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10-26-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,158
Posted By scarlson

Oh man, me too... I mailed some stuff I machined...

Oh man, me too... I mailed some stuff I machined to cudak888 without tracking (just using postage stamps), and it never got there. I machined the parts again and mailed them with tracking and they...
10-24-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,928
Posted By scarlson

I've never tried tubulars, but your description...

I've never tried tubulars, but your description is alluring.
As for the bad weather argument, I don't agree. I've never been up Thunder Ridge, but I toured for six months straight with friction...
10-23-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,928
Posted By scarlson

I may regret this retrogrouchy rant tomorrow, but...

I may regret this retrogrouchy rant tomorrow, but here goes. I realize I sound like a talk radio host.

Disc brakes. Never could keep them from rubbing (and such annoying sounds they make!!), and...
10-19-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,715
Posted By scarlson

C&V gravel? Heh, it's the only thing I do! René...

C&V gravel? Heh, it's the only thing I do! René Hubris builds.

Nishiki Sport, 700x35 Gravelkings, 1x7, under 25lbs and under $300, using BOC parts!
Lent my friend an issue of Bicycle Quarterly,...
10-19-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By scarlson

Here's some random pics I googled up. ...

Here's some random pics I googled up.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/535x405/tx300a_05_6b5d30efd642f8b4d9d876ff75f2c6a4e54c39f1.jpg...
10-19-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By scarlson

The front derailleur was likely one that takes a...

The front derailleur was likely one that takes a cable housing, which would run between that housing stop on the lower downtube and the front derailleur.

Like the Suntour Vx (low-normal shifting)...
10-17-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,144
Posted By scarlson

But after they've got 2 more posts, marchman321...

But after they've got 2 more posts, marchman321 can post pics of theirs!!

I for one am excited to see it. I rode a Pug Orient Express in college. I have the fondest memories of bombing around...
10-12-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 464
Posted By scarlson

Ha, I use a threadless stem as a stoker stem on...

Ha, I use a threadless stem as a stoker stem on one of my tandems! Stoker stems are commonly overpriced, but threadless stems and shims are cheap/free!
10-08-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 589
Posted By scarlson

Imagining Jean Marais in a wool jersey sagging...

Imagining Jean Marais in a wool jersey sagging heavily and asymmetrically in the back under the weight of the magnum 44 in the rightmost pocket. He pulls it out and the jersey is still sagging.
...
10-02-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,605
Posted By scarlson

What presta head is that, with the lever lock?...

What presta head is that, with the lever lock? Does it work well?
10-02-20, 11:36 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

Whoa, that's really interesting! I found one on...

Whoa, that's really interesting! I found one on Ebay with the larger dimensions, and it is indeed sold as a "tandem" model. And likely pre-war. I'm now tempted to buy it as a curiosity item. Such bad...
10-01-20, 11:41 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

Getting closer!! I slitted the steerer tube...

Getting closer!!
I slitted the steerer tube clamp, opened the slot in the middle of the stem to within 0.1" of the bar clamp, and fabricated and installed the cable housing stop. It is a press-fit...
10-01-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

You can get a free download of Fusion 360, the...

You can get a free download of Fusion 360, the CAD software I use, from Autodesk. I don't think you even need a .edu account. Then buy yourself a small desktop CNC router for a few hundred dollars,...
10-01-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

Ha! What do you know, hubris goeth before the...

Ha! What do you know, hubris goeth before the fall. Of course you're right. Equidistant from the bottom bracket axle and each other is what I had in mind!!
09-30-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

I calls 'em like I sees 'em. That's how I got...

I calls 'em like I sees 'em. That's how I got this here nickname.

That stem I just did was roughed and finished mostly with bandsaw and files. The mill was really only for boring, counterboring,...
09-30-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

Also did some work on chainrings! I used...

Also did some work on chainrings!

I used Sprocketeer (http://www.idleamusements.com/?page_id=367) to do an ANSI 41 tooth profile. This is a perfect match for bicycle chain roller, as confirmed by...
09-30-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 16,723
Posted By scarlson

Some updates come forth! I have been let back...

Some updates come forth!
I have been let back into the machine shop on a somewhat limited basis. Here's some of what I've done.
...
09-28-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 547
Posted By scarlson

Lots of broken Alans as seen above. That's the...

Lots of broken Alans as seen above. That's the typical failure mode, fatigue crack on the head lug.
However, I've been looking for years to no avail, to try and find a broken Vitus that hasn't been...
09-26-20, 09:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,279
Posted By scarlson

Had this janky old DL1 for some time. I sold it...

Had this janky old DL1 for some time. I sold it to a better home. It looks a lot better in this picture than it did in real life! The rims were a little rusty so they ate brake pads, the paint was...
09-25-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,227
Posted By scarlson

Self-medication... The high alcohol in this stuff...

Self-medication... The high alcohol in this stuff kills the N+1 virus temporarily, but a bottle costs nearly as much as flipping a bike nets!...
09-25-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,227
Posted By scarlson

I've benefited some. A wide network of friends...

I've benefited some. A wide network of friends know I'm the guy to call when they want to get rid of a rusty hulk left behind by a roommate. I had five or ten for a time. Perfectly functional bikes I...
09-24-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By scarlson

WHOA that's super cool. Looks to be in the same...

WHOA that's super cool. Looks to be in the same vein as the venerable Caminade Caminargent. The French have a long history of screwing and/or gluing aluminum together to make bikes, starting with...
09-22-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 528
Posted By scarlson

I hate digital calipers because the batteries are...

I hate digital calipers because the batteries are always going dead on me. And my mind always plays trix on me with those verniers, although they are good for making noobs feel like rubes. But there...
09-21-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 696
Posted By scarlson

Nah, I just stand over the top tube facing...

Nah, I just stand over the top tube facing backwards, bike resting on its wheels on the floor. I don't own a bicycle work stand. THAT I don't have space for. No reason to involve a workbench in this,...
09-20-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,073
Posted By scarlson

I would ride it. I don't think it'll let you...

I would ride it. I don't think it'll let you down.

And re: frame blocks, I would try something else first. It's the seat tube, so you have access to one end!

Take out the seatpost, turn a...
09-20-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 696
Posted By scarlson

That'd be a very loose tolerance. I kind of doubt...

That'd be a very loose tolerance. I kind of doubt it.


Let's rock!
Cooper
Cooper
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Damn fine television.
09-20-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 696
Posted By scarlson

Yeah sometimes people have an undersize post in a...

Yeah sometimes people have an undersize post in a frame for years. I've seen it. The binder bolt will still hold the post up, but the ears that it holds together may be angled and the slot may be...
09-20-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 520
Posted By scarlson

Yeah it's pretty flat in Sherbrooke! Logical to...

Yeah it's pretty flat in Sherbrooke! Logical to wish you was in Sherbrooke now, on those climbs.
Stan Rogers was legend.
09-19-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 520
Posted By scarlson

Yeah sometimes. I've almost always got a song...

Yeah sometimes. I've almost always got a song stuck in my head if the ride is long enough. If I am struggling taking a pull at the front and I want to set a tempo, I'll use that song as a...
09-19-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,500
Posted By scarlson

The Wanderer Werke headbadge looks like Wonder...

The Wanderer Werke headbadge looks like Wonder Woman badge....
09-19-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By scarlson

I saw that disclaimer about it not being a...

I saw that disclaimer about it not being a measuring tool. I wonder though, if the seller didn't put that after getting some negative feedback from an idiot who bought the product thinking it was an...
09-18-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 844
Posted By scarlson

And is so often paved with good intentions!!

And is so often paved with good intentions!!
09-17-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,137
Posted By scarlson

My Jack Taylor from that era uses a Simplex left...

My Jack Taylor from that era uses a Simplex left shifter and French Cyclo right, and seems to take a m5x1.0 thread. If Kilroy1988 is to be believed (seems right by my reckoning), the French Cyclo...
09-17-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,083
Posted By scarlson

Yes Hidetaka Hirose is gone but his shop, Cycle...

Yes Hidetaka Hirose is gone but his shop, Cycle Shop Hirose (CS Hirose) will live on in the hands of Mr. Okada. You can still go (provided they are keeping regular hours during this pandemic).
09-09-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 733
Posted By scarlson

I bet there's not much difference. Not like if...

I bet there's not much difference. Not like if the fork were flipped around. It's just as if some really swept-back cruiser bars were installed with the stem facing forwards. Bigger tiller effect,...
09-08-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,415
Posted By scarlson

What a fine job you have done! It looks like you...

What a fine job you have done! It looks like you were pretty gentle, to my eyes! I was worried nothing would come apart given the bike's age.


That's the handlebars? Neat!


Ha!! Well I'm...
09-07-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 31,222
Posted By scarlson

This'un. But sadly most believe it's a Schwinn...

This'un. But sadly most believe it's a Schwinn Twinn!
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/img_20190727_185111780_d1b30508d9594d473b773ecbd9dbca88c17babbf.jpg
09-03-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,415
Posted By scarlson

In case you haven't already seen these:

Here's a bit of Claud Butler history and some catalogs. (https://nkilgariff.com/ClaudButler.htm)
Here's the serial number decoder. (https://www.nkilgariff.com/Images/Holdsworth_Frame_Numbers.JPG)
...
09-03-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,415
Posted By scarlson

The way it looks wet suggests a little wax or oil...

The way it looks wet suggests a little wax or oil (linseed??) would make it shine just dandy!

If it's really from before '58, it's before Holdsworth got ahold of the Claud Butler name, so more...
09-01-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,950
Posted By scarlson

AH! I have one! SPLASH BAR TAPE! Nothing like...

AH! I have one! SPLASH BAR TAPE! Nothing like matching splash tape on captain and stoker bars. Tandems are goofy anyhow, so why the hell not....
08-31-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,360
Posted By scarlson

I just set up a Dell Optiplex with Pentium I and...

I just set up a Dell Optiplex with Pentium I and Win98 for work in a research lab. We had an old Varian Cary 50 UV-vis spectrophotometer that would only interface via proprietary ISA card, and has...
08-31-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,950
Posted By scarlson

I have some of the Syncros titanium...

I have some of the Syncros titanium auto-extractors on my Vitus! Hated them at first, but then grew to love them as I fiddled about with different Ti bottom brackets, trying to reduce the weight of...
08-30-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 575
Posted By scarlson

You just have to train yourself to pull your foot...

You just have to train yourself to pull your foot back instead of twisting it to the side. I personally prefer to release from the bike in a crash, but that's my personal experience. When I've...
08-27-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 409
Posted By scarlson

The 700t for sale in Germany has a fixed cup...

The 700t for sale in Germany has a fixed cup flats built-in. Maybe just a weirdball variation? See pics from ebay listing below. Must have been fun/aggravating to be a machinist for them back in the...
08-25-20, 10:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By scarlson

Based on the google images, I bet you could fit...

Based on the google images, I bet you could fit 35s with fenders, 38s without. Of course you'd need centerpull brakes. This thing doesn't have cantis, if I have the right bike in google images, so...
08-25-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By scarlson

Doesn't matter, although you'll probably have...

Doesn't matter, although you'll probably have this decision made for you depending on brand of hub you go with.

Cassette 110%. Broken axles are a real concern, even with unloaded bikes. Solid...
08-25-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,950
Posted By scarlson

:lol: Don't worry, I'm still using toe clips on...

:lol: Don't worry, I'm still using toe clips on half my bikes so those Avocet shoes you sold me still get regular action! They offer enough "float" combined with lateral stability on most pedals to...
08-24-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,950
Posted By scarlson

Biopace. Saved my knees. Short cranks. Also...

Biopace. Saved my knees.

Short cranks. Also saved my knees.

Time ATAC pedals. Wanna guess what they did?
08-24-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,578
Posted By scarlson

For the budget-minded, a lot of these '80s...

For the budget-minded, a lot of these '80s tourers make great gravel bikes!
...
08-13-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 4,700
Posted By scarlson

Nice!! I knew one day I would get to see a...

Nice!! I knew one day I would get to see a picture of your usernamesake! :)
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