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Old 11-16-20, 06:02 AM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
One of my kids had his bike stolen and is going through a tough time...so I quickly searched for a replacement to get him...found a challenged repainted tank with decent bones and wheels.

using some polishing compound to turn the matte to semi gloss...then bought an accessory pack and chain at WM... might try to go straight bar for him.



is that paint or hydro dipping or hydrographics?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
is that paint or hydro dipping or hydrographics?
I think it is hydro dipping...? It was an odd matte texture and peeling pieces. Once I polished it, I actually got a shine out of it. Figure it will be easier to clean.

What are hydro-GRAPHICS?
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
I think it is hydro dipping...? It was an odd matte texture and peeling pieces. Once I polished it, I actually got a shine out of it. Figure it will be easier to clean.

What are hydro-GRAPHICS?
I thought I heard someone refer to this process as hydrographics so I wasn’t sure if maybe that was a regional term or which one is actually correct.
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Old 11-17-20, 03:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I thought I heard someone refer to this process as hydrographics so I wasn’t sure if maybe that was a regional term or which one is actually correct.
maybe so...I talked to a fellow teacher who taught me all about how she does hydro dipping though!
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I'm building my '78 Schwinn World to give away. I used my last spare crankset which, oddly. Is the one that it came with, and my last spare hub and 27" rim. Feels great!
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Last weekend, a fellow local antique bike collector gave me two milk crates full of 80's/90's bicycle parts - which I'm currently going thru, cleaning, refurbishing, and sorting to the parts shelves. A year after the fire, and I've finally got the beginnings of a parts department again.

Plus, I picked up a lot of parts off a Raleigh Tourist including a pair of wheels, so the Flying Pigeon is going to be converted over to a three-speed, and finally become useful. More on that next week.
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I was able to find a few moments to work on a Trek 560. I bought the frame bare with a Stronglight pin bearing headset, now built with Shimano 105.6 hubbed wheels, pedals and cranks, Royal Gran Comp brakes with Aero levers. Monday I got from the brake levers and Avocet saddle from Recycled Cycles. The cranks and bb came from Bikeworks yesterday. Italian seatpost, Gatorskin tires, Matrix rims, RX100 rd, no front derailleur yet. I'll go back to Recycled Cycles for the FD and other tid bits.
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The owner of the shop that takes care of mrs non-fixie's Alfa Spider had wrecked his friend's Puch Cavette. Rear wheel was severely out of true and one of the crank cotters was loose.

Since he does a good job taking care of my wife's car I decided to donate a 27" wheel (they are quite rare outside English-speaking countries) and help him out with the bike. Got it back into rideable shape. And got to work in a nicely equipped workshop for a couple of hours, which was very nice.

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Old 11-22-20, 08:58 AM
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Derailleur adjustment day on the '76 Moto Grand Touring after the recent new cabling has had a chance to settle in. I always find a bit of zen in dialing these in...



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These old derailleurs usually just need lubing’...keep the cable taut...set it and forget it...like they did 40 years ago!

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Getting ready to refurbish my '85 Club Fuji. I painted it 'Park Tool Blue' back in '05 and dressed it in 9-speed Ultegra. Then I got the Centurion Iron Man and transferred the Ultegra bits, leaving the Fuji as a bare frame.

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Trying to get ready for Christmas....

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Trying to get ready for Christmas....

Now THAT'S a nice blue
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The Park Tool blue came out very cool. Never thought of that for a frame.
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I've been busy giving the Morizumi SCT a workout. Several wheelsets to assemble. Its such a joy having this thing. When I think of the shop hours I've spent laboring away at the p-o-s Hozans I had, I thank my lucky stars.

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Gran Comp

got quite a bit of flex in my new to me Gran Comp 610s.
planning to reduce toe in; get a stiffer hanger for the front brake; maybe get new brake housing.
Other suggestions?

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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988
but otherwise my new Creme Caferacer Uno is pretty much as I want it to look for now... Took some tinkering!
I got mine in January and have put about 2500 miles on it since. I absolutely love this bike
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Yokozuna compressionless housings and cables.
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I have some old Campy high flange hubs in 120mm and 122mm old and want to convert them to 126mm old. I haven’t been able to find inexpensive Campy axles in the 134mm range so I took a chance on a $20 ($15 + $5 s/h) EBay purchase for a 40h Record small flange 134mm hub. The rear axle was stripped but I was able to restore the threads using a metric thread file I had. I didn’t clamp the axle down and just held the file and rotated the axle onto the file and kept rotating the axle until the threads looked restored. The lock nuts can now be threaded onto the axle with almost no binding. It was my first time using a thread restoring file.


I bought this for the parts. It was missing the locknuts and the axle was stripped on both ends.



I kept rotating the axle onto the thread restoring file. My left hand held the file and the axle and I used my right hand to twist the axle back and forth.

The threads cleaned up pretty nicely using the 1.00mm metric pitch thread file.

No wrench needed to thread the locknut onto the axle.

edit: the hub I bought had 36 holes, not 40. It was so grimy I initially counted 20 holes on one side but after cleaning it up counted 18.

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my BBQ..... had to take it down to valves and replace bad gasket with permatex red
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Winter project bike coming along, gonna get some fresh wheels on it and a different rd then try to cold set it from 122 to 135 or 130 not sure yet
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Managed to fish out the BB ball which held the spindle crooked, making me unable to remove the disintegrated bb.
So Im trying to get it back on the roads, with some prepping for a Dark Lord certification with the new wheelset and the black Mirage gruppo (was Mavic GP40 with a mixed tricolor and EX gruppo before but these are darker). So far happy with the direction considering its still a budget bike.

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Originally Posted by momoman
I have some old Campy high flange hubs in 120mm and 122mm old and want to convert them to 126mm old. I haven’t been able to find inexpensive Campy axles in the 134mm range so I took a chance on a $20 ($15 + $5 s/h) EBay purchase for a 40h Record small flange 134mm hub. The rear axle was stripped but I was able to restore the threads using a metric thread file I had. I didn’t clamp the axle down and just held the file and rotated the axle onto the file and kept rotating the axle until the threads looked restored. The lock nuts can now be threaded onto the axle with almost no binding. It was my first time using a thread restoring file.


I bought this for the parts. It was missing the locknuts and the axle was stripped on both ends.



I kept rotating the axle onto the thread restoring file. My left hand held the file and the axle and I used my right hand to twist the axle back and forth.

The threads cleaned up pretty nicely using the 1.00mm metric pitch thread file.

No wrench needed to thread the locknut onto the axle.
Hmmmm...why don’t I have one those thread files...yet...
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For sure need one of these thread files in my life.
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