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10-10-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,279
Posted By sykerocker

I've got two, had a third, and I absolutely love...

I've got two, had a third, and I absolutely love them. The first is a 1972 Raleigh Tourist that is one of my two daily commuters:

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10-06-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 610
Posted By sykerocker

To help out on the dating, here's the one I had...

To help out on the dating, here's the one I had for a couple of years, definitely Bike Boom era (73-74), wheels and derailleurs are not original. While definitely the bottom of the line bike (no...
10-01-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 596
Views: 46,498
Posted By sykerocker

So my tastes are a bit on the gothic side . . . ....

So my tastes are a bit on the gothic side . . . .

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09-25-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,227
Posted By sykerocker

This conversation brought something else to mind...

This conversation brought something else to mind that I'd forcibly put out of my mind: The one place where my shop has been at least semi-busy, besides working on my own stuff, is assembling...
09-25-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,227
Posted By sykerocker

The one good side I see out of this mess, is that...

The one good side I see out of this mess, is that the bicycle shops are busy. The last time I saw business like this, I was working in a shop - and that's 45-50 years ago. Lord knows they're...
09-25-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,227
Posted By sykerocker

This has been a very frustrating summer for me,...

This has been a very frustrating summer for me, with the 21st century Bike Boom in full swing I could be spending a lot of my retirement in my newly built and functional workshop fixing up bikes like...
09-23-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,392
Posted By sykerocker

I got disillusioned with Campagnolo back in 1974,...

I got disillusioned with Campagnolo back in 1974, when I virtually sold my girlfriend on the street to buy an all-Campagnolo Gitane Professional Super Corsa . . . . . and after riding a buddy's bike,...
09-19-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 23,293
Views: 2,689,820
Posted By sykerocker

My subdivision had a neighborhood wide yard sale...

My subdivision had a neighborhood wide yard sale today, so Margaret and I did a little moseying around. And I came up with something worthwhile: A 1955 Royal Enfield 3-speed.

Since the fire last...
09-04-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,415
Posted By sykerocker

Wow! First off, you want to clean it, very...

Wow!

First off, you want to clean it, very gently, saving whatever paint and decals you can. Disassemble the bike and start cleaning each component.
06-17-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,624
Posted By sykerocker

And you'd probably shoot first.

And you'd probably shoot first.
06-16-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,107
Posted By sykerocker

I've always had a fondness for Fujis. Helping my...

I've always had a fondness for Fujis. Helping my buddy in Erie start the town's third bicycle shop based around Fuji and Atala (and, unfortunately, Lambert) ensured that there would always be a...
05-02-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,844
Posted By sykerocker

Well, it started with a 1958 Schwinn Mark IV...

Well, it started with a 1958 Schwinn Mark IV Jaguar, as an 8th birthday present. Which I still used in 1969-70 as a college commuter. The Seventies were serious cycling time, working at A.R. Adams...
04-19-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By sykerocker

Just a normal Sunday ride

Lest you think life has gone completely to hell and our society is in the toilet:

Usual Sunday ride, this time the '71 Gitane Tour de France which had a definitely worn and sketchy rear sew-up...
03-28-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 993
Posted By sykerocker

Bingo! It seems to work. Patched the tire...

Bingo! It seems to work. Patched the tire yesterday, inflated it and let it sit overnight. Did one layer of reinforced packing tape over top the layer of electrical tape. Mounted the wheel this...
03-23-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By sykerocker

Bike swap, for sale section here, anything but...

Bike swap, for sale section here, anything but Craigslist. That bike is too unique and nice to go out on the cold streets.

Immediately checked your location upon reading that statement. ...
03-23-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,655
Posted By sykerocker

Actually it was in virtually new condition with...

Actually it was in virtually new condition with only a flat tire. Plus every fastener on the bike was torqued down to 15 micro ounces. Except for the wheel bearing cups which were put on with a air...
03-23-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,655
Posted By sykerocker

Right now, if I spend money on anything cycling...

Right now, if I spend money on anything cycling related, it's going to be replacement of tools lost in the fire. I've still got the '79 PX-10 that I've been slowly building for five years now, the...
03-22-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By sykerocker

And, it is with great pleasure that I can report...

And, it is with great pleasure that I can report that the shop is completed!

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03-21-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,279
Posted By sykerocker

Love to see it, especially as I own three,

Love to see it, especially as I own three,
03-15-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By sykerocker

There's something to be said for being forced to...

There's something to be said for being forced to stay at home and hide for the sake of one's health: It's a wonderful motivation to get lots of work done on the property.

Having finished the...
03-15-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By sykerocker

Yes, I very much would be. Thank you.

Yes, I very much would be. Thank you.
03-10-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By sykerocker

Up until two days ago I had planned on anything...

Up until two days ago I had planned on anything from a basic battleship grey paint job thru having one of those expensive, fancy always-perfectly-clean epoxy garage floors with the Raleigh logo in...
03-09-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By sykerocker

The thread formerly known as "Death of a bicycle shop"

The garage (building) is finished! Spent the past week finishing the interior, got the home Wifi node set up in the attic, and reestablished the connection to the other garage/wife's hidey hole. ...
02-28-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Parts were a complete loss. Fifteen years of...

Parts were a complete loss. Fifteen years of collecting, refurbishing, sorting, gone. Ninety percent of the tools, too. I managed to save a drawer of freewheel, freehub and crankset removal tools. Or...
02-28-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Probably going to go with 'The Thread Formerly...

Probably going to go with 'The Thread Formerly Known as "Death of a Bicycle Shop"'. Other than discussion of small items, this will probably be the winding down of this thread. I'm not going to be...
02-28-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Oh, I'm definitely going to do a full photo...

Oh, I'm definitely going to do a full photo layout once I've got the inside done. If I can stick to close to my planned schedule (inside walls and floor done by 1 April) I'd say something will be...
02-27-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Sorry I've been gone for a few weeks, been busy...

Sorry I've been gone for a few weeks, been busy as hell since the Westminster show since the reconstruction of the garage flipped into high gear. The good news is . . . . . . we're done!

OK, the...
02-09-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By sykerocker

Anyone else make Westminster today? Buy anything?

Poguemahone and I did our usual table again this year, for me it was clean out the storage barn, getting rid of a couple of bikes that I'm not riding anymore (65 Raleigh Royale, 73 Lambert, 73...
02-07-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Periodic update: WE'RE IN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!! ...

Periodic update: WE'RE IN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!!

As I'm writing this, the main contractor is finishing the last of the siding, and the two electricians moved in this morning to start wiring the...
01-26-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By sykerocker

The Miss Fisher movie opens this spring. Promo...

The Miss Fisher movie opens this spring. Promo films are available onYouTube, and have been hitting Facebook in the past month.
01-19-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,883
Posted By sykerocker

I, too, have memories of the Lambert. While I...

I, too, have memories of the Lambert. While I was working at A.R. Adams Cycle in Erie, PA during '70-74, one of my buddies in the Presque Isle Bicycle Club decided to open a bicycle shop, thus...
01-19-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 930
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely Svelto. Huret Allvit was a decent...

Definitely Svelto. Huret Allvit was a decent derailleur in it's day - however, it's day was 1962-65. Biggest advantage to the mechanism is that it was built to take a lot of abuse from riders who...
01-17-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

And, we've started! ...

And, we've started!


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01-13-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,733
Posted By sykerocker

Having never gone thru an S5 manual, I threw a...

Having never gone thru an S5 manual, I threw a 23t sprocket (Shimano) on my Sprite (my standard setup on an IGH) from day one and it's been working fine for me. Probably should go to a 22t, as the...
01-13-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

0700 this morning, the lumber arrived! My...

0700 this morning, the lumber arrived! My contractor is on the finishing touches of repairing the damage to the house, so construction of the garage will probably start sometime this week!

Spent...
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01-11-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,130
Posted By sykerocker

Shrudder. My experience was only two months ago,...

Shrudder. My experience was only two months ago, and reading this one gives me the willies.
01-11-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 9,164
Posted By sykerocker

Am also absolutely entranced by this entire...

Am also absolutely entranced by this entire thread. What you're doing is where I hope to be in the next year or two, once the shop's done.
01-08-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 670
Posted By sykerocker

Couple of thoughts based on my home-based bike...

Couple of thoughts based on my home-based bike shop (2010-14), and my home-based reenactment sutlery (1989-99):

Definitely can the idea of a storefront, unless you're building it on your property...
01-07-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 9,759
Posted By sykerocker

Rowlett's vs. Agee's: Now here's a classic story...

Rowlett's vs. Agee's: Now here's a classic story on success and failure in bicycle shops, Richmond style.

When I got back into cycling, Oct 04 after a 25 year COMPLETE absence (I knew about Lance...
12-30-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

End of the year update: First off, I'm...

End of the year update:

First off, I'm pretty much settled with the insurance company, and they have been a pleasure to work with. The last expected check arrived today, everything's been banked,...
12-30-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,209
Posted By sykerocker

Laugh all you want. For years I rebuilt every...

Laugh all you want. For years I rebuilt every Varsity and Continental I could get my hands on. For a college student's daily transportation, you can't do much better. Weight doesn't matter in...
12-21-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 10,280
Posted By sykerocker

Historical reenactment, at present totally 17th...

Historical reenactment, at present totally 17th century, but probably re-hooking up with my old French and Indian War unit sometime next year:
...
12-11-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

It ain't much, but I am finally wrenching again. ...

It ain't much, but I am finally wrenching again.

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The small 10x20 shed,...
12-08-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

One month (almost) later update: All the details...

One month (almost) later update: All the details and payments are pretty much settled with the insurance company. The contents loss reimbursement (check mailed, I should see it in the next day or...
12-04-19, 06:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,904
Posted By sykerocker

I was glad the thread was revived, because...

I was glad the thread was revived, because someone finally posted a picture of the model in question. Up to that point, I was curious, but had no idea of what they were talking about.

Long live...
11-25-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6,630
Views: 600,126
Posted By sykerocker

One wonderfully heavy care package from Cudak888,...

One wonderfully heavy care package from Cudak888, giving me all sorts of bits and bobs to start rebuilding the workshop!
11-21-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Step one of the rebuild, completed: ...

Step one of the rebuild, completed:

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11-20-19, 06:07 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

On the tax side . . . . . . an interesting...

On the tax side . . . . . . an interesting sidelight to this situation.

I live in Hanover County, Virginia; an are that is definitely more conservative that I am on most points, but I don't move...
11-18-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Thank you, I'll take you up on it. And around...

Thank you, I'll take you up on it. And around Memorial Day I do a reenactment at Our Lady of Cheztokowa (I know I'm killing the spelling, Polish isn't my strong point), which is how I picked up the...
11-17-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 18,501
Posted By sykerocker

Took a bunch today while I was doing the first...

Took a bunch today while I was doing the first pass on the contents claim (up to $7000.00 replacement already), and I haven't gotten into the bicycle parts yet. In fact, I'm still digging (via...
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