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Old 06-11-23, 02:07 PM
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1954 Sturmey ASC, close-ratio fixed-gear hub



Selling this ASC (sold already) so I took the opportunity to overhaul it, mostly for my own curiosity. I started taking pictures of all the steps but forgot to take the last few, but there's most of the rebuild anyway, for anyone interested: Flickr album

Sharp-eyed viewers will notice, I neglected to remove the secondary Sun gear from the axle, just cleaned it in-situ. That's because I didn't want to bend down the ears of the keeper-washer just to disassemble, then bend them back up after re-assembly. Those ears will break off eventually after being bent up and down enough times, and it's not an easy part to find. Plus, dis- and re-assembly are easier if you leave that alone — win-win.

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Been working on the Fisher Montare.

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Old 06-11-23, 02:52 PM
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not happy having only one project going, I picked up a SteamRoller frameset with a few bits.
then noticed a Paul hubbed wheelset nearby- which the owner parted with for a very accommodating price- with lots extras.

Ultimately I’m shooting for canti brake 650b with IGH hub. Maybe a 4spd S-A

right now I just want to get a crank set so I can take a spin…. maybe I’ll like it fixed so much I’ll call out good….



My seat and stem added

New bits purchased today

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Old 06-11-23, 04:33 PM
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Picked up a 1981 Miyata 1000 back in early May. Gave it a good wash and it all seems to be in good order, except the freewheel is a bit growly. Thankfully I had a 2 prong puller in my toolbox so the freewheel is off now. Trying the fill and flush with light oil method to see if that will quiet it down. Removed the "flick-stand" that was on the downtube because I didn't like how it covered up the Miyata logo.


Freewheel flush


Flick Stand

Looks better without it


After a wash and back together. The freewheel is quieter.
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Old 06-11-23, 05:25 PM
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Originally Posted by zookster
Picked up a 1981 Miyata 1000 back in early May. Gave it a good wash and it all seems to be in good order, except the freewheel is a bit growly. Thankfully I had a 2 prong puller in my toolbox so the freewheel is off now. Trying the fill and flush with light oil method to see if that will quiet it down. Removed the "flick-stand" that was on the downtube because I didn't like how it covered up the Miyata logo.




Flick Stand
I like those flick stands
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Old 06-11-23, 05:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Desert Ryder
I like those flick stands
First bike I have owned that had one. I think they are cool and would be useful, just did not care how it covered the logo on this particular bike. I'm sure it will find it's way onto one of my other bikes.
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Progress Report.
I Hate Waiting... Everything I need to do anything is not here, all is at the frame builder. I have weeded the front yard, trimmed the trees, did the laundry to keep the wife happy,and walked the dogs. nothing bicycle related has happened...
So here is a picture of the AlAn Record on the day it became a bicycle... Three years ago.

20191229_220141 by nemosengineer, on Flickr

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Changed out the rear cog to a 17T.


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Bled a Magura hydro rim brake caliper on a Cervelo TT bike...ick, the "blue" fluid was brown and bubbly...very nice now.
Disassembled and rebuilt a Venge, also replaced the cracked seat post...shouldn't crank down on it that hard. It came out great and a happy customer.
Upgraded my Aethos from 11 speed mech Ultegra with TRP mech disk brakes to full kit of 105 Di2...quite pleased.
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That is a beautiful bike!
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And Schwinn said to Giant

Build Us a bike that's not half bad. Giant said Ok???






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Originally Posted by DAbiker2023
If it did have brazed on cable guides, Id say its a 78 GJ and mine has Swiss BB with no pump or bottle braze-ons.
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A new $25 project I just picked up last night by chance. We were picking up a vintage dresser and my wife made the mistake of saying, "You don't have any bikes?" LOL. She was just shaking her head as I wheeled out a bike from the back...#6


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BB turned out to be English. Water bottle braze-ons definitely lopped/ground off. The screw holes remain, which got pointed out me are off-center. Water bottle cages had been installed using machine screws (cages now re-purposed).
NOW: how to fill in those holes and smooth over (I'll use bolt on cage holders, etc.). I plan on having the frame media blasted so I can prime and repaint.
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Old 06-13-23, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by DAbiker2023
BB turned out to be English. Water bottle braze-ons definitely lopped/ground off. The screw holes remain, which got pointed out me are off-center. Water bottle cages had been installed using machine screws (cages now re-purposed).
NOW: how to fill in those holes and smooth over (I'll use bolt on cage holders, etc.). I plan on having the frame media blasted so I can prime and repaint.
Thanks, DA
I believe these holes can be brazed over and cable guides can be added as well as new bottle braze-ons. I have a frame which had the brake cable guides removed (as well as the shifter cable guide underneath the down tube probably damaged and removed) and in my case it didn't bother me much. After repainting I've put stripes of black vinyl underneath the new clamp-on cable guides and added Suntour downtube shifter guides. Then again, my personal preference would be to have almost nothing brazed onto the frame (maybe mudguard eyelets and bottle holes) if possible and add my own stuff, but wouldn't be removing anything unless it's damaged and unusable. I can understand you want to restore it close to original though. Don't know what frame builders you have over there, on this side of the pond I've seen some who had reasonable prices when it comes to brazing on stuff. Around 100 plus postage for 3 cable guides and bottle bosses. Clamp-on cable guides are definitely cheaper, which is another reason I didn't bother.
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Bike 3 of what is now 6 giveaways...



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My first try at lug lining, using a Fluid Writer knock off and some cheap 'gold' paint.



It looks fine from a distance, not so great close up though



I've got some One Shot metallic gold in the post, difficult to get in the UK, but that should be better.
Next practise is a red/white head tube with fancy lugs and cutouts I should learn something.

On the other hand the red pearl looks damn fine.
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Build up a new commuter from a 40 bike. Switched out the 3x7 Exage for a 1x8 105 1055-STI combined with a Deore DX RD. Works a treat.
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Build up a new commuter from a 40 bike. Switched out the 3x7 Exage for a 1x8 105 1055-STI combined with a Deore DX RD. Works a treat.
Dang. You just gave me a good idea for one of the sporty city bikes I just agreed to make for a friend and his wife. Thanks!
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Dang. You just gave me a good idea for one of the sporty city bikes I just agreed to make for a friend and his wife. Thanks!
Happy to help! Do let us know what you be building up.
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Raleigh Gran Sport Gravel Project

I love reading the various threads both on BF and the web about people building vintage bikes into gravel bikes. I decided to use a Raleigh Gran Sport to build into a gravel bike since it has ample clearance for reasonable volume tires. I'm running 700 x 35c Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires. 35c will work for my purposes. The dropout was drewed so I have to run the derailleur on a hanger which will make it hard I think to run a 38c tire. I've picked out the parts for the build; overhauled the bottom bracket, headset, and hubs; and cleaned up the frame as well. I'll run a stronglight 99 crank with 47/34 rings and a Sachs Maillard 23-30 7 speed freewheel.


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Wheel sticker and paint mask for a friends resto project


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In the process of building up a bicycle for the neighbor's tall grandkid from a bare frame and parts. Going slow but OK so far.




But I want to show the gang something else.

This afternoon while hunting (unsuccessfully so far) for important files, I opened a box I hadn't looked in for quite a while. It turned out to be several artifacts from my early 1980s riding days. Let's take a look:


My old Detto shoes with the nail-on plate. I'd forgotten I had switched to an adjustable bolted cleat after the original fixed nailed-on cleat wore out. These shoes probably have many thousands of miles and a few (very few) race victories in their past.



My souvenir bottle from the '82 Arizona Challenge ride. None other than Lon Haldeman reputedly called that ride the hardest one-day ride he'd done up to that date - it wasn't the 17,000 feet of climbing, but the 20+ mph headwinds for the middle third of the ride. I put in a couple hundred that day and got to Prescott at sunrise, and didn't feel like I hadn't given it my all.



This very nondescript bottle is actually a treasured artifact. I obtained it on a warm day in Mission Viejo in the summer of 1984 when it came flying out of the mens' road race pack at the Olympics. I think it was tossed by a New Zealander, but I'm not sure.

Back to working on the bike...
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