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07-15-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 53
Posted By ramzilla

If you can't find replacement nuts & bolts and,...

If you can't find replacement nuts & bolts and, it's a standard square taper crankset I'd just replace the whole crankset with a new one. There are plenty of affordable options.
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07-14-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 175
Posted By ramzilla

The best deals I've found on chain rings are from...

The best deals I've found on chain rings are from FSA and Vuelta. Best deals on bottom bracket cartridges are Shimano. Good luck on finding a great deal on crank arms and spiders. I've had good luck...
07-14-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By ramzilla

Rear derailleurs are hard to remove because you...

Rear derailleurs are hard to remove because you have to break the chain to get at them. My advice would be to go ahead & break the chain off & remove the rear derailleur. Soak RD in penetrating oil &...
07-14-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 210
Posted By ramzilla

My favorite trick is to use red Ford automatic...

My favorite trick is to use red Ford automatic transmission fluid on my chains & drivetrains. Between that & diesel fuel my bikes run slick as #$%&t !
07-14-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 212
Posted By ramzilla

Looks like the fork took a pretty good hit &...

Looks like the fork took a pretty good hit & reached it's yield point of ultimate material strength. So, it's basically one or two good hits away from complete failure. I would avoid using the bike...
07-14-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 561
Posted By ramzilla

OK...... forgot to reveal another secret trick...

OK...... forgot to reveal another secret trick thing. When counting threads under a magnifying glass. Get a sewing needle. Use it as a pointer. Makes it much easier to take a count.
07-14-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 561
Posted By ramzilla

Another good tool to obtain is a magnifying...

Another good tool to obtain is a magnifying glass. With the proper magnification you can easily count the number of threads per inch on most...
07-13-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 561
Posted By ramzilla

You can continue guessing about the correct...

You can continue guessing about the correct dimensions of your bike parts or, you can obtain an inexpensive caliper measuring tool & find out what the actual size of what you need. Try to get a...
07-13-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 929
Posted By ramzilla

My full restoration vintage bike sales still take...

My full restoration vintage bike sales still take quite a lot of time. But, I've picked up & sold about four bikes in the last couple months that I did practically nothing to except lubricate &...
Replies: 11
Views: 280
Posted By ramzilla

Looks like an odd mashup of replacement parts on...

Looks like an odd mashup of replacement parts on a good quality Japanese or Taiwanese bike. Somebody put a weird threadless upright stem adapter on it. And, a big heavy cushy saddle. With a Suntour...
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By ramzilla

With all the work & new parts you put into the...

With all the work & new parts you put into the bike, you'll probably have to get $350 just to break even. It's also a large frame bike for riders over 6' tall. That can take some extra time to find a...
Replies: 5
Views: 238
Posted By ramzilla

If it's got the original 1983 tires on it then,...

If it's got the original 1983 tires on it then, they're 37 years old. It's really going to need new tires, tubes, & rim tape. Will also need new brake pads and, all cables & pivot points need...
Replies: 25
Views: 728
Posted By ramzilla

The only way $660 is a fair price is if the bike...

The only way $660 is a fair price is if the bike has been completely reconditioned with all new tubes, tires, handlebar tape, brake hoods, brake pads, ball bearings, grease, chain, cables, cable...
07-08-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,419
Posted By ramzilla

Oh yeah. You might as well lay around and get fat...

Oh yeah. You might as well lay around and get fat & watch your bank account. Don't take a big risk and spend about $50 more for something your never gonna use. Forget about going outside & getting a...
Replies: 27
Views: 3,145
Posted By ramzilla

Wow! Japanese quality at it's finest!!!!!!!!

Wow! Japanese quality at it's finest!!!!!!!!
07-05-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 302
Posted By ramzilla

You can do it with one chain whip if you've got a...

You can do it with one chain whip if you've got a bench vise. You can just clamp it in the vise & use the chain whip. Or, clamp a sacrificial piece of chain in the vise & around the cassette & use a...
07-04-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,448
Posted By ramzilla

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1988 Centurion Ironman
07-04-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 302
Posted By ramzilla

That cassette doesn't look like anything I've...

That cassette doesn't look like anything I've seen before. If it's Shimano compatible this will work:
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Replies: 3
Views: 234
Posted By ramzilla

The 70's through 80's Schwinn World bikes were...

The 70's through 80's Schwinn World bikes were amazing values. They came with nice high tensile steel lugged frames and, dependable components. The early ones had chrome steel wheels that became...
Replies: 22
Views: 872
Posted By ramzilla

If you want to clean the bike gently use a large...

If you want to clean the bike gently use a large soft sponge with dish washing soap and water. Then, apply plain old automobile car wax like Turtlewax to polish old paint.
07-02-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,323
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...
07-02-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,716
Posted By ramzilla

There are many variables and, they all add up....

There are many variables and, they all add up. BITD we called it a "two finger" bike. Nowadays we call them "weight weenies". Light bikes with light wheels & drop bars roll faster than other bikes....
07-02-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,574
Posted By ramzilla

Wow. A true item of unobtanium.

Wow. A true item of unobtanium.
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By ramzilla

That's a little more than just a conversion to...

That's a little more than just a conversion to stem shifters & upright bars. It looks like it's got a ten speed drivetrain and super lightweight wheels. A rather odd upgrade to a basic high tension...
Replies: 3
Views: 322
Posted By ramzilla

Take at least 1/2 dozen pictures. One or two...

Take at least 1/2 dozen pictures. One or two showing whole bike. Three or four detail shots of components. List it on Craigslist and Facebook. Ask for about $150. It should sell pretty quick if it's...
Replies: 26
Views: 1,160
Posted By ramzilla

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Replies: 26
Views: 1,160
Posted By ramzilla

This is how it looks...

This is how it looks now.....................................(listed for sale on Jacksonville CL & FB).
...
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By ramzilla

It all depends on condition. If it's got all new...

It all depends on condition. If it's got all new tires, tubes, chain, brake pads, cables, bar wrap, seat and hoods then it could maybe worth about that much. But, it doesn't look like it's all new...
06-26-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,190
Posted By ramzilla

I get very good results from soaking parts in...

I get very good results from soaking parts in diesel fuel. I usually just soak one set of bike parts at a time. Place parts in a sealed rubbermade primary container with about 1-1/2 liters diesel....
06-25-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 452
Posted By ramzilla

yes, no worries

yes, no worries
06-25-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,190
Posted By ramzilla

OMG!................ "Someone had sat for hours...

OMG!................ "Someone had sat for hours cutting up old inner tubes into rubber bands. There's at least three bushels of inner tube rubber bands. Just looking at the pile of jars that got...
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By ramzilla

It's got some very nice features. Cantilever...

It's got some very nice features. Cantilever brakes, clean triple ring drivetrain, good tires, rear rack and, splined cro-mo frame. Put a nicer seat on it & shoot for around $400. Be good. Have fun.
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By ramzilla

Ask for about $250 and be ready to negotiate...

Ask for about $250 and be ready to negotiate lower. But, don't take less than around $175. Be good. Have fun.
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By ramzilla

I think your biggest challenge selling it is...

I think your biggest challenge selling it is going to be the large frame size. That's got to be at least a 60cm or 62cm bike! With big frames the seller has to wait for the right buyer to come...
06-21-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 603
Posted By ramzilla

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Trek 520 upgraded with upright handle bars and STI shifters
Replies: 17
Views: 576
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...
06-18-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,421
Posted By ramzilla

OMG...........................................! ...

OMG...........................................!

> "The box of headbadges is a wooden soda box filled with cigar boxes labeled by country of origin. So far I counted 731 headbadges, some going back...
Replies: 14
Views: 692
Posted By ramzilla

I would ask for something closer to $1K for that....

I would ask for something closer to $1K for that. You can always accept less. But, you can never ask for more. Have fun. Be good.
Replies: 9
Views: 363
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...
06-18-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 528
Posted By ramzilla

If you've got 130mm dropout spacing you can...

If you've got 130mm dropout spacing you can install either a 7, 8 or, 9 speed drivetrain on it. 7 speed is still the most affordable system. Shimano makes 2X7 STI shifters and Microshift does too.
06-18-20, 06:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,128
Posted By ramzilla

You need a bunch of special tools to remove...

You need a bunch of special tools to remove cranks, chains &, wheel bearings. After that, the most time consuming thing is cleaning the parts. Cleaning all the little bits takes for ever! Putting it...
06-16-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 815
Posted By ramzilla

I've had really good luck using diesel fuel to...

I've had really good luck using diesel fuel to loosen rusty stuff. It does a great job. If you can rig up a containment system to soak seat post tubes or bottom brackets for several days it works...
06-15-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 894
Posted By ramzilla

You're absolutely correct about tubular tires....

You're absolutely correct about tubular tires. But, I'm such a cheapskate I mostly ride the old clincher rims (w/new tires) or, get new inexpensive clincher rims & new tires. I put my trust in wire...
06-15-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 894
Posted By ramzilla

I really have no idea about the actual integrity...

I really have no idea about the actual integrity of old wheelsets vs new. Only my personal bias. So, if I have a choice between riding on a 45 year old vintage wheelset (with who knows how many miles...
06-15-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 894
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: 894
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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06-14-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 894
Posted By ramzilla

Dude, you can get nice brand new machine built...

Dude, you can get nice brand new machine built alloy 27" wheels with sealed cartridge bearings for less than $150 from several vendors. Not sure why you're interested in old vintage items. But, in my...
Replies: 22
Views: 760
Posted By ramzilla

All I remember that BITD the Gitane Tour de...

All I remember that BITD the Gitane Tour de France bikes were top of the line items with nice 531 frames & high end components. They were comparable to Schwinn Paramount, Puegeot PX-10 and,...
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By ramzilla

Mismatched wheels? Oh...

Mismatched wheels? Oh no............................. I'm reducing my estimate. Since the frame is worth at least a hundred bucks I guess the whole bike is probably worth $200 tops.
Replies: 10
Views: 459
Posted By ramzilla

That's a solid $250 bike "as - is". Don't bother...

That's a solid $250 bike "as - is". Don't bother putting any new parts on it. You'll never recover your investment.
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