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Old 06-09-24, 12:27 PM
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Spent about a half hour in the garage this afternoon (98 degrees out) swapping out handlebars on my Revolution E-Stay.
Added a period set of Scott AT-4 bars. Still need to get a new roll of black bar tape to wrap them though.


The wfe suprised me with a roll of bar tape she added to some stuff she ordered for herself.
All wrapped

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Old 06-09-24, 06:05 PM
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And the rear wheel is finished as well.

I was waiting for the rim to arrive but it turns out the shop I ordered it from a couple of weeks ago... didn't continue the rest of the order when the spokes that were part of that order were not available and refunded me. Found it through another shop that arrived on saturday.
There are some slight issues with the dishing if the rear wheel but all in all it sits centered enough in the rear triangle for it not to be an issue. Maybe I will rebuild it one day.

And that concludes the big moving parts of this bike for the tour. I will be double-checking the available space for the headset as the tools arrive later this week but honestly, it's going to be pretty busy before I have to leave. Luckily all the bags are packed and triple-checked already.

Total weight for the rear wheel is 2253 grams (4.96 lbs), including tyres and everything. The Onyx hub spins beautifully.


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The eternal mess of building a wheel


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Old 06-09-24, 07:33 PM
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Did a bit more work on the blueberry. Quill stem adapter arrived but I need spacers. This is an exercise in repurposed parts to figure out fit. If the fit works I’ll do another build with better parts.





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Slowly getting the Trek 850 ready for the trails.

8 speed now. Full 4130 Crmo frame and fork, labeled 21” but actual 20”. Love the blk/purple combo.

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Crescent project and Paramount getting the OA spa treatment.



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Here are a couple pics of the A l Wanta funny bike and the Austro Daimler SL I just completed and took back to the Bike Exchange to put up for sale.

I have never even seen a Funny bike before this one so I likely didn't build it up exactly as it was origionally spec'd. I used a 14-28 tooth 6 speed freewheel. They probably used a corn cob back in the day. I included a Shimano 600 13-24 tooth 6 speed freewheel if the next owner wants to try that. I also fitted bar end shifters and reversed brake levers on the flip flop bars. there are Aero bar extensions in the package if someone wants to really geek out and try their luck at the velo drome.

The Austro Daimler also got bar end shifters for the 14-32 tooth 8 speed free hub. I had a hard time finding an 8 speed shifter that worked. All the ones we had at the shop were missing the 4th position. I finally found a new 9 speed Sunrace indexed shifter that worked fine with the freehub and derailleur.


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Old 06-11-24, 08:55 AM
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Worked on two bikes yesterday. One is my early 70s Raleigh Grand Sport which is a fine mixed surface bike with 700 x 35c Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires; the other is a 1980 (I think it's a 1980) Miyata 310 which I fixed up for my neighbor's son. The bike is considerably older than he is but he likes old bikes (or at least his Dad does and that's what counts, right?) I did get rid of the "safety" brake levers for safety reasons and swapped out the front brake for a modern dual pivot brake, as well as mounting new tires, replacing the consumables, and overhauling the bike.





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Old 06-11-24, 02:29 PM
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A few updates to agent Cooper. Coop was running Mavic Module 3 on groupless Shimano hubs, and looking very sporting, tried stealthy black DA hubs on black akai rim. Just did not give the look or presentation of an agent, regrouping found DA 100/120 DA 6 on Super Champion Competition Arc-En-Ceil/record Du Monde rims .





Along with that a new 52 was put into service.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
Miyata 310 which I fixed up for my neighbor's son. ... I did get rid of the "safety" brake levers for safety reasons and swapped out the front brake for a modern dual pivot brake, as well as mounting new tires, replacing the consumables, and overhauling the bike.
Excellent gift, it looks great. Those Tektro levers with the modern design horn are really comfy.
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Old 06-12-24, 03:35 PM
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Life is a lot easier with the right tools.

In this case, a headset press tool from Cyclus. Got one new a lot cheaper than the MSRP and it meant I could finally install the Interloc Racing Double RollerDrive headset I bought a couple years ago when a lot of the British bike shops suddenly lost a lot of customers due to Brexit.
Still, these are hard to come by here in Europe and the one on the Batavus Randonneur has been great so far.

The original Shimano Deore headset was pretty notchy by now with the bearing races slightly pitted.

The bike is now definitely a Black, Turquoise and Silver colour scheme with some specks of gold here and there.

It's as good as it can be so tomorrow I will take it all apart and get the bike ready for the train and the starting point of Paris!

The lights have been working great, with the rear SON light needing only a tiny bit of energy before the standlight lasts for 5-10 minutes. The front B+M model is decidedly less long lasting but 3-4 minutes is fine for the traffic lights.

Please excuse some of the blurriness. I love the Northern hemispere for its long summers, these pictures were taken around 22:00 (10 PM) when it was still plenty light out there but the sun was setting.


Cyclus headset press


End result


Popping out the lower cup


The IRD headset


Extremely easy to get everything in
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Another, “as found”, beauty! Rode it about two(2) feet and jumped off! Felt like a broken or bent axle! Broke down the hub…axle is fine…checked bearings…one(1) too many in drive side and short one(1) in the other side! Really obvious, so I’m guessing a bearing was dislodged and push through to the other side with the axle! Then never had a shake down ride! Might’ve been at the end of the riding season on the Cape and just not a bicycle in my upper riding tier!
It had been over-serviced like all of the bicycle in that group!
I’m the only person who worked on the bicycles, so, my bad!
Rainy season starting here in Florida, so, no test ride today!

Typical of the bicycles I would find in basements, attics, sheds, garages, and even long unoccupied bedrooms while doing my pest control job on Cape Cod!

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Old 06-13-24, 07:12 PM
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Two minor "projects tonight. Installed a freewheel on the old Suntour wheelset I've been messing with.

Then I got back after the Colnago CT1 that has been nothing but an adventure since getting it with a bunch of other stuff and a Pegoretti frameset.

The CT1 got some used Fulcrum Racing 1 wheels on it with new GP 5000s 700 x 23 tires. Dura Ace 7800 crankset with 7700 parts. Had to get a tad creative on the compression plug for the fork but everything seems sorted fine now. Sized the chain for it and did some other odd tasks. Should have it cabled and ready in another day or two. Just as soon as I have an hour or so to spend on it.








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This one will be headed out over the weekend to a coworker that appreciates the smaller size. Gave it a good cleaning, replaced the pedals, and installed the Panaracer CometHarpack to make for a nicer paved trail and singletrack riding experience. Adding new grips and the kickstand tonight. She's really excited to have her first "nice" bike,

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It looks like I'm wrenching on my zero turn mower tomorrow. Sounds and smells like a bad plug on one cylinder. Naturally, it started to act up when I was halfway through mowing the lawn.
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Originally Posted by Trav1s
This one will be headed out over the weekend to a coworker that appreciates the smaller size. Gave it a good cleaning, replaced the pedals, and installed the Panaracer CometHarpack to make for a nicer paved trail and singletrack riding experience. Adding new grips and the kickstand tonight. She's really excited to have her first "nice" bike,






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Spent some more time with the blueberry and swapped some alt bars. I’m not sure what to think of them.



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Originally Posted by bikamper
It looks like I'm wrenching on my zero turn mower tomorrow. Sounds and smells like a bad plug on one cylinder. Naturally, it started to act up when I was halfway through mowing the lawn.
It was a bad plug. I guess I should pay a bit more attention to the service schedule. I do an oil and filter change every 50 hours.The plugs should be every 100 hours. I squeezed almost an extra 50% out of them at 145 hours.
The plugs for the Kohler v-twin are a pain to find in a hurry but I managed to snag the last two Champion XC12YC plugs the local NAPA had.
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Following last week's shakedown, a few tweaks to the Shogun. I juggled racks across a few bikes in order to use the fork mounts instaed of clamps. I moved a Nitto from another bike and got longer stays. Installed 38c Gravel King SS tires, and replaced the trash bar tape with dark blue Fizik. I ran a 5-mile errand today and I like the feel of the GKs more than I thought I would. I adjusted the bars a tad and still have to massage out some rear brake squeal. It's feeling like a whole new bike!

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The Viner ‘New Design’ got some time in the sun. Some spare parts from a Lotus and borked Mondia, have been chosen. The wheels pictured are shop rollers pictured before the choice to go tubular. The cockpit pictured probably will not be used, I just need them on it to give me an idea of ergonomics I prefer.

The bb shell appears to have been smashed and the bb threading is not feeding well enough for cup and cone, cartridge campy triple has been chosen to eliminate the problem.

The seatpost has some defect. The pivot bed is to wide for the bottom of the pivot clamp. This will need some minor file or sanding for control and correct preferred positioning.

I am using a shifter set I have never used before. These are spring loaded, and were not of the parts bikes but from bin of whatevers. Truth be told, I’ve never used any these models.



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Today I finished my latest built, Gazelle Champion Mondial Special from 1996. A few months ago I took the Campagnolo Centaur group off it and replaced it with a very nice looking Shimano Ultegra 6500 groupset. Only kept the Gazelle headset from the original set up. This bike is now for sale (sorry only to be picked up in Holland).

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Just finished a complete overhaul of an ‘82 Schwinn Super Sport that I just got.


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From this



To this - two or three rounds of Mothers Mag Wheel polish followed by Mothers Cleaner/Paste wax. I also reinstalled the BB and Alivio crank/RD that came on the bike along with seatpost/seat and started exploring brake options.




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Originally Posted by bikamper
It was a bad plug. I guess I should pay a bit more attention to the service schedule. I do an oil and filter change every 50 hours.The plugs should be every 100 hours. I squeezed almost an extra 50% out of them at 145 hours.
The plugs for the Kohler v-twin are a pain to find in a hurry but I managed to snag the last two Champion XC12YC plugs the local NAPA had.

good reminder - I need to change plugs

not positive - but I probably go 300-400 hours … ? … maybe 500 hours ? … before I change plugs on my Onan twin

the Kohler single - ? - maybe double that lol

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Originally Posted by t2p
good reminder - I need to change plugs

not positive - but I probably go 300-400 hours … ? … maybe 500 hours ? … before I change plugs on my Onan twin

the Kohler single - ? - maybe double that lol
The short change schedule surprised me, too. My cheapass YTD chipper/shredder, with a Tecumseh engine, is pushing 20 years old and has the original plug in it. Possibly the original oil.
I think everything else gets carb rebuilds more often than plug changes.
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I continue to fix up my “new” Trek 930, saved from the dump. I replaced the shifter cables and found that in the in the dark past someone tightened the FD cable pinch bolt too much and damaged the female threads on the derailleur arm. When I tightened the bolt on the new cable those threads stripped out. UGH!! Upon inspection I found that those threads were in a steel nut inserted into the back of that arm but the clearance between the arm and the cage was too small to let me remove the nut. A poor night of sleep wondering where I would find a replacement FD for that TT OX seat tube. Today I removed the FD from the bike and turned it over and over studying the problem then clamped it gently in the vice (third hand) upside down and backwards then gently moved the cage and found that about mid travel there was enough space to slide that nut out. It was a standard metric nut that you use an 8mm box wrench on. I gottem lots of those. Picked one and slid that into place. Reinstalled the FD and all is now well. NICE. So remember if you ever have that problem this may help.


Its that small nut right next to the FD lable's green capital A.


This is the look so far. Still thinking about whether or not to convert to drop bars. I really like the color.

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