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Old 11-12-21, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
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VIVA ARREGUI!

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tip -

the crank removal threads are standard 22mm

however the head of the fixing bolt is 16mm so the clearance for a spanner is quite tight

one can either use the Zeus specific tool or else grind down a 16mm socket to make it into a thinwall so as to fit...

recommend Zeus chainset owners to retain the 16mm fixing bolts as they render the chainset more difficult to steal

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Put the socket on an extension and spin it against the grinder wheel, they can come out pretty good. I would do a 15 and 16, you'll need both sooner or later.

And on the slot cars.
Thanks both of you!

I didn't have enough 16mm sockets to sacrifice one, but I have several 5/8" Spark plug sockets. They're close enough to 16mm. Spinning it on an extension made it easy peasy.


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Nice work!

That turned out great.
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forgot to mention that this find comes from something of a "golden window" in terms of time

launch of the first 2000 series components was 1974 (only a partial road ensemble - a full ensemble was offered at launch by combining the 2000 components with existing Criterium ones)

wonderful to see how original everything is - usually they get "messed with" and/or damaged

the communication with the original owner is a HUGE plus

Zeus yet had their frame production line going at this 1977 epoch. by '83 it had closed and all the Zeus badged cycles were assembled with frames contract supplied by Razesa.


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Old 11-12-21, 06:44 PM
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BTW, the bottom bracket came out without too much effort.




The bolts for the shifters and bb cable guide are bent. If anyone has a suggestion on where to source replacements, I would be happy to hear.
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Old 11-17-21, 05:56 PM
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A little progress. Cleaned up the hardware and a little polish on the pedals and crank arms. I probably could have sanded the cranks before polish, but the procrastinator in me put the kibosh on that..

Going to order a couple of decals this week, as well as cables and pads. I'll assume that campag brake pads will work?


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Old 12-06-21, 09:01 AM
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Progress hasn't changed much. A little more polishing, and assembly of the driveside crank.

Thomas had an assignment in his 8th grade Language arts class recently, 'interview an object'. I saw it online this weekend, as it was graded. He probably won't be happy that I'm sharing it, but I think it's good stuff.



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Old 12-06-21, 10:49 AM
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^ Well done, Thomas. The Cinorider is strong in you.
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Happy Holidays to all!

Thomas found a few more pieces to the puzzle, under the tree yesterday. A set of decals from Velocals is the most needed item, to get the project back on track.

For the record, this will be my first attempt at replacing decals on a bike. I am fairly certain it's not rocket science, but I'm all ears for any tips from those of you with a few decal jobs under your belt.

After decals are done,, the Zeus should start taking shape pretty quickly.


Thomas also received a pair of American Classic tires. The sidewall is darker than I'd hoped for, but we'll give them a shot anyway.
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This thread is the best.

Not to be a Debbie Downer, here, but considering he's carrying your genes, Roger, how long do you think before he's too tall to ride that beauty? I suppose once that happens, he can start dipping into your sizable collection.

I remember when I first met you guys, he could barely reach those child stoker pedals bolted onto your tandem. Didn't seem all that long ago.
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The Velocals instruction sheet is very good. I've used their products several times and if you stick to the instructions and go slowly and carefully, you will get great results.
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Old 12-29-21, 06:11 PM
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Well, as bertinjim mentioned above, The instructions for the decals are pretty good. I did follow them, and I'm fairly satisfied with the results. Our intention was to just replace the two decals on the seat tube. However, the new sticker kinda make the rest of em look a bit ragged and faded.

Getting the old adhesive off was the biggest chore. Anyhow, here's a before, and a couple after pictures.




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Everything about this project is awesome!
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It's been a little bit since we last worked on the Zeus. A thirteen year old kid has a pretty busy schedule.

Thomas installed the headset and bottom bracket tonight. I helped out a little, but he handled the bulk of it.




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Good for Thomas...... you have to stop feeding him before he out grows the Zeus
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Polished the rims on it today. Drill definitely helped speed up the process.

Before

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Zeus is looking good!
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Zeus is looking good!
Also, think how much lighter it is with all that aluminum oxide removed.
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It's been a little while since a solid update. Last night we 'burned the midnight oil' and got it built up to a rideable bicycle.

We mounted tires, installed derailleurs, shifters, cables/guides/clamps, and adjusted some stuff. Here's where we are at.








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Looking good - but don't forget the cable end caps!

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Looking good - but don't forget the cable end caps!

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Yeah Jeff, I have the caps. I'm sure I'll have to re adjust all brake and shift cables after Thomas puts a few miles on.
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thank you for all of the updates

have loved following along with this

now it's "pass me me Persols" time.


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Wowza! Will we see it back at Cino this year?
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Wowza! Will we see it back at Cino this year?
Yup! That'll be my rig this year.
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Update

When we got it all together, Thomas spent some a little time riding up and down the driveway(about 200' long). I wanted him to work on shifting with the dt levers in a 'safe' environment.

Well, since we installed a new chain, it didn't jive well and skipped in a few gears). So we benched it for a few days. I found another freewheel in the basement that had the same 26t low sprocket. We put it on, and all is good again.

So the other night we drove to a nearby neighborhood, where they have wide shoulders, bike lanes, and little traffic. He spent a couple of hours getting familiar with the Zeus. Initially, I was pretty much over-cautious. But Thomas quickly put that to rest. He's really pretty comfortable with dt shifting.

He immediately noted that it feels slower than his other road bike, and doesn't stop as well. However he is comfortable on it. Next stop. Clips and steaps..straps...

Couple notes

*I have found and ordered a 36t 119bcd chainring to replace the 40t

*Does anyone know if the rear derailleur can handle bigger than a 26t freewheel?


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