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Narhay 02-28-17 01:01 AM


Originally Posted by HTupolev (Post 19408106)
Hmm. That makes a lot of sense.

I was intending to keep the original freewheel since it's original, should last forever, and has excellent acoustics... but if this doesn't solve the issue, I might see if going 7-speed would work.

Alternately you could take a spacer from the drive side and put it on the non drive side of the axle, then dish the wheel accordingly.

HTupolev 02-28-17 01:08 AM


Originally Posted by Narhay (Post 19408107)
Alternately you could take a spacer from the drive side and put it on the non drive side of the axle, then dish the wheel accordingly.

That could potentially be a really good approach. It's a small enough difference that re-dishing the wheel might not even be necessary for a basic degree of functionality, but then, doing so would probably make the wheel stronger.

Road Fan 02-28-17 06:12 AM

Building my first tandem, but not much C&V interest, except for a Tigged steel frame and some Sugino tandem cranks.

jimmuller 02-28-17 06:18 AM


Originally Posted by Road Fan (Post 19408242)
Building my first tandem, but not much C&V interest, except for a Tigged steel frame and some Sugino tandem cranks.

Hmmph. Obviously it ain't happenin' 'cuz we see no pics.

Road Fan 02-28-17 06:26 AM

It's happening, but the pics ain't yet. I need to read the latest on "posting pics."

Right now I'm having a problem with torque wrenches. They're Craftsman, but I think that company is disintegrating along with Sears.

jlax2485 02-28-17 07:16 AM


Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel (Post 19408014)
You're welcome! Sorry to hear about the postage location screw up. Gahhhhhh. It's as if, even if it was raining for the next few days, the anticipation and desire to get a bike together doesn't care about "I will not ride it in a downpour." I very patiently waited for new brakes for my Super Le Tour and it was grinding at me as once I cabled up the brakes, I could cable up the derailleurs, then bar tap/wrap, then tune. Process process process! Did the USPS give you a defined day delay--not "in a few days" or some other vagary?

I live in a house, but our mailbox is one of those lockable boxes that is in a big cluster of boxes for the entire neighborhood. The seller sent to the right address, but USPS either delivered to the wrong mailbox and one of my neighbors (who has not returned the item) has it, or they just flat-out lost the package. I had to order another item.
USPS checked the boxes but didnt find anything, and the package was not insured (contrary to the seller's claim). It is frustrating but I am just letting it go and focusing on finishing the bike. Your bike looks cool BTW...there is something to be said for subtle, yet aesthetically pleasing color combinations.

Pompiere 02-28-17 07:30 AM


Originally Posted by Road Fan (Post 19408255)
It's happening, but the pics ain't yet. I need to read the latest on "posting pics."

Right now I'm having a problem with torque wrenches. They're Craftsman, but I think that company is disintegrating along with Sears.

Sears sold the Craftsman brand to Stanley Tools, and based on this story, Stanley looks like they want to expand Craftsman beyond just being a Sears brand. I would think they will continue to honor warranties, wherever Craftsman tools are sold.
Sears to Sell the Iconic Craftsman Brand After 90 Years

Road Fan 02-28-17 09:05 PM

Well, I see that Craftsman is sold and supported in quite a few local Ace Hardware stores, so that seems to be a part of what you're describing. The website seems to say that tools still have warrantees, and that the Ace outlets will support them. There could be some new limits, I suppose.

higgins617 02-28-17 10:39 PM

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Raleigh Technium Olympian in need of a lot of help, and a rather tiny Trek 1400 still rocking the 105 group

flying_rhino 03-03-17 02:47 PM

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Closing in on completing my first C&V project! This week I learned that Suntour did not mince words when they gave their derailleur capacities. Trying to run a 50/34 crankset with a 13-28 FW pretty much choked the New Superbe, so in order to be able to actually ride the Centurion around here, I had to install a new Tiagra GS, which allowed me to go up to a 32 max sprocket. Today I got the drivetrain humming and the cable ends all tidied up. Now that it is a rider, I aired up the tires and rode up and down the street for five minutes. This quickly revealed that my new used FW makes some godawful noises at times; time to search the forum for guidance on that issue. Five minutes was also enough time for the headset-from-hell (AKA Aero Levin) to loosen up. Now I don't know if I want to go backwards and replace that POS or wait until next winter. Something to think about as I wait for bar tape to come in the mail.

Kdogbikes 03-04-17 06:30 AM

Decided to take on a repaint project. Choose this 74 moto gt because of the fit and feel and its a keeper in my fleet. http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/...psz81umics.jpg

markwesti 03-04-17 07:44 PM

Turbo
 

Originally Posted by flying_rhino (Post 19416599)
Closing in on completing my first C&V project! This week I learned that Suntour did not mince words when they gave their derailleur capacities. Trying to run a 50/34 crankset with a 13-28 FW pretty much choked the New Superbe, so in order to be able to actually ride the Centurion around here, I had to install a new Tiagra GS, which allowed me to go up to a 32 max sprocket. Today I got the drivetrain humming and the cable ends all tidied up. Now that it is a rider, I aired up the tires and rode up and down the street for five minutes. This quickly revealed that my new used FW makes some godawful noises at times; time to search the forum for guidance on that issue. Five minutes was also enough time for the headset-from-hell (AKA Aero Levin) to loosen up. Now I don't know if I want to go backwards and replace that POS or wait until next winter. Something to think about as I wait for bar tape to come in the mail.

Good lookin' Turbo, @flying_rhino . I like the rims , I'm likin' the whole bike . Classic .

jimmuller 03-05-17 04:31 PM

I spent part of the day replacing the timing chain and timing gears on the tandem. 10,000 miles will do this to you. This pic doesn't do it justice.

http://www.theworld.com/~muller/pics/WornTeeth.jpg

As I was picking up my tools I noticed the rear tire on the Gran Sport was low. Hmm. I just rode it a week or so ago. It turns out the tube was leaking around base of the valve stem. Hmm. That tube already had four patches. Maybe it's time for some new tubes. A 32 mile round trip every day to work can plum wear out a brace of tires.

Velocivixen 03-05-17 05:12 PM

Many things. I finished installing Velo Orange Zeppelin 650b fenders on my 1995 Trek 820 which has 26" wheels. Most of the components on this bike are from the mid-'80's to early 1990's.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3686/3...d554dd9a01.jpg1995 Trek 820 - Updated with Older Goodies by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/704/32...66e50718c7.jpgVO 650b Zeppelin on 26" Bike by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3917/3...8c338a08a0.jpgVO 650b Zeppelin on 26" by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3700/3...9a9cae1ef7.jpgVO 650b Zeppelin on 26" Trek by velocivixen, on Flickr

My hands aren't strong enough to bend the fender outward in order to decrease the radius, per VO, so used a tennis ball. By the time the rear fender was on....I just wanted it to be over. Fender line isn't great but at this point I'm done messing with it.

DQRider 03-05-17 06:59 PM


Originally Posted by Velocivixen (Post 19420751)
Many things. I finished installing Velo Orange Zeppelin 650b fenders on my 1995 Trek 820 which has 26" wheels. Most of the components on this bike are from the mid-'80's to early 1990's.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3686/3...d554dd9a01.jpg1995 Trek 820 - Updated with Older Goodies by velocivixen, on Flickr
VO 650b Zeppelin on 26" Bike by velocivixen, on Flickr
VO 650b Zeppelin on 26" by velocivixen, on Flickr
VO 650b Zeppelin on 26" Trek by velocivixen, on Flickr

My hands aren't strong enough to bend the fender outward in order to decrease the radius, per VO, so used a tennis ball. By the time the rear fender was on....I just wanted it to be over. Fender line isn't great but at this point I'm done messing with it.

I'm pretty sure that is the classiest MTB I've ever seen. Bravo! :thumb: Looks comfy as well.

I know what you mean about those fenders, I've got them on my French bike shown a few posts back. They are high quality, but difficult to mount. Your installation is very clean - I see you've cut the stays to exactly the right length, and you bent the rear bracket perfectly. Nice work!

DQRider 03-05-17 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by Velocivixen (Post 19420751)
Many things. I finished installing Velo Orange Zeppelin 650b fenders on my 1995 Trek 820 which has 26" wheels. Most of the components on this bike are from the mid-'80's to early 1990's.
1995 Trek 820 - Updated with Older Goodies by velocivixen, on Flickr
VO 650b Zeppelin on 26" Bike by velocivixen, on Flickr
VO 650b Zeppelin on 26" by velocivixen, on Flickr
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3700/3...9a9cae1ef7.jpgVO 650b Zeppelin on 26" Trek by velocivixen, on Flickr

My hands aren't strong enough to bend the fender outward in order to decrease the radius, per VO, so used a tennis ball. By the time the rear fender was on....I just wanted it to be over. Fender line isn't great but at this point I'm done messing with it.

If you get over your frustration and decide to tweak the rear fender a bit, you might start with some Dremel work on the front edge of the fender where it contacts the frame. That will allow you to slide the whole fender forward in that bracket and snug it down more against the tire. I did that on one of my installs and that solved it.

rumrunn6 03-05-17 07:09 PM


Originally Posted by Velocivixen (Post 19420751)
By the time the rear fender was on....I just wanted it to be over. Fender line isn't great but at this point I'm done messing with it.

I can relate. but wutz nice is, you can adjust them later on. if the art of writing is re-writing, then maybe the same applies to fendering?

Velocivixen 03-05-17 08:07 PM

@DQRider - good idea about the dremmelimg of the forward slot on the rear fender. I'll have to look at that. I swear I bent and un-bent the arms of that seat stay bracket about 5 times. Let's just say that the fender no longer looks new. ;)

DQRider 03-05-17 09:02 PM

Extending the slot is a good idea, but I also carved the sides of the fender to fit between the rails. Otherwise the bent-in ends come dangerously close to the tire. Kind of like this:

http://i1073.photobucket.com/albums/...ps0lj3yeyt.png

(Slightly exaggerated for clarity.) Leave a generous radius and you shouldn't have any trouble with cracking.

swen0171 03-06-17 12:44 PM

The pleasure of stripping 30 years of gunk off of a quality alloy Japanese derailleur from the late 80s.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d1...pszhsmfrht.jpg[/URL]

This is getting a full re-build to be a fun neighborhood rider (and occasional gravel bike). Plenty yet to do. Needs a couple chainrings and a chain, cables and tires. Everything else is for fit: wide riser bars and a taller stem.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d1...psgs1jdopd.jpg[/URL]

50voltphantom 03-06-17 01:15 PM


Originally Posted by Velocivixen (Post 19420751)
Many things. I finished installing Velo Orange Zeppelin 650b fenders on my 1995 Trek 820 which has 26" wheels. Most of the components on this bike are from the mid-'80's to early 1990's.
https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3686/3...d554dd9a01.jpg.

This bike. It's pretty.

SJX426 03-06-17 01:46 PM

Fitting fenders can be a real pain! I challenged myself with fenders that are rated for a tire smaller than what I was using! Not only that but the brackets didn't reach and the rear seat stay did not have a hole for a brake!

[IMG]https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3679/1...f15760ec_k.jpgCommuter wo rack_Bag by superissimo_83, on Flickr[/IMG]
[IMG]https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3759/1...d9b66983_k.jpgP1000035 by superissimo_83, on Flickr[/IMG][IMG]https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5549/1...1171e4e8_k.jpgP1000033 by superissimo_83, on Flickr[/IMG]

What I last worked on was gluing some new tubulars on a set of rims with very old tubulars on there. One had the casing rip open!

The other wrenching thing was replacing the brake pads on the above bike after 5100+ miles. They were the original Die Compe pads from 1997. They still worked great! The new Kool Stops will be as good once they break in!

higgins617 03-07-17 11:24 PM

Did a tune up on a Fuji Cambridge IV I just picked up, then just about finished the Frankendrop conversion on the CrissCross step through I got last week

RiddleOfSteel 03-09-17 01:54 AM

Came up with a way to un-stick my '89 Cannondale SR2000's fused drive side Dura Ace BB cup as previous attempts with the all enclosed ~36mm Park Tool wrench had failed, including using a hammer to jar it loose. The problem was that the wrench would very easily slide off the preposterously small 3mm/1/8" flats and would not only not bring about any success, but would also munge the wrench. So I had a thought:

Still use the Park Tool wrench by placing it in the ready-to-use position; but employ some large diameter, thick washers (from my home made headset press "tool") to slide on over the BB spindle/axle and up against the tool. I would then mount a non-drive side crank arm to the BB spindle/axle, using the crank bolt and tightening it ever so slightly--just enough to hold the washers and thus the tool onto the BB cup and not allow anything to slide off. Think metal sandwich.

Several wacks with the dead blow hammer later and we had movement! Two more blows and it was game over for the resistance. Success!

All of this means that I have an old Cannondale frame--my rare and very nice 66cm SR, able to accept all the BSA BBs and assorted cranksets (and thus full bike groupsets, the true key) rather than simply JIS square taper units, as great as those are. I had the frame for sale for weeks and no bites, but I have removed the ad now. In the words of Arnold, "I'M BACK!" Stay tuned to the STI/Ergo thread, another entry is coming!!

rumrunn6 03-09-17 07:41 AM


Originally Posted by higgins617 (Post 19426239)
Frankendrop conversion on the CrissCross step through

be interested in seeing that


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