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Old 10-19-21, 08:26 PM
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I finally got around to cutting a base for the truing stand..
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Old 10-20-21, 05:07 AM
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Needed a 9v Ergo. Had a 10v ergo. found a damaged 9v Ergo on the bay and swapped the needed parts.
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Originally Posted by Roger M
I finally got around to cutting a base for the truing stand..

Ooh, I need to make me one of those. I was thinking of getting a TSB-2.2, but this seems like a better solution.
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Old 10-20-21, 04:13 PM
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I picked up an interesting bike about a month or so, ago. It had good components and the frame was my size. Many parts were moved to other bikes, but the frame is worthy of something. I am working on using this frame for a Sturmey Archer AW.



It does have the English threaded bottom bracket so, that is what makes this workable. My understanding is the later Lamberts had proprietary bottom brackets to accommodate sealed bearings. And it has a nice chrome Tange fork.
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I do a lot of restorations for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange here in the heart of tech central. Our shop space is leased from Google and many of our volunteers work in high tech. We get a fairly steady stream of interesting donation bikes and I make a point every time I am in the shop to hunt around for something special to work on. Here are a couple I just finished yesterday.
The first is a 1983 Bianchi Champione Del Mundo. It isn't Celeste but it is in every way a thoroughbred. It has full Campi ( brake levers and calipers, crank, pedals, hubs, derailleurs.) and came with a pantographed Campi seat post. As you can see from the before photos, it was not babied during it's life and had been neglected for some time . It was however, complete and all the Campi bits were in pretty good nick , just needing a good clean. The black frame was in a way a blessing as black is the easiest color to touch up. The rear triangle was a mess, with extensive paint loss. The main triangle was in much better condition with most of the decals intact. The fork however was not so good. The steer tube was bent back about 3/4" from top to bottom and deemed not repairable. As luck would have it I happened to have a fork off a Bob Jackson frame I bought a couple years ago that had a stuck seat tube that I couldn't fix. The fork was the right length and had Campi fork ends so I swapped it on to the Bianchi.

The restoration consisted of thouroughly cleaning everything and rubbing the painted bits with white polishing compound to remove dirt and scuff marks. I Sanded the rear triangle with 400 grit to smooth out the paint , treating any rusty bits with Rust Mort which is phosphoric acid, then spraying the chips with primer filler , sanding again , and finally masking off the stays and spraying them with Rustoleum Black Automotive Enamel.

Next, I touched up the main triangle as much as I could then sprayed everything, frame, and fork, with Rustoleum automotive clear.
Finally, I added a new a new saddle and Cinelli bars and stem along with new gum hoods for the brake levers for a sweet looking ride.

The 93 Jamis Diablo was a request from our shop manager . I am not too knowledgeable about mountain bikes so don't know if this is something special. I do know that I just finished restoring a 1984 Stump jumper to original specs and that sucker weighed 32 lbs. ready to ride . The Jamis tipped the scales at 25.5 lbs. which seems pretty light . About the only changes I made to that bike were a new saddle and tires. So here they are - Enjoy





The Bianchi finished



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And here is the 1984 Stumpy . All three are for sale.

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Reviving this Diamondback Mean Streak to its former self. Missing some original parts, but I have piles of stuff. Fake bi-plane fork. Love the XC-II pedals. Crankset missing small ring and it has 180mm arms. Wheels have cartridge bearing hubs.

Bike originally came with bull moose bars, those ape hangers have to go! Appears to have original shifters and derailleurs. Front brake disconnected. No wedge on the stem either, so that would have made a scary ride.

This one sat for sale in Des Moines for weeks. Finally took a road trip through the area and grabbed it.





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1974 Mirella

Just put the tape on. All Campy Record group, except Suntour Superbe brakes. It had Universal Super 68 (more period correct) brakes, but my son is using them on his 1973 Moto Le Champion. It rides great, but I'll be looking at it more than riding...





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Why yes, I am stuffing a 2x10 drivetrain into a 1983 frame and intending to shift it with an Ď85 derailleur. As one does.
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Originally Posted by denaffen


Why yes, I am stuffing a 2x10 drivetrain into a 1983 frame and intending to shift it with an Ď85 derailleur. As one does.
Is it working...?
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Originally Posted by denaffen

Why yes, I am stuffing a 2x10 drivetrain into a 1983 frame and intending to shift it with an Ď85 derailleur. As one does.
What camera did you use for this shot? The resolution is absolutely stunning! Please don't tell me it was a "smart-phone".
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Old 10-23-21, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
Is it working...?
too soon to tell, but it looks like it should. The 10-speed cassette required only a mild tug to slide in the stays and fits well. The derailleur is a Shimano ďalpineĒ from what I can tell. Came from an 80s MTB. It has plenty of articulation for the range. So it looks promising. Weíll see.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
What camera did you use for this shot? The resolution is absolutely stunning! Please don't tell me it was a "smart-phone".
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Iím afraid it was. Just me low rent iPhone SE. the cameras in these things really have gotten better. My photography skills sure havenít.
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Tubeless disc Rigida chrolux
Another installment of ĒWhy not?Ē and I kinda half-expect Iím going to find out the answer.

Hookless rims seem to be a new fashion item, but these rims have been hookless since early 1970s. Going tubeless with split tube method was the easiest thing ever.
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Re-spaced, re-dished and tensioned a cheap 135mm 650b rear wheel to 126mm. I'm using a 6 speed free wheel, so I reduced the drive side axle a bit, and the new hub geometry is comparable to another vintage 126mm 6 speed hub on a 27" wheel so I think I'm good with the the smaller 650b rim.
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When life hands you a Huret hanger...
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Over the past month or so Iíve made this decidedly less c&v. carbon bars and seat post. Sachs ergos. Ti flite saddle. Stainless speedplay x2 pedals. Finally finished with a new campy chain today. Iím a retro grouch in all things, but the surrender to modernity has also helped me lose 3 inches on my waist in the past few months. Also, itís a d rosa and I have an unexplained love for Ugos
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Originally Posted by Flatforkcrown
Over the past month or so Iíve made this decidedly less c&v. carbon bars and seat post. Sachs ergos. Ti flite saddle. Stainless speedplay x2 pedals. Finally finished with a new campy chain today. Iím a retro grouch in all things, but the surrender to modernity has also helped me lose 3 inches on my waist in the past few months. Also, itís a d rosa and I have an unexplained love for Ugos
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I look at it like this, the bikes foundation is the frame, steel, lugged or not, filleted, whatever, rock solid for then, now and evermore.

Us, body and mind with all the sub systems, slowly and agonizingly aging and ultimately failing. If we can make our bikes keep working for and with us then whatever it takes is all good. Now days when I have some off the wall scheme or thought about this, I do not hesitate to try it, any bit of yesterdays capacity we can claw back or hold onto is a win.
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I got this '91 Scott Pro Racing off the original owner who bought it in Europe and up-specced it with full M900 XTR. He had cut down the original handlebar, but I was lucky to find a NOS one in the box on fleabay.
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I'd run my touring/commuting bike with plain SunTour shift levers for years.
Then, about 5 years ago (or so), I found some SunTour compact power shift levers in the parts box and figured I ought to put them on the bike. These are like the old Power Ratchet levers, but with more closely spaced teeth in the ratchet mechanism.
Well, I've been having issues with the ratchet just not giving fine enough control of the derailleur position, with the result of an uncommanded shift happening a while after I shifted.
Maybe the problem is too much drag in the cables or the derailleur itself?
Regardless, I pulled the ratcheting levers off and put plain SunTour friction levers back on. I also lubed the SunTour Cyclone GT derailleur, since the spring was barely able to push it out to the small cog. I also lubed the cable at the bit of housing and under the BB.
Seems more precise now, but I can't say if it is due to the levers or the clean and lube of the cables.

Here are some shots of the compact power shifters.... not really sure if that's SunTour's name for them or not.







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Had a look on Velobase and it looks like SunTour Sprint

https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.a...=104&AbsPos=41
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Making space in the cave by installing my yard sale Transit hangers out in the big room. Working off that scaffold is not my favorite thing but it beats a ladder. I built enough of it to go up 25 feet, not necessary in this application. Got my wife's RANS Wave hung up, our Giant townie fleet loaner, and the nifty Swiss Condor 3-speed all up there in the stratosphere. Two more hangers to install tomorrow, one in line with those and one more in this direction, due to space considerations.


I had to add a bit of curl to the hooks in order for me to feel confident that they won't slip off bars or seats. That metal is stout.


The back wall of the cave is clearing out, so I can now begin planning my windows and a bench along that wall.
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Originally Posted by Aardwolf
Had a look on Velobase and it looks like SunTour Sprint

https://velobase.com/ViewComponent.a...=104&AbsPos=41
boy, that does look like it!
I'm intrigued by the admonition to not open it up due to the risk of breaking it. I'm not saying that the warning is wrong, but I guess it is possible to take it apart without breaking it. I will say that the "cover" does fit snugly, and I can imagine someone bending it out of shape while wrestling with it.

thanks!

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Over the past few weeks I've been slowly assembling the second incarnation of the Eisentraut since it's been in my possession. It's been ridable for about a week and a half now, but only with a front brake as I needed to source a drop bolt for the rear. Finally got one! And today I hooked the rear brake up, installed fenders, and wrapped the bars. Took it for a little spin down to the grocery store.

I like it. And am much more appreciative of it than I was the first go around as I had built it up last year. Its not quite finished yet as I have plans to replace a couple of components, and add a few finishing touches, but it's good enough to call it "done" until next spring.

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Scrap Bin Schwinn Suburban

I picked up a 75 Schwinn Suburban last yr from my junk guy for $5, let it sit outside for a yr due to space and time to work on it. I did a total resto-mod to it.
I kinda knew what I was going to do to it when I got it so I had the time and got started. Striped and cleaned the frame and parts I was going to reuse, gone are the 27" steel FW wheels, in went a set of Bontrager double walled 700c wheels with a custom spaced Shimano 7spd cassette Hub wearing a set of 38's I got for $2 ea on closeout. I used Schwinn Approved parts where I could so the Brakes, levers, crank arms, Pedals, stem, headset, grips and Suntour shifter all came from Schwinn bikes I parted in the past. It is now a 1x7 that is set up for SIS but I chose a Suntour Friction shifter removed from a ladies 5spd Suburban. Threw on some NOS racks I had and custom fitted a chain guard from a Hampton Cruiser that I was going to paint but it looks too good for that lol. It rides great and the center pull brakes with nos Dia Compe Gray Matter pads work way better than I thought they would.
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As if a small garage full of bikes wasn't enough, it appears that I am now collecting vacuum cleaners. The three Panasonics that I have been fiddling with have brush rollers that ride on an axle set in cartridge bearings just like hub.
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