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11-16-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 728
Posted By steelbikeguy

who doesn't love a nice International? I've got...

who doesn't love a nice International? I've got one in copper!

Looking forward to the story. It seems to have survived the decades in decent condition. .... except for that bottle cage that...
11-15-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By steelbikeguy

well, I had to take pictures because I had to...

well, I had to take pictures because I had to reverse engineer the whole thing ... or at least 95%. Quite a few of the semiconductors had been blown up.

The board is conformally coated. ...
11-14-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By steelbikeguy

I did see that photo of the board, but was hoping...

I did see that photo of the board, but was hoping for something with better resolution. Preferably, with the resolution to see whatever the parts markings are. Still, the odds of decoding the...
11-12-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 353
Posted By steelbikeguy

always fun to see what secrets are inside! ...

always fun to see what secrets are inside! thanks for sharing with us!

as an electronics guy, I'm still curious about the details of the circuit. At a glance, it does seem like there are more...
11-11-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 985
Posted By steelbikeguy

I like Manny's idea of linking our vintage bikes...

I like Manny's idea of linking our vintage bikes with our time in the Corps...
In that spirit, here's a shot of the squadron HQ building with my bike parked in front. I think I had ready room duty...
11-10-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,015
Posted By steelbikeguy

in the spirit of vintage photos... I have a...

in the spirit of vintage photos...
I have a few photos taken in San Diego in 1977. I had just graduated from Marine Corps boot camp in San Diego and spent a couple of days there doing touristy...
11-10-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 985
Posted By steelbikeguy

has it been 244 years already? where does the...

has it been 244 years already? where does the time go!

shoot... it's been over 40 years since I stood on those yellow footprints in San Diego, waiting to get my hair reduced to a stubble. A bit...
11-09-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,150
Posted By steelbikeguy

It does make a fellow wonder how many 70's bikes...

It does make a fellow wonder how many 70's bikes are still in boxes or sitting untouched in the recesses of a shop....

When I arrived in Peoria in the mid 90's, a shop had recently been...
11-03-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,316
Posted By steelbikeguy

sorry... I assumed that this was about corporate...

sorry... I assumed that this was about corporate trademarks, and my mind immediately went to T.A.'s "Fifi" kid. I don't recall the story of why he was used as a logo or trademark for T.A.
This...
11-03-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,132
Posted By steelbikeguy

The first nice bike that I owned was a Raleigh...

The first nice bike that I owned was a Raleigh Gran Sport. Beautiful bike, but even with my limited experience at the time (circa 1975), I knew that most of the parts on a Gran Sport were ... not...
11-02-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,913
Posted By steelbikeguy

on a nice day: ...

on a nice day:

https://live.staticflickr.com/5711/30761894655_c05f3b7756_c_d.jpg


and a not-so-nice day:

https://live.staticflickr.com/8679/16066651573_bf47095a7d_c_d.jpg

the poor bike...
11-01-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'd rather not think too much about that.... ...

I'd rather not think too much about that....

although, a flat rear tire sure beats a flat front tire when trying to keep things under control.
Also, those Conti Gatorskins fit very tight! Not...
10-31-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 652
Posted By steelbikeguy

Those are made by Dia-Compe, as marked on the...

Those are made by Dia-Compe, as marked on the quick release flip tab.

I've seen hoods with punch-out holes for the safety levers.
Anything designed for Weinmann levers ... or Dia-Compe... is a...
10-31-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

Tanneroica? I wonder if that's trademarked...

Tanneroica?
I wonder if that's trademarked yet??
The rules for what bikes can be ridden will be more lax than the actual Eroica rides, though. :)
Fewer gravel roads too.

Steve in Peoria
10-31-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,670
Posted By steelbikeguy

While not really what the OP inquired about, some...

While not really what the OP inquired about, some USA frame builders are making components, so might technically qualify for discussion.
If nothing else, it's an excuse to show a little bike porn......
10-30-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,670
Posted By steelbikeguy

no mention of Bullseye, run by Roger Durham? ...

no mention of Bullseye, run by Roger Durham?

Bullseye offered the first set of sealed bearing derailleur pulleys. I was a big fan...
...
10-30-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,670
Posted By steelbikeguy

a Weyless ad from 1975..... ...

a Weyless ad from 1975.....

https://live.staticflickr.com/4033/35431580552_f49e898919_b_d.jpg

Steve in Peoria
10-30-19, 06:23 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 44,636
Posted By steelbikeguy

I would say "it's that time of year", except that...

I would say "it's that time of year", except that this was taken a couple of days ago, and we are expecting 4" of snow tomorrow. ...ugh...
...
10-30-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

as one more way of wrapping up and summarizing...

as one more way of wrapping up and summarizing our experiences from the ride, perhaps I can share a small detail.
Specifically, this is regarding my flat tire on Saturday in the last 10 miles or so....
10-30-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

Absolutely! If nothing else, you may have saved...

Absolutely!
If nothing else, you may have saved the SAG vehicle the trouble of taking you back to the school when you couldn't stop shivering.

As the only one of our little group who wasn't...
10-29-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 486
Posted By steelbikeguy

decent? well, I'd say "great". certainly a...

decent?
well, I'd say "great".
certainly a few levels above the Maillard hubs on the LeTour.

Steve in Peoria (always loved the high end SunTour stuff)
10-29-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

I did think that was funny too. :) (photo...

I did think that was funny too. :) (photo credit to Gail)

I wonder if they get enough riders from urban areas to actually need to explain the livestock in the area??

Steve in Peoria (where...
10-29-19, 03:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 486
Posted By steelbikeguy

the clip is there to cover the oil hole. The...

the clip is there to cover the oil hole.
The oil is intended to "freshen" the grease, according to various discussions I've seen. Similar to oil ports seen on headsets and bottom brackets of some...
10-28-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,937
Posted By steelbikeguy

John Schubert did an article on installing...

John Schubert did an article on installing slotted cleats for Bicycling quite a few years back. I happen to have saved the issue that it was in.....

page 1:...
10-27-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

part 2...... Allan and Robbie cruising along...

part 2......

Allan and Robbie cruising along
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48971778137_4547c3d732_c_d.jpg


The sun finally comes out, brightening things up a bit for Gail ...
10-27-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

As noted by Robbie, Saturday was a wet nasty...

As noted by Robbie, Saturday was a wet nasty mess. Not a good venue for pulling out a proper camera and taking pics! Fortunately, Sunday was much more suitable for photos!

We've got a few BF...
10-27-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

and I think Mom used to yell "and wear some warm...

and I think Mom used to yell "and wear some warm clothes, 'ya dummy!"

Seriously, there were a number of cases of sagging in due to hypothermia. Some folks were seriously unprepared for the...
10-27-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

The phrase "not enough sense to come in out of...

The phrase "not enough sense to come in out of the rain" comes to mind, but only because no one has coined the phrase "not enough sense to not go out in the rain". :)

Common sense?
No, we have...
10-25-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

looking at the hourly forecast, I notice that...

looking at the hourly forecast, I notice that sunrise isn't until 8am, which does sound familiar. If there is significant cloud cover, it's going to pretty dark at 7am! 7:30 am might be tolerable,...
10-25-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 283
Posted By steelbikeguy

...and no comments on the ugly blue tires,...

...and no comments on the ugly blue tires, please..
I'm trying to wear them out so I can put on some nice Veloflex Masters or something similar. :)

Steve in Peoria
10-25-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,436
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm fine with a 7am start. Keep me updated with...

I'm fine with a 7am start. Keep me updated with a text or whatever.

Staying out of the rain would be nice, especially since there was some mention of an inch or two of rain in the forecast I...
10-23-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 537
Views: 44,636
Posted By steelbikeguy

it's getting to be that time of year..... ...

it's getting to be that time of year.....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48944445772_152ddee57f_c_d.jpg


Steve in Peoria
10-22-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 549
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've still got a Raleigh cap that I bought in the...

I've still got a Raleigh cap that I bought in the 70's.
It took a little longer to buy the Raleigh Team bike, though...

https://live.staticflickr.com/285/18659391314_c2e663cb03_c_d.jpg

...
10-22-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 370
Posted By steelbikeguy

That looks very good! I was thinking about...

That looks very good!
I was thinking about doing the same thing on an upcoming wrap, which will use orange and black tape. I was worried about getting the orange tape dirty quickly, so figured I'd...
10-21-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

Is there a known period when the Stallard...

Is there a known period when the Stallard dropouts were in production? That should help nail down when the frame was built, at least a little.

The connection of the decal to the dropouts is a...
10-21-19, 06:56 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

some quick details of Bernie's bike.... ...

some quick details of Bernie's bike....

Nervex Pro bottom bracket shell
I just noticed that it uses a short length of cable housing to transition the rear derailleur cable from the down tube to...
10-21-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By steelbikeguy

The earliest production frame that used carbon...

The earliest production frame that used carbon fiber, to my knowledge, was the Exxon Graftek. It was produced around 1976. Bicycle Guide magazine did a fine article on it.
The article does...
10-20-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

Dan's Raleigh Pro, parked in accordance with Rule...

Dan's Raleigh Pro, parked in accordance with Rule #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) : always park with the Drive Side Out!
This does provide a good look at the...
10-20-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

back on the trail! a quick shot of Dan and Steve...

back on the trail! a quick shot of Dan and Steve W. behind me...
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48931304272_0c256585f1_c_d.jpg

the sun eventually came out, which was a welcome sight....
10-20-19, 03:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

we continued to the trail that runs along the Fox...

we continued to the trail that runs along the Fox river, and crossed the river on a really nice bridge. There is an upper deck that is for rail???? Maybe a local can tell me. Overall, the trail...
10-20-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

time for some photos from the ride...... we...

time for some photos from the ride......

we took some side streets to get over to the trail that runs along the Fox river.

Dan on his Raleigh Pro Mk. III...
10-19-19, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 249
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've got about 4 or 5 pairs of vintage shoes, but...

I've got about 4 or 5 pairs of vintage shoes, but this pair of wood soled Dettos are the clear winner in terms of condition and just plain sex appeal. :)
...
10-19-19, 09:33 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,656
Posted By steelbikeguy

thanks so much to John for putting this together...

thanks so much to John for putting this together and hosting the event! It was a great chance to meet some new folks and old friends! Got to see more than a few great bikes too!
Of course,...
10-18-19, 06:24 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,234
Posted By steelbikeguy

Tubasti... I still wake up in the middle of the...

Tubasti... I still wake up in the middle of the night. sweating and screaming "not the Tubasti again!!!"
well, not quite, but I have a few bad memories of Tubasti. It was a type of glue that...
10-17-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,068
Posted By steelbikeguy

I agree with the earlier comments... I expect...

I agree with the earlier comments... I expect that those are where you are supposed to connect the taillight.



The pointy screw is intended to break through the paint and make an electrical...
10-16-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,068
Posted By steelbikeguy

the use of the frame as a conductor is not...

the use of the frame as a conductor is not uncommon, but can be problematic.

I've heard of various cases where the user is using wires to carry the electrical current, with no intent to use the...
10-15-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,234
Posted By steelbikeguy

Maybe we can find some time to waste on Saturday?...

Maybe we can find some time to waste on Saturday?
If you bring the tire, I can bring the patch kit. I've got an extra chunk of the "thread" used for sewing it back up that I can let you practice...
10-15-19, 11:19 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 11,234
Posted By steelbikeguy

with tubulars, as noted, you just swap tires. ...

with tubulars, as noted, you just swap tires.
With clinchers, you should/need to check the tire for whatever caused the flat and make sure it's not still stuck in the tire. This is certainly adds a...
10-11-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By steelbikeguy

There's a youtube channel called Lock Picking...

There's a youtube channel called Lock Picking Lawyer, which is primarily focused on how easily common locks can be picked. There is a lot of attention paid to bike locks, though, and it addresses a...
10-10-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 514
Views: 80,611
Posted By steelbikeguy

beautiful! A local buddy, Randy P., had a...

beautiful!

A local buddy, Randy P., had a rando frame built by Alex in the last year too. By chance(?), his was also 100% stainless, and it's gorgeous!
He's put the bike to good use too, as he...
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