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Old 05-27-19, 09:47 PM
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Finally rehabbing the Lemond with 145 mm Cobb cranks and some nice Suntour bits with bar cons.. Crank is worth 2 times the value of the bike but I need them.

It's a rider so I'll touch up the paint, nothing fancy. I've said it before, these True Temper production frames are a treat to ride.




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Old 05-27-19, 11:18 PM
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Bullmoose bars, Mafac canti's, clean and polish shifters and brake levers. Black Brooks and NR SP.









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Old 05-28-19, 01:11 AM
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Bullmoose bars, Mafac canti's, clean and polish shifters and brake levers. Black Brooks and NR SP.
That's pretty slick, not bad at all.
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Old 05-28-19, 08:24 AM
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Last weekend, I spread my frame with a threaded rod and aligned the dropouts. This weekend, I added a derailleur claw and aligned that with the proper Park tool. I started hanging components on it. I got many of the components from @sloar a couple of years ago. He bought a new bike and stripped it right away, so these parts are new.

I discovered the front derailleur has a 34.9mm clamp diameter, so I'll need a shim.

I forgot to shoot the rear derailleur, a Claris.

For now, I'll use the BB that's already in the frame rather than the one pictured. I think the frame has a UN-55 in it, a good one.

The rear wheel is from Chicago craigslist which (I think) @52telecaster snagged for me.

The bolt that screws the derailleur claw on was interfering with the cassette, so I ground it shorter, and that seems good.

You can see my very messy workshop which is in a barn.















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Just finished my new city bike!









It took me too long, but after my ST400 was stolen, I built this up over the winter.

I had an old Miyata 610 with a busted fork and acquired an newer (but still old) Aquila Strada Max with a cracked head tube.

Miyata meet Aquila, Aquila meet Miyata.

Should work for roads and trails. I’ve got the original rear rack but misplaced the bolts. They’re not the standard size mount braze ons so need to locate those.

Anyway, this is my first ever build, so tell me what I did wrong. 😀
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@Jay.Money, it looks good. Maybe your front derailleur is high, but if it works, leave it there. What front rack is that? I like it.
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It took me too long, but after my ST400 was stolen, I built this up over the winter.

I had an old Miyata 610 with a busted fork and acquired an newer (but still old) Aquila Strada Max with a cracked head tube.

Miyata meet Aquila, Aquila meet Miyata.

Should work for roads and trails. I’ve got the original rear rack but misplaced the bolts. They’re not the standard size mount braze ons so need to locate those.

Anyway, this is my first ever build, so tell me what I did wrong. 😀
Looking good!
What are your chainring sizes and how's the jump?
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Old 05-28-19, 11:48 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Last weekend, I spread my frame with a threaded rod and aligned the dropouts. This weekend, I added a derailleur claw and aligned that with the proper Park tool. I started hanging components on it. I got many of the components from @sloar a couple of years ago. He bought a new bike and stripped it right away, so these parts are new.

I discovered the front derailleur has a 34.9mm clamp diameter, so I'll need a shim.

I forgot to shoot the rear derailleur, a Claris.

For now, I'll use the BB that's already in the frame rather than the one pictured. I think the frame has a UN-55 in it, a good one.

The rear wheel is from Chicago craigslist which (I think) @52telecaster snagged for me.

The bolt that screws the derailleur claw on was interfering with the cassette, so I ground it shorter, and that seems good.

You can see my very messy workshop which is in a barn.















I wish i got u a wheel. Pretty sure it wasnt me. Somebody my son works with is trying to sell me a late 60s super course. I need to save some money!
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Old 05-29-19, 05:44 AM
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I wish i got u a wheel. Pretty sure it wasnt me. Somebody my son works with is trying to sell me a late 60s super course. I need to save some money!
Gee, I wish I could remember who helped me with that. Good luck finding a super course when your finances are ready.
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@Jay.Money, it looks good. Maybe your front derailleur is high, but if it works, leave it there. What front rack is that? I like it.
The derailleur looks a little higher in the picture than in real life. Seems to work, but it’s a big jump so I need to fiddle with it a bit.

Front rack is from Portland Design Works. I found it used locally. It comes with a waterproof roll top bag that clips in. Just the right size for a six pack and some stuff on top. Designed by hipsters for hipsters.😀
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Old 05-29-19, 07:44 PM
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Getting my hands dirty in the basement today, as I had a little home-alone time.

I couldn't get the brake pads not to rub on the wide tires on the M500, so I swapped 'em with the 1 1/4" tires from my wife's trek. All good now, and I plan to give that one a test ride this week, even though its mission has pretty much evaporated. I was building it as a weight-loss bike, for when I was well over 350 lbs. 250 now, and comfortable enough with riding my other bikes now. Still, I built it, and I'm gonna ride it some. Probably use it for the downtown casual rides.
Also, new brake pads.

Jake is my project now, and a little more involved, but still not too bad. I took good care of this bike over the nearly 40,000 miles we have together.
The st5500 105 brifters are gummed up. I'll give 'em a flush this weekend to see if that works, but that's only out of curiosity, as I've ordered a set of Dura Ace bar-ends, which will go on once they arrive. Also ordered some Tektro levers. I'll replace the hideous cow-pattern bar tape then, too.
The rear wheel is in great shape, built by one of the Erics at Chainwheel in Little Rock. Front rim was a bit worn, so I swapped it with my LHT's stock front (that bike has a Clyde wheelset right now), which looks close enough to matching that most won't even notice.
For the time being, I have a set of 35c Panaracer Paselas on Jake.
Brake pads on this bike, too, but I'll probably upgrade them with Kool Stops once he's otherwise dialed in.
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More like sawing than wrenching. I bought a used ryobi table saw, very low end, and made a new top for it so i could build some speaker cabinets,
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Before leaving to come home, I tore down the new Trek, dismantling the wheels as well. It made the trip with one cable guide still attached. That one will have to he reconstructed, possibly with 700c instead of the 27" it had. The rims didn't make the cut, but I have the Sunshine low flange hubs with me.

I also brought an 88 Centurion Ironman frame and fork, which will be built up in the coming weeks. Then I will be done buying bikes. Feel free to remind me if the need arises.
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Nice! Please post the project as you progress. I'm a nut for power tools and woodworking.

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More like sawing than wrenching. I bought a used ryobi table saw, very low end, and made a new top for it so i could build some speaker cabinets,
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I've been pretty busy building a bathroom, granite, tile, plumbing, electric, paint...
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I inflated my tires and oiled my chain on my street fixie. Woohoo!
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Added more bling to my Trek Fuel. Plasti-dipped the Fox fork and added new decals. If it falls apart, the old stuff is underneath. lol

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‘19-‘20 Winter Project ...



‘87 Black Lightning
Just got home from Chicago with this in the back of my UAV. Brother picked this up in Milwaukee for me. Haven’t put a wrench to it yet. Does need some work.Should keep me out of the taverns, speakeasies, and pool halls over the winter.
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Just wrenched on the 1982-1983 Bridgestone Spica (the Rolling Stone, aka the $20 score). Just installed a new Kenda front tire, new tube ($32), installed a new bottle cage (Bontrager, Red, which is a nice match with the frame) and another $12). Did some considerable cleaning on the chainrings, the hubs, the frame, and will later on clean the rims.
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Nice! Please post the project as you progress. I'm a nut for power tools and woodworking.


Leslie repurposed for guitar


My girlfriend is making the leslie trippy looking!
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Raleigh crank which just came to me. Going on the 85 Marathon. First step is disassemble and clean. Easier written then done! Chainring bolts are rusted solid. Time for drilling on most. Finally done and all cleaned up. It was fun in a strange way and satisfying when finished.

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Finally got around to installing a Megarange 34t 6 speed and new chain on my '78 Super Course project. The VGT Luxe was just ticking the spokes in the big rear gear. I added a spacer behind the freewheel, and tweaked the derailleur range limits - all good now. I only paid $20 for the frame and bits back in February, but been too busy to work on it. Finally getting there. I think it will be a good bike. Somehow it feels lighter than my '73 SC.

As bought, $20 on CL.

Completed drivetrain tonight.

Exage aero brakes, Suntour bar end shifters.
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Um pretty freaking sweet, nicely done OP
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Originally Posted by jim dandy View Post


‘87 Black Lightning
Just got home from Chicago with this in the back of my UAV. Brother picked this up in Milwaukee for me. Haven’t put a wrench to it yet. Does need some work.Should keep me out of the taverns, speakeasies, and pool halls over the winter.
JD , Dallas
Oh I think you can wrench and make time for the occasional Tavern and a cold hop based beverage, very nice find, Have fun
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Originally Posted by Jay.Money View Post







It took me too long, but after my ST400 was stolen, I built this up over the winter.

I had an old Miyata 610 with a busted fork and acquired an newer (but still old) Aquila Strada Max with a cracked head tube.

Miyata meet Aquila, Aquila meet Miyata.

Should work for roads and trails. I’ve got the original rear rack but misplaced the bolts. They’re not the standard size mount braze ons so need to locate those.

Anyway, this is my first ever build, so tell me what I did wrong. 😀
Is that a Six Pack rack? nicely done.
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