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Old 04-27-19, 06:32 PM
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Serviced the lawn mower and got in the first cut. Then brought the 310 out for a cleanup.
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Old 04-27-19, 07:54 PM
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Nice , very clean . Love those seat stay ends .
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Old 04-28-19, 06:40 AM
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1973 Ladies Schwinn Breeze 3 speed

I just got a nice little used Schwinn so I could try to get my wife to go for neighborhood rides with me. I was younger and dumber 35 years ago and got her an old 10 speed. That didn't work out at all as she is NOT mechanically inclined at all, nor particularly athletic. (nor am I actually) Fast forward to present day and a recent purchase for me was an old Huffy Sportsman (Raleigh Sports) The 3 speed is a nice casual neighborhood rider.

I hope that perhaps I can get her to ride this one. We go on nice walks, but one can go further and see much more even at a casual pace on a bicycle. First thing will be gearing. My English built bike was geared tall, and switching out the 18 tooth rear cog to a 20 was perfect for this 60 year old guy for casual rides. I have a 19T and 22T laying around from the bike co-op, so I thought I would try the 22 on the SA hub on the Breeze first. As it is, low gear is about right for casual riding and it would be better if the middle gear was.
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Old 04-28-19, 01:52 PM
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I spotted this one on a local Craigslist and nearly posted it here! That is a great looking bike and very reasonable price.

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Serviced the lawn mower and got in the first cut. Then brought the 310 out for a cleanup.
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Old 04-28-19, 06:54 PM
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Thanks MK! In negotiations with the mrs about purchasing a brand new bike so, a few bikes have to go.
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Old 04-28-19, 11:42 PM
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Is this one of these Gazelle Lausanne Hybride Lite Special Edition? Nice bike! What is that Champion Mondial sticker doing there?

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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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Old 04-29-19, 01:25 AM
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Is this one of these Gazelle Lausanne Hybride Lite Special Edition? Nice bike! What is that Champion Mondial sticker doing there?
That's the one. At least as far as I can tell going by the colours of this one.

I'm not sure about the sticker to be honest. There is not a lot of information on these bikes online. They were built at the end of the era that Gazelle still made steel frames by hand in their own factory. A few years later they made these (using the same name) out of aluminium.

The champion mondial name is still highly recognizable around here so my guess is they wanted to show it had some of its "DNA" in this bike. Remember, they always made a Champion Mondial semi-race model which was like a lightweight city/commuting bike.
This is probably its successor after they stopped making the Champion Mondial racing and touring bikes.

I'm ordering a lot of parts right now. I think I'll try digging up some more info and maybe start a thread.
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Old 04-29-19, 12:35 PM
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I started out doing a light tune-up on my main commuter bike, my 1974 Raleigh International. It's ending up being a major job, but that's a good thing. I've cleaned everything but the wheels so far. I've installed fenders, finally (not pictured). I need to find the mounting hardware for the taillight to go on the rear fender. Getting the front rack off and on is tricky, so it's off for now. I'm changing most cables and putting on a new chain. I think it was the unexpectedly grimy chain that prompted me to do a major tuneup.

I find that changing cables is one of my most disliked bike repair job. I'm not sure why.

My hand-applied paint (by brush) is chipping quite a bit, but the good news is (1) I don't care, and (2) the primer is holding up extremely well.


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Originally Posted by sd5782 View Post
I just got a nice little used Schwinn so I could try to get my wife to go for neighborhood rides with me. I was younger and dumber 35 years ago and got her an old 10 speed. That didn't work out at all as she is NOT mechanically inclined at all, nor particularly athletic. (nor am I actually) Fast forward to present day and a recent purchase for me was an old Huffy Sportsman (Raleigh Sports) The 3 speed is a nice casual neighborhood rider.

I hope that perhaps I can get her to ride this one. We go on nice walks, but one can go further and see much more even at a casual pace on a bicycle. First thing will be gearing. My English built bike was geared tall, and switching out the 18 tooth rear cog to a 20 was perfect for this 60 year old guy for casual rides. I have a 19T and 22T laying around from the bike co-op, so I thought I would try the 22 on the SA hub on the Breeze first. As it is, low gear is about right for casual riding and it would be better if the middle gear was.
When I rebuilt a bike for my then wife I put a basket on it and it was the only thing she noticed about the bike, not sure why but ladies love a nice wicker basket. Very practical for market rides. Riding somewhere she likes to go that is close is also a good place to start. Good Luck Sir!
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Old 04-30-19, 12:34 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I started out doing a light tune-up on my main commuter bike, my 1974 Raleigh International. It's ending up being a major job, but that's a good thing. I've cleaned everything but the wheels so far. I've installed fenders, finally (not pictured). I need to find the mounting hardware for the taillight to go on the rear fender. Getting the front rack off and on is tricky, so it's off for now. I'm changing most cables and putting on a new chain. I think it was the unexpectedly grimy chain that prompted me to do a major tuneup.

I find that changing cables is one of my most disliked bike repair job. I'm not sure why.

My hand-applied paint (by brush) is chipping quite a bit, but the good news is (1) I don't care, and (2) the primer is holding up extremely well.


I can't see your attachment for some reason
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Old 05-01-19, 10:50 AM
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Darn, this stuff goes in and out. OK, here is the bike, now with the fenders. I'm embarrassed at how much effort I put into cleaning the front wheel, but it was really dirty.

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Darn, this stuff goes in and out. OK, here is the bike, now with the fenders. I'm embarrassed at how much effort I put into cleaning the front wheel, but it was really dirty.

Love that bike.
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Old 05-04-19, 07:55 PM
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Continued work on this 1990 Rockhopper Comp this morning. Polished and waxed frame and Future Shock front sus. Rebuilt the BX23 wheels which were in great condition under all the dirt.

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I've also been working on a MTB frame. Stripped the Sakae of parts.
I have a nice idea for a paint job but just experimenting with giving it a brushed look. It looks good and tried polishing to but it's hard work and don't even want to think about polishing the whole frame especially around the BB and top of the seat stays. It would need clear coat too as the raw alloy is proving difficult to maintain.
I'll see how much further I can tolerate going with the sanding or it's going to be pearl white on the main tubes and light grey on the lugs. There's a decal set to go on too.
Another idea is a brushed look for the main tubes then metallic silver for the lugs and clear coating the lot. Decitions decisions, opinions welcome


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Old 05-05-19, 09:16 AM
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Took a crack at adjusting center pull brakes today. Closed the gap on rear and eliminated squeal on front. They actually stop the bike now.

Pics of the new ride later today...
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Big Bike Sale

Last Saturday the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange had our semi annual bike and misc. sale


I has quite a few bikes that I personally restored, some with a repaint and some with just a deep clean and wax.


I was excited to show off my work and the customers really appreciated everything I did. I sold the Yellow Ital vega and a Univega 6400 Aluminum racer with all Dura ace hardware as well as the tough as nails looking Peugeot mixte with fenders and heavy duty rack sporting front and rear generator lights.


All in all we sold 30 bikes and a good amount of misc. equipment so it was a success.


One bike which didn't sell was a 58 cm Vitus 979 all aluminum race bike that is one of the most beautiful bikes I have ever seen. This one is has pale blue anodised main tubes and natural forks and stays and is in fabulous condition. I did have one guy that was interested in it but at over 300 lbs was not at all right for it. The big frames have a reputation for being flexible and auto shifting if you mash the pedals.


Anyone close enough to the SF bay area to get over to our shop should stop by. I make a point of snagging all the best vintage bikes that are donated and giving them a 15-20 hour clean, refurb, update, and sometimes repaint and the shop insists on giving them away at ridiculously low prices.


Currently I am working on an ItalVega Nuovo Record that I just painted metallic bronze. This one will be a real show stopper when it is finished. For you classic mountain bike guys I have an extra large Miyata that I recently did complete with triple butted frame and great equipment. If you are about 6'2-6'5" and are looking for a super bike that is like new we are asking $250 for it and believe me it is worth it. Truely, if it doesn't sell I am tempted to buy it myself.
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We're having trouble with our tandem. It has been dropping the chain between the big and middle chainrings when shifting down. This may be caused by the new chain and cassette. I replaced 7-speed equipment with 11-speed equipment. The chainrings seem too far from each other. I'm not sure what to do with that. Any advice? I'd rather not change cranksets. I thought of grinding down the outer surface of the crank spider to bring the big chainring closer in, but I don't know if I can be precise enough at that. Or maybe I could screw on some machine screws to the inside of the big chainring to knock the chain down to the middle ring, but I don't know how.

While I was at it, I decided to try a bigger big chainring that I got to get a higher top gear. I know I'm complicating things by making this change, but the problem isn't any worse. It might even be a bit better. The chainrings were 28/38/48, and now I replaced the 48 with a 54.





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Darn, this stuff goes in and out. OK, here is the bike, now with the fenders. I'm embarrassed at how much effort I put into cleaning the front wheel, but it was really dirty.
Worth it though. Great looking bike. What is that 6-sided thing on the side of the front wheel?
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Worth it though. Great looking bike. What is that 6-sided thing on the side of the front wheel?
Was also wondering about that
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Finally got my Gazelle Primeur stripped and repainted. Started today and waiting on drum brake hubs coming from the States.
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Worth it though. Great looking bike. What is that 6-sided thing on the side of the front wheel?
That's a manual clutch for the dynamo. I can disengage it entirely. I've disengaged it for now, as I have to reinstall the dynamo-powered lights and am using battery-powered lights.
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I finally did some non-riding bike stuff yesterday. The from tire of the PFN10 had pick up a puncture. Stan sealed it up but it would hold no more than about 100psi without blowing again. So yesterday I glued up another tire and mounted it.

Another task volunteered itself on the horizon. I rode the new-to-me '77 Gazelle to work. With about two miles to go home something started going thump thump thump with every pedal revolution. I could hear it and also feel it in the frame. Shifting the rear didn't change the synchronization with the pedals. Shifting the front didn't either, suggesting it wasn't loose chain ring bolts. Some play seems to have developed in the BB. The crank arms are not loose on the crank spindle. So I'll be pulling the BB apart eventually, probably find a broken bearing.
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Finally got my Gazelle Primeur stripped and repainted. Started today and waiting on drum brake hubs coming from the States.
So you went for a classic green in the end. Looking forward to see how you restore such a classic Dutch bike.

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That's a manual clutch for the dynamo. I can disengage it entirely. I've disengaged it for now, as I have to reinstall the dynamo-powered lights and am using battery-powered lights.
Interesting. I didn't know such a thing existed. So does the external ring work through friction or something?

Did some work on a Koga-Miyata GentsTour which I will probably be selling to a friend. It's mish mash of parts I gathered through the years but all quality stuff.
Swapped lots of parts over from the Gazelle Lausanne including the wheels. I think it looks rather nice.

Still need some more cables and a chain. Other than some rust treatment.
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Early 80's De Rosa Retirement Present

A mid 70's De Rosa and a mid 70's Masi have been on my bucket list for years. I retired at the end of January.

I was lucky and got a great deal on this early 80's De Rosa frame complete with a brand new Chris King headset. I would have preferred a flat top fork crown but I can't complain.

It's my retirement gift to myself.

Work in progress: Since this photo I've installed Campy Doppler Retrofriction shift levers, an SRAM PC890 "silver" chain plus C-Record dual pivot brakes. Waiting for some yellow brake cable housing to proceed.

The crank is an NOS Campy Competition Triple that I assembled with 50T-39T-32T chainrings - for old man gears.

The frame had been spread to 130mm. I was lucky and found these almost NOS Campy wheels with a custom 13T-30T Campy 8 speed cassette at a local bike co-op. Tires are Continental 700c x 25 Grand Prix Classics.

It took some trial and error with chain length and derailleur adjustments to get the shifting to work smoothly. The Campy braze-on Chorus??? front derailleur doesn't play nice with the small chain ring so I have a Campy Veloce Triple 9 speed FD coming.

There is a LOT of gear ratio overlap but with the 8 speed I can stay in either the 50T or 39T and use the 32T x 30T for a bailout gear. I may decide to go with a double if shifting becomes too much of an issue.



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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
I finally did some non-riding bike stuff yesterday. The from tire of the PFN10 had pick up a puncture. Stan sealed it up but it would hold no more than about 100psi without blowing again. So yesterday I glued up another tire and mounted it.

Another task volunteered itself on the horizon. I rode the new-to-me '77 Gazelle to work. With about two miles to go home something started going thump thump thump with every pedal revolution. I could hear it and also feel it in the frame. Shifting the rear didn't change the synchronization with the pedals. Shifting the front didn't either, suggesting it wasn't loose chain ring bolts. Some play seems to have developed in the BB. The crank arms are not loose on the crank spindle. So I'll be pulling the BB apart eventually, probably find a broken bearing.
Had that happen back in the days when I just had BSO Motiv MTB from Costco, I was riding on the trail and thought I was passing a pile driver on the slew but I looked and no pile driver...thump ..thump ..thump. ..wait that is ME! it was the cheap bb causing the problem so you are likely on the right track. Hope it is back to quiet operation with some new bearings
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