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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
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Bulverde, TX
#1
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4 weeks ago, I was leading the pack in a daybreak Sunday-morning ride downtown along with a HS wrestler. Watching the car beside me instead of the pavement, I fell into a strange trangle-shaped expansion joint over the riverwalk - at 20mph, which launched me straight down - (I think I was even standing to accelerate). I was in the hospital for 3 days with broken collar bone, 9 ribs and "moderate" brain trauma. I'm doing very well, and will be back on a bike probably next week.. I've been sweating a half-hour every day with my upright on a trainer. Rotator, neck all great - no long term worries, and most of my mobility is already back. Still shoulder discomfort, hurts to sneeze, and can't lay flat yet - I'm sleeping in a recliner. Just getting to the point that typing discomfort is small enough to type for entertainment - before, I was saving it all for work.

But the old GP did not fare well. Top tube, down tube and steerer all bent. Everything else fared well except the saddle, which probably landed the bounce.
I looked at GP frames but decided with all my upgraded components, I'd upgrade the frame and found a nice International.
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Picking up the frame at the LBS today - Shawn at Britton's installed my headset and is aligning the frame to 126mm rear. (Somebody had apparently stretched it there by hand and it was all on one side). But otherwise, it's near perfect.
Also, Raleigh spaced the chainstay bridge to prevent a kickstand install. Otherwise, geometry and fork are identical but DB 531. Probably not a good frame for a rear load, so I'm deleting the rear rack, but a great fork for a front load, which I'll stick to.
And should be a blast.
Think I'll call her Lady Isolde.
 

Dale Alan

I live for the CABE
Jul 26, 2013
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750
Northern NY
#2
Glad you are OK,sounds like you a healing well . Take things slow. Bummer on your bike,new frame looks like a nice replacement.
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#3
Thanks Dale.
It's going to be a nicer bike, but frame is probably too flexy for a rear load.
Great for a front load, though, and I have that nice bag.
All the components are getting spit-shined as I move them.

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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#4
paid for half of the frame by selling my rear rack and panniers.

If you ever need a freewheel rebuilt, Yellow Jersey does a great job for $25.
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#5
a couple more details.
Polished brake and shorty fender
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SKF BB 121mm made asymmetric with a 2.5mm drive-side spacer for perfect chainline with a cyclotouriste triple - this, too moved over from the GP (has 3 years on it, with a 10-y warranty)
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Have a few parts in the mail, and I've gone as far as I can go without them...
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momo608

I live for the CABE
Dec 25, 2014
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Atascadero, United States
#6
Glad you're OK, just because we disagree about everything, doesn't mean I want to see you rubbed out.

BTW, I hate it when guys give female names or identities to their rides, so corny. They should have male identities because of their heart of grease.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#10
Glad you're OK, just because we disagree about everything, doesn't mean I want to see you rubbed out.

BTW, I hate it when guys give female names or identities to their rides, so corny. They should have male identities because of their heart of grease.
there are exactly two things we've disagreed on - racism, and me. You don't have a right to pretend to represent me.
By definition, on either subject, you have to be wrong and wrong-headed.
 
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momo608

I live for the CABE
Dec 25, 2014
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Atascadero, United States
#11
there are exactly two things we've disagreed on - racism, and me. You don't have a right to pretend to represent me.
Try to be nice. You mean the narcissist thing? I can't help and it's not my problem if the shoe fits, wear it with pride as I know you will.
 

bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#14
fully functional - all that's left is hanging pump and water bottles.
If I don't get rained out, going for a ride this weekend.
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#17
there are so many layers in CP brakes, and shorty fenders keep them clean
Those shorties are stainless, and are big enough for 35mm tires (32mm is all that fits the rear triangles).
Have another pair of Bluemels alloy shorties that only fit 28mm, and have a nice blue foil logo.

A trick idea on the water bottle mounts, btw.
King Cage makes hose clamps with an M5 stud welded to them.
I had pieces of leftover bar leather that I cut long narrow strips to line them.
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I also put leather between the umbrella clip and lug for the pump.
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,698
5,280
Bulverde, TX
#20
Wish I could get stuff done this fast. Nice bike.
Mike, it was pretty much all already here on my busted frame. (I also had a few weeks of not typing to plan all this.) I ordered a 27.2mm seatpost from Japan the same day I bought the frame. The only other part I had to buy was a BB cable route. But I also upgraded my front brake stop and bottle cages.
Had to get to the bottom bracket first. As parts came off, they got cleaned. And before they went on the new frame, they got polished.
No trial and error, everything was the same.

You're welcome Dale. I knew about the King Cage mounts a year ago - the owner introduced them on iBoB google group along with a discount code. Of course bottle cages is the last thing to do. When I took the crusty old VO clamps (styled after old school TA clamps) from my dead frame, I decided I didn't want to use them, went straight to the computer, and dropped my US Grant on King Cage.


See, it pays to save your old bar leather pieces. Even though my bars had been re-wrapped last year, and I had those pieces, I still had the leftover leather strips from 6 years earlier.
My workspace in the garage is not clean, but I keep everything bike in cigar boxes, and even mark some of them with what's inside (and it's my place to smoke cigars).
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I have a big cache of fasteners, and ferrules and spare cables - there is a queue of NOS gum hoods, 3 colors of twine for wraps, derailleurs, freewheels, cassette cogs, brake levers, oodles of p-clamps and sundry other clamps and rubber pads that came with them...
Just added another box with parts that came from the busted frame - derailleur hanger, headset, seatpost bolt, those leftover VO clamps.
 
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