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09-30-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 192
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...the other thing you can do is grab a MAPP...

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...the other thing you can do is grab a MAPP gas torch, and use it to do several heating and cooling cycles, applying the heat to the aluminum post, to avoid smoking the paint on the frame. The...
09-30-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 192
Posted By 3alarmer

....this may be your opinion, but I can assure...

....this may be your opinion, but I can assure you that I've done this plenty of times, and in fact, keep an old leather saddle frame (minus the leather) hanging over on one corner of the tools...
09-30-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 192
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...just a couple of random thoughts. they may...

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...just a couple of random thoughts. they may or may not help you.

1. the best penetrant, by far, is a 50/50 mix of acetone and automatic transmission fluid.

2. I have owned a couple of...
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By 3alarmer

...those brakes are some kind of fugly. They must...

...those brakes are some kind of fugly. They must not have sold very many of them.

...I know there is a Vancouver tax, but I don't know what it runs. Bike seems a little pricey for condition.
09-28-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 147
Posted By 3alarmer

...freewheel and hub threadings have only been...

...freewheel and hub threadings have only been manufactured in three standards in the past 40 years or so: French, Italian, and Standard (often referenced as "English"). Everything made and sold for...
09-28-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By 3alarmer

...believe it or not, this has already happened...

...believe it or not, this has already happened to me on teh Beikforums. There was some guy who got irritated with me in some thread, long ago, who threatened to report me and my bike co-op to the...
09-27-22, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 246
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...you're welcome. But honestly, I only post...

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...you're welcome. But honestly, I only post mechanical advice here because they pay me. :)
09-27-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 2,376
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...back in D.C., many years ago, we just used...

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...back in D.C., many years ago, we just used a cheap paint brush, and paint the frame with flat latex house paint. It's plenty fugly, attracts dirt and grime, peels in places, and is easy to...
09-26-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,315
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...hi. What's this thread about, please ?

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...hi. What's this thread about, please ?
09-26-22, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...unless there's something unusual going on,...

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...unless there's something unusual going on, like a cone that has a worn surface, or a bent axle that needs replacement, I generally do not remove the hardware from both sides of the axle. This...
09-25-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,503
Posted By 3alarmer

...I restored a similar bike, and was somewhat...

...I restored a similar bike, and was somewhat surprised when I built 27" wheels for it, that the clearance on the fork only let me use a 27x1" tire. It works fine, but I had expected more room.
09-25-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 591
Posted By 3alarmer

...Shimano made a couple of long cage versions...

...Shimano made a couple of long cage versions that were contemporary with Crane GS, both Titlist GS and Tourney GS. The Titlist was cheaper, had less attention to finish, and can usually be found...
09-25-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 591
Posted By 3alarmer

...1966 is pretty early to be talking about what...

...1966 is pretty early to be talking about what we today consider a long cage rear derailleur. I do not know it the aftermarket cage will work on an old Record derailleur. I've never tried to do...
09-24-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 733
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...seriously, have you priced this job out...

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...seriously, have you priced this job out yet ? Painting a bicycle is no longer cheap these days, and most people with hybrids go with a single color powder coat, to save some money. The guys who...
09-24-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 733
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...don't use this combination, because unless...

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...don't use this combination, because unless your bike is a Bottecchia, it will look derivative.
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09-23-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I just remembered that Nitto made some...

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...I just remembered that Nitto made some 26.0 stems way back when. But I don't think the Technomic was ever one of them. Anyway, match the bar sleeve diameter with the stem you get, and you...
09-23-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...just measure the reinforcing sleeve on the...

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...just measure the reinforcing sleeve on the bar with a caliper. It it's somewhere near 25.4, the Nitto Technomic will work with that bar. If it's 26.0, or 26.4, you'll need to scare up an...
09-22-22, 10:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By 3alarmer

...if your bicycle was made and sold in 1984,...

...if your bicycle was made and sold in 1984, check the bar diameter with a measuring device, like a Vernier caliper. I think you might be surprised, but I don't have your bicycle in front of me. By...
09-22-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 262
Posted By 3alarmer

Nitto Technomic L225 Long Quill Stem...

Nitto Technomic L225 Long Quill Stem (https://www.benscycle.com/nitto-technomic-l225-long-quill-stem-stem_nitto_technomicl225_870/p?idsku=673351&msclkid=b1d4fd3a44a81f1d09d89e17574e307d)

...they...
09-22-22, 10:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 626
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...it's an inexact science, even with a tape...

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...it's an inexact science, even with a tape measure. I once drove two hours one way, from here to Merced, to look at an old Paramount that I had asked the seller to measure, because I couldn't...
09-21-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 349
Posted By 3alarmer

...he's using a modern, two part paint, which was...

...he's using a modern, two part paint, which was not in common use on bikes, when your bike was painted originally. If you want to repaint the whole thing, with new stickers, that's certainly...
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By 3alarmer

All Things Schwinn...

All Things Schwinn (https://thecabe.com/forum/index/all-things-schwinn.33/)...that one is pretty old. Might be pre WW2, but those guys can tell you in a flash.
Replies: 15
Views: 430
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...that might actually be a decent leather...

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...that might actually be a decent leather saddle, but if you're doing it as a project to ride, it will be a lot more fun to ride it with new rims and tires. Alloy rim and tire technology have...
09-20-22, 10:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 767
Posted By 3alarmer

1. doing box lining by hand is a lot harder than...

1. doing box lining by hand is a lot harder than you might suppose.
2. on the couple of occasions I've done something on a frame repaint that required long straight lines, I just bought vinyl decals...
09-20-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 795
Posted By 3alarmer

...as handed down to us by Rick Riordan.

...as handed down to us by Rick Riordan.
09-20-22, 07:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,706
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I remembered that I set up a Raleigh...

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...I remembered that I set up a Raleigh Competition once with stem shifters, a long time ago when I hurt my back. Scoff if you want to, but it was either that or quit riding for a while.
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09-20-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 349
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...a lot of chromovelato finishes were done...

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...a lot of chromovelato finishes were done with a transparent or translucent lacquer as the final paint layer. I have absolutley no knowledge of what yours is painted with, and would hesitate wo...
09-18-22, 04:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,706
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...some of them (the better ones), work OK on...

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...some of them (the better ones), work OK on touring bike setups. But the additional cable housing just complicates life, and the simplicity of DT shifters is aesthetically more pleasing. They...
09-17-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,732
Posted By 3alarmer

...there's another problem with scaling up a...

...there's another problem with scaling up a business that has been a fixture in SF as long as this one has. They are, from what I recall, somewhat limited in space. So even if they can hire more...
09-17-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,732
Posted By 3alarmer

...if I'm in the driver' seat in the supply and...

...if I'm in the driver' seat in the supply and demand equation, why would I take the chance ? :D
09-17-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 589
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...most fixed cups that have been in place...

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...most fixed cups that have been in place for a long time will not come off with an adjustable wrench. There's a specialized tool for removing (and reinstalling) stubborn fixed cups, that looks...
09-16-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,978
Posted By 3alarmer

...Imron is a two stage epoxy type paint. So no,...

...Imron is a two stage epoxy type paint. So no, not really. Metallic silver is one of the most difficult colors to match, IME. You are either off on the color itself (there are many, many...
09-16-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 301
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...in the FWIW department: in all my...

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...in the FWIW department: in all my adventures with replacing various seald bearing cartridges herre, I have been well served by my local bearing supply house, Motion Industries...
09-15-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...the TM-1 is not designed or intended as a...

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...the TM-1 is not designed or intended as a precision tool. But it works well enough for most wheel building applications.
When I was doing more wheel work, I invested in one of those fancy...
09-14-22, 11:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,732
Posted By 3alarmer

...anyone visiting San Francisco, who wants to...

...anyone visiting San Francisco, who wants to roll his eyes so far to the side they get stuck there, needs look no farther than the Rapha store, on Filbert...
09-14-22, 10:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,732
Posted By 3alarmer

...the place in question in this thread has been...

...the place in question in this thread has been around, in San Francisco, doing a pretty good job of serving the higher end, classic bicycle community almost forever. I have a 60's Frejus that was...
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...if it is spaced at 120 in the back, and...

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...if it is spaced at 120 in the back, and has not been readjusted along the way, it's not late 70's or 80's in origin. I have a Le Champion frame here I repainted from sometime in the 70's. The...
09-14-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,732
Posted By 3alarmer

...I'm not going to work for the customers that...

...I'm not going to work for the customers that American Cyclery rejects. My standards are just as high as theirs are. :P
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By 3alarmer

...looks like a high quality frame, and that...

...looks like a high quality frame, and that sort of sealed bearing bottom bracket cost something like a hundred bucks, just by itself, back when they first came out. I wouldn't pass on it just...
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...Cinelli made and sold bottom bracket...

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...Cinelli made and sold bottom bracket shells labeled "Cinelli". They got used by various frame makers. Maybe this is the source of the confusion here ?
Replies: 9
Views: 417
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I, too, suspect that bicycle is something...

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...I, too, suspect that bicycle is something other than a Cinelli.
09-12-22, 11:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 667
Posted By 3alarmer

...once more, unless you are somehow pressed for...

...once more, unless you are somehow pressed for time, with the oversized crank puller from Stein and the repair inserts they sell with it as a kit, you can repair that crank arm.

...no cutting,...
09-12-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 667
Posted By 3alarmer

...I bought one, too, and I don't have a shop. ...

...I bought one, too, and I don't have a shop. It's been well worth the initial investment to me over a period of 8 years or so.
I originally bought it when I was working Saturdays at the bike...
09-12-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 387
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...a painful lump, as you describe it, is not...

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...a painful lump, as you describe it, is not what I reference as a saddle sore, either. I get occasional saddle sores, and they all take the form of a skin infection, and treatment with an over...
09-11-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 337
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I opened this thread, expecting to find...

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...I opened this thread, expecting to find some discussion about cottered cranks on bicycles. i discover it is about disc brakes on bicycles. Now I will be depressed for the rest of Sunday. :(
09-10-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By 3alarmer

...you can cut crosswise strips off the wide...

...you can cut crosswise strips off the wide tubes, and use them as rubber bands. Tubes also make OK bungee cords. I sometimes use them for tying plants to stakes out in the garden
09-10-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...rolls of Kapton tape are pretty cheap...

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...rolls of Kapton tape are pretty cheap (https://www.amazon.com/capton-tape/s?k=capton+tape), and it works extremely well as rim tape.
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...if you took off an Ideale saddle, you...

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...if you took off an Ideale saddle, you already got everything off that bike worth saving. I couldn't sell it in that condition for more than 10 or 15 bucks, assuming I could sell it at all....
09-09-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 376
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I totally understand why you might have...

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...I totally understand why you might have adopted this poor bike, seeing it cast aside and unloved on a trash heap. I would only point out to you that from a purely economic standpoint, this is...
Replies: 10
Views: 347
Posted By 3alarmer

.. \....Gios bikes show up pretty regularly...

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\....Gios bikes show up pretty regularly here in the Bay Area. Here's one that's been listed on CL for a couple of months....
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