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Old 10-23-18, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
I've been wrenching on La BÍte ("The Beast" in French) this past weekend. She's languished in the shop ever since our big crash into the rocks. Trued the wheels, mounted new rubber, tuned this and that, and after a little touch-up paint she's good as new.





The new "Retro Ride" tires feel lighter than the Kenda "Kiniptions" I had on her before.



I'm pretty happy with the way she turned out, and grateful that she wasn't as damaged as I was in the crash.

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Looks great. Do those tyres look wider than they are, or was this bike designed for fat tyres?

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Looks great. Do those tyres look wider than they are, or was this bike designed for fat tyres?

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Those are Continental "Retro Ride" tires in 26 x 2.2 inches. This bike is a 1984 model and came stock with 26 x 2.125 inch knobbies, so these aren't much larger than stock.

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I glad your damage has healed as well! White tires with a blue frame, tre...
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Those are Continental "Retro Ride" tires in 26 x 2.2 inches. This bike is a 1984 model and came stock with 26 x 2.125 inch knobbies, so these aren't much larger than stock.

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Thanks, I wondered because I recently fitted wider retro tyres to my bike and 622-47 (<1.9 inch) was the absolute maximum width, hardly any room left. Let's say I'm confident about my trueing skills. I guess the slender tubing of your bike wrongfooted me, I just don't remember 80's bikes with fat tyres look that good.
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I'm wrenching on my 91 Pogliaghi.

I'm going for an all black build on the group and wheels and then highlight that with a white saddle, bar tape, cables and bottle holder. The white will match up nicely with the decals and stand out tastefully I hope. It will be a mix of modern and vintage as you can see in the pics. A 9 speed Campy gruppo, except for the crank which will be a drilliumed black beauty from Velo Orange that I am in love with and then the vintage Cinelli Unicanitor, ITM stem and bars and white cloth tape.





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Iíve been meaning to delace a collection of wheels. I have hubs that Iíd like to either use with rims other than what theyíre attached to, or else eventually sell. Then there are rims that Iíd like to rebuild using different hubs, or... eventually sell.





I began this backlogged task this morning by breaking down a singular Araya MTB wheel. Iíll pair the Deore hub with a matching rear I floating around in a parts box, and Iíll put the pair up for sale. Suppose Iíll try to sell the rim as well.

Anyway... 1 wheel down, 8 or so to go!
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Doing a mock up build on my new to me Roberts frame that I got from Scott aka crank_addict in a trade. I am waithing for some headset spacers and top tube cable guides to come from eBay. Need to decide on bar tape, what bars and stem to use and what real tubulars will go on the rims. I can`t wait to ride this beautiful red thing.
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
I've been wrenching on La BÍte ("The Beast" in French) this past weekend. She's languished in the shop ever since our big crash into the rocks. Trued the wheels, mounted new rubber, tuned this and that, and after a little touch-up paint she's good as new.

So of course I rode her down to the river again, just to put that whole sorry episode behind us.

The new "Retro Ride" tires feel lighter than the Kenda "Kiniptions" I had on her before.



I'm pretty happy with the way she turned out, and grateful that she wasn't as damaged as I was in the crash.

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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post

I'm wrenching on my 91 Pogliaghi.

I'm going for an all black build on the group and wheels and then highlight that with a white saddle, bar tape, cables and bottle holder. The white will match up nicely with the decals and stand out tastefully I hope. It will be a mix of modern and vintage as you can see in the pics. A 9 speed Campy gruppo, except for the crank which will be a drilliumed black beauty from Velo Orange that I am in love with and then the vintage Cinelli Unicanitor, ITM stem and bars and white cloth tape.








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Gazelle Trophy single speed. ....... An hour there, an hour here.... scrounge in the attic... 60+ y.o. 700c clincher rims, Pivo stem mated to O8 Tiki bars. Tressostar wrap.

SR Laprade post, logo removed to somewhat match the Pivo stem, removed the socket bolt, replaced with ally spacer and stainless hex bolt.

700x23mm rubber just fit. Hutchinson $14 pair shipped. Short reach DiaCompe G w- drillium levers, sans hoods. Scott - Matthauser vinti pads.

Rudi's saddle.

UN55 bb, and an early Dura Ace headset...(hehe)

Shining Normandy tall flange hubba, with calf slicer Huret wingnuts. Dusted off spokes, galvies. Cut down the rears to work in the single wall old rims. 3 cross. Front are two cross.

SR Silstar crank, Lyotard dual sided touring. 68 gear inch.

Attempts to go mostly with hexagon adjustable wrench servicing for the road, it sports an Andrew Hague seat post clamp bolt.

The chain ring hardware is next. Hollowed hex head bolts. Clean and service the brake cal's, chain and final adjustments. Roll on.......


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Wow. There's a lot here that I've never seen before. Beautiful bike!

"Rudi" saddle? The Google tells me that he reskins/refurbishes old Brooks and Ideale saddles. Is that what yours is?

Also, that bag support on the back. Very cool... I think I need one of those. That would solve so many issues with hanging saddlebags on different bikes. Can you tell me who makes that?

Chapeau, sir! You do very nice work.

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Wow. There's a lot here that I've never seen before. Beautiful bike!

"Rudi" saddle? The Google tells me that he reskins/refurbishes old Brooks and Ideale saddles. Is that what yours is?

Also, that bag support on the back. Very cool... I think I need one of those. That would solve so many issues with hanging saddlebags on different bikes. Can you tell me who makes that?

Chapeau, sir! You do very nice work.

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^^Thank you, DQ. Indeed the saddle is a recover by forum member RHM. (Believe I have six of them by Rudi). Pricing is in range of a new Brooks but where else can one get such an artistic-handcrafted custom saddle for a bargain?!

The Gazelle project arrived as a frame and fork. I contemplated repaint or possibly powder coat - after brazing on canti brake studs. Making it a Trim - Cross Trophy model. But after trial fit of wheel - tire combos, the needed chainstay crimp for clearance and other issues, I dropped the entire plan.

This really is a mongrel fun build without concerns of original or period correct. The frame patina has grown on me, straight gauge Reynolds 531 is robust for town bike rack abuse.

The way 1950s to 1980s parts cooperate is pretty neat. Weird it seems but I do have a theme in this one -using hex head fasteners. Found some odd hollow hex bolts in my junk fasteners drawer- no idea what they're for but will make them work for the chain ring.

Rear bag support is likely Parks, though this one has no branding. I have another in use, by Schwinn and made by Parks.

The seat post mod, plus finishing to it along with the bars finish had to be matched to the Pivo stem. I rather think the look flows. BTW: Realizing the pitfall of Pivo brand stem, I do use them but drill a hole at the conical wedge slot, stress riser prevention. Yet to have a problem.

Wanted to use GB Coureur 66 centerpulls but their 'shortest' reach series are not enough. This frame was built for 700c and short reach side pulls. The DiaCompe G on hand are good enough.

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^^Thank you, DQ. Indeed the saddle is a recover by forum member RHM. (Believe I have six of them by Rudi). Pricing is in range of a new Brooks but where else can one get such an artistic-handcrafted custom saddle for a bargain?!

The Gazelle project arrived as a frame and fork. I contemplated repaint or possibly powder coat - after brazing on canti brake studs. Making it a Trim - Cross Trophy model. But after trial fit of wheel - tire combos, the needed chainstay crimp for clearance and other issues, I dropped the entire plan.

This really is a mongrel fun build without concerns of original or period correct. The frame patina has grown on me, straight gauge Reynolds 531 is robust for town bike rack abuse.

The way 1950s to 1980s parts cooperate is pretty neat. Weird it seems but I do have a theme in this one -using hex head fasteners. Found some odd hollow hex bolts in my junk fasteners drawer- no idea what they're for but will make them work for the chain ring.

Rear bag support is likely Parks, though this one has no branding. I have another in use, by Schwinn and made by Parks.

The seat post mod, plus finishing to it along with the bars finish had to be matched to the Pivo stem. I rather think the look flows. BTW: Realizing the pitfall of Pivo brand stem, I do use them but drill a hole at the conical wedge slot, stress riser prevention. Yet to have a problem.

Wanted to use GB Coureur 66 centerpulls but their 'shortest' reach series are not enough. This frame was built for 700c and short reach side pulls. The DiaCompe G on hand are good enough.

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Fluked a nice fined, the other day and decided to strip, clean and built back up which I am doing now...


In trying to help a friend, I ended up with a nice wheel set. Campy hubs with a Legnano panto (vintage 1961)...


Laced with ss sb spokes to Weinmann concave 700c rims...

Brand new tires, inner tubes and rim liners make for the perfect wheel set for my Legnano Grand Premio...
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This is my morning, pre-ride project. I don't have a rim for it yet, but I know where to find it. Italics by mistake, as I cannot turn it off.. It's been a quandry, finding the correct replacement axle and cones, and then getting them to Mexico. Yesterday, I was uptown in my little town, and purchased a generic 140 mm axle, cones and skewer, for US$3. I was under the impression that 126 mm OLD axles came in 135 mm length. 140 is what they had, and it seems like it will work. Time will tell. The Trek in the stand behind is an ongoing project. Touching up some top tube rust before replacing the continuous housing with a couple cable stops and a bare cable in an effort to prevent more rust in the future.
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Rudi, @rhm is one of our very own.
Thanks, @ merziac. But you didn't tell me who makes that saddlebag support. I've been searching the web in vain.

Pretty please?

*edit: It looks a lot like the old Rivendell/Petersen "Silver Hupe" - Which it appears you cannot buy anywhere, anymore.

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Thanks, @ merziac. But you didn't tell me who makes that saddlebag support. I've been searching the web in vain.

Pretty please?

*edit: It looks a lot like the old Rivendell/Petersen "Silver Hupe" - Which it appears you cannot buy anywhere, anymore.

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See post 1240 above, @crank_addict is your guy.
Oops, sorry. How did I get that so wrong? Lesson: Don't post from work, especially when things are crazy.
*edit: @crank_addict, I sent you a PM.
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Putting down the last coat of metallic black on this chromoly canít fork. Still have to finish sand then clear coat. Racing the nice temps we still have!
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Slowly and surely pulling this Terry Osell frameset together.

mm hmm, that DA group is the bee's freakin' knees.
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Been trying to figure out how to build this Devos. Early eighties, Belgian or French frame, built with Super Vitus tubes, Campagnolo dropouts and a Zeus 2000 fork crown. Very nice.



The FD braze-on limits the options to newer stuff, but mrs non-fixie would want the bike to qualify for a trip to Gaiole next year, so I'm looking for mid-eighties parts that comply with the L'Eroica rules.

Cleaned a pair of non-aero SLR brake levers, seen here on the left:



Put the file to a 600 EX arabesque spider, in order to fit a 38T ring. These are made by TA, but there's a reason Shimano didn't go below 39T: the chain won't clear the spider arms properly without modification:



Interestingly - and annoyingly - the FD won't clear a 51T outer ring. This confirms that this frame was built as a tourer, rather than a racer.

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