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09-19-22, 12:18 AM
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Posted By Andy_K

I've been meaning to post another update showing...

I've been meaning to post another update showing what I've done to the Centurion since the challenge ended. I actually did this about two months ago, but I haven't gotten around to sharing the pics...
07-30-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Strictly speaking, I think they're in the 13th...

Strictly speaking, I think they're in the 13th hour. The time ended last week, right?

I'm just hoping Narhay has time for his usual entertaining final report.
07-29-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

https://youtu.be/q2nNzNo_Xps

https://youtu.be/q2nNzNo_Xps
07-21-22, 11:54 PM
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Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Oh, thanks for the reminder. I totally forgot...

Oh, thanks for the reminder. I totally forgot that I was going to try my hand at lug lining on this bike. Silver, though, not blue.

I know there's a good chance the next owner of this bike won't...
07-21-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

At last, freed from the tyrany of the $108 budget...

At last, freed from the tyrany of the $108 budget (since I completed my miles within the parameters of the challenge), here is an update on my Centurion with decals from lettering.com applied.
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07-18-22, 10:37 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

OK, as previously claimed, I'm finished. With the...

OK, as previously claimed, I'm finished. With the post-work commute I'm now officially at 104 km. For this morning's ride, I stopped off at the local KP medical center for a vaccine booster. When I...
07-18-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I realized yesterday that we were down to the...

I realized yesterday that we were down to the final week, and I was still sitting on 80 km. :twitchy:

I rode my clunker to work today. I'll hit 100 km on the way home. Final pics and wrapup report...
07-01-22, 11:18 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Still creeping towards the finish. Today I hauled...

Still creeping towards the finish. Today I hauled the Centurion Clunker to a local Park and Ride to make for an easier ride in to the office and back. Another 20 kilometers brings my total to 80.64....
06-21-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Today I made a most significant ride on my...

Today I made a most significant ride on my Centurion Clunker. I rode it to work! That may not sound especially significant, but this was the first time I've biked in to the office since March 5,...
06-20-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I installed some bottle cages on the Centurion on...

I installed some bottle cages on the Centurion on Saturday in anticipation of a longer ride, but after I got them on there an unexpected rain blew in and stayed all afternoon. Here it is today in the...
06-20-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Any bike fits if you're determined enough. ...

Any bike fits if you're determined enough.

https://live.staticflickr.com/4193/34423033722_efd2192f76_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/UrR3Dq)

You probably don't have room in the budget for a Technomic...
06-11-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Classtime Put some duct tape on it and it'll be...

Classtime Put some duct tape on it and it'll be fine.
06-08-22, 01:18 PM
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Posted By Andy_K

I still like the Paramount more.

I still like the Paramount more.
06-08-22, 01:13 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

https://i.imgflip.com/6j0zfr.jpg That...

https://i.imgflip.com/6j0zfr.jpg

That Serotta is an amazing deal. The shifters alone are worth $60 even if they aren't working.
06-07-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I know exactly what you mean. I grew up in the...

I know exactly what you mean. I grew up in the mountains of western Maryland where one of the tallest local peaks is Big Savage Mountain at a whopping 2566 feet. When I moved to Oregon my uncle tried...
06-07-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Today I finally had the right combination of...

Today I finally had the right combination of weather and free time available to take my clunker out for a ride.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52130248871_2cdc3a7673_h.jpg...
06-02-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

:lol: This is the real reason I need aero...

:lol:

This is the real reason I need aero brake levers. Every time I build a bike with non-aero brakes (check my Flickr feed, literally every time) the cables look fine to me in the garage, then I...
06-02-22, 02:19 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I finished my build tonight (or should I say...

I finished my build tonight (or should I say "this morning") and couldn't wait for the sun to come up to take a picture and share it!
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06-01-22, 10:14 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I love how this story captures the essence of the...

I love how this story captures the essence of the challenge. I spent time this afternoon rooting through all the drawers in my toolbox hoping to find a leftover cables that I can recycle, so I...
06-01-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I hit strike two on the front derailleur today,...

I hit strike two on the front derailleur today, as I realized that the Cyclone front derailleur wasn't compatible with the cable stops on my frame. I'm sure there's something I could do to make it...
06-01-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

This was a new one to me. I went to bolt the...

This was a new one to me. I went to bolt the Cyclone rear derailleur on last night, and I found that it didn't want to pivot on the mounting bolt. The bolt would turn but with a lot of resistance....
05-31-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

And apparently the Boston bike market is too good...

And apparently the Boston bike market is too good to keep functional bikes sitting around! My clunker from 2020 sat in my garage almost two years without being ridden until I finally came across...
05-31-22, 01:43 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I've got some updates on my Centurion Elite paint...

I've got some updates on my Centurion Elite paint project, After letting the paint dry for a week, I was finally able to do a bit of wet sanding today. I did a better job than I have before in the...
05-30-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Bonus points if you get that bottle generator and...

Bonus points if you get that bottle generator and tail light working and use them!
05-30-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I'm starting to feel like these should be the...

I'm starting to feel like these should be the official shifters of the Clunker Challenge. They turn up on a lot of candidate bikes.

You've got your work cut out for you cleaning up that Fuji, but...
05-27-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Yeah, I've got some silver Sharpie paint pens...

Yeah, I've got some silver Sharpie paint pens that I'm going to use to try my hand at that. I've never done any lug lining before, so we'll see how that goes. This bike had very nice lug lining and...
05-26-22, 04:55 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

My only update is that waiting for rattle can...

My only update is that waiting for rattle can paint to dry is extremely difficult. I'm starting to think having the frame in the room where I work every day was a bad idea. It's just sitting there,...
05-23-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I finished applying the paint to my Centurion...

I finished applying the paint to my Centurion Elite over the weekend. It's killing me waiting for it to dry so that I can start putting parts on it to see how it'll look. I'm going to try to wait two...
05-23-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Threw out a PX-10? Apparently I need to recruit a...

Threw out a PX-10? Apparently I need to recruit a buyer in Seattle. I've been through the Bikeworks warehouse, and it's a truly remarkable stash. I saw a Hampsten there that would be in my garage now...
05-21-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

That happened a few years ago with my Serotta...

That happened a few years ago with my Serotta while lascauxcavenman was riding it. Apparently he pulls on the bars more than I do because I hadn't noticed it. That turned out to be an issue with...
05-20-22, 08:56 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Warm weather and low humidity meant I got to try...

Warm weather and low humidity meant I got to try out my new paint tent today. It barely fits in the garage,

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52088093564_7c327cf298_h.jpg...
05-18-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

No, I just can't accept that you'll be putting a...

No, I just can't accept that you'll be putting a Schwinn Paramount in the Clunker 100. My mind refuses to process this information.
05-17-22, 03:37 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I feel like the aero bars are the relevant bit of...

I feel like the aero bars are the relevant bit of information here. Was it a carbon Cannondale?
05-17-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Having won the prestigious "nicest takara from...

Having won the prestigious "nicest takara from the least nicest takara award" in the previous edition of this challenge, I felt like I needed to do something special to up my game this time around....
05-11-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Honestly, I can't ride more than a few miles with...

Honestly, I can't ride more than a few miles with flat bars before they start bothering my wrists. With drops, I use padded gloves and (usually) gel tape, so maybe that's the trick.
05-10-22, 10:05 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

From my trip to California for Eroica.... ...

From my trip to California for Eroica....

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52049210954_1ac94faf7c_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2nipP3S)

It's a good thing the cost of gas to pick parts up doesn't...
05-10-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

:thumb: I've got one of these that came to me...

:thumb:
I've got one of these that came to me on a 1977 Gitane Gypsy Sport. According to my fish scale, it weighs about three quarters of a pound. It's longevity is increased by the fact that I'll...
04-27-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

If you've seen one Peugeot hipster city bike,...

If you've seen one Peugeot hipster city bike, you've seen them all.
04-27-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I feel like I've seen something like this...

I feel like I've seen something like this before.... Oh, I know where.
04-26-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

In honor of the military tradition implied by its...

In honor of the military tradition implied by its name, I'm taking a "hurry up and wait" approach with the Centurion. Right now, I'm mostly in a waiting state -- just random sanding in my spare...
04-25-22, 10:14 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

That's a very clunkerific starting condition. Are...

That's a very clunkerific starting condition. Are you going for "as is" riding or are you going to try to make it look nice? I think I have a 1020 tubing sticker somewhere (unless I put it in the box...
04-23-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

This is an important distinction. The bike I rode...

This is an important distinction. The bike I rode in last year's edition had been sitting out in the elements, not even locked, on a bike rack for ten years. It was nothing special to begin with but...
04-22-22, 10:11 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

:roflmao: This is easily my favorite comment...

:roflmao:

This is easily my favorite comment of the thread so far.
04-22-22, 01:09 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I (more or less) finished stripping the paint...

I (more or less) finished stripping the paint from the frame on the Centurion.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52021051548_37076c204e_h.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2nfVueS)
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04-22-22, 12:55 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

It goes nicely with the bash guard on the crank.

It goes nicely with the bash guard on the crank.
04-21-22, 01:33 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

I'm still kind of experimenting with that. This...

I'm still kind of experimenting with that. This is the third frame I've used it on, and I'm doing less each time. This time as an experiment I scuffed the top tube up quickly with some coarse...
04-20-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

While I slept, CitriStrip was hard at work. ...

While I slept, CitriStrip was hard at work.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52016715432_ab71cee319_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2nfxggf)...
04-20-22, 08:43 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

Five points for nlerner.

Five points for nlerner.
04-20-22, 12:46 AM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Whenever I'm stripping down a bike, I keep a cardboard box full of everything I take off. For clunkers, it usually looks something like this:
...
04-18-22, 06:27 PM
Replies: 485
Views: 22,533
Posted By Andy_K

These components seem to turn up on a lot of...

These components seem to turn up on a lot of mid-level bikes in the late 70's and early 80's. My Takara last year had them and my Centurion this year has them. I was really impressed with how they...
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