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Old 08-18-19, 07:29 AM
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Do you apply C&V skills to other interests?

I enjoy the whole C&V ownership experience. Hunting for that unique item and hoping to find a bargain on Craigslist. Evaluating the condition of the new acquisition. Making enough basic repairs to make the item useful and safe. Planning refinements and upgrades so that the object becomes personal and functional on an optimal level.

What other interests draw on your C&V skills?
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Perhaps.

The things that initially attracted me to c&v bicycles are my frugality, and my love of fixing things. I don't care for cars or boats, but ever since I was a kid, bicycles always sparked an interest in me.

I guess I would say that my satisfaction in making things work with what I have on hand applies to most things I do. For example, years back my wife and I built a big awning for our old patio. Soon after, we took it down and had an addition built on the back of the house. I stored the lumber under a tarp. When it came time to build other things, I used it up.

Wife wanted a kayak rack:



In order to get my workshop back, I needed to build a shed for storing all the crap in the garage:



The awning lumber provided many of the studs and all of the rafters.

I've used the same principles when making one useful bike out of several useless ones.
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I'd like to think that I apply my skills in other things .... to C&V.

Lets face it, bicycles are a pretty simple and basic object in the realm of things.

With that said, building up a really nice C&V bicycle is a very satisfying experience when all is said and done, most of the time anyway.

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Old 08-18-19, 08:52 AM
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The hoarding element definitely applies to other areas for me.

I recently discovered I am a wood hoarder - You never know when this little scrap will come in handy.....
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Nothing comes to mind...







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My wife recently took up electric guitar. When she broke a string, I looked it over and decided it's not all that different from a derailleur cable (turns out that's oversimplification); I broke out the tools, watched a short YouTube video, and was successful the first time.

As the cost of even her used Les Paul would buy a rather nice bike, I was apprehensive of damaging anything.
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I got into pocket watch repair. I was getting pretty good at it. Then I lost my spare bedroom (best natural light in my house) that I used to work on the watches. So, that hobby is on hold.
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C&V permeates every aspect of my life.




Cameras



Alpha Syntauri Synthesizer




LaserDisc!



C&V permeates every aspect of my life
Typewriters




Great-Grandma's RCA Stereo



C&V permeates every aspect of my life
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My other thing is sailboats . I like the C&V type , so we have a Westsail 28 .


IMG_0020 by mark westi, on Flickr

The wood shell blocks are my own making .


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Originally Posted by jcb3 View Post
The hoarding element definitely applies to other areas for me.

I recently discovered I am a wood hoarder - You never know when this little scrap will come in handy.....
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Other than classic collectors/musclecars... not so much.

Wife and I met in a dark parking lot -- at a classic musclecar cruise-in 37+ years ago. She had just bought her '70 Mach 1 and I had two '73 Q-code (351C-4V) Cougars. Together we have expanded out collection to include a a '66 Comet Caliente, along with several other C&V cars/trucks... Oh, and we still have all of them!!!
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I have tricked myself into believing that being handy with vintage bicycles and their associated tools makes me handy with house projects. My father-in-law is a retired supervising airline mechanic for a major carrier, so he saves my arse helps sometimes.
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Originally Posted by markwesti View Post
My other thing is sailboats . I like the C&V type , so we have a Westsail 28 .


IMG_0020 by mark westi, on Flickr

The wood shell block are my own making .


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fabulous, my new hobby is less ambitious but also involves the water and wind;


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I'm a toolbox guy. Anything I can do it with my hands, I do. Bicycles, older homes (woodwork, electrical, plumbing, etc.), motorcycles, cars, radios, boats, old fans. Plus I have made a number of sets of wind chimes for fun, as well as cutting boards and other woodworking projects. I even have an engraver. Plus a welder, milling machine, metal lathe, hydraulic press, and so on. I reckon I was born 50 years too late. Except for dental technology.
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fabulous, my new hobby is less ambitious but also involves the water and wind;


That sailboat is totally C&V , cool . Hey Barrettscv would you tell us about it here ? Plastic Classic Forum - Index page
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I have always enjoyed keeping my old equipment working until it was no longer serviceable. Blame my Scots DNA, but I am too cheap to splurge on new stuff if I have perfectly good old stuff. I broke the frame of my Nishiki Competition and used the components to upgrade a Peugeot UO-8 a coworker had given to me. When that frame broke, I moved the parts to another frame. I enjoyed the pictures of the vintage audio equipment, above. My Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble and powered subwoofer are now 25 years old and holding up nicely, although I did splurge on a new digital-input 7.1 Sony amplifier a few years ago.

I always feel a sense of defeat when I need to scrap something. I am going through that right now with my 1996 Audi A4, which I have kept running for the 14 years we have had it in the family, but which is finally reaching the point that I can no longer trust it not to strand one of us somewhere. (Four electrical problems in a row over the past year in a half, each progressively worse than the preceding one.) My "good enough for me" smart phone is an Apple 3GS, which won't support some of the newest apps.
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Originally Posted by Mechanicjay View Post
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Great-Grandma's RCA Stereo
Cool! My parents had one just like it, which my sister and I pressured them into buying from my father's store stock so we could listen to rock on it. Is that a Garrard changer inside the cabinet?
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I have a nice “student” violin (started classes a year ago), but love the sound of my other violin - from the early 1880’s. It sounds so lovely.
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I’v got it backwards. Started off doing woodworking for ten years before I got back into bikes. Woodworking skills have useful to make various jigs.
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I've been restoring cars for 17 years so it's the skill/mind-set I've developed doing that which I apply to bikes instead of the other way around. But I also repair and collect antique watches, furniture, and computers. Sounds like Mechanicjay, gearbasher, and I might need to have some off-topic conversations .
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Not really. My only other real interest is target shooting and if you think god quality vintage bikes are expensive guns are even worse! A good deal there is rarer than a 38 hole High Flange C-Record cassette hub.
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I often find gunsmithing skills useful. Precision drilling and taping, fabrication of parts, working with flat and wound springs, heat treating and tempering, metal finish, ect.

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thinktubes and I are very much alike. C&V bicycle connection, I've hauled my fair share of audio gear and vinyl on the back of a bike and the panniers full of goodies.
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thinktubes and I are very much alike. C&V bicycle connection, I've hauled my fair share of audio gear and vinyl on the back of a bike and the panniers full of goodies.
My Old Man built many of his audio sets because to get the latest/greatest, you had to build your own. Including the HH Scott kit 350 tuner and LK-72 amplifier combo that was passed down to me when he 'upgraded' to the factory produced Pioneer 'Quad' Qx-949. The Scott combo was sold at our house-moving garage sale in the '80s for around $30 because finding replacement vacuum tubes was getting near impossible. Remember when just about every store had a tube tester?
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