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02-26-21, 06:44 PM
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Posted By scarlson

Do I need an account or anything to order from...

Do I need an account or anything to order from them? I'd like to get my hands on some spare pins for my Var pin tool as well. They are a weird thread. Like M5.5x0.75 or something, so I can't machine...
02-26-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 149
Posted By scarlson

And that rear dropout!! :eek: I bet you can...

And that rear dropout!! :eek:

I bet you can bend it back though.
02-26-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 205
Posted By scarlson

The problem I've had with crimping is that I...

The problem I've had with crimping is that I sometimes nick the wire. Depends on how the beads on the edges of your fenders are done. Some are better than others when it comes to being friendly to...
02-26-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 205
Posted By scarlson

I've used silicone RTV to seal and stick wires in...

I've used silicone RTV to seal and stick wires in fenders. I like Hondabond HT silicone because it cures to a higher hardness than the generic stuff, but it is overpriced.
02-25-21, 09:10 PM
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Views: 641,695
Posted By scarlson

Oh man that's so cool! I ordered some stuff from...

Oh man that's so cool! I ordered some stuff from that same seller once, YEARS ago. Framebuilding braze-ons, I think. I have one on my Trek now. I got the same nice note, I think it is still folded up...
02-25-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 521
Posted By scarlson

The Touring Deluxes that I've dealt with can fit...

The Touring Deluxes that I've dealt with can fit 700x38 (Panaracer Gravelking so true-to-size) tires and metal fenders, with room enough that it feels safe this way.

I bet it doesn't have...
02-24-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 266
Posted By scarlson

OK so my dad bought this Phil BB for his Ron...

OK so my dad bought this Phil BB for his Ron Cooper around '76. He broke its axle on a century tour in '85 or '86, he doesn't know which. Warrantied it. I broke it again in '02 or so and warrantied...
02-23-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 468
Posted By scarlson

You ever break a chain whip doing this? I've had...

You ever break a chain whip doing this? I've had some extra recalcitrant freewheels where the chain comes off the chain whip before I can get the little cog off. Been meaning to machine a wrench with...
02-23-21, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 266
Posted By scarlson

I broke a Phil axle once. Not sure how old. I was...

I broke a Phil axle once. Not sure how old. I was about 14 or 15 though, this was like 2002. The axle had been in my Ron Cooper since my dad had installed it, which would have been in the '80s. It...
02-23-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By scarlson

Some get it from Aircraft Spruce (Alex Wetmore),...

Some get it from Aircraft Spruce (Alex Wetmore), some get it from McMaster-Carr (they don't give shipping quotes unless you call), and some get it from Ebay (usually cannot get chromoly steel). I'd...
02-22-21, 08:58 PM
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Views: 375,217
Posted By scarlson

This past Saturday, BF member plonz gave me a...

This past Saturday, BF member plonz gave me a nice Specialized Expedition to take out my frustrations on!

Two hours later, here is the result....
02-22-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By scarlson

I propose janheine to do a double blind test. I...

I propose janheine to do a double blind test. I can envision the BQ headline now: "Thru-axles: Do They Offer an Advantage?"
I'm prepared to believe they make suspension MTBs and motorcycles E-bikes...
02-21-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 597
Posted By scarlson

I think it's not wise, but unlike many welders, I...

I think it's not wise, but unlike many welders, I will tell you why. The alloys may be different between the crank arm and the spider, and either or both might be "not weldable" alloys. You _could_...
02-20-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By scarlson

Depends on your riding style. My friend and...

Depends on your riding style. My friend and co-founder Kevin claims he's 195lb and he likes his just fine. He uses a pretty high cadence, which probably favors him to a more flexible frame. I'm 165lb...
02-20-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By scarlson

I get my stuff from there too! gugie is right....

I get my stuff from there too! gugie is right. :thumb:
02-20-21, 01:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 917
Posted By scarlson

The seller is not only wanting to dodge Ebay...

The seller is not only wanting to dodge Ebay fees, but possibly also Euro taxes, which can be pretty high on certain types of income depending on the country.

I bought my Herse like this. I was in...
02-19-21, 01:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By scarlson

Atom freewheels did come in four speed versions....

Atom freewheels did come in four speed versions. The only difference would be that the outer cog is missing, and the second cog would not have threads for another cog to be added. If you took the...
02-19-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By scarlson

It may be possible to remove a cog from a...

It may be possible to remove a cog from a five-speed freewheel and get a 4-speed.

For example, the Maillard freewheels with the large splined remover have the smallest cog screwed to the second...
02-18-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By scarlson

Oh, nlerner, you are such a bad influence. But I...

Oh, nlerner, you are such a bad influence. But I already have one!! I don't think I need another. I will mention it to the Cambridge Vitus Club and see if anyone knows someone we could rope in. On a...
02-18-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,998
Posted By scarlson

Encouraged by the above, ex coin nerd strikes...

Encouraged by the above, ex coin nerd strikes again.

The Mexican 25 pesos is probably the most valuable coin there. It's a bit banged up, so probably little numismatic value, but It is made of...
02-17-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 11,998
Posted By scarlson

The cent is almost certainly a wartime steel cent...

The cent is almost certainly a wartime steel cent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_steel_cent). These were made of steel and coated with zinc plating. The black spots on it are likely faults in...
02-16-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By scarlson

Will take the 4-bolt. Have polishing wheel,...

Will take the 4-bolt. Have polishing wheel, should be a breeze to make it shine like top of chrysler building. PM on way.
02-16-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,152
Posted By scarlson

Right, Teledyne used commercially-pure (CP)...

Right, Teledyne used commercially-pure (CP) titanium, whereas most of the modern Ti bikes (really anything except Teledyne) use 3AL2.5V (grade 9) alloy or something similar. This gave the metal more...
02-16-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,739
Posted By scarlson

Aye, you're right of course. I guess I am...

Aye, you're right of course. I guess I am speaking from a place of being over tired from fighting with people to get my money's worth. I'd rather fight with the metal than with a person, I suppose. I...
02-16-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,739
Posted By scarlson

It's all the drive-side spokes that are poking...

It's all the drive-side spokes that are poking up, no? Because they have a tiny bit less distance to go. This was a common problem for single walled rims back when they were more widely used. I'm...
02-12-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 972
Posted By scarlson

After a closer look, the answer seems clearer. ...

After a closer look, the answer seems clearer.

Even without the axles, they weigh 800g. Not horrible, but not great either. You can fairly easily build a clincher wheel of metal that weighs less...
02-12-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 277
Posted By scarlson

Funny, I would think the eccentric could just be...

Funny, I would think the eccentric could just be knocked this way or that a few mm. They can move sideways too! I'm guilty of employing that trick, within reason! Nowadays I have shims for it, but...
02-12-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 277
Posted By scarlson

Did it screw in counterclockwise?

Did it screw in counterclockwise?
02-10-21, 10:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Posted By scarlson

For a derailleur, it depends what you're going to...

For a derailleur, it depends what you're going to do with the rear wheel and number of gears. Anything up to 7-speed should be easily handled by any older Suntour with a long cage. I like the XC...
02-10-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 129
Posted By scarlson

I guess I think it's because fenders are sheet...

I guess I think it's because fenders are sheet alu or plastic, and racks are (hopefully) alu rod or steel. These materials are hard to join together. Even an aluminum rod rack, welding to an aluminum...
02-08-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 3,685
Views: 333,513
Posted By scarlson

You are right. Although the tires' sizes (being...

You are right. Although the tires' sizes (being radials) are designated 16" like car tires (R16), they are mounted on 20" bike wheels (ETRTO 406). So I guess I actually need a Raleigh twenty or...
02-08-21, 04:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,235
Posted By scarlson

Did it creak at all? Give you any warning? All my...

Did it creak at all? Give you any warning? All my bikes creak in some way, and that's not a problem. It's when the creak begins to sound different that there is a problem!
02-07-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 972
Posted By scarlson

Yep, it appears to be carbon bonded to aluminum...

Yep, it appears to be carbon bonded to aluminum hub and rim. I will check the bond area for further damage.


It actually is. All the pictures of damage are of damage on the leading or trailing...
02-07-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,235
Posted By scarlson

Ohh, it was probably nobody's fault it broke....

Ohh, it was probably nobody's fault it broke. Just life. Contact Yellow Jersey in Madison and Franklin Frame in Ohio, they might surprise you with the price to replace a tube.

Wonder if the top...
02-06-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,762
Posted By scarlson

It's for conjuring the ghost of Alex Singer...

It's for conjuring the ghost of Alex Singer brazng on a mount for a Suntour S1! Kids these days! :lol:
02-06-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 972
Posted By scarlson

What does mean? If you have a dissenting opinion,...

What does mean? If you have a dissenting opinion, I'd love to hear it.
02-05-21, 11:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 972
Posted By scarlson

You guys have made my night!! I had been...

You guys have made my night!! I had been agonizing over it and I appreciate the clarity and humor.

Had to use gargle translate to get the Italian scoop on things. And yeah, I've visited the busted...
02-05-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,762
Posted By scarlson

French crank extractor, because I can't afford a...

French crank extractor, because I can't afford a JA Stein, but I do have access to a lathe and was doing some Stronglight crank threads for those dustcaps anyway. Since this photo was taken, I made a...
02-05-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 972
Posted By scarlson

Condemn this C&V carbon?

I was given a pair of scruffy and scuffed-up looking carbon fiber wheels. I want to know what this crowd thinks about riding on them.

They are Vision brand, seem to be from the '90s or early '00s....
02-05-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 606
Posted By scarlson

This frame is the right size for me and I have...

This frame is the right size for me and I have the equipment to deal with the stem. PM'd.
02-03-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 3,685
Views: 333,513
Posted By scarlson

Long shot, but...

Has anybody got a 16" wheel folding bike I could borrow to test-ride in the Boston area? Like a Brompton or a Dahon, I guess? I have some weird prototype 45/75 R16 radial tires that an engineer on...
02-02-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,884
Posted By scarlson

Aggressive Gugificazione/Dilbertage must occur...

Aggressive Gugificazione/Dilbertage must occur before painting anything.
02-02-21, 08:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 743
Posted By scarlson

I think you have the right idea. Suntour and all...

I think you have the right idea. Suntour and all that Japanese stuff from the '80s is high quality and a great value!


Re metric threading: Older Italian and French stuff will run into...
02-02-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,727
Posted By scarlson

Here's the best article I have found about...

Here's the best article I have found about Schwinn electroforging. It shows the process in pretty sufficient detail:
https://sheldonbrown.com/varsity.html

And here's a video showing a brief view...
02-01-21, 08:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,498
Posted By scarlson

Gotta love French ebayers! I have gotten some...

Gotta love French ebayers! I have gotten some throw-ins from them as well. Always fun, never a license plate though.

Personally I'm very happy we do not have them here. Somerville law enforcement...
02-01-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 610
Posted By scarlson

Ha, I was going to offer to braze up that rack...

Ha, I was going to offer to braze up that rack attachment for you for beer, but then I noticed you're in New Zealand!!

Next time you are in Boston, then.

Cheers :beer:
01-30-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,509
Posted By scarlson

I have had those left-hand drills work for me!...

I have had those left-hand drills work for me! Helps if you get it really centered, usually by going clockwise using a center drill (that's the stubby drill with a fine point that was used at the...
01-28-21, 11:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,015
Posted By scarlson

You can probably fill the recess with sodium...

You can probably fill the recess with sodium hydroxide (lye or caustic soda). Mix a spoonful with a cup of water, wear gloves! And carefully pour it in there. It'll preferentially dissolve the alloy...
01-28-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,169
Posted By scarlson

Also while we're on the subject of degeneracy in...

Also while we're on the subject of degeneracy in naming of particles...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/323x250/gg_spicequark_40_a6792f9750f3b0e2712f2c998c04b46c0cf7b951.jpg...
01-28-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,015
Posted By scarlson

Can also hammer a Torx bit into the cap's...

Can also hammer a Torx bit into the cap's wallowed-out hex. Torx will have a little more bite.

And I guess I'd use heat. Not a lot of heat! Just enough to get it to the boiling point of water, or...
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