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    Default Re: Works in progress: what's on the bike stand today?

    Cleaning jockey wheels, the best way to look after the unsung hero of your drivetrain.
    It really makes a difference in terms of smoothness while pedalling, and longevity for the parts

    Put each jockey wheel onto a 50-60mm M5 bolt, its dust shields facing out and the bushing off the main wheel, close it by hand with a Nylock nut (no tools needed)
    Then run it into your favourite cleaning system




    It only takes seconds to get them clean inside-out. Then use the air compressor to remove anything left


    Job done
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    Default Re: Works in progress: what's on the bike stand today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gattonero View Post
    Ever wondered how do you service or replace the body of a Shimano STI without going crazy with that pesky lever return-spring?
    You need that little devil TL-ST03









    If anyone ever needs one let me know. I have at least a hundred of them in a drawer...
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    Default Re: Works in progress: what's on the bike stand today?

    You may think it's OTT to keep a mini pipe-bender, but it's incredibly useful in the workshop, i.e. some brake noodles are very hard to bend but with the right tool it takes 5 seconds for a perfect job



    Perfect curve of the whole cable, perfect brake action
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    Default Re: Works in progress: what's on the bike stand today?

    Not much to show, but serviced my hubs (DT star ratcher internals, nice and easy, and *very* overdue, but they were not as bad inside as I feared), mounted up some new brakes, and swapped in a mid-cage on my old Chorus derailleur (good opportunity to service most of the internals as well). A messy maintenance day.
     

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    Starting a refurb on this 1984 Ross Mt. Whitney. Thrift store find, almost all original, $75.

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    Default Re: Works in progress: what's on the bike stand today?

    that's SWEET!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattonero View Post
    that's SWEET!
    Yeah, it's a lucky find, for sure.

    I also found a set of Suntour XC-II pedals that came stock on it in really good shape...and they came in today!



    They did cost more than the bike, but all the others I found were in much worse shape, missing parts, etc.
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    Nice, bear-traps are proper old school!
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    Default Re: Works in progress: what's on the bike stand today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Starting a refurb on this 1984 Ross Mt. Whitney. Thrift store find, almost all original, $75.


    Nice find! What are your plans for the bike?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkmother View Post
    Nice find! What are your plans for the bike?
    Just a restoration back to stock. It's such a piece of mountain bike history that allegedly it was the first entry on the MOMBAT site.

    It actually predates my own mountain biking history. I got my first in '86 or '87 and it wasn't top of the line like the Mt. Whitney. Some folks go crazy (and pay crazy prices) over the vintage bikes. I'm not the guy to spend $700 on original tires to make some "perfect" showroom piece to just hang on the wall. IMHO, bikes are meant to be ridden. This will be my townie bike after it gets a bit more cleaned up.

    Pedals got fresh bearings and grease, Loctite on the screws.

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    [QUOTE=Wordbiker;1012502]Just a restoration back to stock. It's such a piece of mountain bike history that allegedly it was the first entry on the MOMBAT site.

    It actually predates my own mountain biking history. I got my first in '86 or '87 and it wasn't top of the line like the Mt. Whitney. Some folks go crazy (and pay crazy prices) over the vintage bikes. I'm not the guy to spend $700 on original tires to make some "perfect" showroom piece to just hang on the wall. IMHO, bikes are meant to be ridden. This will be my townie bike after it gets a bit more cleaned up.

    Pedals got fresh bearings and grease, Loctite on the screws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Just a restoration back to stock. It's such a piece of mountain bike history that allegedly it was the first entry on the MOMBAT site.

    It actually predates my own mountain biking history. I got my first in '86 or '87 and it wasn't top of the line like the Mt. Whitney. Some folks go crazy (and pay crazy prices) over the vintage bikes. I'm not the guy to spend $700 on original tires to make some "perfect" showroom piece to just hang on the wall. IMHO, bikes are meant to be ridden. This will be my townie bike after it gets a bit more cleaned up.

    Pedals got fresh bearings and grease, Loctite on the screws.

    Nice work. I think it would be fun to ride that bike on my local trails-I would do it in a heartbeat. (I was a teenager when it was made)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkmother View Post
    Nice work. I think it would be fun to ride that bike on my local trails-I would do it in a heartbeat. (I was a teenager when it was made)
    So was I! Graduated in '84, I was 17.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gattonero View Post
    You may think it's OTT to keep a mini pipe-bender, but it's incredibly useful in the workshop, i.e. some brake noodles are very hard to bend but with the right tool it takes 5 seconds for a perfect job
    Perfect curve of the whole cable, perfect brake action
    Well, if you'd just put the brake lever on the correct side you wouldn't have to bend the noodle. ;)

    I'm kidding, though it is odd to see for an American. I have come to prefer the front brake on the left. It's very nice detailed work you do Andrea. I may have to look for a mini-bender myself.
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    Tracked down a creak to the BB. Removed, cleaned, lubed and reinstalled. At this point I don't even remember what year this XT group is from but I still think it is one of the best looking groups. By the time I could afford it those parts they where old news. I still love them though.

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by rec head View Post
    Tracked down a creak to the BB. Removed, cleaned, lubed and reinstalled. At this point I don't even remember what year this XT group is from but I still think it is one of the best looking groups. By the time I could afford it those parts they where old news. I still love them though.

    It appears that the middle ring has been installed out of phase. That little tab in the cutout should be behind the crankarm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Starting a refurb on this 1984 Ross Mt. Whitney. Thrift store find, almost all original, $75.
    Far out! I can picture that print advertisement in Bicycling magazine...
    Zuzu’s pedals

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    Well, if you'd just put the brake lever on the correct side you wouldn't have to bend the noodle. ;)

    I'm kidding, though it is odd to see for an American. I have come to prefer the front brake on the left. It's very nice detailed work you do Andrea. I may have to look for a mini-bender myself.
    Ain't my bike so I route the cables as they were for the customer
    Normal "135 deg." noodles would have been too much, so better to give a tweak to a former 90 deg.

    That mini pipe-bender is also very useful for tweaking the stays of pannier racks, it does 6-8-10mm tubing but the radius is fixed so you may need to hold one side of the piece (one of the 350.358.964 uses for the Knipex wrench-pliers)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    It appears that the middle ring has been installed out of phase. That little tab in the cutout should be behind the crankarm.
    And there is a Campag 10 speed chain on 9sp chainset/rings, often it makes the chain skating in between the rings
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    Shifting is great. I don't have a front derailleur that fits this bike so it is basically a 1x8. The only thing I bought to get it put together was a new BB.
     

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