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Old 05-21-19, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Prowler View Post
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".
At least you know your bottom bracket is in tip top condition.
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Old 05-21-19, 07:43 PM
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The 1983 Trek 520 for my wife is coming along nicely. The only problem is the rear wheel, which is pretty trashed. I have a Mavic to replace it, but my wife really wants a silver rim to match the front wheel. New Brooks B17 saddle, stem shifters for my easily frightened wife, Kool Stop salmon brake pads, suicide levers, white bar tape and all new white cables.



So I've done what any sane vintage bike lover does. N+1 at its best. I've purchased this beautiful 1983 Fuji Del Rey. It cost less than $100.00 from the original owner. Sat in his garage for the last 20 years. So I can justify the purchase to get the excellent condition silver real wheel for the Trek. The Mavic will get tossed onto the Fuji. A little cleanup and some tires I already have, and the Fuji should be up and running for no extra cost. The frame size should fit my daughter perfectly. I just need to get her to ride it enough to get used to the downtube shifters. I'm getting really tired of installing stem shifters on all my family's vintage bikes.


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Old 05-22-19, 05:27 AM
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Yesterday I stripped my new to me 1980 Trek 414 down to frame and fork mode, and the 88 Ironman frameset to same, and wrapped them up for air travel. Today the wheels get broken down. All will be packed in the same box, for the flight to Cancun next week.
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Old 05-22-19, 07:15 AM
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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 .
That's a very nice decal; any chance we can see a shot of the entire bike?

I have to say, however, that I think your experience with Velocals is atypical. I've always had great success dealing with them, and they always answer my emails.

Just recently, I needed a rush-job on a custom set for a bike I was building for a family member's birthday. Even though this is the busiest time of year for them, the Andersons made sure I had that set in my hands in time to deliver the goods.

Keep in mind that they have had some difficulties with copyright issues, and maybe your Bianchi Alloro item fit into that category. Either that, or maybe it's a California -vs- Texas thing?
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Old 05-22-19, 10:09 AM
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Thanks for the nod @DQRider .
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Old 05-22-19, 02:07 PM
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I was a bike shop mechanic when those SunTour derailleurs were in production and on the road in large volumes. I've seen a higher failure rate with the Superbe and Cyclone derailleurs than I have with the V-GT and the VX-GT. Sorry, those don't look as nice, but they're very tough and overall are better bets if you want them to work reliably for a long time. The higher end stuff was lighter and looked nicer.
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Old 05-22-19, 04:23 PM
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Will be doing some wrenching on my 1982-1983 Bridgestone Spica. A $20 score at the Oak Ridge Habitat Restore. Fits me perfectly. Except for rear tire, all original. Plan on a new front tire soon. Front brake needs some adjustment (original Dia-Compes). Overall, a very nice survivor.
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Old 05-23-19, 02:08 AM
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^^^^ I looked at a Spice before finding a 400 a few years ago. Very well-proportioned bikes, and the Spica enjoyed an integrated RD hanger (no claw need apply!). I enjoy the early and mid-'80s Bridgestones.

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On my end I put a chain and shifter cables on the Land Shark, futzing around with the front derailleur (a Dura-Ace 7410 unit) before giving up on its woeful shifting ability and replacing it with a spare 7800 FD. The 7410 has worked in the past, and it's the only Dura-Ace FD in my collection that possesses a 28.6mm band. All the others are braze-on. At any rate, the 7800 was installed and the whole setup finally tuned. Works as it should on the stand. Will ride it tomorrow or the next to work and around.
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Old 05-23-19, 01:58 PM
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Let's see...
New wire from bottle to hinge contact - greased headset and rear hub bearings - cleaned rims - fresh rubber - cleaned stem and bars.
My Klapprad:


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Old 05-23-19, 06:12 PM
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Old 05-23-19, 06:47 PM
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Picked up this bike on the cheap last weekend. Figured I could use a few bits. Got to cleaning it up it’s turning out to be a pretty nice bike.
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Old 05-23-19, 07:10 PM
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Damn fine looking folder there! What’s the backstory on It? I had my hands on one of those Torpedo hubs last week. Do you have to use their shifter?

Edit: Referring to the Klapprad folder shown above.
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Old 05-23-19, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
Damn fine looking folder there! What’s the backstory on It? I had my hands on one of those Torpedo hubs last week. Do you have to use their shifter?

Edit: Referring to the Klapprad folder shown above.
Hey, thanks! My wife bought this bike for me years ago. The hub dates to 1968. It is a 36-hole, two-speed kickback (no shifter required). She also sewed the cover on that saddle, as the original Wittkop was shot. It has a Gloria lock with key:

The hub is a gem. It works great. The bottom bracket on this bike is low, and pedal strike is easy to do. I don't ride it much, but have done so for short trips close by. My kids like to ride it here sometimes. Believe it or not, the original Continental Compact whitewalls and Woods-valve tubes still hold air. I finally took them off for good today.
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Old 05-23-19, 07:56 PM
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Started out as a 90's Fuji Sandblaster SX. This is in progress after fresh paint by me. Rolling on 650b wheels now. New FSA Duron X sealed headset, Shimano Deore XT BB. More new parts on the way including bars and saddle.
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Old 05-24-19, 09:50 AM
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^^^Striking colour choice. Looks to be a great paint job. Your presenter is a darling!
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^^^Striking colour choice. Looks to be a great paint job. Your presenter is a darling!
Thank you! The color is burnt copper metallic.
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Old 05-24-19, 12:36 PM
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Brilliant! Seems like the inverse could get you some more reach where clearance isn't a problem.
Missed this... I didn’t measure, but wound up dropping the pads around 5 mm in the slots as a result. This could certainly be an alternative to filing slots longer if in search of add’l reach. When getting to this point every situation is different, of course...

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Old 05-25-19, 06:15 PM
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Getting this chainguard fitted. It came with all the bits and pieces but the bike I mounted it on is a 531 mixte frame with oversized downtube. Clamp wasn't big enough. Build something myself using metal band and some drilling and filing.


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Old 05-25-19, 10:35 PM
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I just finished upgrading a 1986 Trek 500...but can’t post any pics until I get to 10
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Old 05-26-19, 01:08 PM
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I found this 1987 Schwinn LeTour for $50 last spring, it was missing a rear brake, was too small for me and needed TLC but I figured it would be a decent project. I sourced a Dia Compe 400 rear brake from the local co-op (Bike Works) and was setting up the brakes Friday but my Dia Compe solution was sub optimal..



Not gonna work

So back to Bikeworks I went on Saturday and was lucky to find a Shimano BR-R450 47-57 Long reach rear brake



Much better

The brake set is mismatched but I don't care as its functional and I want to get this bike finished an sold on so I can free up some room.

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Old 05-26-19, 02:39 PM
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Picture taken after 2nd wash - yea that dirty. The ad was a non drive side pic so I figured RX-100 or Deore. Turned out to be Deore with 105 shifters, hubs, brakes. Vetta seat that I may try my hand at recovering and Carbon Look pedals. Not my size so I was going to do a quick fix but the purple paint is in great shape and begged for a rub down. Metallic blue sparkles in the sun and it turns almost black in shadow. The rims don't even have wear marks yet. Just snipped the cables. That's my no turning back moment. Gonna tear it down and do it right. Not bad for $40.





Bonus pic of a bike that is calling my name but I am doing my best to ignore it. Do I need to spend another $300 ?


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Finally finished up the 700c road/gravel conversion of my 1995 GT Tequesta. Veloce 10sp shifters & front derailleur, Centaur 11sp rear derailleur, Shimano Alivio (cr18) wheels, Sunrace 10sp cassette, Dia Compe 610 style unbranded center pull brakes. Shifting is working pretty well but I’m waiting for a Jtek Shiftmate to arrive to clean it up. Time to tweak my position setup... it’s been 20+ years since I’ve had a drop bar bike. ;^) Oh yea... and I got it painted...



Attempted close-up of the paint job...
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Started out as a 90's Fuji Sandblaster SX. This is in progress after fresh paint by me. Rolling on 650b wheels now. New FSA Duron X sealed headset, Shimano Deore XT BB. More new parts on the way including bars and saddle.
I used to have an assistant wrench - she has other interests now but it was fun when she handed me wrenches
She asked.... by Ryan Surface, on Flickr
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Last Fall, I found myself in need of some headset spacers, in a bike-part desert, so I found some washers at a hardware store, which worked fine, but kinda kludged looking.
So, today I pulled all that off and slipped on some proper spacers.
As I've lost over 100 lbs since last Summer, I think I'll be taking the riser off and get back to a more familiar riding position. I had to put the riser on a couple of my bikes to keep my gut from pushing into my lungs.

Also, waiting for some bits and bobs so I can start working on Jake. (2000 Kona Jake the Snake) Just been sitting for a few years, so new brakes, cables, tires, and I'll be checking all the moving parts, clean and re-lube as needed. Really looking forward to getting back on ol' Jake. I used to basically live on that bike.
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