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03-08-23, 11:26 AM
Replies: 292
Views: 9,673
Posted By elcraft

Wait.. No one said anything about Kickstands....

Wait.. No one said anything about Kickstands....
Replies: 30
Views: 1,723
Posted By elcraft

The Nervar Crank has an odd size for chain rings...

The Nervar Crank has an odd size for chain rings ; 128mm BCD; incredibly difficult to source replacement chainrings. The head set and frame details look to be French; that means metric tube sizes...
01-23-23, 03:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 972
Posted By elcraft

For 24 cents, I might just have to throw caution...

For 24 cents, I might just have to throw caution to the winds and buy it! I had noticed the bent spoke and extra quick link in your kit, but this device squeezes the quick link as a nutcracker might...
01-20-23, 09:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By elcraft

The OP was successfully vetted by the shop...

The OP was successfully vetted by the shop owner- indicating the OP’s knowledge without arrogance. The offer of the use of an extra wheel stand becomes a client outreach / gorilla marketing that...
12-25-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 341
Posted By elcraft

What kind of help are you in need of? I live in...

What kind of help are you in need of? I live in a town nearby Stoughton..
12-13-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Posted By elcraft

Vince Warner @ Colwood Wheel Works in Hailsham,...

Vince Warner @ Colwood Wheel Works in Hailsham, Sussex in the UK has re- manufactured many, many of Sturmey Archer’s indicators. He even has some of the rarer long versions of the usual indicators...
12-12-22, 11:12 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 16,098
Posted By elcraft

Yeah, I was just thinking of Suntour’s version of...

Yeah, I was just thinking of Suntour’s version of this, the S-1. Suntour managed to incorporate the cable tensioning and chain tensioning in a sleeker design. The cabling was used more conventional...
12-04-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,248
Posted By elcraft

And yet, the additional cabling and subsequently...

And yet, the additional cabling and subsequently mushier shifting of bar end shifters never seems to detract from their acceptance from the purists! I suspect that the “tucked” position of the rider...
Replies: 37
Views: 1,028
Posted By elcraft

While I only scanned the replies, I didn’t notice...

While I only scanned the replies, I didn’t notice a mention of BikesNotBombs CoOp in Jamaica Plain. They specialize in
“Commuter “ bikes , mostly from recycled road bikes. The difference for the...
08-15-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By elcraft

Grand Compe. Better known for their beautiful...

Grand Compe. Better known for their beautiful brakes
07-12-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 59,765
Posted By elcraft

I managed to find the appropriate Key Word for a...

I managed to find the appropriate Key Word for a search and found that these clips were available as an aftermarket part. The Terry Company (Probably better known for the handlebar watch clip) was...
07-03-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 59,765
Posted By elcraft

As I tried to say before, the Shifter...

As I tried to say before, the Shifter modifications is outstanding! But so is the clamp that holds the antique Optimus kerosine/ parafin stove! Was this clamp a commercially manufactured part or a...
06-25-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,025
Posted By elcraft

I put my Hi-E cage on the handlebar of my ‘75...

I put my Hi-E cage on the handlebar of my ‘75 Super Course back in 1976. I used the supplied “muffler clamp” band. It’s been there ever since……
05-04-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,060
Posted By elcraft

If you are in US or “drive on the Right side of...

If you are in US or “drive on the Right side of the Road” countries, then put the light on left side (NDS) of the bike. If you are in the UK, Japan, or “drive on the Left side of the Road”...
04-19-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 500
Posted By elcraft

Three issues affect the usability of these...

Three issues affect the usability of these wheels; #1), the over locknut width of the wheel and your Dawes’ rear drop out spacing. Depending on the year of manufacture, the Dawes may have to have its...
04-06-22, 05:44 AM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By elcraft

De Indstrialization. It became more profitable...

De Indstrialization. It became more profitable to manufacture in low wage Asia than to consider the loss of employment for thousands of workers. The value of the land then exceeded the value of the...
04-01-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,998
Posted By elcraft

“If it was good enough for Eddie, it was good...

“If it was good enough for Eddie, it was good enough for us……. “
When Tressostar cloth tape was “coolest”, the standard seemed to be to tape from the top of the bars down to bar plugs ( No finishing...
03-31-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,145
Posted By elcraft

Harris and Sheldon Brown were definitely an...

Harris and Sheldon Brown were definitely an incredible influence for cycling knowledge in Boston area. But this may be a “chicken and egg” phenomenon. Boston, owing to so many Schools in the area,...
03-27-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,575
Posted By elcraft

In truth, I have a clear plastic spoke protector...

In truth, I have a clear plastic spoke protector on my commuting bike- I do see the virtue in a little plastic to prevent a possibly catastrophic chain mis-shift. Choosing to have such a disc does...
03-25-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,575
Posted By elcraft

Spoke Protectors or Pie plates are also known as...

Spoke Protectors or Pie plates are also known as “Dork Discs”. If your derailleur is properly adjusted, then there is no compelling need for a Spoke Protector- it simply adds unneeded weight, thus...
03-24-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,145
Posted By elcraft

EXACTLY! The information is as much fun as...

EXACTLY! The information is as much fun as finding others with the same interests.
03-24-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,145
Posted By elcraft

Jon, You are perceptive. I did, in fact,...

Jon,
You are perceptive. I did, in fact, pay $50 more for that cola brown Sprite! But, making it get to you was the least I could do after you sent me the Cyclo- Benelux cog. Paying both...
03-23-22, 11:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,145
Posted By elcraft

Interesting, my subscription to Bicycling ended...

Interesting, my subscription to Bicycling ended January of 1978! These hybrid drive scenarios have been an ongoing interest for me. I started to recreate my lost 9 speed almost immediately after it...
03-22-22, 01:33 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,145
Posted By elcraft

In 1979, I made almost the same bike using a...

In 1979, I made almost the same bike using a hi-ten Raleigh Record frameset and the legendary Cyclo-Benelux triple cog conversion cluster. I used a Huret Challenger derailleur, as it could handle...
03-20-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,838
Posted By elcraft

Of course, the Raleigh Professional had Mark II,...

Of course, the Raleigh Professional had Mark II, Mark III, and Mark IV designations, as well. These were QUITE collectible! The Super Course remains one of the favored Raleighs to collect.

The...
03-09-22, 10:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 643
Posted By elcraft

BITD, the Presta adapter was threaded onto the...

BITD, the Presta adapter was threaded onto the DT shift lever clamp bolt (or double down tube cable stop clamp bolt). The threading was the same and it kept the rarity/ mystique aura going on the...
03-09-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,702
Posted By elcraft

The front hanger was slotted so the cable ferrule...

The front hanger was slotted so the cable ferrule could be lifted out; this was one of the Quick release options for the front brake. The quick release for the rear could be done by disengaging the...
02-02-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,501
Posted By elcraft

Nice Workspace!!

Nice Workspace!!
12-31-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 12,966
Posted By elcraft

When you find yourself turning down the radio in...

When you find yourself turning down the radio in the car so you can see better…….
12-25-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,262
Posted By elcraft

Gaps at brake hoods make me think this wasn’t a...

Gaps at brake hoods make me think this wasn’t a factory tape job. Or is my recollection clouded by Nostalgia? Cloth Velox Tressostar, etc. would look real nice. I am not sure 45 + year old plastic...
09-17-21, 05:05 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 19,146
Posted By elcraft

Geez, I would have thought something like the...

Geez, I would have thought something like the following;
Cinelli SC or Masi
Rene Herse
Hetchins MO
3Rensho
Eisenstraut or Gordon or Weigle or Columbine ( too many great American possibilities)
08-30-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 17,786
Posted By elcraft

Custom made engagement ring using heirloom...

Custom made engagement ring using heirloom stones, for one. Beloved heirloom ring from Grandma or Great Aunt So and So that needs to be sized to fit a new wearer. Structural repairs of worn out...
08-29-21, 11:57 PM
Replies: 223
Views: 17,786
Posted By elcraft

I face a similar problem. I am a goldsmith with...

I face a similar problem. I am a goldsmith with over 40 years experience. People will pay a mechanic $99 / hour, but balk when I want to charge $75/ hour. There is a perceived value issue here. ...
07-09-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,301
Posted By elcraft

“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding...

“The Curse of Proprietary parts”! I am finding this manufacturing tendency becoming more and more common. From Hot Tub filters to watch parts, many manufacturers seem to want a long term...
07-09-21, 03:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,301
Posted By elcraft

I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and...

I drilled a tiny hole in the lead stop and twisted in a mini wood screw. I was ble to wiggle and pull with a plier until the lead end came out.
06-11-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 18,617
Posted By elcraft

Tragic. The wealth of knowledge, frame...

Tragic. The wealth of knowledge, frame alignments, re threading and virtually any part from a Sturmey Archer product had been obtainable at Harris Cyclery. They were a Brommy dealership, too. I...
06-08-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,952
Posted By elcraft

The gravity skewers, at one time, were defeated...

The gravity skewers, at one time, were defeated with a magnet. Has this defect been eliminated?
02-19-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 604
Posted By elcraft

Just for the information, was a four speed...

Just for the information, was a four speed freewheel 1/8” or 3/32” chain width?
02-15-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,160
Posted By elcraft

Love the traditional style fork with a sloping...

Love the traditional style fork with a sloping crown and curved blades! Very classy.
02-06-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,030
Posted By elcraft

Had my tools stolen on a two occasions. None of...

Had my tools stolen on a two occasions. None of my tools are older than a 70’svintage Raleigh/ Rampar tool kit with Hozan double ended wrenches like Bikemig’s. Came with a cheap third hand/ brake...
01-31-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,596
Posted By elcraft

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01-31-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,366
Posted By elcraft

As a commercial goldsmith,I have used ultrasonics...

As a commercial goldsmith,I have used ultrasonics for 35 years. I would caution against running an ultrasonic with only an inch or two of water- the transducers that create the ultrasonic waves can...
01-10-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 27,849
Views: 4,455,329
Posted By elcraft

Seems that there is some question about Sturmey...

Seems that there is some question about Sturmey Archer threading standard. Same as it ever was; BSC 13/32” x 26 tpi. I found a tap in that threading on eBay UK. Rumor has it that McMaster Carr has...
01-02-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 464
Views: 42,500
Posted By elcraft

I am most offended by signs of mechanical...

I am most offended by signs of mechanical ignorance. The proper orientation of quick release levers ( both the proper side of bike and “aero” or visual aesthetic vis-a-vis the chainstay/ fork...
12-25-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,912
Posted By elcraft

My ‘75 Super Course is exactly same paint /decal...

My ‘75 Super Course is exactly same paint /decal scheme. The cranks could be Nervar steel/alloy combo, Nervar Star all alloy , or (like mine) Stronglight 93. The Weinmann Alloy rms were high...
11-03-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,357
Posted By elcraft

BITD, I hand polished ( with a rag and my...

BITD, I hand polished ( with a rag and my fingers) Weinmann rims with Simichrome. People always asked me why I had steel rims instead of alloy.....
07-21-20, 11:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,562
Posted By elcraft

BITD, bars set up that way were called “DUI...

BITD, bars set up that way were called “DUI bars”. Some guy, usually with an Army Surplus coat (sometimes in Camo) who still needed to get to work after his license was revoked, would get some entry...
07-21-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,589
Posted By elcraft

And here I thought I was the last guy still using...

And here I thought I was the last guy still using a Cyclo Rivoli chain tool! If you grip the pin with a small locking plier (i.e., Vise-Grip) perpendicular to the pin’s axis, you can tap a mallet or...
05-18-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 15,380
Posted By elcraft

I was always tired of switching ratchet wrench/...

I was always tired of switching ratchet wrench/ breaker bar to use my one inch deep wall socket for Park Tools cassette or Freewheel tools (I like to secure tool w/ skewer or axle nut). So I decided...
Replies: 10
Views: 959
Posted By elcraft

Chainwheel looks like BSA and does not have...

Chainwheel looks like BSA and does not have tubular Raleigh forkcrown. Probably a BSA from pre- Tube Investments era, i.e., pre- ‘57.
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