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Old 08-30-19, 05:35 AM
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^ VAR 13 adjustable pin spanner.
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Old 08-30-19, 09:20 AM
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I remember that pin wrench. I loved VAR tools back in the day.
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All arrived yesterday. First parts for the Cannondale R300.

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Old 08-30-19, 12:57 PM
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For about $3.75 and a 32 day wait, three sets of handlebar tape showed up. The tape is good stuff, as far as I am concerned, and I have been using it for years.



Order early though as it can take up to 90 days to arrive. This shipment took, as mentioned, just over a month. The quickest that I have ever received a shipment from the orient is 8 days and it, too, was free shipping. Anyway, about a buck and a quarter a set (before you order, look CLOSELY at the pictures - some sellers do not offer the tape that is tapered to the edges)...
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Old 08-30-19, 04:41 PM
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SunRace SLR-80 - SunRace | SLR80. My first foray into indexed shifting on my 1973 MKM. I went for the 8-speed even though I use a 7-speed freewheel because it came very quickly, and the SLR-70 would take a week. I like this a lot better than my Suntour Power shifters. The combo, with a Suntour V-GT, missed a shift or 2 on my first ride, but it's a big improvement over the Power-Shifter - V-GT - Ultra-6 that I used until a week ago.

I brought the bike into the '80s. I probably will keep it there. I can see how a 10-speed cassette could be useful, if I could specify a cassette that suits me - maybe 15-16-17-18-19-20-21-22-25-28 or maybe 15-20/22/25/28/34. That doesn't seem possible.
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Old 08-30-19, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I remember that pin wrench. I loved VAR tools back in the day.
I wanted the most robust thing available, after overhauling a Le Cyclo and a set of Maxicars on my Jack Taylor using pins set up in a vise or needlenose pliers end-on as a makeshift tool, and seeing more pin tooling in my future. Those French loved their pin sockets!

My plan is to turn a few different sized and shaped pins in the lathe. It's going to be a lot of work. You see, I can't just start with screws, because the stupid thing has m5x0.9 threading, rather than the usual m5x0.8. WHY, VAR?? WHYYY??

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Old 08-31-19, 06:14 PM
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Ordered one of the double sided 23/23.35 mm crank pullers out of Poland.
my TA puller was stolen long ago, this new piece features nice machining, threaded in well, not loose or tight.
the bolt is not custom ground but a few minutes at the bench grinder will address that.

last need to remove TA cranks required a 70 minute round trip and $10. Problem solved.
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Old 09-01-19, 07:39 PM
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I love long works on lp. Flipping the record and reading the notes is so sublime!
I spent an entire night once watching Linda Ronstadt in her Canciones de mi Padre show on You Tube once, half of Penzance is better than none.
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Originally Posted by scarlson View Post
I wanted the most robust thing available, after overhauling a Le Cyclo and a set of Maxicars on my Jack Taylor using pins set up in a vise or needlenose pliers end-on as a makeshift tool, and seeing more pin tooling in my future. Those French loved their pin sockets!

My plan is to turn a few different sized and shaped pins in the lathe. It's going to be a lot of work. You see, I can't just start with screws, because the stupid thing has m5x0.9 threading, rather than the usual m5x0.8. WHY, VAR?? WHYYY??
Found this:
-Buy standard 10-24 screws in desired length and head type. This standard thread pitch is the closest to M5x.9.
-Buy a M5x.9 die on Amazon (they have them)
-Put the die in a vise upside down and clamp it down fairly tight. You need it upside down to completely re-thread the screw.
-Use cutting oil with the standard screws and start working in and backing it out until you finish. Take your time.
-It will not take much force but you will need to push down fairly hard
-NOTE: I used stainless and found it to be really soft.

then..................have a beer
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Old 09-08-19, 10:03 AM
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Hand delivered by a friend Regina Extra Oro 6 speed 13-25 freewheel



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I spent an entire night once watching Linda Ronstadt in her Canciones de mi Padre show on You Tube once, half of Penzance is better than none.
My kind of guy!
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Old 09-10-19, 07:40 PM
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Old 09-11-19, 06:55 AM
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A pair of copper saddle rivets to repair what I believe to be a Brooks B17 Pre-Aged saddle I'm waiting for ...
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Old 09-11-19, 07:16 AM
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Not exactly vintage but I received my first H+Son Archetype rim that I plan to build around a 90mm SA 5-speed hub this weekend. It's a medium height V-profile rim in polished aluminum.
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Old 09-11-19, 03:24 PM
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I got 9/16" pedal taps and converted a French threaded alloy crankset to accept 9/16" pedals. Using Sheldon Brown's advice I tapped the new thread starting at the back of the cranks, it was a lot easier then I expected. Great!
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Old 09-12-19, 01:35 PM
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Yay! The saddle arrived and it IS a Brook B17 Aged - now to replace the broken rivet and treat it all with some Proofide and finish building the bike it goes on ... anybody know when they introduced this model? It's not one I am familiar with. It's a little flat from (a) apparently having something heavy stacked on top of it and (b) someone having laced it. I've never needed to lace any of my other B17s that I've been riding 16-20 years now, so perhaps when I ride it a while it will resume its normal shape. We shall see ...


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42t triplizer from Red Clover, going on a Stronglight 93 for my Allegro Special

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And lots of other parts for the Koga-Miyata SilverAce overhaul this weekend. Mostly Sturmey Archer bits.
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Old 09-13-19, 12:27 PM
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These were delivered while I was in Hawaii surfing so the late post....Many thanks rockdoc.


unboxed


as they arrived


after some detailing
Now to decide what to hang them on.
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@xiaoman1 Thats a pretty crankset and paint job.
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Used Zipp road handlebars, very good condition. Just need to remove some glue residue. I believe I am going to mount them on my Airborne Zeppelin.
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@xiaoman1 Thats a pretty crankset and paint job.
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Thanks a little spit and polish along with paint go a long way...
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I've been using Rust Remover rather than Rust Converter and found the Remover leaves a powerery residue that doesn't hold paint(regardless of what it says on the tin) causing the need to sand down the whole thing again. I'm hoping the converter gives better results as a final primer.
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These might be the best traveled set of NOS Specialized Touring pedals. I bought them from an eBay seller on the Isle of Man. He didn't ship to the USA, but shipped them to my nephew in London. A friend of his passing through from Michigan brought them across the pond and got them to my sister-in-law. She just came into town on the train and delivered them in person. Total out-of-pocket shipping was £5.

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