More Spring Cleaning


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bikepaulie

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 23, 2017
106
258
Austin, TX, United States
#24
A little Twenty fiddling with the headset, particularly the plastic collar unit. It's in better shape than I had feared - perfectly workable still. The brakes needed some tweaks, and we're pretty much done now. Then I did a little clean up and took a picture.

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Nice tires! Love the seat bag. I replaced my headset with a properly sized AHead set, http://www.aheadset.com/, and have loved it. Thanks for posting!
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,070
2,727
United States
#26
Some more fiddling with the wiring paths and lowered the handlebars a bit. Fun bike - the rod brake roadster is its own animal in the bike world. I normally like the bars pretty high, but these export model bars are quite narrow and come back quite a bit - needed to lower them some.

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bikemonkey

I live for the CABE
Jun 25, 2016
1,116
1,512
66
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
#27

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,070
2,727
United States
#29

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,070
2,727
United States
#33
Man, these are all beautiful bikes. Really enjoyed the thread. Thanks
Thanks.

I have a feeling my rides for this year are done. The state of Virginia put down a heavy layer of road salt and pre-treat yesterday, and we'll have maybe 1-2 inches of snow today. I have winter stored everything except the 10-speed Grand Prix. I'll be using the Grand Prix on an indoor roller. I'll use that a couple of days per week until the roads are salt-free.

The snow does not bother me so much, but road salt and pre-treat "brine" is exceedingly corrosive on steel. Riding on that stuff just makes more work in rust removal later for me. I tested out just how bad that stuff is for steel a couple of winters ago with a Schwinn 3-speed I rode over the course of the winter. I monitored how quickly rust would develop on bare spots on the bike, and it was always within 1 week of exposure, there was rust. I cleaned up the bike and decided not to ride on any of those road treatments again.
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,070
2,727
United States
#36
This particular bike has a 21 tooth cog on the rear and a 44 tooth front sprocket. The 44 tooth front is smaller than the usual DL-1 (standard US-spec is 48 and later 46 teeth).
 
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