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Old 03-11-19, 10:35 AM
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I had a scare last night ...

Got a Bianchi Specialissima frame set and I've been getting it squared away, touching up bare spots etc. All finished up and I see this !


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Turned out it’s just a crack in the paint?
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Old 03-11-19, 10:38 AM
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So I accelerate my build plans and right way get to work removing the headset. My worry increased as these were the hardest cups I've ever tried to remove. Ultimately the job was done and all is well. Just a paint crack. About a 1 cm flake of paint came off but nice, shiny, intact chrome underneath!
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Old 03-11-19, 10:40 AM
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First World C&V problems.
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Old 03-11-19, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Lemond1985 View Post
First World C&V problems.

Exactly, I was getting ready to go to bed, but I wouldn't have been able to sleep so I got to work!
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Old 03-11-19, 10:45 AM
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I know the feeling. I can't go to bed knowing there's a "sick bike" in the house. Misplaced paternal instincts.
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Old 03-11-19, 10:52 AM
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How about a groupo run down and some more pictures please .
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Therapy required here?
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Exactly, I was getting ready to go to bed, but I wouldn't have been able to sleep so I got to work!
Quote of the century! It doesn't matter what it is, if you don't get it sorted out, you will lay there awake all night.
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Old 03-11-19, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by dweenk View Post
Therapy required here?
There would have been if the head tube was cracked.

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How about a groupo run down and some more pictures please .
I'm still contemplating the build. IT's either going to be a period correct 6 speed Super Record build or 8 speed Campy, indexed with downtube or Ergos. I happen to have all of that in my stash now. Previous owner cold set it to 130 so that might factor in the decision.
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Exactly, I was getting ready to go to bed, but I wouldn't have been able to sleep so I got to work!
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Exactly, I was getting ready to go to bed, but I wouldn't have been able to sleep so I got to work!
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It doesn't matter what it is, if you don't get it sorted out, you will lay there awake all night.
When I think about bikes, I fall asleep. Seriously, it's a peaceful thing for me.

OTOH, my nightmares are violent and substantial.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
There would have been if the head tube was cracked.

I'm still contemplating the build. IT's either going to be a period correct 6 speed Super Record build or 8 speed Campy, indexed with downtube or Ergos. I happen to have all of that in my stash now. Previous owner cold set it to 130 so that might factor in the decision.
Maybe I've stashed 2/3 x 10 indexed downtube Centaur for the right time, right person.....
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Maybe I've stashed 2/3 x 10 indexed downtube Centaur for the right time, right person.....
I have a 10 speed group too. Yes I am a hoarder.
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Therapy required here?
"Ask your doctor...."
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
When I think about bikes, I fall asleep. Seriously, it's a peaceful thing for me.

OTOH, my nightmares are violent and substantial.
I'm a lucid dreamer. If I don't like the way it is going, I change it.
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Spaghetti legs,

Did you ever figure out the freewheel skipping issues? I haven't seen that thread pop back up.
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What year? I think 1980ish ones came spread 130mm, possibly to fit the freewheel they needed plus Portacatena.
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Hey, at least you didn't have this to worry about for a week:



A coupla weeks worth of torchwork, $330 worth of powder coat, decals and clear coat, I get it back, press in a headset and wonder wtf, why didn't I notice this before?

So I took it back to FFD and a mini-tour with @rhm, @nlerner and others, rode it on last weekend's Last Winter Tour of the Willamette Valley, now it's my current 7 iron.
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What year? I think 1980ish ones came spread 130mm, possibly to fit the freewheel they needed plus Portacatena.
its an ‘83. Previous owner told me he set it to 130. It actually measures to 132. What’s the opinion on using a 126 spaced wheel in there? I figure probably not a big deal for a friction setup but what do I know. I plan on eventually posting pics!

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Spaghetti legs,

Did you ever figure out the freewheel skipping issues? I haven't seen that thread pop back up.
Well I switched to another freewheel and it works fine. I haven’t had too much time to check out the freewheel. I did overhaul and lube the bearings for the hell of it, but haven’t messed with the cogs any yet.
@gugie - my panic moment included “I wonder if gugie can fix a cracked head tube?”
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Got a Bianchi Specialissima frame set and I've been getting it squared away, touching up bare spots etc. All finished up and I see this !


My heart would have skipped a beat
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Didn't Chris King, or someone similar, offer extended headsets to address this kind of issue? Maybe that's what is installed here. If so, it should be a good solution if there was any distortion.
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Didn't Chris King, or someone similar, offer extended headsets to address this kind of issue? Maybe that's what is installed here. If so, it should be a good solution if there was any distortion.
Fortunately this was just a paint problem and now all better. Chris King gripnut headset is pictured. It’s a nice headset but wouldn’t match up with which build I go with so took it off. Here’s the primed, painted after shot. You can see where the paint chip was, faint outline in the front middle and over to the right side picture.

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Whew! Nice work.
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