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06-10-22, 04:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 276
Posted By rhm

The difference between 170 and 165 is negligible,...

The difference between 170 and 165 is negligible, but I prefer 165's.
06-08-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By rhm

Old Schwinn fenders (sometimes) had a Y-shaped...

Old Schwinn fenders (sometimes) had a Y-shaped piece of stamped sheet steel connecting the two fender braces to the one axle (this is before they invented those eyelet thingies). It gave you a lot of...
06-08-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,755
Posted By rhm

We're cyclists. We take calculated risks, and...

We're cyclists. We take calculated risks, and those of us who are still here to participate in the discussion are sufficiently risk averse to have made it this far. That said, we can only calculate...
06-08-22, 05:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 581
Posted By rhm

I like the look of that handlebar. What could...

I like the look of that handlebar. What could possibly go wrong? This might be a good time for nlerner to tell us about those carbon rims bought on aliexpress.
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By rhm

Is anyone using this RideYrBike app? I have it...

Is anyone using this RideYrBike app? I have it installed on my phone but if it does anything useful i haven't figured it out.
06-04-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 488
Posted By rhm

Yeah, 3D printing is great for that kind of...

Yeah, 3D printing is great for that kind of thing. There's a gazillion little bike parts that could be recreated this way. I'm thinking of the plastic quick release on certain early 1960's GB brake...
06-04-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 26,198
Views: 3,698,418
Posted By rhm

The leather can't be repaired.* One thing you can...

The leather can't be repaired.* One thing you can do, to keep that saddle usable for a while longer, is cut a triangle of firm foam, the kind that is used for floatation or packaging for electronics,...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-30-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 910
Posted By rhm

Doug, thank you for your update. I have admired...

Doug, thank you for your update. I have admired your posts on framebuilding in ukraine. What an awful situation. I can't imagine Putin will get away with it... but who knows.
05-30-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 615
Posted By rhm

Try asking really stupid questions! (It...

Try asking really stupid questions!

(It worked for me):innocent:


Yes, Exactly. It's probably a great bike, probably not a great investment unless you need a bike.
05-29-22, 02:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 768
Posted By rhm

Congrat's on dealing with the cotters. They're...

Congrat's on dealing with the cotters. They're nothing to be afraid of. Note, there is also this thread:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/731167-16-cotter-press.html

I have one of...
05-29-22, 11:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 768
Posted By rhm

No, you don't need a bench press, but a drill...

No, you don't need a bench press, but a drill press; and for this job, you don't need the whole thing, just the vise, like this one from Harbor Freight:...
05-28-22, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 768
Posted By rhm

Now that is very cool! But I don't think that's...

Now that is very cool! But I don't think that's a Columbus sticker, but rather a stamp. It was stamped into the steel of the tube at the factory. Most good quality frames have stamps like this...
05-28-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 600
Posted By rhm

I saw a new bike with chromed lugs in a bike shop...

I saw a new bike with chromed lugs in a bike shop a few years ago. I think it was a Fuji. It looked good. On closer inspection, the lugs were painted chrome; you could tell if you looked real close....
05-28-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
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Views: 248
Posted By rhm

Well, that is probably true of most owners of...

Well, that is probably true of most owners of very valuable bikes, not to mention the rest of us. :innocent:
05-28-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,208
Posted By rhm

There must be someone who can lend you that...

There must be someone who can lend you that remover. The person who might want to buy the freewheel is likely to have the puller, no?
05-28-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
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Views: 248
Posted By rhm

And they are awful, awful bikes, no?

And they are awful, awful bikes, no?
05-22-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,039
Posted By rhm

That that's how it goes sometimes. Basically this...

That that's how it goes sometimes. Basically this was a gift with a nominal pricetag. Mine was the same way -- the seller wanted it to go away. He checked up on it after that, and I met him again at...
05-21-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,039
Posted By rhm

A hundred bucks for that! Shows that of you pay a...

A hundred bucks for that! Shows that of you pay a little extra, you get a little extra. I paid $50 for mine, but it was just a frame and a fork with a dreadfuk paint job and a Campy headset
05-20-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 4,962
Posted By rhm

Longer crank arms will do nothing to make you...

Longer crank arms will do nothing to make you faster. You can probably find faster tires, and they may be skinnier than what you have now, but not necessarily so. Skinnier tires will make the bike...
05-19-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 359
Posted By rhm

I do what non-fixie suggested. I think my...

I do what non-fixie suggested. I think my chainrings are 27 and 45. The 45 suits 95% of my riding, the 27 suits the other 5% and it all works.
05-19-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 837
Posted By rhm

I have a 1982 Trek 720, which may be different,...

I have a 1982 Trek 720, which may be different, but it has "720 engraved on the steerer. Looks like it was done with a Dremel tool. Have you pulled the fork?
04-29-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,453
Posted By rhm

They also call them "sprints." But for sure some...

They also call them "sprints." But for sure some people called tubular wheels 27 wheels/tires. The original spec sheet and receipt for my 1954 Drysdale, written out and signed by Alvin himself,...
Replies: 27
Views: 1,480
Posted By rhm

Do you know your pedaling cadence? It sounds to...

Do you know your pedaling cadence? It sounds to me like you might be using too high a gear. But what do I know.
04-27-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 841
Posted By rhm

Yeah, well, we've all done that! If you...

Yeah, well, we've all done that!

If you stick around long enough to try the 'search threads' function... well, good luck with that. :lol:

The bike looks like a standard English three speed of...
04-25-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 841
Posted By rhm

Norman made a whole range of bikes from the heavy...

Norman made a whole range of bikes from the heavy duty utilitarian ones to lightweight bikes with Reynolds tubing. The higher end ones had pretty fabulous decals. Fire and Ice decals sounds like...
04-22-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,354
Posted By rhm

Yes, on the Brooks and Wrights saddles the stamps...

Yes, on the Brooks and Wrights saddles the stamps give the model name and number. The stamps are on the top of the Swallow models and on the side of the others.
04-13-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By rhm

Angelus Leather Paint is paint made for leather,...

Angelus Leather Paint is paint made for leather, as the name implies. It is sold with a "deglazer" which is a solvent that should take off any wax or other leather treatment, which in this case would...
03-19-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,876
Posted By rhm

No idea! If I find them, I'll get back to you......

No idea! If I find them, I'll get back to you... but don't hold your breath.

It's been a while.
03-17-22, 01:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 18,938
Posted By rhm

Sounds like a great find! Brooks made the...

Sounds like a great find!

Brooks made the 'Swallow' saddle in at least three quality levels (price points).

The cheapest was either Lycett or Wrights, with a U-shaped steel thing riveted under...
03-17-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 892
Posted By rhm

Well that's a bummer! But i don't think it's more...

Well that's a bummer! But i don't think it's more than cosmetic damage. And, fwiw, it doesn't look intentional to me... but what do i know.

I don't think it's likely to cause the saddle to fail...
01-10-22, 06:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,064
Posted By rhm

Nope, you're wrong, 'cuz I agree. edit... I...

Nope, you're wrong, 'cuz I agree.

edit... I have seen several 3ttt stems that had failed rather catastrophically, but it was not this model, and not this failure. This one, I think, will get a...
01-10-22, 02:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 715
Posted By rhm

Thank you for that explainer! I knew some of...

Thank you for that explainer! I knew some of that ---well, I knew that lux and lumens measure different things, and that lumens is not a useful measurement for my purposes.

Which is basically...
01-09-22, 10:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 715
Posted By rhm

Nice job! I converted a lot of headlights to...

Nice job!

I converted a lot of headlights to LED in the days before good LED headlights became commercially available. Pain in the neck.

I want to hear how the light is. I normally use an...
12-25-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By rhm

I don't see any difference in the nose hardware...

I don't see any difference in the nose hardware between the saddles posted by Force and non-fixie. Force's has been adjusted almost to the end, and someone put a nut on the end of the shackle bolt...
12-24-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 595
Posted By rhm

Thank you, Mark! it's the occasional post like...

Thank you, Mark! it's the occasional post like this that makes this forum invaluable.

I have two Glenn Erickson bikes in my garage at the moment, both probably from after your tenure there; one a...
12-23-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By rhm

Bottom line for both the shackle bolt and the...

Bottom line for both the shackle bolt and the proofide, like everyone else has said, do this when necessary. If you're not sure it's necessary, it's not necessary. If it is necessary, go for it, but...
12-21-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 896
Posted By rhm

Thanks merziac! Yes, that saddle is...

Thanks merziac!

Yes, that saddle is definitely before 1950 (when the current nose hardware was introduced. The keyhole cut outs indicate it's older than that. That's all I am sure of. If you'd...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By rhm

milestones, anniversaries.... who pays attention anyway?

I realized at some point in the last couple months that I have now had the same commute --riding my bike five miles to the train station, taking a train for an hour, then riding another bike to my...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,966
Posted By rhm

My commute is about two hours each way, less than...

My commute is about two hours each way, less than half of that on the bike -- a bit over an hour on the train. So that's 4 hours of commuting , which severely reduces my free time. I make up for...
12-18-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By rhm

To be a little more specific, I see two major...

To be a little more specific, I see two major problems with this brake.
first, you can`t clamp a cantilever brake to a round fork blade and expect it to stay put. You can tighten those clamps to...
12-18-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By rhm

Alas, if it looks too good to be true....

Alas, if it looks too good to be true....
12-15-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 854
Posted By rhm

Yeah, I'm pretty sure my first driver license...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure my first driver license number, issued in VA in the 80's, was my SSN.
12-07-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,062
Posted By rhm

Well, if it were that, it would have been a...

Well, if it were that, it would have been a Norman Pillager, which would be in line with their other models, "invader" and "conqueror," though i'm doubtful of "raper".
12-06-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,062
Posted By rhm

:lol: Let's not be impatient. She may be...

:lol:
Let's not be impatient. She may be back...
12-05-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 810
Posted By rhm

Mine has the Cinelli shell, with Campagnolo cable...

Mine has the Cinelli shell, with Campagnolo cable guides brazed on top of the BB shell.

I think you and I, or maybe it was unterhausen and I, have been over this anomaly before. I'm not expecting...
12-04-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 810
Posted By rhm

Well, it's hard to say. I can tell you that when...

Well, it's hard to say. I can tell you that when I bought my Trek 720 frame new in 1983 I was pleased that it already had headset and BB installed. Didn't occur to me to ask why. Well, a few years...
12-04-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,715
Posted By rhm

Well in that case i'd douse it in neatsfoot oil...

Well in that case i'd douse it in neatsfoot oil and forget about it. That should prevent any further decay. I would also look into putting the badge from the original saddle on the new one for the...
12-03-21, 11:18 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,310
Posted By rhm

Yup, that is consistent with what I had been...

Yup, that is consistent with what I had been told.

For what it's worth, I have seen the "531" stamp on one fork steerer (on a 1982 Trek 720 fork). I have had many other forks in my hands, from the...
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