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Posted By randyjawa

Hurry!!! Strike when the iron is hot and the...

Hurry!!! Strike when the iron is hot and the iron is HOT!
09-13-20, 06:48 PM
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Views: 1,930,205
Posted By randyjawa

Found this Bianchi Grizzly at the dump a week, or...

Found this Bianchi Grizzly at the dump a week, or so, ago...
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09-12-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,122
Posted By randyjawa

About ten days ago, on a Wednesday afternoon, I...

About ten days ago, on a Wednesday afternoon, I headed to the dump to dump my kitchen waste. I was very happy to find a few near mint but somewhat incomplete bikes there, all laying in a pile on...
09-12-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By randyjawa

My dad used to say that all the time. Took me...

My dad used to say that all the time. Took me many years to figure out what it meant. Thanks for a Memory Lane moment.
09-07-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

We will see what shows up after the Labor Day...

We will see what shows up after the Labor Day Weekend, a weekend that tends to produce a bit of increased flow to the land fill sites. Anyway, in the process of cleaning up the Bianchi Grizzly. The...
09-06-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,160
Posted By randyjawa

I don't know about most of the situations that...

I don't know about most of the situations that other BF members experience during this pandemic. My situation is near complete isolation, at my summer cottage on the shore of Loon Lake, Northwestern...
09-04-20, 12:23 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,253
Posted By randyjawa

I have never felt the need to invert the bike...

I have never felt the need to invert the bike when removing or installing the rear wheel. Loosen the quick release. Ensure chain is on the smallest cog. Lift the rear of the bike off of the...
09-02-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

Well, it is Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and the...

Well, it is Wednesday, September 2, 2020 and the dump has seen little velo activity lately. This is not the least bit unusual. Once the Spring clean up is over, bike flow to the dump drops...
08-28-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 399
Posted By randyjawa

For me, the answer, from a dollars and cents...

For me, the answer, from a dollars and cents point of view, the answer would be no. However...

The bike looks to be an easy "street restoration" and a great learning opportunity. The cost to get...
08-27-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,060
Posted By randyjawa

I spend half the year riding in Canada and the...

I spend half the year riding in Canada and the other half riding in Jamaica. Lots and lots of hills in both places. Really rough roads in Jamaica and only a couple on not so bad rough ones in the...
08-27-20, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By randyjawa

When the original owner of an old Torpado that I...

When the original owner of an old Torpado that I bought, installed a 27 fork, replacing the damaged 700c on, he installed a complete Italian head set. Everything seemed tikkety-boo until I found...
08-26-20, 03:16 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,021
Posted By randyjawa

Geeze, I have not seen that old Geocities...

Geeze, I have not seen that old Geocities procedure for many years. In those days, when I published that procedure, my concern was getting the flats filed evenly, to ensure that the crank arms were...
08-25-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 280
Posted By randyjawa

What I have learned, over the years, is strike...

What I have learned, over the years, is strike when the iron is hot. Put another way, when you run across something you like and want, do not hesitate. I have missed gems by not acting fast. Just...
08-24-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,178
Posted By randyjawa

I keep this early eighties Bianchi Touring in...

I keep this early eighties Bianchi Touring in Jamaica and, generally, put about 3000km on the bike each winter. Did not do that this years, though, as I had to leave the island six weeks ahead of...
08-24-20, 03:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 279
Posted By randyjawa

True enough but there are other things that will...

True enough but there are other things that will cause this kind of wear.

Pads, themselves, when left to suffer the ravages of time can, and darn well will, become very hard. I learned this the...
08-22-20, 05:24 AM
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Views: 6,269
Posted By randyjawa

I, honestly, do not like down tube shifters..! ...

I, honestly, do not like down tube shifters..!
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Anything else,...
08-21-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,589
Posted By randyjawa

Perhaps I should build another web site. What...

Perhaps I should build another web site. What would I call it and what would it include? I am almost serious about this but, sadly, the cost makes it a foolish venture. I used to get millions of...
08-19-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,603
Posted By randyjawa

Though i have tons to do and two really nice...

Though i have tons to do and two really nice bikes to ride, I just can't seem to stay away from the Torpado. The noisy chain thing is a thing of the past but another thing has been bugging me, so I...
08-16-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 156
Posted By randyjawa

Great job on the restoration. I like the bike a...

Great job on the restoration. I like the bike a lot. Two Holdsworth Records have come my way, over the years.

The first, a complete bicycle......
08-16-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 914
Posted By randyjawa

Close to true but with one exception - patience....

Close to true but with one exception - patience. I have had to wait/hunt/hope for years to get just what I wanted and at a decent price, sometimes darn near free. What sort of things am I talking...
08-14-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,929
Posted By randyjawa

I am a firm believer that newer components and...

I am a firm believer that newer components and even newer bikes perform better than any of my vintage steeds or stuff. There is, however, one thing that has not improved, in my mind...

Handlebar...
08-14-20, 02:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 4,283
Posted By randyjawa

Found, street restored and/or chopped a dozen or...

Found, street restored and/or chopped a dozen or more vintage motorcycles, over the years. Owned everything from a 1918 Cleveland Postal bike to a mid fifties Ariel Square Four. Eight or nine...
08-13-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

And it looks to be NOS, however; my wife already...

And it looks to be NOS, however; my wife already has one and those pans do NOT wear out. She has been using her pan for over fifty years. And hundreds of strawberry short cakes have been produced,...
08-12-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,786
Posted By randyjawa

Based on this comment, I will jump in. ...

Based on this comment, I will jump in.

First, listing the dozens or tens of dozens of decent bikes from the eighties or nineties would be almost useless. Almost. Rather than seek a list of...
Replies: 11
Views: 491
Posted By randyjawa

The bike appears to be of entry level quality and...

The bike appears to be of entry level quality and not worth a great deal. That said, though not an exotic steed, it will be fun to clean up and ride.

I really cannot help with the bike's origins...
08-11-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,392
Posted By randyjawa

If you like the bike, and can afford to buy/keep...

If you like the bike, and can afford to buy/keep it, and have enough space to store it, and your significant other agrees (reluctantly or not), and it fits, and the ride quality satisfies, then, for...
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Views: 455
Posted By randyjawa

In my world, a bike like that, offered to me for...

In my world, a bike like that, offered to me for $500.00 CND would already be in my stuffed work shop. That said, if you have any interest in vintage bicycles and if the bike presented is a good fit,...
08-07-20, 01:33 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

The flat bed trailer was filled with bikes from a...

The flat bed trailer was filled with bikes from a place called Fort Francais. This was the third load that they sent to us (Bicycles for Humanity). There were not all that many good bikes in the...
08-05-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,195
Posted By randyjawa

Get the hair dryer. Warm up the sticker, peal...

Get the hair dryer. Warm up the sticker, peal and good bye. Were it me, the sticker would have been gone on day one, but that is just me.
08-01-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 590
Posted By randyjawa

Is the axle protruding too much on either side,...

Is the axle protruding too much on either side, probably the side that moves, then the qr will not work or clamp properly. It might feel really tight when you clamp the wheel into the drops but is...
07-30-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,603
Posted By randyjawa

I ran into a mechanical problem with the Torpado....

I ran into a mechanical problem with the Torpado. I switched to a 14-24 freewheel. When I took the bike out for a test ride with the new freewheel, the chain noise was all but deafening. Horrible....
07-30-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

The flow of bicycles is close to over for this...

The flow of bicycles is close to over for this Spring. Each summer, usually just after the kids get out of school, bicycle disposal drops off at most of the dumps that I frequent. I do, none the...
07-29-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 427
Posted By randyjawa

In my wonderfully organized tool box, I have a...

In my wonderfully organized tool box, I have a set, or two, metric, and Imperial and British Witworth. And, four different sized adjustable wrenches, to be used when I can't find what I need in the...
07-27-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By randyjawa

700c wheels will work just fine. Your brake...

700c wheels will work just fine. Your brake calipers might not reach and, then again, they just might. If not, you will need to seek out and install a set of calipers with a longer reach.
07-27-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

Yes, though not dump found, it was my job to...

Yes, though not dump found, it was my job to supervise the unloading of this, on behalf of Bicycles for Humanity. A few of these loads showed up, over the years. What great fun I had, wandering...
07-26-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,383
Posted By randyjawa

I know how you feel. Last week I missed this...

I know how you feel. Last week I missed this Bianchi by being stupid as I waited for a day, or two, hoping the price would come down. The bike sold the next day......
07-21-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,354
Posted By randyjawa

The absolute best vintage center pull brakes that...

The absolute best vintage center pull brakes that I have experienced has to be the Mafac Racer or Competition! These calipers, when properly set-up are great looking and working vintage stoppers. Not...
07-20-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By randyjawa

I got a Dolomite last Fall and it was fitted with...

I got a Dolomite last Fall and it was fitted with full Shimano 105 (except for changed out brake levers and the front wheel. A nice enough bike and I really should take it out for a spin but other...
Replies: 18
Views: 662
Posted By randyjawa

Well, I bought the Marinoni and was more than...

Well, I bought the Marinoni and was more than surprised to discover that it is not a 52cm, as advertised. Nope, between 54 and 55, just my size. Pooey-stinko! I do not need another bike but this one...
07-17-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 869
Posted By randyjawa

This looks like an easy fix. Begin by...

This looks like an easy fix. Begin by straightening the part of the bolt that is inside the drop. A wee screwdriver and a wee bit of leverage will do the job. Now, screw the bole in as much as you...
Replies: 7
Views: 496
Posted By randyjawa

Several sets have been sold on Ebay recently,...

Several sets have been sold on Ebay recently, ranging in sold price from $1.00 US to $48.00 US. The most sold for between $25 US and $35 US. Hope that is a help.
07-12-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,081
Posted By randyjawa

The Bianchi sports 38mm tires, Compass from Japan...

The Bianchi sports 38mm tires, Compass from Japan and they are darn near bullet proof and trust me when I tell you that they just barely fit. Though hard to find in rural Jamaica, I did manage to...
07-11-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 517
Posted By randyjawa

Over the years, it has occurred to me that the...

Over the years, it has occurred to me that the Raleigh vintage road bicycle is an excellent place to begin those modifications known to render the steeds more comfortable or competitive on the racing...
07-09-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By randyjawa

The "glue" is, possibly, rotted gum wall rubber.I...

The "glue" is, possibly, rotted gum wall rubber.I have seen it many, many times.
07-07-20, 01:18 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 7,243
Posted By randyjawa

Buy? Your money is no good with me my friend. I...

Buy? Your money is no good with me my friend. I will go and get it for you when that dump, dump #4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) , is open......
07-06-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 36,520
Posted By randyjawa

That collection of head badges caught my eye....

That collection of head badges caught my eye. Kinda surprised me to see that one of the top dog racing models, Rabeneick. I am lucky enough to have one, a 1958 Rabineick 120d, commonly referred to as...
07-01-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,897
Posted By randyjawa

Yes, I kept two bikes, the Rabeneick, which has...

Yes, I kept two bikes, the Rabeneick, which has proved to be a touch too small. The frame is 53cm and that is just too small. My Legnano Grand Premio is a 56cm and it is close to just right......
07-01-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,134
Posted By randyjawa

I am, truly, impressed! I love the quality of...

I am, truly, impressed! I love the quality of your work and the final result. To that add, that until recently, the lovely powder blue color would have been my absolute preference. That, however,...
06-30-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By randyjawa

After almost three years of not getting back to...

After almost three years of not getting back to it, I have been thinking of selling my 1958 Rabeneick 120d frame/fork and yet to be installed art. The component group, which took a while to acquire,...
06-30-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 604
Posted By randyjawa

A bit of fine sand paper or emery cloth, used in...

A bit of fine sand paper or emery cloth, used in small folded pieces and with finger insertion applied pressure, just rotate and rotate, checking frequently for result. Been there before, only with...
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