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04-12-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Johno59

Rim corrosion

Those old rims can take an awful lot of pitting whilst still remaining as effective as new - which isn't saying much unfortunately. Some even came dimpled as new to try and overcome the poor...
04-12-21, 04:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Johno59

Chain break.

You find the chain split link via the removable quadrant at the rear, hook a couple of old spokes or two bits of string either side of the split link , undo the split link and lift the wheel out -...
04-08-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Mildew

I left the saddle bags from the same supplier in a unheated shed after getting rained on and they suffered a lot of mold.
They do point out they use a traditional organic tanning process and their...
04-08-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Trigger shifter

My mistake. Trigger shifters were all postwar. A 1936 dynohub would probably not have keyhole spoke eyelets on the small hub flange as depicted in foto. They would have simple holes requiring curly...
04-08-21, 03:40 AM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Is that a top tube gear selector erroneously put...

Is that a top tube gear selector erroneously put on the handle bars? It will have three positions Low N High. Those selectors were pre - WW2. It looks like a Humber No 56 Utility bike. Certainly the...
04-08-21, 02:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By Johno59

I do most of my riding at dawn and at sunset -...

I do most of my riding at dawn and at sunset - usually 10 times a week. You become very aware of where the sun rises and it is noticeable how each day is slightly different, both with flora and fauna...
04-07-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Go India

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04-07-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

You're right regards the caution. I'm not sure...

You're right regards the caution. I'm not sure what a tanning shortcoming poses to metal fatigue but certainly mold is an issue if stored in a damp shed. The items I have purchased are pristine if...
04-07-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Personally I don't go with the faux leather...

Personally I don't go with the faux leather stuff. It didn't last when i was a kid and it certainly doesn't last now. Get your stuff from India. They are Hindu and they can't be seen dead with...
04-07-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7,045
Views: 656,897
Posted By Johno59

Sunbeams

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Very rare split axle rear hub...
03-20-21, 04:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By Johno59

ouch!

ouch!
03-20-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 873
Posted By Johno59

Are you using an indexed shifter (it clicks into...

Are you using an indexed shifter (it clicks into each selected gear) or a friction shifter (you feel where it goes until the chain is in the right gear). Many old school shifters allow for both....
03-19-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 447
Posted By Johno59

Spaced out

My inside leg is 33 inches and I'm 5 10. I ride 56, prefer 58 but have 3 or 4 60cm c-c bikes. I can't vouch for the safety side but my beater bike has a drop of 9 cms from the seat to the horns.My TT...
03-19-21, 04:25 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 40,244
Posted By Johno59

"So very tall people have to deal with 700c. When...

"So very tall people have to deal with 700c. When I think of how many adults do just fine"
The 1934 Raleigh Roaster had 28 inch. A copy was made in China before WW2 and relabelled the Flying...
03-19-21, 01:48 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 40,244
Posted By Johno59

Wheel size?

What size wheels are they? With two sons 6 -4 and 6-5 I always struggled to get road bikes that fitted. In Europe it is nigh impossible. Wouldn't a 28 inch wheel be a minimum. A Dutch 30 " even more...
03-18-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 447
Posted By Johno59

That kind of saddle will pitch you forward and...

That kind of saddle will pitch you forward and place unnecessary pressure on your back and your wrists - I would advise a more conventional flatter saddle . I'm assuming the saddle is that high...
03-18-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 447
Posted By Johno59

All about width

I have an 853 TT bike with a 1" threadless headset.It was all about reducing width/size and weight. My all steel bike weighs 8.5 kgs which BITD was extremely light for a steel framed bike.
03-18-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Take the cage out and have a look. The retaining...

Take the cage out and have a look. The retaining pin costs 2 bucks. Don't try and remove the sprocket as they can be incredibly tight. Just take out the cone and pull the cage out and all will be...
03-18-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 946
Posted By Johno59

Loaded

Yeh but he said nothing about towing a caravan with the cables going under the BB.
That's a completely different kettle of fish.
03-18-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 447
Posted By Johno59

Leverage

He said a longer stem was safer than a shorter stem? That sounds counter- intuitive. A stack of inserts that high is definitely unsafe as the spacers are spacers ie built for compression not their...
03-18-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 946
Posted By Johno59

The grooves are part of the design, they are not...

The grooves are part of the design, they are not caused by the cable travelling a cm every now and then. In my experience the better bikes had grooves cut into the BB shell and the cheaper used a...
03-18-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 909
Posted By Johno59

Small drill bit diversion

If u drill - as soon as the bit end passes thru the solder making the grommet and hits the steel cable within the grommet it will divert/snap. The cable with splay out compounding the stuck problem....
03-17-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 946
Posted By Johno59

Slip sliding away

They question I'd like answered is there any difference with the insert and what happens when the cable starts cutting through the piece of outer.
03-17-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 946
Posted By Johno59

There's always snow in CA. Some of it goes on the...

There's always snow in CA. Some of it goes on the road and some it goes elsewhere.
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03-17-21, 05:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 608
Posted By Johno59

Is it possible you have a old 1/8" chainring and...

Is it possible you have a old 1/8" chainring and your new 3/32" chain doesn't engage. I can see neither are badly worn but whilst a 1/8 chain will fit a 3/32 chainring it doesn't work the other way...
03-17-21, 04:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 939
Posted By Johno59

"1. Not really acceptable that they cut the steer...

"1. Not really acceptable that they cut the steer tube too short, or scratched up the headset parts (if they did the scratching, not you...). Normally I'd think they should be told this because:
a....
03-17-21, 04:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 939
Posted By Johno59

The AHEAD system doesn't have a lock-nut either...

The AHEAD system doesn't have a lock-nut either - it's all fastened by friction. The two bolts that clamp the stem to the steerer and the center bolt that pulls the steerer up will be more than...
03-16-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 939
Posted By Johno59

If t does keep coming loose (it shouldn't) get a...

If t does keep coming loose (it shouldn't) get a 1 1/8 adapter post for a one inch steerer. and then you can stack it as high as you want and the bars you put on it are limitless.
03-16-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 939
Posted By Johno59

Remember it is a lock nut i.e. it does not carry...

Remember it is a lock nut i.e. it does not carry any load. After few miles the bearings may need re-tightening and you'll hopefully get more purchase for the lock. nut. If it strips there is no...
03-15-21, 05:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By Johno59

Outside cone

I have always found adjusting the play on the outside cone difficult to get right. Obviously the inside race is part of the spindle and cannot be adjusted.
As I pointed out above some pedals have...
03-14-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

Death by Fixed cup.

So many Raleigh's were killed off by this configuration. You could not get them out so folks just replaced/repacked the non-drive side and rode the bikes into the ground. A LBS would take one look...
03-14-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 946
Posted By Johno59

There's a lotta salt hitting this area so I would...

There's a lotta salt hitting this area so I would be careful using something that salty water can creep into. Just make certain when you wash your bike to keep this area nice and clean and waxed.
03-14-21, 05:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By Johno59

The axles are bomb-proof. If you see some ratty...

The axles are bomb-proof. If you see some ratty old pedals with the bearings shot just strip them down and rebuild them. For 10 cents worth of ball-bearings and some grease you'll be good to go. Some...
03-12-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By Johno59

First thing is replace all the cables, tires and...

First thing is replace all the cables, tires and tubes = $150 (two bikes). Spray WD40 everywhere and see what happens. Buy two new chains regardless and we'll see you on the road.
03-12-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

Reminds me of the adage supposedly having...

Reminds me of the adage supposedly having occurred at Babe Ruth's funeral wherein many old timers lamented the Babe's records shortened many of their careers. One young pitcher piped up innocently...
03-11-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

Sure ...the cotter pin arrangement necessitated a...

Sure ...the cotter pin arrangement necessitated a good chunk of steel width in the crank to give strength. However I don't believe complexity provides an explanation. I have a 1903 Sunbeam that has a...
03-11-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

Nearly every British bike I have has this...

Nearly every British bike I have has this arrangement. Sunbeam, Rudge, Triumph, Hercules, Humber, Holdsworth, Claud Butler, Bates, Raleigh, Robin Hood and some.. That goes from 1903 to the 1980s when...
03-11-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

Scrap challenge

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Two old spread-eagled 5/8 wrenches and an old cup.
Welded by a blind...
03-11-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

"go loose individual ball bearings, add one per...

"go loose individual ball bearings, add one per side."
Good advice - one less thing to rust/break up.
03-11-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

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Fixed Cup old school. I'm assuming when we talk about fixed cup we mean this...
03-10-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,279
Posted By Johno59

Down the rabbit hole

I'm impressed that folks can tell that the bearing race of a fixed cup isn't damaged/worn out from looking from the drive side into the BB abyss. Putting new ball-bearing in a worn out race will not...
03-03-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By Johno59

Remove flakes first

You should wire brush all the loose paint / rust off before you apply evaporust. If left too long evaporust will attack the paint. Follow the instructions on the tin. Many suppliers claim a primer...
03-02-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,692
Posted By Johno59

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AX aero. Some had a removable grommet if you didn't want aero. These...
02-27-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Johno59

Woodrup in Leeds can do the frame for 150. They...

Woodrup in Leeds can do the frame for 150. They do any bike, not just Woodrups.
02-19-21, 06:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,112
Posted By Johno59

where's the beef!

where's the beef!
02-19-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 17,008
Views: 1,814,795
Posted By Johno59

Wow

I mean wow.Just wow!
02-19-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,141
Posted By Johno59

If you go down to the woods today.

I still have a cursory/forlorn look in the hedge for bits that flew out the effing window decades ago. One of the best ways that stops this is screw/fasten the fiddly bit back into whence it came or...
02-19-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 24,373
Views: 2,892,837
Posted By Johno59

Ignore the rim

There are plenty of modern rims that are replicas of any era of bicycle that fit the orginal look. SS originals not so much, but they do appear if you use the replicas whilst you wait. The old frames...
02-19-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,112
Posted By Johno59

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During the Great Depression Dandies used to pimp their rides...
02-18-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 63,258
Posted By Johno59

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1948 Robin Hood at the dawn.
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