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05-19-24, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By bulgie

I rode with the Boyers back then. Delightful...

I rode with the Boyers back then. Delightful family. They had 3 tandems, one for the grown-ups, and two with kidbacks so Paul and Sally could captain with Izzy and Pia stoking. I have a fond memory...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-18-24, 04:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 263
Posted By bulgie

My friend's custom Ti from China was a Habanero. ...

My friend's custom Ti from China was a Habanero. I just looked at my old emails to remind myself, this was back in 2012. Partial list of what was wrong with it:

Crank hits chainstay. Not just...
05-18-24, 03:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 415
Posted By bulgie

Well maybe in an unscientific, regular-joe way,...

Well maybe in an unscientific, regular-joe way, but 28.58 absolutely does not round to 28.5, ever, in an engineering sense. That's like saying a price of $15.99 is $15. People do it all the time but...
05-16-24, 11:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 494
Posted By bulgie

Agreed, especially if the headset is not a...

Agreed, especially if the headset is not a top-tier item, which might not be all that hard. Also on modern sealed-bearing headsets, the thing you press-fit on the crown isn't even a race, it's more...
05-15-24, 09:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 494
Posted By bulgie

It's difficult to file chrome, partly because...

It's difficult to file chrome, partly because it's harder than your files. But also because it's difficult to keep from knicking the chrome at the bottom of the crown race seat, where rust will show...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-14-24, 09:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By bulgie

"Small" dent in the TT and you want to chop the...

"Small" dent in the TT and you want to chop the frame up? Why not just ride it? I'm trying to think if I have any bikes that don't have a dent in the TT. ;) They don't hurt the ride any.

If you...
05-14-24, 08:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,264
Posted By bulgie

Do you have any references to back up your...

Do you have any references to back up your statements? Several of your claims I know are wrong, and some I merely suspect are wrong.

There are more than 4 makers of Ti tubes
Titanium can be...
05-13-24, 02:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,264
Posted By bulgie

Yes it will, but only slightly less than taking...

Yes it will, but only slightly less than taking that same amount of metal and distributing it evenly all over the inside of the tube.
Assuming a cylindrical tube with a fixed outside dimension (to...
05-13-24, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 506
Posted By bulgie

"Cyclomuting" (on the cover) sounds like putting...

"Cyclomuting" (on the cover) sounds like putting a bike on mute. I do like a quiet bike, sign me up!

I was alarmed to read the Teledyne track frame weighs 11-1/2 lb. Strange, when their road...
05-13-24, 12:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,264
Posted By bulgie

753 isn't a specific tubeset, it's a combination...

753 isn't a specific tubeset, it's a combination of a material (steel alloy) and all the treatment that goes into it (cold-working and heat-treating). It came in a number of different diameters and...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-12-24, 05:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By bulgie

Yep, boron strips were bonded to the rear stays...

Yep, boron strips were bonded to the rear stays after the frame was heat-treated. Not on the main triangle, which was plenty stiff enough due to the diameter. But stays are more constrained in...
05-11-24, 01:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 535
Posted By bulgie

I'll be amazed and a bit disturbed if it turns...

I'll be amazed and a bit disturbed if it turns out to be M5, that is inadequate for safety. Even M6 is inadequate as a single bolt with no redundancy, unless you use a high-strength bolt.

I know...
05-10-24, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By bulgie

Rob Roberson retrospective party at Joe Bell's

Joe Bell threw a party for his old friend, framebuilder Rob Roberson.
People brought their Roberson-built bikes, including customs he built under his own name, and Masi and other frames he made as...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-09-24, 04:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,058
Posted By bulgie

Got any references for that? Cuz it goes against...

Got any references for that? Cuz it goes against my experience.
High-end steel frames (aircraft and auto/moto as well as bikes) have been made from CrMo for many decades and I've never heard of a...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-09-24, 04:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,412
Posted By bulgie

Well one way to avoid cracks is use stronger...

Well one way to avoid cracks is use stronger tubing, like 4130. In my experience, CrMo frames are a lot less likely to crack than carbon-steel as long as you don't go too thin. Maybe not if you're...
05-09-24, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,870
Posted By bulgie

There's no one better than Bilenky, except I...

There's no one better than Bilenky, except I heard a couple stories of extremely long waiting times for custom frames, like years. But that probably doesn't apply for repairs than can be done in a...
05-08-24, 05:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,870
Posted By bulgie

Bike shop mechanics usually aren't tooled up or...

Bike shop mechanics usually aren't tooled up or trained to do this properly. The problem is when they don't know what they don't know, so they think they are qualified, then damage can be done. If...
05-08-24, 05:43 PM
Replies: 1,089
Views: 388,454
Posted By bulgie

OK if you want, but indenting this one some more...

OK if you want, but indenting this one some more is an option. It's actually easier to increase an existing indent, because the tool naturally aligns with the valley.
Or you could use smaller...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-08-24, 02:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,058
Posted By bulgie

I am dubious of the Reynolds chart — it seems...

I am dubious of the Reynolds chart — it seems "schematic" and not an actual plot of data. Likely concocted by the marketing graphics team, with no engineers in the room. (Reynolds has a long history...
05-06-24, 03:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,375
Posted By bulgie

It felt weird to "like" the post about your...

It felt weird to "like" the post about your crash. I did not like to hear that!
You'll come back stronger, but man that sucks having your vacay ruined.
Heal well and fast brother!
05-06-24, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 508
Posted By bulgie

How could I forget to mention Mike and Boulder...

How could I forget to mention Mike and Boulder Bike?! I have bought from him many times, he's a stand-up guy and super valuable resource. Bookmark his page, and sign up to be on the mailing list...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-06-24, 03:21 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,058
Posted By bulgie

Correct, welding almost always reduces the...

Correct, welding almost always reduces the strength somewhere in the HAZ*. If it causes cracking, then the bike may feel less stiff, but the crack will become visible after a (usually short) time,...
05-05-24, 03:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 508
Posted By bulgie

Although some modern ferrules such as Jagwire can...

Although some modern ferrules such as Jagwire can fit and shift just fine, they look wrong. If you're stuck in the past like I am (hey, this is C&V is it not?) then you want real Campy ferrules # 619...
05-03-24, 07:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,051
Posted By bulgie

Sorry, no, I'm not going to do that. The flap is...

Sorry, no, I'm not going to do that. The flap is integral to the fender, riveted in place, so I'd need to drill out the rivets to get the flap out. Anyway it's not a great shape, should be longer to...
05-01-24, 06:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,357
Posted By bulgie

Sounds like you are talking about the...

Sounds like you are talking about the classicrendezvous.com website? That is not hosted by google, and is not affected.
What's down (and maybe gone forever) is the mailing list.
04-26-24, 02:45 PM
Replies: 2,430
Views: 583,218
Posted By bulgie

Nancy on San Rensho!

Nancy on San Rensho!
04-26-24, 02:41 PM
Replies: 2,430
Views: 583,218
Posted By bulgie

Maybe not the most flattering picture of her... ...

Maybe not the most flattering picture of her...
Orson Welles once pronounced her “the most exciting woman in the world.”
04-26-24, 01:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,454
Posted By bulgie

Haven't read every word of this thread but has...

Haven't read every word of this thread but has anyone mentioned the Paramount tandem and the Town and Country? They were fillet brazed. Fun fact, on the T&C the fillets were covered in lead solder...
04-25-24, 02:39 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,436
Posted By bulgie

Yep me too, I'm a greaser who has never owned a...

Yep me too, I'm a greaser who has never owned a torque wrench. I use a ratchet wrench most often but it's the same length as a peanutbutter, just a bit more comfy on the hand so I might get them a...
04-24-24, 04:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,136
Posted By bulgie

The traditional routing is all the way to the top...

The traditional routing is all the way to the top of the bar wrap. All the racing men who used BES had them wrapped that way, not just Rik van Looy.

Charlie Gaul:...
04-02-24, 10:08 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 13,069
Posted By bulgie

So, some people find these "pearl" cartoons...

So, some people find these "pearl" cartoons funny, huh? Different strokes I guess, de gustibus and all that.

I like to think I can laugh at myself and other cyclists, but I just find these lame,...
03-31-24, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 304
Posted By bulgie

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1600x1015/1907_cyclist_easter_card_8ca6a2f302433065174430ce7af794f2cb1773b2.jpg
from 1907.
03-31-24, 12:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By bulgie

Drifting from the original question a bit, but I...

Drifting from the original question a bit, but I thought I'd mention a caution about Phil hubs. Many here will know this of course, but there's always newbies...

One problem with Phil hubs is you...
03-30-24, 02:38 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 13,069
Posted By bulgie

Minimalist humor?

Minimalist humor?
03-29-24, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,085
Posted By bulgie

In the C&V days, racers could get a neutral...

In the C&V days, racers could get a neutral support wheel. (Is this still done anywhere? I'm out of touch, but I doubt it).
For someone else's wheel to shift properly, the freewheel spacing had to...
03-27-24, 05:00 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 13,069
Posted By bulgie

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1080x894/531_forks_is_a_lot_e6a416c7c931cf693b1268553757b1c8711b95ee.jpg
03-25-24, 02:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By bulgie

On the 5-sp freewheels where the high gear cog...

On the 5-sp freewheels where the high gear cog threads into/onto the next larger cog, instead of onto the FW body, you can just leave the top gear cog off. Regina is the one I've done this with but...
03-25-24, 02:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,489
Posted By bulgie

A year ago in this very thread I whined about not...

A year ago in this very thread I whined about not being able to find Shimano AX (7300) hoods, circa '82, and just now I looked at racevelo.com and he's got 'em, in multiple colors even. Yay! Wifey...
03-25-24, 12:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,042
Posted By bulgie

Or some Masi wine perhaps? ...

Or some Masi wine perhaps?
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/281x727/masi_wine_efca188a1ceb0a1febfa8baafae6c9aa0e70c0bb.jpg
And how else to open it but a Campag Cavatappi?
...
03-24-24, 03:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,208
Posted By bulgie

My understanding, dunno how I arrived at it, was...

My understanding, dunno how I arrived at it, was the felt stuck up further when new, it is worn down here. I think it was to prevent worn spots on your expensive leather-soled shoes. Don't quote me...
03-22-24, 04:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By bulgie

I've heard it said, supposedly direct from Barry...

I've heard it said, supposedly direct from Barry Witcomb, that the last two digits are the year, so if true yours is a '72.

Here's a youtube about Witcomb, worth a look...
03-22-24, 03:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 724
Posted By bulgie

Dunno if it's what you have there, but there were...

Dunno if it's what you have there, but there were some Witcombs that were made in another shop (factory?), in Wales I think, with untrained workers who weren't cyclists, had little idea what they...
03-22-24, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,350
Posted By bulgie

Well you're done so it's too late for advice (and...

Well you're done so it's too late for advice (and you don't need it anyway) but I thought I'd mention hollow-grinding, the best shape for screwdriver tips. Less tendency to cam-out, more grip at the...
03-22-24, 04:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 604
Posted By bulgie

Prugnat S4. To see them at their finest, feast...

Prugnat S4.
To see them at their finest, feast your eyes on this Brian Chapman from a few years ago (https://flic.kr/s/aHskPqhoAR), a stunner.

They don't get used much anymore, like in the last...
03-20-24, 12:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 839
Posted By bulgie

Some mechs tighten until a bit too much friction...

Some mechs tighten until a bit too much friction is felt, then back off a skosh. Others loosen until the tiniest amount of "clunk" is felt when rocking the bike fore and aft with the front brake...
03-19-24, 05:05 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,208
Posted By bulgie

Yes reports of Phil axles snapping off are not...

Yes reports of Phil axles snapping off are not common, but not unheard-of. I've heard of maybe a half-dozen reports, though I only saw one broken with my own eyes. The cartridge bearing leaves too...
03-19-24, 04:56 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,208
Posted By bulgie

Who remembers, which Barelli were cup-and-cone...

Who remembers, which Barelli were cup-and-cone and which were cartridge bearing? B10 model = cartridge maybe?
I'd ride the cup-cone style but not the cartridge, which has a sharp 90° angle machined...
03-19-24, 02:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 839
Posted By bulgie

VAR made pliers (#78) for holding headset screwed...

VAR made pliers (#78) for holding headset screwed races that lack wrench flats. I agree a strap wrench should work too.
...
03-19-24, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 839
Posted By bulgie

Yes, see posts #7 and #8. With only one hole...

Yes, see posts #7 and #8.

With only one hole drilled, you'll need to remove whatever keys the washer to the steerer. A "tongue" in the case of this Peugeot (file the tongue off), or a flat in the...
03-19-24, 03:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 839
Posted By bulgie

If you don't want to remove the pin on the...

If you don't want to remove the pin on the screwed race, like out of a conservationist, stewardship impulse, then (1) good on ya, and (2) just drill one hole going that direction in a normal headset...
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