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Old 04-06-20, 06:11 PM
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Originally Posted by tincup View Post
nice garden!
Thanks!

It's the shared garden of the former monastery that I live in. Probably somewhere around 50-70 years old, maybe more but I can't be sure because the area was heavily bombed in WW2.
The nice thing is that the monks who used to live there brought back seeds from where they went on mission so we have a very eclectic mixture of plants in the garden. It's kind of wild and woodland-ish.

With the excellent weather we are having at the moment a couple of us living there decided it would be a good time to take care of some overgrown areas and take out some weeds.
The final result of the herbal garden:


And another view + bikes here:


Perhaps we should start a "Post your garden-thread"?
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Old 04-06-20, 06:34 PM
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Well, a bikes in the garden thread at least.
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Something I had in mind since the original inkling of this build. In keeping with the aesthetic of Singer and others, and in accordance with historic French law, an engraved stem cap with this owner’s name and address (slightly redacted). Fortunately, I recently found this UK based company (www.KAPZ.com) that makes custom engraved stem caps. This is their “bolt-less” design, with deep laser etched text. An additional bit of French flavor. (French language experts: Please do not point out any errors in my self-researched Google-translation of my address. I make no claims that it is 100% correct. )
“The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles” (Pg. 60)

“The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles” (Pg. 77)


That is a neat build. I have that same frame but went in a totally different direction. Mine is a 1x9 hybrid with Surly Moloko bars and a carbon fork. It is super cool to see it built up so differently and with more vintage parts (mine is mostly parts bin stuff but the oldest stuff is 8 speed era in the rear xt derailleur)
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Replaced the head-in drive side spokes on my Record/GP4 wheel after a perfect storm left this:


I am not a dork. The

I had some close-enough DT-Comps, so I detensioned the wheel, cut the spokes out, threaded on the replacements, and then, while bringing the wheel up to tension, one nipple let go of its spoke! Uh oh. Luckily, the spoke was the culprit and I didn't have to peel off the tire to replace the nipple.
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Old 04-06-20, 11:11 PM
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With forced time at home, my basement is my retreat.

A few weeks ago, I fashioned a workbench from our old waterbed Captain's Pedestal. The 3 pieces of the bee's platform make for a solid benchtop. And storage galore.

I've wrenched on my 86 KHS Fiero, and swapped pedals and seatpost collar on my 06 Cannondale CAAD8 R1000. Finished stripping my 02 Marin San Rafael hybrid, while I decide what to do with it (most likely 1x8 and rigid fork for now). I have some brake issues to resolve with my 91 Trek 7000 tomorrow. And just waiting for a new cartridge BB for my 97 Cannondale CAAD2 R300.

Meanwhile, the weather is not wholly conducive to me riding, wind adds to my allergies, especially affecting my eyes...

For good measure, the bench has been a good spot to mess with my old laptops. Experimenting with different flavors of Linux. And resurrected an older tablet (no ANT+, and old enough to run Zwift Companion but without maps displayed. While I got it working after 4 years, I bought a battery and charge port for it, so it will charge reliably. It will be great for the grandkids to use when they visit. Someday...

I also have to tear down the Rochshox Dart 3 fork off my 29er. Needs fluid changed and seals replaced...
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Old 04-07-20, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
Replaced the head-in drive side spokes on my Record/GP4 wheel after a perfect storm left this:
I am not a dork. The ...
Don't leave us hanging like that!

What happened here?
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Old 04-07-20, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by JaccoW View Post
Don't leave us hanging like that!

What happened here?
The Story:

I have a habit of always unclipping left side first by rotating my heel outwards. I took my Centurion Turbo out on Sunday morning and clipping in, I remembered that the left side pedal was giving me a little trouble. I made a mental note to remember to look into that when I got home. A few miles into my ride, at a stop sign, I couldn't unclip in my habitual way--left heel out. Luckily, I was on level ground and I had a moment while coasting a few feet to turn my heel inwards and unclip. After a few trials with the pedal clipping and unclipping, I was concerned enough to head home. There is a light just before I go up a short hill to my house. No problems so far. I cross the street, prepare for the short climb by shifting to the big cog, and notice that the chain is still on the big ring. When I shift the chain onto the little ring, it drops off onto the bottom bracket. Yikes. I manage to unclip, put the chain on, and hand cranking, I notice the chain came off the big cog into the spokes. The chain went back on easily. No harm done. Now I'm in my lowest gear and head up the hill. Half way up, I decide to check my rear derailleur by shifting to a smaller cog and the back to the big cog. The chain goes up and over into the spokes, I can't unclip in my habitual way, I panic, on the hill, no coasting, I pedal one grinding revolution while I finally unclip and the damage is done. I released the rear brake and made it safely to my garage where I discovered a loose pedal cleat and one of three cleat bolts missing. This was the problem and not the pedal. So,
1. I could have stopped and solved my "pedal" problem right away.
2. I could have learned long ago to be proficient unclipping left or right.
3. Big ring big cog is never a good idea.
And 4. Never check rear derailleur limit screw adjustments in real life, under load, going uphill, unable to unclip or coast.
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Old 04-07-20, 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by JaccoW View Post
Thanks!

Perhaps we should start a "Post your garden-thread"?
Try this. https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-v...ur-garden.html
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post

That's a lot of damage from just a single incident.
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Old 04-07-20, 10:52 AM
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Give me more of that

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Slowly overhauling this 1973ish Nishiki Competition step-through. Everything is remaining the same aside from swapping the drops for porteur bars, shifters for barcons and the sadddle for a Brooks Flyer. Apologies for photo size.




Just from the close-ups......A beauty. Mixtes are cool. The shorty chrome fenders......

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The problem with this thread is that it contiues to drive my desire to try to solve N+1!
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Just from the close-ups......A beauty. Mixtes are cool. The shorty chrome fenders......
I'm really into it. So many unique little details. Picked up from the original owner and it was 100% original. It has needed some cleaning up here and there but ultimately the overhaul job has been easy enough thanks to the good condition it was kept in.
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Just finished the restoration job on a dumpster find 1978 Schwinn Breeze. Love the build quality of these old Schwinns.
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Painted these today for my Fuji:
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Getting there. Still hand built iron-insulator glass sconces and the bike to go above the couch...





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This will likely look familiar. It used to have Campagnolo Record 8 speed but that now resides on my Lemond TSX, Now it has a mix of Shimano 9 speed and other marques.

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Cleaned up and did general maintenance on my primary bicycle over the weekend. Installed a new rack and bottle cage on it Monday. Been wanting to put a rack on it ever since I bought it last year, and finally got around to it.




Getting the rack onto this bike was actually a challenge due to the odd frame design. I couldn't use the caliper brake/rear reflector mounting location as it was to low for the rack's stay arms to reach, and I had to modify the rack's stay arms to reach the mounting posts integrated into the rear of the top tube of the bike frame as they were ever so slightly to high for the rack to otherwise reach. Was kind of a pain, but it turned out great in the end,

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Old 04-08-20, 08:08 PM
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Waiting on hardware for the rear.

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I picked up a Motobecane Mixte at a Habitat Re Store for a flip, turns out it is in a lot worse shape then I thought. Paint is trashed and it had plenty of rust & scratches which I knew, but it had broken cable guides, the rear dropouts were a mess, brake levers didn't match plus it was in need of the usual tear down clean & grease job. Good news is that I am down to cables and a seat and it will be ready to move on. As Found.



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Univega Gran Rally swappin’...

I was gifted this salmon colored frame quite some time ago...been bouncin’ around through the many shop iterations...last year or so I was gifted the complete silver/blue bike...too big for me, plus the top tube is damaged just enough...I’ll be usin’ my new 600 wrenches from Poland...took almost a month+ to get’em...




Great beater, company bike when done...

...just enough damage...and too big for me...

These became available on EBay, I’m guessin’ maybe/probably saw a reference for them on BF...had to have’em...
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I picked up a Motobecane Mixte at a Habitat Re Store for a flip, turns out it is in a lot worse shape then I thought. Paint is trashed and it had plenty of rust & scratches which I knew, but it had broken cable guides, the rear dropouts were a mess, brake levers didn't match plus it was in need of the usual tear down clean & grease job. Good news is that I am down to cables and a seat and it will be ready to move on. As Found.



what size is that?
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Got some new (used) scotch-brite, bear-tex, and flannel wheels for to make my old, noisy grinder into a new, quiet polisher!

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Got the Nishiki Competition step through up on wheels today. Decided to keep the original saddle for now. All that’s left is the bar cons, derailleurs and a nice saddle bag. Part of me is wanting to try gold cable housing or a gold chain to go with the decals and freewheel but it may be too gaudy.





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working on this 1988 Schwinn LeTour. It will be reborn as an all white Schwinn "World" I realize the World is one of the lowest levels but I had a World in 1988 and building it as a tribute (plus found some Schwinn World decals on Ebay) Stripping bikes is not much fun though!

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what size is that?
Not Sure, never had anyone ask about size on a Mixte, will check it and report back. Ok Center of spindle to the top of the seat tube is 50cm, seat tube to head tube is 53.3cm C to C.

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