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Old 08-02-18, 04:54 AM
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Just finished off the Legnano upgrade, yesterday...


Today, I hope to dump the rack and fender on this recently acquired, Sekine...
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Nice work, as always, @randyjawa.
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Today, I started the renovation of our tandem. I got a new hub that should accept an 11-speed cassette. I rebuilt the rear wheel. The shop guy said the flanges were of different sizes than those of the old hub so I would need new spokes. I decided to see, and luckily, he was wrong. The wheel built up just fine. I enjoy building wheels, and this one came out well. The cassette is 11-40, replacing a 13-32.

The cassette fits but barely. The axle barely protrudes. When I put it in the bike, I can see clearly that the chain will scrape the frame. I'll have to put a washer under the locknut.

I changed the chain and put the rear derailleur on. I haven't put the shifter on yet. I'm afraid the cable it came with will be too short, but I haven't measured yet.

I won't be changing the front derailleur or shifter, as they seem fine. They'll be mismatched on the handlebar, but that's fine with me.

This Deore XT stuff is really high quality.
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After 3 months of intermittent tinkering I finally have the 78 Moto_GT rebuild finished and ready for a shakedown cruise


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Thumbs up, @ryansu.
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Today I replaced the worn and tearing bar tape on the rando-commuter.



While I was at it, I took care of a small issue that had been bugging me: the left brake lever "kicks out" a little more at the bottom than the other, and I actually appreciated that when getting ready to brake. So while the old tape was off, I took off the right brake lever and filed it a little in the corners of the clamp so that it would angle out a little more. Can't wait to try it now!
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I didn't get to finish my tandem, but I made progress. I think I might need to file the dropout a bit. (Oh no!) I will need to add a spacer in the rear axle. How does one get the locknut off a cassette hub? I hope this project works out, with all the trouble and expense. Next I have to install the rear shifter. I hate running cables! And I have to find some tiny allen keys for adjusting the rear derailleur. This is a change. But the new Deore XT derailleur looks like quite a feat of engineering. Hats off to Shimano. Even the 11-40 cassette is impressive.

I didn't get to start on my McLean. I don't want to have too many non-working bikes. I have new BB and FD to install. I may not even need the BB, but I have it.
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@noglider, just like removing a freewheel, except you'll need to use a chainwhip to hold the cassette still while you turn the tool.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott
@noglider, just like removing a freewheel, except you'll need to use a chainwhip to hold the cassette still while you turn the tool.
OK I know how to remove a cassette. I rode 20 miles Saturday to buy the tool, because the tool I've had is buried under all my crap. Anyway, so I'll find a cone-like thing to grab so I can remove the locknut?

And thanks!
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Originally Posted by noglider
OK I know how to remove a cassette. I rode 20 miles Saturday to buy the tool, because the tool I've had is buried under all my crap. Anyway, so I'll find a cone-like thing to grab so I can remove the locknut?

And thanks!
Oh! Maybe I misread your question the first time around. If you’re talking about undoing the axle locknuts, you should be able to get to the NDS cone’s wrench flats with everything still assembled. Even with the cassette off, it can be tough to get at the DS cone’s wrench flats, so I pretty much count on leaving the DS of the axle together and doing all my adjustment on the NDS end. Hope that helps.
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Putting in new Suntour Superbe brake pads on my 1982 Trek 736. Still kinda amazed they make new replacements; can't imagine demand is too high.
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Just finished Phase 1 of this beauty:



That's mechanical fitting of all the components and test riding. Phase 2 will be stripping it back down to the raw steel and painting it.



Phase 3 will be final assembly, probably next winter.



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Today I taught myself how to bleed hydraulic brakes. That wasn't bad at all.
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Not so much wrenching as cleaning up the bike room after finding three mice running around on the shelf yesterday after they chewed a hole through the drywall. Caught two of them in one trap last night. Feels alot better to have it more organized as I have routine stuff on 3 bikes that needs to be done now. I also realized I have a lot of stuff I may never use (like an orphan Wolber GTX clincher rim, unless I find a match).

The bike room is in the stairwell of my shop and was getting tight. I cleaned out my brother in law's crud directly under the stairs and made it my "wheel home". That made it easier to get around now as before the rims were all on a rod going across the closet. To think 10 years ago I had one bike













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Picked up a '79 Peugeot PN10 Thursday from LA CL. Nice solid bike, but left pedal is wonky, and left crank arm threads are stripped. After fighting with it, I will try to pull the crank, and replace with either Sugino GT or Campy GS. I don't feel like chasing French threads. Also it is a pretty ugly crank. It does ride well. I already changed the brake levers from hipster, to some Campy aero that I had laying around. Nice paint, decals and chrome. always wanted a gold one. The front Simplex plastic derailleur was broken and off the bike, but I had an old Shimano Exage which works fine. I'm hoping one of these cranks will work till I decide what to do otherwise. I heard that you can re-tap French threads to 9/16-20. Anybody done that?




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Very sharp looking Peugeot. Love the gold too.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed
Picked up a '79 Peugeot PN10 Thursday from LA CL. Nice solid bike, but left pedal is wonky, and left crank arm threads are stripped. After fighting with it, I will try to pull the crank, and replace with either Sugino GT or Campy GS. I don't feel like chasing French threads. Also it is a pretty ugly crank. It does ride well. I already changed the brake levers from hipster, to some Campy aero that I had laying around. Nice paint, decals and chrome. always wanted a gold one. The front Simplex plastic derailleur was broken and off the bike, but I had an old Shimano Exage which works fine. I'm hoping one of these cranks will work till I decide what to do otherwise. I heard that you can re-tap French threads to 9/16-20. Anybody done that?



Yep, done it many times and taps are free if you have an old set of pedals to strip the axles out of. Dremel of file some sharp grooves across the threads making them deeper at the start then use anti seize for lube. Works best if you have a stout vise to mount the axle in, then you have to be careful to grab the first couple of old threads in the crank to guide it properly. Work the crank back and forth to not have to force it too much.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Yep, done it many times and taps are free if you have an old set of pedals to strip the axles out of. Dremel of file some sharp grooves across the threads making them deeper at the start then use anti seize for lube.
Works best if you have a stout vise to mount the axle in, then you have to be careful to grab the first couple of old threads in the crank to guide it properly. Work the crank back and forth to not have to force it too much.
Thanks so much. I do have an old broken SPD mtn bike pedal somewhere to use as a tap doner. What a great idea. The Stronglight TS crank, though original has some deeply etched stain, about 9 o clock on the above picture that is actually down in the metal. The center section is badly tarnished and oxidized too. Maybe off the bike I can spruce up the finish a little better. Appreciate the idea and reply! I don't have a Stronglight puller, so thought I'd try a 3 arm gear puller, since I thought the crank was toast, but maybe tapping will save it, thanks. I know I need to use two pedals to get both thread directions.
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Great stuff @scozim. That will be a fun bike, @Slightspeed.

We visited some friends in their bungalow colony rental in the Catskills. It's like a family camp with few organized activities. People live communally, and the kids wander from family to family. My friends' teenage son was hanging out with two other teenage boys, and they wanted to take a ride to the convenience store. It was two miles down a huge hill (in the Catskill mountains), and then two miles back up the hill. The bungalows came with bikes, but they were in sorry shape. The boys asked for my help. The first one had a skidded out rear tire, and the rear skewer was a security type, so without the key, no dice. The second was a generic old ten-speed. The top pulley in the rear derailleur had become detached, and the bolt to hold it on had its threads munged. I did the ugliest repair I've ever done in my life, but I was glad to get one of the boys rolling again. I took a long undersized bolt and stuck it in and bent it to hold the pulley kinda-sorta in place. The kid knew he would have to keep whatever gear he got, so he asked me to put it in the lowest gear possible. It looked safe enough in first gear, and he promised not to shift. The boys asked good questions, and it was fun to talk with them. We had two not-fully working floor pumps to inflate the tires. At one point, they're getting it, and one says to the other, "I know it's working, because look at the air-mometer." Well, the boys came back having had a gallon of ice cream and with several bags of candy.

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Thanks so much. I do have an old broken SPD mtn bike pedal somewhere to use as a tap doner. What a great idea. The Stronglight TS crank, though original has some deeply etched stain, about 9 o clock on the above picture that is actually down in the metal. The center section is badly tarnished and oxidized too. Maybe off the bike I can spruce up the finish a little better. Appreciate the idea and reply! I don't have a Stronglight puller, so thought I'd try a 3 arm gear puller, since I thought the crank was toast, but maybe tapping will save it, thanks. I know I need to use two pedals to get both thread directions.
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About 10 years ago I got one exactly like yours for my 6 foot 8 son that had never been ridden It was a 65 cm monster and I rode it back from the seller 125 miles standing up. It was like standing up in the back of a pickup.
The guy, who was also very tall, had a bad accident before the bike arrived new, 30 odd years earlier but couldn't bring himself to sell it.
It was all chrome and gold except the cranks. Probably one of the most beautiful bikes I had ever ridden.
Cleaned it , polished it and handed it over. My son struggles with too small modern frames and was chuffed to bits.

A week later it was stolen.

I swear ten years on I still look for that bike everywhere I go. Never seen any Peugeot half as good.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed
I heard that you can re-tap French threads to 9/16-20. Anybody done that?
Had to ask around a little bit but I found a bike shop willing to do it that also had the tools. Cost €15 and 30 minutes or so.


I can tell you soon enough how well they look after a few hundred miles on them. Got a set of Mks EZY removable pedals on the way so the old ones are going out soon.
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Working on refitting a bike that I didn't know what to do with, with modern pieces to sell to another tall fellow (taller than me!) who's in the market for a good rain/winter bike. I am excited to build good bikes for those in and above my height. It's a very small market, but needs serving. I am but one weird tall guy that likes to build bikes from the frameset up.
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