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Old 06-15-19, 11:59 AM
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If you use the same wheel, simply replace the freewheel and adjust the limit screws.
Have to ask, though...why? If it's because a 17 tooth is the largest you typically need, just stop shifting. The weight loss of a single cog and spacer is hardly a performance enhancer.
It's just a ascetic thing to me rc . Nothing to do with weight loss , If anything needs to loose weight it's me . @Classtime , I did that once back in the 70's to a POS Gitane I had . But now that you mention it check this out .

https://www.bikeradar.com/features/m...e-custom-riva/

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Greetings ...new to the Ironman club. I picked up this beauty off the sales section and it was better than expected. Excellent condition and upgraded with Dura Ace parts. New 26mm...omg!..GravelKings make for a smooth ride. This is a fun bike
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Old 06-15-19, 09:27 PM
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We are winning the hearts and minds...actually.
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Greetings ...new to the Ironman club. I picked up this beauty off the sales section and it was better than expected. Excellent condition and upgraded with Dura Ace parts. New 26mm...omg!..GravelKings make for a smooth ride. This is a fun bike
Nice, I remember that one. Congratulations. As I said before, it Doesn't get any better than that......well maybe some pink cable housing is in order.
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Greetings ...new to the Ironman club. I picked up this beauty off the sales section and it was better than expected. Excellent condition and upgraded with Dura Ace parts. New 26mm...omg!..GravelKings make for a smooth ride. This is a fun bike
Very nice! That's a big frame. What is it a 60 or so? What headset is that? Welcome to the Ironnuts gang.
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Nice bike / good photo !
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Old 06-16-19, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by TXsailor View Post
Very nice! That's a big frame. What is it a 60 or so? What headset is that? Welcome to the Ironnuts gang.
Thanks. It’s a 25” frame. I think the headset is the only original component...Shimano 600.
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Thanks. It’s a 25” frame. I think the headset is the only original component...Shimano 600.
Your saddle and post are original.
What wheels and hubs are on there? Also Is it a 6 speed freewheel?
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Your saddle and post are original.
What wheels and hubs are on there? Also Is it a 6 speed freewheel?
Cool. 6speed DuraAce hubs and Araya superanodized something’s...had re-dished and trued...very smooth.
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Old 06-18-19, 12:22 PM
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Man, I had a line on one of two wheel sets for my '88 Carbon Ironman, but just when I'm gonna make my move they're both GONE. My '88 Carbon hadn't been ridden in forever because of lack of training wheels. Oh I got racing wheels, just No training ones. It doesn't help that it has to be the right look, condition, and most importantly, Right price.
The plan was and is, to ride the '86 Classic Mondays, '87 Miami Vice Wednesdays, '89 Summertime Blues on Fridays and the '88 Carbon on Sundays long ride. My choice is mostly determined by my routes. The thing is, I don't have a "compact" setup (not to be confused with the "seypat setup"). My '86 is 6 speed 52,42, x 13-21. My '87 is 7 speed 52,42 x ?-26, my '88 is 8 speed 53,39 x 12 -28. My '89 is 7 speed 52,42x ?-24. Since I plan on using the '88 for this season, I want to use it for long rides....and will eventually,But for now it's whichever route I'm taking denotes long ride bike.
I got my '86 up and running. That was a tough few days ruined tire, blow out on replacement tire, then broken spoke. Whew! But I found a tan wall in my shed and although not a match, it works. It irks me that they don't match but you can only tell when I stop, hehe. I'm gonna buy new tan walls but right now I'm more concerned with getting a wheelset for my '88. Also, I replaced the spoke with a heavier gauge spoke (that's what I had) and it worked great. It should be noted, I'm not a wheel builder and I can't true a wheel to save my life. However I just tightened the replacement spoke til the wheel was acceptably straight <{seems like a Markwesti joke should be here**. I'm happy to say all is well with my favorite bike, the '86 Classic.
I'm really considering Putting road bars on my '89. That'll do 2 things for me: 1, allows me to ride with the bike group or riding with someone else, 2, keep me from solo rides with it. My problem is I dont have any shifters, well except for @canklecat shifters....maybe I'll just use them (don't tell him). They're 7 speed which is what my '89 is currently anyway. However I have every intention of changing it to 9 speed. Yep, 9 speed dura ace with brifters will certainly do it if I do change to road bars. I'm sounding like I'm a lizard, you know, "Rusty ass and a rambling mind" but honestly more like, a lot of ideas/goals but holes in my pockets. Thank God my wife and daughter are Beautiful, young, and fun or I might be unhappy. But as it is, I think I'm the luckiest guy I know.
It's been 4 years this month since I joined BF. I had previously owned 2 Ironman and had 2 or 3 when I joined. As RT would say I was already "enlightened" before I even heard of bike forums. But for sure I've learned more about them since then. Truth is though, if I had never Gotten any Ironman but the '86 Classic I would've been content....I'm just "contenter" now [sic].
The day may come where I'm not on BF any longer. In fact my now 4 year daughter will be going to pre Kindergarten which is NOT mandatory, so she'll be going only 2 days a week in the fall. That will give me 2 extra days of training for 8 weeks when I finish out my season in late October with a 1/2 Ironman distance Triathlon. In November and December, I'm gonna turn myself into a runner then come January, back to the triple sport.
Currently, I'm weight training, swimming (in the morning), and running (evening) Tue and Thurs. I'm also biking and running (evening) Mon, Wed, and Friday. Saturdays and Sundays it's one sport. All this has got me down to 180 lbs from 196 lbs. I've got 5 more pounds to go to reach my goal weight before our hometown triathlon in 4 weeks.
Well that's what's up with me and my Ironman(s). Here's a pic of my #1 . Keep those freewheels spinning Irongents.

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Old 06-18-19, 02:35 PM
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I got your beater right here! It's an 83 though, not an 84.

Getting ready to break this one down and do what needs to be done. First, some specs. As found it weighs 21.8-9ish. I was holding it up on my hanging scales and the scales would not lock in. Serial # is N3B3024.
Wheelset is Campy Record with a Regina CX freewheel.
Stem and handlebars are Cinelli
Shifters are Simplex Retrofricton
Saddle is a Motobecane Profile (like I care)
I think the rest is original except for the pedals.

Edit: FD is first Gen Cyclone. RD is first gen Superbe with the sealed bearing pulleys. I think both pulleys are cracked. If they are cracked, I might have to go old school with some Bullseye pulleys! (if I can find them)

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Old 06-18-19, 02:57 PM
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I need a ultra thin walled 15mm socket to get these bolts out. Dang it. Guess I'm headed to Harbor Freight for a cheapy to grind down. This is why I use the Allen headed crank bolts.

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Old 06-18-19, 03:32 PM
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Cool, Seypat.
How bout some outside pics of frame when you get it tore down? It would be nice to see that blue up close and personal.
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Old 06-18-19, 05:16 PM
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Cool, Seypat.
How bout some outside pics of frame when you get it tore down? It would be nice to see that blue up close and personal.
I will do it. According to the Centurion site by a BF member, that color combo is Iris/Silver.
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Old 06-18-19, 05:20 PM
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Back from the socket run. Harbor Freight does not sell individual sockets. Northern Tool does. The Northern Tool socket is thinner and will fit without grinding.

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Old 06-18-19, 05:21 PM
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Harbor Freight was not a total loss. This was sitting outside. Not something you see every day.

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Here are some random pics. If you want to see something particular, let me know. At this point the frame weight is 6.90lbs. If you measure according to the brochure, it's a 21.5 x 21.5 square. Definitely not a 21 or 22" square frame. Check out the BB. Is that factory, or drillium? On to the fork.





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Here is the fork. Weight is 1.63lbs as shown. The painted triangle is a good match. Dropouts are Tange TF-R. Stamped with Tange 3C Made in Japan. If you look up from the bottom, it has the same helical ridges as Columbus tubing. It looks like the fork on my Columbus SL Lotus which is also chrome underneath. The Lotus fork has tanges on the inside of the blades. Who knows? On to the BB.








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Old 06-18-19, 08:39 PM
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Which points, possibly, to Tsunoda.
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I will do it. According to the Centurion site by a BF member, that color combo is Iris/Silver.
So is it more violet than blue? Kinda like C-Cats trekenstein?
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Old 06-18-19, 09:26 PM
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So is it more violet than blue? Kinda like C-Cats trekenstein?
It has some purple in it. About the color of a Bluebonnet.

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The BB is super light and the metal has a different sound. Frame weighed 4.61lbs with the bottom headset race still in. That's it. Done for the night.



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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
It has some purple in it. About the color of a Bluebonnet.
Our state flower. Weirdly, I could name our state flower, tree, bird, song, motto, capitol, before the internet was a thing.
Most Texans identify themselves as Texans before anything else.
I was having this very conversation with my riding partner Sunday. He happens to work at the same company I worked at for 20 years. Great company, actually. Long story short, they asked how you identify yourself and I put other. They asked why, I said cause you didn't have Texan as an option. Oh BTW, he has a Texas flag tattooed on his back or chest IDR.
One thing, per our conversation, we could only identify one other state flag, california, due to the bear.
Oh also he was on his just washed '88 Iromman master and I was on my '86 Classic. And Dang It, his Ironman looked Good.....sorry I got carried away....carry on.
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Our state flower. Weirdly, I could name our state flower, tree, bird, song, motto, capitol, before the internet was a thing.
Most Texans identify themselves as Texans before anything else.
I was having this very conversation with my riding partner Sunday. He happens to work at the same company I worked at for 20 years. Great company, actually. Long story short, they asked how you identify yourself and I put other. They asked why, I said cause you didn't have Texan as an option. Oh BTW, he has a Texas flag tattooed on his back or chest IDR.
One thing, per our conversation, we could only identify one other state flag, california, due to the bear.
Oh also he was on his just washed '88 Iromman master and I was on my '86 Classic. And Dang It, his Ironman looked Good.....sorry I got carried away....carry on.
That is the truth about being a Texan. When people ask me about living in Texas, that's what I tell them. Good or bad, you are a Texan first and foremost. That carries with it certain responsibilities and ways of thinking. If you don't agree with, or intend to uphold those responsibilities or ways of thinking, then you don't need to be a Texan. The perfect example was when I went back for my niece's wedding in 2013. Here is the story:

The wedding was in mid June in Henrietta.(Wichita Falls area) The WF area was in a drought so severe that recycled sewer water was being used. We were delayed getting into Dallas a day because of the usual violent storms at that time of the year. We actually got there halfway through the rehearsal dinner. The wedding was a 6pm start. Temps at the start were high 90s. Place had no AC. Reception was outside because of no AC. The wind was blowing so hard that you had to have a paper weight to hold your plates down and blowing over cups with liquid in them. Lots of bugs and mosquitoes. At this point, I am waiting for the rest of the apocalypse to come. My Aunt turns to me and says, "so Pat, when ya'll moving back to Texas?" I looked at here and said, "we're not." I then explained to her and went over what I liked about the place I live now. I didn't bad mouth the Lone Star State at all. She looks at me and my brother who also lived in a different state and says, "Texas is the greatest place on Earth to live. If you don't live in Texas, you ain't no count." I looked at my brother and said, "I guess we ain't no count then." She and her husband had driven in from Snyder and were driving back after the reception. Most of my relatives are out in West Texas between Abilene and Lubbock. They think that's God's country out there. No better place for them. Each to his own.
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
The BB is super light and the metal has a different sound. Frame weighed 4.61lbs with the bottom headset race still in. That's it. Done for the night.



This BB is a Sugino Mighty MW-68. The Centurion site has a question mark. This one. VeloBase.com - Component: Sugino Mighty MW-68

Hollow Ni-Cr alloy spindle. The cups and bolts might be Ni-Cr as well.

Edit: The Sugino catalog lists the spindle as Cr-Mo steel and the cups as Ni-Cr steel. The crank bolts/washers and locking ring have a combined weight of 16g. They have no attraction to a magnet or any Sugino markings.
http://equusbicycle.com/bike/sugino/...hure56%201.pdf

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