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Old 07-07-12, 01:33 AM
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Sometimes wrenching is a supreme pleasure

Sometimes, all the difficult rusty old pieces of metal that we labor over can wear you down. Then there are those very rare times that you run across something so easy to work on, that it is a huge pleasure. This Shimano Deore group is close to perfect. Scrubbing, polishing and greasing threads doesn't get any better.

Check out the barrel adjuster. I don't know if I have ever owned one that clean.


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Here it is before I cleaned it. It really didn't look bad at all.:

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How well do those shift? Looks good.
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M - Do you know that there are people in this world who can't even comprehend why we would gush over a barrel adjuster. I pity them!
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It is a pleasure working on nice old parts. Way over half the fun for me.
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Wrenching is sort of like gardening, I find it very relaxing when it is not done under pressure.
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When I need my barrels adjusted I know just where to turn.
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Yes, it is. I was lacing wheels after work the other day, with a cold beer at hand and the Tour on the TV. Just how wrenching should be.
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Ah, such are the simple pleasures of wrenching and making something look and work better than it did when it was new. +1 Auchen, I too pity those poor souls that cannot comprehend the feeling it gives us.

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The early Deore dérailleurs are wonderful bits of kit... they were made for touring and mountain biking and are rugged and very smooth.

I fitted a scruffy Deore XT short cage (pretty hard to find these) to my new folder and although it is a later indexed model I use it with a friction thumbie on a Shimano 600 freewheel. After some polishing it took on a great shine and after re-lubing and re-greasing it is buttery smooth.
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Originally Posted by Rabid Koala View Post
Wrenching is sort of like gardening, I find it very relaxing when it is not done under pressure.
Yeah, that really sums it up. I don't get a lot of opportunities to take relax and take my time, usually i'm squeezing bicycles into a tight window. Last night, everyone was asleep and I sat quietly at the table to work. It was awesome.
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Originally Posted by realestvin7 View Post
How well do those shift? Looks good.
I have to say pretty darned good. This group on my Lotus works shifts well, even the auto-trim feature works great. I tried this group about a year ago and had a very different experience, now I am thinking my frame, or derailleur hanger might have been to blame. The shifters slipped a lot last year.... turns out I was missing a piece.
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Yeah, that really sums it up. I don't get a lot of opportunities to take relax and take my time, usually i'm squeezing bicycles into a tight window. Last night, everyone was asleep and I sat quietly at the table to work. It was awesome.
This sums up why I love C&V bikes; you can either ride, or spend some time working on detailing some random part for a few hours.
That RD looks great - is it going on the mantle or back on the bike?
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Originally Posted by auchencrow View Post
M - Do you know that there are people in this world who can't even comprehend why we would gush over a barrel adjuster. I pity them!
Especially when the new ones don't even come with barrel adjusters anymore.

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The time spend was well worth it, the results show, it's a pretty piece. I have read a lot of praise for these original Deore components. I'd love to find and get to try one in the future.
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There is nothing like the feeling you get when you lace up a new wheel and it is dead on true.
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Here's something I never expected to say: that dork disk is rather handsome.
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Here's something I never expected to say: that dork disk is rather handsome.
I really like it too, I have two of them. I am going to keep that one in place. I also think the lower end schwinns look wrong without them.
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wrenching is fun if it is something you want to do.

my daughter nelli now has
2 24" road bikes,
1 70's period correct restored 24" citybike with shiny chrome
2 beaters
and now I just about have her 24"MTB done-which took the longest to get dialed in.
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I had another night of quality bicycle time. These Deore cranks look nearly unused. The pedals are bricks, but also so wide and comfortable.


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Most days I like wrenching more than riding. My garage really is my sanctuary.

My neighbors [and lake tourist traffic] must think I'm crazy though, I'm constantly lapping the [country] block taking a different bike on a test ride wearing some manner of shirtless/tanktop and basketball shorts wearing flipflops.
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Most days I like wrenching more than riding. My garage really is my sanctuary.

My neighbors [and lake tourist traffic] must think I'm crazy though, I'm constantly lapping the [country] block taking a different bike on a test ride wearing some manner of shirtless/tanktop and basketball shorts wearing flipflops.
Ha, that sounds like our neighbors... except with them it's cars. They work on something, drive around the block, then repeat all day.

Riding has been scarce now that I am watching my daughter, mostly just commuting. I have a trailer for her, she just needs to get big enough to use it. I've got some baby lbs to lose.
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I gained 50 "baby pounds" and need to work them off myself.
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I gained 50 "baby pounds" and need to work them off myself.
Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if I gained that much. The sad thing is, my wife looks great. She's definitely taken control of what she eats... me on the other hand, not so much. It's not just an exercise thing, I have been eating pretty awful (delicious) stuff.
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Ha, that sounds like our neighbors... except with them it's cars. They work on something, drive around the block, then repeat all day.
Haha... sounds familiar. Finding a test [drag] strip is a lot more challenging for a car than for a bike. I've done many datalogging runs on my car while commuting to work and back. When you're on the freeway, at least, you can floor it for a few seconds without exceeding the speed limit.
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I would almost always wrench than ride. Even the X-mart bikes that come in at work.

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