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Old 12-16-18, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by merziac
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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Old 12-16-18, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Vonruden


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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Old 12-17-18, 07:03 PM
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I finally finished the paint on the 1975? ItalVega Nuovo Sport (serial # *12302 *)

Here she is in her new clothes

New (or refurbed)
Crank axle and cranks/ chainrings
Front and rear derailleurs (Suntour)
Perfect freewheel
KMC chain
1 1/8 x 27" tires
Nisi Toro Aluminum rims
Stem (no name forged aluminum)
Specialized riser bars ( they were very wide so I cut off 2 inches . Better now)
grips
SunRace friction shifters ( I really like these . they are cheap, look good and work well)
Cable and housing
Seat (from a donation)
SR seat post
Black metal flat pedals.

The only thing that I didn't get from the Bike Exchange parts bins was the paint. one can Rustoleum high performance yellow enamel, one can Rustoleunm clear enamel, and a can of Rustoleum light grey primer.

Next up :

A 1974? ItalVega Nuovo Record. Can't decide if I want to leave the blue paint with lots of "patina" or paint it. Mild or wild? maybe red, white and green . Now THAT would scream ITALIAN !!!

What would YOU do?

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Old 12-23-18, 06:35 PM
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Nice job on the yellow bike. Iíve tried flat bars on my ou-8 and found it to be twitchy. Depends on the bike for me as far as patina goes. Iíve been working on this 12.2. Adding more upswept bars and Schwinn adjustable brake levers.
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^^Really knocking it out of the ball park with your Schwinn!
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The hex nut here was frozen to the pivot bolt. Itís also stripped out. So Iíve been soaking it in penetrant for days. I finally disassembled the brake on the fork, used a cone wrench on the pivot bolt, and got it to budge using a breaker bar for leverage.

In order to spin it all the way off however, the crown race also had to come off.

Finally! The Superbe is fully liberated, and ready to reassemble!




Interesting side note: Serrated washer is Campy Patent


Anyone know what size recessed hex nut I need for these Superbeís pivot bolt?

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Old 12-28-18, 03:50 PM
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I re-dished the rear wheel, and threw a singlespeed 17t freewheel and 700x35 Kenda Happy Medium CX tires on my Passage frame today.

Gearing is 30x17, and braking with old pads is marginal.

Hoping to have some fun with this off-road this winter as well as ride it in a local CX series in the spring, but I will likely tear it back down because historically I don't really enjoy riding singlespeeds that much.

It was fun to build up though!

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Old 12-28-18, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by deux jambes
The hex nut here was frozen to the pivot bolt. Itís also stripped out. So Iíve been soaking it in penetrant for days. I finally disassembled the brake on the fork, used a cone wrench on the pivot bolt, and got it to budge using a breaker bar for leverage.

In order to spin it all the way off however, the crown race also had to come off.

Finally! The Superbe is fully liberated, and ready to reassemble!




Interesting side note: Serrated washer is Campy Patent


Anyone know what size recessed hex nut I need for these Superbeís pivot bolt?
I believe the threading and the OD is the same on all/most, only difference usually being length/depth of it. Many new calipers come with multiple lengths for different forks/applications, etc. Any LBS or co-op should a bin overflowing with them, if not I may be able to send you some.
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Originally Posted by merziac
I believe the threading and the OD is the same on all/most, only difference usually being length/depth of it. Many new calipers come with multiple lengths for different forks/applications, etc. Any LBS or co-op should a bin overflowing with them, if not I may be able to send you some.
I was hoping thatíd be true of the OD and threading. With that said, Iíll quit procrastinating, and head to the co-op for a search. If I canít turn one up Iím sure the shop I support will have it. And thanks for the generous offer btw. Doubtful that Iíll need to, but if I must, Iíll take you up on it.
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Originally Posted by deux jambes


I was hoping thatíd be true of the OD and threading. With that said, Iíll quit procrastinating, and head to the co-op for a search. If I canít turn one up Iím sure the shop I support will have it. And thanks for the generous offer btw. Doubtful that Iíll need to, but if I must, Iíll take you up on it.
No worries, get it on.
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I finished my child's road bike build. The grand daughters love it.
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I finished my child's road bike build. The grand daughters love it.
That looks really cool. The water bottle and cage must really be something they like on that bike.
Suggest you find a set of "youth" brake levers that your grandkids will be able to reach and operate better than those full sized ones.
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I have purchased youth scale saddles and water bottles / cages too. ALE makes the bottle/ cage
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Originally Posted by merziac
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.
Question about that bracket that holds on the front reflector...Is it ok to remove them completely ? Or do they actually serve a purpose for like spacing or something ?
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'82 Schwinn Super Le Tour


I'm changing ng the wheels over from 1 1/4 to 1 1/8... I may also upgrade from a 6 speed to a 7 speed... And lastly for now I'm debating what color to do the new cable housings and handle bar tape... I'm considering all white, all gray, or maybe a combination of both.
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Originally Posted by RollingBuffalo
Question about that bracket that holds on the front reflector...Is it ok to remove them completely ? Or do they actually serve a purpose for like spacing or something ?
So no worries, but you quoted me from a different post. The bracket could be a spacer, take it off and carefully see if the top lock nut tightens before it bottoms out which it actually does inside the top nut if there is too much space without the bracket/spacer. If it doesn't tighten down you will need to replace the bracket with a plain washer or you can cut the bracket part off the one that is there for now.
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Originally Posted by Chombi1
That looks really cool. The water bottle and cage must really be something they like on that bike.
Suggest you find a set of "youth" brake levers that your grandkids will be able to reach and operate better than those full sized ones.
Thank you for the suggestion. I don't know much about little girls. My grand-daughters are the only ones I know. But... I am pretty sure... 12" bikes are pretty much 3-4 year old's size. I can promise you the girls will never be braking or hydrating. Or EVER riding these bikes on any road (these are tiny little children). But that ride up the driveway.... and maybe the sidewalk in front of the house.... is bigtime entertainment for little kids (and pretty much at the limits of their attention spans too). To the "girls"... this bike looks just like Papaws... which makes it special. The bike also has a coaster brake for quick stops.... or they can just put their foot down as they will never exceed walking speed. And outside play in warm weather is often followed by popsicles.... or fruit juice in a sippy-cup.

The girls seem to love this bike! But they also have same sized new pink and purple girls bikes. This project was more for snickers and giggles than serious cycling (3 year old road cycling is an insane and scary idea). But... I do believe this bike has them thinking of themselves as "road cyclists". And that is the kind of advocacy I can live with. Cycling should be fun and fun is what this build was all about.

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Not today, but yesterday. After completely mashing a rear tire, on my Bianchi Touring, I finally managed to find a set of tires, in Jamaica, that fitted my bike perfectly. Normally, I run 28s but I had a set of NOS but very old tires on the bike. They, pretty much, self destructed and the search began.

I ended up going with the only thing that I could find, a set of cheap entry lever tires that are heavy but appear to be very durably, if weight and wall thickness is considered. And, it turns out that I really like the ride quality they offer. I do have to work harder, but the ride is so much smoother. Should have done this years ago...
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Not much wrench for me lately, but lots of wet sanding of the backyard paint of my Basso and Gitane TdF. Even more difficult, trying to decide what cable housing to use.







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Well, after having fun with a full suspension disc Ironhorse mountain bike a week ago, before I drove it down to see family for Christmas break, it's back home up north for me, working on my trio of vintage Cannondales. 63cm SC2000/1000 that will be sold just needs a cable cap, the red '89 66cm SR800 (back with me after nearly two years) is done, and my '90 ST400 is getting new-to-itself touring wheels--wheels I had a local shop hand build 3-4 years ago, had gone to a good friend who ended up never riding the bike outside, only indoors very rarely on a trainer--part of the ST's continual ascent to full super tourer status, of which it is very much nearing. The 11-36T cassette is back on, and a nearly-current XT rear derailleur pairs with a lengthened chain to handle the extreme cassette range in back and a 53/39/28 chainring setup in front. I have all the gears for all the speeds! Racks will be next, and I may switch out the silver-painted Tektro CR720 brake arms for some black-painted ones I found while in town with my family. Color change and aesthetic composition/consistency are the other goals of this touring build. The shiny stuff is nice, but it wasn't quite right just yet.

No indoor update pictures--you all may be overjoyed--as my apartment complex had new LED lighting installed, which happens to be dimmer, as well as the wall paint color changing from nearly white to a light blue-grey. It doesn't really work with the orange-ish stained oak doors, unfortunately, so right now the look is going in the wrong direction, IMO. The patching, smoothing, and consistent paint color is going in the right direction--it's just that a good white would have been just fine. At any rate...I need to get outside for photos now. Should be soon.
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