Fun with bikes: Mechanics

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by [email protected], May 10, 2006.

  1. Wotcher,

    gplama suggested we write about how much fun bikes are.

    Over the weekend I rebuilt a mate's Peugeot PE8 from '71. It was a
    lovely green frame with original derailleurs, hoods, downtube shifters,
    mudguards, rear derailleur and one front brake. Back brake was missing
    everything except the centrepull guide, wire splitter, and split wire,
    and no hope of finding a cheap MAFAC brake to replace it either! All
    it needs is a real back brake (centrepull caliper) and replacement of
    the original jockey wheels (one worn down to 1 tooth)

    Cleaned the hubs, patched the tyres, oiled the chain, adjusted the seat
    height and away she went, happy as larry. For my troubles (at the
    "after party", as in "after some mechanical work") another mate offered
    me a Peugeot 12 speed (only 10 speed in its current life) from the
    1980s which was less impressive, but my brother wants it done up as a
    single speed, and is going to manually sand the frame back to bare
    metal and wax it.

    love and bike repair fun,
    Sam R.
     
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  2. Tamyka Bell

    Tamyka Bell Guest

    [email protected] wrote:
    >
    > Wotcher,
    >
    > gplama suggested we write about how much fun bikes are.
    >
    > Over the weekend I rebuilt a mate's Peugeot PE8 from '71. It was a
    > lovely green frame with original derailleurs, hoods, downtube shifters,
    > mudguards, rear derailleur and one front brake. Back brake was missing
    > everything except the centrepull guide, wire splitter, and split wire,
    > and no hope of finding a cheap MAFAC brake to replace it either! All
    > it needs is a real back brake (centrepull caliper) and replacement of
    > the original jockey wheels (one worn down to 1 tooth)
    >
    > Cleaned the hubs, patched the tyres, oiled the chain, adjusted the seat
    > height and away she went, happy as larry. For my troubles (at the
    > "after party", as in "after some mechanical work") another mate offered
    > me a Peugeot 12 speed (only 10 speed in its current life) from the
    > 1980s which was less impressive, but my brother wants it done up as a
    > single speed, and is going to manually sand the frame back to bare
    > metal and wax it.
    >
    > love and bike repair fun,
    > Sam R.


    Oooh I feel all warm and fuzzy after reading that story!

    :)

    Tam
     
  3. eddiec

    eddiec New Member

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    I've got a set of Mafac brakes lying around if you want, the product of some hard rubbish scrounging a while back... I can send them up your way no probs...
     
  4. sinus

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    surely all the hairs will be removed by the time its been sanded :D
     
  5. Love that. I'm located in Sydney at the mo. I see you're on the
    bicycling forums, does email to cyclingforums get received by users?
    I'm reluctant to post a real email address on usenet for obvious
    reasons. Anyway, we can work out a way to contact offlist somehow.

    (She's got "Competition" centrepull calipers instead of "Racer" side
    pull single pivot brakes, but I'd take any centrepull mafac-compatible
    :)

    thanks,
    Sam.
     
  6. eddiec

    eddiec New Member

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    Isn't the Racer centrepull as well? The Racers are what I have spares of...

    I can probably post them up there... Drop me a line at [email protected] (remove 'spamless' of course) and I can send a set up your way promptly...
     
  7. Doh,

    The Racer is centrepull too.. bad ascii explanation below

    Competition

    |
    / \
    A A

    Racer

    |
    / \
    L A

    The competition has a straddle cable with lock anchors at both ends
    (like a brake cable's end) with a set length. The racer has a straddle
    cable with length adjustment possible through a locknut on one side.

    Many apologies for my mistake :)

    Sam.
     
  8. gplama

    gplama Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! I have a SS story from last night that I wanted to share but wasn’t worth a new thread on its own..

    Inbound on the Eastern Freeway trail, a MTB rider gives way to me as he was turning onto the path. A few 100m later I take a glance to see if he was coming my way - yep.. I can see his flashy pointing my way... keeping a consistent speed I take another look... oOOo he's gaining.. I slowly ramp up the pace.. Knowing every little bump on this path I wait for the next rise to get a decent jump away... That works he drops back a little... I keep up the speed and give another effort on the next hill... now he’s long gone, but still trying!

    I stop at the Bulleen Rd (?) lights and he pulls up next to me and puffs out "geez, you are moving on that thing!".. HAH, he was chasing me!.. so my reply "yeah, I've only got one gear, so I've got to keep on top of it".... ok, ok, the honest answer should have been "yeah, I saw you coming, and I made sure you didn’t get close".. ;)

    We have a chat about the fair weather and I comment about no rain being a good thing... we jostle for position crossing at the lights.. I win that one too! :) Left him for dead up the 100m climb and I spin off into the dark... then the rain starts while I'm chasing down a tri bike rider on a boulie :(

    cheers,
    GPL
     
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