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04-16-15, 07:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By Novakane

Steel frame tubes generally have decently thick...

Steel frame tubes generally have decently thick walls. You'd need an awful lot of corrosion in the chipped spots to weaken it in any significant manner, and it would have to be a pretty large area of...
04-16-15, 06:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By Novakane

I think that is definitely a factor and may even...

I think that is definitely a factor and may even be at the root of it. I'm not exactly at an age anyone would really consider "old" but I'm in my late '30s and the signs that mortality has been...
04-15-15, 01:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,094
Posted By Novakane

Still looks like it would be easily crushed by a...

Still looks like it would be easily crushed by a large truck rather than "pushed aside" as he suggests, IMHO.
04-14-15, 10:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By Novakane

I am not a reckless cyclist, IMHO. I was perhaps...

I am not a reckless cyclist, IMHO. I was perhaps more so when I was a teen, but a few close calls in traffic set me straight long ago.

I say IMHO because one might consider not being 100% aware of...
04-14-15, 10:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By Novakane

Certainly I can agree that the initial incident...

Certainly I can agree that the initial incident wasn't a spectacular crash, nor was it close to the worst I've experienced in my life. I never really had any issues getting back "up on the horse" as...
04-14-15, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By Novakane

Getting Back on the Saddle After Injuries

I've been riding bikes since I was a child and have been traveling/commuting by bike for all of my adult life, so I never expected to ever get spooked away from riding.
Sadly, that's exactly what...
Forum: Commuting
04-14-15, 08:17 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,250
Posted By Novakane

It can be easy to overthink it, but I agree with...

It can be easy to overthink it, but I agree with the posters who's sentiment is "just get on a bike and go" - this is how I started.

As a teenager in the country the next town over was an hour...
09-06-12, 07:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 819
Posted By Novakane

I paid a fraction of that (about $60 including...

I paid a fraction of that (about $60 including shipping) for a short cage Cyclone a little while ago... I saw others selling for twice what I paid. I thought I may have overpaid, but it's a nice...
09-06-12, 03:01 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,996
Posted By Novakane

Nice touch with the bicycle trying to edge it's...

Nice touch with the bicycle trying to edge it's way into the photo. :)
09-05-12, 03:39 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 3,996
Posted By Novakane

I'm not much of a fighter per se... Part of my...

I'm not much of a fighter per se... Part of my martial arts training when I was younger was that your mouth is the best way to win/avoid a conflict before falling back on your fists. I've gotten a...
09-05-12, 02:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,647
Posted By Novakane

Another thought, to the best of my knowledge the...

Another thought, to the best of my knowledge the Sekine plant in Canada made exclusively Sekine bikes.
09-05-12, 02:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,647
Posted By Novakane

Definitely not a Sekine... They've scavenged that...

Definitely not a Sekine... They've scavenged that rear wheel from one. Likely since both are Canadian bikes, they broke the original wheel and it was what was available.
I don't believe those...
09-04-12, 08:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,297
Posted By Novakane

Decent brakes from the time (Weinmann for...

Decent brakes from the time (Weinmann for example) would have been made from alloy, those are clearly steel given the rusting on them so they're going to be heavier and of unknown manufacturing...
08-28-12, 02:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,029
Posted By Novakane

+1 Start with the least harsh chemicals such...

+1

Start with the least harsh chemicals such as diluted dish detergent (Dawn works really well at removing grease and not leaving a film), and/or vinegar and a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Go to...
08-28-12, 01:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,272
Posted By Novakane

Is it any better/different from Shimano sealed...

Is it any better/different from Shimano sealed cartridges?
Forum: Commuting
08-28-12, 01:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,553
Posted By Novakane

I'm being proactive this year and building a bike...

I'm being proactive this year and building a bike just for destructive riding in the Winter, but I'm doing it now instead of waiting until I get all twitchy about it mid-snow-season.
I always could...
08-28-12, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5,313
Views: 401,088
Posted By Novakane

Brand new, C&V-looking "J&L Classic" saddle. Just...

Brand new, C&V-looking "J&L Classic" saddle. Just your basic Regal clone.

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Came directly from Taiwan and is going to on my Sekine to help complete the white accenting and replace the...
08-28-12, 12:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,630
Posted By Novakane

I had Simplex on my old Grand Prix... When it...

I had Simplex on my old Grand Prix... When it worked, it worked fine. After about 10 years of use on a 30-40 year old plastic part things started wearing out and cracking. I suppose that's a fairly...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-12, 11:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,553
Posted By Novakane

Getting a second bike, as suggested is a good...

Getting a second bike, as suggested is a good start. Get yourself a set of tools for working on your bikes. Park Tools and Sheldon Brown's website have plenty of information explaining how to...
08-27-12, 03:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,359
Posted By Novakane

The drops should be as close to parallel with the...

The drops should be as close to parallel with the ground as possible while still being comfortable to hang onto.
See the link posted by Metacortex for lots of good info and note how the bars are...
08-27-12, 12:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By Novakane

That is indeed a pretty cool bell.

That is indeed a pretty cool bell.
08-27-12, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

No pics at the moment, but thinning the primer...

No pics at the moment, but thinning the primer (two parts primer, one part water) is turning out much smoother. I've tried a couple of different brushes and find its working best with a small foam...
08-27-12, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13,375
Views: 2,654,137
Posted By Novakane

Not a C&V bike, and not particularly high end......

Not a C&V bike, and not particularly high end... Falcon clones of Shimano Lark/Tourney derailleurs, ashtabula cranks, CCM punched steel brakes. Your basic Canadian Tire department store bike.
This...
08-25-12, 12:09 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 5,058
Posted By Novakane

Alright, I'll play... I'm a retro grouch though,...

Alright, I'll play... I'm a retro grouch though, so there's lots of tech that's been made that I do not care for...

Indexed shifting - I've been tasting the koolaid lately on my Miyata 1000, but...
08-23-12, 10:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,941
Posted By Novakane

Not black, but I just put a set of Alex alloy...

Not black, but I just put a set of Alex alloy wheels on my bike and I am suitably satisfied. I notice someone mentioned they aren't light - and they aren't especially. Only about a half pound lighter...
08-22-12, 10:15 PM
Replies: 5,313
Views: 401,088
Posted By Novakane

Shifts like a dream too... Totally digging this...

Shifts like a dream too... Totally digging this derailleur.
08-22-12, 06:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,864
Posted By Novakane

<3 SunTour Cyclone

I decided what I wanted to do with this bike was upgrade to the "mid-to-high-range-best" from what would be available in 1980 / fit my budget / used as many parts as possible that I already have on...
08-22-12, 05:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,864
Posted By Novakane

I did mention to leecycle that you where...

I did mention to leecycle that you where interested, btw.
08-22-12, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5,313
Views: 401,088
Posted By Novakane

Did you know that older SunTour adapter claws...

Did you know that older SunTour adapter claws will not fit on a Cyclone? I didn't until about a half hour ago when I went to install it on the spare one I removed from a broken unit.
After the...
08-22-12, 10:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,989
Posted By Novakane

:roflmao: Yeah, who wants to do something...

:roflmao:

Yeah, who wants to do something like that?
08-22-12, 09:51 AM
Replies: 5,313
Views: 401,088
Posted By Novakane

I'm pretty excited that this came in the mail for...

I'm pretty excited that this came in the mail for me today:

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It's astounding just how light this derailleur actually is!
08-22-12, 09:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

Frame has been stripped and a quick coat of...

Frame has been stripped and a quick coat of primer slapped on to stop it from flash rusting. I find the brush on primer does not self level well and is pretty lumpy. It's water based so I'm going to...
08-21-12, 12:42 PM
Replies: 13,375
Views: 2,654,137
Posted By Novakane

No pics right now since the bits are all soaking...

No pics right now since the bits are all soaking in some detergent to get the old grease and dirt off, but I was working late the other night and needed to go to the store. Being the night before...
08-20-12, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Novakane

I am unfamiliar with this term. What is...

I am unfamiliar with this term. What is "drewing"?
08-20-12, 05:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By Novakane

Well then, what more can you ask of it? :)

Well then, what more can you ask of it? :)
08-20-12, 04:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By Novakane

Nice bike. It could be just me, but isn't the...

Nice bike. It could be just me, but isn't the rear brake housing a little on the short side?
08-20-12, 04:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,383
Posted By Novakane

Indeed. That should be fun when the tire wears...

Indeed. That should be fun when the tire wears out... Unless it's not a fixie and is actually a single-speed, it seems like a bad idea.
That frame screams to be given gears and ridden fast, though.
08-20-12, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Novakane

C&V Bike Karma

I do not normally like to laugh at other people's troubles, however an incident I witnessed earlier made me chuckle inwardly.
I was in pedestrian mode, walking back from the store, waiting at a...
08-20-12, 02:13 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,124
Posted By Novakane

I swear it was taken only a couple of weeks ago,...

I swear it was taken only a couple of weeks ago, I was only 2 years old when these bikes where made. See the Tektro aero brakes and Bontranger trunk bag for the time-shift. :)
It's a Raleigh and a...
08-20-12, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5,313
Views: 401,088
Posted By Novakane

NOS SunTour Cyclone DT shifters. Deraileur is...

NOS SunTour Cyclone DT shifters. Deraileur is still in the mail though so there is no point trying to cable it onto the bike just yet. :(

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08-20-12, 10:57 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,124
Posted By Novakane

Pretty much all of my bikes are low-to-mid-range...

Pretty much all of my bikes are low-to-mid-range models because that's all anyone ever throws out around here, or at least is still on the curb by the time I discover it.

These two from 1980, my...
08-20-12, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Novakane

I can't help you on which frame it is, but is...

I can't help you on which frame it is, but is that a seat post cut off right down to the frame that I see?
08-17-12, 11:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

Ah, there's the catch. I have the fork for this...

Ah, there's the catch. I have the fork for this bike ... On another bike.

However, I'm having some success in removing the last bit of aluminum from the fork for the other bike - so I'll be able...
08-17-12, 07:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

As to the suggestion of sand blasting, I did...

As to the suggestion of sand blasting, I did consider it, however I don't have a car so I'd have to borrow one or get someone to take me and the frame to the sandblaster.
Then get it blasted (I'm...
08-17-12, 07:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

I will have to look out for this stuff whenever I...

I will have to look out for this stuff whenever I run out of the stripper I have now.

I did manage to get to the store and get some sturdy PVC coated gloves that seem up to the task.
I also...
08-17-12, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

That's a good tip - I'll try this once the paint...

That's a good tip - I'll try this once the paint is all off the frame and I can get to all the rust. As you can see in the later photos, there was even more rust hiding UNDER the paint in a lot of...
08-17-12, 01:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

Using Heirloom gel paint stripper and some coarse...

Using Heirloom gel paint stripper and some coarse steel wool I have been doing the arduous task of removing the existing paint. I find it works pretty good if you put the gel on the wool and use it...
08-16-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

Just a couple of quick photos showing the frame a...

Just a couple of quick photos showing the frame a little more cleaned up and now sticker free:

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08-16-12, 01:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,352
Posted By Novakane

Thanks for helping me keep this in perspective. ...

Thanks for helping me keep this in perspective.

I have removed the badge, chain and most of the BB now - one side is being obstinate, but PB Blaster, a hammer, and time have never failed me...
08-16-12, 12:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 676
Posted By Novakane

Univega, AFAIK, was made by Miyata with quite a...

Univega, AFAIK, was made by Miyata with quite a lot of the skilled workmanship that went into their bikes. (My Miyata is a super nice ride, and has an excellent build) so I'd say at that price you'll...
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