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Old 04-16-17, 03:52 PM
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Been doing some wrenching of my own by over-hauling my very first vintage build (albeit a resto-mod), my 1984 Raleigh Racing USA Competition. I put a lot of hard miles on this bike in the last couple of years and it was definitely showing. A complete overhaul, new cables, fresh tape and I think she's ready to get back in the pace line!

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Found this under a bunch of grime as Peloton cleanup continues.

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Old 04-17-17, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by plonz View Post
Seriously cool ride you're building. With that head badge, this thing needs to find its way down to the Republic of Texas.

Made in Wimberley....


Maybe I'll take to Austin one day. We go regularly for food and music.
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Originally Posted by plonz View Post
Seriously cool ride you're building. With that head badge, this thing needs to find its way down to the Republic of Texas.
Hey @plonz and @PeregrinA1, why am I not seeing your photos? All I get is a circle with a minus sign (-) in the middle.
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Mounting toe-clips on the fresh build/painted '97 Trek 7000 rigid. The new Acera shifters and RD work silky smooth and quick. I'm getting this beast ready for the first real trail ride up our Avalance Mt hill and trail system.
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
Hey @plonz and @PeregrinA1, why am I not seeing your photos? All I get is a circle with a minus sign (-) in the middle.

No idea, though I see the same symbol on some other photos on this and other threads. Not for my pics though.
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Old 04-17-17, 01:10 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
A friend of mine has been commuting on an old run-down MTB that is too small for him. He mentioned it "broke" and he's without a bike now. I told him I could fix it for him without asking him what "broke" means. He said it's not worth it, because it was always too small for him, and I realize that he's right. Whether the bike is worth fixing or not, it's not worth fixing for him.

Someone left an English 3-speed in the basement of my apartment building long ago. I asked, and no one claims to own it, so I took it and fixed it up. It had been decades since anyone had so much as rolled it along the floor, so it was really stiff. I aired up the tires and applied oil everywhere, and it's good again. There is some rust, but this will be a beater bike, so it's not worth fixing up. There was a lot of dust and grime on it, but it washed off easily.

I can't tell what year bike it is. The rear wheel has been replaced with a wheel that has a SunTour 3-speed hub. I know this hub. It's an exact copy of the Sturmey Archer AW hub, but it has no date code or oil port. I took the indicator chain out and dropped oil in there.

The bike has also had its left crank replaced and its brake pads and obviously the saddle. The seat post moves, and I raised it an inch for myself. It will go higher for my friend who is taller than I am. I couldn't find a proper hammer, so I wasn't able to give the stem expander bolt a proper blow. I wasn't able to free the wedge in the stem and move the stem, but it might not be stuck once it is met with a hammer. The bolt does turn in the stem. I'm leaving it as is for now.

The tires have no dry rot!

I took it for a 2.6-mile ride around the neighborhood. I want to get rid of the rattle from the little ornament on the front of the front fender. Plus there is a click each time the master link comes around the rear cog, so there may be some alignment problem. Maybe the master link is banging on the chainguard.

Ideally, I will overhaul the BB, front hub, and headset. But I'm not sure I will. The front hub is very rough and may not last much longer, but then again, betting against the Raleigh's longevity isn't necessarily a good idea.

Can anyone guess what year this is?

Please remind me: which side does the adjustable cone of the front hub go on?

















judging by the decals, i would say late 60's ? If you are not worried too much about a full rebuild, you could always drop a few ounces of manual transmission fluid down the seat post, to lube the bottom bracket. This way you don't have to fight with those cotters. That was a trick i learned from my CoOp. Kinda of a hack, but it works. I wouldn't do it if i owned it of course
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Old 04-17-17, 02:03 PM
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Been getting final adjustments made on my 66 & 71 Super Sports during this cold/wet Winter & Spring. Twice recently a sunbreak led me to gather my gear, pump up the 66 only to find it was raining again. So I dug out an old pair of Honjo fenders, cleaned/polished & mounted them. Also changed to an Arabesque Shimano 600 crankset on the 71. Lots of daylight shows running 28 tires on the 66, so I will probably be able to go to 36 or 42 when these are worn out. Don
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Old 04-19-17, 09:07 AM
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Originally Posted by GordoTrek View Post
judging by the decals, i would say late 60's ? If you are not worried too much about a full rebuild, you could always drop a few ounces of manual transmission fluid down the seat post, to lube the bottom bracket. This way you don't have to fight with those cotters. That was a trick i learned from my CoOp. Kinda of a hack, but it works. I wouldn't do it if i owned it of course
Either in this thread or another one, some folks have helped me identify the year to be 1969 or thereabouts.

I've oiled BB spindles by dropping oil where the spindle meets the cups, and I did that here, too. I could add some to the seat tube, too, so thanks for the tip.

My friend and I have scheduling problems, so I STILL haven't handed the bike off to him.
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Many things but the very latest is another road bike. This is how I Built it up quick for some test rides. I will bring it down for some frame touch up and component change out.
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I've been working on two very different projects: A late 80s Schwinn Mirada reimagined as a slow and sturdy cruiser with Wald fenders and an early 90s Performance branded frame built as a flat bar 9 speed - high speed commuter. The Mirada is complete and on the local c'list, and all the Performance needs is crank bolts for some Ultegra cranks and a swifter-looking saddle before it gets listed as well.

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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Either in this thread or another one, some folks have helped me identify the year to be 1969 or thereabouts.

I've oiled BB spindles by dropping oil where the spindle meets the cups, and I did that here, too. I could add some to the seat tube, too, so thanks for the tip.

My friend and I have scheduling problems, so I STILL haven't handed the bike off to him.
If the shifter is original (from the the rear wheel was replaced), you can get a date range from that. The chainring may nail down the date closer - see here:
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Changed my winter wheels and brake pads to summer wheels today.
Also used for the first time a dropout adjustment tool; well worth the investment.
Went for a ride, one of my pedals creak. (Cheap ebay platform) Just opened and I have silver dust inside. It all fun.
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Old 04-23-17, 08:12 PM
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After converting my Peloton from 9-speed Dura Ace STIs to 10-speed Dura Ace downtube shifters late last week (loving it), it was time to use the now un-used Dura Ace pieces on another bike. Basically, between three of my bikes, everything is getting shuffled. The Peloton is in her 'final form' for numerous reasons--she is also in her best form.

My Ross Signature, which has been acing this unbelievably wet and crappy fall/winter/spring finally gets Shimano STIs. I had been running 8-speed Record Ergos with a Chorus FD and Mirage RD with Dura Ace cranks and single pivot Shimano Exage Sport brakes of the standard reach variety, and it was time to make it all the same. Snagged some absolute gems of Shimano BR-R650 dual pivot calipers in standard reach in the used brake bin at Recycled Cycles. Ultegra/Dura Ace level stuff in 47-57mm standard reach for a killer price. The bike and fenders were cleaned and lightly polished for the occasion of the arrival of all Dura Ace pieces. Gatorskins on the DA/polished MA-2 rims and we are set!

Test rode my re-built-up again Raleigh 531 (3x10 Veloce through Record) after completing it yesterday (or was it Friday?) and rode it before rain got the better of my fenderless excursions. After trying to sell the frameset (one I picked up at last year's Bike Swap for just $40) for months, having concluded that it was not really lighting my fire, I built it up to see if I could sell it, with a very outside chance of keeping it, I am........keeping it! The Nitto Noodles look fantastic on it and the DB 531 frame is a delight to ride. How did I not feel that before?????? Keeper!

Did a lot of tire swapping out this weekend. Oh man.

The Campy stuff from the Ross will go on a Cannondale and get sold. Another frame or two will get built up and sold for a good price to get them out of my possession.

Will try to do some more work on my Paramount restoration.

I also snagged a sweet 1987 Schwinn Super Sport with the later-in-the-year paint job for a really great price that came with DA/MA40 wheels as an upgrade to the 6209-era 600 pieces. And Paramount road cycling shoes. Fun!

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Ok it may not be to much C&V but one ive been wanting to build, a late 90's Mountain Bike with Hydraulic Magura rim brakes.
So here it is a 1999 GT Avalanche


Magura Raceline D Hydraulic Rim Brakes
Rock Shox SID Fork
XTR Rear hub,Cassette, Derailueuer.
Deore LX 9 Speed Shifter
Basic 1x setup on 175 mm Truvativ 2 piece cranks
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GT Saddle has a Wood looking texture to it
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@noglider - on Raleigh hubs the adjustable cone goes on the non drive side of the front hub.

Don't have much in the way of photos, but I bought a 1987 Canadian built Peugeot "City Express". The chrome chain stay protector shows a Canadian flag and says made in Canada in French. I only did a short parking lot test ride, but I can't wait to really ride this baby. It's the step through model and, deceptively, looks huge. The bottom bracket is about 12" off the ground, seat tube only 19", and the head tube is about 8.5" tall. Has cantilever brakes, 26" alloy rims and riser handlebars. Shimano indexed 6-speed thumb shifters with 28/38/48 front and 14/15/18/22/28/34 rear, Shimano "Light Action" front/rear derailleurs. Guy I bought it from got it in Portland at an estate sale from the original owner. Paint is 8/10 - rose-beige, frame dropouts aligned, wheels dished well. Still has the shop sticker & shop water bottle. Shop is still around, but changed their name when the owner died.

So far I've cleaned and re packed bottom bracket, headset, both wheel hubs, freewheel and brake calipers (Shimano AT50). Installed new brake cables/housing/pads front & rear. I also washed, polished then waxed the frame. Color sometimes look more muted plum, and other times beige shimmer.

According to the 1987 US Peugeot brochure, this bike is all original. First owner added a silver Blackburn Mtn rear rack with an attatched collapsing grocery basket, and a kickstand. And carved his Oregon Drivers License # on the downtube.

Here's the link. Could someone please do a picture assist?
http://www.bikeboompeugeot.com/Broch...0Page%2021.jpg
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@noglider - on Raleigh hubs the adjustable cone goes on the non drive side of the front hub.

Don't have much in the way of photos, but I bought a 1987 Canadian built Peugeot "City Express". The chrome chain stay protector shows a Canadian flag and says made in Canada in French. I only did a short parking lot test ride, but I can't wait to really ride this baby. It's the step through model and, deceptively, looks huge. The bottom bracket is about 12" off the ground, seat tube only 19", and the head tube is about 8.5" tall. Has cantilever brakes, 26" alloy rims and riser handlebars. Shimano indexed 6-speed thumb shifters with 28/38/48 front and 14/15/18/22/28/34 rear, Shimano "Light Action" front/rear derailleurs. Guy I bought it from got it in Portland at an estate sale from the original owner. Paint is 8/10 - rose-beige, frame dropouts aligned, wheels dished well. Still has the shop sticker & shop water bottle. Shop is still around, but changed their name when the owner died.

So far I've cleaned and re packed bottom bracket, headset, both wheel hubs, freewheel and brake calipers (Shimano AT50). Installed new brake cables/housing/pads front & rear. I also washed, polished then waxed the frame. Color sometimes look more muted plum, and other times beige shimmer.

According to the 1987 US Peugeot brochure, this bike is all original. First owner added a silver Blackburn Mtn rear rack with an attatched collapsing grocery basket, and a kickstand. And carved his Oregon Drivers License # on the downtube.

Here's the link. Could someone please do a picture assist?
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Spent yesterday afternoon doing long-overdue maintenance on the Bianchi. Oh, I've cleaned and lubed it occasionally, but untold recreational miles and even more commuting miles, some in rain, can really gum things up.





Was there a thread recently about parts which were worn beyond their useful life?
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This Miele frame has been sitting for a long time. I finally resuurected the old thing for a daily. Looks beat to hell, but rides good (Ive since ran brakes, cables, and added a chain.





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Picked this up many years ago, and stuffed it in the attic as I was working on other things at the time. Kinda forgot about it until last weekend. Took it down, dusted it off, put 100 psi in the tires, and off I went. I came back rather impressed.

Currently on the stand for some further cleaning and maintenance, before I take some "after" pictures. This is a seller's pic from 2012 or thereabouts. 1984 Batavus Professional. It has a mixture of 6207 and 6400 parts, probably the result of an earlier upgrade to 7-speed.

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I'm working on a 1986 Schwinn Voyageur:

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The seatpost is seized, so I've got penetrating oil working at that. I haven't dug into the hubs yet, I suspect I may need new ones, we shall see. The SR SP-11 pedals will need an overhaul for sure, they are gravelly when I try to rotate them. The rear derailleur has issues, so I will replace that. Everything else is pretty good. Just need to clean up some rust spots and find some British Green touch-up paint. Minor rust on the shiny bits came off nicely with Evapo-Rust. The Shimano Biopace crankset will go away, in favor of a Sugino triple.
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Went into the week wanting a project. Now I have two...

1996 Cinelli Supercorsa SLX


1986 Schwinn Cimarron



Have a bunch of stuff coming in for Cimarron that I think will turn it into a pretty fun tool.
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I am getting a 56cm 1983 Centurion Pro Tour 15 (now 18!) ready for sale. Got new canti pads and 27" tires for it and put it all together. It's my first foray into the canti brake world, having them fully disassembled and reassembling all of it. It's actually gone quite well--pretty straightforward, though you won't see me giving up my rim brakes any time soon.. It's going to be a bit of assemble, then sell, assemble another, then sell. Get some money back in my pocket, and get bikes out of my place. Seven is a workable number and I'm at about eight, plus frames etc. Can't have it like this so action is being taken. Also at this juncture, I am tired of projects. I've built a lot over this long fall/winter/spring and it's time for the main event(s) bikes and not side shows. My proverbial cup is full.
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Took this Peloton to bare frame for cleanup and rebuild and riding. Still needs replacement of mismatched rims and correct FD, along with clips and straps and other little things here and there... maybe swap out the 39T ring as well, and the RD required a new cage (incorrect but good)... so much more will happen to this one over time. Anyway:

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