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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...
07-21-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,838
Posted By capnjonny

If anyone on this thread is still out there, I...

If anyone on this thread is still out there, I just found a 1958 Lenton grand prix and want to know if anyone has found a match for the gold frame color.
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

Still not certain about what to do about the 1958...

Still not certain about what to do about the 1958 Raleigh Lenton Grand Prix . I had decided to re spray it along with the Chrome Pinarello Montello . In order to get the best paint job I decided to...
07-19-22, 01:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 685
Posted By capnjonny

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07-15-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By capnjonny

painting a chrome frame

I have a Pinarello Montello with a completely chromed frame . I stripped off the old paint and plan on repainting it.
I plan to use Eastwood 2 part Epoxy primer.

What research I have done ...
Replies: 46
Views: 1,212
Posted By capnjonny

Not sure about the value but if I were trying to...

Not sure about the value but if I were trying to get 4 figures for a bike that wasn't an original patina wall hanger I would disassemble, clean, polish , adjust everything and put on new brake pads,...
07-02-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 685
Posted By capnjonny

lots of good news here . I took apart the Lenton...

lots of good news here . I took apart the Lenton today and everything came off without a fight. Stem , bars, seat post , all with no signs of rust inside. Pedals came off . I will wait until...
07-02-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By capnjonny

O/k , so I decided to strip off all the paint. ...

O/k , so I decided to strip off all the paint. The frame is completely chromed and the chroming is so nice I could just leave it unpainted. The head tubes lugs and the top of the seat tube are...
06-28-22, 03:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 685
Posted By capnjonny

I have been looking at all the Lentons I can find...

I have been looking at all the Lentons I can find on line and I haven't seen one with this sliding stem. Does anyone know if it was a stock part?
The ones I have seen were on much older bikes. Is...
06-25-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 685
Posted By capnjonny

Really really retro Raleigh

Look what the cat dragged into the bike Exchange today . It was originally gold but was at some point repainted with a brush. Note the sliding adjustable stem and the suicide Benelux front derailleur...
06-25-22, 08:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 873
Posted By capnjonny

I might be coming in a little late to this...

I might be coming in a little late to this thread. I can understand you r interest in the Raleigh's. I owned a 1980 Record ace and have restored a few Raleigh sports as well. The record ace I owned ...
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...
06-20-22, 01:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 641
Posted By capnjonny

Stealth Paramount

I finished up the PDG Paramount today and took some pics . Weight all up just under 24 lbs. I had to change the wheels as the rear has a spoke that tore out of the rim. I used a set of Navic Open...
Replies: 3
Views: 219
Posted By capnjonny

Current PDG Paramount value???

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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, 09:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By capnjonny

Using non recessed nut brakes in recessed nut frame

I don't know if anyone else has had this problem.

When building up a frame on a bike I am restoring for the bike Exchange I often change out the 27" rims for 700c. Often it is because the old...
06-14-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
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...
06-14-22, 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...
06-12-22, 06:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 607
Posted By capnjonny

Be careful how you store the proofride. I left...

Be careful how you store the proofride. I left mine in a hot garage and months later when I opened the can It had all dried up. I would suggest stashing it in the freezer if for no other reason than...
06-11-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 607
Posted By capnjonny

I have tried to restore 2 vintage saddles with...

I have tried to restore 2 vintage saddles with different results . both were soaked in water till saturated, wrapped or tied with zip ties back to their original shape, dried thoroughly, sanded...
06-03-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

Just finished working on my first "Fat Bike" a...

Just finished working on my first "Fat Bike" a Mongoose Beast. This is a pretty basic coaster brake bike with one exception It is HUGE! all up and ready to ride per the attached photo it weighs 49...
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...
05-27-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5,229
Views: 598,039
Posted By capnjonny

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Just finished moding this Miyata 610 . Upgraded most of the...
05-25-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By capnjonny

Did a little on line research and decided on...

Did a little on line research and decided on Rustoleum Aluminum primer. After scraping and stripping I used my sand blaster just to clean up the welds after soaking them in Clean strip paint...
05-22-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By capnjonny

Priming aluminum for paint

Is there a special primer needed for painting aluminum frames?

Also, Is it o/k to sand blast aluminum? I have almost all the paint off the frame ( chem strip and scraping/ sanding) but there are...
05-17-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 16,670
Posted By capnjonny

When I do a restoration I strip the frame of all...

When I do a restoration I strip the frame of all hardware them wipe down with a rag soaked in paint thinner. This will remove most of the dirt and grease / oil. Then I rub out the paint with either...
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...
05-09-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 498
Posted By capnjonny

Love the Raleigh. That is just how I like to...

Love the Raleigh. That is just how I like to build them. Normally I stick with 6 or 7 cogs in the rear since I can always find the bits necessary to make it work in the Bike Exchange parts bins. ...
05-09-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 757
Posted By capnjonny

when touching up the paint I would carefully mask...

when touching up the paint I would carefully mask around the area to touch up. You don't want to spray a larger area than necessary , If the color match isn't perfect you want the smallest area...
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, 12:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By capnjonny

wheel question

I have this wheel set that I want to use on a build.

One wheel needs to be trued but for the life of me I don't know how to proceed.

I have never seen this type before. How do you remove a...
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...
04-14-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Posted By capnjonny

Chas, and anyone else who wants to chime in ...

Chas, and anyone else who wants to chime in
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04-12-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 364
Posted By capnjonny

Mafac brakes different lengths?

I am finally reassembling the 1970 Gitane Tour De France That I started last summer. After finding frame damage and getting it repaired I painted it and installed the decals and now am re installing...
04-11-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 781
Posted By capnjonny

Thanks for all the info folks. I am going to...

Thanks for all the info folks. I am going to hold on to this and maybe use it for an upcoming hipster build I have in mind. Thinking something like a 1 x 9 with flip flop bars and bar end 9 spd...
04-10-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 41,540
Posted By capnjonny

here is s recently finished 1985 Schwinn High...

here is s recently finished 1985 Schwinn High Sierra
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04-10-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 781
Posted By capnjonny

Avocet crank

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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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03-27-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,009
Posted By capnjonny

I say put that spoke protector on both bikes. It...

I say put that spoke protector on both bikes. It is beautiful, adds minimal weight, and serves a useful purpose. At the Bike exchange we have hundreds of wheels hanging up waiting to be used on a...
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...
03-24-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 95
Posted By capnjonny

touch up/ refinishing Carbon frames

The bike exchange gets lots of vintage frames donated to it, most are Steel, some are aluminum, and occasionally we get carbon. I brought home a Specialized Allez Epic that has carbon main tubes and...
03-18-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By capnjonny

Sekine questions

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