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Old 09-23-18, 09:30 PM
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I repacked the wheel bearings in my daily rider... when I noticed a slight jiggle of the front wheel. Finding some imperfections (wear) in the cones... made me decide To just have the wheels rebuilt. I got a new BB cartridge too. Then decided I should just go ahead and replace the cassette and chain (instead of waiting till the planned off-season). Now... I realize... I should at lease repack the headset bearings.

Meanwhile.... I traded for a new/old cad2. It's in great shape. It would almost be too easy to go-over-it and hang it on my wall. I am thinking of updates like converting it over to a thread-less fork (maybe carbon), and modern stem.
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Old 09-24-18, 01:38 PM
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1906 epicyclic Sunbeam

Road this old girl back home. Amazing after 112 years everything still works.

A little oil bottle slides into the opening on the front of the 'hangman' seat post. It doesn't have the puncture repair kit inside the handle bar grips but I'm not sure that was an option in 1906


Just above the chain on the chain ring you can see the integrated fixture that feeds the gear cable into the BB to shift the epicyclic gearbox between the two speed direct drives. I intend to lace a 3 speed hub on the rear which was an option as early as 1903 to make it a six-speed.
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Adding aluminum fenders to the Sequoia, trying to identify a 3-speed townie I just found, and cleaning 2 frames for a winter flip-flop build.
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I've been wrenching away, as always, on something. Current projects go something like:

1) 1981 Trek 710/716 is complete. I will swap the 80mm SR stem for its identical twin-yet-20mm-longer as the frame plus the short stem (on the bike when I got it, and original spec'd stem--shorter unit likely installed at original sale) as it is a touch cramped. Otherwise, this full double-butted 531 bike is a beautifully riding, refurbished (slightly 'enhanced') original. I've been holding out on everyone with regard to documentation and pictures. Soon!

2) 1982/3 Guerciotti Super Record is being built up again, and is only missing a non-drive-side Italian threaded BB cup from a 102mm 10-speed era Campagnolo Chorus (or Record) bottom bracket. So close!! The bike is devastatingly gorgeous with its Merlot metallic paint and black secondary components (stem, bars, seat post, rims/wheels) that let the polished 10-speed Chorus pieces just pop and glow in contrast. The polished Chorus crankset is the centerpiece and is naturally not installed, and that is killing me! Lol.

3) 1974 Paramount P15-9 is now my rain/winter bike with fenders installed, now 10-speed bar-end shifter-equipped, with a newer 6600-era Ultegra long cage rear derailleur covering, hilariously, an 11-36T cassette. The indexed bar-end shifters are legit and their operation is easy and flawless. I also don't bash my knees into them accidentally, which was a concern of mine. This bike is the pinnacle of "point yourself at the horizon and keep pedaling until you get there." Phenomenal bike.

4) Bike Works, our local non-profit bike shop, had its second of two annual Warehouse Sales, and this incomplete 1980 Trek 412 frame in very dark steel blue-grey was hanging on the frameset hooks (had seatpost, saddle, crankset, BB, FD, DT shifters, stem, bars, and brake levers). The graphics, including the Ishiwata 022 sticker, are in great shape, even if the paint has bubbling in a number of areas (bummer). I had been eyeing it for months and once I found out that all the unsold frames would be going to elsewhere (Africa, mainly, and the guys that pick up a TON of unsold frames and components from BW at the end of every Warehouse Sale have been partnering with us for a long time) that didn't include "back into the shop," I picked it up. Ishiwata 022, with its Columbus SL-mimicking specs, is oddly the "lowest-end" ranking bike in the fleet, but imperfections and some rust dust (now that I've disassembled it) aren't deterring me from cleaning and waxing the still-glossy paint. Plus, I finally get a sweet Ishiwata-tubed Trek! Will need a build thread on that as well. I have many of the components spec'd for it already.
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Old 09-25-18, 11:00 AM
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1) Finished Changing my blue Titan over from Down tube levers + old Campy DR to like new Centaur 10 spd Ergo levers + NOS Veloce DR.

Usually I leave bare bars to allow for adjusting lever position and only tape after weeks of riding. This time, thought I knew better & taped the bars after setting levers where they looked right. Had previously put the maroon B17 on another bike, so used my co-op saddle. A $5, no-name Italian that was a blend of Concor & Turbo.

Set the limit screws then had problems with the rear DR sticking on some shifts, so I generously lubed everywhere, clicking up & down with no improvement. Finally realized the cables were dragging where BB rested on my Craptastic Minoura workstand! Took it out for a shake down ride & shifting was flawless! To bad the lever position didn''t feel right & Saddle's not a good match for my sitzbuns. Need to move the levers s smidge, re-tape and liberate a Brooks off another bike.


2) Meanwhile, putting fenders on a few bikes beginning with some old Honjo's on my Grand Jubile Mixte and swapping its battered B66 for the nice one on my Raleigh Superbe. Sorry old chap, but this pretty lady deserves the good one. Don
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I've been wrenching away, as always, on something. Current projects go something like:

1) 1981 Trek 710/716 is complete. I will swap the 80mm SR stem for its identical twin-yet-20mm-longer as the frame plus the short stem (on the bike when I got it, and original spec'd stem--shorter unit likely installed at original sale) as it is a touch cramped. Otherwise, this full double-butted 531 bike is a beautifully riding, refurbished (slightly 'enhanced') original. I've been holding out on everyone with regard to documentation and pictures. Soon!

2) 1982/3 Guerciotti Super Record is being built up again, and is only missing a non-drive-side Italian threaded BB cup from a 102mm 10-speed era Campagnolo Chorus (or Record) bottom bracket. So close!! The bike is devastatingly gorgeous with its Merlot metallic paint and black secondary components (stem, bars, seat post, rims/wheels) that let the polished 10-speed Chorus pieces just pop and glow in contrast. The polished Chorus crankset is the centerpiece and is naturally not installed, and that is killing me! Lol.

3) 1974 Paramount P15-9 is now my rain/winter bike with fenders installed, now 10-speed bar-end shifter-equipped, with a newer 6600-era Ultegra long cage rear derailleur covering, hilariously, an 11-36T cassette. The indexed bar-end shifters are legit and their operation is easy and flawless. I also don't bash my knees into them accidentally, which was a concern of mine. This bike is the pinnacle of "point yourself at the horizon and keep pedaling until you get there." Phenomenal bike.

4) Bike Works, our local non-profit bike shop, had its second of two annual Warehouse Sales, and this incomplete 1980 Trek 412 frame in very dark steel blue-grey was hanging on the frameset hooks (had seatpost, saddle, crankset, BB, FD, DT shifters, stem, bars, and brake levers). The graphics, including the Ishiwata 022 sticker, are in great shape, even if the paint has bubbling in a number of areas (bummer). I had been eyeing it for months and once I found out that all the unsold frames would be going to elsewhere (Africa, mainly, and the guys that pick up a TON of unsold frames and components from BW at the end of every Warehouse Sale have been partnering with us for a long time) that didn't include "back into the shop," I picked it up. Ishiwata 022, with its Columbus SL-mimicking specs, is oddly the "lowest-end" ranking bike in the fleet, but imperfections and some rust dust (now that I've disassembled it) aren't deterring me from cleaning and waxing the still-glossy paint. Plus, I finally get a sweet Ishiwata-tubed Trek! Will need a build thread on that as well. I have many of the components spec'd for it already.
I was sorry to miss the Warehouse sale on Sunday although I don't really need another project I like to browse, I was in PDX doing the last Sunday Parkways ride of the season. Congrats on your 412 score
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Old 09-25-18, 03:53 PM
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Wrenched more on this today. Wrapped the bars, Kalloy seatpost and Turbo saddle in. Also a bit of Panasonic bling on the bars.
Just need to look for mid-reach calipers and it will be roadworthy.

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Old 09-28-18, 05:22 PM
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Bringing my Trek 920 back from the dead as a single speed for now, and finally got the chain line right on a trip to the park. 24 year old GripShift is just not my thing, as well as Trek's idea of a rear brake on this bike (V-brakes right now).


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Old 09-28-18, 07:36 PM
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Brazed a frame for my daughter. Commuter/tourer, fits 32c tires with fenders. Everything old school for the sake of reliability and low maintenance. She is moving out of the house to another state and needs something that can be neglected for a long time without giving her problems. Using Weinmann center pulls so she can center the brakes without tools, Suntour rear. Old Deore crank, UN51 BB, Suntour barcons. The only things newish are the XT front der and wheels/cassette. They are take off from a 2007 Giant OCR so she gets better axle support and any shop in a big city will know how to work on it.
Thought about Panaracer skin walls for that old school look, however choose Conti City Ride tires for the superb durability and puncture resistance. Haven't had any flats with mine since I put them on 4 years ago.

Of course it is pink.
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Old 09-28-18, 08:49 PM
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Freed up a little time to remove the quill adapter/140mm modern stem on my Gitane Sprint and went to a 130mm Atax from @smoothness Looks much better.

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Finally getting around to the Super Course I picked up at the start of summer. Indecision as to how to build it, and distraction with other projects has prevented any progress since tapping the bb shell for ISO threading shortly after buying it.



Its in mock up mode here as I casually, and indiscriminately threw some parts at it this evening. We’re looking At 27” aluminum Araya rims on Suzue hubs. Stronglight 49d, Stronglight bb, and an Atom 5-speed fw. Cyclone MKII fd with matching friction shifters. Unbranded CRO-MO fork, Tange 2 headset, no name British stem, VO portuer bars, and a Taihei Compe seat post.

Its all over the place, but I think I like it, and may go ahead with it. I’ll probably go with a VX short cage rd, Mafac Racers, Mafac levers, Selle Turbo, SunTour Road VX quills, and a pair of skin wall Panaracer Duals. All of which I have on hand.
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Making progress on the Super Course yesterday, lit a bit of inspiration, which in turn motivated me to refocus attention, and prioritize. Having too many projects, or potential projects not only brings distraction that hinders goals, but also creates clutter which fosters distraction.

So using Craigslist today I took steps towards a much needed purge that should help streamline my situation. I listed three frames for sale, listed three more that are “free to a good home,” and I put up a fair selection of parts for sale as well.

Still need to go through the wheels.

Clear all this junk out, and I’ll be left with one rideable bike, two projects which could be completed soon, and one frame I’m not sure what to do with. This would all be a major relief, and improvement!

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I repacked the wheel bearings in my daily rider... when I noticed a slight jiggle of the front wheel. Finding some imperfections (wear) in the cones... made me decide To just have the wheels rebuilt. I got a new BB cartridge too. Then decided I should just go ahead and replace the cassette and chain (instead of waiting till the planned off-season). Now... I realize... I should at lease repack the headset bearings.

Meanwhile.... I traded for a new/old cad2. It's in great shape. It would almost be too easy to go-over-it and hang it on my wall. I am thinking of updates like converting it over to a thread-less fork (maybe carbon), and modern stem.
wooo!
Thats pretty ... somewhat rare livery ...
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I found this 87 Schwinn Le Tour back in the spring, I thought maybe I could do some minimal work and sell it on but headset and BB seem dry so its going to get some work before I put it up for sell

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The rear wheel on my Raleigh was making an intermittent clicking sound yesterday that seemed like a loose spoke or two. When I took the wheel off this morning to balance spoke tension I found this:





Oops.

I took the axle from a Deore hub and cut it to length, not sure if it'll be any stronger.





I've been scheming a modern build on this frameset and this axle issue gave another nudge in that direction...
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wooo!
Thats pretty ... somewhat rare livery ...
Here's mine ...
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I like your red tape and bottle cages! I've been under the weather recently.... haven't ridden but have done a little wrenching. I visited the local bicycle co-op and made a donation while picking up a new stem for my CAD2 (2nd new stem experiment). A little change made a huge difference. I also tried out a 12-28 cassette. I got the bike with the intention of hanging it on the wall (I traded a wall bike for it). But I like the way it rides (and looks) to much.... to hang like art.

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Disassembling and cleaning a pair of Mafac racers:


Going to give them a good polish this weekend.
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Did you Say Sequoia?

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Adding aluminum fenders to the Sequoia, trying to identify a 3-speed townie I just found, and cleaning 2 frames for a winter flip-flop build.
With the great help from Andy of Beaverton, Oregon, who has a Sequoia, he let me know about a 68.5cm Sequoia that was in mint condition. I mean really! It must have languished in a garage (barn?) for years and years. It has no nicks or chips and only the most light of scratches. Get this: T-mar says it's a 1983 model, right in the middle of the Japanese glory days of making bikes. Take a look: http://www.jim.bike123.com/Sqoi/DetailQ.html

Eat your heart out!
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What have I been wrenching on lately? Well, the bikes are in good enough condition that they don't need anything. Here's a spare 40HP engine that my brother and I have been cleaning and rebuilding:

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@beaverstuff, I'm happy for you. You've been looking for a long time, and you got lucky. @Andy_K is the best.
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