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Old 08-06-19, 03:49 PM
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My neighbor brought me his childhood bike. He bought it new. Wants it cleaned up.
Anything I do about this?



Where Im at the moment


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Curiouser and curiouser



Sunbeam chainstays/BBs are so weird. Note the rest of the chainstay fixed inside the 'Little Old Oil Bath'. If you talk with NYCBSs who only collect pre WW1 bicycles they say this design is one of the definitive reasons Sunbeams are overly represented in bikes that remain perfectly rideable after a hundred years of use. And they said it would never last.
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My Bianchi build took a good turn today . Well good and bad , the RD was seriously out of line with the FW . At first I thought the cage for the jockey wheels was bent , I messed with that for hours . Then it finally dawned on me .... The hanger was bent ! So I mailed a check off to Xi and got a really fine tool . And turns out that RD hanger was tweaked worse than my buddy Psycho Billie . So I get the hanger all straitened out and my brand new Regina Oro FW starts making some evil noises .


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Speaking of Bianchis...

Not quite finished yet, I have made significant progress on the Bianchi Sport SX I showed you last week. Here's a shot of it in current progress:



I found out that I didn't have the shifter I needed to complete this project, and the Teak rear fender does not have stay anchors... so I am working through those problems now.

Stay tuned...

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Before with GravelKing 32s.


After with GravelKing 38s (622x40).


I indented the chain stays on my 96 Bianchi Volpe to clear 40s. My 1990 Volpe cleared 38s stock, but this newer one barely cleared actual 32s. Unacceptable.

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I recently finished a 92 Specialized Allez Sport, now the 1985 Trek 420 is in the work stand waiting for a tear down

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What the hey? There sure are a lot of Bianchis getting love lately! And here's mine:



Got it as a full bike, but I had to remove a stuck seatpost and swap out for some parts that supported my sizing requirements. Basically took it down to bare frame/fork/HS and put it all back together to do her maiden ride just a couple days ago. Wonderful rider.

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I have been scurrying around the place getting various bikes ready or more ready for sale, entertaining offers, etc. Getting some good interest (hooray!) which puts money back in the bank account to pay for some recent Allez build purchases.
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After my first exp with vo fenders i decided to put some on th bob. Gets easier each time!
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I had a wonderful evening at the bike coop tonight. I taught yet another person how to true wheels. It's very gratifying to get someone to do this in minutes. Everyone has said it takes them a long time to learn until I teach them. This woman finished one wheel, and before I knew it, she was grabbing the next wheel out of the pile to work on that one. The second wheel looked like a wreck, but it turned out the hub was bodged. We had to overhaul it, and I taught her that, too. The balls were a wreck, so we replaced them, and the races looked pretty bad, too. Putting it all back together, we made a compromise between play and low friction, and it's good enough to be on the streets again.
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Just finished a 'sympathetic' restoration of this '94 Breezer Storm today. All original except for seat.
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Finally got some gum hoods to replace the brown ones to complete the Paino resto. Just waiting for the winter weather to make a sunny turn.

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Originally Posted by noglider
I had a wonderful evening at the bike coop tonight. I taught yet another person how to true wheels. It's very gratifying to get someone to do this in minutes. Everyone has said it takes them a long time to learn until I teach them. This woman finished one wheel, and before I knew it, she was grabbing the next wheel out of the pile to work on that one. The second wheel looked like a wreck, but it turned out the hub was bodged. We had to overhaul it, and I taught her that, too. The balls were a wreck, so we replaced them, and the races looked pretty bad, too. Putting it all back together, we made a compromise between play and low friction, and it's good enough to be on the streets again.
What a service you are providing! The people you teach will have a skill forever. Those who dont use it will have a moment of mechanical success that will be confidence inspiring in some way you can't fathom. I love coops!
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A 1954 Hercules Royal Prince, a 1957 Hopper invincible deraileaur frame, and a 1952 Hercules Tourist.

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I removed what's left of a bbun70 from the 🇺🇸 team bike. It now needs bb threads chased.
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Old 08-14-19, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by 52telecaster
What a service you are providing! The people you teach will have a skill forever. Those who dont use it will have a moment of mechanical success that will be confidence inspiring in some way you can't fathom. I love coops!
I should have provided more context. The woman I taught was there mostly to learn what the bike coop is about. She is involved in another community volunteer project, of bringing wifi to the underserved. She had met the bike coop's founder and agreed to spend an evening with us. The founder wasn't there, so I helped her. She may not have much of an interest in bikes, which makes it all the more impressive that she was willing to learn two skills so thoroughly. She didn't merely scratch the surface. She really trued two wheels and overhauled one hub.
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Came home to my 17 year old working on a Raliegh road bike he found someone in the neighborhood setting out in the trash. Asked the homeowner and picked up another free bike. Now he's trying to figure out what model it is. Can only see WM4 on the BB housing. He usually only works on mountian bikes but he couldn't resist the beautiful lines of this bike

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I took a break from refurbing the 85 Trek 420 to deal with the 93 Specialized Rock Hopper I picked up in June. I had a rear trigger shifter that didn't work, I have tried various things to get it working but it appears it wasn't as simple as a sticky pawl so I decided to get it functional and throw on some Schwable city tires I picked up based on recommendation here on BF.



with the modular design I just unscrewed the non working shifter pod and left behind the functional brake lever


A cheap falcon friction thumbie got me from a 3 speed back to a functional 21 speed bike


I like how the new tires look


ready for some test riding then it will probably go on CL
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Did some minor tire stuff so as to get a rim/tire/tube combo together and not taking up more space.

Posted my 1981 Trek 710/716 for sale tonight. Beautiful bike, but getting rid of bikes I'm not riding and wanting to be ridden. Though if any LA members wish to trade me for that 1983 Trek 760 that's for sale, I'd be open to the idea.
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I made some quick part changes to my new Melton touring bike. Just using the parts that I had on hand.

-Replaced the very ugly riser stem with an SR forged stem that I had.
-Swapped the wheels with a Weyless / Weinmann set. Mostly because the tires that came with the bike were splitting!
-Removed the 30t granny gear from the crank. The bottom bracket spindle seems too short and there was very little clearance for the granny ring.
-Removed a few extra links of chain.
-Swapped the saddle with a Brooks B17.
-Removed the Minoura kickstand. The kickstand will probably go back on. It is surprisingly light weight and works really well.

I will do a full tear down and rebuild in the future. I just want to take my time, get a feel for the existing parts and plan ahead. I will probably start a thread for the bike when I am ready for the rebuild.



As found from the bikeforums sales forum.


After some basic parts swaps.
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I did lots of wrenching this weekend. Saturday, I volunteered as a mechanic at an event, and I was able to help a lot of people. They were very grateful, and it's satisfying for me.

Sunday I started changing the bars on my gravel bike Super Course. I need new cables. I learned one lesson with brifters which is to insert the cables into the levers and then put them on the bars. I can't see well enough when the levers are on the bars.
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Almost done on the varsity.

Trainer great for setting up transmission.
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Gitane Refurb

I started refurbishing my 83 Gitane Interclub to use as a gravel bike for Eroica training. So far everything except the fixed cup was easily removed. The Sheldon Brown method plus my impact wrench made short work of that. The bike is not valuable enough to warrant a full resto, so Ill remove any rust and touch up the paint and move on. Im kinda diggin the way the paint has faded, so Ill mix the paint to match.


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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel
Posted my 1981 Trek 710/716 for sale tonight. Beautiful bike...
Sure is. And even though it's abnormally big, it seems a little too nice for your asking price.

Didn't you have a lesser wheelset at least? That one looks ber rad.
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