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09-30-22, 05:50 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I think I actually still have Mafac clamps...

I think I actually still have Mafac clamps (closed tear-shaped loop type) and bolts (t-shaped ones) somewhere. I can find a moment to check on Sunday to be 100% sure, though didn't need them for...
09-13-22, 06:11 AM
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If I remember correctly, Pirelli P Zero Velo are...

If I remember correctly, Pirelli P Zero Velo are below specified width. So, 28 would be more like 26. Also, Michelin Litheon 3 are on spec. 25mm is 25mm. And they are actually quite good. At least to...
09-12-22, 02:56 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

From my own limited experience, I wish I never...

From my own limited experience, I wish I never tried any brute force methods of removing a stuck seat post or stem. Now I have one nice frame which will have to go to a frame builder for repairs at...
09-12-22, 05:05 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Got two Weinmann rims, concave, eyeletted...

Got two Weinmann rims, concave, eyeletted (whichever model that was), but 700c. Also, whilst cosmetically they are fine, they would require some extra work on making them rounder.
As someone advised...
09-12-22, 04:57 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Caustic soda solution through the BB shell and...

Caustic soda solution through the BB shell and funnel (after blocking off the seat post)? Probably protecting the paint somehow might be prudent.
Looks like quite a decent steel frame in good...
09-10-22, 01:40 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I've read somewhere on these forums this model...

I've read somewhere on these forums this model tends to develop a fault in the axles. I haven't had any problem with mine in the past two years (and they were not new when I got them) but now I'm...
09-05-22, 04:36 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Sure thing, I was just curious. As for destroying...

Sure thing, I was just curious. As for destroying stuff, having a few old plates to randomly toss around is apparently good :D
09-04-22, 11:48 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I would still recommend Weinmann centre pulls....

I would still recommend Weinmann centre pulls. Cheap, easy to find, look great when polished (and easy to polish as well), plenty of reach with both 650 and especially with 750 versions, great...
09-03-22, 05:20 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I'm not quite sure why you cut the spokes. Even...

I'm not quite sure why you cut the spokes. Even if they are not new, unless they're bent, they can be safely re-used. If not with the same hub and rim, then possibly with another. Congratulations on...
09-02-22, 03:10 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Any chance for photos? We need more Motobecane...

Any chance for photos? We need more Motobecane photos, I think :D
08-28-22, 04:52 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Looks really sweet, even though I'm not usually a...

Looks really sweet, even though I'm not usually a fan of bright paint, in this case it looks awesome. As for handlebar finishing tape, Tesa makes a very good fabric tape which is perfect for that...
08-14-22, 04:04 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

There's no problem with fluted seatposts in...

There's no problem with fluted seatposts in general. It's just the flutes shouldn't go inside the seat tube (as in this case), they should stay above. Otherwise you'll get water in there and it'll...
08-04-22, 05:57 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I'd probably try low power heat gun / hair dryer....

I'd probably try low power heat gun / hair dryer. I think you might have more control over the heat application than with the boiling water.
08-04-22, 03:57 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Or Wipperman 708. Same price, better chain (in my...

Or Wipperman 708. Same price, better chain (in my opinion)
08-04-22, 02:25 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Got to say I don't quite feel the need to have...

Got to say I don't quite feel the need to have fixed gear bicycle. On one level, I get it's the simplest, bare bones experience, though on another level, can't say I understand the reasoning. But...
08-03-22, 05:23 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Look for Huret Success front derailleur. Huret...

Look for Huret Success front derailleur. Huret Success can be fully dismantled. There is very similar Huret Challenger, but I think they used more standard cage.
There is one downside to Huret front...
07-24-22, 03:59 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Shimano had three standards of shifter lever boss...

Shimano had three standards of shifter lever boss covers: one for the shifters mounted on the clamp, where the covers have an additional cutout for the clamp itself (the type you have in your...
07-18-22, 01:12 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Just got two Mavic MA2 rims delivered, so very...

Just got two Mavic MA2 rims delivered, so very much in the same mood. Might lace them today...

And here we go. Surprisingly pleasant rims to build with. Especially for second hand rims it's going...
07-08-22, 04:15 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Oh my, I'd love one of those! Didn't even know...

Oh my, I'd love one of those! Didn't even know anyone made French standard brake cable hangers. On the bicycle I use centre pull brakes on, I could afford adding another milimeter or two to the...
07-06-22, 01:22 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

The question is: what's that mixte in the...

The question is: what's that mixte in the background? Font on the top tubes looks familiar, but can't quite read it...
07-01-22, 02:46 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

No problem. I'm pretty sure you might be able to...

No problem. I'm pretty sure you might be able to find some Challenger or Success FD to cannibalise if need be. There is also a good chance that earlier Huret Eco FD's might be using the same or very...
06-30-22, 02:58 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Looks fantastic! Great restoration.

Looks fantastic! Great restoration.
06-29-22, 04:56 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Yes, it wouldn't. I like it, actually. It does...

Yes, it wouldn't. I like it, actually. It does feel cheap, that's for sure, the thick steel is not the most elegant material, but it will be interesting to test this thing afer cleaning up.
06-29-22, 04:46 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

You mean the thing below? I'd need to clean it a...

You mean the thing below? I'd need to clean it a bit (sorry, it came off a FD I got for parts and in a sorry state, so didn't bother making it presentable yet, hence a bit of caked mud on it), but if...
06-28-22, 03:35 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Just received the bad boy below today. Suntour...

Just received the bad boy below today. Suntour Skitter. Seems to be 1970's version and in a working condition. Design goes back to the early 60's. I got it mostly because I wanted to have a closer...
06-25-22, 05:11 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

The 2 spacers / washers between the cone and the...

The 2 spacers / washers between the cone and the locknut seem to be about 2mm combined. So it looks like it could do in a pinch. But I certainly would appreciate a lot having a parent to give me a...
06-24-22, 05:20 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Blimey! You are, indeed, correct. Got another...

Blimey! You are, indeed, correct. Got another one, still on the axle and used (and the race isn't perfect, which is why I took photo of that other, new one). But if it's a different thread, then not...
06-24-22, 03:16 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Looks like FH-6400 one won't be compatible. The...

Looks like FH-6400 one won't be compatible. The cone itself is about 15.5mm long. 18mm with the washers which go under the locknut. It also looks slightly different:
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06-24-22, 05:59 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

In all fairness, I almost never use FD on my...

In all fairness, I almost never use FD on my other bicycles. Too flat around. It is set up and I make sure it works properly, but during adjustments is the only time when smaller chain ring gets any...
06-24-22, 05:48 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I'll do some digging and measuring when I get...

I'll do some digging and measuring when I get back home today.
06-23-22, 04:03 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

What are the measurements of this cone? I'd have...

What are the measurements of this cone? I'd have to do a bit of digging in my hub parts box, but I might still have some Shimano rear hub cones, not sure if I used them all up. If I have any, they...
06-23-22, 03:57 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Are you looking just for a QR axle or axle and...

Are you looking just for a QR axle or axle and cones? I've got a FH-6400 QR axle I bought to canibalise cones and washers for solid axle and tracknuts conversion (I don't use QRs) and it's 137mm.
06-23-22, 03:40 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

That's promising. Exage Action was a road group,...

That's promising. Exage Action was a road group, after all. I found some Altus SL-315 shifters, need to read up on them before I take a plunge. Thanks for the tip, didn't think of Altus. I've seen a...
06-23-22, 05:20 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Shimano RD/FD-1056 Flat Handlebar Shifters compatibility

After doing an inventory of all my spare parts, I have figured out I can build another bike. I've got pretty much everything, except the cockpit. The frame (cheap steel) originally came with a steel...
06-22-22, 01:41 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I used Rustoleum Automotive (primer, paint and...

I used Rustoleum Automotive (primer, paint and top gloss) enamel on two frames that needed repaint. One of them has been re-done after a year of using and can tell you this paint can be very, very...
06-21-22, 05:45 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

There is a distinct lack of Motobecane branded...

There is a distinct lack of Motobecane branded one in this pile!
06-21-22, 05:42 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Candy blue or candy red if you want it to look...

Candy blue or candy red if you want it to look fabulous, it's a road / racing bicycle and you go with 2k / automotive paint. Simple blue or red gloss if it's a city / touring bike and you're going...
06-20-22, 04:07 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Your best option might be evilBay, Vainqueur can...

Your best option might be evilBay, Vainqueur can be found regularly and inexpensive (especially if they are in a bit of a state). If you don't care about anything other than mounting bolts and...
06-19-22, 05:22 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Still work in progress, meant to be a sunny...

Still work in progress, meant to be a sunny Sunday ride. The frame is Grand Sprint 79/80. Weinmann 605 brakes, Weinmann brake levers, Belleri bars (with Hutchinson covers), Belleri stem, Stronglight...
06-19-22, 04:16 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

From what I remember, front brake is 70% of the...

From what I remember, front brake is 70% of the beaking power of the bicycle. Or, whatever the exact figue is, it is much more efficient. Which in case of my main commuting bicycle, would be really...
06-18-22, 05:06 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

A friend recently had a quite unpleasant accident...

A friend recently had a quite unpleasant accident caused by having to use the front brake aggresively whilst going downhill. I never quite understood why people would use the front brake and never...
06-17-22, 01:40 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Yes. I've seen photos of them before and love the...

Yes. I've seen photos of them before and love the idea of being able to take a derailleur completely apart for maintenance. Speaking of derailleurs, off to work on mine (600 EX SIS). Seems to have a...
06-16-22, 05:04 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

That's an interesting rear derailleur. Had a look...

That's an interesting rear derailleur. Had a look at different photos of it and it seems to have the cable clamp assembly integrated in one of the bolts of the front knuckle. Whilst overhauling and...
06-12-22, 05:20 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I spent a big chunk of the day today trying...

I spent a big chunk of the day today trying various options and in the end went with Clarks X pads in original Weinmann holders. So far seem to work alright, judging by a short test ride. Nowhere...
06-12-22, 02:46 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I got into cycling by accident. Back in 2019 I...

I got into cycling by accident. Back in 2019 I found an abandoned bicycle in the graden of the place I was renting. It looked like it won't need much work (boy, was I wrong), so I decided to fix it...
06-11-22, 06:26 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Because I'm still on the pads for Weinmann 605...

Because I'm still on the pads for Weinmann 605 conundrum, Campagnolo and Shimano use different standard holders and inserts (which I found out by buying campy ones by accident and then having almost...
06-10-22, 05:36 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Are you using original pad holders or some modern...

Are you using original pad holders or some modern ones? I'm thinking what to fit right now. I do have some vintage holders and Scott Malthausen pads, but these holders don't seem to be very firm (I...
06-09-22, 01:39 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

BR-6400 then. I have the whole group (save for...

BR-6400 then. I have the whole group (save for aero levers, which I don't use, seat post, which is difficult to find in diameter I would need, and for the BB, which doesn't come in Swiss threading)...
06-08-22, 05:54 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I had a plan of building up my Grand Sprint frame...

I had a plan of building up my Grand Sprint frame with late 70's components from continental Europe only. Well, to keep it short, it will still have Japanese seatpost, pedals, freewheel and chain, it...
06-08-22, 04:47 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I switched from dual pivots to BR-6400 and...

I switched from dual pivots to BR-6400 and actually preferred the single pivot ones. These are waiting in a box for the next build now and I've currently switched to centre pull. Also no regrets. My...
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