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Old 07-23-21, 06:21 AM
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Built!

This morning I rose early and finished assembling the Sirrus. I splurged for new brake and derailleur cables but kept the vintage housings, which got a quick wipe down with citrus cleanser on the outer housings and a generous dollop of Break Free slathered on the cables as I slid them home. The chain is almost clean, which is to say, clean enough, though I will need to research how to get Shimano SIS to shift crisply without chatter. The Ambrosio bike ribbon went on smoothly and feels great under my hands, and everything works.

Between the air quality and the time constraints, all I managed was a little up and down the block to identify needed tweaks - minute tightening of hub cones, a modest adjustment of the headset, shoving the saddle all the way back on the rails, readjusting the rear brake lever to put it properly in line - but so far I think I like it. I haven't ridden Look pedals regularly in 20 years, but it comes back quickly enough I suppose.

The front tire in daylight bothers me some, enough that I am probably going to replace it (and perhaps the rear as well!) with some Continental Gatorskins that came with the Cannondale I rode earlier this year. Apart from that and adding a bottle cage, I think I'm set!

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It cleaned up well!

It looks racy, but there's only a 1.75-in drop from saddle height to bar height.

Not perfect, but absolutely presentable now.

Perhaps tomorrow morning I can get out there and start piling on the kilometers ...
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Good knowledge from the owner of over 100 Raleighs past, present and future.
Found a pic! Apologies for the zig-zags.
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Old 07-24-21, 12:28 AM
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I had been putting off riding thanks to a hit and run and summer classes, but I finally went out today on the 760. I put in a bit more that 23 miles today while going to REI to pick up some bike bits, so I've still got 65 miles left. The comfort still astounds me and was much appreciated over the poorly maintained roads. It isn't as bomb-proof as my much-missed Miyata, but the 760 still copes well with the Bay Area's worst. It could be the Avocet saddle, or the under-inflated tires, but it really is amazing.
I didn't really take any noteworthy pictures, but here goes.

At the REI. The folks were nice, and a guy gave me a canvas bag at the front. Apparently, they'll give you a free bag...every time you bike the store. I was so impressed that I signed up for their membership. Or maybe that's just the power of salesmanship. Whatever the case, the guy there have good customer service.

Stopped at a park on the way back home to catch my breath. I haven't bike for quite some time.

Oops, forgot to mention the bell. An extra $5, which brings my total to $69.64.
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Originally Posted by philpeugeot View Post
I had been putting off riding thanks to a hit and run and summer classes, but I finally went out today on the 760. I put in a bit more that 23 miles today while going to REI to pick up some bike bits, so I've still got 65 miles left.
Good news:
100km= 62mi 241.3294yd, so you don't need to ride 88 miles which = about 142 km. Don
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Went on a shake down ride this morning to the tune of 7 km...some thoughts on the Peugeot Slimestone...
1. Rust is not necessarily an impediment to shifting which was reasonably smooth until I tried to send the chain back to the granny ring from whence it began...no problem...right foot chain kick and it shifted on there.
2. A rusty chain does add a bit of friction. May offset the rusty fraying cables though and come out net zero impact...
3. Kenda tires...jury is out so far. They are in great, almost new shape so they are keepers, but U turn at speed in gravel is a no go. I WAS able to distance myself from an angry dog on the sidewalk that was about to pull the owner's shoulder from socket...so there's that.
4. For a CrMo frame, it is a heavy little guy. Could be the componentry weighed down by rusty particulates, but I am not dis-assembling anything until 100km. I did cheat and lower the crappy steel post down to a more comfortable level.
5. I sort of thought I would like it more than I did on the first ride. We shall see. And when the kms are over, I can overhaul and lighten it if I still have a hankering. The yellow urine colored paint is a question at the moment...






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Old 07-24-21, 08:22 AM
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I got up early enough to replace the cracked-looking Michelin front tire with a 23mm Gatorskin I got with the Cannondale, did a neighborhood loop that convinced me to raise my saddle a bit, then set out on a longer jaunt.

I like this bike a lot so far - it feels nimble and light, it has great no-hands stability, it feels good while descending, etc. Riding it today reminded me of riding the late '90s Bianchi Alloro I rode when the local bike club was a going concern.

When I got home I put the other Gatorskin on the back wheel. I think I want to gently tighten the rear hub adjustment a tiny bit, and then all should be well.

I'm now at 23.3 km, with a price breakdown of -

$50 - purchase price
$5 - used 39T chainring
$4 - bar tape purchased c.2006
$10 - used tires
$12 - brake and gear wires

$81 so far!



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Originally Posted by rustystrings61 View Post
I got up early enough to replace the cracked-looking Michelin front tire with a 23mm Gatorskin I got with the Cannondale, did a neighborhood loop that convinced me to raise my saddle a bit, then set out on a longer jaunt.

I like this bike a lot so far - it feels nimble and light, it has great no-hands stability, it feels good while descending, etc. Riding it today reminded me of riding the late Ď90s Bianchi Alloro I rode when the local bike club was a going concern.

When I got home I put the other Gatorskin on the back wheel. I think I want to gently tighten the rear hub adjustment a tiny bit, and then all should be well.

Iím now at 23.3 km, with a price breakdown of -

$50 - purchase price
$5 - used 39T chainring
$4 - bar tape purchased c.2006
$10 - used tires
$12 - brake and gear wires

$81 so far!


That's so nice, it's hard to believe the amount you spent on it! Good catch!
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Went out for another spin today. I managed to complete ~31 miles, which brings my total to 66 miles completed. I had to stop in the Mission District to pick up a discounted brake kit for some project, then stopped by the co-op to see if there was anything worth buying. Nothing caught my eye except this bike:

Yes, it's a Trek 728 with a swapped fork. I was able to find the owner of the bike, an older Japanese man who was at the co-op to learn how to true bicycles wheels as his rear wheel had a wobble. He was fascinated with my ride and seem delighted to find another 531-framed Trek running about. We struck up a nice conversation about older stuff, and he waxed poetic about early-model Treks and bicycles in Japan. It's nice to see other like-minded people out there riding similar vintage cycles; it really made my day.
After the co-op closed, I headed out to the Sunset District. It was mostly a slow ride there, as I had spent myself getting to SF. I took a meh photo of this waterfall:

I started heading home after arriving at the Great Highway. There's a nice long section that's temporarily closed off to cars, so I didn't have to watch for traffic which was nice. It was here that I learned the benefit of having a handlebar bag as eating while riding was a cinch. The ride home was mostly uneventful until I rear-ended a car that stopped suddenly. There was no damage to the car or bike as far as I could tell, but after suffering a second accident in the span of a week I think I have to be more careful. Also, I noticed this when I got home:

Yes, I am quite worried about those cracked tires, as is my wallet. I pray to the clunker gods that I can finish without anything major happening.
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Old 07-24-21, 11:11 PM
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That's so nice, it's hard to believe the amount you spent on it! Good catch!
Yeah, well I'll make up for the Sirrus with the goodie I bought to mothball for next year's edition - behold, the world's rustiest '89 Schwinn LeTour! It's a TWO jugs of Evapo-Rust kinda bike! At $15, it's one of my very cheapest Clunker candidates yet, but I have high hopes for it.







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Yeah, well I'll make up for the Sirrus with the goodie I bought to mothball for next year's edition - behold, the world's rustiest '89 Schwinn LeTour! It's a TWO jugs of Evapo-Rust kinda bike! At $15, it's one of my very cheapest Clunker candidates yet, but I have high hopes for it yet.






You should get bonus points if you leave the electrical tape wrapped foam coverings on the handlebars.
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Done!

Capped off w/a morning pastry run.





Anybody want to buy a Bianchi Sport SS?

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So does this turn into a for sale by owner thread when everything is said and done?? Haha.

rustystrings61 will have 14 bikes for sale...and have ridden 21,908km
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You should get bonus points if you leave the electrical tape wrapped foam coverings on the handlebars.
That fits the $$ rule, but I'd say it's not even a Clunker! That's just a rusty barn find that needs some TLC. Maybe a lot of TLC...

Seriously, that's worthy of stripping down, powder coating, and reassembly. Maybe a few parts get switched out, but that's a great find.
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Today's ride started like carp. I knew I was going to be riding on a couple miles of heavily tourist and day-tripper infested bike roads and bike paths. Expecting the worst as I set off, I was not disappointed in the least!
The road leading to/parking lot for/and the entrance to the greenway path is also a boat launch for a couple tubing companies, as well as a spot where joe-schmoe can attempt to back their overloaded boat trailer (you know, the one that gets used twice a year), plop their soon-to-be-sunburned-to-a-crisp butt in the water, and float toward downtown. I tried to beat the morning rush, and was partly successful, as there were only about 30 cars (this number swells to well over 100 on nice days like today), and maybe 50 people that I needed to avoid, milling about in the parking lot and spilling out onto the street. Made it through the crowd, and as I got onto the bike path, I slowly came up on a jogger who was just getting started on her run, barely walking, in the middle/left of the bike path. I was maybe 4 yards behind her. A call of "On your left." was ignored. "ON YOUR LEFT!" was shouted, and again ignored. So, I snarkily and loudly said "ON YOUR RIGHT" (and some not-so-nice expletives) as I passed on her right. She was too engrossed in her phone to notice me, and also must have been deaf due to her earbuds.
Then the real fun began! Came up on 3 ladies on who were obviously in no hurry to get anywhere fast (we were doing 6mph). Couldn't pass them, because up ahead were three separate familes, with small kids on bikes, clogging the entire bike path. Somehow the families kinda moved to the side, except for one small kid, maybe 4, who decided to stop in the middle of the path right in front of me. Fortunately we were not going fast (about 5mph this time), so I stopped, the kids looked at me with the deer in the headlights look, and proceeded to move to the right side of the path (I said "thank you" as I passed). Still couldn't pass the three ladies, so I just gave up and figured we had less than a mile to go, so I could just sit back and go slooooooooow until we met up with the road. Yeah, I passed them, and got on my merry way as soon as the path ended. I told myself that there was no way I was going to take that same route later, because as the day goes on, that section becomes way more crowded, and that I'd rather suffer up a big hill and deal with narrow, trafficy city streets to avoid that nightmare getting home. Which is what I did, and it was fine.
Anyway, the rest of the ride was pretty nice. Not too many people in the bike lanes other than a few groups of tourist on rental bikes.
So, previous cumulative total from post 525: 36.8 miles / 59.2km
Today's mileage: 15.6 miles / 25.1km

New cumulative total: 52.4 miles / 84.3km
The next ride will push me over the 100km threshold, and I am looking forward to that. I want to clean and sell the bike when I'm done with the Challenge. It's a nice bike, but it is time for it to go to another home.

I saw some "art":


Welcome to Asheville! Now go crash your bike in a drainage grate and get run over by a garbage truck!


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You should get bonus points if you leave the electrical tape wrapped foam coverings on the handlebars.
There are some lines even I can't bring myself to cross, and this is one of them!

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That fits the $$ rule, but I'd say it's not even a Clunker! That's just a rusty barn find that needs some TLC. Maybe a lot of TLC...

Seriously, that's worthy of stripping down, powder coating, and reassembly. Maybe a few parts get switched out, but that's a great find.
I'll mothball it for next year's challenge, which will give me time to think about it. I've had great little cycling epiphanies on far humbler bikes, and I think this one will turn out nicely. If memory serves, it's all plain gauge True Temper 4130, built in Greenville Mississippi, and for the price I'm not gonna go too far wrong. I'll probably get attached to it, too, because I always feel bad for the really abused ones.

Today's ride, however, was a joy - the Sirrus, shod with Gatorskins that still have flashing on the treads, feels lovely on the open road. Somehow, even really bumpy tarmac is manageable on those skinny 23s. The Selle Italia Mundialita saddle is a pleasant surprise - though it shouldn't be, the Selle Italia Grand Prix that came to me on the '75 Motobecane that was my 2016 entry is still in use and still comfy, too. I still need to see if I can fine tune the shifting, as a certain amount of trimming and tweaking is still needed to quiet things down.

It's not a quiet ride, though that is not the bike's fault - my 23-year-old Diadoras make all sorts of noise as unused cleat mounting hardware rattles and clatters as I pedal. I'll need to deal with that, I think. They gave me my sole mechanical today when the right sole from the back of the cleat to the heel popped free. I rode home with my heel flapping, visions of glue in my head.

And now some pix!



Gravel + bike does NOT = gravelbike in this case!

Alongside the old People's Bank
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CHALLENGE COMPLETE

Well, it's been fun, but I am glad it's over. Time to give the bike a thorough wash, some light maintenance, and get it ready to sell. Some of the parts on I PLEAD THE FILTH will live on with me, on other bikes I own.

I wanted to get in the remaining mileage today before it rains, and had a plan in my head. Then, as I got to where I wanted to turn around, I realized that if I did that, I'd only get in half the mileage I needed to, ugh. So, I extended my ride, knowing that I'd definitely go over the 100km (62.1 miles) mark. It was rather warm and humid, but it wasn't that bad overall.

I rode back to the fish posted above, to find out what it was all about, and saw the sign for it:



Along the way, I also saw a black snake, ~5' long, slithering acorss the path and into the grass. I pulled over to the left of the path to "protect" it from the people who were walking (oblivious, again) toward it. I always enjoy seeing these, as they help keep the rodent population down. I was a little slow getting my phone out for the pic, but you get the idea.


During (cumulative) mile 63, the mile that exceeds the Challenge requirement, I stopped for some celebratory pics.




When I got home, I was at 12.2 miles for the day, ~64.8 miles cumulative total (Vetta says 65, but please recall that it was not calibrated correctly for a few miles).




more in the next post
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So, here are the final numbers for I PLEAD THE FILTH:
Total monetary cost, including all the wacky buying & selling math in post number 515: $80.57
Total cumulative mileage: 64.8 (Vetta says 65) / 104.2km

I actually enjoyed riding the bike. While the frame is a little larger than what I usually ride, having a max 26t cog on the freewheel (killed me on some hills), and being pretty much completely un-maintained since I got it, it was comfortable, responsive, and handled well. I am *almost* tempted to keep it, but I really do not need another bike mouth to feed around here.

@Narhay This is my presentation for final judging, of the "as ridden" I PLEAD THE FILTH, after the tire fiasco in post numbers 313 and 316 (mileage at the time was 16.2 miles / ~26.1 kilometers, so the majority of mileage was put on, as presented here).










Note the couple greasy filth spots I added after a dropped chain (post number 525):
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Bravo hazetguy, and thank you for shouldering the burden of riding the filthiest bike in the competition - though I think jdawginsc is right on your heels with the Peugeot Slimestone. I now know to keep my eyes open for that era Panasonic and for Nishiki Tri-As, as well. Where, exactly, I could fit them into the shop is another matter - there really is no room at the inn anymore!

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This weekend, I finished off the mileage portion of the challenge in fantastic style. @Dfrost and @gugie accompanied me on an epic journey to return the Takara from whence it came.



That looks like some serious climbing, no? Nevermind that the entire climb shown is at 3% grade or less.
@Dfrost and @gugie met me in Vernonia the night before to strategically pre-position a vehicle for the return trip. Then in the morning, David and I left from my house while gugie left from the Atelier and we met up at Mountain View Champions Park. About 12 miles into the ride, gugie realized that he had strategically pre-positioned the keys to the return vehicle at his house, rather than in his CamelBak, which would have been more helpful. Undeterred, we soldiered on.

From Champions Park, it was about 8 miles to the start of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, which we followed the rest of the way. It's a beautiful ride, which I've taken many pictures of as seen here. For this thread, I'll focus mostly on the Clunker.

Takara Steve, the later years


Stripped of his pseudo-world champion stripes after testing positive for mescaline ("It was the 70's. Everyone was doing it," he protested, to no avail), Takara Steve fell into depression and let himself go a bit, but he never lost his love for Takara bikes.



To truly know, how much of the pleasure of the ride was derived from riding a Clunker and how much was from other factors, we needed a control. So, @Dfrost rode his trusty Marinoni, while @gugie and I indulged in pure Clunker joy.



Turns out, most of the enjoyment was shared by all.

Along the way, we witnessed people playing cricket, as so often happens in Oregon.



Dfrost and gugie are both somewhere in this picture:



Pit stop at the Banks trailhead as we steeled ourselves for the climb ahead



Along the way we had contacted Mrs. K, who graciously agreed to stop by the Atelier and pick up keys so we could get back home. So when we got to the Black Iron Grill, there were smiles all around.



The owner, now reunited with his Takara, stopped by and listened to my stories about what I had done to the bike, and what a pleasure it was to ride (it really was). He was extremely happy with the transformation.

Before


After


I didn't quite get the angle right on the "after" shot, but that baby appreciates a fine vintage bike when he sees one.
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This weekend, I finished off the mileage portion of the challenge in fantastic style.

The owner, now reunited with his Takara, stopped by and listened to my stories about what I had done to the bike, and what a pleasure it was to ride (it really was). He was extremely happy with the transformation.
It turns out that the Takara was purchased by the restaurants owner's brother, who had ridden it to the coast several times, so there was some history behind the bike that added to our enjoyment and appreciation of the ride.

The route Andy chose was great, the theme song of Green Acres passed through my mind. Hazelnut orchards, rows of corn, and fields of rhubarb went by, as well as the occasional wheat field.



Our penultimate stop was at the trailhead in Banks. It was starting to get hot, but we found a supermarket that conveniently positioned some coolers out front for the many cyclists that ride this route in the summertime.



The beer, as usual, was the best I've ever tasted. Andy's better half saved me from having my wife drive out with those keys. It was great to see and ride with Dave again, I'm pretty sure it had been two summers ago that he met up with our Magical Mystery Tour of the PNW gang to see us off back in the "before times".

We got in the 100k in one shot. I'm about 6 miles short of putting 100 miles on the Raleigh Super Course MkII Clunker, built in the first fortnight of 1976 at the Worksop site, per the serial number. I'll try and get that in later this week.
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I didn't quite get the angle right on the "after" shot, but that baby appreciates a fine vintage bike when he sees one.
Well done, gents! Iím particularly impressed that you conjured up the Takara baby for that last pic though having him chew on a tubular tire likely was out of the question.
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Got my final ride in today, 12.4 miles. Just beginning to get hot, with a light cross wind both ways, but I didn't suffer too much. Brings my total to 64.6 miles which convets to 104 kilometers(103.96). The follis has a nice ride for 1 step up from their entry level bike. Falk tubing + components/wheelset that produced a 25 # bike made for a pretty good Clunker and will be a real nice ride with some new cables and better tires. Took some more pics that I will add later today, need to eat some lunch and do yardwork.
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Hmmm, I notice a trend here.....
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The Iceman cometh*


*The Iceman Cometh is Eugene O'Neill's marathon play about a group of drunks in a New York City bar in 1912. The characters all have their own pipe dreams. They cling to past glories and are delusional about their futures.
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