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09-18-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 330
Posted By rhm

If you have the Viscount crank with the...

If you have the Viscount crank with the non-tapered square hole, the one that looks more or less like a TA crank, you can take a small square file and file a taper into the square hole, so it fits on...
09-17-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 151
Posted By rhm

I apply some dish soap to the bead of the tire,...

I apply some dish soap to the bead of the tire, both sides, massage it around with enough water to get it really slippery, and then inflate. I'm told the dish soap can be pretty dilute, but I go...
09-15-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 933
Posted By rhm

Do it! What could possibly go wrong? ...

Do it! What could possibly go wrong?
...
09-15-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 933
Posted By rhm

https://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a6d637b3127ccee...

https://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a6d637b3127cceecb4569e221e00000030O00AZuWbNy0cOGIPbz4S/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00108849339320160816143529080.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/
...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,301
Posted By rhm

Very Nice! It's too bad this thread got...

Very Nice!

It's too bad this thread got moved to appraisals, it would have got more traffic in C&V.
Forum: Framebuilders
09-11-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By rhm

I draw the designs in CorelDraw, and then have a...

I draw the designs in CorelDraw, and then have a pair of stamps 3-D printed. You would think the stamps are decorative, and they are, but they also serve as the jaws of the clamp that holds the...
09-10-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By rhm

I hate it when that happens.

I hate it when that happens.
09-10-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,055
Posted By rhm

That saddle is on its last legs. The leather is...

That saddle is on its last legs. The leather is disintegrating. Sorry, but you can't turn back the hands of time.
09-09-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 753
Views: 202,612
Posted By rhm

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49811626411_96...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49811626411_9647302a10_4k.jpg

This is a 26" conversion, not 650b, but it's the same general idea.
09-09-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By rhm

Sadly Mr. Hirose died a few days ago.

Sadly Mr. Hirose died a few days ago.
09-08-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By rhm

Give me some dimensions, I may be able to help. ...

Give me some dimensions, I may be able to help.



​​​​​​​I don't see why not.
09-08-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By rhm

Same here.

Same here.
09-06-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 783
Posted By rhm

My Trek 720, bought new in the spring of 1983,...

My Trek 720, bought new in the spring of 1983, frame and fork came to $325 or so... I have the receipt somewhere. I had it built up in a variety of ways between 1983 and 2003. There was a Suntour...
09-05-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 184
Posted By rhm

tttTTT main...

tttTTT main (http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Italy/ttt_main.htm)
09-04-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,253
Posted By rhm

Plan A: Plan B. If you absolutely...

Plan A:


Plan B.

If you absolutely must, take a 6 mm allen wrench and loosen the handlebar clamp on the stem. Rotate the bar so the handlebar ends are pointing up. Tighten up the bolt. Turn...
09-04-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By rhm

Ah, right! :thumb: On second thought this...

Ah, right! :thumb:

On second thought this kind of leather might work for a pump washer, but I still think the pieces I have are too thick.
09-04-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,055
Posted By rhm

"Is it dumb to buy a used leather saddle?" ...

"Is it dumb to buy a used leather saddle?"

That's like asking whether it's dumb to gamble. If you understand the risks and can evaluate the goods, maybe it's not gambling. If you don't know what...
09-04-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 600
Posted By rhm

The rail looks distorted. You need to straighten...

The rail looks distorted. You need to straighten it before you put the saddle back together. When you put it back together, you need to flex the rail. You aren't going to stretch the plastic, but...
09-04-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 848
Posted By rhm

Is the seat post aluminum? Is that the only...

Is the seat post aluminum? Is that the only aluminum part you've found on this bike? That would be odd. What are the brakes?

What is the handlebar; why do you think it's a replacement? What would...
09-04-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By rhm

Probably not right for a pump washer. I think...

Probably not right for a pump washer. I think those are a different kind of leather (chrome tanned?) and a lot thinner.

Make one for a medal? I don't understand.
09-03-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 848
Posted By rhm

That's pretty cool. The fenders and chainguard,...

That's pretty cool. The fenders and chainguard, AW and dynohub, EA3 wheels, all these things point to a classic English 3 speed, equivalent to a Raleigh Superbe or something. But made by Claud...
Replies: 3
Views: 273
Posted By rhm

Looks like the Varsity has a bent frame. That...

Looks like the Varsity has a bent frame. That must be a first, no?
Forum: Framebuilders
09-03-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By rhm

Paging gugie!

Paging gugie!
09-03-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,020
Posted By rhm

Yup. And... When removing a cotter, my...

Yup. And...

When removing a cotter, my favorite tool is a small vise made for use with a drill press. I put a socket (or some similar object) over the end of the cotter, tighten down on the vise...
09-02-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,020
Posted By rhm

I don't like the C-clamp method. It's easy and...

I don't like the C-clamp method. It's easy and reliable, if done right, but also easy to screw up, especially if you omit a key step that is, sadly, usually missing from the instructions.
09-02-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 408
Posted By rhm

You guys are ignoring the obvious answer, the...

You guys are ignoring the obvious answer, the wheel just stops at that point by chance. It's pure coincidence. Every time. :innocent:
09-02-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,205
Posted By rhm

My first ten speed was a yellow and black Raleigh...

My first ten speed was a yellow and black Raleigh Record. I'd be interested in riding one like that again, just to see what it feels like. Maybe I should paint and decal a better frame to look like...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-01-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By rhm

Ben, I'm sure I have some leather for your jaws. ...

Ben, I'm sure I have some leather for your jaws. I'll look tonight.

There's a link to my C&V Sales thread in the first post above.

To attach leather to the vise, I would use contact cement. ...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-01-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By rhm

Feel free to poke around in my Flickr albums,...

Feel free to poke around in my Flickr albums, ignore the family artwork &c, there are a lot of photos of saddles at various stages of repair. There are not many photos of the process-- but these...
09-01-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By rhm

Ironically that has been my experience with...

Ironically that has been my experience with Shimano hubs as well. Easy to adjust, and smooth shifting, no problems. But if they don't work perfectly, they go in the junk pile. I wouldn't know how...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-01-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By rhm

I have hole punches. I'm not sure how big my...

I have hole punches. I'm not sure how big my biggest round hole punch is, though. Maybe 1/2"? This leather is on the thick side, for washers, but you could do it. Getting the small hole right in...
08-31-20, 09:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By rhm

Yup, I could do that. Hmm....

Yup, I could do that. Hmm....
Forum: Framebuilders
08-31-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By rhm

Free leather scraps, anyone?

Someone on this subforum may have use for this stuff. Here's what I posted in C&V sales:

https://www.bikeforums.net/21670061-post1.html
...
08-31-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 643
Posted By rhm

Free leather scraps, anyone?

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50289597068_40adb57ec1_4k.jpg

I made this offer once or twice before... but here we go again.

Various scraps of sole bend leather, the thick stuff I make...
08-31-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By rhm

Sturmey Archer hubs have their fans. The usual...

Sturmey Archer hubs have their fans. The usual model (AW) is durable and reliable and people often need spare parts for them; so, in general, worth picking up. A lot of the less common models are...
08-29-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 690
Posted By rhm

My understanding of leather is that there are a...

My understanding of leather is that there are a variety of oils in the leather, and over time these inevitably evaporate. As this happens, the fibers of the leather shrink and contract, and they...
08-29-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 690
Posted By rhm

I saw that too... that's a nice post. ...

I saw that too... that's a nice post.




I am not surprised! I have a couple 45's that wound up in my hands because they were considered unrideable. But I haven't recovered them, because the...
08-29-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 690
Posted By rhm

Well, to be fair, your saddle is probably harder...

Well, to be fair, your saddle is probably harder now than it was when it was new. The makers didn't mean for it to be quite as hard as it is now.

Whatever it is that they did to the leather,...
08-29-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 570
Posted By rhm

I assume there's a similar oil port on the left...

I assume there's a similar oil port on the left side of the bottom bracket as well. Those were common up to a certain time, when they fell out of use. I agree it's from the 50's and very nicely made....
08-29-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 578
Posted By rhm

i would try to find a solvent that attacks wax,...

i would try to find a solvent that attacks wax, and doesn't attack paint. Ammonia might do it. Obviously this will help only if there's a coat of wax on there, which I don't know.

After that, i'd...
08-29-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 690
Posted By rhm

That saddle looks to be in excellent condition! ...

That saddle looks to be in excellent condition!

​​​​The words "special competition" refer to a specific leather treatment they used at Ideale. It appears to succeed the "professionale" treatment...
08-28-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,020
Posted By rhm

I wish i had stopped in for a visit when i drove...

I wish i had stopped in for a visit when i drove through your area a couple weeks ago, but i didn't know the trouble these cotters were giving you. First time i'd been in Chicagoland since 1986!
Forum: Framebuilders
08-28-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 394
Posted By rhm

Sounds like those were made for headclip...

Sounds like those were made for headclip headsets.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7075/6896276326_9226292f7b_b.jpg

The stem doesn't have an expander; you tighten the bolt, which squeezes the...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 864
Posted By rhm

Every day I encounter a different group of...

Every day I encounter a different group of drivers. There's probably some overlap with yesterday, because we're all out on the roads at the same time, but there's also new people in the mix every...
08-28-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By rhm

1958 Braze-on Campy DT levers?

Without a better photo (focus, please! :lol:) I hesitate to give you an answer. I don't know what Campy offered by way of braze-on shifter mounts at this period. But in my experience with band-mount...
08-28-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,394
Posted By rhm

I would just bend the struts. The rack will move...

I would just bend the struts. The rack will move forward a little, which is good. Each of the struts (that go to the cantilever bosses) has to bend in two places, near the top and near the bottom....
Forum: Commuting
08-28-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,354
Posted By rhm

+1, not that I'm complaining. This is a pretty...

+1, not that I'm complaining. This is a pretty diverse group. I am a museum curator.
08-27-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,060
Posted By rhm

There are just so many different kinds of...

There are just so many different kinds of topography! I'd love to see them all, ride them all, at least enough to get bored with each. But i can't.

My daily commute takes me through suburban...
08-27-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,020
Posted By rhm

Yes, I knew your bikes are old and racy and have...

Yes, I knew your bikes are old and racy and have thin cranks; hence my comment!



The angle of the taper doesn't matter, as long as both cotters have the same angle. Whatever angle you have, the...
Forum: Framebuilders
08-27-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 394
Posted By rhm

bulgie, I actually started a thread or two about...

bulgie, I actually started a thread or two about this some time ago, perhaps you can get something out of some of the replies:
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