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04-11-24, 07:01 PM
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Had an unexpected free moment this evening, which...

Had an unexpected free moment this evening, which ended up with replacing Wipperman chain with KMC X8, Suntour Vx-S RD with Suntour Cyclone MK1 and Simplex SLJ shifters with Suntour Power Shifters,...
04-10-24, 03:08 PM
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Following issues with chainrub on the Superator...

Following issues with chainrub on the Superator and putting Suntour Vx FD and replacing the chainring I decided yesterday to take the Suntour Superbe RD off the bicycle and replace the derailleurs...
04-07-24, 06:47 PM
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Problem mostly solved. Replacing the chainring...

Problem mostly solved. Replacing the chainring with another, slimmer one took care of the crank arm rubbing on outer derailleur plate. Which is kind of weird. Sakae Ringyo made lots of cranksets in...
04-07-24, 06:08 AM
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Finished Superator. Kind of. Found out that...

Finished Superator. Kind of. Found out that Suntour Sprint ratcheting shifters don't hold tension. This might be due to the ratchet being worn out or the clamp being transplanted from a different set...
04-05-24, 06:03 PM
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Spidel LS2 brakes arrived. In a pretty decent...

Spidel LS2 brakes arrived. In a pretty decent condition, but still decided to take them apart and give them a bit of an overhaul. Which was a good decision, they are working very nicely indeed now....
04-05-24, 01:05 AM
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I'm afraid there is no funky or mind blowing...

I'm afraid there is no funky or mind blowing explanation for this. I needed access to the adjuster bolt as I was swapping the saddles around and the light was in the way :D

The reason I have a...
04-04-24, 06:19 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Another SR Royal BB spindle arrived today and was...

Another SR Royal BB spindle arrived today and was cleaned (not that it needed much cleaning). Really good condition, despite being previously used, so that's 10 quid well spent. Totally forgot it's...
04-03-24, 03:55 PM
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Nothing serious today, didn't have much time. But...

Nothing serious today, didn't have much time. But since I'm waiting for Spidel brake calipers to arrive, I will need pads for them, so decided to make a start. I tend to use Weinmann pads as the...
03-31-24, 05:17 PM
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Well, I'm not quite sure what I'm building...

Well, I'm not quite sure what I'm building anymore. The plan was: Superator - as light, as possible, with Superbe minigruppo, shifters and brakes, SR extra super light crankset, stem and handlebar,...
03-29-24, 06:36 PM
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Andre Reboul Superator is coming up nicely. Today...

Andre Reboul Superator is coming up nicely. Today I decided not to put the front reflector on the stem, after all, I think keeping just the spacers will give it a cleaner look. Haven't had time to do...
03-28-24, 07:05 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Victory! That was tedious and time consuming, but...

Victory! That was tedious and time consuming, but the crown race is on. Headset spacers arrived yesterday. I need to give them a nicer finish at some point, so they blend better with chromed locknut...
03-25-24, 06:01 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Just a few minutes job, but the steerer is ready...

Just a few minutes job, but the steerer is ready for the locknut and spacers. The crown race ring still needs some filing down, but getting there. And still need some spacers, all the ones I have are...
03-25-24, 09:35 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

The paint looks very nice, actually. Few places...

The paint looks very nice, actually. Few places where it could be touched up, but nothing major. A bit of cleanup and perhaps clear coat over the scuffs might be enough. And I love the colour scheme....
03-25-24, 08:57 AM
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OK, the frame arrived today. Paint and decal look...

OK, the frame arrived today. Paint and decal look original (brilliant blue, it's more brilliant in real life than in the photos) - tubing decals are not applied perfectly, I think if this was done as...
03-25-24, 04:58 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

1973. Because, why not? :) Gut feeling, paint...

1973. Because, why not? :) Gut feeling, paint style, fork crown style and such.
And seriously, more photos might be required, especially the lugs and head badge and the decal on the top tube....
03-24-24, 07:30 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

That's a nice way of wrapping the handlebar tape,...

That's a nice way of wrapping the handlebar tape, over the hoods. I would have expected that to look bulky, but somehow it doesn't.

Today I had a novel idea: how about I actually measure the crown...
03-23-24, 03:56 PM
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Derailleur decision has been made. Moto C5 will...

Derailleur decision has been made. Moto C5 will be getting Suntour Superbe derailleurs (late 70's version) as it was the best derailleur on the market when the frame was manufactured. Thus it shall...
03-22-24, 06:31 PM
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Not much time today, but decided to make a start...

Not much time today, but decided to make a start on the Superator. Started with cleaning the inside of the seat tube. Initially with a wire brush bit on the drill at the top bit of it, then creating...
03-21-24, 04:45 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

It's interesting how after a year of handling and...

It's interesting how after a year of handling and using mostly Suntour derailleurs (Superbe and Vx), pulling the set of Huret Success TItane from the box feels like going back in time more than to...
03-20-24, 07:26 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Suntour freewheel has been adjusted and the play...

Suntour freewheel has been adjusted and the play is gone. Seems smooth so far, though I will have to take some time and listen to it for a bit to make sure all is good. I mean, in all fairness,...
03-19-24, 07:02 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I carried on preparing wheel swap for my...

I carried on preparing wheel swap for my commuting bicycle and today it was about the freewheel. Decided Suntour NWN 13-24 is probably the most versatile combination and had one spare. I overhauled...
03-14-24, 06:04 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

I got my Simplex SLJ shifteres delivered today....

I got my Simplex SLJ shifteres delivered today. Overall, they are in good condition (and the new cables are definitely a plus, was running out of these), but there was a bit of gunk on the spring. I...
03-13-24, 07:21 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Not very ambitious today, I'm afraid. I did plan...

Not very ambitious today, I'm afraid. I did plan the next 3 builds and thought what's going to go on each.
Superator / B Carre frame is going to be built up as vintage lightweight with a mix of...
03-11-24, 06:13 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

That's a beautiful frame. Subtle elegance, looks...

That's a beautiful frame. Subtle elegance, looks almost French, not Italian :)
03-11-24, 05:04 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Focus Adventure Rack. I've seen some reviews few...

Focus Adventure Rack. I've seen some reviews few years back and wasn't quite sure about this idea.
03-10-24, 04:15 PM
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Not sure if this...

Not sure if this...
03-10-24, 12:34 PM
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That's a nice collection! I'm envious now :D

That's a nice collection! I'm envious now :D
03-10-24, 12:00 PM
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That's a bit of a shame, the paint looks original...

That's a bit of a shame, the paint looks original and in good condition. But it will look great in orange too and not a colour I see often on Motobecane out there in the wild. I was always planning...
03-10-24, 06:49 AM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

And done. I guess I could get them to a mirror...

And done. I guess I could get them to a mirror finish, but for now they are perfect enough. I could also re-anodise or touch up the black plates with enamel, but I'm usually not too bothered with...
03-09-24, 07:11 PM
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I'm not quite sure why Suntour made them this...

I'm not quite sure why Suntour made them this way. But I am grateful, because at least I can clean them properly.
From the early 80's they were making PL4000 (road, which I have a set of on another...
03-09-24, 05:24 PM
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Last missing piece for the Superator has arrived....

Last missing piece for the Superator has arrived. Suntour Superbe track pedals, 288g per pair. This is the lightest pair of early 80's pedals I was able to find. I was thinking about matching the SR...
03-09-24, 03:57 PM
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I should send you over some more mavic decals,...

I should send you over some more mavic decals, I'm pretty sure I've got a few around :) I'm not a Mavic fan. Happy with their pre 1992 stuff though.
03-07-24, 05:11 PM
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Really well done, that mixte makes me want to get...

Really well done, that mixte makes me want to get one. Somehow never ended up with a Peugeot, even though my interest in French bicycles started with wanting one. And I ended up with a fleet of...
03-05-24, 04:41 PM
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I wouldn't buy and ride a wheel where the decal /...

I wouldn't buy and ride a wheel where the decal / manufacturer's logo is in an "incorrect" place :D Because that tells you the person who built it is either careless or a mad genious. Considering the...
03-04-24, 04:06 PM
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Funny thing; when I first used Suntour...

Funny thing; when I first used Suntour derailleur, I thought lack of that spring is going to be a problem. And then it shofted beautifully and I ditched all Shimano derailleurs I had. Bar one, but...
02-25-24, 04:15 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Love this derailleur. They look great, they work...

Love this derailleur. They look great, they work great. I don't even miss indexing at all and this is the derailleur (in combination with LD-4850) that convinced me to switch to friction. Now you...
02-11-24, 05:36 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Awesome! And it even looks my size... :(

Awesome! And it even looks my size... :(
02-11-24, 05:14 AM
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Almost got another Motobecane last week, Grand...

Almost got another Motobecane last week, Grand Record this time. It took a lot of self discipline and self convincing not to get it. And then I thought I should allow other people to have a nice...
02-09-24, 07:15 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Another wheelset of the week built. This time the...

Another wheelset of the week built. This time the weight wasn't a concern so it's around 1350g rear and 1250g front with inner tubes, tape and tyres.
I have to say that I like Ambrosio rims. They...
02-09-24, 10:36 AM
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https://road.cc/content/review/115090-tacx-exact-w...

https://road.cc/content/review/115090-tacx-exact-wheel-truing-stand

That does look quite ok. Personally I would have to get some different indicator / gauge system, I can't get used to ones being...
02-07-24, 01:06 PM
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I've been taking my sweet time with this...

I've been taking my sweet time with this wheelset. It built very well to start with, but I was obsessing over minute imperfections. On the bright side, it was worth it. It's probably my best built...
02-01-24, 05:55 AM
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Later type, with metal seals.I have the small...

Later type, with metal seals.I have the small flange earlier type, with plastic seals and Bianchi branded (though I do have new Maillard decals for those somewhere).
01-28-24, 03:32 PM
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I got my new rims last week. 1 set of Excellence,...

I got my new rims last week. 1 set of Excellence, 36H, one set of Excellight 36H and one set of Excellight 32H. The whole bunch of Sapim D-Light spokes also arrived, so I thought I might as well lace...
01-26-24, 04:31 PM
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Shifters day. I have a pair of Suntour LD-4850...

Shifters day. I have a pair of Suntour LD-4850 (Suntour Sprint / Superbe ratcheting shifters) on their way. They were more pricey than the modern copy I was planning originally (Dia Compe Silver...
01-22-24, 06:02 PM
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It does have a bit of Mavic esthetic of the late...

It does have a bit of Mavic esthetic of the late 80's, when you look at the DS spacer, for example, the flanges, the shape of NDS protrusion. It seems the hub shell and the threaded bit as well are...
01-22-24, 03:46 PM
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Right... Just got a job lot of hubs today and......

Right... Just got a job lot of hubs today and... What the heck is this thing? Thread is not English, that much I could establish, but don't seem to be able to find any info on this. The flange is...
01-20-24, 07:23 PM
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The whole day full of bicycle mintenance. Most of...

The whole day full of bicycle mintenance. Most of it not on my bicycles though. Started in the morning by replacing old Weinmann 720's with dual pivot Tektros with long enough reach on an old Raleigh...
01-17-24, 02:15 PM
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Cups I had problems with were either Italian...

Cups I had problems with were either Italian threading or they were sitting on a bicycle for a very long time and probably were overtightened in the first place. The one that hurt the most was...
01-13-24, 07:15 PM
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Haven't had much time today for wrenching, but...

Haven't had much time today for wrenching, but managed to get the Superator frame into the bathtub (since I was going to clean the bathtub anyway) and give it a warm, soapy bath. One problem is that...
01-13-24, 04:51 PM
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Posted By VintageSteelEU

Just checked the one I got recently and it has...

Just checked the one I got recently and it has English thread, the rest of them were tested before (also English). But, depending on a hub, it might be easier to find a new hub with English thread. I...
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