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04-12-21, 04:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 434
Posted By bulgie

Funny that the author says the best rack ever was...

Funny that the author says the best rack ever was the Claud Butler. (Actually he mis-spelled it as Claude, a common mistake).

In 1976 I rode across Canada with two friends. We rode East to West ...
04-02-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 768
Posted By bulgie

Fantastic! Moto GR is close to my heart since I...

Fantastic! Moto GR is close to my heart since I rode one across the continent in 1976.

The TA Pro 5-vis "Cyclotouriste" would be a logical choice, if keeping in the spirit of the original is...
03-31-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 857
Posted By bulgie

Yep. ...

Yep.
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Circa 1980 Davidson. Portacatena optional.

Mark B
Forum: Framebuilders
03-26-21, 04:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By bulgie

Could you explain what you mean in more detail? ...

Could you explain what you mean in more detail? Your short statement is a bit ambiguous, but it sounds wrong to me no matter how I parse it.

Did you mean the lightest fork blade (what this thread...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-25-21, 12:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By bulgie

Ha ha, no, not in those years, but In the '40s...

Ha ha, no, not in those years, but In the '40s and '50s (maybe earlier too), smaller diameter blades at the bottom were in vogue, specifically for rough-pavement comfort. I have 531 blades as small...
03-23-21, 02:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 518
Posted By bulgie

Making round hub spoke holes fit fat aero spokes?...

Making round hub spoke holes fit fat aero spokes?

-Mark B
Forum: Framebuilders
03-22-21, 05:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By bulgie

Not quite. 653 had 531 forks (no heat-treat @...

Not quite. 653 had 531 forks (no heat-treat @ 120,000 psi), 753 rear stays (full heat treat @ 195.900 psi), and main triangle was 653 which is stronger than 531, I have heard that was via...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-22-21, 05:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By bulgie

I have a Reynolds catalog from 1978 — I think,...

I have a Reynolds catalog from 1978 — I think, hard to tell. It does have a mysterious code of "778" on the back though. It covers 531, 531SL and 753. This was back when 753 only came in metric....
Forum: Framebuilders
03-21-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By bulgie

All the 753 blades I have measured were just as...

All the 753 blades I have measured were just as thick as 531. So even in the worst case where you lost the heat-treat, they'd be as strong as 531, which are if anything a bit too strong for my taste,...
03-20-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 631
Posted By bulgie

When I first saw the OP's pics, I immediately...

When I first saw the OP's pics, I immediately thought the dropouts looked Japanese, but I didn't say anything because that seemed so unlikely. Of course name-brand forged dropouts from Japan, like...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-19-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By bulgie

This is often (usually?) not true. When Damon...

This is often (usually?) not true. When Damon Rinard did his frame stiffness testing, a Cannondale 2.8 showed one of the most flexible rears of all (over 60 frames tested).

The problem is alu...
03-18-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 643
Posted By bulgie

That link explains it all, thanks so much! This...

That link explains it all, thanks so much! This line from Yellow Jersey is super interesting: "The actual adjustment could be done in one's hands once the middle cog was unscrewed."

So that's the...
03-18-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 643
Posted By bulgie

The thing you all are calling pin holes, if you...

The thing you all are calling pin holes, if you mean the ones recessed down inside where the hub threads stop, those are not for a pin wrench, they are where the pawls pivot. You can also add lube...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-14-21, 01:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By bulgie

Or put another way, Occam...

Or put another way, Occam (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam%27s_razor) was an optimist.

It's always tempting to look for one simple explanation, but sometimes there's more than one thing wrong....
03-11-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,362
Posted By bulgie

Ach, I should have known I couldn't leave it...

Ach, I should have known I couldn't leave it alone, so here I am replying to my own post again <sigh>
I forgot I had this compilation of Herse catalog translations and other documentation from Heiko...
03-11-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,362
Posted By bulgie

Ha, my brain fart was actually correct, at least...

Ha, my brain fart was actually correct, at least according to Justyne, who replied to my private email, saying that both racks are V-O.

She's wondering what "model" of Herse this is, since it...
03-09-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,776
Posted By bulgie

There must be some pretty lugs in this pile. ...

There must be some pretty lugs in this pile. Just ignore the ugly ones!

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03-09-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,362
Posted By bulgie

Front and rear racks appear to be Velo-Orange. ...

Front and rear racks appear to be Velo-Orange. For $10k I'd expect a little nicer racks -- also both pedals should come with dust caps at that price!!



Jan Heine, who owns the Rene Herse name,...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-21-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,103
Posted By bulgie

It seems to me that the two methods of alignment...

It seems to me that the two methods of alignment are equivalent and will give the same results, if the parts (frame and table) are all really "to spec", and stay that way through the alignment...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-21-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,103
Posted By bulgie

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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(Spotted in the workshop of Martin Molin, of...
01-31-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By bulgie

Those existing cones can probably be reground. ...

Those existing cones can probably be reground. Ideally by a machinist but I have gotten some decent results using a drill press to spin the spindle, and sanding cloth or paper wrapped around a rod...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-31-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,321
Posted By bulgie

Ti Cycles in Oregon...

Ti Cycles in Oregon (https://www.ticycles.com/retrofit-potato-chip) does it in titanium, as a retrofit. Not cheap though!

Disclaimer, I used to work there, when Ti Cycles was in Seattle. Been...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-28-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By bulgie

I did just that not too long ago, on a Nervex...

I did just that not too long ago, on a Nervex crown just like the OP's, a '50s French racing bike being turned into a randonneuse. I thinned the tangs, on a taper so they're full-thickness at the top...
01-28-21, 05:09 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 7,974
Posted By bulgie

Ha! Classic. Could you also say "Why are you...

Ha! Classic. Could you also say "Why are you such a weakling, not much of a man, are you?" and then say "Hey I was just asking a question, why so sensitive? Effin' snowflake!" I mean, are there...
01-28-21, 04:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,383
Posted By bulgie

A guy on the Classic Rendezvous mailing list just...

A guy on the Classic Rendezvous mailing list just offered a 56 cm Alan, very early model, estimated to be a '72. Fairly stunning gold anodized tubes in silver lugs. Excellent condition. Pics here...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-28-21, 04:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By bulgie

The tangs can be thinned by a mm on each side for...

The tangs can be thinned by a mm on each side for sure, 2 mm total width improvement. More if you like living dangerously.

The height though -- can you see that the crown is hollow? It's made out...
01-28-21, 03:06 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 7,974
Posted By bulgie

A few years ago Jim Merz bought his wife Heidi...

A few years ago Jim Merz bought his wife Heidi Hopkins a vintage Davidson, pics here...
01-28-21, 02:07 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 7,974
Posted By bulgie

Oh yeah, my wife, who won 3 Seniors medals at...

Oh yeah, my wife, who won 3 Seniors medals at State championships (road and track), raced Road Nationals, and won her Masters age group at a national championship series MTB race, has a 24t granny on...
01-28-21, 01:46 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 7,974
Posted By bulgie

Hey now, don't be mean. This here's C&V and in a...

Hey now, don't be mean. This here's C&V and in a lot of cases (most?) that means guys on the downhill side of the col de la vie. Me, I can't claim I was ever really fast, since I never got out of...
01-25-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 7,974
Posted By bulgie

No he didn't! For one thing, he only used the...

No he didn't! For one thing, he only used the bike with the triple on one stage, the Tre Cime mountain stage, which he didn't win... but it gave him enough time on his GC rivals to give him the...
01-17-21, 05:34 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,293
Posted By bulgie

Nobody wants to hear my uneducated guesses on the...

Nobody wants to hear my uneducated guesses on the dates. I insist on crowdsourcing them. I am no marque expert for any of those dozens of brands. Each one has its adherents and apostles who know way...
01-16-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,293
Posted By bulgie

For the catalogs on bulgier.net that don't have...

For the catalogs on bulgier.net that don't have dates, the date is unknown. If anyone sees one of my catalogs and knows the date FOR SURE, let me know and I'll add it. I'd rather have no date than...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-11-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,792
Posted By bulgie

The steerers are more available than crowns with...

The steerers are more available than crowns with a 25.0 steerer hole. Too critical of a joint to trust a shim there.

I have some French steerers myself, which I've had since the early '80s and...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-08-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By bulgie

While I'm not an expert on testing regulators,...

While I'm not an expert on testing regulators, I'll tell you what I do.

Wear eye and ear protection. Blast a tiny blast of O2 out of the tank to clear any dust or spider nests out of the tank...
01-05-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,316
Posted By bulgie

Cool bike! Mad respect for Tim as a builder,...

Cool bike! Mad respect for Tim as a builder, also a super nice guy. He made frames for the US National team at one point, don't remember what year. Then he was responsible for running the Trek...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-05-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,319
Posted By bulgie

I did say make it close to the existing ID...

I did say make it close to the existing ID (seatpost size), but that won't allow you to push it down into the indented part. Making it from 1-1/8" stock might make it easier to push out the dent.
...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-05-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,319
Posted By bulgie

Definitely make that expander you described. I...

Definitely make that expander you described. I can tell you for sure, it can work.
...
01-02-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 488
Posted By bulgie

The five 10 mm holes outboard of the 86 mm BCD...

The five 10 mm holes outboard of the 86 mm BCD holes are at 122 mm BCD. This means a 99 ring of that type can be used as a middle "triplizer" ring on a Stronglight 93 or other 122 BCD crank. I...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-26-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By bulgie

Most Ti tubing used on bikes is made as aircraft...

Most Ti tubing used on bikes is made as aircraft hydraulic tubing, with properties optimized for that usage which involves a lot of bending. So bending Ti tubes is seldom a problem (with the right...
12-24-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 573
Posted By bulgie

Another option, ignore it and just ride. In 10...

Another option, ignore it and just ride.
In 10 or 20 years, if you still like the bike enough to pay for a respray, deal with it then.

Those of you who wash their bikes should stop reading here. ...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-24-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,649
Posted By bulgie

I've done frame repairs that DT-piercing-the-HT...

I've done frame repairs that DT-piercing-the-HT way, and they didn't break later (that I know of...) Also TTs, in the HT and the ST. Much easier to mill out the hole rather than melting out the...
12-18-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 948
Posted By bulgie

Having a steerer come out of the crown is just...

Having a steerer come out of the crown is just amazingly inept framebuilding. It should literally be impossible (and I don't use 'literally' to mean 'figuratively' like the kids do these days)....
12-16-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 454
Posted By bulgie

That is the correct aluminum spacer for 6/7 speed...

That is the correct aluminum spacer for 6/7 speed but I don't see a steel washer on the right side. Assuming these are all original Campy parts (cones etc) you should be 6/7 ready if you just move...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-13-20, 03:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 552
Posted By bulgie

One good thing about chainstay indents is it's...

One good thing about chainstay indents is it's much easier to make more clearance later. The indenting tool has the existing crease to settle into, so it doesn't want to wander off. I just did that...
12-11-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By bulgie

Seems to me they usually do, close enough anyway....

Seems to me they usually do, close enough anyway. See that notch on the far side in the photo (left side of the bike)? It points pretty much straight at the seatpost when the hanger is at a good...
12-08-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,405
Posted By bulgie

I have heard that the guys who work on vintage...

I have heard that the guys who work on vintage motorcycles can make new pads for bicycle drum brakes, though I have never gone that route myself. Just another place to look.

On behalf of all...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-08-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By bulgie

If you get your Reynolds at Torch and File, Andy...

If you get your Reynolds at Torch and File, Andy can help you decide, he's been a framebuilder since the '70s.

I'd recommend using something cheap and thick-wall, because (1) it doesn't matter...
12-06-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 20,218
Views: 3,391,181
Posted By bulgie

Furry Wurry was a bear Furry Wurry had no hair....

Furry Wurry was a bear
Furry Wurry had no hair.
Furry Wurry weren't furry, were he?
Forum: Framebuilders
12-04-20, 01:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By bulgie

It's how I spread the dropouts, like when someone...

It's how I spread the dropouts, like when someone wants to go to a wider hub (repair/mods, not so much for framebuilding). Back when I had access to an alignment table that held the BB shell, I...
12-03-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,144
Posted By bulgie

Sweet bike. Has anyone mentioned the titanium...

Sweet bike. Has anyone mentioned the titanium Super Record bottom bracket? (sorry I haven't read the whole thread.)

If you scrutinize the steerer you should be able to tell if it's Reynolds or...
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