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Old 05-02-12, 06:22 PM   #1
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Bike makeover or randyjawa is a legend

We all know that anyway, but I just wanted to publically thank Randy for his help with getting some components together for my bike build. Most things went together swimmingly well and luckily I had a great local-to-me vintage bike guy helping me do the actual build, so we were set!

Here's the before:


It had Shimano Positron that was barely functional (well, it was a functional single-speed!) and the brakes hardly worked, especially with the steel rims.

Now (excuse blurry photos!):
Still to come - Brooks Honey Flyer and when that comes, shellacked cork grips




Check out that cool bell! Thanks, Randy!


Shimano 600 Arabesque RD, FD, crankset
Shimano 600 hubs, BB
Weinmann centrepulls
Araya rims
MKS pedals
Panaracer tires

I'm really happy with the way this has turned out and can't wait to get that Brooks on it to complete the effect!
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Old 05-02-12, 06:31 PM   #2
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Seconded....Randy is a great guy to deal with!
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Excellent! Bike looks MUCH improved with the Arabesque stuff on it. Nice work on rookgirl's bike Randy!

It looks like the rack is the same as on my Burley Rivazza... A Bontrager something-or-other. Yes?
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The rack is actually just an Axiom! It's very low profile and inexpensive!

I did the build along with a friend here - Randy kindly supplied me with some of the components
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Nice! The tires are CSTs? Very slick ride.
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Old 05-02-12, 07:19 PM   #6
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That's a DeLuxe model now. Looks like it will be up for many an errand and the lighter parts should make for a sprightly ride.

If I were building it, wouldn't change a thing, but it would have a bunch of extra reflectors, at least for use around here.
For daytime-only use, looks perfect.
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Nice! The tires are CSTs? Very slick ride.
Thanks! The tires are Panaracers (folding) and they were verrrrrry hard to mount on those rims! It was really hard to even mount hte first bead (or not-bead)! The second took about 30 mins with both me and professional bike mech. So an hour just mounting tires, LOL!
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I read somewhere that putting the tyres in the tumble drier for a while makes them easier to mount....

NICE build, by the way!
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Thanks! I thought a hair dryer but by then we were in! The real prob is that they are very rubbery with no head so they grip onto the outside of the rim, even with an application of windex!

Im really looking forward to a ride longer than around the block.
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Great looking bike. I've got a pair of Shimano handlebar shifters similar to yours. I'm considering mounting one of them on my Raleigh Sports.
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Great looking bike. I've got a pair of Shimano handlebar shifters similar to yours. I'm considering mounting one of them on my Raleigh Sports.
Is the trigger not working or did you re gear?
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Is the trigger not working or did you re gear?
Some Raleigh Sports models were ten-speeds, i.e. no trigger.
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Ah. That makes sense.
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Are you replacing the zip tie on the chain stay with a clamp on cable stop?
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Nice to see your Nishiki is up and running in style. I'm looking forward to seeing the end result.
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Are you replacing the zip tie on the chain stay with a clamp on cable stop?
rookgirl - I did not realize that you needed the chain stay clamp, the bottom bracket guide or the clamp on the down tube. Let me see a picture of how you have your front derailleur cable set up, close up from the non-drive side please and include most of the bottom bracket to derailleur area. Armed with that, I will know what brackets and clamps to send.
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Are you replacing the zip tie on the chain stay with a clamp on cable stop?
I hadn't thought of that. Actually, I was thinking of getting some brown zip ties and using them instead of the silver clips I am currently using (can't get ones to accommodate 2 housings). Could you please enlighten me with what this would look like?
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rookgirl - I did not realize that you needed the chain stay clamp, the bottom bracket guide or the clamp on the down tube. Let me see a picture of how you have your front derailleur cable set up, close up from the non-drive side please and include most of the bottom bracket to derailleur area. Armed with that, I will know what brackets and clamps to send.
Thanks - I will do that. Also, I was wondering if you have a front brake cable hangar thing (don't know what they are called) - the one that hangs down from above the headset. This one flexes a lot and is messing with my (much improved, thank you) braking.
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Here's one...and it's actually from Randy's site!
I didn't notice until after I had posted the picture.

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