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Old 09-27-19, 02:34 PM
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Current SNAFU's, head-slappers....

We haven't had one of these in a while.....

Mine is not on C&V (maybe I'm more careful on them). In deciding to built two modern bikes for "any road, any time," I ended up ordering an 11-32 "11-on-10" R8000 cassette, to go on my R8000 Wraith. 52/36 up front so I can hang in the pace line or get on up the incline.

Anyway, the cassette comes in, I pull the rear wheel, swap in the cassette. What? it takes 2 spacers! OK, I think (first mistake-thinking). It's 11 on 10 so it needs spacing on an 11-sp wheel. I put in two spacers, toss it on the bike (on the rack), and shifting is funky monkey weird. OK, out comes the hex keys (new Shimano-no Phillips heads). I tinker and pedal and soon it's shifting slick.

I'm cleaning up my tools and there on the floor is the 11t cog.
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Old 09-27-19, 02:38 PM
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I bolted a full set of MAFAC cantilever brakes onto a bike last night before realizing I forgot to install the springs first.
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Old 09-27-19, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
We haven't had one of these in a while.....

Mine is not on C&V (maybe I'm more careful on them). In deciding to built two modern bikes for "any road, any time," I ended up ordering an 11-32 "11-on-10" R8000 cassette, to go on my R8000 Wraith. 52/36 up front so I can hang in the pace line or get on up the incline.

Anyway, the cassette comes in, I pull the rear wheel, swap in the cassette. What? it takes 2 spacers! OK, I think (first mistake-thinking). It's 11 on 10 so it needs spacing on an 11-sp wheel. I put in two spacers, toss it on the bike (on the rack), and shifting is funky monkey weird. OK, out comes the hex keys (new Shimano-no Phillips heads). I tinker and pedal and soon it's shifting slick.

I'm cleaning up my tools and there on the floor is the 11t cog.
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Recently I got 3 miles from home before I realized I forgot my pump, tube, tire levers, etc. Turned back and thought, "Won't let that happen again."

Did 30+ miles and felt great a few weeks later. Pulling into my driveway I realized I had no pump and the wrong tube.
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Last week, I was snipping aero brake cable housing bit by bit to get the right length, and when it came time to wrap the bars, it's clearly too short. I might lower the stem a bit to compensate, but I had just dialed in the fit with the right saddle and stem height after several trial/error rides. *slap*
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Old 09-27-19, 04:04 PM
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Tried to pull a crank on my last rebuild.....without having removed the crank bolt first... gee this is kind of tough...oh D'oh
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I had one of my more modern bikes up in the bike stand, clamped by the seat post. My stand has a quick release clamp, so it's fast and easy to put bikes up and take them down. I was done with what was doing, reached up and undid the seat post quick release to take the bike down and...HEY -- wrong quick release you chucklehead!!

The bike flew down off that seat post faster than I knew it and it took a hard bounce on the floor -- on the tire of course, so no damage, except to my pride.

That'll wake you up!
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So I was packing some stuff up for some bike ride and show the other weekend. As you can see from the pics, I brought a bit of stuff.

Forgot my helmet and water bottles. Doh.


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Old 09-27-19, 06:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ryansu View Post
Tried to pull a crank on my last rebuild.....without having removed the crank bolt first... gee this is kind of tough...oh D'oh
I haven't done that in years....By which I mean, "been there, done that!"
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Old 09-27-19, 06:36 PM
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Machining replacement dust caps for '50s-era Brampton pedals requires 15 steps. And they're always missing the dust caps. Step number 15 is the only step that's not in the lathe, which is to put the slot in them so you can unscrew them with a ...really big screwdriver?



Anyway, making each one takes about two hours because of the finicky internal threading. It's 10:30pm, I'm 3 hours in, and using a mill with a slitting saw to slowly cut the slot on the second of two, so moving a bit faster than on the first one, and *TINK* the dust cap pops out of the collet-holder and goes flying across the room. It's completely destroyed. There goes 1.5 hours I can never get back!! The next one I did with a hand file. I guess I went too fast.
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Old 09-27-19, 06:38 PM
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I haven't been able to undo the cable bolt from a set of Delta brakes, and have forgotten to buy a wrench more than once.I was in too much of a hurry to buy online. Almost 2 weeks later.... I tripped over the Ghibli last night. Thankfully the bike's fine, and just a little blood from my ankle. On my way now
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[QUOTE=iab;21141323]So I was packing some stuff up for some bike ride and show the other weekend. As you can see from the pics, I brought a bit of stuff.

Forgot my helmet and water bottles. Doh.

I see plenty of bottles and some Johnny Appleseed helmets. Where do I find more info on that Cinelli?
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[QUOTE=Classtime;21141353]
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So I was packing some stuff up for some bike ride and show the other weekend. As you can see from the pics, I brought a bit of stuff.

Forgot my helmet and water bottles. Doh.

I see plenty of bottles and some Johnny Appleseed helmets. Where do I find more info on that Cinelli?
Which, old or new?
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Last night, I laced up the front wheel for my 1980 Raleigh Sports.

I was fiddling around quite a bit trying to get the key spoke in the right spot, so the label of the hub would align with the valve stem. Somehow, between my constant re-positioning of the spoke and the rim, not only did I wind up building the wheel with the hub rotated a few spokes past where I wanted it, I wound up positioning the stamped rim info...on the wrong side of the rim.

This was too much for me, so I proceeded to re-lace the entire rim this evening, and inexplicably found the tube completely deflated. Upon removing the tire, I found half of a paper clip stuck right through the tube. I'd kept that clip by the truing stand on occasion as a small tool (for what, I don't remember), and somehow did not notice it get stuck to either the wheel or the tube when I assembled it.

That's two big bonehead mistakes in a row.

On the plus side, it gave me an excuse to use one of the all-brass, threaded-valve Taiwanese NJK tubes that @bwilli88 brought back from Cambodia - and they're fantastic. Much thicker rubber than the banana-peels you find at the LBS in Sunlite boxes. These feel as durable as brand-new 1950's Dunlops. I'm probably going to swap the rear tube too, now that I know how nice these are.

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[QUOTE=iab;21141418]
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Which, old or new?
New. Is that an XCR?
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New. Is that an XCR?
Yes it is. 2009. Serial number A002, the second production unit made. Originally I put aluminum Centaur on it but a friend upgraded to EPS and he sold me his Super Record for nearly what I wound up with selling the Centaur. So I consider the bike to be full dentist.

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Trying to build up a steel Fiorini. Saved some DA9000 from my carbon Ironman toasted frame.
Found some DA9000 hubs laced to Aeroheads. Even found the BB in my stash.

Needed a cassette. Ordered an 11-28 to go with the compact rings up front. It came in, and I was ready to go.

Installed the cassette, built the bike. Had a heck of a time getting it to shift properly. But I worked at it and got it going.

Cleaning up, I found the 11t cog on the floor.
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Trying to build up a steel Fiorini. Saved some DA9000 from my carbon Ironman toasted frame.
Found some DA9000 hubs laced to Aeroheads. Even found the BB in my stash.

Needed a cassette. Ordered an 11-28 to go with the compact rings up front. It came in, and I was ready to go.

Installed the cassette, built the bike. Had a heck of a time getting it to shift properly. But I worked at it and got it going.

Cleaning up, I found the 11t cog on the floor.
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At least the cranks and bb are off the frame.


Note the broken easy-out.
I just typed a lengthy explanation and the forum just deleted it. F*R&^O me. Quintessential head-slapper. I'm a typing turtle. But not why I brought this tread back. That's just the icing on this cow pie.

The reasons I brought this thread back, short version-

1) Today, after spending hours prepping my Rossin find, including rubber-cement as a masking fluid from a BF post, on my third primer coat, something weird happened with the coat, and it sagged in multiple places. 65 degrees here. Rust-Oleum primers I've used frequently. Has to be temperature/time related. Grrr. Acetone.


2) Searched high and low for 7mm Allen key. Found fifty, yes fifty, 50, but not a single 7mm. note the picture. Finally I get a 3/8 hex 7mm Allen head. Long and short of it, after a day of penetrating oil, I get the DS off. Then I manage to strip the previously chewed up NDS bolt. Better still, after prepping the bolt for my biggest easy-out, adding 12 more hrs. of penetrating oil, and mounting it, I snapped a good part of the head off in the bolt. Yes I shoiuld have been more circumspect. I usually am. Usually. My drill bits can't touch the easy-out. The only things I can think of are eithert to drill through the axle from the other side, or to try drilling a bunch of small holes in the bolt around the circumference of the easy out until I can get it out

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