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Old 01-07-19, 06:29 PM
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96 930SHX
Gonna give this MTB a going over then ride it. See if I want to keep it.

EDIT: I am so keeping this machine! I will spend the winter looking for rough pavement and side trails to explore.

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Wrapping up the overhaul on my Cannondale ST-500. Iím not a fan of the Brooks tape. In my opinion, itís way too thick and difficult to work with. Now I just need to wait for my cartridge bearings for the Suntour bottom bracket, Schwalbe tubes and new tires.

I canít wait for better weather!


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96 930SHX
Gonna give this MTB a going over then ride it. See if I want to keep it.
those are great frames if they fit you. About 15 years ago i bought a kona smoke to get back into cycling. I picked up a single track 930 a year later or so and couldnt believe how much lighter and livlier it was. Sadly i have neither now.
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
those are great frames if they fit you. About 15 years ago i bought a kona smoke to get back into cycling. I picked up a single track 930 a year later or so and couldnt believe how much lighter and livlier it was. Sadly i have neither now.
What size? I bet somebody can fix that for you.
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Originally Posted by eom View Post
What size? I bet somebody can fix that for you.
the basement and garage are getting full.
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Old 01-08-19, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster View Post
those are great frames if they fit you. About 15 years ago i bought a kona smoke to get back into cycling. I picked up a single track 930 a year later or so and couldnt believe how much lighter and livlier it was. Sadly i have neither now.
This one is an 18Ē. The fit as I ride it around today is perfect. Could use a different set of tires but I got that covered already with nice bin tires waiting. The ones on it are in perfect condition and are so stinky light! I thought the thin sided thick tread thing was a modern idea but here these are from 1996.

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Old 01-09-19, 06:00 PM
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Continued work on this project today:

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I figured to start the year, I'd take care of something important on a bike that I normally ride daily: Replacing a blown rear tire on my '74 Raleigh Tourist. Done, and the mechanical juices are now flowing. Next job will be something easy: Cleaning the rims on my Gitane Tour de France and installing new tubulars.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
.... Iím not a fan of the Brooks tape. In my opinion, itís way too thick and difficult to work with. ...
If you decide to ditch it, and want to sell it cheap, let me know. I've got a good project reaching completion that it would be good for.

I am difficult to work with myself, so maybe I'm a good match for that tape
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Currently whittling down a Nitto Technomic stem to fit the narrow ID of the Schwinn's steer tube and planning to clean and lace a pair of 1st Gen Phil Wood hubs. These should be great additions to the ride but I don't know which rims to pair up to the Phils. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-10-19, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mkeller234 View Post
Iím not a fan of the Brooks tape... itís way too thick and difficult to work with.
Completely agree. Fizik (which also comes in honey brown) looks, feels, and wraps so much better. But those brooks bar end caps are kinda sweet.
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Please share how you are whittling down the nitro stem. I have wants to do the same to fit a Voyageur 11.8
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Old 01-10-19, 03:30 PM
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Headbadge #078


All the red bands are in great shape.


Sized 57 C-T of toptube. Spot on!
Just received this yesterday. Winter building has started! The paint on this Voyageur is fairly decent, the chrome is spectacular under the grime. Faint rust under the paint in places will be easy to vanquish and cover with gloss black. Thinking a fast fendered all day rider for the build.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Completely agree. Fizik (which also comes in honey brown) looks, feels, and wraps so much better. But those brooks bar end caps are kinda sweet.
Fizik might be changing things. I liked the 2mm micro lite whatever wrap but now it seems thicker, wrinkles around tighter radius. LBS tells me Fizik and Brooks are related or probably produced in the same plant.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Just received this yesterday. Winter building has started! The paint on this Voyageur is fairly decent, the chrome is spectacular under the grime. Faint rust under the paint in places will be easy to vanquish and cover with gloss black. Thinking a fast fendered all day rider for the build.
Glad it arrived safely, sorry for the delay in shipping. Now get building!!!
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Originally Posted by crank_addict View Post
Fizik might be changing things. I liked the 2mm micro lite whatever wrap but now it seems thicker...
I just wapped two bikes with fizik, and I didn't notice any difference in the fizik I've always used.

I've only used the brooks microfiber once, on this bike (below), and I'll never make that mistake again. It's beyond thick, much more difficult to wrap around the lever, and feels almost like I used foam under the tape.

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I had a day off today, and a few things I wanted to try out. So I put together this test mule. Test results so far:

1) CLB side-pull calipers are really nice
2) a Gazelle A frame does have enough clearance for fenders
3) old Campagnolo 9-speed ergos do indeed work well with a modern Shimano rear derailleur and a 5-speed FW
4) and the ratcheting mechansim in the left lever works nicely and has a big enough range to cover a triple

All in all a setup that would make a nice lightweight credit card touring machine. For such an application I would change to MAFAC center-pulls, though. Both for looks and the ability to mount one of those nifty mini front racks. And a slightly taller frame.

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Fizik might be changing things.
Well, it looks like you're right.

Fizik announces rider specific tape.
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Not on a bike but some deco for a portion of my garage door. Painted a few rings I had laying around. (calendar courtesy of the Box of Crap)

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This one is an 18Ē. The fit as I ride it around today is perfect. Could use a different set of tires but I got that covered already with nice bin tires waiting. The ones on it are in perfect condition and are so stinky light! I thought the thin sided thick tread thing was a modern idea but here these are from 1996.

That's because those were nice tires; Tioga Psycho's were a pretty fast hardpack tire, BITD. Continental's XC / Leader PRO had those translucent sidewalls like you see on their Gatorskin road tires.
People seem to forget that there were once high-end 26" MTB's.
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Finally got all the parts together to finish the update on my Softride; Shimano WH-500 wheels, 11-28 9-speed cassette, 5600 105 mechs, FSA 50/39 crank, and a new cockpit, with a 44cm Salsa Cowchipper, 4500 Tiagra shifters, and Salsa stem (not going for a theme, it was on sale)





Original fitment was 3x7 RSX, with 32h Sun rims and a Softride stem, that I never quite got where i liked it.

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That's because those were nice tires; Tioga Psycho's were a pretty fast hardpack tire, BITD. Continental's XC / Leader PRO had those translucent sidewalls like you see on their Gatorskin road tires.
People seem to forget that there were once high-end 26" MTB's.
Im certainly keeping them safe and ready to go back on when I hit some long trails that I have in mind. I was lucky to have already a pair of Contiís which are close to the weight of the Tioga.

next replacement had to be the original Shimano brake pads. Pulled some extra Kool Stop eagle claws from the bin and found instant performance upgrade.

Waiting for the grip shifts to crap out for the next upgrade.
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@Ironfish653, HAWT! The aliens have landed!

My latest build, not quite finished, is the 1983 Trek 600 frame gifted to me by @jjames1452. Much beausage on the frame, looks like someone spray bombed it black, then someone else removed most of that black. Chips, scratches, some rust bubbling under the pewter paint; typical Trek vintage symptoms.



So far everything is period correct, but a real hodgepodge: Sachs/Huret shifty bits including retrofriction ratcheting levers, DuoPar Eco derailleurs, right at home with Maillard Helicomatic hubs mounted to echt-Trek Matrix Titan T rims. SR Apex triple crank, SR stem, Sakae Randnner Bars (Edit: swapped in Nitto 115 Olympiade bars; which fit the clamp size better). Shimano Arabesque calipers operated by some old DiaCompe drilled levers.





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Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange new shop

Well, we finally moved into our new shop in Mountain view. We had our first official work day Saturday and as you can see by the pictures it is huge. And even with all the new space we still don't have enough room to store donated bikes before we fix them.

Last year we donated ou over 600 bikes and sold a bunch more to finance the operation. With all our new indoor space( we have an entire 2nd floor which we aren't using yet) we hope to expand our program even more , Possibly holding some classes and doing more special corporate work days during the week.

If anyone is in the area you aught to try and stop by and help us out . We have regular work days on the 2nd and 4th saturday every month.

If you are looking for a good reconditioned bike at a good price we always have some for sale . Today someone came by and stole a Miyata 714 for $175. and there are often good vintage bikes . right now we have a Raleigh Grand Sport that is priced at $250 and a Miyata trail Runner that is one of the best mountain bikes I have seen for $250.

Sorry for the crappy photos. That blurry shot of all the bikes in racks - those are bikes waiting to be worked on. Plus we have about 100 bikes still at our old shop that we need to get rid of. If you have a non profit and want a bunch of bikes let me know and we can probably give you 50 or so.



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My Simpkex derailleur has lost spring tension to take up the chain slack. It just flops around, like both springs are not working. I took it apart, and the spring tangs are connected, but I can't figure how to re-wrap it to restore spring function. Its not broken, but without the spring tension, it's pretty useless. It used to work great, but had a little skip when riding in the small rear gear. I'm about to give up, and install a spare VGT-Lux that I have laying around, 🤨


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