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07-04-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 369
Posted By dddd

I wasn't aware of the holes in the bb shell on...

I wasn't aware of the holes in the bb shell on Ron Coopers, maybe those are the older ones (?).

I completely concur WRT the seatstay joinery, that looks like Ron Cooper's great execution there.
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07-03-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 295
Posted By dddd

ProStar was formerly ChangStar, so have been...

ProStar was formerly ChangStar, so have been around for ages. Made good enough copies of DiaCompe sidepulls at the lower end of the market.
07-03-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,116
Posted By dddd

Well at least the cable routing with this bike's...

Well at least the cable routing with this bike's handlebar configuration seems much improved over stock.

The improved braking has to be worth something.

And not to forget, they don't make them...
07-02-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By dddd

The Alpha shifters are like 30 years old today,...

The Alpha shifters are like 30 years old today, so be sure to get some oil into the levers and clicker so that they work right.

I recall one Goodwill-sourced Accushift 7-speed Lotus road bike that...
07-02-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By dddd

The bigger tooth difference should work in your...

The bigger tooth difference should work in your favor.
But, if the chain decides to start falling inboard of the smallest chainring, you can just reverse the file and cut from the driveside of the...
07-02-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,261
Posted By dddd

The Alpha freewheel teeth were improved over the...

The Alpha freewheel teeth were improved over the earlier non-indexed cogs.
There is a bevel on the right-facing side of each tooth, toward the driven edge of each tooth.
I've found that I can add...
07-02-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By dddd

Because of modern chain (the first was the...

Because of modern chain (the first was the Shimano UG Narrow model from ~1987), Suntour Alpha indexing can be much better than it was back in the day (even more so when using 9s chain together with...
07-02-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 299
Posted By dddd

All of the Alpha freewheels were excellent....

All of the Alpha freewheels were excellent. Suntour's best imo! Shifting under modest but considerable pedaling force is a reality with these, and there is NO chain "skating" using modern chain.
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07-01-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 990
Posted By dddd

Assuming that you're using a 9s ROAD front triple...

Assuming that you're using a 9s ROAD front triple derailer(?).

I had a local olive grower bring me her 105 9s bike just last week for the small lever being too hard to push in. This was the right...
07-01-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 313
Posted By dddd

The Fuji description clarifies that the "mink"...

The Fuji description clarifies that the "mink" color is silver, not any shade of blue as some Raleigh discussions periodically seem to imply (mink/blue was two-tone).

I've got a Fuji Pro with the...
07-01-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 655
Posted By dddd

Only needed on one side, since the wheel would...

Only needed on one side, since the wheel would need to tilt further than the fork legs would allow in order for the other end of the axle to move out of it's dropout.

Amazingly simple, but can't...
07-01-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 392
Posted By dddd

I can't know the history of this bike, and the...

I can't know the history of this bike, and the Weinmann calipers are an anomaly, but I would find it unusual for such a low-end bike to have been fully repainted with all of the bearing cups...
06-30-20, 09:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 990
Posted By dddd

I believe that the type of derailer housing is...

I believe that the type of derailer housing is the problem here.

This is the old, very stiff 5mm housing that prevents the rear derailer from floating about the cassette properly under it's...
06-30-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 766
Posted By dddd

You really want to be using a very specific type...

You really want to be using a very specific type of "solvent" in these things.

Simple Green is not made for this application.

First of all, the chemistry will definitely change over time, until...
06-29-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 422
Posted By dddd

Check again, the bb shell should be only 68mm in...

Check again, the bb shell should be only 68mm in length (not diameter).

Your Asian frame will use an English bottom bracket. Shimano sells UN55 bottom brackets that offer smooth operation and...
06-29-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By dddd

Hopefully the bike shop is in a good position to...

Hopefully the bike shop is in a good position to source a good frame or bike replacement at a cost that they can deal with.
Most shops get such buy opportunities regularly, often for next to...
06-29-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 98
Posted By dddd

One of the aluminum GT's like this that I bought...

One of the aluminum GT's like this that I bought developed a crack in the head tube, starting at the lower cup. Best to keep an eye on this area as I didn't notice this until the crack was over 1"...
06-29-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 311
Posted By dddd

Those directions from park and from...

Those directions from park and from Sheldonbrown.com may not apply to the OP's U-brake.
There are some huge variations in the sprung pivot design on some Shimano U-brakes that require certain...
06-28-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 5,040
Posted By dddd

Funny you should ask, since I took the "Danish...

Funny you should ask, since I took the "Danish Chopper" to Fairfax in Marin today for a couple of rides up Mt. Tam on the trails.

It rode like it always has, lively to the extreme while descending...
06-28-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,320
Posted By dddd

I wonder if the stem quill is 22.2 or 21.1mm(?).

I wonder if the stem quill is 22.2 or 21.1mm(?).
06-28-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 990
Posted By dddd

Note that Shimano's/Campag's methods are only...

Note that Shimano's/Campag's methods are only really applicable to gearing choices actually specified with the original complete groupsets.

For anything outside their ranges, you are on your own....
06-28-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 311
Posted By dddd

I am remembering some versions of the rear...

I am remembering some versions of the rear Shimano U-brake where one had to remove the pivot bolt and then insert a 6mm hex key to wind the spring, followed by holding it (the arm) in place and then...
06-27-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 439
Posted By dddd

I'm just not seeing Al-sized fillets on the...

I'm just not seeing Al-sized fillets on the advertised Merckx.

Seatstay diameter is obviously smaller than that AluMega.

Seller isn't really trying, so the ask seems outta the ball park to me.
06-27-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 439
Posted By dddd

I'd want to know what year this frame/bike was...

I'd want to know what year this frame/bike was made.

The photography here sure isn't doing the prospects of a sale any favors!!!

The bike could have been fairly expensive when new, but like I...
06-27-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By dddd

:troll:

:troll:
06-27-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 380
Posted By dddd

Those stepped ferrules are completely redundant...

Those stepped ferrules are completely redundant on the Shimano D-P caliper, they are an eye-sore and only reduce the flexibility of the housing. And oh, the grams!

Anybody else here have such a...
06-27-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 481
Posted By dddd

I think that the Crane GS may have been designed...

I think that the Crane GS may have been designed for 32t max. On the other end, it was designed for perhaps a 13t, so between the more-flexible chain and the slightly-bigger gap when using the...
06-27-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 481
Posted By dddd

Seconding everything rccardr said above...^^^ ...

Seconding everything rccardr said above...^^^

With modern chain, the variable chain gap that you are going to be dealing with is not going to help this work "well".
Modern chain is sooo much more...
06-25-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,027
Posted By dddd

Come to think of it, I have a few good-sized...

Come to think of it, I have a few good-sized boxes of various old, dirty cassettes and chains, which would have value if it was all clean.

Does anyone here know of an economical (mostly time-wise)...
06-25-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,027
Posted By dddd

I felt sure that "477" was a typo(?). Are...

I felt sure that "477" was a typo(?).

Are the rubber bands still good???

477 jars wouldn't take hours. It would require rest days.
06-25-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 583
Posted By dddd

I actually used my 1984 720 on training rides a...

I actually used my 1984 720 on training rides a couple of times when my road bike was out of commission.

The bike sure wasn't fast when high pedaling efforts arose. I attributed this to the long...
06-25-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By dddd

If you'll be using a derailer having sprung upper...

If you'll be using a derailer having sprung upper pivot, there will never be any impact force on the rotation stop from hitting holes in the road (the spring will absorb all of the peak force).

In...
06-24-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By dddd

The way that I fix these (by internal...

The way that I fix these (by internal lubrication, works 90% of the time) is to first try to get thin aerosol oil to settle down through the labyrinth seal between the hub flange and the freehub...
06-24-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,027
Posted By dddd

This feels like deja vu, must have been six years...

This feels like deja vu, must have been six years ago that someone else here at C&V had almost exactly the same story as this haul!

I even had to check the posting date more than once, thinking...
06-24-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,169
Posted By dddd

My Hozan pedal wrench is helpful on stubborn...

My Hozan pedal wrench is helpful on stubborn pedals because it has the opening inline on one end and at 90-degrees on the other. It also has a bit of offset for crankarm clearance.
Length is...
06-24-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,027
Posted By dddd

I wonder if the air quality in that house might...

I wonder if the air quality in that house might have been what killed the guy(?).

Worst-case "indoor-air" scenario, health-wise.

Anyone with lots of bikes/stuff (like tires) that perhaps share...
06-23-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,169
Posted By dddd

Yeah, in my original post I mentioned that I had...

Yeah, in my original post I mentioned that I had painted the 9/16" side white. Still got the wrong opening 90% of the time!
06-23-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 158
Posted By dddd

The normal issue with 10+ year-old Rapidfire Plus...

The normal issue with 10+ year-old Rapidfire Plus front shifters is that suddenly the push to the big ring does not engage the cable spool, so nothing happens.

This is almost always the result of...
06-23-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By dddd

Hybrids were awesome, still are, but I wish that...

Hybrids were awesome, still are, but I wish that mine were lighter. The peak for hybrids might have been when I bought my first one (Specialized CrossRoads) the day after Christmas, 1991, upon my...
06-23-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By dddd

Your freehub is apparently experiencing both...

Your freehub is apparently experiencing both problems because of the same loose or cracked bearing cone.

These hubs used a pressed-on bearing cone on the drive-side, long out of production.
...
06-23-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,169
Posted By dddd

Just like trying to get my Garmin to talk to my...

Just like trying to get my Garmin to talk to my PC, keep plugging/unplugging until something happens. Sometimes takes 30 tries though.

It's been six months now, and life is much better with my...
06-23-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 462
Posted By dddd

It crossed my mind that it's an older frame with...

It crossed my mind that it's an older frame with multiple modifications.
06-23-20, 01:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By dddd

The first thing that I look for as to why one...

The first thing that I look for as to why one bike measures faster ride times than another is if there is any aspect of the bike's comfort that inhibits the motivation to exert more toward achieving...
06-22-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By dddd

Out of curiosity, and because I also have a Trek...

Out of curiosity, and because I also have a Trek 720, I did a visual experiment that was quite revealing.

Extending your Miyata's stem quill up to where it is similarly (to the Trek's) about at...
06-22-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By dddd

This is a good example of "it depends who you...

This is a good example of "it depends who you ask".

In the case of riders like myself, who ride a pretty huge variety of bikes from all eras, I immediately note the differences in steering...
06-22-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 766
Posted By dddd

I would add a toe strap to protect the ring from...

I would add a toe strap to protect the ring from the jaws and squeeze at several points around the lockring. This should help un-stick the threads.

I found this cheap pickle fork available at the...
06-22-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 486
Posted By dddd

Those triple bolts on Ebay are for mounting all...

Those triple bolts on Ebay are for mounting all three rings on the same BCD. The bolts/spacers for mounting a 36t inner ring to Nuovo Record arms are much rarer.

Fuji among others used the...
06-22-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By dddd

Where/how did you arrive at this belief? ...

Where/how did you arrive at this belief?

This being a forum where perhaps most of the bikes involved are opportunistic used-bike purchases, we'll always be dealing with cases of riders wanting to...
06-21-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By dddd

Wasn't E.M. one of just very few who built with...

Wasn't E.M. one of just very few who built with the standard-diameter MiniMax tubing?

Seems like it might better suit the lighter rider.
06-21-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By dddd

Can you include a link to a hosted photo? ...

Can you include a link to a hosted photo?

I'm suspecting that the AR derailers and possibly the SOVOS hubs (wheels) aren't original.

Look for a 4-digit date stamp on the shift lever parts (not...
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