1. RustySprockets

    Workstand

    For what it's worth, Park used to sell a tool (since discontinued) that would expand inside the seattube to provide a rugged clamping surface. Christened the ISC-4, I'm sure one would not be hard to find, if you had the desire.
  2. RustySprockets

    Workstand

    When I encounter a problematic frame, I usually raise the saddle and clamp to the exposed seatpost. My Park stand closes small enough, but one could use some sort of shim, if it's needed. Two wooden V-blocks would do the job for me.
  3. RustySprockets

    Cache of Vintage Bikes - $475 (Westminster, MD)

    A collection of nine antique and vintage bikes located in northern Maryland. Most appear complete and in good survivor condition. Yes...there's an arch-bar in there. See more photos in the seller's ad. https://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/d/shed-clea-out-many-old/6668241976.html
  4. RustySprockets

    Is this something I should make room for?

    I'd be all over that, if it were local.
  5. RustySprockets

    Laser rust removal

    If they're only asking $53,000, then the price has already dropped considerably. It should be ready for the home market in, oh...25 years.
  6. RustySprockets

    What happened to Niagara Cycle?

    That's unfortunate. The few times I dealt with them, I always got good service and accurate order fulfillment. Their prices seemed fair and shipping was fast enough to satisfy my needs--I considered them a resource.
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    Rust Penetration Tests/Best Liquid Wrench

    I usually cut my mix roughly 50/50, but could probably go lighter on the acetone...the more solvent you use, the more likely it is to attack plastic, rubber, and other materials the mixture ought to be kept from. I would not recommend brake fluid because I spilled some once and took a big...
  8. RustySprockets

    Rust Penetration Tests/Best Liquid Wrench

    I generally use ATF cut with acetone, which he mentioned, because it's the cheapest thing going--I don't have to feel guilty about slathering it on a badly stuck headset or seatpost. A half-gallon of the witches' brew will set you back less than the cost of one small can of name-brand stuff...
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    1950s Indian Scout -- $400 (Bel Air, MD)

    Looks to be very original, in excellent shape, with period accessories. https://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/d/vintage-1950s-indian-scout/6575565030.html
  10. RustySprockets

    Restoring white walls?

    I used to love Bleche-Wite, but it just isn't the same since Westley's sold out a half-dozen years ago. Black Magic bought the name and slapped it on a reformulated, inferior product. Maybe you'll be happy with it, but it's just not the same as it used to be.
  11. RustySprockets

    Bent rim problem

    You might be able to gently squeeze it back to a consistent width by using a soft-jawed vise or a hydraulic press, if you have access to one. An acquaintance once showed me a tool with several steel pins that could allow the user to "roll" this type of damage out of a bent rim. I have never...
  12. RustySprockets

    Old school decal hack

    It's a technique worth knowing, that's for sure. The example worked great on your Delta torpedo!
  13. RustySprockets

    Are Air Tools Overkill?

    I don't think they're overkill...and if you're into finishing, here's something to consider--they don't fear water the way electric tools do. Go ahead and wet sand to your heart's content.
  14. RustySprockets

    Old school decal hack

    Or better yet, try pre-coating the paper with matte white, maybe?. This experiment worked well here because the final surface was white. Try this type of applique over any other color and the results will be...um...less than you hoped for. In my opinion, the best outcome is achieved when one...
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    Comment by 'RustySprockets' in media 'NEVER BEFORE A BICYCLE LIKE THIS-19'

    That fork deserves a little professional straightening.
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