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04-15-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26,493
Views: 3,850,940
Posted By sykerocker

I've got one, too, mine was picked up for $50.00...

I've got one, too, mine was picked up for $50.00 at the Westminster, MD swap meet with a flat rear tire. Turns out the rims would chew up the tubes from the inside making it impossible to do more...
02-24-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,260
Posted By sykerocker

Firm believe in the Velo Orange hammered alloy...

Firm believe in the Velo Orange hammered alloy fenders. These have been in use for about fifteen years now:

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02-19-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 384
Views: 45,904
Posted By sykerocker

I'm a cat person. Dogs and I don't get along,...

I'm a cat person. Dogs and I don't get along, I've lost count how many times I've been bitten while out on the daily bike ride. I married a dog person. She'd been bugging me from the day she moved in...
02-19-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,180
Posted By sykerocker

That's definitely the big point I've got out of...

That's definitely the big point I've got out of this thread. They didn't bother to check the frame, given the customer complaint? Obviously, they're in the business to sell parts.
02-19-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 13,168
Posted By sykerocker

I've got one 'modern' (it's got brifters) bike in...

I've got one 'modern' (it's got brifters) bike in the barn, a 1992 Diamondback Expert. 3x7 Shimano RSX, given to me by a old long-term customer of mine, wasn't too excited at the time and figured...
02-08-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 789
Posted By sykerocker

I remember going to the mid 70's TOSRV and...

I remember going to the mid 70's TOSRV and staring at those bikes with my tongue virtually sweeping the pavement. Before the '73 run I'd never heard of the brand. Back then, they were about the...
02-05-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,510
Posted By sykerocker

Sounds hopeful. I'm going up flush this year, at...

Sounds hopeful. I'm going up flush this year, at it's going to be the first meet I'll have attended since rebuilding the garage/shop from the fire. Definitely going looking for inventory restock.
02-03-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 666
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely attending, have a table with...

Definitely attending, have a table with Poguemahone, and will be taking three bikes for sale: 1955 Royal Enfield 3-speed, 1970 AMF Roadmaster middleweight, and a 1920's-something Emblem girl's bike....
01-29-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By sykerocker

Having owned a few Falcons in my life, from the...

Having owned a few Falcons in my life, from the Black Diamond to the San Remo, I've always had a fondness for them. Even their cheap bikes (the Black Diamond) had nice frames for the money. Just...
01-27-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,124
Posted By sykerocker

As someone who's lived in both worlds (non-child...

As someone who's lived in both worlds (non-child cycling since 1969, motorcycles since 1976), for the most part: Hell no! Offset by the exceptions, who turn out to be some of the most supportive...
01-27-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,568
Posted By sykerocker

The comment may be sharpish and not fair, but...

The comment may be sharpish and not fair, but it's not untrue. Let's be honest, for a bicycle company to survive, if not thrive, they constantly have to come up with something new to get the...
01-27-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 8,397
Posted By sykerocker

Been reading the entire thread, lots of...

Been reading the entire thread, lots of interesting comments, allow me to toss a few additional ones in. Background: Was a professional mechanic back during the 70's Bike Boom for a Schwinn/Raleigh...
01-25-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,549
Posted By sykerocker

For years I owned an early Lambert (threaded...

For years I owned an early Lambert (threaded bottom bracket) with an aftermarket fork. Given the reputation of the Death Fork, that was the only non-matching pair I was ever comfortable buying. ...
01-21-22, 08:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,887
Posted By sykerocker

Happily, my memories from the AR Adams Cycle Days...

Happily, my memories from the AR Adams Cycle Days are still rather fresh. These are definitely 1973, possibly also 1972:

Raleigh
Sports. $95.00
Record. $100.00
Sprite 10: $100.00
Grand Prix:...
01-03-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,611
Posted By sykerocker

Availability was also an issue. During the Bike...

Availability was also an issue. During the Bike Boom, customer were pretty much following the delivery trucks to the shop and pounding on the door for us to open and sell them the bikes coming in,...
01-03-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,611
Posted By sykerocker

Super Sports are wonderful bikes, a '72 (I think...

Super Sports are wonderful bikes, a '72 (I think - it was the one year maroon red) was my first modern adult bicycle, replacing the '58 Jaguar Mark IV I'd been using for three years as a commuter.
...
01-01-22, 10:51 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 26,657
Posted By sykerocker

Yep, and the group can take credit for a lot of...

Yep, and the group can take credit for a lot of this:

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The BCA frame was...
12-27-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,545
Posted By sykerocker

Added nothing to my collection (there's a couple...

Added nothing to my collection (there's a couple of bikes passing thru, hopefully will be gone at Westminster in February) this year, what I have done is build up an awful lot of mail ordered bikes...
11-29-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 909
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely Schwinn Varsity and Continental. Back...

Definitely Schwinn Varsity and Continental. Back during the Bike Boom, this is what sold, what people were willing to be put on a six week waiting list for. And, more importantly, these are the...
11-23-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,245
Posted By sykerocker

First off, fixed gear. Have done a couple over...

First off, fixed gear. Have done a couple over the years just to get the experience, can't understand why anyone wouldn't want to coast downhill. Isn't that the purpose of climbing the hill?
...
10-29-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,718
Posted By sykerocker

Following this thread with interest, as I've just...

Following this thread with interest, as I've just picked up my first truly antique bicycle, although not something that falls within the interests of this group: A Twenties-something Emblem (made in...
10-22-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,764
Posted By sykerocker

The memories of Iversons - the worst of the worst...

The memories of Iversons - the worst of the worst (worse than Murray, Huffy, or Rollfast) - sold only thru catalog (the forerunner of big box) stores immediately comes to mind. We had a couple of...
09-30-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,046
Posted By sykerocker

Have you considered buying a Bafang E-bike kit...

Have you considered buying a Bafang E-bike kit and converting your current bike? Assuming you've got the skills to tear a bike down and rebuild it, it strikes me as the cost effective way to go. As...
09-28-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By sykerocker

Enjoyed reading it, because I've got a (I...

Enjoyed reading it, because I've got a (I believe) 1992 Diamondback Expert as my one 'modern' bike. It uses a Shimano RSX drivetrain with brifters. About five or six years ago, shortly after...
09-27-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,444
Posted By sykerocker

Given my private passions for Rossins, I can only...

Given my private passions for Rossins, I can only imagine what I've spent putting my three on the road. The first one was "complete" but had three quarters of the components replaced because I wanted...
09-27-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,444
Posted By sykerocker

You guys have just shown me why I, a consummate...

You guys have just shown me why I, a consummate bookkeeper in pretty much everything else, do not keep financial records on the bikes I'm planning on keeping long term.
09-22-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,626
Posted By sykerocker

I had one of them when I lived in Erie in the...

I had one of them when I lived in Erie in the mid-70's and worked at A.R. Adams Cycle. It became my main commuter, because I only had to store it in the second floor closet, rather than taking my...
09-22-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,768
Posted By sykerocker

And they're still wonderful on the trails if...

And they're still wonderful on the trails if you're a non-serious mountain biker, or primarily a roadie who goes out once in a while. Had a Gary Fisher that looked a lot like that for years, selling...
09-21-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 749
Posted By sykerocker

Gladly, This one's set up so I can do one work...

Gladly, This one's set up so I can do one work stand while still having the wife's car parked inside. Now, since these pictures were taken that back wall is full of shelves, the return of the (much...
09-17-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,390
Posted By sykerocker

For me it's just a gut feeling that God intended...

For me it's just a gut feeling that God intended bicycle frames to have the top tube parallel to the pavement. Anything other than that I find unattractive. Which means I can share the same...
09-16-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 749
Posted By sykerocker

You can go home again - sorta

Finally getting around to writing about it now, but about a month ago, I did one of my periodic motorcycle trips to Greater Pittsburgh International Raceway for the MotoAmerica Superbike races. Only...
09-14-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,092
Posted By sykerocker

A few years back, I got tired of seeing all the...

A few years back, I got tired of seeing all the middle-aged doctors, lawyers and accountants showing up at Tour de France time for Sunday rides thru the Ashland area on their Orbeas, Pinarellos, etc....
01-29-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 26,493
Views: 3,850,940
Posted By sykerocker

It is with great joy that I've finally turned out...

It is with great joy that I've finally turned out my first restoration in the new shop since the fire, 14 months ago. The '55 Royal Enfield cleaned up fairly well, I still need to find a seat for...
01-29-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 557
Posted By sykerocker

I've got a bit of information on the brand. My...

I've got a bit of information on the brand. My understanding is that Ranger was one of Schwinn's Chicago competitors during the 1890's/1900's. By the late '60's, however, it had just become the...
01-08-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26,493
Views: 3,850,940
Posted By sykerocker

There were a couple of BSA bicycles around the...

There were a couple of BSA bicycles around the vintage British motorcycle group I've done shows with (it's the mark of a real BSA collector to have at least one bicycle to go along with all the...
12-13-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 14,881
Posted By sykerocker

Thinking back to the days of the Presque Isle...

Thinking back to the days of the Presque Isle Bicycle Club (Erie, PA 1972-77), the "standard" road bike available at the time (think Raleigh Grand Prix) came with a 42-52t cottered crank, 14-28t five...
12-10-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 10,490
Posted By sykerocker

One of the few things I saved from the fire, it...

One of the few things I saved from the fire, it was my father's and is definitely older than I am. Media blasted it at my buddy's motorcycle shop and repainted it, Park Tools Blue, of course. Bolted...
12-02-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 482
Posted By sykerocker

I've been dealing with Vittoria Rallys for about...

I've been dealing with Vittoria Rallys for about fifteen years now and have no complaints. The few punctures I've gotten have invariably happened as the tread is just about shot, so no need to take...
12-02-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By sykerocker

First off, good luck finding one. Fully 99% of...

First off, good luck finding one. Fully 99% of them ended up on the scrap heap. The fastest one of I know of that failed was at a bicycle shop I was working at that sold them. The customer made is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-28-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,151
Posted By sykerocker

1x9? Why? Hell, I'm doing just fine with a...

1x9? Why? Hell, I'm doing just fine with a Raleigh Twenty with a three-speed Sturmey Archer hub and a 44-16t drivetrain. Direct drive is a 55 gear inches, low is 49, high is 62. I usually try to...
11-26-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 26,493
Views: 3,850,940
Posted By sykerocker

It's only partially English (the rear wheel), and...

It's only partially English (the rear wheel), and it's only recently a 3-speed (ditto), but I've finally got that Flying Pigeon I picked up at Westminster in February on the road. Well, up and down...
11-20-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26,493
Views: 3,850,940
Posted By sykerocker

Hit my local Ace Hardware this morning (you...

Hit my local Ace Hardware this morning (you should see their fasteners aisle!) and came up with a couple of proper width steel chrome spacers bored 3/8" with 3/16" wall thickness. They're far and...
11-17-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 5,656
Views: 632,137
Posted By sykerocker

Last weekend, a fellow local antique bike...

Last weekend, a fellow local antique bike collector gave me two milk crates full of 80's/90's bicycle parts - which I'm currently going thru, cleaning, refurbishing, and sorting to the parts shelves....
10-10-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,619
Posted By sykerocker

I've got two, had a third, and I absolutely love...

I've got two, had a third, and I absolutely love them. The first is a 1972 Raleigh Tourist that is one of my two daily commuters:

...
10-06-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,638
Posted By sykerocker

To help out on the dating, here's the one I had...

To help out on the dating, here's the one I had for a couple of years, definitely Bike Boom era (73-74), wheels and derailleurs are not original. While definitely the bottom of the line bike (no...
10-01-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 1,010
Views: 120,037
Posted By sykerocker

So my tastes are a bit on the gothic side . . . ....

So my tastes are a bit on the gothic side . . . .

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09-25-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,108
Posted By sykerocker

This conversation brought something else to mind...

This conversation brought something else to mind that I'd forcibly put out of my mind: The one place where my shop has been at least semi-busy, besides working on my own stuff, is assembling...
09-25-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,108
Posted By sykerocker

The one good side I see out of this mess, is that...

The one good side I see out of this mess, is that the bicycle shops are busy. The last time I saw business like this, I was working in a shop - and that's 45-50 years ago. Lord knows they're...
09-25-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,703
Posted By sykerocker

. . . . . . . when you see the article for the...

. . . . . . . when you see the article for the new 13-speed Campagnolo, and realize you weren't even sure they'd gone beyond 10-speed yet.

. . . . . . . when any mention of "10-speed" only means...
09-25-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,108
Posted By sykerocker

This has been a very frustrating summer for me,...

This has been a very frustrating summer for me, with the 21st century Bike Boom in full swing I could be spending a lot of my retirement in my newly built and functional workshop fixing up bikes like...
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