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04-04-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 700
Posted By 63rickert

I’ll try to answer that but it may be a bit long....

I’ll try to answer that but it may be a bit long.

The Green Bay Trail MUP that I would normally use very often is in a dense suburban area but phenomenally underutilized. Except at peak hours in...
04-04-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 643
Posted By 63rickert

I still have my seventh birthday bike, a 1959...

I still have my seventh birthday bike, a 1959 Schwinn. The front tire is OEM Goodyear. Can’t be sure the inner tubes are original but they are both Goodyear and much patched. And they match....
04-03-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 636
Posted By 63rickert

Correction to the Jim Langley article. John...

Correction to the Jim Langley article. John Howard raced bikes. Mike Howard built frames.
04-01-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 683
Posted By 63rickert

All the 5 speed wheels on the rack go into any of...

All the 5 speed wheels on the rack go into any of my 5 speed bikes with no adjustments, no fiddling, no problems. All the 6 speed wheels on the rack go into any of the wife’s 6 speed bikes with no...
03-31-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,208
Posted By 63rickert

Old style saddle clamps, even Brooks, are cheap...

Old style saddle clamps, even Brooks, are cheap hardware. Lean on the wrench and no way to tell what’s tightening torque and what is just binding and interference. Grease works too but the wrench...
03-31-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,208
Posted By 63rickert

I had not known Schwinn had own seatpost in 1958,...

I had not known Schwinn had own seatpost in 1958, that is quite interesting.

Only way I know to find a Whitworth (or maybe it’s British Standard) that fits on a saddle clamp is to use an old...
03-31-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,208
Posted By 63rickert

If you have an OEM post on the 58 Paramount it is...

If you have an OEM post on the 58 Paramount it is most likely a Titan. At least Wastyn was very fond of them. Top section of those was slightly larger. Most saddle clamps use a 15mm nut. With a Campy...
03-31-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 683
Posted By 63rickert

I tried twice with modern Shimano freewheels....

I tried twice with modern Shimano freewheels. There is no connection at all between vintage and modern freewheels. Last time was about a year ago with fresh inventory. Does not work. I’ve no idea...
03-30-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,208
Posted By 63rickert

All my bikes have straight posts. Take the clamp...

All my bikes have straight posts. Take the clamp apart, rub beeswax on every surface, tighten hard, real hard, it won’t move. Maybe check once a year. Not a problem.

Does anyone know what an...
03-30-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 700
Posted By 63rickert

The Green Bay Trail here on Chicago’s North Shore...

The Green Bay Trail here on Chicago’s North Shore has become completely unusable. Too many people, no way to pass. Just as an example, parents plus five small children, all on a six foot wide strip...
03-27-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 472
Posted By 63rickert

[QUOTE=bulgie;21385506]Tell it to all those guys...

[QUOTE=bulgie;21385506]Tell it to all those guys who won the Tour de France, and most every other race in the world, on those flexy, un-sporty 50.4 cranks! But fashions change, and riders get...
03-11-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 759
Posted By 63rickert

My hubs were ‘73. Very easy to identify the old...

My hubs were ‘73. Very easy to identify the old and bad ones. With wheels in bike, bike on ground, wiggle the rim side to side. The free play is evident. So far as I have ever known there is no...
03-11-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 12,033
Posted By 63rickert

WRT repeated queries ‘What else could we do?’ ...

WRT repeated queries ‘What else could we do?’

Plenty. As an absolute beginning no more handshakes. Where I am which is Chicago, but maybe a different cohort than others here, a proferred hand will...
03-11-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,329
Posted By 63rickert

When I worked at the bike shop we were named...

When I worked at the bike shop we were named co-respondents in three different PI cases involving child carriers. I have personally witnessed a child launched from a child carrier and was witness for...
03-11-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 759
Posted By 63rickert

Lots of small changes continuously to early Phil...

Lots of small changes continuously to early Phil hubs and brackets as they kept breaking.

Remember the 3x5 card in the hub box that said 0.004” free play at rim was normal? Bike would roll down...
03-10-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,329
Posted By 63rickert

Absolutely it is overbuilt. Before he started...

Absolutely it is overbuilt. Before he started Workcycles, Henry Cutler was fishing 1920s and 1930s bikes out of the canals in Amsterdam. They were still fixable and useful. Left him with a different...
03-10-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,329
Posted By 63rickert

Workcycles Fr8. Spend a few minutes looking at...

Workcycles Fr8. Spend a few minutes looking at what a bike looks like when designed and refined for carrying children. You don’t absolutely need a bike so perfectly adapted to the task, they do...
03-03-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,060
Posted By 63rickert

Cyclists do not produce constant power. Electric...

Cyclists do not produce constant power. Electric motors do that. Climbing makes power output more irregular. It's constant small accelerations and decelerations. Gravity is a constant. Gravity is...
03-02-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,351
Posted By 63rickert

The verktyg cut a slot method is very safe. If...

The verktyg cut a slot method is very safe. If the corrosion is real bad cut two slots. Cutting aluminum has a completely different feel from cutting steel. When the saw touches frame metal you know...
03-01-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,020
Posted By 63rickert

Wastyn's on Fullerton is run by Scott Wastyn, the...

Wastyn's on Fullerton is run by Scott Wastyn, the grandson. When you walk in the door the place looks like a museum. Oscar Wastyns and Emil Wastyns hanging everywhere. Ask Scott a question and the...
03-01-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,020
Posted By 63rickert

On most Twinns the spokes would have been...

On most Twinns the spokes would have been Schwinn/Union .092/.080 butted. And it was Schwinn so the hubs would be custom for those spokes. Some later bikes might have gone out with normal .080/.060...
03-01-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,020
Posted By 63rickert

Schwinn 26x1-3/8" was 597. Quite a bit larger...

Schwinn 26x1-3/8" was 597. Quite a bit larger than 559. Every Twinn I've been on had rough wheels and marginal braking. For low speed cruising on level ground they were a lot of fun. Anything else is...
02-29-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By 63rickert

There's only one test that matters. Will the...

There's only one test that matters. Will the crank arm tighten and stay tightened? 'Most' spindles are compatible with 'most' crank arms. Getting bogged down in the weeds of JIS versus ISO is a...
02-28-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 6,792
Posted By 63rickert

There's more than one way to skin a cat. I am in...

There's more than one way to skin a cat. I am in Chicago, which many would say was world's capitol of broken glass and bad pavement. Friends with Marathons are happy to show me large numbers of...
02-28-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By 63rickert

Thought I would add the original parts on my...

Thought I would add the original parts on my Eastman are the front hub and the seatpost. On a bike that started out as far better than any Flying Pigeon. Be realistic. The DL-1 ride is fantastic,...
02-28-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 345
Posted By 63rickert

700C rims for rod brakes do exist. Beretta from...

700C rims for rod brakes do exist. Beretta from Italy. Yellow Jersey used to have them, don't know if he still has stock.

Flying Pigeon is basically a Raleigh DL-1 clone. I ride an Eastman DL-1...
02-28-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,060
Posted By 63rickert

I've done Mt.Washington 3 times. All as a pure...

I've done Mt.Washington 3 times. All as a pure flatlander, no hill work worth mentioning done in advance. Show up and ride.

First time was on 42x28. That was nuts but I made the top in 1:26....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-25-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 487
Views: 22,245
Posted By 63rickert

Any bicycle built before 2019 is a DEATHTRAP....

Any bicycle built before 2019 is a DEATHTRAP. Attempting to ride any bike more than six months old means you certainly WILL DIE. Crazy people who rode bikes in the distant past of 2018 were CAVEMEN....
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 22,245
Posted By 63rickert

Obviously there is no "modern style" brake that...

Obviously there is no "modern style" brake that is 90 years old. What kind of question is that? There are two pivot cantis at least from 1929. Two pivots is two pivots. In the "modern style" the arms...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 22,245
Posted By 63rickert

Direct mount brakes have been available at least...

Direct mount brakes have been available at least 90 years. Some recent rim brakes are harder to mess up but they have so many other mechanical problems I'll stick with old ones.

Thanks for...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 22,245
Posted By 63rickert

Dual pivot brakes are at least 90 years old....

Dual pivot brakes are at least 90 years old. Original Shimano 600 were ordinary single pivot sidepull. If you think current Ultegra is good enough then you would be happy on most any antediluvian rim...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 22,245
Posted By 63rickert

Hadn't been thinking of that side when I wrote...

Hadn't been thinking of that side when I wrote that but yes, they are. Very much so. I was thinking more of how much riders foul up their own bikes when they do their own work.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 487
Views: 22,245
Posted By 63rickert

Disc brakes have been on market 50 years. Someone...

Disc brakes have been on market 50 years. Someone else mentioned 15. Five-zero. Half of a century. Lots and lots and lots of work has gone into making them saleable. One thing everyone was always...
02-23-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,377
Posted By 63rickert

Gugie All bikes at factory get front brakes...

Gugie

All bikes at factory get front brakes from one bin of front calipers (short). All bikes at factory get rear brakes from one bin of rear calipers (long). No room for error, minimum cost....
02-23-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,377
Posted By 63rickert

Default/de facto was long reach brakes. When the...

Default/de facto was long reach brakes. When the switch is made to short at front, sure, they could have gone short at either end. Against that is inertia. No absolute need to change the rear so it...
02-23-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,377
Posted By 63rickert

Having a short reach brake in front gets the top...

Having a short reach brake in front gets the top tube lower.

Start from the default position of, oh, 1946. Size small for mens frames is usually 54cm. Both brakes are long reach. Shorter riders...
02-23-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,377
Posted By 63rickert

Small frames. Getting the top tube lower. Once...

Small frames. Getting the top tube lower. Once the mfr has ordered sets of different length brakes for the small frames they will get used on everything. Totally logical.
02-22-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 535
Posted By 63rickert

There's no longer a triple in the house so...

There's no longer a triple in the house so measurement is from memory. The wife's 1975 Campy NR w/TA triplizer ring and an Athena spindle was right on 142mm. Which was narrower than some regular...
02-20-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,298
Posted By 63rickert

High downhill speeds could happen back when....

High downhill speeds could happen back when. Limited by rough roads. Limited by tires. On a fixed gear it is possible, at least when young, to pedal at 200rpm. At that speed counter-pedaling doesn't...
02-20-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,570
Posted By 63rickert

Well, yes. But no way to know if all would wear...

Well, yes. But no way to know if all would wear or fail proportionally to the lab result. Constructing a lab test that would replicate real world results is not likely. This is why anecdotal reports,...
02-20-20, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By 63rickert

There is no issue at all until you push the bike...

There is no issue at all until you push the bike hard. Really hard. Since a Big Ben is made for cruising it is doubly theoretical. Big Ben is a wonderful tire for its purpose. Just enjoy.
02-20-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,018
Posted By 63rickert

Are you asking how fast do the pedals move? What...

Are you asking how fast do the pedals move? What is the wind speed of foot as opposed to overall speed of bike? I calculated that once, it's just a multiplication problem with a bunch of different...
02-18-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,357
Posted By 63rickert

Seeing this as NOS is simply amazing. Resilion...

Seeing this as NOS is simply amazing. Resilion brakes is likely enough but would also work fine as a fixed wheel with front brake. English from this era no reason to suppose forward facing dropouts...
02-18-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,027
Posted By 63rickert

It's a shame because it is not all that hard to...

It's a shame because it is not all that hard to do if someone is set up to do it. Just looked at the posted Velociao pricelist and it is all of 20 Euro to electrolytically de-chrome either a frame or...
02-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,027
Posted By 63rickert

Reverse electrolysis is the best method by far. ...

Reverse electrolysis is the best method by far. Problem is it must be done by those with experience and they must stand over the tank watching. With heavy car and truck parts no problem to walk away...
02-17-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,570
Posted By 63rickert

Back in the day of 5 and 6 speed freewheels it...

Back in the day of 5 and 6 speed freewheels it was common to ride chains to 1% elongation. That was because 1% was where conspicuous problems would begin. Jobst Brandt is dead wrong on this one....
02-17-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 493
Posted By 63rickert

Been there, done that. Shop quality. Find the...

Been there, done that. Shop quality. Find the resale shop that has topnotch sources. Good men's dress pants are not $100. Much higher. How many miles is going to vary enormously. Not all wool is the...
02-16-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 754
Posted By 63rickert

If you got as far as a lowball you are...

If you got as far as a lowball you are interested. Consider the following (if you haven't already). The bike is listed as ready-to-ride. From this seller that is believable. It is a bit smaller than...
02-16-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,008
Posted By 63rickert

An oma bike? Those have fenders. Fender mount...

An oma bike? Those have fenders. Fender mount always looks great. Easy with some lights, hard with others.

In home of oma bikes they believe the crown mount is best and the lights are designed to...
02-15-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By 63rickert

Shoes are expensive. Nicely broken in shoes that...

Shoes are expensive. Nicely broken in shoes that you already like are worth more than new shoes. No reason to make this DIY. Take to cobbler. I've had this job done many times by multiple cobblers....
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