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Old 01-20-19, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
[MENTION=250977]Giacomo 1[/MENTION], that came out well. Now we just need some weather. My wife and I just took a walk for about a mile. It's insane out there, cold and treacherously windy.
Thanks! It was a nice winter project and likely my last. I did a 7 mile ride on her because that's all I could stand of the cold, and she handled really well.

But yeah, tough out there tonight. No riding for me for awhile. Just walked in and yes, winter is here in a big way! But no snow...I'll take it!!!

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I built my wife’s first road bike this weekend. It’s nothing fancy, but I’m hoping it will act as a gateway drug for her.

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Originally Posted by mkeller234

I built my wife’s first road bike this weekend. It’s nothing fancy, but I’m hoping it will act as a gateway drug for her.

Maybe nothing fancy but absolutely rock solid as an entry fix. Bomb proof, very well made and a perfect platform for your wife.
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Old 01-21-19, 03:54 PM
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Originally Posted by roughrider504
I just installed a pair of those Gravelkings and am really excited to try them out!
I have ridden a set of 650b x 38mm Gravel Kings for about 1200 miles so far. No flats, comfortable - a good all-around ride. 40 - 45psi.
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Reamed and faced the head tube of my 95 GT Force. Installed an aluminium Tange HS then mounted the CF fork. Everything is still at the LBS where I ghost. Didn’t want to carry it on my back while I rode home in the dark.

Gonna be a gas to build it up! Hoping it is not too lite for me.

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Old 01-21-19, 06:25 PM
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Old 01-25-19, 06:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow

Reamed and faced the head tube of my 95 GT Force. Installed an aluminium Tange HS then mounted the CF fork. Everything is still at the LBS where I ghost. Didn’t want to carry it on my back while I rode home in the dark.
Gonna be a gas to build it up! Hoping it is not too lite for me.
Very nice older GT. How are you going to build it up?
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Old 01-25-19, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by janthenat

Very nice older GT. How are you going to build it up?
bad picture here, sorry. This bike came to me complete and almost original plus in fantastic condition. I am using the RSX group again on it. The original fork is Cro-mo which I will keep. The CF fork is a match for the original and I can switch the two back and forth as desired. Thanks for asking!
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Old 01-25-19, 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed
Thanks guys. I tried rewinding the spring, like you said. It feels and looks right, but I haven't re-installed it yet. I like the looks of the Simplex, and would like to keep it if I can make it work. I'll save the VGT Luxe for another day. Thanks for the response! And encouragement.

Does anybody know the exact model of this derailleur? All it says is "S.G.D.G" on the back plastic surface. No markings for model no. anywhere else. It's on my '78 PR10.

One member who may know the exact model is [MENTION=61614]verktyg[/MENTION]
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Old 01-26-19, 10:14 AM
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Originally Posted by natterberry
Actually started the 614 teardown. Two busted knuckles later and the pedals are done. We’ll resume tomorrow.

Dont take all the credit ,, I see you have a good nechanics helper...
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Old 01-26-19, 12:33 PM
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Today was the organization day. Started by putting together the hoped for parts lists for both the '77 PX-10 and the '86 Rossin RL. Then put together the big list: All upgrades, maintenances and (in one case) rebuild of the current collection. Have the front wheel rim and rear carrier for the 40's Rollfast girl's bike ready to go for the powder coater (tried dropping it off yesterday, they were closed). And, finally, doing bits of reorganizing the shop, getting it ready to go.

Traditionally, I start twirling wrenches immediately after the Westminster, MD swap meet, three weeks from now.
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Originally Posted by rossiny
Dont take all the credit ,, I see you have a good nechanics helper...
Not very good with tools, but fantastic company and a very watchful eye!
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Old 01-27-19, 07:31 PM
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Finally wrapped the bars on my wife’s bicycle. I probably should have pushed harder for the Neubaums eggplant color. We both decided that it looks a little crazy.

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Old 01-27-19, 08:10 PM
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Man that is a clean looking Schwinn! Great work!
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Old 01-27-19, 09:05 PM
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I'm decluttering my home. I've been avoiding it for a long time. It feels good.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I'm decluttering my home. I've been avoiding it for a long time. It feels good.
Well, I've decluttered my desk.

Where a set of 'old' Campagnolo 9-speed brifters had been sitting around for a couple of years waiting for an application. Finally decided to put them on my AD Inter 10. Combined with a 5-speed block, a Deore RD and a SunTour FD. Works as described. That feels good too.

Now if only they would stop throwing salt on our roads ...

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Originally Posted by mkeller234
Finally wrapped the bars on my wife’s bicycle. I probably should have pushed harder for the Neubaums eggplant color. We both decided that it looks a little crazy.
I think it looks fine. That bike needs a little color. Red would have worked well too.
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Well, I've decluttered my desk.

Where a set of 'old' Campagnolo 9-speed brifters had been sitting around for a couple of years waiting for an application. Finally decided to put them on my AD Inter 10. Combined with a 5-speed block, a Deore RD and a SunTour FD. Works as described. That feels good too.

Now if only they would stop throwing salt on our roads ...


That is one classy bicycle. Very nice!
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That is one classy bicycle. Very nice!
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Finished this project today with bits and pieces from my parts bins. The Surly fork made up the slack head angle of the Comp FS. Had a set of Origin 8 cantis laying around. The front cable hanger I ordered just happened to be Origin 8 too. If it rides good, it will be my "Winter" roadie since I don't want my Trek 560 getting anymore wet than it has.

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It also has a couple of parts from here:

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[MENTION=280039]Lascauxcaveman[/MENTION], I'm pretty sure that hodgepodge was the original Trek spec. Weird, I know. I sold that model back then.

[MENTION=459436]Slightspeed[/MENTION], you won't regret putting the SunTour derailleur on. Simplex derailleurs are cool but not durable, and it's more trouble than it's worth it to fix yours. You could get another one like it, waiting for a long time and paying a lot, and it won't last as long as a SunTour. I just sold an old SunTour rear derailleur to a forum member, and it made me realize it's been in continuous service for about 35 years, and it is still working as well as new.
[MENTION=152773]noglider[/MENTION] and [MENTION=280039]Lascauxcaveman[/MENTION], I wouldn't argue with Tom's experience of the Treks he actually handled, and all those parts you have on your bike. It sounds quite plausible for Trek. You could just go the the Vintage Trek site, pull up the .pdf of the 1983 models and see what Trek said they were using as OEM back then for that model. I recall they have tons of serial numbers in those couple of years, so one problem they faced was to buy enough of the specified parts to actually assemble all those bicycles - also a problem for Schwinn and Raleigh. Equivalently, their engineers needed to verify that all the parts they wanted to use were actually available in guaranteed supply quantities.

Anyway, I don't see anything on that Trek that is not reasonable for that bike's style. In pure function I might go a different way. My 610 has become a mule (aka "test platform"), on which any wild-** thing might appear. I especially approve of the Huret drivetrain and Maillard hubs. I had one Helico on my 1984 610 and dumped the wheelset, but honestly I didn't try too hard to maintain it. But more power to you for having one that functions! Unfortunately replacing the freewheel implies a much bigger modification, depending how PC you want it to be.
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Originally Posted by Mr. 66
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.






@Mr66, Go for the yellow, it looks great against the yellow letter painting!
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Originally Posted by noglider
I've taken almost everything off my 1971 Raleigh Super Course. It's been a very damp and wet year, and it showed me how damp the barn interior is. It's fortuitous timing that I took the bike apart now, because if I had waited another 6 or 12 months, it might have been too late. Every threaded fastener was grimy and corroded and was about to become seized. But since I caught it all in time, some cleaning and lubrication will have them working fine. The barn is in High Falls, NY, the next (colder) climate zone after New York City, so it gets cold at night there. And there is a lot of spider schmutz and other crap floating around.
Tom, what's your situation for the BB and chainset? I think that was the last year of Raleigh-specific threading, according to my cold-addled brain cells. On my much-earlier Rudge I nearly have my stuck cotters unstuck, and am thinking about how best to get a double chainring on there once I get it all cleaned up.
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Tom, what's your situation for the BB and chainset? I think that was the last year of Raleigh-specific threading, according to my cold-addled brain cells. On my much-earlier Rudge I nearly have my stuck cotters unstuck, and am thinking about how best to get a double chainring on there once I get it all cleaned up.
I got the bike from the curb on bulk trash day. It had already been upgraded with various things including a sealed bearing BB whose brand I don't remember. I'm pretty sure it's English thread. I'm going on that assumption, and I'll soon find out if I'm wrong. The headset may be 26 tpi, but that's OK, as it's still working fine.
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