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11-27-20, 12:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 742
Posted By scarlson

First of all, that is beautiful. Ron Cooper spoke...

First of all, that is beautiful. Ron Cooper spoke of forge-brazing at Gillott's. Gotta wonder how hard that must have been!


Why put the brake on the seat stays? Are the laterals too close...
11-26-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16,412
Views: 1,715,578
Posted By scarlson

Binged watched The Crown while eating dry toast,...

Binged watched The Crown while eating dry toast, kale, and eggs until it stopped raining here, then went on an evening turkey trot. It was about 60F and no wind, so I felt very fast. Saw a guy on a...
11-26-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 12,477
Posted By scarlson

Have I already posted this? My SAAB. Despite the...

Have I already posted this? My SAAB. Despite the "S" badge, it is turbocharged and I love it to death. A rare five-door, imported from Belgium by a soldier stationed there, it lived on a military...
11-26-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,766
Posted By scarlson

Better you (a collector of historic cycling...

Better you (a collector of historic cycling objects) than an actual nazi. ;)
11-26-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,766
Posted By scarlson

Culture, sure. I like things that are culturally...

Culture, sure. I like things that are culturally French. My Jack Taylor, my Ron Cooper, and my Trek are exceptions that prove the rule. But I've always liked French things of all kinds. That's why I...
11-25-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 761
Posted By scarlson

Perhaps an alternative, but not a drop-in...

Perhaps an alternative, but not a drop-in substitute. The Idéale saddles have a different shape than their Brooks counterparts. It doesn't narrow as steeply toward the nose. I'm inclined to believe I...
11-24-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,329
Posted By scarlson

Everywhere, judging by the prices they command...

Everywhere, judging by the prices they command compared to other handbuilt randonneur bikes from midcentury. In absolute terms, the Taylors' work was on par with the French greats like Herse, Singer,...
11-24-20, 12:11 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,329
Posted By scarlson

Taylors are so dam underrated and undervalued,...

Taylors are so dam underrated and undervalued, aren't they! Is that a Taylor stem on it?


Paul Wellstone! :love:
Miss him.
11-20-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 451
Posted By scarlson

American Classic are lightweight (under 200g) and...

American Classic are lightweight (under 200g) and look ok to my eye, but it's harder to find them in silver....
11-18-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,329
Posted By scarlson

My Taylor tandem. An actual barn find, thrown on...

My Taylor tandem. An actual barn find, thrown on Ebay with local pickup only in northern NH. I remember sniping the auction and then getting the call from the seller during a loud holiday party to...
11-18-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By scarlson

Yeah I just looked and the ones I have are also...

Yeah I just looked and the ones I have are also Campy, but for some reason they were on some pretty awful Weinmann brakes. If it doesn't work out for you, let me know. I have a rear one.
11-18-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 380
Posted By scarlson

I think I have one that is currently on a...

I think I have one that is currently on a Weinmann brake. Maybe it'll work on Campy? Is this a Campy-branded part you're looking for, or just Campy compatible?
11-18-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By scarlson

Do they have the ball bearing pivots (NGC450B...

Do they have the ball bearing pivots (NGC450B model)? I have found that if so, they squeal a lot unless heavily modified (as I did here...
11-17-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 628
Posted By scarlson

I've tried 3 systems: SPD mountain, Time ATAC,...

I've tried 3 systems: SPD mountain, Time ATAC, and Time TBT.
SPD mountain bike pedals are by far the easiest to click in and out of, but they are too floppy for my knees. They allow my foot to roll...
11-17-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 438
Posted By scarlson

Whoa, how did I miss this thread? A Vitus!! ...

Whoa, how did I miss this thread? A Vitus!!

If the OP is still interested, I believe Spidel to be quite a nice group for sure:
The Spidel derailleurs can be quite valuable, as they are rebranded...
11-16-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,231
Posted By scarlson

Oh I think that's malarkey. I'm using a 9sp chain...

Oh I think that's malarkey. I'm using a 9sp chain with my old TA rings as well, and everything's fine. Rode a lot on it this summer and nary a problem to be had. I think they might be referring to...
11-16-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,309
Posted By scarlson

End goals? I have something to prove. I have...

End goals? I have something to prove. I have unorthodox ideas and beliefs about cycling, synthesized from reading Grant, Jan, Frank Berto, Raymond Henry, and my own automotive and heavy equipment...
11-16-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 600
Posted By scarlson

My friend Devon, beefy guy but quite fit, came...

My friend Devon, beefy guy but quite fit, came back to me several days after I'd built a bike for him. "Sam I've broken my chain", he said. So I put a new master link on and shrug it off. Then a week...
11-15-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By scarlson

Aw geez, now I'm one of those confusing paint...

Aw geez, now I'm one of those confusing paint slang talkers the same type that confuse me. :o
11-15-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By scarlson

That is good to hear. Paint guys whose brains...

That is good to hear. Paint guys whose brains I've picked never explain this stuff adequately to me, so I am poor in actual information here besides my own screw-ups. Plus regional dialects are...
11-15-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By scarlson

I'm not sure fisheyes are dependent on flaws....

I'm not sure fisheyes are dependent on flaws. Speaking from my experience swearing at myself after getting fisheyes in various DIY paint jobs, I think they're dependent on some chemical interaction...
11-15-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By scarlson

Spraying wet clear over powdercoat will result in...

Spraying wet clear over powdercoat will result in fisheyes, I'm told. I guess you could try it on an inconspicuous spot to see if this is the truth for your particular powder and clear. I bet it...
11-15-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3,793
Views: 340,745
Posted By scarlson

Volvo P80 subframe bushings. Lucky for me, they...

Volvo P80 subframe bushings. Lucky for me, they have plastic shells, so they're easily cut to remove. Surprisingly, the best way to get them out is with a cordless drill up the side. Strange little...
11-14-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,168
Posted By scarlson

Another thing to think about: silver fenders will...

Another thing to think about: silver fenders will reflect the other colors of the bike in them. Black absorbs light, doesn't reflect back much at all unless it's shiny. And then you get into how you...
11-14-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 445
Posted By scarlson

Bought: 0 Got for free: 3 (Schwinn entry-level...

Bought: 0
Got for free: 3 (Schwinn entry-level alu roadie, Giant alu hybrid, Giant midrange alu roadie)
Sold: 4 bikes ('75 Columbia 3sp, Giant alu hybrid, Huffy cruiser, Motobecane mixte), 2 nice...
11-14-20, 12:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,168
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, silver. I always say the fenders should...

Yeah, silver. I always say the fenders should match the components, not the frame. Silver matches your rims, stem, cranks, brake levers, shifters, front hub (can't see rear), headlight, chrome...
11-11-20, 11:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 331
Posted By scarlson

Seems like you should be able to find 8mm alu or...

Seems like you should be able to find 8mm alu or stainless tubing with no problem! Slip a sleeve over it with 8mm ID, give it a little bend, and you'd be all set.
11-11-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,128
Posted By scarlson

Hey, thanks for thinking of me! I would have to...

Hey, thanks for thinking of me! I would have to see 'em to be sure. I mean, the bigger the "web" between the arms is, the better chance this has of working. But there are other factors at play as...
11-11-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,128
Posted By scarlson

Ooh, yeah, you're right! I think that...

Ooh, yeah, you're right!

I think that Silstar I was eyeing is a 118 BCD. It is listed as 120 but I recall some old SR cranks coming in 118 and they are close.
11-11-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,128
Posted By scarlson

Goodness, I really love this thread and all its...

Goodness, I really love this thread and all its bike obscura!! :love:

The only trouble I have with 5V cranks is how expensive they are. Thus, playing to my strengths, I have been toying with an...
11-11-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,731
Posted By scarlson

I agree. Ride as it was meant to be ridden. I was...

I agree. Ride as it was meant to be ridden. I was bombing down some unimproved sand dune roads down the cape last year on my '59 Jack Taylor 650b tandem, when we wiped out at speed. All 3 of us (me,...
11-03-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3,793
Views: 340,745
Posted By scarlson

Likely a 1-1/4" wrench will also work (equivalent...

Likely a 1-1/4" wrench will also work (equivalent to 31.75mm), although it might fit tightly on some marques of BB tool. Usually this much slop is built into the system. 0.25mm too tight is not a...
11-03-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, true, could get lucky and it's only in the...

Yeah, true, could get lucky and it's only in the lug. Then you could possibly do nothing. But because there's a crack, I do wonder if you'll find a void in the brazing right there, and I wonder how...
11-03-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 634
Posted By scarlson

The trouble with tig welding it is that there are...

The trouble with tig welding it is that there are two layers of steel right there (the lug and the head tube), separated by a layer of bronze or silver brazing filler. Welding is hard when there are...
11-01-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,439
Posted By scarlson

IIRC, Bill Watterson was something of a cyclist...

IIRC, Bill Watterson was something of a cyclist back in the day. His strip sometimes featured chewing magazine, which was a parody of cycling publications of the '90s.
...
10-31-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By scarlson

Guerciotti would have been a rebranded Alan...

Guerciotti would have been a rebranded Alan Carbonio.

But the Vitus Carbone also has at least one recorded instance of catastrophic failure:
https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=101656.0
...
10-31-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 529
Posted By scarlson

Never heard of that dropout saver - looks like a...

Never heard of that dropout saver - looks like a neat solution! I was going to say I'd turn something on the lathe to either fit tightly or braze in there, but if you have a ready-made thing, all the...
10-29-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 932
Posted By scarlson

Neato! My Colin Laing has not disappointed!...

Neato! My Colin Laing has not disappointed! They're world class, undervalued as heck, with nods back to Jack Taylor in their construction (Colin was an apprentice to Jack, and hung out there a lot as...
10-28-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By scarlson

What's your budget? Getting something that...

What's your budget?

Getting something that is comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, and in your price range is going to be a tall order. I would focus on utility and budget above appearance, and...
10-27-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 993
Posted By scarlson

What to look for? Well, the craze is for French...

What to look for? Well, the craze is for French right now, so naturally English represents a good value for the money.
Gillott, Claud Butler (before 1958 Holdsworth buyout), Carlton, Ephgrave, to...
10-27-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 479
Posted By scarlson

Nice fenderlines! Can't comment on the...

Nice fenderlines! Can't comment on the derailleurs. Very clean for the price!
10-26-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,795
Posted By scarlson

Haha, tis the truth. I've sold on there...

Haha, tis the truth.

I've sold on there before and gotten burned a time or two, is why I call 'em evil. Albeit in my opinion the lesser of several evils these days!
10-26-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,795
Posted By scarlson

Oh man, me too... I mailed some stuff I machined...

Oh man, me too... I mailed some stuff I machined to cudak888 without tracking (just using postage stamps), and it never got there. I machined the parts again and mailed them with tracking and they...
10-24-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,730
Posted By scarlson

I've never tried tubulars, but your description...

I've never tried tubulars, but your description is alluring.
As for the bad weather argument, I don't agree. I've never been up Thunder Ridge, but I toured for six months straight with friction...
10-23-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,397
Posted By scarlson

Those bolts are probably 5/16-26, British...

Those bolts are probably 5/16-26, British Standard Cycle thread.

You can get old seat binder and stem bolts from Raleighs to match, probably. But as you say, they look fine.
10-23-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,020
Posted By scarlson

Based on my experience with '80s Holdsworth...

Based on my experience with '80s Holdsworth craftsmanship? Nope! Confident the guy still had a pint or several in him or on him when he did my lower head lug. Maybe then went right to the downtube...
10-23-20, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By scarlson

Your opinion is correct, based on my experience. ...

Your opinion is correct, based on my experience.

Lots of affordable internal cam options out there for cheap. Like this one:...
10-23-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,730
Posted By scarlson

I may regret this retrogrouchy rant tomorrow, but...

I may regret this retrogrouchy rant tomorrow, but here goes. I realize I sound like a talk radio host.

Disc brakes. Never could keep them from rubbing (and such annoying sounds they make!!), and...
10-23-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 3,793
Views: 340,745
Posted By scarlson

A friend of mine has a singlespeed, which became...

A friend of mine has a singlespeed, which became a zero-speed. The pawl spring snapped right half in two, leaving her with no drive. I tested it (bending back and forth with pliers) and it doesn't...
10-23-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 489
Posted By scarlson

These are forged, right? I'd go for it if you're...

These are forged, right? I'd go for it if you're sure they are cold forged, which it seems like they are. Doesn't sound like a big bend to do. If it's a dealbreaker for you, I'll take 'em off your...
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