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Old 03-15-24, 05:25 AM
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I'm still working on being able to throw a leg over in late May.

The cast came off and stitches came out on the 12th and back in the boot until April 9th. PT follows. Good thing about the PT is that the therapist is my neighbor across the street. Beats the heck out of the 30 miles each way we have to drive to see the bone doc.
The saddle that is slightly less crappy than the saddles in my parts pile should be here tomorrow for the Everton. Then, when I can move the big kid ride on toys out of the way, I can put the final touches on it.
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Ready for a new home! This was more about the experience than anything else. It has parts from 4 additional bikes on it. #frankenstein

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Old 03-16-24, 12:22 PM
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Had to do some unrusting of the bolts on the carbon seat post I baught also touched up with paint some scratches on the frame of my giant tourer hybrid gravel. Waiting for my bike tech to solve the De Rosa Planet stem issue.
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Today was minor stuff so far. New tires and a Carnauba Wax job on the Moser. Dropped a bit more weight off going with the Conti GP 5000 700 x 23 tires. The Veloflex 700 x 25 I was going to use were too close in the front for me. I also considered swapping on the silver Dura Ace 7700/Open Pro wheels I had onto this but they were surprisingly heavier.



Then I got the old Velomax wheels ready and mounted the already mentioned Veloflex 700 x 25 tires on it. Still deciding on the final build.



Then since I already had it out too I got around to swapping out the new Conti 700 x 32 tires I put on the Raleigh this winter for new 700 x 30 tires. Here again there really wasn't much room between the chainstays on this one running the 700 x 32 tires. If this does not sell locally this spring I am stripping off all the great parts and then donating the frame. It's so beautiful and rides so nicely but seems to draw no interest in the local ads.



And now on to cleaning up the $100 box of "junk parts" that just came in the mail.
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Originally Posted by Trav1s
Ready for a new home! This was more about the experience than anything else. It has parts from 4 additional bikes on it. #frankenstein

Sold less than three hours after listing!

Family stopped in to look at another bike for their daughter but it was too small. I mentioned this one was just finished and encouraged the girl to give it a try. After some riding around the neighborhood, she came back and the smile said everything!
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And the initial scrub of the parts that came in today is done. I think I did ok since I was really just after the 600 Tricolor parts.


Out of the box

The parts I was after, the STI shifters seem to function just fine

Most of it cleaned now.
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Built up a "work trade" quality bike for the Rusty Spoke co-op from a decent Trek 850 which was missing some parts. It ain't pretty, but it should be good basic transportation for someone once they earn it through volunteer work and select an appropriate saddle and pedals.

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Originally Posted by cleverbeefalo
I saw the drawing scrolling through and was very confused about what was being made... then saw what they were. So cool! Did you use a mill or a drill press & jig?


pedal cages were pretty small project for our Nitrogen cooled laser. Our cad guy knocked these out for me.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
And the initial scrub of the parts that came in today is done. I think I did ok since I was really just after the 600 Tricolor parts.
If you needed more 600 Tricolor, let me know. I've got BB (NOS), downtube shifters (NOS), brakes (decent), 2 rear derailleurs (decent and usable) and I think 2 front derailleurs (decent). Happy to trade for other stuff.
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Originally Posted by psychling78
(I tried searching the forums for an answer to this and came up with nothing. Apologies if I did not search well enough).
I was recently gifted a Rans recumbent that has a seven-speed cassette matched to a Sachs Torpedo hub. As inevitably happens, the indicator chain is broken. I'm wondering if the replacement for a Sturrmey-Archer would be compatible with same. TIA.
Unfortunately not.
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Originally Posted by VintageSteelEU
If you needed more 600 Tricolor, let me know. I've got BB (NOS), downtube shifters (NOS), brakes (decent), 2 rear derailleurs (decent and usable) and I think 2 front derailleurs (decent). Happy to trade for other stuff.

Thanks, I'll come down to how I decide to take the Miele. Either all Tricolor in which case I'll still need DT shifters, or Tricolor with the STI shifters, or get a new R7000 groupset for under $500 and use that. I'm planning on swapping on the Tricolor brakes and FD today and then swapping to a silver seatpost and stem(if I have that) to get an idea how things look.


This would be so easy if it still had the original chrome fork or if I could find one. As it is I'm torn between a silver or black build.
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I'm in the process of de-blacking this new toy. The last type of steel Allez Comp from Specialized.
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Swapping the 6400 spindle for my badly pitted 6207 didn’t take care of the clunk. At the co-op, I found what looks like a 6207 and a couple of lesser no seal cups that look great. This morning I put them in with 22 loose balls! In the stand, the loose balls make a huge difference. Maybe it’s 11 vs. 9 that makes the most difference?

Well, The 85 Ironman was smooth for all of 18 miles and 1600 ft. I think I'm going to buy a bag of balls and as I do BBs replace the cages.
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This $10 Fb marketplace find is getting some much needed love. Dropped the brakes, rear derailleur, and bearings into the ultrasonic cleaner to make my life easier. Cleaned and waxed the frame and swapped in a different set of bars from the stash. Ordered a new freehub and chain as it jumps teeth under load. I've decided to call this one Kermit until the rehome is accomplished.






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There has been a scraping sound coming from my rear brake on my commuting bike, a 1974 Raleigh International. It sounded like a little burr of metal got into the pad and was scraping the rim. I took a look, and wow, I never wore pads down that far. And the "burr" was actually a warning system built into the pad.

And wow, in my junk bin, I found inserts made for my exact holders (which we used to call shoes).

I trued my wheel a bit. This is the one I recently built for the bike.

Sorry that I said, "and wow" twice. Oops, it's thrice now.

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Nishiki Gravel Restomod



Spent St, Patty's Day in the desert testing my new ride. a 1984 Nishiki Cresta with some modifications - cold set to 130mm, 10spd Ultegra STI and FD, 9spd Deore LX RD, 32-11 10spd, FSA 46/20 crank, Tektro L559 long reach brakes and 700x40 gravel tires on Shimano R550 wheels. The Ultegra parts and wheels came from a 2008 Cannondale Synapse carbon that had a cracked frame.

Overall, I am pleased with the results. The 32-11 worked well for me, even on steep climbs. The tires need to be smaller as mud will clog the brakes. The ride consisted of pavement, desert dirt roads and some rolling cross county single track. On the road, the gearing is on the low side but is still acceptable. Handling on the dirt exceeded my expectations. It's quicker and more maneuverable through tight turns than my 29" MTB

Not long after I started this project, I found a Crest GT, lighter frame, more mounting holes for "stuff" and cantilever brakes...maybe a 1x11 is next

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73 Schwinn Continental BB. Thanks to the Western climate it came apart easily. It was dry as the desert sand inside. Clean n lube plus reassemble. Hope the headset goes as well.



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I carried on preparing wheel swap for my commuting bicycle and today it was about the freewheel. Decided Suntour NWN 13-24 is probably the most versatile combination and had one spare. I overhauled this one before, but managed to gum it up, so had to open it again and clean the surplus grease off the pawls. For a brief moment I thought about replacing the balls (not the ones in the background, these are for a headset), but decided to do it next time. All is smooth now, though some adjustments are needed as there is still some play that has to be taken care of. It also looks like I should probably replace the 4th cog, so will have to check what I have in the sprockets box. Or take apart one of the two Suntour Perfect freewheels I have and use them as sprocket donors, I think the bigger threaded ones might be interchangeable between the freewheel models.

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Cleaning up French bottom bracket threads.
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Uh-oh. Stuck stem. Lock nut won’t budge either. I was victorious once before on a Peugeot after 2 weeks and a lot of penetrating oil. Patience. I’ve got more than I did a couple of decades ago. I will win!

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Originally Posted by IdahoBrett
Uh-oh. Stuck stem. Lock nut won’t budge either. I was victorious once before on a Peugeot after 2 weeks and a lot of penetrating oil. Patience. I’ve got more than I did a couple of decades ago. I will win!

Yeah, I am losing a battle with one on one of my giveaway bikes. No bueno. Luckily it is in perfect position for the donee!
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A spider didn’t like the penetrating oil and banging away of a dead blow hammer on his house. I HATE spiders. I’m going to let the penetrating oil do its thing for a few days.

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A spider didn’t like the penetrating oil and banging away of a dead blow hammer on his house. I HATE spiders. I’m going to let the penetrating oil do its thing for a few days.

I'm with you on that, the only good spider is a dead spider.
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Originally Posted by IdahoBrett
Uh-oh. Stuck stem. Lock nut won’t budge either. I was victorious once before on a Peugeot after 2 weeks and a lot of penetrating oil. Patience. I’ve got more than I did a couple of decades ago. I will win!
I there any way to get penetrating oil in from the bottom? Maybe a hole in fork crown lower side?
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Libertas-Mann. Started with the purchase of the frame on ebay. Still sorting things. Have some new pedals and a Shimano Crane derailleur going on soon. No sure about the bars and stem. They are GB's off if a Raleigh GP. A bit narrow for my liking, but am getting accustom to them. Beautiful Ideale 80 saddle is so comfortable. Its a take off from a Motobecane Super Mirage, which I bought just for the saddle. And sew-ups. I don't think I'll go back to clinchers. The ride is wonderful and they even sound good.
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