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Old 03-30-22, 06:07 PM
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Not C&V but because of C&V: this BSO was abandoned behind the shop on Monday. I asked and was granted. I like to have a bike for my Grand Daughter to ride when she comes north for a visit. She loves our rides together. This a good size for her - 24" wheels. Thanks to all the bicycle stuff I've learned here at BF and from other bicycle experiences I was confident I could make this work.

It was mostly in good shape but had residual issues from the initial big box minimum wage assembly and the RD was exploded (not even going to mis-spell it). I grabbed another BSO RD with a bent cage and off I went. RD will go to the blast furnace. I straightened the hanger and aligned the DOs. I repaired the chain (four bent links). I removed the "new" RD cage and straightened that in the vice then reassembled and mounted. Close but some (cough) adjustment still needed. Being a bb BSO I grabbed the BSO RD adjusters (two Channellocks pliers) and dialed it in. Works well. Corrected brake pad installations and caliper tensions. Trued wheels. Corrected HS adjustment. Oiled wheel bearings. Refit grips for the twisties. This will do for the 3 or 4 rides on her next visit. Then start looking for a BSO 26" bike. She's growing fast. Save this'n for my Grand Son's first visit.

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Playing catch-up here







Drivetrain is up next, after picking out all the little bits of grit from the pads
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It's always a treat seeing that Raleigh posted. I think it's the fenders and collapsible rear rack that really do it for me.
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Originally Posted by Rooney
It's always a treat seeing that Raleigh posted. I think it's the fenders and collapsible rear rack that really do it for me.
Thanks! It’s a Goldilocks bike for me, love it. There’s always something to do…mudflaps need replacing with a different material and the front fender line could use some attention. Spacers under the fork crown.

The issue is that, for the most part, when I’ve got time to wrench I’ve got time to ride…
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Well, it's thankfully riding season for me now and I really don't have much to work on except for finishing the Team USA. Waiting for a 33mm headset wrench to arrive for that. So now my wrenching is mainly sorting things out to get them in riding shape again. Tubulars are the things needing attention right now. Yesterday I finally taped some Veloflex's onto the new C.F. wheels I bought this winter for the CAAD8. And of course, swapped in new brake pads. Waiting for the wax to dry on that as I type since I'm also "beautifying" it for a test ride today.


Yeah, I know the front's on backwards. I always notice AFTER I take the picture, LOL!

I'll also be regluing the set on the old Klein Quantum II this afternoon once it warms up in the garage.


Pictures never capture how beautiful the paint is on these Kleins. Rich colors that shine like diamonds!

I also had to put a different cassette on the KHS Aero Comp yesterday. Realized the the jockey cage was rubbing on the largest cog when I was in the second largest cog and couldn't adjust it not to.

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Suntour Cyclone MkII GT after a full service and quite a lot of cleaning:




Yep I polished off the black lettering

Had to file the L stop down 1mm but it now shifts 8 speed reliably (SRAM 13-32).
Only issue is the B adjuster hole has the thread stripped. Looks like it's currently 4mm metric fine, some time this week it's going to be 5mm metric fine.
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Nothing much this morning. I fixed the saddle tilt on the Tea USA since that was a bit too nose up for comfort.




Then I tweaked the RD on the Cannondale I rode for 30 miles yesterday. It was a bit balky on downshifts.




Then since I feel like a fun ride today I got the Guv'nor ready for it's first ride of the year. Mainly that involved pretreating it with sealant, something I usually don't do with my bikes. I actually ride this one on the local bike path and there's a lot of winter debris all over the path right now. Don't want to deal with a flat on the rear of this one miles from home.


Sealant in, now time to just give the mechanics a quick going over and then shine 'er up a bit.
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Opportunity struck, and I found a good job with good personal life synergy. I'm about to start the disassembly for shipment of my Centurion and Carlton in a few weeks.

I always handled all this stuff myself in the past, and was hoping that the corporate relocation package that handles grandfather clocks and pianos that I don't have would also tackle this, but apparently that's on me.

During my last move, from Europe back to the US, the shop a block from my house was happy to gift me as many bike boxes as I could handle. That was pre-pandemic...

Has it been easy for people to get cast-off bike boxes in recent months? It's only about 400-500 miles, so probably the shortest move I've had in ages outside of moving town to town in Sweden in a box truck where I didn't bother with boxing. I don't get full control over the process, which could involve transfers and storage of individual items.
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Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs
Opportunity struck, and I found a good job with good personal life synergy. I'm about to start the disassembly for shipment of my Centurion and Carlton in a few weeks.

I always handled all this stuff myself in the past, and was hoping that the corporate relocation package that handles grandfather clocks and pianos that I don't have would also tackle this, but apparently that's on me.

During my last move, from Europe back to the US, the shop a block from my house was happy to gift me as many bike boxes as I could handle. That was pre-pandemic...

Has it been easy for people to get cast-off bike boxes in recent months? It's only about 400-500 miles, so probably the shortest move I've had in ages outside of moving town to town in Sweden in a box truck where I didn't bother with boxing. I don't get full control over the process, which could involve transfers and storage of individual items.
Not sure about free bike boxes but any large box could be cut down and be made to fit better too, reinforced in the right places from the inside out.

I have a pretty good surplus of bike boxes but the last two bikes I shipped were a PITA as the boxes were hammered and I like to reinforce them plenty, handholds, corners, flaps, etc. By the time I get done, I could probably have built a better one from scratch.
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V brakes suck. That is all.
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I am restoring a bike for a friend and things are not going as smoothly as I'd like.

The barely used Shimano 105 Golden Arrow group I am installing is really nice, but as the original brake lever hoods have perished I got me a pair of Cane Creeks replacements. Their fit is much worse than I expected:





Another disappointed was provided by the one item I wanted to save, the stem engraved with the brand. It has a crack where I would not want one:



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One of the teachers I am building a bike for said her husband had a rough Huffy. So I built this one for him...nothing special and pre-worn but itís safe and rideable.. The next one is hers. Then they can ride around with their little ones in a bike trailer.



I hate V brakes with a passion.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Nothing much this morning. [..]
Then since I feel like a fun ride today I got the Guv'nor ready for it's first ride of the year [..]
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1986 Miyata 310, that I'm currently rebuilding. Bought it for $25, it'd obviously been sitting outside for years, and missing a lot of its original parts.

All I really have left to do at this point is pull cables, wrap the bars, and do any final adjustments.

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A couple of days ago, I disassembled two sets of wheels. Tonight, I successfully built up one of the rear wheels. I'll probably try doing one a night for the next three nights. For a first attempt, I'm quite pleased with the result!
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Finished up my Rockhopper with some mish-mash parts from my stash. Shimano STX RC Special Edition components, Mavic ceramic Crossmax up front/Mavic 217 SUP rear, went with some thumbies with Suntour XC Pro's, Selle Saddle, then went threadless stem for a wider more modern bar,found one tan wall tire in my stash an IRC Piranha.
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
I hate V brakes with a passion.
Man, I went straight from a Suntour U-brake to a set of Avid Single Digit V-brakes in about 1996, and it felt like the sun coming up over the horizon. Those particular V-brakes are pretty hateful, though.
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Refurbished a Ross Carrera to list, proceeds to the bike-share supplies fund.


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Went by the bike-share barn and picked this one up for refurbishing in my basement. This makes 2 Ross bikes in a row!
It's the kind of bike that is more likely to find a new home in the program than the "skinny-tire ten-speeds" we get. Dusty and crusty, I think it will come out okay if enough elbow grease is applied.




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The Suntour Sensation Trek
I came close to completion, I found some old Suntour friction shifters with the AT Sugino cranks and installed the XCE front derailleur and a XCD rear laced up the cables. Unfortunately my 13-26 Suntour freewheel has cracked cog in the gear 5 position, ah dang! It looked so fresh, under closer review the cog is mushroomed from pressure and has cracks all the way around. I'm surprised it hasn't blown off. I'm ok with that I really want to use a 14-32 set.

As near as I tell from interpreting the Serial #, Trek brochures, spec sheet and finally product information, I believe this to be a 1980 410 variant made to the same geometry as the 710, but made with .022 Ishwatta tubing and only one braze for the rear derailleur cable stop. The lack of braze ons was the final factor for identification. The serial number is one of the ones with the missing first letter, so I had to dig to find the matching manufacturing details.

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Bracket to mount a front light on my Wald wire basket. Could have bought something but ... you know.
A bit of 2" angle aluminum, scrap of handle bar, & a quarter used as a washer.

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I've had this frame for a little over a year now, and was riding it for maybe half that time when I started getting a clicking while pedaling. I overhauled basically every part of the bike before thinking to swap the wheels, which finally yielded silence. I thought the spoke tension or something was off, but the wheels were true and properly dished. Finally, I opened up the rear hub. Old grease. Cleaned it out and put new grease in, and it rides silent once again. I've got a set of Mafac Raids I plan to install once I get some fresh pads in. Very excited to rip around on this thing again!

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Today's treat, my Raleigh Professional gets the breakdown and cleanse. I'm not crazy for the rando bars, the 115 stem, nor the he Shimano barends, I don't like the placement of the bottle cage, and the headset is something that should be on a Super Course.








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Finished up this Miyata mixte for a colleague this morning:






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Sadly today I was working on the Prologue TT doing something I hardly every do. Tearing the parts off of it. I never fully got this one dialed in as a dog wrecked me on another bike and caused permanent damage to the AC joint in my right shoulder. So even though it recovered enough to ride my normal road bikes it still pops and grinds when I try and go aero on the Prologue. It's been listed for sale locally for about two years at a crazy good price with no takers. But several asked for it as a frameset. So this morning I took all the beautiful Ultegra parts off and then relisted it as a rolling frameset. If it doesn't go soon I'm going to happily hang it on the wall of the bike cave. I love the look of this frame!


All the harvested parts. Good news is I have several Dura Ace and Ultegra STI shifters on hand to pair with these parts so one of the other bikes is probably getting an upgrade. Ultegra parts have less than 100 miles on them.

How it's listed locally now. Happy to hang this on the wall and then that will give me a brand new full Campagnolo Scirroco wheelset to use also. The front wheel that matches this rear has never been used.

How I had it built up. My buddy used it in a Triathlon last summer.
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