Posted By howellhandmade

Excuse me. You said "The bike I'm riding it on...

Excuse me. You said "The bike I'm riding it on has a very small saddle to bar drop (and it's a flat bar commuter)."

You did NOT say you had a 2 inch drop or that it was a road-ish position, or a...
08-02-17, 03:00 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,792
Posted By howellhandmade

Have you tried commuting on a bike with road-ish...

Have you tried commuting on a bike with road-ish position? Perhaps the more upright position with flat bar is to blame. Everything I ride has a road bar; I'm not that sensitive to saddles but if I...
08-02-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,589
Posted By howellhandmade

A few. Shimano BB/crank takes a special wrench...

A few. Shimano BB/crank takes a special wrench ($20), and you'll need cable cutters (see thread in mechanics forum), a set of Allen wrenches. A work stand (clamp the seatpost, not the frame) is kind...
08-02-17, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,589
Posted By howellhandmade

Any desire to put it together yourself? So long...

Any desire to put it together yourself? So long as you have the corect BB and front der it's pretty easy, and if you need help there's youtube.
07-31-17, 06:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,829
Posted By howellhandmade

Well, I bought a Ciocc with full Campy because it...

Well, I bought a Ciocc with full Campy because it was the kind of bike I couldn't possibly afford when I first got serious in college, around 1984. But I tend to "collect" bikes that fill a vacant...
07-31-17, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13,880
Views: 1,232,987
Posted By howellhandmade

Weld County, CO. Here visiting my mom. Riding is...

Weld County, CO. Here visiting my mom. Riding is pretty flat, but plentiful and, once you get out in the farmland, few cars.
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07-31-17, 09:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,983
Posted By howellhandmade

My vote is keep the starfish. It belongs. The...

My vote is keep the starfish. It belongs. The stem and bars, on the other hand, unless you're actually built so that they're comfy, those could change.
07-29-17, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 850
Posted By howellhandmade

Hmmm. That does look nasty, but looking closely...

Hmmm. That does look nasty, but looking closely at the photos I wonder why it is fatal. It looks to me like the paint crazed and allowed rust to start. The rust is significant, but the tube should be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-17, 08:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,342
Posted By howellhandmade

I am a Cannondale . . . enthusiast. I have a 1988...

I am a Cannondale . . . enthusiast. I have a 1988 Criterium, a 1998 Team Saeco CAD 3, a 2005 R500, a 2011 CAAD 10, and am building another 88 Criterium for my wife. Always on the lookout for them . ....
07-25-17, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By howellhandmade

I assume Univega. If you want to keep it at least...

I assume Univega. If you want to keep it at least period correct, if not original, you need to know the steerer tube length and keep an eye on ebay. If you don't care about that and just want to...
07-25-17, 09:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,399
Posted By howellhandmade

Different point of view, I suppose. I don't think...

Different point of view, I suppose. I don't think an "almost" fit means you can't get there, necessarily. Sometimes you're already at the edge of the envelope, not always. I think that if you are...
07-25-17, 06:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,399
Posted By howellhandmade

Hmm, I'm not a bike fitter, but this seems like...

Hmm, I'm not a bike fitter, but this seems like extrapolating a bit. Maybe a bit small; I don't think OP looks bad on the bike, but I prefer frames on the small side for myself. If his knees are...
07-24-17, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 680
Posted By howellhandmade

Everything sounds good except the part about...

Everything sounds good except the part about being on a budget.

By the time you have "upgraded the drivetrain" of a given bike, using purchased parts, you will have spent more than you would have...
07-23-17, 08:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,376
Posted By howellhandmade

Thank you, that was a rich vein of entertainment....

Thank you, that was a rich vein of entertainment. For instance, from one poster: "Man some of these threads should be banned for stuidity."
07-21-17, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By howellhandmade

Went to the LBS and hunted through their bin to...

Went to the LBS and hunted through their bin to find a small ferrule. Not rare, I just didn't have one.
07-21-17, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 286
Posted By howellhandmade

Another 83 Voyageur quirk: CS cable stop id?

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It seems there are some little oddball things about my 1983 Voyageur. I have a handful of scavenged cable housing ferrules, all of which are too large to fit into the chain stay cable stop....
07-18-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 568
Posted By howellhandmade

I'm all for learning, and a decent respirator is...

I'm all for learning, and a decent respirator is good to have even if you're using methylene chloride. But the guys who blast inside a room (or outside) use full hoods with supplied air. Being able...
07-17-17, 09:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,804
Posted By howellhandmade

Rachel, in addition to everything else,...

Rachel, in addition to everything else, compliments on your writing. Very clear.

It sounds like you are very close to taking control of your body and your health. Have you read HG Wells's short...
07-17-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 568
Posted By howellhandmade

Sandblasting takes quite a compressor, not many...

Sandblasting takes quite a compressor, not many people have one that flows enough CFM. And open-air blasting is not without problems, not the least of which is giving yourself clean air to breathe. A...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-17, 07:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,818
Posted By howellhandmade

Can answer that for the OP. Massively. If...

Can answer that for the OP.

Massively. If you google John Howard speed record you can see just how much difference a complete draft makes.
07-17-17, 04:29 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 25,909
Posted By howellhandmade

One of two commuters, but I keep forgetting to...

One of two commuters, but I keep forgetting to take a pic of the 88 Cannondale Criterium I take on days when there is no chance of rain. We cyclists are able to park in the loading dock, quite secure...
07-17-17, 08:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By howellhandmade

Thanks, that's easy enough. Certainly easier than...

Thanks, that's easy enough. Certainly easier than making a 4.5 screw.
07-17-17, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By howellhandmade

Schwinn experts: 83 Shifter boss screw size

The project is restoring a trashed 1983 Voyageur (non-SP) for my wife. The DT shifters were so corroded and wrecked that it seemed a good opportunity to change to bar ends. I modified the Shimano...
07-09-17, 07:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 841
Posted By howellhandmade

Good point. The method of indexing to a rod...

Good point. The method of indexing to a rod screwed in the existing pedal hole would probably be fine. Could also index/clamp an axle fixed to the arm. Tough piece to clamp, even with wooden blocks....
07-08-17, 04:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 841
Posted By howellhandmade

I think this ^ is the correct answer. A drill...

I think this ^ is the correct answer. A drill press, even a good one, is not a precision tool, and is not set up for the sort of fixturing needed to drill a hole in an irregularly shaped object...
07-07-17, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 400
Posted By howellhandmade

Pm sent.

Pm sent.
07-06-17, 06:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,367
Posted By howellhandmade

No, mid-80s, chrome stays under paint. It is...

No, mid-80s, chrome stays under paint. It is fastest at removing rust on bare metal, and slower at removing rust "in" paint and plating. But given enough time, all the rust disappears. Pitted chrome...
07-06-17, 12:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 357
Posted By howellhandmade

WTB 144BCD chain rings

Direct replacements would be Specialized, 52/42, 7spd, but I reckon other brands would work too. Would be happy with 51/41, but not holding my breath. The bike is an 88 Cannondale I'm building for my...
07-05-17, 09:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 321
Posted By howellhandmade

Just in case anyone was wondering, the "Shimano...

Just in case anyone was wondering, the "Shimano SLR" bit on the face of the cam lever is a sticker. Peeling that back, I find that the mechanism is held together by a peened-over rivet. Now, I could...
07-05-17, 03:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 321
Posted By howellhandmade

Shimano 105 caliper cable release disassembly?

The priject is to strip, polish, and re-anodize a set of late 80s single pivot 105 brakes. Disassembly is straightforward except for the cable release cam mechanism. I can't find an exploded view...
07-04-17, 10:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,367
Posted By howellhandmade

Trying it this evening on a Schwinn Voyageur...

Trying it this evening on a Schwinn Voyageur frame, using a long narrow box lined with plastic and blocking to soak one side of the diamond at a time. Really seems to do a great job. Remarkable.
07-04-17, 11:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,109
Posted By howellhandmade

As I research anodizing, I wonder if bike parts...

As I research anodizing, I wonder if bike parts usually come from the manufacturer with Type II (room temperature, what we can easily do at home) or Type III ("hard" anodizing, more abrasion and...
07-04-17, 09:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,109
Posted By howellhandmade

I have read of people using welders. There are...

I have read of people using welders. There are subtleties, though. The power supply has to be variable and start low since full power right away will burn the finish, and then has to achieve around...
07-03-17, 09:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,109
Posted By howellhandmade

Boiling seals the anodizing. I've been looking at...

Boiling seals the anodizing. I've been looking at this myself. It's not rocket science, but does take a good power supply and some experience for pro results.
07-03-17, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,313
Posted By howellhandmade

Would you mind telling how much time, and just...

Would you mind telling how much time, and just what constituted a mild dilution? I have a frame that I think I can do in a storage tub in sections.
07-03-17, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By howellhandmade

Thank you both, that opened up a new chapter of...

Thank you both, that opened up a new chapter of bike lore for me, but other than 27.2 being indicative of a "high quality" tubing it doesn't seem to be very specific -- may not even be butted. Could...
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