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Old 04-21-19, 12:56 PM
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I've been busy today, while watching the Mets vs. Cardinals in the background (Eastern League AA is closed for Easter): Finally got the next to the last original Lambert part back on my Lambert. The three-ring crank. And, like every other Lambert part I've added to the frame since I originally got it, performance has dropped yet another notch. Ok, maybe I'm laying on the snark a little too heavy this time, because I've gone from a Maxi 48-42 to a Lambert 52-48-32 (well, the downtube sticker says the bike is a 15 speed) so of course it's not going to shift as quickly and as easily as the former setup.

This puts my bike almost back to original. Everything on the bike is Lambert components except for the hubs (which I'll do yet one of these days when I find a pair) and rear derailleur (which I will never do - even if I find one in working condition, it'll go in a glass case to be sold with the bike when the day comes). Not worrying about the rims, I actually like to ride the bike.

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Old 04-21-19, 01:09 PM
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A Guerciotti.

Crown race installation, yokel-style (mallet, wood block, plastic foam cushioning and a vise!):


It's getting close -- the Cardiff, gruddy chain and way too long Nitto stem are temporary:
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Old 04-21-19, 07:29 PM
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Real nice Lambert, skyrocker ^^^^^. Im between ham and cheesecake I made some use out of a continental frame and random bits. Easy cruisin coasterbrake.
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Old 04-21-19, 08:44 PM
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Today I started the serious work on the Evans custom I picked up. I want to get it functioning and then get several rides in on it before I decide how to build it. Still searching for matching paint to touch it up too.

Cleaned it up good first and then set up the brakes. Didn't have anymore 9 speed chains on hand so I had to order one in. Short one shifter cable too. I need to restock on small parts, LOL! I'm going to run it friction for awhile or maybe even leave it like that. Right now it's got some Vittoria Randonneur 700 x 32 tires and a relatively heavy set of newer Mavic CXP22 on it. Probably great for dirt road use but on the road I think I'll run a different setup.

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Old 04-21-19, 11:26 PM
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Old 04-22-19, 03:54 AM
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^^^ Can't wait to see more of this!!
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Recently got my 1995 GT Tequesta frame painted, so now the rebuild begins. Im converting this old mtb to a sort of gravel/road bike. Installed the following so far:
  • ACS Maindrive headset
  • Orbea 120 x 10 degree stem
  • Compact handlebar 42
  • FSA Megaevo bottom bracket
  • FSA Gossamer Pro BB386evo crankset 36, 46, 175
Im concerned about the crank arm and chainring clearance. Clearly a smaller Q-Factor than the original Shimano STX 22,32,42 crankset. Think it will be a problem?

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Old 04-23-19, 02:30 PM
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Probably not. I've always worked on the idea that, if it clears on the workbench, it'll clear on the road. From what the pictures you've posted are showing, you've got an almost perfect setup. You're not going to have to stretch the front derailleur out in the slightest.
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
Probably not. I've always worked on the idea that, if it clears on the workbench, it'll clear on the road. From what the pictures you've posted are showing, you've got an almost perfect setup. You're not going to have to stretch the front derailleur out in the slightest.
Now that's what I wanted to hear!... no further replies required ;^)
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Old 04-23-19, 03:02 PM
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What you've done here is about what I accomplished with the Lambert on Sunday. Fully convinced that I was going to have to replace the spindle with a longer one, yet the 32t small chainwheel tucked in on the frame perfectly.
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Old 04-23-19, 03:52 PM
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Made some final tweaks to two of the bikes for this season: mrs non-fixie's De Vos, which is destined for the Retroronde and probably L'Eroica, and my AD Inter 10, built for vacation trips. A couple of rides during the Easter weekend yielded no further wishes, so I consider them done.

And while I am quite happy with the AD, it is the De Vos that really surprises. Mrs non-fixie is not especially interested in speed, but on average she's about 10% faster than on her other bikes.

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Originally Posted by jamesdak View Post
Today I started the serious work on the Evans custom I picked up. I want to get it functioning and then get several rides in on it before I decide how to build it. Still searching for matching paint to touch it up too.

Cleaned it up good first and then set up the brakes. Didn't have anymore 9 speed chains on hand so I had to order one in. Short one shifter cable too. I need to restock on small parts, LOL! I'm going to run it friction for awhile or maybe even leave it like that. Right now it's got some Vittoria Randonneur 700 x 32 tires and a relatively heavy set of newer Mavic CXP22 on it. Probably great for dirt road use but on the road I think I'll run a different setup.

Interesting paint scheme. Is it columbus sl frame?
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Old 04-23-19, 05:44 PM
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My old miyata 312 is becoming my girlfriend's new #1 . The metropolis crank was pretty fun. The seat will be replaced.
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Old 04-23-19, 06:26 PM
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Interesting paint scheme. Is it columbus sl frame?
It's Columbus EL OS.
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Old 04-24-19, 11:02 PM
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Got this Sakae SX crankset polished for the Sakae Litage. Also put the original rigid fork back on the said bike to see how it rides one last time before stripping the frame for painting. The raw alloy is just to much maintenance.
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Putting the bike back together, finding things I didn't know were wrong. Today I re-dished the rear wheel, straightened the fork, installed derailleurs and cables, put the seat on (need to find campy post) and crank bearings/crank. Now I found that I have a slightly bent axle on the rear. Ill do that tomorrow. Good enough for a test ride though
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Putting the bike back together, finding things I didn't know were wrong. Today I re-dished the rear wheel, straightened the fork, installed derailleurs and cables, put the seat on (need to find campy post) and crank bearings/crank. Now I found that I have a slightly bent axle on the rear. Ill do that tomorrow. Good enough for a test ride though
Merry Christmas!
Oh and nice bike!
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Steel (or iron) is real

OK I wasn't doing the wrenching but what the heck.


It's really a 454



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Merry Christmas!
Oh and nice bike!
Yep! The better half was warned !
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A sleeping Bergmeister project stirs.
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Well I just got done flushing the sticking rear brifter on my Davidson Impulse.



Now to hang the new chain on the Evans bike and then dial back in both derailleurs.
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Cleaned and stripped part of the Gazelle Lausanne mixte today. Looking a lot better after a good wash.


Also gave me a better look at some of the details on there.





The Shimano STX RC derailleur and shifters needed a bit of adjustment and some WD40 but I think I'll just take them off and replace them with something modern with a bit more range.
I was thinking of building a new set of silver coloured wheels with a dynohub but just outright buying them prebuilt online is cheaper and saves me some time. 36 spokes with Mavic A319 rims should be fine for now.

The end result should look something like this:
Turn it into a 1x9 bike with trigger shifters, add dynamo lights and cream tyres and we will have the basis for a very nice looking commuter bike.

(Don't mind the saddle. It's adjusted to my height right now. )
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@52telecaster, tell us about that crank.

Lots of interesting stuff going on here.

I've been using this Raleigh International as a commuter bike for about three years. It was time to clean it and replace some cables, so I took it very much apart and am putting it back together. I am finally installing fenders on it. I'm not sure if I'll keep the front rack, and if not, what I'll use for luggage.

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Love the chrome on the crown
spent some time this past week cleaning up this 1984 pro tour. As found, the fork wouldnt turn, tires were crumbling, and it was covered in dust and dirt. Figured Id have to take everything apart and clean and regrease the bottom bracket and hubs too. Figured it would be a ton of work to get it going.

after getting the headset done, I moved on to the bottom bracket... lock rings on both sides. Looks like a cartridge bearing system, and its turning smooth so nothing there. Hubs... same thing. Nice.

so what I thought would be a project turned into a wipe down, headset clean, and a stem and saddle change. Not bad for a free bike.
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Old 04-27-19, 09:42 AM
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Swap meet scores ..tried a <C> Rally cage on <C> Record 1020/A derailleur, nope ..
wont handle my triple, so will stick with the full 3450 Rally I bought new in the 70's ..



Did get an improvement with another find TRP long arm V brakes replacing the stock tektro ..

because TRP is not reliant on the frame post bushing .. it adds a bushing within itself
so my front rack mount wont cause the brake to bind , as the bolt is tightened..




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