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05-09-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 506
Posted By sykerocker

Uh, I'm still riding a 7 x 3 Shimano drivetrain. ...

Uh, I'm still riding a 7 x 3 Shimano drivetrain. And it's my only bike with brifters. Was just given a set of Campagnolo hubbed freehub wheels. Now I get to figure out what'll work with it.
03-21-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 444
Posted By sykerocker

Pity it doesn't have the actual Mafac safety...

Pity it doesn't have the actual Mafac safety levers, which were the only effective ones made back then. I've got a set on my Magneet for touring, and they're a lot more positive if you have to panic...
02-09-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,280
Posted By sykerocker

That's a Roger Riviere. Or a Concorde. Or a St....

That's a Roger Riviere. Or a Concorde. Or a St. Etienne. Basically, there were all Gitanes, made for other branding, to a specification one step under the cheapest Gitane-branded bike made during the...
01-29-21, 08:39 PM
Replies: 24,777
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Posted By sykerocker

As best I can tell, they're original. The only...

As best I can tell, they're original. The only things on the bike obviously not original were the front brake caliper and lever, the fender mounting point to the fork was snapped, and the fork was...
01-29-21, 03:06 PM
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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, 02:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,197
Posted By sykerocker

My respect for you just went up ten points.

My respect for you just went up ten points.
01-29-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 284
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...
01-29-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,197
Posted By sykerocker

Can't wait to see the picture of the builder...

Can't wait to see the picture of the builder riding the bike.
01-27-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 11,250
Posted By sykerocker

Boy, have I been out of the loop! This is the...

Boy, have I been out of the loop! This is the absolute first mention I've seen of these bikes. Then again, I haven't checked the Rivendell website in a couple of years now. Never saw a reason to,...
01-12-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24,777
Views: 3,048,963
Posted By sykerocker

I definitely could be mistaken, plus I remember...

I definitely could be mistaken, plus I remember what they called them back in the Fifties. By the Sixties I wasn't following these bikes at all. It's gotta be a semi-rare one, given that by that...
01-12-21, 10:07 AM
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Posted By sykerocker

Looks like a Corvette. Add center tank with horn...

Looks like a Corvette. Add center tank with horn and a red rear rack with taillight, and you've got a Mark IV Jaguar, which my parents got me for my 8th birthday in 1958. Which, 11 years later...
01-08-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,836
Posted By sykerocker

And what kind of donation would you be looking...

And what kind of donation would you be looking for?
01-08-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,703
Posted By sykerocker

And if anybody is suited to review this saddle,...

And if anybody is suited to review this saddle, he's certainly the person. :roflmao2::roflmao2::roflmao2:

Wonderfully written.
01-08-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 24,777
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Posted By sykerocker

Definitely. Happily I had my set from my Triumph...

Definitely. Happily I had my set from my Triumph motorcycle days, and they were among the few tools I saved from the fire. Unfortunately, I lost the Whitworth sockets. If you're looking for a set,...
01-08-21, 06:57 PM
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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...
01-08-21, 06:54 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

Not that far away from where I'm at. It'd...

Not that far away from where I'm at. It'd finally given me the excuse to do the bay bridge and tunnel for a day's drive. 23 years living down here and I've yet to drive on it.
01-01-21, 04:00 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

Where in Maryland? Ashland, VA isn't all that...

Where in Maryland? Ashland, VA isn't all that far south, and I normally (which means this year doesn't necessarily count) head up to Westminster for the swap meet next month.
01-01-21, 09:38 AM
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Posted By sykerocker

Morning of the New Year: It’s supposed to rain...

Morning of the New Year: It’s supposed to rain pretty much all day today, so I did a quick run on the Sprite this morning to try and get my daily 5+ in before it hit. Managed .75 miles and the rain...
12-25-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,373
Posted By sykerocker

I'll hopefully find out this summer when I...

I'll hopefully find out this summer when I finally get back to Erie, PA for the first time in thirty years. Have promised myself one last trip back to the old stomping grounds, and the last I heard,...
12-24-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,373
Posted By sykerocker

My folks, having spent major coin buying me a...

My folks, having spent major coin buying me a Schwinn Mark IV Jaguar for my 8th birthday in 1958, weren't about to pony up for yet another bike 5-6 years later. Why would I need one? I had a...
12-13-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 9,606
Posted By sykerocker

Which is why I've been hard core conservative on...

Which is why I've been hard core conservative on the vintage vehicle front (automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles) since I started in the antique car hobby with the AACA back in 1968. While I can...
12-13-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 9,606
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, 04:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,881
Posted By sykerocker

Likewise. Happily enough my size for a loaded...

Likewise. Happily enough my size for a loaded tourer, but unfortunately a bit away, plus the mandatory 14-day quarantining.
12-10-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,378
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...
12-08-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,811
Posted By sykerocker

Had a set of Cortina's back in the 70's in Erie,...

Had a set of Cortina's back in the 70's in Erie, they went away about the same time I left cycling the first time. Having ridden TOSRV a number of years in the 70's (I think '76 was my last one) I...
12-08-20, 08:14 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,811
Posted By sykerocker

Riding stationary on any kind of equipment bores...

Riding stationary on any kind of equipment bores me to tears, although I've got a set of rollers for days that I feel like bothering. Fortunately, I've got a nice selection of IGH English roadsters...
12-08-20, 08:02 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

All those bikes had better be documentable to...

All those bikes had better be documentable to ownership by John Lennon or Paul McCartney when new.for the prices the seller is holding out for. In my area (Richmond, VA) a 3-speed in mint, perfect...
12-02-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 218
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, 09:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,079
Posted By sykerocker

I'm a firm believer in using a rim (preferably...

I'm a firm believer in using a rim (preferably tubular, but I've used a clincher on occasion) and with a large tire iron and very large screwdriver. Just work it on inch by inch. And immediately...
12-02-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 24,777
Views: 3,048,963
Posted By sykerocker

As someone who sold them new back in the 70's,...

As someone who sold them new back in the 70's, used an ivory Sports as his daily transportation around Erie, PA for a couple of years, I'll agree with Kurt: Don't diss the 70's Raleighs. Their...
12-02-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
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
11-29-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 14,763
Posted By sykerocker

Regarding brakes: While I'd be happy with...

Regarding brakes: While I'd be happy with v-brakes, I can easily understand the desire for disc brakes and the reasons for them (stopping ability wet weather performance, etc.). What I don't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-28-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,142
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...
11-28-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,852
Posted By sykerocker

Fascinating thread, so far. My bike...

Fascinating thread, so far.

My bike ownership? Anything Rossin, but not all that interested in Italian bikes in general. Anything British, definitely, anything Raleigh very, very definitely. Mild...
11-28-20, 08:20 PM
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Posted By sykerocker

Sad looking? You're being kind. I'd probably...

Sad looking? You're being kind. I'd probably look at them (if they were nearby) for the hubs and chain cases.
11-27-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 4,422
Views: 430,177
Posted By sykerocker

The term "bouncy" comes to mind. Happily, all in...

The term "bouncy" comes to mind. Happily, all in an up and down manner, there's virtually no sideways movement. Just the same, a B72 or B66 at the next swap meet will be a high priority.
11-26-20, 10:36 AM
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Views: 3,048,963
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...
11-26-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4,422
Views: 430,177
Posted By sykerocker

The first Thanksgiving turkey for the day is...

The first Thanksgiving turkey for the day is done! After nine months, I think I've finally got that Flying Pigeon to the point that I can ride it for more than two miles without puncturing a tube....
11-26-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,066
Posted By sykerocker

The joy of the sentimental restoration. In my...

The joy of the sentimental restoration. In my case, it was Roger Riviere, a French line we carried at the bicycle shop because we couldn't get enough Schwinns and Raleighs in during the Bike Boom. ...
11-20-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24,777
Views: 3,048,963
Posted By sykerocker

Iím figuring out the chain line next, not exactly...

Iím figuring out the chain line next, not exactly easy since weíre talk full chain case and itís mostly one piece unlike the vintage British bikes. Well used to dishing wheels.
11-20-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,639
Posted By sykerocker

Looks like you've got an oxymoron there: A...

Looks like you've got an oxymoron there: A reasonably rare Schwinn Varsity.

If it has the original parts, I'd suggest stripping it down, get it bead blasted and then painted/powder coated in the...
11-20-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 24,777
Views: 3,048,963
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...
11-20-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 24,777
Views: 3,048,963
Posted By sykerocker

A technical question for the group: I've...

A technical question for the group:

I've finally come up with a Raleigh Tourist rear wheel (Sturmey-Archer AW hub, 1972 if my memory is holding) for converting my Flying Pigeon single speed (with...
11-17-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,720
Posted By sykerocker

I've always been rather gentle on any bicycles...

I've always been rather gentle on any bicycles (and motorcycles, and cars) that I've owned, so I tend to ride them in the mode they were originally designed for. Oh, I ride them, in all sorts of...
11-17-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4,422
Views: 430,177
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....
11-16-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,356
Posted By sykerocker

Built a 20" wheel with a kickback hub back in the...

Built a 20" wheel with a kickback hub back in the winter of 14/15 for the wife's Eastern European off-brand folder (built in Yugoslavia, I think) that she rode in St. Augustine, FL when we were on...
11-16-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,145
Posted By sykerocker

The forward freewheel uses a special tool to take...

The forward freewheel uses a special tool to take the crank apart. I'm pretty certain the one I had was in the freewheel tools that I saved and cleaned up after the fire. They're not that hard to...
11-13-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 460
Posted By sykerocker

Montague's actually cost $600.00 back in the day?...

Montague's actually cost $600.00 back in the day? I'll admit, I liked mine, but I didn't think it was that hot a bike.
10-10-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,170
Posted By sykerocker

Like the design. Going to make note of this for...

Like the design. Going to make note of this for future reference. Currently I'm working on a long, thin trough for rims, made up a rectangular form out of cardboard and am currently laying in...
10-10-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,275
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:

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