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Old 02-23-20, 09:04 AM
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My Grand Patina Jubile

I think this sat in the sun for 20 years or more. Not much rust. It came complete and maybe all original but with SR 2 bolt post and SR pedals. I don't intend to paint it. I smoothed the sun damaged paint down to a solid layer with wet 600. Rubbing compound is next and then a few coats of wax.


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I've always liked the silver/red combo on the Grand Jubile.
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I'll bet that thing rides smooth and creamy!
Why yes! Yes it does.



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Getting further and further ahead of myself with the Jan de Reus.

Philippe bars, Campagnolo levers to complement the brakes and a set of low flange Record hubs, laced radially to a pair of Mavic rims.

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Got a few projects in the shop currently. Just finished rehabbing a monster Peugeot Mixte . I think it was 58 cm. biggest I have ever seen. came out great. I still have the French mystery bike frame hanging . I had it all done then screwed up the paint. I am waiting for it to harden up before I sand and re coat. Just finished painting the 72 Botteccia frame. Lemon yellow . I ordered a decal kit for it, a first for me as it is not my bike, destined for sale by the bike exchange, but I really wanted to do the decals on this one. I have all the campy bits it needs to make it period correct . This will be a show bike and possibly hung on the wall at the shop store. I noticed that my friend Craig had a Botteccia frame at his shop that looks to be the same vintage. I asked if I could measure the position of the decals and he told me I could have the frame. It is the base model, no chrome , but the head badge is like new, so I am going to use the badge on my yellow bike.

I have a Bianchi Veloce Reparto Corse, Tig welded steel frame with carbon forks and Campy Groupo on the stand right now. I was surprised when I stripped it down that the frame( with bottom bracket and steer tube bearing races installed), weighed 5.2 lbs. That seems awful heavy for a 55 cm frame. Two issues I am seeing are that the rear derailleur cage spring seems week, and the shifters weren't working when I took it apart. Hopefully some wd 40 will loosen them up.

One surprising thing I found was that the Campy Daytona triple crank spider has a long crack that went from one side of the bolt hole to the other about 4" long. I replaced it with a Datona double crank that is marked 10 speed on it . hopefully it will work with the 9 speed cassette in the rear.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Why yes! Yes it does.



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Came in the Post; Wrenched Accordingly.

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Swiss Bike License plate for the Canton (state) of Vaud, year 1969. My wife sees the plate “VD 69” and just says “seriously?”.




More fettling with the New Albion. Switched out the Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard 700x28s for SOMA Supple Vitesse EX 700x38s in salmon/tan. Clearly this was an aesthetically driven decision (plus the tires were dirt cheap online and worth a try) as the Pasela's provide an excellent ride and great puncture resistance. The SOMAs are made by Panaracer too so I have no concern with quality. The SOMAs look good filling in the fender wells, provide some color, and I was intrigued by the supple tubular casing design. The SOMAs are nominally 20g lighter than the paselas, even at 38 width. The also ride very nicely. But I have absolutely no false expectations about puncture resistance; but I am ok with that. My wife asked me why I have so many extra tires hanging on the wall. I asked why she has so many shoes. Bad response.


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More progress on the finest tonight. Eventually I will replace the tires/tubes.

I’m going to test ride to make sure I like the new stem length. After that, I’ll wrap the bars and try to find some brake hoods.


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I've got this yo install and then the gorgeous big chrome fenders.








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Picked up an RD for the De Rosa build. Waiting for other parts like chain, hand bar and stem.
Still need FD, brake calipers and Ergos.
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Organizing parts for my beater paramount build. Wont have the bike for a while but that doesn't keep me from jonesing.


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52telecaster "beater Paramount" sounds like an oxymoron.

Goosecheck that's outstanding.

I want to report that my new chain care technique is working great, but I forgot to collect data. I'm using Chain-L, and I clean and relube after (almost) every time the bike gets wet. Cleaning means nothing more than wiping with a rag. I should have noted when I installed the chain, but it seems like a super long time ago, and I don't see any elongation at all yet. If I knew the installation date, I would know how many miles. I promise to record the next chain change. A friend of mine took my bike for a five mile ride and said my bike is a delight to ride, and I attribute that to my chain maintenance more than other factors.
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Originally Posted by noglider
52telecaster "beater Paramount" sounds like an oxymoron.

Goosecheck that's outstanding.

I want to report that my new chain care technique is working great, but I forgot to collect data. I'm using Chain-L, and I clean and relube after (almost) every time the bike gets wet. Cleaning means nothing more than wiping with a rag. I should have noted when I installed the chain, but it seems like a super long time ago, and I don't see any elongation at all yet. If I knew the installation date, I would know how many miles. I promise to record the next chain change. A friend of mine took my bike for a five mile ride and said my bike is a delight to ride, and I attribute that to my chain maintenance more than other factors.
well it does have a top tube dent and i am going to go slow on the build. Ride it with whatever i have for now.
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Have many cassette tapes? That quite the wall of players and hifi you have there. I still have my Haflers, Bose 901, some Onkyo and other stuff.
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Originally Posted by noglider
52telecaster "beater Paramount" sounds like an oxymoron.

snip . . . .
+ 1. What are the odd of this bike being locked up somewhere for a few hours on a regular basis like any decent beater bike.

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Mercier 300

I picked up this Mercier 300 a while back and it is time to rehab it. When I bought it, it had a mix of components. Plans include knee friendly gearing (47/32), and a European parts build (it came to me with a lot of Japanese parts). Nothing wrong with the parts (in fact I really like the wheels, shimano high flange hubs laced to sun cr 18 rims) but I figure this bike should have a mainly French parts build with a bit of Campagnolo thrown in. I bought the missing decals from velocals. So I'll need to clean the frame, deal with the rust issues, and then build it.



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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Well, I've got 163 cms of mrs non-fixie, so as near as no difference. Reach is indeed often an issue. I just mounted a saddle and 5cm stem on the De Reus and can get the reach within a quarter of an inch of the Snel's.



I had to look up the All-City Macho Man, as they're not sold here. That's a good-looking frame!
Nice print in the background. R. Crumb?
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Originally Posted by bikemig
+ 1. What are the odd of this bike being locked up somewhere for a few hours on a regular basis like any decent beater bike.

probably not too high. I will ride it though.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
+ 1. What are the odd of this bike being locked up somewhere for a few hours on a regular basis like any decent beater bike.

Agreed. Its kind of like someone flouting their "beater" Ferrari.
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins
Agreed. Its kind of like someone flouting their "beater" Ferrari.
i just dont want to hear about why it isnt properly restored. Lol. My stuff is all kind of less than perfect. Wouldnt you know i also ran accross a 50.00 86 voyageur in my size. I need someone to tell me no...
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
I need someone to tell me no...
HAHA! Russ, you should be married to my wife! Married 43 years today, and she has spit out a lot of no's during that time. In fairness to her, though, she rarely says a word when I buy a bike or a gun. Other things, however, she has plenty to say about!
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Nice print in the background. R. Crumb?
Yup. One of my favorites:

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Originally Posted by J.Higgins
HAHA! Russ, you should be married to my wife! Married 43 years today, and she has spit out a lot of no's during that time. In fairness to her, though, she rarely says a word when I buy a bike or a gun. Other things, however, she has plenty to say about!
my gf is great about whatever i want, she is an artist with eclectic tastes. In fairness to me, i dont spend money i dont have.
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Ohboyohboyohboy! I'm taking my frame to a powder coater tomorrow, so I've wrenched every part off. Can't afford wet paint, but I'm intrigued by the probable extra durability of PC.
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