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bikepaulie

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 23, 2017
115
Austin, TX, United States
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
3,154
United States
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
1,319
67
North Carolina , Albemarle, NC, United States
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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Sir, you have a most admirable stable of British steel!
 

SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,154
United States
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nycet3

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 13, 2016
551
52
Toronto/Boston
Man, these are all beautiful bikes. Really enjoyed the thread. Thanks
 
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SirMike1983

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 27, 2008
3,154
United States
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
3,154
United States
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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