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Old 12-10-19, 06:30 PM
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Picked this 1974 Raleigh Gran Sport out of a pile last week. Stem seized, crank dust caps stripped out and seized, lots of rust. Just my kind of project!

So far, I've got the stem and crankset off, dismantled the bike, and in the middle of a rust campaign. Fork is done.

Always a bad sign when the stem bolt and wedge are gone, and the headset is loosened. I won't be the first to try and get it out.


1974 Raleigh Gran Sport by bill, on Flickr


1974 Gran Sport by bill, on Flickr


Fork done. oxalic acid of course:

1974 Raleigh Gran Sport Fork after Acid by bill, on Flickr

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Old 12-10-19, 06:45 PM
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Almost ready to finish this Ochsner, Got the final piece today from nlerner, a band on front derailleur that will give the needed clearance for the rear wheel. I wound up using a set of 18 mm tires, but this one is going to be ready to go out soon. My inclination is to offer it up on this site first, and if no takers it will go to the LBS and CL, or flea bay. Just too big for me at 59 cm. My legs keep getting shorter, instead of longer! Smiles, MH
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Old 12-10-19, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by stardognine
After all that, the shifters aren't working too well, lol, but from what I've read, it's pretty easy to de-gunk them.
I tried something called White Lightning 2 in 1 today, in a spray can, and it worked great at degunking those brifters. 👍 It's also a lubricant, but I can't say how that part works out yet, long term, since I just used it today. 😉

But it's made by the folks who make a chain cleaner & lube, so probably pretty decent. 🤔🙂
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Old 12-12-19, 06:50 PM
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Next victim...

Bike attic project bike...too cold for Bike shed bike projects!
Obvious problems...see circles...hopefully the axle is just in backwards...


I have the wheel...








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Old 12-12-19, 07:10 PM
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Old 12-12-19, 07:38 PM
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wow such a beautiful bike, i'm currently working in something
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Old 12-13-19, 10:59 AM
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And yesterday, I got my new chain on, lol. 😁 It was a long slow process, but this month I put new-to-me wheels (M739 XT hubs), a new 9-speed cassette (Sram 950), 9-speed chain (KMC X9), and those XTR brifters (M952, first generation of Mega 9).

Definitely worth it, it rides & shifts like new now. 👍

I also grabbed a new take-off sprung saddle at the bike shop. It's vinyl covered, so not that great, but otherwise very nicely made, by Velo. 😎
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Old 12-14-19, 09:09 PM
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Raininí but warm...

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RD is all gee gawd...


Well, thereís your problem!

Rummaging through hidden stash and found this and the Raleigh branded Comp V...

...both worked from the get go...all I did was Tri-flow them...and this is with the Simplex shifters!
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Old 12-15-19, 10:19 AM
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Battle scars...

Too clean! Too white! May wear this in the shop for a couple of bike builds...get some battle scars on it!

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Old 12-15-19, 11:16 AM
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Nice looking shop, Bill. I like the hard hats and the tool holder near the repair stand.( with scissors!) Iím working on mocking up a Supersport over the winter. Put in a bmx type bb and now trying out different crank sets I have scattered about.
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Thanks Kdog. My shop makes me smile...the hard hats are from Nuclear days.
All my stands have the tool Kaddies when Iím using them...plus the 2 on my bench...


the misses wonít let me put one on the desk for pens and pencils, et al...
Great project started there...you really get down to the nitty gritty!
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Been rearranging my new cave...

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Originally Posted by billnuke1
Too clean! Too white! May wear this in the shop for a couple of bike builds...get some battle scars on it!

Just have a jelly donut ( or two). 😁 I can't seem to finish one, without making a mess of myself, these days. 🙄😉
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The 87 Trek 520 (Cirrus) started life as a totally lucky clunker challenge find, and then in the early fall I did some updates (tires, saddles, cockpit and pedals) without an overhaul and its spent a few weeks near but not in the stand. Today during the Seahawks triumph over the Panthers I got it 95% of way torn down..


before

during

where I ended up still need to do the bb and HS
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I didn't wrench on any bikes this weekend. Today, in the cold windy weather, my wife and I replaced a headlamp bulb in her 2007 Toyota Prius. It took the two of us an hour. It goes where you can't see a thing, and my hand doesn't fit. What are these car makers thinking?
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They are gigeling all day at what they have done to mechanics who try to do repairs to the parts they design. Done it way too many times and been there and done with that. Smiles, MH
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Old 12-16-19, 05:49 AM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1
My shop makes me smile...the hard hats are from Nuclear days.
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Ah, yes, the Nuclear days: Limerick, Pilgrim, Oyster Creek, Milestone, Nine Mile Point. Frankly, I'm glad I got out. I did not save the hard hats. My shop makes me smile too.

I've been sorting out my design and gathering materials for the oxalic acid bath I need for my Fuji. I also cleaned the front hub for that bike. No pitting, just needs some polish. Nice.
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Originally Posted by martl
Been rearranging my new cave...

Looks nicer than the standard basement, nice smooth walls, etc. You have some pretty serious looking tools on that peg board too! Iím feeling envy for your bench vise too. Very nice!
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Nuke Life...

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Ah, yes, the Nuclear days: Limerick, Pilgrim, Oyster Creek, Milestone, Nine Mile Point. Frankly, I'm glad I got out. I did not save the hard hats. My shop makes me smile too.

I've been sorting out my design and gathering materials for the oxalic acid bath I need for my Fuji. I also cleaned the front hub for that bike. No pitting, just needs some polish. Nice.
Eleven years in the biz, of mostly on the east coast...wouldnít trade those years, but, definitely would not go back. The outage opening letters stopped coming a long time ago...
I worked night crews and I was more likely to throw the motorcycle into the back of the truck than the bicycles...missed a lot of good bicycle riding Iím sure.

Found some old Nisi Toro wheels for the Raleigh Competition Iím fiddling with...picked another gear, too. Six speed freewheel on the Nisi.
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A friend of ours told he's done closer to 3000 kilometers this summer with a cheap three-speed bike. We decided to intervene and the Christmas present is coming along nicely. Right now I'm in process of installing Chorus brifters to replace the ones that were on it. Those were weird - the internals seemed mostly plastic and both of the levers are one piece, so pushing the thumb lever causes the larger lever to protrude outwards from behind the brake lever.

Here's a poor NDS picture of the target. Campagnolo 2x8, ITM, 3ttt, Ambrosio Gentleman wheels. I'll post better ones soon.

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I was not happy with the riding position on my folding bike, and not convinced that it couldn't be improved upon. Plus, I was bored.
The stem has lots of room for adjustment, as does the seatpost. I swapped in an Ava steel handlebar, which fit the stem clamp perfectly. I also had a single Weinmann brake lever in the bin, and some used black cork tape. Also installed some Lyotard pedals that are 1/2" narrower than the platforms that were on there in order to try and limit pedal strike.

The saddle and bar height are now close to what I normally ride on my road bikes. The basket is too high, and I will fabricate or find some kind of mount so I can lower it.
I actually can't believe how much I like how it rides now.
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Oh, just for grins, here's the gearing range for little Hercules via Sheldon's calculator.

1.0 (low): 42/15 = 52.3
1.36 (high): 42/15 = 71.2
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I Got these today...possibly from another member off the bay...going to see if I can clean them and install on my latest I.M.

Very dirty but we'll see how they clean up.

There going on my 50.00 I.M. Special....I can't decide...white or purple tape or tires..skins or?

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Iíve had good luck with wd-40 on hoods in that condition.
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1
I Got these today...possibly from another member off the bay...going to see if I can clean them and install on my latest I.M.

Very dirty but we'll see how they clean up.

There going on my 50.00 I.M. Special....I can't decide...white or purple tape or tires..skins or?
I'd go with purple tape. On my Master I went with a tape that matched the "crinkle" color up front.
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