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Old 12-12-18, 08:28 PM
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Fenders

I wouldn't really call this wrenching, but it is working on my bike. I received a pair of SKS Velo 42 urban fenders yesterday. I started to mount them on my bike, but as some of the reviewers stated, I had to stop and take a look at things because I am missing a couple of pieces and was not sure how they were going to fit on my bike, 2006 Schwinn SS DBX. I did figure out how I am going to mount them, using some zip ties and a couple of nuts and bolts I already had. I decided to wait until I have more free time tomorrow morning. Hopefully, it will all go well and I can post a couple of pictures.
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Old 12-13-18, 05:54 AM
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Shifter pairings


I am still working on my cargo bike. The rear shifter fell apart so I up graded to this. I have to more nos but only the rear shifter brake combo. Anyone have the front shift combo I'll trade I have lots of wonderful things to trade.
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I am still working on my cargo bike. The rear shifter fell apart so I up graded to this. I have to more nos but only the rear shifter brake combo. Anyone have the front shift combo I'll trade I have lots of wonderful things to trade.
Cool! I have a pair of those Tomac grips too.
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Old 12-13-18, 02:44 PM
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It seems like most of my wrenching "projects" involve cleaning up old... less than wonderful... bikes. This project (kids road bike) is all for fun (or evidence at my competency hearing), but I think my granddaughter will enjoy it. Meanwhile.... I have a question:
How can I get those sticker/decals off. The are made out of what appears to be a heavy vinyl tape on printed a Mylar film. No top-coat paint or anything. They sorta peal off a little here and there. I got one small one off with a strong detergent-degreaser and a scrubby. Even tried a little steam. Any suggestion? Ideas?
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Old 12-13-18, 03:51 PM
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For my partially completed Bottecchia SL build, I serviced a Shimano hubset last night and replaced the freehub. I ordered spokes and nipples today, and hope to be lacing and truing sometime over the holidays.
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Old 12-13-18, 07:07 PM
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I'm sorta piecemeal tackling both my '89 Centurion Ironman and '92 Univega Via Carisma, a little at a time over the winter.

A couple of days ago I redid my Univega's BB while semi-watching TV.

Only reason I bothered was to track down a persistent creaking noise. I'd already snugged down the lock rings, which seemed to help... for awhile. Then I tightened the crank arm nuts, which seemed to help... for awhile.

Then I thought, ah, must be the old SSK Bluemel fenders I just re-installed. They'd been in the closet for a couple of years. Snugged down all the nuts and bolts again, checked contact points where the fender was rubbing the frame, slipped paper between contact points to eliminated variables... nope.

Maybe the cassette lockring was loose again? Nope.

Oh, wait a dang minute... that stupid dork disc I meant to remove a couple of months ago.

It was the plastic dork disc.

But, hey. that BB needed regreasing after, what... it was made in 1992? The spindle was pitted on one raceway so I just reinstalled the original captive bearings for now since they were good. Eventually I'll need to replace the whole BB but it's fine for now as a commuter and casual ride bike.

It was all done before the movie was over and I was mostly loafing around.

As soon as a new headset cable hanger arrives I'll swap stems to lower the albatross bar on the Univega and see if it's a reasonable compromise between aero and comfort. Right now it's comfortable but not quite as aero as I'd like for some windy rides.
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Now that I'm out of a job, I think I'll do something I've been meaning to do which is to investigate the creak in the crank of my commuter bike. Maybe the cups just need tightening. I hope I haven't damaged anything by riding on it.
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gonna need 3 bottle holders.
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post

It seems like most of my wrenching "projects" involve cleaning up old... less than wonderful... bikes. This project (kids road bike) is all for fun (or evidence at my competency hearing), but I think my granddaughter will enjoy it. Meanwhile.... I have a question:
How can I get those sticker/decals off. The are made out of what appears to be a heavy vinyl tape on printed a Mylar film. No top-coat paint or anything. They sorta peal off a little here and there. I got one small one off with a strong detergent-degreaser and a scrubby. Even tried a little steam. Any suggestion? Ideas?
I've had good luck with a heat gun. A blow dryer might do the trick .
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Old 12-15-18, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post

It seems like most of my wrenching "projects" involve cleaning up old... less than wonderful... bikes. This project (kids road bike) is all for fun (or evidence at my competency hearing), but I think my granddaughter will enjoy it. Meanwhile.... I have a question:
How can I get those sticker/decals off. The are made out of what appears to be a heavy vinyl tape on printed a Mylar film. No top-coat paint or anything. They sorta peal off a little here and there. I got one small one off with a strong detergent-degreaser and a scrubby. Even tried a little steam. Any suggestion? Ideas?

I think a build thread is needed for this project.
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Old 12-15-18, 12:38 PM
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I picked up this first gen Serotta Colorado as a frameset, early this summer, with a plan to have it ready for Eroica Ca in the spring. After a long summer gathering parts (still ongoing) and some frustration with the repaint. I decided to build it up with what I had on hand, just so I could get a few miles on it. I didnít want to throw more cash at it before I was sure it was going to work out for me...and I just really wanted to ride it. My aim is to have this period correct with a Dura Ace 7400 group. Wheels, cranks and seat post will be swapped out as the correct parts arrive or are made serviceable.
I had it out for an easy shake down ride yesterday, and even though itís not built the to spec - it rides very nice and looks a little bit sexy with the Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels.
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I think a build thread is needed for this project.
LOL that's very kind. But I am taking lots of pics.... and documenting my progress.

My wife helped out. Lent me the use of her spray bottle of Goo Gone. And more importantly her finger nails. So now the frame is de-badged and decal free. I found a nice old rusty set of caliper brakes in one of my parts bins... and polished them shiny using a Brillo pad. And have mounted the hand brakes with cables and housings. I also found a white bottle holder. And since the wheels (tires) and chain guard are white.... have decided the bike is purple and white. The white saddle I ordered from Amazon should arrive today. But the white handlebar tape I ordered is taking a slow boat from China (heck it's only $2.63) and won't arrive till after the holidays.

I might have an extra saddle bag... or I might need to order me a cheap one of those too. I am mulling over new tires (thinking about using black ones to boot). But I could likely buy a parts bike for less if I wait till yard sale season. The nice part is this motivates me to sort through my old/extra parts. I think.... I have a set of road bike clipless pedals somewhere......

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I've had good luck with a heat gun. A blow dryer might do the trick .
Thank you for the suggestion and confirmation. I had searched the Interweb and concluded that a heat gun is the way to go. My wife is the painter in our household so I asked to borrow her heat gun. But she not only suggested Goo Gone and painstakingly picking at the decals.... she did it for me. Her method was completely effortless (for me). And the bike does look great. So much more grown-up and road bike-like without the kiddie decals. Thanks again!
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Still lots of work needs to be done. Besides waiting for the handlebar tape to arrive from China... I've ordered a set of training wheels (it is a 12" bike). But I think it's recognizable as to what I am attempting to make here. Adding both a B4 and "not-yet-done" pic.
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Old 12-16-18, 12:10 PM
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Needs pedals and a seat adjust to be done. Too wet for shakedown ride


These were being built for this and other builds.


I may put the toe clips found in the front bag on these.
Shop is getting crowded!
Easiest bike to get to till the weather clears up!
Iíve been working on of the winter MTBs.
With their handlebars two MTBs take up as much or more room as four road bikes!
Anyhow...very little info on these bikes.
I donít remember remember working on this, but, there is a brand new chain and all parts work like they are supposed to.
There is a very nice Cídale front bag somewhere with the confines of the shop that came attached to the bike.
Got it!
With treasures inside!
Iím rebuilding some mks pedals with some mini half toe clips to replace these.
Hmmmmmmm...I may reconsider.
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1986 Fuji Sagres. Every Fuji I have worked on has been nice.
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Originally Posted by velomateo View Post

I picked up this first gen Serotta Colorado as a frameset, early this summer, with a plan to have it ready for Eroica Ca in the spring. After a long summer gathering parts (still ongoing) and some frustration with the repaint. I decided to build it up with what I had on hand, just so I could get a few miles on it. I didnít want to throw more cash at it before I was sure it was going to work out for me...and I just really wanted to ride it. My aim is to have this period correct with a Dura Ace 7400 group. Wheels, cranks and seat post will be swapped out as the correct parts arrive or are made serviceable.
I had it out for an easy shake down ride yesterday, and even though itís not built the to spec - it rides very nice and looks a little bit sexy with the Mavic Cosmic Carbone wheels.
That looks great. I like that shade of red, and the blue bar tape is a nice touch.
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Winter project - Bruce Gordon cotton candy monstercross




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Winter project - Bruce Gordon cotton candy monstercross




Holy c**p, that is awesome! Looks like a bit of a challenge with the cabling, is the FD direct mount, something special?

This frame is lucky it found you.
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Holy c**p, that is awesome! Looks like a bit of a challenge with the cabling, is the FD direct mount, something special?

This frame is lucky it found you.
Thanks!!! No front derailleur, I have a nice White Industries Eno crankset to run 1x9 with a campy brifter and tektro brake calipers (BG canti's).
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Road ID



Choices...
Between rebuilding some awesome MKS A-1 pedals and adding toe clips to same, I took some time to change my Road ID wrist band.
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Thanks!!! No front derailleur, I have a nice White Industries Eno crankset to run 1x9 with a campy brifter and tektro brake calipers (BG canti's).
Doh! C+V road brain, blew right past, didn't go to the 1x place.

You're welcome, love it. What/was FD originally?

Very cool to "upgrade" this to "modern" since it wrote the book.
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@Wildwood stopped by for a few hours yesterday. We taped up a brand-new pair of Veloflex tubulars for his Bottecchia. First time I ever taped/glued a sewup to a rim. Fun, and surprisingly easy.

Here's Stuart cleaning out the old cement from the spoke eyelets:



We did a quick 15 miles on the trail afterwards to try them out; short, but sweet, but at least it was completely dry.

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Nice hat!

I wrenched on the kitchen faucet today. No pics, though. Good thing no one recorded audio!
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Rough installation on the 460 (For Sale thread). Crappy tires are placeholders till I get some Paselas ordered, black bar tape and shellac next weekend most likely. Went with the CR-18 wheel set I had, since the matching 600 felt a little rough (understandable given the bike it came from).

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