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Old 06-23-20, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by capnjonny View Post
I just finished this Nishiki Olympic Mixte and am taking it to the shop tomorrow for them to sell. When I brought it home I was unimpressed with the color. It looked like dirty brown mustard. After I stripped the steel wheels and the drop bars and stem shifters it started to grow on me. By the time I had completely stripped it and gave everything a good clean I was in love. You can tell a bike has not been ridden when the crank spindle has absolutely no wear on it. The 40-52 tooth Maxi chain rings looked new, and the paint had almost no damage. Just a few pin holes.

I was starting to get a Serengeti vibe, the paint reminded me of a lion or leopard, and I almost painted spots on the frame. I did put a cool Bianchi saddle with leopard spots on it which I had been dying to use on a build. This was the time.

Even though it came with a nice Shimano 600 derailleur I decided to kit it out with Suntour bits, including a Vgt long cage rear and Spirt front Der, and Suntour adjustable ratchet thumb shifters. The original Diacompe center pulls were like new but I swapped in some Coolstop pads. For wheels I used a 1 1/4 x 27 at the back and a 1 x 27 in front , both with sealed bearings and stainless spokes.

New 1 1/8 x 27 gum walls from our huge stash of them and a new adjustable stem and new 2" riser bars with some custom brown grips completed the package

Oh, I almost forgot. I put a 6 speed Suntour 13-30 tooth freewheel on it . lots of range for hills or flats.

Enjoy




​​​​​​​wow, someone will have a very pretty ride.
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Old 06-23-20, 07:57 AM
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Old 06-23-20, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by capnjonny View Post
I just finished this Nishiki Olympic Mixte and am taking it to the shop tomorrow for them to sell. When I brought it home I was unimpressed with the color. It looked like dirty brown mustard. After I stripped the steel wheels and the drop bars and stem shifters it started to grow on me. By the time I had completely stripped it and gave everything a good clean I was in love. You can tell a bike has not been ridden when the crank spindle has absolutely no wear on it. The 40-52 tooth Maxi chain rings looked new, and the paint had almost no damage. Just a few pin holes.

I was starting to get a Serengeti vibe, the paint reminded me of a lion or leopard, and I almost painted spots on the frame. I did put a cool Bianchi saddle with leopard spots on it which I had been dying to use on a build. This was the time.

Even though it came with a nice Shimano 600 derailleur I decided to kit it out with Suntour bits, including a Vgt long cage rear and Spirt front Der, and Suntour adjustable ratchet thumb shifters. The original Diacompe center pulls were like new but I swapped in some Coolstop pads. For wheels I used a 1 1/4 x 27 at the back and a 1 x 27 in front , both with sealed bearings and stainless spokes.

New 1 1/8 x 27 gum walls from our huge stash of them and a new adjustable stem and new 2" riser bars with some custom brown grips completed the package

Oh, I almost forgot. I put a 6 speed Suntour 13-30 tooth freewheel on it . lots of range for hills or flats.

Enjoy




I approve this this message even the grips! That would be a Mrs. 66 in Seattle to go with the Mr.'s. I like the Nishiki so much I put the Brooks saddle and a custom leather bar wrappings.




Note, Solvent will take the graphics off the saddle if you don't like Bianchi on it.
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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.

Put this pic in "What came in the post..."
P1030435, on Flickr

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.
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Old 06-23-20, 04:58 PM
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Tinkering with my wife's Schwinn Wayfarer...
  • New bottom bracket conversion kit & Sunlite SL55 68x103 square taper
  • New FSA Felice Gimondi 39t 170 single speed crankset (down from 44t)
    • a little tight between the crank arm and chainring for the chainguard bit it worked
  • New White Free Agent BMX pedals
  • New SunRace 7sp trigger shifter (from twist/grip shift)
  • New stitched grips
  • New ding-ding bell
  • New TwoFish water bottle mount






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Old 06-24-20, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by janthenat View Post
Tinkering with my wife's Schwinn Wayfarer...
  • New bottom bracket conversion kit & Sunlite SL55 68x103 square taper
  • New FSA Felice Gimondi 39t 170 single speed crankset (down from 44t)
    • a little tight between the crank arm and chainring for the chainguard bit it worked
  • New White Free Agent BMX pedals
  • New SunRace 7sp trigger shifter (from twist/grip shift)
  • New stitched grips
  • New ding-ding bell
  • New TwoFish water bottle mount






why not if she likes the bike!
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Old 06-24-20, 06:27 PM
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viking bike

60's Viking cycles racing bike

I love my job.

I went in to the Bike Exchange this morning to help set up for the Wednesday senior citizens bike fixing event. We just started up again last week, with extreme distancing working outdoors with a 10 person limit. I went to drop off the Finished Nishiki Mixte seen above as well as the French Mysterie bike and the 72 Botteccia I have been holding till there were people who could do quality control on them and put them somewhere safe.

As soon as I walked into the back of the shop where newly acquired bikes are stored I spotted the Viking and a nice blue Trophe de France mixte.

Obviously they had to come home with me . Here are a few snaps of the Viking . There is a Wikipedia article about the company , which was in Wolverhampton England from 1908 to 1967 , so this example is at the latest, from the 60's.

It has a mix of bits , some probably original and some definately later . in no particular order:
Suntour VtLuxe rear der. CompV front
Shimano 600 side pull brakes with Lambert levers
Lambert down tube shifters
lambert stem
shimano 600 head set
Sr seat post
Sugino VP crank
5 spd freewheel
Performance rear and Mavic front rims
Handle bars are English and ones I have never seen before.
Most of the decals are foil and barely readable . The one on the down tube says something about 1st place world championship , I think.

Anyone want to comment. What would the original equipment have been? This does not look like a high end bike but might have some value left original. I don't know. Thoughts please.





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Old 06-24-20, 09:35 PM
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Broke Spoke ...

As Usual ... the drive side



Broke Spoke

Might as well clean up the hard to reach areas while apart

Ok, all better now.
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Old 06-25-20, 04:49 AM
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I just finished this Nishiki Olympic Mixte and am taking it to the shop tomorrow for them to sell. When I brought it home I was unimpressed with the color. It looked like dirty brown mustard. After I stripped the steel wheels and the drop bars and stem shifters it started to grow on me. By the time I had completely stripped it and gave everything a good clean I was in love. You can tell a bike has not been ridden when the crank spindle has absolutely no wear on it. The 40-52 tooth Maxi chain rings looked new, and the paint had almost no damage. Just a few pin holes.

I was starting to get a Serengeti vibe, the paint reminded me of a lion or leopard, and I almost painted spots on the frame. I did put a cool Bianchi saddle with leopard spots on it which I had been dying to use on a build. This was the time.

Even though it came with a nice Shimano 600 derailleur I decided to kit it out with Suntour bits, including a Vgt long cage rear and Spirt front Der, and Suntour adjustable ratchet thumb shifters. The original Diacompe center pulls were like new but I swapped in some Coolstop pads. For wheels I used a 1 1/4 x 27 at the back and a 1 x 27 in front , both with sealed bearings and stainless spokes.

New 1 1/8 x 27 gum walls from our huge stash of them and a new adjustable stem and new 2" riser bars with some custom brown grips completed the package

Oh, I almost forgot. I put a 6 speed Suntour 13-30 tooth freewheel on it . lots of range for hills or flats.

Enjoy




Gorgeous bike! These are the mixtes that I'm always in search of: True mixte frame, good tubing, and forged dropouts.
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The Berk, Fuji Berkeley that had a stuck gooseneck, steel tapered cranks, bad wheels.

With the stem frozen in place I went to a friends with a more proper vice for handling this situation. Clamped the crown applied penetrates and torked the steel Nitto handle bars til they broke free.

New cup for the lower headset.
I removed 17.6 pounds of bike shaped parts.

I'll have it all together later today
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Old 06-25-20, 03:24 PM
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Built a set of wheels today..
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Old 06-26-20, 02:31 PM
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Finally finished the 1999 Terry Symmetry for my wife. It needed attention, but no serious problems.
All wheel bearings cleaned and repacked, new bottom bracket Tange LN-3922. New cables, brake pads, tires and tubes.
Stripped RSX brifters, cleaned and relubed. New SRAM chain.
My wife took it for a little ride and was happy despite the need for minor tweeks.


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Old 06-26-20, 03:07 PM
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Fixer upper to sell. They are well made.

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Old 06-27-20, 08:19 AM
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The Univega Gran Premio was parted out and frame sold. The parts were used on a Trek and sold. Well the opportunity presented itself and the Gran Premio is back. No now is being built with some of the stash.




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Here is the Fuji Berkeley in it's final form, I like it.
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'89 Specialized Rockhopper

At least I think it's an '89; certainly it's late 80s with a U-brake. I rebuilt the Specialized Rockhopper for my nephew who wants a bike to ride around town and go to school with. The bike is about a decade older than he is.

It has good quality 26 x 1.5 tires (with tire liners), new cables, new chain, new grips, and new shifters. I had to go with a 7 speed rear wheel that I robbed from an early 90s rockhopper as the old wheel was shot so I went ahead and replaced ths shifter as well. The sun friction shifters work well and they're a good deal at around $10 with cable and housing. I used old parts as much as I could. I also overhauled the bike.

I'll ride the bike for a few days to check it out before boxing and shipping it. I'll also get rid of the quick release seatpost binder bolt and replace it with less stealable one before I ship it.



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Old bar tape uses

Had some stuff left over and did this...



Haven't ridden it yet but feels better than big chunks of rubber
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Finally got all the paint stripped off of the Benotto. Just nooks n crannies left, to be followed up with a little cleaning/polishing, a WD-40 wipe down, and a a shot of Frame Saver inside.


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Wheels. Building and overhauling
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Picked up a early 80's 58cm Guerciotti for the SR group on it. Frame's too big for me (Dang!) so I'll have to get around to flipping it sometime.
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The Berk, Fuji Berkeley that had a stuck gooseneck, steel tapered cranks, bad wheels.

With the stem frozen in place I went to a friends with a more proper vice for handling this situation. Clamped the crown applied penetrates and torked the steel Nitto handle bars til they broke free.

New cup for the lower headset.
I removed 17.6 pounds of bike shaped parts.

I'll have it all together later today
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Here is the final piece, 25 pounds 10 ounces with reflectors.

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Put GripShift MRX shifters and dumpster-found alloy brake levers (with the nifty bump out for those shifters) on a buddy's bike, a mid-'90s Diamond Back Apex. A year or so ago I'd put a riser stem and bars on it for a more comfortable riding position and now his tendonitis is making shifting more difficult. He likes the twist shifting and now wants an even taller stem/bar combo. He gave me the old original RapidFire STI levers that I'll never use.
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