Yes! whenever bicycles are broken, or menaced by international communism, Bicycle Repair Man is ready!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Hooray for Drummond

The big old Heidemann bike (the Vainqueur) never worked out for me - so I've been prepping it for sale.  However, because I foolishly went ahead without reading the internet, tightening the nuts on the cotter pins broke the non-drive cotter.  Horrors!

So this evening was spent in the machine shop, fabricating a new cotter pin.  I used a chunk of steel from a kick-stand and the Drummond Round-Bed Metal Lathe to do the deed.

Normally one does not go to such efforts to make the bits & pieces, but this was more convenient (and fun!) than trying to find the right sized one in a shop.  The Vainqueur uses such a variety of parts that I figured it would be a difficult job finding a new cotter!  

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Folder is as folder does

My dad got this Raleigh Folder from the St. Vincent De Paul. I bought it off him for $40, cleaned it up, sorted out the brakes and bearings, and flipped it to Bicycle-itis for $75. They'll sell it for $150. Everybody wins!