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03-05-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,080
Posted By dddd

Thanks, Fahrenheit531, it's made in France but...

Thanks, Fahrenheit531, it's made in France but with German flag colors.
03-05-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 520
Posted By dddd

Oh yeah, that spring looks mangle-ated,...

Oh yeah, that spring looks mangle-ated, definitely wound too tight at some point, gad.

Doesn't mean that it can't still be used, just has to be tensioned to suit it's new "configuration".
03-05-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,080
Posted By dddd

Often in those days, we ran the housings through...

Often in those days, we ran the housings through holes drilled into the handlebar.

The cable did make a short-radius bend inside of the lever, but did not have to slide there at all, so if the...
03-05-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,408
Posted By dddd

I can guarantee you that the disparity between...

I can guarantee you that the disparity between the seat tube angle and head tube angle is due more to the camera angle/parallax than to reality.

A straight-on side view, from considerable distance...
03-05-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 698
Posted By dddd

Awesome, glad to hear that the weight came down...

Awesome, glad to hear that the weight came down nicely, my Seven-Ten still sits at 24lbs iir but sure is a nice rider.
03-03-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 261
Posted By dddd

Since that crank has pinch bolts, could it be...

Since that crank has pinch bolts, could it be that the crank doesn't need to bottom out on the spindle but rather just lightly bottom out on the bearings or on spacers to the outside of the bearings?...
03-03-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 195
Posted By dddd

With that freewheel on the bike, use a metal rule...

With that freewheel on the bike, use a metal rule to shear off the layer of detritus while the freewheel rotates with the cranks,

I always apply maximal mechanical methods of stuff removal before...
03-03-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 768
Posted By dddd

Sante was up at the 7-series level, just below...

Sante was up at the 7-series level, just below Dura-Ace (well above 600), and using a Dura-Ace type 7s freewheel.
It was also offered in a 7s cassette freehub version.

Finish and materials were...
03-03-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 225
Posted By dddd

It's common and normal for the chain to rub...

It's common and normal for the chain to rub against the big ring when running in the small-to-small gearing.

Novices often use that gear because of a dislike of selecting a precise lever position...
03-02-21, 01:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 520
Posted By dddd

It could be that a previous owner somehow...

It could be that a previous owner somehow over-tensioned the spring while trying to get it re-installed.

Sometimes people get confused as to how reassembly is done, and the cage gets twisted too...
03-02-21, 01:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 494
Posted By dddd

I have found that a heat cycle using a propane...

I have found that a heat cycle using a propane torch greatly reduces the torque needed to twist out a frozen stem.

Unlike a seatpost, heating a stem won't damage any paint.

The stem quill...
03-01-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 520
Posted By dddd

It is not unheard of for either spring to break,...

It is not unheard of for either spring to break, if perhaps you noticed a sudden loss of chain tension(?).
02-28-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 474
Posted By dddd

Yeah, looking for E-2 or (polished) Gentleman...

Yeah, looking for E-2 or (polished) Gentleman rims in 27".

I've got two good vintage bikes needing rear rim replacement, using the original hub and spokes.

I would love to find a pair so as to...
02-28-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,080
Posted By dddd

And here I thought that I was the only one here...

And here I thought that I was the only one here weird enough to drill/tap a D-C aero lever for the old Mirrycle swivel-morror!

Recalling that there wasn't a whole lot of metal there, so used a 4mm...
02-28-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 474
Posted By dddd

Your video visit was lots of fun, thanks for...

Your video visit was lots of fun, thanks for sharing!

The 57T chainring makes good sense when you're using a freewheel that starts at 14t.

If those 27" rims are narrow then I am definitely...
02-28-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 227
Posted By dddd

I've re-hab'd over 100 vintage bikes for sporting...

I've re-hab'd over 100 vintage bikes for sporting use here in the ever-rolling foothills, lots of shifting required.

I always lube all of the moving parts inside of a shift lever, it makes a huge...
02-27-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,988
Posted By dddd

We just can't keep a good zombie buried. ...

We just can't keep a good zombie buried.

Tall, upright bars work really well on these older frames with such slack angles.
02-27-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,988
Posted By dddd

Reading all these old posts for the first time,...

Reading all these old posts for the first time, this is the first time I had heard that the Stumpjumper Sport and Rockhopper existed in the lineup simultaneously.

It had thought that the...
02-24-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 353
Posted By dddd

There really are no good, modern chains having...

There really are no good, modern chains having the old ~8mm width. TaYa made one that looked modern but didn't shift that great and was not of very good quality.

The old 8mm Uniglide chains seemed...
02-24-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By dddd

I run an SIS 600 rear derailer with 13-28t...

I run an SIS 600 rear derailer with 13-28t freewheel and 34-42-52t chainset and it's totally fine, even though the chain is sagging if on the smallest two cogs while in the small ring.
Most old...
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02-24-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,503
Posted By dddd

Sunbeam toasters for me, I've bought a few and...

Sunbeam toasters for me, I've bought a few and did successfully repair the couple of them that needed it. They are extremely robust.

The internal darkness adjuster screw is un-intuitively...
02-23-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By dddd

In 2005, Citoyen Du Monde wrote: "The Miyata...

In 2005, Citoyen Du Monde wrote:

"The Miyata 750SR was designed especially for Koga in the Netherlands. They however did not sell as well as expected and Miyata therefore had quite a few left over...
02-23-21, 01:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By dddd

Nobody can say if it was worth it for you, except...

Nobody can say if it was worth it for you, except you!

It sounds like you are already having fun with it though, and with it keeping you out of trouble(?) it may have paid for itself already(?).
...
02-22-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 351
Posted By dddd

It's a Bianchi Brava. These had the same exact...

It's a Bianchi Brava. These had the same exact Sora group, the same DT cable adjusters, even the same horizontal dropouts.

I don't recognize the rims as having the same labels as mine did, but if...
02-22-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 991
Posted By dddd

That's what I would call a long tail. In...

That's what I would call a long tail.

In forty year's time, I've never run out of cable "crimps", but I did recently buy these to really top off my quite-varied horde of new and old ones.
...
02-22-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 991
Posted By dddd

One more detail, about re-using the caps. ...

One more detail, about re-using the caps.

Usually these are crimped with side-cutters, i.e. dikes. This usually means that one can't un-crimp them easily, because of the deep local indentation....
02-22-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 351
Posted By dddd

I believe that I sold an example of this exact...

I believe that I sold an example of this exact model a couple of years ago. It wasn't a Volpe and just had these same lower-tier D-P calipers.

The keyed cable adjuster plates on the downtube are...
02-22-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 351
Posted By dddd

Looks very authentic to me, other than the paint....

Looks very authentic to me, other than the paint. The DT cable adjusters are somewhat distinctive on this entry-level Bianchi.
02-22-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,777
Posted By dddd

It sounds like you may have too much space...

It sounds like you may have too much space between the dropout and the face of the smallest cog (I'm assuming you cable is tight enough).

I've had cases similar to yours where I had to massage the...
02-22-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 991
Posted By dddd

I cut them at about an inch and a half to two...

I cut them at about an inch and a half to two inches, any longer and tend to get out of control.

Some V-brakes require a bit longer tail length in order to tuck them in as intended.

I crimp the...
02-22-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 316
Posted By dddd

Nice Cannondale(!), they had some really good...

Nice Cannondale(!), they had some really good colors back then (mine was the light metallic green).

The pre-SIS Shimano derailers would have really benefitted from having some kind of body angle...
02-21-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,487
Posted By dddd

I avoid drinking alcohol while working on bikes,...

I avoid drinking alcohol while working on bikes, lesson learned over the years since it causes over-sights that can lead to poor and possibly dangerous outcomes.

Pulling out an over-sized steel...
02-21-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 288
Posted By dddd

The perhaps-thinner teeth will work fine with...

The perhaps-thinner teeth will work fine with 7-8s chain.

Campagnolo chainring spacing determination is "opposite" from Shimano's, in that Campagnolo's big ring is the determinant of chainring...
02-21-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 316
Posted By dddd

Interesting that at 5000 miles they measured only...

Interesting that at 5000 miles they measured only 1/32" of chain stretch over 1 foot of chain, which is just 0.23% stretch or half-worn by modern standards.

Some of the early Uniglide and...
02-21-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 306
Posted By dddd

The choice of paint color and generic...

The choice of paint color and generic non-branding has me thinking this is likely a sample frame, made by one of the bigger Italian contractors. The offset downtube is something I've seen before on...
02-21-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 625
Posted By dddd

Cheap bb spindles can and do fail on occasion....

Cheap bb spindles can and do fail on occasion. This one let go just as I accelerated onto the main road after ascending from the American River Canyon.
Thankfully not a complete break, and I was...
02-21-21, 11:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,646
Posted By dddd

I'm still curious as to how two crankarms can end...

I'm still curious as to how two crankarms can end up at 6:00, was that a cottered crank?

clasher mentioned the "notches", which I took as referring to the splines on the arm and the spider....
02-21-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By dddd

Gotta be mid-1990's with the older Campag 8s...

Gotta be mid-1990's with the older Campag 8s spline.
02-21-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 561
Posted By dddd

The ratios on that freewheel are 14-17-22-27-32,...

The ratios on that freewheel are 14-17-22-27-32, so might pair perfectly with a 52-45t chainset if the front shift is used to split up the 17-22t shift in back.

The PX10 from at least the...
02-19-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By dddd

Yes, I finally figured out why the bike would...

Yes, I finally figured out why the bike would sometimes wander on me when, on a hunch, I swapped wheels with a fellow rider.
He said my front wheel caused no issues on his bike, but on mine the...
02-19-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By dddd

I bought a his/hers set of 4000's for short money...

I bought a his/hers set of 4000's for short money about ten or twelve years ago. I think it had by this time been rendered to fully "un-cool" or "has-been" status in the eyes of most roadies!

I...
02-19-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 958
Posted By dddd

I'm surprised to see no mention of using a...

I'm surprised to see no mention of using a "unitized" abrasive de-burring wheel.

It's basically like highly-compressed ScotchBrite material (some are even made by 3M), which makes it like a very...
02-18-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By dddd

I'd be kinda surprised if either one didn't have...

I'd be kinda surprised if either one didn't have 71/73-degree angles, the off-road standard from the 90's era.

Raleigh Super Course and Grand Sports models from the early 70's had this same exact...
02-18-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 238
Posted By dddd

I've been able to get near-identical Fulcrum...

I've been able to get near-identical Fulcrum wheels on the road for short cash, for need of a single spoke, and the wheels feel great. Definitely well-made. The aluminum spokes I found hard to source...
02-18-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 302
Posted By dddd

Good rims, not Maxtal alloy like the Open Pro or...

Good rims, not Maxtal alloy like the Open Pro or Ksyrium, so are heavier-walled, but quality control and all-around sturdiness are both very good.
02-17-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 526
Posted By dddd

I like to use a thin steel rule as a scraper to...

I like to use a thin steel rule as a scraper to peel away the gunk that has settled and hardened just below the tooth valleys.

Then it's on to a strong cleaner of some sort, and the flossing...
02-17-21, 08:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 905
Posted By dddd

Very cool.

Very cool.
02-17-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,335
Posted By dddd

Several options here imo. First thing I...

Several options here imo.

First thing I would do is check the tensions, to see if they were able to achieve sufficient tensions. If not, the spokes may need to be replaced.

It's a 40-hole...
02-17-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By dddd

Note that the OP's crank is tricky in regard to...

Note that the OP's crank is tricky in regard to having the small ring attach to the large ring, instead of to the spider. This complicates assuming that the spider is straight just because the small...
02-17-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By dddd

This^^^^^, you need to determine what is bent...

This^^^^^, you need to determine what is bent before effecting any corrections.

Especially if the small ring is still running true, then the big ring itself is almost certainly the culprit.
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