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Old 02-24-19, 07:39 PM
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I actually got motivated. Well, it's a start:

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Oh boy , memories on that Rossin. I have a Rossin record., I bought it new early 80s still have it. It was my introduction To cycling..
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
You weighed them, right?

I started taking the BB apart on one of my bikes, and you'll never guess what I found.
Oh.

I'm away from home and the paper with the info, but.....
the front wheels, with skewers and tires ranged from a low of 1050g, to a high of 1500g.
The heaviest are high flange Normandy with Ambrosio 19 Elite clinchers and Conti 25s
I forget the lightest.
11 front wheels - 10 clearly vintage, one with newer Mavic Reflex rims.


actually a better thread for my post would have been - What are you doing Vintage today.
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Old 02-24-19, 11:44 PM
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I have a few in progress without the time to get them knocked out.
First is my Landshark, which is now only lacking bar tape and derailleur fine tuning.

Next is my 1988 Davidson Discovery. It's been updated with a Dura Ace 9000 crankset, 6800 long cage rear derailleur, 8000 front derailleur, and Hed Belgium wheels with a Powertap. I need to finish running cables on it, get it adjusted, then wrap the bars.

Then my 1987 Davidson Discovery is getting close, too. I just need to get a chain on it, run cables, adjust, and wrap bars. This is the one I plan to ride at Eroica this year.

After that is my recently acquired 1984 Specialized Sequoia frameset. I'm waiting on a few more parts to get here before I can get it built, so I'm cleaning up the parts I already have.

And I have a 1983 Specialized Sequoia frameset on the way. It's in much nicer condition than the '84. That one is still in the planning phase. It will most likely be setup like the '88 Davidson.

Lastly is a 1987 Medici Pro Strada. No idea yet what to do with it, but it's staring at me every time I go to the garage.
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Old 02-25-19, 04:36 PM
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Oh yeah, I didn't ever like you!
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Old 02-25-19, 05:28 PM
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Oh yeah, I didn't ever like you!
Please elaborate.
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Originally Posted by rossiny View Post
Oh boy , memories on that Rossin. I have a Rossin record., I bought it new early 80s still have it. It was my introduction To cycling..
This is my third being built entirely Italian, based around Nuevo Record. My first Campagnolo since the Gitane and Falcon I owned back in the mid-70's. Of my others:



The purple one is early 80's, built entirely Shimano 600 Tricolor. Yes, that grey camo saddle was originally on this one, it now has a black Brooks.



And another RL (this was my first, given to me by a brother in the M/C I was riding in 11-15 years ago). Built this one up entirely 7400 Dura Ace. Still looks the same other than white Look pedals.

All three bikes are identically sized frames, and are the best road bikes I've ever owned. I'll be looking for a four once I get the third one done. Eventually, I'd like one of each of the RL's crazy paint jobs.
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Old 02-26-19, 08:59 AM
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Months ago, I bought an Ultegra triple crankset on ebay. The BB it came with had a too-long spindle. I bought a new octalink BB and tried installing it this weekend. It went on, but the cranks spin on the spindle under pressure. I have to see if I have the wrong version of octalink. Or maybe the cranks are worn. Damn. It's so frustrating!

The boring RSX crank I've been riding. And the 175 arms are too long for me.



I installed the new cranks work fine in the stand but not on the road.

Ideas?

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Old 02-26-19, 09:05 AM
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Sounds like you have the wrong version, Tom. Alas, some of us are not meant for 175 length cranks!
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Old 02-26-19, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Sounds like you have the wrong version, Tom. Alas, some of us are not meant for 175 length cranks!
OK I'd prefer that to be the case than being sold bum cranks.

I was diagnosed with chondromalacia when I was 24 years old, and I'm 58 now. I treat my knees gently, and they generally serve me well. I can tell over the years that they're getting worse, but they don't give me much trouble. Making sure I don't ride cranks that are too long is part of my program. 170mm cranks are fine for me. Shorter are good, too. It's interesting that I can feel such a small difference, but I do.
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My last attempt at removing the Italian bb almost dislocated both shoulder.
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Please elaborate.
Lol, like my bikes sometimes I feel a connection to the tools that I use. The Park Tool HCW-15 and I have had a beautiful relationship for decades. Then yesterday she decided She wasn't good enough, I am so angry. Year after year and now, I don't know if I can ever recover from our bad break up.

Country after country, English, French, Italian, even Switzerland was conquered by my mighty HCW-15! But Italy kept fighting, Mussolini returned with a vengeance and broke down the mighty might of the HCW-15 commander. Reinforcements were called to assist the fearless leader in the battle(breaker bar extending), but the powers of the Axis Alliance was to much for the American. Park Tool HCW-15 fought hard, HCW-15 moved the front line back.

The Italian moved a minute, things were looking good at the moment. The Italian commander fought back, the HCW-15 exploded (I ain't joking on that, it's a good argument to wear eye protection). Reinforcements were called up for duty. Bigger guns were required to take on the enemy! Enter the American, Trimo, Trimont Mfg co Roxbury Mass USA 1911. Surely the Italian would succumb to the new gun in the battle.

The hopes of the free world now rests upon the best little Roxbury can do, unfortunately during the battle the American commander wasn't up to the task and had to surrender to the powers of the Axis.

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Spline width and depth

Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Months ago, I bought an Ultegra triple crankset on ebay. The BB it came with had a too-long spindle. I bought a new octalink BB and tried installing it this weekend. It went on, but the cranks spin on the spindle under pressure. I have to see if I have the wrong version of octalink. Or maybe the cranks are worn. Damn. It's so frustrating!

The boring RSX crank I've been riding. And the 175 arms are too long for me.



I installed the new cranks work fine in the stand but not on the road.

Ideas?

Examine the width of the splines closely. Certain octolink BBs and cranks do not fit coz of a fraction of a mm difference in the splines . It is difficult to discern the difference unless you have the differing two side by side. Both will go on but when you ride the bike it will feel weird as the wrong fit works loose and mushes everything to bits. There are specs that stop you doing this but they are very oblique and somewhat confusing.
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Examine the width of the splines closely. Certain octolink BBs and cranks do not fit coz of a fraction of a mm difference in the splines . It is difficult to discern the difference unless you have the differing two side by side. Both will go on but when you ride the bike it will feel weird as the wrong fit works loose and mushes everything to bits. There are specs that stop you doing this but they are very oblique and somewhat confusing.
OK thank you. That is helpful. And these changing standards are driving me crazy. As engineers say, the great thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from. :angry:
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Old 02-26-19, 06:43 PM
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Started the reassembly of my Univega:

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Lol, like my bikes sometimes I feel a connection to the tools that I use....
Thank you.

I saw this in the middle of my work day. Rest of the day became easier.
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Old 02-27-19, 05:59 PM
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Crappy pic but did all I could today. Just waiting on the bar tape.

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Lots more to do.
Temp build to check fit, 1972 Cinzia folder.
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Laced up the Sun XCD high flange and fit it into my International with an 11-32 10 speed cassette. Everything seems to spin, so tomorrow I’ll dial it in and mount the left brifter.


Here's the Shimano and the Sun.





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Love the Rossin's! Purchased this frame from a seller in Belgium last fall and have been assembling over the winter and currently ready for the road however needs paint desperately. First ever black components bike. Going to ride it for a bit and see how it rolls, planing on paint something like the second picture later in the summer.





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"Babe, the blue Oxen" is a 70s Sears Free Spirit that is my winter bike - heavy, steel rims and HB and rings and everything. A pisser to get up hills but if one rides less often in winter one may as well ride harder. Out for a nice 15 mile hilly ride recently I picked up a branch in the rear frame. FUBAR'd the rear wheel and bent a seat stay and broke the rack. I walked it home. So

Got a replacement R wheel, easy. And another cheap rack (mostly for bringing the mail up the driveway). I removed the F wheel and the pedals and lay the frame down on the floor. I'll say another nice thing about these BSO salty roads bikes: the gas pipe frames sure are easy to fix. Two bits of strong oak and a large C clamp took the bow out of the seat stay. A stout 2x4 served nicely to return the spacing of the DOs to speck. Slip joint pliers to align the DOs again. Just leaning on the R triangle here and there to fine tune the spacing. Put it all back together and back on the road.

Reminded me of my youth, prior to everything needing to be all perfect and lovely and OEM spec and all. Bend it, bolt it, bop it and ride it.
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Interim setup using 2x10 Microshift brifters and a borrowed Tiagra whist long cage Microshift R10s get restocked. Works just fine and, since I can’t get on the road for at least another 4-8 weeks while my rotator cuff continues to heal, it will do for the trainer. 48/34, 11-32 for the tooth counters out there. However, it’s really 1x10 as my venerable NR front derailleur cable clamp bolt has turned its’ last. I may try to fiddle a replacement screw in but I’ll probably retire it 😢.


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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
I started taking the BB apart on one of my bikes, and you'll never guess what I found.
I will guess a well preserved crawfish exoskeleton.

And a love letter.

No need to correct me. My imagination trumps your facts.

I will write out the love letter details later. Don't rush me!

On a serious note, when I was overhauling my last project, an '82 Miyata 912, I found about a foot of brake cable housing in the seat tube. Ever seen that before? Does that help with corrosion? Is it used as backup? Do you tape your drugs to it when cross-country touring? Why am I asking you? Was it your Miyata? If so, thanks. It's a really nice bike.
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Thanks for your advice, folks. You were right that I had an Octalink V1 crankset and a V2 BB axle. I just bought a used BB on ebay which should work. I have a V1 BB already but it's 118mm long, and it puts the chainrings out too far. This new one is an MTB one and about 113mm long. I hope it works. Getting cranks and a FD on this bike has been difficult. I've been getting by with an ugly crank with arms that are too long for me.
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Upgrading an Austro Daimler Vent Noir from the original 1st gen Dura Ace to a Dura Ace 7700 9 spped STI group. Going to be kind of a rat rod look. It really needs to be stripped and repainted, but don’t have the heart to strip off the original decals and hand painting around the lugs. My first retro upgrade to STI’s. Going to be a great ride. Pics to come.
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Thanks for your advice, folks. You were right that I had an Octalink V1 crankset and a V2 BB axle. I just bought a used BB on ebay which should work. I have a V1 BB already but it's 118mm long, and it puts the chainrings out too far. This new one is an MTB one and about 113mm long. I hope it works. Getting cranks and a FD on this bike has been difficult. I've been getting by with an ugly crank with arms that are too long for me.
If it’s a road double you’ll probably need the 109.5 width. I’ve been through that problem.
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