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Old 07-17-22, 07:33 PM
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Working on.....
wheels for my Valgan build
drying harvested garlic
finishing the porch
& especially, a G&T
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My new 650b-T wheels
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Old 07-17-22, 10:04 PM
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Wheel-True Alignment and Tune-up on "Ol' Blue

I had gone into the winter season thinking that I had some issues to solve on Ol' Blue. This is an early Trek 400, Ishiwata #22 tubeset, 700c conversion that got a 9-speed Deore cassette and derailleur and "Handsome Cycle" single crank all in black. There was enough room to fit 35mm T-Serve messenger tires, and the bike has been in-service with me for the last 3 years. It is the perfect all-`round Gentlemen's Express; fast enough, yet still comfy over urban terrain. All it needed was a good tune-up, cleaning, and drivetrain lube to make it ready for another season of new adventures.



That done, I rode briefly around my neighborhood, testing it comprehensively, in preparation for my "Monday Morning Breakfast Expedition". Ol' Blue performed flawlessly! Snick-snick-snick through his 9-speed cassette, driven now by a single shielded crank, Right now there is no luggage beyond what fits in the Carradice Zipped-Roll Saddlebag. The handlebar only holds the lock that I use to try and deter theft. It's not the best solution, but it will suit my needs at the moment.
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Old 07-18-22, 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted by DQRider



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man! - I'd be afraid to step away and take the pic- for fear the bike would fall in the canal there.
any-ways: lovely build. I'm always a-skeeered to go black components on my old sports tourers, but this looks really nice. I've got the unsalable-TREK420 of a similar era, but set up with an Arabesque group (almost complete group...)
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Old 07-18-22, 06:10 AM
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Swapped out a standard Dura Ace 7700 Rear Derailleur for a pristine 25th Anniversary version.

Not much difference, except for the lettering, titanium bolts and stainless steel pivots.
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A number of years ago, 20 to be precise, I built double casement corner windows for the house 'o 66. 20 years of south and western exposure had taken its toll


I'm hoping to get 10 years, or until I sell, from the rest of the sill and sash. I'll paint primer today and soon I'll do the same for the rest of the south and west.
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Old 07-18-22, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ehcoplex

Working on.....
wheels for my Valgan build
drying harvested garlic
finishing the porch
& especially, a G&T
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Just got two Mavic MA2 rims delivered, so very much in the same mood. Might lace them today...

And here we go. Surprisingly pleasant rims to build with. Especially for second hand rims it's going great so far. Didn't require too many lateral adjustments. Now going through radial trueness and so far it looks like I might actually get the rear wheel mostly done before bedtime. Front one is laced and awaiting its turn.


Maillard hub, Mavic MA2 rim and DT Swiss spokes

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Old 07-22-22, 09:16 AM
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The purge, time to push the heap down the road. This was about half of the clunk.


In the process the little 620 Trek is looking like a bike shaped object.
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Old 07-22-22, 05:06 PM
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It's gonna be quite a while before gugie gets my AD back to me so I am trying out possible bits on my Maserati frame. The two are actually pretty close geometry wise. My wheels are a23s with a dynamo up front and 126 freewheel hub in back. The campy derailleurs may remain if I don't decide I need a bigger freewheel. The cockpit is almost certainly what I will use. On the Maserati I have tektro 559s but gugie is setting me up with mafacs for the AD.
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Old 07-23-22, 03:27 PM
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My daughter normally takes a Walmart bike to Burning Man, but she's fed up with those bikes. She always knew they were junk. I went with her to buy this bike on craigslist. Today I fixed it up for her. It's pretty nice. I'm envious of the 3x7 Alivio drivetrain, as it works like a champ, though I'm not a fan of twist shifters.

It had been a while since I did any bike wrenching at all. It felt nice to have it come back to my fingers.


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Old 07-23-22, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
A number of years ago, 20 to be precise, I built double casement corner windows for the house 'o 66. 20 years of south and western exposure had taken its toll


I'm hoping to get 10 years, or until I sell, from the rest of the sill and sash. I'll paint primer today and soon I'll do the same for the rest of the south and west.
nice job - new wood pieces look great !

my father was a long time carpenter - but unfortunately I did not inherit his carpenter skills

the back of our house faces south / southwest - no trees / full sun

the original / almost 70 year old exterior window sills were in poor condition: no paint remaining - wood was gray and cracked in places etc

I 'restored' the window sills with marine epoxy - then urethane acrylic primer / wood stabilizer - then a top quality exterior acrylic latex paint

did this a few years ago - still looking good (crossing fingers)

"prep is everything" - this is true to a large degree - but the materials can make a huge difference - a great prep job will be wasted when using mediocre materials

I also did the steel beams and wood over the garage doors (headers ?) more recently - looking good

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Old 07-23-22, 08:59 PM
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cleaned up this bike and installed a pair of repo tires

1965 Schwinn Fair Lady
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For the first time ever, I gave up on a bike repair. A friend brought over the horrible POS he bought from a cheapo internet retailer.
Skipping details and wasted hours; it needed > $100 to repair, so I stripped the frame, made a box 'o crap for my bud and happily put the frame in the metal recycling can. Felt like flushing the toilet.
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Old 07-25-22, 05:55 PM
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Made a triple out of one of those swaged Sugino Maxy cranksets where the 52T ring is not removable. I know they are nothing fancy, but I have a soft spot for them for some reason. Plus the integral chainring is flat making it very easy to mount a granny ring using a few standard chainring spacers stacked. Buzzed off the 52T chainring just beyond the 110 bcd holes, filed to clean it up. Had to file the slotted holes a hair to get the chainring nuts to fit in there. All in all quite easy, like it was designed for this. The bike is likely a 1979 and I wasn't sure if triples were really available yet so I thought I would make a triple that -could- have existed at this time. I've seen home made triples of a similar fashion using a suntour freewheel cog for a granny. Somehow I feel it just 'works' with this bike







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Old 07-26-22, 06:19 PM
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Nice triple! Looks much cleaner than my own triple made with a freewheel cog.
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Originally Posted by cstar
Made a triple out of one of those swaged Sugino Maxy cranksets where the 52T ring is not removable. I know they are nothing fancy, but I have a soft spot for them for some reason. Plus the integral chainring is flat making it very easy to mount a granny ring using a few standard chainring spacers stacked. Buzzed off the 52T chainring just beyond the 110 bcd holes, filed to clean it up. Had to file the slotted holes a hair to get the chainring nuts to fit in there. All in all quite easy, like it was designed for this. The bike is likely a 1979 and I wasn't sure if triples were really available yet so I thought I would make a triple that -could- have existed at this time. I've seen home made triples of a similar fashion using a suntour freewheel cog for a granny. Somehow I feel it just 'works' with this bike






I've got a couple of cranks that might work with. Very cool!
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The reason I was not able to complete my clunker challenge.

My mother recently move to an assisted living facility due to the acceleration of dementia. She was also a hoarder and neglector of championship levels. Anyhow, longer story short, could not find contractors available for the house. So my last summer as a teacher was taken up by rehabbing a house that was only built in 2010.



Before, after house cleared of unbelievable amounts of stuff.


Repaint bathroom


After paint.

Fresh paint walls and ceilings in every room.

Vinyl plank flooring.



One of 5 piles donated to the NKF. 120 lawn bags and 42 boxes of toys, clothes, books, puzzles, games. Probably most of Goodwills stock...
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Old 07-27-22, 06:40 PM
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Looks good so far but I want to see what the cabinets look like after installed. You are turning a pig into a fair queen on this one. Smiles, MH
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Waiting for gugie has me doing this....

Highly abused vo fenders and an odometer.
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Old 07-29-22, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by mrv

I’m planning a 36 hour overnighter- and needed a lite weight (light wait?) rack- so bodged an attachment for this rat trap rack.
You want a bodge? Make your Pletscher into a true seat stay mount rack. This one was actually a warranty piece that had cracked through on one side so I didn't really destroy anything.
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Pulled this apart and took pictures to send off to Phil Wood asking for any service info they might have.

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About two weeks ago I got sick of seeing the war department's Paramount with a dull finish from the urethane clear coat. So I pulled it apart and gave it the 2K treatment to get the proper gloss. After letting it cure for a while, I started putting it back together. It went fine until I got to a front wheel would not fit easily. Short story was that one of the fork blades was bent. It took about two hours to get it back to correct and then re-install. I am glad it was found before a test ride. Almost hidden without putting it in a jig but it was off by about an eighth of an inch and took a bunch of leverage to move the blade back in place. Now I can get back to the Ciocc build. Smiles, MH
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
About two weeks ago I got sick of seeing the war department's Paramount with a dull finish from the urethane clear coat. So I pulled it apart and gave it the 2K treatment to get the proper gloss. After letting it cure for a while, I started putting it back together. It went fine until I got to a front wheel would not fit easily. Short story was that one of the fork blades was bent. It took about two hours to get it back to correct and then re-install. I am glad it was found before a test ride. Almost hidden without putting it in a jig but it was off by about an eighth of an inch and took a bunch of leverage to move the blade back in place. Now I can get back to the Ciocc build. Smiles, MH
Amazing what a little fork straightening will do for a bike.
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I put parts on my red Gitane Friday night for a Saturday test ride. Before I got too far, I had my junior mechanic check it out for basic viability.


Ezra checks out the Gitane (click for video)

I'm still trying to convince myself this frame fits. It's definitely on the small side. It's fine when I'm riding it, but that's a lot of stem.



If I keep it around, I'd be looking for a black stem and saddle. If not, I'll be looking for another red bike to put this 105 drivetrain on.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
I put parts on my red Gitane Friday night for a Saturday test ride. Before I got too far, I had my junior mechanic check it out for basic viability.


Ezra checks out the Gitane (click for video)

I'm still trying to convince myself this frame fits. It's definitely on the small side. It's fine when I'm riding it, but that's a lot of stem.



If I keep it around, I'd be looking for a black stem and saddle. If not, I'll be looking for another red bike to put this 105 drivetrain on.
Ezra looks quite like the budding wrench.
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