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04-29-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,911
Posted By lajt

Dumb question: Why do you need to remove the...

Dumb question: Why do you need to remove the anodized coating to polish it? The anodization is a protective coating, right? But I'm guessing it's hard and resists being rubbed smooth, I guess?
What...
04-25-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 11,809
Posted By lajt

Venice Beach, CA ...

Venice Beach, CA

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04-12-21, 10:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Hey thanks! Sorry I'm not familiar with the term...

Hey thanks! Sorry I'm not familiar with the term "crit bike"--does it mean like a oval track bike? Do they have a tendency to turn tightly?
It's a good question about the handlebars with the long...
04-12-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Inaugural ride

The inaugural ride of the De Bernardi! Thanks everybody for walking me through this project. I hope it's not too much of an abomination that I put mustache bars instead of drop bars on it (or the...
04-08-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1,500
Views: 198,808
Posted By lajt

UPDATE: Parts claimed. Shimano Exage Sport...

UPDATE: Parts claimed.
Shimano Exage Sport parts. Just cost of shipping.

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04-04-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 843
Posted By lajt

I noticed if I tug too much on the drill then the...

I noticed if I tug too much on the drill then the cable slides out of the chuck no matter how hard I've clamped it down. If I just keep it at the same distance and not let it get pulled closer,...
03-26-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,758
Posted By lajt

Another vote for the albatross. I haven't ridden...

Another vote for the albatross. I haven't ridden drop bars since I was a teen, and the flat bar on my hybrid started causing wrist pain. The albatross completely eliminated it. Then I got my son a...
03-23-21, 05:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

hi tricky, yes, it's definitely brake housing,...

hi tricky, yes, it's definitely brake housing, but that's a really good point--that would definitely cause it.
I bet I've unwittingly made this mistake many times in the past because I didn't know...
03-22-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

Thanks for this--it's reassuring that this is...

Thanks for this--it's reassuring that this is normal for a build! It always feels like there's some magical answer I'm missing, but I guess it's just part of the process.
03-22-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,038
Posted By lajt

Beautiful Motobecane. That's interesting about...

Beautiful Motobecane. That's interesting about the setup. I like friction shifting so maybe I will try a setup like this at some point.
03-22-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

Thanks for the tip--actually just ordered some...

Thanks for the tip--actually just ordered some Jagwire.
03-22-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,038
Posted By lajt

Whoa! So bizarre and cool! Actually very creative...

Whoa! So bizarre and cool! Actually very creative designs. When presented with the challenge of shoving the chain from one cog to the next, I definitely wouldn't think of a derailleur--I would...
03-22-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,038
Posted By lajt

bikingshearer , thank you for the tip about the...

bikingshearer , thank you for the tip about the book! I'm going to read that for sure. I appreciate the thorough writeup about the history, too; I didn't know any of that. It's really fascinating....
03-22-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

nlerner , thank you about the step-down ferrule!...

nlerner , thank you about the step-down ferrule! I didn't even know those existed. Velo Orange carries those; I'll order a couple and try them.
79pmooney , that's a good idea about running the...
03-22-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

partyanimal , I just wanted to show a pic of a...

partyanimal , I just wanted to show a pic of a setup I'm working on right now--the threaded-to-threadless adapter, the Velo Orange stem, and the mustache handlebars, I'm doing all of that. It doesn't...
03-21-21, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,038
Posted By lajt

Ride of Inline Parallelogram derailleur?

I just watched a good YouTube video that demonstrated how an inline parallelogram derailleur works, and how the slant parallelogram improved on the design so the derailleur follows the slope of the...
03-21-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 11,411
Posted By lajt

gugie , good one on the train! That cracked me...

gugie , good one on the train! That cracked me up.
Hey, you're a Portland guy--do they still have the Seattle to Portland bike ride? I used to work for a photographer back in the 80s and we used to...
03-21-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

nlerner , I used ferrules where they would fit,...

nlerner , I used ferrules where they would fit, but in a couple of spots, like where it enters the frame, the hole isn't wide enough for one. I can't remember if I have one inside the brake...
03-21-21, 09:13 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 11,411
Posted By lajt

nlerner , that's a calendar-worthy shot; really...

nlerner , that's a calendar-worthy shot; really beautiful. Where was it taken?
03-21-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

Bigbus , that's an interesting thought about...

Bigbus , that's an interesting thought about higher quality housing. Is there a brand that's known as the good stuff? I just ordered a no-name pack with the levers, but it seems like an easy fix to...
03-21-21, 08:08 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 11,411
Posted By lajt

I say why not! It's fun having a bit of the old,...

I say why not! It's fun having a bit of the old, and the new. It'll be interesting to see as you switch back and forth between the 2 setups which shifting style you prefer. I've never tried brifters,...
03-21-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 831
Posted By lajt

Weak rear brake on new build

I hope people aren't sick of hearing about this build! I deeply appreciate everyone's time and wisdom, though; it's amazing how much I'm learning (also shocking how much there is to learn).
I...
03-21-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,345
Posted By lajt

Thanks everybody for the lifelines. I ended up...

Thanks everybody for the lifelines. I ended up taking Doc/ rccardr 's suggestion and drilled/tapped a new hole. I think I just leveled up my wrenching ability. I've never attempted tapping a hole...
03-20-21, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,345
Posted By lajt

Front derailleur for sub-compact crank

I'm learning the hard way how intimately related the crank, chainring, front derailleur, and braze-on are for my first '80s road frame buildup.
For the crank, I got a Sugino 46-34. (I'm not a strong...
03-18-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By lajt

:) That gave me a good laugh.

:) That gave me a good laugh.
03-16-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

AJI125 , that's so nice of you! Thanks for the...

AJI125 , that's so nice of you! Thanks for the link too. My only worry is it will reduce the space even further. I'm going to try riding it once the buildup is finished and see how it goes.
03-16-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

Doug Fattic Hi Doug, thanks for weighing in....

Doug Fattic Hi Doug, thanks for weighing in. Pretty neat to get the perspective of an actual frame builder! Gosh, I wouldn't have any idea how find a frame builder in Los Angeles or actually get a...
03-15-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

pcb , you're right, no washer in between, and I...

pcb , you're right, no washer in between, and I remember now there were two in the bag I provided them. He said, "Not sure what these are for, but I can figure it out once I get into it."
I think...
03-15-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

SurferRosa, it's hard to tell in the pic, but...

SurferRosa, it's hard to tell in the pic, but there are some threads available on the top of the fork, so the locknut is able to grab thankfully. It's about half what it should be, but it's enough to...
03-14-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

That's a good question. I kind of wondered the...

That's a good question. I kind of wondered the same thing too, why they didn't call and tell me the situation and ask if I was okay with it being cut. I'm so inexperienced with all this that I didn't...
03-14-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

Thanks for the feedback. It seems to hold and the...

Thanks for the feedback. It seems to hold and the threads aren't thrashed because I was able to unscrew it okay, so it's not ruined or anything. Could have turned out much worse all things considered!
03-14-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,582
Posted By lajt

Threaded fork cut a bit too short?

My first step in this frame buildup was to have the headset installed. I came really close to taking a crack at it myself after watching YouTube vids using homemade tools, but figured I didn't want...
03-14-21, 06:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By lajt

That is true, some of CA gets a lot of snow! It...

That is true, some of CA gets a lot of snow! It always amazes me when I read that Mammoth has, say, 10 feet of snow in a really snowy winter. I actually live in the Los Angeles area, so it's pretty...
03-13-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By lajt

Smart idea about hot glue! I use it for all the...

Smart idea about hot glue! I use it for all the kids' art projects, but didn't think of it for this.
Is the cable liner easy to extract from a scrap piece of housing? Do you tug it out with...
03-13-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By lajt

I wonder how long it would take before it would...

I wonder how long it would take before it would actually cut its way completely through?
It reminds me of a MythBusters episode where they tested whether you could cut through jail cell bars with...
03-13-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By lajt

Thanks for the perspective from both of you. ...

Thanks for the perspective from both of you.
Repechage, what is cable inner lining? The soft plastic part of the housing if you cut away the metal outside?
SurferRosa, you might be right that some...
03-13-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,134
Posted By lajt

Cables cutting into bottom bracket

I bought an 80s frame which I'm building up and wondering if there's a better way than letting the cables keep cutting into the bottom bracket shell.
For comparison, the red bike is my Bridgestone...
03-13-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 1,479
Views: 335,304
Posted By lajt

Swapped the flat bar for a Nitto Albatross bar....

Swapped the flat bar for a Nitto Albatross bar. It alleviated the wrist pain I'd been developing....
03-10-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,883
Views: 475,202
Posted By lajt

Please tell us your age. 51 1. What type...

Please tell us your age.
51

1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?.
Trek hybrid for commuting.

2. Do you take any special supplements/vitamins/minerals as you have grown older?
No.

3....
03-10-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Yes, the Sugino Alpina! That's impressive you...

Yes, the Sugino Alpina! That's impressive you deduced that. I'm not strong enough to spin those big 50+ teeth cogs with any reasonable cadence, plus I do have some hills to contend with, so I wanted...
03-09-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Hi Ford, thanks for the wise advice--also to...

Hi Ford, thanks for the wise advice--also to icemilkcoffee for the tip about chainline and Spaghetti Legs for the offer about Campagnolo cranks. I ended up ordering a new Sugino crank, which does...
03-07-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

This is cool! Thanks for the link; checking them...

This is cool! Thanks for the link; checking them out right now.
03-06-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Hey, this site is pretty sweet! I'm digging your...

Hey, this site is pretty sweet! I'm digging your diary style that goes through the range of emotions with each, like the Colnago was destined to be sold, then you later rethought it. So interesting...
03-06-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Do the rest of you have pics of your bikes? It...

Do the rest of you have pics of your bikes? It looks from your signatures that you have all owned a whole lot of nice top-of-the-line roadsters. Are these bikes all ones you guys currently own, or...
03-06-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Thanks for the tip on that. I probably should've...

Thanks for the tip on that. I probably should've done that to begin with. I've been ordering parts piecemeal, which has made it fun, though it's going to look a bit chaotic with all these different...
03-05-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Thanks everybody for the advice and reassurance....

Thanks everybody for the advice and reassurance. I'll see how it goes. Good tip on the cold set--found a video that explained that process.
Hopefully like Doc said, though, it may not even need to...
03-05-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

hi, thanks for the response. I was given a pair...

hi, thanks for the response. I was given a pair of new 700c wheels, which is what kicked off this project. I'm glad you mentioned about the possibility these wheels won't even fit the frame--that...
03-05-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,497
Posted By lajt

Drivetrain help for De Bernardi frame

I bought a beautiful 1980s De Bernardi frame from another member, and I'm going to take a crack at building it up; it's something I've always wanted to try.
However, the drivetrain is definitely...
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