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03-24-15, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,178
Posted By carfart

Triplizers and splindle length

I'm thinking about getting a triplizer chainring for my Shimano 600 crankset. Do these work well with the standard spindle length for the crankset? In this case that's 116mm. Or would it require a...
Forum: Touring
01-24-15, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By carfart

This looks a lot like what I have planned for my...

This looks a lot like what I have planned for my touring load in Europe, but I'll probably also have some panniers on the front. Airline weight isn't a factor for me, because I'm determined to get...
Forum: Touring
01-02-15, 07:58 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 11,780
Posted By carfart

This spring I'm headed from the USA for Hamburg,...

This spring I'm headed from the USA for Hamburg, Germany by ship and from there to whatever WWOOF farm will have me for a bit. I'll tour Europe's pedestrian and rural bike trails for as long as my...
12-22-14, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,129
Posted By carfart

Sadly, no. Having heard nothing at all back from...

Sadly, no. Having heard nothing at all back from his son regarding the rack or any other finds, I finally called him, and he directed me toward the estate's lawyer. The estate was insolvent, so...
Forum: Touring
12-22-14, 10:24 AM
Replies: 569
Views: 394,855
Posted By carfart

Course waxed nylon thread is a good alternative...

Course waxed nylon thread is a good alternative to zip ties for securing housing or cables. I already carry some with the awl I use for bag repair and modification.
Forum: Touring
12-22-14, 10:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,145
Posted By carfart

I've used a Katadyn squeeze bottle filter which...

I've used a Katadyn squeeze bottle filter which is a lot of effort but better than nothing. However, I'm now aware of heavy metal contamination in just about all the water sources, including...
Forum: Touring
12-16-14, 11:13 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 20,655
Posted By carfart

If anyone else was curious, the 26" Camargue will...

If anyone else was curious, the 26" Camargue will fit 650b wheels with 40mm tires and lots of room left over for fenders. Tektro 720 brakes have just enough range to work.
Forum: Touring
12-10-14, 11:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,633
Posted By carfart

I did light touring on a 1996 Trek hybrid...

I did light touring on a 1996 Trek hybrid (Antelope?--I can't remember) with flat bars all over Okinawa Japan. I even kept up with a racing pace group on one of my short tours. However, I seem to...
08-22-14, 11:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,129
Posted By carfart

It might be, but I don't think I can burden the...

It might be, but I don't think I can burden the family with that. A couple months ago I gave up on the frame and the shop in disgust. The family just contacted me today about one of the unopened ...
08-22-14, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,129
Posted By carfart

Well, I can finally forget about my deposit. So...

Well, I can finally forget about my deposit. So that's closure. Never commission through a one person shop if you can help it. I know, that's rather cold. I think I'm over custom frames anyway...
Replies: 0
Views: 2,528
Posted By carfart

T.E.T. Cycles Review--Stay away

This shop has had a history of producing excellent frames, but those days are long gone. If you're looking for a custom hand made frame look elsewhere.

I commissioned a frame in December, paid a...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,394
Posted By carfart

I've also had good experiences with them. ...

I've also had good experiences with them. They've especially been a good place for me to locate less common quill stem sizes and metal fenders.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-31-14, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,924
Posted By carfart

University of Iowa Hand Built Bicycle Program

I just ran across this very recently, so I thought I'd share it. The campus in Iowa City appears to offer two classes: "Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle" and "Hand Built Bicycle II". ...
Replies: 136
Views: 49,111
Posted By carfart

"So ... what other frame is there in the $500 to...

"So ... what other frame is there in the $500 to $700 range that is designed for 650Bx42?" Again the specs on on this frame don't really measure up. It's supposed to fit 42 with fenders, but in...
Replies: 136
Views: 49,111
Posted By carfart

This is probably my final say on the frame. Yes...

This is probably my final say on the frame. Yes there will be some manufacturing flaws on a first run, but the the Grand Rando suffers significantly from design oversights, the kind that have...
Replies: 136
Views: 49,111
Posted By carfart

There's this from nooneline.blogspot.com: "The...

There's this from nooneline.blogspot.com: "The boildown is that head tube angle and fork rake work against each other in order to reach an equilibrium, a sweet spot of trail measurement (60mm,...
Replies: 136
Views: 49,111
Posted By carfart

I've ridden a bit more and with different loads. ...

I've ridden a bit more and with different loads. So far the front load handling really sucks compared to my other low trail frame and, well, all of my mid-trail frames too. In order to maintain an...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-20-14, 08:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

Thanks for all the replies. I looked at those...

Thanks for all the replies. I looked at those pictures of Alvin Drysdale's shop, and I wonder if that's coke he's using. The documents that I've looked at so far reference coke, so I wonder if wood...
03-20-14, 07:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By carfart

My dilemma with this one-man shop is that I have...

My dilemma with this one-man shop is that I have no one else to contact to find out what's actually going on. I finally had to track down a family member. And then what do I ask, "Is so-and-so...
03-20-14, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 477
Posted By carfart

Considerations when going the custom frame route

I hope some of you can benefit from my mistake.

First, do not pick a one-man shop. If you do, discuss and plan ahead for the possibility that your builder might die or be otherwise permanently...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-16-14, 07:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

Well, it's just a matter of melting some...

Well, it's just a matter of melting some metal--bronze or silver, into the space between tubing and lugs, isn't it? That's something people have been doing for a long time before the latest modern...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-16-14, 06:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

"This method makes absolutely no sense for any...

"This method makes absolutely no sense for any beginner to use. There are no subject threads on where to buy fire bricks or how to stack them around a joint (3 or 5?) for a good reason."

I'm not...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-14-14, 10:03 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

The impression I'm getting so far is that I...

The impression I'm getting so far is that I mostly need some help learning how to braze well and then clean up the lugs, and I'm not seeing how that's worth around $3,000. The rest I should be able...
03-14-14, 09:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,129
Posted By carfart

T.E.T. Cycles' Thomas Teesdale

I can no longer get in contact with him and was wondering if anyone here knows anything. If something happened to him I don't know if his current customers would get contacted, so I'm doing my best...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-13-14, 12:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

Those look great. Three weeks sounds much...

Those look great.

Three weeks sounds much better. I didn't realize there were courses out there that would go beyond one or two weeks, so I'll look a bit further than the great plains states. ...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-13-14, 09:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

That's one of my big concerns. I'm not sure...

That's one of my big concerns. I'm not sure that I'll be able to use a lot of the course material in an amateur shop.
Forum: Framebuilders
03-13-14, 09:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

I'm willing to spend some money on a jig and...

I'm willing to spend some money on a jig and other basic tools. Beyond that I want to keep the overall setup as inexpensive as possible, hopefully within $1500 US. I wonder if lugged construction...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-11-14, 08:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

Which school is that? I may have to see...

Which school is that? I may have to see irrefutable results before wasting any more money. I'm used to being left to my own devices even after spending 10s of thousands of dollars. Truly, the...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-11-14, 06:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,652
Posted By carfart

So I'd like to build my own frames. Are professional courses worthwhile?

The two somewhat local courses run around $3000 here in the Midwest. With travel and lodging that could easily push $4000. If I instead purchased the necessary equipment, tube sets, lugs, and...
Replies: 136
Views: 49,111
Posted By carfart

I found a set of the 50mm Berthoud fenders for...

I found a set of the 50mm Berthoud fenders for $67 at Ben's Cycle. I definitely wouldn't try to fit them over 42mm tires, but they'll just fit 38mm with some tight spots. Of course, the closer you...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-17-13, 02:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,756
Posted By carfart

So this would probably work with the ferrules...

So this would probably work with the ferrules trimmed down: http://www.cycle-frames.com/bicycle-frame-tubing/INNER-GUIDE-SET-WITH-BRASS-INTERNAL-TOP-TUBE-AND-FERRULES.html.

Edit:
Never mind, I...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-17-13, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,756
Posted By carfart

How do you reinforce your downtube where the...

How do you reinforce your downtube where the guide tube exits? I'm imagining that the guide tube runs fairly straight and is cut at an angle flush with the downtube and that whatever's used to...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-15-13, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,756
Posted By carfart

I like the idea of feeding it through an internal...

I like the idea of feeding it through an internal tube for rust protection. I'm having a frame built, so I'll see if they can do that for me. I just fed some wire through a chainstay with no...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-14-13, 11:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,756
Posted By carfart

Setting up internally routed wiring for lights

How do you do this? I haven't been able to find any descriptions yet. The production frames that I've seen online look like they have a cable of some sort installed that you'd use to pull the...
11-14-13, 06:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

So with magnet in hand and a quick rundown on...

So with magnet in hand and a quick rundown on steel permability, it looks like the stems that didn't hold as well (all recently made) have lower flux density due to higher carbon content or some...
11-14-13, 02:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,243
Posted By carfart

I do it because cloth tape with a hard coating of...

I do it because cloth tape with a hard coating of shellac is easier to keep clean, and it looks nice. However, it needs a fresh coat every now and then for upkeep.
11-14-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I thought I didn't, then I realized that I did. ...

I thought I didn't, then I realized that I did. Sue me.
11-14-13, 09:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

You're right, it's not tightening up that much. ...

You're right, it's not tightening up that much.

I realized that I could just tighten up my stem, loosen it, pull it out, and then tighten the bolt the same number of turns that I'd used to loosen...
11-12-13, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I think I have to conclude at this point that the...

I think I have to conclude at this point that the steering tube of the fork was made with poor quality control and will seek a refund. Thanks all for the replies.
11-12-13, 09:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I read that a while ago and have been making sure...

I read that a while ago and have been making sure that my tall stems have at least one centimeter of height above the point where they bottom out. The problem I'm having with this particular fork...
11-12-13, 09:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I had it right the first time. If you hold the...

I had it right the first time. If you hold the stem with the wedge loose you can see how the bolt will pivot with the top of the stem as an axis. Now tighten the bolt and bring the wedge up to the...
11-12-13, 06:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

Pivot isn't right. It's more like there's a...

Pivot isn't right. It's more like there's a point where it would have to pivot in order for the wedge to move further up along the angle, so must stop instead.

I only swapped wedges to see if...
11-12-13, 06:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I did some more fitting with different...

I did some more fitting with different combinations of stems and wedges and added a third fork to the mix. The problem appears to be a caused by both a wider internal diameter and by the limited...
11-12-13, 12:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

That's reassuring. I imagined that a looser stem...

That's reassuring. I imagined that a looser stem could be a problem while trying to steer against wicked gusts.
11-12-13, 10:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I added that, but it's probably irrelevant. As...

I added that, but it's probably irrelevant. As long as the stem and wedge can fit it should be able to tighten up against the steering tube and hold, though perhaps with slightly less contact area...
11-12-13, 08:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

It's powder coated. If the inner surface...

It's powder coated. If the inner surface happened to get coated with primer I wonder if that could cause this.

Edit: I don't even know if there is a primer layer with powder coating. I just now...
11-12-13, 08:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

None of the stems I have are chromed, but I...

None of the stems I have are chromed, but I suppose only the wedge should matter. I've used a Soma Sutro, a Nitto Technomic, a Nitto Young, a Cinelli from the early 80s, and a VO threadless adaptor...
11-12-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I don't notice anything unusual about the fit. ...

I don't notice anything unusual about the fit. It seems neither too snug nor too loose before tightening, and I've tightened the stems up at different heights with the same results each time. I'll...
11-12-13, 03:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

I found that bio degreaser worked well on the...

I found that bio degreaser worked well on the spills, so I diluted some, soaked a rag with it, and scrubbed out the steering tube. So far I haven't found any warnings against treating the steering...
11-12-13, 01:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,598
Posted By carfart

My quill stem is slipping.

I'm not sure what might be causing that. So far I've tried two quill stems that I've never had issues with before, and the fork is supposed to be 1". When I applied frame saver I put some down the...
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