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Old 07-24-22, 04:47 PM
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Bumping this (favorite thread): Have any of you raced crits or time trials with your club bikes, or even done a fast group ride (in other words, the way they were used back in the day)? Iím used to riding alone, but I am thinking of getting involved in one of the NYC bike clubs and I donít want to buy a new bike.
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Originally Posted by rudypyatt View Post
Bumping this (favorite thread): Have any of you raced crits or time trials with your club bikes, or even done a fast group ride (in other words, the way they were used back in the day)? Iím used to riding alone, but I am thinking of getting involved in one of the NYC bike clubs and I donít want to buy a new bike.
There used to be a time-trial series up here in mid-coast Maine, but it seems to have fallen by the wayside. If I were to race a t.t. or crit on the Barnard, I'd take all the accessories off; fenders, saddlebag, bottles & cages, lamp bracket, brake calipers and bell. I'd probably tie my spokes, too and try to find some light-weight 27" tires that are not gumwall. I do club rides on the Grubb, and it works out marvelously. I am grateful for every second that I am not riding carbon.
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Old 08-16-22, 06:23 PM
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At least someone is making modern versions

Handsome Cycles has the Fredward series, including this special edition:

https://handsomecycles.com/products/...ssic-black-tan
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1952 Rudge status:

I had planned to have it at least assembled for the Auburn show later this week, but I have some problems with spokes. I'm using the original 32h Raleigh Industries steel front hub with OLN about 88 mm - it rebuilt beautifully! Issue is the spoke holes are not all a match for the threaded section of my Sapim spokes - I NEVER imagined I would need to check this! Also I think I need to build with the original steel AW hub before trying one of my Alloy hubs (have AW and FM). I fed them each a little oil the other day and they loosened up a little, but I may need to open them up - we'll see! I need to make sure they are usable before going through the work of building up and maybe buying another set of spokes. Hope to have it for test rides and beauty pics in mid-September!

Fork and headset are installed, super-smooth with the old axial-contact headset! Saddle will be either a B17N Imp, an Ideale 92 from 1984, or a B15 Swallow. No mudguards to start - I'll see how she looks and have her help me decide on those colors. TA 5 vis chainset with a Pista 49t ring feels fantastic, but I may need to go up a few teeth on the rear cog, especially if I use the AW (Old Guy Gearing as someone else said!). I'm a big-time gear freak on anything with derailleurs, but this is the first time I've understood how adjusting gearing works on a three-speed!

Lightweighting: Modele 58 rims versus Dunlop Special Lightweight (about 200 gm), Kalloy Alloy seat pillar (100 gm), Pasela Protek tires rather than Specialized Road Sport (200 gm). Brakes will be GB Hiduminium calipers as original, possibly Mafac levers, TA chainset (200 gm). Bars will be GB rando style, unless I can find a more suitable MAES-style with a shorter reach. It's basically a real good fit for me.

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I think what has changed over the last century, is the distances and time involved.

I would have to ride over 60 miles to get to any sort of undeveloped countryside.

By itself, that isn't the entire stumbling block. It is the time to go those 60 miles (120 miles round trip). It has typically taken about 4 hours and as many as 6 hours to go those 120 miles in my car. Although I am in a car, the traffic slows to to bicycle-type speeds (20 mph).

It can easily double what I mentioned, depending upon which way you want to go.

If I go up the coast towards Santa Barbara or farther up towards Cambria, once I get there, if I stay along the coast, the bike doesn't really matter that much.

The other thing that has changed is the proliferation of high quality, reliable derailleur-equipped bikes. Why limit yourself to a 3 speed IGH when you can have a 21 speed (or more)?

I like my IGH for its longevity without maintenance.
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1949 Raleigh Clubman Path Racer - Thompson Lake, MN



Shot on this morning's ride. Outfitted with a mix of new and old components, it rides like a new bicycle, only better.



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Shot on this morning's ride. Outfitted with a mix of new and old components, it rides like a new bicycle, only better.



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Nice to see the real thing! For awhile, Linus made an imitation, complete with Sturmey Archer hub. Hereís mine:


Linus Gaston 3, an homage to the old club bikes.
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Eroica on my mind... Out with the '54 Carlton Super Python for this year's event in May.

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More `49 Clubman Pics

This location, near the Robert Street Bridge over the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, MN, is my favorite for sunrise/sunset "golden hour" photography. The patina on my `49 really shines down here.




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