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07-07-20, 07:43 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

Following that link, one of the bikes listed was...

Following that link, one of the bikes listed was a 70-72 (claimed) Sports in white. That's the first one I've seen since I had mine back in 1973. Unfortunately, this one is a girl's frame.
06-17-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,328
Posted By sykerocker

And you'd probably shoot first.

And you'd probably shoot first.
06-16-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,872
Posted By sykerocker

I've always had a fondness for Fujis. Helping my...

I've always had a fondness for Fujis. Helping my buddy in Erie start the town's third bicycle shop based around Fuji and Atala (and, unfortunately, Lambert) ensured that there would always be a...
06-16-20, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely Bike Boom, but not department store. ...

Definitely Bike Boom, but not department store.

The American bicycle industry back in the early 70's really ran on about four levels:

Schwinn, of course, was the best. Best construction, best...
06-16-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 69,912
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely a bent fork and, like mine, that bike...

Definitely a bent fork and, like mine, that bike has been seriously upgraded over it's life.

On of the fun parts of riding a little known old European bike is that nobody has any idea as to how...
05-31-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,068
Posted By sykerocker

Nice find. One of those bikes I always wanted to...

Nice find. One of those bikes I always wanted to have. Back in the early 70's dad and mom went back to Slovakia (in our family it was two countries, before the official split) to visit family and I...
05-08-20, 04:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 614
Posted By sykerocker

Which is why I'm perfectly happy riding 50's-80's...

Which is why I'm perfectly happy riding 50's-80's bikes. The chassis and suspension match what's under the hood very well.

What's worrisome is my recent propensity for rod-braked roadsters. ...
05-02-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,205
Posted By sykerocker

Well, it started with a 1958 Schwinn Mark IV...

Well, it started with a 1958 Schwinn Mark IV Jaguar, as an 8th birthday present. Which I still used in 1969-70 as a college commuter. The Seventies were serious cycling time, working at A.R. Adams...
04-20-20, 07:04 AM
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Posted By sykerocker

Damn. If it was closer, Iíd jump on it. My...

Damn. If it was closer, Iíd jump on it. My frame size, the color I always loved, and I havenít owned a genuine Sports since the A.R. Adams Cycle days. Lots of three speed variants, but not the...
04-19-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 155
Posted By sykerocker

Just a normal Sunday ride

Lest you think life has gone completely to hell and our society is in the toilet:

Usual Sunday ride, this time the '71 Gitane Tour de France which had a definitely worn and sketchy rear sew-up...
04-16-20, 07:14 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

I've never had a four-speed, have always wanted...

I've never had a four-speed, have always wanted one, because they seemed to make the most sense to me. While I love the first gear on the S5, I rarely use the fifth. My attitude is usually "who...
04-15-20, 12:40 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

Thanks for the insight, will give it a try in...

Thanks for the insight, will give it a try in this afternoon's ride.
04-15-20, 08:52 AM
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Posted By sykerocker

My experience with the S5 (I use my '69 Sprite as...

My experience with the S5 (I use my '69 Sprite as one of my two daily commuters) is that, given the kludginess of the left side actuation, I don't treat it as a 1-2-3-4-5 five-speed. I tend to run...
04-14-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 864
Posted By sykerocker

Just reuse the original cups, and come up with a...

Just reuse the original cups, and come up with a spindle with the same internal spacing.
04-13-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 864
Posted By sykerocker

A slight side tangent on your post: You say your...

A slight side tangent on your post: You say your Grand Prix is a Holland-built model. Did the original wheels come with quick release hubs, or are they bolt on?

The reason I'm asking is that...
03-31-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 6,241
Posted By sykerocker

For me, the social distancing is going to be...

For me, the social distancing is going to be fairly easy. The builders managed to get my replacement garage done thirty days ago, and the first weekend of March was spent in repeated trips to Harbor...
03-28-20, 06:20 PM
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Views: 281,778
Posted By sykerocker

I seem to finally have the rear wheel puncture...

I seem to finally have the rear wheel puncture problem on the Flying Pigeon solved. Well, at least well enough to get 11 miles between two rides today without problem.

So, with the bike seemingly...
03-28-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

Being a cheap bastard, I tend to patch also,...

Being a cheap bastard, I tend to patch also, maximum of three per tube. About the only real exceptions to that are my six bikes running sew-ups. Patching a sew-up is probably one of my least...
03-28-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

Some very good ideas there, thank you. I tend to...

Some very good ideas there, thank you. I tend to inflate those style rims slowly anyway, if only to ensure that the tire bead doesn't slip off while inflating. And that's usually putting in the...
03-28-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

Bingo! It seems to work. Patched the tire...

Bingo! It seems to work. Patched the tire yesterday, inflated it and let it sit overnight. Did one layer of reinforced packing tape over top the layer of electrical tape. Mounted the wheel this...
03-27-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,041
Posted By sykerocker

How about the "Getting the Goddam Flying Pigeon...

How about the "Getting the Goddam Flying Pigeon to Ride More Than Five Miles Without Puncturing the Rear Tube" challenge?

Right now, that's the main job in the new shop while I bead blast burned...
03-27-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

A very productive evening for possible answers. ...

A very productive evening for possible answers. Thank you. Will give a few of these a try once I'm done mowing the lawn this afternoon.
03-26-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

Did that immediately. That was my first thought....

Did that immediately. That was my first thought. Then did the finger test down the rim, checking each of the spoke ends.
03-26-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

Sounds like the best idea so far. Will give it a...

Sounds like the best idea so far. Will give it a try.
03-26-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

That is a new tube. The second I've put on the...

That is a new tube. The second I've put on the bike. Two rides and approximately four miles on it.
03-26-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 889
Posted By sykerocker

Continual punctures

At the Westminster, MD swap meet in February I picked up a mint condition Flying Pigeon roadster for the munificent sum of $50.00. Exactly as pictured, with a flat rear tire:
...
03-24-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By sykerocker

Welcome to why I'm not particularly bothered that...

Welcome to why I'm not particularly bothered that my new shop isn't going to be anything as extensive as the lost one. The market just isn't there anymore, and I'm looking at spending the next two...
03-24-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,113
Posted By sykerocker

A combination of the seller was desperate to get...

A combination of the seller was desperate to get rid of it, and nobody else was taking it seriously. And I later understood why. In the past month, I've gotten a whole mile and a quarter ridden on...
03-23-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By sykerocker

Bike swap, for sale section here, anything but...

Bike swap, for sale section here, anything but Craigslist. That bike is too unique and nice to go out on the cold streets.

Immediately checked your location upon reading that statement. ...
03-23-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,113
Posted By sykerocker

Actually it was in virtually new condition with...

Actually it was in virtually new condition with only a flat tire. Plus every fastener on the bike was torqued down to 15 micro ounces. Except for the wheel bearing cups which were put on with a air...
03-23-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 8,113
Posted By sykerocker

Right now, if I spend money on anything cycling...

Right now, if I spend money on anything cycling related, it's going to be replacement of tools lost in the fire. I've still got the '79 PX-10 that I've been slowly building for five years now, the...
03-23-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,884
Posted By sykerocker

To me, modern is defined as "having brifters" no...

To me, modern is defined as "having brifters" no matter how many cogs on the freehub. No matter how new or old. I've never owned a carbon fiber-framed bike and have no interest whatsoever in getting...
03-22-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

Hell, right now I need to come up with a couple...

Hell, right now I need to come up with a couple of spare sewups. Without them, half my collection is limited to display hanging.

And unfortunately, to gain more bikes, you usually have to be...
03-22-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

And, it is with great pleasure that I can report...

And, it is with great pleasure that I can report that the shop is completed!

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03-21-20, 04:15 PM
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Views: 1,061
Posted By sykerocker

Love to see it, especially as I own three,

Love to see it, especially as I own three,
03-16-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

When I picked up the top of the tool box, there...

When I picked up the top of the tool box, there was one blasting cabinet on the showroom floor. Went back today, and it was sold. New shipment due in by Friday.

However, I did get the Raleigh...
03-15-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 8,370
Posted By sykerocker

You can always use cloth, and then wash them. ...

You can always use cloth, and then wash them. You know, like diapers (used to be?).

Easy for me to say, you should see the shelves of yardage and scraps I've got in the sewing room.

What is it...
03-15-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

There's something to be said for being forced to...

There's something to be said for being forced to stay at home and hide for the sake of one's health: It's a wonderful motivation to get lots of work done on the property.

Having finished the...
03-15-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

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Oh, I'm used to Skye. I've been going by my nickname for about three decades now, because my legal name, George Paczolt, is utterly unpronounceable to most people (plus you have a...
03-15-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

Yes, I very much would be. Thank you.

Yes, I very much would be. Thank you.
03-12-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,354
Posted By sykerocker

While we're on the subject of new Chinese...

While we're on the subject of new Chinese roadsters, I may as well fill you in on the Flying Pigeon I picked up new (with a flat rear tire) at the Westminster swap meet in February. For all of...
03-12-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,354
Posted By sykerocker

My years with the Raleigh Tourist had me...

My years with the Raleigh Tourist had me believing that rod brakes were marginal at best. Additing Cool Stop pads turned marginal into barely acceptable.

Then I got the Flying Pigeon last month....
03-12-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

Richmond hasn't had a dockless bike problem. ...

Richmond hasn't had a dockless bike problem. We've got a docked bicycle system that's slowly dying on the vine since the dockless scooters arrived last year. On the second try. The first time,...
03-11-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

The workbench got built today. Tomorrow is a...

The workbench got built today. Tomorrow is a double shelf for the car side of the garage for chemicals, car care products, anything not having to do with the workshop. Friday, pick up the compressor...
03-11-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

I'm supposed to be in St. Augustine the last...

I'm supposed to be in St. Augustine the last weekend of April - if that helps.
03-10-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

I need to find one of those. Soon. I'm getting...

I need to find one of those. Soon. I'm getting to the point where I'd really like to replace most of my fancy road bikes with a bunch of good old stodgy roadsters. I find I'm riding them more than...
03-10-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

Up until two days ago I had planned on anything...

Up until two days ago I had planned on anything from a basic battleship grey paint job thru having one of those expensive, fancy always-perfectly-clean epoxy garage floors with the Raleigh logo in...
03-09-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By sykerocker

Quite a thing for kids back in the Sixties, and...

Quite a thing for kids back in the Sixties, and no political pretense was meant by that. It mainly came from either all those American International biker films, or, if you were a WWII buff the...
03-09-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

Oh hell, yeah. The only vehicle I've owned in 21...

Oh hell, yeah. The only vehicle I've owned in 21 years living down here that has a standard issue license plate is my van. And that's only because the SYKE plate got moved to the car when I got it...
03-09-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,344
Posted By sykerocker

The thread formerly known as "Death of a bicycle shop"

The garage (building) is finished! Spent the past week finishing the interior, got the home Wifi node set up in the attic, and reestablished the connection to the other garage/wife's hidey hole. ...
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