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  1. I really enjoyed this thread! I just stumbwled...

    I really enjoyed this thread! I just stumbwled across it this morning and read the entire thing in one shot. I have to admit, i didnt think you were going to go through with such a beautiful...
  2. Oldest, 1918-ish Columbia...

    Oldest, 1918-ish Columbia
    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b237/topper69/image-3.jpg

    Newest, 2001 Bianchi Pista. I like to think of it as the modern version of the above bike....
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    Thanks so much for all the pics! I really love...

    Thanks so much for all the pics! I really love seeing anything "blackout" sold during the war.

    Amazing bike, good luck!
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    My personal opinion, chances are your schellac...

    My personal opinion, chances are your schellac may have performed poorly because it wasn't cured.

    I always wanted to know... Did people actually shellac and wrap stuff with twine back in the day...
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    Awesome bike! What is that?

    Awesome bike! What is that?
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    Honestly it was the last thing I expected to...

    Honestly it was the last thing I expected to build. Initially I was going to build a budget path racer from whatever three speed beater frame I could find, more of a tribute, and I was happy with...
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    I have them on my Bianchi. They're a really nice,...

    I have them on my Bianchi. They're a really nice, well made crank from what I can tell. The track editions were $150 out the door.

    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b237/topper69/cranks.jpg
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    The only way to have actual control of the...

    The only way to have actual control of the steering is riding it in the drops, which is at an extreme angle. It kinda hurts my neck, lol. This stem is meant to be slammed all the way down, I have it...
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    Well the front sprocket is a 26 tooth, rear cog...

    Well the front sprocket is a 26 tooth, rear cog is 9. With 28 inch wheels it works out to about 81 gear inches, I think.

    The original rear cog was an 18 tooth. I ground every other tooth off to...
  10. One of my dream bikes right here. I LOVE...

    One of my dream bikes right here. I LOVE Professionals and I really love that color combo. It has class written all over it.

    Good luck with your build!
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    OMG for that money I could build a time machine...

    OMG for that money I could build a time machine and pick up some originals, lol
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    fixed :)

    fixed :)
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    Thanks everyone! It rides pretty good all...

    Thanks everyone!

    It rides pretty good all things considered, although my aging back isn't as happy as I am, lol.


    Well it's a mutt because it's a mix of a bunch of brands from different...
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    Scorcher mutt project COMPLETE! Pics!

    I've been smiling ear to ear all day and have blown off anything I was "supposed" to do to ride my new scorcher mutt. I am in love with it, I hope you like it!

    It's a pre 1919 Columbia Roadster...
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    I'm gonna post my townie here if that's cool... ...

    I'm gonna post my townie here if that's cool...

    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b237/topper69/bike1-1.jpg
    http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b237/topper69/bike2.jpg
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    LOL, no, just black.

    LOL, no, just black.
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    Definitely keep the og finish if it's in decent...

    Definitely keep the og finish if it's in decent shape. It's way stronger than anything that;ll come out of a can.... and definitely let it cure as long as possible before assembling.

    I rattle...
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    Good news. That'll make my measuring much easier....

    Good news. That'll make my measuring much easier. Thanks for the help.
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    Offset spoke holes and spoke length

    Let me say this is my first wheel build from scratch, first spoke calculating as well.

    I'm stumped on the the whole spoke hole offset. So if I were to be calculating spoke length, would you say...
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    Over the winter I replaced my entire drive line,...

    Over the winter I replaced my entire drive line, new cranks/chainring/bb, new chain, and new rear cog and always had a slight noise since I installed them which annoyed the hell out of me. Last week...
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    Here's a pic of the cog. This was from my...

    Here's a pic of the cog.

    This was from my Perry 40 14 coaster brake I'm using. I removed every other tooth to accept the inch pitch chain. ...
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    It'll get the job done! I'm happy, all the...

    It'll get the job done!

    I'm happy, all the links are free and it's a lot better looking than it was when I got it.
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    Well that sort of worked.

    Well that sort of worked.
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    Chain is all cleaned derusted and lubed. Hope...

    Chain is all cleaned derusted and lubed.

    Hope this pic works. Trying this entire post from my phone lol

    http://emob20.photobucket.com/albums/b237/topper69/image-1.jpg?t=1308418364
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    Thanks for all the help. I soaked it for a few...

    Thanks for all the help. I soaked it for a few days and everything is much better. I still have a few links that need work though. I think I'm going to hit it with a brass wheel to remove some of the...
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