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by kylecycler
15 Jun 2021, 4:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

LollyKat wrote: 15 Jun 2021, 4:21pm
rogerzilla wrote: 15 Jun 2021, 7:54am It's expensive...
thirdcrank wrote: 12 Jun 2021, 6:21pm https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57453840
the budget was just $1,500 (£1,060), a third of the minimum price the firm charges.
Price included a helmet - so pretty moderate for these days.
Custom painted helmet, no less. I think the budget would barely cover materials.
by kylecycler
15 Jun 2021, 4:42pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

JimAW wrote: 13 Jun 2021, 6:40am
kylecycler wrote: 12 Jun 2021, 8:06pm More details of the above (anyone got any idea what the hubs are?):
I would guess they are Curtis Odom hubs.
Thanks, I'm sure you're right, I'd never seen or heard of them before (referring to the Bilenky Shelly Horton bike, not the 'hands-across-the-pond' bike).

http://bikeretrogrouch.blogspot.com/201 ... -odom.html

I've always had a notion for building a wheelset (not that I've ever built a wheelset but there's always a first time) using the high flange Zenith hubs from Spa Cycles (built by Novatec, apparently).

https://www.spacycles.co.uk/m20b0s117p2 ... e-Rear-Hub

I know there isn't much comparison with the Curtis Odom hubs, they have cartridge bearings, the rear hub is for a freewheel but they look nice.
by kylecycler
15 Jun 2021, 4:00pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queen Victoria Postboxes
Replies: 50
Views: 2021

Re: Queen Victoria Postboxes

matt_twam_asi wrote: 12 Jun 2021, 10:16pm
Oldjohnw wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 7:13am
Pebble wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 11:53pm Not a Queen Victoria one, but possibly a rarer Edward VII Box ?
I didn’t realise there were any at all. Well spotted. Where is it, if I may ask?
There's 1,636 in the UK according to Taginfo, so it's likely to be more than that number.

According to OSM there's a post box with an ER royal cypher, I presume it isn't referring to Elizabeth Tudor...
Unless it's a time travelling post box - I've heard there's a time travelling police box but I believe it's just a myth. :)
by kylecycler
12 Jun 2021, 9:58pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

Jdsk wrote: 12 Jun 2021, 8:27pm In their own words: "The US-UK Friendship Bike":
https://www.bilenky.com/us-uk-friendship-bike

Jonathan
I knew the timescale was short but didn't realise it was that short! Contacted on May 23, to be designed and built by June 5!

Bilenky also build wonderful tandems - maybe they could build one for Joe and Jill. This is my favourite among many:

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by kylecycler
12 Jun 2021, 9:08pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

Bilenky are a rough looking, raggle-taggle bunch, though - their workshop is situated in a scrap yard - hard to believe they created the bicycle above, but there you go...
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Young Ms Shiffer, who cut the lugs for the Shelly Horton mixte, should be easy enough to spot (everything being relative!). Steven Bilenky is the little guy with the cycling cap, the shades and the long beard.

Here she is cutting out the lugs (like I said she moved on a while ago to pursue a career in industrial design; she already had degrees in art and sculpture before she joined Bilenky)...
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...and with Bilenky's 'shop cat Ferdinand...
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...who is as much of a slob as his 'co-workers'... :wink:
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by kylecycler
12 Jun 2021, 8:06pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

More details of the above (anyone got any idea what the hubs are?):

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https://bikeportland.org/2011/02/25/a-v ... rton-48661
by kylecycler
12 Jun 2021, 7:52pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

Bilenky Cycle Works, when they have the time - which they absolutely didn't in this case, apparently - have built some beautiful bicycles - this is the nicest one I've ever seen, just about - the Shelly Horton town bike, a mixte. Maybe not to everyone's (or maybe even anyone's) taste, but you surely have to admire the workmanship.

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http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/09/ ... rbike.html

The bilaminate-style 'lugs' - effectively sleeves brazed over the ends of the tubes before they were mitred (the way Claud Butler built their 'lugs' post-war when no stamped or cast lugs were available) - were hand cut by Isis Shiffer, who now runs an industrial design consultancy in Brooklyn after studying at the Pratt Institute (she did her middle year at the Royal College of Art in London), although that was after she left Bilenky. She cut the sleeves/lugs with a coping saw in the style of an art deco door her boss Steven Bilenky had salvaged from a railroad station. Paint was by the legendary frame painter Joe Bell. The wheels had Ghisallo wooden rims.
by kylecycler
12 Jun 2021, 6:41pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: ... who made this bike, and why?
Replies: 44
Views: 1211

Re: ... who made this bike, and why?

The headbadge for the bike was made my Jen Green, who makes some beautiful headbadges
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She did these for True North Cycles from Ontario, Canada
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by kylecycler
12 Jun 2021, 10:28am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Queen Victoria Postboxes
Replies: 50
Views: 2021

Re: Queen Victoria Postboxes

Pebble wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 8:40am
Oldjohnw wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 7:13am
Pebble wrote: 10 Jun 2021, 11:53pm Not a Queen Victoria one, but possibly a rarer Edward VII Box ?
I didn’t realise there were any at all. Well spotted. Where is it, if I may ask?
Melrose
https://goo.gl/maps/7LDc6F6BEweVjaFdA

would appear to be very rare, esp ones displaying the scroll.

And this was doesnt even appear on the wiki page for Edward VII boxes
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Cate ... n_Scotland
Could I have made a new discovery exploring the Borders on my bike - LOL
There's also one on the corner of Arroll Drive and Auchentrae Crescent in Seafield, Ayr - it's a 'Category B listed building'!

https://britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/20 ... nt-ayr-ayr

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by kylecycler
11 Jun 2021, 8:04pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset Press Disaster
Replies: 36
Views: 1455

Re: Headset Press Disaster

slowster wrote: 11 Jun 2021, 7:18pmList of links in Too Good To Lose to various posts by Brucey on Shimano hubs and freehubs:

viewtopic.php?p=1564606#p1564606

Including this one:

viewtopic.php?p=1082177#p1082177
Thanks.
by kylecycler
11 Jun 2021, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Headset Press Disaster
Replies: 36
Views: 1455

Re: Headset Press Disaster

Well done - glad you managed it! :)

Apologies for this being a vague and quite possibly stupid question - just thinking out loud but maybe not very cleverly - could you used a rawlbolt to remove and (hopefully) easily re-insert the dust cap in a freehub body, or just hubs in general, without distorting the cap?

RJ the Bike Guy on YouTube uses a blind hole bearing puller - he already had one - but it's fairly expensive to buy for all it will ever be used:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9gIEG1db0s&t=51s

I've tried removing one by levering it out but distorted it and haven't bothered since, but removing it makes it easier to clean out old grease, plus I'd have to remove the dust cap entirely if I ever need to remove the cup (I've got the tool for that) to get at freehub body internals. I've got a freehub that tends to stick every now and then, just once per revolution. I've tried getting lube into it but although that helped, it hasn't fully cured the problem.

Sorry for the thread drift but just wondering if a rawlbolt could be used for another purpose, same principle. Or if anyone does it another way?
by kylecycler
8 Jun 2021, 12:27pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?
Replies: 164
Views: 8110

Re: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?

Similar but the other way around, I was at a local cycling festival in Troon, South Ayrshire, I'd just done a 100K and got talking to a fellow I didn't know. Quite a scruffy lad with a straggly beard, which is how I look in the winter but in the summer I shave my head or keep it cropped and shave off the beard, and this was in the summer. Perfectly pleasant chap he was, though, but there was something about the way the conversation went that didn't quite jibe - something just... off - something I wasn't getting...

Eventually, after about ten minutes of going places I couldn't quite follow he said, "Oh... so you're... not... Graeme Obree?"

I never said I was! :)

I made the mistake of telling my pals about it (it was too good of a story not to tell, though) and needless to say I've lived to regret doing so - now if I lag behind even slightly on a ride I get...

"Ye're awfu' slow the day, Graeme..."

or

"Ye're gettin' auld, Graeme..."

or

"Ah don't ken hoo you goat that Hour Record, Graeme - ah reckon it musta bin a' aboot the bike..."


Me: "MA NAME'S NOT GRAEME!!!" :evil: :lol:


(In case anyone doesn't know who Graeme Obree is...)

https://www.google.com/search?gs_ssp=eJ ... e&ie=UTF-8
by kylecycler
7 Jun 2021, 10:30pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?
Replies: 164
Views: 8110

Re: What Has Made You Laugh Today ?

Reminds me of a stock routine air stewards apparently go through if an uppity obnoxious 'celebrity' passenger who's giving them strife asks, "Do you know who I am?"

"No, sir/madam, I do not but I will try to find out for you." [Turns to colleague] "This gentleman/lady does not know who he/she is - do you by any chance recognise him/her?"
by kylecycler
7 Jun 2021, 11:06am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread
Replies: 115
Views: 4379

Re: 1957 Raleigh Superbe Restoration Thread

robc02 wrote: 7 Jun 2021, 9:01am
Krashper wrote: 6 Jun 2021, 10:23pm No, I won't be lining the frame. I thought about some stripes, like thin red ones but I've decided against it because it seems more fitting for vintage touring or racing bikes. These bikes weren't state of the art machines so I want to keep it looking humble.
Looking at Raleigh and Humber catalogues from the 1930's and 1950's, they do show lining on various roadster models, and I have seen it "in the flesh" on Raleigh roadsters from the 1960's. I suspect it was dropped on later models - I bought a 1970's / 80's model for someone a few years ago and don't recall it being lined.
You'll likely have seen this, but this is how it was done at the factory:

https://youtu.be/XOE0DbfWqyo?t=437
by kylecycler
26 May 2021, 2:10pm
Forum: Racing, Olympics, TdF, Competitive cycling
Topic: Giro D'italia
Replies: 73
Views: 4033

Re: Giro D'italia

mattheus wrote: 26 May 2021, 1:42pm
kylecycler wrote: 26 May 2021, 1:20pm There's no chain on the chainsaw. Apparently it's common practice at mtb events - like a much more extreme version of these whirly rattles folk used to take to football matches (a long time ago - so long ago that I'd forgotten all about them!).
Might be less annoying than voovoozelas?
Definitely - just about anything is less annoying than voovoozelas! :evil: The rattles didn't just go out of fashion, btw, they were banned in the 1970s, apparently.