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Old 06-19-03, 06:53 PM   #1
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(Twisted?) Question for those who restore...

Everyone likes to talk about their successes, is anyone willing to share their biggest goof-up when restoring or just fixing-up an old bike? Just curious,
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Old 06-19-03, 07:27 PM   #2
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I was off by about six months when I told the guy that owns the Butchers bike when it would be ready.
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Old 06-28-03, 08:19 PM   #3
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On a recent restoration/upgrade, I brazed one of my water bottle mounts right where the new derailleur clamp is intalled. Doh, useless.
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Probably the biggest reason I have a few boxes of extra parts, wheelsets, etc is buying the part for a restoration and then finding out it's wrong size, spacing, threading or something like that.

When I add up the price of one of my vintage restorations I tend to delete these "accidental" expenditures but I've got more than a few $ of unusable parts in my garage.
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Old 06-29-03, 11:59 AM   #5
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I'm getting ready to make my first serious error. If this stupid stem doesn't come out pretty soon, it's gonna get ugly.
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If it's rusted in there may be no salvation for it. I've had to cut stems and seatposts out with a hacksaw a time or two. Once you've disconnected the fork from head tube, you can often use a long punch to drive it out from the bottom.
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Have you tried Kroil it's about as good a penetrating oil as I've found.
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Thanks y'all. I soaked it down with some penetrating oil today. I'll let it set overnight (and most of tomorrow) and see what happens.

Haven't tried Kroil yet, but I'll check into it.
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well I just stripped the threads on my cottered cranks, does that count? Set me back a week for parts to come in.
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