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Old 09-08-18, 04:59 PM
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I have been LOVING watching this come together, blog post after blog post. If not for you, @ryansu, that frame would still be collecting dust in my basement. I'm so happy it went to the right fella. Enjoy the hell out of it!!

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5 months after getting this 87 Nishiki Crest GT from @The Thin Man, I finally have it rebuilt to the point I could take it for a test ride this morning, as I suspected I really like it! I only went about 3 km but I had a big goofy grin when I got back, I have a few tweaks to make and maybe one more, longer, test ride before I wrap the bars and call it done.
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Old 09-08-18, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by The Thin Man View Post
I have been LOVING watching this come together, blog post after blog post. If not for you, @ryansu, that frame would still be collecting dust in my basement. I'm so happy it went to the right fella. Enjoy the hell out of it!!
Oh I plan on it! thanks again
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Old 09-08-18, 05:15 PM
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Heck of a job on that Raleigh @2cam16
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Old 09-08-18, 10:43 PM
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Heck of a job on that Raleigh @2cam16
Thank you,sir!
Just waiting on some bar tape from Asia and I can finish it up. Except for the short brakes. lol
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Old 09-09-18, 10:05 AM
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Nothing too crazy here. New freewheel, new chain.




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Old 09-09-18, 04:01 PM
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Leveled up some levers and glued some tublars onto some Mavic GL330's. Missing riding, but enjoy the maintenance activity.
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Old 09-09-18, 04:58 PM
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Changed a tire on the Nishiki Tri bike due to cords showing from a sliding stop after a car pulled in front of me on a live race course.
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Old 09-09-18, 08:39 PM
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Strung up a wheel yesterday.
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Old 09-10-18, 04:31 AM
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Pouring buckets again around here (what a season). No riding so I continued on the drop bar conversion to my '95 Trek 850. Then touched up the wheel trues for the Raleigh and the Crescent. Three of em needed nothing but I tightened one rear 1/4 turn to all spokes then dressed em to less than 1/2 mm of wiggle. That'll do. Checked the hub adj's too but they're still just fine.

Stared out the window at the flooded streams. Kicked rocks. Walked the GSD.
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Old 09-10-18, 05:11 PM
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A lot of rain here in northeast Ohio also. Finished up the switch from stock to drop bars on this yesterday. Got to try out today after work during a break in the weather. I now have a foul weather bike.
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Old 09-11-18, 02:21 AM
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I'll have to post a build thread of it, but I completed my full-boat refurbishing of my '81 Trek 710. She is a beautiful bike and is such a sweet ride. The combination of 600 Arabesque RD geometry (aka not slant parallelogram) and 7-speed, Hyperglide-toothed cassette make for fidgety--or just over-eager--shifting. I'm learning the ways of this particular setup in its nearly 40-year-old condition.

Did some sleuthing to tame the noises caused by the fenders I mounted to my '74 Paramount. Yes, it is now a rain/winter bike! I have grown weary of canti brakes. Limited braking power combined with insane noise levels have killed it (mostly) for me--and I set things up well, with Kool Stops. I like the fender clearance and I love the classiness, aesthetic, and visual statement of status-in-the-lineup that cantis communicate. Seattle, and really, the city environment combined with steep hills and skittery traffic, is pretty hostile to safe operation of less-than-razor-sharp bike setups. I could ride at a sloth-like pace, and then could use almost anything, but if one is to get about with a modicum of efficiency, it is best to bring a gun to a gun fight. Machined brake tracks, Kool Stop pads, good levers, cables and housings, and a very eager pair of dual pivot side-pull calipers means that I have enthusiastic braking with out vibration, noise, or power limits. Plus it looks really sharp.
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Old 09-11-18, 10:19 AM
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Been getting stuff together for an 80’s Falcon build. New stem coming (maybe). So ready to Final soon.
Moving from Suntour to Campy drivetrain, with help ffroom @Drillium Dude and some painting ttips.











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Old 09-12-18, 12:49 PM
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For the past two days, I have been helping my son clean up and refurbish his Empire Professional...






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Old 09-12-18, 01:24 PM
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@randyjawa, is that Empire a Panasonic? It looks a lot like the Japanese-made Schwinns.
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Old 09-16-18, 07:19 PM
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Schwinn Project KOM:


I bought this as a whole bike a long time ago and stripped the parts for another project. Farted around w/rebuilding it (the Suntour stuff on it now), then dropped it. Decided to start building it back up for a friend of mine, with lesser-but-still-capable parts. The Suntour cranks and rear derailleur are coming off pretty soon. Also, it had a kinda bulky-lookint chromed fork that I thought was too crude for a Tange Prestige frame, so I painted a Nishiki Ariel fork (got for cheap at a swap meet) red and mounted it. I don't much care for the straight fork asthetic, but it fits material-wise. Most of the components are coming off of a Sierra. It'll be a fine rider.
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Old 09-16-18, 08:36 PM
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The Cresta got bar tape, bottle cages, a rear rack and a new IRD 6 speed FW today


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Old 09-21-18, 08:09 PM
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I finally finished the wheels on this one... The tires are a temporary swap from another bike to figure out the target width -- It looks like 30mm will be the max, should suit this well.



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Old 09-21-18, 08:44 PM
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This week I have been working on a 1982 Miyata 1200 I brought home from the Bike Exchange. I am almost through with the Metallic blue Custom framed Sport tourer. I am having some fit problems with the wheels and seem to have the chain ring bolts improperly installed causing rubbing between the 26 tooth chain ring and the 36 next to it so I put that aside temporarily while I worked on the Miyata.

This bike is a twin of the bike pictured in the 1962 catalogue. From everything I have read and seen it is a sweet machine. The paint is a gold metal flake and considering it's age is in pretty good condition. It came with good components including Suntour Superb forged dropouts. This encouraged me to try and guild the lilly a bit. I changed out the stock Dia comp brakes and levers with Superb . I also swapped out the original superbe pro rear der. for a straight superb and the Cyclone front der for a superbe so all now match. it is getting Mavic ma 2 rims with Shimano RX100 hubs. To round out the upgrades I have Cinelli bars, Nito stem and New saddle. When I get them ready I will take some pictures for you guys.

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Nothing too crazy here. New freewheel, new chain.



This freewheel/chain combo shifts fantastically, but holy cow is this IRD freewheel noisier than the Sachs that was on it previously.
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Old 09-22-18, 12:11 AM
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Lately, leading up to last Saturday was getting the gearing on the big Merz where it would get me up and down the big hills at Crater Lake, with 3500 ft. of climbing. The other time I did this I had to walk the last 1/2 mi. of the big hill, didn't imagine that would change this time. Thanks to @Dfrost and the 24t granny ring for the front, a 53t big ring and my desperation in substituting the Ultegra hubbed wheel with 11-36 to go with the Campy 9 speed running gear, it went well. While it wasn't perfect, it worked very well after several compromise adjustments and shakedown rides. Thanks also to a couple of threads here that alluded to this success as I wasn't sure if it would work having minimal integrated Campy experience and pushing limits as well.

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Old 09-22-18, 02:12 AM
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Managed to go through my newest but unwanted acquisition, an early Quintanni Roo. Wanted to test it yesterday, but extremely high winds made doing so dangerous. Trees bending to absurd angles. Branches flying through the air. And coolness unappreciated. Turn up the TV and take a break. Oops, can't do that either - lost electrical power due to high winds and trees falling on hydro lines...
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3 Project Bikes

First was a 1979 Bertin C132 Cyclotouriste that I overhauled and updated in August. This was a bike that we imported. It was a mid range touring model. We spec'd out butted Vitus 172 tubing, a TA Cyclotouriste crank with 50-40T chainrings, Ideal 80 saddle, Simplex SX410 RD, low flange clinchers and so on. A previous owner swapped out the original wheels for a set with LF Avocet hubs and Super Champion Gentleman rims.

I found it in the SF Bay Area in 2008, put on new Pasela 700cx28 tires, tubes plus a tune up. I only rode it a few times because it was a 54cm and I've been riding 55-56cm bikes. My doctor had only ridden MTBs and asked me to find him a road bike. He's taken real good care of me since 1995 so I fixed it up and gave it to him. Now I have a new ridding buddy.

How it looked when I bought it in 2008.



I replaced the 40T small chain ring with a 36T, put on a NOS 13-32T 6 speed FW, replaced the Simplex derailleurs with Shimano - Deore in the rear, 600 in the front and 6 speed SIS levers, new chain, IRC badged Tektro dual pivot brakes, an SR Laprade seat post, a WTB Pure saddle and so on. He's overjoyed to be out on the road for the first time.






Next, I've been fine tuning this 1971 Raleigh Competition that I bought as a beater for gravel crunching last spring. It's a surprisingly nice riding and handling bike. I've been riding it during most of the spring and summer. My only rust bucket. Most recent project was overhauling the Raleigh badged Suntour VKX RD. The bike started making noises while pedaling. Traced it down to a worn top pulley, a chain with mixed brand links and some crud in the freewheel.

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Lastly, I bought this 1983 Peugeot PSV frame with cranks, brake calipers and a FD in 2010. From time to time I did a little work on it. In July I decided it was time to finish it.

Before



I replaced the plastic Stronglight B10 headset with one of the newer sealed cartridge bearing A9 models. The BB was crunchy. When I pulled it I found that it had a Swiss LH thread fixed cup. It was a cheap Peugeot branded BB and totally worn out. Fortunately I had some mismarked NOS Stronglight Swiss thread fixed cups so I put in a NOS Stronglight BB.

Next was fitting Simplex Retrofriction levers to the brazed on Simplex lever bosses with old M5x1.0 bâtard French threads. Ended up using 10-24 stainless button head cap screws with Loctite.

I had most of the OEM spec'd components including a Peugeot badged Simplex SX410 RD and a set of 700c Mavic Module-E wheels with low flange Normandy Luxe Competition hubs so it's almost all original components.

I first mounted 700c x 25 Pasela TG tires. I've been riding those since 2006 and have them on a bunch of bikes. They discontinued the Tourguard version and replaced them with the Pasela Pro-Tite tires. The news ones supposedly have a stronger aramid belt under the tread but they're stiffer riding because they changed the sidewalls for "better cornering". I suspect that this last set of Pasela TGs had the same Pro-Tite technology. Anyway even after 50+ miles the ride was nowhere as smooth as the old Pasela TGs. With a light weight Super Vitus 980 frame, I was expecting the bike to ride like a pillow!

Not to be dissuaded, I had a set of Continental 700cx25 Grand Prix Classic tires I bought a few years ago and this was the perfect test. The ride and handling improved right out of the gate. I started off with the tires pumped to the recommended 120 PSI. Even at that pressure, the Contis rode smoother than the Paselas. At 90 PSI the ride, the grip and handling is so pleasant that I just bought another set.

Finished project.





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Introducing: "The Punisher"

Well, now I've done it. I've gone out and bought a bike just because it looks so cool. And because of the headbadge. And I probably paid too much. *sigh*

But she shore is perty!

Here's the photo that caught my attention:



That Lauterwasser `bar had to go immediately. The handling was atrocious! So I used one of my upside-down porteur bars with a pair of Brooks Plump Leather Grips from the parts bin.

In order to bring the price down to reasonable range, I let the seller keep his saddle, because I had a better one waiting for it at home. (Mine has the copper rivets.)

Then I carefully removed those counterfeit graphics from the top-tube. This bike is not a Guv'Nor - It is an early `70s Pashley Roadster turned into a Path Racer. So it has the regular frame tubing rather than the 531 used on the Guv'Nor.

And you can tell riding it... even all stripped down this thing still weighs near-as-makes-no-difference 30 pounds (29.8).

But look at her now:





She's not done, of course, or I wouldn't be writing about her in this thread. She will eventually get a Sturmey-Archer internal-gear hub; maybe an AW with a quadrant shifter on the top-tube. But for now the X-RD will have to suffice. And she earns her sobriquet every time we climb a hill of any length. She needs gears...

So for today she will be my `round-the-hood cruiser and ice cream getter. I don't foresee rides of any real distance on this bike. But I will take her to cool places on the back of the car just to shoot some evocative photographs.

And the Journey begins... Here's one last shot by the lake:



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I've been getting the itch to get this back on the road for more test rides, so I've spent a few hours over the course of the last few days and it's ready to go out again, perhaps tomorrow.


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Just picked this up... have to rebuild the bottom bracket.
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