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01-18-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 530
Posted By 63rickert

This vendor has acceptable repros of TA bottles....

This vendor has acceptable repros of TA bottles. https://www.ebay.com/str/Eroica-Passione?_trksid=p2047675.l2563
Some of the graphics are very good. Better ink/printing than originals.

Usable...
01-18-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,401
Posted By 63rickert

These are good frames. The drilling in the lower...

These are good frames. The drilling in the lower head lug is an Alain Michel trademark. Obviously much easier to copy than a Carré willow leaf but there are so many marks of fine construction... The...
01-17-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 473
Posted By 63rickert

You mean someone besides me uses the technique?...

You mean someone besides me uses the technique? Even 50 years ago it was not common. I guess it's nice to know I am not alone.
01-17-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 473
Posted By 63rickert

Can you do math in your head? Memorize a gear...

Can you do math in your head? Memorize a gear chart? Mount a stopwatch on your 'bar. Count pedal revolutions. If you know pedal rpm and gearing you can calculate speed. Basically gear inches times...
01-17-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,555
Posted By 63rickert

They did have a race program. Even did a US tour....

They did have a race program. Even did a US tour. The guys were using bikes, not Lamberts.
01-16-20, 01:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 439
Posted By 63rickert

That's as good as I've found. It's history by...

That's as good as I've found. It's history by series of anecdotes. Most of that I've come across before in other forms. Yes, they processed them after they came off the lathe. Sometimes just guys...
01-15-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By 63rickert

Hadn't seen your post somehow. I'd bet it was an...

Hadn't seen your post somehow. I'd bet it was an Automoto. Even in the basic coaster brake model they used a neatly brazed strut from chainstay to seatstay and had a brazed reinforced socket for the...
01-15-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By 63rickert

The Lewis derailleur page came with the Steyr?...

The Lewis derailleur page came with the Steyr? Lewis was ultra high end. And would have been a 1940s thing. Suppose it could have been old stock. Or Sears threw everything they had into a package for...
01-15-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 439
Posted By 63rickert

I wish I had a good answer. Have tried to best of...

I wish I had a good answer. Have tried to best of ability and thrown some time at the question and not come up with good answers. I have found that as late as 1900 cycling companies were making capex...
01-15-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 439
Posted By 63rickert

Absolutely no way that was an original bearing....

Absolutely no way that was an original bearing. Someone else's best guess/approximation. In the Anglo-American world in 1898 ball bearings were still turned on lathes. Accuracy at best was plus or...
01-15-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 363
Posted By 63rickert

I have an Automoto from Sears. It's top-line and...

I have an Automoto from Sears. It's top-line and has Automoto paint and decals. Well, not that much paint left. Lower level Automotos were sometimes branded Sears. 1950s.

Sears also sold early...
01-14-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 767
Posted By 63rickert

Sure, that sounds plausible. Correct post would...

Sure, that sounds plausible. Correct post would be 27.2 and 27.4 is not common.

Either way the bike has been abused. Abuse is seldom isolated. To easy to see a project that snowballs. A full and...
01-14-20, 05:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 767
Posted By 63rickert

If the object were to keep a beater operational a...

If the object were to keep a beater operational a short time, then drilling a hole would be fine.

Assume the @#$%^ idiot who rammed in the oversize post has abused the bike beyond your...
01-14-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 892
Posted By 63rickert

Neither you nor I would be doing this if we...

Neither you nor I would be doing this if we weren't being paid for it. Darn, my check is late again. Hope you get paid more than I do.
01-13-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 892
Posted By 63rickert

Professions? Bike fitter is a profession now?...

Professions? Bike fitter is a profession now? Like being a doctor or a lawyer?

Neither of the two avocations mentioned was ever a job or considered work until quite recently. The better question...
01-13-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 892
Posted By 63rickert

Possibly because they had not been indoctrinated...

Possibly because they had not been indoctrinated in theories of economic determinism.

Because they wanted to. Because they liked the sport. Because talent is where talent is and the guy with the...
01-13-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,437
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, hoard them if you can find them. Am...

Yes, hoard them if you can find them.

Am pretty sure no one is making them currently. 40 on center is as narrow as I know of and those, I think, are more like recent than current. Current is 31.8...
01-12-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,706
Posted By 63rickert

The Sapim washers are good. Different enough from...

The Sapim washers are good. Different enough from hardware store washers it would be worth the ticket. For the oval cupped variety I have a small stock of 1940s Raleigh washers that are just about...
01-12-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,706
Posted By 63rickert

Inset washer makes this sound like a top quality...

Inset washer makes this sound like a top quality rim. Washers are a tiny detail taken for granted until faced with a task like this. My 1930s Torrington nipples have a much narrower head than current...
01-11-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,706
Posted By 63rickert

New spokes, yes. What are you using for nipples?...

New spokes, yes. What are you using for nipples? The originals? I have a handful of 3/4" Torringtons and glad of it, those rims look like you'd need something longer. Washers?
01-11-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 428
Posted By 63rickert

Lon Haldeman once told me that pulling children...

Lon Haldeman once told me that pulling children uphill in a trailer was just a really hard workout. If you don't know Lon you could check his wiki. That wiki page is a mess but you will get the idea....
01-11-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,906
Posted By 63rickert

Just saw a note on Hilary Stone Cycles facebook...

Just saw a note on Hilary Stone Cycles facebook page that most Roy Thame frames were built byTommy Quick. Looking at either of the frames in this thread that seems likely to me but I am getting out...
01-11-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 892
Posted By 63rickert

This is an interesting one so read and re-read...

This is an interesting one so read and re-read the whole thread. VMO gets used on bikes, racers have big outsize VMO. Kneecap popping loose? No. Never heard of such a thing. If that were me it would...
01-11-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 892
Posted By 63rickert

Knee pain can be made very complex or it can be...

Knee pain can be made very complex or it can be real simple. Here's one simple notion.

Pain in front of knee - saddle too forward. Pain in back of knee - saddle too far back.

No, I can't be...
01-10-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,906
Posted By 63rickert

Some basic info here. I always have trouble...

Some basic info here. I always have trouble navigating that site but think this should give you the right page--

https://www.nkilgariff.com/Holdsworth.htm

Scroll down to 1975.
01-10-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,437
Posted By 63rickert

Please don't discard those narrow handlebars. No...

Please don't discard those narrow handlebars. No one will be making more and some of us love them.
01-09-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,160
Posted By 63rickert

NOS box section rims are all over ebay. Ambrosio...

NOS box section rims are all over ebay. Ambrosio may still be in production, if you look around you can find fairly recent (last 5 years) NOS Ambrosio F20 and Nemesis. And just keep looking, there...
01-09-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,948
Posted By 63rickert

YES. Quoting you in hope of getting more eyes on...

YES. Quoting you in hope of getting more eyes on something important.

Actually it is worse than all weight on front tire. Bicycle brakes create g loads. Any bike at all that is functioning...
01-09-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,706
Posted By 63rickert

Use a traditional spar varnish, not poly. Very...

Use a traditional spar varnish, not poly. Very little difference between Pratt & Lambert Vitralite Spar and what would have been used originally. Epifanes would be another good choice but the P&L is...
01-08-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,437
Posted By 63rickert

Your bikes have water bottle mounts?!!

Your bikes have water bottle mounts?!!
01-08-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,127
Posted By 63rickert

One more note. I have simply never fallen off the...

One more note. I have simply never fallen off the bike due to a clip/strap issue or due to a clipless cleat. 400,000 miles zero falls. OP is over 60 years of age. Do not fall. Do not take a chance of...
01-08-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,127
Posted By 63rickert

Smooth soles and hard soles. Hard leather soles....

Smooth soles and hard soles. Hard leather soles. Clips and straps were created before sponge rubber existed. A smooth sole dress shoe that just happens to have an expanded polyurethane sole is going...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,281
Posted By 63rickert

Maybe a dozen posts up top about what the pros...

Maybe a dozen posts up top about what the pros do. No one here has the foggiest what the pros do.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 6,281
Posted By 63rickert

Has anyone on this thread ever worked on a real...

Has anyone on this thread ever worked on a real live pro bike, as raced by a pro? They are not all new daily, they are nowhere near perfect. They are used hard and used up.

Basic requirement to be...
01-04-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 175
Posted By 63rickert

For that price should at least have correct...

For that price should at least have correct derailleur. (see the two empty holes in bracket below chainstay)
Would not want to spend the time finding all the other errors. Easier to start with a...
01-04-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 297
Posted By 63rickert

Oscar Egg lugs. Every detail of frame says this...

Oscar Egg lugs. Every detail of frame says this is a top bike. May be that Teun Visser bought them elsewhere, for this example he was demanding a quality product.

Big project. There is not enough...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-20, 05:49 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,172
Posted By 63rickert

Agree with the smaller hole thesis. If the tire...

Agree with the smaller hole thesis. If the tire has cut, broken, or damaged casing threads then the tire needs to be opened up and booted. Sealant works on small holes. That it ever works even...
01-01-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,889
Posted By 63rickert

Original color would be lurid French purple. It...

Original color would be lurid French purple. It fades to the color you are looking at. Many French bikes use the same purple and continued to do so into the 70s.
12-30-19, 09:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,501
Posted By 63rickert

SSC rims were heat treated. Everyone else heat...

SSC rims were heat treated. Everyone else heat treated the extrusion and then hooped the rim. After hooping might as well not have bothered. The SSC was heat treated as a fully shaped round rim....
12-30-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 341
Posted By 63rickert

Too many different ways to measure an inseam....

Too many different ways to measure an inseam. Sounds very long for your height but who knows? Vintage sizing is completely different from current era sizing. From not enough information at least 56cm...
12-30-19, 05:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By 63rickert

Wait... 26.8 post. Check OD of seat tube. If 28.0...

Wait... 26.8 post. Check OD of seat tube. If 28.0 then superlight French. Which again could be Swiss. Also check it is correct size post. If seat lug ears look smashed in/ slot not straight then you...
12-30-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By 63rickert

No. That person could fly under the radar. And it...

No. That person could fly under the radar. And it could happen that a rank novice with talent could make something as good as your frame. Peter Johnson is fairly famous as a builder because each...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-30-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 6,172
Posted By 63rickert

I will bow to your cross experience but do use...

I will bow to your cross experience but do use sealant in road tubulars and have used cross tires as road tires in winter. Just no problems for three years. Has sealed every flat. Flats prevented -...
12-29-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By 63rickert

Some lugs were cast. That one occurred to me just...

Some lugs were cast. That one occurred to me just after posting and I wondered if juvela would step in to correct me. Cast lugs required large amounts of labor to be made presentable and even more to...
12-29-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By 63rickert

A bike lug is shaped as two tubes meeting at an...

A bike lug is shaped as two tubes meeting at an angle. The junction of the two tubes is a crotch which is usually fairly sharp. Some lugs less so but none with a smooth transition as your lugs have....
12-29-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By 63rickert

Just noticed the overlapping plate at top of seat...

Just noticed the overlapping plate at top of seat stay. Very distinctive and very fine work.
12-29-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By 63rickert

The brass fills on the 3 main lugs would not be...

The brass fills on the 3 main lugs would not be present on any production frame. Handwork by a builder with skill and an eye. The shaping of stay ends could imaginably be reproduced if someone had...
12-29-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 729
Posted By 63rickert

Nothing to sleuth. I could tell you all about 8...

Nothing to sleuth. I could tell you all about 8 of them right now and the other three could find out easily. Carol's dog probably I could only get you a name.

But they are private people. Lee...
12-28-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 729
Posted By 63rickert

Nothing to do with Turin. That is Fred Boshart's...

Nothing to do with Turin. That is Fred Boshart's Belmont Schwinn Cyclery. Just about time when he took that shop from being a neighborhood Schwinn dealer to a race shop, he hoped. He had a decent run...
12-28-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,156
Posted By 63rickert

Bulge is most likely a paint spatter that was...

Bulge is most likely a paint spatter that was incompletely buffed out. Could also be excess brazing material that escaped being filed/sanded off. Either way no effect on strength whatever.

Bulges...
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