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Old 04-18-19, 05:26 AM
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I was grieved to find that the chain wear on my Nishiki was over 1% as I had been doing more riding than checking. Ugh! So time for a new chain. But, oh, check the FW too. Yup the 3rd and 4th cog were shot too. Unless....... So I got out the MOACW (see the new "Mother of all Chain Whips" thread) and spun the threaded cogs off that Suntour Perfect FW. As expected #3 and 4 are splined so I could flip them over. My cog checker indicated that they'd be just fine that way. Cleaned everything and spun #5&6 back on then put it in storage. To ride another day.

New chain on the Nishiki then a test ride. Back in the rotation.
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Old 04-18-19, 08:12 AM
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@ryansu, Davidson is not the place to go to, He usually does not do repairs or resto. He will but when he does it's usually for his own productions. R&E or Cyclefab are more go to places for this type of service needed.
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Old 04-18-19, 10:01 AM
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@ryansu, Davidson is not the place to go to, He usually does not do repairs or resto. He will but when he does it's usually for his own productions. R&E or Cyclefab are more go to places for this type of service needed.
Thanks for the suggestions @Mr. 66 I will check those out and I have had not one but two offers from this awesome forum to use threading tools to make this work so somehow its going to get done.

I had the same sense from Davidson that perhaps the piece work is not where they wanted to spend their time which is fair.

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@ryansu, that might be an opportunity to use a 1" threadless headset and stem.
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@ryansu, that might be an opportunity to use a 1" threadless headset and stem.
Hmm I had not thought of that - if the threading fix doesn't work I will have to look into it - thanks, I actually have an adapter to go from 1" to 1 1/8 stem in the parts bin.
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Old 04-18-19, 01:40 PM
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Arranging delivery of my recent find, a 1993 Bridgestone RB 1 in yellow with Ritchey designed biplane fork. Hoping my short reach brake calipers will work when I build it up with Shimano 600EX parts.
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Old 04-18-19, 10:10 PM
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Finally did something for the Crescent in overhauling these power shifters ...



And they're still working!
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Planning to ride my 1997 Specialized Allez Sport about 50 miles. (1997 is considered vintage?)
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Old 04-19-19, 08:17 AM
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Thank you for the exploded view, @SurferRosa. I've never taken those apart. I really like them.
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Thank you for the exploded view...
And that's just one side!

I think there are some 35 pieces to these shifters. They make Symmetrics (with their internal cam) look simple.
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Old 04-26-19, 06:08 PM
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Curtis is getting a new fishing bike.
https://baynature.org/article/a-fishing-expedition/
I stop and talk to him whenever I'm riding down that way and need to pay him for all the fish stories, lol.
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Old 04-27-19, 11:34 AM
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Today I'm looking at my '82 Basso Gap and planning a ride. There's a Trek 400 Elance nearby, awaiting disassembly.
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Today will be about test riding. I want to see how the Evans bike I picked up recently feels and then I want to do a shakedown on the NOS mid 90s Vitus Argal that was finished yesterday.

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Old 04-27-19, 02:18 PM
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Trying (again) to solve the sometimes-there tik-tik-tik in my SS drivetrain. Pedals have been eliminated as the source. Today I'm pulling the beat-to-hell 600 arabesque crankset and installing an 80s Cyclone I have laying around.
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Old 04-29-19, 10:56 AM
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Yeah there's still some winter dust. But adjusted and rideable. Some Cable housings are too long but shifts 7 gears liked a dream. Not sure why not 8, but I'm old and don't use the bottom cog anyway.


Here's my favorite new ride, with a modern version of one of my old team jerseys. Pretty decent color match, wait till you see what's under the jersey. Period correct, I think.

I am at home today with a sick daughter, who just needs reassurance that I'm around, so I'm doing a little spring cleaning, and stand-testing bikes before I ride them around the block. I hope to have N-3 rideable today, maybe even N-2 by tonight. Fun stuff! (Not so much for my daughter, but it's nothing serious). Finally happy with the bike/wheel pairings. I'm a wheel nut and it's taken a while, I've decided about saddles and bar tape mostly too, at least for now

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Old 04-29-19, 11:24 AM
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I solved my gearing problem. I love riding my Trek 750 with last generation Super Record, but trying to ride around SW Wisconsin with 42x24 granny gear just doesn't work anymore. It is do-able, but just not a good idea. So I stumbled across a TA Carmina crank. These are the cranks that let you install your own spider and run just about any combination of rings and sizes. Peter White Cycles has lots of TA stuff in stock so I got a 110 spider and a couple of TA Zephyr rings, and now I have gear inches (48/34 rings) compatible with my terrain and age. I used the existing Campy spindle and get almost the same chain line - the right crank leaves room for a third ring so it kicks the chain line out a few mm. It shifts the front really well, in part because the modern TA rings have ramps. They look pretty good on a CV also.

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I solved my gearing problem. I love riding my Trek 750 with last generation Super Record, but trying to ride around SW Wisconsin with 42x24 granny gear just doesn't work anymore. It is do-able, but just not a good idea. So I stumbled across a TA Carmina crank. These are the cranks that let you install your own spider and run just about any combination of rings and sizes. Peter White Cycles has lots of TA stuff in stock so I got a 110 spider and a couple of TA Zephyr rings, and now I have gear inches (48/34 rings) compatible with my terrain and age. I used the existing Campy spindle and get almost the same chain line - the right crank leaves room for a third ring so it kicks the chain line out a few mm. It shifts the front really well, in part because the modern TA rings have ramps. They look pretty good on a CV also.

They do look good!
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I solved my gearing problem. I love riding my Trek 750 with last generation Super Record, but trying to ride around SW Wisconsin with 42x24 granny gear just doesn't work anymore. It is do-able, but just not a good idea. So I stumbled across a TA Carmina crank. These are the cranks that let you install your own spider and run just about any combination of rings and sizes. Peter White Cycles has lots of TA stuff in stock so I got a 110 spider and a couple of TA Zephyr rings, and now I have gear inches (48/34 rings) compatible with my terrain and age. I used the existing Campy spindle and get almost the same chain line - the right crank leaves room for a third ring so it kicks the chain line out a few mm. It shifts the front really well, in part because the modern TA rings have ramps. They look pretty good on a CV also.
Have a full pic of it handy?

My 760 w/ SR handles a 28 in the back no problem
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Headset service on a newly acquired Legnano Gran Premio, unknown year. Seller thought it was a '58 or '59. I've contacted Legnano expert Condorino, but he hasn't replied yet. The steerer tube has interesting markings "T d F" (Tour de France?) and "54". I've heard some makers mark the year of mfg on the steerer, so now, I'm wondering. It has a steel cottered crank (my first) which I also need to get apart to service the BB, which I'm sure is as gummy as the headset, but still spins freely. I also did the tinfoil chrome polish trick, which worked great on the pitted chrome bits. Some are too far gone, but a lot of it cleaned up nice. I heard that the Campy Gran Turisimo rear derailleur is dated from the 70s, so it might not be original. It came with old Ballila side pull brakes. It's a great riding bike, just not sure what I've got.

Steerer markings?

Crank as bought.

Crank, post tinfoil and Turtle wax chrome polish.

Rear derailleur, post tinfoil polish.

Cleaned headbadge, still more to do.

Anybody have a clue on year of mfg?
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Have a full pic of it handy?

My 760 w/ SR handles a 28 in the back no problem
I will take one in full light as soon as it stops snowing and raining here. So you get a 28 to work with traditional 52-42 in front? That is pretty close to the gear inches I've got. But I do like the 48 front, I can sit in that ring for all of the undulating roads.
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@merziac, I am amazed that you remembered that I was involved in a steerer tube threading project!

When I asked Elliott Bay Cycles to extend the treads on a replacement fork with a very long steerer tube, they said said they’d only add 1/2” maximum, while I was looking for much more (it was really long steerer, and I was putting it in a 60cm frame). I eventually found a shop that would do it with a die. It wasn’t a difficult process. @ryansu, the shop that did that extension was Alki Bike & Board, just up the street from you. But I also think @gugie would do a better job with appropriate cutting oil, etc.

However, I’ve learned why Elliott Bay would limit the thread extension - the stem expander puts high internal radial stresses on the steerer tube, and a conical-style expander concentrates those stresses in one a short length of the steerer. Imagine if that’s happening in the threaded, hence weakened, section of a steerer. I’m pretty sure that’s what happened to the steerer tube on @RiddleOfSteel’s ‘74 Paramount before his rescue and @gugie’s incredible fix. The steerer tube was broken just above the start of the threading, well below the top of the head tube. BTW, a wedge-style expander has the advantage of spreading the radial stress over a length of the steerer.

So if you do proceed with this fork with extended threads, it sure seems like a very long quill stem, such as the ever-popular Nitto Technomic, would be highly advisable, with a modified minimum insertion that keeps the expander wedge below any threads.
@Dfrost somehow I missed this - thanks for writing up your experience I had not thought to contact Stu at Alki Bike and board. I may do so just to see what they charge, every place else I have tried has not been interested so I will very likely make a trip to the Atelier Gugie again. I am using a Techonmic on the Cresta GT already so that is good.
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What am I doing today? realizing hopeful optimism is no substitute for accurate measurements. The replacement fork I got off ebay was 2 cm longer in the steer tube than the original but the threaded section is the same 3 cm length for both meaning I don't have the threads needed to snug up the headset. Sigh.



no more threads
Well after reaching out 5 different shops/Builders I finally found one who said they could do it and quoted a reasonable price to add threads to the fork above so I can try it on the Cresta GT. @gugie I will let you know how it goes but the cost is less than the tank of gas it would take to get me to PDX so I figure its worth a shot.
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Well after reaching out 5 different shops/Builders I finally found one who said they could do it and quoted a reasonable price to add threads to the fork above so I can try it on the Cresta GT. @gugie I will let you know how it goes but the cost is less than the tank of gas it would take to get me to PDX so I figure its worth a shot.



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Being a cheap bugger I started turning a old fender into a water bottle holder for my new-old Bob Jackson . . . so far so good. Be kind its my first time.


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Weird timing here. I recently dumpster dived a front fender. Fender was broken but it had a similar nice stainless steel stay loop. I found that nicely spanned the gap between the mid fork mounting bolts on my Voyageur and the bottom of my handlebar bag. I've wanted to ensure I could carry some weight in that bag so I installed that loop and fabricated an interface with the bag's support. Nice and solid now so should work out great on rail trail tours (ex: GAP, C&O, Northern Rail Trail, etc).

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