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02-04-22, 05:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,711
Posted By Duke7777

Great looking Dilecta! It looks like a bike that...

Great looking Dilecta! It looks like a bike that is well-liked by its owner. A late-40s to 1950s Dilecta has been on my search list for several years. So far no luck - most are too small, and I've...
11-19-21, 11:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,765
Posted By Duke7777

Yes, I use various drawing aids to do the box...

Yes, I use various drawing aids to do the box lining and other details:
...
11-18-21, 11:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,765
Posted By Duke7777

I find they do a nice job of lug lining and box...

I find they do a nice job of lug lining and box lining. I usually go over the line a second time after it's dry, to get better density. It seems to last fine, but I store my bikes in a dry basement...
11-18-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 568
Posted By Duke7777

Cyclotouriste rings on 3-arm crank

This looked like an interesting idea, so I traced out where the bolt holes would be in 34, 35 and 36 t cyclotouriste rings.
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11-14-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,568
Posted By Duke7777

I recently drilled out a thick frozen stem using...

I recently drilled out a thick frozen stem using a hand drill, step bit and extension. This required the stem to be cut off fairly close to the top of the steerer tube. It worked very well,...
11-12-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By Duke7777

Crescents were fairly common here in Vancouver,...

Crescents were fairly common here in Vancouver, as there was a Volvo dealer that imported them in the 1970s and sponsored a racing team. My first race bike was a 319, and I still own two 319/320s in...
08-24-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,137
Posted By Duke7777

I lubricate the chains by immersing in molten...

I lubricate the chains by immersing in molten wax. There are pros and cons, but I like it.
08-19-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,137
Posted By Duke7777

Chain cleaning for hot wax

I've heard from several people who do hot wax, that if the chain is not clean enough, the wax will not last nearly as long. You could say this is just anecdotal, and maybe there are other factors....
08-19-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,137
Posted By Duke7777

Chain cleaning

I agree that mineral spirits is an excellent cleaner for grease, but I'm sick of using it. Based on what I learned from Oz Cycle and Josh Poertner (Silca) youtube videos, I'm surprised that your...
08-18-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,137
Posted By Duke7777

Ultrasonic cleaners

I would have agreed with this statement until about a year ago. For decades I had used mineral spirits, WD-40, degreasers, and lots of various brushes and rags. I was getting sick and tired of it....
08-16-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 6,127
Posted By Duke7777

My guess is that they will hold their value much...

My guess is that they will hold their value much better than most other high-end new bikes, but I doubt they will appreciate.

It seems to me that Jan has tried to make a bike that is worthy of the...
07-22-21, 11:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By Duke7777

Early Strawberry decals

I have frame #10674. It's in rough shape, but I believe the original decals are mostly there. I would need to take some photos.
06-22-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 752
Posted By Duke7777

I would say this is due to excess play in your...

I would say this is due to excess play in your freewheel. When you are on the middle cogs, the freewheel rocks back and forth with each revolution of the wheel. You could try a different freewheel to...
05-05-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,566
Posted By Duke7777

I believe that indicates April 2013.

I believe that indicates April 2013.
05-05-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,566
Posted By Duke7777

That seems to be largely correct for relatively...

That seems to be largely correct for relatively recent saddles with the code stamped in the leather, at least according to:
https://bikeretrogrouch.blogspot.com/2015/04/my-new-old-brooks.html
and:...
05-05-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By Duke7777

I seem to recall folks reporting that the VO nuts...

I seem to recall folks reporting that the VO nuts are too long for the stepped holes in the 49D crank. A fairly common remedy is to drill out the steps, making the holes like the ones in TA cranks....
05-05-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By Duke7777

Ref.25 is the set of 5 for bolting the outer ring...

Ref.25 is the set of 5 for bolting the outer ring to the crank. Ref.64 is the set of 6 with spacers for bolting the inner ring to the outer ring. See p.11 here:...
04-27-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 8,892
Posted By Duke7777

This was a NOS Super Champion Osgear set I put on...

This was a NOS Super Champion Osgear set I put on this 37 Hobbs. It wasn't even very expensive - around $150 for the complete set IIRC.
...
04-25-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,250
Posted By Duke7777

Wow - cool bike in amazing condition! I had...

Wow - cool bike in amazing condition! I had never seen a Crescent this early, and it's interesting to compare it with the 70s Pepita Special. I'm a fan of Crescents, as one was my first race bike...
04-25-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,377
Posted By Duke7777

Yes, all good points. There are lots of...

Yes, all good points. There are lots of different ways to make this work. Over the past couple of years I've converted all my Campagnolo bikes (about 12) to triples, using various combinations of...
04-25-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,377
Posted By Duke7777

They are quite rare, but the 70-SS-120 X3 you...

They are quite rare, but the 70-SS-120 X3 you have been looking for is for a pre-CPSC crank. If you have a post-77 crank on your Colnago, the spindle you need is the Record 70 SS X3, 122 mm long. ...
04-14-21, 05:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,507
Posted By Duke7777

My solution would be to buy a set of Mygal...

My solution would be to buy a set of Mygal standoff bolts and a Stronglight 74bcd chainring from XXCycle in France, and drill 8mm, 100bcd holes in the chainring. I've bought a lot of these from...
03-04-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,546
Posted By Duke7777

Some of my favorites: 1965 Masi Special ...

Some of my favorites:

1965 Masi Special
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/50521438006_4c15f75af3_b_3215823f9f3ae718acf0b127c04a8acc2b36a480.jpg

1949 Gillott...
02-22-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3,613
Views: 957,438
Posted By Duke7777

Miosotti

I don't know what happened to Hugo. He and his first and only post seem to have disappeared from BF. I will try contacting him through facebook.
02-18-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,492
Posted By Duke7777

I would assume the Reynolds decals are not...

I would assume the Reynolds decals are not original. Other than that the bike seems very original.
02-18-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,492
Posted By Duke7777

I used to have a 1962 Frejus track bike, in very...

I used to have a 1962 Frejus track bike, in very original condition, that had French Reynolds decals on the frame and fork. I had my doubts about this. One day I was going over the frame and noticed...
02-15-21, 02:54 PM
Replies: 3,613
Views: 957,438
Posted By Duke7777

Miosotti

Hi Hugo - it's great to hear from you! It's surprisingly difficult to find much information on your grandfather's bikes, given how many he must have built over his long career. Would it be possible...
01-28-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 69,058
Views: 11,161,729
Posted By Duke7777

Crescent

I ended up buying this very nice Crescent. Really clean bike with some great parts on it. I have a soft spot for them, as one was my first racing bike in about 1979. Right after I bought it, the...
01-12-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,152
Posted By Duke7777

It makes a fairly loud and annoying buzz, but I...

It makes a fairly loud and annoying buzz, but I barely notice it if I put it in the next room. I went with Poertner's advice and got a 6.5 L unit. It does seem unnecessarily large for doing just...
01-12-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,152
Posted By Duke7777

So far I have followed Josh Poertner's cleaning...

So far I have followed Josh Poertner's cleaning process: shake twice in plastic container with degreaser, rinse in water, clean in ultrasonic, rinse in water, rinse in alcohol). If the solution in...
01-08-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,145
Posted By Duke7777

Nothing on the steering tube? On my bike the...

Nothing on the steering tube? On my bike the serial number is stamped on both the bb shell and the steering tube. Also stamped on the steering tube are the brake reach and the fork offset. I have...
01-06-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,145
Posted By Duke7777

I also have a 70's Isaac and it's one of my...

I also have a 70's Isaac and it's one of my favorite bikes.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/5317554721_f02ece0ba9_b_54809706218022bd803eb3e9fd33525020d02355.jpg
...
11-18-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,750
Posted By Duke7777

For comparison, I've uploaded some photos of my...

For comparison, I've uploaded some photos of my previously owned CBS: https://www.flickr.com/photos/57776045@N06/albums/72157716940876373

I suspect this frame is earlier than VtwinVince's, and...
11-18-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By Duke7777

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Campagnolo-Drop-Bolt-For-...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Campagnolo-Drop-Bolt-For-Brake-Calipers-Excellent-Condition-Vintage-Eroica/264942448596?hash=item3dafccefd4:g:yu8AAOSw-JRftFki&shqty=1&isGTR=1#shId

I think this one looks...
11-10-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,750
Posted By Duke7777

See my post on the Larry Ruble frame thread for...

See my post on the Larry Ruble frame thread for some info on CBS (Canadian Bicycle Specialists). I recently found both Gay Wise and Larry Ruble on facebook, tried contacting Larry, but didn't get a...
10-25-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,186
Posted By Duke7777

My lightest road bike is this 1946 Rene Herse...

My lightest road bike is this 1946 Rene Herse Competition at 20.0 lb. Most of my bikes weigh 21-22 lb with tubulars, or 22-23 lb with clinchers. These are all race bikes or light randonneur bikes....
10-20-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,090
Posted By Duke7777

There is a brief write-up on Canadian frame...

There is a brief write-up on Canadian frame builders of the 70s and 80s, including CBS, at https://medium.com/@labicycletta/maple-leaf-bikes-canadian-bike-builders-df97dd17d524. IIRC, CBS stood for...
09-28-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By Duke7777

That's a beautiful looking frame, and a very nice...

That's a beautiful looking frame, and a very nice preservation you've done. It's also a good example of a high quality French brand that almost nobody has heard of today. There are many French...
09-28-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By Duke7777

Here's another one that I really like, although...

Here's another one that I really like, although I'm still not completely sure it's even a Condor. I bought the frame from Hillary Stone, which is a good place to check for high quality British...
09-28-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By Duke7777

That bike showed up in one of my daily searches....

That bike showed up in one of my daily searches. I would say it is a mid-level racing bike with a few good components. The paint and decals seem to have survived quite well, which is a big plus in my...
09-28-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By Duke7777

These are not too difficult to find on ebay,...

These are not too difficult to find on ebay, provided you are willing to invest the time in learning and searching. You have to educate yourself on what a high quality frame looks like, and what...
09-14-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,558
Posted By Duke7777

Vancouver swap meet

The event poster says "6th Annual" - here is their ad on Craigslist: https://vancouver.craigslist.org/bnc/bop/d/burnaby-vintage-parts-galore-at-the/7192451899.html
If I do a search for the address,...
09-14-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,558
Posted By Duke7777

I know there are a few BF members here in...

I know there are a few BF members here in Vancouver - I've even met one in person. I went to this swap meet yesterday for the first time, and was pleasantly surprised. There were some interesting...
09-09-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By Duke7777

32h was fairly common on British lightweights in...

32h was fairly common on British lightweights in the 1950s and 60s, but only for the front wheel, and often used in combination with a 40h rear.
09-02-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,074
Posted By Duke7777

Interesting article. I recently picked up a...

Interesting article. I recently picked up a Proteus that showed up on the local Craigslist (Vancouver Canada). I'd heard of Proteus but had never seen one before. It's a nicely made frame and I...
09-02-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,962
Posted By Duke7777

I've had these GS derailleurs on several bikes,...

I've had these GS derailleurs on several bikes, and I think most of them probably had something like 14-24 freewheels. I don't recall having the noise problem you describe, but if the derailleur was...
08-21-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,152
Posted By Duke7777

I recently bought a 6.5L ultrasonic cleaner,...

I recently bought a 6.5L ultrasonic cleaner, mainly for ultra-cleaning chains so I could switch all my bikes over to hot wax. I follow Josh Poertner's suggested process, as described in his Silca...
08-18-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 12,283
Posted By Duke7777

I used to be very much into Ducati singles and...

I used to be very much into Ducati singles and had several, including a couple of Mach1's and Desmos. This is the only one I have left, A 1960 Elite that I restored from a pile of parts.
...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-09-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,296
Posted By Duke7777

I almost mentioned Ross as well, but I heard he...

I almost mentioned Ross as well, but I heard he was pretty busy with the store. I've seen a couple of his Bonavia frames and they look excellent. I've talked to him a couple of times about doing...
06-26-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 719
Posted By Duke7777

Yes.

Yes.
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