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Old 03-23-20, 08:02 AM
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I must say, the Deore XT shifter and derailleur (and cassette) are the best combo I have ever used in my life. They shift quickly and precisely and don't need to be handled in any way.

If you think that is sweet, you should try an Ultegra flat bar shifter, SL-R770 and a 6700GS long cage derailleur with a XT 10 speed 11-36 cassette. Sooooo nice.
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Originally Posted by bwilli88
If you think that is sweet, you should try an Ultegra flat bar shifter, SL-R770 and a 6700GS long cage derailleur with a XT 10 speed 11-36 cassette. Sooooo nice.
That might be what I have. Oh wait, you're talking about 10 speed. I have 11 speed. I'm saying I have the flat bar shifter, so how is what you have different from mine?
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Modified some grips to fit the fairly short grip area of VO Porteur handlebars. A 130mm grip area is never going to fit 130mm grips + brake levers + a thumb shifter.
I was already looking for new barcudak888 linked me a tip on how to shorten grips like these.

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'72(?) Fuji The Newest!

I FINALLY had an amazing find in the wild-- always wondered when I would come across something amazing in an unexpected place. Found this early 70s Fuji frame just sitting in a junk/scrap shop and couldn't believe it! Redoing the headset and keeping an eye out for an appropriate groupset to bolt on, thinking first gen Dura Ace or Shimano 600 Arabesque.





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I've only done two rides since the California Coronavirus "Stay Home" rule came in. I decided to take a break from bikes (its been raining off and on for nearly two weeks in LA). I don't hoard TP, but I do have a pretty big stash of car models and HO train stuff that gets neglected because I'd rather be on my bike. I drug out an old Nascar kit from the 80s, and started building it. With the hobby shops closed, finding paint and glue has been challenging, with most of mine past shelf date and dried up. Not bike related, but the '83 Buick is C & V, by my definition. Next project: removing the obsolete Campy quills and toe clips from my Legnano that I installed for Eroica which would have been next month. The SPDs go back on till I hear when and if Eroica is going to happen. Stay safe guys!


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Old 03-23-20, 03:09 PM
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FujiSam, fantastic. Consider that many of us think you get the best of both worlds when you put modern stuff on an old steel frame. We have a whole thread on that.
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Originally Posted by noglider
FujiSam, fantastic. Consider that many of us think you get the best of both worlds when you put modern stuff on an old steel frame. We have a whole thread on that.
Thanks noglider ! I already ride a '76 and a '79 Fuji that are a mix of modern/vintage components, so I'll likely go that route with this one too! I'm definitely not a purist. Also thinking there probably won't be a swap anytime soon where I can find the good old stuff and I just want to get riding it!!!
Recently redid the cockpit on the '79 Fuji Royale after I scored some late 80s Shimano 600 levers, modern interruptors:


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Waiting for paint to dry on the Nascar model above, I got the '64 Legnano out to do a pedal swap. With no Eroica in the near future, the quills, toe clips and straps go back in the bin (where they belong) to be replaced by the everyday SPDs. My feet will be much happier and safer too, and I hate when the toe clips drag on the ground when walking the bike, or if you miss the toe clip coming off a stop. The only reason I keep them around is for Eroica, which isn't happening. When Eroica comes back, I'll drag them out again.

My '64 Legnano Roma, Campy quill pedals, as required by Eroica, original to the bike, just not my choice for serious everyday riding.

Eroica ready.

SPDs cleaned, lubed, ready to ride, till next Eroica.

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Slightspeed do you find you still have the right reflexes for toe clips? I still have one bike with them. I find getting into them to be no harder than before. And the funny thing is that to get my feet out, I reflexively twist them, as if I'm on SPD. It doesn't cause a problem, and I chuckle when I realize what I've just done.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Slightspeed do you find you still have the right reflexes for toe clips? I still have one bike with them. I find getting into them to be no harder than before. And the funny thing is that to get my feet out, I reflexively twist them, as if I'm on SPD. It doesn't cause a problem, and I chuckle when I realize what I've just done.
Same with me. In my racing days we used metal cleats, straps pulled tight, never fell or even gave it much thought. After two falls on 2016 Eroica with plastic cleats and loose straps, I ride without cleats now. These are not very efficient without cleats, especially climbing, but much safer. Speaking of muscle memory, i have several shifter combinations, down tube and bar end friction, three kinds of brifters, including Di2. More than once I've reached for the non-existent bar ends on my modern Di2. 😃
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Originally Posted by FujiSam
'72(?) Fuji The Newest!

I FINALLY had an amazing find in the wild-- always wondered when I would come across something amazing in an unexpected place. Found this early 70s Fuji frame just sitting in a junk/scrap shop and couldn't believe it! Redoing the headset and keeping an eye out for an appropriate groupset to bolt on, thinking first gen Dura Ace or Shimano 600 Arabesque.





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I hope they clear coated that weld on the Rear drop out. That is where almost all of the failures of the Suntour drop outs occurred. Be sure to check the alignment of the drop out position as they sometimes got moved during the weld process. I had mine replaced with a new DO and found a 1 mm change after the brazing was done. It was enough to have some machining done after the repair. I hope you find everything alright and enjoy your new ride! Smiles, MH
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Working on a 1979 Raleigh Super Grand Prix I bought from WGB. Waiting on some bits and pieces still in the mail. And, yes, the black matted frame is straight - I checked with a level after looking at this picture.

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Bertinjim - not done yet? I figured you'd be styling on that around Niagara on the Lake. No tourists, empty streets and everywhere nice and flat.
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WGB - Stylin' around on the Bertins instead. Nothing like a pandemic to get rid of those pesky automobiles and allow full appreciation of those lovely flat roads. Just added a few decals today but I am waiting for a few more from Australia along with a few small mechanical parts.
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After doing some scrubbing with the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser (which is not nice on paint if you go at it hard) on my Battaglin SLX frame"set" a few days ago, I waxed it to clean it up and protect the paint, even if I am still heavily considering redoing it due to condition. Any cleaning, and especially waxing, when wiping the residue off of every surface, really informs you of all the details in a frame. I always grow in appreciation for them. They also end up looking better after it, so it's a double win. The Battaglin is no different. Short, thinned lugs and decent paint where not super nicked up.

I test fit my hand-built Superbe Pro / dark anodized TB14 wheelset (mounted to my '85 Allez SE) to my '87 Schwinn Prologue to follow through on a wild idea/epiphany yesterday and well, guess which frameset is going to be the home of an indexing Superbe Pro groupset? Basically, a frameset will gain an identity in the fleet again, while allowing me to consolidate parts and bikes (aka less), and it's going to look incredible. Just need to source a 175mm Superbe Pro crankset in nice shape as well as some 7/8-speed shift levers (the sculpted ones) and I should be in business to do the swap. I will likely detail this in my Prologue thread, but I am excited to begin!
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Re-homed my '89 Specialized Hard Rock for a person in need

There’s this guy maybe a couple years older than me that lives with his mom in our subdivision. His only transportation is his bicycle. Since I’ve been living here I’ve seen him riding everywhere. Doesn’t own a car. It's a Walmart junk bike.
Yesterday, I was throwing away a pair of tires and heard him coming down the street, his bike was making loud noises. I stopped him to see if he wanted the tires, they were almost new. His rear derailleur was shot, his tires were slick as glass, the headset was gone, his bike was literally falling apart, so much that I was fearing for his own safety.
I took this vintage bike that I’ve had since 1990. Perfect shape, Spent lots of time and effort keeping it in top shape, Hardly rode it. Something about this bike I adored,

it was hard to open my hand and let it go.
He needs it more than we do.

He was gone when I got there and I don't need a thank you because I knows this quiet and meek fella deserved better.
Praying this new owner understands where this is coming from, because I do.
Thank you, God for this blessed opportunity to be passed on to another.



Sadly, she's gone.
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Completing the Miyata 912 build today - waiting for USPS to bring the brake hoods and cables/housing.

Also working on my Trek 614. New rear brake stop, new straddle hangers, 1 cm shorter stem, and black Drillium rings from VO.
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If he doesn't thank you, I will. Thank you, [MENTION=490161]JimmyFish[/MENTION]. Good work.
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Good on ya! I think that every so often a good deed does go unpunished, and this might be one of those. Thanks for doing a good! smiles, MH
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I seem to finally have the rear wheel puncture problem on the Flying Pigeon solved. Well, at least well enough to get 11 miles between two rides today without problem.

So, with the bike seemingly reliable, now the next job is to make it perform like something near a vintage British roadster. First problem is that the chain case seems to be a bit too narrow, giving very little side to side room for chain movement. Which is another way of saying the damn thing is noisy. There is a slight warpage to the chainwheel, so it's going to rub the backside of the chain case every revolution. Of course this rubbing point is right where the mounting bracket to the seat tube is located, so forget just tapping a slight dimple in the metal at that point.

Plus, the bike has got to be re-geared. I've been used to riding my Tourist with a 23t sprocket on the SA tube, so you can imagine the adjustment to the Pigeon with a 20t rear (both bikes have 46t chainwheels. That's going to be interesting to get off, because while there's two 'dimples' (best way I can describe them) in the body, they're not of any diameter that I can get a pin spanner into, and they're way too shallow to allow the pins to make a decent purchase. Will be looking for ideas on this one, and may just drill the dimples out. I have no intention of keeping the original freewheel once I get it off, and if for some crazy reason I should want to go back to 20t, I can certainly find better ones on the market.
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Spent a couple of hours today on mrs non-fixie's Snel. Changed the tires, for no other reason than 'because', replaced the original MAFAC brake pads with Koolstops and added a decaleur and a bag.

I'm even thinking of adding a rear rack. If this Corona thing persists, we might actually have to resort to carrying our own luggage!

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non-fixie That's a great look with those red skinwall tyres.
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Starting on this for my sister. 650b and quite light.


sorry this is out of focus but it shows the fenders.
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non-fixie That's a great look with those red skinwall tyres.
Thank you. I thought they'd be a nice touch. I could do without the rather conspicuous labels, though.
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