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Old 10-22-20, 06:56 PM
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Looks the business! What’s the white stuff, a prior paint job? Undercoating?
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Old 10-22-20, 07:45 PM
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Presently doing a restoration on an ‘84 Trek 720 touring. Paint is in very nice condition needing only a basic cleaning, polishing of alloy parts and the usual new stuff. It still has the bar bag with ride badges and patches. What a gem.
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Old 10-22-20, 08:13 PM
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Put a new seat, bars, and tape on the Faggin. Much cleaner looking than it was before.
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Old 10-23-20, 03:49 AM
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This beast.

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Swedish Centurion Pro Tour with R7000 / GRX Groupset
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Old 10-23-20, 07:08 AM
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Ironed on a new patch on the Carradice Junior saddlebag, one from the 'Roffa Mon Amour' arthouse open air festival. 'Roffa' being the local slang for Rotterdam and the 'Mon Amour' coming from the Hiroshima Mon Amour arthouse film from the 1959 New Wave cinema movement.

Anyway, enough talk, pics!

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A friend of mine has a singlespeed, which became a zero-speed. The pawl spring snapped right half in two, leaving her with no drive. I tested it (bending back and forth with pliers) and it doesn't appear to be brittle due to improper heat-treatment. I wonder why it broke! Also never seen caged bearings in a freewheel. Also never seen the weird remover spline. I ended up knocking it off the wheel with a hammer and punch.

I got her the cheap replacement freewheel from Ebaymazon and she's back on the road, leaving me with this curio. Funny enough, that freewheel has no remover splines! The next guy (realistically probably me) will have to knock off the cover plate and grip the pawl carrier with a pipe wrench to get it off.
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Old 10-24-20, 07:33 AM
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Sent to a new home this week.




Now to find a home for this.


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Old 10-24-20, 11:23 AM
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Two years in the making...

...the tires are glued up and I could test ride it tomorrow. Waiting on black cloth tape, though.
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Old 10-24-20, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by krakhaus
Put a new seat, bars, and tape on the Faggin. Much cleaner looking than it was before.
My vote for best bike photo background!
A truly Olympian effort!
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Old 10-24-20, 03:56 PM
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Did a small modification on the Sturmey Archer XL-RD5(w) hub in the SilverAce today. (though this should work on the X-RD5(w) as well, though perhaps not on the newer rotary shifting SA RXL-RD5)

These hubs are a further evolution on the classic AW 3-speeds offering 5 speeds while sharing most of the same parts.

It's a known issue on these hubs that the 4th gear can be difficult. 3 > 4 and requires an upshift + downshift to 5 > 4 to go into gear.
I've also had some issues sometimes with a 4 > 3 downshift not going entirely into gear.

Shifting works with 1st gear being the tightest on the cable and 5th being completely limp and the indicator chain pushed into the hub by the clutch spring.
Most of what I've read seems to indicate that the tolerances of the shifter design(s) are to blame.


My theory however was that this is mostly because a) there is insufficient pressure to push it into 4th on an upshift or b) sticky cables. I have mostly ruled out option b and one way I can see option a working is with a stronger clutch spring.

So... I soldered two clutch springs together.

I swapped them today as it is a relatively small operation, only requiring the drive side locknut to be removed, spring swapped and then put back together again.
Initial impressions are good. Shifting feels crisper and no missed shifts anymore in either direction. Cable tension even seems to be less critical compared to what it was before.

I will update in my project thread in the future for long term use.


Two springs soldered together


Original single spring


New double spring. Careful, it tends to jump out when opened.
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Old 10-24-20, 06:14 PM
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​​​​​​Overhauled everything. The Nuovo Record rd required about 2.5 hours alone. Bought two sets of shifters and used the best bits of each. Polished the stem and bars. Found some silver Sugino crank bolts that look way more cool than the plastic dustcaps. The rest is falling into place...
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Old 10-24-20, 06:21 PM
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Old 10-24-20, 06:22 PM
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I like the color very much scheme and the build looks very nice, what did you use to clean all of the aluminum with?
BTW, the garden looks good too!
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Old 10-24-20, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by xiaoman1
I like the color scheme very much.
Me too. One of my classier acquisitions.

What did you use to clean all of the aluminum?
The usual: my two iron files, 600 grit, and wd-40. I filed quite a bit of rash from the rd. It was mostly just grimey and gross. I ripped paper towels in little squares and used a liberal amount of wd-40. The brakeset, crankset and pedals just needed an overhaul and wipe down. Bars and stem needed wet sanding. Now I just need another shift cable and a screw for one of the Campy top tube clamps.
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Old 10-25-20, 09:05 AM
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New wheelset, new cassette, new chain, swapped cranks and BB, swapped brakes from Campy (no quick release) to Shimano -- all done for the first time thanks to Park Tool how-to's on YouTube. Getting my work double-checked and derailleurs adjusted today before going for my first decent ride on the thing. So pleased with myself though, never thought I'd end up doing my own work. Now I just need a repair stand so I can do stuff that requires pedaling by hand.
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Old 10-25-20, 11:59 AM
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Cool bike. Did you do the painting? A piece of Italian history.
Seller said he's been the sole owner since he bought it in '72. Apparently, a garage queen. Very little wear except for some small chips in the chainstay. He switched out the Campy crankset and brakeset at some point for Sugino and Dura Ace. Works for me. They both look nos. It had tubulars on Nuovo Tipo hubs. I added the seatpost, clincher wheelset, freewheel, and rd.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Seller said he's been the sole owner since he bought it in '72. Apparently, a garage queen. Very little wear except for some small chips in the chainstay. He switched out the Campy crankset and brakeset at some point for Sugino and Dura Ace. Works for me. They both look nos. It had tubulars on Nuovo Tipo hubs. I added the seatpost, clincher wheelset, freewheel, and rd.
New livery coming?
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Old 10-26-20, 08:49 AM
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Here’s 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.
Quikie pic update! Still waiting on cables.


Decided to stop looking for the ‘right’ vintage hoods - these are new DiaCompe. The Soma bars are an experiment in narrowness. 34cm ctc at the hoods, 40cm in the drops. I’ll either be narrowly aero or riding the drops a lot. Or in need of a new setup.
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Waiting for tires and chain peening tool:
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Waiting for tires and chain peening tool:
Chain peening tool?
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Chain peening tool?
For Campagnolo chain.

https://www.parktool.com/product/riv...ed-chain-ct-11
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Old 10-26-20, 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Quikie pic update! Still waiting on cables.


Decided to stop looking for the ‘right’ vintage hoods - these are new DiaCompe. The Soma bars are an experiment in narrowness. 34cm ctc at the hoods, 40cm in the drops. I’ll either be narrowly aero or riding the drops a lot. Or in need of a new setup.
Hey Wildwood.... seeing this and your bike list no wonder you didnt want make an n+1 with the Rossin lo pro. Awesome machine, congrats!
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Old 10-26-20, 03:42 PM
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Second shakedown....

Heliomatic hubs from plonz. Built into wheels.
Simplex shifter mounts from francophile
Nitto Albatross bars from Bianchigirll

First ride proved I didn’t tighten the rear wheel enough. Seems ok now-after 12 miles. Hopefully I don’t need shorter drive side spokes.


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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
When fiddling with a Campy top tube cable clamp, the screw went flying, and I couldn't locate it...
Rode to Tacoma Screw, and they gave me a couple size 4-40 for free. They sorta slop around, but I think they'll hold.


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Hey Wildwood.... seeing this and your bike list no wonder you didnt want make an n+1 with the Rossin lo pro. Awesome machine, congrats!
Hey [MENTION=468737]Lattz[/MENTION] - i said somewhere - too old for Lo-Pro, the Rossin was likely too small, and an experienced man knows his limitations. I also passed on a Schauff, maybe just getting too picky.
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