Classic & Vintage - Progress report on my '86 Gazelle
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02-01-06, 05:51 PM
This is the '86 Tour de France Race I bought last week for $30. Making some headway this week. Got a set of Zefal fenders on to replace the missing originals (which were SKS, I believe), replaced the mismatched wheels with a set of 27" Rigidas, and swapped the original crankset with its steel chainrings for a nice Stonglight. The stock Altenburger Synchron sidepulls just didn't work for beans, so on went a set of Weinmann Vainqueur centerpulls -- much better. In the process the weight came down to an even 30 lbs -- same as my similarly-equipped Motobecane and Raleigh. Still looking for a better saddle and a Union dyno hinged on the right for the fork mount.
02-01-06, 05:56 PM
Piet Pelle op zijn gazelle!
nice condition as it seem on the photo. Good job for 30 bucks
02-01-06, 08:19 PM
Rats! Both the Schwinn approved generator and the Soubitez that I have are designed to mount to the left fork (if facing forwards). The Soubitez would look better on a 50's or 60's French city bike anyways though.
Oh - and where are my manners? Nicely done. She's a beaut.
02-01-06, 08:49 PM
John! Wait, wait, wait!!! That IS what I need; the dyno mount is on the left (non-drive) side. I'll e-mail you about it i-freaking-mmediately.
02-01-06, 09:19 PM
I am close to nightly shut down, and don't see new e-mail, but I'll check first thing. I'll take pictures. The Soubitez is quite nice, the Schwinn approved needs a bit more cleaning up, but would likely look a bit more "right" on this bike IMO.
Looking nice. Certainly looks like a bike that's meant to be ridden. I need to get some "completed" shots of my Gazelle w/ bartape and a few miles on the tires put up.
02-01-06, 09:28 PM
OK - I just went back downstairs and took a closer look. First, the Schwinn Approved has a mount that looks like it ought to go on a seat stay rather than the fork. However, if you were to mount them on the fork with the generator wheel forward of the fork blades, the Soubitez would contact the wheel if mounted on the left blade, the Schwinn Approved would make contact if mounted on the right fork blade. I'm thinking that one way or the other, this is covered.
02-01-06, 09:45 PM
Clarence down at the LBS has a NOS Soubitez like your he'll sell me for $10; I should just buy that rather than tap into your dynamo stash.
02-02-06, 05:44 AM
That sounds like a good deal if it meets your needs. That's twice the cost of shipping for something you wouldn't need to expend a half hour of elbow grease making look nice and pretty. I'll e-mail you a picture of mine anyways. They made a few different models, and this one is kind of funky looking.
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