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07-10-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By 63rickert

[QUOTE=elcruxio;21580060]. Though we've been...

[QUOTE=elcruxio;21580060]. Though we've been discussing chromo which is the weakest bike steel and 6061 aluminum which is the baseline bike aluminum. Take reynolds 853 or higher grade and suddenly...
07-10-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Posted By 63rickert

Send me your unwanted Gran Sport derailleur. ...

Send me your unwanted Gran Sport derailleur.

In 1964 it would be very normal to see Italian bikes with that amount of seatpost showing. Not too big at all. The handlebars would be lower if racing...
07-08-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 641
Posted By 63rickert

I do not have photosensitive epilepsy. I do get...

I do not have photosensitive epilepsy. I do get splitting headaches from your strobe lights. If I fail to drop dead directly in front of you do I have any grounds for complaint?

This has been...
07-07-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 482
Posted By 63rickert

The fork feels overly stiff because it is....

The fork feels overly stiff because it is. Cheaper and easier to build them that way. Carbon forks are not all the same. Some do feel like they accomplish the vibration dampening they claim, most are...
07-06-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,421
Posted By 63rickert

Seller called that 55? Lot of headtube for a 55....

Seller called that 55? Lot of headtube for a 55. Even if 55 on centers that is a lot of headtube. Frame drop looks normal, head will look taller if frame has little drop. Sellers don’t always know...
07-06-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 383
Posted By 63rickert

Even on flat bars it will always be better to be...

Even on flat bars it will always be better to be pulling on the bars.

Dead weight parked on the hands, weight in compression, will always cause problems if the ride is long enough. Weight in...
07-05-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 658
Posted By 63rickert

No. Just no. I am always in favor of keeping...

No. Just no.

I am always in favor of keeping bikes as original as possible.

Handlebars never break at hoods. They always break right next to stem. That is where the leverage is and the stem is...
07-04-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 585
Posted By 63rickert

An example of period correct out of control. A...

An example of period correct out of control. A friend recently offered me a pair of Continental tubulars from late 50s. He thought they would be suitable for the Bates. They held air, were round,...
07-03-20, 07:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 585
Posted By 63rickert

I have been mentioned. First thing to do is...

I have been mentioned.

First thing to do is contact the current marque owner, Martin Coopland. He can verify the build date for you. My email search function is just not cooperating or I’d give...
06-29-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,591
Posted By 63rickert

Touring bikes are still made from steel because...

Touring bikes are still made from steel because steel is tough. Stuff happens on tour. Steel gets nicked notched dented pinched scraped gouged and mostly it doesn’t care.

Aluminum rims break and...
06-25-20, 03:05 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,397
Posted By 63rickert

Quite amazing how many different things I didn’t...

Quite amazing how many different things I didn’t say you guys can come up with. You’re all just looking for anything to be offended by and then lashing out. You’d make good cops and enforcers.
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06-24-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 442
Posted By 63rickert

The worst corrosion is always on the inside of...

The worst corrosion is always on the inside of the frame. Condensation collects in the bottom bracket. There is no way to seal a frame so completely as to exclude water vapor. Inspect by removing...
06-24-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 4,397
Posted By 63rickert

My dentist is a fairly distinguished guy. For...

My dentist is a fairly distinguished guy. For example he wrote the American Dental Association protocols on how to manage dental care for patients with HIV/AIDS. He has designed several items of PPE...
06-24-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,128
Posted By 63rickert

Stopwatch secured to handlebar with a Terry’s...

Stopwatch secured to handlebar with a Terry’s watch clip. No concerns about battery life as device is powered by winding the stem.
06-22-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 407
Posted By 63rickert

If you are serious you need the opinion of Craig...

If you are serious you need the opinion of Craig Calfee or someone equally qualified.

Ron Boi, who closed the shop for good on January 1, used to do this. His main problem was no one believed him....
06-22-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 850
Posted By 63rickert

Perhaps a bit more elaboration on why saddle...

Perhaps a bit more elaboration on why saddle height matters. Your bum should rest on the saddle. Your bum should not be rocking side to side, dragging your weight over the saddle with every turn of...
06-21-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,707
Posted By 63rickert

Walk. 33% grade is heavy work even when walking....

Walk. 33% grade is heavy work even when walking. For most of us (your case does sound unusual) having to walk once in a while makes more sense than rigging an ultra low gear that is only rarely used...
06-21-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By 63rickert

Raleigh Record was bottom of the line. But it...

Raleigh Record was bottom of the line. But it works for you. My brother, who has had a hundred bikes and a good handful of total grail bikes, finds that his his Raleigh Gran Prix, just one step up...
06-20-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 471
Posted By 63rickert

Last ditch when toe-in does not work——reverse the...

Last ditch when toe-in does not work——reverse the process. Do toe-out instead. Can’t explain that but it has worked and the brakes function just as well.
06-18-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,401
Posted By 63rickert

Also those guys know how to sort and sift because...

Also those guys know how to sort and sift because they have done this before. If either of them were willing to come and look in one hour they would create more order than you could imagine. If they...
06-18-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,401
Posted By 63rickert

Be realistic. Most of these parts will never be...

Be realistic. Most of these parts will never be used. Any improving the odds at all is a good thing.
06-18-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 359
Posted By 63rickert

Those headlugs are beyond distinctive. Somebody...

Those headlugs are beyond distinctive. Somebody knows not just brand but who built this.

My guess would be late 40s or early 50s. The frame weight is very unusually low for a bike this size and...
06-18-20, 10:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,401
Posted By 63rickert

Mark Mattei, Cycle Smithy, Chicago. Or Larry...

Mark Mattei, Cycle Smithy, Chicago.

Or Larry Black, Mt. Airy Bikes, Maryland.

Neither of these guys should still be buying, addiction is strong. They have done this many many times before. In...
06-18-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 504
Posted By 63rickert

First check the width of tire. Last 700x50 tires...

First check the width of tire. Last 700x50 tires owned measured 44. Current tires on the city bike are 42mm. Older bike, sit almost directly over rear axle. 40 psi rear and front doesn’t matter until...
06-18-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,121
Posted By 63rickert

OP is not stable on the bike. Cannot easily ride...

OP is not stable on the bike. Cannot easily ride with just one hand on bars. He can practice all day long, if the bike is unstable he is just taking risks and pushing his luck.

Most of us can ride...
06-17-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,397
Posted By 63rickert

Jan is not the least bit arrogant. He is simply...

Jan is not the least bit arrogant. He is simply German.

For what it’s worth I only once went through Amazon to buy bike parts. Just couldn’t find the rim wanted in silver no matter how much...
06-17-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,121
Posted By 63rickert

If sitting in a forward TT position do not even...

If sitting in a forward TT position do not even consider riding in a group.

If unable to perform basic tasks such as taking a drink do not even consider riding in a group.

TT is a solo...
06-17-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 953
Posted By 63rickert

Yellow Jersey. One wheel of spokes $30. One...

Yellow Jersey. One wheel of spokes $30. One flavor only - Hoshi 2.0/1.6 sold together with DT nipples.
06-17-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,191
Posted By 63rickert

Aero steel is a bigger category than Japanese....

Aero steel is a bigger category than Japanese. Just off top of my head Basso, Rossin, Mercier, Ron Boi, made aero bikes. And then there was a long series of wretched frames made for American Olympic...
06-16-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,850
Posted By 63rickert

Old steel frames, meaning from before the super...

Old steel frames, meaning from before the super skinny tires of the 1980s, routinely took 28mm tires and many had much more room. Unlikely to find anything ‘road’ that takes more than 35. Some modern...
06-16-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 389
Posted By 63rickert

Weinmann was OEM on your Moto, courtesy of...

Weinmann was OEM on your Moto, courtesy of importer Ben Lawee. In France it was Mafac. Lawee understood that “bicycle mechanic” in US meant a college kid, or maybe a high school kid. And being...
06-16-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,780
Posted By 63rickert

531P is great for comfort and should have no...

531P is great for comfort and should have no difficulty handling your weight.

Wider tires yes. Get the comfortable ones. Try Rene Herse tires. Standard casing RH tires will do more than a carbon...
06-14-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,765
Posted By 63rickert

I have been absolutely crucified for telling a...

I have been absolutely crucified for telling a rider their QRs were open. Also have learned that a substantial portion of the “old school” are going to use their QR as a wingnut and will not ever...
06-10-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,397
Posted By 63rickert

It’s just because they are short staffed and...

It’s just because they are short staffed and short hours for covid. They are still there and just as committed to customer service as ever.

Oh. They also disappear for very long bike rides.
06-01-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,746
Posted By 63rickert

What you are calling no coverage for front...

What you are calling no coverage for front derailleur means there will be a firehose of water headed for rider’s feet and into the chain. More water at those points than if riding w/o fenders.
...
05-31-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,746
Posted By 63rickert

Fenders are aerodynamic. Which is why you see...

Fenders are aerodynamic. Which is why you see them on racing motorcycles. Most important part is to have the front fender extend forward beyond a vertical line through front hub. That one feature is...
05-28-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,677
Posted By 63rickert

Looks like a solution to me, calipers should fit....

Looks like a solution to me, calipers should fit. Levers will be some work, see if you can find good used.
05-28-20, 05:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,677
Posted By 63rickert

h Sorry for slow response, ongoing problems...

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Sorry for slow response, ongoing problems with logging in to site.

Pinch bolt/cable clamp should not slip. Should be engineered as one of most reliable bits on bike. Have personally never known...
05-26-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By 63rickert

Should add that the message at bottom of page...

Should add that the message at bottom of page clearly states that I may post. Simply never know if that is true.
Also just started to see drop downs that look all different. This does still appear...
05-26-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By 63rickert

Here we go again. Took 3 logins to get this far....

Here we go again. Took 3 logins to get this far. Now we find out if it posts or if kicked out again.
05-26-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,677
Posted By 63rickert

Responses on this thread have been primarily...

Responses on this thread have been primarily about beauty rituals and obsessive-compulsive clean freaks at play. Normal for BF. You wanted to stop? This is a question about getting the bike to stop?...
05-24-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By 63rickert

Verify the diameter of crown race seat (on the...

Verify the diameter of crown race seat (on the fork) and the diameter of the crown race. There should be no paint on crown race seat. There should be no obvious clear coat on a carbon fork. Frame...
05-23-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 920
Posted By 63rickert

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html ...

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainclean.html

No, this is not same link as above. Needs to be posted periodically.

Crushed limestone does create particularly nasty grinding paste. If that’s what...
05-23-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By 63rickert

This is why Mavic is in receivership. Burned too...

This is why Mavic is in receivership. Burned too many customers for big bucks for fancy wheels that were not serviceable and did not work a whit better than normal wheels, often did not work as well....
05-23-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,289
Posted By 63rickert

Thought I saw a Raleigh headbadge a couple times,...

Thought I saw a Raleigh headbadge a couple times, so Phoenix would only be the crank. Either way this is a Raleigh DL-1, or a clone, simply the most common bicycle on the planet. Basically unchanged...
05-22-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,677
Posted By 63rickert

400,000 lifetime miles. I have never cleaned the...

400,000 lifetime miles. I have never cleaned the braking surfaces of my rims. Brake pads get sanded or cleaned when necessary. Top surface of rim gets cleaned if dirty. Salt, mud, all sorts of...
05-20-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 244
Posted By 63rickert

That’s an Italian bike. Tipo R brakes. Rod brakes...

That’s an Italian bike. Tipo R brakes. Rod brakes that work. They just keep making these things, shows up every few years under different names. The design is frozen in stone. They ride very well.
05-20-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 514
Posted By 63rickert

Kalloy has seatposts in that size. Don’t know...

Kalloy has seatposts in that size. Don’t know offhand who the UK distributor is, it is normal bike parts, should not be hard to find. If you need to have a specific brand and style of correct...
05-20-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 771
Posted By 63rickert

Everybody who rides has a box of saddles that...

Everybody who rides has a box of saddles that didn’t work. Ask around, we all keep those old saddles just so they can be loaned out. Nothing unique about a Specialized Toupe. Lots of saddles are...
05-20-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 434
Posted By 63rickert

Any tire will be wider on wider rims. Tubeless...

Any tire will be wider on wider rims. Tubeless will run wider than tubed. Tires with same width will have different height. Rolling circumference will vary with load and with tire pressure. If the...
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