WANTED:   Flea markets in London, UK posted by: Jacob on 6/14/2007 at 1:39:10 AM
Hello there:

I'm going on a work-related trip to London, UK, this weekend, and if I'm lucky there will be some time for pleasure. Can anybody here give me advice about flea markets with a good chance for finding old bicycle-stuff?

Have fun with your bikes!
Jacob, Denmark

   RE:WANTED:   Flea markets in London, UK posted by Chris on 6/14/2007 at 1:37:59 PM
In England the flea market is called the jumble. Or Autojumble. It is flea market paradise.

AGE / VALUE:   Still bending the cotter pins over sideways after all these years posted by: Chris on 6/13/2007 at 4:50:02 PM
1970's Raleigh, wanted to rip it apart for parts. Lovely yellow 10 speed but with plain tubing. Took the ball peen hammer and bang, bang, bang, proceded to bend over that cotter pin effectivly messing it up and making the removal task much more difficult. Nice, soft, steel that wedges in there and is a pain to remove. Not the older harder steel that I can drive out with a hammer and re use by still threading the nut back on AFTER I whacked it to remove it. Oh No, not with the 70's vintage steel cotter pins. 1970's and after were "bad years" for cotter pins.

I'll remove the Alvit and toss the rest of the thing. A little impatience goes a long way! I knew better. Lovely, lovely color. burnt, yellow. I'll take a picture bent cotter pin and all.

My heart lept at seeing it. How much? where is the owner? Yes, I want this! How much? Change for a 20? 7.00? sold!

I was in a passion for another Huret alvit but it was that color! Funny because I won't keep it to ride it because it's not 531 so it was just for the parts but it just looked so good sitting there! Got all greasy handling the wheels and they are not worth keeping. It's time I put on gloves.

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Still bending the cotter pins over sideways after all these years posted by Ed on 6/13/2007 at 7:40:40 PM
I found at a workshop I attend (BUFFALOBLUEBICYCLE.ORG) that a vise and a helping hand goes well. I had someone hold the non thread end loosely in the jaws and pop it out with a 1/4 pin punch. I would rate this better than the special tools. Have good aim and give it a big hit! Funny thing the yellow bicycle we were working on sounds the same!

   RE:AGE / VALUE: Still bending the cotter pins over sideways after all these years posted by Ted on 6/13/2007 at 8:57:35 PM
I use a Park cotterpin press. Put some Liquid Wrench on it and let it sit over night. Tap it lightly with a hammer and it comes out like butter with the press and the best part is you can reuse the pin. No more searching for the right pin or filing to make do. Ted

AGE / VALUE:   Whadda ya mean? No. posted by: Chris on 6/13/2007 at 4:41:31 PM
He tells me "No." My T- shirt idea is too good to be stopped cold. Here we go again just like with the Fiorelli poster.

I'll have to go to elaborate means to pull this one off. Date the boss's daughter like with the M.G. midget parts escapade, get a job there, I want access to the equipment, run wild thru the place, let my creative juces flow and not be bothered with. "Oh, we definitly can't do that!"

I have brought back bigger trophies before, the scalps of many shops and distributorsd and huge collections whose doors were shut tight to collectors and dealers and I got in to run amok in Tuts toumb and carry it off.
I'm off on a special assignment. Everybody gonna want one of these!
No will not do.
wish me luck

   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Whadda ya mean? No. Update! posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 7:32:18 AM
Dating the gal from the t- shirt shop!
soon to be working there!
My order book is getting filled.
They'll be good quality too.


   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Whadda ya mean? No. Update! posted by Chris on 6/21/2007 at 7:40:44 AM
I have to be in the place, hands on the printing equipment, learning how it works, I'm the quality control. So my project comes out as I envisioned it, without quality going down.

I've let ideas out before that were not escorted by me and the lady stopped, whispered: "That's a great idea!" looked at me, and promptly stole my idea and profited from it. Never again.

ENGLISH ROADSTERS:   Cleaning Kit posted by: Thom J. on 6/13/2007 at 9:50:41 AM
I just had to share this. Received the Old Roads Cleaning Kit and used it on my Raleigh Sports. Mostly to clean-up the rear wheel chrome. Other household and automotive cleaners I tried did just a "so-so" job. This stuff cleaned all the gunk off the rim and shined like crazy with just a little buffing!!! Works great on the paint too. I highly recommend it. Thom.

AGE / VALUE:   Phillips roadster for sale in Sacramento posted by: Dewane on 6/13/2007 at 8:58:58 AM
On craigslist:


Missing fenders, rear brake parts at least. I can't tell if that is a 3-speed rear hub as well, if so you'd need a shifter (possibly a frame mount?) and cable for that.

Could end up costing quite a bit to outfit this right, but I thought somebody here might be interested. These are really rare and pop up infrequently on the West Coast.

Thanks, Dewane from Santa Clara CA.