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Old 03-04-21, 11:16 AM
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A loose Trek 560 frame in my possession

now has all the bits, minus nds crank arm. Built Back Better with Suntour hubs on Mavic GL 40 rims, Aero Royal Gran Compe brakes, Shimano Light Action with LX Sport shifters, Avocet touring saddle.

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Above on 2.16.21, I posted a fuzzy flip-phone pic of a Nishiki I was re-habbing in my basement for a non-profit.
Here it is, done and in the sun.


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Old 03-06-21, 05:50 AM
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I’m not sure if this qualifies as vintage. But it’s a build of the latest evolution of the Alleweder Velomobile (originally marketed in 1992). This is the FAW+ and the kit was delivered to me in 2018. It could be argued the original Alleweder is kind of the great grandfather to all the latest composite machines Quest, WAW, Alpha 7, Quattrovelo, etc.

I’m hoping to have it on the road this spring.


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Started putting my wife’s Bridgestone back together today. Now she wants Creole food more than a bike so we are waiting on a table.




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Two French bikes

I started to work on my early 70s Motobecane Grand Record. I found it on CL 2 years ago and rebuilt it. I modified it at the time (46/36 rings on the TA crank and replaced the wheelset with campy gran sport hubs laced to ambrosio 27 inch rims). I like the bike a lot but I hated the short stem (9 mm) and narrow bars (38 mm). I found a 25 inch Peugeot UO 9 donor bike for $49. The stem on that bike is a 10 and the bars a 41 which will work a lot better. Plus I plan on replacing the lyotard pedals with something wider and more foot friendly.

I picked up a few years back a 70s Peugeot UE 8 that I plan to turn into my commuter. The bike came stock with fenders, a lighting system, and a rack as well as steel rims, steel cottered crank, and somewhat crummy delrin derailleurs (the RD isn't terrible but the FD and shifters are not good). Plus the PO installed a flat bar but the wrong dimension since it's a 25.4. So I'll rehab the bike with a cotterless crank, period correct derailleurs, the fix the handlebar issue and run thumb shifters, and alloy wheels. I have a set of 27 inch wheels with rigida rims and normandy hi flange hubs from an old Schwinn and I found a good deal on a pair of 27 inch Schwalbe marathon tires that will be perfect for commuting.


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Still need to trim the stays and put some gorilla tape on the cracks, but I think they'll work well. I believe these are sized for 26 x 1 3/8th, but fit the CdVs well. Then it's just bar tape and it'll be done and I'll be bored with it.



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I figured the paint all over this saddle would clean up or it wouldn't. Turns out it did so I cleaned the undercarriage and put it back on the bike. Original saddles make me feel warm and fuzzy.


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Some Cyclocross goodness.

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Originally Posted by con50582
Some Cyclocross goodness.

Sweet, not something you see every day. I have an '85 Pinarello cross bike I need to build up. What size tires are you running? My Pinarello cross maxes out at 32c which is fine as I plan to use it more as a road bike.
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That Bridgestone is coming out well Chuck M . I agree that if you can use the original saddle, it does look more better. Great job cleaning the paint and other stuff off of it without loosing the original "Bridgestone" writing.

While this is not a bicycle, it is related and C & V. So I hope it is allowed here. If not let me know, and I won't do it anymore.

I have been using a plastic toolbox to keep my bicycle specific tools in. It has not been working out for me. It has a parts bin on top of the lid to hold small parts. A clever idea to get more functionality, until it dumps all my small parts and small tools on the ground. And the main compartment is one deep section, so I have to remove other tools to get to the one that I want. I figured this two draw tool box should help to organize my tools better. I don't know if I can fit everything, but perhaps I can put some big stuff away somewhere else. It does weigh a bunch without any tools in it yet. This is when the Craftsman tool boxes were built a little heavier than nowadays, or so I'm told.



Similar to a bike project, I was hoping not to have to repaint it and just touch it up, however, the previous owner painted over the original wrinkle finish black with flat black and when I started cleaning up the rust on the bottom, I noticed how much rust there was in front. So, you know were this is going. Just like my bike projects, this gets worked on after work, and after home improvement projects. By the way, I could not find a date code on it. The lock starts with DA, if that means anything.
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Old 03-08-21, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Sweet, not something you see every day. I have an '85 Pinarello cross bike I need to build up. What size tires are you running? My Pinarello cross maxes out at 32c which is fine as I plan to use it more as a road bike.
Pinarello, I would love to see that.

This is a Diamant that I stripped, painted white, and stuck some Systeme U decals on.

The tires here are 28 Vittoria Corsa. I will use 30mm challenge tubs. Grifo rear and Limus front. The 30mm Limus will not fit the back. Definitely was made for 28mm cross tires.
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1985 Pinarello Cross

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Pinarello, I would love to see that.

This is a Diamant that I stripped, painted white, and stuck some Systeme U decals on.

The tires here are 28 Vittoria Corsa. I will use 30mm challenge tubs. Grifo rear and Limus front. The 30mm Limus will not fit the back. Definitely was made for 28mm cross tires.
This will be my next build. I picked it up last year. I bought it mainly for the frame as the parts were OK but nothing special. I'll run 700 x 32c continental grand prix 4 season tires on it. I have a 46/30 IRD double and a 12-28 7 speed new winner freewheel. I'll likely use suntour barcons with cyclone mark ii derailleurs. I have a set of wheels with campy low flange hubs and matrix aurora rims that are silver. Most of the parts will be more or less period correct but not the crank.

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Originally Posted by bikemig
This will be my next build. I picked it up last year. I bought it mainly for the frame as the parts were OK but nothing special. I'll run 700 x 32c continental grand prix 4 season tires on it. I have a 46/30 IRD double and a 12-28 7 speed new winner freewheel. I'll likely use suntour barcons with cyclone mark ii derailleurs. I have a set of wheels with campy low flange hubs and matrix aurora rims that are silver. Most of the parts will be more or less period correct but not the crank.

Very nice. Frame is definitely hardest to get ahold of. That one is really cool. Sounds like a great build. Suntour cyclone is good stuff.

I used a Record FD I had and found a Shimano 600 RD to take a bigger freewheel. Used a Suntour 6 speed 14-30. I removed the Shimano label from the RD so it would be able to talk to the crank. Found a 135bcd 44t front chainring from Gephardt with the Campy 39 decent gearing. Had the Suntour superbe levers. Old Suntour is always nice to have around.

My frame is a little big but you take what you can in vintage cx. Going to race this in some Masters beer races.
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The Trek 716 gets a decal with the thanks to Madhonk, and RiddleOfSteel for the install,
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Worked the dent in the top tube of my Koga-Miyata WorldTraveller with a set of Paragon Machineworks tube blocks. They referred me to Ceeway bike building supplies in the UK as shipping from there was a lot cheaper.

Worked pretty well but I will try again next week when my vice comes in to put some actual clamping force on there.



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KickBack. Enjoy.

Converted my single speed to a double speed.
First test ride. I’m new to wheel building. Are they ALL supposed to loosen!?!
.....back to the trueing stand....


yea.... I didn’t want blue. But no coaster brake version was more expensive and harder to get. Maybe some matching Paul cantilevers?
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A while back I remember riding in San Diego and the bars on my Gios suddenly rotated towards the ground after hitting a driveway ledge. I quickly knew the stem clamp was 26.4 and not 26.0 After 2 years, busted lever hoods and almost stripping the stem bolt I finally got around to swapping the bars and hoods.

Going from a 40 to 42 width bars, new bartape, 80mm stem and cables. Perfect combo for me. Picked up some brown Campagnolo repop hoods today..



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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Of the two available cage spring tension positions, I have always used the lower one for every Nuovo Record rear derailleur I've used. But, for whatever reason, it wasn't working properly on my latest build, this '72 Torpado. When I abruptly stop pedaling on a small rear cog, the chain would go slack and rub the front derailleur, a noise made much worse when hitting a bump at the same time...

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I always attributed that chain sag effect to a freewheel or cassette not spinning freely enough when you stop pedaling. Never thought of it as a symptom of spring tension. Interesting!
I know it's been a few months, but you were right. The additional pull of the derailleur cage spring wasn't the whole solution to the issue of the chain going slack when coasting. Earlier today, I finally removed the freewheel and sprayed in there a bit with some WD-40. I really didn't want to go that route, as I assume the freewheel bearings are a bit worse off. But at least this particular issue is finally fixed.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
I know it's been a few months, but you were right. The additional pull of the derailleur cage spring wasn't the whole solution to the issue of the chain going slack when coasting. Earlier today, I finally removed the freewheel and sprayed in there a bit with some WD-40. I really didn't want to go that route, as I assume the freewheel bearings are a bit worse off. But at least this particular issue is finally fixed.
Congrats! You know, I had to take apart a Shimano 600 freewheel a couple of months ago because I had cracked one of the tabs trying to remove it, and it wasn’t that hard to rebuild. Funny thing is, I had to do it twice because I had packed it with too much thick grease and it wouldn’t spin freely. Got it on the second try, though. This picture is with marine wheel bearing, disc brake automotive grease, and it didn’t spin. Repacked it with a little less Phil Wood, and it was fine.

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Finally got to go for an hour-long ride on my winter project bike and it worked!

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Originally Posted by daverup
Chocolate Carmel Bridgestone! I'll bet it will shine up nicely
She came in and looked at it tonight and decided it wasn't as bad as she thought. It was the first time she had looked at it clean. Tomorrow I hope to finish it up and if the thunderstorms don't happen, give it a test ride then set it up for her.

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Originally Posted by Chuck M
She came in and looked at it tonight and decided it wasn't as bad as she thought. It was the first time she had looked at it clean. Tomorrow I hope to finish it up and if the thunderstorms don't happen, give it a test ride then set it up for her.

Nice work! I think the only question now is whether that beautifully reconditioned saddle will be comfortable for her..
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I have a 1994 Cannondale R500 that was my first road bike, purchased brand new back in 1995. This is the 3.0 road race frame, with and RX100 triple, and 7 gears in the back. I rode that baby a lot the first 2 years I had it, but then bought a better bike - which I also still have - that I rode a lot more. I'd swapped some parts, getting rid of downtube shifters for Sachs New Success Ergopower levers and 8 speed 105 rear wheel. It's been hanging unused for most of the last 20 years.

SO last month I got a wild hair to bring it back to life, and use. I didn't want to remake it as a triple, but I did want the whole downtube shifter aesthetic. So I spent a couple weeks combing Ebay for RX100 parts, since I still had the brakes and brake levers, and the shifters (but 7 speed rear, and I wanted 8 because I have a couple 8 speed 12-25 Dura Ace cassettes from that better bike I mentioned, which I had since converted to 10sp. SO, RX100 crankset, BB, rear derailleur, rear shifter, and wheelset: a new bar and bar tape. I had my favorite LBS swap out the old crank and BB for the new one, and then spent a happy evening putting it all together.

Last Sunday was its maiden voyage. I was going to take it maybe 20 miles and then switch to one of my newer bikes, but it was so much fun I did the whole 51 mile ride on it! Here it is, about 12 miles in:



This is with a spare wheelset I had, since the RX100 wheelset hadn't arrived yet. When it did, I mounted the tires on those rims. The rims are dark gray, which, combined with the black sidewall tires makes for a rather dark aesthetic, but I also got some gumwall Vittorias I might use instead.

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