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06-14-22, 09:40 AM
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Posted By rustystrings61

The true end of the Clunker Challenge ...

Having completed my 100 km (115.8 km, actually), I managed to complete the final stage of the Clunker Challenge - sending the bike on. I swapped out the Vetta saddle for the Avenir that came on the...
06-03-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Clunker Challenge No. 8 Conclusion

I needed 9/10 of a mile to complete my 100 km for the challenge - but that was barely worth pumping up the tires. I wound up taking a relatively leisurely ramble over roads I traveled 40 years ago,...
06-01-22, 09:09 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

I've never had a PA-10, but I've had a PR-10 and...

I've never had a PA-10, but I've had a PR-10 and multiple PX-10s. I am interested in seeing how yours turns out - the combo of generic Peugeot tubing with forged Simplex ends and the tighter, more...
05-30-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Day 4

I had Friday off as well as the weekend, but events conspire Ö so today I actually got out and rode, finally. I left from the Y again and rolled out the usual way to Dixie Drive and thence to...
05-22-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Day 3

I DO so wish my life would settle down! Today I was finally able to get out and ride! I cheated and loaded Champagne Charlie into the truck and drove to the launch site of innumerable local cyclists,...
05-15-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Day 2

I know, a week has gone by - but life gets crazy sometimes!

I took advantage of the Sunday morning pause and traveled roads I normally avoid. Forty years ago these were all good roads to ride,...
05-12-22, 10:23 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

My Allegro takes a 26.6. My limited experience...

My Allegro takes a 26.6. My limited experience leads me to believe that Swiss builders used a lighter gauge of metric 531 than that used by Peugeot and Gitane, which both take 26.4.



PM me - I...
05-12-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

To quote the old Watergate Comedy Album, "Hey,...

To quote the old Watergate Comedy Album, "Hey, you got your fetishes and I got mine ..."

Or as I said to my scandalized 15-year-old son when commenting on the phenomenon of "Furries," "If you're...
05-08-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

On the road again

This morning I raided the storage unit again, returning one saddle and fetching the Vetta from the '86 Univega Arrow Pace I bought late last year for $24.99 - so I set the value at $5 for the saddle....
05-07-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Roadworthy!

In two bursts of misprioritized time I finished up the LeTour’s build. In the wee hours of the morning I installed the freewheel and the new/old IRC tires. I fitted the SunTour Blaze derailleurs and...
05-06-22, 12:45 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Progress!

I disassembled and cleaned and regreased the front hub. The cones have some pitting, but what's the Clunker Challenge without that? The rear is in much better nick and should roll nicely when I am...
05-06-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

I think Walmart sells a double ended shifter...

I think Walmart sells a double ended shifter cable with housing set with conventional on one side, old Huret on the other. Iíve seen them in the last year or two.
05-05-22, 04:49 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Pulling the freewheel was a nice idea, but even...

Pulling the freewheel was a nice idea, but even the 2-lb hammer on the wrench would not free it. I carried wheel, freewheel, SunTour tool and all locked together with the skewer to the LBS, where the...
05-04-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Probably as good as itís gonna get

The headset looks awful but is decently smooth and should be fine. The bottom bracket isn't perfect, but it’s tolerable. I may yet sand some of the worst of the rust off - or maybe I'll just start...
05-02-22, 10:59 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

You never know ... In 2017 I assembled three...

You never know ...

In 2017 I assembled three clunkers (1991 Diamond Back Venture, 1970s Mercier 200 and a 1985 Centurion Signet) and completed the ride on the first two - in fact, I pretty far...
05-01-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

What arcane devilry is this?

I have been slow on this LeTour, but the other day I managed to pull the headset and BB bearings and promptly chucked them in a bowl of citrus degreaser. At the time, I thought it odd that the drive...
05-01-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

I would NEVER be able to resist a green TdF in my...

I would NEVER be able to resist a green TdF in my size like that! And while Iím used to the Simplex hanger on mine, your dropouts would be better suited for my use - my TdF is my favorite beater...
04-29-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 485
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Posted By rustystrings61

If memory serves, the Mirage was roughly...

If memory serves, the Mirage was roughly comparable to the Peugeot A-08 - non-QR version of Atom/Normandy/Maillard hubs, unbranded hi-ten tubing, surprisingly nice ride. I rode my first clunker...
04-29-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

The lugs are Bocama, and look like some variant...

The lugs are Bocama, and look like some variant of the Model 18 but with Type II sockets for the top and down tubes. The French LOVED the Huret Allvit derailleur ensemble, and I am told that if they...
04-22-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Well, I unwrapped the mummified in...

Well, I unwrapped the mummified in Evapo-Rust-soaked cloth LeTour to find ... very little difference. Certainly not photographable - but it feels slightly less crusty. I think some sandpaper is in...
04-19-22, 10:39 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

How far are you from Greenwood? I have a 23-in...

How far are you from Greenwood? I have a 23-in 1986 Univega Arrowpace that would go really cheap - as in, since I would swap out the saddle, it would be FREE.
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04-17-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

The Mummy!

Hey, if it worked for Tutenakhen ...

Tonight when I returned from the Easter celebrations I pulled the parts from their ER bath. They're good enough but will win no prizes. Then I tore long strips...
04-17-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Commencing de-rusting procedures

All of the rusty steel bits are now submerged in the last 3/4 gallon of Evapo-Rust I started using in 2017 when my entry was the '72 Liberia. Consider this a test of how many times ER can be re-used!...
04-16-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

My first bike-shop bike was a Batavus Tour de...

My first bike-shop bike was a Batavus Tour de líEurope like that, but the darker brown they used in Ď75. Nice Brooks B17 on this specimen, I think - and the upgraded crankset is a nice bonus - the...
04-16-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Samurai Bicycle Repairman!

I decided that the first thing I would "fix" would be the wonkas bent seat stay. I was too pressed for time to drive over to the storage unit and fish out wood blocks - but lo, tucked in next to my...
04-14-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

And it begins

I retrieved the rustiest LeTour in the state and went to work this evening after supper. The seatpost came out first before I put the bike on the stand. I am so grateful that all the parts came off...
04-14-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Go grab that red Schwinn with the dropped bars...

Go grab that red Schwinn with the dropped bars and the aero levers and join the Schwinn S(ch)weep?
04-14-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

I think if you choose this one for Clunker...

I think if you choose this one for Clunker Challenge duty, you should get style points for getting 100 km out of the original Delrin Simplex Prestige derailleur ensemble - and maybe bonus points if...
04-14-22, 10:09 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

I don't know if you've tried this method...

I don't know if you've tried this method (https://www.bikeforums.net/22253842-post14.html), but I used it to free a hacked off hunk of stem lodged in the steerer of my Tim Neenan Lighthouse - it...
04-14-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

It just struck me - we have a Schwinn S(ch)weep...

It just struck me - we have a Schwinn S(ch)weep going so far here ...
04-14-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,482
Posted By rustystrings61

Yay!!! Okay - so in the last days of Clunker...

Yay!!!

Okay - so in the last days of Clunker 100 Challenge COVID 2.0 edition #7 (https://www.bikeforums.net/22156530-post559.html) I bought this poor old 1989 Schwinn LeTour for $15 from a guy...
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