MISC:   Green Slime posted by: David on 5/20/2007 at 1:28:50 PM
I'd heard of this stuff. I let the air out of a tire so I could replace some spokes and the valve was all clogged up with this slimey green stuff (revolting and obscene). I had to remove the valve to deflate it and it splattered all over. Is this supposed to save you from flats? Can I rinse it out of the tube? Or should I just throw it away?

   RE:MISC:   Green Slime posted by Matthew on 5/20/2007 at 2:34:02 PM
Throw it away. Horrible stuff, but it does work.

Matthew - slime free zone.

   RE:RE:MISC:   Green Slime posted by Chris on 5/21/2007 at 1:20:43 PM
Just lost my appitite. Urp! The thought of it splattered everyplace and the smell of it! I'd rather have the flat tire!

   RE:MISC:   Green Slime posted by Larry "Boneman" Bone on 5/22/2007 at 2:29:13 AM
I can't believe someone would use that stuff on a Roadster tire. Eeesh!

That reminds me.... I should pick some up for the utility trailer.... as it has no spare... and I'll be dragging the motorcycle up to Lk. George for the Americade Rally...

Toss the tube... with it's unpleasant contents.... just wondering... how much heavier did that stuff make it?


Larry "Boneman" Bone

   RE:MISC:   Green Slime posted by David on 5/22/2007 at 7:06:08 AM
It wasn't a roadster wheel - it was a Paramount wheel! And it did make it heavy. I'm going to try filling the tube with warm water and see if the slime can be rinsed out.

AGE / VALUE:    Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by: Chris on 5/20/2007 at 11:21:29 AM
Cyclo cog madness continues...
The gods heard my plea. Found a old Chicago Schwinn 15 speed in Sunset (type) gold. Heavy bike. Has a alloy badge, screwed onto the bike it's a circle within a circle and says Schwinn Chicago. It has the Huret Alvit Sprint derailer with the metal jocky wheels. Just what I have been wishing for!

Now I'm trying getting the one pully wheel off of the body to overhaul the wheel's tiny bearings. This requires a small thin wrench that I don't have.
The bike has Weinmann brakes and the famous and desireable red button levers. The down tube shifter has square brazed onto the frame studs that the Huret made Schwinn shift levers fit onto. Also has the alloy cable fitting pieces that fit into the brazed on fixed frame pieces. Heavy, ashtabula type crank set with the 3 chainrings. A pal nabbed the Lycette saddle off of it and I'll have to remember to give the matching post to him. I'm slipping.
Nice Ava alloy stem and those alloy handlebars had magic too.
Even though you are supposed to be able to use 1/8 th chain thru the Alvits I will still be at the hardware store adding a washer or two on each side. First, have to find that wrench.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by Chris on 5/20/2007 at 12:35:02 PM
My internet search for: Ava stems brought me to Sheldon'e excellent web site where he mentions these Ava stems.

In my above post I forgot to mention that and I quote Sheldon here: "The 1960's and 1970's Ava alloy handlebar stems fail and need to be replaced if the bike is to be ridden fast or hard."

Most true. I looked over the stem that came out of the Schwinn and it was about ready to go. So, only the alloy handlebar bends will be kept. The Schwinn has a replaced, icky chrome replacement fork and that is bent.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by David on 5/20/2007 at 1:28:35 PM
An ignition wrench may be what you need.

   RE:AGE / VALUE:    Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by David on 5/20/2007 at 2:02:00 PM
Death stems: There was a recent discussion on the Classic Rendezvous list about these and a good deal of skepticism about the need to avoid AVA stems altogether. See Classicrendezvous Digest, Vol 45, Issue 29

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:    Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by Chris on 5/21/2007 at 12:54:53 PM

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by Ted on 5/22/2007 at 9:24:56 PM
I had an AVA stem on my PX 10 fail on me 20 years ago coming down Mt Diablo. Went over the handlebars and lost more skin on that crash than all my others in 40 years of riding. Get rid of it. Ted

   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Always room for more bicycle repair tools posted by Chris on 5/23/2007 at 12:26:44 PM
All it takes is one person telling his testimony and that is it for me.

Ava: Forever to be branded as... "The stem of death."
And rightly so.
Ted, I promise to tell everybody I see. That and Norco's: Trail a bike.


   RE:RE:RE:AGE / VALUE: Ava Alloy Handlebar Stems fail and are dubbed the stem of death posted by Chris on 5/24/2007 at 7:04:33 AM
I cut it up. More ava stems are out there...... lurking silently, waiting to strike. Sorry, I know this isn't funny.

What make and model bikes had these stems on them? Lets make up a list of what bikes these suckers are to be found on and somebody should do a web page about the: Ava Stem of death.

Looking at the thing and imagining folks getting hurt does send a shiver down my back.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Work-around #3 - rear axle nut posted by: Dave on 5/19/2007 at 11:58:44 AM
Hello again, hello - so, I've been restoring my '63 Sports for the last month or so and thought I'd give it it's first ride in 20+ years today. I was trying to tighten the rear wheel and realized that the nut on the sprocket side is completely stripped. Oh good. Of course, I couldn't find anything locally and I'm not sure if there are any substitutes or options...I'm open to most anything. Isn't that the way, I'm ready to ride...pooof!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS: Work-around #3 - rear axle nut posted by Dave on 5/19/2007 at 12:19:48 PM
Never mind...I found a replacement at Harris - it indicates that nothing else works, sooo, another week it is!

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Work-around #3 - rear axle nut posted by Nick. on 5/23/2007 at 3:21:18 PM
I had this problem when i got up to 18 stones, rear nuts were stripping like crazy. Apart from losing 3 stones, i realised that SA nuts are like winegums, total rubbish. For my new Raleigh Superbe rebuild, i've found an engineer on Ebay UK that custom machines CNC Sturmey-Archer specific nuts, in rock hard stainless steel. They do sets for almost all hubs, including the Sturmey front hubs. They do a great job and look brilliant, as well as never rusting. I think that the seller was machymn, although he hasn't got any on at the moment, he puts them on every few days or so. Pretty reasonable and they don't strip. I was putting on a new nut set and then finding that it's possible to strip Sturmey nuts (original stamped SA) just by doing them up to moderate tightness. They also do Stainless cotter pins, but i'm not sure that they'll be good for the job, because i thought that softness was a prerequisite for bedding against the spindle. I'd be interested to hear what Mark thinks.
Hope that helps, all the best, Nick.

WANTED:   Mid '50's Roadster posted by: Kit on 5/19/2007 at 8:06:25 AM
I would like to buy a Mid 1950's fully equipped 28" Green Raleigh 4-speed roadster in very nice condition. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards,

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   At Copak, English stuff went cheap posted by: Mike on 5/19/2007 at 7:36:57 AM
Has the bottom fallen out of the old English bike market? Here's an example: http://www.auctionflex.com/showlot.ap?co=9768&weventid=1053&weventitemid=441977&wcatmastid=0&inventorytype=&minyear=1990&minmonth=1&minday=1&maxyear=2050&maxmonth=12&maxday=31&keyword=&pagenum=26&action=

   RE:ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   At Copak, English stuff went cheap posted by Chris on 5/19/2007 at 12:51:10 PM
Copake is not known for English stuff. They are well known and prestigious. Known for Boneshaker, Wheelman, Balloon tire too also highwheel stuff.

Thats my belief. Things fluctuate. Perhaps the buyers were not there, missed out because they had no ready cash. I will look at your example.