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06-29-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 26,298
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Posted By sykerocker

Ah, the dream bike of my high school years. Our...

Ah, the dream bike of my high school years. Our high school's second string quarterback had one of those. So, of course, his sidekick went out and bought a Yamaha Big Bear 250 (YD-2, I think) which...
06-29-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,091
Posted By sykerocker

Vintage cars may last longer sitting in a field...

Vintage cars may last longer sitting in a field as parts cars, because the thickness of metal and lack of plastics enables them to withstand the ravages of Mother Nature better than something make...
04-15-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26,298
Views: 3,788,147
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: 1,236
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:

...
02-20-22, 08:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,120
Posted By sykerocker

I'll sorta, kinda disagree with you on that...

I'll sorta, kinda disagree with you on that statement. Replace the steel rimmed wheels with a set of sewup wheels, leave everything else stock, and tell me it doesn't come close. I did that years ago...
02-19-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 44,980
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: 2,128
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: 12,562
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...
02-17-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,885
Posted By sykerocker

Why not? If anything, you get a period correct,...

Why not? If anything, you get a period correct, catalog correct, bike that works better than the available Campagnolo at the time. Of my three, the oldest one is 7400 Dura Ace, the solid color...
02-15-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 991
Posted By sykerocker

Go for it! A Super Sport was my first serious...

Go for it! A Super Sport was my first serious ten-speed back in 72-73, by the time I sold it, it was sporting tubular wheels and had been pretty much stripped down. Thirty five years later I built...
02-15-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 641
Posted By sykerocker

Not a bad day for Poguemahone and myself. I sold...

Not a bad day for Poguemahone and myself. I sold one bike (the 70 AMF Roadmaster), brought the 55 Royal Enfield back home. There was a guy there with a couple of 23" frame Raleigh Sports and Humbers,...
02-11-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,270
Posted By sykerocker

If you've got that kind of cage, you start...

If you've got that kind of cage, you start looking for an anodized aluminum water bottle with a cork. Which were still available back when I started serious cycling ('70-71), but disappear rather...
02-08-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 720
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: 3,331
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: 641
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....
02-03-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,331
Posted By sykerocker

It's looking hopeful, and masks are mandatory.

It's looking hopeful, and masks are mandatory.
02-03-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,331
Posted By sykerocker

Definitely attending, have a table with...

Definitely attending, have a table with Poguemahone. Probably taking three bikes to sell, 1955 Royal Enfield 3-speed, 1970 AMF Roadmaster middleweight, and a 1927 Emblem girl's bike.
02-03-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,125
Posted By sykerocker

There is just something so wonderful about that...

There is just something so wonderful about that Falcon pale blue - I've always considered it their answer to Bianchi's celeste.

This is the Falcon Black Diamond I owned about a decade ago. ...
01-29-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,125
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: 3,002
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, 03:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 718
Posted By sykerocker

A thought on the storage unit: If you've got a...

A thought on the storage unit: If you've got a definite area picked for your future residence, can you do your storage unit rental in advance and have the bikes shipped to that office. The outfit I...
01-27-22, 02:33 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,205
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, 02:08 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,906
Posted By sykerocker

You also have the knowledge, ability, and tools...

You also have the knowledge, ability, and tools to put said bicycle in decent running shape, or at least someone who willl do it for you at a cost that you're willing to pay. The Walmart customer...
01-27-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,906
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: 1,465
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: 1,827
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:...
01-14-22, 09:02 PM
Replies: 26,298
Views: 3,788,147
Posted By sykerocker

That's what I'm hoping to find when I go to...

That's what I'm hoping to find when I go to Westminster, MD next month. Will have a '55 Royal Enfield, 21" frame to swap.
01-14-22, 08:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,531
Posted By sykerocker

As I never posted a complete set of pictures on...

As I never posted a complete set of pictures on the bike when I started this thread, I figured better late than never. The bike was sold at the Westminster, MD swap meet in 2020, as the frame was too...
01-03-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,554
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: 1,554
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: 26,171
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: 4,254
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...
12-23-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,178
Posted By sykerocker

I've been running Vittoria Rallyes for years now,...

I've been running Vittoria Rallyes for years now, normally pick them up at less than $30.00 each on Amazon. Definitely a good enough tire that'll serve you well should you decide to take the bike...
12-11-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,511
Posted By sykerocker

Chevrolet Suburban is the oldest in continuous...

Chevrolet Suburban is the oldest in continuous production. First year was 1936, or very close to that.
12-03-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 7,849
Posted By sykerocker

Not at all surprised that this is a BSA design,...

Not at all surprised that this is a BSA design, as BSA motorcycles up thru the 1970 model year had a setup when removing the rear wheel left the chain and sprocket in place and, quite frankly, was an...
11-29-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 881
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...
11-24-21, 07:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,246
Posted By sykerocker

If you don't think you're old, watch Disney+ this...

If you don't think you're old, watch Disney+ this weekend. They're doing that three part documentary on the Beatles "Let It Be". Everything happening there was 52 years ago.
11-23-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,142
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?
...
11-07-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 969
Posted By sykerocker

Boy, that bike looks like the old Roger Riviere...

Boy, that bike looks like the old Roger Riviere bike we used to sell.
10-29-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,240
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...
10-29-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,392
Posted By sykerocker

Done many years ago, ridden for a couple of years...

Done many years ago, ridden for a couple of years and then sold. This was the final incarnation of the original Raleigh Gran Sport frame that got me back into cycling back in 2004.

...
10-22-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,737
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...
10-17-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 26,298
Views: 3,788,147
Posted By sykerocker

Damn, I wish that was closer. I'd jump on it in...

Damn, I wish that was closer. I'd jump on it in a heartbeat. Never saw one in yellow, I thought the ivory ones were rare enough.
10-06-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 9,554
Posted By sykerocker

Sorry, mine burned in the fire.

Sorry, mine burned in the fire.
09-30-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,804
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...
09-30-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By sykerocker

Take it for granted that any new replacement...

Take it for granted that any new replacement cotter will have to be filed to fit. That was standard procedure when I worked in the bike shop fifty years ago.
09-30-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,205
Posted By sykerocker

Which means, after the fire, at least the first...

Which means, after the fire, at least the first 5-6 restorations I do are all running into five figurers apiece. Possibly more like 10-12.

Shrudder.
09-28-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 670
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...
09-28-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,074
Posted By sykerocker

Question: It's been a few years since I've used...

Question: It's been a few years since I've used Huret derailleurs, and my entire stock of them was lost in the fire. Looking at those cages, they appear (note, appear) to be identical, or at least...
09-28-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 797
Posted By sykerocker

Then (if my memory is correct, AW's do a 1/3rd...

Then (if my memory is correct, AW's do a 1/3rd down into first, and a 1/4 overdrive into third - correct me if my memory is faulty) that'd mean you're first gear is approximately at 24. Plan on...
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