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Old 04-29-19, 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Cl904 View Post
Ok... so switched out saddles and bars... bought bar tape.

cost so far:
idale 90 saddle- came off a Liberia mixte I bought for $25. Also harvested Bar-cons off of it, so letís say $15.
itm stem- off a $50 Atala I sold for $60... so -$10
bar tape- $12
chain- in a bag of stuff at the thrift store... $7
tires- donít remember where they came from, but they are used... $20
the rest-free
total=$44

now, I just need to ride.
Very nice late Pro Tour! looks to be a 1983 Model
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
My sole cycling collision in a near 50 year career involved a 1978 Raleigh Tourist DL-1. For future reference, when your rod brake bike has been locked up in the outdoor rack and a wintry mix weather attempt occurs, it is amazing just how much ice can accumulate on your rims. Rod brakes and iced-over rims and stopping power do not belong in the same sentence. Fortunately, I was going slowly when I struck the bumper of the car in front of me that was waiting for the light, and the only result was a fiercely dirty look from somebody's grandma.
Oh no! I thought that 1978 was a good year! I am pretty sure that I would not consider any rod-brake bike anything other than a fair weather rider. I would rather ride with coaster brakes in the rain. I heard that Raleigh only stopped making the DL-1 after complaints from grumpy grandmas.

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Old 04-29-19, 04:49 PM
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I worked on and road my Specialized hardrock sport yesterday. I Greased the crank and headset, that is the last things I needed to do to the bike. I road 11.92 miles most of it on gravel and dirt roads and a short bike trail, I am at just under 18 miles on the bike, everything is working good.



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Old 04-29-19, 10:02 PM
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I serviced the (Olmo?) headset on my $50 Legnano, and found strange markings on the steerer tube, "T.d.F. (Tour de France?) and "54". Anybody ever seen this before? The bearings were really dry and gummy. I'm afraid the BB is just as bad, but I've never taken apart a steel cottered crank. First time for everything, I guess. The crank still spins freely, but the headset felt good too, and it was really gummed up. I also did the el cheapo tinfoil polish deal on the rusty and pitted chrome. Some is beyond help, but on the salvageable stuff it worked magic. I'm very happy with how the the crank cleaned up. No $ spent today, and my labor is cheap, but worth it. Still topped out at $90 and 13.5 miles.

Mystery steerer markings?

Grease turned to gum, yum!

Crank before tinfoil and Turtlewax chrome polish

Crank after tinfoil polish.

Derailleur cleaned up nice.

Headbadge, my favourite part.

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Old 04-29-19, 10:18 PM
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Got my 101km today with a 25km loop around West Seattle.

Started in Shorewood, through Rat City, Arbor Heights, Marine View Dr, Lincoin Park, Beach Dr, Alki beach, Harbor ave, then pushing the Trek up Pigeon point, riding the Puget Ridge back to Rat City and a recovery beverage or two...

Even the names of the streets sound cool.
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Old 04-29-19, 10:20 PM
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Forgot the photo.

Me-Kwa-Mooks park.

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Old 04-29-19, 11:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Rocky Gravol View Post
Got my 101km today with a 25km loop around West Seattle.

Started in Shorewood, through Rat City, Arbor Heights, Marine View Dr, Lincoin Park, Beach Dr, Alki beach, Harbor ave, then pushing the Trek up Pigeon point, riding the Puget Ridge back to Rat City and a recovery beverage or two...

Even the names of the streets sound cool.
Hey you were in my hood! I am about a mile north and a bit east from Lincoln park , one of my favorite loops includes the park, beach drive, alki and up Avalon to home. If you look at post #137 on this thread you will see a similar picture to yours,

Pigeon point is STEEP (As you know) especially if you go up Andover. Congrats on your ride and completing the Challenge.

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Old 04-30-19, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
Very nice late Pro Tour! looks to be a 1983 Model
Thanks! 1984 from the serial.
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Old 04-30-19, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by fleslider View Post
Very nice late Pro Tour! looks to be a 1983 Model
yeah that is the nicest $44 bike I think I have ever seen.
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Old 04-30-19, 09:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ryansu View Post
Hey you were in my hood! I am about a mile north and a bit east from Lincoln park , one of my favorite loops includes the park, beach drive, alki and up Avalon to home. If you look at post #137 on this thread you will see a similar picture to yours,

Pigeon point is STEEP (As you know) especially if you go up Andover. Congrats on your ride and completing the Challenge.
I was born in the Junction.
Lets get together, I'll buy you a beer.

I tried to replicate your photo because our Treks look like sisters, 500 series in the same color.
But the lighting was wrong on a rare sunny afternoon.
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
yeah that is the nicest $44 bike I think I have ever seen.
Nicest bike Iíve ever had.

made some changes this weekend...
removed rack
added shorty fenders in case my brakes give out so I donít lock up wheels
changed tires to another used set I had.


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Originally Posted by Rocky Gravol View Post
I was born in the Junction.
Lets get together, I'll buy you a beer.

I tried to replicate your photo because our Treks look like sisters, 500 series in the same color.
But the lighting was wrong on a rare sunny afternoon.
PM Sent
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Yes, defy the hate! Shorty fenders rule~~
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Originally Posted by Cl904 View Post
Thanks! 1984 from the serial.
Interesting, I would guess a early 84 then , the downtube logo is a 1983 logo but there was alot of early models that had the previous years logo's
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Interesting, I would guess a early 84 then , the downtube logo is a 1983 logo but there was alot of early models that had the previous years logo's
Iím gonna say feb 84, made my matsu****a
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I am going to enter another bike. It is a 1972 Raleigh Sports 3 speed. It came from the same bone yard i got my other challenge bikes from, I paid 5.00 for it. It has been sitting outside a long time but don't need much work. I have greased all the bearings and oiled the back hub, and aired up the tires that is all the work it seems to need. The chrome cleaned up good other than some small spots on the back wheel, it's raining tonight so i am going to shine the chrome up . I am going to save the patina on the paint. I like the looks of the weathered saddle, I may put some conditioner. I put a towel over it for the short test rides I have done.
This was my first time working on a cottered crank









Where I found the bike.
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Another 16 miles on the Legnano, local ride to the sidewalk library. No further $$ outlay, still at $90 but almost halfway there at 29 miles. Its surprising how comfy the weathered old Brooks Professional is. Saved $100 right there. I have a newer Peugeot PR10 with a newer Professional, and this ugly old thing is more comfy. Still trying to get up nerve to tackle the cottered BB.

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Here is what I done tonight. I got all of the chrome looking good and cleaned the tires. Now I need a dry day to get some miles in.
This vintage Amway stuff dose a nice job on the chrome.


The bike on my make shift stand.


They used good chrome on this old bike.
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My plan was to pile on some Kilometers on this lovely sunny evening here in Seattle, instead I rode to the Pub and piled on the Calories, still I am at 40 KM to close out the first month of the challenge with more nice weather to come, according to forecasts, this week.


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I managed 26km this week, so I am at 94km. Tomorrow looks like a good day to ride, so I should be able to complete the challenge, but I would like to find a taller Suntour Supurbe seat post. I have been stretching the limits of what is safe on this 250mm post.
TADA. 16km today, so I am at 110km; now I have to find that taller seatpost.



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The Rossstronsity

Got 5k in.
Seats too low.
Dropped 13 lbs off the bike removing the fenders, rack, kickstand.
And changed the seat to something from another free bike.




35lbs !
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Tonight I got in a nearly 10 km ride including a sizable climb instead of going to the pub and I am now within spitting, or spinning, distance of 50 km on the Trek 520 - 49.979 officially.
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Got 5k in.
Seats too low.
Dropped 13 lbs off the bike removing the fenders, rack, kickstand.
And changed the seat to something from another free bike.




35lbs !
That came out looking pretty decent!

Edit: I'm also admiring the spokes on the rear wheel.

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That came out looking pretty decent!

Edit: I'm also admiring the spokes on the rear wheel.
I'll get some close up of those rear spokes - what is the idea with those things not being straight?

I'm thinking aluminum wheels might save another 5 lbs....
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We finely had some decent weather for a ride today, after work this afternoon I put 11 miles on my Raleigh Sports. I hope to get some more riding this weekend.
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