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12-07-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 6,813
Posted By USAZorro

Sorry for the zombie... was looking up some...

Sorry for the zombie... was looking up some historical stuff on Google and saw an old post that I had missed.

George was my uncle. His father, Bernard, (aka my grandfather) had rather limited...
11-29-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 691
Posted By USAZorro

Good Lord! :eek: :love: :thumb: That's the...

Good Lord! :eek: :love: :thumb:

That's the most awesomely well-preserved Lilac Competition I've ever seen.

That most likely would have originally come with the Zeus components mentioned...
11-27-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 691
Posted By USAZorro

Competitions changed radically between those...

Competitions changed radically between those model years. I'm presuming yours is the later black model - which would have come with a sloping crowned fork. If this is the case, you have a good...
11-17-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 374
Posted By USAZorro

When I acquired my 1972 Finest about 14 or 15...

When I acquired my 1972 Finest about 14 or 15 years ago, I think most of what was on it was original. It had Mikashima (MKS?) pedals, and toe clips that had leather wraps.

The lugs are radically...
11-02-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,300
Posted By USAZorro

That's taking a page from America's Military...

That's taking a page from America's Military Equipment Contracting's playbook.
11-02-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,300
Posted By USAZorro

Have you tried getting parts recently? Might be...

Have you tried getting parts recently? Might be that they need to keep enough on-hand to be able to perform in-house service.

I suspect the shop owner has a reason that makes sense for him, but...
10-26-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 8,409
Posted By USAZorro

You deserve some kind of prize for that one. ...

You deserve some kind of prize for that one. :thumb:
10-24-21, 08:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By USAZorro

Based on the 531 decal on the seat tube, the...

Based on the 531 decal on the seat tube, the refinishing seems to have occurred in the 1980's or later. Given that, it's likely that the frame would have been built back up with whatever was at hand...
10-24-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 579
Posted By USAZorro

That likely dates from the 60's. Looks like...

That likely dates from the 60's. Looks like someone did a respray, taking care to retain the identity. Nice looking frame, even with the overdose of red. :)
10-23-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 177
Posted By USAZorro

You want this bike if it fits. I have a...

You want this bike if it fits.

I have a Finest of the same year. I've had a few sets of wheels on it - tubular, narrow clincher, medium width clincher. The ride is great - even with some rather...
10-16-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By USAZorro

There are similarities, but compare the rear...

There are similarities, but compare the rear "dropouts". The O.P's bicycle relies on the axle bolt to hold the stays in place.
10-15-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,036
Posted By USAZorro

Very nicely done and great photos. What year (if...

Very nicely done and great photos. What year (if you know)? I got my wife an '81 about 3 years back, and it was fine until it got transported from Baltimore - Cincinnati on a crappy winter day on...
10-13-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 327
Posted By USAZorro

Not necessarily... ...

Not necessarily...


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10-12-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 327
Posted By USAZorro

Almost. My Competitions both have uncrimped,...

Almost. My Competitions both have uncrimped, rapid-taper chainstays. My lone Grand Sports has crimped chainstays (though I don't know if that has been constant). Also, the fork crown does look...
10-12-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 327
Posted By USAZorro

I once thought that also, yet I have one built in...

I once thought that also, yet I have one built in 1971.


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10-12-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 327
Posted By USAZorro

I think it's a Competition made in 1972 in...

I think it's a Competition made in 1972 in Nottingham. Could be a Grand Sports though. I think the Zeus dropouts and the color point towards it being a Competition.

The chart here...
10-11-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 8,409
Posted By USAZorro

10' x 2" x 4" 22" spacing between hooks. 14"...

10' x 2" x 4" 22" spacing between hooks. 14" from bottom of lower row to bottom of upper row. The site specifies the lowest hooks should be 65" from the floor. If you're hanging 3-speeds, I...
10-11-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,027
Posted By USAZorro

I may never reach acceptance of an aluminum...

I may never reach acceptance of an aluminum frame. Not your concern, as we should all ride what suits us. I'll grant that the welding looks better than 99% of the aluminum frames I've seen, so...
10-11-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 8,409
Posted By USAZorro

Yay! A zombie thread!!! Some sound...

Yay! A zombie thread!!!

Some sound information (https://www.instructables.com/simple-bike-storage-rack-for-many-bikes-in-small-a/) and the proper tool for the job...
10-10-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By USAZorro

The geometry on those 70's Worksop Raleighs...

The geometry on those 70's Worksop Raleighs really lends itself to enjoyable riding almost any way you choose to set them up. Yours looks a lot better than mine did. :)
10-07-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 392
Posted By USAZorro

The bicycle will ride about 2.5mm higher, and...

The bicycle will ride about 2.5mm higher, and clearance will diminish 2.5mm all around due to the larger tire, but no difference in brake caliper reach.
10-07-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 16,308
Posted By USAZorro

Is that a wooden frame?

Is that a wooden frame?
10-07-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,326
Posted By USAZorro

I feel you, but there's always Cervelo.

I feel you, but there's always Cervelo.
10-07-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,326
Posted By USAZorro

You're braver than I. Wouldn't fess to owning...

You're braver than I. Wouldn't fess to owning that even if I did.
10-06-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,326
Posted By USAZorro

The body design is a Junior High shop project. ...

The body design is a Junior High shop project. :innocent:
10-06-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,326
Posted By USAZorro

I have an entry. I have no proof at all, but I...

I have an entry. I have no proof at all, but I suspect there's a design connection between these sleek beauties, and the ever-popular "box with wheels" aesthetic that Volvo embraced during much of...
10-06-21, 12:22 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 7,326
Posted By USAZorro

One small point of clarification that only I may...

One small point of clarification that only I may care about.

ac·cli·ma·tion
/ˌakləˈmāSH(ə)n/
noun: acclimation; plural noun: acclimations

the process or result of becoming accustomed to a...
10-06-21, 12:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,473
Posted By USAZorro

Wow! That cleaned up amazingly well, and the...

Wow! That cleaned up amazingly well, and the build looks very promising.

One tiny suggestion in case you haven't considered it already. On your rear fender mount assembly, Loctite could be a...
10-05-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By USAZorro

It's a 4 speed shifter. Thanks for the guidance....

It's a 4 speed shifter. Thanks for the guidance. I will attempt it soon.
10-04-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By USAZorro

Yeah. It's a difficult decision on potentially...

Yeah. It's a difficult decision on potentially departing "original" to attempt to achieve "better than new". I'm quite torn on the matter, and can't justify the expense presently anyway.
10-04-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 586
Posted By USAZorro

Central PA? Lived there for 20 years before...

Central PA? Lived there for 20 years before moving away about 7 or 8 years back.

Welcome to C&V
10-04-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 936
Posted By USAZorro

Here's a snap of the 1949 Raleigh Clubman that...

Here's a snap of the 1949 Raleigh Clubman that the great and famous clubman (of post #8 fame) was willing to allow to pass to me.

Unable to find suitable original wheels, I decided to build my own...
10-03-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 367
Posted By USAZorro

No mas on 597's. Neither the '74 Superbe, nor the...

No mas on 597's. Neither the '74 Superbe, nor the '62 lady's Dunelt, or even my version of the '49 Clubman have them. I went with 590's - largely due to rim and tire availability.

...
09-30-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,327
Posted By USAZorro

Have to go with "both". I definitely have a soft...

Have to go with "both". I definitely have a soft spot in my head for Raleighs. Unfortunately/fortunately, the best example of a "lesser known" that I had, I traded away on an offer that I couldn't...
09-28-21, 02:46 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,542
Posted By USAZorro

It definitely is easy to go overboard with...

It definitely is easy to go overboard with putting things on. Perhaps coming up with a list of what's essential is a good start. I would think two bottle cages, mud guards and a front bag are...
09-28-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,542
Posted By USAZorro

That's a 60 cm frame?? I have a 1972-ish...

That's a 60 cm frame??

I have a 1972-ish Fuji Finest that's been on 3 Seagull Centuries. If only it had a few attachment points... but it did help me realize that p-clamps aren't the way to go. ...
09-22-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By USAZorro

Never done it, but it's a cool idea. One...

Never done it, but it's a cool idea.

One lesson learned from the time between the 1970s and now is that durability can be an issue. My Uncle had a very successful bicycle shop back in the day, and...
09-22-21, 04:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By USAZorro

Thanks. I was not aware of that thread. ...

Thanks. I was not aware of that thread. However... not all modernizations involve STI, and even though there's a place for sub-10's in the other forum, their inclusion in C&V is not obvious.
09-21-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 526
Posted By USAZorro

C&V Resto-Mod Bicycles STI Optional

I enjoy doing "Resto-Mods". I have several of them (at least 4 with others either on the way or being contemplated). To be clear, I deal almost exclusively with C&V bicycles, and while I may select...
09-21-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,541
Posted By USAZorro

Mercifully, I was preoccupied with other things...

Mercifully, I was preoccupied with other things at the time and I missed the entire non-event. I've been over it before I even knew it started and I'm ok with it.
09-20-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,541
Posted By USAZorro

This is tubing produced in the 1980's and...

This is tubing produced in the 1980's and possibly earlier. Might you be thinking of something else?
09-20-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,541
Posted By USAZorro

Based only on my recollection, I think that one...

Based only on my recollection, I think that one or more of the Fuji models Newest, Ace, or Professional were made of it.
09-19-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 593
Posted By USAZorro

It depends on whether or not you intend to...

It depends on whether or not you intend to repaint them. You could use chemicals or mild abrasives to expose the metal (and potential stamping underneath). Also, have you checked the steerer tubes...
09-19-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 593
Posted By USAZorro

Any serial numbers? If so, where on the frame?

Any serial numbers? If so, where on the frame?
09-18-21, 05:42 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,089
Posted By USAZorro

The main drawback I see is the frame material. ...

The main drawback I see is the frame material. Steel > Aluminum, imo. Therefore the adapted Giant Iguana....

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09-18-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 728
Posted By USAZorro

Really would have liked to have gone, as it's...

Really would have liked to have gone, as it's less than a 2 hour drive - but between Delta and my employment status, will have to hope there's another one in the future.
09-16-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,682
Posted By USAZorro

But are the original decals intact? :p

But are the original decals intact? :p
09-16-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 5,682
Posted By USAZorro

Yup/ Lots of opinions and there will be...

Yup/ Lots of opinions and there will be differences based on individual tastes and experiences. I'm almost always open to learning more about bicycles and what models there are, and what have been...
09-16-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,271
Posted By USAZorro

If you look under the bottom bracket, there...

If you look under the bottom bracket, there should be a serial number. If it starts with something between A and H, we can tell the year it was built. If it starts with a W, there will be another...
09-16-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,055
Posted By USAZorro

The E serial indicates a 1970 build at Worksop -...

The E serial indicates a 1970 build at Worksop - whether badged Carlton or Raleigh.

Your bicycle looks very much like the Raleigh Professional MK III which made it's debut in the US's 1971...
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