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Old 06-11-18, 03:31 PM
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While riding the tandem in Acadia National Park last week I started hearing a squeak from the captain's left pedal. Of course it is an original Normandy pedal with French threads. Yesterday I removed it and pulled the dust cap off. Dang, the bearing cone is held on by a swaged flange, not a nut I can removed. (Cheap assembly process!) However I could see the bearings and none seemed busted. They were quite dry however. So I forced some grease through the tiny slot and lo! the noise disappeared. They seem to be just fine.

Then I spent some time adjusting the headset of the Peugeot PFN10. A touchy little piece of work, it is. However it seems okay now.
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988
Today I rebuilt the Suntour Vx-GT rear derailleur that came on my 1980 Raleigh Super Course 12 - my first road bike, which was well worn already when I purchased it ten years ago. The derailleur was completely covered in greasy gunk and the pulleys were stuck in the stuff from disuse... Wish I'd taken a "before" photo. In any case, after a thorough cleaning it looks and seems to function as good as new!

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That is one good looking RD. I try not to take them apart because they can be a PITA to put back together sometimes.
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Attempting to service a gunked up DA 7700 shifter. Wish me luck.

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My tire swap was successful. Both tires are rated at 28mm. The Continental GP4 S-II measures 29mm, and the Soma measures 27mm. Now I think I have 4mm of clearance. I pumped the Soma tires to 55-F and 60-R and rode to work today. Very nice. I think I can get away with less pressure. Pacenti rims make tires tight, and it's a lot of work to get tires on and off.

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My "lately" bike work was on someone else's bike this morning. On my commute in I saw a guy stopped, called out, he replied he had a flat. Okay...a youngish guy who seemed unsure what to do next, holding TIG-welded steel, mid-to-late 80's(?) Lemond. He said he was a novice, had forgotten to bring a spare tube. Also had neither patch kit nor pump, so we are talking real novice here. He'd hit a bump going through some gravel. I was on sew-ups but I carry a patch kit for just such occasions, have seen too many of them. To judge from the state of his other tire, his tires had been soft, probably 50psi or less. The tube showed a narrow-gap snake-bite flat on the inside surface. I can't see how he'd get that from a rim-pinch but maybe the gravel had squished the tube against a spoke nipple head. The cloth rim strip was good. So I put a single patch across the two holes, pumped it up and it held air just fine.

Then he compared the front to the now-fixed rear and decided the front was too low too. So I put my pump on it, and it immediately decided it didn't want to hold air either. What the ...' ? The valve stem had separated from the tube, a failure I've seen as few times too. Tough to patch that and we had no spare tube. On a whim I decided to wrap a patch partially around and up the valve stem and wedge it in good, thinking maybe the glue and pressure from the rim would seal it place long enough for him to go the mile or two into Lexington. Tried it, pumped it up to maybe 40 to 50psi, and it held air! We took off and I saw him riding in my rear-view mirror until our ways parted, so I guess it stayed rideable for a bit.

First time I've ever tried a patch like that.
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Lately.....I've done a lot of rubbing on a '71 AMF-Hercules that came in to my first-favorite LBS as a donation bike. Rear hub is a S-A single speed with coaster brake. Not shown in the pic is a very cool Norfolk Virginia bicycle license tag attached to the front basket support. I was drawn to this bike because I had an early '50s Hercules 3-speed when I was a kid.....you know, 60 years ago. Anyway, this bike came in with heaps of rust, but cleaned up pretty well and received a new set of tires. I took it for a short spin when I was finished with it. Fun!

Nearly all of these donation bikes are given away to folks in our community that would like, but cannot afford, a bicycle. From time to time a dandy bike like this comes in and gets sold. The sale proceeds feed the purchase of new parts for other donation bikes. My LBS owner passes these parts through the shop (Bike Garage, Port Angeles, Washington) at his wholesale cost. He is a very good guy in my book!

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Originally Posted by zammykoo
Attempting to service a gunked up DA 7700 shifter. Wish me luck.

You know what to do with that hammer if things don't work out, right? . . .

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This must be my year to work on blue bikes. First up was a mid to early 70s Sekine SHS 271. It was a cool project, as all the parts were original and it has a quality chrome moly (Tange tubing, likely no. 3) frame with forged drop outs, chrome socks and half chromed fork.

Next blue bike up is a 1985 Cannondale ST 400. It's a very clean bike. I polished up the frame and aluminum bits. I overhauled the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset. I replaced the bar and stem (the bike came with a crazy short bar and a narrow stem) and saddle. I ended up replacing the wheelset. There is nothing wrong with the old 27 inch wheelset but I have a nicer 700c wheelset also built around shimano 600 hubs. The original wheelset had rigida 13-19 rims and I'm not a fan of them. The narrow box section araya rims are, IMHO, stronger than the rigida. I replaced the brake pads with kool stops and replaced the brake levers with cane creeks. I prefer the braking action on aero levers and I appreciate having 2 quick releases (one on the lever and one on the caliper) as I'm running a 700 x 32c (continental gatorskin) tire on the bike.

The next job is installing all the cables and the chain and getting the bike into riding shape. The bike is currently set up with a compact 50-34 crank and a 14-28 seven speed freewheel. The crank is a triple (a deore MT 60) I will turn this into a triple with 46/36/24 rings. I'll likely swap out the RD and shifters as well to go with shimano 7 speed indexing. I like the 46/36 better for spinning than a 50/34 and the 24 inner will give me good gearing if I ever want to tackle the alps!


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You're a hero, [MENTION=190941]jimmuller[/MENTION].
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You know what to do with that hammer if things don't work out, right? . . .

Hehehe.
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Removing tubular glue. Vittoria Criterium Super to be mounted on road rim. Original tire separated at whitewall. Track cycle has clinchers mounted currently. The tubular tires are not bought yet. Any thoughts for the track cycle ridden on asphalt.
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I'm planning on recycling the tape from my drop bars and trying my hand at wrapping a set of upright bars for the first time this weekend. Wish me luck!
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Stripped the new to me Voyageur SP down, cleaned, polished and waxed the frame, soaked its rusty bits in Evaporust , cleaned and polished bits and reassembled the bike again. I need to ride the bike before I put more money into it to make sure its a keeper.
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My husband dragged home an old (‘71 on the hub) Raleigh Sports from an estate sale, so I got my first experience rebuilding a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub on Saturday. No movement in it before tear down, but now it ticks along smoothly. These things are stout!!!

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Spent a couple of days on maintenance and cleaning of my '16 Giant ATX hardtail. I decided maybe I could convert it to dropbar for riding local rail trails and camping trip cycling. Using some Tektro levers and Ritchey Comp bars I had laying around with $25 Shimano bar shifters I now have a fairly unique and pleasant riding machine.
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Bikes shipped in by their owners to be ready to ride,when they get off the bus, from points east..

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[MENTION=474190]Honusms[/MENTION], impressive.
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[MENTION=425004]merziac[/MENTION] is that an adjustment screw on the cable end crimp? how cool is that!?
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My husband dragged home an old (‘71 on the hub) Raleigh Sports from an estate sale, so I got my first experience rebuilding a 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub on Saturday. No movement in it before tear down, but now it ticks along smoothly. These things are stout!!!

Chapeau! rebuilding a 3 speed hub is on my someday list but frankly they scare me just a bit
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@ryansu - it helps that my husband worked his way through college as a “big rig” truck mechanic and is certified in transmissions. He also has a comprehensive collection of tools ☺️ He’s a very patient coach.
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Originally Posted by ryansu
[MENTION=425004]merziac[/MENTION] is that an adjustment screw on the cable end crimp? how cool is that!?
Yep, cool as heck, just like the rest of it.
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[MENTION=231285]ryansu[/MENTION], 3-speed hubs are mysterious because the workings are invisible. It turns out that they're pretty easy. Good instructions and an exploded view help. You should have a bench vise and a Sturmey Archer cone wrench.
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[MENTION=231285]ryansu[/MENTION], 3-speed hubs are mysterious because the workings are invisible. It turns out that they're pretty easy. Good instructions and an exploded view help. You should have a bench vise and a Sturmey Archer cone wrench.
its not the exploding I am worried about Tom its the getting it all back together correctly
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I got these laced up today, hoping to get them up to tension this weekend if I can make the time. We'll see.







I still have a bit of work in getting the spoke path straight and ready for tension. They're heavy by roadie standards, but this is more on/off-roadie. Plus I could stand to lose a few grams myself... Hoping this will strike a pleasant balance. Tires will be somewhere between 28 and 30 mm depending on how the wider rims affect clearances.




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