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Old 04-22-18, 02:23 PM
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A few days ago I noticed that the Gazelle was showing signs of rust poking through the paint along the TT. After getting some advice from C&V I tackled that problem today. Rubbed it down with a damp paper towel dipped in OA. That cleaned up the rust nicely, and quickly. Rinsed it thoroughly, let it dry in the sun, the spent an hour touching it up with paint and clearcoat. My sweetie had to snap a pic...



It came out pretty good. Up close you can see the paint mismatch - hard to match a deep pearl, but from 10 yards it looks just fine. Better still, it should stop the rust.l I think I'll ride it to work tomorrow.
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Working on an Asian built high tensile lugged Sears 10 speed. I pulled it out of a dumpster and discarded some of the parts that were damaged.

It will be a 5 speed when I finish, with moustache bars and a barcon shifter for the rear. Center pull Tourney brakes will try to stop it and an RS derailleur will shift it.

At this point I need cables and a chain; so pictures will be posted when I finish.
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Made a few baby-steps towards completion of Project Cannondale; fitted brakes, seat post/saddle, & FD mount.
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Old 04-22-18, 10:20 PM
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Frustrating Two Quick Builds Before Redemption!

^^^ Ooooh that Cannondale is looking very nice!

In the Land of the Riddled, I blew through two component group builds on my '85 Paramount. Having had it's 2x10 DT Dura-Ace pieces put on a newly purchased Davidson Impulse, which then gave those parts (semi) back to my Peloton, they came full circle to be on the Paramount again, but this time, with changes!

I tried a Suntour Superbe Pro build, snagging some 8-speed wheels from my Masi. What a war with the indexed shifters that was. Needed Uniglide or block-cut cogs (like original) to keep it in gear better as Hyperglide cogs encourage shifting and with vintage Accushift, it seems as if you need to discourage auto-shifting. The test ride was disappointing as the FD was narrow and the rear bridge of the FD cage didn't like anything smaller than a 39T front and 15/16T rear cog without having the chain drag on the bridge. This, after wrestling the endless band clamp. Dia Compe brake levers were ok, but made for heavier pulling than should have been. So I binned the Superbe Pro build...

...and went with 8-speed Campagnolo Ergo that I had pieced together. Using the Shimano/Mavic 8-speed wheels and 10-speed Chorus crankset that I had installed in place of a too-short Superb Pro crankset (did I mention that the Superbe multi-piece BB didn't work because it was pitted???), Ergos (with sadly ill-fitting, slightly-torn original hoods) went on, Chorus Monoplanars went on, a Chorus RD went on (that I had to cut down the pulley fastening bolt on, plus a new inner cage), and a mystery Campy FD (because they can't label anything to save their life). Test ride time! Shifts nicely when not mushy (lever catching on hood slit), climbs in low gear out of the saddle well with no slippage. Onto the flats, accelerates...slips a gear or two. Get the RD back to the right place with mushy shifting, good to go. Monoplanar brakes are more like LOLoplanar brakes, even with new adjustable-angle pads! Shifts into the big ring well. Slow power up for a modest out of saddle sprint effort. Spool spool slip ka-junk!

That's it. Back to competence and (Shimano) Dura-Ace we go.

Completed the Dura-Ace re-transformation last night and went out on a test ride/amble about town. Wow! It works! Right freaking away! Zero issues! Dual pivot 7800 brakes stop the bike! Now!

So I am happy, and appreciative to those frustration two previous builds as they both had me using the Mavic/7400 DA wheels (not the 7700 ones built up for it previously) which really match the look and have the Vittoria Open Corsa tires that really complement the Paramount frame's disposition, and the Chorus crankset, which is pretty mirror-like and just matches the look of everything. And back to a Cinelli 64-series bar for less bar to saddle drop than the 65-series I was using before.

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Yesterday, I made a headlight mount for my carbon fiber fork. It's ugly as sin, but it works. I went to the hardware store and asked the guy, "Is this one-inch PVC?" He said he thought so, and waddya know, it's 1-1/4". Lucky I wasn't plumbing anything. Well, it works. I used a file to make the profile fit the asymmetrical curve. I sawed two slits in the pipe and shoved a hose clamp through it. I used cloth handlebar tape to prevent the clamp from scratching the fork.

I need this as some of my bikes use a handlebar bag which makes mounting a headlight on the handlebars difficult. I was using a giant tubular nut on the QR skewer, but the result is a headlight that is too low and is impossible to aim well.







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Recently, I noticed that the NDS crank on my fixed-gear Diamondback had started to "ding" on the left chainstay each rotation. It wasn't bad enough to stop the bike dead or damage parts, but it obviously needed to be addressed soon. In order to achieve as good of a chainline as possible, I've been using a set of Sugino GLPs with a 103mm bottom bracket. Since this is a mountain bike frame, it made for tight clearances between the crankarms and chainstays and limits the size of my chainring, but had been working fine for a couple thousand miles!

So with a heavy heart, I dug a 107mm bottom bracket out of my stash and prepared to ruin my perfect chainline in order to get more chainstay clearance. After getting the cranks off, I noticed a slight gap between the bottom bracket shell and the DS cup. Turns out that it had come slightly loose and my whole BB had scooched a little bit to the right! In retrospect, I think what had happened was that when I first installed the BB, the NDS cup got in the way when torquing down the DS cup, so it never got good and tight against the BB shell. So this time I backed the NDS cup way out and went through the installation again before re-installing the cranks. Voila! I'm back to good chainline, adequate clearances, and smooth running.
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Old 04-24-18, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider
@browngw, you do really nice work.
No one will ever say that of my work. I'm just not tuned that way.

Yesterday afternoon, I assembled the 84 Letour Luxe S&S coupled bike in preparation for final tune-up before packing it away for an upcoming trip North.
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I mostly finished the Sears project today. I still need to wrap the bars, crimp ends onto the cables, and buy a new chain (the old one is on its last links and is a tad too short).
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Beautiful weather outside but Dr’s orders - rest for at least 10 days after surgery yesterday.
So I occupied my time today hanging some Huret Jubilee Derailleurs on my Singer.

Huret Jubilee Derailleurs added by NBend, on Flickr

I’ve wanted to swap out the Nuovo Record for some time now. Just for the added ‘French-ness’ but man that derailleur also just looks cool
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9 more days to go before I can take it out for a road test
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Singer got a little Frenchier by NBend, on Flickr[/QUOTE]

Man, that's a great looking bike.
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A light mount and some cable routing/new bar tape:

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Originally Posted by JaccoW
A light mount

Clever. I might copy this.
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Originally Posted by noglider
Clever. I might copy this.
Thanks.

I'm not the first one to do this but I've always wanted to make one. It's surprisingly strong and stable.
I'll clean it up a bit more over the weekend. I think it needs some cleaning up and some polish.
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finally waking up from our upstate ny Winter. I'm late to the game this year due to the weather. I have no desire to ride in ****ty conditions, and Rochester NY is an eyesore in late winter/early spring. We have finally been getting some nicer weather the last few days. So the itch has started, I donated my little folder that i keep at work to RCOMM Bikes and i've begun work on my latest build.
late 80's/early 90's Panasonic DX-1000, Nothing special. I'm going to build her up as an office single speed. I have room to store a bike now in the server closet after some clean out, so no need for the folder.
Here she is pre build, should have her together within the next week or so.
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Originally Posted by JaccoW
Thanks.

I'm not the first one to do this but I've always wanted to make one. It's surprisingly strong and stable.
I'll clean it up a bit more over the weekend. I think it needs some cleaning up and some polish.
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I installed some Deda tan wall tires on some vintage Trek/Matrix rims (laced to 6400 hubs) and put them on my Masi Nuova Strada (with 7400). The tires are great, but the dark tan sidewalls (kind grubby from time) aren't as bright as I'd like, and thinking that 700x25c white wall race tires would complement the white/blue/chrome colors of the frame better.

In other news, I put about 80-90% of my vintage parts (a few modern ones, too) up for sale yesterday. Paying for a new project as well as getting sweet components in the hands of new owners. I am excited about it all. I have things, people give me money for those things and take them away, giving me more space. How cool is that???
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put the brooks on the Carlton .

My first brooks ! HArd as a rock but comfortable ! How does that work ?
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Originally Posted by 1simplexnut
My first brooks ! HArd as a rock but comfortable ! How does that work ?
I know, it's amazing, isn't it? The pressure points are just at the right spots. Who needs padding?

After riding B17 saddles for a hundred years, I just got a C17. I think I'm in love.
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A Tip For Alleviating "Brooks Butt"

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I know, it's amazing, isn't it? The pressure points are just at the right spots. Who needs padding?

After riding B17 saddles for a hundred years, I just got a C17. I think I'm in love.
If you feel your Brooks saddle is too stiff, take the obvious step of applying Proofide to the bottom of it, so it becomes a bit more pliable. Then, take that funny wrench that comes with the saddle and give it a half turn counter-clockwise. This will loosen it up just a tad and make it more compliant.

Works for me, anyway.
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I know this is a picture thread, so I will try to post some soon (one teaser in the meantime).

Just cleaned up and re-greased a pair of old Miche clip pedals I got for next to nothing on ebay, I'm working on re-tapping the threads for the adjuster screw on a Campagnolo Mirage 8sp derailleur I also got for next to nothing on the bay, and I'm getting closer to the finishing touches on the Loto I've been building up.

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That Basso is pretty. You should try to find vintage white Benotto handlebar tape. And if you don't like how it feels, too bad, because you need it.
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Originally Posted by noglider
That Basso is pretty. You should try to find vintage white Benotto handlebar tape. And if you don't like how it feels, too bad, because you need it.
Ha, I'm definitely going with white tape (and I have white hoods), but I'm partial to the feel of cork. What can I say, I have sensitive hands...
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Currently refurbing this ‘77ish Schwinn World Traveller for a friend. And they have to be a real good friend for me to do an old Schwinn.
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For folks who are intrigued by stuff that breaks, let me share a few photos of the lower pivot spring from one of my SunTour Cyclone GTs.
The good news is that it didn't happen on the road. The bike was in the workstand and I was removing the rear wheel. I was pivoting the derailleur to the rear to get the wheel out, and the chain went slack.
Hmmm... it never did that before! A quick check showed that the derailleur's lower pivot no longer had any spring tension.
Time to pull the derailleur and take it apart.



The part of the spring that fits into the derailleur body had broken off. This is the spring on the left. The spring on the right is a replacement that was cannibalized from an old Cyclone GT body.

Here's a close-up shot of the good spring on the left, and the broken spring on the right....




With the replacement spring, the derailleur has been reassembled and seems fine.




The bike has about 40,000 miles so far. I'm not sure if this derailleur has been on there the whole time or not. The spare Cyclone GT derailleur might have been on it originally, so the replacement spring might have a lot of miles on it too. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!


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I am stalled on my resto project, an 87 Cresta GT- waiting on a tool, so I took the opportunity today to go from this

MotoGT 1 by Ryan Surface, on Flickr

To this on my 78 Motobecane Grand Touring. Need to research the bb a bit but almost a full tear down today

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