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05-21-21, 05:06 PM
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Posted By Albion

My first Italian - the hub of the matter?

Hi fellow C&V forum members, might you let me have the benefit of your advice? I have come by a lovely Basso Gap frameset and want to build it up to something like the way it could have been in the...
05-01-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 793
Posted By Albion

Hi G Kamienski, it's a 54, nicely in my range...

Hi G Kamienski, it's a 54, nicely in my range 54-56. I checked the top of the steerer tube, no signs of someone having attacked it with a hacksaw and the stem fits nicely. So . . . . whaddya think...
05-01-21, 11:14 AM
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Views: 793
Posted By Albion

Kitting out my first Italian . . .

It's steel, weighing in at 6.2 pounds or 2.8 kg. I have the "Birth Certificate" coming from Basso which will date the frame accurately - and probably not much else, after spending 20 with them,...
05-01-21, 10:50 AM
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Views: 793
Posted By Albion

Wifey is rolling here eyes as I write this . . .

Hi Tuber Roast, thanks so much for the photo. I bought the frame and am, frankly, excited about my first Italian bike after nothing but competent and perfectly adequate Japanese machines.

My aim...
04-22-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Posted By Albion

A shipping company . . .

In case this is of assistance to my fellow Bike Forum colleagues, I was recommended an outfit called "Shipnex", a shipping aggregator who seemed to offer pretty good pricing shipping bike bits. ...
04-18-21, 01:31 PM
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Posted By Albion

And more . . .

Here are some more photos, the headstock and original sticker from Berkeley Cyclery:
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04-18-21, 11:31 AM
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Views: 932
Posted By Albion

More . . .

Here are some more photos. BTW, I forgot, it came with wheels - Sunshine 5435 wide-flange alloy, not bent, etc. They are mounted on the original chrome-plated steel rims which are in very good shape....
04-18-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Posted By Albion

Great! It's a 23"/58 cm C-T BTW. And thanks to...

Great! It's a 23"/58 cm C-T BTW. And thanks to Unca Sam to remind me to add that important piece of information.
04-18-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Posted By Albion

1974 Centurion le Mans

I have the much-weathered and patinated frame form a 1974 Centurion le Mans, dated by the ever-helpful T-Mar. Shown disassembled but comes with BB bearings spindle, headrace bearings and locknut, all...
04-14-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 793
Posted By Albion

More on the Basso Gap . . . .

Hi Mr. 66 and Ex Pres, thanks so much for replying. The steerer tube is 1". Here are a couple of close-ups of the headset bearings that are actually present. By the way, is $400 a bit steep?
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04-14-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 793
Posted By Albion

Basso Gap frameset? My first Italian . . .

Hi fellow forum members, I am looking at a Basso Gap frameset, appears to be 90s. This is part of my search to move from perfectly adequate Fuji and other 70s and 80s machines to something deserving...
04-03-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By Albion

Hi Sonofamechanic, many thanks for this. I...

Hi Sonofamechanic, many thanks for this. I checked the forks as suggested and they seem to be in alignment. The remains of a wheel the frame came with also is 95mm, and I noticed that the great...
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Views: 570
Posted By Albion

Hi Lakerat, thanks for much for the reminiscence...

Hi Lakerat, thanks for much for the reminiscence - and notes on the quality. How great that father and son rode the same bike - and to the same college. If you get round to restoring the Super I...
04-02-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By Albion

Thanks for the suggestion - I will try increasing...

Thanks for the suggestion - I will try increasing the dropout width using something home-made. Re the interesting suggestion to look for a better frame - any thoughts as to what I might use, in...
04-02-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 658
Posted By Albion

Stick a fork in me . . .

Hi fellow C&V forum members, I would value any advice you might care to offer with a challenge encountered assembling my build. In brief, I found a 1978 Centurion Super le Mans in great condition...
03-26-21, 08:52 AM
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Views: 855,415
Posted By Albion

T-Mar, thank you so much, and apologies again for...

T-Mar, thank you so much, and apologies again for not knowing about the date letters. This is great to know and allowed me to determine more about the frame. If of use to your many readers, I found...
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Views: 570
Posted By Albion

You are the first to reply!

Hi Ramzilla, thank you so much for your thoughts - I really appreciate it! I am lucky indeed to have found the bike in such unused - and un-ravaged - condition. The day after finding the Super le...
03-25-21, 07:32 PM
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Views: 855,415
Posted By Albion

And more!

Hi T-Mar, i am ashamed that I thought the circled numbers to be trademarks. So here they are!
...
03-25-21, 05:36 PM
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Posted By Albion

Thanks so much!

Hi T-Mar, thanks for replying so quickly. I didn't see any date codes on the FD or DR, but both show 4532 as in the photo. The drive-side crankarm has 906 on the back, it's a Tourney. Hope this...
03-25-21, 10:09 AM
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Posted By Albion

Centurion le Mans

Hi T-Mar, many thanks for what you are doing here! I now have my two daily rides accurately dated, thanks to you. I picked up a very smart Centurion Super le Mans a few days ago in great condition...
03-24-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Hi Vertkyg, thank you so much for adding to what...

Hi Vertkyg, thank you so much for adding to what I am learning here. The more I know, the more I am reminded how little I know! Removing the shims under the lockring sounds an excellent idea, and I...
03-23-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Hi CroMo Mike, I am impressed that a PO managed...

Hi CroMo Mike, I am impressed that a PO managed to replicate a tooth profile like that! I really hope I can get the freewheel to quieten down, new 1/8" balls are on order as part of a strip-down.
03-23-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Hi Moe Zhoost, good point about rolling on a...

Hi Moe Zhoost, good point about rolling on a piece of glass! I only notice the clicking once-per-revolution of the wheels, more noticeable in H-H, quieter as I change down on the RD. Present under...
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By Albion

Centurion Super le Mans

So . . . I answered an ad on CL, a guy selling an old Winchester that looked as though someone had added a nice wheelset. When I saw it, the wheels weren't that good but I was invited to look at his...
03-21-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Hah! The Great Sheldon Brown had something to say...

Hah! The Great Sheldon Brown had something to say about Perfect freewheels which may explain everything:

". . . some Perfect and Pro Compe bodies, have an even number of ratchet teeth and two...
03-21-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Hi Masi61, thank you for your comment. I am...

Hi Masi61, thank you for your comment. I am speaking from a fund of ignorance about twist tooth but Sheldon Brown wrote about how he preferred the modern design and that he even filed down the teeth...
03-21-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Hi all, Ferrouscious makes a good point - one...

Hi all, Ferrouscious makes a good point - one time the fabric of my new bike shoes was creaking - it really spoiled my ride in them until I realized what was going on! Sadly, the click is a real on...
03-20-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Thanks to all for such helpful replies. So my...

Thanks to all for such helpful replies. So my investigation of the once-per-revolution click has now taken on far more important proportions - from an annoying sound - to possible hub damage. So...
03-20-21, 12:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

I had no idea this could happen . . .

Thank you so much for all the useful information. I would definitely like to try a replacement 6-speed 14/30 or 14/28 (the largest sprocket is not important since I very rarely use it anyway) - if a...
03-19-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

I don't have a spoke protector (I very rarely use...

I don't have a spoke protector (I very rarely use the 30T ring anyway). I took off the pie plate up front as well, the risk-taker that I am . . .
03-19-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Albion

Hi Francophile, thanks so much for this. ...

Hi Francophile, thanks so much for this. Definitely a useful approach where the locking ring is stuck fast!
03-19-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,495
Posted By Albion

Twist-tooth? Any help gratefully received!

Hi All, if anyone can provide a little advice I would be truly grateful. My lovely 1980 Fuji Gran Tourer SE is clicking. I narrowed it down to the rear hub, and the click occurs once per revolution...
03-19-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Albion

Changing nicely . . .

Oh yeah - I am so looking forward to getting the Team Fuji built up! I rode wifey's lifeless lump of carbon fiber when she first got it and good grief what a difference. Projects (AKA "life") have...
03-19-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Albion

Hi Nlerner, just to say thank you for the advice....

Hi Nlerner, just to say thank you for the advice. Boy, a tiny rotation made all the difference, about 5 deg. and it's now fine. I also used PCB's method of using (his term) a lever between the...
03-14-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Albion

Here's the Suntour Perfect 6-speed 14-30...

Here's the Suntour Perfect 6-speed 14-30 freewheel side view:
...
03-14-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By Albion

Tbtio

TBTBIO = The Best Two Bikes I Own. One is a 1974 Araya (no model name), and the other a 1980 Fuji Gran Tourer SE. I would be truly grateful for any advice on a couple of technical challenges on these...
03-14-21, 11:56 AM
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Views: 13,315
Posted By Albion

Thank you!

This is a GREAT initiative - thank you so much! Might you consider adding Araya? (Early 1970s)
12-17-20, 08:36 AM
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Views: 855,415
Posted By Albion

Hummer, thank you so much for the information on...

Hummer, thank you so much for the information on the Araya. It's great to know its age with more certainty. The bike is a joy to ride, a great match between my dimensions and capabilities, and...
10-30-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By Albion

Thanks for this, I am going to use the PCB...

Thanks for this, I am going to use the PCB Technique (I'm calling it that from now on, along with the Dylansbob Method).
10-30-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By Albion

I am getting a BFS from Harbor Freight - even...

I am getting a BFS from Harbor Freight - even easier than a deadblow hammer. Thank you so much for your kind reply, I cannot put a price on advice like this.
10-30-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By Albion

Thanks to all!

This is great! The scraping was despite adjustment with the bikes on a stand, and after a BB bearing service. It occurs only at extreme combinations (high front, low rear, and vice versa). Dylansbob...
10-29-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 952
Posted By Albion

OK this must sounds stupid . . .

While adjusting the FD on my bikes, a slight out-of true on the chainrings of my lovely 1980 Fuji Gran Tourer SE, and 1974 Araya became apparent. This was while they were in a bike stand so I was...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,088
Posted By Albion

High-end Atala?

Hi fellow members, I found myself considering another bike this morning - I would truly appreciate your opinion. No model name, no year, non-matching front wheel or pedals . . ....
Forum: Want To Buy
09-29-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 934
Posted By Albion

Hi, I was kindly donated a frame by a fellow...

Hi, I was kindly donated a frame by a fellow Forum member - far better than the old Nishiki. This prompted me to give away some of the parts, I kept the derailleur.
06-03-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,340
Posted By Albion

Thank you so much for this - she definitely likes...

Thank you so much for this - she definitely likes the look of the lurid green Trek mixte/stagger. We will take a look at these at our LBS!
Forum: Introductions
06-03-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 325
Posted By Albion

Welcome and I hope you enjoy membership - I...

Welcome and I hope you enjoy membership - I certainly do. I envy you in God's Own Country!

Safe biking and welcome aboard!

A Whingeing Pom
06-03-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,340
Posted By Albion

Wifey biking?

Dear fellow BF members, my dear wife has expressed an interest in moving up from her Fuji Crosstown One 1 mixte frame bike (image below). She's looking for something with similar bars, but with...
05-28-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By Albion

You folks are the best!

The replies I am receiving are the best reason to join Bike Forums - solid advice, thoughtfully and kindly given. Thank you all so much! Lack of indexing doesn't faze me as neither my lovely 1980...
05-28-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By Albion

Going off de Rails?

Dear Fellow Bike Forum members, I have been gifted a 1986 Team Fuji frameset from a generous BF member and am building it up. Could I ask for advice on F/R derailleurs? I am using a Shimano...
05-25-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 471
Posted By Albion

Braking news . . .

Thank you so much all of you! Regarding the brakes themselves, I'm using Shimano BR-Z57 from an old Ross (I just have a bare frame for the Team Fuji). According to Velobase these sidepulls are of the...
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