1. RustySprockets

    Recovering a bare seat

    I check nearby apartment complexes on the weekend for old leather couches in the trash. Better on my saddle than in the landfill.
  2. RustySprockets

    Dent repair

    If you only have a few dimples and want to do things on the cheap, make yourself a sand or shot bag out of an old leather couch cushion. Use the bag in place of a dolly to support the piece while you work out the blemish. The bag can conform to the basic shape of the part, in a way that a...
  3. RustySprockets

    What happened to Niagara Cycle?

    Looks like Niagara Cycle might be back in business, with a new owner and a new, awkward-to-type, branding--The-bike shop.com! Here's the actual link to their site, but the familiar niagaracycles.com will re-direct you, as well. https://thebikeshopstore.com/about/
  4. RustySprockets

    Help with stuck head set and stem.

    When it comes to rusty stems and seatposts, patience is truly a virtue. Try to concentrate your applied force as close to the headset as possible--i.e. immobilize the fork at the crown, rather than the dropouts, so as not to risk twisting the blades. Lube and leverage are your friend. It may...
  5. RustySprockets

    Help with stuck head set and stem.

    This may be a silly question, but you DID knock the wedge down after getting the stem bolt to budge, right? Simply removing the bolt isn't enough. In the most extreme cases, I like to clamp the stem, inverted, in a large bench vise, then use a chunk of 2x4 to rock the fork from side-to-side...
  6. RustySprockets

    Is Koroseal seat material still available?

    I think the original material was called Fabrikoid--produced by Dupont from nitrocellulose resin applied to cotton drill. It's been out of production for decades, but I think you're right that modern Tolex could be a convincing replacement.
  7. RustySprockets

    Tool identification assistance

    I see what you did there.
  8. RustySprockets

    Columbia Roadmaster girls bike serial#

    I'd say to check either the left rear "dropout" (where the wheel gets bolted on) or under the central shell where the pedals are installed. We call that the "bottom bracket." In your particular case, the date can likely be narrowed down to the early 1970s, due to the BMA/6 label just below the...
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. RustySprockets

    Is this something I should make room for?

    I'd be all over that, if it were local.
  13. 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.
  14. 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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