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Old 03-10-19, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by deux jambes
I finished the the job I started yesterday. Swapped out the brakes, replaced the whole cockpit, ran new cable and housing, and installed a fresh set of Kool-Stop pads. The Concor America was also mounted for the first time.

Following preliminary set up, fitment, and adjustments, a test ride around UO campus provided the comfortable space to assess things, and to begin getting a feel for the bikeís changes.

It was my first bike ride in... hate to say it, but maybe a month... or more? It felt great, and Iím excited that spring is beginning to make itself present here.



I have not been on a bike in almost 3 weeks. Really feeling out of whack. I did work on a bike yesterday and today. I was stripping paint from a '91 steel frame in preparation for repainting and rebuilding. My first endeavor at doing both. I could have ridden today but I wanted to get as far along on the stripping as I could. 2 applications of stripeeze and scraping and most of the paint was off. I used wire brushes for the hard to get places and then used # 3 steel wool and 180 sand paper. It is now down to bare metal but I still have some work to do on it.

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Old 03-10-19, 07:26 PM
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Originally Posted by delbiker1
I have not been on a bike in almost 3 weeks. Really feeling out of whack. I did work on a bike yesterday and today...
Really out of whack. I know the feeling. Get out and ride man, itíll do a world of good.

I donít know what happened first, if my headspace sunk to a low place, or if the weather became inhospitable. But I do know that not riding for so long didnít help matters any. And after a while, thinking about bikes, and tinkering with them a bit here and there, but not actually riding? Can get kind of depressing in its own right. For me anyway.

My little test ride today was quite short, but it felt like coming home, if that makes sense. And Iím going to try like hell to take a long, pointless, leisurely ride tomorrow! I encourage you to do the same, soon as you can.

By the way, excellent job getting that frame ready. Thatís a ton of hard work youíve put in, and Iím sure itís gonna be with it. I hope we see it after paint!
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Excellent!

My vintage activity today involved hunting down a Super Record crankset and brake calipers for my Gios; last pieces of the build kit that are needed. Still hunting.
Also, started a list of vintage items to post for sale to replenish the bike fund.

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Installed crank set for the Gios

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Old 03-11-19, 03:47 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I knew the frame was going not going to be easy. It actually went better than I was expecting. I am going to sand it more to get it a bit smoother. I am still not sure what I am going to do about the paint. There is a local guy that does powder coating and I am going to contact him to get an estimate. As for not riding, I was in my home town in Illinois for close to 2 weeks helping to take care of my Mom, soon to be 90. She is being treated for cervical-uteran cancer. Taking it's toll but she is OK.
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Old 03-11-19, 08:02 PM
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And just pulled out a set from Evaporust...good stuff.


Met a new source for vintage parts. I was working a trade, but i have an 84' 520 that could use this group.
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Old 03-12-19, 01:00 AM
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Fresh after building the '74 Paramount with electronic shifting (boy do I want to ride that thing now!), I met up with a number of other BF members at the Seattle Bike Swap, where I took a number of questions regarding its performance. Andy A is still firmly in the no camp, but that is perfectly alright!

So for him and for everyone else that thinks I'm grave robbing good vintage frames and foisting modern parts on them, I picked up a very lovely Gipiemme wheelset with which to mount a large-cog freewheel to so that I could mount it to my '81 Trek 716. That Trek is bike that I've now triple- or quadruple-downed on with respect to keeping its original 600 components on it. The fast, mod-it-to-optimal part of my brain mounts increasingly sophisticated and tempting attacks on the pure-of-heart C&V part of me, but it has not been victorious. I fear this will be the nail in the coffin for Fast RoS thinking on this Trek, for not only did I find this wheelset for a bargain (ready to roll, just needed a dusting), but I unearthed a 13-34T Uniglide-toothed 6-speed Shimano 600 freewheel. The 600 Arabesque long cage derailleur is rated to handle 34T max, and I wanted even lower gearing for this fast sport tourer.

Well, one inch (two links, I suppose) out of the chain for proper tension, a tire and tube swap, and remount later, voila! Wonderful non-super-fidgety shifting, the ability to still go big-big (if I'm asleep at the helm--big-almost big still has a happy RD), a better chain and RD angle in the low gear, etc. Looks great, works great. And the upper jockey wheel is a happy camper rolling the chain right on the 34T cog without rumbling. I could get used to this.

Anyway, an across the board upgrade resulting in a very much increased desire to ride this in the city, which I am excited about because this bike rides and steers wonderfully. Fully C&V. Don't say that I don't care about you guys.

A freshly cleaned freewheel on the left--from a former 1985 Cannondale ST400, and some '90s-era shenanigans all waxed up. The seat post didn't end up fitting the bike I was putting it on--miscalculation. Bummer.


600 rear derailleur layin' that chain right on that 34T like it's nothin'.


So much right with all of this.
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Old 03-14-19, 10:11 PM
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R&R'ed the brake cable housings (rear is internally roured thru the TT), cables, installed new Kool Stop salmon pads and RD adjustments on my '84 Peugeot (bought new). It should be good for another 35 years.
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Old 03-16-19, 04:25 PM
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I got the Legnano out for a short ride. Not cold, but so crazy windy, I stopped at 5 miles. I decided to work on the gold $20 Raleigh Super Course. It just needs a chain, shifters and adjustments. I thought I'd just pop some Suntour bar ends in, throw on a chain, and be on my way. Not gonna happen. I have never seen bars with such a thick wall tubing. I thought the stem and bars were original, but now I'm wondering. I measure a bar o.d. of 24mm, i.d. of 19.8, and the Suntours are 20.6 by my caliper. I've seen a couple of threads here of people boring out the bars a little for bar ends. Has anybody actually done this? It's a project bike not a museum piece, so if I need to change or modify the bars, I will. Have you ever seen bars that thick in the wall?. This bike is from 1978. I also gave a '73 SC with what I think are factory bars, and the Suntours dropped right in. Any ideas?


Really thick tubing wall.


Original bars'

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Old 03-16-19, 05:09 PM
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Old 03-16-19, 05:13 PM
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Installed new bearings, cleaned up a couple rims, ordered spokes and final prep for powder coating a frame. Anyone know if the heat will damage the head tube races?

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Old 03-18-19, 02:13 PM
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Mock up fitting racks and bags.




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Old 03-20-19, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by deux jambes
Mock up fitting racks and bags.



If you could fill those bags with helium, you wouldn't need wheels. Steering might be a problem though.😀
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Old 03-20-19, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed
If you could fill those bags with helium, you wouldn't need wheels. Steering might be a problem though.😀
LOL ...I was wondering when someone was going to take a pile of fun at the situation!

Weíll never know about the steering as Iím not happy with the set up. Those Ortliebs are much larger, and heavier than I had expected. The Nitto racks as well. Beautiful and sturdy as they are, add too much weight and bulk for what Im trying to achieve. Iím undecided about the handle bar bag, but leaning towards a ďnoĒ on it too.
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Old 03-21-19, 01:25 AM
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Got my 82 Paino stripped and undercoated today


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Finished overhauling a tubular wheelset for a pal except for the truing. They're Legnano branded Ofmega high flange hubs on Fiamme rims. Used a couple stacks of cd jewel cases on the kitchen counter to check the dish.
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Old 03-21-19, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy
Driving to pick up n+1.
a trek for a Trek?
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Watching it rain ... again.😥
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Clearing junk and shuffling stuff around the shop, so I can get 4 more bikes hung from the ceiling. Goal is to have one bike by the door ready to roll and a 12'x8' clear space kept open for getting things done efficiently. IE: enough room to walk around a bike on a stand.
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Old 03-21-19, 02:55 PM
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Painting my new to me Bianchi inbetween rain days , still need to go a few more coats and then clear coat .


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Old 03-24-19, 11:33 AM
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Old 03-24-19, 07:43 PM
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finished building a set of wheels to complete my Miyata Pro Suntour Superbe bike. Superbe low flange 36h hubs with DT champion spokes and polished araya red label rims. unfortunately the weather has turned on us again and will have to wait for the snow to clear before taking it on a ride.
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Old 03-26-19, 11:53 AM
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Last night, I volunteered at the bike coop. I had to troubleshoot some difficult problems for two customers. One had a triple crankset and brifters and a very worn chain. Her chainrings are also very wobbly, probably from a side collision. I think we got it going right. She did the final test ride and said it was OK.

The other had just had a new rear wheel installed on his folding bike. He previously had an 8-speed cassette hub. Now he has a Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub with 8-speed cassette. When he shifted the 3-speed, he didn't feel the difference in gear ratio. The problem was two-fold. One was that he's not sensitive enough to gear changes so when it worked, he didn't notice. The other was that the cable stop was poorly bolted onto the frame, and there was no obvious fix. He's going to bring the bike back to the guy who installed the new wheel.

Both problems took a long time to work on because at the coop, we try to teach without touching the bikes. We want to impart information more than fix bikes, and we know that people learn better with their fingers than with their eyes. I could have accomplished so much more in that time if I had been working on the bikes alone, but that's the deal. The woman was extremely grateful for all she learned. The man was less so, and I learned that he's a hard-to-satisfy customer, and that's his right, too.
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Trying very hard NOT to put primer and paint on an old Bob Jackson and hold out for powder. I have told myself if I happen to find premixed paint in the right orange It was going to get wet. I have gone as far as taping off all the chrome but that is it.
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Old 03-28-19, 11:27 AM
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Just unpacked this 1986 Fuji Opus III that arrived this morning and am ready to do a test ride before breaking it down for a proper clean-up!
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