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Old 10-21-17, 11:07 PM
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A few weeks ago I had a go at soldering cable ends. I think it has a nice tidy look - less bulky than ferrules. So far so good, though I think it could benefit from a heat source that hits the cable strands more evenly with a higher intensity than a soldering iron. Maybe a butane torch or similar.



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Old 10-22-17, 03:44 AM
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Ford Mustang (2000 GT convertible), my over sixty gift to myself. Just changed out the leaky intake manifold and removed the too dark window tint...getting pumped to tackle the ABS light next. The bikes don't need very much but ridden at this point...but always on the lookout for a promising frame. 😜
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Now that the weather has turned to sh*t, I'm tearing down and cleaning, waxing and lubing my bikes. When I had the Raleigh apart I converted the crank to a Campy triple. It took a couple of hours to get everything to mesh correctly, but after moving the rear wheel back in the drop-out and fiddling with the height and alignment of the FD everything seems to be running smoothly. I'm running a NR rear derailleur (with an SR cage) and a 14t-28t freewheel and 53-46-36 chainrings. I think my old man knees will thank me when I hit the hills!
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2002 Subaru WRX, my son's car. He wants to rallycross it. I want to ride my Paramount and put finishing touches on milady's Vitus 979.
Hey, I had one of these for 11 years and over 165,000 miles. I strut and the CD changer replaced under warranty. Cracked fuel ran by me before the recall and a tensioner pulley. This thing was rock solid and I drove it hard. Thing was even lightly modded and held up just fine.

I remember all the buzz about how they were getting so much horsepower out of a 4 banger and was like********** My 1991 Dodge Spirit R/T made a very underrated 224 hp from the factory. No idea what it was making when I finally sold it but it was scary fast....if you could get traction.
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Old 10-22-17, 07:02 PM
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I've been working on this 1987/1988 Schwinn Prologue TT "funny bike". Bought it as a frameset with the 24" front wheel included. I've totally serviced the front hub with it's dry old grease and added on the only spare 10 speed wheel I have. Out of all the old wheels now floating around my place I was surprise that this was the only 10 speed compatible one. I did some touch up up the red and white paint last weekend and then the blue this weekend. I installed a riser stem on it but found out that the Origin 8 bullhorns are only 26mm in the clamp area. So the old Scott aerobar clip-ons I have won't fit. So I bit the bullet and order some Profile design bullhorns and aerobars. I was trying to do this all with parts on hand. New BB installed and a 53/39 Ultegra crank was fit on. Then some Ultegra short reach brakes, and matching FD and RD were bolted on. These will be shifted by a set of Dura Ace barend shifters. I was going to reverse mount some Dura Ace levers I have but didn't like that setup so I also ordered some reverse barend brake levers. Oh and I threw on an 11-23 Ultegra cassette. With the heavy old bars and a chain on it's coming in at 21 lbs 7 ozs. Once I finish with new bars, modern saddle and saddle post as well as cable and housing I'm betting it'll be under 22 lbs. The Profile Design setup is spec'd at a good bit lighter than what I have on it.

Here's it with a lot of the mentioned work done.

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trying to decide if the TA cranks are gonna work for my girlfriend or not...

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Is that orange tool a crank arm remover? Never seen such a thing, very cool. Looks like the center is driven with a ratchet or square drive, pretty special for a TA.


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trying to decide if the TA cranks are gonna work for my girlfriend or not...

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Been spending the last week cleaning up scrapes on the drive side brake lever and TI RD bolts from the Somec (the unfortunate rig I was on when I had my crash a couple months ago). Re-polished, replaced the torn hood, re-cabled the brakes, re-assembled the RD and found I had somehow loosened up the HS during the crash, too, so I set that to rights as well. The drive side pedal cap took a small scratch (steel caps on the track pedals - dodged a bullet riding the only bike without quills), but it's minuscule. Crash reminder, I suppose.

Today I walked it a couple miles down the road to my LBS for a rear wheel truing session. I'll get it back tomorrow afternoon. I know, I know - why not do it myself? Well, I've tried and messing with spokes is a black art to me. So I pay the pros. At least I head out every time with 100% certainty that my wheels will be fine and everything else that was wrenched by me is also going to be fine.

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With all your beautiful bikes and fabulous work you do it's hard to believe any skill could elude you, so be it, same for me, dam wheels. Been a bike, car, motorcycle tech/mechanic all my life, 25 yrs as a professional and there are many things still that I know better than to try and take to far. It is what it is.


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Been spending the last week cleaning up scrapes on the drive side brake lever and TI RD bolts from the Somec (the unfortunate rig I was on when I had my crash a couple months ago). Re-polished, replaced the torn hood, re-cabled the brakes, re-assembled the RD and found I had somehow loosened up the HS during the crash, too, so I set that to rights as well. The drive side pedal cap took a small scratch (steel caps on the track pedals - dodged a bullet riding the only bike without quills), but it's minuscule. Crash reminder, I suppose.

Today I walked it a couple miles down the road to my LBS for a rear wheel truing session. I'll get it back tomorrow afternoon. I know, I know - why not do it myself? Well, I've tried and messing with spokes is a black art to me. So I pay the pros. At least I head out every time with 100% certainty that my wheels will be fine and everything else that was wrenched by me is also going to be fine.

A man's gotta know his limitations

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Today I walked it a couple miles down the road to my LBS for a rear wheel truing session. I'll get it back tomorrow afternoon. I know, I know - why not do it myself? Well, I've tried and messing with spokes is a black art to me. So I pay the pros. At least I head out every time with 100% certainty that my wheels will be fine and everything else that was wrenched by me is also going to be fine.

A man's gotta know his limitations

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I've never tried truing/building wheels either. I'd like to try it but I keep having visions of wheels so crooked they rub both chain stays while turning or flat spots that allow the wheel to stand on its own.
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Sekine SHS 271

I'm working on this neat mid 70s Sekine SHS 271. The bike has a full tange chrome moly frame (likely no. 3) and middling quality components, largely Shimano with a weird 70 mm english threaded BB. I've completely overhauled the bike and the bearing surfaces are in good shape throughout the bike. Plus the frame and parts are in remarkably good shape. Other than the consumables, the saddle, and front skewer, this bike is completely original. Thanks to [MENTION=207730]3speedslow[/MENTION], I found the brake levers, brakes, and a front cone I needed to get the project on the road. I resisted the temptation to "upgrade" the bike but it wasn't easy, sigh. I really like the frame and the headbadge. I'll post some build pics later in the Sekine thread. Oh yeah, and this is my first bike with turkey levers,
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Originally Posted by Kactus
I've never tried truing/building wheels either. I'd like to try it but I keep having visions of wheels so crooked they rub both chain stays while turning or flat spots that allow the wheel to stand on its own.
Like this:

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I finally found the courage to start with the build of something I bought almost 8 years ago:







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Like this:

[IMG]Taco by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]
Exactly.
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Originally Posted by eom
Like this:

[IMG]Taco by lebagman, on Flickr[/IMG]
That'll buff right out with the right polish.
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This morning, I pumped up my tires and oiled my chain.
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This morning, I pumped up my tires and oiled my chain.
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After yesterday's wet commute I started investigating why the Raleigh's BB was making noise. At first I thought a crank arm was loose but discovered, no, it was play in the BB bearings. Okay, it has been a while and many miles since I last serviced it. So in the near future I will shall have done been repacking the BB. (I'm not sure what tense that is.)
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Lately I've been working on this SunTour Superbe Tech RD. It's broken... Surprise, surprise I've been trying to source a similar enough spring on my junk bikes that maybe I could modify to work, but no luck.



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Lately I've been working on this SunTour Superbe Tech RD. It's broken... Surprise, surprise I've been trying to source a similar enough spring on my junk bikes that maybe I could modify to work, but no luck.
The spring tension on my Superbe Tech is on the weak side. Need to crack it open and see whats up.
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Lately I've been working on this SunTour Superbe Tech RD. It's broken... Surprise, surprise I've been trying to source a similar enough spring on my junk bikes that maybe I could modify to work, but no luck.



That is a similar spring arrangement as the Mk2 Cyclone. I wonder if the springs are interchangeable.
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My High Sierra got new shoes and a brake adjustment.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
That is a similar spring arrangement as the Mk2 Cyclone. I wonder if the springs are interchangeable.
That spring setup looks identical to my Mountech too. In fact, it looks like a most all of the SunTour RDs from that time period used the same setup, or at least close to it! Finding that spring may not be as hard as I first thought.
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Had this frame sitting for months. An Outlook. Decided to make it into a flipper. Treated some rust spots then repainted it black. Polished then waxed. Gathered a mish-mash of parts including a set of v-brakes and 26x1.5 tires. Now it's ready to be sold.
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