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Old 11-24-20, 10:56 PM
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Originally Posted by billnuke1
Hmmmm...why don’t I have one those thread files...yet...
You actually need a set that goes with them, that being said most of these are not bike friendly but you can get lucky sometimes.

So I make my own when need be, the files are my last resort, I try not to remove any material that can be reformed and use anti-seize for lube.






I use the right angle pick to scribe clean BB threads mm by mm to pre clear the threads for the rethreader so it takes minimal force to reform them.


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fyi, for anyone interested, these kits can be rented at an o'reilly or auto zone, etc. not sure how applicable they are in sizing, though
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Originally Posted by thook
fyi, for anyone interested, these kits can be rented at an o'reilly or auto zone, etc. not sure how applicable they are in sizing, though
Pretty much only the files apply to bikes, the rest is very hit and miss, again, many are easy to make and can often save a very hard to find part from being scrapped.
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merziac,

Is your thread restoring set from Mac Tools? I have a strikingly similar made in the USA Craftsman set I got on sale a few years ago. I’ve watched YouTube videos on using the thread restoring file and decided to roll the axle onto the file’s teeth to try to reform the threads instead of filing the axle.

I bought a frame with one side of the bottom bracket cross threaded. I’m using a right angle pick to try to straighten out the threads but still can’t screw in the cup yet. I’m new to “advanced mechanics” but am giving everything a try. I haven’t come across a stuck seat post yet, and hope not to.



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Originally Posted by momoman
merziac,

Is your thread restoring set from Mac Tools? I have a strikingly similar made in the USA Craftsman set I got on sale a few years ago. I’ve watched YouTube videos on using the thread restoring file and decided to roll the axle onto the file’s teeth to try to reform the threads instead of filing the axle.

I bought a frame with one side of the bottom bracket cross threaded. I’m using a right angle pick to try to straighten out the threads but still can’t screw in the cup yet. I’m new to “advanced mechanics” but am giving everything a try. I haven’t come across a stuck seat post yet, and hope not to.



Made in the USA Craftsman set.
Yep, MAC, looks identical to yours.

I think your file method is good, it gives me the idea to use it on smaller parts with whatever tool will hold it to work on.

It can be tough to scribe the BB threads, its all in the wrist and you have to hold your mouth just right.

I start from the back as it seems to dig in and lift the bad threads back into shape and expel the loose shards, unscrewing as you go, twisting your wrist to leverage the pick mm by mm.

You need to make a chaser out of a spare cup, you can cut the slots with a sharp file but I use a mini cut off wheel on a air pencil grinder like a Dremel.

As I said earlier, I use anti-seize for lube, you also need to be as sure as you can that the cup that came out was correct and the rethreader cup is also correct.
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Got’em...

Originally Posted by merziac
You actually need a set that goes with them, that being said most of these are not bike friendly but you can get lucky sometimes.

So I make my own when need be, the files are my last resort, I try not to remove any material that can be reformed and use anti-seize for lube.






I use the right angle pick to scribe clean BB threads mm by mm to pre clear the threads for the rethreader so it takes minimal force to reform them.


I have a number of tap and die sets...I have a great little adjustable thread chaser that adjusts to infinite bolt sizes...I have some itty bitty 3 sided files that are magic with compromised threads...and yes, the right angle pick is the go to favorite for those bunged up bottom bracket threads...

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New brakes, Royal Comp III, new rear brake lever and cables and housing, and a new Campagnolo bottom bracket.
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New brakes, Royal Comp III, new rear brake lever and cables and housing, and a new Campagnolo bottom bracket.
Clean build! Great shade of blue!
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86 Gitane Professional

Got this stripped down and ready to build this weekend.
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Cranberry sauce. Variation from the recipe on the back of the bag: reduce the amount of water by 1/4, kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon, undercook slightly so it still has texture, and add a small amount of cinnamon and clove at the end.
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The loaves didn't stick. Anti-seize for the win.


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Originally Posted by con50582
Got this stripped down and ready to build this weekend.
what type of fork will you build it with? I gave up looking for a correct vintage 1” fork (with enough steerer length...) for my frame and went full carbon>>
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what type of fork will you build it with? I gave up looking for a correct vintage 1” fork (with enough steerer length...) for my frame and went full carbon>>
Luckily it still has its fork. Chromed Reynolds 531.
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This...

Originally Posted by billnuke1
I have a number of tap and die sets...I have a great little adjustable thread chaser that adjusts to infinite bolt sizes...I have some itty bitty 3 sided files that are magic with compromised threads...and yes, the right angle pick is the go to favorite for those bunged up bottom bracket threads...
This little guy is very useful...



5/32”-1/2” or 4mm-13mm...
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The Snowball Effect

One thing leads to another.

I had planned on keeping this old Humber 5 speed close to stock, but then I remembered I had a Suntour freewheel with a 32 big cog. We gots hills.

Hmm...no Allvit for that. But wait; I also have a Cyclone GT. And look at that Nitto B123 alloy just hanging there...and an extra wheel set...and...


...now it only weighs 25 pounds.
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I have been preparing my new Bob Jackson Audax Club frameset for assembly, just the usual stuff, chasing threads, laying a few coats of wax on everything. I lucked out on this one as it's one of the last before closing their doors forever. Here's a teaser photo (1965 Team Lotus colors, 853 OS tubing and fork legs, 725 rear triangle). Thread to follow.

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^ That's beautiful!!! Great lugs and that fork detail is fabulous.
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Originally Posted by leftthread
Cranberry sauce. Variation from the recipe on the back of the bag: reduce the amount of water by 1/4, kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon, undercook slightly so it still has texture, and add a small amount of cinnamon and clove at the end.

You don't use Momma Stanberg's infamous recipe? https://www.npr.org/2006/11/23/41760...-relish-recipe

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Originally Posted by eom
The loaves didn't stick. Anti-seize for the win.


That looks yummie!!
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The first Thanksgiving turkey for the day is done! After nine months, I think I've finally got that Flying Pigeon to the point that I can ride it for more than two miles without puncturing a tube. All it took was changing the rear wheel to one from a '72 Raleigh Tourist, and changing the rear cog from the previous 20t to a 23t. Just did a couple of laps up and down the street to make sure everything's working, will take it out early this afternoon while the other turkey is in the oven.


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Originally Posted by sykerocker
The first Thanksgiving turkey for the day is done! After nine months, I think I've finally got that Flying Pigeon to the point that I can ride it for more than two miles without puncturing a tube. All it took was changing the rear wheel to one from a '72 Raleigh Tourist, and changing the rear cog from the previous 20t to a 23t. Just did a couple of laps up and down the street to make sure everything's working, will take it out early this afternoon while the other turkey is in the oven.


The bike is looking good but that saddle looks like it could give you a 3D ride. Does it feel stable?
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Things have started to progress on the 1972 CCM Turismo. Today was spent filing cotters and repairing Bluemels mudguards.

Mequiars did a great job cleaning and polishing

This is good stuff!

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Originally Posted by browngw
The bike is looking good but that saddle looks like it could give you a 3D ride. Does it feel stable?
The term "bouncy" comes to mind. Happily, all in an up and down manner, there's virtually no sideways movement. Just the same, a B72 or B66 at the next swap meet will be a high priority.
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I spent the morning assembling the Festivus Pole.
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I spent the morning assembling the Festivus Pole.
The pole and aluminum looks very well built and strong!
Will "Meatloaf" be on the menu?
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