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Old 01-18-21, 04:51 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Looks like it has mismatched rims. And I'd be really surprised if that's the original stem, pedals and bar tape.
Good eye SurferRosa. Front rim is Mavic XP10 (original spec) and rear is Mavic XP30 which was likely changed early in the life of the bike along with the stem. The handlebar tape and tires appear to be the originals and the bike came with the original pedals as well but I put on a temporary replacement set on.
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Old 01-18-21, 05:24 PM
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Johno, and JHiggins,
Got some pics down loaded into computer so here goes:

The tool is two pieces that fit together clamping the cup between them. The length on each piece needs to be long enough to extend past the outer shell of the bottom bracket. Each piece and a BB cup pictured.

This is how the pieces fit together to clamp the cup. The tool actually clamps the cup by engaging the cup by the center area inside the races of the cup.

This picture shows the fit of the tool inside the cup. The stud has a clearance of about 2mm (the same as my Var fixed cup tool).

This is how everything goes together. Each piece clamps on the cup when screwed together. Then the tool can be tightened with a 1/2" drive socket as shown, or if extra leverage is needed a long breaker bar can be used. I have a 2 foot bar here in the shop for plenty of extra leverage.
Hope this makes the tool a little easier to understand. It is more of a junk-yard tool that just works and fits almost everything. I suspect I will get calls from my local co-op to come break apart some of the junk they get in and try to dismantle to save parts for the junk bins. Smiles, MH

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Old 01-18-21, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc View Post
Came out pretty darn cool...



Oh, man, that came out beautifully! I had the same Cannondale awhile back, but it was downright tatty.
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Old 01-18-21, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Iím continuing to work on my lotus sprint. Boy did they cheap out on the bearings!! The cartridges only have 1 rubber seal. The headset bearing retainer holds the least amount of bearings that I have ever seen.



I think that was typical back in the early days of spec-ng sealed bearings on bike components. I've rebuilt lots of sealed bearing hubs from the 70s-80s that only had an outboard seal.
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Old 01-18-21, 07:30 PM
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Just finished my ST1000, still waiting for a 24t ring and front bags to finish it off.







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Varsity

Nice 'Dale!

Having the day off today, I swapped a few things around and came up with this:


This Varsity was a roadside find roughly a year ago. It's become my favorite bike. Fits me like a glove.
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Old 01-18-21, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
Just finished my ST1000, still waiting for a 24t ring and front bags to finish it off.







are those plastic or alloy fenders? if alloy, what kind/brand?
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Old 01-19-21, 06:35 AM
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are those plastic or alloy fenders? if alloy, what kind/brand?
original plastic fenders that came with it.
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Old 01-19-21, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by southpawboston View Post
Oh, man, that came out beautifully! I had the same Cannondale awhile back, but it was downright tatty.
Thanks. The paint is in great shape, so polishing really brought it out.
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Old 01-19-21, 10:40 AM
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Originally Posted by thook View Post
are those plastic or alloy fenders? if alloy, what kind/brand?
Iím pretty sure those are SKS Chromoplastics. Theyíve got a layer of foil sandwiched between layers of plastic. I used a set for years before the front fender shattered from my foot hitting it.
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Old 01-19-21, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by JacobLee View Post
Iím pretty sure those are SKS Chromoplastics. Theyíve got a layer of foil sandwiched between layers of plastic. I used a set for years before the front fender shattered from my foot hitting it.
yes, thank you! i suspected they might be. i have a set of chromo's. i just keep looking for some alloy ones like that. the kind esge used to make that the chromo's replicate
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Old 01-19-21, 05:54 PM
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Continuing the cutting down of my herd, I decided to bring this back to life and sell it after it's been hanging down to frame and fork for a few years. Much as I hate letting it go, I probably won't ride it anyway since the Trek 560 and Bottecchia are better riders. Slapping on a mix of 105 and Exage stuff I have in the bins.
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Old 01-19-21, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by 2cam16 View Post
Continuing the cutting down of my herd, I decided to bring this back to life and sell it after it's been hanging down to frame and fork for a few years. Much as I hate letting it go, I probably won't ride it anyway since the Trek 560 and Bottecchia are better riders. Slapping on a mix of 105 and Exage stuff I have in the bins.
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Cool! I've never heard of a DB Master TG model.
Although the frame looks small there seems to be a lot of clearance between the frame and wheels.
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Old 01-19-21, 11:18 PM
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Originally Posted by bOsscO View Post
Cool! I've never heard of a DB Master TG model.
Although the frame looks small there seems to be a lot of clearance between the frame and wheels.
Thanks! Yeah Western State Imports pretty much mixed and matched the names of their brands. It's actually a longer name,Diamondback Centurrion Master TG. The Centurion is on the tt. Centurion also has a Master in the Ironman bike. lol
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Old 01-20-21, 06:08 PM
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I have been putting off getting to the most damaged of my bikes that were involved in a house fire (arson that was never solved). So today I have started on the Team Fuji and hoping to get it to a hot bath sometime tomorrow. I am suspecting this frame is full chrome underneath the paint. There is chrome in the water bosses that is visible, and if not I will know that it will have to go to PRO Kote Indy for a new powder coat. I have taken a few pics to document the process and hopefully give a bit of perspective of what can be restored. At some point I am going to put the finished item in the valuation thread. So here are to beginning photos.

the fire damage doesn't show well but the paint is destroyed and the tires were burned off the rear rim

front wheel is almost intact the bikes were hung on a steel rack and the worst damage was to the area near the top of the rack. close look to the bars show how the tape literally melted on the bars

the rear didn't fare very well

frame paint still has decals but will have to come off

Fuji frame decal indicating tubing type
And so begins another restoration project. Smiles, MH
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Old 01-21-21, 12:03 PM
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This is my latest project, a '97 (i think) RockHopper which I bought as a frame years ago.
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Old 01-21-21, 04:11 PM
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Mad Honk: yeah, the Sun cabinet holds my distributor tester that I use when rebuilding distributors. The cabinet also makes great storage for tools in plastic cases and test equipment in general.

This afternoon, after a trip to the hardware store to get supplies, I mounted a Jim Blackburn rack on the back of the Ross.

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Old 01-21-21, 07:30 PM
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This is my latest project, a '97 (i think) RockHopper which I bought as a frame years ago.

Cousin!
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Old 01-22-21, 09:59 AM
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Made these three bits:



to go here:



like this:



to make this marriage:



The arms have a threaded projection that goes almost all the way through the Y-piece, so the bolts still have four full threads engaged - without the washers not enough of the shoulder of the bolt head was bearing, the corners would either round or were going to dig in.
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Old 01-22-21, 12:00 PM
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You're right Bill, those two make a nice pair.
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Old 01-25-21, 04:34 AM
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Tried to roll out the dent in the top tube of my Koga-Miyata WorldTraveller using homemade wooden frame blocks. They don't work all that well it seems, too much flex.

What size would you recommend for a 29mm (with paint) top tube?

A quick online calculation would suggest a 1 1/8 inch block.

29 millimeters = 1.142 inches

Formula: multiply the value in millimeters by the conversion factor '0.039370078740345'.

So, 29 millimeters = 29 ◊ 0.039370078740345 = 1.14173228347 inches.

29 millimeters as an usable fraction or an integer in inches:
1 1/8 inches (-1.5% smaller)

(1 1/8) inches = 28,57500 mm
That would lead me to either Biketoolsetc for $48, The Bicycle Academy for a lot of money for the whole set or ParagonMachineWorks for $15 though the latter is more of a frame clamping block to keep it in place.

Any further experiences here?
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Tried to roll out the dent in the top tube of my Koga-Miyata WorldTraveller using homemade wooden frame blocks. They don't work all that well it seems, too much flex.

What size would you recommend for a 29mm (with paint) top tube?

A quick online calculation would suggest a 1 1/8 inch block.



That would lead me to either Biketoolsetc for $48, The Bicycle Academy for a lot of money for the whole set or ParagonMachineWorks for $15 though the latter is more of a frame clamping block to keep it in place.

Any further experiences here?
Get the Paragon ones, they are what you need. If at all possible use a vice not the screws to tighten.

Wood blocks are not worth more than one desperate use. That Bicycle Academy listing reminds me of the Silver Rock Signature beechwood volume knob for only $485. Do they have a brick-and-mortar store - I wonder if they also sell candles and special herbal tea blends.
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Get the Paragon ones, they are what you need. If at all possible use a vice not the screws to tighten.

Wood blocks are not worth more than one desperate use. That Bicycle Academy listing reminds me of the Silver Rock Signature beechwood volume knob for only $485. Do they have a brick-and-mortar store - I wonder if they also sell candles and special herbal tea blends.
Yeah I got the same response from them. They are clamping blocks to hold things in place. Not to roll out dents. I contacted a nearby local framebuilder to ask if they happen to have these things in stock, otherwise I will just have to spring for the Paragon blocks and order a vice.
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Old 01-27-21, 12:57 PM
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I picked up a vintage folding bike, and it's going to be quite a project. Documented the teardown here https://www.re-cycled.net/posts/2021/01/luxus-intro/

and here's a pic
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Been doing all work myself what with not visiting friends and bike shop repair times.
By golly, having the right tools made the last 2 BB installs a pleasure. And safer for the paint.


just do it. buy the tools.
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