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Old 10-06-17, 09:54 PM
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Wrenched on this today to finish it up:
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Old 10-06-17, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Pompiere
My dad has an old Hercules that looks like a kissing cousin to your Raleigh. He is 77 and rides it a couple miles regularly for exercise. I put a computer on it (at his request) so he could track his efforts.

I had a Subaru Brat, bitd. It was the ancestor of the Baja. I had a lot of fun with that little car/truck. They put jump seats in the bed to get around the imported truck tariff, but I could still carry a dirt bike if I put the front wheel between the seats.
That’s awesome if you could snap a pic of it I would love to see it
Always wanted a brat, besides my son lol ( I kid ) we got the Baja for a decent price and outback for a song.
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Just assembled this with what I had on hand and as a Single Speed for test riding purposes. Bike rode just fine and seems to be a good fit. Looks like this will fall into the N+1 category as I doubt that I will be selling this late fifties Rabineick 120d...



I will fully build the bike, now, and ride it for a while. Next Spring, when I get back from Jamaica, I will paint and decal the bike and offer a full build story for others to view, if they wish to do so...

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Old 10-07-17, 12:07 PM
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Put some new Fizik bar tape on my Hollands this afternoon.

Also, tossed some MKS flats on the bike so I could ride it on the Mankato River Ramble tomorrow.

First ride in a month after after breaking a toe and we're doing the 50 mile route.

Should be interesting...

Here's a before shot.

4th century of the summer. 3rd on my Hollands. Great bike. I love EL-OS. by gomango1849, on Flickr
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Old 10-07-17, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider

As a result, this has become my favorite bike of the moment:



Just finished tonight, once the rain clears the area tomorrow, I plan to put on some miles. If I do, watch for a ride report over on "Where Did You Ride Today".






Nice project. What pedals are these? Look comfy.
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Old 10-07-17, 01:17 PM
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Started the tear down of the Fuji America I bought earlier this summer.



I think it is in need of an dropout/hanger alignment.

This will be my first time aligning a rear end, and Im trying to do it on the cheap.

Love the ride and with new grease and cables it will be so much better

When finished it will have matching dark blue cotton bar tape. It's gonna look gooooood.
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Old 10-07-17, 07:16 PM
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Originally Posted by jpaschall
Nice project. What pedals are these? Look comfy.
They are comfy, if you like this style of pinned platforms. I'm not convinced yet that these are the best solution, although they are economical and useful enough for now. I'm actually looking for something that is more old-school, but they are hard to find these days.


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Thought I was going to build up a wheel set for my le tour II but noticed this when I freed them from the steel rim.

Go find replacements in the bin.
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Old 10-08-17, 03:47 PM
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MKS Sylvan touring? Economical, stylish, time tested and bullitproof.


Originally Posted by DQRider
They are comfy, if you like this style of pinned platforms. I'm not convinced yet that these are the best solution, although they are economical and useful enough for now. I'm actually looking for something that is more old-school, but they are hard to find these days.


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Old 10-08-17, 05:09 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Thought I was going to build up a wheel set for my le tour II but noticed this when I freed them from the steel rim..
I have the same issue. I sold a Campy track hub on eBay and the seller claims it was received with a bent flange similar to the above. Has anyone tried fixing one?
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No can do, alum does not rebend well at all.
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Originally Posted by merziac
MKS Sylvan touring? Economical, stylish, time tested and bullitproof.
D'oh!

How could I forget those? I think I actually have a pair in one of my bins. Thanks for the nudge!


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Originally Posted by Scipunk
That’s awesome if you could snap a pic of it I would love to see it
Always wanted a brat, besides my son lol ( I kid ) we got the Baja for a decent price and outback for a song.
I don't think I'll get over there before he heads to Florida for the winter, but in the meantime, here is the Brat.
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Old 10-08-17, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Pompiere
I don't think I'll get over there before he heads to Florida for the winter, but in the meantime, here is the Brat.
Ok thats awesome and I want one lol
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Originally Posted by Pompiere
I don't think I'll get over there before he heads to Florida for the winter, but in the meantime, here is the Brat.
Sweet. Drop an EJ20 in there and you're good to go.
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Originally Posted by Pompiere
I don't think I'll get over there before he heads to Florida for the winter, but in the meantime, here is the Brat.
Isn't that the one with the cool back facing seats on the bed??
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
That's just beautiful! Nice even wraps and caps on the end. Do they have a problem staying on?
Back in the day... Cap at the shop for which I worked, went on first. Like a Cinelli cap, tape from the bar end to the center, then for the daring a leather gloved hand, a lighter flame to get it hot, wave the flame quickly Where the end finishes at the bar and heat seal, setting up the tape end to finish at the underside of the bar.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
Isn't that the one with the cool back facing seats on the bed??
As original, they had that, most everyone removed them to make the cargo area useful, a Japanese El Camino.

I own a Subaru, a much later WRX.
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I have MKS on most of my riders, always been a fan, after I replied earlier I went down and got a pair of their BMX for a project. No way to go wrong with them and I believe they have been around plenty long enough to be correct enough for anything well back into the 70's.


Originally Posted by DQRider
D'oh!

How could I forget those? I think I actually have a pair in one of my bins. Thanks for the nudge!


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Old 10-09-17, 05:18 AM
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Here's a DiamondBack Ascent belonging to a friend of mine. He retired recently and wants to get back into shape so plans to include riding with his walking and weights regimen. He bought the bike new in about 1990 but has not ridden for years and had let his brother use it until today. Nothing seriously wrong except the RH RapidFire shifter seems broken; won't downshift. I expect repair will be impossible and replacements hard to find but that will need to wait for exploratory surgery. He also wants a taller stem and/or bars and it's a good thing he's in no hurry because I'm in the midst of a bathroom remodel that has priority.
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Hit the co-op yesterday and was lucky to find stem and bars and a Rapidfire shifter that will probably get Danny going. A few more little parts and then find the time to actually do the work and we should be set. Tall stems aren't cool looking but they do the job.
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Originally Posted by 2cam16
Sweet. Drop an EJ20 in there and you're good to go.
Anything would have been better than the original 67 hp engine. However, the Brat was traded in 35 years ago. Also, that would probably require relocating the spare tire from on top of the engine to a different spot.

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Isn't that the one with the cool back facing seats on the bed??
Yes, the jump seats allowed it to be titled as a car, thus avoiding the imported truck tariff. Toyota and Datsun got around it by shipping the truck and beds separately and assembling them at the point of entry, calling it all "truck parts". I left the seats in. I was in the Navy and had friends without cars, so I was giving a lot of rides. Also, I could wedge the front wheel of a dirt bike between the seats and set the back wheel on the lowered tailgate. Perfect fit.
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In the past couple of days I:

1. Aligned the rear fender on my Super Course after getting some advice on BF and looking at other bikes at French Fender Day.
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2. Installed a Zefal holder and bottle cage on my PX10. I also removed the rear tire after a nice 25 mile ride yesterday. At the end of the ride a shard of metal slashed it clean through.
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3. Finishing up my '78 Fuji Newest. Cables, brakes with new pads and hoods and wheelset in place. Also a Crane bell.
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I hate installing cables. I fear cutting them too short. Even too long costs me time in redoing. I finally screwed up the nerve to replace the cables on my Lemond which is necessary because I've changed the stem and handlebar. I inserted the gear cable in the brifter, and somehow I stuck it in the wrong place. Can't get it out. Argh. I'll get back to it in a few days. Good thing I don't have to ride the bike.
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Old 10-18-17, 07:37 PM
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I haven't put a bike together since last fall. I haven't worked on a bike with side pulls in literally years.

Recently [MENTION=252763]Flog00[/MENTION] scored a 1978 Trek TX700; it didn't work out for him, so he offered it to me. I've been looking for one of these for quite some time- The TX700 is Trek's original 531 framed bike. This was the geometry for the early Treks.

I'm shocked at how much effort I've had to put into this- the amount of trouble I've had and the terrible, terrible things I've done... But the bike is definitely coming along.

The frame:













And the bike as it's built right now-







I think there are some changes coming, but right now it's built with Superbe brakes and levers, Cyclone derailleurs, Suntour Barcons, Stronglight 99BIS crankset, "jim blackburn" rear rack, Vetta front rack, Suntour sealed bearing hubs, Wolber Model 58 rims- 40 spoke rear, Avocet seat post, Avocet Touring II saddle, 60mm Nitto Technomic stem, and Sakae CT Signature bars.
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I will most likely start a build thread as I have some momentum now, but for the time being, I picked up my $25 (complete, but very tired) 1984 Miyata 610 frame and fork from the powder coaters on Monday, and am now putting it back together. I went from the original steel blue to "pearlized" (metallic, really) white. Doing a bit of a 'panda' color scheme. Decals have yet to arrive (bummer!), but that won't stop me from progressing. It is to be my rain/winter bike, but it will (hilariously) have a bunch of go-fast parts. Also, it's already raining...and I'm using my 6400-equipped Cannondale SR400...with a strap on rear fender... Slummin' it with regard to proper fenders and decent braking, but hey, I'm rocking a road/race bike in the rain, one that I wouldn't have thought to.
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