1. AndyA

    Free Wheel Tool for Maillard Hub

    Working on a vintage Motobecane bike. Tool is about 31 mm diameter with 24 splines.
  2. AndyA

    13/16 seat post issue

    13/16" = 20.6 mm 27/32" = 21.4 mm 7/8" = 22.2 mm I know that 20.6/22.2 shims are available. Maybe 20.6/21.4 are also available. If the 20.6/22.2 is too tight, you can easily cut it down a bit. It's certainly worthwhile trying a piece of soda can before buying a shim.
  3. AndyA

    Save from yard art?

    Dear Mr. Flyingtaco: It's an endangered species. Once it's gone, it's gone forever. Looks like it wouldn't take much work to get it back on the road. Don't fuss with the paint to start, first get the moving parts greased up and moving. And it will be fun to do it! Save it!
  4. AndyA

    Jc Higgins date help

    Oops, forgot to attach bits of the catalog for 1950 model.
  5. AndyA

    Jc Higgins date help

    Aaron: Forget what I wrote about the Regal model; it had no rear carrier. However, the "Semi-equipped" models in the 1950 Spring-Summer and the 1951 Spring-Summer catalogs both show rear carriers like yours. The corresponding models of the more expensive "Equipped" bikes of those years were...
  6. AndyA

    Jc Higgins date help

    Aaron: Looking at Sears catalog reprints, your bike appears to be a 1950 or 1951 "J.C. Higgins Semi-equipped Bicycle." In the 1951 Fall-Winter catalog, it is instead labeled "J.C. Higgins Regal." The rear rack, chain guard, truss bars, saddle, and chain wheel match. However, the catalog...
  7. AndyA

    Dressing Bad Welds

    FSH: Your concern about the potential of gloves acting as "loose clothing" around rotating elements is valid. However, that concern typically relates to larger tools like lathes and jointers, where a glove could be pulled into the tool. I don't think that the small grinders that you are using on...
  8. AndyA

    Dressing Bad Welds

    FSH: Metal splinters in your hands? The Safety Committee is disappointed. Please, when grinding take the time to wear hand protection (leather or kevlar gloves) and eye protection (safety glasses or face shield). If you think a metal splinter in the hand is painful, you don't want to think about...
  9. AndyA

    What to use to clean old dried tar/oil on chrome?

    Atencioee: Is that a chromed steel rim? It kinda looks like aluminum alloy. If so, best way to clean is with Scotch-Bright sponge and detergent. The spots in the photo may not come out completely, but you'll probably be able to fade them some.
  10. AndyA

    Huge Project - Western Flyer - Help?

    NeedDee: Blackbomber speaks truth. Probably the cheapest way to get a new front wheel, shifter cable, and shifter* is to find another junker 3-speed bike that has the requisite parts. The disadvantage of this approach is that you'll have another bike that needs some parts and you'll feel like...
  11. AndyA

    Am I Crazy to Use This Vintage Bike as Yard Art?

    Rivnut: I didn't mean to disrespect your white bike. I only wanted you to know that there is a somber significance to ghost bikes installed as memorials. I live in the New York City area so I would assume that there is more conflict between cyclists and drivers than in your part of the world...
  12. AndyA

    Some new storage.

    Take care. Depending on the weather, you can experience high humidity in an unheated shed leading to rusting.
  13. AndyA

    Am I Crazy to Use This Vintage Bike as Yard Art?

    I'm conflicted. I wouldn't argue about aesthetics; after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Bikes are wonderful examples of industrial design and verge on sculpture. But, bikes are designed as a means of transportation and their form and beauty are based on that function. Decorative...
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