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06-30-20, 03:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 271
Posted By Prowler

Since my machines Are all riders, no garage...

Since my machines Are all riders, no garage queens, I go for comfort. "Cork" tape but not too thick. I've used Cinelli tape and SRAM. My latest build (84 Fuji) has Origin 8 tape. My preference is...
06-19-20, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15,663
Views: 1,590,388
Posted By Prowler

Took my Fuji TSIII out on "dawn patrol". Dawn...

Took my Fuji TSIII out on "dawn patrol". Dawn patrol means I push off at 5:15am so I can get the miles in and done before most of the "normal people" arrive. Nice and cool and less worry about people...
Forum: Touring
06-19-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 809
Posted By Prowler

I have a Fuji Touring Series III that I restored...

I have a Fuji Touring Series III that I restored over this past winter. It's fit right in as one of my favorites. I really like the ride and the gearing works real well for me. After studying the...
Forum: Touring
06-17-20, 02:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 776
Posted By Prowler

Great thread idea. Who else has good DIY pannier...

Great thread idea. Who else has good DIY pannier designs, things that have worked well. I've been pondering DIY front panniers for longer day rides when I may want some rain gear, a few extra...
06-10-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 15,663
Views: 1,590,388
Posted By Prowler

Tough day for me, but great

Since it looks like no road trips this year (like haul the bike up into New England or down to Virginia to ride trails) I'm "spoke riding" this year - day trips from home and back. Yesterday was a...
06-08-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,101
Posted By Prowler

Excellent point, well said. BTDT, especially...

Excellent point, well said. BTDT, especially with building frankenbikes or replacing wheel sets. The DO thickness may vary from frame to frame. And that recess in the QR design is often just...
06-06-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 857
Posted By Prowler

I have a lot of tools as I do a lot of things,...

I have a lot of tools as I do a lot of things, bicycles being just part of it. The bike specific tools are kept in three places. The seldom seen are up in the loft. The frequently seen are in this...
06-06-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By Prowler

Suntour NSL FD - loose cage problem

Iíve been having a intermittent problem lately with shifting the FD on my Nishiki. Generally it would do fine but, rarely, the chain would bind on the upshift. Iíve been checking and re-checking the...
05-28-20, 05:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 622
Posted By Prowler

IIRC the stop pins/screws are a convenience vs a...

IIRC the stop pins/screws are a convenience vs a necessity. Convenient for the original assembler and for the owner while maintaining the bike. During operation it does nothing so, as you know...
05-23-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 451
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^ Didn't Raleigh make a series of bikes,...

^^^^^^ Didn't Raleigh make a series of bikes, across the line up, with that Team livery for a while. I backed away from a POS Raleigh Record once - stamped DOs, bolt on's, poor brazing, bottom...
05-22-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3,315
Views: 280,075
Posted By Prowler

Last summer I used my freshly overhauled 87...

Last summer I used my freshly overhauled 87 Schwinn Voyageur to travel the Great Allegheny Passage. 300 miles of decent gravel and screenings, largely dry but some rain and all rain the last day, 25...
05-22-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15,663
Views: 1,590,388
Posted By Prowler

Yesterday, actually - drove up to Cementon, PA to...

Yesterday, actually - drove up to Cementon, PA to ride the Delaware and Lehigh trail. Excellent. Cool clear morning, almost no breeze and bright sun out from under the thick forest. Follows the Leigh...
05-12-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By Prowler

Suntour Alpha 2000 RD - for posterity

I've had good experience with Suntour transmissions so keep my eyes open for RDs, FDs, FWs and shifters. Recently I noticed a Suntour Alpha 2000 (accushift) RD in the scrap pile at the LBS. It was...
05-06-20, 05:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,146
Posted By Prowler

We need a lot more information in order to help. ...

We need a lot more information in order to help. Tell us about the stairs, straight, turns with landings, how much room at the ends. Tell us about the bike. Type, suspension, make and model. Go...
05-05-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,480
Posted By Prowler

These were finished as the 'stay at home' was...

These were finished as the 'stay at home' was getting started. I'd been thinking alternatives and designing over the winter but the fab and finish completed in early April. My thoughts for my rehab...
05-03-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 6,411
Views: 552,719
Posted By Prowler

+1 on the E-ne bell. I like mine and I'm using...

+1 on the E-ne bell. I like mine and I'm using it a LOT these days on those folks who cannot figure out distancing. Sound seems to carry real well and easy to use. There are still a few folks who...
04-30-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,419
Posted By Prowler

Mike, I'll add another aspect of this, for the...

Mike, I'll add another aspect of this, for the rare few who have multiple bikes. Repeating the fit. I spent a lot of time getting the fit right on my Raleigh Pro. It's all day, long miles,...
04-24-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By Prowler

Pipe Smoke Analytics: All three are a HOOT...

Pipe Smoke Analytics:

All three are a HOOT to ride. For the way I ride they are very similar. They do not do loaded touring, but do handle long day rides, even centuries with bar bags. Flats,...
04-24-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By Prowler

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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1974 Crescent Pepita 92319.
ST = 59cm c-c. Wheel base = 111cm. Weight as shown...
04-16-20, 04:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 961
Posted By Prowler

At our LBS I was tasked to install a set of...

At our LBS I was tasked to install a set of fenders. Went well until I dropped one of the wee stainless steel washers for the rear. I spent way too long searching for it, across the hardwood floor...
04-15-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 15,663
Views: 1,590,388
Posted By Prowler

Today was a beautiful spring day but the morning...

Today was a beautiful spring day but the morning was busy so this afternoon I just rode around the block. That's a 15 mile hilly circuit through the surrounding neighborhoods, never more than a mile...
04-15-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,654
Posted By Prowler

Glad your laughing about this. I've found that,...

Glad your laughing about this. I've found that, given the stresses on the HS (rough roads, rail crossings, potholes, curbs, wooden bridges, etc) it's best if you get the lock nut/top nut really...
04-14-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 348
Views: 121,638
Posted By Prowler

Correct, the bridge is not threaded and that...

Correct, the bridge is not threaded and that small adjuster is quite hard to turn with the cable tension on it. I use an Irwin Quick Grip Clamp, passed thru the spokes, to close the brake pads thus...
04-12-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 664
Posted By Prowler

+1 always, always. And, OP, don't think about...

+1 always, always. And, OP, don't think about "not smart enough". Many of those sets have been put in backwards by mechanics who did not know nor care. Always use two hex keys and peek inside to...
04-12-20, 04:24 AM
Replies: 3,315
Views: 280,075
Posted By Prowler

Funny how a couple of photos like that can get a...

Funny how a couple of photos like that can get a guy hankering to go build a wheel. Nice warm wood stove, good tunes on the box, hot coffee, lacing spokes, not thinking about anything else. You...
04-11-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 6,411
Views: 552,719
Posted By Prowler

Congrats to you. I'm another big fan of those...

Congrats to you. I'm another big fan of those svelte stainless steel button bottle cages. I have 4, one broken. When shopping for my Voyageur, I found two in the same day, one at a coop and the...
04-10-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2,338
Views: 758,428
Posted By Prowler

Thanks and, yes, I know. I think it is a great...

Thanks and, yes, I know. I think it is a great value. "Lowly" was a bit tongue in cheek.....
04-10-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 2,338
Views: 758,428
Posted By Prowler

Recently put this on the road after a complete...

Recently put this on the road after a complete rehabilitation over this past winter. Though only a lowly TS III, I'm really enjoying the ride. A lot of fine touring bike for what it all cost me. ...
04-10-20, 04:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,113
Posted By Prowler

After I "separated" on Halloween of 2013, I...

After I "separated" on Halloween of 2013, I bought 2 old bikes which each got a frame up rehab which honed my mech skills. Over the following year I got into a position where a local LBS owner asked...
04-08-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 788
Posted By Prowler

Sounds great. Make mine Yeungling. I suppose...

Sounds great. Make mine Yeungling. I suppose in the confines of the Nautilus, greater beer output/square foot is a big plus. Thirsty times....
04-01-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 988
Views: 187,077
Posted By Prowler

After 100 test miles now, I can officially...

After 100 test miles now, I can officially declare completion of the rehabilitation on my 1984 Fuji Touring Series III. This bike is working out just great. Full story in my 'winter project' thread...
04-01-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15,663
Views: 1,590,388
Posted By Prowler

It was a good day for singing my Isolation Song....

It was a good day for singing my Isolation Song. However, I've found that the civil behavior on our trail system can be pretty deplorable so I left early and got it done before 'normal people' came...
Forum: Northeast
03-28-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 8,914
Views: 1,017,039
Posted By Prowler

Same thing here in Pennsylvania. 80% of the...

Same thing here in Pennsylvania. 80% of the trail users are doing great. Using the right edge of the trail, move to single file when they hear you coming. No bunching up, plenty of distancing for...
Forum: Touring
03-14-20, 06:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 816
Posted By Prowler

At 68 yrs old, I've been a returneder about 10...

At 68 yrs old, I've been a returneder about 10 years now. Time in the saddle will help with cadence. We have some lovely long trails here in the Philly area but all of em come with headwinds, free...
03-13-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By Prowler

Very nice. I was out for on my '76 yesterday on...

Very nice. I was out for on my '76 yesterday on our Schuylkill River Trail. The Pro just does everything well and the British chrome is as nice today as it was 40 years ago. Mine is sorta franken...
03-12-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,685
Posted By Prowler

Its ok. I have same issue when I encounter A...

Its ok. I have same issue when I encounter A list celebrities. I was born shy.

Hope to see you soon. I figure that camping out, pee'n in the shrubbery and cycling in the open air I should be...
03-11-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,685
Posted By Prowler

Some context: In my limited experience I've found...

Some context: In my limited experience I've found the following, though without "adult supervision" who knows. I see that our only two adults will be wasting their weekend playing bluegrass music....
03-09-20, 05:14 AM
Replies: 3,315
Views: 280,075
Posted By Prowler

^^^^^^ That "fussbudget fiddling" is often the...

^^^^^^ That "fussbudget fiddling" is often the most creative and fun part of a build. I spend way too much time designing, fab'n and installing that stuff. Waddell, it's a hobby. I would not...
02-25-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Prowler

When I build a wheel (or retension one during a...

When I build a wheel (or retension one during a rehab) I start with checking the dish, spokes barely tensioned, then recheck dish often as it's brought up. Same with hop and runout. Much easier...
02-09-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,700
Posted By Prowler

I also, recently, obtained one of those Blackburn...

I also, recently, obtained one of those Blackburn pumps, was abandoned in the basement of the LBS. Yes the head sucked so I replaced it. But I agree it's a well made pump and fully serviceable. How...
02-09-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By Prowler

As the front cable guide is so close to the HS,...

As the front cable guide is so close to the HS, might they have intentionally placed it to the side to avoid a too sharp bend of the housing around the HS? Then, I don't see why the front guide...
01-29-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 644
Posted By Prowler

Well either that change helped or I owe you folks...

Well either that change helped or I owe you folks an apology. Both my iPad and my desktop now work just fine.

Even though I crabbed like a fish wife, I still remained skeptical about my own...
01-04-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,350
Posted By Prowler

Here, I'll discourage you. Releasing two at a...

Here, I'll discourage you. Releasing two at a time to just cross one over the other is not onerous. Replacing two at a time is getting onerous as you have to deal with getting the old spokes out...
01-03-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,350
Posted By Prowler

Me too, two at a time. You'll also ensure that...

Me too, two at a time. You'll also ensure that all the nipples are turning free and smooth. This is a great to start learning wheel building. I started when I just past 60yrs. "Too old". Only in...
12-22-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By Prowler

Boxing Day Plans 2019

With my wife's British heritage, I've known about and tracked Boxing Day for decades, even though we have no "downstairs" to take care of that day. In the last decade or so, since I resumed cycling,...
12-17-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,410
Posted By Prowler

Nuther lope, though it don't say so. 1995 850 so...

Nuther lope, though it don't say so. 1995 850 so it shares much of the genome. I obtained this via CL late in the last century and rode it stock for a few years. A couple of years ago I "dropped" the...
12-01-19, 05:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,194
Posted By Prowler

I did not heat the spring first. I don't even...

I did not heat the spring first. I don't even know how I would have, heated just the last 1/2 inch of coil I needed to work with. But I agree with your concern, which is why I did not go to 90deg. ...
11-30-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,194
Posted By Prowler

Update after a year on the road

Its been a year now since I applied this fix to the broken body spring on my Crescent's Cyclone RD (short cage). And it's been about 6 years since I applied the same fix to the Cyclone (long cage) on...
11-25-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,240
Posted By Prowler

Glad to see that date again. Thanks.

Glad to see that date again. Thanks.
11-02-19, 04:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 10,503
Posted By Prowler

Another foot stomp for 'take your time'...

Another foot stomp for 'take your time' especially on disassembly. Many old fasteners have experienced neglect, even not moved for 40 years. Be gentle with those wrenches. Let modern penetrating...
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