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Old 06-28-23, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Kekec1965
More details can be found here Dave Davey 1950s? and here Pre war nostalgia

As per how do they ride - Davey of course faster, more agile and comfortable due to being 20y younger. Russ is surprisingly nimble too, perhaps let down by it's 26" wheels and heavy tyres, so plan is to swap with 700c and better rubber, although will keep originals at hand. If anything is a 'let down' is the usual braking effort, as with all the old bikes....a reason you must be tad bit more alert when riding these, especially if wet
What is the BSD of the 26Ē tires?
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
What is the BSD of the 26Ē tires?
26" 1 1/4 wheels (used up to 1950s) ETRO is 597 vs 700c at 622, so circa 12mm difference to adjust brakes, and taking into account difference of tyre used on 26" - 32mm vs say 25mm you can get for 700c wheels, than the total difference is only 5mm. So you can use modern wheels on the bike, which gives lots of tyre options you don't have on the old ones
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Originally Posted by Kekec1965
26" 1 1/4 wheels (used up to 1950s) ETRO is 597 vs 700c at 622, so circa 12mm difference to adjust brakes, and taking into account difference of tyre used on 26" - 32mm vs say 25mm you can get for 700c wheels, than the total difference is only 5mm. So you can use modern wheels on the bike, which gives lots of tyre options you don't have on the old ones
Would you go 650b?
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Can't believe it has been 8 years since I built this up from a f/f, crank, calipers and frozen post for $50.
Initially modified a road Record hub for use with a SS. Then decided I should find a wheel set with flip-flop hub. Good deal on the black and white set.
Decided to go toward the red/white and blue look. Road it a fair amount commuting then hung it up. Haven't ridden it since 2017.
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
Would you go 650b?
No, the 700 is far better option in terms of rim and tyre choices, plus I can get ready made hubs that will fit the bike, meaning can pick some nice used sets, rather then building from scratch
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Originally Posted by Kekec1965
My oldest single speed, 1935 EF Russ

Both bikes are beautiful but the crankset on the Russ is a work of art.
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Originally Posted by GeezyRider
Both bikes are beautiful but the crankset on the Russ is a work of art.
Thanks, chainset is Durax Super Course, re-chromed, looks like new.
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Done.... Kind of

Have some details to finish, and some adjustments. Got quite a few miles in the past couple of days. Very happy with it as it is.


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My sparrow build (on the left) on yesterday's 200km ride from Olympia to Portland. Our route ran us through a July 4th parade in Olympia, thus the flags.

That's my bud in the pic, not me. He was geared.

Clip-on aero bars were there to give me extra hand positions for the long day, but I found the position too low for good vision. Those will come off. The saddle, however, needs improvement. Ouch.
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Originally Posted by downtube42
My sparrow build (on the left) on yesterday's 200km ride from Olympia to Portland. Our route ran us through a July 4th parade in Olympia, thus the flags.

That's my bud in the pic, not me. He was geared.

Clip-on aero bars were there to give me extra hand positions for the long day, but I found the position too low for good vision. Those will come off. The saddle, however, needs improvement. Ouch.
I like Lewis county.

How do you like the frame? I bought one when they were starting to discount them but hadnít built it up yet.
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
I like Lewis county.

How do you like the frame? I bought one when they were starting to discount them but hadnít built it up yet.
​​​​​​The frame seems fine. Things I care about include two water bottle mounts (check), room for 32 mm tires (check), and fender capable (mostly). It's for long distance, so comfort is king; that's 90% tires and fit. I'll get fit dialed in eventually. I'm not happy with the forks I've tried but that's mainly me being cheap.

I'm a fixed gear newb. My first build was a conversion, and I just had to have track ends. Now i have them, it's like, meh.
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Posted before but added some upgrades and a better pic. Viner
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Originally Posted by downtube42
​​​​​​The frame seems fine. Things I care about include two water bottle mounts (check), room for 32 mm tires (check), and fender capable (mostly). It's for long distance, so comfort is king; that's 90% tires and fit. I'll get fit dialed in eventually. I'm not happy with the forks I've tried but that's mainly me being cheap.

I'm a fixed gear newb. My first build was a conversion, and I just had to have track ends. Now i have them, it's like, meh.
Thanks. Track ends seem like a PITA for a bike not on the track. Wheel goes wrong way for chain removal and back brake doesnít stay lined up if using one.
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Originally Posted by SkinGriz
Thanks. Track ends seem like a PITA for a bike not on the track. Wheel goes wrong way for chain removal and back brake doesnít stay lined up if using one.
Some things I just have to learn the hard way.

I'll keep an eye open for something better, but this will work. I'm sure I'll do another 200k, the next question is do I try a 300k?
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Originally Posted by downtube42
Some things I just have to learn the hard way.

I'll keep an eye open for something better, but this will work. I'm sure I'll do another 200k, the next question is do I try a 300k?
Definitely can relate. From odd bike choices to totaled out cars and weird decisions between.

But I married well and donít screw around so I guess I have a sliver of wisdom in one area of life.
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Originally Posted by downtube42
I'm sure I'll do another 200k, the next question is do I try a 300k?
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Originally Posted by Senrab62
Have some details to finish, and some adjustments. Got quite a few miles in the past couple of days. Very happy with it as it is.
Howdy, stem buddy! That's a fantastic build.


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My '73 Raleigh Competition with the four fixed/SS options at Edisto Beach access 34, depicted in 44x20 single speed mode, because sometimes it's nice to coast, especially when it's your second day back on a bike in a year and your hindquarters are relearning B17s. When I rode again later I was able to flip the wheel 'round to the 44x17T fixed, which felt much more natural.
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Howdy, stem buddy! That's a fantastic build.
merziac gave me the inspiration with his own P14 build. I have a 3t stem I tried, but it wasn't doing it for me. It went on sale at a price I was comfortable at. I personally think it's awesome. Very nicely finished.

Your build, as always, is awesome 😎.
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Howdy, stem buddy! That's a fantastic build.

I like how, no matter how much this bike is evolved and refined through the years, it remains one sexy beast of a velo.
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