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Old 05-25-20, 07:33 PM
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I break down a lot of wheels to scrap from my local co-op. Most of those take a 260mm length spoke set. If you get spoke lengths from UBI or somewhere I can likely send you set of used stainless for cost of shipping. PM me. I only keep the stainless steel spokes as the others are almost ready to rust out. lemme know, MH
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Old 05-29-20, 08:14 AM
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I picked this up yesterday to fix and sell. Spent about an hour or two on it last night just fixing major issues and hodgepodging it enough to get it ridable. Not sure yet how far Iíll go on it. Currently has 3x6 gearing and Iíve got some 8-speed wheels and shifters in the garage, I might even look at drop-baring it. Donít know yet. It does kind of have a Miami Vice vibe to the bike.

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That Scott is a weird, cool bike..... what year is that from?
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Old 05-29-20, 07:25 PM
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Just finished making a hardware store bike ďstand.Ē


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Old 05-29-20, 10:14 PM
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That Scott is a weird, cool bike..... what year is that from?
no idea on the year yet.
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Old 05-30-20, 02:04 AM
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My apartment is a bike zoo presently. I went from zero 27" wheels to FIVE 27" wheels in just four days. Part of it was the taking in of a bike that is in the family (in-laws) and staying at my parents' place. Seven years ago when my brother and his then girlfriend were dating, I had seen this '83 Schwinn Super Le Tour hanging upside down in her grandparents' basement. Black with chrome. Looked nice. Well, it's still in the family, even if there was a semi-gifting to me (yet conditional upon it fitting which it doesn't as it is too small) a couple of years ago, well into my involvement with vintage bikes and bikes in general.

Anyway, it's high time the bike received some TLC from our family's lone bike super nerd (yours truly). So I hauled it up north three hours and got up close and personal with it. Well....wow. Lots of stuff wrong or neglected or not done correctly. A lot right, though, thankfully. So I'm on the other side of the valley on that. Just need to cable things and likely snag a new chain. I found some matching-enough 700C wheels for free and am using them instead of the original 27" wheels (for a number of reasons). Grand Bois Cypress tires that I have lying around and a new BB-UN55 to future proof things a bit more. Trying to thread the needle of doing right by a family/in-law bike and not spending a ton of money. I think I'm doing alright. The bike will hang at my parents' place mostly, with excursions when a big group of us get together and someone just needs a (58cm) bike. It looks like a mini version of my '74 Paramount, at a mere fraction of the cost, but of a multiple of frustration/annoyance (21.15mm stem standard, anyone???).

The bike will be safe again, finally, with some solid new (free!) parts that have been overhauled and will be good to go for many years.

Once I'm done with the Super Le Tour, it's on to the Paramount to get it's new new spokes for the front wheel. The right length... After that it will be Battaglin Test Ride & Decide, then work on my just-acquired '83 Specialized Expedition. I am scheming some plans for this bike, but they will be predicated upon my riding of it. Catch and release? Or go whole hog and set the cantis wider, add DT shifter bosses, and powder coat (paint is a bit worn). Lots to do and to think about.
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Old 05-31-20, 09:14 AM
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Wheel building takes me ages.


Respoked 1903 rim with a K3 Strumey Archer 3 speed hub.

This is the original Bayliss Wiley hub and single speed free wheel block. Both still as smooth a silk.

This is the K3 Strumey Archer 3 speed that replaced the BW setup above.
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Old 05-31-20, 03:59 PM
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Well, that didnít last long, the Scott mtb with the salmon and yellow colors is now someoneís new 4H project.
And, well, never say never.
Iíve been telling myself no more 27Ē wheeled road bikes, yeah, uh huh, I donít listen well.

Latest project is a 10 speed Made in Belgium Browning complete with Simplex derailleurs.
Needs tires and a saddle at a minimum.

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Silver is much nicer than black IMO. I even tried a quill stem but these ergo bars don't fit through any.
It feels like forever waiting for items in the post thanks to c19, only want my cables and bar tape

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Old 06-01-20, 12:45 PM
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Always wondered what wear markers were for


Going around a roundabout flat out on my TT funny bike when I thought something heavy had hit my back wheel. There was a slight jink and I wobbled to a halt. Couldn't see anything in the dark so pressed on. Got home to find the brake pad had worn completely thru the rim wall. Who knew 20,000 miles would do that to a rim?

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Old 06-01-20, 12:58 PM
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Going around a roundabout flat out on my TT funny bike when I thought something heavy had hit my back wheel. There was a slight jink and I wobbled to a halt. Couldn't see anything in the dark so pressed on. Got home to find the brake pad had worn completely thru the rim wall. Who knew 20,000 miles would do that to a rim?
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Old 06-01-20, 01:02 PM
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Continued work this morning on the MB-4. Polished the brightwork. Tackled the seatpost with sandpaper. Started with 120g all the way to 3000g.

Before and after seatpost
seatpost by 2cam16, on Flickr
Components
IMG_2826 by 2cam16, on Flickr
IMG_2823 by 2cam16, on Flickr
Really nice work. I admire your patience.
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Old 06-01-20, 03:36 PM
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Really nice work. I admire your patience.
Appreciate it. It keeps me sane aside from riding.
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Old 06-01-20, 06:47 PM
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Nice job, cleaning up those Deore bits. 👍

My recently purchased Schwinn High Sierra had a crack on the NDS crank arm, so I swapped it for a newer LX. After a first cleaning of the frame, I popped on these low-riders. 😎 Iím corresponding with someone, with a full set (front & rear) of old Bellwether panniers & bar bag. That should work out well, cause theyíre red, and highly visible. 😎



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Off to the bin with this new never ridden heap of junk. It's supposed to be Shimano 9s but this is the only derailleur I've never been able to setup, bought for my litage I spent days trying different configurations and it never worked. I thought I'd give one more try on my current project running Microshift shifters but no go.
Goodbye adios never buying microshift derailleurs again. end rant...

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Off to the bin with this new never ridden heap of junk. It's supposed to be Shimano 9s but this is the only derailleur I've never been able to setup, bought for my litage I spent days trying different configurations and it never worked. I thought I'd give one more try on my current project running Microshift shifters but no go.
Goodbye adios never buying microshift derailleurs again. end rant...
Pulled a beat up Deore probably 7 or 8 speed off an old bike wreck just so I can ride my new bike this weekend and worked beautifully straight up no adjustment
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I just recently bought a Schwinn High Sierra, down in Sacramento, then found another frame with most of the parts (no wheels), in Chico. So yesterday I got my ďslingshotĒ stem installed. 😎

It worked out great, in a lot of ways. My old camera bag, that I carry my lock in, fits like it was made for this. 😁

Also notice, I finally got some low-rider racks, and the next day some old Bike Pro panniers for them. 👍 One actually has a seam coming loose, which Iíll deal with at some point, but theyíre just fine for carrying big bottles of pop or water.

I see a lot better now, why a lot of folks put the weight on the front. It actually steers better, like it holds the front wheel where itís supposed to be, even if you didnít realize it wasnít there. 🤔😉

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Large Giant AL 1.75 in completely roached condition, everything frozen. This one is taking some muscle.
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Finally got the right headset to fit the Harry Quinn. Measured to be 30.0 headtube and 27.0, so the Seiki NJS seemed to work. Also building up the wheelset with Campy high flange track hubs, DT Revolution spokes, Nisi 200g Piste Rims and Dugast 20mm track tires.


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Not really wrenching but while shopping to day i picked up a cheap basket and rigged it to my bars with toe straps. Works great!
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I got a bike from a dumpster. It's a schwinn admiral 7 speed. It's in weird shape. By that I mean leather seat handle bar grips and tires all seem fairly new. Not really any rust or scratches on the bike. It had new brake cables on it but they were never cut to length. They literally were dragging the ground. Rear wheel is/was froze and bearings missing as is the chain. Cup and cone Bottom bracket is in good shape no pitting or rust. The 7 speed shimano derailleur still shifts but is missing both jockey wheels. I hope to be able to fix it up into a single speed for a elderly lady who wants a bike but refuses to ride one with gears. Any body have any suggestions on how many tooth rear cog? I cant remember what the front chain ring is and I cant go count right now.


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I got a bike from a dumpster. It's a schwinn admiral 7 speed. It's in weird shape. By that I mean leather seat handle bar grips and tires all seem fairly new. Not really any rust or scratches on the bike. It had new brake cables on it but they were never cut to length. They literally were dragging the ground. Rear wheel is/was froze and bearings missing as is the chain. Cup and cone Bottom bracket is in good shape no pitting or rust. The 7 speed shimano derailleur still shifts but is missing both jockey wheels. I hope to be able to fix it up into a single speed for a elderly lady who wants a bike but refuses to ride one with gears. Any body have any suggestions on how many tooth rear cog? I cant remember what the front chain ring is and I cant go count right now.


22 or 23 works for me
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Two Konas, a Univega and a dust collector Novara are back in service.
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In an effort to confront rust... Getting ready to pull the vinegar wrap I put on last night. Honestly, I donít have high expectations, but weíll see:





Also, among other C&V to-dos on the list for today, is finishing up a DIY freehub disassembly tool. Found the tip here on this bike blog. Hard work with a hand file, but you do what you gotta do:

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In an effort to confront rust... Getting ready to pull the vinegar wrap I put on last night. Honestly, I donít have high expectations, but weíll see:





Also, among other C&V to-dos on the list for today, is finishing up a DIY freehub disassembly tool. Found the tip here on this bike blog. Hard work with a hand file, but you do what you gotta do:

So how was the result? I normally soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap them around problematic areas. Then, I just let them dry there. Sometimes, I am able to remove almost all the rust, sometimes not. You method should be more effective!
Anyway, vinegar is just great for removing rust, especially from steel and chromed parts. I use it quite a lot!
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