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Old May 11th 06, 05:06 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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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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Old May 11th 06, 05:28 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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Wrote:

... is going to manually sand the frame back to bare
metal and wax it.

surely all the hairs will be removed by the time its been sanded


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Old May 11th 06, 05:44 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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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.

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Old May 11th 06, 06:23 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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Doh,

The Racer is centrepull too.. bad ascii explanation below

Competition

|
/ \
A A

Racer

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/ \
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.

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Old May 11th 06, 10:10 AM posted to aus.bicycle
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Wrote:
Wotcher,

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.


Awesome! I have a SS story from last night that I wanted to share but
wasnít 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 heís 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 didnít 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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