AGE / VALUE:   The copal varnish quest was successful posted by: humberchristopher28@hotmail.com on 3/4/2005 at 3:22:13 AM
Sam's wonderful letter arrived and I thought I'd share the last line with you.

I have just finished varnishing the decals on the Claud Butler. I was quite surprised! The copal gave the decal a very nice look-something like a lady using clear nail polish- you really don't notice it- but so sexy! It gives the decals a shine they were somehow needing.

Excellent, Mission accomplished!
This is good! and Wow, a Claud Butler too!
I'm pleased I was able to help.
I'll continue to look for more of this varnish.

This is the way it should turn out. I'm glad. I didn't want my friend to muck up decals on a fine bike like a Claud Butler and he didn't! It came out wonderfully!


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   The copal varnish quest was successful posted by Tim on 3/4/2005 at 12:28:59 PM
I'm glad that copal has done the trick. Well worth the hassle finding it.

Cheers.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE: The copal varnish quest was successful posted by sam on 3/4/2005 at 4:11:57 PM
I'd like to thank everyone that helped with this.
First David,who put the fear of God in me when he had a bad experence with his decals.
Sec. Tim who guided us in the right direction
and Christoper who had to arm wrestle the Art Store owner that decided he wasn't sure he wanted to sell his copal after Chris got to the checkout!This has sure been an adventure.And it doesn't stop here...
Christopher was nice enough not only to get me 3 bottles of copal but also sent some pages from a very old cycle repair book.The U.S.Mail managed to brake one of the bottles and rune the pages too.I was able to seprate some of the pages and let them dry.(but they are stained very badly)Never the less I've already shared some of that info with a man needing to know how they gold leafed the old frames.(panels & lines)During all this Chris also dudged me to start putting some of this info(not found on the web) on a disk so we can get it out.
Again thanks to all ----sam
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: The copal varnish quest was successful posted by Chris on 3/4/2005 at 8:07:03 PM
Now I'm mailing Sam copies of the book and so it'll get onto disc not long after it arrives at Sam's door.
AlsoI'm still hunting for more of this varnish.
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: The copal varnish quest was successful posted by Tim on 3/7/2005 at 10:43:42 PM
Well Sam now you have mastered the art of decal fixing you are getting stuck into 'Box Lining'. Nick at Lloyds will sell you a tool that does this complete with a set of wheels of different thicknesses and guides for flat panels, round tubes etc. Very expensive but simple to use. Or, you can go back to the art shop and ask for a lining brush. This has a very few hairs on it, made of sable hair or synthetic and very long. (I got one of these and have now got the hang of using it after about 6 months frustration and mess)! You can also get lining tape. This is masking tape with a peel off strip down the middle. It works OK with patience but does not have that flourish that hand lining has. If all else fails you can buy gold, red or green lining transfers in 3 foot lengths from Nick at Lloyds. It comes in 2mm up to 4mm wide from memory. I think you would probably get more fun out of doing it with a lining brush though, its traditional and what they did in the good old days.
Cheers,
Tim
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   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE Box lining posted by Chris on 3/10/2005 at 3:38:23 PM
Let's get Sam drunk!
Many of the really greaty painters and decal/ box lining artists are well involved with the Spirits. The kind out of a bottle. Yes, Imagine Sam as hs stubles in all disheveled, unshaven and hasn't bathed.
"Buy me a fifth and I'll line your bike."
I return, he takes a swig and grins at me he walks up to the bike, grunts at me, opens up a brown paper bag and takes a drink. Then opens up a tin of paint and with the camel hair brush shaking in his hand and wobbles from side to side. Then, he's still and as we all watch in disbelief, he masterfully swishes on the box lining and ends it up with flourish.
He stuffs the cash in his pocket, bottle under his arm
and reeking of booze, stumbles towards the door.
Looking at the bike, we marvel at how awesome it looks.
I have heard stories about painters and decal gods at work.
Something about the effects of alcohol/ paint chemicals in the bloodstream. Still, This is perhaps not the rule overall.
Also, I believe that the only thing Sam drinks up is his love of old bikes.

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MISC:   german online bike shop posted by: James on 3/4/2005 at 12:57:03 AM
This is even better than the dutch company, fahrradversand.de has all sorts of fenders, chaincovers, lights, generators, affordable pannier bags etc, even some nice Weltrad roadsters and they ship to the states.

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ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   looking for chaincase for a early 50s humber sports posted by: Eric Law on 3/3/2005 at 11:50:27 PM
Hi im looking for the enclosed chaincase that the old english raleigh and humber sports bikes came with,,any one know any contacts to get one,,Thank You Eric.
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AGE / VALUE:   Vintage bicycle photographs posted by: Andrew on 3/3/2005 at 6:51:33 PM
New York Public Library digital library available as of today, has a tremenous amount of vintage bicycle photos.


http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?keyword=bicycles

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/asg9000/1896_Bike_Messenger.jpg[/IMG]


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AGE / VALUE:    posted by: Andrew on 3/3/2005 at 6:51:33 PM
New York Public Library digital library available as of today, has a tremenous amount of vintage bicycle photos.


http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/dgkeysearchresult.cfm?keyword=bicycles

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/asg9000/1896_Bike_Messenger.jpg[/IMG]


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