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03-04-24, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 283
Posted By PhilFo

Back in 1998, on my first deployment aboard a...

Back in 1998, on my first deployment aboard a ship in the US Navy, we stopped in Hobart, Tasmania. A barista said, "knock me up about 8" and I was very taken aback for a bit. Had to run and go learn...
03-01-24, 05:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 705
Posted By PhilFo

The 23 tooth inch-pitch is the equivalent of a 46...

The 23 tooth inch-pitch is the equivalent of a 46 tooth standard half-inch chain.
03-01-24, 03:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 705
Posted By PhilFo

That's a 3/16" inch pitch roller chain, not a...

That's a 3/16" inch pitch roller chain, not a block chain. The short rear fork ends point more towards this being a coaster brake bike than a track bike, as does the 23 tooth ring which was standard...
02-28-24, 12:31 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

That'll work.

That'll work.
02-22-24, 07:03 AM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

A friend of mine had to move out of his apartment...

A friend of mine had to move out of his apartment on extremely short notice due to a fire in another unit in the building and he's storing a bunch of bikes in my garage. One of them is a lady's...
02-21-24, 07:33 PM
Replies: 6,454
Views: 750,266
Posted By PhilFo

Kurt, WGB posted above and those MA2 rims are...

Kurt, WGB posted above and those MA2 rims are going to work out for the 40 hole, I'm still looking for a box section 32 hole clincher.
Phil
02-21-24, 06:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By PhilFo

It's obvious that I just need to get in the car...

It's obvious that I just need to get in the car and drive down to South Carolina. Considering all of the beautiful shiny goodness which pops up every day now, the drive would surely save me shipping...
02-20-24, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6,454
Views: 750,266
Posted By PhilFo

Kurt, I'm sure I have at least two of those, as I...

Kurt, I'm sure I have at least two of those, as I hoarded them when I got our his and hers Rudge Sports. I'll have a look through the numerous boxes and a couple bike bags over the next few days, but...
02-18-24, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By PhilFo

Here's a bit of info about Elswick-Hopper. ...

Here's a bit of info about Elswick-Hopper.
​​​https://www.classiclightweights.co.uk/classic_builders/elswick-hopper/
And here's some writing about them by the late Sheldon Brown....
02-16-24, 01:37 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

Angel on one shoulder, devil on the other, both...

Angel on one shoulder, devil on the other, both talking into my ears...
A friend of mine has an EXTENSIVE collection of British bikes which he's trying to liquidate and not lose too much over. It's...
02-16-24, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

SirMike, good call on the wheel forensics. I had...

SirMike, good call on the wheel forensics. I had been thinking the rims were much newer, and also that the whole front wheel was a donor due to it being a 36 hole variety as well as a Normandy hub,...
02-15-24, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

If I were to title this post, I'd call it "bike...

If I were to title this post, I'd call it "bike forensics and N+2? 3?" Or perhaps, "skip over this nattering rubbish, save yourselves."

If any here have perused the for sale subforum here in C&V,...
02-14-24, 07:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,355
Posted By PhilFo

Somebody needs to grab this! I have too many...

Somebody needs to grab this! I have too many bikes, and way too many projects!
02-13-24, 07:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By PhilFo

Keeping a freewheel lubed with the correct oil...

Keeping a freewheel lubed with the correct oil will help keep the noise down both from the pawls and wear over time. They should only have a good thick oil in them like a hypoid gear oil or Phil Wood...
02-08-24, 11:37 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,109
Posted By PhilFo

Be ready and willing to walk away from the...

Be ready and willing to walk away from the project at any time during the build.
Back in 2014, I was working for a shop here in Philly and saw a bike that was amazing. Since then, I had stars in my...
02-02-24, 03:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By PhilFo

FS: 1951 Rudge Aero Clubman

UPDATE: CHANGE OF PLANS. Whole bike is no longer for sale. Frameset will be up for sale in coming weeks.

For sale is my recently overhauled and rebuilt 1951 Rudge Aero Clubman. Asking $500 plus...
02-01-24, 06:48 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,576
Posted By PhilFo

This is an intriguing story. I'd love to find my...

This is an intriguing story. I'd love to find my old Diamond Back. Or my Specialized S-Works. Or my Leica M2...
01-10-24, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By PhilFo

I've found that Shimano freewheels can be hit or...

I've found that Shimano freewheels can be hit or miss, mostly miss in the last few years. The best "inexpensive" single speed freewheels I've seen over the last 30+ years have been NOS Suntour...
Forum: Commuting
12-30-23, 07:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 886
Posted By PhilFo

Here in Philly, my car has an average speed of...

Here in Philly, my car has an average speed of 13.7mph. My average on the bike is just under 15mph. The morning commute is "reverse", in that most traffic is coming into the city and I'm heading in...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-28-23, 06:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,565
Posted By PhilFo

Most of the roads in New Mexico. The eastern part...

Most of the roads in New Mexico. The eastern part of the state is less inspiring but there are great rides all over. Down south, the Organ Mountains, Ruidoso, Carlsbad, White Sands. In the middle of...
11-23-23, 05:51 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,358
Posted By PhilFo

You could turn it into a knife handle!

You could turn it into a knife handle!
11-22-23, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By PhilFo

I once had a crazy time tracking down an annoying...

I once had a crazy time tracking down an annoying click coming from applying force with my left leg. I took everything apart, cleaned all the interfaces, repacked the bb, pedals, cleaned and greased...
11-21-23, 05:23 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,358
Posted By PhilFo

Inner door latch of a TARDIS.

Inner door latch of a TARDIS.
11-21-23, 05:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 482
Posted By PhilFo

Pedal bearings, pedal threads, chainring bolts,...

Pedal bearings, pedal threads, chainring bolts, bottom bracket, bottom bracket shell, chainstay, seatstay. I'm not going to get into the e-bike components, since I don't have any experience with...
11-12-23, 09:16 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 7,542
Posted By PhilFo

One of my old customers did this a couple times....

One of my old customers did this a couple times. The last time she did it, the bag got caught in the front wheel. She came into the shop after reconstructive facial surgery and some speech therapy.
11-07-23, 06:18 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 13,402
Posted By PhilFo

I came to this thread for the bike, but...

I came to this thread for the bike, but subscribed for the badger.
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By PhilFo

I would shine up that pie plate, overhaul the...

I would shine up that pie plate, overhaul the bike and enjoy the ride. It's a bike that you don't mind leaving unlocked outside while you pop in for groceries or coffee, because, it's almost...
10-29-23, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By PhilFo

It’s only an OK candidate for single speed...

It’s only an OK candidate for single speed conversion due to your rear brake. I recently built up a 1987 Raleigh Edge Mtn. Trials as a “dingle speed” with the intention of using a 16/20 2 speed...
Replies: 11
Views: 638
Posted By PhilFo

Realistically, a lot of work needs to go into...

Realistically, a lot of work needs to go into both of these bicycles; both should get complete overhauls simply because 50 y/o grease is now plastic. Cable housing is probably brittle, brake pads are...
10-27-23, 02:00 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

After all, brakes only make a rider go slow. Who...

After all, brakes only make a rider go slow. Who wants to do that? ;)
10-27-23, 01:37 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

I agree, I’m really just stressing that the...

I agree, I’m really just stressing that the initial cost of the bike vs upgrade of the wheels shouldn’t be a consideration since these rides are usually very inexpensive. As for how millions of...
10-27-23, 01:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By PhilFo

It was 1995, for a customer, so I had to get it...

It was 1995, for a customer, so I had to get it right. The owner of the shop came in and stressed me out about halfway through my lacing. He was a businessman, not a cyclist nor mechanic, so he just...
10-26-23, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,791
Posted By PhilFo

Your fork will need to be a straight blade, fork....

Your fork will need to be a straight blade, fork. Pay attention if your donor frame originally had a suspension fork or not. If it did, you will need to find a suspension corrected, straight blade...
Replies: 20
Views: 1,154
Posted By PhilFo

Back when I was in the Navy, I learned that I my...

Back when I was in the Navy, I learned that I my feet could increase a whole size by the end of a long day. After Sept. 11, 2001, I was doing 18 hour static gate guard shifts with 12 hours of...
10-20-23, 08:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By PhilFo

Schreck, I just read that thread this morning and...

Schreck, I just read that thread this morning and it led me to surmise that my Raleigh is definitely a Japanese production Competition GS, from 1980 or ‘81.
Thanks all for the help! I’ll post some...
10-20-23, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By PhilFo

Looking at the Asian Serial Number Guide thread...

Looking at the Asian Serial Number Guide thread here on BF, this frame tracks right along with the N(1) serial format. If my frame's # is N Zero P, this would place this at y=1980 and P=November if...
10-19-23, 07:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,266
Posted By PhilFo

The old Maeda 888 shallow two-prong tool would...

The old Maeda 888 shallow two-prong tool would fit across this. The Shimano FW40 two-prong probably would as well. The latter is still produced and not expensive, finding one of the Maeda tools can...
10-18-23, 07:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,750
Posted By PhilFo

Don’t tell all those 50-80 year old wheels on...

Don’t tell all those 50-80 year old wheels on millions of British roadsters that old age has relegated them to the dump.
If it were to stay reasonably dry, I would have no reservations about...
10-15-23, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By PhilFo

I've made them out of an old nylon cutting board...

I've made them out of an old nylon cutting board I got from the local thrift store down the street. Just used a coping saw for the rough shape, then sanded it down, gently drilled a hole and let the...
10-13-23, 07:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 662
Posted By PhilFo

Shoot. Another classic, uncommon frame marque...

Shoot. Another classic, uncommon frame marque that I'm going to be passively searching for...
Gorgeous bike!
Forum: Framebuilders
09-29-23, 05:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,144
Posted By PhilFo

Pardon my language but that fork mod seems like...

Pardon my language but that fork mod seems like doing dental work by going through the anus. Why not just cut more threads into the steer tube and cut off the extra?
09-27-23, 05:24 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

Here's a few better photos of the 1951 Rudge Aero...

Here's a few better photos of the 1951 Rudge Aero Clubman, at our local boneyard.
http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/PhilForrest/bicycles/Clubman/
As per nlerner's suggestion, click on the link, get...
09-26-23, 05:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 764
Posted By PhilFo

Hand built wheels will always be more expensive...

Hand built wheels will always be more expensive for you. Find a distributor who sells those machine built wheels and you'll save a lot of money. You probably want single-walled rims, laced with...
09-24-23, 12:55 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

Nlerner, thanks for the forensics and posting the...

Nlerner, thanks for the forensics and posting the pic!
09-24-23, 10:00 AM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

Mark, These are all aluminum wing nuts and I'd...

Mark,
These are all aluminum wing nuts and I'd just be more comfortable with something made of steel that has a little more strength.
I just checked the host and the server is working.
Give this...
09-23-23, 06:25 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

With the exception of the mudguards, the Clubman...

With the exception of the mudguards, the Clubman is done.
Here's a few photos of the bike out in the alley. The first 7 images in this folder are of the completed bike.
...
09-20-23, 09:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By PhilFo

Those look a lot like Modolo holders. When you...

Those look a lot like Modolo holders. When you get the calipers, measure the width of the slot and if you're at 6mm then you can fit virtually anything, even a modern threaded post pad with...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-23, 09:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,280
Posted By PhilFo

The SKS "Bluemels" are fantastic. VO are great...

The SKS "Bluemels" are fantastic. VO are great but you need to dedicate a few hours to get everything measured, fabbed up then finally drilled and cut. Honjos are the same way but better than VO. You...
09-16-23, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By PhilFo

I am in love with British lightweights like this.

I am in love with British lightweights like this.
09-13-23, 08:00 PM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By PhilFo

Opinions on the paint patching of the '51 Rudge...

Opinions on the paint patching of the '51 Rudge Clubman? I have a few spots between the chainstays and a few places on the chrome of the fork which are in need of some sort of coating in order to...
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