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Old 11-24-23, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
@sloar, I like that. Too many Colnagos and other Italian bikes are too gaudy for my taste, but this one's really nice.
Thanks, I threw some aero levers that I have on for now until I find some proper levers. But at least itís rideable.
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Originally Posted by sloar
Thanks, I threw some aero levers that I have on for now until I find some proper levers. But at least itís rideable.
Very nice and nicely done.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Very nice and nicely done.

Thank you!
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Originally Posted by sloar
Thank you!
Anytime, your work is always well done, like the "barn" door staging as well.
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I appreciate that, I took all the parts to work yesterday to clean. Brought them home this morning and built it up. Pretty happy with it.
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Originally Posted by sloar
I appreciate that, I took all the parts to work yesterday to clean. Brought them home this morning and built it up. Pretty happy with it.
Is that a Super or Nuovo Mexico? I am sort of amazed at the clearance for larger tires. What were you able to get in there?
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
Is that a Super or Nuovo Mexico? I am sort of amazed at the clearance for larger tires. What were you able to get in there?
Itís a Super, has 23ís on it now. But Iím going to measure to see if I can squeeze 28ís.
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I just finished setting up the 1982 Pro-Miyata a friend gifted me a couple of years ago. Full mechanical restoration but the only major cosmetic work was to give the frameset powder coating, fresh decals, and a couple coats of clear. All new consumables.

Will get glamor shots and all that after some minor adjustments and cleaning of the brake hoods. Just rode it around the block and it felt smooth and fast, mostly came together without a hitch!

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Originally Posted by sloar
Itís a Super, has 23ís on it now. But Iím going to measure to see if I can squeeze 28ís.
Thats what I am going to try with the Bowlnago...
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The Land Shark is beginning to take shape. The tight clearances are interesting. After these photos were taken I did the first cut at fitting the brakes, the shoes are almost at the top of their slots front and rear with a mm to spare. The seat tube and the steer tube are both 74 degrees, not a lot of trail, fairly high bottom bracket... Crit Bike... WOOT.

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Old 11-25-23, 08:31 AM
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Headset removed, reinstalled, cut down steerer, added headset and stem stack....

...and mounted wheels. Rolling Chassis. Had to make my own cup remover though. Worked great.





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Not much wrenching lately but wrenching and winching a monster dent and bowed top tube as purchased.I used the removable faceplate stem for pressing the dent.
After pressings, still has the bow though.
After some strategic 3 point press with my massive C-clamp and my hardwood bench I took out the bow, and epoxy laid thinly with a razor blade.


I have some various white paint in rattle can, one of them will probably suffice.
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Originally Posted by mechanicmatt
...and mounted wheels. Rolling Chassis. Had to make my own cup remover though. Worked great.

Sweet!

Brand new frame, from awhile back I see, this the first full build up?

I saw the fork discussion and can't imagine not having a fork made for something like this.

You can always futz around after the fact but IMO, you must have a have a proper flat, biplane, whatever lugged crown fork made with anything like this.

My big chrome Ritchey came with a "nice" fugly lugged chrome unibrow that ruins the whole thing for me but needing a 300mm steerer lugged crown MTB fork is a bad place to be.

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Originally Posted by merziac
Sweet!

Brand new frame, from awhile back I see, this the first full build up?

I saw the fork discussion and can't imagine not having a fork made for something like this.

You can always futz around after the fact but IMO, you must have a have a proper flat, biplane, whatever lugged crown fork made with anything like this.

My big chrome Ritchey came with a "nice" fugly lugged chrome unibrow that ruins the whole thing for me but needing a 300mm steerer lugged crown MTB fork is a bad place to be.
I have been sitting on the frame for like 9 months. I have slowly been acquiring all the parts I needed. But mostly I just haven't made time to finish building it. I have had some sort of mental block because of the headset mounted slightly off, and I did not have the cup removal tool. For whatever reason last night was the night, I just decided to make one. Popped off the cups and reinstall. Once I did that, I just got on a roll. I am going to try to get more done tonight.
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Originally Posted by mechanicmatt
I have been sitting on the frame for like 9 months. I have slowly been acquiring all the parts I needed. But mostly I just haven't made time to finish building it. I have had some sort of mental block because of the headset mounted slightly off, and I did not have the cup removal tool. For whatever reason last night was the night, I just decided to make one. Popped off the cups and reinstall. Once I did that, I just got on a roll. I am going to try to get more done tonight.
Oh I get it, trust me, been there and recently as well.

Glad you got over the hump, its amazing how much of this we can wrangle, until we can't .

This was completed but not functional for Bob's show in July, of course a couple folks asked why I hadn't been riding it yet, "just got it together" I said.

It had been kicking my azz in a small way for quite some time and not wanting to ef it up had stepped away several times so once I finally got it all together anyway.

I came home from the show, dug in and finally figured it out, got it going and away I went, rode it to 4 out of the 5 days at MADE and plenty more since, again .

It had been done for a lot longer than yours.


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Picked up this Trek a while ago and have been slowly cleaning up the frame and components. Iíve set it up as a single speed with a 36:17 gearing and new touch points.

I have the Deore DX groupset set aside, I might sell it on eBay or keep for a future project.


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Originally Posted by sloar
Itís a Super, has 23ís on it now. But Iím going to measure to see if I can squeeze 28ís.
I am running 28ís on my Ď75 with no problem, and nice bike , by the way!
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Yesterday we still had the offshore winds here in Southern California , I spent a few days in the yard cleaning up my palm collection and mulching . Getting ready for our rainy season. I am close to being able to ride again after my broken hip and surgery in September , even though I have done some pedaling around my industrial park , I am ready for a real ride! I decided to do some much

needed maintenance on the Colnago , it has served me well and deserved some attention. I also wanted to change out the scratched up early Cinelli handlebars with some really nice ones that came on a donor bike I bought and put that early pantograph stem I found. Franklin Frame paint job is holding up nicely , a little soap and warm water and 2 years of road grime just wiped off. Don’t worry , the hammer didn’t see much action , just there for moral support!
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I'm beginning to suspect these tires might be slightly past their "best by" date...



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Amongst other bike projects, I decided to tackle the Robin Hood I've had sitting in the yard since last year. It is my first attempt at rehabbing a 3 speed hub. Took in for a test ride yesterday. A couple of kinks to work out, but it's a pleasurable ride. As I live in a hilly area, I changed out the 18T for a 24T sprocket but think a 22T may be the way to go.
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Yesterday we still had the offshore winds here in Southern California , I spent a few days in the yard cleaning up my palm collection and mulching . Getting ready for our rainy season. I am close to being able to ride again after my broken hip and surgery in September , even though I have done some pedaling around my industrial park , I am ready for a real ride! I decided to do some much

needed maintenance on the Colnago , it has served me well and deserved some attention. I also wanted to change out the scratched up early Cinelli handlebars with some really nice ones that came on a donor bike I bought and put that early pantograph stem I found. Franklin Frame paint job is holding up nicely , a little soap and warm water and 2 years of road grime just wiped off. Donít worry , the hammer didnít see much action , just there for moral support!
We need a closer shot of that table!
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A project I am embarking on is to replace these calipers I picked up in a Campagnolo grab bag back in 2016 that are on the Bianchi.
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Picked the following up off the bay because there is no corrosion and appear to be hardly used. Action of the moving parts indicate really old grease. The other problem is the arms are rubbing, which you can see on the left near the cross over section.
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Finished the Trek 800 Sport tear down. I learned of a maker space at the local university and I can use it for a monthly fee so this fame will likely get stripped, powder coated to my daughter’s color choice, and rebuilt with new and recycled parts.

I expect her to pick some sort of blue but I gotta say the current purple* is sharp!

* It looks better in the pics than in person.
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