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Univega Gran Turismo F&F Free for pickup

Old 01-14-21, 04:36 AM
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I am so tickled that this frame is back on the road. And such an awesome build! Really nice work. I hope the GF enjoys it!
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Old 01-14-21, 12:21 PM
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...and all due to your generosity! some trial rides in the weeks ahead, and will keep you posted on how it ends up in final form.

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I am so tickled that this frame is back on the road. And such an awesome build! Really nice work. I hope the GF enjoys it!
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Old 03-17-21, 04:42 PM
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Getting close to ready for spring!

modded some battered 1980s european fenders, added an Axiom rear and Blackburn front rack, found better pedals.. Then had to spurn my parts bin for a 'new' wheelset (specialized sealed hubs to some, uhh, well-loved MA40s), a generic 6-speed HG freewheel, brand new set of 35mm Marathons, and a longer Technomic from the 'bay. Now I need to put a second layer of wrap (tape on 22mm bars is too slender for me) and sort out a few rattles.

I'm loving much about these Arkel Dolphins that I found, but what's with their super old-school lower brace hook, straight out of 1974? Expended all their genius effort on the cam locks, and then left the office intern to sort out a lower hook from some leftover wire?



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Old 03-17-21, 06:30 PM
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Well you can't beat that with a stick! How's the girlfriend like it?
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Old 03-17-21, 06:37 PM
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we will find out within the week! Visually it gets two thumbs up, but her actual test rides are yet to come. She rides pretty much the same fit as me, maybe with saddle 5-10mm lower, so I should have it almost right for her already. Mind you, long days on these tourers may reveal bigger differences in her preferences vs mine... eg. I have a low-miles Brooks B17 ready for her to try.

I'm thinking it needs a basic wired cyclometer, and .... well, what? any other improvements she/we might want to consider?


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Old 03-17-21, 07:21 PM
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I wonder about that front fender. Caveat: I don't have much personal experience with fenders. That said, it looks like the top portion stops a little short, and I notice some indentations behind the mounting tab. What if you rotate it a little clockwise by moving the mounting tab to the front of the fork? You could then add a mudguard to the bottom of the front fender to make up the difference. Plus, having the support strut angled slightly up might reduce the potential for toe overlap with the back end of the strut.

Maybe some lights, too, if she caught out in the dark before the days get long?

Looking good!
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Old 03-17-21, 07:36 PM
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A bell can be handy.
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Old 03-17-21, 09:12 PM
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Lights we have already, though I am tempted by some of the fancier ones that mount direct to fenders etc. Will save that for whenever a hub dynamo turns up. (or when someone works out how to stash 20,000mAh of Li-Ion cells inside frame tubes)

a propos of fenders, yes - that front one was originally further clockwise - you can see the slot for the crown tab, a few inches down, now empty. The bottom arc of the fender was laughably short, but more annoyingly, clearances under the crown are tight enough that the longer nose of the fender leaned down and made gentle contact with the tire. Rotating the whole fender solved both those issues, though i still want a mudflap to get coverage even lower towards the ground. This has also introduced the new issue of short at the nose, but I feel I can either live with that, or cook up something to extend it.


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I wonder about that front fender. Caveat: I don't have much personal experience with fenders. That said, it looks like the top portion stops a little short, and I notice some indentations behind the mounting tab. What if you rotate it a little clockwise by moving the mounting tab to the front of the fork? You could then add a mudguard to the bottom of the front fender to make up the difference. Plus, having the support strut angled slightly up might reduce the potential for toe overlap with the back end of the strut.

Maybe some lights, too, if she caught out in the dark before the days get long?

Looking good!
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Old 03-18-21, 06:10 AM
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Love the build. Quick rack question--did you crimp those stays that go into the seat stay braze-ons, or did they come like that? I'm putting the finishing touches on my own Gran Turismo build, and have had a heck of a time finding a rack that comes close while lining up level with the frame, without a lot of bending involved.
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The stays on the Axiom rack come with those dog-legs already there, so no bending required.... you can also swap the stays side to side, to experiment with how best to work the dogleg around brake cables etc.

However, I did cut their length down considerably, since they come quite long (for fitting to modern frame designs). On a classic diamond frame like this, too much of the stays ends up as a "tail" aft of the rack mount point, and that tail wants to interfere with tires or fenders or rack itself.

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Love the build. Quick rack question--did you crimp those stays that go into the seat stay braze-ons, or did they come like that? I'm putting the finishing touches on my own Gran Turismo build, and have had a heck of a time finding a rack that comes close while lining up level with the frame, without a lot of bending involved.
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Originally Posted by niliraga View Post
The stays on the Axiom rack come with those dog-legs already there, so no bending required.... you can also swap the stays side to side, to experiment with how best to work the dogleg around brake cables etc.

However, I did cut their length down considerably, since they come quite long (for fitting to modern frame designs). On a classic diamond frame like this, too much of the stays ends up as a "tail" aft of the rack mount point, and that tail wants to interfere with tires or fenders or rack itself.
Awesome, helpful answer. And again, great job on the bike.
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Old 05-02-21, 09:28 PM
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first loaded "shakedown" trip to test things out, but no complaints after a 75 mile weekend. the kross57 donor doing what it was designed to do!


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