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07-12-20, 10:12 AM
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Posted By steelbikeguy

this seems like a setup for a joke... "my mom...

this seems like a setup for a joke... "my mom told me it would fall off if I didn't stop touching it so much..."

Steve in Peoria
07-11-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

here we see a community of deer ticks utilizing...

here we see a community of deer ticks utilizing their mode of mass transportation to more efficiently spread lyme disease.....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50101965661_7a7091e7b5_c_d.jpg
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07-09-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,668
Posted By steelbikeguy

two words: "penetrating oil" just seeing...

two words: "penetrating oil"

just seeing the rust gives me the heebie-jeebies. Getting the corroded aluminum and steel apart will be a challenge.

On the other hand, I used to have a Raleigh...
07-07-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

the name of this thread is "ride a bike, see...

the name of this thread is "ride a bike, see clouds", right??

It's summer in the midwest, which means hot and humid (95F and humid enough to soak your Brooks with butt-sweat after 30 minutes). ...
07-06-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 756
Posted By steelbikeguy

hard to say. The catalog was from the mid 80's,...

hard to say.
The catalog was from the mid 80's, and I have vague recollections of their frames running $500 or $600 when ordered from the local shop that sold them.
The Mercian website, sadly, does...
07-06-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 756
Posted By steelbikeguy

the catalog page on the Miss Mercian... ...

the catalog page on the Miss Mercian...
certainly an attractive bike, and about as good as a steel mixte can be (not withstanding the Weigle's extra wonderfulness, of course)
...
07-06-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 756
Posted By steelbikeguy

if you don't mind the price, Mr. Weigle has built...

if you don't mind the price, Mr. Weigle has built them. This one was displayed at the 2018 Classic Rendezvous event...

https://live.staticflickr.com/1748/28544898718_a74369a93d_c_d.jpg

Steve...
07-05-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

good eye! Here's a close-up.... ...

good eye! Here's a close-up....


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07-05-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

from this morning's ride.... some C&V...

from this morning's ride....

some C&V tractors...
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50081005942_e1312b13fe_c_d.jpg


and a sign that humid summer days are back.
plus... the roads look so...
07-05-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 246
Posted By steelbikeguy

An early mail-order cycling business in the USA...

An early mail-order cycling business in the USA was Cyclo-Pedia in Michigan. They did sell Louison Bobet models.
This is a scan of the 6th edition of their catalog (courtesy of Steve Palincsar, if...
07-05-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,006
Posted By steelbikeguy

it is nice and fun to have some vintage jerseys,...

it is nice and fun to have some vintage jerseys, as well as repro's of vintage jerseys. I've managed to acquire a handful of Raleigh jerseys to go with my Team and International.

These two are...
07-05-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,417
Posted By steelbikeguy

It's not a functional difference. It does save a...

It's not a functional difference. It does save a bit of material and therefore weight. I have found myself forgetting which set of slots the sprocket's spline is supposed to fit into, though.

...
07-02-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,417
Posted By steelbikeguy

everyone loves a story with a happy ending!! ...

everyone loves a story with a happy ending!!

back to the Alpha freewheel... the body looks quite a bit like the last generation Winner (which I used to think was the Winner Pro, but I'm not sure...
07-01-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

summer in the midwest, with hot, humid volatile...

summer in the midwest, with hot, humid volatile weather. Storm cells pop up while you are on the bike and seem to chase you around the countryside.
Setting out on today's ride, I saw this storm...
07-01-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,417
Posted By steelbikeguy

that's an important first step! I've got a...

that's an important first step! I've got a couple of corncob Winners that have small cogs that refuse to spin off. They've resisted the coaxing from penetrating oil and the torquing of chain...
07-01-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,417
Posted By steelbikeguy

weren't the Alpha freewheels just ones designed...

weren't the Alpha freewheels just ones designed to have consistent spacing between the cogs in order to make them suitable for indexing?

In any case.. it really depends on what cogs you've got in...
06-28-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By steelbikeguy

The International should be as durable as any...

The International should be as durable as any other 531 frame. I've never worried about my International on rough roads.
The bigger question is whether the 28mm tires are a good match for the type...
06-28-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

Today's ride was a little excursion across the...

Today's ride was a little excursion across the Illinois river, largely following a MUP that services the area. There is one spot near a cornfield* where some old bikes have been spray painted and...
06-27-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 152
Posted By steelbikeguy

Thanks for the article on the Taylor brothers! ...

Thanks for the article on the Taylor brothers!
The frames from the Jack Taylor shop have always had a fine reputation! The box lining was a detail that I thought was a lot of fun. If anyone...
06-25-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By steelbikeguy

I recall a variety of these sort of bike...

I recall a variety of these sort of bike computers back in the day. Neat gadgets, but never felt compelled to buy one. I do wonder how many were sold, though.

My first bike computer was the...
06-25-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

good heavens... for a second, I thought I might...

good heavens... for a second, I thought I might be the rusty relic! ;)
who knew that so many people were entertained by the variety of decrepit vehicles?? (not counting folks entertained by not...
06-25-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

was out for a long ride among the cornfields and...

was out for a long ride among the cornfields and saw this truck just begging to be photographed. Too bad I just had my crappy phone camera....
...
06-23-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've been in a couple of positions where I seemed...

I've been in a couple of positions where I seemed to be one of the few who had enough experience to avoid doing dumb things (or at least smart enough to not do dumb things two or three times). ...
06-22-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By steelbikeguy

I just noticed the reference to blocked wire. ...

I just noticed the reference to blocked wire. It's probably overkill for bikes, but I have used it on construction equipment... some of the connectors end up under water for prolonged periods,...
06-21-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By steelbikeguy

the velcro doesn't look terribly bulky. Not a...

the velcro doesn't look terribly bulky. Not a bad solution.
I normally just place connectors near the headlight, tail light, and dynamo. I can normally keep the wires tied up to the bracket that...
06-21-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By steelbikeguy

I haven't used these little banana plug style...

I haven't used these little banana plug style pins myself, but know that they are used by a number of individuals on their bikes.
Regarding the problem of wire weight pulling the pin and socket...
06-21-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By steelbikeguy

Neat! I didn't realize that Deutsch had a...

Neat!
I didn't realize that Deutsch had a patent run out. I just thought Amphenol bought the business or something.

I'm retired now, but spent many years working with the Deutsch DT series at my...
06-20-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By steelbikeguy

For bikes, I just connector pins and sockets, and...

For bikes, I just connector pins and sockets, and don't bother with connector housings/shells.
It tends to look like this after some heatshrink tubing is put over the pin and socket...
...
06-18-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 471
Posted By steelbikeguy

this reminds me a lot of my SunTour XCD...

this reminds me a lot of my SunTour XCD canti's... the bike was new, the rims were new, and the Koolstop pads were new! Beautiful, but all of that newness led to lots of noise!

Eventually, the...
06-17-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,678
Posted By steelbikeguy

Wasn't there a Mars probe that didn't quite get...

Wasn't there a Mars probe that didn't quite get to Mars for that same problem with units? ".... oops..."

there's a reason why good engineers are rather "detail oriented", a.k.a. "anal retentive"....
06-17-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,678
Posted By steelbikeguy

to be honest, I generally default to metric, but...

to be honest, I generally default to metric, but the 6" calipers just weren't going to work for some of that stuff.
Looking back on it, it appears that the band dimensions were based on inches,...
06-17-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,678
Posted By steelbikeguy

A few quick measurements... 1. the black...

A few quick measurements...

1. the black section is 7 5/16" long
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50016771087_f69d219108_c_d.jpg

2. the lower yellow section is about 49mm long....
06-17-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 786
Views: 76,852
Posted By steelbikeguy

a pleasant morning ride to downtown Peoria where...

a pleasant morning ride to downtown Peoria where a charming/cheezy excursion boat is docked....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50016448626_3752151dee_c_d.jpg

the return leg included a...
06-12-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By steelbikeguy

any chance that you can put some photos on flickr...

any chance that you can put some photos on flickr or a google drive and provide a link to them?

Steve in Peoria
06-12-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 479
Posted By steelbikeguy

dang... did you have to use a putty knife to get...

dang... did you have to use a putty knife to get the crud off that poor bike?!
Glad that the poor thing found a good home and some love! It looks great!

Steve in Peoria
06-12-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 787
Posted By steelbikeguy

as noted, it's always good to calculate the gears...

as noted, it's always good to calculate the gears that the 50-34 and any potential freewheel would give you. With these compact gear arrangements, the big compromise is the big jump in gears when...
06-12-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 214
Posted By steelbikeguy

here's a shot that shows the crown race, at...

here's a shot that shows the crown race, at right....

https://live.staticflickr.com/7068/6879000401_56e9fe50ed_c_d.jpg


in general, all of the parts of the Delta are unique to it (and to a...
06-11-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 214
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm getting a bit less than John..... close...

I'm getting a bit less than John..... close enough for gov't work, though??


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06-09-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 798
Posted By steelbikeguy

a pair of steel rims will fix that. ;) ...

a pair of steel rims will fix that. ;)

Steve in Peoria (but the Titanium Swift is pretty nice)
06-09-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 308
Posted By steelbikeguy

I like that you've got a Sugino AT in the...

I like that you've got a Sugino AT in the background of that photo! Ties in with the Frank Berto very nicely!
I suspect that I'm a weirdo, even in the C&V community. I only wear slotted cleats on...
06-09-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 489
Posted By steelbikeguy

just in case there is any chance of confusion...

just in case there is any chance of confusion remaining... here's a photo of one of my Campy BB cups and bearings....

...
06-09-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 308
Posted By steelbikeguy

glad to know that I wasn't the only one eyeing...

glad to know that I wasn't the only one eyeing those Vittorias!
I've got a few pairs of vintage shoes, and really don't need any more.... but a pair of those would be pretty nice!

Steve in...
06-08-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 798
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'd say it depends on the color scheme of the...

I'd say it depends on the color scheme of the bike.

However.... do be prepared for the color to change over the years.
Here's a black Brooks Pro that I've ridden since the mid 70's.....
...
06-06-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,167
Posted By steelbikeguy

I didn't know that people tubed on the Wapsi... ...

I didn't know that people tubed on the Wapsi... all I remember is the routine flooding that blocked highway 61 (before the 4 lane hwy 61 was built).

If you have spare time in early June, you can...
06-06-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,167
Posted By steelbikeguy

very happy to have triggered some happy memories!...

very happy to have triggered some happy memories! I actually grew up about 20 miles north of the Quad Cities, so maybe we both went to the same bike shops?

If you start feeling too homesick for...
06-05-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,786
Posted By steelbikeguy

I just noticed the seatstay caps.... I might be...

I just noticed the seatstay caps.... I might be wrong, but it looks like the brazing might be cracking. The matter has been discussed somewhere on BF before. Maybe Gugie or someone can comment...
06-05-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 812
Posted By steelbikeguy

As a fan of handlebar cages, I own one of the...

As a fan of handlebar cages, I own one of the well made Minoura adapters that let you use a regular cage on the handlebar. It's a very solid bracket and not a bad solution.

I will say that I...
06-04-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 812
Posted By steelbikeguy

The market for these cages must be greater than I...

The market for these cages must be greater than I thought!
I've got three of them, the newest of them was purchased 20 years ago (still with the paper tag on it!). The oldest was bought in the mid...
06-03-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,505
Posted By steelbikeguy

There is definitely something about shiny chromed...

There is definitely something about shiny chromed Nervex head lugs that just feels so extravagant and wonderful!

I got my '74 International 20 years ago and still just stare at it. :) Took...
06-01-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 7,167
Posted By steelbikeguy

the road along the Illinois river was certainly...

the road along the Illinois river was certainly empty of traffic, but only if Asian Carp don't count as traffic...

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49953632317_1c0f4f91cf_c_d.jpg

and just...
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