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04-10-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 202
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've had them on my Borthwick for .... 10 years? ...

I've had them on my Borthwick for .... 10 years?
Seem to be doing just fine.

https://live.staticflickr.com/7788/26917465665_73899837d5_c_d.jpg

I have them because I was given a gift...
04-09-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By steelbikeguy

Regarding the tiny "LL" Minoura clips, I can only...

Regarding the tiny "LL" Minoura clips, I can only assume that it means "little, little". :)

Steve in Peoria
04-09-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 298
Posted By steelbikeguy

By chance, I've been sorting through my stock of...

By chance, I've been sorting through my stock of toe clips too. I wear size 46 shoes, and gravitate towards the Christophe Specials, as the clip extends about 65mm forward of the pedal cage...
...
04-09-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 136
Posted By steelbikeguy

from my 1974-ish catalog: ...

from my 1974-ish catalog:

https://live.staticflickr.com/8160/28539719204_9b718d9836_c_d.jpg

and the high resolution version: https://live.staticflickr.com/8160/28539719204_b09d4f7469_4k_d.jpg...
04-09-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 617
Posted By steelbikeguy

that reminds me of a review of a composite bike...

that reminds me of a review of a composite bike in the April 1994 issue of Bicycle Guide. I think both of these bikes sprang from the same sort of genius!

...
04-09-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 617
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm just trying to understand why there is a lock...

I'm just trying to understand why there is a lock on that bike. Seems a bit superfluous.

Steve in Peoria
(and nomadmax already posted my first reaction... i.e. this is just the ultimate...
04-08-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,835
Posted By steelbikeguy

There is a restored B-25 that is painted as a...

There is a restored B-25 that is painted as a PBJ-1J, the version that the Marines used (not sure if it actually is/was a PBJ-1J). It is named Devil Dog, a nickname for Marines dating from WW I,...
04-06-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,835
Posted By steelbikeguy

I do use analog watches, but nothing vintage. ...

I do use analog watches, but nothing vintage.
I've got an electro-mechanical clock, a Junghans ATO, that my dad bought in Germany while stationed there in the 50's. Very cool, but maybe not of...
04-06-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By steelbikeguy

sure looks like my SunTour New Winner...

sure looks like my SunTour New Winner freewheels...

https://live.staticflickr.com/4280/34895312242_968f5a0be3_c_d.jpg

seems like the hub might use a conventional axle. Wouldn't hurt to pull it...
04-05-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 23,440
Posted By steelbikeguy

Here are a few shots of my...

Here are a few shots of my commuting/touring/travel bike built by Rich Powers, a hobby frame builder here in the midwest. It was built in the year 2000, and has a bit over 50,000 miles on it now. ...
04-04-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 616
Posted By steelbikeguy

the issue of rim wear gets discussed every so...

the issue of rim wear gets discussed every so often.
About a year ago, someone presented a way to make a little tool out of an old spoke to permit measuring the rim thickness with an ordinary...
04-04-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,743
Posted By steelbikeguy

Nice that you got that feedback! The CR list...

Nice that you got that feedback! The CR list has some impressive folks who mostly lurk, but speak up now and then.

It would be great to see the frame restored, but that probably depends on...
04-03-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 793
Posted By steelbikeguy

an extra twist on the idea of routing the cables...

an extra twist on the idea of routing the cables all the way up to the center of the bars... instead of the right shifter cable going to the right cable stop on the down tube, route it over to the...
04-01-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,889
Posted By steelbikeguy

regarding the tubulars that came with the...

regarding the tubulars that came with the International... mine came with Vittoria Giro D'Italia. Cotton tires, I believe. They have never been glued on, and still hold air!

...
04-01-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,424
Posted By steelbikeguy

The author has put a bit of work into the...

The author has put a bit of work into the descriptive text:
"Photo 4:
The detail shot here shows the high-tech braking system of the bike, along with the uniquely textured tire, and a glimpse of...
03-31-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 141
Posted By steelbikeguy

Frank's articles were always so full of info! ...

Frank's articles were always so full of info! I hope he was paid well... he certainly seems to have put a lot of work into these articles!

thanks for sharing it!

Steve in Peoria
(still have...
03-31-21, 04:24 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,752
Posted By steelbikeguy

good heavens, that is a lot of pearl/flake! I'm...

good heavens, that is a lot of pearl/flake! I'm surprised that the bike doesn't cause more accidents!

The only bike I've seen with more flake was a Cherubim show bike. It was as much a glitter...
03-31-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,889
Posted By steelbikeguy

on the subject of comparing Internationals to...

on the subject of comparing Internationals to S.C.'s or other bikes... there is first the task of describing the characteristics of the different versions of the International.
I'm no expert, but I...
03-31-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 13,889
Posted By steelbikeguy

my experience with Raleighs of this era is that...

my experience with Raleighs of this era is that the waterslide transfers used for decals are extremely fragile. They sit on the surface of the paint, just waiting for something to knock them loose. ...
03-27-21, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 253
Posted By steelbikeguy

true... the switch to clinchers is very...

true...
the switch to clinchers is very practical, and I'd argue that B.17N is an acquired taste (ymmv, etc.)

from my 1974 catalog for the USA....
...
03-27-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,857
Posted By steelbikeguy

well, there is the remote chance that this is...

well, there is the remote chance that this is some sort of cockney rhyming slang, but you'd need a Brit to confirm or deny this.
Seems a bit ambiguous/nonsensical to me.

Steve in Peoria...
03-27-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 253
Posted By steelbikeguy

"shoddy craftsmanship".... "character".. it's...

"shoddy craftsmanship".... "character".. it's just a question of terminology, I suppose. :)

That is in amazing shape, and the B.17 is looking quite good. Maybe apply a little leather oil if...
03-27-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By steelbikeguy

oops.... I was thinking of the Magnic light and...

oops....
I was thinking of the Magnic light and not the Velogical. Sorry!

Steve in Peoria
03-26-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By steelbikeguy

the Velogical has been around for... maybe 8...

the Velogical has been around for... maybe 8 years or longer?
The innovation was primarily that it was a bottle dynamo that didn't have the inefficiency of the roller that rubs on the tire or rim....
03-26-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,031
Posted By steelbikeguy

I was just scanning some old magazines and one of...

I was just scanning some old magazines and one of them had an article on this very model (unless there is some difference?).
Maybe it will be helpful?
If the OP thinks it isn't helpful, I'll delete...
03-26-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,400
Posted By steelbikeguy

ouch! was that a stick that did that, or a...

ouch!
was that a stick that did that, or a squirrel with bad timing?

Steve in Peoria (where I live in fear of stupid squirrels)
03-26-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 430
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've pondered that question myself. It was...

I've pondered that question myself. It was related to the parallelogram spring getting weak, and wondering how to remove the roll pins to get the thing apart.
Presumably a punch could be used to...
03-26-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've had a SunTour cog lose a segment BITD. This...

I've had a SunTour cog lose a segment BITD. This was a span of a few teeth. I was able to replace the cog, since SunTour cogs were available in shops back then.

The loss of a tooth or teeth...
03-26-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1,001
Views: 106,263
Posted By steelbikeguy

a definite sign that it is now spring! ...

a definite sign that it is now spring!
(apologies if you see this while eating...)

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51073833296_6283202d49_c_d.jpg

...
03-24-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,400
Posted By steelbikeguy

love the classy aluminum fenders wrapping around...

love the classy aluminum fenders wrapping around the wheels with grace and style!

to represent the other end of the spectrum... i.e. the plastic SKS/Esge fenders, I offer my hard working, long...
03-24-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,716
Posted By steelbikeguy

I was doing a bit of tire shopping yesterday,...

I was doing a bit of tire shopping yesterday, looking for Veloflex Masters too, and it dawned on me that the Corsa EVO is the updated version. I did find some at BikeTiresDirect for a little over...
03-23-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 996
Posted By steelbikeguy

for what it's worth... a early 70's Raleigh...

for what it's worth... a early 70's Raleigh jersey with embroidered letters. The threads just go back and forth across the width of the lines that make up the letters.
...
03-23-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By steelbikeguy

The 13-30 seven speed is: 13-15-17-20-23-26-30 ...

The 13-30 seven speed is: 13-15-17-20-23-26-30
The steps range from 13% to 17.6%. Certainly not perfect, but reasonable when dealing with smaller changes in cog size.
The ideal for the 13-30...
03-23-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By steelbikeguy

Those gear selections came out quite well! Just...

Those gear selections came out quite well!
Just looking at the cogs from the 14 to the 32, the ideal step size from one cog to the next would be 23% (as calculated by the fourth root of 32/14)....
03-22-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 386
Posted By steelbikeguy

Derailleurs have always been about the search for...

Derailleurs have always been about the search for a good way to shove the chain from one cog to the next. Some have been more sophisticated, and some less so....
Definitely get a copy of the...
03-20-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 630
Posted By steelbikeguy

jeez... I just bothered to look at the cog...

jeez... I just bothered to look at the cog sizes.. looks like a 13-17 "corn cob".
Please tell me that this is going on your time trial bike and not on your touring bike! :)

I've got a 13-18...
03-19-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 849
Posted By steelbikeguy

if it was ticking twice per revolution, I'd...

if it was ticking twice per revolution, I'd suggest checking that the freewheel's cone was tight. I've had two of them unscrew themselves while riding, resulting in the bearings scattering into the...
03-19-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 828
Posted By steelbikeguy

the late, great, Sheldon Brown has an explanation...

the late, great, Sheldon Brown has an explanation of gearing in general, and he does go over half-step-plus-granny a bit.... https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gear-theory.html

The main advantage is...
03-19-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 828
Posted By steelbikeguy

are the rear dropouts 126mm apart? That would...

are the rear dropouts 126mm apart? That would seem to limit what rear hub could be used, and therefore the gearing available.
As such, half-step-plus-granny might still be a good choice.

I use...
03-19-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By steelbikeguy

I feel compelled to mention that I use both a...

I feel compelled to mention that I use both a vintage Reynolds bushed chain and vintage bikes with SRAM 8 speed bushingless chains. The Reynolds chain does flex less, but it does generally shift...
03-19-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 630
Posted By steelbikeguy

that's a good point about the seal. I don't...

that's a good point about the seal.
I don't recall ever opening up a Winner Pro, so can't say that I've seen it myself. I did stumble across one of Sheldon Brown's pages that does discuss the...
03-19-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 630
Posted By steelbikeguy

this discussion has prompted me to pull out my...

this discussion has prompted me to pull out my box o' freewheels and check on my Winners & Pro's. To my surprise, two of them were actually Alpha freewheels! I don't think I've ever noticed that...
03-18-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 430
Posted By steelbikeguy

do you know the history of the hub? That...

do you know the history of the hub?

That weird deformation reminds me of the stories of people trying to get freewheels off of hubs that were cut out of a wheel. Some folks clamp the left (NDS)...
03-18-21, 07:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 630
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm pretty hazy on the precise evolution of the...

I'm pretty hazy on the precise evolution of the Winner/New Winner/Winner Pro line too. The Yellow Jersey's page does help, but I wonder if there aren't some odd freewheels that aren't covered by...
03-18-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 630
Posted By steelbikeguy

wow, that's new to me! I can't imagine that...

wow, that's new to me!

I can't imagine that it doesn't need a specialized tool to apply the required torque to those recessed holes.

Steve in Peoria
03-18-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By steelbikeguy

Sinewave makes a reliable device for this...

Sinewave makes a reliable device for this purpose. https://www.sinewavecycles.com/

There are other sources for this sort of thing too.

There's no reason a person couldn't cobble together a...
03-18-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By steelbikeguy

those are really nice bikes! I'm a bit...

those are really nice bikes!
I'm a bit surprised to see a Hetchins in the group, if only because Italian racing bikes seemed to be the preferred bikes in those days. Good to see that someone...
03-18-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By steelbikeguy

too much time? no.. you have too much space! I...

too much time?
no.. you have too much space! I can't imagine having that many freewheels disassembled at the same time! :)
I think you are just tempting fate... an inadvertent trip could send all...
03-18-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 251
Posted By steelbikeguy

Those aero Shimano pedals did have that funky...

Those aero Shimano pedals did have that funky extra bracket at the front that engaged a special cleat. It is shown in this photo on flickr......
03-17-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 509
Posted By steelbikeguy

regarding the search for a stiff chain... I do...

regarding the search for a stiff chain... I do understand the general benefit of a stiff chain for vintage setups.

Some years ago, the issue came up on the CR list. By chance, I have two good...
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