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02-29-24, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,306
Posted By jonwvara

Whenever I see a huge frame like that, I wonder...

Whenever I see a huge frame like that, I wonder whether the rider is really tall, or an average-sized person who obtained it as a cheap or free bike, and doesn't realize that frames have "sizes."
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02-25-24, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 710
Posted By jonwvara

That's very nice. Interesting that it has a...

That's very nice. Interesting that it has a Stronglight 99 crank, rather than the customary 49 or 93. Maybe a change from the original? I can't say. But it looks fine, and will make it a lot easier...
02-19-24, 05:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,193
Posted By jonwvara

My favorite part about this forum is reading a...

My favorite part about this forum is reading a post in which someone describes a (at least new to me) solution to a common problem, and I think to myself "Wow! What a great idea!" This is not one of...
01-22-24, 06:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,175
Posted By jonwvara

Take care of the big-big, and the small-small...

Take care of the big-big, and the small-small will take care of itself. Usually.
01-11-24, 09:31 AM
Replies: 1,739
Views: 234,242
Posted By jonwvara

Leaning tower of Salisbury, Maryland. ...

Leaning tower of Salisbury, Maryland.
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Most politest "Not Trespassing"...
01-11-24, 07:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,119
Posted By jonwvara

Welcome back, OP! I thought we had left you...

Welcome back, OP! I thought we had left you choking in the dust of our verbiage.

In the spirit of complicating things, you might also consider the approach you've outlined above, but using your...
01-10-24, 05:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,119
Posted By jonwvara

I'm picturing a T shirt: On top, in big...

I'm picturing a T shirt:

On top, in big letters, it says Bike Forums Classic & Vintage

Under that, smaller, Help! I'm typing and I can't shut up!

Maybe a cartoon graphic of a guy sitting at...
01-10-24, 02:00 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,119
Posted By jonwvara

Well, I think we've done it again. The OP posited...

Well, I think we've done it again. The OP posited a simple question, and after twenty increasingly technical posts, he or she has been stunned into silence. Sometimes I think we just like to hear...
01-10-24, 11:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,119
Posted By jonwvara

My feeling is that a Soma cage isn't really a...

My feeling is that a Soma cage isn't really a "hack," in the sense that it's easily reversible (assuming that whoever does the modification saves the original cage). If switching derailleur cages...
01-10-24, 08:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,119
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, that can work, but as you point out, you'll...

Yes, that can work, but as you point out, you'll still have the limited chain wrap of a short-cage derailleur. The critical thing is to make sure that your chain is long enough to handle the big-big...
01-08-24, 08:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By jonwvara

Aaaughh! A misplaced modifier! This is painful...

Aaaughh! A misplaced modifier! This is painful for a former editor. I am filled with shame and self-loathing.
01-07-24, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 522
Posted By jonwvara

Moving a bike on a car rack in a winter storm

My friend Steve headed off for Chicago yesterday afternoon, with a Raleigh Gran Sport that he and I had built up on the rear-mounted rack of his car (see earlier thread "So what if the frame is...
01-06-24, 02:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,468
Posted By jonwvara

The suspense is killing me.

The suspense is killing me.
01-06-24, 07:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,468
Posted By jonwvara

I have to know: What's a "cash cycling club," and...

I have to know: What's a "cash cycling club," and what are "cashies?"
01-05-24, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,733
Posted By jonwvara

I once revived a rock-hard Wrights saddle by...

I once revived a rock-hard Wrights saddle by soaking it overnight in Lexol, which is a creamy emulsion that you can buy at some leather shops:
...
12-30-23, 07:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,033
Posted By jonwvara

Good points everyone, thanks. For what it's...

Good points everyone, thanks. For what it's worth, the frame damage isn't something I'm equipped to deal with--I can't imagine straightening a bent seat tube with a 2x4. The stays I might be able to...
12-19-23, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6,454
Views: 750,276
Posted By jonwvara

I should have noted this earlier, but I am now...

I should have noted this earlier, but I am now all set on the 34-tooth cog front.
12-17-23, 07:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 793
Posted By jonwvara

Given how much we are prepared to spend on bikes,...

Given how much we are prepared to spend on bikes, I would absolutely take that frame to a machine shop and have them cut the appropriate chamfer, as opposed to having at it by eye with a file. There...
12-13-23, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 440
Posted By jonwvara

I's a relief to finally hear from someone who...

I's a relief to finally hear from someone who doesn't have the words "senior member" under their name.
12-12-23, 06:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 440
Posted By jonwvara

Missing spindle

I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the shop and looking for a NOS 118mm Sugino spindle that I'm going to need when doing some work for a friend sometime after Christmas. It was in a quart-size...
12-12-23, 06:26 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,595
Posted By jonwvara

I'm getting pretty tired of all this.

I'm getting pretty tired of all this.
11-21-23, 09:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,873
Posted By jonwvara

I find it easy to decide not to repaint, because...

I find it easy to decide not to repaint, because that decision is easily reversible. Deciding to repaint, on the other hand--and then actually repainting-- is irreversible. Not repainting is a good...
10-29-23, 05:02 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,483
Posted By jonwvara

When I worked at a bike and mountain-equipment...

When I worked at a bike and mountain-equipment shop in Burlington, Vermont many years ago, one of the bike mechanics--a really nice guy named Bill--had his Subaru stolen. It was a rusted beater, but...
10-16-23, 07:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 833
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, cut the shim to the exact circumference of...

Yes, cut the shim to the exact circumference of the cup so it doesn't overlap when wrapped around it, and hold it temporarily in place with multiple wraps of rubber band. Once it's partially pressed...
10-16-23, 02:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,175
Posted By jonwvara

I am, and I do, especially on a singlespeed.

I am, and I do, especially on a singlespeed.
10-14-23, 11:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By jonwvara

Those look like the swaged ones to me. Nice...

Those look like the swaged ones to me. Nice project, though. My first TdF, which I bought at age 16, was the same size and the same "criterium violet" color. Don't be too quick to destroy its nice...
09-17-23, 06:34 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 164
Posted By jonwvara

Propellor on a Schwinn Varsity

This video is way too long, but it's kind of entertaining to watch it from about the 31 minute mark.:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5gbT7Uo5qY
09-15-23, 05:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,013
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, well, 85% of being a machinist is having...

Yeah, well, 85% of being a machinist is having the necessary machine tools....
09-14-23, 06:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,013
Posted By jonwvara

That is a spectacularly arcane question. I'm sure...

That is a spectacularly arcane question. I'm sure they could have, but no idea whether or not that actually did.

Edit: Just read Bulgie's post #13 and unreservedly accept his word that a 36 o r 37...
09-14-23, 06:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,013
Posted By jonwvara

I will be really interested to see if you can...

I will be really interested to see if you can make that work!. It seems to me that I once saw a photo of a one-off 36-tooth Stronglight-style ring made by someone in Japan, but not sure if I could...
09-11-23, 04:36 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,320
Posted By jonwvara

No, I'm still planning to list it on the For Sale...

No, I'm still planning to list it on the For Sale thread here when I get around to it. But I'm naturally lazy and have other projects going on right now. It will happen in the next month or so.
09-10-23, 05:29 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,320
Posted By jonwvara

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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I have two Simplex-equipped bikes at this point. I don't have any photos...
09-10-23, 04:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,320
Posted By jonwvara

Oh, come on--Simplex derailleurs aren't as bad as...

Oh, come on--Simplex derailleurs aren't as bad as some would have you believe. And Campagnolo derailleurs aren't as good as some would have you believe. I'd hang some Suntour derailleurs on that...
09-10-23, 03:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,320
Posted By jonwvara

Count your blessings, man. You can put a claw on...

Count your blessings, man. You can put a claw on there and use any derailleur you want--and without the stigma of Simplex-hanger butchery. That's a win-win.
09-04-23, 05:43 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,424
Posted By jonwvara

A Lippitt Morgan or a Government Morgan?

A Lippitt Morgan or a Government Morgan?
08-15-23, 04:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,773
Posted By jonwvara

"Scruffy" and "loveable" pretty much describes my...

"Scruffy" and "loveable" pretty much describes my TDF.

If memory serves, the bike came to big chainring via a swap meet, somewhere. I think it was picked up for him by a family member, and that...
08-15-23, 03:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,773
Posted By jonwvara

I knew I'd get busted for that seatpost! Hey, it...

I knew I'd get busted for that seatpost! Hey, it was the first months of the pandemic, I didn't have a silver post the right size, and couldn't find one anywhere. And I had a roll of black tape, but...
08-15-23, 08:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,773
Posted By jonwvara

Selling a bike that's too good for me

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This LeJeune was my pandemic project. I bought the frame from BF...
07-23-23, 06:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,653
Posted By jonwvara

The physicist Nils Bohr supposedly had a...

The physicist Nils Bohr supposedly had a horseshoe hanging over the door of his house. A visitor, noticing it, incredulously asked Bohr if he, as a man of science, really believed that the horseshoe...
07-22-23, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By jonwvara

Maybe you can learn to like half-step gearing--a...

Maybe you can learn to like half-step gearing--a lot of people around here do, including me. Not sure what the tooth counts on on the Helicomatic freewheel, but maybe they don't give well-spaced...
06-13-23, 07:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 851
Posted By jonwvara

I have had good results reviving a couple of dry...

I have had good results reviving a couple of dry saddles (one an Ideale, the other a Wrights) by putting them in a ziploc bag and pouring in enough Lexol (you want the white creamy liquid type) to...
Forum: Touring
06-12-23, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,238
Posted By jonwvara

My friend Phil and I walked our bikes through the...

My friend Phil and I walked our bikes through the old Claypool Tunnel when we rode the Southern Tier in 2017. Nothing to it. A short, easy jaunt. Riding through the newer Queen Creek Tunnel would...
06-10-23, 05:44 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,786
Posted By jonwvara

Another wonderful book about canal travel in the...

Another wonderful book about canal travel in the UK is Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat. It is laugh-out-loud funny. Another book by the same author that is equally funny is Three Men on the...
Forum: Touring
05-28-23, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,652
Posted By jonwvara

I have toured a fair amount on Rat Trap Pass...

I have toured a fair amount on Rat Trap Pass tires on my LHT 26. Nothing epic--longest trip was from Savannah to Memphis a few years ago. Also rode the Erie Canal and the Vermont Super 8, which has a...
05-21-23, 06:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 516
Posted By jonwvara

This is heartbreaking.

This is heartbreaking.
04-17-23, 06:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 565
Posted By jonwvara

Wow, digging the top photo of the legendary Merz...

Wow, digging the top photo of the legendary Merz triplizer....
04-02-23, 06:48 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,608
Posted By jonwvara

I'm dating myself, but t reminds me of that...

I'm dating myself, but t reminds me of that famous picture of Marilyn Monroe.
03-31-23, 03:11 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,608
Posted By jonwvara

Right, and don't chop the derailleur hanger...

Right, and don't chop the derailleur hanger off--the next owner might want a derailleur hanger.
03-30-23, 07:44 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,608
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, I think it it a 120 stem. I sanded it down...

Yes, I think it it a 120 stem. I sanded it down to 22.0, using medium-grit emery cloth and turning, wrapping the cloth around the stem and turning the stem around and around. The secret to a neat job...
02-28-23, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,575
Posted By jonwvara

'"Spirt" is an odd-sounding name, but that's...

'"Spirt" is an odd-sounding name, but that's because the original low-normal version was called the Suntour Trips. A lot of people don't know that.
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