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06-21-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,069
Posted By Jeff Wills

I think that beats "Giant Iguana" for bike...

I think that beats "Giant Iguana" for bike brand/model combinations.
06-21-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,069
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, the Schwinn size was 20 x 1 3/4" while...

Yes, the Schwinn size was 20 x 1 3/4" while BMX-ish tires are 20 x 1.75"... and they don't interchange. Bicycle tire sizes are weird.

You can install 20 x 1.75" wheels pretty easily, but I'm...
06-20-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,321
Posted By Jeff Wills

It might work on the stand, but the shifter could...

It might work on the stand, but the shifter could jam or the chain might overshift off the big chainring. If it works right 100% of the time, well, I've learned something new.
06-18-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By Jeff Wills

Cheaper finish. As far as I can tell they are...

Cheaper finish. As far as I can tell they are identical otherwise. I think the pads were cheaper on the RX-100, too: one-piece vs. pad with holder.
06-18-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Jeff Wills

It resembles but is not identical to a TNT...

It resembles but is not identical to a TNT cassette hub from the mid-'90's. I'm pretty sure the center barrel is titanium.

BikePro.com / Buyer's Guide / TNT Hubsets - Bicycle Parts at discount...
06-17-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,069
Posted By Jeff Wills

As others said- the parts are 100%...

As others said- the parts are 100% interchangeable with the Sting-Ray. In fact, many parts interchange with Schwinn "electro-forged" bikes of the '60's and '70's. Back when I worked in a Schwinn...
06-17-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By Jeff Wills

The 105SC brakes are virtually identical to the...

The 105SC brakes are virtually identical to the RX-100's I referenced earlier. The 105's are painted, the RX-100's are polished.
06-17-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,478
Posted By Jeff Wills

Go after the whole shebang: remove the skewer and...

Go after the whole shebang: remove the skewer and spray the inside of the QR mechanism. Wipe off the excess, then grease the threads of the shaft and the inside of the axle. Reassemble, putting the...
06-16-19, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By Jeff Wills

Velobase shows a 47-57mm reach 105 brake caliper:...

Velobase shows a 47-57mm reach 105 brake caliper:
VeloBase.com - Component: Shimano BR-1050, 105 (47-57mm)...
Forum: Foo
06-14-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7,881
Views: 687,052
Posted By Jeff Wills

Maybe it was aftermarket... Jet Beetle...

Maybe it was aftermarket...

Jet Beetle (http://www.ronpatrickstuff.com/)

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06-14-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,478
Posted By Jeff Wills

Virtually anything will work. It's possibly the...

Virtually anything will work. It's possibly the only application where I would recommend WD-40.
06-13-19, 09:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,321
Posted By Jeff Wills

Make sure you are getting a FD-R443 and not a...

Make sure you are getting a FD-R443 and not a FD-4403. The FD-R443 is compatible with "flat-bar" shifters, the FD-4403 is not.
06-11-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,321
Posted By Jeff Wills

Exactly. The triple front derailleur used the...

Exactly. The triple front derailleur used the same cable pull as the mountain bike front derailleurs so any set of mountain bike shifters are usable. You want to find either a FD-R443 or FD-R453...
06-10-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'll post pictures once the new bike arrives and...

I'll post pictures once the new bike arrives and is built up. Apropos Jef Mallett's comments that started this thread: this may be my "last bike". I'm getting to the point where my aging physiology...
06-10-19, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By Jeff Wills

No, I haven't. And gosh darn it, my birthday was...

No, I haven't. And gosh darn it, my birthday was last month.

(FWIW: I'm getting a new bike. My wife has approved my purchase of a replacement since my favorite bike developed a cracked head tube....
06-09-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,251
Posted By Jeff Wills

It's not just "down". Cantilever posts on older...

It's not just "down". Cantilever posts on older touring bikes were also closer together laterally. This leads to compatibility issues with newer cantilever and V-brakes because the brake pads are...
06-09-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,021
Posted By Jeff Wills

This is an interesting discussion. It's worth...

This is an interesting discussion. It's worth noting that the president of Shimano America in 1973 was also (his other business) a Campagnolo importer: Bob Hansing. Read on:...
06-08-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 793
Posted By Jeff Wills

Jef Mallett (aka Frazz) gets it

I enjoy Jef Mallett's Frazz comic strip enough that I have it on my Facebook feed. Today's posting hit really close to home:

"Most bicycle nerds do this, and most of us who do it are fully aware...
Forum: Foo
06-07-19, 10:09 PM
Replies: 7,881
Views: 687,052
Posted By Jeff Wills

After that? I'd have to empty my shorts.

After that? I'd have to empty my shorts.
06-07-19, 10:06 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,580
Posted By Jeff Wills

Eye candy... machined, polished, and gold-plated...

Eye candy... machined, polished, and gold-plated Campagnolo:

(Photos from Velobase)
...
06-06-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,251
Posted By Jeff Wills

Hmmm... I would call that borderline. As the...

Hmmm... I would call that borderline. As the brake pads wear, they might develop a ridge at the top of the rim unless you're very careful with brake pad adjustment. As the pad wears it will dig into...
Forum: Recumbent
06-06-19, 09:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,513
Posted By Jeff Wills

FWIW: Continental has always gone against...

FWIW: Continental has always gone against convention when labeling their tires. What they call "26 x 1 1/8"" and "20 x 1 1/8"" I would call "26 x 1.1"" and "20 x 1.1"". That's why I like the...
06-05-19, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, the ends of that axle are 9mm. The threaded...

Yes, the ends of that axle are 9mm. The threaded portion is 10mm diameter.
06-05-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,580
Posted By Jeff Wills

French parts with acres of shiny aluminum......

French parts with acres of shiny aluminum... Mavic SSC . The crank is inspirational:
...
06-05-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By Jeff Wills

Dang, Andy... you're up late.

Dang, Andy... you're up late.
06-05-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 805
Posted By Jeff Wills

Most front axles are 9mm diameter. Rear axles are...

Most front axles are 9mm diameter. Rear axles are 10mm diameter. QR's are usually 5mm in diameter.
06-05-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By Jeff Wills

The freewheel uses a standard Shimano TL-FW30...

The freewheel uses a standard Shimano TL-FW30 removal tool.
06-05-19, 09:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Jeff Wills

M5 x 0.8mm

M5 x 0.8mm
06-01-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Posted By Jeff Wills

I have bought 10 meter rolls of Jagwire housing...

I have bought 10 meter rolls of Jagwire housing from Universal Cycles:
https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=1757&category=7
They are online, but since one of their brick...
05-30-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,478
Posted By Jeff Wills

I had a creak/click that did not go away despite...

I had a creak/click that did not go away despite several sessions of disassembly/greasing/reassembly. It went away when I removed the pedals, cleaned the threads, and reinstalled with new grease.
05-30-19, 10:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,052
Posted By Jeff Wills

I remember them... I think I saw the bike at...

I remember them... I think I saw the bike at Sears. They weren't pneumatic, they were hydraulic.

There's a tiny bit of info on Velobase:
VeloBase.com - Component: Sears Hydraulic...
05-25-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 484
Posted By Jeff Wills

Remove the pedals, clean and grease the threads,...

Remove the pedals, clean and grease the threads, reinstall with enough torque. It worked for me.
05-25-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 1,721
Views: 134,400
Posted By Jeff Wills

^^^ Reggie doesn't look freaked out... he looks...

^^^ Reggie doesn't look freaked out... he looks peeved. My guys would just hide in the closet until things stop changing.
05-20-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,219
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'd be concerned that the hubs are the same...

I'd be concerned that the hubs are the same width. What's the width from dropout to dropout? I'd like to know how you're going to adapt a derailleur hub to your frame.

As above, a derailleur...
05-20-19, 10:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 526
Posted By Jeff Wills

I would avoid using an adjustable wrench on the...

I would avoid using an adjustable wrench on the fixed cup. It's too easy to have it slip. Use the correct wrench (a Park HCW-4 or similar) to remove it.
...
Forum: Recumbent
05-20-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By Jeff Wills

QC... my bad luck may be your good luck. Since...

QC... my bad luck may be your good luck. Since the frame on my Gold Rush cracked, I might be parting it out. The fork will probably fit your Tour Easy. Stay tuned- I am still figuring out what I'm...
Forum: Recumbent
05-20-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By Jeff Wills

Look around https://www.atomiczombie.com/ Have...

Look around https://www.atomiczombie.com/
Have fun building, but I think you'll be surprised at how good a deal production bikes/trikes/quads really are.
Forum: Recumbent
05-20-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 536
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, heat-treated after welding. I've posted...

Yes, heat-treated after welding. I've posted this in a few places on Facebook and gotten a couple replies with similar failures. The consensus is that the frame is toast and any Gold Rush of similar...
Forum: Recumbent
05-19-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 536
Posted By Jeff Wills

Easy Racers Gold Rush frame crack- I am sad

So this happened today. I was riding my Gold Rush to Portland Sunday Parkways when my steerer started acting funny- there was some extra noise and friction. As first I thought the headset was loose,...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-19-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By Jeff Wills

Portland, OR aluminum frame repair needed.

This is my Easy Racers Gold Rush recumbent. The head tube has cracked along the joint with the "down" tube. It's had a good life and now I'm trying to determine if it's worth saving.

I'd like to...
Forum: Recumbent
05-17-19, 10:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 598
Posted By Jeff Wills

Oh, that sucks... A bunch of us in the OHPV...

Oh, that sucks...

A bunch of us in the OHPV (Oregon Human Powered Vehicles) have or have had Easy Racer bikes. I think there might be a spare fork or two lying around, too. You may have to figure...
05-16-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By Jeff Wills

Need a photo looking down on the crankset from...

Need a photo looking down on the crankset from directly above. It would help if the front derailleur is in its furthest outward position.
05-16-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 608
Posted By Jeff Wills

Chainrings with 144 BCD and 3/32" width chain...

Chainrings with 144 BCD and 3/32" width chain should work OK with derailleur chain. The shifting might not be as good as the latest-and-greatest pinned-and-ramped rings, but it will probably work.
...
05-15-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By Jeff Wills

As an old Schwinn mechanic I can tell you that...

As an old Schwinn mechanic I can tell you that all Schwinns with one-piece cranks use pedals with 1/2"x20 threads. If the "swiped" pedals didn't fit, I would take it to a shop to have the crank...
05-14-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 796
Posted By Jeff Wills

Alf Letourner and his "Red Devil" Schwinn...

Alf Letourner and his "Red Devil" Schwinn Paramount:

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05-12-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By Jeff Wills

Have you tried looking through...

Have you tried looking through https://www.bicyclebluebook.com/? I glanced through it- nothing "vintage" to my mind but might help someone researching bikes from the early '90's onward.

I worked...
05-12-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 272
Posted By Jeff Wills

Portland, OR peeps- a GT tandem in need of rescue!

Another friend pointed this out. It looks like it could use a good mechanic but seems intact. I see Ringle bottle cages, Bullseye derailleur pulleys, and Shimano thumbshifters. I'd go for it but my...
05-10-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,918
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'll ostrichize you... ...

I'll ostrichize you...

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05-08-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,918
Posted By Jeff Wills

I've had a couple Shimano triple cranks like...

I've had a couple Shimano triple cranks like that. I think they did this so the middle chainring could be stamped cheaply but the crank could still accept thicker machined rings.

Robbie, I also...
05-08-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 661
Posted By Jeff Wills

The photo caption says "Eddie", the text says...

The photo caption says "Eddie", the text says "Eddy". Interesting editing...

FWIW: I ran into Eddy Merckx at Interbike in 1991. A true gentleman.
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