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10-11-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 740
Posted By rickpaulos

In the warrenty fine print, most manufactures...

In the warrenty fine print, most manufactures define "lifetime" as the useful product time period as they see it, not human lifetimes as they may want you to believe. In reality that works out to...
10-10-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,153
Posted By rickpaulos

When you tighten up a quill stem, the wedge or...

When you tighten up a quill stem, the wedge or expander puts outward pressure on the inside of the steerer tube that can create a slight bulge which effectively shortens the steerer tube which...
10-07-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By rickpaulos

No, the threading on nearly every freewheel cog...

No, the threading on nearly every freewheel cog is larger than the threading on the hub shell. They do make single cogs for velodrome racing bikes that are the same thread but track racing hubs have...
10-07-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By rickpaulos

You can use a simple slide hammer to pull the...

You can use a simple slide hammer to pull the welded on pin instead of those pulling devices in the video. Those tripods look cool but won't work well on a tube.
Using a pin held on with epoxy...
10-07-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,153
Posted By rickpaulos

yes. I've pulled hubs apart that had 1 too many...

yes. I've pulled hubs apart that had 1 too many ball bearings in them. That can really mess everything up. Mixing ball bearings from different batches doesn't help either. It's usually better to...
09-25-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,802
Posted By rickpaulos

I volunteer at a local bike coop. When I write...

I volunteer at a local bike coop. When I write notes for customers to look stuff up at home, it always starts with "google Sheldon Brown ..."
09-25-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 984
Posted By rickpaulos

It is real easy to loose that rod if you don't...

It is real easy to loose that rod if you don't know it's there. The average newb wouldn't leave the bell housing on when removing the wheel. Take the wheel off to fix a flat or change tires and it...
09-24-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 984
Posted By rickpaulos

Sure. With the Shimano 3 speed hubs, the default...

Sure. With the Shimano 3 speed hubs, the default gear may not be to your liking. I've seen some where a prior owner pounded a nail in to the axle to hold it in a particular gear. The bike looks to...
09-24-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 99
Posted By rickpaulos

Sturmey Archer s-rf3 vs cs-rf3 hub shells interchangeable?

Are the hub shells (or guts) interchangeable between the S-RF3 and CS-RF3?

Both are 3 speed, alloy shell versions.
The S-RF3 is the standard 3 speed with an alloy shell.
The CS-RF3 has the 8/9...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,708
Posted By rickpaulos

"2004 Long wheelbase and improved hinge joints...

"2004
Long wheelbase and improved hinge joints introduced"

pre-2003 models wheelbase is 102cm or 40.2"
2004+ models wheelbase is 104.5cm or 41.2"
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-23-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,399
Posted By rickpaulos

The brakes on my recent Brompton purchase. The...

The brakes on my recent Brompton purchase. The front brake was seized up so I took the caliper apart for cleaning, lube and adjustment.
Alhonga A715A.
Looks like a date code 04 = 2004? 7 dots...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-11-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,706
Posted By rickpaulos

Yeah! I got the pin out last night. I can say...

Yeah! I got the pin out last night. I can say for sure the rear triangle is not resting on the 3/8" diameter pin. The length of the pin matches the inner width of the rear triangle exactly. Rider...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 74,371
Posted By rickpaulos

Marlboro BMX

Not a folder but it is a Marlboro bike. A bmx edition located in Sweden. Seller says it's a 1983 year model. Just posting here to document it's existence. it has a partially lugged frame which...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,706
Posted By rickpaulos

No. It was a purchase on the spur of the moment....

No. It was a purchase on the spur of the moment. Never owned or ridden a Bromtpon before and just quickly looked at the typical items like straight rims and obvious damage. I took it for a short...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,239
Posted By rickpaulos

Anyone tried using a Shimano E-mount front...

Anyone tried using a Shimano E-mount front derailleur? Seems to be a much easier way for 2 chain rings. The der would be placed in the proper position for shifting. The e-mount ders are held in place...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,706
Posted By rickpaulos

Just a bit of weirdness. I park 5 miles from...

Just a bit of weirdness. I park 5 miles from work and ride the rest of the way using different routes to break up the tedium. I rode the bike to work on Monday. I took a photo of the bike Monday...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,706
Posted By rickpaulos

So, the shaft is longer than the frame? I...

So, the shaft is longer than the frame? I couldn't tell with the washers in place.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,706
Posted By rickpaulos

I tried drilling last night. I used a left...

I tried drilling last night. I used a left handed 1/8" bit. Drilled straight through the entire bolt. Sometimes bolts will come out when using a left handed bit. Not this time. Tried my easyouts....
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 228,660
Posted By rickpaulos

Brompton over the Iowa River

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1000x750/img_2411s_84a1ee6664aebe79d859bc7f6b140d4c42b84b22.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,706
Posted By rickpaulos

Snapped off the rear triangle hinge bolt (Brompton)

Just bought a used Brompton that had some abuse.

One countersunk bolt head snapped off after 15 miles. I tried to unscrew the other side bolt but the internally threaded shaft inside the frame...
07-02-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,017
Posted By rickpaulos

We all know who said "You can have any color you...

We all know who said "You can have any color you want, so long as it's black". For retailers (LBS), you will get customers who, when given a choice of colors will want the one you don't have in...
07-02-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,017
Posted By rickpaulos

annual Bastille Day ride July 14

July 14
6:00 PM
Sokol Park: corner of 16th Ave SW and A Street SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
for French made bikes only si'l vous plait *
We will have cake!
...
07-01-19, 04:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,614
Posted By rickpaulos

Hum, modified Trek R200 recumbent. Triple crank...

Hum, modified Trek R200 recumbent. Triple crank up front, 5 speed freewheel under the seat, Sachs 3x8 on the rear = 360 gear combos. Of course the more it takes to achieve those combos and high...
07-01-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,105
Posted By rickpaulos

see some of my builds in action here: ...

see some of my builds in action here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nisn6lmi9tQ
07-01-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,673
Posted By rickpaulos

If you want your chopper to be rideable, read up...

If you want your chopper to be rideable, read up on rake, head angle and trail before you start cutting.

one of the mascots at the local bike coop.
...
Forum: Great Lakes
06-30-19, 11:58 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,840
Posted By rickpaulos

Plenty of towns and places for food. US 61...

Plenty of towns and places for food.

US 61 is being resurfaced between Lake City, MN, to south of Wabasha, MN, this summer traffic is being detoured on narrower roads without shoulders and big...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 228,660
Posted By rickpaulos

Small turnout for the Little Wheel Bike Ride...

Small turnout for the Little Wheel Bike Ride today. 90Fheat surely kept many indoors.

Quaker Oats in the background. Giatex "Stretching Bike" and a Sear Tote Cycle with plastic crate for grocery...
06-01-19, 09:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,965
Posted By rickpaulos

24 years later...

Here are some photos of a SOVOS 7 speed free hub. The owner was concerned, not about the bearings, but the lack of freewheeling. As the bearing cup was breaking apart, the outer part of the cup was...
Replies: 10
Views: 951
Posted By rickpaulos

Here in the middle of the Great Corn Desert, I'd...

Here in the middle of the Great Corn Desert, I'd have a hard time selling them at our local coop for more than $150 each. NYC has far more diversity and I think there would be more demand from...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,158
Posted By rickpaulos

That is a lugged frame with Lambert stickers....

That is a lugged frame with Lambert stickers. That predates the lugless aerospace bikes, the Viscount name change, purchase by Yamaha and the infamous fork recall. Later Viscounts were lugged frames...
Forum: Touring
04-28-19, 11:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,201
Posted By rickpaulos

Riding East to West means head winds most of the...

Riding East to West means head winds most of the way. I'd suggest taking Amtrak to the west, bike back to DC and fly home from there. Going west could add 50% to the travel time.

In 2016 I had 20...
04-28-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,145
Posted By rickpaulos

remove both wheels, crankset, fork, seat post,...

remove both wheels, crankset, fork, seat post, stem, rear der. Get the first box to just the minimum dimensions of the frame length, height & width. You want to avoid the oversize or especially the...
04-28-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 21,574
Views: 2,178,870
Posted By rickpaulos

A proper fix would be brass brazing. Most lugged...

A proper fix would be brass brazing. Most lugged frames were brass brazed, not welded.
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By rickpaulos

I took a magnet to it. One of those new super...

I took a magnet to it. One of those new super duper magnets. It grabbed the brake cable inside the frame. yeah, the frame is not steel. There is some paint missing from the left side of the top...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,352
Posted By rickpaulos

I'm late but... Get the 7 speed and put on...

I'm late but... Get the 7 speed and put on Shimano rapid fire shifters. Those work far better than thumb shifters (on the Mongoose), thumb-thumb shifters (on the Trek now) or grip shift or any of...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,210
Posted By rickpaulos

look for the 2 letter date codes on the back...

look for the 2 letter date codes on the back sides of the components. They won't all be exactly the same but within 6-9 months.
vintage trek dot com has date code charts for many brands.
04-24-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 21,574
Views: 2,178,870
Posted By rickpaulos

You can buy a travel size hair spray for <$1 at...

You can buy a travel size hair spray for <$1 at wallyworld that will do a few dozen bikes. Dish soap is okay if you live in the desert but it will let loose without warning if you ride in the rain...
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By rickpaulos

What model of F. Moser is this?

Welded aluminum (or scandium?) frame, aluminum fork looks like a Vitus. All campy with shimano tourist spds. No model name or frame material decals.
...
04-22-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 21,574
Views: 2,178,870
Posted By rickpaulos

24 and 24 balls in the standard raleigh headset.

24 and 24 balls in the standard raleigh headset.
Replies: 20
Views: 1,757
Posted By rickpaulos

Fix it up. Ride it every year on Bastille Day. ...

Fix it up. Ride it every year on Bastille Day. (july 14). Join up with your local Bastille day ride.
04-21-19, 10:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 759
Posted By rickpaulos

head tube label

A frame in my shed:
the bike as I got it. frankenized.
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/46940535584_b122f029ca_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2evYvR3)
...
04-21-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 52,188
Posted By rickpaulos

another Grand Touring. Yellow shows all the...

another Grand Touring. Yellow shows all the chips, scrapes and rust so well.
Serial number is 1923405
Inside BOTH rear dropouts 64716
A73 on the outside of the left dropout. (There are other...
04-07-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,462
Posted By rickpaulos

here are a couple of Contis I converted to single...

here are a couple of Contis I converted to single speed bikes.

The yellow came to me in pretty poor condition. It was just donated to a local charity that helps out ex residents of the state who...
12-30-18, 06:48 PM
Replies: 2,158
Views: 632,995
Posted By rickpaulos

NORCO is a Canadian bike company. My guess is it...

NORCO is a Canadian bike company. My guess is it was imported into Canada for sale by NORCO. The decal is just one of many phases bike companies went through as they transitioned from domestic...
11-18-18, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1,350
Views: 337,112
Posted By rickpaulos

weeks later, done with the rebuild. single...

weeks later, done with the rebuild.
single speed coaster brake rear hub laced in to 26x1.5 aluminum mtb rims. 26x1.5 knobbs with hardly any room to spare. A smooth tread tire would fit better and...
10-29-18, 07:23 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,017
Posted By rickpaulos

Rossin

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1071/rossin_mountain_bike_32c2be093796f0f3cea390ce30b2ba758f6e892a.jpg
Rossin. Probably from the late 1980s. No doubt influenced by Cyndi...
10-25-18, 11:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,017
Posted By rickpaulos

very ugly grey bike. before: ...

very ugly grey bike. before:
https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1963/45561398521_4bc78df771_c.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2cq75rP)

after a bit of diy:...
10-25-18, 10:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By rickpaulos

Bicycle part recycling : 1 piece crank arms

I've made a couple of these. Start with 6 1-piece crank arms, weld them, stuff them into a frame tube cut from a oversized tube steel frame. By chance a standard 5-gallon plastic bucket fits...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 228,660
Posted By rickpaulos

Giatex v1 (early round tube version) just south...

Giatex v1 (early round tube version) just south of Iowa City, Iowa.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4458/37734137916_2770eaab86_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ZurjyL)
10-21-18, 10:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,240
Posted By rickpaulos

Some are and have no shame about it. I've been...

Some are and have no shame about it. I've been biking long enough to learn there are every kind of bike riders. The cheapest are people with just 1 bike.
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