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Old 07-03-20, 08:42 PM
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Yay! Thank god for a new project. Everything has been so expensive, I haven't been able to afford anything to flip. The "almost original" owner delivered this Windsor Super Carrera to me from way outside town for just his very low asking price ... about fair market for the Cyclone rear mech and S600 pedals alone. I guess no one had the cohones to ask for delivery, as it had been on (and off) craigs for at least a month. As acquired:



Since I no longer have any Suntour stuff in my all-Campy household, I'm really thinking about using this rd on my '60 Paramount. I just "transitioned" to some new 28c tires on it, so maybe I need to go full-on touring mode with it.

Owner said the Windsor is a '76.

The stem and seatpost are both free, so we are ready to rock.
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Had to swap out some silver Veloce hubs for my 650B conversion for some black Mirage hubs for my Cannondale SR300. I'm gonna pop the 650B's on my Trek 710 which I have changed over to a neighborhood cruiser. Guess I need to get some updated photos for that one now.
650B wheels - Soma Weymouth rims, Campy Veloce Rear (10s), SRAM i-Light front hub
700C wheels - reused my Open Pro's, Campy Black Mirage hubs. The Mirage and the Veloce hubs are the same, using the sealed cartridge bearings which I just like for maintenance reasons. I don't have to worry about them.
The SR300 is my version of the Black Lighting with better components than the original.

Hopefully I will get my 59/60 Schwinn Speedster to start working on this coming Friday.



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Old 07-05-20, 07:50 AM
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^ Good looking International, @natterberry.

Looking at your concert poster and location tells me you might be an Uncle Tupelo fan.?.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Yay! Thank god for a new project. Everything has been so expensive, I haven't been able to afford anything to flip. The "almost original" owner delivered this Windsor Super Carrera to me from way outside town for just his very low asking price ... about fair market for the Cyclone rear mech and S600 pedals alone. I guess no one had the cohones to ask for delivery, as it had been on (and off) craigs for at least a month. As acquired:



Since I no longer have any Suntour stuff in my all-Campy household, I'm really thinking about using this rd on my '60 Paramount. I just "transitioned" to some new 28c tires on it, so maybe I need to go full-on touring mode with it.

Owner said the Windsor is a '76.

The stem and seatpost are both free, so we are ready to rock.
I tried to buy that one did not get a reply, nice pick.
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Old 07-05-20, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
^ Good looking International, @natterberry.

Looking at your concert poster and location tells me you might be an Uncle Tupelo fan.?.
Thank you!

Yeah Im a Jeff Tweedy fan. I went to school at SIU Edwardsville, so them/Wilco/etc were always popular around.
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Originally Posted by natterberry
Sweet International. I need one of those. I have two Professionals and a Competition, and I need an International to bridge the gap!
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In the last few years I have been moving back to narrower handlebars.

The last bike to be changed (because it is a 42cm ctc) has been the DeRosa. Modolo bars & stem were how this bike was built originally - so I was told.

But 38cm bars are the new normal.
But those Delta brakes work and are a witch to recable, hamhanded as I am.

Anyway, the job was completed with the right tools, without scratching any paint or components and in the same day.

The celebratory ride indicates the DeRosa will get more miles.


Now to pick which Newbaums color. Never done deep or royal or Navy blue
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Built a new rear wheel for the Gazelle Tandem yesterday. It's a 650B wheel with a Sturmey Archer 5-speed drum brake.
It's definitely not a featherweight at 4560 gram (10 lbs) but it should be able to comfortably carry two people and offer the gearing and brakes.




The only problem was that I had to build it twice because I swapped the long and the short spokes so it was impossible to center the first time around.
Still, even with just half the wheel built it was still a prettty stiff rim.


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Goodness, that's heavy. But it doesn't matter. And it will last a lifetime.

Do you have someone to ride the bike with you? What kind of riding do you plan to do? My spouse and I have a tandem. I'm generally a low-tire-pressure kind of guy but I learned that our tandem is best with 80 psi (5.5 bar), and that's with 35 mm tires. I weigh 165 lbs (75 kg), and she weighs 110 lbs (50 kg), and the bike is another 50 lbs (23 kg).
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
38cm bars are the new normal.
I'm going the opposite direction, replacing all my 38s with 40s. It gets expensive. So I'm taking my time.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
I'm going the opposite direction, replacing all my 38s with 40s. It gets expensive. So I'm taking my time.
You gents should have gotten together and done some swapping!

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Originally Posted by noglider
Goodness, that's heavy. But it doesn't matter. And it will last a lifetime.

Do you have someone to ride the bike with you? What kind of riding do you plan to do? My spouse and I have a tandem. I'm generally a low-tire-pressure kind of guy but I learned that our tandem is best with 80 psi (5.5 bar), and that's with 35 mm tires. I weigh 165 lbs (75 kg), and she weighs 110 lbs (50 kg), and the bike is another 50 lbs (23 kg).
Oh this bike is definitely heavier than that and so am I (90 kg / 198 lbs) and my girlfriend (60 kg / 130 lbs). The plan is to use it for shorter fun rides around the city and close to home or for me to pick her up at the train station. Other than that I want to have a bike to use for friends coming over as a tandem is generally a lot more adjustable in height than other bikes.

But who knows, maybe we both really like it and will use it for long-distance rides in the summer to our parent's homes. 25 or 75 km (15-50 miles) should be pretty doable of it is a comfortable ride.
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The Pearl got a full cleansing a new saddle gooseneck and bars.


I also was able to pick up a very dirty clunker here is that as well.


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Tried cold setting a tandem fork today. It was... not as succesful as I hoped. Spread it repeatedly up to a maximum of 160mm until the rod started buckling and stripping the threads with the final result being an increase from 120 mm to 127 mm.
Called it a day after that but at least I got the new rear wheel in with some effort. I will have to try again later, perhaps with a thicker rod.




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Took inventory of tires and rims. Those on the left are all tubular rims and tires. Oh and the ones toward the back on the left. I think I am ready to order spokes and build some wheels!
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
The "almost original" owner delivered this Windsor Super Carrera to me... As acquired:



I'm thinking about using this rd on my '60 Paramount.
Took too many hours to overhaul the rd, but got 'er done.



It didn't have a stop pin (grub screw). I found one in my bin, but I think it's too long. So I found an ARX with a short pin at Recycled Cycles, among some other items for the Windsor:



Pretty good haul. The Nitto stem was only $5. The MKS pedals will look more appropriate and allow me to sell the Shimano 600s. (Those S600 clips are really hard to find.) Also gonna use the M-II rd, so I can use the earlier Cyclone rd on my own bike.
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Cleaned up a Specialized Hardrock GX my mom plucked for free from a guy moving out of town. Dad's gonna have a new ride. Trying to make a decision on a Raleigh Super Course. Restomod or find someone that wants to restore it and sell it to them.
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The original Campy Gran Sport crankset came off in favor of a compact crank on Mrs. Straightblock's Trek 640.

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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
...... replacing all my 38s with 40s. It gets expensive. So I'm taking my time.
I prefer 42's... and have replaced both 40's and 44. I've also been experimenting with short reach and/or shortened drop handlebars. Thankfully Amazon searching has provided some affordable solutions. Plus.... I try not to think of it as "fixing" or part replacing. I think of my testing of the various size and shape bars as an experiment, or experience. When the bike co-op reopens... I'll donate my surplus.
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New seat , tires , fiixed stuck rapid fire shifters and brake pads ...a good cleaning
...now for some new pedals and tape.
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Anyone have any suggestions for a new crankset...haven't done a new part swap before would like something a little nicer looking
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Picked up this Miyata 721A downstate for cheap ($40). for my lady. Gave it a good bath, switched out the wheels with some Arayas I had on hand, new brake cables, unseized the handlebar bolt and adjusted bars. About to put on some new yellow bar tape and her favorite saddle and pedals. Should be a nice quick ride for her.

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Finished profiling and polishing my 1x shift mount. Took inspiration from a very aero JP Weigle.



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International update - wheels trued and tensioned, stem/handlebars/brake levers mounted, derailleur cables and housing(left a bit long) installed and adjusted. Tires/tubes/brake housing should hopefully be here by the weekend for a test ride before I stitch on the handlebar wrap.

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