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11-29-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 2,548
Views: 199,429
Posted By HPL

I hear ya! Just "rebuilt" a friend's new Kent...

I hear ya! Just "rebuilt" a friend's new Kent mtb; it would serve better as a boat anchor; but being aluminum it's too light, maybe add some flukes. I couldn't believe how maladjusted everything was,...
11-27-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 2,548
Views: 199,429
Posted By HPL

A Little Behind Schedule

More parts to install this coming year. Got a little behind in spring/summer, now need to do about a bike a week to catch up. Ended up with another 7 bikes/frames, some donated, that needed...
11-25-19, 03:09 AM
Replies: 5,663
Views: 465,803
Posted By HPL

Leather and Brass

More leather and brass for the Hercules. I think it has a fetish! RBR Saddle and Powell & Hanmer lamp.
11-24-19, 12:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By HPL

Thank you, I thought the photos were of odd...

Thank you, I thought the photos were of odd examples with seven digits; one showing the "S" marking. At least that's one thing resolved. Looks like the frame date works with the hub dates, I have...
11-22-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By HPL

I did find two badge holes about 1/3 the way up...

I did find two badge holes about 1/3 the way up from the tube aligned horizontally, one nearly indiscernible with the paint fill. I assume that the top center hole is also filled with paint.


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11-21-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By HPL

Raleigh Competition GS

So after further investigation, it appears to have all of the features of the '78, '79 models. I could not find the '80 catalogue for comparison; the '81 is essentially the same but from the photos...
11-21-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 13,728
Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

Early Huret/Cyclo Derailleurs

Good question! They do seem mighty similar. Same "pull chain" actuator design. Although, you the Huret has no upper pivot, one solid plate; whereas the Cyclo does, if I'm not misinterpreting the...
11-21-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By HPL

Raleigh GS "rebadged" as Specialized

Thanks for the quick clarification. I forgot to put the requisite "?" in the header as most of what I find are complete mysteries to me, and even more so from the folks I've obtained them from.
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11-21-19, 03:26 AM
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Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

'50s HURET COMPETITION Rear Derailleur

Sorry, photos didn't show the "Huret" on the outer plate (the only plate!). After getting it in hand, I was able to ID with Velobase as a "competition" model that should have a "pull chain" coming...
11-20-19, 02:55 PM
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Posted By HPL

Huret something

Probably doesn't work, but would be a nice '50s build component. Time to fabricate!
11-20-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 585
Posted By HPL

Specialized (early model) "Campagnolo Equipped"

Picked up this bike for use as my "rat rod" road/cross machine. I wasn't happy with the abuse I was doling out to the '85 Batavus so when I saw this it seemed worth while to get. No idea as to the...
11-18-19, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3,086
Views: 637,899
Posted By HPL

Accidental "New" member of the"Francophile" club.

Purchased an old bike a few years ago and finally pulled it out into the light of day. The wonderful "crew" here was quickly able to identify an unknown frame (repainted, no decals). It has been...
11-14-19, 12:50 PM
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Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

The lever arm looks similar to the "short...

The lever arm looks similar to the "short console" 3 spd "stick" shifter (70B); may be a 70 series model (type C?). Sorry, I have no example to show for comparison.
11-12-19, 12:28 PM
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Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Upon closer inspection, the solid red pulleys are...

Upon closer inspection, the solid red pulleys are sleeve bearing type with teeth and of plastic construction, unbranded on pulley. The derailleur itself has the same body as the Huret Super Touring;...
11-10-19, 03:40 PM
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Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

Odd that my first exposure to "GB" parts was on...

Odd that my first exposure to "GB" parts was on my '75 Colnago; since then I've only had that brand show up on mid-high level racers, so a surprise to see one on a sport model. Thank you for the...
11-10-19, 02:02 PM
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Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

Raleigh "sprite" ?

Either a donor or a rebuild. Missing parts, but functional with great bearings all around. Not sure of year, got from original owner who thought she bought it in '74; but hub dates from '76, and...
11-10-19, 01:35 PM
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Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

Juvela, please excuse my ignorance, but what is...

Juvela, please excuse my ignorance, but what is an "oytoy" thread in reference to? I've never heard of the term. Thanks for the schooling! Never heard of a 68mm shell with Italian, vice 70mm without...
11-10-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Huret Pulleys

Not sure as to the originality of those pulleys. I have no reference other than the Sprite I have, and that has a Sun Tour RD. That being said, I have seen in catalogue images of Sprites with red...
11-08-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Raleigh "sprite" ?

Not a 3 speed, but seems nearly identical to my '75 Sports; less hubs and fenders. More photos of the previous post.
11-08-19, 04:06 PM
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Posted By HPL

Raleigh "sprite" ? '76-'77?

Picked up to keep from the crusher, another Raleigh of unknown model/year; possibly a "Sprite", year unknown, but assuming mid '70s since I purchased from original owner who stated buying around 1974...
11-08-19, 02:23 AM
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Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Bike Shop Stickers

Funny you bring that up, I was just by the shop where I bought my first new bike nearly 40 years ago and I forgot to get a decal; my older brother was embarrassing us both and distracted me. I never...
11-04-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,639
Posted By HPL

The missing front eyelet had either been broken...

The missing front eyelet had either been broken off or roughly cut off. Both rear dropouts appear to have been cut off. All done prior to paint "job".

Yes, paint is a poor spray job. From what I...
11-04-19, 02:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,639
Posted By HPL

I now see that the seat stay ends are partially...

I now see that the seat stay ends are partially wrapped around the front of the seat tube. Is this a fairly normal feature for Motobecane frames, and was it used on a specific model(s) within a...
11-02-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,639
Posted By HPL

Thanks so much! I only suspected a French make...

Thanks so much! I only suspected a French make due to the cockpit, but not sure what were OE parts. Only Pivo set up I have is on a French '66 Cazenave, but not as nice a frame. Never had a...
11-02-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,639
Posted By HPL

More

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11-02-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,639
Posted By HPL

Unknown Completely.

This bike came up on CL a couple years ago and I originally got it to rebuild for a tall friend. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as he got something substantially newer. Paid $75 (asking $100), so...
11-01-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13,728
Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

Bikes and Beers, Great Combination

Hi Steve,

That frame, as determined by myself and others, is a Swiss marque; but it would seem that the frame/fork are all Italian. There are indications that it was built by Giovanni Losa,...
11-01-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

I stopped in Westfield, MA a couple weeks ago....

I stopped in Westfield, MA a couple weeks ago. Now they make great beer, Westfield River Brewery. The "Dude", a coffee porter is very good. I never looked, but I'm sure the yard sales, flea markets,...
10-31-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 2,525
Views: 521,766
Posted By HPL

Nice selection. I wish I was one of your...

Nice selection. I wish I was one of your grandkids; that tandem looks like a blast to ride!
10-31-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 446
Posted By HPL

Nail polish; easy to match given all the various...

Nail polish; easy to match given all the various shades available. Black really easy, white and red next easiest. Very inexpensive! Thrift shops usually have loads of the stuff for under a dollar (I...
10-30-19, 03:17 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Hi Jack, No I do not know the years for when...

Hi Jack,

No I do not know the years for when that badge was used (I've not seen it on a bike). The other Hercules badge was used approximately 1948 - '70s, so it's hard to say. I believe it is...
10-29-19, 02:10 AM
Replies: 2,525
Views: 521,766
Posted By HPL

Bikes are getting older than me

Riding more old 3 speeds that were made before I was born. Adding some refreshing cruising riding in between the racing bike action. Rebuilding a '50s (?) Hercules (riding between build phases,...
10-29-19, 01:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,953
Posted By HPL

Excellent Italian Bianchigirll!

Excellent Italian Bianchigirll!
10-29-19, 01:35 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

English Headbadges

Just going through some stuff for an old headbadge and forgot I had a bunch of English marque examples, may have more stashed about the place. Should be a Dawes around somewhere.
10-28-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By HPL

Cilo frame I have has a 70 mm BB with Italian...

Cilo frame I have has a 70 mm BB with Italian threads. Columbus "SL" tubes, OE group was Dura-Ace.
10-28-19, 02:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By HPL

Apparently the name translates to "misshaped...

Apparently the name translates to "misshaped person"/"small malformed person", German meaning "hook" (old); "crescent".

If I make it my beater, may I call it my "krap" bike?
10-28-19, 02:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By HPL

Thanks for the verification "unworthy1". I was...

Thanks for the verification "unworthy1". I was not familiar with the marque only the presumed builder. The details are very clean/sharp. My only Swiss bike prior to getting this frame is a Cilo with...
10-27-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By HPL

Photos delayed, but now in.

Photos delayed, but now in.
10-27-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By HPL

Photos were slow coming out of the darkroom, and...

Photos were slow coming out of the darkroom, and electromagnetic wave propagation through the ether has been rather sluggish with the weather and all in my neighborhood. Keep looking and they'll...
10-27-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By HPL

Krapf Swiss (?) frameset

I thought this small frame was kind of cool looking. Apparently Swiss made frame; paint/decals appear original. Overall in decent shape for what I believe to be a late '70s- early '80s bike. Odd...
10-27-19, 04:47 AM
Replies: 13,728
Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

Krapf Salvage photo

Sorry, apparently photos didn't upload properly.

Note: I have gotten a wheelset (Mavic rims, Shimano 600 Tri-color hubs) ready for the Nishiki frame you so generously provided; still need a BB;...
10-26-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 13,728
Views: 2,813,381
Posted By HPL

KRAPF , Looked too cool...

...to pass up. Let us see if it is worth putting parts on. Never heard of it until seeing this frame.
10-26-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 2,548
Views: 199,429
Posted By HPL

Hercules roadster front wheel rebuild

Missing spokes, surface rust on rim and "out of whack". Removed front wheel, stripped down, cleaned and repacked hub (Hercules HR PATTERN), hammer and wood block "trued", and cleaned rim inside and...
10-26-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Only silly not to ask. I'm new to this "Dynohub"...

Only silly not to ask. I'm new to this "Dynohub" scene; I've yet to test mine, but being that it has two terminals (I assume isolated from "chassis ground"), you would have to test for polarity (have...
10-26-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Hi Jeff, Is your comment in reference to...

Hi Jeff,

Is your comment in reference to this particular Dynohub?
10-26-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Fully agree gster, nice build. I have a couple of...

Fully agree gster, nice build. I have a couple of '50s Italian racers that, with the exception of putting carbon parts and maybe indexed shifting, look just fine with '70s/'80s components. It seems,...
10-25-19, 01:27 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Thanks for the input and examples! Definitely the...

Thanks for the input and examples! Definitely the original badge for the frame based on the rivets looking old and unmolested. Managed to find some paint missing that shows the original black. I had...
10-23-19, 12:19 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 34,597
Posted By HPL

Orange Herc

Hercules roadster, unknown model/year. Officially my oldest orange bike, not many from pre-60s with orange paint; believe this is late '40s-mid '50s, although I don't think the paint is original, it...
10-23-19, 12:01 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 34,597
Posted By HPL

Absolutely! Can't have a bike without the frame. ...

Absolutely! Can't have a bike without the frame.
Here are some that keep getting built and rebuilt due to my ADHD. It takes me a couple tries to decide on a final set-up, and then I change it again....
10-22-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 21,922
Views: 2,260,092
Posted By HPL

Hercules Head Badge Year(s)

I'm trying to determine the range of years that this head badge was used. I believe it to be earlier than 1948 since I've seen models from '48 and later with the green "shield" style badge. Seems...
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