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09-08-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By francophile

The Motobecane in this case is the better bike. ...

The Motobecane in this case is the better bike. Run with it.

The P8, for what it was back in the day and what it offered, was a damn good ride for what it was. But the alternative in this case...
09-06-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By francophile

I think it'll end up being a PH501 due to the 103...

I think it'll end up being a PH501 due to the 103 fork, but as indicated the model number and other pertinent info are on the circled label. Looks like a yellow Technium behind it.

Meanwhile,...
09-06-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 157
Posted By francophile

Shimano Crane (1st gen Dura Ace) short cage rear w/cable stops

If anyone is looking to complete their 1st gen Dura Ace, maybe it's your ticket?

Date code YF (June 74). Comes with proper Shimano ferrules for integrated cable stop. Weight w/stops, cable loop...
09-04-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 1,008
Views: 78,983
Posted By francophile

Thanks for the pain-free hands-free handoff! I...

Thanks for the pain-free hands-free handoff! I appreciate the extra communication and punctuality, it makes all the difference with meet-in-the-middle transactions. A+
09-03-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

I'll happily take it off your hands for $50! ;):p...

I'll happily take it off your hands for $50! ;):p

I'm sure one of our two nearby co-ops would love to have one so they can stop calling me every time a cottered bike comes in the door. Hell, I'd...
09-02-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By francophile

Opposite issue. I need to make a decision. I...

Opposite issue. I need to make a decision. I have a long-cage VX GT that's near-mint but need the VX front to match. I believe I have 2-3 suitable levers. I'd really prefer Cyclone GT long cage...
09-02-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,199
Posted By francophile

My feeble eyes can't tell, is that a crack off...

My feeble eyes can't tell, is that a crack off bottom of the seat tube split?
08-31-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 179
Posted By francophile

Based on DT pump peg position and the TT cable...

Based on DT pump peg position and the TT cable stops I'm guessing it's in the PX -8 or PX-50 wheelhouse and this is an EU market bike, not US. Lots of them made it over here thanks to our...
08-31-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,484
Posted By francophile

I'd guesstimate 1 in 5 axles for Helicomatics...

I'd guesstimate 1 in 5 axles for Helicomatics I've repacked are at least slightly warped, enough you can roll them across a flat service or even take a flat edge to it and clearly see a slight bend. ...
08-31-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,484
Posted By francophile

They should probably be known for axle bendage....

They should probably be known for axle bendage. Can't tell you how many I've bought off larger people which had the axles bent, I always assumed it was due to the bearing position as you mention.
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08-31-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,484
Posted By francophile

I didn't reply because I assume someone else...

I didn't reply because I assume someone else would already say it, but I guess maybe I truly am the only one who doesn't hate the product.

Helicomatic hubs. I guess I'm not big enough to bend the...
08-31-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By francophile

I associate it w/Schwinn also, but for the life...

I associate it w/Schwinn also, but for the life of me I couldn't find Schwinn stampings on it anywhere. The pile of parts it came with include the big batch of IGH hub parts I posted previously, was...
08-30-20, 07:19 PM
08-30-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 325
Posted By francophile

Yep, I'd love to have a fresh pair of gum...

Yep, I'd love to have a fresh pair of gum Weinmann hoods ala late 70s/early 80s. I'm know Rustines makes a viable product, but I'd love to rock the Weinmann hoods on my Weinmann levers y'know?
08-30-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 262
Posted By francophile

New take-off / 46T lucky clover 4-hole chainring

What's fair, $18 shipped? I'm open to offers, this isn't really in my wheelhouse.

Found while moving parts between the house and shop space. Teeth show zero wear I can see, but it looks like it...
08-30-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 695
Posted By francophile

Late to the party, busy week. Yes, I would clean...

Late to the party, busy week. Yes, I would clean first. This is my personal saddle arsenal. I have a small tin of Proofide somewhere also, I migh've loaned it to a friend to use on he and his...
08-30-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

I can understand the lovers of hammers. The guy I...

I can understand the lovers of hammers. The guy I learned from always reached for a BFH to do the job and that's how he made me learn even though we had a proper bypass press in the shop. I bent and...
08-30-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Angle matters! The angle needs to be steep enough...

Angle matters! The angle needs to be steep enough the blunt end of the cotter doesn't slip into the crank, but shallow enough you'll have flat and wider contact area with the spindle face. Cotters...
08-28-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 800
Posted By francophile

Ouch, that chainstay kickstand crush is killing...

Ouch, that chainstay kickstand crush is killing me!
08-28-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 695
Posted By francophile

Some people would just tell you to Proofide it. ...

Some people would just tell you to Proofide it.

I personally prefer neatsfoot oil to restore. Fiebing's is my preferred brand. The critical part (to me) is, especially after getting dry, you're...
08-28-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Likewise, this is one of those cases where I'm...

Likewise, this is one of those cases where I'm pissed the OP doesn't live closer. I would literally drive two hours in both directions to jump in on this one just to solve the problem and maybe...
08-28-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

This isn't necessarily true. You have a round...

This isn't necessarily true. You have a round hole with a wall that is perpendicular to the crank arm and will never change. That uncut side of the cotter is forced to cradle flush against the wall...
08-27-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 554
Posted By francophile

It's my opinion it's easier to get a better...

It's my opinion it's easier to get a better result faster using a bench vice. That said, if space is a premium, and the blocks are like the Paragon blocks with bolts to pull them tight to each other,...
08-27-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Just to drill the point home, and maybe it's...

Just to drill the point home, and maybe it's another reason to hate on French stuff for some people, I dunno. Check out the following cotters.

# 1 is the product Sunlite makes, I presume it's...
08-27-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Rudi included two critical pieces of info I...

Rudi included two critical pieces of info I forgot, and I think they're worth highlighting again.



Couple juicy bits here: Cotter face angles on both cotters you're installing should match end...
08-27-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Sorry, that's my dyslexia shining through :D ...

Sorry, that's my dyslexia shining through :D Threads so steep and reverse it looks more like an ez-out!

The humor is definitely needed and doesn't bug me a bit. Keep it coming!
08-27-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

I'll avoid any further innuendo. :D Reality...

I'll avoid any further innuendo. :D

Reality is, I wish I could get full-surface contact like the far left cotter. But the reality is, I'm usually only getting about 1/2 - 2/3 contact best I can...
08-27-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Think of cotters as a game. To win the game, you...

Think of cotters as a game. To win the game, you need as much of the filed face of the cotter to come in contact with the flat face of the spindle as possible. The more surface area of each flat you...
08-27-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

There's a potential cultural element here as...

There's a potential cultural element here as well, tied to region. But I know people from one region may not be as sensitive as those to others. per Wikipedia:

A cotter is a pin or wedge passing...
08-27-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 361
Posted By francophile

Actually, nix that last thought I wrote. The...

Actually, nix that last thought I wrote. The more I look at this, the more it looks like a 700, but almost like someone put a regular cup on the drive side. Wtf?
08-27-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3,161
Views: 277,943
Posted By francophile

Seems so apropos considering the name. ...

Seems so apropos considering the name. "Universal". It truly may be.
08-27-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 554
Posted By francophile

I'm not saying you can't do it and/or shouldn't...

I'm not saying you can't do it and/or shouldn't try using the tape, but due to the pressure required while using frame blocks, I suspect you're going to really gum up your blocks due to its adhesive...
08-26-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 554
Posted By francophile

I don't have quite the same blocks as you've...

I don't have quite the same blocks as you've posted. However, I ordered from Paragon, which it looks like you screencapped from.

I was working out a dent on a Trek 520 downtube. I got the FT4010...
08-26-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3,161
Views: 277,943
Posted By francophile

How can you tell a right and left Universal lever...

How can you tell a right and left Universal lever apart? I'm not kidding, I honestly don't remember.

And yes, the damn bodies crack like a MF. Always in the same place, 75% of the time.
08-26-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3,161
Views: 277,943
Posted By francophile

I bought a stash of incomplete Universal...

I bought a stash of incomplete Universal calipers, and got a Super 68 or 77 that came with an undisclosed cracked arm, so I probably do have what you need. Thing is, it'll be hell for me to find it...
08-26-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 590
Posted By francophile

I'm sure there's someone out there for it. I...

I'm sure there's someone out there for it. I just want to free up the space.

Anyway, hopefully the stuff you sold will help. I'm dropping the price on this once again to try and wriggle out a...
08-26-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 507
Posted By francophile

YES! I couldn't think of the other English word...

YES! I couldn't think of the other English word for I-beam. That's it. I especially love the slightly older Reynolds girder stem with 2-bolt in front. Those look awesome! Can't find a pic...
08-25-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

Oh, and I found this, it's randyjawa 's old...

Oh, and I found this, it's randyjawa 's old Geocities guide to filing cotters - I don't recommend going to that page though, it kept trying to hijack my computer. Anyway, maybe this info helps?

...
08-25-20, 07:32 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

I swore I created a thread on BF once showing how...

I swore I created a thread on BF once showing how I file cotters. It's killing me I can't find it.

Bikesmith used to sell cotters and may still. Closest I can find to explaining filing. Like, go...
08-25-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

PS - I also can't iterate enough you must have...

PS - I also can't iterate enough you must have the proper diameter cotter for your crankset and spindle. It helps also to make sure the cotter you're using isn't over-faced/over-tapered for your...
08-25-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,035
Posted By francophile

First of all, if you run out of cotters, let me...

First of all, if you run out of cotters, let me know what diameter and/or the make/model of crank, I can probably help. I have a wide assortment of NOS stuff, but not because people PM'ed them to me...
08-25-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 914
Posted By francophile

Mine's even creepier, I constantly catch him...

Mine's even creepier, I constantly catch him staring at me in my bathroom mirror. Just moderately unnerving.
08-25-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 849
Posted By francophile

We have this jerkoff near Atlanta sporting...

We have this jerkoff near Atlanta sporting various names including "DJK", "Jack Kelly", "Drake Kelly" or other variations of the three. Reply style is always the same, sentence structure is the same,...
08-25-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 409
Posted By francophile

I agree. Last PH501 I sold I listed for $240,...

I agree. Last PH501 I sold I listed for $240, sold at $220 after 3-4 weeks to a nearby college student. It was all-original, in immaculate shape, and sold when the market was having a little bump.
...
08-25-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 409
Posted By francophile

Yes. Per bottom line it's a PH 501 model (2nd...

Yes. Per bottom line it's a PH 501 model (2nd line), 57 is the size (57cm). Top number .... is the serial.

Look under the bottom bracket shell for a stamping, should start with "Y" or "B" most...
08-25-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By francophile

Check these out - if you download both then...

Check these out - if you download both then bounce back/forth it'll make the correction clearer.
...
08-25-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 168
Posted By francophile

T.A. Pro 3-arm chainrings and bolts 42/52

I'll take $45 shipped OBO (srsly). I swore I had these listed already, but that thread seems gone.

Note in the pics, small ring has very minimal wear. Be sure to see my next reply below, the...
08-25-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 706
Posted By francophile

sold!!

sold!!
08-24-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 914
Posted By francophile

PM me if nobody hits you up in the next 24 hours...

PM me if nobody hits you up in the next 24 hours and I'll get something out to you. I have a plethora of MAFAC and Simplex parts. Extras will come with it no doubt. :)
08-22-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 984
Posted By francophile

:D:D I'm still not convinced Cinelli made a...

:D:D

I'm still not convinced Cinelli made a black 22.0 stem, or if they did, I haven't found a catalog with it, or a part matching.
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