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Old 05-22-20, 03:13 PM
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Last summer I used my freshly overhauled 87 Schwinn Voyageur to travel the Great Allegheny Passage. 300 miles of decent gravel and screenings, largely dry but some rain and all rain the last day, 25 miles. After I got home I found the pedals acted funny so overhauled them finding rust on the crank end of the spindle. The wheels and BB sounded fine so I put that off. Recently I got to thinking it was time to be sure of the other bearings. I overhauled the two hubs and am happy to report they were fine. No water nor crud got past the Millaird labyrinthine "seals". Impressive, really. Now fresh grease and back on the bike. I then opened the BB and found, again no water intrusion, no rust. But pretty dirty. More good news - the accordion sleeve I included in the BB did it's job well. The bearings were fine but outside the sleeve was considerable gritty crud. Must have gotten between the spindle and the cups. But did not get to the balls. Ok. I've replaced all that with a sealed unit though. It was about time. "The mule" is ready for more adventure.

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I've got this shrimp on the barbie, '98 Cindercone for the old lady. I have a soft spot for this generation of aluminum hardtails.
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The Kanata, mockup and sorting out the cockpit.



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What kind of hubs are those?

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The Kanata, mockup and sorting out the cockpit.



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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
What kind of hubs are those?
The hubs are Suzue Classica 10 speed, 440 grams for the pair. The skewers are from Paul Component Engineering. 3Rensho's claim to fame is frames for Japanese Keirin racing, Suzue manufactures professional Keirin hubs, the road hubs are visually similar to the professional parts. For this build I am using as many NJS stamped parts as possible, such as the Nitto NJS Pearl stem, Nitto Jaguar NJ-SP72 seatpost, and MKS Custom Nuevo NJS track pedals. The NJS parts are sort of a "kink" for me as there is no real advantage to using them.





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They're very pretty (and shiny), that's advantage enough.

I recently finished up my Miyata 1200 for the foreseeable future. These cranks were originally intended for a different bike, but it turns out said bike is better off with a triple rather than a double. So I decided to pop em onto the Miyata for fun, and to finish up the Suntour Vx groupset. Which was never intended, it sorta just happened on its own. All I need now is a Vx bottom bracket that isn't beat to hell and overpriced...



I do like the patina that has developed on the crane suzue bell; fits the frame and tires nicely.
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Old 05-23-20, 06:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Nemosengineer
The hubs are Suzue Classica 10 speed, 440 grams for the pair. The skewers are from Paul Component Engineering. 3Rensho's claim to fame is frames for Japanese Keirin racing, Suzue manufactures professional Keirin hubs, the road hubs are visually similar to the professional parts. For this build I am using as many NJS stamped parts as possible, such as the Nitto NJS Pearl stem, Nitto Jaguar NJ-SP72 seatpost, and MKS Custom Nuevo NJS track pedals. The NJS parts are sort of a "kink" for me as there is no real advantage to using them.





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Very neat looking. And pricey! Eek!
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My old Cinder Cone, and my brothers Cannondale.


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Old 05-23-20, 11:35 AM
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I need RJ the Bike Guy to visit my garage at the moment...I hate stuck seat posts...
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Continued work this morning on the MB-4. Polished the brightwork. Tackled the seatpost with sandpaper. Started with 120g all the way to 3000g.

Before and after seatpost
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Just finished going through this DB Fleet Streak. This thing is a tank. As in hi ten. Found during community clean up days last year.

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Nice job! Must have been a bunch of work. Smiles, MH
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Old 05-23-20, 07:54 PM
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Saved from the junk pile. Installed new tubes, rebuilt the front wheel and headset and have started a general cleanup. Iíll take it on a short spin tomorrow morning to see how I like the single speed setup and make some decisions.
Kind of hate it when something picked up cheap with an idea about harvesting parts starts to look like a potential full rehab project (++ $) !


A few nice original bits left on this one
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My Gary revisited...

Lots of rain here in southern Florida. Getting this bike finally going again and taking test rides in between the raindrops. Making a sidewalk pounder and a gravel grinder out of my beloved 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin.

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Well I excitedly wanted to share what I have been working on the last couple days but my phone has completely died.

That said I had a spare wheel with a bad Apex rim, but I have a Mavic CP22 that was almost the same shape and size, so I taped the rims together and started transferring spokes over. All went well but I found out that somehow in the move to Tennessee the brand new Mavic rim that I have probably held onto 10+ years had developed a pretty serious hop in it.

But I still built a wheel, been probably 5 years since the last time, and the rim is pretty dang straight minus the hop. I was able to almost *indicating with hands small space* get the hop out, but it's good to ride. I took it on a 5 mile shake down and no movement and no popping noises.

Anyway, now to get a little more serious, I've got a MTB rear wheel to do next but needs spokes for it. Still low stakes, I have plenty of WTB LaserBeam rims to replace with, then I have a couple of nicer wheels to build, so at least one more practice. Then a nice rear MTB wheel, and then a 36h matched pair of 105 hubs with Mavic MA3 Rims, all still new. Anyway, a built wheel feels definitely like an accomplishment every time it works out.
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I break down a lot of wheels to scrap from my local co-op. Most of those take a 260mm length spoke set. If you get spoke lengths from UBI or somewhere I can likely send you set of used stainless for cost of shipping. PM me. I only keep the stainless steel spokes as the others are almost ready to rust out. lemme know, MH
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I picked this up yesterday to fix and sell. Spent about an hour or two on it last night just fixing major issues and hodgepodging it enough to get it ridable. Not sure yet how far Iíll go on it. Currently has 3x6 gearing and Iíve got some 8-speed wheels and shifters in the garage, I might even look at drop-baring it. Donít know yet. It does kind of have a Miami Vice vibe to the bike.

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That Scott is a weird, cool bike..... what year is that from?
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Just finished making a hardware store bike ďstand.Ē


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That Scott is a weird, cool bike..... what year is that from?
no idea on the year yet.
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My apartment is a bike zoo presently. I went from zero 27" wheels to FIVE 27" wheels in just four days. Part of it was the taking in of a bike that is in the family (in-laws) and staying at my parents' place. Seven years ago when my brother and his then girlfriend were dating, I had seen this '83 Schwinn Super Le Tour hanging upside down in her grandparents' basement. Black with chrome. Looked nice. Well, it's still in the family, even if there was a semi-gifting to me (yet conditional upon it fitting which it doesn't as it is too small) a couple of years ago, well into my involvement with vintage bikes and bikes in general.

Anyway, it's high time the bike received some TLC from our family's lone bike super nerd (yours truly). So I hauled it up north three hours and got up close and personal with it. Well....wow. Lots of stuff wrong or neglected or not done correctly. A lot right, though, thankfully. So I'm on the other side of the valley on that. Just need to cable things and likely snag a new chain. I found some matching-enough 700C wheels for free and am using them instead of the original 27" wheels (for a number of reasons). Grand Bois Cypress tires that I have lying around and a new BB-UN55 to future proof things a bit more. Trying to thread the needle of doing right by a family/in-law bike and not spending a ton of money. I think I'm doing alright. The bike will hang at my parents' place mostly, with excursions when a big group of us get together and someone just needs a (58cm) bike. It looks like a mini version of my '74 Paramount, at a mere fraction of the cost, but of a multiple of frustration/annoyance (21.15mm stem standard, anyone???).

The bike will be safe again, finally, with some solid new (free!) parts that have been overhauled and will be good to go for many years.

Once I'm done with the Super Le Tour, it's on to the Paramount to get it's new new spokes for the front wheel. The right length... After that it will be Battaglin Test Ride & Decide, then work on my just-acquired '83 Specialized Expedition. I am scheming some plans for this bike, but they will be predicated upon my riding of it. Catch and release? Or go whole hog and set the cantis wider, add DT shifter bosses, and powder coat (paint is a bit worn). Lots to do and to think about.
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Old 05-31-20, 09:14 AM
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Wheel building takes me ages.


Respoked 1903 rim with a K3 Strumey Archer 3 speed hub.

This is the original Bayliss Wiley hub and single speed free wheel block. Both still as smooth a silk.

This is the K3 Strumey Archer 3 speed that replaced the BW setup above.
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Well, that didnít last long, the Scott mtb with the salmon and yellow colors is now someoneís new 4H project.
And, well, never say never.
Iíve been telling myself no more 27Ē wheeled road bikes, yeah, uh huh, I donít listen well.

Latest project is a 10 speed Made in Belgium Browning complete with Simplex derailleurs.
Needs tires and a saddle at a minimum.

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Silver is much nicer than black IMO. I even tried a quill stem but these ergo bars don't fit through any.
It feels like forever waiting for items in the post thanks to c19, only want my cables and bar tape

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