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Old 03-16-20, 09:28 AM
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@Mr. 66 -- Speaking of changing cranks and chainlines -

I always have troubles predicting if a different crankset will work with a given spindle width to produce a decent chainline. And allow adequate frame clearance. Without all the necessary bb tools, predicting intelligently saves time and effort over trial and error.


noglider -- Have seen nice pics of the long red Burley, but it especially Pops above. New bar tape? or just my eyes today.
natterberry -- Love those black bikes in such very nice condition. Have I missed a thread about it?

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Old 03-16-20, 04:06 PM
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Replaced the 600 headset on my Trek with one that still had the logos on them:
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Haven't done any wrenching today, but I have worked with bikes all day. The Wife, aka Dame Commander, has declared there will be a new inventory done.

Its necessary. I don't have to like it.
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Old 03-16-20, 04:58 PM
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Finally got the last bits for my latest upgrade. Gained two cogs in the rear and one up front, new wheels, put the white Look pedals on, mostly Ultegra 6500 with Dura Ace 7700 downtube shifters - and lost two pounds! Can't wait to take it out for a ride.






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Finally got the last bits for my latest upgrade. Gained two cogs in the rear and one up front, new wheels, put the white Look pedals on, mostly Ultegra 6500 with Dura Ace 7700 downtube shifters - and lost two pounds! Can't wait to take it out for a ride.
​​​​​​​Thats a pretty bike. I like it!
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
Haven't done any wrenching today, but I have worked with bikes all day. The Wife, aka Dame Commander, has declared there will be a new inventory done.

Its necessary. I don't have to like it.
It's The Purge.
Good luck!
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Old 03-17-20, 12:58 AM
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One Step Closer to “Almost Finished”

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^^^^^^ That "fussbudget fiddling" is often the most creative and fun part of a build. I spend way too much time designing, fab'n and installing that stuff. Waddell, it's a hobby. I would not spend that much time if it was just a car.

Nicely done. I like those.

Still room for improvement: Long Cage

Long Cage-I finally got around to dealing with a niggling rear derailleur issue. When I started this New Albion build in 2017, I had accumulated many of the components before settling on a frame. In that was an old Campy VELOX r/d. Heavy yes, but actually with a nice function, and I really loved the red “C” bolt caps. But after it was running I found the VELOX lacked the chain wrap capacity and the throw adjustment necessary to handle 8 cogs. I couldn’t run the 28t and 26t cogs with the 44t and 48t chainrings. Irksome but not really a big problem. But still.... so in the interim I purchased a set of Soma long cage Campy conversion plates that effectively convert a Campy Nuovo/Super Record derailleur into a long-cage Campy Rally touring derailleur. Sat on the plates for a good couple of years though before finally trying them out. I took the Pat‘83 Nuovo Record from my ‘84 Bianchi, swapped the cages and installed it on the New Albion. Perfect! Shifts beautifully, looks great, chain wrap to spare, handles the throw for 8 cogs and keeps chain tension in the whole range. An ‘84 Nuovo Record is on the way to fill the hole left on the Bianchi.






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Old 03-17-20, 02:11 AM
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Originally Posted by BFisher View Post
Finally got the last bits for my latest upgrade. Gained two cogs in the rear and one up front, new wheels, put the white Look pedals on, mostly Ultegra 6500 with Dura Ace 7700 downtube shifters - and lost two pounds! Can't wait to take it out for a ride.





Nicest looking Puch I've ever seen, good work​​​​​​​
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Old 03-17-20, 04:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Goosecheck View Post
Still room for improvement: Long Cage

Long Cage-I finally got around to dealing with a niggling rear derailleur issue. When I started this New Albion build in 2017, I had accumulated many of the components before settling on a frame. In that was an old Campy VELOX r/d. Heavy yes, but actually with a nice function, and I really loved the red “C” bolt caps. But after it was running I found the VELOX lacked the chain wrap capacity and the throw adjustment necessary to handle 8 cogs. I couldn’t run the 28t and 26t cogs with the 44t and 48t chainrings. Irksome but not really a big problem. But still.... so in the interim I purchased a set of Soma long cage Campy conversion plates that effectively convert a Campy Nuovo/Super Record derailleur into a long-cage Campy Rally touring derailleur. Sat on the plates for a good couple of years though before finally trying them out. I took the Pat‘83 Nuovo Record from my ‘84 Bianchi, swapped the cages and installed it on the New Albion. Perfect! Shifts beautifully, looks great, chain wrap to spare, handles the throw for 8 cogs and keeps chain tension in the whole range. An ‘84 Nuovo Record is on the way to fill the hole left on the Bianchi.





those soma plates are awesome
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Old 03-17-20, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by J.Higgins View Post
Thats a pretty bike. I like it!
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Nicest looking Puch I've ever seen, good work​​​​​​​
Big thanks!
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Old 03-17-20, 06:48 AM
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I removed, cleaned and reinstalled the throttle bodies/MAF sensors on my Mazda 5 and Chevy van. That has to be the cheapest/easiest, bang for the buck tune up in the automotive industry. 11 bucks for the gaskets and a throttle body/MAF sensor cleaner combo sold at Walmart. How to videos online. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

Oh, you're talking abouts bikes. I have a Centurion Turbo, an Ironman, and a Trek 412 I have to finish up. After that, a Lotus Legend single speed that will go back to it's original form. Long range project is a 72 Condor.

I keep all of my bikes at my place of business. Since we have this issue called COV19, I will be hunkering down for the next couple of weeks or months. I will have plenty of time to finish the tinkering. That's a silver lining in the situation we are in.
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Old 03-17-20, 10:02 AM
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Does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the Bucket Of Death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so I made a smaller Jar Of Death to go in the parked camper.


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Old 03-17-20, 10:21 AM
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Does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the Bucket Of Death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so I made a smaller Jar Of Death to go in the parked camper.
So... you have the shop drawings or a CAD file? Detailed instructions? Links?

We have time on our hands and need another project. Please.
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So... you have the shop drawings or a CAD file? Detailed instructions? Links?

We have time on our hands and need another project. Please.
My phrase "slapped this together" should tell you everything you need to know. How about this: YMMV? Your bucket might vary, your soda bottle might vary, your choice of peanut butter might vary. The object of the exercise is to slay them meeses, so get busy!
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Old 03-17-20, 01:05 PM
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does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the bucket of death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so i made a smaller jar of death to go in the parked camper.


genius!!!
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Originally Posted by thumpism View Post
Does this count? Mice in the garage drove me to concoct a device that would attract and dispatch them continually and repeatedly without much input from me beyond monitoring and occasional emptying. I present to you...the Bucket Of Death, actually found on a different forum. Slapped this together from a bucket, a soda bottle, a wooden dowel and some bits. The bottle spins freely so the mouse has trouble staying on it and the key ingredients are the peanut butter for attracting and the windshield washer fluid for...er, dispatching. Works, so I made a smaller Jar Of Death to go in the parked camper.
Hmm, wonder if it could work with rats. Not sure, they're pretty smart. Possibly worth an experiment. Thanks for the idea!
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Don’t let the ants find that Peanut Butter...they likes their Peanut Butter...
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A guy on youtube builds mouse traps from designs throughout history, going back a century or two. His videos are kinda addictive.
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Don’t let the ants find that Peanut Butter...they likes their Peanut Butter...
I was just getting ready to ask where's the Rube Goldberg version of this for ants.

I figured out my ants are the liquid diet version as some don't eat solid food, they gorged on one liquid trap and ignored 4 others.

May have killed a hundred or two but I think they are regrouping.
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You will get some new hatchings...they will follow the trail back to the bait, leave the bait where it is, and they will bring it back to the nest to feed the others until there just aren’t any ants left ...keep the bait fresh...the Queen was killed in the first round...she isn’t making anymore babies...
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A guy on youtube builds mouse traps from designs throughout history, going back a century or two. His videos are kinda addictive.
Do you have a link or a channel name?
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My "Bucket-o-Death" consists of a Homer bucket, 1/2 full of water, a 2"-wide plank from the ground to the rim, and enough sunflower seeds to float on the surface of the water. From the top of the ramp, it looks solid to the mice, and they... *snicker* ...take a leap of faith. I've been known to get several mice in a night, and maybe a chipmunk or two. The bonus is, the neighbor's dog does his rounds in the morning, and will eat all of the mice, AND the seeds, and drink some water, leaving me with a fresh bucket.
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Do you have a link or a channel name?
Shawn Woods: Mousetrap Monday
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natterberry -- Love those black bikes in such very nice condition. Have I missed a thread about it?

Ahh I’m so bad about making build threads. Maybe I’ll put something together when I wrap it up.
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Trying to fix up an old Nishiki MTB, not even sure what year it is. Can’t find a serial number on it
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