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Old 04-14-23, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Positron400
.. that's how i justify putting 250€ wheels (and the time spent putting them together) on a, let's be honest, low tier frame
If we're having fun, right? Keeps us off the streets. Or, in the case of the Huffy, sometimes makes you want to go to the streets
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Didn't wanna do it ...
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...but you did!

Nice job I'm sure you will enjoy, good price to

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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
...but you did! Nice job...
Thanks.

You wouldn't happen to have any Campy aero brake levers collecting dust, would you?
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I may have a set, I'll take a look, but I won't have time until after next weekend.
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Over the past few days I was putting the Superbe bicycle back together. There were some hurdles on the way during that last stretch, like sudden shortage of Sapim spokes, Continental EasyTape and inner tubes of some makes in the UK (surprise, surprise), but yesterday finished building the rear wheel and today during the final adjustments I noticed the freewheel strangely wobbles a bit. I just flushed it previously, so there was definitely room for improvement. I got to use my SUntour NWN freewheel adjuster tool. And where previously I couldn't crack it open, I guess today all the soaking in nasty stuff over the past weeks did help, because I was finally able to loosen the lockring and remove it. Wasn't bad inside, but I gave everything a good scrubbing, packed the races with new grease and now it works like a dream. This is 13-21T 6 speed freewheel. After this one I overhauled 13-24t one to have a spare just in case and that one was absolutely filthy. No wonder it was turning with so much resistance. Now it's nice and smooth again though. And I'm even more pleased that buying that Suntour tool was useful for something.


Suntour NWN freewheel overhaul

After that I've managed to do some final adjustments and take the new beauty out for a spin. Now I know why Suntour came up with the Hang glider logo. This thing FLIES. Real joy to ride, the shifting is perfect and smooth, the bicycle is very responsive, as if it was wired directly to your brain. There are still things I will have to look into. I'm getting some noises from the front wheel, so will have to look into this. And the rear brakes are screeching like all hell broke loose, so something to sort out as well. Most likely I just need tilt the pads a bit. Other than that, it will be getting cotton handlebar tape, new brake lever hoods and a different seat post and saddle. But for now, I am very pleased with how everything turned out.


Mystery SuperbePro bicycle
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I thought I was going to do a quick handlebar/stem swap this morning, but things weren't quite that simple as it turned out. You can read all the gritty details here starting with post #18 Trash Panda Works Custom Graphics Division

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll


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Correct me if I'm wrong, BG, but it looks like you're opting to go non-aero with two sets of Corsa era brake levers that can go either way, but usually go aero.

I wonder if you'd like to comment on post 102, here: Oh heck why not me too - show us your Bottecchia

Yes, yes, nudge, nudge?
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Correct me if I'm wrong, BG, but it looks like you're opting to go non-aero with two sets of Corsa era brake levers that can go either way, but usually go aero.

I wonder if you'd like to comment on post 102, here: Oh heck why not me too - show us your Bottecchia

Yes, yes, nudge, nudge?
Good eye. Yes I am using the C-Rec era lever non aero but I like size and feel of these better than the older Record era levers plus for the Mono Planer brakes you need the quick release button.

OH no that's not my Bottecchia, I wish I did have one though especiall an "Easter Egg" purple and yellow one.
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50's ladies Rochet

Here is what I've been wrenching on lately.
I picked up the bike in a very sad state during the Christmas bikes for kids operation at our local co-op in December and little by little I worked on it to bring it back to life and enjoy going on spring and summer Sunday morning rides with my girl. She hasn't seen it yet.

Everything was there as far as I could tell, (except for the seat post and saddle shown here that we had in stock and a broken brake lever) but frozen solid, covered in old grease and dust, rusty or oxidized.
I was able to take it out yesterday for a first test ride and a picture. I'm quite happy with how it turned out and it rolls quite comfortably.
I hope she'll like it!
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Originally Posted by Beurt
Here is what I've been wrenching on lately.
I picked up the bike in a very sad state during the Christmas bikes for kids operation at our local co-op in December and little by little I worked on it to bring it back to life and enjoy going on spring and summer Sunday morning rides with my girl. She hasn't seen it yet.

Everything was there as far as I could tell, (except for the seat post and saddle shown here that we had in stock and a broken brake lever) but frozen solid, covered in old grease and dust, rusty or oxidized.
I was able to take it out yesterday for a first test ride and a picture. I'm quite happy with how it turned out and it rolls quite comfortably.
I hope she'll like it!
Great work, looks fantastic, she should be thrilled.
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Old 04-17-23, 09:39 AM
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Well for the past week I've been wrenching on ME!

Knee replacement on the 10th and now just trying to manage swelling and pain as I PT that sucker back into riding shape.

VA will be sending in a PT tech 3 days a week, starting today. Mine, I'm told, is a cycling spitfire so I imagine she'll get a kick out of the bike cave when she shows up today.

Crazy how I could put full weight on the knee hours after surgery. I just can't get the quads firing yet so mobility is only with a walker. Hoping by the end of the week I can do full rotations on the stationary bike I have in my living room.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Well for the past week I've been wrenching on ME!

Knee replacement on the 10th and now just trying to manage swelling and pain as I PT that sucker back into riding shape.

VA will be sending in a PT tech 3 days a week, starting today. Mine, I'm told, is a cycling spitfire so I imagine she'll get a kick out of the bike cave when she shows up today.

Crazy how I could put full weight on the knee hours after surgery. I just can't get the quads firing yet so mobility is only with a walker. Hoping by the end of the week I can do full rotations on the stationary bike I have in my living room.
Wait….only ONE walker?
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I tried to get somethings done in the Ciocc today. Finished refurbishing my 28.6 Campy seat post but I find I don't like way the seat fits on the pillar. I may have to change to a black saddle or put on a new Turbo.

The post cleaned up nicely and is fully functional. A good fit and only need to get a clamp bolt in place.

The rails seem to sit a bit off to one side suggesting the seat may have been dropped once before. Gonna try the black saddle next.
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Old 04-17-23, 06:07 PM
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Finishing up an overhaul of a 6400 group. The last bit was polishing the aero post. Here it is with the tools of the "all-by-hand" trade.



That's two iron files (with 6 different filing surfaces), 2 very old pieces of 600 grit, Mother's and coffee. I got it to a 9/10. It looks 10/10 from 3 ft.
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Tossed this together to decompress after finishing the business & household taxes. It's built from parts from two donor bikes, hence the color contrast. I think it'll go to one of the local groups that gives bike to kids who need them. Tried to assemble it in as "kid-resistant" a manner as I could, remembering the abuse love I gave to my first bike.



It may be too light for UCI competition, though.

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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
I tried to get somethings done in the Ciocc today. Finished refurbishing my 28.6 Campy seat post but I find I don't like way the seat fits on the pillar. I may have to change to a black saddle or put on a new Turbo.

The post cleaned up nicely and is fully functional. A good fit and only need to get a clamp bolt in place.

The rails seem to sit a bit off to one side suggesting the seat may have been dropped once before. Gonna try the black saddle next.
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It's sometimes odd to see the contrast in stories that a saddle can tell, where the cover says "kept indoors and cleaned after every ride" while the rails say "this wasn't our first demolition derby".

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Originally Posted by RCMoeur

Interesting how you have kids bike frames hopping around on the spring grass like Easter bunnies. Do they keep away from the mower?
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Originally Posted by RCMoeur
Tossed this together to decompress after finishing the business & household taxes. It's built from parts from two donor bikes, hence the color contrast. I think it'll go to one of the local groups that gives bike to kids who need them. Tried to assemble it in as "kid-resistant" a manner as I could, remembering the abuse love I gave to my first bike.
It may be too light for UCI competition, though.

I rebuilt a couple of these a few years back for a friend's grandkids. So satisfying to get them properly serviced with good bearing and such. Completely different bikes when I gave them back to her.
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Weather has turned dull again, but first paint on my 1961 Cyclone

Frame has been spread to 120,
replaced 5 cable stops with non-rust ones,
replaced BB cable guide,
filled the rust rash,
finally starting to paint it.
Only another 9+ coats to go.

UPol Acid #8:

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Originally Posted by Prowler
Interesting how you have kids bike frames hopping around on the spring grass like Easter bunnies. Do they keep away from the mower?
That was the other donor frame. It didn't take having its wheels and headset removed very well, and was still sulking over there in the grass.

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Weather has turned dull again, but first paint on my 1961 Cyclone

Frame has been spread to 120,
replaced 5 cable stops with non-rust ones,
replaced BB cable guide,
filled the rust rash,
finally starting to paint it.
Only another 9+ coats to go.

UPol Acid #8:

That's a nice painting rig. Quite advanced. My solution was an old floor lamp stand (because of its heavy base), with the frame sitting on it upside down on the seat tube. But your solution seems to allow for adjusting the angles, which is very useful. I can only rotate the whole frame, so painting of certain areas is more difficult than others.
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That's a nice painting rig. Quite advanced. My solution was an old floor lamp stand (because of its heavy base), with the frame sitting on it upside down on the seat tube. But your solution seems to allow for adjusting the angles, which is very useful. I can only rotate the whole frame, so painting of certain areas is more difficult than others.
Yep, that's my own design of painting stand - I got bored last winter.
Here's the details: DIY Painting Stand
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Here is a fast and dirty picture of my 1984 Trek 830 mountain bike in my kitchen; finally all complete.



I am very proud how this bike turned out, and will be posting more photos and details soon. Seeing all these great builds on the C&V forum here has been very inspiring.👍🏼
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Some 6400 stuff I've overhauled. The calipers are 6403. The rd is 6401.



I hope to retain the 6400 bb and headset for a Campy build. Fingers crossed on the spindle length (115). Now just waiting on bearings from eBay seller bctrade.



I took some acetone to both the lower headset cup and adjustable cup to remove the six "Shimano 600" labels.
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Today I'm gettin' off my duff and finally fixing up a bunch of the bikes that have been loitering on my back porch since last fall. Most of them had gunked-up shifters that I was able to degunk via many passes in an ultrasonic cleaner, so those bikes just needed new shift cables plus maybe replacement tubes & tires.



One of them is rather good at going but not all that accomplished at stopping for some odd reason.



And this semi-ol' Raleigh... well, I may just toss a set of shifters on it and donate as is and let some other person finish it to their taste.



All of them are going on the truck tonight and will be donated early tomorrow morning to the local Free Bikes 4 Kidz affiliate. And I get back a little more shady space.
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