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Old 05-13-19, 02:27 PM
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Been back at the cottage for a few days, now. Got everything opened up, heating up and fitted with working indoor plumbing (a real bonus in Canada). With that in mind, I decided to start raking leaves today, but said to heck with it, deciding to build up a set of wheels for my Legnano Grand Premio...


Since the first build, the bike has been fitted with 27" Ambrosia rims laced to Campy High Fange hubs...


And today, the Leggy got a set of 700c hoops...


Tomorrow, with luck, a NOS Legnano cottered crank will be installed, followed by fitting the chain and a saddle replacement with a NOS Brooks. Then, take it out for a test ride.
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Old 05-13-19, 06:23 PM
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
With that problem taken care of, the bike still has two issues: The short term is a desperate search for a S-A bracket small enough in diameter to clamp tightly to the left rear stay and allow me to use the left side over/under drive lever. I've tried shimming the slightly too large clamp I have and it only works for one shift. Maybe.
This is primarily aimed at eom as I found out its a heck of a lot more difficult to post a picture to a private message, but if anyone else out there has a lead, it will be appreciated:

This is the part I'm looking for.



Sturmey-Archer rear stay cable clamp.

It's pretty much your standard S-A clamp that holds down one end of the cable casing while allowing the cable to proceed thru to the hub - with one exception: The size. The rear stay on the Sprite mikes out at 1/2" and anything in a proper S-A clamp that I've already found is too big in diameter to clamp down. I've tried shimming under the clamp to get it to tighten, but the shim invariably moves on the first pull of the lever.

Anyone who has one of these available, let me know.

ADDENDUM: Of course, twenty minutes after posting this, I do one of my periodic eBay searches and find it! Well, the seller is claiming the correct size, so I ordered and will supposedly have it by Friday. We'll see. I've been disappointed before.
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There is something so absolutely gorgeous about those bikes, the color combination, the chrome lugs, and now going back to the proper cottered crank. Now, if you could only find a set of the original branded fenders . . . . .
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Now, if you could only find a set of the original branded fenders . . . . .
Like the ones pictured here..?


The set is tucked away, in the rafters of my man cave...
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(In response to post # 1822 from noglider Tom):

That's the method I use. Right now I have a Raleigh Wyoming in the workstand, on which I've installed a 9-speed Deore drivetrain with a single chainring up front. I took it out to 130mm with the same threaded rod setup.

I found that I needed to stretch it to about 145mm, leave it sit like that overnight, and then realign the dropouts with the correct Park FFG tools. This worked fine for mounting the wheel, but I had to readjust the derailleur hanger a bit to get it to shift properly.

I'll write more about it when it's finished, and post some before/after photos.
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Finally got around to the final spring project in the stable: Complete teardown and rebuild of my 1969 Magneet touring bikes, plus a desperately needed upgrade on the brakes. I've been putting it off repeatedly since last fall, but at the 14 years, 5200 mile point I figured I'm finally due.

Big change here is replacing the the Weinmann centerpull front/Synchro side pull rear combination with a pair of Mafac Racer center pulls. And, despite my hatred of "safety levers", I actually went that route for a change. Primarily because the Mafac levers are the only dual lever setups that are effective. I do like having the ability to move my hands on the bars in multiple positions, and the Mafac safety levers will actually work on a panic situations almost as well as the main levers.

On to another 5200 miles.


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Old 05-14-19, 08:07 AM
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Stretching out on the Raleigh Comp, as my quest for a flat back continues:

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Old 05-14-19, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
(In response to post # 1822 from noglider Tom):

That's the method I use. Right now I have a Raleigh Wyoming in the workstand, on which I've installed a 9-speed Deore drivetrain with a single chainring up front. I took it out to 130mm with the same threaded rod setup.

I found that I needed to stretch it to about 145mm, leave it sit like that overnight, and then realign the dropouts with the correct Park FFG tools. This worked fine for mounting the wheel, but I had to readjust the derailleur hanger a bit to get it to shift properly.

I'll write more about it when it's finished, and post some before/after photos.
Thanks. I don't remember how far out I took it. When it was good, I started loosening the nuts, but I then realized I was tightening them. So I spread the frame too far! I had to put the nuts and washers on the outsides and reverse the process.

You don't have to leave it overnight. Steel is not like wood. Once you bend it, the bend is permanent.
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Old 05-14-19, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
This is primarily aimed at eom as I found out its a heck of a lot more difficult to post a picture to a private message, but if anyone else out there has a lead, it will be appreciated:

This is the part I'm looking for.



Sturmey-Archer rear stay cable clamp.

It's pretty much your standard S-A clamp that holds down one end of the cable casing while allowing the cable to proceed thru to the hub - with one exception: The size. The rear stay on the Sprite mikes out at 1/2" and anything in a proper S-A clamp that I've already found is too big in diameter to clamp down. I've tried shimming under the clamp to get it to tighten, but the shim invariably moves on the first pull of the lever.

Anyone who has one of these available, let me know.

ADDENDUM: Of course, twenty minutes after posting this, I do one of my periodic eBay searches and find it! Well, the seller is claiming the correct size, so I ordered and will supposedly have it by Friday. We'll see. I've been disappointed before.
If this new one doesn't work out you could try getting a small stainless hose clamp and just clamping the housing to the stay, with ferrule at the end.
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Old 05-14-19, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by sykerocker View Post
This is primarily aimed at eom as I found out its a heck of a lot more difficult to post a picture to a private message, but if anyone else out there has a lead, it will be appreciated:

This is the part I'm looking for.



Sturmey-Archer rear stay cable clamp.

It's pretty much your standard S-A clamp that holds down one end of the cable casing while allowing the cable to proceed thru to the hub - with one exception: The size. The rear stay on the Sprite mikes out at 1/2" and anything in a proper S-A clamp that I've already found is too big in diameter to clamp down. I've tried shimming under the clamp to get it to tighten, but the shim invariably moves on the first pull of the lever.

Anyone who has one of these available, let me know.

ADDENDUM: Of course, twenty minutes after posting this, I do one of my periodic eBay searches and find it! Well, the seller is claiming the correct size, so I ordered and will supposedly have it by Friday. We'll see. I've been disappointed before.
I can see these are not what you pictured. Will they work? What are they for? Have I found gold in my piles o' stuff?
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Old 05-15-19, 02:47 PM
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I can see these are not what you pictured. Will they work? What are they for? Have I found gold in my piles o' stuff?
That's not a S-A part, it looks like a cable end part for the rear stay on a derailleur bike (holds the piece of cable casing just before the rear derailleur). It might, if I don't find the actual part.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
If this new one doesn't work out you could try getting a small stainless hose clamp and just clamping the housing to the stay, with ferrule at the end.
I've tried that. Didn't work. There's something about the amount of torque that fragile, easily breakable S-A shift lever will put out that ensure the cable casing will slip if held down by anything but the proper clamp. I've shimmed larger clamps, the shimming shifted upwards. Hose clamp? The damn thing still moved upwards, unless I clamped it to the point that if squeezed the cable casing to the point where the cable wouldn't move.

Only the British . . . . .
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This morning, I drove into the city to pay for this Torpado and Atala...



When I got home, I took another step in the evolution of my Grand Premio...


It took a bit of doing to get the Simplex rings in place but the NOS bottom bracket was a smooth bolt in and good to go...




This is drive train and transmission #3 and I do hope that it is the last one needed...


The older worn a bit saddle was replaced today with this lovely NOS Brooks that I bought a year, or so, ago and not knowing where it was going to be used. Now I know...


The Legnano is to be this summer's rider, however; I am not sure that my old legs have what it takes to be comfortable with the gearing...
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Torelli Cicle de Vince just got sakae world champ bars and NOS 6207 I've been storing for this occasion.



Gios Torino got old style logo cinelli bars and SR levers

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Most of the morning was spent trying to figure out why the ST6400 shifter I had picked up wasn't working. Pretty sure that there is C shaped spring that is broken.

This afternoon I replaced brake pads on the Prelude and my Finest and also couple of bikes that we are getting rid of.

Peeled some stickers and cleaned up a couple of rims for the Prelude.

I also spray painted a rigid fork for a Cannondale M400 That I'm putting together.
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Working on selling my '91 Cannondale SR800. The very probable buyer for it missed out on another '91 Cannondale (that I was originally selling), and I told him I had a frameset that I could build up if he wanted. Gave him a solid price on what I could built to, and he was/is game. He'll get a lot of beautiful bike for the money, and I'll make $10-20 on the whole endeavor while pocketing invaluable experience. Win-win. I love crafting bikes, man. This SR800 is going to be a stunner!
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I wanted a couple more millimeters clearance under the front caliper to feel comfortable with 32s on this bike. The caliper was the pinch point. A washer, Dremel and hand file got me a wedge, a few degrees, and a few mm. I'm pleased.


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"Converted" my Raleigh Pro MKI to 700c tubulars and lost 1.5 pounds overall weight! Had just enough reach with the Weinmann center-pull brakes to hit the rims dead center. Will add a pic after today's shakedown ride.

Pic, as promised. The "shakedown" ride was at just over one mile in progress when I heard a soft "ping." Sure enough, one of the rear spokes had snapped. Merde.

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I wanted a couple more millimeters clearance under the front caliper to feel comfortable with 32s on this bike. The caliper was the pinch point. A washer, Dremel and hand file got me a wedge, a few degrees, and a few mm. I'm pleased.

Brilliant! Seems like the inverse could get you some more reach where clearance isn't a problem.
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I managed to find an Italian wheelset for the Club Fuji. They are Nisi Mixer 28 spoke on Miche "Superfast" hubs. The Mixer rims were a most difficult tire mounting, I had to tire jack the Continental tires on both sets of beads, I did it! Those are the new, "pain in the ass" king Ambrosio Elite now seem simple and easy. I also installed a Campy BB with a Suntour crankset, with Suntour Cyclone 7000 pedals.
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This doesn't qualify as wrenching but it's a wrenching story (ahem). For my Bianchi Alloro restoration I wasn't thrilled with the selection of Alloro badges . Plus I was not getting any love from Velocals or Cyclomondo not even a email back . Calling around town I finally found this place called Sing-a-rama the owner was a total jerk but the guy doing the art work was cool . Anyhow here is the outcome . Oh by the way alloro is Italian for laurel .


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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
This doesn't qualify as wrenching but it's a wrenching story (ahem). For my Bianchi Alloro restoration I wasn't thrilled with the selection of Alloro badges . Plus I was not getting any love from Velocals or Cyclomondo not even a email back . Calling around town I finally found this place called Sing-a-rama the owner was a total jerk but the guy doing the art work was cool . Anyhow here is the outcome . Oh by the way alloro is Italian for laurel .


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Im guessing you meant Sign-a-Rama? I search your spelling and it led me to a university concert.
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The buyer for the SR800 (mentioned above) test rode it, struggled mightily with understanding STIs and gears (even with my instruction), and the next day told me he would keep searching. He was getting the hang of it though. So close! At any rate, that's for sale locally now.

I worked on getting my '90 ST400 ready for sale as well. I had to "un-squeal" the alcohol-wiped rims and brake pads so that the buyer wouldn't have to do that (or go deaf)--no way to sell a bike! Those Tektro CR720 canti brakes remain a staunch favorite--Dura-Ace dual pivot performance (at least) with light brake lever action. Test riding it again I was reminded how good of a bike this and other built ST's are. No room or express touring purpose at present, if for a while, so it goes to someone else!

Re-built-up my Land Shark, this time with a Control Tech threadless stem and a bevy of Dura-Ace pieces. That should help it drop nearly a pound and a half. I used the 6400 parts on it for the SR800, retaining only the wheelset and seatpost + saddle. The magic is in the wheels and the frame, and I'm keeping them the same!

New used brake pads for my CAAD10 Black Inc. Disc plus breaking them in. Finally good to go there! Ticking happens when out of the saddle. It's not the BB, it's cables and housings shifting and making noise. Gotta quiet that before selling it.

25mm tires to my Trek 710. The Soma Supple Vitesse EX's are plush, but I feel like I'm in sand a bit, even if pumped up more. With nice 25's, I'll see if that helps and go from there. I'm not 100% sold on the proportion of everything at present. Something is/has been off, and I need to get to the bottom of it or else that frame/bike will go to a new home (we are in slash and burn mode, with love, but still...build great bike, sell great bike, get good money for it, have more space, take another spare frame to build, rinse, repeat).

Busy last three or so days, but I got my long bike list nearly done!
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I can't post pics yet but today I added a vintage Pletscher rear rack to my Bianchi MTB conversion to urban assault vehicle and replaced the chain I twisted a few days ago on my 1990 Cannondale 3.0 Criterium Series.
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I've been chasing a creak in my Raleigh Pro. I removed the cranks for service back in late winter and on a recent ride I kept noticing a creaking sound as I pedaled. Bugs me, I cannot ignore that sort of thing. I've removed the cranks to clean the spindle and the crank arm sockets to ensure sparkling cleanliness. Wee bit of grease and back together. No change. Retorqued the bolts. No change. Clocked both cranks 90deg and torqued. No change. Checked the pedals. No issues there. Today I removed the chain rings to ensure sparkling cleanliness and lubed all the joints and bolts. No change. UGH!!!!!

It was the saddle clamps. Mom used to say "stupid, stupid, stupid".

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