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Old 11-25-23, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by DanseMacabre


French handlebar steel randonneur 36cm-top 38cm-drop

The plastic is quite rancid looking. I do hope I can still enjoy it. First try it out without being destructive right away. I do like this kind of plastic, more than cotton tape with shellac.
Kinda cool bar coverings, dish soap, maybe mixed with rubbing alcohol, magic eraser, maybe toothpaste.
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Originally Posted by ascherer
The “personal mini Box o’ Crap” of components and wheels from @Mad Honk landed. Also got some consumables for a neighbor’s tune-up, a pair of Gravel Kings, tubes, brake blocks and some chain lube.

Strange build of Super Champion Gentlemans, what appears to be a Shimano Via and a Suntour VX hub, galvanized spokes and a reflector to boot. Maeda freewheel.

Kind of a dog’s breakfast of parts here. I’ll do a superficial clean and file them for some future adventure.

That is pretty nice crap.
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For some reason it is getting harder and harder to find the simple and elegant bottle cages that I like in my area. So when I finally found these for a reasonable price at a more or less local supplier I decided to buy the four remaining examples. The postman delivered them this afternoon:

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Originally Posted by non-fixie
That is pretty nice crap.
To be sure, I am not complaining! The hubs on those wheels spin very smoothly. The spokes are dingy at best and rusted at worst. I'll see what happens with some elbow grease but I may need to tear them down. If I can use them as-is, they'll almost certainly go on the guest PX10. If I rebuild they may go on another bike, or not. Options abound.
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Originally Posted by noglider
@ascherer, I've heard good things about the Gravel King tires. Also, those Shimano brake levers are very good and durable.
Well, they're Panaracer so that's a good start. My neighbor's bike is a Cannondale Sirrus with 8-speed Sora, flat bars and it had old 28mm tires. I know he'll appreciate lower-pressure 35s. I got GK Slick blackwalls to match the old tires. The sidewalls seem thick, they remind me of Paselas with herringbone tread. I've been spoiled by Rene Herse tires. I have bikes with Soma Supple Vitesse and Jack Browns, they're close but not quite as satisfying the the RH Extralight casings.
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You can't always make a good guess about how a tire will ride before you try it. Many years ago, I bought a pair of Vittoria Hypers. I was really disappointed when they arrived because the tread was thick and heavy. They ride like a much lighter tire, and they had the lowest rolling resistance of any bike tire tested up to that date. And they're heavy! They're still going well on my Super Course, years later. So those Gravel King Slicks might be very nice, too.
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Originally Posted by merziac
Kinda cool bar coverings, dish soap, maybe mixed with rubbing alcohol, magic eraser, maybe toothpaste.
Thank you, I will give it a try. Vinegar didn't do anything yet.
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I bought a vintage cycling jersey and some photo cards on a online auction for the flood earlier this month in Prato, Tuscany.

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While not a bike part my latest thing is bike related. I got a Total Gym machine to augment my indoor bike for winter fitness and more so rehabbing the knees. I've been using one on and off for the past couple of years in PT so I broke down and got myself one. With both knees now replaced I really want to get the legs built back up and strong this winter so I can have a great year riding next year.
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A new pair of cheapo 650B wheels. I don't believe for one minute that they'll make my life better, but for less than a hundred bucks shipped for the set I can at least say I tried.

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Originally Posted by fabiofarelli
I bought a vintage cycling jersey and some photo cards on a online auction for the flood earlier this month in Prato, Tuscany.

Those Magniflex jerseys always remind me of the Magicrème team outfits in Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert:

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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Those Magniflex jerseys always remind me of the Magicrème team outfits in Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert:

https://youtu.be/WLLMu3U6Q4c?si=_d5e1WW4QxTfcjxs
Typical .,,
earlier today I responded on FB about seeing a movie to handle a seasonal sadness (Breaking away) with Le Vélo de Ghislain Lambert. And yes, understandable.
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That is pretty nice crap.
With almost a month to Christmas, you must be on Santa's "nice" list!
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It was a good mail day. Couple things came in but I've been eagerly awaiting these thumbies. I don't even have a project to put them on, yet.


Original cable housing and a shift cable included!

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Originally Posted by non-fixie
A new pair of cheapo 650B wheels. I don't believe for one minute that they'll make my life better, but for less than a hundred bucks shipped for the set I can at least say I tried.

Solid axle security. Shipping in the USA has become Profit Margin is King.
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@SJX426 - hard to beat fresh appearing Campagnolo. Way back the finish on the Record brakes seemed indestructible, but that WAS 50 years ago.
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@repechage - The only real issue with both of them is the "interference" fit between the arms as can be seen in this pic.
PXL_20231121_131446561 on Flickr
After disassembly of one set, there appears to be a slight bend on the forward arm. The washer between them is really thin. I am debating weather to try to provide clearance by bending or thicker washer or live with it.
The other surprise is the strength of the springs. I used a bench vice to compress the spring for disassembly.
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Solid axle security. Shipping in the USA has become Profit Margin is King.
The wheelset was €55, the shipping (from France) a fiver. For €60 I will not be complaining about the fact that the bearings are not properly greased and adjusted. And since I'll be taking those apart anyway, I plan to look into the possibility of replacing the axles by hollow items, so I can use QR's.
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Some stuff from the Silca black friday deals. Always wanted to try wax on a chain.
Also the Mondrian bottle and matching keg to put gear and tools in.

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Not in the mail but a summons to see Dawn at Pro Kote Indy to pick up the Old Nago. A couple of hour ride but success. It is now back in house...

Dave asked for Lavender that would change colors, but pearl cannot be achieved. There are small flicks of sparkle in the pearl outer coat that really show in sunlight.
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Originally Posted by Mad Honk
Not in the mail but a summons to see Dawn at Pro Kote Indy to pick up the Old Nago. A couple of hour ride but success. It is now back in house...

Dave asked for Lavender that would change colors, but pearl cannot be achieved. There are small flicks of sparkle in the pearl outer coat that really show in sunlight.
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Originally Posted by SJX426
@repechage - The only real issue with both of them is the "interference" fit between the arms as can be seen in this pic.
PXL_20231121_131446561 on Flickr
After disassembly of one set, there appears to be a slight bend on the forward arm. The washer between them is really thin. I am debating weather to try to provide clearance by bending or thicker washer or live with it.
The other surprise is the strength of the springs. I used a bench vice to compress the spring for disassembly.
the backside arm is bent forward, probably from a whack of the upper extension against the downtube, I have corrected this before way way back reasonably often.
‘the arms should rotate without interference. This IS Campagnolo. Take the caliper apart, copper jaws in the bench vise, hold the arm by the pivot washer region and show it who is boss.
‘the springs ARE stiff. They can be ‘detensioned”
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A couple of seat posts from@jdawginsc in exchange for a Technomics. One is a long generic for my guest bike and a 3TTT that's the finishing touch for Mrs. ascherer's Moto Grand Jubile mixte:
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Andy,
Those Moto-butter pecans were some of the lightest frames we could find for a mixte frame in the early eighty's. Good on ya for getting this one back into working order. Smiles, MH
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@rpechage - Thanks for the solution! That is what I determined I would do.
The interesting thing is that both have the same interference!
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