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Old 10-18-20, 03:06 PM
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First front wheel

Test of my first from scratch wheel.
the rear is a heliomatic. Almost done with it.
I wanted a QR front wheel for my single speed. So this front will get double duty for a while on two bikes.



First 41 miles

Mismatched wheels for a bit
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Old 10-18-20, 10:45 PM
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1958 Phillips Manhattan 3-speed

Everything works, but still a little creaky and clunky. Worked on the brake calipers tonight.
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Old 10-19-20, 12:05 PM
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I love working on nice stuff from a garage queen... The Torpado had Nisi sewups, so I disassembled them and overhauled the 36h Nuovo Tipo hubset. All matching and original from '72. Didn't really have to polish anything ... which is nice.


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Today I swapped the handle bar om my Gazelle Team ForelDorado-Golff from 1996. My initial setup with a Modolo handle bar and stem kept on twisting and I could not thighten it any more. So I put on a nice Sakea anatomic bends handle bar with a nice Gazelle stem. Pics will be posted soon.
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Little EGOist taped, black Mirage gruppo canceled, so it got a 10s Centaur to keep it shiny. A well deserved cleaning, cable end cutting, changing crank to Chorus ()once I get a BB), new tires (FIR Aria front wheel most likely remains a dream) and an eventual repaint (in the impossibly far future) remain open, so It won't show up here again for a while.But it came a long way already from the pile 'o junk as I got it, and it's still a budget build for daily beating.

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I put a new stem on my Raleigh Super Course a week or two ago. Now I put on a new bell, and I hooked up the wiring to the dynamo-powered taillight. So now I have two headlights and two taillights for extra safety.

My BB shell doesn't have a cable guide, so I ran the cable for the front derailleur under it just as it is. That turns out not to be so stable, so I ordered a cable guide. I'll be drilling and tapping a hole. In the meantime, I attempted to prevent the cable from sliding sideways by wrapping a zip tie around the shell.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I put a new stem on my Raleigh Super Course a week or two ago. Now I put on a new bell, and I hooked up the wiring to the dynamo-powered taillight. So now I have two headlights and two taillights for extra safety.

My BB shell doesn't have a cable guide, so I ran the cable for the front derailleur under it just as it is. That turns out not to be so stable, so I ordered a cable guide. I'll be drilling and tapping a hole. In the meantime, I attempted to prevent the cable from sliding sideways by wrapping a zip tie around the shell.
Maybe its just me, but I need more pics of your Super Course! New stem? Lets see it!
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Follow up on post #3628 above

Heres the first parts hang - just to take some measurements and see what I think - and then rethink things like housing color / saddle / bar tape. Setback? Lacking a good non-aero brake solution. But it is cleaner, shinier, and more rideable for my current needs.


I feel porkchopbmx will be getting an order for several colors of housing.

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Old 10-20-20, 08:11 AM
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Clean up, tire swap, and new grips for my wife's ride after our summer trips. I think it looks kinda classy.



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Here is my progress on a bike I've been working on for a few weeks. Not a wall hangar.
Should be finished soon, but snow is coming tonight.
87 Puch Mistral frame, Bottecchia fork, Mavic Module E rims, Helicomatic Hubs, some Shimano Tri-color bits...










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Originally Posted by daverup
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Here is my progress on a bike I've been working on for a few weeks. Not a wall hangar.
Should be finished soon, but snow is coming tonight.
87 Puch Mistral frame, Bottecchia fork, Mavic Module E rims, Helicomatic Hubs, some Shimano Tri-color bits...







Nice looking bike. Sorry to hear about the snow.
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Originally Posted by JacobLee
Maybe its just me, but I need more pics of your Super Course! New stem? Lets see it!
Really? I'm embarrassed at how ugly it is, but sure. I have an album of the bike starting in the spring of 2019. I'm still adding to the album.

The stem is a Nitto Technomic. I thought it might be too tall and too short an extension but I think it's good. I also inadvertently set the bars with the ramps level, and I like that so much that I did the same to my McLean.

The bell is a Greallthy. Silly name, good bell.


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Overhauled the Torpado's Dura Ace calipers and learned something new: it's a lot easier to adjust 'em without the spring engaged. I used to tweak adjustment after they were mounted, but I think they're already good now.



Unfortunately, when fiddling with a Campy top tube cable clamp, the screw went flying, and I couldn't locate it in the air nor with a broom for twenty minutes. It has apparently entered another dimension. Godspeed, screw! You are no longer part of this world, but maybe the hardware store can help...
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Originally Posted by noglider
Really? I'm embarrassed at how ugly it is, but sure. I have an album of the bike starting in the spring of 2019. I'm still adding to the album.

The stem is a Nitto Technomic. I thought it might be too tall and too short an extension but I think it's good. I also inadvertently set the bars with the ramps level, and I like that so much that I did the same to my McLean.

The bell is a Greallthy. Silly name, good bell.


Very nice! I prefer to call it honest, not ugly.

Did you alter the rear of that bike? If so, howd it go? Im thinking my SC would be a good candidate for a 130 spread because I have lots of 9 speed stuff. Just not sure how well indexing works with the claw hanger.

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@JacobLee, yes, I spread the rear of the frame. I used the string test to get the rear end centered. I used dropout alignment gauges to make the dropouts parallel, and I used a derailleur alignment gauge to make sure the hanger was aligned. These are all very important to get indexed gears to work right. At first, I spread the frame using a threaded rod, and that worked out very badly because the right side is a lot more flexible than the left side. It's more flexible because of the dent made to give clearance for the crank. I corrected the error by bending with a 2x4 board, and I could feel the difference in flexibility very readily.
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After working on bikes for so long nothing should surprise me, but this is always a good one. I can hear the conversation now..."this tube I got at Walmart won't fit in the hole!! Don't worry my Dad has an awesome set of tools I can fix it" A big monster screwdriver and pliers and here is what we have.
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^ I was thinking, bike shop Rothko, but now I'm thinking, Pop meets Hunter S Thompson gun range.



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I am so filled with indecision today I don't know what to finish or to start. Should I finish the Sekine ST or start my long awaited CCM project? The recently acquired Rossi would be easy, or the 73 Czech Favorit would be challenging? By days end, I must make some sort of move, .......... or not.





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Today I overhauled one of the hubs on my cargo trailer. I'll do the other wheel next. The inside wasn't as bad as I feared. The grease was still wet and not very dirty, even though I've left the trailer out in the rain a few nights. Maybe I overhauled the hubs recently. I ought to log the maintenance I do.
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Overhauled everything for the '72 Torpado and now beginning to hang it on the frame.



I wanted to use that IRD 6-speed freewheel and a 126mm Record rear hub, so I also spread the rear drops a little. I intended to get it to 126, but only got it to 123 and called it good. The wheel slips in pretty easily.
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Overhauled everything for the '72 Torpado and now beginning to hang it on the frame.


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Fine work right there.
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Now you're just showing off, that has got to be one of the best shop, layout, storage, projects on deck setup I have ever seen.

If I want to work on 2 bikes at the same time, one is in the basement and the other in the garage, which of course doesn't go well despite having plenty of tools for that.
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I got these Simplex shifters for a pretty decent price and I'm working on reducing the diameter of the cable heads for a few Shimano cables. It only takes a minute or two with the cable held in a pair of pliers and working around the diameter of the head with a sanding drum on a dremel, I figure it's best to modify the consumables than bodge trying to drill out the shifters.
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I never know where to put this bike...

Finally splurged for some new rubber (SE Cub) for the '84 High Sierra...and bars...and a reissue Haro flex fighter as the cherry on top for the beautiful 80s SR stem I think I can call this one done now!





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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
^ I was thinking, bike shop Rothko, but now I'm thinking, Pop meets Hunter S Thompson gun range.



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Like it! Puts a whole new perspective on it..
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