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11-12-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,246
Posted By scarlson

I use Suntour bar-end shifters (the classic ones...

I use Suntour bar-end shifters (the classic ones with the silver body, black grip, and power ratchet mechanism) to shift 9-speed 11-34 cassettes for the past fifteen years or so. Works fine. I've...
11-09-19, 11:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 819
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, true enough. And those craters indicate...

Yeah, true enough. And those craters indicate wire-fed work almost for certain, as you say. While this is an easy one to judge, I know that a lot of artistry can be done with welds, and you've got to...
11-07-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5,618
Views: 460,570
Posted By scarlson

That is GORGEOUS! :thumb: A Raleigh Pro was the...

That is GORGEOUS! :thumb: A Raleigh Pro was the first really good bike I ever got to ride. As a teenager used to mid-level Schwinn products, I was kind of angry that the Raleigh Pro had existed all...
11-07-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,276
Posted By scarlson

Old Lyotard pedals are WEIRD

So I have bad luck with pedal dust caps. I'm always missing one. I never lose them, but bikes find their way to me, invariably, with at least one pedal dust cap gone. My Jack Taylor, for example,...
11-05-19, 11:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 386
Posted By scarlson

Macro-drive!!

Macro-drive!!
11-03-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,313
Posted By scarlson

OK so I owe it to you lever front derailleur...

OK so I owe it to you lever front derailleur nerds, particularly ThermionicScott to bring this one back up to date. I haven't done much, and it's been out of embarrassment, mostly. Here is why.
I...
11-03-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,276
Posted By scarlson

Chainring design

I need new chainrings. All four are pretty worn-out, in my estimation!

Classic René Herse cranks are a little different from the ones Jan Heine sells now. These may have been among the very very...
11-02-19, 11:26 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,276
Posted By scarlson

OK so first step of the overhaul, here's the...

OK so first step of the overhaul, here's the bottom bracket removal and disassembly. These BBs are super weird, and not your typical René Herse SKF jobs either.

I had a hell of a time getting the...
11-02-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,276
Posted By scarlson

Oh and here are some pictures of my fantastic...

Oh and here are some pictures of my fantastic packing job. Thanks...
11-02-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,276
Posted By scarlson

Mid-'40s René Herse tandem

So I finally did it. I went on Ebay and put too much money where my mouth was, to get something I've always wanted.

It is a mid-'40s René Herse tandem. It is in pretty rough shape. I really don't...
10-29-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 908
Posted By scarlson

I just bought it :) We'll see how things go....

I just bought it :)

We'll see how things go. I'm going to try to restore it to its Nivex-licious glory, pending Jan Heine's possible introduction of repro Nivex derailleurs. In the meantime,...
10-27-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,509
Posted By scarlson

I see it as a bigger problem. If you can't...

I see it as a bigger problem.

If you can't repair a thing, you're prisoner to the people who can. You pay them, so you can continue owning your thing. Granted, you could own the thing and just...
10-15-19, 09:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,221
Posted By scarlson

Only a matter of time before an aging Jan Heine...

Only a matter of time before an aging Jan Heine puts out a René Herse e-bike.
10-15-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,375
Posted By scarlson

It's never too late! Send a post my way and I'll...

It's never too late! Send a post my way and I'll throw it in the Bridgeport! I'll be sharpening my drills while I refresh the package tracking :lol:

I'm only just now noticing my terrible posture...
10-15-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,375
Posted By scarlson

Somebody on instagram took this quite flattering...

Somebody on instagram took this quite flattering picture of me on the FFD ride. :)
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10-14-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,375
Posted By scarlson

HA, I think so!!! :lol: I had no idea it was...

HA, I think so!!! :lol:

I had no idea it was a joke until you pointed it out and I went and found the blog post...
10-14-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,375
Posted By scarlson

Hey hey! What a grand day out! I drove down from...

Hey hey! What a grand day out! I drove down from Boston in my old SAAB with my friend Kevin who's not on the forums. We brought my René Hubris Ron Cooper, his René Hubris Nice Nishiki, and my ratty...
10-14-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By scarlson

It reminds me of our fair city's bait-and-switch...

It reminds me of our fair city's bait-and-switch bus/subway hybrid, infamously stranding travelers in rush hour traffic on the way to Logan airport since 2004! You get on at south station thinking...
09-27-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 820
Posted By scarlson

Machining replacement dust caps for '50s-era...

Machining replacement dust caps for '50s-era Brampton pedals requires 15 steps. And they're always missing the dust caps. Step number 15 is the only step that's not in the lathe, which is to put the...
09-23-19, 11:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 532
Posted By scarlson

Then that 25" Panasonic 1000 is the bike for you!...

Then that 25" Panasonic 1000 is the bike for you! As others say, the Schwinn is cool, and a tribute to midcentury American industry, but heavy and old-fashioned and the brakes won't work as well -...
09-23-19, 04:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 693
Posted By scarlson

I'll drop my tandem into the 20t ring and 34t cog...

I'll drop my tandem into the 20t ring and 34t cog and you just watch! I bet we can do a wheelstand! :lol:
09-23-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 693
Posted By scarlson

And I always assumed that those diagonal cord...

And I always assumed that those diagonal cord marks were caused by me putting down massive power when accelerating or climbing, causing the tires to crinkle like they do on drag racing cars when...
09-22-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,755
Posted By scarlson

I weigh 175lbs, and I ride my 60cm Vitus 979...

I weigh 175lbs, and I ride my 60cm Vitus 979 without hesitation. Still waiting for it to break!!

It all depends how you ride, those weight limits were just guidelines and I've never actually seen...
09-21-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 890
Posted By scarlson

It's worth nearly the asking price for the cranks...

It's worth nearly the asking price for the cranks and pedals alone. If the Campy BBs are also good, you could probably make back your money on just the cranks, BBs, and pedals.

It would be nice if...
09-17-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,441
Posted By scarlson

Interesting. Here's a picture from the Mariposa...

Interesting. Here's a picture from the Mariposa Bicycles website. On looking closely, I actually like that Routens design, which I had originally passed over as "too goofy". It's rather elegant with...
09-13-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,633
Posted By scarlson

+1, fun thread :) C&V skills are arguably...

+1, fun thread :)

C&V skills are arguably the first mechanical skills I learned, working with my dad to to overhaul the Bendix brake hub of my childhood Schwinn Speedster. They help with...
09-09-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 1,919
Views: 163,985
Posted By scarlson

My cat keeps getting new names. His official name...

My cat keeps getting new names. His official name from the shelter is Logan, but for a while we called him Buddy and now that's transitioned to Kitty, but it's getting replaced by a new moniker: "The...
09-01-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 1,919
Views: 163,985
Posted By scarlson

There is cat hair in every single bearing I own...

There is cat hair in every single bearing I own by now. Except the Maxicars :lol:

I have enough sample size to say it makes no significant difference!!
08-31-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 761
Views: 120,388
Posted By scarlson

KonAaron Snake Nice Cooper!! What's the...

KonAaron Snake Nice Cooper!!

What's the greenish black porteur? Any brand markings? Looks high quality French or maybe French-influenced early Jack Taylor, but I can't pin it on any builder. The...
08-29-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5,618
Views: 460,570
Posted By scarlson

Practically stole this off Ebay. Kittie is sad is...

Practically stole this off Ebay. Kittie is sad is not food.
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08-24-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,874
Posted By scarlson

I've always machined aluminum with normal drill...

I've always machined aluminum with normal drill bits and tooling, whether it's castings, tubing, weird alloys, you name it. Nothing special in my machining experience, and I get beautiful chips. Use...
08-21-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 1,919
Views: 163,985
Posted By scarlson

Lion rampant. ...

Lion rampant.

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08-20-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,131
Posted By scarlson

I think you've made the right decision. That...

I think you've made the right decision. That frame looked like something I would commute on - a once-great machine, now unfit for public consumption due to damage!!
08-19-19, 09:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,131
Posted By scarlson

Yeah, and WD40 is probably safe for the paint. I...

Yeah, and WD40 is probably safe for the paint. I regularly use cudak888 's above-mentioned approach to check cylinder head valve seat leakdown. But there I can use plain guzzoline or acetone, which...
08-19-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,131
Posted By scarlson

You called it :) ...

You called it :)

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This is from my thread about my commuter...
08-19-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1,919
Views: 163,985
Posted By scarlson

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Kittie has good taste sometimes
08-14-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,811
Posted By scarlson

I have also heard that the French manufacturers...

I have also heard that the French manufacturers making this style of hub believed that forging was the absolute best mode of construction for the hub barrels from a strength standpoint, and would...
08-14-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,811
Posted By scarlson

I'll see your bacon slicer and your cheese...

I'll see your bacon slicer and your cheese shredder, and raise you a Maxi-car!...
08-10-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 492
Posted By scarlson

I really like triple butted spokes. I don't know...

I really like triple butted spokes. I don't know the measurements in millimeters, but 13/15/14ga is what I use. That way the holes in the hub are fully filled and the shaft is nice and thin. Used to...
08-05-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 569
Posted By scarlson

If you want to go this route, as a machinist I...

If you want to go this route, as a machinist I have to warn you that this seat post business isn't as precise as you might assume. The posts I've measured with my micrometers often measure 0.1mm...
07-31-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,441
Posted By scarlson

I e-mailed Mike Thompson (Meauxtown at yahoo dot...

I e-mailed Mike Thompson (Meauxtown at yahoo dot com) who was rumored to have the Jack Taylor build sheet, and he did not disappoint!!
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07-30-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,441
Posted By scarlson

About the front derailleur

I have no idea what to do about the front derailleur, and it didn't come with anything. Obviously, I could put anything on it, but the whole thing is pretty original besides this one little...
07-30-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,441
Posted By scarlson

I put it all together with some proper tires...

I put it all together with some proper tires (Pari-Moto 650x42) and re-ran the dynamo wire through the fender lips and inside the internal frame conduit, as the original dynamo wire had been cut off....
07-26-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,021
Posted By scarlson

Or enough to do one truck frame rail!! ...

Or enough to do one truck frame rail!!

Collecting and daily-riding classic bikes is so much nicer than collecting and daily-driving classic cars :)
07-26-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,021
Posted By scarlson

I'm an automotive enthusiast myself, and I can...

I'm an automotive enthusiast myself, and I can vouch for fluid-film. It kept my SAAB 9000 from getting any rustier during two road-salt-saturated Vermont winters. I never applied it to a car myself...
07-23-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,359
Posted By scarlson

Oh god, tires. It seems that at least once a...

Oh god, tires. It seems that at least once a month, someone comes to me asking how tire sizing works, and I patiently explain ETRTO and everything else to them (often using a whiteboard for visual...
07-22-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,359
Posted By scarlson

Contemporary examples include Rohloff and...

Contemporary examples include Rohloff and NuVinci.

I have a twin-cable Le Cyclo rear derailleur on my Jack Taylor. It is uniquely finicky to set up, but works much better than I thought it was...
07-18-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,280
Posted By scarlson

At the risk of going off-topic, yes, it's the UCA...

At the risk of going off-topic, yes, it's the UCA pivot bolt. And worse yet, the ball joint is part of that arm so you have to change the entire assembly whenever the ball joint gets loose. Maybe...
07-17-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,313
Posted By scarlson

So I had already been thinking about making a...

So I had already been thinking about making a clamp-on version, because my Jack Taylor lacks anything remotely original in the front derailleur department. The thing to do is to braze the square...
07-17-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,280
Posted By scarlson

Thank you for the pointers on splatter technique!...

Thank you for the pointers on splatter technique! I had no idea how to do it, actually. I may try later, if the bike seems like it's not going to break again. The Rustoleum does seem to match ok,...
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