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Old 06-29-20, 11:52 AM
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I have been having fun learning about 2nd gen Ergo's. I purchased two sets one day apart.

The first set were Chorus and it was a desperate move to get the De Rosa project completed. It has had a couple of issues including bottom bracket selection, brake mounting issues, FD not correct, etc. The last item to buy were a set of Ergos. The Chorus set looked OK on the pictures from the seller but after receiving them, I was disappointed in the amount of damage covered by the hoods. Although the right lever worked, it only worked through the first 6-7 positions using the back lever. Beyond that the lever worked but the thumb lever would return the selection all the way back to position one. Tear down time. Found the G spring retainer was broken in two places. I decided it was appropriate to examine the left as well. The body was dramatically damaged from being ground down. Parts were arded and arrived yesterday. Oh and the seller refunded about 35%.

The second set was offered by a very generous BF'r who sold me a set of Record with the right side in parts. Included were new hoods and G springs. Cleaned both sides up, lubed, assembled and they work very well without being cables.

Needless to say, i am well experienced with how to disassemble and assemble 2nd gen Ergo's. The only difference between Chorus and Record appear to be the nomenclature on the levers. Both sets have ball bearing for the pivot shafts. A replacement of the left body came with "QS Micron" on the front. it is identical to the "BB System" body. I think the 2nd get bodies are all the same but the internals may have changed.

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Bagged all the parts for the Chorus since the Records are going on the bike. I need to decide what to do with the Chorus set. Spare parts for now.
Used Ergo levers are always a bit of a gamble. You never know where they're going to be in the wear cycle. I did a rebuild once and found that I just don't have enough patience to enjoy it. For second and third generation, you can get complete replacement shift assemblies for around $100, which is worth it to avoid a rebuild in my book. Of course, that depends on the bodies and blades being in decent shape.

What is it about Campy levers that such a high percentage of them have crash damage? I know they're more likely to have been used for actual racing than most components, but it seems like it's rare to find a set of Campy Ergos that don't have at least some road rash on the brake body.
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Old 06-29-20, 12:07 PM
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I've been working on rebuilding my 1969 Raleigh International after sending it to L'Atelier for some minor Gugificazione (water bottle bosses and front rack mounts). The coil spring on the rear derailleur broke about a year ago, and it took me a long time to get around to replacing it. The chrome is rough and the paint, while, original isn't as good as it looks in a picture, so I decided to get the basic braze-ons and gamble that I could match the paint.

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After (Gloss Black Rustoleum):


I may never buy another non-black bike again.

I ended up replacing the 3-Pulley LePree rear derailleur with a 3-Pulley XC. I think this is about 38T of wrap.

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Old 06-29-20, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
Used Ergo levers are always a bit of a gamble. You never know where they're going to be in the wear cycle. I did a rebuild once and found that I just don't have enough patience to enjoy it. For second and third generation, you can get complete replacement shift assemblies for around $100, which is worth it to avoid a rebuild in my book. Of course, that depends on the bodies and blades being in decent shape.

What is it about Campy levers that such a high percentage of them have crash damage? I know they're more likely to have been used for actual racing than most components, but it seems like it's rare to find a set of Campy Ergos that don't have at least some road rash on the brake body.
Absolutely a gamble. I was trying to keep the cost down enough that I might rover most of the investment in $.
I think that the only Campy parts that are offered are those that have road rash! Most people would keep the parts otherwise. The explanation from the seller of the Chorus was the preplacement of the 10 speed with 11 speed. Claimed they worked fine when he retired them a few years ago. I think the move to 11 was inspired by the damage in his crash!
RDs suffer the same issue. Unless you buy NOS or near NOS they all have road rash on the upper pivot of the parallelogram links. That is the first place I look. FD suffer from a lot of wear on the inner plate, as might be expected. Gotta watch out for missing or substitute HW too!
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Old 06-30-20, 05:34 PM
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I painted a still-unidentified sport (mixte variant) frame for my daughter a few weeks ago. I'm slowing cleaning & polishing the parts for it while the paint cures. Hoping to have it completed in the next week or two.

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Old 06-30-20, 05:43 PM
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gaucho777 Nice color! Did you order that color as a custom paint? Tell us more about the paint.

I worked on cabling on the De Rosa Today. All done. Just need to put hoods on and test ride for minor adjustments.
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SJX426 Thanks. It's an automotive paint. San Leandro Color, where I bought the paint, specializes in paint for car restorations and refinishes. I went with my daughter and she picked out the color from their large selection of binders with sample paint colors.

Your De Rosa looks great!
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So work is busy, my back is bother me and I am always tired but I was desperate to ride the 'Speckled Trout' so I did a few things. I changed the bar/stem combo for something more to my liking. I am no sold on the colors just yet, I'd like to be able to replicate this fit with a silver stem somehow.

his is a fabulous riding bike! I swapped out the dark Wolber clincher for some silver tubulars to brighten the bike up but they sure help the ride quality. Much to my surprise the cranks are actually 172.5!


The bars were already wrapped h3nce the splatter tape. Much to my surprise the brake levers are the early SR/C-Rec w/o a quick release button. I may swap these out for the later slghtly larger ones. I think Tektro RL520 levers would pair better with the 105 calipers but I don't think the come with a white hood.



The paint on this is just incredible


I unfortunately noticed a issue when changing the wheels. It seems the right wheel adjuster is broken off! Not sure just what I might do with that, maybe just a pair of thos bolt on spacers.



BTW the "Speckled Trout" monoker comes as much for this specialized KC-135 varient as it does the fish
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Old 07-03-20, 03:39 PM
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I finally got around to cleaning and lubing the drive train on my Tommasini. After putting the rear wheel back on I heard a grinding noise. Checked the pads, wheel alignment and possible chain rub. The noise is coming from the hub axle.

Good thing I didn't slap on the new veloflex tires. It'll have to go to the shop next week for a new axle.

An option I do have is build my recently purchased Campagnolo SR hubs with Mavic hoops and simply swap wheelset. Ill decide later.


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Finally got back to this...I had moved some Raleigh bikes in to the shop to get ready to sell...they took up so much room! Anyhow they’re gone! I can move around the shop again!
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Old 07-03-20, 08:42 PM
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Yay! Thank god for a new project. Everything has been so expensive, I haven't been able to afford anything to flip. The "almost original" owner delivered this Windsor Super Carrera to me from way outside town for just his very low asking price ... about fair market for the Cyclone rear mech and S600 pedals alone. I guess no one had the cohones to ask for delivery, as it had been on (and off) craigs for at least a month. As acquired:



Since I no longer have any Suntour stuff in my all-Campy household, I'm really thinking about using this rd on my '60 Paramount. I just "transitioned" to some new 28c tires on it, so maybe I need to go full-on touring mode with it.

Owner said the Windsor is a '76.

The stem and seatpost are both free, so we are ready to rock.
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Had to swap out some silver Veloce hubs for my 650B conversion for some black Mirage hubs for my Cannondale SR300. I'm gonna pop the 650B's on my Trek 710 which I have changed over to a neighborhood cruiser. Guess I need to get some updated photos for that one now.
650B wheels - Soma Weymouth rims, Campy Veloce Rear (10s), SRAM i-Light front hub
700C wheels - reused my Open Pro's, Campy Black Mirage hubs. The Mirage and the Veloce hubs are the same, using the sealed cartridge bearings which I just like for maintenance reasons. I don't have to worry about them.
The SR300 is my version of the Black Lighting with better components than the original.

Hopefully I will get my 59/60 Schwinn Speedster to start working on this coming Friday.



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Old 07-05-20, 07:30 AM
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^ Good looking International, @natterberry.

Looking at your concert poster and location tells me you might be an Uncle Tupelo fan.?.
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Yay! Thank god for a new project. Everything has been so expensive, I haven't been able to afford anything to flip. The "almost original" owner delivered this Windsor Super Carrera to me from way outside town for just his very low asking price ... about fair market for the Cyclone rear mech and S600 pedals alone. I guess no one had the cohones to ask for delivery, as it had been on (and off) craigs for at least a month. As acquired:



Since I no longer have any Suntour stuff in my all-Campy household, I'm really thinking about using this rd on my '60 Paramount. I just "transitioned" to some new 28c tires on it, so maybe I need to go full-on touring mode with it.

Owner said the Windsor is a '76.

The stem and seatpost are both free, so we are ready to rock.
I tried to buy that one did not get a reply, nice pick.
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Old 07-05-20, 08:15 AM
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^ Good looking International, @natterberry.

Looking at your concert poster and location tells me you might be an Uncle Tupelo fan.?.
Thank you!

Yeah I’m a Jeff Tweedy fan. I went to school at SIU Edwardsville, so them/Wilco/etc were always popular around.
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Sweet International. I need one of those. I have two Professionals and a Competition, and I need an International to bridge the gap!
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In the last few years I have been moving back to narrower handlebars.

The last bike to be changed (because it is a 42cm ctc) has been the DeRosa. Modolo bars & stem were how this bike was built originally - so I was told.

But 38cm bars are the new normal.
But those Delta brakes work and are a witch to recable, hamhanded as I am.

Anyway, the job was completed with the right tools, without scratching any paint or components and in the same day.

The celebratory ride indicates the DeRosa will get more miles.


Now to pick which Newbaums color. Never done deep or royal or Navy blue
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Built a new rear wheel for the Gazelle Tandem yesterday. It's a 650B wheel with a Sturmey Archer 5-speed drum brake.
It's definitely not a featherweight at 4560 gram (10 lbs) but it should be able to comfortably carry two people and offer the gearing and brakes.




The only problem was that I had to build it twice because I swapped the long and the short spokes so it was impossible to center the first time around.
Still, even with just half the wheel built it was still a prettty stiff rim.


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Goodness, that's heavy. But it doesn't matter. And it will last a lifetime.

Do you have someone to ride the bike with you? What kind of riding do you plan to do? My spouse and I have a tandem. I'm generally a low-tire-pressure kind of guy but I learned that our tandem is best with 80 psi (5.5 bar), and that's with 35 mm tires. I weigh 165 lbs (75 kg), and she weighs 110 lbs (50 kg), and the bike is another 50 lbs (23 kg).
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38cm bars are the new normal.
I'm going the opposite direction, replacing all my 38s with 40s. It gets expensive. So I'm taking my time.
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I'm going the opposite direction, replacing all my 38s with 40s. It gets expensive. So I'm taking my time.
You gents should have gotten together and done some swapping!

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Goodness, that's heavy. But it doesn't matter. And it will last a lifetime.

Do you have someone to ride the bike with you? What kind of riding do you plan to do? My spouse and I have a tandem. I'm generally a low-tire-pressure kind of guy but I learned that our tandem is best with 80 psi (5.5 bar), and that's with 35 mm tires. I weigh 165 lbs (75 kg), and she weighs 110 lbs (50 kg), and the bike is another 50 lbs (23 kg).
Oh this bike is definitely heavier than that and so am I (90 kg / 198 lbs) and my girlfriend (60 kg / 130 lbs). The plan is to use it for shorter fun rides around the city and close to home or for me to pick her up at the train station. Other than that I want to have a bike to use for friends coming over as a tandem is generally a lot more adjustable in height than other bikes.

But who knows, maybe we both really like it and will use it for long-distance rides in the summer to our parent's homes. 25 or 75 km (15-50 miles) should be pretty doable of it is a comfortable ride.
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The Pearl got a full cleansing a new saddle gooseneck and bars.


I also was able to pick up a very dirty clunker here is that as well.


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Tried cold setting a tandem fork today. It was... not as succesful as I hoped. Spread it repeatedly up to a maximum of 160mm until the rod started buckling and stripping the threads with the final result being an increase from 120 mm to 127 mm.
Called it a day after that but at least I got the new rear wheel in with some effort. I will have to try again later, perhaps with a thicker rod.




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Took inventory of tires and rims. Those on the left are all tubular rims and tires. Oh and the ones toward the back on the left. I think I am ready to order spokes and build some wheels!
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