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Old 04-07-23, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Thanks for the compliment, I found that bike leaning against a dumpster about 3 months ago! All that was wrong with it was a frozen headset...due to dried-up grease! I checked the bearings there were no signs of scarring, so I cleaned the gunk off and regreased the old bearings up, and it works beautifully. The paint was dull from age, a mild buffing compound took the dullness and fine scratches out, then made the black look even sharper by using ceramic wax made specifically for black-painted cars. I also replaced the cables which goes without saying, but it ran well with the old Campy Gran Sport derailleurs, but the Nuovo Record derailleurs seem to shift faster and more positive, not sure why since they were supposedly the same except for the finish, and level of polish? The entire bike from the factory was Campy except for the brake levers and calipers which were Dia Compe Carrera which did come from the factory with those, but I want to switch those over to the Campy stuff I have just so it all matches.

The only issue I'm having with the Nuova Record rear derailleur is that it's a short cage unit, the Sport was a long cage unit, so now I can't shift into first due to the short cage pulley hitting the gear, so I found a corncob style Suntour Winner Pro 5 speed NOS 13-17 freewheel from Ebay I ordered yesterday.

Hmm, yeah, the tape thing might be the cheapest, but the saddle is old, with cracks, but it wasn't used much due to the lack of sit bone indentations, that was one of the reasons I thought about replacing the seat, it was brown originally, but I learned recently that back then they used a much darker brown then they do today. So looks wise, would you rather see that bike with black seat, black tape, or brown seat, brown tape? I'm leaning towards black on black, but I'm not good with color matching. And leave the tan hoods to match the tan tires like you said.

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I always think about how leather ages naturally, the older ones had a more organic finish, black ones seem lighten with age and the brown ones darkened, both usually aged very well IMO.

The bar tape here looks fine and if it were darker would probably be better, you could try to darken it with some Proofide, or the like sparingly but black may be better.

Especially on a C+V Raleigh, I think they look great with a well aged Brooks, bar tape with aging may look better too if it darker enough.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I always think about how leather ages naturally, the older ones had a more organic finish, black ones seem lighten with age and the brown ones darkened, both usually aged very well IMO.

The bar tape here looks fine and if it were darker would probably be better, you could try to darken it with some Proofide, or the like sparingly but black may be better.

Especially on a C+V Raleigh, I think they look great with a well aged Brooks, bar tape with aging may look better too if it darker enough.
I did put Proofide on the tape, it did nothing to darken the color, it's Brooks leather tape too. I've been researching how to darken the leather, and I might try using black Kiwi shoe paste wax, they seem to think that will work, but it may take several thin coats, but by doing many thin coats you can stop when you reach the darkness level you want...I'm hoping anyways! Neats oil was mentioned, but I tried that before I tried the Proofide, it did nothing to darken it. So, I'm going to try the black shoe polish.

I had to nourish the saddle due to years of neglect, the saddle was in surprisingly good shape despite the neglect, I put some Neats oil on it, a no no according to Brooks instructions I have from a previous Brooks saddle I use to own till got damaged in an accident; then once that soaked in, I put the Proofide on, the saddle now has an interesting shine to it after riding on it a couple of times and let my shorts polish it, the leather actually is now looking like it had been taken care of all those years!

This bike won't get ridden much, just on special occasions. Right now, my investment to resurrect this bike has been less than $300, most of that expense came from having the wheels rebuilt with new spokes and my stored Campy Nuova Record hubs. I had all that Campy Nuovo Record stuff I bought new in 1976 and never used the stuff. Sounds weird, but what happened was I bought a Trek TX900 in 96, it came as only a frame and fork, so I bought Campy Super Record for it, while I was at the bike shop getting the bike and components ordered, there was an open box of Campy Nuova Record missing some of the components except for the derailleurs, hubs, and brake levers and calipers, the derailleurs and hubs were new, the brake levers and calipers were used, but the package was cheap so I bought it thinking someday I might use the stuff, all those years later that someday came!

I might try to find a black leather saddle bag for kicks.
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
I did put Proofide on the tape, it did nothing to darken the color, it's Brooks leather tape too. I've been researching how to darken the leather, and I might try using black Kiwi shoe paste wax, they seem to think that will work, but it may take several thin coats, but by doing many thin coats you can stop when you reach the darkness level you want...I'm hoping anyways! Neats oil was mentioned, but I tried that before I tried the Proofide, it did nothing to darken it. So, I'm going to try the black shoe polish.

I had to nourish the saddle due to years of neglect, the saddle was in surprisingly good shape despite the neglect, I put some Neats oil on it, a no no according to Brooks instructions I have from a previous Brooks saddle I use to own till got damaged in an accident; then once that soaked in, I put the Proofide on, the saddle now has an interesting shine to it after riding on it a couple of times and let my shorts polish it, the leather actually is now looking like it had been taken care of all those years!

This bike won't get ridden much, just on special occasions. Right now, my investment to resurrect this bike has been less than $300, most of that expense came from having the wheels rebuilt with new spokes and my stored Campy Nuova Record hubs. I had all that Campy Nuovo Record stuff I bought new in 1976 and never used the stuff. Sounds weird, but what happened was I bought a Trek TX900 in 96, it came as only a frame and fork, so I bought Campy Super Record for it, while I was at the bike shop getting the bike and components ordered, there was an open box of Campy Nuova Record missing some of the components except for the derailleurs, hubs, and brake levers and calipers, the derailleurs and hubs were new, the brake levers and calipers were used, but the package was cheap so I bought it thinking someday I might use the stuff, all those years later that someday came!

I might try to find a black leather saddle bag for kicks.
I use regular black shoe polish to even out scarring and scuffing on all leather saddles that need help.

The tape finish is very robust like new saddles that don't absorb the polish or proofide easily.

This may be a slippery slope, the tape may need too much treatment to darken but it will probably need to be thin and absorbent to work but may soften the tape too much by the time it darkens enough.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
I use regular black shoe polish to even out scarring and scuffing on all leather saddles that need help.

The tape finish is very robust like new saddles that don't absorb the polish or proofide easily.

This may be a slippery slope, the tape may need too much treatment to darken but it will probably need to be thin and absorbent to work but may soften the tape too much by the time it darkens enough.
Crap! I'll try the polish and see, if it doesn't work I could buy some leather dye, stuff called Fiebings won't bleed of onto clothes or hands...supposedly anyways.
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Old 04-08-23, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by rekmeyata View Post
Crap! I'll try the polish and see, if it doesn't work I could buy some leather dye, stuff called Fiebings won't bleed of onto clothes or hands...supposedly anyways.
Shoe polish has a wax in it so it may not absorb dye if you go that way.
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Old 04-09-23, 08:54 AM
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While visiting the local co-op, I found the very dry RD in the bottom of the derailleur bin. Having done it before, it looks like it was left in the degreasing tank over the weekend. Having found it, it made sense to buy the dt shifters in the box. Sadly, not SuperbePro; it appears to be the 7spd Accushift levers that were upgraded. The employee then showed me the faded crankeset that I'll try to ovencleaner.

I could swear that the price tag on the shifter box looks like a BikeNashbar tag. Having ordered a lot from them in the early '90s, it sure looks familiar.
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Old 04-09-23, 11:52 AM
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I could swear that the price tag on the shifter box looks like a BikeNashbar tag. Having ordered a lot from them in the early '90s, it sure looks familiar.
It is indeed a Nashbar tag. It's fun to find those on parts in the storage boxes and say "so that's how long ago I ordered that part".
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Here at the Goodwill is a Fuji Berkeley. I converted this bike townie, shed almost ten pounds off, and sold during the height of the lockdown. At $199 it's selling for more than I done did.
I wonder how long it will take to sell.

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I won the auction for this '85 Bridgestone T700 touring bike yesterday. I placed a max bid of $30 and got it for $11. I will be passing it on after I give it the once over. Will be putting on drop bars and bar end shifters. Picture is from the auction.

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Picked this up for $10. It had a half removed cartridge bottom bracket in it with a stripped drive side cup, a trashed head set and the remains of rusted out bolts through the mid fork braze-on's . I'm still not sure how to approach the cosmetics on Cannondale frames, but the fork looks like a good candidate for a Franken-tourer transplant.

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Originally Posted by bark_eater View Post

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Picked this up for $10. It had a half removed cartridge bottom bracket in it with a stripped drive side cup, a trashed head set and the remains of rusted out bolts through the mid fork braze-on's . I'm still not sure how to approach the cosmetics on Cannondale frames, but the fork looks like a good candidate for a Franken-tourer transplant.
Not bad for $10! Cannondale's paint from that era stunk anyway, just strip it down and repaint with spray.bike or something.
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A 2001 Diamondback BMX pulled off of a trailer headed for the dump.

same day, a 70ís Kuwahara made Concord Freedom Deluxe 10 speed given to me from the LBS.

Definetly opposite ends of the spectrum!


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Kinda bike related - I can now add braze-ons at will!



Local on-line listing... brand new with the instruction manual.
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I can now add braze-ons at will!
Don't go mad with power or pretty soon all your forks will look like this!
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Here at the Goodwill is a Fuji Berkeley. I converted this bike townie, shed almost ten pounds off, and sold during the height of the lockdown. At $199 it's selling for more than I done did.
I wonder how long it will take to sell.
I've seen the same thing. I hear of people getting awesome deals like Trek 7xx bikes at the thrift store for $40 but around here any time I've stepped in one to have a look, I mostly see el cheapos and beach cruisers for $169-199. Its like...come on! Someone donated this thing to you!
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Quite literally. They (Schwinn Sprint and Huffy Olympia) were parked a few doors down the alley by the trash cans with flat tires. If I can't do anything useful with them (they are both pretty low-end), I'll just donate them to the local bike co-op. The Schwinn's (wait for it) seatpost is stuck. I dribbled a bit of ATF+acetone on it. Hopeful that gets things moving. Unfortunately, the bike has a steel seat pin, so there's no "handle" I can use as a lever.

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I've seen the same thing. I hear of people getting awesome deals like Trek 7xx bikes at the thrift store for $40 but around here any time I've stepped in one to have a look, I mostly see el cheapos and beach cruisers for $169-199. Its like...come on! Someone donated this thing to you!
Lol, the Berk was left at storage at an apartment, was given to The RiddleOfSteel, given to me, sold, and given away again. So that's at least four times it was a gave away. Also means that it has been up sale three times, and will have change ownership a whopping seven times in the last two years after the Goodwill sell.
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I won the auction for this '85 Bridgestone T700 touring bike yesterday. I placed a max bid of $30 and got it for $11. I will be passing it on after I give it the once over. Will be putting on drop bars and bar end shifters. Picture is from the auction.

I finished the rehab. I had everything I needed in my parts bin. It is in excellent shape.

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A pretty nice box lot from an auction this week. A couple of brand new computers and decent Ritchie stems and a few bottles of Park citrus chain cleaner etc. I guess it was worth $6.
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I guess the police dropped off all the bikes they couldn't auction off. Mostly walmart stuff. There was the mangled remains of something nice, "Kona" maybe that gave up some Deore 9 speed bits, I also got a few other random bits including a funky 700c 7 speed freewheel hybrid wheelset with radial spokes on the front wheel, and this frame that I left the realy rusty crusty parts of at the scrap yard. A questionable acquisition but I like the color.....

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Quite literally. They (Schwinn Sprint and Huffy Olympia) were parked a few doors down the alley by the trash cans with flat tires. If I can't do anything useful with them (they are both pretty low-end), I'll just donate them to the local bike co-op. The Schwinn's (wait for it) seatpost is stuck. I dribbled a bit of ATF+acetone on it. Hopeful that gets things moving. Unfortunately, the bike has a steel seat pin, so there's no "handle" I can use as a lever.

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removal of bottom bracket assembly will afford opportunity to dribble some persuader in from the other end...

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Thanks. The ATF/acetone mixture did three trick. I am replacing the steel wheels with some alloy ones in my stash. The rear wheel was pretty out-of-true, and several some nipples were rounded off. I had plenty of replacements, but the threading was different. I figured "why bother?"
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Picked this one up out of a dumpster today a little neglected but fairly good shape complete Specialiazed early 2000's road bike fairly nice alloy frame with carbon fork and nicely working 8speed brifters. Gave it quick clean up pumped up the tires and light spry lube on a few parts oiled the chain. and minor adjustment. Took it for a short, ride and everything worked good will probably keep it for a while and fix it up a bit.

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Who in the world would throw THAT bike in a dumpster!?! Sweet find!
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