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Old 10-26-19, 07:42 PM
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Big-ass hammer...
This bike has been....stubborn. The rubber mallet has occasionally been the best method of persuasion.
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I changed the Falcon's stem and bars from italian to french. Went with a little longer XA style Atax stem and those Philippe d352 bars I really like. Added some Newbaums tape, too.



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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
I changed the Falcon's stem and bars from italian to french. Went with a little longer XA style Atax stem and those Philippe d352 bars I really like. Added some Newbaums tape, too.



I don't know whether you intended it, but you have taken a couple of beautiful photos here. That lighting is golden, literally, and you factor in the shadows. Very nice! Thanks for sharing.

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@SurferRosa

Agree about the pics. That's also a nice tape job. I wrap the same direction.
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[QUOTE=greg3rd48;21181463]

That Super Corsa is a beauty! Where did you come across that one?
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Originally Posted by greg3rd48

That Super Corsa is a beauty! Where did you come across that one?

Thank you! I purchased the frame and fork from a fellow C&V member a couple of years back and finally have found the time to build it up. Almost there...
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Pug Rehab (or How to Turn $20 into $300)

This is the before, during, and after of an unscheduled 30 day build. $20 CL purchase intended only to scavenge a few parts (butterfly wheelnuts and the rear rack). Guilt got the best of me, so this 1972 Peugeot AE8 was revisioned to a French Porteur. Included full rattle can repaint, decals; new, used, NOS, reused, and partsbin sourced parts; and rebuild of leather saddle. An unplanned build to repurpose the bike, but leaving some of the pitting and scars of age and original imperfection of its Bike Boom ancestry.
Not perfect...just perfect enough. Save the Pugs!

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Originally Posted by TriBiker19
I've been making my husband strip down a Miami Vice Ironman before it goes to its new home. I just did maintenance on my bike and kept him company.
Get the poor guy a bike stand or at least a beer before I had a stand I would strap my bike to my trunk rack and use that as a work stand. We gonna need more pics of the 'vice
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@Goosecheck, that's outstanding work!

I spent yesterday evening, as I do most every Monday evening, volunteering at the bike coop. A woman who has come before came in and asked for help. She needed to replace her rear brake cable and rear tire. The cantilever brake turned into a big project since one of the arms didn't rotate freely on its boss. We had to bang the arms off and sand the bosses. That did the trick. Then I taught her all the intricacies of setting up cantilever brakes. She asked if we had any spare fenders, and we looked in the storage room and found two mismatched fenders to put on her bike. They were all bent up, so we did all sorts of bending and banging to get them to fit. She's from Germany, so to her, a bike isn't complete without fenders, and I happen to agree.

In the end, she expressed a lot of gratitude to me and said I'm a really good teacher. I let her wield the tools and do the work. She thought I was super patient to watch her, but I dunno, that's what the job is, right? I really enjoy my Monday nights.
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Originally Posted by noglider
@Goosecheck, that's outstanding work!

I spent yesterday evening, as I do most every Monday evening, volunteering at the bike coop. A woman who has come before came in and asked for help. She needed to replace her rear brake cable and rear tire. The cantilever brake turned into a big project since one of the arms didn't rotate freely on its boss. We had to bang the arms off and sand the bosses. That did the trick. Then I taught her all the intricacies of setting up cantilever brakes. She asked if we had any spare fenders, and we looked in the storage room and found two mismatched fenders to put on her bike. They were all bent up, so we did all sorts of bending and banging to get them to fit. She's from Germany, so to her, a bike isn't complete without fenders, and I happen to agree.

In the end, she expressed a lot of gratitude to me and said I'm a really good teacher. I let her wield the tools and do the work. She thought I was super patient to watch her, but I dunno, that's what the job is, right? I really enjoy my Monday nights.
Nothing better than teaching a person to fish or wrench or.....

I only do the wrench version, I'd starve in the fish scenario.
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Hey noglider, thanks. Unplanned projects are sometimes the most fun.

Props to you for multiplying your knowledge by teaching someone else. It creates something new of value, without having to take away from something else. That's magic.
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Thanks! I'm changing careers and plan to teach middle school or high school. I'm getting lots of good feedback on my teaching, but it's really tutoring. I'm not sure how that will translate into teaching classes.
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Slapped on some fenders on my Winter beater:

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Since I have to start thinking about the "Speckled Trout" Bertoni I need to get the Cherry Tomatoe SBX done. I decided to change the color because the all black and red color scheme just didn't seem to pop. Decals are forthcoming.




I am not sure, I think I either need a black seatpost or a silver stem yet. OH yeah I need to scrounge around the storage locker for a piece of Celeste SIS housing

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Originally Posted by ryansu
Get the poor guy a bike stand or at least a beer before I had a stand I would strap my bike to my trunk rack and use that as a work stand. We gonna need more pics of the 'vice
We have a bike stand, but I was using it at the time. He did get a beer--after his work was done. The 'Vice will be with me for only a little while longer, then it's being packed up and going to Robbie.
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Rebuilding this Colnago Crystal. One of the better bikes I have found recently.
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After overhauling the Victory rd I got from one of you fine folks, I mounted it only to find the cable anchor wouldn't hold due to the cable groove being too deep. Well, that was an easy job for some JB Weld to fill the gap. The removable hanger stop was also cracked but likely would have worked fine. I took the opportunity to strengthen it with some of the epoxy as well.



The Falcon originally had full Victory on it, so I'm jazzed...


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@Goosecheck,

That looks great! Very handsome machine!
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I've been working on my Raleigh Gran(d) Sport(s). I got it as a frame and fork with headset and bottom bracket, so I built it up with parts on hand as a 10 speed with drop bars. I could never get the chain line right with the Sugino double that I used, and it just didn't feel right when I rode it. So I put upright bars on it and gave it a test ride. That made the bike feel better, but the chain line issue was solved by switching to a single chainwheel. Now I need to remove the front derailleur and shifter, but that would give me an orphan front shifter. I am searching through the parts now.




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Road Rash

This past July I had an experience that is probably among many of the potentialities that run through a cyclist’s mind from time to time. Family coming home from July 4 week camping trip on the coast. Truck loaded with camping gear and all 4 bays on the Thule hitch rack full. Winding, two-lane coastal road. Why do these approaching cars keep flashing their lights at me? I’m not drifting into their lane on the curves, what is it. A quick glance to the driver’s side mirror. OMG, there is my ‘94 Mongoose hanging off the back of the rack, connected by just the rear wheel strap, bike dragging on the pavement on the bars and front wheel, bike writhing side to side! Ahhg! Pull over to inspect the damage, fearing the worst. Shredded bar tape down to the bars, deeply scraped bar-end shifter, a bit of off-center scrubbing of the tire tread. But that’s it. No pedal, crank, derailleur, hub or frame damage. At home a quick ride reveals the frame/forks/bars are still straight. Whew! “Luckily” it happened to the one bike stout enough to take it.

Last night, after 4 months, I finally got to replacing the bar tape and shifter. Put in new shift cables front and back too, just because I was in there. Now I check the rack swing-arm clamps 5 times at least!






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Thanks! I'm changing careers and plan to teach middle school or high school. I'm getting lots of good feedback on my teaching, but it's really tutoring. I'm not sure how that will translate into teaching classes.
I doff my helmet to you! Good luck teaching. Just never let them see fear in your eyes! 😁
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Front derailleurs have given me a lot of trouble lately, especially on this bike. I've had trouble finding one that worked with my Tiagra shifter. This one started out with a struggle, and suddenly, it works like a charm. Finally! So I think my McLean is pretty much done for now.

It's an Ultegra, and I don't know which vintage. I used a clamp adapter which adds trickiness to the whole deal, but I'm happy with the result.

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Collecting parts for a Moots YBB.

26" mtb goodness.

Kind of doing this up as an all-road/cruiser bike.

Going full XT off an old Miyata Train Runner with a newer Mavic wheelset.

Going with Jones bars and Nitto Campee racks from my Bilenky.

I'm using my Revelate bags from my old Fargo that I sold.

Also just picked up a super sweet used Niterider Pro 4200 light system.

I have two of these and it's like riding around on my Honda at night.

Wide pattern light with decent battery life.

Trying hard to keep the entire project under $750.
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The Nuovo Record was up for maintenance and at the same time I replaced some parts with parts off a Bridgestone. Some wider bars, the whole brakeset (from Exage motion to Exage Sport) and getting rid of my cruddy white hoods(the Sport came with some dark purple ones). Then both rd and fd also Exage Sport. Rebuilt both wheels.

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