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05-18-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,320
Posted By RandolphCarter

That came out looking fantastic!

That came out looking fantastic!
05-03-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 10,332
Posted By RandolphCarter

You folks with the DeRosa \ Gios \ Rossin bikes...

You folks with the DeRosa \ Gios \ Rossin bikes are far too classy.

Let me lower the grade of bikes in this thread with this Rustoleum Hawaiian Blue Huffy:
...
05-02-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,465
Posted By RandolphCarter

My joke sounded funnier in my head. How's...

My joke sounded funnier in my head.

How's that? ;)
05-02-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 31,753
Posted By RandolphCarter

That came out looking pretty decent! Edit: ...

That came out looking pretty decent!

Edit: I'm also admiring the spokes on the rear wheel.
05-02-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,465
Posted By RandolphCarter

I read this several times and am still not able...

I read this several times and am still not able to make sense of it.
04-29-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,501
Posted By RandolphCarter

Oooh, this is math I can solve! All of the...

Oooh, this is math I can solve!

All of the beers. Duh.

Here's the work shown:
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04-28-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 31,753
Posted By RandolphCarter

OK, jumping back in to this thread after getting...

OK, jumping back in to this thread after getting ready for vacation, then 10 days of vacation, then unpacking.

Bikes are still sitting untouched where I left them, but the generous amounts of rain...
04-14-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 31,753
Posted By RandolphCarter

Wow, the Clunker Challenge has started up again? ...

Wow, the Clunker Challenge has started up again?

While I'm all fired up about entering, reality is setting in - I have entered every year, but not once have I finished a build in time for the...
03-27-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,497
Posted By RandolphCarter

Is this considered best practice or is there...

Is this considered best practice or is there something else I should do?I'm in pretty much the same situation. If I ever get brave enough, my plan is to go with the "saw" method shown above.[/QUOTE]...
03-20-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,488
Posted By RandolphCarter

^^^ THIS ^^^ Plus, the headsets and bottom...

^^^ THIS ^^^

Plus, the headsets and bottom brackets hold up really well, even when maintained via neglect. The bearings and races are really high quality.
02-05-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,033
Posted By RandolphCarter

This is the same color as the one I had. Mine was...

This is the same color as the one I had. Mine was the Columbia version, not an actual Schwinn. It was a hand-me-down from my cousin.

I got it when I was 4 and rode it for several years When I was...
01-29-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,119
Posted By RandolphCarter

Point of order: Main tubes on my ride are triple...

Point of order: Main tubes on my ride are triple butted Ishiwata CrMo, not 531.

But, I agree with your assessment about early aluminum frames. I'll never ride one.

Before I put this together,...
01-28-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,119
Posted By RandolphCarter

My Trek pictured above has Mavic Open Pro 32...

My Trek pictured above has Mavic Open Pro 32 spoke 700C rims with DT Swiss spokes and Shimano 105 (5800) hubs. They've held up perfectly.
01-24-19, 09:10 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,119
Posted By RandolphCarter

Everything's relative. I'm 5'11" and 260...

Everything's relative.

I'm 5'11" and 260 pounds.I have an 18 inch neck, 17 inch arms, 38 inch waist, and 25 inch thighs. I can leg press 720 pounds for reps. According to the wattmeter on the spin...
01-15-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,400
Posted By RandolphCarter

Good job on the build, and even better job on the...

Good job on the build, and even better job on the mentoring.

Hopefully in a few years he'll be in a position to mentor the next crop of builders\riders.

I do have a few questions about the...
01-09-19, 07:07 PM
01-07-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,499
Posted By RandolphCarter

Make you regret this? HELL NO! You...

Make you regret this?

HELL NO!

You would regret it if this was a Next/Magna/Pacific really bottom end bike-shaped boat anchor.

Yes, your Peugeot is rough, but it has potential - twofold...
01-07-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 966
Posted By RandolphCarter

You've gotten it mostly stripped down - did the...

You've gotten it mostly stripped down - did the seatpost and stem come out easily?

As far as paint goes, Rustoleum makes an 'appliance enamel' line of spray paints that are much harder wearing...
11-20-18, 09:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,471
Posted By RandolphCarter

Glad you worked your way through this to solving...

Glad you worked your way through this to solving your problem.

If you did end up wanting to mount a set of Dia-Compe cantis, Pork Chop BMX has 988 cantis...
11-12-18, 04:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,286
Posted By RandolphCarter

I'll buy one if it is magenta/pink with white...

I'll buy one if it is magenta/pink with white dots.

Announcing to the world that I'll be the last one up.

(I'm over 250 pounds. Hillclimbs of any duration are NOT my friend.)
11-12-18, 04:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,518
Posted By RandolphCarter

i too had an extended period of time hibernating...

i too had an extended period of time hibernating from trends in the cycling industry.

In addition to what the other posters have mentioned, there are some things that just stood out to me.

The...
10-15-18, 07:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,644
Posted By RandolphCarter

Yes, the Simplex groups are sweet. I have a...

Yes, the Simplex groups are sweet.

I have a mid 90's set on my electroforged 1997 Schwinn World Sport. 19.7 pounds! Fully 4130 CrMo lightweight Chicago goodness!

The other bike in my stable I...
09-30-18, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,020
Posted By RandolphCarter

That's a 1994 Viper, I have one just like it.

That's a 1994 Viper, I have one just like it.
09-23-18, 08:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 591
Posted By RandolphCarter

1987 Trek Antelope 800 was a nice yellow color: ...

1987 Trek Antelope 800 was a nice yellow color:

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x625/007_d3eede4396f0b47b35c0415b08b4da821baa6624.jpg


31 years later I still have...
09-17-18, 05:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,008
Posted By RandolphCarter

Wax, clearcoat, or paint. I used OA to take...

Wax, clearcoat, or paint.

I used OA to take the rust off of a seriously grungy Haro BMX frame and forks.

Before:
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/826/41988051681_939085a49f_b.jpg

After:...
09-15-18, 10:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,186
Posted By RandolphCarter

So what would C&V related "Commandments" look...

So what would C&V related "Commandments" look like?

- Thou shalt lube your seat post

- Thou shalt leave a survivor grail bike intact, and not part it out

- Thou shalt support your local...
09-03-18, 10:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By RandolphCarter

The stem's still below the insertion line, i...

The stem's still below the insertion line, i checked. I did suggest switching to flat bars with a bit of rise to them.

She has the seat lowered to where she's comfortable. She could easily raise...
09-02-18, 11:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By RandolphCarter

Vintage steel on vacation

Took a trip to Cape Cod to visit my mom and brought the bikes with us.

I took the 86 Trek 310, my daughter rode her 95 Trek 930, my son rode his 83 Ross Force one, and my wife rode her non-vintage...
08-14-18, 08:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,536
Posted By RandolphCarter

I used this method a few years ago on my 1986...

I used this method a few years ago on my 1986 Trek Elance 310

Before I resorted to lye, I tried all the other tricks to loosen up a stuck seatpost.

I soaked it in ammonia for a week, it didn't...
08-11-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By RandolphCarter

I've been having a Shimano 600 39T Christmas for...

I've been having a Shimano 600 39T Christmas for several years now:

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/949/41088234775_d49fa3d706_b.jpg
08-02-18, 12:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,356
Posted By RandolphCarter

I did my first time trials this year on my 1986...

I did my first time trials this year on my 1986 Trek Elance 310.

it has a 105 (5800) groupset and a wheelset with Mavic rims and 105 hubs.

I came in dead last, averaging 17 mph over a 9 mile...
07-23-18, 04:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,608
Posted By RandolphCarter

In addition to all the other examples...

In addition to all the other examples thoughtfully pointed out above, I'll throw another overlooked brand in to the mix.

Ross.

EDIT: clicked button before brain fully engaged and typing...
07-22-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,644
Posted By RandolphCarter

I had the same questions when putting together my...

I had the same questions when putting together my 1986 Trek 310 Elance.

My bike was free, and a total basket case. The cranks and bottom bracket were the only usable parts on it, everything else...
07-16-18, 05:58 AM
Replies: 2,158
Views: 372,258
Posted By RandolphCarter

Picked up a 1995 930 Singletrack for my daughter:...

Picked up a 1995 930 Singletrack for my daughter:

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/920/42715921874_9add69c3bd_k.jpg

Cost me one beer.

(granted, it was a Heady Topper, but that's a trade I'll...
07-12-18, 09:03 PM
Replies: 411
Views: 20,939
Posted By RandolphCarter

Oh. This thread again. Maybe this will...

Oh.

This thread again.

Maybe this will be the year I can actually get it together enough to:
a) decide on a bike and enter it
b) build it to completion
c) ride it the distance required

I...
07-11-18, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 802
Posted By RandolphCarter

Oh, I was cured alright... ...

Oh, I was cured alright...
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07-11-18, 06:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,089
Posted By RandolphCarter

assuming this is a steel frame and an aluminum...

assuming this is a steel frame and an aluminum post, take a look at the lye method I posted a link to earlier. You've already stripped the paint off the frame and you aren't trying to save the post,...
07-11-18, 03:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,089
Posted By RandolphCarter

As previously mentioned, try the thermal cycling...

As previously mentioned, try the thermal cycling method - get the post good and hot (well, not TOO hot, don't melt the post or soften the welds or de-temper the frame) and then dunk it in a large...
07-10-18, 10:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 692
Posted By RandolphCarter

^^^ this^^^ You and others have already...

^^^ this^^^

You and others have already mentioned the stem I had a UO-8 with an Ava stem, and it snapped completely through on me. Thankfully I was in the driveway and not heading downhill. You...
05-11-18, 08:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,596
Posted By RandolphCarter

Went to 11 speed (full Shimano 105 5800 groupset)...

Went to 11 speed (full Shimano 105 5800 groupset) when I put together my Trek 310 a few years ago.

Main reason was that the frame, handlebars, forks, and headset were the only usable components on...
05-09-18, 05:56 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,494
Posted By RandolphCarter

I agree, the headbadge looks fantastic. And...

I agree, the headbadge looks fantastic.

And your earlier thought about an orange to white\cream fade paint job also sounds good.
05-08-18, 09:28 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,494
Posted By RandolphCarter

I think the block letter downtube decals from the...

I think the block letter downtube decals from the late 60s - early 70s Schwinns are sharp looking. Use those as a starting point and you could have your name instead:
...
04-30-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,123
Posted By RandolphCarter

In terms of dollars potentially realized?...

In terms of dollars potentially realized? Absolutely not!

I picked the bike up for free, cleaned it up, and gave it to one of my son's friends several years ago. He gave it back when he outgrew...
04-28-18, 01:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,123
Posted By RandolphCarter

Like a few of you have pointed out, lack of...

Like a few of you have pointed out, lack of motivation has been the biggest problem with long term\challenging builds.

I've learned that if I'm REALLY not feeling a build, I don't want to force...
03-22-18, 04:46 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,112
Posted By RandolphCarter

A former co-worker had a early 80's Trek MTB that...

A former co-worker had a early 80's Trek MTB that he commuted on. He gave it a really bad rattlecan paint job and put Huffy stickers on it as camouflage.
02-23-18, 05:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,984
Posted By RandolphCarter

My drift - you can mount a 130mm spaced hub in a...

My drift - you can mount a 130mm spaced hub in a 126mm spaced frame and it won't permanently change the spacing of the frame. The original poster wasn't sure if this was a frame he was going to keep...
02-22-18, 09:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,984
Posted By RandolphCarter

Going from a 126mm rear hub to a 130mm rear hub...

Going from a 126mm rear hub to a 130mm rear hub won't impact the frame spacing at all.

I'm tipping the scales at a svelte 270, the last bike I put together for myself I wanted a sturdy set of...
02-12-18, 06:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By RandolphCarter

No idea. The spokes don't have any signs of...

No idea. The spokes don't have any signs of impact that I can see. The plastic disc behind the freewheel was still intact and in place so it wasn't the chain. Derailleur isn't chewed up either as...
02-12-18, 05:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By RandolphCarter

3 bucks a spoke plus 20 to 25 bucks for truing up...

3 bucks a spoke plus 20 to 25 bucks for truing up the wheel. That puts me at the cost of a replacement wheel right out of the gate. I understand the labor scale you quoted, it is how I usually get...
02-11-18, 11:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 654
Posted By RandolphCarter

Thanks for looking! But, those hubs are...

Thanks for looking!

But, those hubs are 135mm OLD. I'm looking for a 130mm OLD hub.

I'll happily buy one if swapping out the drive-side spacer and re-centering the hub on the axle will work. ...
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