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Old 01-05-20, 10:50 AM
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Wow! Love that Mercier. I have one just like it, but painted purple. My favorite bike.
Thanks, I brought mine to the coop yesterday. I had the people extract the drive side bb cup. Now I'm in the quandary of what to rebuild with.

I do have a question on yours, my red one the seatpost is comprised, what does your seatpost measure? I also see yours has pump pegs that looks to be the only difference between the two. Nice build you have there.
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Old 01-05-20, 02:18 PM
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Step 1 of the 1987 Trek 520 de-rust-ification an oxalic acid bath, don't try this at home... I used a $10 resin planter box from Home depot, taped the bottom (drain holes) with duct tape and then lined it with a cheap mylar emergency blanket (doubled) and kept the ventilation fan going. It did a good but not great job so Phase 2 will be outside with Naval jelly

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Just finishes rebuilding this Chesini Precision from 1984. Bought the frame last summier and enjoyed putting it back together with a Super Record groupset.

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We are visiting my mother in law where we keep a couple of bikes for the one visit we make every year. Yesterday we took out our bikes, and Carol said there's some thumping going on. We stopped and looked, and her tire was ripping open right on the tread. So today I rode to the bike shop and picked up a pair of tires and put them on her bike.

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I've been playing with my do all bike. Added some different gearing to the crank and Denham bars.





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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
We are visiting my mother in law where we keep a couple of bikes for the one visit we make every year. Yesterday we took out our bikes, and Carol said there's some thumping going on. We stopped and looked, and her tire was ripping open right on the tread. So today I rode to the bike shop and picked up a pair of tires and put them on her bike.

Tom,
A "lot" of duct tape and it should be good to go!
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I may have bitten off more than I can chew with the chain rings. It's now a 52 (Sugino) -39 (SRAM)- 26 (Vuelta) setup from a 52-42-30 previously. The chain rings are all 9-speed compatible, the middle ring is a real middle ring model, and the spacing is good. What I am having trouble with is the derailleur (I think), it shifts up through the gears fairly well but doesn't want to come down at times to the smallest 26t ring. Any suggestions? I'm thinking about switching to thumb shifters here too, but I'm sort of toying around with bars and gears right now. Lotsa climbing and decending around here, hence the wider range.

Also, I fear I am becoming the weird bike handlebar guy I made fun of in my youth. I need to go on some long rides with this setup, but initial impressions are that the wide grip area is comfortable more than I expected, but I am confused on how to climb out of the saddle with this bar. Anyway, going to ride some long rides on this setup before casting judgement.
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Holy Smokes, This bike is aptly named Epic. Wow. He'll love it!

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Old 01-08-20, 12:07 PM
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Might be time to overhaul the Noisy Cricket. Probably hasn't been done since it rolled out of Waterloo, WI in 1993.

I think this was the earliest Trek 5900 monocoque crabon fibber frame, back when even carbon fiber forks were still curved - as bicycle forks should be, ya buncha heathens with your straight forks.

Early Chris King headset too, the NoThreadSet titanium. Still looks serviceable. But a gunky mess. Fortunately Chris King still supports their products. With luck I'll need only an O-ring seal, maybe

Fork felt fine in August when I swapped out the original Ibis titanium stem and Nitto B65LL drops for a shorter FSA stem and Omega compact drops. Much easier on my cranky old neck.

But the steerer felt grindy, just like my own neck, a few days ago. I've avoided rain rides but did get caught once in October. I've heard this particular fork was vulnerable. Overdue for servicing anyway.

Took a couple of days with penetrating oil before a gentle whack detached it.

Appropriately, this 1993 fork steerer is from the Grunge Era. Looks, feels and smells worse than teen spirit.
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I found this wheel at the bike coop. The hub bearings were seized. So were the spoke nipples. I overhauled the hub at the coop and then brought the wheel home.

Today, I removed all the nipples and spokes. I threw away the nipples. I scrubbed the spokes clean. They had been black with grime. I scrubbed the hub, which was also black with gritty grime. I lubricated the spoke threads and rebuilt the wheel. I didn't even know the spokes were stainless steel, but they look good now. The wheel built up really nice and straight and true, and the spokes felt new with the new nipples.





So this heap of junk wheel is transformed into a nice wheel, ready for years of service.
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Old 01-08-20, 03:14 PM
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That chain!!

Originally Posted by noglider View Post
We are visiting my mother in law where we keep a couple of bikes for the one visit we make every year. Yesterday we took out our bikes, and Carol said there's some thumping going on. We stopped and looked, and her tire was ripping open right on the tread. So today I rode to the bike shop and picked up a pair of tires and put them on her bike.

I finished one and started another...

Before,



After,




On to the next one...


This is not really C&V
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Jmpierce, I like what you've done with that Trek. What bars are those?

"That chain" was not ours. I shot the picture in the apartment building's bike room where most bikes don't get used throughout the year. Our bikes there get used once a year.
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It came with little details like spare spokes on the NDS chainstay and a chain peg. For my daughter's friend, it came in just under $240. It had the typical non-functional RSX controls.

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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I found this wheel at the bike coop. The hub bearings were seized. So were the spoke nipples. I overhauled the hub at the coop and then brought the wheel home.

Today, I removed all the nipples and spokes. I threw away the nipples. I scrubbed the spokes clean. They had been black with grime. I scrubbed the hub, which was also black with gritty grime. I lubricated the spoke threads and rebuilt the wheel. I didn't even know the spokes were stainless steel, but they look good now. The wheel built up really nice and straight and true, and the spokes felt new with the new nipples.





So this heap of junk wheel is transformed into a nice wheel, ready for years of service.
Tom,
You are being way too nice to some youngster who will put that on a 10spd frame and deliver Jimmy John's on it. Smiles, MH

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You are being way too nice to some youngster who will put that on a 10spd frame and deliver Jimmy John's on it. Smiles, MH
Ha! It's for someone specific, though. I previously found a nice wheel for him at the coop, and he paid for it and took it home and then discovered it's 27" and not 700c. So I felt I owed this to him. He said I shouldn't go through the trouble of a wheel rebuild, but I did it for my enjoyment as much as for him.
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Overhauled a Suntour Vx derailleur as part of a complete rebuild on a 1981 Univega Viva Sport for my brother-in-law. I've only rebuilt Shimano RDs previously, so it was fun to note some of the differences!
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First brand new bike built up from scratch in about 10 years.

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New black and blue Ed Litton frame on my new frankenbike... Thanks.

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Jmpierce, I like what you've done with that Trek. What bars are those?

"That chain" was not ours. I shot the picture in the apartment building's bike room where most bikes don't get used throughout the year. Our bikes there get used once a year.
I didn't really think you would let a chain get that bad.

The bar is an inexpensive Chinese made bar I got from Ebay.
FMF Aluminium Vintage City Urban bike Handlebar Cruiser riser bar 25.4*600mm
They are very comfortable.
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[QUOTE=noglider;21272454]We are visiting my mother in law where we keep a couple of bikes for the one visit we make every year. Yesterday we took out our bikes, and Carol said there's some thumping going on. We stopped and looked, and her tire was ripping open right on the tread. So today I rode to the bike shop and picked up a pair of tires and put them on her bike.
Indeed, there was "Thumping going on"
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