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Old 04-29-20, 04:54 PM
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I put a Brooks Cambium All-Weather on the Bilenky today. I wasn't happy with the Selle SMP Well saddle, given the more-upright drop bar position that I'm trying to achieve. A quick test ride yielded an immediate improvement. There's just something about Brooks saddles for me. I'll admit that the All-Weather is a lot cheaper than the regular Cambium (of which is increasingly harder to find).
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Originally Posted by Narhay




Finally getting to the kids bikes and I am disappointed I waited until now. I am surprised the front hubs and headsets turned at all with how tight they were. Really unforgivably bad but at least they will be flying now.
Clearly, the problem is they were ‘Frozen’.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
Clearly, the problem is they were ‘Frozen’.
Ha ha.

I had the darndest time getting the blue one to have the chain stop falling off while pedaling. The frame tools came out and finally got it aligned. Very frustrating working with these bikes.

Opened the bottom bracket and it was completely dry. No grease had ever been applied. I have to say it was the first time I had worked with a coaster brake and 1 piece crankset so that was kind of nice to learn something new.

I put some too large baskets on there for them since we had them. I hope they'll like it.

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Old 04-29-20, 08:47 PM
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No photos, but I'm trying to tear down this Burley tandem to clean things up and put it back together. Been fighting with the crank bolts for weeks now. One bolt came loose without issue, but the other three have been stubborn in the extreme. The heads are very low-profile, and none of my 14mm sockets can get a grip on them. I've torn up both the sockets and the bolt heads to the point where even a new socket can't grab hold at all. Drilled a hole in one of the bolts to use an extractor, and the extractor both tears out the hole and is getting torn up itself. Honestly not sure what to do at this point.
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Originally Posted by arex
No photos, but I'm trying to tear down this Burley tandem to clean things up and put it back together. Been fighting with the crank bolts for weeks now. One bolt came loose without issue, but the other three have been stubborn in the extreme. The heads are very low-profile, and none of my 14mm sockets can get a grip on them. I've torn up both the sockets and the bolt heads to the point where even a new socket can't grab hold at all. Drilled a hole in one of the bolts to use an extractor, and the extractor both tears out the hole and is getting torn up itself. Honestly not sure what to do at this point.
Did you grind the front edge of any socket flat so it will engage as far as it can? sounds like you may have passed the point of no return that was closer at hand than usual.

I assume you were using a six point socket, if not and you hadn't ground it flush, I would try those two things.

You could also source a new Snap-on socket, they are worth the cost when they save your butt.

One of the last resorts is to pound a smaller socket on and see if it will bite hard enough to crack them loose.

Next last resort is to die grind the heads off and hope you can get the arms off and threaded part out.

Good luck
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Originally Posted by Narhay
Ha ha.

I had the darndest time getting the blue one to have the chain stop falling off while pedaling. The frame tools came out and finally got it aligned. Very frustrating working with these bikes.

Opened the bottom bracket and it was completely dry. No grease had ever been applied. I have to say it was the first time I had worked with a coaster brake and 1 piece crankset so that was kind of nice to learn something new.

I put some too large baskets on there for them since we had them. I hope they'll like it.

Pixie bikes and Paramounts, you sir are a true renaissance man.
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Old 04-30-20, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Narhay
Ha ha.

I had the darndest time getting the blue one to have the chain stop falling off while pedaling. The frame tools came out and finally got it aligned. Very frustrating working with these bikes.

Opened the bottom bracket and it was completely dry. No grease had ever been applied. I have to say it was the first time I had worked with a coaster brake and 1 piece crankset so that was kind of nice to learn something new.

I put some too large baskets on there for them since we had them. I hope they'll like it.

Bruh, what pressure they running?

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Originally Posted by merziac
Pixie bikes and Paramounts, you sir are a true renaissance man.
Hmm, a coaster hub and baskets on the Paramount...

The children awoke to mixed reviews. The baskets were not rainbow baskets but we settled on placing their rainbow unicorn stuffies in them to give them said rainbow properties. There may also be basket decoration later today. The headsets turn freely now so they were slightly disconcerted about the fact the wheel turns to one side when the bikes are "sleeping".

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Old 04-30-20, 08:07 AM
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One of my pandemic projects has been to make my wife's 81 Centurion LeMans Mixte more hill friendly.
Removed original crank and BB. Replaced with Tange ln-3922 BB and Sugino 110/74 cranks and new inner (32) and outer (48) chainrings.
Replaced OE suntour FD with suntour ARX FD. Also, changed the brakes to centerpulls last year.




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Old 04-30-20, 09:35 AM
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@Narhay, not that you asked, but my approach for little kids is to skip training wheels. Start them on a balance bike so they can learn to scoot and balance. You can convert these bikes by removing the training wheels and pedals, and lowering the saddles all the way. When they are ready to pedal, put the pedals back on. Maybe raise the saddles or maybe don't for a while. I think training wheels are misguided and misnamed. Better to balance before you pedal. I've taught dozens of kids and adults this way. The only age of person who can't learn is 14.
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Finished the decals and got the wheelset! Hubs next!


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Originally Posted by zjrog
Still working with fine tuning my drop bar conversion of my 1989 Trek 950...
I like this...what model stem is that? Looks well matched.
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Old 05-01-20, 12:05 PM
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I like this...what model stem is that? Looks well matched.
I do not know what model, I took it off my 2002 Marin San Rafael hybrid that I haven't decided what I want to do with. It is too tall a bike for me to want that much rise, but that much rise is great for this old 950.
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1980 Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 all back together, 700x 32mm Panracer Gravel King SK (35MM were just a tad too tight in the rear), new Cinelli bar tape, Brooks Saddle. VeloCals are the final
item to install. Shake down ride. Still a few tweaks but getting close.




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Time to drag down the standards of this thread, lol. '85 PH10LE , I got tired of it sitting. I think I got it for nothing or a couple seasons ago... it was a rusty mess , missing the rear brake, but , everything else was there. I cleaned it up, took the Helicomatic freewheel apart and packed new bearings and then it sat until today. I'll need a step ladder to get on it but I'll probably be aero as heck once I do haha. Hopefully I can reach the levers.
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CVhrome FTW!

And glad it will be redecaled as well.
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It's been a bit of a mad house over in my area--not selling any frames mind you (ugh)--selling a zoo of components. Today was a big selloff, and it was parts I hadn't even listed! They were what I would term "my parts" as I have parts that I like and employ for builds, but ultimately sell with the build, never collecting any. "My parts" are usually 7800 Dura-Ace derailleurs, brakes, and BL-R600 brake levers. 7700 cranksets etc. But hey, when you have to lighten the ship due to employment situations on one end, and being ready to potentially sail that ship far away, you do what you gotta do.

That has meant taking bikes apart, funnily enough. Six "runners" became four, but we're back to five now, with the sixth at the precipice of either full disassembly or full reinstatement. And heck, if nobody's buying my for-sale bikes, I'm going to ride them! I may be trimming the fleet level, but man, do I just love all the bikes, you know?

The '74 Paramount bottom bracket shuffle extravaganza is complete, and now commences the front wheel truing for the millionth time trial. If I can find some cheap wheels to mount to at least one of my for sale frames, I will be putting that bike together for sale. It's a bit of a chicken and egg game.
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Ok. There are some VERY cool projects going on here by people waaaaay above my bike skills then there are the ones greasing their bike chains. That was a bit much but

Having looked at and trying to post some of my bikes I’ve been frustrated because I don’t have enough posts to “post” . So eventually I’ll post my old Cramerotti and Eatons 3 speed. It’s awesome
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BTW. love this frame. Did you have it recrombed or was it in that good of condition? It looks great

sorry on edit. This is for the chrome frame earlier.
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BTW. love this frame. Did you have it recrombed or was it in that good of condition? It looks great

sorry on edit. This is for the chrome frame earlier.
If you’re talking about my chrome Schwinn. Thank you. I stripped the crackling clear coat with paint stripper and detailed it With quick-glo ( as seen on jay lenos garage). If you aren’t talking about by Schwinn. Now we are. Ha. I like it so much I bought another. Gonna do the next one in black. Will be a a squadron of WWII bombers.

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Test fitting the Ofmega Competizione to a Dura Ace 7400 113mm Italian bottom bracket.

The 7400 was apparently designed with a “low profile” JIS taper. It was meant to play nicely with the ISOish taper found on Campy NR/SR cranks, of which it seems, the later Ofmega cranks utilized as well.

I haven’t seated it down all the way yet, for taking it easy. But it’s tight, and it’s close to that point. Eyeballing it, I’d say it’s looking like a positive prospect so far.

Feels well seated. It’s in the chainline zone. And looks like after final torquing it’ll move inward just enough without worry of bottoming out.





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So I just checked out the jay leno clip on this. I thought you had painted the chrome like I saw once on counts customs. But this is a polish so that must have been a chrome bike to start. Very cool.
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Not really wrenching, but I was given the ho ahead to bring some of my bikes upstairs permanently. The one hanging from the wall will be super convenient for storing my commuter.



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Well along with getting settled in I decided to try and do some small bike projects this morning. One of them turned out to be a bit more than 'small' Seems the Cherry Tomato SBX was put together but not really tuned well, and there were a few other issues.

Despite having a garage 26' deep and a Den I still don't have a permanent work area so I am back to a makeshift one like I used to do in the hotel when I was on active duty with the Reserves. I built some nice bikes this way.





I decided I wanted these newer shiny low mileage wheels for the Bertoni Speckled Trout so I pulled them off the SBX



I bought these old Speciale Sport rims laced to 600EX 6spd Uniglide hubs but converted them to 7spd Uniglide to match most of my wheels.


Just as I was done when I remembered these goodies I had tucked away, but they were actually for other bikes anyway


The ultra rare Chorus Rubino brakes!! I bought these nut caps for the Cornelo but there was too much center bolt of the Victory brakes for them to screw on properly. So while I had it back in the stand I decided to add the almost Celeste O rings too.




Despite being well tuned something was missing but what...... then it hit me!!
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While the Ruby nut caps were a no go I still got a little bling on the Cornelo. All the best riders are using color coordinated O rings this year!!




Ugly Betty got a little attention today too, but I am still awaiting a small item for her before I reveal what I did. Or do you know? I've posted about wanting to do this a few times in the last month or two.
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