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Old 08-23-20, 07:45 PM
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Old 08-23-20, 09:59 PM
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I found all the spokes are too short as I was rebuilding the MA40 wheel with the other Record hub... I decided the easiest solution is to buy 16mm brass nipples...
That worked out well. Also added a little more space on the ds for a 7-speed. Two long, hard rides, and the wheel is still perfectly true.


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Old 08-24-20, 12:38 AM
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1970's French Super Vitus Piastentin

For the past month, I've been working on building up the 1970's Super Vitus 971 frame made for a French bicycle store near Grenoble called Piasentin.

The wheels and the 7-speed Shimano 105C components are from a donor Diamondback Master TG while I've purchased the Sugino Mighty Tour crankset, Tektro R539 brakes, saddle, along French-diameter stem and handlebars. There have been a few hiccups along the way including the original bottom bracket spindle being for a triple, not double crankset, and the reach on the 105 calipers being too short.

There's only some fine tuning to do now, so I hope to take the Piasentin out for its maiden ride tomorrow.



Piastentin Super Vitus 971 Tubing - Shimano 105C, Sugino Mighty Tour

Piastentin Super Vitus 971 - Shimano 105C, Sugino Mighty Tour

Piastentin Super Vitus 971 - Shimano 1055, Sugino Mighty Tour


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Old 08-24-20, 08:52 AM
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I like it! Cool look.
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Old 08-24-20, 04:07 PM
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1970s Richard Sachs


Professional repaint, this belongs to a local friend.

Campy, except Modolos because of the needed rear reach.
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Wide range SunTour early Winner


I did a fitting with him today, so we're close. I'll need to replace the Modolo brake blocks, which are hardened.
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Old 08-24-20, 04:21 PM
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I've been locked in battle with wasps.

I took care of two big nests, found two even bigger. Ended up being at the end of a little storage hallway off the side of my garage. Not tall enough to even run. I was filling gaps with expanding foam yesterday and looked over, maybe 40 wasps about 2 ft from my head.

I think I'm winning. No viable nests left and all the spots I can think to build in have been filled with foam. I haven't been stung yet because I'm still pretty quick.
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Old 08-24-20, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
I've been locked in battle with wasps.

I took care of two big nests, found two even bigger. Ended up being at the end of a little storage hallway off the side of my garage. Not tall enough to even run. I was filling gaps with expanding foam yesterday and looked over, maybe 40 wasps about 2 ft from my head.

I think I'm winning. No viable nests left and all the spots I can think to build in have been filled with foam. I haven't been stung yet because I'm still pretty quick.
You never see the one that gets you...ninja wasp...you never see the ninja...
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Old 08-24-20, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1
You never see the one that gets you...ninja wasp...you never see the ninja...
lol. 🙄😉 Ive seen a heck of a lot of bees this year, but apparently, Im invisible to them. 🤔 I like it like that just fine. 😎
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Old 08-24-20, 07:04 PM
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early 90s Stumpjumper

I am rebuilding what I think is a '92 Specialized Stumpjumper. The bike came to me a bit beat up. The parts are in good working order, the wheels true, and the frame straight without any dings but the paint is beat up in some areas and there are rust issues especially on the brazed on cable stops. But it's a fine bike with a tange prestige main triangle and what looks to be a full deore dx group.

My plan is to turn it into a drop bar gravel grinder. I'll start by stripping it down to the frame to deal with the paint issues.

This is the bike as it came to me:



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Old 08-24-20, 07:24 PM
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Originally Posted by rosefarts
I've been locked in battle with wasps.

I took care of two big nests, found two even bigger. Ended up being at the end of a little storage hallway off the side of my garage. Not tall enough to even run. I was filling gaps with expanding foam yesterday and looked over, maybe 40 wasps about 2 ft from my head.

I think I'm winning. No viable nests left and all the spots I can think to build in have been filled with foam. I haven't been stung yet because I'm still pretty quick.
Rosefarts,
I use 3M brake cleaner, but carburetor cleaner works as well. I can shoot the nest from about six feet away, and it knocks then dead as Ali said about Raid and cockroaches. I am likely not PC on the use of high VOC chemicals, but they work. HTH, MH
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Old 08-24-20, 10:39 PM
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The Miyata got one of the last 13-25t Sunrace 7-speeds listed on domestic ebay.


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Old 08-24-20, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
The Miyata got one of the last 13-25t Sunrace 7-speeds listed on domestic ebay.


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Nice shot...should be in the artistic thread....Sunrace that good huh?
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Old 08-30-20, 11:39 AM
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1982 Peugeot PXN 10

I've been working on my 1982 Peugeot PXN 10 lately. There are plenty of 10 percent plus grades I like to ride on my daily rides. The Simplex SX 410 rear derailleur is rated to 30 teeth and it handles a 13-30 freewheel nicely giving me a low gear of 37 inches. I did have to shove the wheel as far back as it would go in the drop outs to keep the chain from chattering against the freewheel.

Super LJ shifters and front deralleur, Spidel LS2 side pull brakes, Maillard 700 hubs, Mavic MA 2 rims, Atom 700 pedals, and Stronglight 106 crank, TA steel water bottle cage (that is hard to find), and christophe nylon toe clip and straps; lots of really nice French parts on this bike.




13-30 new winner 6 speed freewheel

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Old 08-30-20, 12:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
Rosefarts,
I use 3M brake cleaner, but carburetor cleaner works as well. I can shoot the nest from about six feet away, and it knocks then dead as Ali said about Raid and cockroaches. I am likely not PC on the use of high VOC chemicals, but they work. HTH, MH
I use brake carb cleaner too. Its awesome. Less than half of what you would pay for hornet spray, and way more effective in my opinion. Hornet spray leaves residual pesticides, which can be oily and stain your house or wherever you use it. Carb cleaner kills, then evaporates. Easier cleanup, and I think actually LESS residual toxins to deal with.
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Beautiful bike, botty kayer!
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Old 08-30-20, 05:55 PM
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Just finished this DBR WCF6.0 with some nice M950 goodness.

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Old 08-30-20, 06:16 PM
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My kid and their wife came up for an overnight visit, and I told my daughter-in-law to bring her bike so I could finish the upright handlebar conversion. I forgot to take pictures. I replaced the down tube shifters with handlebar shifters. Two things I forgot: 1. with no down tube shifters, I needed a cable stop. Good thing I had an old SunTour one. But I had to twist it on the down tube a bit so the cables would clear the bosses. It looks hokey, but she doesn't mind. 2. Her cassette is 6 speeds, and I bought a 7 speed shifters. Well it works well enough, and she doesn't mind. Also, the left shifter is for a triple, and she has a double, but it works. She's happy.
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Originally Posted by VtwinVince
Just finished this DBR WCF6.0 with some nice M950 goodness.

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Nice! 👍😎👍 I have a pair of M952 brifters buried in a pannier, as well as a M960 RD. 😎 Right now Im liking M730 series XT. 👌
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Old 08-31-20, 01:18 AM
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I've been sorting and selling frames and components and trying to not have my apartment look like a post-EF3 tornado on a continual basis. I am mostly successful.

I've been doing a number of back-to-back-to-back 8 mile days, working and monitoring my left knee and its resilience. Friends going for an afternoon/evening rides in the 45-60 mile range, and I'm sitting here doing short, local runs around the top of the hill I live. I feel a bit lame, but that is testing. Better to have a knee say "no more" when you're close to home than be 15-20 miles out with the same ordeal. Got to do 17 miles in an evening (split evenly) last week, which felt fantastic. First time back to Bike Works via bike, got to chop it up with city traffic like old times, gorgeous evening, a ride back with a good friend, and "new" old roads to allow my brain more perspective on how comfortable or not a bike's setup was.

With the sale of several frames, including the luminary that is/was my Impulse, my '74 Paramount was up next for deliberation. My Chris King headset had cracked, and I ordered a new non-CK headset for perhaps...better durability. Who knows. Mocked it up with some Di2 bits and wheels from the Land Shark just to see how the saddle-to-hood drop was, and if it would look cool. Well the saddle to hood drop is ~3" or 75mm, not the 2" that I've benchmarked. And that's with my adjusted-down saddle height. The bike looked cool, so another RoS Good Bad Idea was gone ahead with and what we have now before you is a 22.0 lb / 10.0kg (on the nose) '70s 'touring' frame with electronic shifting. Again.

/ Ducks. Again.

Somehow a 25" frame looks "long and low" thanks to the wheelbase, saddle height, and horizontal stem/bar/shifter arrangement. Tires that only weigh 30-40g more than the 23mm examples I had on the Land Shark (same wheels) at 70/75 PSI (f/r) mean I get speed and comfort when pairing with the (3,545g F/F/HS) frameset and everything else. Of my handful of Prologo Scratch Pro saddles, this is my favorite as it looks good and also is the most comfortable. This bike is astonishingly comfortable, even with the raked forward seating position. Small bumps and annoyances are amazingly quelled--and this is in comparison to all previous wheel and tire combinations I've tried.

Anyway, the Paramount, my Paramount, is back, and at the top of her game. Stealth & Chrome.



Some slightly grainy pictures (lower light) showing certain things a little better.




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So the Paramount stays, for now?
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So the Paramount stays, for now?
See PM.
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Old 09-01-20, 02:02 PM
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The last of the $125 Stumpjumpers

Earlier this year I fixed up a pair of Specialized Rockhoppers (an '87 and a '91) and moved them out of the house (one to my nephew, another to a friend).

Over the years, I picked up a two different Stumpjumpers at $125 each. Neither was a screaming deal but no way I'll turn down a top dog vintage MTB in my size at that price if the bike checks out. I like old mountain bikes.

I bought the 1988 Stumpjumper comp several years ago and did a drop bar conversion. It was a fine commuter but it was not what I wanted as a drop bar gravel bike. It is a bit heavy and I am not a big fan of the under the chain stay u brake for gravel dirt riding. So last year I found a 1992 Stumpjumper for $125 and bought it. The parts were in good shape (Deore DX) but the frame was beat. It was filthy and it has more than its share of scratches.

So I'm in the process of cleaning up the 1988 Stumpjumper and turning it into a flat bar commuter. I'm also dealing with the paint and cleaning issues on the '92 Stumpjumper and I'll convert it to drops. The 1992 Stumpjumper has a tange prestige main triangle and it is a lighter bike than the 1988 stumpy. I've pretty much gotten rid of all the rust on the 1992 so now it's time to deal with the paint. I'll use a flat white rustoleum and then a model paint that is a close match.





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Just finished up this Miele Svelto to throw out for sale. Pretty cool little bike, but way too small for me.
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