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09-18-20, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 104
Posted By Salamandrine

Yes. Broken axles and the tracking will be off.

Yes. Broken axles and the tracking will be off.
09-18-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 11,422
Posted By Salamandrine

Bump. C'mon now. It's the 18th already. Whad'ya...

Bump. C'mon now. It's the 18th already. Whad'ya got?
09-18-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Salamandrine

Motobecane stuck with 27" throughout the 70s for...

Motobecane stuck with 27" throughout the 70s for their clincher bikes. In the last year ('79) they introduced 700c for the Grand Record only.
09-18-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By Salamandrine

Normally am I just as cynical. Dork disks are a...

Normally am I just as cynical. Dork disks are a little different though. They won't prevent a chain from getting stuck between the freewheel and the spokes, though they help a bit I suppose. They...
09-17-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,298
Posted By Salamandrine

I've always found that Ashtabula bottom brackets...

I've always found that Ashtabula bottom brackets and old school American style one piece cranks are extremely easy to overhaul. In a way this one piece design was superior to cottered cranks. If it...
09-17-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 627
Posted By Salamandrine

If I were you I would concentrate on eating as...

If I were you I would concentrate on eating as much food as possible. :lol:

Besides that, maybe visit Fairweather / Blue Lu (https://fairweather.cc/)g and Grand Bois...
09-17-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By Salamandrine

I guess you guys aren't dorky enough to...

I guess you guys aren't dorky enough to appreciate a good dork disk. ;) I admit I took mine off my Super Mirage when I was 13, cuz it wasn't cool. Must have really slowed me down too. ;) That was...
09-17-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,442
Posted By Salamandrine

Agreed, reviewer error. That's what I concluded...

Agreed, reviewer error. That's what I concluded after reading some other reviews, as well as Raleigh's info on it.
09-17-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 273
Posted By Salamandrine

WD40 to get off the grease and gunk. Goo Gone...

WD40 to get off the grease and gunk. Goo Gone would work too. Don't use abrasives, at least not on the plastic part. You could use orange cleaner and/or detergent and water if you have lots of spare...
09-17-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,442
Posted By Salamandrine

Could have been used out of ignorance. Perhaps...

Could have been used out of ignorance. Perhaps I've gotten too cynical lately.

I was curious so I looked at this a little more closely, by looking at the write up at the Raleigh website and...
09-17-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 245
Posted By Salamandrine

Likewise, the conventional thing would have been...

Likewise, the conventional thing would have been to remove the chain first. It would have been extremely weird to take apart a front derailleur in order to remove it. Chains got removed all the time...
09-17-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 245
Posted By Salamandrine

Geez, you used to split chains with a chain tool....

Geez, you used to split chains with a chain tool. Poor kids today know nothing. Taking a derailleur apart to remove the chain is ridiculous.

I've split and reattached thousands of chains, all...
09-17-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 952
Posted By Salamandrine

Nitto man, Nitto. I have no idea why they are...

Nitto man, Nitto. I have no idea why they are called 'crystal fellows' but whatever, they are right up there with campy or better, and they make a 2 bolt too, for purists. The S65 is fine for most...
09-16-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 484
Posted By Salamandrine

Bike worms.

Bike worms.
09-16-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, it doesn't look like a Huret wheel, though...

Yeah, it doesn't look like a Huret wheel, though I don't have one in front of me to compare. Even so, that doesn't look like wear to me. Here's my old campy RD with the wheel teeth worn off for...
09-16-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By Salamandrine

No, those are toothless wheels. When the teeth...

No, those are toothless wheels. When the teeth wear off by themselves it looks completely different.
I've never seen a Criterium with no teeth. Doesn't mean it didn't exist. I haven't seen...
09-16-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 484
Posted By Salamandrine

Out of curiosity, I looked for a logo. FWIW I...

Out of curiosity, I looked for a logo. FWIW I found this picture of an A. Borne bike somewhere in a quick search. It looks hand painted (?) Maybe there was more than one?

Zoomed in there is enough...
09-16-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 484
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, DT and ST panels I've seen many times....

Yeah, DT and ST panels I've seen many times. That's like a nice racy look. What I've never seen is DT panel only, combined with a matching contrast headtube.

Of course it's your bike and you can...
09-16-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,442
Posted By Salamandrine

I think the Team Raleighs started that whole...

I think the Team Raleighs started that whole thing, no? The rest of the world caught up ~5 years later.

The Long Shen lugs and BB shell are very nice.

Dropouts are pretty ugly IMO. Could they...
09-16-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 661
Posted By Salamandrine

How much are you going to ride this bike? If it's...

How much are you going to ride this bike? If it's for very occasional use, race weight tubulars are fine. If you're going to ride it regularly, training weight tubulars or clinchers are more...
09-16-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, 72 PX10 with plain lugs. I had one for a...

Yeah, 72 PX10 with plain lugs. I had one for a long time. Plus that one has bonus 'safety' levers! ;) :lol:

If you're lucky there's a Simplex seat post hiding under that ugly 90s 'gel' saddle.
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09-16-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 484
Posted By Salamandrine

I'd keep the current scheme. Add a decal to the...

I'd keep the current scheme. Add a decal to the seat tube panel. If the stark white is too much for you, knock it down to cream/ivory. It could also work with a black head tube and seat tube panel....
09-15-20, 11:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,442
Posted By Salamandrine

"Period correct plumbing" ??? later referred to...

"Period correct plumbing" ??? later referred to as cro mo. Like they are really going to create a new alloy just for this bike. Why not just admit they used 725, which is basically identical to 753...
09-15-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,298
Posted By Salamandrine

For the brake pads, it's probably going to be...

For the brake pads, it's probably going to be easier to replace the entire pad and the little metal holder. Road brake pads haven't really changed. You can use anything that bolts on. Some bikes...
09-14-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 497
Posted By Salamandrine

For anyone that misses the joke, what i call the...

For anyone that misses the joke, what i call the Park Zombie tool is in fact the FFS-2 Frame and Fork straightening tool. Works great for straightening frames and forks, and also intimidating teenage...
09-14-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 497
Posted By Salamandrine

IME it isn't uncommon to see secondary damage...

IME it isn't uncommon to see secondary damage like that caused by a crash, typically if a car was involved. Bike shops used to do a lot of bending back crashed frames. A lot can be done with a park...
09-14-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 497
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks crashed, most likely. Could be congenital....

Looks crashed, most likely. Could be congenital. A framebuilder could most likely straighten it. It's not that far out really. I've seen and bent back far worse.

Check dish and the other stuff...
09-14-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By Salamandrine

Apologies to the constructeurs, but I never...

Apologies to the constructeurs, but I never really liked roller type straddles. The Tektro type like in your picture are my preference, though I probably wouldn't put them on a Singer.

IMO...
09-14-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 567
Posted By Salamandrine

Yeah, partly that. Even if just the bent ends...

Yeah, partly that. Even if just the bent ends deform a bit, that can be enough. Regardless, overbending springs was the only way to correct early cantilevers if they were unbalanced, and it worked.
...
09-13-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 2,717
Posted By Salamandrine

I was stupid enough to try yesterday. Didn't look...

I was stupid enough to try yesterday. Didn't look at the air quality reports first. It didn't seem that bad where I live. I got out of my car and, ack, smokey. Rode maybe 6 or 7 miles with an N95...
09-13-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 533
Posted By Salamandrine

Wow, that's an impressive bit of over engineering...

Wow, that's an impressive bit of over engineering for a basic pin spanner! I've never seen that campy tool before. Thanks for posting.

I remember the VAR tool well. That's what I would have...
09-13-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 567
Posted By Salamandrine

Perhaps it should be pointed out that once upon a...

Perhaps it should be pointed out that once upon a time, a nice stiff return spring was interpreted as a sign of a quality brake. Light feel wasn't a thing till the ~ 90s.

I don't remember any big...
09-13-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By Salamandrine

OK, thanks for that. If there are flats to hold...

OK, thanks for that. If there are flats to hold the spring plates, they are still not adjustable. That leaves tweaking the springs and straddle as the only way to change centering.

Probably still...
09-12-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By Salamandrine

So these have adjustable spring mounting plates?...

So these have adjustable spring mounting plates? It looks like it in the picture. I haven't worked on one for 35 years. I forgot. If so that makes centering adjustment much easier.
09-12-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By Salamandrine

It should have individual springs. I'm pretty...

It should have individual springs. I'm pretty sure I see the end of an individual spring going into the braze on boss hole in the second picture.
09-12-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 790
Posted By Salamandrine

Thanks for weighing in on this. That makes sense....

Thanks for weighing in on this. That makes sense. I guess I was subconciously thinking of the boss only on one side, because I remember a lot were done that way in the 80s. Your method of brazing in...
09-12-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By Salamandrine

Check wheel dish and measure the distance from...

Check wheel dish and measure the distance from the rim to the fork on both sides first. No point at all in adjusting the brake centering if the wheel or fork is off. More than likely, that is the...
09-11-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 525
Posted By Salamandrine

It's light oxidation, AKA aluminum rust. It'll...

It's light oxidation, AKA aluminum rust. It'll come right off with metal polish and a rag and elbow grease, like everyone says. They'll shine like chrome. I typically use Simichrome. Mothers will...
09-11-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 790
Posted By Salamandrine

That's interesting. To be honest, they've always...

That's interesting. To be honest, they've always sketched me out a little bit too. That's why my touring bike doesn't have them. A fork is a big spring. I watch that thing move when I ride, and it...
09-10-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,399
Posted By Salamandrine

Ah OK. My mistake then. It's pretty hard to get...

Ah OK. My mistake then. It's pretty hard to get through anodizing with hand polish. You did good. I guess it's just really really clean! The polish maybe shined up the anodizing layer to a bit less...
09-10-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,298
Posted By Salamandrine

That's kind of the thing. There are so many "it...

That's kind of the thing. There are so many "it depends". It might work. It might not. Varsities were made for a long time, and we don't really no what the OP has. I'm not going to steer the OP into...
09-10-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,298
Posted By Salamandrine

1) The frame and dropouts need to be re-allgned...

1) The frame and dropouts need to be re-allgned to convert to 6-7 speed. *

2) The rear derailleur may not work if it's an Allvit. You can tweak them to shift over 6 but it's going to be beyond a...
09-10-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,399
Posted By Salamandrine

Looks great. You did a really good job. It...

Looks great. You did a really good job.

It looks like you polished the anodizing off the crankset. That might be considered a little extreme. However, once the anodizing is worn off and scratched...
09-10-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,298
Posted By Salamandrine

Varsities had reasonably low gearing. The main...

Varsities had reasonably low gearing. The main thing is that they're just pretty heavy. The simplest fix is new tires. Next simplest upgrade is lighter aluminum rims. They'lll make the bike feel a...
09-09-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By Salamandrine

Not very. 36H was de facto standard. Anything...

Not very. 36H was de facto standard. Anything less was for special TT wheels, or maybe race day wheels. Of course there was always that guy that had 28h wheels with a front radial and rear crow's...
09-09-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 435
Posted By Salamandrine

Almost certainly just age. Rubber get brittle and...

Almost certainly just age. Rubber get brittle and degrades as it gets old. It's obvious from the fact that most of the sidewall latex is gone that the tire is quite old.
09-09-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,298
Posted By Salamandrine

Allvit derailleurs shift fine. Does it really...

Allvit derailleurs shift fine. Does it really matter if it were to shift a couple microseconds faster anyway? It's just a utility bike, meant to get you from point a to point b without breaking.
...
09-08-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 468
Posted By Salamandrine

I wonder if your hub was missing a spacer, and...

I wonder if your hub was missing a spacer, and you simply restored it? I guess you could verify this by measuring the hub OLD and looking up factory locknut to flange distances, if you can find...
09-08-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 468
Posted By Salamandrine

Not sure what the issue is here but many millions...

Not sure what the issue is here but many millions of miles have been ridden on 126 rear wheels without those problems occurring, or requiring any special spacing tricks. Drive side spokes are always...
09-08-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 645
Posted By Salamandrine

Chamois leather is a porous absorbent leather...

Chamois leather is a porous absorbent leather formerly used to line bicycle shorts and dry cars. Typically made from split sheepskin. Now largely replaced by synthetic substitutes. It is really...
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