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07-02-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 525
Posted By steelbikeguy

I rode a Brooks Champion Flyer (basically a B.17...

I rode a Brooks Champion Flyer (basically a B.17 with springs) for a few years, and there were a few times when I hit a big hole or bump, and found myself nearly launched over the front.
If nothing...
07-02-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 728
Posted By steelbikeguy

It's been a while since I've done anything more...

It's been a while since I've done anything more than a century. The local club did organize a double century a handful of times, starting in the year 2000. The idea of doing 200 miles in the year...
06-30-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,526
Posted By steelbikeguy

okay, I'll admit to being a bit surprised that...

okay, I'll admit to being a bit surprised that this thread is still going!
Now I feel a bit obliged to either keep it alive, or maybe contribute to its death.
Not exactly sure which this is, but...
06-30-22, 06:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 778
Posted By steelbikeguy

By "real world design results", I'll assume that...

By "real world design results", I'll assume that this means "what I read in the manufacturer's advertising".

The difference between a straight fork and a raked fork is nearly zero. The one...
06-29-22, 08:57 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,688
Posted By steelbikeguy

so shiny!! ....yeah, I'm pretty easily seduced....

so shiny!!
....yeah, I'm pretty easily seduced. :)

Steve in Peoria
(and I'm a sucker for matching pumps)
06-29-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 778
Posted By steelbikeguy

I think the term for it is "marketing". :) ...

I think the term for it is "marketing". :)

Colnago was (imho) really good at gimmicks as a marketing and sales tool. The interesting thing to me is that they were also pretty darned nice and...
06-29-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 670
Posted By steelbikeguy

that does sound like a reference to Ken Wallace...

that does sound like a reference to Ken Wallace and the former (I'm pretty sure) Bisbee Bicycle Brothel.
He gave a talk at the 2018 Classic Rendezvous gathering....

a shot of the title of his...
06-29-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 670
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm waiting for Bikes and Big Machines... ...

I'm waiting for Bikes and Big Machines...

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Steve...
06-29-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 778
Posted By steelbikeguy

my guess is that bike tubes were always created...

my guess is that bike tubes were always created as straight tubes, and fork blades were just modified tubes that were tapered and possibly drawn to be thinner walls towards the dropout end. I...
06-28-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,688
Posted By steelbikeguy

yep.... it seems to be very specific to the...

yep.... it seems to be very specific to the culture that one is immersed in.
For me in the early 70's, a Schwinn LeTour might have been the most exotic bike most folks would be exposed to. Compared...
06-27-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,526
Posted By steelbikeguy

speaking of covered bridges.... one near...

speaking of covered bridges....

one near Winterset, Iowa, on RAGBRAI 19. One of the "bridges of Madison County" that were getting discussed a lot back then....
06-27-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 675
Posted By steelbikeguy

with apologies to everyone else... I used to work...

with apologies to everyone else... I used to work on aircraft electronics ("avionics") in the Marines a very long time ago. Brass fasteners were pretty common for securing instruments in the panel,...
06-27-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,047
Posted By steelbikeguy

Harry Quinn Harry Quinn got into the bike...

Harry Quinn
Harry Quinn got into the bike business somewhere around 1900. It was only in 1903 that he produced a bike with aluminum rims, a total weight of 24 1/2 pounds, and a sloping top tube...
06-27-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,688
Posted By steelbikeguy

At least here in the USA in the 70's, the Raleigh...

At least here in the USA in the 70's, the Raleigh and Schwinn shops had a fairly large presence. As such, many of us grew up with our noses pressed against the shop window and lust in our hearts! ...
06-27-22, 08:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 581
Posted By steelbikeguy

Was this generation of LeTours closer to the...

Was this generation of LeTours closer to the weight of their competitors? I had an early LeTour, which was a nice bike for the late 70's, but in retrospect, the frame tubes were pretty chunky (i.e....
06-26-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 675
Posted By steelbikeguy

American Telephone and Telegraph. ... not to be...

American Telephone and Telegraph.
... not to be confused with ITT, International Telephone and Telegraph...

...and not to be confused with T.A., which stands for Traction Avant. Jan Heine did a...
06-25-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 675
Posted By steelbikeguy

My Hetchins has one on the down tube!! I like...

My Hetchins has one on the down tube!! I like to think that it compensates for the hose clamp holding the TA bar cage on. :)



Some folks like the TA bottle mascot enough to use him (named...
06-25-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 675
Posted By steelbikeguy

the hose clamp was standard for the Hi-E cage,...

the hose clamp was standard for the Hi-E cage, mostly because Harlan Meyer didn't mind using standard industrial parts.

I did think that the clamp bands that came with TA bottles tended to be...
06-25-22, 01:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 675
Posted By steelbikeguy

my copy of the 1975 Bikecology catalog shows some...

my copy of the 1975 Bikecology catalog shows some aluminum cages.


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06-24-22, 05:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 390
Posted By steelbikeguy

The only thing I could think of was to isolate...

The only thing I could think of was to isolate the leak to a section of the tire by folding over the tire (not unlike bending a garden hose to stop the flow of water). I may have used a vise-grips...
06-23-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,204
Posted By steelbikeguy

okay... back to the Mississippi just north of St....

okay... back to the Mississippi just north of St. Louis...

First, the National Great Rivers Museum at the Melvin Price lock and dam. This is a bit north of the Chain of Rocks bridge, and south of...
06-23-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,526
Posted By steelbikeguy

Until about 5 years ago, there was a scenic truss...

Until about 5 years ago, there was a scenic truss bridge that crossed the Mississippi at Savanna, Illinois. It was part of the route of the Tour of the Mississippi River Valley, a ride hosted by the...
06-23-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
Posted By steelbikeguy

At the 2016 Classic Rendezvous gathering, Mr....

At the 2016 Classic Rendezvous gathering, Mr. Bingham displayed a 1981 Raleigh Superbe. In addition to the SunTour Superbe components, the bike was noteworthy for the pristine gold cromo-velato...
06-23-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 303
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've got a set of the Ambrosio Elite Extra 19's...

I've got a set of the Ambrosio Elite Extra 19's too, and they have a fairly well deserved reputation for being a tight fit. If you can live with that, they have served me well. I do recommend...
06-22-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 2,526
Posted By steelbikeguy

a few shots from the Chain of Rocks Bridge that...

a few shots from the Chain of Rocks Bridge that crosses the Mississippi river just a bit north of St. Louis. This used to be part of the famous Route 66, but is now solely a pedestrian and bike...
06-22-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By steelbikeguy

the roller bearing itself looks quite similar to...

the roller bearing itself looks quite similar to what was used in the Stonglight Delta and A9 headsets. They used a conical washer to provide a hard surface for the bearings to run on. I'm still...
06-20-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By steelbikeguy

I hope Speedoflite doesn't mind, but this...

I hope Speedoflite doesn't mind, but this prompted me to do a quick check of what I've got in my own small library of vintage magazines. It turns out that I've got an article by Sheldon and John...
06-20-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By steelbikeguy

The Supernova that I fixed (and reverse...

The Supernova that I fixed (and reverse engineered) used a LM317L adjustable voltage regulator to create 5.9V to feed to the taillight. That's about the same as the voltage that would go to any...
06-19-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By steelbikeguy

Interesting to read John Allen's article...

Interesting to read John Allen's article advocating for wider tires! It's almost as if he knew that Jan Heine would convince the world to use wider tires in just a brief 30 years or so. :)...
06-19-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By steelbikeguy

I'm not familiar with the various versions of the...

I'm not familiar with the various versions of the Supernova E3, but a few years ago, I did fix a fellow's E3 Triple that had been connected to a battery and blew up just about everything. The front...
06-19-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,804
Posted By steelbikeguy

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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06-18-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,397
Posted By steelbikeguy

I think it was yesterday when I sent this seller...

I think it was yesterday when I sent this seller a comment that this frame was bent and should be disclosed. No reply that I've noticed yet. Considering the zero feedback, I figured the seller...
06-16-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By steelbikeguy

Have you been shown the New Winner freewheel...

Have you been shown the New Winner freewheel literature and cog board layout?
It's got the info about what cog types were used on the various configurations. The configuration variations include...
06-16-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By steelbikeguy

That is a great story! So glad you shared it...

That is a great story! So glad you shared it with us!

In case anyone else is going through a similar process, don't forget that you can contact the framebuilder and get one made for yourself! ...
06-15-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,380
Posted By steelbikeguy

I've bought various TA rings from Peter White, as...

I've bought various TA rings from Peter White, as well as SON dynamo hubs, and never had any regrets. The TA stuff is very high quality and will last as long the Campy rings did/do. Peter White is...
06-14-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 543
Posted By steelbikeguy

to be honest, I went back to the original image...

to be honest, I went back to the original image and realized that there is 1/4 of the chainring that is exposed, so I counted the teeth there. It's still a bit hard to see, but I came up with about...
06-14-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,459
Posted By steelbikeguy

As far as Richard Sachs's technique, there was an...

As far as Richard Sachs's technique, there was an article in the June 1990 issue of Bicycle Guide titled "The Art of the Framebuilder", which has a photo and some text describing Mr. Sachs method of...
06-13-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By steelbikeguy

Just in case it helps, let me offer this road...

Just in case it helps, let me offer this road test from the October 1975 issue of Bicycling....

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...
06-13-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,034
Posted By steelbikeguy

While I find these sorts of innovations...

While I find these sorts of innovations interesting, I'd love to hear more about the early stages of development and conceptualization. As Oneclick notes, it appears that the inventor (or team) were...
06-12-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 543
Posted By steelbikeguy

It would be interesting to hear the history of...

It would be interesting to hear the history of that Varsity and chainring!
There are distinct differences in the chainrings.. maybe the most important is that it is for a 1/2" pitch chain, while...
06-12-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,034
Posted By steelbikeguy

So many intriguing attempts to improve the...

So many intriguing attempts to improve the bicycle drivetrain!
Considering that so many are just trying to vary the effective gear as a function of the pedal position, I wonder why some folks chose...
06-11-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 543
Posted By steelbikeguy

It looks like someone might have made a new...

It looks like someone might have made a new drive-side chainstay, in order to clear that giant chainring! That's a lot of dedication & effort for a Varsity!

It certainly reminds me of an earlier...
06-10-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 442
Posted By steelbikeguy

A fourth Smolenski wore an attractive ivory...

A fourth Smolenski wore an attractive ivory (cream?) with red trim paint scheme and 3 Rensho lugs.

https://live.staticflickr.com/7384/27844057446_5a5df45a8c_c_d.jpg
...
06-10-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 442
Posted By steelbikeguy

this seems like a good excuse to share photos of...

this seems like a good excuse to share photos of Smolenski frames displayed at the most recent Classic Rendezvous gatherings.

One is dark red frame painted by Chris Kvale. It was labeled as...
06-09-22, 07:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,390
Posted By steelbikeguy

I use sunscreen all of the time, but "the tan" is...

I use sunscreen all of the time, but "the tan" is in progress....

...
06-08-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,663
Posted By steelbikeguy

If we are just looking for a yes/no reply, I'd...

If we are just looking for a yes/no reply, I'd have to go with ... maybe.

If we are allowed to make an essay question, I'll say that I have a long history of being exposed to Raleigh's marketing...
06-08-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,047
Posted By steelbikeguy

George Longstaff Tricycle While tadpole trikes...

George Longstaff Tricycle
While tadpole trikes have become a somewhat common sight, there was a time when upright trikes were similarly familiar if not common. Those of us who grew up reading...
06-07-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,663
Posted By steelbikeguy

for anyone who clicked on this thread and is...

for anyone who clicked on this thread and is wondering what the bikes look like....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51139736710_0ceecec228_b_d.jpg
...
06-07-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 497
Views: 72,024
Posted By steelbikeguy

good to see some folks riding in vintage shoes...

good to see some folks riding in vintage shoes too!

I understand that slotted cleats and toe straps just don't work for some folks, but I do enjoy seeing black shoes with perforated uppers,...
06-06-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 423
Posted By steelbikeguy

what a great thing to do! also.. good for the...

what a great thing to do!
also.. good for the neighbor's son! Learning at that age has got to be a little harder than as a small kid. If nothing else, he has further to fall at that age. :)
...
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