Had several responses and suggestions from about a half dozen list-members from my tale of woe on Sunday. They were all muchly appreciated. Fortunately, I do not have to attempt a repair cause list-member Kevin Kruger generously offered me a 6.5 inch left side fluted Chater Lea crank arm. (In trade for an item yet to be specified).
I received it today and it is either VERY close or identical to the damaged one. His was not really an orphan but half of a mis-matched chainset. So, if any of you have a 6.5 inch non-fluted left side CL crank arm (not the round one), let him know!!
I still have the damaged arm (more or less still in one piece); so if any of you want to try your welding/metal working skills in an effort to make it functional, it is available at no cost.
thanks again for this list!!!!!
> Good afternoon
> As I was out today on my Carpenter enjoying an unusually mild early
> February day, I noticed that the left pedal did not feel quite right.
> nothing appeared immediately obvious; the cleat had not become loose,
> etc. A little later it got worse and I noticed it was a whole lot worse
> than a loose cleat. The crankarm had developed a quite ominous crack
> about a half inch above the pedal. Damn. Fortunately, I was not too
> far from home and it was flat. Walked the final hill to prevent it from
> totally breaking.
> So, has anyone possibly got an orphan fluted Chater Lea crank arm in a
> 6 and 1/2 inch length??
> Is it possible to weld this and make it serviceable again?
> Ken Sanford
> Kensington, MD