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So trivial, but it makes me stupidly happy....

Old 08-05-16, 05:20 PM
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So trivial, but it makes me stupidly happy....

Had to share, even though this is pretty stupid.

Finishing touches on my 1952 PAFF, which involves replacing the old rubber on the original pedals. Was going to buy repros but they look wrong (reflector) and given they are white look a little strange.....

But I found NOS rubbers on Italian ebay and they fit perfectly.....

Before (and this was the good pedal - the rubber is like cake dough and disintegrating):



After (NOS Pirelli "gomme pedali"):



And even better, the pedals were engraved with PAFF:



Here's the bike as it now sits:


Anyway, don't know why but I was extremely pleased with the outcome.....
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Old 08-05-16, 05:28 PM
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Excellent.
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Those are sweet. I would be the same way. Enjoy!
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I love the head lugs and the chain guard.

The NOS thing blows my mind. Does someone have those things sitting on the shelf in the shop for 65 years?!
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Old 08-05-16, 06:16 PM
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
I love the head lugs and the chain guard.

The NOS thing blows my mind. Does someone have those things sitting on the shelf in the shop for 65 years?!

I know eh!! Yes, there are still little stashes of old parts all over the world....and to be honest, a lot of them with people that are not internet friendly (if my experience in old motorcycles is anything to go by).....
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Old 08-05-16, 06:21 PM
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nothing stupid about it, that's a nice bike
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Old 08-05-16, 06:34 PM
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Think of all the events thru history that aligned themselves to provide you with that serendipitous moment of happy smiling. Stupid? Yeah, stupid great. The peddle gods have shined upon you...
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Old 08-05-16, 06:47 PM
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Another vote for nothing being stupid about your feeling this way. Probably a common feeling for many of us in the C&V community.

Sweet looking bicycle, also.

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The question that does come up, is when one does find the unobtanium item, especially perishables, made from latex and rubber, do you go ahead and use them right away.......being that these things tend to start dry rotting, the moment you expose them to UV....... and just the air...... or does one just try finding a close substitute that might be cheaper and easier to find and store the "good ones" in a sealed bag in a cool dark place for that special eroica ride or bike show in the future.......
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Old 08-05-16, 08:07 PM
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Good find. Really nice bike and picture.
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Dig it!
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Old 08-06-16, 04:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
The question that does come up, is when one does find the unobtanium item, especially perishables, made from latex and rubber, do you go ahead and use them right away.......being that these things tend to start dry rotting, the moment you expose them to UV....... and just the air...... or does one just try finding a close substitute that might be cheaper and easier to find and store the "good ones" in a sealed bag in a cool dark place for that special eroica ride or bike show in the future.......
To be honest @Chombi, in this case it didn't even cross my mind. I wanted and found original rubbers, so there was no doubt they were getting mounted.

In considering your question though, I think it depends on just how unobtanium the item was, just how prepared one is to keep an inventory of "special pieces", and finally how important the bike(s) you have are historically. Many of the unique bits on my bike are completely unobtainium (pantographed or engraved for a marque that was at best a niche player), so that criteria is met. However, the bike is not a historically important bike (hence the repaint), and I have enough trouble keeping my stuff in order so not about to store things for the future.....so in this case the objective is to bring a forgotten bike back and use it regularly (which I am doing!).

For the pedal rubbers themselves, while I am very happy I found some, they are not that rare. They're getting expensive mind you, but not sure they are rare yet. This seller had some 10 sets (NOS from an old shop no doubt). Also, you can occasionally find the complete pedal sets with rubbers though again spendy.

However, your point is well taken.
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Pretty cool, love the ride.
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Originally Posted by Chombi View Post
The question that does come up, is when one does find the unobtanium item, especially perishables, made from latex and rubber, do you go ahead and use them right away.......being that these things tend to start dry rotting, the moment you expose them to UV....... and just the air...... or does one just try finding a close substitute that might be cheaper and easier to find and store the "good ones" in a sealed bag in a cool dark place for that special eroica ride or bike show in the future.......
I add more wear to my 80+ year-old bike everytime I ride it. Rear hub bearings are atrocious. It's going to die someday.

At that time, it will be a wall hanger. Until then, I use things that function, hang art on the wall and have my prepper crap in a sealed bag.
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Not trivial at all, the perfect finishing touch to a beautiful ride. Nice! Well said on post #13 (not to dispute the original and very valid question).
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Not silly at all - pleasure at a result! What a brilliant bike!
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Old 08-06-16, 11:36 AM
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Not trivial---- Trivial ar some of my posts complaining about getting outbid on ebay

You however, are showing off a very cool bike and its finishing touches
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