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Forum: Foo
04-11-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 9,495
Views: 1,136,516
Posted By Jeff Wills

Totally rad princess!

Totally rad princess!
04-08-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By Jeff Wills

There's a good chance it's still rolling...

There's a good chance it's still rolling somewhere. After the Apocalypse, you'll probably see Keith Richards riding a Varsity while eating a Twinkie.
04-06-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 295
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, New Winner. There is genuine cone and...

Yes, New Winner. There is genuine cone and locknut on the bearings, making it possible to adjust the bearings easily and precisely. I used to overhaul and adjust mine just for fun.

Yellow Jersey...
04-06-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By Jeff Wills

Cheaper hubs, mostly. The Varsity might have been...

Cheaper hubs, mostly. The Varsity might have been the bottom of the Schwinn ten-speeds but it was built like a tank. It could take a phenomenal amount of abuse and keep rolling. It's not unusual to...
04-06-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By Jeff Wills

Any time I see "I pushed it 3 times before the...

Any time I see "I pushed it 3 times before the shift happened", I think "old shifters, grease has turned to gum".

This is a very very common problem with old shifters. The grease inside has...
04-06-21, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 101
Posted By Jeff Wills

First rule of bicycle tires: don't measure them. ...

First rule of bicycle tires: don't measure them. You will drive yourself mad.
Second rule of bicycle tires: consult the guru. Tire Sizing Systems (sheldonbrown.com)...
04-02-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 23,950
Posted By Jeff Wills

NOS. I worked in the bicycle business years ago...

NOS. I worked in the bicycle business years ago and I still know people. I saved the boxes, too.
...
04-01-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By Jeff Wills

You need a derailleur made by M.C.Escher. ...

You need a derailleur made by M.C.Escher.

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x500/mc_escher_journey_to_infinity_movie_review_2021_e6885bc44cb1b34c692fcb04c7de3443b29b4da7.jpg
04-01-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 279
Views: 23,950
Posted By Jeff Wills

My 1977 Schwinn Superior resto-mod. Paid too...

My 1977 Schwinn Superior resto-mod. Paid too much for a rusty heap, paid way too much for the paint, paid a bunch more for the first-generation XTR components. Gosh I'm glad I have a wife that...
03-31-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 643
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yeah, I tried that. The problem was that I was...

Yeah, I tried that. The problem was that I was only 2/3 of the way down that descent when the tube blew the first time. I repaired the rim strip as you suggested, replaced the tube, and started...
03-30-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 643
Posted By Jeff Wills

I had a plastic rim strip fail on a 8-mile...

I had a plastic rim strip fail on a 8-mile descent with 8 to 14% grade. It basically melted, allowing the tube to "blow in" to the spoke holes in the rim. Frustrating, since it was essentially...
Forum: Foo
03-30-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 8,062
Views: 1,529,035
Posted By Jeff Wills

Want one of these? Heck, you can buy the whole...

Want one of these? Heck, you can buy the whole company!

The Entire Falcon Motorsports Car Company Is For Sale (jalopnik.com)...
03-25-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By Jeff Wills

Euclid was mountain bike equipment so these are...

Euclid was mountain bike equipment so these are very similar to Shimano "U-brakes" which were designed to mount on studs under the chainstays. By the time Campy made them available the mountain-bike...
03-23-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By Jeff Wills

I agree: Benotto. Bike Ribbon was available in...

I agree: Benotto. Bike Ribbon was available in lots of different colors and patterns but I don't remember the "pearlescent" ones. Those years were fuzzy, though.

Benotto: The Soma Fab Blog:...
03-23-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 225
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes, titanium. Titus was one of many builders...

Yes, titanium. Titus was one of many builders that rode the titanium wave in the '90's and then went poof with the economy's challenges in the '00's. Here's the story of their dissolution:
The...
03-22-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 685
Posted By Jeff Wills

Women tend to have shorter torsos and longer legs...

Women tend to have shorter torsos and longer legs than men. That, combined with the mountain-bike geometry you're starting with, might make the reach to long even with the short stem extension you're...
Forum: Foo
03-22-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,352
Posted By Jeff Wills

There were about 45,000 people who participated...

There were about 45,000 people who participated in the clinical trials for the Pfizer vaccine. Since they were tracking these people closely during and after the trials, we know how many were...
03-19-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 685
Posted By Jeff Wills

The length of the fork or steerer would matter if...

The length of the fork or steerer would matter if you need/plan to replace the fork. Otherwise it makes no difference to the handlebar/stem setup.

FWIW: if there's a bike co-op or similar near you...
03-18-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 204
Posted By Jeff Wills

Take the entire wheel to a bike shop and say you...

Take the entire wheel to a bike shop and say you need a replacement. You need to find a shop that has been around a while and deals with basic bikes as opposed to highfalutin' "race" bikes. If you...
03-18-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 351
Posted By Jeff Wills

The MF-TZ30 is the lowest level. MF-HG40 is...

The MF-TZ30 is the lowest level. MF-HG40 is slightly better but in practice there's little difference. Either will last many thousands of miles unless you intend to ride the bike stomping on the...
03-17-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 313
Posted By Jeff Wills

If you can track one down, try a FD-R443 or...

If you can track one down, try a FD-R443 or FD-R453. This is what I used with a triple "flat-bar" shifter and a 52T large chainring.

Shimano FD-R443 Front Derailleur Band On (sjscycles.co.uk)...
03-17-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,173
Posted By Jeff Wills

That's me. I'm a big rider in the Pacific...

That's me.

I'm a big rider in the Pacific Northwet. I've worn through a couple sets of rims thanks to our persistent rain and road grit. I used to replace rims every couple years, when there was...
03-15-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,158
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ooohhh... what brand is that inner chainring? It...

Ooohhh... what brand is that inner chainring? It looks like stainless steel.
03-15-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 165
Posted By Jeff Wills

OK... people are missing that these are 12 gauge...

OK... people are missing that these are 12 gauge spokes- 0.105" thick as opposed to the more common 14 gauge, .080" thick spokes. This is what Schwinn used on the Twinn tandems back then. The hub...
03-14-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 313
Posted By Jeff Wills

One side English and the other side Italian?...

One side English and the other side Italian? Possible if the threads were stripped at one point and the stripped side was retapped Italian. Very, very unlikely though.

I'd also consider that...
03-10-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,892
Posted By Jeff Wills

A drop bolt is what we would have used back when...

A drop bolt is what we would have used back when those brakes were young. IIRC, they were 98% compatible with Campagnolo Record calipers. You could use this drop bolt if you can afford it. ...
03-08-21, 10:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 607
Posted By Jeff Wills

Machine Tech or Ringle? I'd guess that it...

Machine Tech or Ringle?

I'd guess that it was custom built and never ridden. Maybe a bike shop display bike that never attracted any interest? Definitely a time capsule in any case.
Replies: 18
Views: 4,117
Posted By Jeff Wills

The serial number will give you the year it was...

The serial number will give you the year it was produced. From that you can look through the Schwinn catalogs online and match up equipment with model. Waterford Bikes maintains scans of many...
03-06-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By Jeff Wills

Belt drive? Stationary exercise bike?

Belt drive? Stationary exercise bike?
03-06-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,996
Posted By Jeff Wills

Dammit, now I'm having Talking Heads flashbacks...

Dammit, now I'm having Talking Heads flashbacks to go with the donuts.

Talking Heads - Burning Down the House (Official Video) - YouTube
03-05-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,996
Posted By Jeff Wills

No matter what, petrol/gasoline will vaporize...

No matter what, petrol/gasoline will vaporize when you open the container to put in or take out the chain.

I've used kerosene in the same fashion and it works pretty darn well. Plus it's easy to...
03-04-21, 10:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,996
Posted By Jeff Wills

I was going to recount tales of the burn unit at...

I was going to recount tales of the burn unit at the hospital where I work but then y'all started talking about donuts and now my brain has wandered off and got lost...
03-04-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 496
Posted By Jeff Wills

Those need to be fairly tight to begin with and...

Those need to be fairly tight to begin with and they've been there for 25-ish years. Make sure you have a tight-fitting socket on the bolt. It's a little odd that you say the bolt's beginning to...
03-04-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,909
Posted By Jeff Wills

Ditto. Even with 700C wheels, the chainstay...

Ditto. Even with 700C wheels, the chainstay clearance limits the bike to 32C (1 1/4") width tires. That was OK when I had my first Superior in the 1980's, less so now.
03-04-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,167
Posted By Jeff Wills

Same here. I had a 1961 VW double-cab pickup. Fun...

Same here. I had a 1961 VW double-cab pickup. Fun to work on- simpler than many bicycles. I think I'll stick to fillet-brazed Schwinns now.
Forum: Recumbent
03-04-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By Jeff Wills

Humph. The error is back tonight. I might bother...

Humph. The error is back tonight. I might bother Brian...
Forum: Recumbent
03-02-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By Jeff Wills

Same here. I assume Brian's working it out with...

Same here. I assume Brian's working it out with his provider.

Edit: I cleared my cache... that is, all the cookies and temporary files, and re-logged in. The error is gone now.
03-01-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,909
Posted By Jeff Wills

Done there, been that. I went kind of nuts with...

Done there, been that. I went kind of nuts with the 3-piece crank conversion but hey... it rides nice:

Burgundy Super Sport | Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/ohpv/albums/72157670249022375)...
Forum: Foo
02-28-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 9,495
Views: 1,136,516
Posted By Jeff Wills

It beats tearing them out by hand. I did that...

It beats tearing them out by hand. I did that with a couple plants in front of my house that had aged out. I replaced them with something more color- and climate-appropriate.
02-28-21, 11:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,588
Posted By Jeff Wills

Yes.

Yes.
02-27-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,588
Posted By Jeff Wills

Open Road Bicycles has moved to Altadena, near...

Open Road Bicycles has moved to Altadena, near the corner of Lake and Altadena Dr. Steve is still everything there- owner, chief mechanic, bookkeeper, bottle washer. He and I worked at Euro Asia...
02-25-21, 11:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By Jeff Wills

Everything looks well used. The derailleurs and...

Everything looks well used. The derailleurs and shifters are probably not the issue. Since you're replacing the cassette and chain, I would also replace the cables and perhaps the cable housing. If...
02-25-21, 11:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 917
Posted By Jeff Wills

OTOH, maybe it wouldn't be an issue with enough...

OTOH, maybe it wouldn't be an issue with enough padding on the seat:
Sofa Bike Turns A Love Seat Into A Pedal-Powered Date Vehicle (coolthings.com)

:D:):D:recum::recum:...
02-24-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 917
Posted By Jeff Wills

I agree. I'm close to that weight (240-ish) and I...

I agree. I'm close to that weight (240-ish) and I ride a recumbent so I can't "unweight" to protect the wheel. I've used 36-spoke rear wheels forever. I usually build them with 2.0/1.8/2.0...
02-18-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 913
Posted By Jeff Wills

Please note that you are replying to a thread...

Please note that you are replying to a thread that is 17 years old.
02-18-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,799
Posted By Jeff Wills

Your picture did not come though. I'm not...

Your picture did not come though. I'm not familiar with Google photos, but you might have to make it "public" before any of us can see it.

It's possible to remove freewheel cogs with one chain...
Forum: Foo
02-18-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9,495
Views: 1,136,516
Posted By Jeff Wills

Why would he have to be high on meth?

Why would he have to be high on meth?
Forum: Foo
02-18-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9,495
Views: 1,136,516
Posted By Jeff Wills

I'm IT-ish. Pharmacy tech, Pyxis administrator. ...

I'm IT-ish. Pharmacy tech, Pyxis administrator. When COVID first ramped up I had to change a bunch of stuff. Then the powers that be changed their minds, so I undid my changes and did something...
Forum: Foo
02-17-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 9,495
Views: 1,136,516
Posted By Jeff Wills

Dude, I've been going to work throughout. (Big...

Dude, I've been going to work throughout. (Big city hospital.) This IS my day at work.
02-17-21, 11:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,643
Posted By Jeff Wills

It's how I learned to build wheels in a shop......

It's how I learned to build wheels in a shop... nearly 40 yeas ago. Back then we didn't have elaborate spoke inventories so it was SOP to build a rear wheel with one length of spoke, dish the wheel,...
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