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Posted By plonz

I haven’t checked Merckx comps in a while but...

I haven’t checked Merckx comps in a while but framesets were $350+ last I was looking. There should be some sold eBay activity to gauge against.

That looks like a nice one. If we weren’t on...
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Posted By plonz

The black headset is likely the original...

The black headset is likely the original Stronglight. Composite cups and needle bearings. I agree the black cups are out of place on this bike but the headset itself performs really really well. I...
10-01-20, 04:57 AM
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Views: 580
Posted By plonz

Tough one. If you are using any silver components...

Tough one. If you are using any silver components like groupset, post, stem, bars, Iíd do silver on the spokes. If those are not silver, Iíd go black. Thats the basic rule I followed when I built my...
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Views: 364
Posted By plonz

I’ve been looking at my own 80s Olmo collecting...

I’ve been looking at my own 80s Olmo collecting dust lately and starting to ponder the possibility of selling it. Will be interested in seeing what the gang here has to say about yours.

My...
09-27-20, 07:51 AM
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Views: 412
Posted By plonz

I used to love riding those trails in Kettle...

I used to love riding those trails in Kettle Moraine when I lived in Chicagoland. Don’t know that you could pay me to do it on a vintage bike like the OP’s Mercier. That’s a courageous choice.
09-25-20, 06:17 PM
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Posted By plonz

Dura Ace and Sachs Maillard

I may be the last person in the peloton to know this but I've been pleasantly surprised to find a Sachs Maillard LY 97 freewheel works flawlessly with a Dura Ace 7400 7-speed index setup. RD is an...
09-25-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,225
Posted By plonz

I call that stem ďinspirationĒ. Thatís great...

I call that stem ďinspirationĒ. Thatís great work!
09-20-20, 08:57 PM
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Posted By plonz

This is what I would do and they should be happy...

This is what I would do and they should be happy to oblige to prove they didn't do it.
09-19-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By plonz

I’m not much of a grail bike chaser but this one...

I’m not much of a grail bike chaser but this one makes my list. Keep it clean, ride it for a year and when you come to the harsh reality it just doesn’t fit, you know where to find me!
09-19-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Posted By plonz

I’m sure the science of it suggests there is. In...

I’m sure the science of it suggests there is. In practice though, I believe you’re fine at 2mm per side. Many people here, including myself, have done it for years.
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Posted By plonz

First time I’ve ever seen a Sekai that wasn’t...

First time I’ve ever seen a Sekai that wasn’t cheap low-end. This is a very nice bike and the chrome rear triangle should clean up great. Nice find!
09-16-20, 06:14 PM
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Posted By plonz

RiddleOfSteel , it’s amazing to see the...

RiddleOfSteel , it’s amazing to see the similarities in our stables. In addition to my roached Specialized Expedition, I also have a Waterford Paramount frameset far down in the queue that I had been...
09-16-20, 04:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By plonz

Looking good. Now make the call on how shiny you...

Looking good. Now make the call on how shiny you want them. Polish and leave as is, hit them with wet 1,000 grit and polish or go all the way by following up with wet 2,500 grit and polish. They’ll...
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Views: 838
Posted By plonz

I don’t see that chrome cleaning up well. You’ve...

I don’t see that chrome cleaning up well. You’ve already offered more than I would value it.
09-13-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By plonz

Wow! I just sold a really nice helicomatic...

Wow! I just sold a really nice helicomatic hubset on BF and I was iffy on whether or not I should keep it. This is a great package and now I'm second guessing letting mine go. Someone should get...
09-11-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,817
Posted By plonz

I did my first C&V resto-mod about 6 years ago...

I did my first C&V resto-mod about 6 years ago putting a 130mm 10spd hub into the 126mm spacing of my 1984 Raleigh Racing USA Competition. Shifting is 10spd Dura Ace 7800.

I studied up on...
09-05-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 429
Posted By plonz

Most likely just a simple cable adjust at the...

Most likely just a simple cable adjust at the derailleur as many have mentioned. Odds would be the cable has slackened so you would “unscrew” the barrel adjuster counterclockwise. If you have a...
08-31-20, 06:21 PM
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Views: 5,174
Posted By plonz

I must admit I quite like the white Eddy Merckx I...

I must admit I quite like the white Eddy Merckx I saw ridden on todayís stage 3. Very classy looking package. On the other end of the spectrum, Cousinís blue Wilier got a lot of broadcast time today...
08-30-20, 05:40 PM
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Posted By plonz

Maillard Helicomatic Hubset, Freewheel and Cogs - 6spd

This is a very nice hubset that I thought about using but the gear ratio just isn't a good match for the local terrain. Of course, the folks on eBay want a fortune for them. The original stickers are...
08-30-20, 06:37 AM
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Views: 1,240
Posted By plonz

Interesting flipper play. If seller doesn’t drop...

Interesting flipper play. If seller doesn’t drop that “firm” price, I think you’ll see this one taking up CL shelf space for a while.
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Views: 537
Posted By plonz

Looks like you spent some time on this and it...

Looks like you spent some time on this and it sure turned out nice. Iíd love to see you get $950 but I just donít think itís there. $600 feeling closer to the hammer fall for me.

Edit: Gave a 2nd...
08-04-20, 04:54 AM
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Views: 1,751
Posted By plonz

That bike should come with its own oxygen mask. ...

That bike should come with its own oxygen mask.

IMO, the “before” build exaggerated the bike’s gigantic appearance. Forks and stem made a huge difference. Well done!
07-30-20, 06:25 PM
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Posted By plonz

I thought I had posted this here but doesn’t seem...

I thought I had posted this here but doesn’t seem to be the case. Built a nice Technium 420 and recently sold it. Lower end Technium with stem shifters and turkey levers. Ditched both of those and it...
07-29-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,087
Posted By plonz

Or there’s this great guy selling this sweet...

Or there’s this great guy selling this sweet vintage wheelset right here... :innocent:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-sales/1208564-araya-semi-aero-wheelset-w-sansin-hubs.html
07-29-20, 05:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 750
Posted By plonz

The upkeep was my main concern when I polished my...

The upkeep was my main concern when I polished my first pieces. For me, it turned out not to be that big of a deal. It may be a bigger challenge if the bike is left out in the elements. For my...
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Views: 573
Posted By plonz

Nice bike. Worth the $150 asking price all day...

Nice bike. Worth the $150 asking price all day long. Doubt it would fetch over $200 but definitely good at $150.
07-26-20, 07:37 AM
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Posted By plonz

I always forget to do this but definitely worth...

I always forget to do this but definitely worth mentioning TimmyT . Just bought a box ‘o goodies from him. Good communication and smooth transaction.
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Posted By plonz

Any Caliente I've ever seen was clearly an 80's...

Any Caliente I've ever seen was clearly an 80's design as well. I had to see for myself and what do you know... this 37lb gem first appeared in the 1978 catalog
...
07-22-20, 08:50 AM
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Views: 2,265
Posted By plonz

Iím not much on big packs and roadside repairs. 1...

Iím not much on big packs and roadside repairs. 1 tube, 2 levers, CO2 cartridge and inflater. Most importantly, a cell phone for when I need one of those tools everyone else carries :)
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Posted By plonz

Doesnít really wag my tail but Tange Champion...

Doesnít really wag my tail but Tange Champion frameset with decent paint is hard to take issue with at this price point. IMO it only makes sense if you have a donor bike or all the spare parts needed...
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Posted By plonz

My view on 90’s Serottas is they are best suited...

My view on 90’s Serottas is they are best suited for a modern build as a go-fast alternative to a late model carbon fiber machine. Seems like they’re always priced over a grand. Don’t know if they...
07-12-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By plonz

I've tackled rusty cable guides a few times,...

I've tackled rusty cable guides a few times, albeit with less perfection than some may want. A good scratch pen to take it down to metal, prime, touch-up and clear. I tape off around the guide so...
07-06-20, 06:13 AM
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Views: 4,127
Posted By plonz

My preferred setup has always been a frame 1-2cm...

My preferred setup has always been a frame 1-2cm small, lots of post, 0 degree rise and 175s. I have a couple of bikes in the “correct” size and the larger frames just feel bulky and lethargic. I’m...
07-05-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,383
Posted By plonz

That’s a great blank canvas to start with. I...

That’s a great blank canvas to start with. I first determine if I want downtube shifters or STI (integrated with brake levers). For me this is a matter of whether I’ll use the bike more for solo...
07-04-20, 08:55 PM
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Views: 708
Posted By plonz

Higher ground edit... happy 4th and nice bike!

Higher ground edit... happy 4th and nice bike!
07-03-20, 05:49 PM
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Views: 2,066
Posted By plonz

Interesting concept. I like the looks of that...

Interesting concept. I like the looks of that stem but I'm not buying 14 boxes o' stuff to get it!

GLWS :)
07-01-20, 06:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,050
Posted By plonz

Yellow or white are solid choices. Big fan of...

Yellow or white are solid choices. Big fan of this perforated silver that would also look nice.
...
06-30-20, 05:30 PM
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Views: 3,009
Posted By plonz

Careful with the short top tube and 180 crank...

Careful with the short top tube and 180 crank arms. I see some toe to tire contact in your future when taking sharp turns. Happens to me with a 57cm tube, 175mm arms and size 12 hoof when Iím trying...
06-29-20, 04:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,420
Posted By plonz

Umm... doesn’t appear to be on the small cog?...

Umm... doesn’t appear to be on the small cog? :foo:
06-24-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,477
Posted By plonz

I have a couple of these ...

I have a couple of these
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Quite a lot of these...
06-22-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,046
Posted By plonz

Should work fine. I managed to find one of these...

Should work fine. I managed to find one of these FSA Omega compact cranks with silver rings. I replaced the Dura Ace 7800 crank I was running on my Raleigh Competition. Shifts like a champ with...
06-21-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,475
Posted By plonz

Please forgive them for they know not of what...

Please forgive them for they know not of what they speak:)

Gunnar has been on my radar since one of my former club ride members built up a wicked sweet pink Roadie. Not something you’d do C&V...
06-10-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,863
Posted By plonz

If itís something Iíve been searching for, Iíd...

If itís something Iíve been searching for, Iíd absolutely drop the extra coin. If itís something cool I stumbled upon but wasnít necessarily looking for, maybe not.

I looked a long time for a...
06-10-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 676
Posted By plonz

I’ve opined on this topic several times. At 6’1”...

I’ve opined on this topic several times. At 6’1” I’m probably “supposed” to ride a 60cm. I fit that size fine but I only like it for a more leisurely pace. My go fast bikes end up being 57-59 and...
06-10-20, 01:39 PM
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Views: 654,312
Posted By plonz

Finished reconditioning this 1987 Raleigh...

Finished reconditioning this 1987 Raleigh Tecnhium 420. Spent a lot of time reviving the badly oxidized paint. Ditched the stem siifters and turkey levers for indexed Shimano Light Action and...
06-09-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,975
Posted By plonz

Just got low-end cables, bar tape, hoods and...

Just got low-end cables, bar tape, hoods and chain stay protector on eBay. All items were cheapest from China sellers but I intentionally paid a bit more for identical items from US sellers. All...
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Views: 389
Posted By plonz

If it’s aluminum, $500 is okay but likely be...

If it’s aluminum, $500 is okay but likely be toward the high end of its value. I can’t tell what group is on it. I’d want Ultegra or Dura Ace 9+ speeds for that price.
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Views: 1,461
Posted By plonz

I landed one of these framesets used for $80 and...

I landed one of these framesets used for $80 and built the lightest and fastest machine in my C&V stable. Rarely seen in this colorway which commemorates Pete Penseyres Race Across America. Major...
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Views: 739
Posted By plonz

Condition should help this one stand out from the...

Condition should help this one stand out from the pack in a local sale. I would think $250-$300. I do not recall an avid bike culture from my years in Detroit so maybe on the lower end of this...
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Views: 1,683
Posted By plonz

You did a really nice job on that Ironman. Itís a...

You did a really nice job on that Ironman. Itís a shame one that nice wonít hit $300 but thatís our hobby for ya. Iím fixing up a free Technium that if Iím lucky will net me $50. Not factored into...
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