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Posted By ramzilla

It's reasonable to ask $175 for that. And,...

It's reasonable to ask $175 for that. And, someone will probably eventually buy it. It would go a lot quicker at $100. Looks like it would make a really nice commuter or grocery getter (if it had a...
10-09-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 911
Posted By ramzilla

My latest creation. This one was definitely Velo...

My latest creation. This one was definitely Velo Orange levers & Shimano Grip Shift in order to take advantage of the existing old 6 speed Shimano SIS drivetrain.
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10-08-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,274
Posted By ramzilla

Getting outside and breathing fresh air. Seeing...

Getting outside and breathing fresh air. Seeing the world. Hearing the birds. Feeling the wind. Smelling the flowers. Touching. Living for the day....
10-08-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,918
Posted By ramzilla

I've bought and sold so many old bikes that I'm...

I've bought and sold so many old bikes that I'm sure at least one of them was probably stolen at some point. But, once a bike has gone through my shop it has been "purified" by the "divine power" of...
10-08-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 35
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Posted By ramzilla

ramzilla thanks for including the photos. if i...

ramzilla thanks for including the photos. if i may ask, what makes it so expensive?[/QUOTE]


Well, since you asked.............................

1. Most bike shops will not convert an old drop...
10-07-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 911
Posted By ramzilla

Sorry but, I've been converting drop bar bikes to...

Sorry but, I've been converting drop bar bikes to upright bars for many years. This one was really amazing. I always replace the stem with a riser type. Always replace the brake levers. It's not...
10-05-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 683
Posted By ramzilla

I wish I could have kept this one. But, If I kept...

I wish I could have kept this one. But, If I kept all my favorite bikes forever then I'd have to store at least two dozen bikes somewhere.
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10-02-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 321
Posted By ramzilla

New axle must be exact same diameter as old one....

New axle must be exact same diameter as old one. So, get a measurement caliper & check. The most common rear axle diameter is 10mm. Then, figure length needed.
10-02-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 396
Posted By ramzilla

Now that it's all dressed up with kickstand, rear...

Now that it's all dressed up with kickstand, rear rack, water bottle cage, rear view mirror, handlebar bag &, bell. The Caliente weighs in at a svelte 31 pounds according to my very precise luggage...
10-01-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,703
Posted By ramzilla

Used bike prices are also very high and, most of...

Used bike prices are also very high and, most of the stuff being advertised is low quality stuff.
09-29-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 396
Posted By ramzilla

It's no longer "all steel". Here's the...

It's no longer "all steel".

Here's the makeover pictures for the Schwinn Caliente. With new wheels & 25mm Panaracer tires it rolls fast. Upright alloy handlebars with 6 speed Shimano grip...
09-20-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 850
Posted By ramzilla

I've salvaged & re-used cables & cable housings...

I've salvaged & re-used cables & cable housings before. My technique is to make a very clean cut on the tip end of cable. Then, put a drop of oil or dab vaseline on it & slowly insert it while...
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Posted By ramzilla

Wow. Just wow. I can't imagine somebody actually...

Wow. Just wow. I can't imagine somebody actually doing weird stuff with the drivetrain to get over on a bike deal. Most of the time people just try to talk me way down on price. When they throw out a...
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Views: 775
Posted By ramzilla

Very nice. It's a Japanese masterpiece. I would...

Very nice. It's a Japanese masterpiece. I would try very hard to leave it all original. Be good. Have fun.
09-16-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 964
Posted By ramzilla

It's been tough finding decent alloy riser bars...

It's been tough finding decent alloy riser bars on line lately. I recently ordered three pairs of these & I'm satisfied with the size & finish. But, I just checked ebay wheelandsprocket(215,634)...
Replies: 19
Views: 871
Posted By ramzilla

Wow. That's a little crusty. I don't know if I've...

Wow. That's a little crusty. I don't know if I've got enough elbow grease left in my arms to clean something like that up. Sorry, no way I would pay $400 for that. Be good. Have fun.
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Views: 604
Posted By ramzilla

Definitely a contract build by Giant. Remarkable...

Definitely a contract build by Giant. Remarkable because this was the series of bicycles that signaled the beginning of the end for American made bikes. These old Schwinn World Sport bikes from...
09-11-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,175
Posted By ramzilla

Looks like I'm late to this thread. But, I use a...

Looks like I'm late to this thread. But, I use a very soft sponge with cool water & dishwashing soap for the initial cleaning of my bare frames. After frame dries, I put on latex gloves and apply car...
09-02-20, 05:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 222
Posted By ramzilla

I've never seen a front wheel off anything built...

I've never seen a front wheel off anything built from around 1975 on that wasn't 100mm. So, if you measure only 91mm then you're going to need to add spacers on the axle to get it closer to 100mm. I...
08-31-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 733
Posted By ramzilla

Get a dremel high speed grinder tool & put a...

Get a dremel high speed grinder tool & put a stiff little wire brush on it to get around the lugs.
08-31-20, 03:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 733
Posted By ramzilla

Look around for a powder coating service...

Look around for a powder coating service provider. Disassemble the fork from the frame. Leave the screws in the water bottle holders. Tell them to mask the headset bearing surfaces before coating....
08-30-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,489
Posted By ramzilla

I've had very good results from using heavy duty...

I've had very good results from using heavy duty 26" Goodyear tubes on my 26" x 1.95" mountain bike wheels. Didn't know there were Goodyear branded bike tires available. If they're as good as their...
08-29-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By ramzilla

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Views: 411
Posted By ramzilla

$350

$350
08-18-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,584
Posted By ramzilla

This bike was thrown out in the trash at the...

This bike was thrown out in the trash at the local dump in Park Ridge New Jersey. Thrown in the dump by the bike shop. Along with several sets of old wheels & other odds & ends. My buddy Andy was...
08-18-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,592
Posted By ramzilla

Pair of very old curved jaw pliers from grandpa's...

Pair of very old curved jaw pliers from grandpa's tool box. (Grandpa died in 1956). Used for holding brake pads while tightening post bolts.
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08-13-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,968
Posted By ramzilla

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1987 Centurion Ironman with new 130/100mm wheel set and super cheap-o 2x7...
08-06-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 8,282
Posted By ramzilla

We're living in a disposable world where nothing...

We're living in a disposable world where nothing gets repaired because nobody knows how to do it & it's just not worth it anymore. So sad. Such a shame - when somebody tosses a whole bike in the...
08-06-20, 05:17 PM
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Views: 86,053
Posted By ramzilla

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My last pair of new 27" ProTeks. Hope I can still find some of these in the...
08-05-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 810
Posted By ramzilla

Good quality tubes are always a little harder to...

Good quality tubes are always a little harder to find than the ordinary cheap Asian stuff. Thank goodness I always stock up on tubes. My recommendation is to always buy 2x or 4x more than needed. Be...
08-03-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 675
Posted By ramzilla

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08-03-20, 07:42 PM
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Views: 675
Posted By ramzilla

Drop bar brake levers will not work on upright...

Drop bar brake levers will not work on upright bars. When you convert from drop bars to upright bars you always have to install new stem, handlebar, levers, shifters, grips & cables. It's really not...
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Views: 534
Posted By ramzilla

Oh my, that is one big horse of a bike. All nice...

Oh my, that is one big horse of a bike. All nice and clean. Original reflectors on the frame and wheels front & back. Probably got the original tires on it too. Looks like nobody ever rode it. And no...
07-29-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,888
Posted By ramzilla

Rules? We don't need no stinkin...

Rules? We don't need no stinkin rules...............

Seriously. The only rule about classic and vintage bikes is to get one for as little $ as possible. Put a ton of $ into it in order for it to...
07-28-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By ramzilla

Yep. That's about a 35 year old bike. Rust is...

Yep. That's about a 35 year old bike. Rust is visible all over the place. First thing you got to do is strip the bike parts off down to the bare frame. Soak all the parts in mineral spirits or diesel...
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Views: 694
Posted By ramzilla

Buying a used bike is just like buying a used...

Buying a used bike is just like buying a used car. Does it have new tires? Has the drivetrain been refurbished? Have the wheel and crank bearings been replaced? If it's just another beat up old bike...
07-21-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 8,544
Posted By ramzilla

This is my counterfeit DeRosa ...

This is my counterfeit DeRosa

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Just kidding. (It's a cheap Japanese imitation).
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Views: 611
Posted By ramzilla

If it's Tange Champion #1...

If it's Tange Champion #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) or Champion #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) then, it's...
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Views: 872
Posted By ramzilla

That's a big boy bike. Looks like it's greater...

That's a big boy bike. Looks like it's greater than a 60cm frame. Maybe a 62. If it was mine, I'd ditch the drop bars & safety levers & install some nice upright bars on it. New brake levers & grips....
07-20-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 960
Posted By ramzilla

This is the main reason I lubricate my chains...

This is the main reason I lubricate my chains with automatic transmission fluid. I'm also a big fan of KMC 8.93x chains on all my vintage 5, 6, & 7 speed set ups.
07-19-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 99,733
Posted By ramzilla

Just finished this Red Shogun 300. Started with a...

Just finished this Red Shogun 300. Started with a bare frame I got on ebay. Built it up with a 6 speed Shimano 600 drivetrain and, some newer wheels. I've got no idea what year it is or, how it was...
07-16-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,797
Posted By ramzilla

I'm very happy & proud that the mighty USA...

I'm very happy & proud that the mighty USA Schwinn name lives on. Good to know they're still bolting things together here too. Be good. Have fun.
07-04-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,744
Posted By ramzilla

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1988 Centurion Ironman
07-02-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,353
Posted By ramzilla

I got a 2012 carbon fiber Team Fuji free. The...

I got a 2012 carbon fiber Team Fuji free. The bike shop threw it away because it had a scratch on the seat stay tube. I picked it up at the county dump. I cleaned & polished the frame. Couldn't find...
06-25-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 660
Posted By ramzilla

yes, no worries

yes, no worries
06-21-20, 03:25 PM
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Views: 756
Posted By ramzilla

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Trek 520 upgraded with upright handle bars and STI shifters
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Views: 747
Posted By ramzilla

Absolutely yes. That bike is worth fixing up. It...

Absolutely yes. That bike is worth fixing up. It has a high tensile steel alloy frame that is surprisingly light once you strip all the parts off it. If you ditch the chrome steel wheels for some...
Replies: 9
Views: 478
Posted By ramzilla

That's a really beautiful bike with top of the...

That's a really beautiful bike with top of the line frame and parts. Comparable to similar bikes with brand names Paramount, De Rosa, Tommasini and, Colnago. But, since it was "made in Japan" it will...
06-15-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,205
Posted By ramzilla

Please let me clarify my views on vintage rims. I...

Please let me clarify my views on vintage rims. I bought my first steel race bike in 1972. It was a Peugeot PX-10e. I've continued riding vintage steel bikes ever since then for a total of 48 years....
06-15-20, 05:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,205
Posted By ramzilla

Check out these fancy rims on a 87 Centurion I...

Check out these fancy rims on a 87 Centurion I recently restored. They've been equipped with 23mm Michelin tires and, they roll very fast.
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