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Old 10-22-05, 03:48 PM   #1
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Any hope to find these seals/dust caps?

Today I was bringing my wife's really old Cdale sport/touring bike back into ridable condition. It is a 1984 or 1985 model with the original age appropriate Shimano 600 series bits on it. Believe it or not, the bike probably has less than 1000 miles on it. It still has the original IRC 27x1.25 tires on it. The last person to ride it was a former baby sitter for us that was without a car and when it was returned it was parked and not looked at for a LONG time. I have the drivetrain and bottom bracket cleaned and in working condition. Actually it is better than working condition! The shifting is very sweet but a little weird since it has real half-step gearing (50/45 on the front and 13-16-19-23-28-34 Shimano 600 freewheel on the back) and is a bit disconcerting to someone used to a typical 52/42 with corncob road setup. The royal PITA is that the seal on the left side of the rear hub is gone and both dust caps for the Shimano 600 pedals are gone. I can understand why the pedal dust caps might get lost, but the rear hub seal had to be taken off (stolen?) on purpose. I've checked loosescrews for these but without luck. Is there anyway to get these without buying the pedals and hub just to get the caps and seals? I'm thinking of using this as my "new" commuter bike as my current one is an 11 year old Univega Alpina MTB that is almost completely shot (rims worn out, front hub worn out, headset worn out, freewheel [4th one, I think, and I do replace chains and clean when appropriate] worn out, pedals worn out, etc. LOTS of very hard miles on that bike. Many with 3 month old to 4 year old children in a child carrier taking them back and forth to daycare.). My wife's old Cdale won't work as a commuter with all those exposed bearings, so getting caps and seals are a must. I rode the bike around the 'hood today and was amazed at what a sweet ride it is. (Actually in the back of my mind I see this as a nice cyclocross bike, but don't tell my wife that!)
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Old 10-23-05, 09:31 AM   #2
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See what Andy at http://www.yellowjersey.org can/will suggest/find for you.
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See what Andy at http://www.yellowjersey.org can/will suggest/find for you.
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Good idea. I just sent them an e-mail. I needed to get a new pair of cleats for my old Detto's anyway and they are one of the few sources left.
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