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07-03-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 195
Posted By USAZorro

Based on my experience attempting to arrest...

Based on my experience attempting to arrest similar ravages on my late uncle's '74 Superbe, I feel a duty to warn that the surface rust will attempt to make comebacks with a vengeance. Anything that...
07-02-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By USAZorro

If I ever want to get "Crayola" repainted, I'll...

If I ever want to get "Crayola" repainted, I'll check in with you. Very impressed with your execution.
07-01-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By USAZorro

I'm here to expose you. :innocent: Needs...

I'm here to expose you. :innocent:

Needs this soundtrack.

I know that the "all's well that ends well" rule is in effect, but I would not have used that tool to remove the paint from a 753-tubed...
07-01-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By USAZorro

They were Weinmann with (I believe) the better...

They were Weinmann with (I believe) the better levers and the white Carlton hoods. Rims were most often Ava tubular. It had Record hubs, cranks, pedals, shifters and derailleurs. (spent stupid...
07-01-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,755
Posted By USAZorro

Grand Prix geometry = SGP geometry = Super Course...

Grand Prix geometry = SGP geometry = Super Course geometry. Grand Prix Frame is same material as SGP frame. (changed when 1978 Model Super Courses came around).

Actually, there isn't a great...
07-01-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,755
Posted By USAZorro

Repainted "in the spirit of the original". If...

Repainted "in the spirit of the original". If only it were the next size smaller. :)

...
07-01-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,755
Posted By USAZorro

I think the best that any of us can do is provide...

I think the best that any of us can do is provide our own anecdotes. Given what I've seen, it's more accurate to say that build quality is "uneven". The Team Professional and Professional MK I...
06-30-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,755
Posted By USAZorro

SGP isn't a 531 frame. It's a GP with some...

SGP isn't a 531 frame. It's a GP with some upgraded components (like alloy wheels).
06-30-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,755
Posted By USAZorro

South Central - as in Harrisburg/Lancaster/York? ...

South Central - as in Harrisburg/Lancaster/York? Lived there for 20 years before life took me away about 7 years ago. You just missed the annual World Cup Ski & Cycle bike swap in Camp Hill. No...
06-29-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,260
Posted By USAZorro

It's easier to get away with a frame that's a bit...

It's easier to get away with a frame that's a bit large than one that's a bit small. okay +/- 2cm you can get away with, but over 6? Nope.

Even if you can find a seat post and stem that can...
06-29-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 2,782
Views: 241,380
Posted By USAZorro

Thanks. While those are some good looking DT...

Thanks.

While those are some good looking DT shifters and would certainly handle the shifting duty required, and I'm not going to pass up on them if brifters or bar-ends don't appear, I would like...
06-28-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 337
Posted By USAZorro

I set my '74 International up with the intention...

I set my '74 International up with the intention of riding Cino (hopefully next year now). I have a triple chainring and 700c 35mm Panaracer Pasela ProTites on it with no clearance issues.
06-28-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 140
Posted By USAZorro

Silca pumps with the proper heads come in various...

Silca pumps with the proper heads come in various lengths, have holes to mate with pegs on both ends, but also have a recessed shape on one end to fit to a frame tube. I'm not able to provide sizing...
06-28-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2,782
Views: 241,380
Posted By USAZorro

ISO 2 x 8 Shimano shifters. Either brifters, bar...

ISO 2 x 8 Shimano shifters. Either brifters, bar ends or downtube. Friction is ok too.

have - various things.
06-27-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 788
Posted By USAZorro

That little device on the chain stay is to guard...

That little device on the chain stay is to guard against chain slap. Not quite as elegant as what Fuji put on some of their bikes in the 70's, but quite effective.

Amazing acquisition. Just be...
06-27-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6,408
Views: 551,535
Posted By USAZorro

Well, technically, it was yesterday now. Huge...

Well, technically, it was yesterday now. Huge thanks to Insidious C.

Significant project now in the works, as my wife wants a nice, yellow bike (she really likes the color that i had my...
06-26-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 74,416
Posted By USAZorro

I have a bit of catching up to do. Going back...

I have a bit of catching up to do. Going back to this time last year, I've had nothing but great transactions. Thanks to:

cudak888, Insidious C., unworthy1, obrentharris, rhm, jjhabbs,...
06-26-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,971
Posted By USAZorro

One more year to prepare. Will be glad to get...

One more year to prepare. Will be glad to get all this behind us, and hope our community can stay safe and well.
06-26-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By USAZorro

I'm not as familiar with 1980's (the integrated...

I'm not as familiar with 1980's (the integrated top tube cable guides are a certain indicator this was made in 1983 or later) Raleighs as I am with 1970's. The serial numbering convention may be...
06-26-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,951
Posted By USAZorro

Not just the stem. The saddle and the crankset...

Not just the stem. The saddle and the crankset are the only components with even a hint of appeal.
06-26-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By USAZorro

Is there a set of bottle cage bosses on the...

Is there a set of bottle cage bosses on the underside of the downtube?
06-25-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 561
Posted By USAZorro

Just saw this. Order of business #1...

Just saw this. Order of business #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) would be to ditch the Helicomatic hub. Looks like you're on the right path with your new...
06-25-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 910
Posted By USAZorro

Mid 90's Giant Iguana. Put smooth tires on it....

Mid 90's Giant Iguana. Put smooth tires on it. Beefiest fork ever and very sturdy. Also has all the attached fittings necessary for fenders, racks, etc.

Cannondales? The early aluminum tin cans? ...
06-25-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 621
Posted By USAZorro

and a powerful magnet. I acquired a 1972...

and a powerful magnet.

I acquired a 1972 model (made in 1971, I believe) a couple years back in a similar state of "patina". I had it repainted and it's now an 81 speed with upright bars. The...
06-25-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 499
Posted By USAZorro

Looks like it certainly could be a Raleigh. The...

Looks like it certainly could be a Raleigh. The rear brake arc, the font on the serial numbers that are visible, and the lugs are all consistent. Four things will help in verifying what it is:

1....
06-24-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,153
Posted By USAZorro

Best American mass-produced model from it's...

Best American mass-produced model from it's introduction in 1939 until Trek was making better. For quite a while it was the best that American riders could get without going to extraordinary...
06-24-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,153
Posted By USAZorro

Thought about this, but almost everything in the...

Thought about this, but almost everything in the stable is from the 70's. :o
06-24-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,153
Posted By USAZorro

This is the sort of thread that exposes...

This is the sort of thread that exposes enthusiasts' souls. :lol:

I have two lists. One that sticks to the premise of one country per decade, and one that doesn't. For starters, I'm sticking to...
06-24-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 528
Posted By USAZorro

That looked like leather bar covering at a...

That looked like leather bar covering at a glance. If it feels comfortable, and if you're ok with the brake lever placement, and the aesthetics, why get rid of them? The bar is alloy, so there...
06-24-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 868
Posted By USAZorro

Just on general principle, it would seem that...

Just on general principle, it would seem that there would be fewer stresses on the bottom bracket of the MK IV than that atrocity of a TT frame. Unless you have some indication that the MK IV had...
06-24-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 868
Posted By USAZorro

Was the seat tube already curved before it was...

Was the seat tube already curved before it was "fixed"? That before picture looks like there's plenty wrong with it and I'm skeptical that the chroming had anything to do with the failure - though...
06-22-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 375
Posted By USAZorro

Wow! I rode that distance in a day once when...

Wow!

I rode that distance in a day once when I was 20. Only about 3,500 feet of climbing that was involved on that ride - and was on a bike with 10 speeds. I was completely spent and very saddle...
06-22-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 635
Posted By USAZorro

I think the question was "now or later". Past...

I think the question was "now or later". Past history seems to indicate that bikes that were in comparable positions in their line-ups haven't become substantially more in demand. Overall demand...
06-18-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By USAZorro

Hear Hear! Neil McGowran has the most...

Hear Hear! Neil McGowran has the most authoritative site/BLOG on the topic of the details of SB serial frames.
06-18-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 919
Posted By USAZorro

The serial number font doesn't look like Raleigh....

The serial number font doesn't look like Raleigh. I can't make out the entire serial, but if it doesn't start with a W and have another letter immediately following, it DEFINITELY is not a Raleigh....
06-18-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 491
Posted By USAZorro

Someone bold enough to say it. :lol:

Someone bold enough to say it. :lol:
06-18-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,340
Posted By USAZorro

Not denying that. I've met Larry. I like Larry....

Not denying that. I've met Larry. I like Larry. Larry has some things I might be interested in buying, but I've never bought anything from him. He has lots of things that don't seem to be for sale....
06-18-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 491
Posted By USAZorro

Pretty much any google search on a C&V topic...

Pretty much any google search on a C&V topic shows links to here. If folks interested can't figure out to stop by and check things out, I'm not sure more blatant advertising will work.
06-18-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,340
Posted By USAZorro

That might be convenient for the person looking...

That might be convenient for the person looking to get rid of it all in one go, but it does little to improve the chances that the parts will ever get used.
06-18-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By USAZorro

That's always a possibility, but I simply only...

That's always a possibility, but I simply only have my own rather limited experience with Vikings. I once owned a refinished 1959 Severn Valley, and I currently own what I believe is a mid 50's...
06-17-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 344
Posted By USAZorro

Did Viking survive into the 70's? I thought they...

Did Viking survive into the 70's? I thought they folded in the mid 60's.
06-17-20, 08:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By USAZorro

If it is a Viking, it isn't a Severn Valley.

If it is a Viking, it isn't a Severn Valley.
06-17-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,050
Posted By USAZorro

It takes a bit of contemplation and the...

It takes a bit of contemplation and the realization that there are different measurements for some components of French bikes of that era from the components used on British, Japanese and Italian...
06-16-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By USAZorro

That has me in mind of a Record that someone...

That has me in mind of a Record that someone attempted to put a fade paint job on.
06-16-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 800
Posted By USAZorro

Even after someone else had posted in it?

Even after someone else had posted in it?
06-16-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By USAZorro

I love old Raleighs, but more information is...

I love old Raleighs, but more information is needed. Please keep posting so that you can upload a picture (that takes two days (10 posts)), or post a link to the photos.
06-16-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 800
Posted By USAZorro

I don't recall that anyone other than a moderator...

I don't recall that anyone other than a moderator could delete a thread.
06-14-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By USAZorro

Raleigh dealt in inches. It's their 21-1/2"...

Raleigh dealt in inches. It's their 21-1/2" size. Fits me like custom fit - one reason I really like 70's Raleighs. Guessing you'd be looking for a 23-1/2".
06-14-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,373
Posted By USAZorro

Update: I received the frame, which I have...

Update:

I received the frame, which I have to admit was fairly represented, but which was a bit disappointing none-the-less. I eagerly set about to gently using cotton wheels to remove decades of...
06-14-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By USAZorro

1973 RRA Shakedown Jaunt

Only 9 miles on one of our local greenways, but it was a great morning for it - despite some lingering rough conditions following local flooding a few weeks ago.

I acquired the RRA from a fellow...
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