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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:49 pm 
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Zinc platting for a follow up looks promising


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:21 pm 
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Yes, if you can find a proper plater.
Nickel plating is also not a bad solution.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:40 pm 
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Put the swing bike back together for some pics then crashed it the next day :doh:
No marks on the new paint, scuffed the sissy bar and grip. I had a couple small leakers on each leg.

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Need to get a skull head badge sticker, clean up or hide the springs and seat attachments this winter.

Edit: one from the day I bought it

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:58 pm 
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That's how it works.

You have a brand new bike, you crash, and the new bike will get damaged......

You ride an old banger, you clear one sketchy situation after the other, and if you eventually do crash, you get a few scratches and nothing happens to the bike.

I was naturally riding my irreplaceable favorite bike, when the wild boar hit me last winter. The one that I've never seen anywhere else. Sure as fuck it got damaged!

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:07 pm 
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Yesir that is they way it goes. I’ve had one car in my whole life that I really cared for. Then I realized how much more relaxed I was driving winter beaters as we call them around here. I put the car I liked (76 Olds Cutlass Salon) in a barn one fall and never took it out again. I’d had enough trying to preserve it.
Gave it to my son and he sold it to buy something he wanted a few years back. Car was in storage some 15 years.

I love junk cars. No worries ever. Bikes on the other hand...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:34 pm 
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I share your sentiment on beater cars. A car is a tool, and must allow to be treated as such.
We drive a 10 year old car, and we're very careful not scratching the bikes when they're around the car.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:42 pm 
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Aaaah, show and tell Friday :D

Today it's the bumblebee's turn.
This thing is high speed touring defined!

It came into my possession 250km into its active life. It had been hanging in a shop till 2015, in a small town in southern Germany, where nobody would hear of this road bike with suspension.
They ended up selling it to a woman who had no idea road bikes with suspension were bad, for the lump sum of $800.
She then rode it a few times, got pregnant, decided that for some odd reason cycling and pregnancy didn't mix, and put it in the basement.
Fast forward to late 2017, I saw an ad for it in the German version of Craigslist. now it was 250km older, and offered at $350.
Picked it up, got rid of a set of Shimano 105-CXP22 wheels, the Coda brakes (could well be worst brakes in history), and a nasty Coda saddle. Threw in a set of Dura Ace cables, and the usual goodies, and here's what it's like today.

It's fairly light, and the combo of Spinergy Spox wheels, Headshok, and a triple crank set, makes it probably the best light tourer possible.
I took it along for the bi-annual bike trip in Austria by Danube (Donau), where it sure was a pleasure.
That's all on the to-do list to sort, but Dura Ace 7700 triple is hard to come by.
I'll probably end up modifying a regular 2x9 rear derailleur, and see if I can modify a 2x shifter. Got the crank set and the front derailleur.

So, the list of components looks a bit different, compared to the usual setup:

Cannondale SilkRoad series frame, CAAD3
Spinergy Spox wheels
Tufo C S33 PRO 24 tubular tires
Shimano 105 5500 groupset, with Dura Ace 7700 brakes
Thomson Elite seat post
The usual Flite Titanium saddle
Dura Ace 7700 cassette
Sram PC59 chain (will also have to go)


Magura :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:49 pm 
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Damn fine looking bike. Love black and yellow.

You’re gonna have to post a group picture sometime so we can see all the kids in one shot


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:02 pm 
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You first :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:13 pm 
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Someday i will. I’m sure of it

’98 Dyno I picked up a few weeks back for my youngest grandson. He needs to outgrow his early 90s Schwinn 16” gremlin first.

Bike is near perfect condition. Very unusual for a 20 year old boys bike. Lady said it was her sons and that he ‘crashed’ on the first ride and never touched a bicycle again. When I chuckled she said he grew to be a marine...

As always all bearings needed to have the dry, waxy grease scraped off and redone. I have it hanging in the basement next to the Flux until he’s ready

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Bike cost me $35. I sold that rusty old Dyno I posted a couple weeks back for $40 to pay for it :D

Here is mini mini on his Schwinn last winter. He wanted to ride in the snow like grandpa
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:39 pm 
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Nice find!
It's funny how one stumbles upon, a brand new very old bike here and there.

How heavy is such a bike?
I just built up a BMX bike for the kid of a friend of mine, as I figured it was loads lighter than a kids bike, and actually roughly the same price.

The grandpa that everybody wanted as a kid 8-)

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:59 pm 
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That one is under 27 pounds. It’s a bit of a tank but will do as a step between the 16” and a fast light 20”. I also did a GT Speed for his big brother about 4 years ago. The GT was just over 20 pounds with heavy rubber and coaster wheel. I put Maxxis DTH skins on it later but didn’t scale it afterwards.

So far the grands have zero interest in the banana bikes. Hope that changes


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Damn you guys.........I got nothing left in my quiver.

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Damn you guys.........I got nothing left in my quiver.


I’m quiver deficient, all I can do is sit back and drool on my keyboard.


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:49 am 
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Browse Craigslist or Facebook marketplace and see how much fun $50 can bring you. Stay off eBay unless you have to have something. Prices are beyond stupid at that point


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:15 pm 
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Fridaaaaaay!

Today's bike is the one the Mrs. is using for L'Eroica races.

Müsing Diamantino!

Müsing from Braunschweig in Germany, is fairly unknown on the other side of the pond, but here in Europe they were among the aluminum frame pioneers.
This particular bike is made in 1988, before the unicrown forks, and is pretty much a flat out copy of the 1987 Cannondale Criterium frame, but very advanced for its time, using a 7020 alloy, something Principia from Aalborg, Denmark, later took even further.
Cannondale didn't move to 7xxx series alloys for years after that.

Note the elegant brakes calipers, with no external spring.
Generally spoken the Suntour GXP group set is pretty elegant, especially if you consider when it was made.

The only parts on this bike that are not original, are the saddle and the brake levers.

The parts list:

Suntour GXP group set, with Shimano 600 Tricolore brake levers
First generation Look Delta pedals
3ttt stem and handlebars
Selle Italia Turbo Bernard Hinault saddle


This bike is much like my Cannondale Criterium '87, but the Suntour components seems a fair bit better made, compared to the Shimano 105 groupset I have on the Cannondale.
7 speed was also pretty decent in '88, my Cannondale had only 6. It's still a freewheel though.
The decals are hardly hanging on to the paint, which is something Müsing is "famous" for.
The Mrs. is pretty pleased with it, I only know it from the work stand.


Magura :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:16 pm 
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And it’s purple! Another beauty.
Do you know of any roadie brakes available for wider rims? The look is just so clean I’d love to fit a set on one of my older bikes.


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I assembled the 69 Firestone Miss GTO I posted a few weeks back with some b grade parts to replace the ones I stole from it. I’m going to try to sell it whole. Seems a shame to part it out if it comes down to that but it’s better than it winding up a lawn ornament.

Head badge and handgrips could bring more than I can get for it complete

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Last girls parts bike I gave to a neighbor kid. She rode it a few years before it disappeared. Was cool to see around 8-)


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Enlighten us, what makes that head badge so special?
To me the grips also look pretty ordinary?

That's a real nice bike though, I'd have thought to have something like that would be considered cool by teens today? Retro and all...?

The Mrs. just saw it and went "very cute! Where does he find them?"

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How wide are wider rims inn your world?

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I still so badly wanna try your orange swing bike.

Here something like that does not exist.
You're not by chance living in the vicinity of Pensacola?

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Rims are +/- 1.25 inches, no more than 1.5 inches or 38mm

I’ve had trouble getting $30 for a girls banana bike. Usually part them out get tin weight price on the frame.
Firestone headbadge could be worth a small sum. $10 maybe. I’ve seen the red Huffy glitter grips up for $50 recently. Blue is not a common color and these are in very nice condition.

Glitter grips are sweet as hell. Oozes 60s muscle bike vibe lol

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Magura wrote:
I still so badly wanna try your orange swing bike.

Here something like that does not exist.
You're not by chance living in the vicinity of Pensacola?

Magura :)


Sorry missed this one. I’m in NY state. Up near Lake Ontario. I’m sure you can find swing bike plans or maybe even full size swing bikes for sale. I’ll see what I can find. Wish I’d had one as a kid for sure

Edit: some home built inspiration. http://ratrodbikes.com/forum/index.php? ... ery.31549/

The vintage banana swings are getting pricey. I paid $500 for my turd. I’d seen framesets go for close to that so I didn’t feel taken


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That's bizarre. For $30 they'd sell like hotcakes here.

The Mrs. has her eye on your orange swing bike, so it has to be a banana swing bike I'm afraid.
Here nothing like that is to be found, not even at $500.
There's a sad attempt at a swing bike being sold in Germany, but it clearly has nothing going for it besides availability.

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Lake Ontario is a bit in the wrong end of the states. We're going to Crestview FL, for a week in the autumn.
.......could have been fun to meet up.

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It’s in rebirth for like the 4th time. I talked with the owner via phone before I bought mine. He almost had me. Nice guy with a hard sell dream.

Bike frames are made by a less than favorable name. The internal spring is proprietary and prone to break with replacements near impossible to get. It’s heavy and the cast wheels don’t help that. That said it’s brand new and cheaper than my original swing.


https://theswingbike.com/

It’s an option


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Yeah I saw that one, but figured as much that it's pretty much a fashion item.

......not that it makes any difference, as the Mrs. wants one like yours :doh:


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Fridaaaaay!

Some of you may have seen this one before.
It's simply a marvel of purpose specific bicycle engineering.

Normally I always would have this, that, and what not, just a bit different. Here it's all perfect. Nothing could be made to be better, or to suit me better. Everything is right at the limit, but still to the good side.

Today's Friday bike is an Echo 20" Ti, with all the billet and titanium goodies one can get (and some most people can't get), plus all the upgrades known to mankind for this bike, counting out the tires.
The tires are Echo 19" and 20", front and rear respectively, and in my humble opinion, they have an undeserved bad reputation, just because they're like 200g heavier, than the lightest rubber available. Weight isn't everything, as I can run these at lower pressure.

Speaking of weight.....sub 7kg :shock:

Note the carbon pad on the down tube, that's what keeps the frame alive. This is something I figured a few years ago, to help the national team quit breaking frames left and right.

I have another trials bike from Monty, that I use mostly, as it's built like a tank. With the Monty a phuckup is no big deal. It's scraped, dented, bruised, you name it, and sounds terrible when running, but it's running.
The Echo on the other hand, is more akin to a formula 1 racer. Super performance, brutally expensive to repair, strong as long as everything is done proper. If on the other hand something goes wrong and you crash it, the bills are piling up real quick.
It just got a new bash plate, as I ran out of skills last time I rode it. :lol:

Another nifty detail, is that the rear hub has no free hub. The chain runs all the time, and the free hub is in the crank sprocket instead. It takes a little getting used to that, and in particular that it's a no-go to have shoe laces that can reach the chain.

Yeah I know.....wall of text. tl:dr by all means, but I find this bike rather interesting.

Magura :mrgreen:


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Interesting. 8-)

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