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05-08-22, 03:11 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

That's an interesting frame on that JC Higgins, I...

That's an interesting frame on that JC Higgins, I don't think I've seen that one before.
Sort of a different take on a cantilever design.

The more I pay attention to the older American three...
01-06-22, 12:08 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

I keep hearing about 'Bike Co-Ops' in some areas?...

I keep hearing about 'Bike Co-Ops' in some areas? There's nothing of the sort in my area here.
However, when I was a kid, (long time ago), we had a bicycle, lawnmower, and motorcycle junk yard about...
12-20-21, 05:54 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

it may just be an optical illusion but the forks...

it may just be an optical illusion but the forks look a bit off on this bike.
It may still be a deal but I'd pay close attention to it maybe having some crash damage.
The fender and wheel look a...
12-13-21, 05:42 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

Wouldn't the cranks automatically fall at 180 if...

Wouldn't the cranks automatically fall at 180 if the cotters were installed in the correct opposing directions if both cotters were the same?
I've never had to file new cotters to get the cranks to...
11-06-21, 10:37 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

After looking at this pic I figured I'd save...

After looking at this pic I figured I'd save myself $70 or so, I rough cut this out of some 1" plate this morning, I made it a bit beefier so I can use a standard forcing screw from my Snap On puller...
10-02-21, 08:30 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

Back in the day I worked at a shop that sold many...

Back in the day I worked at a shop that sold many brands, Raleigh being just one of them. They stocked all the road bikes, and 5 and 10 speed Sprite 27 models, but I don't think I ever ran across an...
10-02-21, 10:48 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

The only thing I ever recall seeing them on is...

The only thing I ever recall seeing them on is the late 60's Sprites and I think a few kids bikes.
They're pretty much rare as hen's teeth these days,
For me, the only way to fix up a bike is to...
08-06-21, 04:29 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

What do most do with ladies frames that have been...

What do most do with ladies frames that have been stripped for their parts?

I'm getting ready to strip down a few Sprites with S5 hubs and already have quite a few other ladies frames hanging...
07-22-21, 12:46 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

Looks like a welder and a case of beer to me. ...

Looks like a welder and a case of beer to me.

That thin little tie rod looks like an accident waiting to happen the minute one wheel hits a pot hole or curb just right.
07-21-21, 11:25 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

A few years ago I decided to put my Trek 412 back...

A few years ago I decided to put my Trek 412 back to original, I had upgraded it to all Suntour Cyclone back in the day but saved all the original parts in a box. The chain however was original. The...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,045
Posted By rustymetal

They sold a ton of those around here but these...

They sold a ton of those around here but these days they're all but completely gone. I don't think I've run across one in years.
The Mt St Helens and their Diamond Cruisers were pretty popular then.
Replies: 38
Views: 2,399
Posted By rustymetal

I see there are four in the '85 catalog, the...

I see there are four in the '85 catalog, the 290S, 292S, 294S, and the Triad 508.
There may have been other models or variants added in other years.
I remember when these were current models, but...
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Views: 2,399
Posted By rustymetal

That looks like a great bike but as someone who...

That looks like a great bike but as someone who has tried to sell bikes in that market, my bet is that it'll be listed for a very long time.
The recent bike boom never seemed to happen in the Philly...
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Views: 375
Posted By rustymetal

I sold TALL frame Marathon back in May on CL...

I sold TALL frame Marathon back in May on CL here, the bike was pretty clean when I got it so it didn't take much to make it a good rider.
I gave it new bar tape, two new cables, cleaned and...
07-21-21, 03:47 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

Or where the original saddle, fenders, and grips...

Or where the original saddle, fenders, and grips went.
If it came from the original owner, he wasn't very easy on it over the years.

I see the bent forks,
the grips are green Schwinn grips,
It...
07-21-21, 03:36 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

I haven't done a ton of those but I broke the...

I haven't done a ton of those but I broke the chain on my chain whip trying to remove a threaded sprocket, it wasn't particularly rusty either.
It took both heat and some penetrating oil to get it...
07-21-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,606
Posted By rustymetal

For me, I only toss the newer chinese junk, any...

For me, I only toss the newer chinese junk, any name brand rim is likely worth keeping or selling. Even if its of no use to you, there's likely someone out there looking for a good used wheel.
I...
Replies: 33
Views: 2,171
Posted By rustymetal

They're probably good wheels but the OP didn't...

They're probably good wheels but the OP didn't want to spend $60 on a good used original set so chances are $160+shipping for two new wheels is likely out of the question.

When it comes to wheels,...
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Views: 2,171
Posted By rustymetal

After all that I can't believe those wheels in...

After all that I can't believe those wheels in the first post are still for sale. After all the talk about how good a Super Letour 12.2 is or vintage bikes in general, some one is still selling a set...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,107
Posted By rustymetal

The value is very much market dependent. Around...

The value is very much market dependent. Around here, road bikes don't sell even for cheap. I bought several decent bikes for pennies here that needed nothing. Most that I've sold have gone on...
04-28-21, 04:05 AM
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Views: 10,455
Posted By rustymetal

I worked in a bike shop in the early part of the...

I worked in a bike shop in the early part of the 80's and don't even remember seeing them in the showroom. I think we may have ordered one for someone once or twice but they weren't common. The first...
04-28-21, 03:42 AM
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Views: 1,008
Posted By rustymetal

If its slipping or jumping as you apply pressure,...

If its slipping or jumping as you apply pressure, then its a chain/sprocket issue, but if its just derailing the chain, its an adjustment issue.
Those teeth don't look all that bad to me, or at...
04-28-21, 03:39 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

I've lived in this area, about 40 minutes from...

I've lived in this area, about 40 minutes from Philadelphia most of my life,I'm not at all surprised there are so many bike for sale cheap.
Bikes here are looked at more as punishment then a sport...
04-08-21, 12:31 PM
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Views: 819
Posted By rustymetal

I've been working on bikes for the last 40 years...

I've been working on bikes for the last 40 years or so and never ran across an 1/8" chain like without a master or one with rivets like this. I have a Park chainbreaker, and I pushed out two pins,...
04-05-21, 10:03 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

I doubt anything has been changed on this,...

I doubt anything has been changed on this, there's actually a his/hers pair, both likely haven't seen the light of day or been ridden since the early 80's or so. The tires still have their little...
04-05-21, 04:50 AM
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Views: 819
Posted By rustymetal

Coaster brake cruiser with no master link?

A neighbor asked me to get her 80's Murray beach cruiser in shape.
The chain is a bit rusty and I need to remove it to soak it.
Its a typical 1/8" chain on a coaster brake bike, but I don't see any...
12-12-20, 10:18 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

Everyone is cheap around here. I've always...

Everyone is cheap around here.
I've always ridden a 62-63cm frame, all else gets sold.
The larger frames sell faster than the smaller one's do here. I get more guys who are willing to ride a way...
12-12-20, 09:51 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

Look at the seller's profile pic and other item...

Look at the seller's profile pic and other item it'll explain it all.
Also, maybe its not a bike he's really selling.
12-10-20, 03:01 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

That 'Coaster' branded tire reminds me of the...

That 'Coaster' branded tire reminds me of the tires that were on my old Norman when I got it, they were plain looking like that and branded "Hercules" on the side with only the PSI rating and size on...
12-01-20, 10:26 PM
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Posted By rustymetal

The year doesn't bother me at all, I've looked at...

The year doesn't bother me at all, I've looked at a couple dozen bikes lately, there's at least 10 of these listed locally for everywhere from $75 to $750, but each and every one is well used and in...
12-01-20, 10:35 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

Raleigh vs Hercules, Robin Hood, or others

I spotted this on Phila CL last night, the seller said the hub has a 71-10 date code so I'm guessing its a '72 model.
...
11-16-20, 11:34 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

Its not one type of bike that 'falls out of...

Its not one type of bike that 'falls out of fashion' around this area, selling any type of bike is hard, if its not $20 it don't seem to sell. Its a rare occasion when you can get a fair value for an...
07-11-20, 02:58 PM
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Views: 1,791
Posted By rustymetal

I've measured the rear dropouts two ways, first...

I've measured the rear dropouts two ways, first with the frame gauge across the head and seat tube, and with a string from the headtube and from the top of the seat tube.
With just a plain axle...
07-10-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,791
Posted By rustymetal

I played around a bit with trying to see what...

I played around a bit with trying to see what could make this thing pull so hard, what I know so far:

Its not the tires or wheels, these wheels work fine on another bike, and another bike's...
07-05-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,791
Posted By rustymetal

There's no need for a string, I have a park frame...

There's no need for a string, I have a park frame gauge that can measure offset across the headtube and seat tube back to the rear dropouts on each side. The thing is dead on that way.
What is...
07-05-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,791
Posted By rustymetal

The wheels were checked with a dishing tool. ...

The wheels were checked with a dishing tool.

I didn't use water to check it, but used some chalk dust. The bike tracks straight that way.

I also took two 7/8" aluminum bars, one in the fork...
07-05-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,791
Posted By rustymetal

Balloon tire Columbia pulls hard to right?

A few weeks ago I dug out an old Columbia balloon tire bike that belonged to my dad, the bike is from the late 40's or so. Its a typical cantilever frame bike with 26" x 2,125 tires.

I pumped up...
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Posted By rustymetal

There was a pretty clean one like that on CL here...

There was a pretty clean one like that on CL here last week, the ad was up for a day when I replied but someone beat me to it.
The ad was for $275. I later saw what looked like the same bike listed...
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Posted By rustymetal

It looks pretty clean in the pics, the tires...

It looks pretty clean in the pics, the tires could be original, but I think Goodyear tires were made up into the 1970's. Unless the tires are date coded in someway, at best all one could say is that...
06-14-20, 01:19 AM
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Views: 1,285
Posted By rustymetal

I suppose so but now I've got to decide what to...

I suppose so but now I've got to decide what to do with the second frame.
I was surprised to see that the lesser model frame, (also a bit newer I assume but not by much), is shorter by 3 1/2"...
06-13-20, 08:27 PM
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Views: 1,285
Posted By rustymetal

No matter what, it don't matter now, I called the...

No matter what, it don't matter now, I called the seller this afternoon and went to take a look and maybe make a deal. Going on what I read here I wasn't going to offer more than $100. I went to see...
06-13-20, 01:01 AM
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Views: 1,285
Posted By rustymetal

That's the one, I originally saw it posted over...

That's the one, I originally saw it posted over in the "looking for one of these" forum here. Any idea what seat post the Trek might take? The Nishiki has a 26.6mm SR seat post in it. I'm not sure...
06-12-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,285
Posted By rustymetal

Old Trek/Nishiki parts swap?

Last summer I picked up a super clean but way too small for me Nishiki International from the late 70's or so.
I've been looking around for a suitable frame to build up a bike that fits me.
I...
05-25-20, 07:38 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

A cruiser saddle and Schwinn grips seems to be a...

A cruiser saddle and Schwinn grips seems to be a think with those bikes, I picked up one about 7 years ago at a local flea market with almost the same seat and a pair of 50's style Schwinn grips,...
01-27-18, 06:20 AM
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Views: 8,551
Posted By rustymetal

I have a neighbor who's wife kept complaining...

I have a neighbor who's wife kept complaining about his huge pile of old dirt bikes and all the beer he drank, he ditched her and got himself a wife that liked the bikes and beer. Now its 20 years...
01-27-18, 06:07 AM
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Posted By rustymetal

How many vintage Raleigh Sports models actually...

How many vintage Raleigh Sports models actually came with a real leather Brooks saddle?
I've owned more than a dozen of these bikes over the years, and even bought one new in the late 70's but all...
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Views: 560
Posted By rustymetal

MB Dronfield from the UK? Circa 1980's? Its...

MB Dronfield from the UK? Circa 1980's?
Its hard to say, they don't show up often on this side of the pond.
Off the top of my head its the only MB I can think of but I don't recall ever seeing...
01-22-18, 02:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,971
Posted By rustymetal

The differences in the two 77 SC frames doesn't...

The differences in the two 77 SC frames doesn't surprise me. I worked for a bike shop that sold Raleigh and Motobecane back around that time and I can remember the owner pitching a fit every time he...
01-19-18, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,577
Posted By rustymetal

I whole heartedly agree. But that seems to be...

I whole heartedly agree.
But that seems to be the norm lately, at least around here.
I stopped in one shop while out and about one day while on my lunch hour at a shop located in a strip mall. I...
01-19-18, 05:07 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,526
Posted By rustymetal

When I was a kid in high school, we had a...

When I was a kid in high school, we had a neighbor who did custom leather work in his garage, every kid in the neighborhood had custom leather bar tape or sewn wrap in any number of colors. He did...
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