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Old 01-11-21, 07:53 AM
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Dealt with my first stuck fixed cup last night

Wrench didn't work.

Wrench plus hammer didn't work.

PB blaster plus wrench plus hammer didn't work. (This is English threaded, right? It's got to be!)

PB blaster plus vice almost didn't work! (Stupid swivel base!)

Everything's out and happy now though, and the effort yielded a NJS 7200 BB.

I'll use some grease when I install the next one
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Old 01-11-21, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Murray Missile View Post
Thanks. I told him I didn't expect him to remember everything I showed him but that somewhere down the road he'd remember it. Kid is smart he's been getting straight A's in school all school year so far. He was asking lots of questions about how the derailleurs and brakes work. I think we have a future engineer in the family. Yeah, he's pretty proud, not just of his new bike but that he helped put it together. When the bike is just a memory he's still have that feeling of accomplishment to call up.
Well, there's periodic maintenance on such bikes that I'm sure he'll get a kick out of learning how to do. Tube repair, brake pad swap and tuning, cable swap along with derailleur tuning. All good future mini-projects you can do with him.

As for the memories: he'll probably always remember doing it all with grandpa, as well. And that's a memory that won't easily fade. (I remember the sprinkler system I put in with grandpa, along with digging all the holes for the new trees getting planted. Won't mention the toilet swap, as I've blocked out that one, but all the rest were 'priceless.' Funny what you learn as a kid, when you've got a handyman for a grandpa.)

Your next project: see if you can keep ahead of the guy, once he gets completely comfortable on the thing. An increasingly tough challenge, I suspect. Enjoy every precious moment.
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Old 01-11-21, 07:03 PM
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Well, there's periodic maintenance on such bikes that I'm sure he'll get a kick out of learning how to do. Tube repair, brake pad swap and tuning, cable swap along with derailleur tuning. All good future mini-projects you can do with him.

As for the memories: he'll probably always remember doing it all with grandpa, as well. And that's a memory that won't easily fade. (I remember the sprinkler system I put in with grandpa, along with digging all the holes for the new trees getting planted. Won't mention the toilet swap, as I've blocked out that one, but all the rest were 'priceless.' Funny what you learn as a kid, when you've got a handyman for a grandpa.)

Your next project: see if you can keep ahead of the guy, once he gets completely comfortable on the thing. An increasingly tough challenge, I suspect. Enjoy every precious moment.

I suggested to his Dad that he help me fix his BMX bike and then he can sell it, he thought that was a great idea. I'm kind of surprised Dad let the BMX get in disrepair but it did so I'll take advantage of the opportunity to teach him more. I was just about his age when I tore my bike apart and put it back together just to see what made it go. Admittedly it took me a few tries to get it back together LOL but I did, after that it became a Spring ritual.
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Restore to original

I am currently overhauling my Reparto Corse. Just waiting on the down tube shifters to arrive and taking off the brifters. It is turning out nice, for my first bike re-build.
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Old 01-12-21, 12:28 PM
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Getting one ready for chain & final rd tune. Check every nut/bolt/pad/etc.

The Bianchi (1st celeste for me) deserved a mock-up for other pictures But is 2nd in line to Rickert; or maybe build two-atta-time? No rush on either, all parts (seeming) on-hand for both.



Rainy day morning - the news is so bad, it is Allman Bros Band on the cable music channel.. edit = it switched to Meatloaf (yeackk) for the pic.


edit: Or better wIth tanwalls?
luckily these 27mm (measured) tires fit under these brakes with 2.5-3mm to spare.


Didnt have the heart to move Pete for a pic.

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Old 01-12-21, 01:51 PM
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Removed the 'fixed' bearing race.As always a bear to remove, especially as the BB shell had been pounded by something. It had been on there since 1980.

The hole had been elongated by the axle rubbing on it after the bearings had broken their cage thru lack of grease. I can't imagine what it sounded like going down the road to wear the race in such a manner.
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Old 01-12-21, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
Getting one ready for chain & final rd tune. Check every nut/bolt/pad/etc.

The Bianchi (1st celeste for me) deserved a mock-up for other pictures But is 2nd in line to Rickert; or maybe build two-atta-time? No rush on either, all parts (seeming) on-hand for both.



Rainy day morning - the news is so bad, it is Allman Bros Band on the cable music channel.. edit = it switched to Meatloaf (yeackk) for the pic.


edit: Or better wIth tanwalls?
luckily these 27mm (measured) tires fit under these brakes with 2.5-3mm to spare.


Didnt have the heart to move Pete for a pic.
Wildwood,
Tan looks better to me, but I know it's a personal choice.
BTW nice to have a "watchdog"
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Does @Wildwood need a grub screw for his SR rd?
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Old 01-13-21, 09:57 AM
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Perhaps the spring for the chain cage is set to the weakest position. Or you may be right missing grub screw . I have been using some stainless rod to make replacements here in the shop. Smiles, MH
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Old 01-13-21, 10:27 AM
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The mint white bianchi got some new Campy cranks to go with the seatpost.

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Old 01-13-21, 02:18 PM
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For crying out loud - change the damn black quill stem....please!
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Old 01-13-21, 04:12 PM
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@Wildwood, Those tan walls beat out the black walls for me.

Nice bike.
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Old 01-13-21, 06:20 PM
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I had a chance today to work on the bike Francophile said I could keep after finding it in a friend's parking lot. It has been sent out for coating and is now well cured and today it got decals from Velocals. Interesting install of the decals but following instructions (remember the RTFM mantra) they were relatively easy to apply. I'm glad this model only had a few decals. Next step is to do the clear coat and move forward. I'm in luck, the War Department approves of this one so I think it will get to stay. Pics below and the next step will be whether to build clinchers or tubulars. Smiles, MH
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Old 01-13-21, 06:26 PM
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love the color!!
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Old 01-14-21, 07:27 PM
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"Finished" this after work today. Minor adjustments and test ride soon!

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Came out pretty darn cool...



The ONLY bike with colour matched wheel reflectors that look great!
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The ONLY bike with colour matched wheel reflectors that look great!
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@hazetguy Does that Sun unit still work?
Today I worked on re-creating a bottom bracket tool I used in the 70's. It locks into the fixed cup and it threads against itself so It can't slip and works on both left and right handed cups. A very simple design that just works. The working looks a bit unrefined but will remove fixed cups. Depending on which side of the tool you tighten it moves both right and left thread designs. The nuts are race car lug nuts with a bit of lug stud welded into one end with an extension that is welded into a 1/2 inch drive hard socket. I need to bit more cleaning of the welds and then paint but I have a new tool I haven't seen in a long time. Smiles, MH

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Columbia 10 speed

This week's project appears to be an early 70s Columbia:



Apparently there were a bunch of 10-speed models named after different suburbs of Boston - Lexington, Lenox, Andover, etc. The model name was on the top tube, but the decal is gone on this one.

This looks to me like it was intended to be a U-08 knockoff. It has basically the same Simplex derailleur set as a contemporary U-08 I was working on a couple weeks ago, and the look is similar as long as you don't notice details like the crimped-in dropouts. There is a serial number list available online that pegs this as a 1965 frame, but I just don't think so. The rear derailleur has a fuzzy number that looks like a 71.

Basically a piece of junk, but a solid piece of junk with a history.
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Old 01-18-21, 04:43 AM
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Slippage?

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@hazetguy Does that Sun unit still work?
Today I worked on re-creating a bottom bracket tool I used in the 70's. It locks into the fixed cup and it threads against itself so It can't slip and works on both left and right handed cups. A very simple design that just works. The working looks a bit unrefined but will remove fixed cups. Depending on which side of the tool you tighten it moves both right and left thread designs. The nuts are race car lug nuts with a bit of lug stud welded into one end with an extension that is welded into a 1/2 inch drive hard socket. I need to bit more cleaning of the welds and then paint but I have a new tool In haven't seen in a long time. Smiles, MH
What stops the tool from rotating in the axle hole. Do you align the flats on your tool with the flats on the fixed end and bring the spanner to bare on the tool flat at the same time as the fixed end flats?
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Old 01-18-21, 07:25 AM
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I have been working on a '97 Lemond Tourmalet that is in excellent original condition. I decided to leave the original handlebar tape and tires to show just how original and low mileage the bike is. Only items replaced so far are the nylon spacer which screws in to the non-drive side of the bottom bracket, the spoke protector, brake pads and all cables/housing. I cleaned, degreased and repacked all bearings with new grease. As a 61cm it was the largest size frame available that year but the Tourmalet is near the bottom of the line with a steel frame and a 3 X 7 Shimano RSX drivetrain. It rides very well for a nearly 25 year old steel frame road bike. I really like the dark blue metallic paint and am tempted to keep the bike but alas I already have too many!


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Old 01-18-21, 08:49 AM
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I have been working on a '97 Lemond Tourmalet that is in excellent original condition.
Looks like it has mismatched rims. And I'd be really surprised if that's the original stem, pedals and bar tape.
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What stops the tool from rotating in the axle hole. Do you align the flats on your tool with the flats on the fixed end and bring the spanner to bare on the tool flat at the same time as the fixed end flats?
Johno59,
The wrench is just a standard 36 mm wrench that fits on the fixed cup. It is about 18" long so it will have plenty of leverage, unlike the Parks and other spanners. It cost $20 but with 15% off and a rebate coupon it was more like $12. I could not resist at that price!
The tool I made is two race car lug nuts welded to a hollow extension and then welded inside two 1/2" drive impact sockets. One side has a stud welded into one of the lug nuts. The other lug nut is hollow and they jam against each other on either side of a fixed cup. Depending on which end of the tool you tighten it works for both left and right handed threads. I will post a few pics when I get to my other computer that allows pictures to be down-loaded. Smiles, MH
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Old 01-18-21, 01:12 PM
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Johno59,
The wrench is just a standard 36 mm wrench that fits on the fixed cup. It is about 18" long so it will have plenty of leverage, unlike the Parks and other spanners. It cost $20 but with 15% off and a rebate coupon it was more like $12. I could not resist at that price!
The tool I made is two race car lug nuts welded to a hollow extension and then welded inside two 1/2" drive impact sockets. One side has a stud welded into one of the lug nuts. The other lug nut is hollow and they jam against each other on either side of a fixed cup. Depending on which end of the tool you tighten it works for both left and right handed threads. I will post a few pics when I get to my other computer that allows pictures to be down-loaded. Smiles, MH
I for one, would LOVE to see some more pics of your tool... the fixed cup tool I mean...
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A little cleanup work on these nice old Weinmann levers with factory drillium. I used Mothers Mag and Aluminum polish.


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