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Old 04-14-19, 01:02 PM
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Today I managed 28.9 miles on this '77 Gazelle:



It was my first real ride since building it up. The frame is awesome, stiff and responsive. The gearing is3x5, my only bike with a triple except the tandem. I used the triple only because I had it wasting its time in my parts bin. The gearing is great on the tandem but I'm not sold on it for a solo bike. I did most of the ride on the middle ring, rarely used the small ring and didn't need the big ring even though I did use it some. One problem though was the FD cable slipped in the derailleur clamp early on so I was reluctant to shift the front. (I fixed it by borrowing a 7mm wrench from Ride Studio in Lexington on the way home.) Gearing notwithstanding, the frame makes the bike a keeper!
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clean! Is it a repaint?
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
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clean! Is it a repaint?
Thanks. Yes, apparently on its second repaint. The frame came from BF member @Chrome Molly, and the repaint was some sort of collaborative (or consultive) effort with @sloar and @gomango. It was meant to be close to one of Gazelle's original colors.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Thanks. Yes, apparently on its second repaint. The frame came from BF member @Chrome Molly, and the repaint was some sort of collaborative (or consultive) effort with @sloar and @gomango. It was meant to be close to one of Gazelle's original colors.

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I am so happy it found a good home.

Great to see it enjoyed and put to proper use.

I'm whittling down to 5 bikes in the stable, so enjoy.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Today I managed 28.9 miles on this '77 Gazelle:



It was my first real ride since building it up. The frame is awesome, stiff and responsive. The gearing is3x5, my only bike with a triple except the tandem. I used the triple only because I had it wasting its time in my parts bin. The gearing is great on the tandem but I'm not sold on it for a solo bike. I did most of the ride on the middle ring, rarely used the small ring and didn't need the big ring even though I did use it some. One problem though was the FD cable slipped in the derailleur clamp early on so I was reluctant to shift the front. (I fixed it by borrowing a 7mm wrench from Ride Studio in Lexington on the way home.) Gearing notwithstanding, the frame makes the bike a keeper!
Looks great. I think the triple might grow on you. Nice build.
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Finally after nearly a two months strait of freezing temps and snow nearly every day. I got to take a ride over one of the local passes beaver creek still some snow and wind but at least it was almost 50 degrees temp wise.
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Small group ride down PCH to Malibu and back. 45 miles, 16+ mph avg, foggy start, mid 79s sunny finish. Good day on the bike.


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First ride on my Christmas present project 1976 Motobecane Grand Jubile.

As usual, I have a few little things to work on like getting a proper French crankset on there and maybe some different rear shift housing, but overall I'm very impressed.

The Huret Jubile drivetrain is shockingly quiet! Takes quite a bit more lever throw to make a shift, but that will come along with more rides.

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Originally Posted by abshipp
First ride on my Christmas present project 1976 Motobecane Grand Jubile.

As usual, I have a few little things to work on like getting a proper French crankset on there and maybe some different rear shift housing
I love the red, but I feel like I've seen a lot of gray/silver housing in the rear - in contrast to the others. FWIW it looks good to me. Were you thinking of metal housing back there? Red?
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Old 04-15-19, 12:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Nathanael47
I love the red, but I feel like I've seen a lot of gray/silver housing in the rear - in contrast to the others. FWIW it looks good to me. Were you thinking of metal housing back there? Red?
Definitely red

I used the metal housing simply because it was available and felt suitable considering the age of the bike, but I feel like there is a bit too much flex in the housing. It seems like the first 1/4 of the shift lever range is used up simply compressing the housing. It works fine once there is suitable tension on the cable, but just feels a little weird. Whenever I have the chance to put something different I'll make it match the rest of the cabling.

I also have a feeling that I will need to take the RD off, so that I can clean and grease it. The FD was sticky to the point of being unusable, so I did do a little work on that before I was able to ride, but I'm thinking that maybe the RD needs the same type of spa treatment.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
I feel like there is a bit too much flex in the housing. It seems like the first 1/4 of the shift lever range is used up simply compressing the housing. It works fine once there is suitable tension on the cable, but just feels a little weird. Whenever I have the chance to put something different I'll make it match the rest of the cabling.

I also have a feeling that I will need to take the RD off, so that I can clean and grease it. The FD was sticky to the point of being unusable, so I did do a little work on that before I was able to ride, but I'm thinking that maybe the RD needs the same type of spa treatment.
Sounds like that would be a win for both aesthetics and function!
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Old 04-15-19, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Nathanael47
I love the red, but I feel like I've seen a lot of gray/silver housing in the rear - in contrast to the others. FWIW it looks good to me. Were you thinking of metal housing back there? Red?
Love the red as well. Nice looking bike!
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A few pictures from a ride today thru the upper and lower Snoqualmie Valley.
Leaving my neighborhood heading up to Rattlesnake Lake.

On the way up to Rattlesnake by NBend, on Flickr
I descend back into town then ride out Tokul Road taking this small loop along the way as an interesting diversion.

A short loop off of Tokul Road by NBend, on Flickr
Accessing the Snoqualmie Valley Trail at the Tokul Tunnel.

Tokul Tunnel by NBend, on Flickr
I drop down off the trail into Fall City and take the River Road to Carnation, stopping along the way at Jubilee Farm.

Jubilee Barn by NBend, on Flickr
Eating lunch and listening to the cows who were unusually animated today. Must be spring fever.

Lunch stop at Jubilee Farm by NBend, on Flickr
I got back on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail in Carnation and rode back into the upper valley. This is Mt Si which dominates the upper valley. I love living here and never get tired of the view of this mountain.

Mt Si near Snoqualmie by NBend, on Flickr
In all, it was maybe 50 miles of very peaceful riding today. Home is just a mile away from this point here.

Almost home by NBend, on Flickr
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Old 04-16-19, 10:47 AM
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Pre ride with our wisteria having a great Spring.



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Yesterday's ride.









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I have not fallen off the face of the earth, no riding took place last week and a half. My mom passed away Monday, April 15, 2019, being with her, and then the arrangements and notifications took up our every waking moment.

She went peacefully, and completely on her terms. To those here that knew, and sent condolences, thank you for the comforting and kind words. No sympathy is sought, her life and her raising my brother and I was our reward. A Happy Easter to all, and good cycling this spring and summer.

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Sorry to hear, @qcpmsame. Best wishes.
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First serious ride of the year.

I was going to do a 60 km but it turned into a 95 as I thought a couple of roads were paved, and they weren't. Given 22 and 19 mm tubulars, I didn't really want to do a 20 km stint on gravel. Also, turning back is not an option, so I improvised myself a new route. As another road turned out to be unpaved, it became a 95.



Some sheep.



Some average Finnish countryside road.



The bike and a typical Finnish milk platform from the bygone days.
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Rode some cobblestone today, then rode to my parents.

Happy Easter to all y'alls.
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40 miles on the Silver Comet Trail Sunday with my wife.
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Old 04-22-19, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by onre
First serious ride of the year.

I was going to do a 60 km but it turned into a 95 as I thought a couple of roads were paved, and they weren't. Given 22 and 19 mm tubulars, I didn't really want to do a 20 km stint on gravel. Also, turning back is not an option, so I improvised myself a new route. As another road turned out to be unpaved, it became a 95.
Nice pics!

I've ridden 23mm tubulars on dirt and gravel. I wouldn't want to do it on anything narrower!
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First time in a while that I have ridden two days in a row.

The first ride was intentionally short.

The second was cut short due to a really obnoxious mechanical issue.

Saturday was a local cyclocross race. I rode a 1986 Schwinn Passage, singlespeed gearing at 40x20.

Probably the hardest effort I've ever put in on a bike. It was only a 30 minute beginner race, but man was that tough. Surprisingly I didn't finish DFL, but I could barely turn the pedals on the last lap. It was fun to ride this bike though, I believe that I was the only one on a steel bike that day, and I definitely know that I was the only one with non-aero levers

Here's a couple pictures where I look way stronger than I actually am:




Pictures by Joseph Frost

Sunday my dad and I finally got to go on a ride together. I took my recently completed 1976 Motobecane Grand Jubile. We had planned on a 25 mile loop, but at about 7 miles in I looked down and noticed a wobble in my chainring. That was definitely strange, because this crank and rings run true normally. That's when I saw the fixed cup had become un-fixed and was backing out of the BB shell

The silly French thread bottom bracket decided it didn't want to stay put. So we cut the ride short, and I was able to get the fixed cup screwed back in with my fingers, but we had to stop every 2 or 3 miles to re-tighten it. I've had mechanical issues before, but this had to be one of the most aggravating ones, mostly because it was due to a design flaw and not totally my own negligence. In hindsight, I probably should have applied a threadlocker, but I honestly didn't think that it would be that necessary.

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I had mechanical issues on my ride this morning.Mind slipped. No doughnuts for me!

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Rode to the Police Station today to drop off a smart phone I found on the road yesterday. Miraculously, it hadn't been run over yet. Wouldn't power up, but that could just be a battery issue; I didn't have a cable that fit the connector on the phone.
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5 miles around the neighborhood, after swapping crankset on my Peugeot. I had a handy Sugino GT 52/34 on it, but found a nice Stronglight 99 with drillium 52/36 rings. Had 2 inside chain drops, still need to fine tune adjustments. I thought the French bike deserved a French crank and found this one at Eroica.
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