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Old 06-10-19, 07:21 AM
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I decided on red housing for my Gitane.
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Swapping out frames. Loved the bike, but the frame on my 92 Series 5 OS Panasonic Paramount was always a bit small, at 60cm. Found this 91 OS Waterford Paramount frame online recently, at 67cm should be just about right. Looks like all the components, with the exception of the cables, will be a direct fit. Examining the the frames, same lugs and tubing, ignoring the colors, paint quality on the Panasonic is way better, plus internal routing of the rear brake cable. Do prefer the color on the Waterford frame though.
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Old 06-10-19, 03:40 PM
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Picked this up for the parts bc the chrome was deeply pitted throughout. Definatly spent a good deal of time outside. Stem wasn’t froze but seat and cables were. Anyways have been trying to remove some rust and free things up.
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Just wrapped up working on a 1982 Peugeot PXN 10. I really like how the bike rides. The bike was clean so it didn't need a lot of work. Next up is an early 70s Motobecane Grand Record. The parts looks good but the frame will need some touch up work. Still the parts will need some elbow grease and who knows what you will find once you get into the job. I also need to make some decisions as to gearing and maybe wheels. I need to track down a seat post as well.

This is shaping up to be the year of French bicycles as I have two additional French projects lined up (a mid 70s Mercier 300 and an early 70s Gitane TdF).


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Multitasking today.
Main task





Next.
I wonder which grease works best when kneading the dough?
Park or Phil?



And this





Later picking more berries.

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Originally Posted by eom
Multitasking today.
Main task





Next.
I wonder which grease works best when kneading the dough?
Park or Phil?



And this





Later picking more berries.

Your Nishiki is the same as mine, only a bit smaller.

Blackberries or Mulberries? I like both.
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The Tiagra triple plus front derailleur migrated to my wife's Lotus and rolled up and down some hills in Vermont last weekend. All is well.

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This morning I began re-assembling the '80 Trek 414 I toured across Ohio on last month.
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Originally Posted by dweenk
Your Nishiki is the same as mine, only a bit smaller.

Blackberries or Mulberries? I like both.
The bike is a 52 so it will be sold. 62 is more my size.

Raspberries. Mostly black, reds are starting. Blackberries in a couple of weeks.

Today's results. Bike is not done.




The inspector is waiting to QC my work.
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Triumph Bonneville 5 speed conversion, machine work for cam plate detent.









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Got two craigslist finds on the road. They’d been sitting in the garage for quite a while. CDale needed sanding and paint — bubbling pretty badly. I did a quick and dirty job and hit it with rustoleum. The Giant needed a new outer chainring. Alloy one I took off was 70g. The steel one that went on was 140!
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Originally Posted by eom
The bike is a 52 so it will be sold. 62 is more my size.

Raspberries. Mostly black, reds are starting. Blackberries in a couple of weeks.

Today's results. Bike is not done.




The inspector is waiting to QC my work.
Looks like the inspector had some recent service as well.
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Triumph Bonneville 5 speed conversion, machine work for cam plate detent.









Awesome!
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[MENTION=417604]Mr. 66[/MENTION], your Gitane is beautiful.

I was in France last week, and the name Gitane is still alive. I assume the bikes are made in China now.

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Old 06-19-19, 07:23 AM
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Finished up a new-ish build on my 1977 SLT that has been languishing in the garage without wheels all summer.

When I bought this bike I had intentions on keeping it as possible, for the sake of having one "OEM" bike. Well, the bike was torn apart over the winter for an overhaul and I just happened to have some Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" parts laying around...

So it's not very close to original at all anymore

1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2 - 25"
Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" crankset, 52-39
Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" rear derailleur
Shimano 60 front derailleur (original)
Shimano downtube shifters (can't remember the model name, original)
Mid-80's Dia-Compe brake levers (I think from an 1985 Schwinn Tempo)
Dia-Compe "G" calipers (original)
Original handlebars
Original stem (80mm I think)
"Performance" cartridge bearing hubs with 700c Mavic MA-2 rims, double-butted spokes
Suntour 13-24 6spd freewheel
KMC 8 speed chain
Veloflex Master 25c tires
Velo-Orange "Model 6" saddle
Sakae "melt-forged" seatpost

I've been riding fatter tired bikes exclusively for the last few months - nothing under 32c. Most of the miles have been on my 650bx38 converted Trek 710, with a replacement fork bringing the trail down into the mid-30s and a big handlebar bag.

I love that Trek, it is super comfortable and a great bike to go out and cruise all day, but it never really motivates me to ride it hard. It's a Cadillac that is just fine with long cruises with the occasional gravel excursion.

But getting back on a skinny tired, quick handling road bike was so much fun! Last night I blasted around a 20 mile loop averaging about 17mph. Getting out of the saddle and hammering is instantly rewarded with a quick acceleration, and the skinny but supple tires are super fast and grippy.

It's definitely my most aggressive bike as far as fit goes, so I doubt it will go on rides longer than an hour to an hour and a half, but it's a fun time while it lasts


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Got all 15 packed in their now plus 2 frames. Need to have less man, 🤦🏻.

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Voyageur woes

Hi all,

My touring bike is also my commuter. A 1990 Schwinn Voyageur. It rides beautifully, but the drivetrain is original, and I think its worn out. About two years ago I went through it and replaced bearings and grease. It felt new, with a bit of worn feel while pedaling. After two years of commuting, I can feel what I can only describe as a gravel or crunch feeling through the pedals. Is that the bottom bracket? There is no play in the crank arms. The cassette is worn, but I don't see how that would cause what I feel while pedaling. It's like pebbles are inside the BB. It's likely due for an upgrade or at least a new bottom bracket. Thoughts? Sorry for the bad work photo.

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Originally Posted by Ged117
Hi all,

My touring bike is also my commuter. A 1990 Schwinn Voyageur. It rides beautifully, but the drivetrain is original, and I think its worn out. About two years ago I went through it and replaced bearings and grease. It felt new, with a bit of worn feel while pedaling. After two years of commuting, I can feel what I can only describe as a gravel or crunch feeling through the pedals. Is that the bottom bracket? There is no play in the crank arms. The cassette is worn, but I don't see how that would cause what I feel while pedaling. It's like pebbles are inside the BB. It's likely due for an upgrade or at least a new bottom bracket. Thoughts? Sorry for the bad work photo.
Two years of commuting duty, especially if it includes bad weather, would be good reason to suspect the BB needs work. Fenders can only do so much for keeping out water and grit.
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Replaced threaded headset; lock nut was stripped & lock washer missing...
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Originally Posted by abshipp
Finished up a new-ish build on my 1977 SLT that has been languishing in the garage without wheels all summer.

When I bought this bike I had intentions on keeping it as possible, for the sake of having one "OEM" bike. Well, the bike was torn apart over the winter for an overhaul and I just happened to have some Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" parts laying around...

So it's not very close to original at all anymore

1977 Schwinn Super Le Tour 12.2 - 25"
Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" crankset, 52-39
Shimano 600EX "Arabesque" rear derailleur
Shimano 60 front derailleur (original)
Shimano downtube shifters (can't remember the model name, original)
Mid-80's Dia-Compe brake levers (I think from an 1985 Schwinn Tempo)
Dia-Compe "G" calipers (original)
Original handlebars
Original stem (80mm I think)
"Performance" cartridge bearing hubs with 700c Mavic MA-2 rims, double-butted spokes
Suntour 13-24 6spd freewheel
KMC 8 speed chain
Veloflex Master 25c tires
Velo-Orange "Model 6" saddle
Sakae "melt-forged" seatpost

I've been riding fatter tired bikes exclusively for the last few months - nothing under 32c. Most of the miles have been on my 650bx38 converted Trek 710, with a replacement fork bringing the trail down into the mid-30s and a big handlebar bag.

I love that Trek, it is super comfortable and a great bike to go out and cruise all day, but it never really motivates me to ride it hard. It's a Cadillac that is just fine with long cruises with the occasional gravel excursion.

But getting back on a skinny tired, quick handling road bike was so much fun! Last night I blasted around a 20 mile loop averaging about 17mph. Getting out of the saddle and hammering is instantly rewarded with a quick acceleration, and the skinny but supple tires are super fast and grippy.

It's definitely my most aggressive bike as far as fit goes, so I doubt it will go on rides longer than an hour to an hour and a half, but it's a fun time while it lasts


Beautiful!! Brings back good memories of my SLT, same year, same size.
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Take the chain off of the cranks and spin them. It could be the bottom bracket, but I’ve felt old chains be as problematic. What is the condition of the chain? Maybe it’s not engaging the freewheel and crank well?

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Originally Posted by Ged117
Hi all,

My touring bike is also my commuter. A 1990 Schwinn Voyageur. It rides beautifully, but the drivetrain is original, and I think its worn out. About two years ago I went through it and replaced bearings and grease. It felt new, with a bit of worn feel while pedaling. After two years of commuting, I can feel what I can only describe as a gravel or crunch feeling through the pedals. Is that the bottom bracket? There is no play in the crank arms. The cassette is worn, but I don't see how that would cause what I feel while pedaling. It's like pebbles are inside the BB. It's likely due for an upgrade or at least a new bottom bracket. Thoughts? Sorry for the bad work photo.

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Originally Posted by mkeller234
Take the chain off of the cranks and spin them. It could be the bottom bracket, but I’ve felt old chains be as problematic. What is the condition of the chain? Maybe it’s not engaging the freewheel and crank well?

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Thanks mkeller. I think the chain might be the second since the bike was new in 1990, so it certainly wouldn't hurt to replace it at least. I need one for my Peugeot as well so I think I'll buy two and see if that makes a difference along with a new bottom bracket. I'm having a sizing issue with the Voyageur since it is a bit too small for me at 58cm and I am 6'3 (all legs). My Peugeot is a 62cm and boy does it fit better. I'm having knee pain and the reach is weird on the Voyageur - I'm hoping a nitto stem and longer seatpost will help since I'm long legged with a regular size torso. What I'd like to do is find a Voyageur in my size and sell this one, but they are few and far between.
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