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08-03-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

Trek 620 gentleman's Express cruiser build

I just finished building up this Trek from a frame donated to the Bike Exchange and it is a beauty, Everything on the bike except the cables, covers, and cassette is a used / donated part. It has a...
07-22-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,087
Posted By capnjonny

I have refurbished quite a few bikes for the Bike...

I have refurbished quite a few bikes for the Bike Exchange over the last 10 or so years and I often will clear coat the frame and fork with Rustoleum automotive clear after a thorough cleaning, de...
07-20-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By capnjonny

I find that there are 2 kinds of rust on a bike,...

I find that there are 2 kinds of rust on a bike, minor and major. Minor includes the light rust you might find in scratches in the paint . Major rust is where an area has a thick crust of rust that...
07-19-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 685
Posted By capnjonny

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06-25-22, 12:14 AM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

Here is my latest, a small tri bike , maybe...

Here is my latest, a small tri bike , maybe Novara? Aluminum frame, 26" wheels, 1.25 x 26" tires. It was red/black with flaking paint.

I stripped it to bare aluminum and repainted it in Rustoleum...
06-23-22, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By capnjonny

Pinarello Project

Pinarello Project



The Bike Exchange just received this frame, a 53 centimeter Pinarello (serial no. MM23 on bottom bracket) which appears to be an 80ís Montello, and I am anxious to start...
06-20-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By capnjonny

80's Pinarello

Another day, another choice bike.

Last weekend I saw this frame sitting in the storeroom at the Bike Exchange where new donations go before they are sorted. It looks like this one is a real gem...
06-15-22, 06:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By capnjonny

Stealth Paramount????

Cruising the racks at the Bike Exchange I spied this ragamuffin that had just arrived. The stickers and flat pedals couldn't hide the thoroughbred underneath. Barely legible from the side but clear...
06-14-22, 08:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,010
Posted By capnjonny

Most valuable hubs????

At the bike Exchange we are having a problem.

We have more wheels than we can store.

As a result we are going to have to throw away or some how get rid of those we are unlikely to be able...
06-03-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 579
Posted By capnjonny

derailleur set screws

At the Bike Exchange we have crates full of used derailleurs,. Everything from early Suntour 7 and Shimano Crane to newer Shimano 105, Ultegra, and Deore that we use when fixing or restoring...
05-12-22, 11:11 PM
Replies: 10,314
Views: 1,310,898
Posted By capnjonny

Just finished today. New stem, saddle, tires,...

Just finished today.
New stem, saddle, tires, cables,, bar tape, levers, indexed bar end shifters
Everything else cleaned inspected, polished and greased.
23.2 lb. w/o pedals...
05-04-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By capnjonny

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05-04-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By capnjonny

I looked up the instructions for working on these...

I looked up the instructions for working on these wheels. What a crock. Give me an old school rim where I can easily true or replace spokes. These wheels seem to me to be just another example of...
05-03-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By capnjonny

These rims sound like a real PITA. I will...

These rims sound like a real PITA.

I will look at the instructions and see if I have the skills to true the wheel.



The deceased is Lola, one of my Burning Man "companions" From Cap'n...
05-02-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

Here is the 1971 Dawes Galaxy I just fiinished...

Here is the 1971 Dawes Galaxy I just fiinished for the Silicon Valley Bicycle exchange. It has been thoroughly reconditioned and upgraded and will be for sale to help finance our non profit.

We...
04-21-22, 07:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By capnjonny

Finished at last 1970 Gitane Tour de France Service course

Finished at last , the 1970 Gitane tour de France



I tightened the las bolt today on my 64 cm 1970 TDF today and took it across the street to take its glamour shots.



It’s been quite a...
04-08-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 3,622
Views: 980,535
Posted By capnjonny

My latest build for the Silicon Valley Bicycle...

My latest build for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange
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03-25-22, 11:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,934
Posted By capnjonny

Mar 25, 2022 Finally! After seems like...

Mar 25, 2022

Finally! After seems like forever, I finally installed the decals on the 1970? Gitane Tour De France. I started this project last summer, rescuing a special frame from the final...
03-25-22, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8,186
Views: 2,628,253
Posted By capnjonny

In the early 1980’s Schwinn’s competition for...

In the early 1980’s Schwinn’s competition for the Iconic Specialized Stump Jumper was the Schwinn High sierra. The flagship of their mountain bike fleet in 1984, it was originally built in Japan...
03-17-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1,463
Views: 455,499
Posted By capnjonny

This week I have been cleaning up a 1982(?)...

This week I have been cleaning up a 1982(?) Japanese built Raleigh Gran Sport. This bike uses a High Ten Japanese frame and components and is nothing especially fancy, Just a well built 29.5 lb....
03-12-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

Raleigh Gran Sport Mixte

I am always busy restoring bikes for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange located in Palo Alto Ca. (plug- we have lots of used bikes for sale at competitive prices ) . A few of the recent ones...
02-18-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 1,463
Views: 455,499
Posted By capnjonny

1969 Gitane Gran Sport Deluxe ...

1969 Gitane Gran Sport Deluxe


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And now for something...
02-16-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By capnjonny

The Gitane Mixte is finished. I'm thinking it...

The Gitane Mixte is finished. I'm thinking it might be a 68 or 69 but not certain. I tried to use original or era specific parts where ever I could. The original bars were so short that no brake...
02-16-22, 12:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,037
Posted By capnjonny

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I think this one qualifies.
Mixte frame, Mtn bike wheels with...
02-04-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By capnjonny

Rat Rod Mixte

Here is what happened when someone at the Bike Exchange showed me an old rusty Mixte frame he was about to toss in the bin. I have sort of become the Mixte King at the shop having restored quite a...
01-30-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,883
Posted By capnjonny

Lots of choices in the 70's - 80's , both...

Lots of choices in the 70's - 80's , both European and Japanese.
Don't count a bike out just because it doesn't have a cromo frame . A high ten frame is heavier true, but sturdier. less likely to...
01-23-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,346
Posted By capnjonny

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I have rescued so many quality bikes that were cast offs that ended up at the bike...
01-21-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By capnjonny

That would be Lola She and Ralph were part of...

That would be Lola She and Ralph were part of Cap'n Jonny's Outer Rim Tea room at the last (2019) burning man out in the Nevada desert. they were part of my own private burn for the next 2 years...
01-18-22, 01:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 737
Posted By capnjonny

Just an average bike boom tank

This 64 cm Nishiki custom Sport was donated to the bike exchange last week. Nothing special. Just a bottom of the line bike boom 10 speed. It was a tank with steel wheels and Cranks and weighed a...
01-12-22, 10:51 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 19,977
Posted By capnjonny

Here are a few pics of the Stella Mixte. I did a...

Here are a few pics of the Stella Mixte. I did a "resto mod " on it. Sorry purists. I can't help my self. It got a new silver paint job ( I kept the original decals hence the black pinstriping on the...
01-12-22, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By capnjonny

Sorry about the pics. Taken with my phone. don't...

Sorry about the pics. Taken with my phone. don't know why but sometimes the pics come out great and sometimes not. I will try aain an see if I can do better. The color is definitely yellow not...
01-09-22, 11:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 956
Posted By capnjonny

Old Gitane Mixte that just came in to the shop

I went down to the bike Exchange today to volunteer at an event we hosted for high school kids who want to learn how to work on bicycles. while I was there I picked up this old Gitane Mixte that had...
12-27-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

Here is a before and after shot of a Raleigh...

Here is a before and after shot of a Raleigh Space Rider(24" wheels) I just cleaned up and clear coated for the Bike Exchange. This is only the second of these I have ever seen. The other came...
12-27-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 26,280
Views: 3,778,799
Posted By capnjonny

I took the Raleigh Space Rider in to the Bike...

I took the Raleigh Space Rider in to the Bike Exchange this morning to get tires for it and try to fix the problem with the shift chain. It turned out there was no problem with the hub. This bike...
12-23-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,551
Posted By capnjonny

Here is a pic of a Super Sport I just refurbished...

Here is a pic of a Super Sport I just refurbished for the Bike Exchange. I was able to take parts of a junk Varsity to help with this build from a bare frame donated to us. If it was my bike and I...
12-13-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,934
Posted By capnjonny

Huzah! I got an E mail today from a local wizard...

Huzah! I got an E mail today from a local wizard who agreed to straighten my frame. He has finished the repairs to the Gitane. Now I have something to hang all the pretty decals I just bought from...
12-13-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,106
Posted By capnjonny

After using as much force as I could at home...

After using as much force as I could at home without success and applying liquid wrench both to the outside and (through the bottom bracket cut out holes) from the inside I figured I would have to...
11-23-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 1,397
Views: 429,943
Posted By capnjonny

Black is beautiful Bianchi

1982 Bianchi Champione Del Mundo as received
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upon completion
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11-10-21, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 896
Posted By capnjonny

I have tried learning German, Spanish, Japanese,...

I have tried learning German, Spanish, Japanese, and now ASL (american sign language) and I suck at all of them. And by the way, I can't spell worth a damn. and I often spell brake, break. You are...
11-09-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 816
Posted By capnjonny

In my garage shop I have at least one of almost...

In my garage shop I have at least one of almost every derailleur Suntour ever built. I have cleaned and reused lots of them on bikes I have restored for the Bike Exchange. In all that time I have...
11-09-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 453
Posted By capnjonny

Black is beautiful (Bianchi)

I do a lot of restorations for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange here in the heart of the Bay Area tech scene. We get a fairly steady stream of interesting donation bikes and I make a point every...
11-02-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,616
Posted By capnjonny

I finished the bike today. Final weight 19.95 lb...

I finished the bike today. Final weight 19.95 lb . I weighed it 3 times just to be sure it wasn't touching something that would change the weight.
Per previous comment about the bars, what was...
Replies: 21
Views: 22,810
Posted By capnjonny

I have restored a few Raleigh Sports for the bike...

I have restored a few Raleigh Sports for the bike exchange and they are sturdy dependable work horses. Don't be too put off it the paint is dull and a bit faded. It can often be brought back to near...
10-23-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 867
Posted By capnjonny

On my restorations I often find rusted chrome...

On my restorations I often find rusted chrome fork ends. First off check to see if the chrome has a clear sprayed over it. If so remove the Enamel or lacquer with paint remover or Acetone, Then ...
10-21-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

I do a lot of restorations for the Silicon Valley...

I do a lot of restorations for the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange here in the heart of tech central. Our shop space is leased from Google and many of our volunteers work in high tech. We get a...
10-08-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,494
Posted By capnjonny

FYI Cupertino bike Shop[ Just moved to Di Anza...

FYI Cupertino bike Shop[ Just moved to Di Anza Blvd in Cupertino. Much better location in my opinion , great street frontage. They are still sorting things out after the move so Greg may not yet...
09-27-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,166
Posted By capnjonny

ger yourself a valve core extraction tool or...

ger yourself a valve core extraction tool or just a valve cap with extractor and start removing the cores from tires that get punctures and aren't repairable. Then you will have a ready supply of...
09-24-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,087
Posted By capnjonny

Just another old Bianchi?

Every Wednesday when I go in to the Bike exchange to drop off what ever I have been working on I seem to come away with another bike in need of restoration This week I dropped off a 1979 Centurion...
09-10-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,734
Posted By capnjonny

I touched up the paint on the Super Sport and...

I touched up the paint on the Super Sport and clear coated it yesterday. I started with Rustoleum Hi Performance yellow - to lemony , and added a dash of red, green brown, etc. from my stock of...
09-02-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,934
Posted By capnjonny

Thanks for all the replies/ info. keep them...

Thanks for all the replies/ info. keep them coming. Here are some better pictures. I found some Mafac professional brakes in the bin so will probably use them if I have the straddle cables. I have a...
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