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What are you doing today(C&V bicycle related)?

Old 08-07-17, 07:40 PM
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Cleaned up a set of black Dia Compe G500 brakes I picked up for my World Sport.
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Originally Posted by S28546
Sorry to copy, but this is weird.

I bought a bike recently (yesterday, 1974 Super Course Mk II) that needs a total overhaul, which I figured would make a nice Winter project. I am on vacation now and it is raining, so I now have that same bike
- sitting in a shed while I try to figure out how to search C&V for proper cleaning/overhaul guidance.-

I am not at the beach as planned, but I am still having a good time with this. I will just have to look for a new bike-related Winter project.

That Show me your Super Course thread has a lot in 54 pages, but no link to how to clean a dirty bike.
When it's raining, and you can't go to the beach...it's "fix something" time. Winter projects become "rainey day" projects. Anyway, I dismantled everything. Then I soaked the parts in a degreaser and/or CLR. I used paper towels to wipe out the bearing races. When I removed the axle from the bottom bracket I was surprised to find the grease hadn't hardened. The bike is also from the '70's, and is also English! There was actually very little corrosion on the bike, but there was the grimey old grease and oil to contend with. This gummed up the deraileurs and brakes to the the point where they were non-functioning. The frame is completely stripped now. I washed it down with a cleaner (Fantastic, Awesome, and similar products are good). I picked up touch-up paint last night from a nearby auto parts store, since the paint has quite a few scratches, and the color is "on the money". If I wasn't respraying, I would use an auto cleaner wax on the paint, or possibly Turtle Wax white polishing compound on dull spots. When I am done with the respraying, I will highlight the lugs with fresh gold paint. Then I will hit the frame with clear coat. I will be using an auto chrome polish on the front fork. No steel wool. The chrome is in good shape. The alloy rims are in nice shape. I may just run a wet, soapy Brillo pad over them gently. Worse comes to worse, and the sun comes out again, I will stick everything up in the attic until wintertime. Good luck with the Raleigh!
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Old 08-16-17, 03:16 PM
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Old 08-16-17, 04:13 PM
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Smuggled some more cheap and cheerful - albeit rusty - 531 into the house. 25 1/2" of Galaxy, for the Frenchest of French fits:

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Old 11-04-17, 06:17 PM
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Finally wrapped the bars on the Colnago after shaking out the fit with a 1 cm longer stem. Time to get that white tape dirty.





This helped a lot:

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Woot!
Originally Posted by Sir_Name
Finally wrapped the bars on the Colnago after shaking out the fit with a 1 cm longer stem. Time to get that white tape dirty.





This helped a lot:

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Old 11-04-17, 07:21 PM
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Cleaned this up for a project that shall officially commence in about 7 weeks:
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Woot!
This bike's so much fun.
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[MENTION=401497]RiddleOfSteel[/MENTION] and I spent the afternoon cleaning up a lovely donated Fuso 30th Anniversary (so 1987) at Bike Works in Seattle (bikeworks.org) where we volunteer. He took all the photos today, and I’m sure there will be a thread up with them soon.

Here’s a few “before” shots from a few months ago when it arrived.






This was clearly not a garage queen, but had been treated well over its 30 years. Minor scrapes, but the paint is otherwise excellent. Campagnolo brakes, crankset and Super Record derailleurs cleaned up beautifully; Specialized hubs, Campy headset and bottom bracket are amazingly smooth, and MA40 rims are as round and true as any I’ve seen. We found a more size and color appropriate Cinelli stem and Mafac bar, and the Campagnolo white brake hoods are in very good shape.

Somebody that loves a great racing geometry 53cm steel bike, from one of the great builders, will be very happy!

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Since it appears that @Andy Antipas may soon be departing WA for good, it was nice to get together for around four hours this afternoon to bike-geek and talk racing cars. Followed that with some good food and beer/cider next door at McMenamin's Anderson School. Andy brought a superbly-restored Peugeot and his recently-acquired '77 Davidson. Both bikes were incredibly clean - especially in the case of the Pug. He showed me the before pics

Isn't it great when you can just talk about a subject for hours without getting bored? That was today - thanks for making the long drive in the s**t weather, Andy

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Now that I have a rain/winter bike that works and that I spent some money on, it is time for the interim 'rain bikes' to be cleaned and/or re-imagined. My chrome Super Le Tour 12.2 with it's 3x10 Campy (normally operating in 2x10 mode unfortunately...) setup gave way to a planned all-6400 build (yes, I have standard reach 6400 calipers!)... Except that only partially happened as 1) I would have had to drill for recessed nut calipers (when I already had Tektro R539 nutted ones on it) and 2) the black and chrome theme that I had begun with the Campagnolo bits just looked so right on it. The grey of the 6400-era 600 pieces just fell a bit flat against the chrome. Soooooo, I remembered my alternate build for it and split the difference. 6400 hubs laced to aero Matrix Iso C-II rims--a wheelset I got in a trade--looking very good, 26mm tires, Dia Compe Aero Gran Compe levers, the Tektro calipers, a not-pristine 7400 crank with black rings, 6400 7-speed shifters and FD, and a very shiny 6500-era Ultegra RD. Add in the stem and seat post not matching (stem is a .833"/21.15mm...) and this is the most non-homogeneous build (company/components-wise) I've done in a long time. The composition is in harmony, and that was the goal. Since it's raining, I'm not riding it yet. I look forward to it!

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Grey Day

DD[/QUOTE]: Isn't it great when you can just talk about a subject for hours without getting bored? That was today - thanks for making the long drive in the s**t weather, Andy

It made a grey day a fun day out! I enjoyed looking closely at your fleet, the extensive bike geekery discussion, and the tasty lunch!



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Might be buying an old 3rensho 4 hours away
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Old 11-05-17, 08:45 AM
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Thinking about picking up my new Roberts next week (it's an 80s edition and one previous owner), I'll then have four from this acclaimed builder.

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Carried my fork down to the local beauty supply to try and find a nail polish to match the Midnight Navy original paint. Came close nut after drying there's to much purple in the polish. Oh well I'll give the polish to my daughter. I did pick up some good clear coat while I was there so I'll just use that to seal the bad spots.
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I moved an '85 Raleigh Competition "backwards" from Ultegra 6700 to 10-sp DA DT shifters, Modolo brake levers, a DA 7410 crankset on a 7420 BB, and 105 FD/RD. The saddle went from newish Prologo to SI Flite in white perforated leather. And thus I assuaged some C&V guilt.

However, the 6700 and other bits were moved to a Cannondale R800, which will be my last attempt at an aluminum road bike of any kind (a Klein touring tank does not count).
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First snow of the year so I'm putting the wheelset with studs on my winter MTB. Whoops, there's a broken spoke. Pull the cassette off. Whoops, all the DS spokes are dinged up. No loose 26" spokes, grab another wheelset. Whoops, borken spoke there too. Now I'm at the point of determining if I'm better off relacing 1/2 of last years winter rear wheel or servicing the hubs on the other spare wheelset (if they are in fact ok).

This year's winter ride - 87ish Stumpjumper

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Removed all of the shimano components from my Lemond Zurich frameset. Getting the frame cleaned up and then will decide if it needs professional touch up or some home grown work. The shimano group will be replace with a campy chorus 3x10 group. Mavic tubular rims spinning on chorus hubs. need to work out the stem and handlebars and this build will be on the way.
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Success - the two busted wheelsets had enough good parts to make one decent set

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Not much, too cold. Started winter maintenance on my fleet, though. Then waiting for Spring. KB
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Great job, looking good!


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Success - the two busted wheelsets had enough good parts to make one decent set

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I'm doing some research on rims and wheelsets, cause I bent my wheel on my PX10... Mavic module E 27 x 1 1/4.
Will post about it once I break the 10 post limit... 5/10
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Polished up some old hubs and rims for my Paramount project.

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Spent a number of hours with [MENTION=340794]Dfrost[/MENTION] turning metal sticks, hoops, bits and hubs into a lovely wheelset for my barely mentioned Grail build. No pics yet, but rims are black Mavic CXP33s (with decals removed, paint is GLOSSY), spokes and nipples are silver, and hubs are 7700-era Dura-Ace. Wheels are oh so pretty. Can't wait to put them on a bike!
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