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Old 03-13-17, 01:03 AM
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have you leveled out that front rack yet?
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Old 03-15-17, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by kingston View Post
Just finished this Motobecane Jury. Wrote a brief blogpost in case anyone's interested.
Sweet bike, I have something similar in mind, did you buy or build the wheel set?
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Old 03-15-17, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by bwilli88 View Post
Sweet bike, I have something similar in mind, did you buy or build the wheel set?
I built the wheels. Strumey Archer X-RD3 (3-speed/drum brake) in the back and an X-FDD (dynamo/drum brake) in the front, Sun CR18 rims, DT Swiss Competition spokes.

There's another thread on the bike and a post on the rims for more info.
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Old 03-19-17, 08:08 AM
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I also just noticed that you @kingston ran the rear brake down the seat stay, any problems doing that? Did you think about running the gear cable along the top tube and then down the seat stay also? or was the wiring running with it more of a priority?
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Old 03-19-17, 03:49 PM
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I was going for the cleanest lines I could get.

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I also just noticed that you @kingston ran the rear brake down the seat stay, any problems doing that?
The frame has braze ons for a rear brake on the top tube so I used those, then the cleanest line to the hub was the left seat stay, so I attached the brake arm to the seat stay. It works fine like that. You just have to loosen the locknut and rotate the arm. I did the same thing to rotate the electrical connector down on the front hub to make it easy to unplug when I remove the wheel.

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Did you think about running the gear cable along the top tube and then down the seat stay also? or was the wiring running with it more of a priority?
I considered running the shift cable on the top tube, but I think it’s cleaner on the down tube. Using the shrink tube over the housing as a conduit for the rear brake light wire made it a no brainer.
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Old 08-23-17, 01:18 PM
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Here's mine, just completed. Well, not yet, actually. It's still waiting for a red saddle. Or beige. Or yellow? Maybe white whit springs.











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Old 08-23-17, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by seboros View Post
Here's mine, just completed. Well, not yet, actually. It's still waiting for a red saddle. Or beige. Or yellow? Maybe white whit springs.

What year is it?

I vote for a brown or honey saddle.
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Old 08-23-17, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
What year is it?

I vote for a brown or honey saddle.
Thank you, SquidPuppet, I'll add the colours to the list.

The bike was made in 1976. It originally had the bigger 630 wheels with steel rims and a 3 speed SA hub, a chaincase and mudguards. If you're curious, I started a thread when I found this bike here.
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Old 08-23-17, 06:07 PM
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+1 for honey saddle, red might be a bit gaudy. What kind of pedals are those?
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Originally Posted by seboros View Post
Thank you, SquidPuppet, I'll add the colours to the list.

The bike was made in 1976. It originally had the bigger 630 wheels with steel rims and a 3 speed SA hub, a chaincase and mudguards. If you're curious, I started a thread when I found this bike here.
I checked out the thread.

I like it better stripped. A lot better. But I am biased. I do dig the generator light though. It adds some period correct style without the bulk of fenders and chain cases. And the stem is super cool.
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Old 08-23-17, 10:46 PM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
What kind of pedals are those?
The pedals are old clipless Looks. That was all I had laying around when I put the bike together last week. I'm used to riding those in sneakers, but I'll change them these days with regular ones.
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Old 08-24-17, 09:10 AM
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Townie Bars with MTN wheels

MTN bars with Townie wheels. So confused all the time
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Old 08-26-17, 05:10 AM
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It's not worth starting a new thread over - for the life of me I had a helluva time deciding where to post this nugget. So since dynamo lights seem to be a big deal on townies, and a Clem Smith was just posted...

Wasn't there somebody around here a while back who used part of a chainring to mount his dynamo light? Guess what? Now Rivendell is pushing the same idea in their latest newsletter...

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/2090e8...8760701108.jpg

And as long as i'm here...

I think the (hopefully)final version of my wife's bike is pretty much a stripped-down townie, amirite?


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Old 08-27-17, 03:05 PM
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I think that was the venerable, MIA mumonkan
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My city bike is a lemond filmore and love the steel feel ! Will post a pic when allowed, need more posts ...
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My city bike is a lemond filmore and love the steel feel ! Will post a pic when allowed, need more posts ...
Rides like a dream, eats up bumps and can take a stomping
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Old 09-25-17, 08:02 AM
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Originally Posted by seboros View Post
Here's mine, just completed. Well, not yet, actually. It's still waiting for a red saddle. Or beige. Or yellow? Maybe white whit springs.


So, what became of your saddle shopping? Updated photo?
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
So, what became of your saddle shopping? Updated photo?
I'm glad you're curious. The bike still has the white Cinelli Unicanitor. I am still on the lookout for a suitable non-leather vintage-looking saddle. I've had my eyes on this one for a while (red or cream):

Gyes

Nevertheless, the Gazelle has proven to be a sweet ride in the countryside this autumn. I've done some 40 km rides that I've enjoyed more than I would have on a road bike. I'll post pictures when a new saddle arrives.

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Huh, I didn't know they made their saddles in resin too, I've only had their leather stuff. IF you go with it, let us know how it turns out.
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Originally Posted by seboros View Post
I'm glad you're curious. The bike still has the white Cinelli Unicanitor. I am still on the lookout for a suitable non-leather vintage-looking saddle. I've had my eyes on this one for a while (red or cream):

Gyes

Nevertheless, the Gazelle has proven to be a sweet ride in the countryside this autumn. I've done some 40 km rides that I've enjoyed more than I would have on a road bike. I'll post pictures when a new saddle arrives.

Resin. Interesting. I'd be really interested in a report if you get one.
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Huh, I didn't know they made their saddles in resin too, I've only had their leather stuff. IF you go with it, let us know how it turns out.
Indeed, I was also surprised to find out about this saddle.
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet View Post
Resin. Interesting. I'd be really interested in a report if you get one.
Thanks for bringing the saddle issue up again. I was getting used to the white one to the point of ignoring it. Now that you stirred up the waters, I have to buy the darn Gyes
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Thanks for bringing the saddle issue up again. I was getting used to the white one to the point of ignoring it. Now that you stirred up the waters, I have to buy the darn Gyes
Are you avoiding leather because of rain?
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