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Old 12-31-17, 09:07 AM
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Working on a rusty 1990 Paramount right now. Stripped down and off to the painter.

Need to wrap up the 1983 Stumpjumper that has been sitting in my shop disassembled for several months.

Third project is to rebuild the bathroom in my workshop. It has been out of service for 15 years. Its going to take a while, as it is a disaster.

Fourth project is to convert my trusty drop bar Cimarron to STI shifting.

Fifth up is to rebuild my Prologue and install a Dura Ace 7400 group.
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Good eye on the pedals. Bike was a freebie without pedals and I had these. Trying out the basement for light bike work. Warmer than garage and bathroom around the corner. I also have a few household projects.....
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Starting this one today. I'll let you guess what it is. Wheel size is telling hint.
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Originally Posted by Kdogbikes
Good eye on the pedals. Bike was a freebie without pedals and I had these. Trying out the basement for light bike work. Warmer than garage and bathroom around the corner. I also have a few household projects.....
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Yes, I can imagine that wintertime thermality might be an issue given your locus, especially this week...

Appears someone has been at the Chubei ahead of you and fitted a Maeda Spirt to replace the avian-of-thunder it would have come with.

When it gets down to 6 deg. C. here I feel cold. That would be positively tropical for you at present!

Happy spannering in the New Year.

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We are nearly halfway through a stretch of cold weather, so I have been holed up in the basement cleaning and polishing parts. When I run out of parts to clean, I'll switch to repacking bearings.
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Old 12-31-17, 12:54 PM
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Starting this one today. I'll let you guess what it is. Wheel size is telling hint.
Well, that's a Raleigh DL1 rod-braked roadster, isn't it?

Here's mine:






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1 full build on hold, awaiting snail mail seat post delivery. Re-working my drop bar conversion with a new stem/handlebar/brake set up and new tires. Basically I'm going to end up with two new(ish) bikes by the end of the week.
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Well, that's a Raleigh DL1 rod-braked roadster, isn't it?

Here's mine:






Always enjoy seeing your bikes. This one has a long way to go, I'm afraid. Took a few weeks of soaking to encourage the seat post and stem out. Next is the freewheeling AW hub.
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Originally Posted by browngw
Next is the freewheeling AW hub.
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Has that darn Robbie Zimmerman gotten in there and messed things up?

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Originally Posted by juvela
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Has that darn Robbie Zimmerman gotten in there and messed things up?

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Originally Posted by browngw
Another Dylan fan!
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Finished today.

Good looking 'Cdale RT . Love those R8s' .
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Originally Posted by browngw
Always enjoy seeing your bikes. This one has a long way to go, I'm afraid. Took a few weeks of soaking to encourage the seat post and stem out. Next is the freewheeling AW hub.
Yours is actually in pretty good shape! One hint I can pass on to restore that paint finish is... Marvel Mystery Oil. This wisdom was passed on to me by one of the Gentleman Cyclists who put on the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour. I can't tell you why or how it works; I only know that one application at the beginning of our riding season (Usually April or May) lasts the entire year before it starts to look dull again.

But it preserves the original finish rather than replacing it with something more modern - and you can always tell. As for the AW hub, people who know tell me that the "AW" stands for "Always Works". Just like anything else, a good cleaning - flush with some kind of solvent that will dissolve old grease or oil - drain and let dry - and then pour in new ~50 weight oil should do the trick.

A great resource is the "For the Love of Old English 3-Speeds" thread. Good luck with your restoration, and remember: the brake pads are supposed to be leading, not trailing.




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I was in Portland over the holiday break visiting family and dropping off a frameset to be mended. While I was down there, I was able to help my brothers in repairing their Jeeps. Supporting roles in both rear axle rebuilding and installing, as well as taking a (very cheap) heat gun--with about a 1.25" working diameter--to some very faded, formerly dark grey, plastic fender flares. I had never heard about, no less performed, the task of heating up faded plastic to bring oils or whatever to the surface to darken them like they were before. Black Again does or attempts to do the same thing, but it is not effective on parts as faded as these, nor does it last as long. The heating method apparently lasts a lot longer.

I quickly developed a methodology to bring about a very satisfactory result. 1) securely mount piece 2) preheat with heat gun as evenly as possible (just before the plastic starts to turn black)..in a 40 garage... 3) start at one end and traverse laterally over the plastic once the heat turns it gloss black 4) heavily overlap paths to keep as large and continuously smooth a gloss black section until you get to the other side [5) get a bigger and more powerful heat gun so it's a lot easier and faster]

The methodology worked really well on small, low material volume pieces (less material to dissipate the heat), which I started with. Once to the normal, large over-fender pieces, the heat gun was...overwhelmed.

I went from this:



To the "Safari Edition" (tiger stripes!) :



To the final result, using Black Again to smooth out the stripes, which it did quite well. I hope it lasts.



I also did a little work on my car. 4th gen Camaros are known to sometimes have their Body Control Module (runs the radio, windows, etc for the interior) go on the fritz, and it's usually just a crack in five old through-hole solders on the circuit board. Re-flowing solder on those five joints does the trick 99.9% of the time. My BCM was in the very early stages of showing evidence of this. Glove box was removed as well as the under-dash kick panel. Then lots of fiddling and yanking that magic box to get it out of its very secure location. Remove board from box, solder, assemble and reinstall. It worked!

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This morning I swapped out the DA 7400 series brake calipers for 7700 series calipers on my Serotta. The rest of the components were 7700 series so I wanted the calipers to match. Seems a bit anal when I think about it.
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Originally Posted by juvela
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Moses Gunnn

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I think you mean Elston Gunn, if you're referring to Dylan's earliest alias.
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This morning I swapped out the DA 7400 series brake calipers for 7700 series calipers on my Serotta. The rest of the components were 7700 series so I wanted the calipers to match. Seems a bit anal when I think about it.

Makes sense to me.

Stupid cold outside, so we might as well tinker. Right?

FWIW I'm going to the Y to spin and workout. The rollers in our basement aren't cutting it for me today.
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Originally Posted by Trakhak
I think you mean Elston Gunn, if you're referring to Dylan's earliest alias.
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Thank you for the response.

Moses Gunnn with the three n's is one I have heard.

IIRC he test drove more than one stage name when starting out. Am not an expert so am not familiar with the others.

Often wondered if the attraction to the Gunn name was from the fictional private eye on telly at the time, Peter Gunn. Who knows, perhaps he had a crush on Lola Albright!

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Just finished rehabing this 1962 U 08. I have also been dinking around with a funky Fold and Roll folding bike. I just replaced the Michelin Service course tires on my Peugeot city bike when the tread started separating from the carcass of the tire . now have used Vitoria Randoneer tires on it and it rides a lot harsher.

I swapped out the 700-32 tires on my GT vantara hybrid for 40's. That is the largest tire that will fit on it. Looks nice.

I can't decide what to do with my '80 Miyata 610. I don't ride anymore and should sell it. At 66 cm it is a very big bike and I have previously offered it at $400 with no takers. Perhaps the best thing to do is strip everything off the frame and re use the parts on another build. There are a lot of nice vintage parts there.
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You may end up seeing my daughter there. She was going to spin and workout this afternoon at the 'Y'.

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FWIW I'm going to the Y to spin and workout. The rollers in our basement aren't cutting it for me today.
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The Unnecessary Bridgestone...

As others have said of our weather here: It is stupid cold outside. We are seeing air temperatures as low as -15F, with windchills of -25, sometimes worse.

So I took a long look around my shop until my eyes settled on a long-forgotten bike hiding in the back. Ah yes, "The Unnecessary Bridgestone".



I still can't tell you why this bike appealed to me - it has all the "features" that I had learned to steer clear of: Heavy Hi-Ten steel frame, stamped dropouts, turkey levers, steel wheels, stem, and handlebar, "The Claw" derailleur-hanger, and a steel seatpost with an expander-wedge setup instead of a regular clamp. A true bottom-ender, only one step up from a department store BSO, but with a nice paint job and cool decals. So I bought it one afternoon on my way home from work for forty bucks and promptly stuck it in a corner to collect dust.

I think it was the quirky little pre-Kabuki details that caught my eye:


This is the closest thing to a Peugeot U08 that the Japanese made, I think.

So far I have stripped it down, replaced the BB, and headset with good quality alloy sealed-bearing items. I went with a single Origin8 crank as well. I replaced the saddle with a leather Velo Orange touring model, but the seatpost has to stay, because I don't think anyone has this type of `post made of aluminum, do they? I've replaced the stem with a beefy aluminum piece that I bought at a swap meet - not sure where that came from.

The drivetrain is a Shimano Nexus 8-speed driving aluminum CR18 rims. I have black hammered-aluminum fenders ready to go on, a Sunlite Elson touring handlebar in black is coming via UPS, and a pair of cork grips that I will shellac before mounting arrived on Friday. I believe this bike will exude pure class once it is finished. I'll be sure and post some after-photos as soon as it is warm enough to take it outside.


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Cold weather kept me in my workshop & garage: I Mounted 5 new tires/tubes + removed the Honjo fenders from my 66 Super Sport. Changing to fat tires created tight clearance. They fit better with 25-28c tires. Grand daughter got her 1st car(01 Malibu) so Grampa changed fluids/filters & checked it out. Had to replace 2 sensors and a broken vacuum line to get things right, but it's all good now. She did well. Don
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Gitane Hosteller, It was missing the derailleurs and had steel mismatched wheels, then i saw a Motobecane for 20$ that had what I needed (Hurret derailleurs) plus some new whitewall tires and tubes so I figured what the heck. I had old 27inch alloy wheels laying around from a while ago to go on there as well, other little cool things are a TRIPLE cottered crank, and alloy rando bars. Even though the frame is too big for me, it was still a really neat bike to cruise around town. Good to be back C&V!

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[QUOTE=RALEIGH_COMP;20086546]Gitane Hosteller, It was missing the derailleurs and had steel mismatched wheels, then i saw a Motobecane for 20$ that had what I needed (Hurret derailleurs) plus some new whitewall tires and tubes so I figured what the heck. I had old 27inch alloy wheels laying around from a while ago to go on there as well, other little cool things are a TRIPLE cottered crank, and alloy rando bars. Even though the frame is too big for me, it was still a really neat bike to cruise around town. Good to be back C&V!QUOTE]

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Handsome!

Thanks very much for posting.

Have you been able to date the bicycle? Given its transfers, I would think the latest it could be is 1973.

There is an incomplete example in my workshop from ~1964. It has a three tube Reynolds plain gauge frame and Stronglight two plateau chainset. Evidently not all were triples.

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