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05-22-10, 09:45 PM
Replies: 498
Views: 40,478
Posted By buck mulligan

Username: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from...

Username: "Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed." (James Joyce, Ulysses)

Avatar: An Audubon rendering of a Great...
05-11-10, 07:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,315
Posted By buck mulligan

My officemate's legal assistant - a former bike...

My officemate's legal assistant - a former bike messenger - has gotten two of these tickets on her way into work over the past few months. They're definitely cracking down.
05-10-10, 08:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 25,480
Posted By buck mulligan

If you're lucky, you might be able to find the...

If you're lucky, you might be able to find the matching Prestube rack:

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05-07-10, 03:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,201
Posted By buck mulligan

I gave serious thought to leaving the kickstand...

I gave serious thought to leaving the kickstand off of my Sports when I rehabilitated it, mostly because I was a little appalled by the damaged chainstays I found when I removed it. I thought on it...
05-07-10, 02:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,404
Posted By buck mulligan

Sheldon says...

Sheldon says (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/english-3.html#club): "Club bicycles were the elite, high-performance machines of their time and place. They were named for the fact that they were the...
05-05-10, 04:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,404
Posted By buck mulligan

Beautiful.

Beautiful.
05-04-10, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,283
Posted By buck mulligan

I did it the other way around - we typically use...

I did it the other way around - we typically use foil to wrap bread before we put it in the oven to warm it up for dinner. For weeks, I was saving the foil from the bread to use on my bike. It's all...
05-03-10, 11:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,669
Posted By buck mulligan

For the record, I was wrong about this. After...

For the record, I was wrong about this. After posting this response I still had the same problem, so I did a bit more research and it turns out that the shallower angled face is oriented inward, and...
05-03-10, 11:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,283
Posted By buck mulligan

I used crumpled foil with some light machine oil...

I used crumpled foil with some light machine oil for lubrication on all the chrome parts on my Raleigh Sports, and it worked like a charm. Rust came off easily, and not a scratch in sight. I...
05-03-10, 08:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,028
Posted By buck mulligan

Perhaps not the place to buy shoes, but certainly...

Perhaps not the place to buy shoes, but certainly one of Seattle's more off-the-beaten-path shops:

http://mobiuscycle.com/

By the way, I mean "off-the-beaten-path" quite literally - the shop...
05-03-10, 01:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,140
Posted By buck mulligan

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05-02-10, 05:35 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,646
Posted By buck mulligan

Good grief - you hit 52 mph?

Good grief - you hit 52 mph?
05-02-10, 12:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,646
Posted By buck mulligan

The other night, I was having a conversation with...

The other night, I was having a conversation with my cousin (an engineer) about modifying an old-fashion head and tail light set with guts scavenged from a modern LED light set. He was confident he...
04-29-10, 11:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,295
Posted By buck mulligan

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of...

I'm definitely looking forward to seeing more of this bike as it comes along!
04-29-10, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,952
Posted By buck mulligan

I don't know about the Shimano, but I know that...

I don't know about the Shimano, but I know that changing out the rear cog on my SA was dead easy - much easier than fiddling with the chainring would have been, and cheaper, too. I needed a new chain...
04-27-10, 12:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,964
Posted By buck mulligan

I don't have a lot of experience working on...

I don't have a lot of experience working on bikes, but I recently tore down, overhauled, and reassembled a 1972 Raleigh Sports. It's the gold S-22 edition, which came with a twist grip shifter. I...
04-26-10, 07:28 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,536
Posted By buck mulligan

If you're planning on riding in lousy weather,...

If you're planning on riding in lousy weather, you may want to think about the wheels and/or brakes. Caliper brakes on steel wheels are less than ideal. I know this applies to the Sports; I'm pretty...
04-25-10, 10:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,893
Posted By buck mulligan

My only issue with leaving the bike unridden is...

My only issue with leaving the bike unridden is that I would worry about the possible adverse effect on its mechanical condition - lubricants not being distributed evenly around the bearings, and so...
04-25-10, 09:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,377
Posted By buck mulligan

It sounds like your problem is with the machine...

It sounds like your problem is with the machine that goes "ping!" The solution is to get the most expensive machine, in case the administrator comes.
04-24-10, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,960
Posted By buck mulligan

Really? Cool!

Really? Cool!
04-23-10, 09:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,960
Posted By buck mulligan

I used to do this as a teenager in the '70s.

I used to do this as a teenager in the '70s.
04-18-10, 07:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

My last bike (an early-90's Specialized) was...

My last bike (an early-90's Specialized) was stolen, which was a drag, but the truth is that it never really suited me. I had a limited budget (it was a Christmas gift) to spend at my LBS to replace...
04-17-10, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,016
Posted By buck mulligan

From...

From http://metro.kingcounty.gov/tops/bike/bikeride.html:

"Effective February 6, 2010 you can load or unload your bicycle to any in-service bus at any bus stop--including the Ride Free Area...
04-17-10, 05:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

Tony Hadland's site...

Tony Hadland's site (http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~hadland/samaintind.htm) has links to all sorts of original SA tech manuals and such - good if you're working on an AW, but I imagine it would be...
04-17-10, 01:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

Success! The key was the photo that gna posted,...

Success! The key was the photo that gna posted, showing the correct orientation of the pawls. Merely having them point in the correct direction is not enough; they have to be installed with the side...
04-16-10, 01:27 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

As of last week, anyway, he was out of the "Grade...

As of last week, anyway, he was out of the "Grade A" cotters in 9.5mm, but had the "Grade B" in stock. They were substantially better than the ones I was able to get locally (which appeared similar...
04-16-10, 12:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 846
Posted By buck mulligan

I haven't done it in years, but I used to ride...

I haven't done it in years, but I used to ride Green Lake late at night. It was a completely different experience - very otherwordly.
04-16-10, 11:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

Thanks for this suggestion. I hate to bug members...

Thanks for this suggestion. I hate to bug members that aren't participating in the thread, but I'll do it if I run out of ideas. I wouldn't feel too bad about contacting Mark, I suppose, because not...
04-16-10, 09:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

An interesting thought - I'll try this and see...

An interesting thought - I'll try this and see what happens.



Also interesting. I did remove the left cone when I disassembled the hub, because the guts won't come free of the left bearing...
04-16-10, 09:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

Right now I'm wishing that I had just flushed my...

Right now I'm wishing that I had just flushed my hub with solvent rather than tear it down. It would have taken a while - there was a lot of grease packed in there - but in hindsight I think it would...
04-16-10, 08:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,605
Posted By buck mulligan

Need a Sturmey Archer guru

I'm at wit's end - completely desperate.

I overhauled the Sturmey Archer AW hub on my Raleigh, because it had almost 40 years of grime and old grease in it when I got it. It was sluggish and...
04-15-10, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 422
Posted By buck mulligan

Wow, those went fast! I wonder what rims they...

Wow, those went fast! I wonder what rims they were?
04-15-10, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Posted By buck mulligan

Spend some time lurking on the Classic & Vintage...

Spend some time lurking on the Classic & Vintage forum. It's fun and educational!
04-15-10, 04:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,322
Posted By buck mulligan

Technically, no. A bid is an offer; there is no...

Technically, no. A bid is an offer; there is no contract without an offer, an acceptance, and consideration.

I'm just being a persnickety lawyer, though - your main point (it's unethical) is...
04-14-10, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,897
Posted By buck mulligan

I just did a bunch of chrome parts on my Raleigh,...

I just did a bunch of chrome parts on my Raleigh, and I had no problem with aluminum foil scratching the chrome. Most people will tell you to use a mild acid such as lemon juice or white vinegar with...
04-13-10, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By buck mulligan

Blast and tarnation!!! I still don't have...

Blast and tarnation!!!

I still don't have first gear. I am absolutely desperate - can anyone suggest what I should try next? It worked fine before I overhauled it (well, except for the whole...
04-13-10, 12:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,345
Posted By buck mulligan

My bike has a BB oil port. I think the technical...

My bike has a BB oil port. I think the technical term for it is a "seat tube."
04-13-10, 11:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,672
Posted By buck mulligan

Although they may not suit your vision, I have...

Although they may not suit your vision, I have become an evangelist for shellacked cork grips. I think they look beautiful, but more to the point they are almost sinfully comfortable - just enough...
04-13-10, 11:15 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,669
Posted By buck mulligan

Having just last night gone back into my hub to...

Having just last night gone back into my hub to re-install low gear pawls that I had installed backwards the first time, I know how you feel. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why 2nd and 3rd...
04-13-10, 08:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 743
Posted By buck mulligan

That's what I've heard, too, but I couldn't find...

That's what I've heard, too, but I couldn't find brass wool anywhere. I used steel wool on a couple of parts, and it worked reasonably well but left some noticeable fine scratches. The crumpled up...
04-13-10, 12:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By buck mulligan

...and, it looks like we have a winner! The pawls...

...and, it looks like we have a winner! The pawls were, in fact, installed backwards. Boy, do I feel dumb! I won't know for sure that the problem is solved until I get the wheel back on the bike and...
04-12-10, 09:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,555
Posted By buck mulligan

Then there's this guy, who makes cotters himself...

Then there's this guy, who makes cotters himself and sells them on Ebay (not cheap, either):...
04-12-10, 11:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By buck mulligan

I considered taking a more aggressive approach...

I considered taking a more aggressive approach with the rust on the fasteners, but ultimately I decided to simply give them a thorough going-over with a wire wheel on a Dremel tool and call it good...
04-12-10, 07:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 743
Posted By buck mulligan

Ah, easy then. Just give it a good scrubbing with...

Ah, easy then. Just give it a good scrubbing with some crumpled up aluminum foil and a mild acid such as lemon juice or white vinegar. Or, if the rust is light, you may be able to skip the mild acid...
04-12-10, 07:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By buck mulligan

That's exactly what I'm afraid I might have done....

That's exactly what I'm afraid I might have done. If I had, would it simply freewheel, without any ratcheting/clicking sounds or anything?
04-11-10, 11:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,555
Posted By buck mulligan

You know, I replaced my cotters recently and...

You know, I replaced my cotters recently and managed to strip the threads on the news ones almost immediately, applying almost no torque. A friend of mine had picked them up for me at a shop owned by...
04-11-10, 11:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,409
Posted By buck mulligan

The adjustable cone has wrench flats; the fixed...

The adjustable cone has wrench flats; the fixed cone does not. It's easy to tell the difference, if you can see the cones - they're awfully hard to get a good look at. Inside the fork, there's a...
04-11-10, 10:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,060
Posted By buck mulligan

Steel rims will always brake poorly when wet, but...

Steel rims will always brake poorly when wet, but to make the best of a bad situation you need these:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/brakeshoes.html#continental
04-11-10, 07:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By buck mulligan

Thanks for the props, all. And Andrew, thanks for...

Thanks for the props, all. And Andrew, thanks for the tip re: cutting a shim from a beer can. I actually learned that trick from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, back when I was in high...
04-11-10, 05:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 372
Posted By buck mulligan

SA AW problem - freewheeling in first gear

Okay, so I finished putting my '72 Raleigh back together, but I think I have a serious problem. Right now, I have no first gear. Using both the "official" Sturmey Archer visual inspection method and...
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