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09-01-20, 07:53 AM
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Posted By 63rickert

OK, French is 16mm. The 15.5mm number comes from...

OK, French is 16mm. The 15.5mm number comes from the Bikesmith/Stonich webpage. Silly me, I believed that. The guy is a toolmaker, he would own good measuring tools, would know how to use them. And...
08-31-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

The crank is on the bike. It sits at 180 degrees...

The crank is on the bike. It sits at 180 degrees without bothering the right crank. Found the mechanic who could do it. Many here would know him, he does not like being on forums. So that shall...
08-29-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Scott Wastyn greets you at door with “No old...

Scott Wastyn greets you at door with “No old bikes” and a shake of his head. If you try to say anything to him he merely repeats “No old bikes”. As best I know Oscar, Jr. is still alive and would do...
08-29-20, 12:08 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

I have paid a guy to do it. I paid two different...

I have paid a guy to do it. I paid two different guys to do it. When they failed is when the DIY attempt started.

Crank spindle is not a brush and cotter pin is not a canvas. What happens is a big...
08-29-20, 10:42 AM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

I read what Rudi wrote and thought I understood...

I read what Rudi wrote and thought I understood it. Examined the parts and thought something made sense. If all that is wrong back to someplace before square one.

The total difference between...
08-29-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 123
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Posted By 63rickert

I know of Gary’s, should get to know them. All...

I know of Gary’s, should get to know them. All others are very familiar. Two of the shops on your list have done the job - this job, this crank - and made a mess of it. That was the point at which I...
08-28-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 987
Posted By 63rickert

It can be and has been done both ways and both...

It can be and has been done both ways and both ways work. Backwards looks strange and goofy and reason enough to leave it alone. Has definitely been a remedy that works for brakes where everything...
08-28-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

That sounds at least as slick as many of my...

That sounds at least as slick as many of my projects. Will guess 50 or 60 hours have now been spent on this single cotter pin. Which is why all these posts do not seem wholly unreasonable. Though it...
08-28-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, it is 9.0. The crank is early 60s Simplex...

Yes, it is 9.0. The crank is early 60s Simplex French. The cotter fits smoothly through the hole. An English 9.5 does not go in the hole at all. The batch of cotters I have are 8.8 to 8.9. Diameter...
08-28-20, 09:21 AM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

OK, I eyeballed it as you say and that view does...

OK, I eyeballed it as you say and that view does make it clear that any angle cut is going to engage the flat. Or it will if the pin will go in. When I try to visualize this and get a ‘cut here’...
08-28-20, 07:50 AM
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Posted By 63rickert

The pins I have are like #1...

The pins I have are like #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) and I believe they are Sunlite. Current production the cut is even shorter. I have cut some back to...
08-28-20, 07:42 AM
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Posted By 63rickert

The gouges have mostly been towards the top, so...

The gouges have mostly been towards the top, so that would be underfiled. Some are just about in middle. No rhyme or reason I can see for why it moves so much. It all feels like I am trying to do...
08-28-20, 07:24 AM
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Posted By 63rickert

The pin that is still working was installed with...

The pin that is still working was installed with a Var7 and is thus no guide.

I believe you when you say cotters come out OK for you. It was the overwhelmingly dominant system for over 80 years,...
08-27-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you Rudi. Thank you francophile. ...

Thank you Rudi.

Thank you francophile.

I have to take a break from this. Will follow up on all you have posted but just have to have a break.
08-27-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

I ride my bike. I ride it a lot. Have done so for...

I ride my bike. I ride it a lot. Have done so for a very long time.

When I don’t know how something works I take it to a mechanic. The mechanics are gone.

Yesterday I had a forty minute...
08-27-20, 12:01 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

If it was 1978 and it was a low value bike and...

If it was 1978 and it was a low value bike and there was a container of low value bikes out back waiting to be assembled and I was being paid hourly I would use a sledgehammer.

Many many reports...
08-27-20, 11:51 AM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

That is interesting and useful. All my cranks are...

That is interesting and useful. All my cranks are old and quite thin. The attempt to use the Bikesmith tool was a disaster and now am sure there is no further need to think about that.

I am...
08-27-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Interesting but not useful. I don’t have your bag...

Interesting but not useful. I don’t have your bag of cotters. There is some reason that casual fitting of type described works. I am getting a lot of reports that casual work often does the job. But...
08-27-20, 11:34 AM
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Posted By 63rickert

Right. Skip one or two or five steps and pretend...

Right. Skip one or two or five steps and pretend that you said something. This is why it is so hard to learn anything in a place like this.
08-27-20, 11:32 AM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Yes to the part about gouges. Each test fit that...

Yes to the part about gouges. Each test fit that seems to work well enough to attempt riding there is a gouge across the face of the wedge. The pins inserted with LBS Var tools also made a gouge. The...
08-26-20, 09:55 AM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you for that perspective. You are right....

Thank you for that perspective. You are right. Glad you said it out loud.

An analogy. I have read dozens of versions of how to build a wheel. Some well written some badly written. Most include...
08-25-20, 11:55 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

I don’t currently own a vise because I have...

I don’t currently own a vise because I have broken two. Have also broken a big shop vise and a friends machinist vise. Also have never been able to get anything to sit still in a vise ever. Don’t you...
08-25-20, 11:30 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

I am trying to get one arm on one end of the...

I am trying to get one arm on one end of the spindle and have a bike to ride. The left arm came loose. Original installation lasted maybe 3000 miles and then creak. For time being it is a fixed gear...
08-25-20, 08:17 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

That is interesting. It makes sense. I cannot...

That is interesting. It makes sense. I cannot even imagine getting all that set up in a vice nor can I imagine a vise of that perfection outside a machine shop.

In distant past mechanics I knew...
08-25-20, 07:37 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

It is proper diameter. One of few things I am...

It is proper diameter. One of few things I am sure of.

The pins don’t go in far at all. First LBS attempt (with Var 7) the mark on pin was a little groove maybe 1mm up the face of the wedge. So...
08-25-20, 07:27 PM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Bikesmith tool shoved a big gall of metal up the...

Bikesmith tool shoved a big gall of metal up the wedge face of pin. Not even going to try to figure that out.
08-25-20, 07:21 PM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Last iteration has the whole ramp twisting off to...

Last iteration has the whole ramp twisting off to the side. No longer a question of high spot, am looking at turning three dimensions into two. Which is quite a trick. Not sure if this pin can go any...
08-25-20, 06:58 PM
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Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Understand the principle. Already did that. Doubt...

Understand the principle. Already did that. Doubt I am attempting to execute anything at all like what you are doing. Just not getting the file to address only the indicated spots. It all gets cut...
08-25-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,024
Posted By 63rickert

Fitting cotter pins

Is there any on this forum who know how to file cotters and can explain it?

Two LBS have tried and failed with a Var #7. Both times young mechanics who may never have used that tool before. It is...
08-25-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 442
Posted By 63rickert

Ah, 18T cogs. We have a traditionalist. I would...

Ah, 18T cogs. We have a traditionalist. I would like to, but never seem to get warmed up starting on that.
08-24-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 442
Posted By 63rickert

A few weeks back was just riding along with a...

A few weeks back was just riding along with a much slower friend when a fast group came by. And then I felt a familiar hand on my backside giving a big solid madison push. Was instantly midfield in a...
08-24-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By 63rickert

The problem is there are no standards. The bike...

The problem is there are no standards. The bike industry has resolutely resisted all attempts to impose standards. In particular the American branch of the industry does nothing but throw monkey...
08-23-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 528
Posted By 63rickert

Yes they can be too long. Most of us are not...

Yes they can be too long. Most of us are not threading on a pump hose. We push on a pump head. Longer stems have leverage. I’ve not personally snapped off a valve stem but have seen it happen. When...
08-22-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 442
Posted By 63rickert

Just measured and compared a 2003 Suzue fixed hub...

Just measured and compared a 2003 Suzue fixed hub against a 1930s FB and a 1960s Campagnolo. The lockring threading/spacing is set up to work with thicker cogs on the more recent hub. 30s FB and 60s...
08-22-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 442
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, modern cogs are thicker. Also tend to be...

Yes, modern cogs are thicker. Also tend to be plain flat slabs of metal with some teeth around the outside. Old fixed cogs are machined to be thinner in the middle. To give the lock ring a place to...
08-21-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 683
Posted By 63rickert

A longtime riding partner and dear friend died of...

A longtime riding partner and dear friend died of Graves. She was also a professor, taught endocrinology, was a leading authority on the disease. She was a PhD and a researcher. MDs frequently...
08-17-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,387
Posted By 63rickert

I wonder how these stories get started. Some...

I wonder how these stories get started.

Some pros do use a lot of bikes. Biggest example would be Eddy Merckx. Using a lot of bikes is real different than wearing out a lot of bikes. Eddy always...
08-13-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By 63rickert

You want to take this to a sports orthopedist....

You want to take this to a sports orthopedist. They do no surgery, charge much lower fees, are in the lower paid specialty because they believe in what they do. They are interested in your case. At...
08-13-20, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 397
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, have known several. Uniformly top quality....

Yes, have known several. Uniformly top quality. Do they still exist, do they make carbon? More likely you should take this over to C&V.
08-13-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 788
Posted By 63rickert

Getting back to original question. Yes, what you...

Getting back to original question. Yes, what you are experiencing is common and known. Get very fit - I do mean very very fit - in any sport and the scrotum, possibly the entire phallus retracts into...
08-10-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,241
Posted By 63rickert

*Most* women want the saddle tilted slightly...

*Most* women want the saddle tilted slightly down. Slight means slight. *Most* men want the saddle tilted slightly up and many have it tilted significantly up. Almost no women can tolerate a saddle...
08-10-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 997
Posted By 63rickert

Improve your climbing technique. While waiting...

Improve your climbing technique. While waiting for improvement continue to use whatever gear works. Being able to climb in a bigger gear means nothing. All that matters is how fast you are going....
08-10-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By 63rickert

https://www.ebay.it/itm/Cinelli-track-PistaPista-1...

https://www.ebay.it/itm/Cinelli-track-PistaPista-1955-60-campagnolo-Vintage-bikes/313146200287?hash=item48e8f7d0df:g:cZMAAOSwOgxfDGDL

Says 54 on centers. Good enough? My own Cinelli was 58cm c-t,...
08-10-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By 63rickert

Watch ebay.it. Pista frames can have very...

Watch ebay.it.

Pista frames can have very high bottom brackets, makes the head tube look large. Basically you can’t tell size by looking at photo. Leaves you dependent on a seller knowing...
08-10-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,218
Posted By 63rickert

Also got a 7mm Cinelli hex key with that Falcon....

Also got a 7mm Cinelli hex key with that Falcon. Still have it.
08-10-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,218
Posted By 63rickert

Price increases through the 70s were steep. My...

Price increases through the 70s were steep. My ‘73 Cinelli was $525. That was in September. In January of that year, had one been available, probably less than $400. That was a Cinelli built complete...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 512
Posted By 63rickert

Consistently good prices on top line tubulars at...

Consistently good prices on top line tubulars at merlincycles.com. The runner up is probikekit.com. Merlin had free shipping until covid. Top tires should not be above $60 delivered. No sense in...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 505
Posted By 63rickert

Measure the inflated width of tire. Work the...

Measure the inflated width of tire. Work the chart- any chart- from measured width, not what the sidewall claims.

Same for tire pressure. Most gauges are wrong. Really, you cannot depend on your...
08-08-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By 63rickert

The Shuz Tung machinery does not look that fast....

The Shuz Tung machinery does not look that fast. Lots of steps still done purely by hand. But it will work with hands that have no skill. That is the only purpose. It is about total respect for capex...
08-07-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,218
Posted By 63rickert

Oh yes. Panache in buckets. YouTube has plenty of...

Oh yes. Panache in buckets. YouTube has plenty of early 50s videos where you can watch Robic in action. In the mountains he is always in the action at the front. Always played the crowd and played...
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