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06-26-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,312
Posted By bluehills3149

Here's my budget gravel bike. An old Nishiki...

Here's my budget gravel bike. An old Nishiki frame I found was the doner - it originally came with 27" wheels and CrMo main tubes - nothing special. Converted to 700 wheels to give a bit more tire...
05-21-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By bluehills3149

This is the parts diagram from Campy 2006 and its...

This is the parts diagram from Campy 2006 and its part number EC-MI228 indicates it is the same as the Mirage(and I have a 9spd Mirage lever also with the broken lever). But I am almost sure any...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-20-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 866
Posted By bluehills3149

Try an old coke bottle.. ...

Try an old coke bottle..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtmatxJG_zg
05-14-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 310
Posted By bluehills3149

If you're concerned about how to put things back...

If you're concerned about how to put things back together, use your phone to take lots of pics as you take it apart so you can reference them later.
05-08-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,160
Posted By bluehills3149

The new Shimano XTR hubs use "SCYLENCE silent hub...

The new Shimano XTR hubs use "SCYLENCE silent hub technology" (at least when they sort out the bugs..) and this is rumored to be the basis of the next durace hubs which will then most likely filter...
05-05-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
Posted By bluehills3149

I know you said no phones but if you use an old ...

I know you said no phones but if you use an old Android phone and put Lineage on it you can then re-program to your heart's content. I use an old Motorola E with Lineage and then removed all the...
05-03-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,349
Posted By bluehills3149

I've been on Candys for 10+ years on my commuter...

I've been on Candys for 10+ years on my commuter and road bike and just out them on my homebuilt gravel bike. I ride in rain and occasional snow at all temps. Never had a catastrophic failure but...
04-22-19, 06:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,167
Posted By bluehills3149

If you're using an expensive bike grease just cos...

If you're using an expensive bike grease just cos you have trouble getting grease out from a jar or cartridge, one of these is an excellent investment at about $11 on Amazon as it makes applying...
04-22-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,146
Posted By bluehills3149

I run 22-32-42 mtb cranks on my road bike but I...

I run 22-32-42 mtb cranks on my road bike but I chopped the 22 chainring off and also the lugs the chainring bolts screwed in. This gave more clearance to the frame and allowed a normal road fr...
04-14-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,807
Posted By bluehills3149

Riding home recently I came across an old...

Riding home recently I came across an old receiver that weighed in at (barely liftable) 78lbs. Although I couldn't ride, I rested it on my old Nishiki's handlebars and wheeled it home where it's...
04-09-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,310
Posted By bluehills3149

Is this what your bike looks like? This is 14spd...

Is this what your bike looks like? This is 14spd (7x2) Shimano 105 with gear and brake lever combined. Some Allez's appear to have gear shifters on the...
04-04-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,254
Posted By bluehills3149

This looks very neat. I did a cheapo method with...

This looks very neat. I did a cheapo method with a similar battery pack I strap to my stem (120mm long - just fits). I wrapped the battery in a piece of mtb bike tube and left it a bit longer to...
03-26-19, 09:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,183
Posted By bluehills3149

"Hi.Ten" sticker means the frame is made from low...

"Hi.Ten" sticker means the frame is made from low grade high-tensile steel. No Reynolds 531 here.
03-26-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 6,154
Posted By bluehills3149

I also use flat bars on my beater city bike. I...

I also use flat bars on my beater city bike. I think flat bars give better control over bumps and jumping curbs and higher position gives better visibility for kamikaze motorists. I use drop bars on...
03-26-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,590
Posted By bluehills3149

It was applied with a paint brush. I once found a...

It was applied with a paint brush. I once found a bundle of fine art brushes and used them. Thinned the paint a little using acetone so it would run more and kept the frame warm above the radiator...
03-26-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,590
Posted By bluehills3149

Also - I didn't revisit this page for a while...

Also - I didn't revisit this page for a while after I posted but then I noticed all the very generous offers of parts and help so a big thanks to those who did this, even though I managed it all...
03-26-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,590
Posted By bluehills3149

The restoration is complete. For wheels, I...

The restoration is complete.
For wheels, I laced up a set of Sun M13 rims to some old Normandy hubs I found andI restored - not original Normandy Luxe but they look the same and take english thread...
03-26-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1,071
Views: 142,075
Posted By bluehills3149

North of Nyack on Hook Mtn state Park, NY. on my...

North of Nyack on Hook Mtn state Park, NY. on my gravel converted Nishiki....
03-26-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 541
Posted By bluehills3149

I recently bought off ebay a whole Deore XT...

I recently bought off ebay a whole Deore XT (10spd) hub for $14 inc shipping so perhaps buying a whole hub and just taking off the freehub may be more economical.
03-25-19, 07:36 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,993
Posted By bluehills3149

Maybe more of statement about the strength of...

Maybe more of statement about the strength of that model of trek frame as I've found the seatpost lug usually shears off before the frame breaks or I give in and get out the mother of persuasion - ie...
03-25-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,613
Posted By bluehills3149

Another vote for Komoot. I use their voice...

Another vote for Komoot. I use their voice turn-by-turn directions when I'm somewhere I don't know well. I find Google maps is too formulaic and just directs you to the most direct route (I once...
03-25-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,204
Posted By bluehills3149

I did the plastic sheet trick like10 years ago...

I did the plastic sheet trick like10 years ago (when every office had plastic sheet for overhead projectors in the supply cupboard) but tried it on a 10 spd hub which meant I couldn't squeeze on more...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,810
Posted By bluehills3149

If you go the phone route, I suggest a dedicated...

If you go the phone route, I suggest a dedicated phone exclusively for the bike and if you need data, pop in your sim card form your "real" phone for each ride if you need data. Forget using a big...
03-22-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,267
Posted By bluehills3149

You'll probably find the thickness of the...

You'll probably find the thickness of the sprockets is slimmer as the speeds gets higher and so your shifting will start to go all wacky (and that;s if your chain doesn't skip or properly engage)....
03-12-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 950
Posted By bluehills3149

I'm in NYC which which has the huuuge citibike...

I'm in NYC which which has the huuuge citibike system (~50,000 rides per day!). I own (multiple) bikes including a dedicated commuter with light and locks and I do my own wrenching. When it was $100...
03-10-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 670
Posted By bluehills3149

I am an engineer and used to make flat steel...

I am an engineer and used to make flat steel springs ( the ones used in flick-up coathangers like you see in a store) and I'd guess that toe clips are made the same way (unless they are stainless)....
03-07-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 734
Posted By bluehills3149

I run a mtb crank on my road bike (old Suntour...

I run a mtb crank on my road bike (old Suntour 42/32/22) with the 22 chainring removed and the lugs for the 22 chainring also ground off. Bottom bracket is narrower (110 or 113 I think) to bring the...
02-26-19, 04:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,460
Posted By bluehills3149

I just bought 80 of these to re-spoke 2x36 spoke...

I just bought 80 of these to re-spoke 2x36 spoke wheels. Quality seems OK and marked "S" on the spoke ends which is apparently a Taiwanese company. Steel is non-magnetic too so is genuine austenitic...
02-26-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 804
Posted By bluehills3149

If you're only wanting to paint with a rattle can...

If you're only wanting to paint with a rattle can due to budget restrictions and want to paint it black, white, beige or silver, Rustoleum Appliance paint is probably the toughest paint of all the...
02-18-19, 12:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,281
Posted By bluehills3149

I'm gunna repeat what I say about buying old...

I'm gunna repeat what I say about buying old bikes: if you are asking the question then the answer is NO. Vintage bikes require way too much bike knowledge for a beginner to just dive in as there are...
02-16-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 1,723
Views: 136,631
Posted By bluehills3149

Not my cats but seen in Puerto Rico. ...

Not my cats but seen in Puerto Rico.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/600x800/cats_on_bike_puerto_rico_6dc15b2ca87eaa62ce589525c04c0cde665e2c10.jpg
02-15-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,198
Posted By bluehills3149

Here's my B17 with the Ebay rivets I posted...

Here's my B17 with the Ebay rivets I posted above. I found the rivets too long so cut off a couple mm using my cable cutters. But I had a hard time peening them. I do not have any rivet tools so used...
02-13-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,198
Posted By bluehills3149

I have a B17 that needs new rivets but it's a bit...

I have a B17 that needs new rivets but it's a bit worn so would rather not invest too much in it and the factory rivets are pretty pricey. Any idea if these would fit?
...
02-11-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 18,397
Posted By bluehills3149

Anyone notice the "fixie" on the wall behind her?...

Anyone notice the "fixie" on the wall behind her? Looks like deep dish carbon wheels and all. Who would have though they had hipster bikes back in 1978?
02-09-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,445
Posted By bluehills3149

Nice to see other builds. Took it out for a bit...

Nice to see other builds.
Took it out for a bit of mud bashing yesterday and a couple of things I observed. First in really thick mud it will clog the brakes and you have to stop and clear it so...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,514
Posted By bluehills3149

But the spoke you're most likely to break is that...

But the spoke you're most likely to break is that which is under the most load and that is rear drive side - hence you'll need a chain whip, cassette tool and large wrench which are hardly the kind...
02-07-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,445
Posted By bluehills3149

The paint is just Rustoleum - not sure of the...

The paint is just Rustoleum - not sure of the color and I chose it as it most closely matched the factory paint so chips are less likely to be seen. I assume it will not be that durable and will soon...
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By bluehills3149

The problem is " but we both aren’t super savvy...

The problem is " but we both aren’t super savvy on bikes " which implies you're not the type to do your own repairs (or even to know what needs doing). But if you took this to a bike shop who knows...
02-06-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,445
Posted By bluehills3149

Budget cross/gravel bike build from old road bike

I built up this bike as a gravel/cross bike using mostly parts I had lying around but I think it came out OK. I first tried to do this using an old Fuji road bike that had 700 wheels but the brake...
02-01-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
Posted By bluehills3149

You can read this thread and find out... ...

You can read this thread and find out...
https://www.bikeforums.net/road-cycling/1159883-gp5000s-tubeless.html
02-01-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By bluehills3149

If we're talking new materials for bike frames -...

If we're talking new materials for bike frames - here's an article on how they have managed technology to weld 6000 series aluminum which is much stronger than the 7000 series currently used in bike...
02-01-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By bluehills3149

I have Mavic UST rims (open pro). UST is Mavic's...

I have Mavic UST rims (open pro). UST is Mavic's attempt to get a standard fitting for tubeless tires so they all fit on easily and safely as there is currently no industry standard as to guarantee...
01-26-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 663
Posted By bluehills3149

I was just reading up a few posts about old...

I was just reading up a few posts about old normandy hubs which were on thousands of bikes from the 60s and 70s (and were branded as Schwinn as well) and the consensus is the factory cones were...
01-24-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,184
Posted By bluehills3149

Just my 2c after 30 years of bike commuting. If...

Just my 2c after 30 years of bike commuting. If you are using flat pedals without cages, going to cages or, even better, to clipless will make riding much much easier. For me I'd rather be on a mtb...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-23-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,874
Posted By bluehills3149

I'll throw some more potential reasons. 1. Bike...

I'll throw some more potential reasons.
1. Bike share systems. In New York the Citibike network has 12,000 bikes and gets about 40,000 (!!) rides every day. That's got to have taken a huge chunk of...
01-22-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 18,713
Posted By bluehills3149

Here's a Classique I had but have since passed...

Here's a Classique I had but have since passed on. I found the frame dumped on the street pretty much stripped of most parts but looks like it had Shimano 600 Arabesque originally. Frame was made...
01-16-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 471
Posted By bluehills3149

Here is a parts list diagram from the Campy...

Here is a parts list diagram from the Campy website from 2006 (9spd era). All parts beginning with RE are Record, CH= Chorus etc (DA=Daytona/Centaur). As you can see the guts of a Mirage shifter are...
12-31-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,590
Posted By bluehills3149

The downtube sticker says "record du monde". It's...

The downtube sticker says "record du monde". It's strange in that the bike looks to have been ridden into the ground but the there are lots of hints that it was just sitting around for 30 years more...
12-31-18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,590
Posted By bluehills3149

I found the manufacture date code on the rear...

I found the manufacture date code on the rear der. 1968 - coincidentally my "manufacture" year also.
12-31-18, 10:19 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,590
Posted By bluehills3149

I cleaned it up a bit. Here are more pics. Front...

I cleaned it up a bit. Here are more pics. Front der is broken but rest of bike is strangely complete for such a beater - pedals are Lyotard and spin OK....
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