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05-27-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 615
Posted By loubikes

Thanks to all for help. This worked great, rear...

Thanks to all for help. This worked great, rear rack is back on.

For anyone else needing to do this here's what I did.

M6 x 1 (coarse) tap
13/64 bit - made a couple passes after going...
05-22-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 615
Posted By loubikes

6mm tap, US/standard drill bit size?

I have tap for a 6mm hole but don't have the correct, metric drill bit (5.2mm).

13/64in = 5.159mm

​​​​​ Can I use a 13/64in bit? The answer seems like a yes to me but I would love an answer...
04-23-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By loubikes

Friction Shifters and Brake Cable Housing. Noticeable?

I know this type of question has been asked a lot but I couldn't find my exact question when searching and wanted to ask the experts.

I understand that compressionless housing is really...
04-22-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By loubikes

Moe, greatly appreciate the encouragement. I used...

Moe, greatly appreciate the encouragement. I used the below DIY version of a derailleur alignment tool and it worked great. I had another bike that's been sitting because of a bent hanger and I was...
04-13-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By loubikes

While I would love confirmation on this from...

While I would love confirmation on this from someone. I want to give an update.

I installed the RD (with the nub directly above the b-screw-stop) and it does seem to shift correctly. There are...
04-13-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By loubikes

Ok, welll that's great news. Next Question....

Ok, welll that's great news.

Next Question. The B-Link has a nub on it, does that sit above the b-screw-stop (not sure about terminology) on the hanger?

If you look at the picture, does the nub...
04-12-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By loubikes

Deraillure with B-link, mounted to frame hanger

Can I mount a Shimano RD with a B-link to a mid-90s mountain bike that has the hanger as part of the frame?

Thanks,
...
03-28-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By loubikes

Thanks bikemig, I actually have the BB off now...

Thanks bikemig, I actually have the BB off now ... EXCEPT for the fixed cup. I have now broken two 1/2 bolts trying to remove it using Sheldon Brown's suggested method for BB removal. Really...
03-28-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By loubikes

Great, I'll definitely do that, thanks!

Great, I'll definitely do that, thanks!
03-28-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By loubikes

French BB Velo Sq Taper + SunRace 9spd Crankset

I'm upgrading a Motobecane's drive-train and I don't know too much about bike mechanics beyond the basics (yes, glutton for punishment and financial woes).

I'm cold-setting and upgrading to 9...
01-04-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By loubikes

Actually, it's a 5 speed and I think the spacing...

Actually, it's a 5 speed and I think the spacing is 120mm. Haven't measured yet. Given that, any thoughts between 6/7 and 9?



Yeah, 27", steel chrome plated. They are heavy and brakes have so...
01-04-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By loubikes

Bike looks great, thanks for posting pictures. ...

Bike looks great, thanks for posting pictures.



Was seatpost diameter an issue?



You had said you got a new freewheel. Does it work with the old crank ok? I was assuming something like a...
01-03-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By loubikes

Nice Sweeks! That's encouraging. My wife is fine...

Nice Sweeks! That's encouraging. My wife is fine with friction shifters, she's used them before. They are mounted on the stem now, I'd like to move them to the ends of her bars (I also put a kind of...
01-03-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By loubikes

I was planning to do 9 speed since I feel like...

I was planning to do 9 speed since I feel like the parts are pretty common. My reservation was that cold setting to 130 would be too much and for that reason I've been considering 7.



This

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01-03-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By loubikes

Genuine question about this. I've had similar...

Genuine question about this. I've had similar responses regarding this; not simply that it will be a money-pit but that it was some kind of unicorn-project, the likes of which have never been seen.
...
01-03-20, 02:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By loubikes

Upgrading 1970's Motobecane Drive Train

I realized this is probably a fairly complicated question and you don't have all the variables but what is the general direction/next-steps?

I'm upgrading the drive train of a 1970's Motobecane...
12-28-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 754
Posted By loubikes

I was really hoping to get a response like this,...

I was really hoping to get a response like this, thanks for taking the time to write it. I can move forward with confidence.
12-27-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 754
Posted By loubikes

1970's Motobecane Mixte Forks Unsafe?

Hi all, I was hoping to upgrade a 1970's Motobecane Mixte for my wife to use but I've been told by a forum member that 1970's Motobecanes (or more generally, mixte's) have "butter soft" forks. His...
11-04-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

Hey Bill, sorry if you thought I was insinuating...

Hey Bill, sorry if you thought I was insinuating that you gave bad advice, I really appreciate everything you posted. I was just looking for other's to add support to your statements (and they did!...
11-04-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

MH, really sorry to hear about the damages your...

MH, really sorry to hear about the damages your friend suffered. Thanks for telling me about this. Seems like this is something I could further research. Do you have any more information about the...
11-03-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

They don't seem to flex but I definitely haven't...

They don't seem to flex but I definitely haven't thought deliberately about that, I'll check it out. Yeah, I've taken measurements and it seems like the brakes will reach if I file the slot out a...
11-03-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

Ok, thanks. I was hoping I could not worry about...

Ok, thanks. I was hoping I could not worry about this. Others agree? This would do serious damage to bearings?
11-03-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

This. Sounds like good advice. It...

This.



Sounds like good advice. It seems tricky buying used/mismatch without knowing much about drivetrains.
11-03-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

Thanks for the encouragement and your drive train...

Thanks for the encouragement and your drive train details, that was helpful.
11-03-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

Hey Bill, thanks. Can you tell me roughly the...

Hey Bill, thanks. Can you tell me roughly the size of this money pit? I am expecting it to cost more and I've been pricing-out bottom brackets, drive trains and wheels (mostly looking at used items)....
11-01-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,141
Posted By loubikes

Drive-Train Suggestions And Others For Motobecane Mixte?

I want to convert this Motobecane into an around-town, short-distance light-trail bike for my wife. She would be biking a kid on it, running errands, typically traveling 1-4 miles through the city....
04-11-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By loubikes

Changed from 6 to 7 speed. Lots of Skipping?

After switching from 6 spd FW to a 7spd FW, I have a lot more trouble switching gears, especially around the 3rd and 4th gear. The chain jumps back and forth if the shifter isn't in the exact right...
02-21-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

These are all really good thoughts. I was really...

These are all really good thoughts. I was really thinking I'd try and get something super cheap just to get it ridable but it would probably be worth it to me to find something with higher-end parts...
02-21-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

About 52cm

About 52cm
02-21-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

cantilever

cantilever
02-21-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By loubikes

Thanks, this makes the most sense to me. I...

Thanks, this makes the most sense to me. I thought I had read at some point while googling that while you can normally upgrade from 9 to 10, you can't always go from a 10 to 9. Know if there are any...
02-21-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

I've heard of this place. As the lore goes, it's...

I've heard of this place. As the lore goes, it's uphill both ways.
02-21-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By loubikes

2nd Wheel-set has 10 spd, vs primary wheel-set with 9spd

I have a Bianchi Volpe with a Shimano, 9 speed drive train and indexed trigger shifters. I use it for commuting and have slick tires on it.

I've wanted a 2nd wheel-set that I could keep gravel...
02-21-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

You are correct! I'll try to post a pic...

You are correct!


I'll try to post a pic but it is the one in your pictures.
02-21-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

Again, this is what I want to do. Take everything...

Again, this is what I want to do. Take everything from the donor bike.



My frame doesn't have a fork.
02-21-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

The frame takes a 1 inch fork, which means it'll...

The frame takes a 1 inch fork, which means it'll take a 7/8" quill. My main goal is to find a donor bike that will provide as many (if not all) of the components as possible. I don't have a ton of...
02-21-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

Thanks, this is exactly what I'm hoping to do. ...

Thanks, this is exactly what I'm hoping to do.

Can you tell me any easy tells for determining if a bike will have a 1 inch fork? I.e. Most bikes made before 1985 or most 6 speeds, etc.

Or is...
02-16-19, 07:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By loubikes

Thanks all, that's helpful. Can anyone recommend...

Thanks all, that's helpful. Can anyone recommend internal vs external BB? I read that you should have the shell of the BB shell professionally faced if you use external since the bearings need to be...
02-16-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By loubikes

BB Measures 67.4mm, can I use 68,73?

I have a Bianchi Grizzly from the 80s. Trying to figure out what BB I can put on there (I know nothing about BBs).

Looks like nearly all MTN bikes have English threaded, 68,73 BBs. Which I...
Replies: 9
Views: 1,589
Posted By loubikes

Thanks all. This was very helpful. He ended up...

Thanks all. This was very helpful. He ended up getting it for $150.
Replies: 9
Views: 1,589
Posted By loubikes

Good to know ​​​​​​​Ok. When you say...

Good to know



​​​​​​​Ok. When you say "neglect" are you referencing something other than the paint job?
Replies: 9
Views: 1,589
Posted By loubikes

Bianchi Campione D'Italia 1986. Worth? Lots of pics.

Hello, I was hoping some folks could weigh-in on an appropriate price! A friend is looking at buying it for $200-$250.

The original stem comes with it
The logo/paint job on the top bar seems a...
02-11-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,521
Posted By loubikes

Cannibalize Junk Mountain Bike for Bianchi Grizzly Frame

This idea may be anathema to many here, but I have a Bianchi Grizzly mountain bike frame that I want to rebuild on the cheap. I'm watching craigslist for a junk mountain bike that I can use for...
02-03-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

I think you are right, it's a cassette. I had it...

I think you are right, it's a cassette. I had it in my head that all 6 and 7 speeds were freewheels. Thanks!



Also very helpful, thanks again!
02-03-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

SurferRosa, any thoughts on this one? I also...

SurferRosa, any thoughts on this one? I also realized I would probably? need a different tool to remove the freewheel if I got something other than Shimano (I already have Shimano's tool).
...
02-03-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

My primary reason is because I don't really...

My primary reason is because I don't really understand compatibility. Everything I have is Shimano, so I figure it's safer. I'll checkout your suggestions.
02-03-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

Vintage. 1986ish Bianchi Mondiale. Both friction...

Vintage. 1986ish Bianchi Mondiale. Both friction and index. I use friction.




These are good thoughts. I'm not sure how I feel about the asthetic. I would have hated the thought not long ago...
02-03-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

That's how I've been feeling I've been looking at...

That's how I've been feeling I've been looking at both. There is some appeal to getting something that matches the old bike. The 'new old stock' stuff looks great but to get hyperglide I'd need to...
02-03-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

That is my priority, but I can do both here. ...

That is my priority, but I can do both here.


Thanks, this is what I was thinking.


Thanks, this was my main concern.
02-02-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 863
Posted By loubikes

Should I get Hyperglide with new 6spd Freewheel?

I have a Bianchi with a Shimano 600 6spd freewheel, 13t-21t. I want a lower gear (26 or 28t). I am considering buying a new Shimano 6spd freewheel (also considering used or NOS). It's currently...
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