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Old 10-29-21, 12:10 PM
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Finished up the 1984 Diamondback Mean Streak. Don't know what I will do with it. Parts are worth more than the whole. 26x2.35 Fat Frank tires, there is room for something even wider. Cartridge bearing wheels, that was a surprise! Came with 180mm crank arms! Swapped those out. The XCII pedals were like new, they have been put up for sale on that other site. Bike originally came with bull moose bars so I put it back to its original form.



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After missing out on a killer rasta-fade Italian Lemond a few weeks ago, I made a cheap offer to get this early Trek-Lemond Buenos Aires. I've been sitting on a Willow 46/30 conversion ring set, waiting until I came across a crankset made for a short spindle to use it on. If the weather stays dry enough, I'll get to test ride it today and decide where to take it.

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Last night and this morning I'm mocking up the Olmo Sanremo and sorting out any parts I might still need. Decided on black housing since the frame color is more of a cream than white. There's an internal cable run in the top tube so no real clash there with the black housing. Trying to use a lot of black to isolate the beauty of the frame. Gonna either pull those bright decals off the rims or more likely I'll order another set of Zonda's for this if the ride out on the road proves worthy. That Bontrager stem will also go for a more subtle black one. The build will be Campagnolo Record 10 Speed but with a Chorus 10 speed crank. Soma HWY One bars that my lower bike appreciates and then for now one of my beloved Fizik Kurve Chameleon saddles.

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Old 10-31-21, 11:24 AM
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This morning I gave the De Rosa a going over in preparation for another ride today. Just not feeling right out on the road and looking at all the rides logs for it showed it's never really posted a fast ride. Swapped on a new chain while also giving the rest of the drivetrain a good cleaning. I took apart the jockey wheel cage on this one too and cleaned all the gunk out of it too. Hoping to get a ride in on it if the forecasted rains cooperate.

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Originally Posted by Roger M
I finally got around to cutting a base for the truing stand..
I made a couple small trays for this truing stand project. Probably not the best solution, but just using stuff that I have on hand. In this case, a piece of 1 1/4" copper pipe slit in half. I think I'll just hot glue it .


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Old 11-01-21, 11:21 AM
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Is it working...?
it is!
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Father / Daughter day on my 67th Bday.
This was Saturday after getting my Colnago back from paint. I was putting it back together(headset) while my daughter tuned her skates. It has been a while since we worked together and it was great to have her for the weekend.
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Old 11-01-21, 07:07 PM
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Got out the graph paper to figure out the dimensions of this Atom drum brake hub for a Schwinn Twinn that Iím trying to make rideable. It was sort of fun not being able to import the measurements from the spoke calculator. If I use a Rhyno Lite rim, I get 252ís and 254ís. The thickest spoke Iíve found thatís easily available is a DT Swiss 13g in black, meant for e-bikes, apparently. The only Rhynoís that are available are black as well, so itíll have a resto-mod look. I can live with it. Suggestions welcome if anyone has built one of these hubs.

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Old 11-02-21, 04:35 AM
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I brought home this Raleigh Saturday and to keep me from riding it as is for too long like I did my last buy, I got right on tearing it down. I think it goes well with my wife's decor glass and chrome in this room but I'm not going to let her keep it.


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Originally Posted by Chuck M
I brought home this Raleigh Saturday and to keep me from riding it as is for too long like I did my last buy, I got right on tearing it down. I think it goes well with my wife's decor glass and chrome in this room but I'm not going to let her keep it.


Agreed

Well then, you need to get her one of her own.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Agreed

Well then, you need to get her one of her own.
She has an '83 Bridgestone mixte that she doesn't ride. But I will admit the Bridgestone doesn't match any of the furniture.
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Old 11-03-21, 01:31 PM
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@JacobLee, I built a wheel on one of those hubs back in the 1980s. I tried 5x and 4x, and those failed. I ended up using 2x, and it held up very well.
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Broken spoke kept this bike out of commission. Replace spoke and actually got wheel pretty true. Pretty happy about that.
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Originally Posted by noglider
@JacobLee, I built a wheel on one of those hubs back in the 1980s. I tried 5x and 4x, and those failed. I ended up using 2x, and it held up very well.
Hey Tom! Thanks for the info. Iím going to try 3x because with the rim Iím using it puts me at pretty much the shortest spoke thatís not a custom size. The challenge with this particular hub is that the holes in the flange are 3mm wide. The old 14g spoke heads could almost pull through. I bought one 13g spoke and it still seemed a bit small, so I ordered some crazy Sapim e-bike spokes that are 12g at the bend, then taper to 13g, and use a reducing nipple that lets you get that thick spoke into a standard rim eyelet. Turns out a 12g spoke is 2.6mm thick, so should work. Iím learning a whole lot about spokes, and hopefully it translates into a solid wheel! Wish me luck.
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Originally Posted by JacobLee
Hey Tom! Thanks for the info. Iím going to try 3x because with the rim Iím using it puts me at pretty much the shortest spoke thatís not a custom size. The challenge with this particular hub is that the holes in the flange are 3mm wide. The old 14g spoke heads could almost pull through. I bought one 13g spoke and it still seemed a bit small, so I ordered some crazy Sapim e-bike spokes that are 12g at the bend, then taper to 13g, and use a reducing nipple that lets you get that thick spoke into a standard rim eyelet. Turns out a 12g spoke is 2.6mm thick, so should work. Iím learning a whole lot about spokes, and hopefully it translates into a solid wheel! Wish me luck.
if all that fails, you can use spoke washers.
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Detroit-style pizza using brick cheese instead of mozz. Cheese goes over the dough first, sauce last in strips. The dough is a higher hydration than what I had been uaing and it seema to work better.
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@JacobLee, I know I used 14ga spokes then because they were the thickest we had. No washers.
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My late 1950s/Early 1960s Dunelt Fleur-de-Lys. Iím not going to restore it but so far just maintenance. Last thing on the list is the correct rear derailleur and hood covers. Other than that, I love riding it. Plus! Just found a period correct headlight.


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@JacobLee, I know I used 14ga spokes then because they were the thickest we had. No washers.
These are off a Schwinn tandem, and I suspect some Schwinn Approver had them drilled out extra big for some sort of wrought iron spoke they needed to use. The front hub resembles some sort of farm machinery, especially compared to a Normandy hub (bottom) drilled for 14g spokes:



A friend built them years ago with 14g and no washers, and they were downright scary. Front worse than the Atom rear, obviously, but he did them in a rush with spokes he had on hand, hence the 4x and spoke heads pulling through the flange. Iím not even going to try using this again:

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Originally Posted by jamesdak
This morning I gave the De Rosa a going over in preparation for another ride today. Just not feeling right out on the road and looking at all the rides logs for it showed it's never really posted a fast ride. Swapped on a new chain while also giving the rest of the drivetrain a good cleaning. I took apart the jockey wheel cage on this one too and cleaned all the gunk out of it too. Hoping to get a ride in on it if the forecasted rains cooperate.

Got the new 13-26T cassette in for this yesterday so I mounted that this morning. Spoiling the bike so I also ordered a new 52T chainring since the current one shows some wear. The vendor has been slow to ship that and I had to shoot them an email reminder yesterday. Supposedly it has now shipped.
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A Raleigh Professional gets its first attention after being in an attic for 40 years.


The headset is a little loose, and I removed the red reflective tape. All appears to be fine, but the rear tube rim was replaced with 27 1/4 Weinman hubs are still good.
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Re-packing the BB and rear hub on the Zwift bike. Plus a general clean. It lives a rough life.



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Replaced the silver Campag Chorus skeleton brakes on my ti Merckx with the previous generation Chorus ones with the fatter bodies, which I think looks better with the oversized ti tubes and Columbus Max fork.


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Learning how to true a wheel. This is my final frontier before being completely non reliant on the lbs
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