To all the way done
I noticed while waxing that the area around the seat post cluster was quite a bit more dull and scratched than the rest of the frame which I attribute to the common practice in the 1970s of wrapping your chain bike lock around the seat post to store it when not in use.
|chain wrapped in cloth no scratchy|
so addition coats of wax would have to wait.
Now back to the headset. Normally I like to replace the headset bearings with new bearings in a cage, but when I dry fitted them I realized that wasn't going to work as the cage was too big. The late 60s early 70s French bikes get grief for having "odd" sizing for threading, stems, etc. What I had forgotten is that the same era Raleigh's are just as bad because they use their own proprietary sizing (BSA) that makes them an equal pain...er "challenge" to work on. I had already recycled the original loose bearings because I knew I would replace them. A search of the parts closet yields this..
On the far left the bearing I need, I have one and need 50, in the middle a bearing I have tons of but is too big (wheel hub bearing) and on the far right the headset bearings in a cage I thought I would use until I realized the Brits had screwed me. So Goldilocks went to Amazon and soon it will be just right with a 100 of the 5/32 bearings heading my way.
Not all was lost to the heat of the day however, I had noticed that Joe's Super Course came equipped with an AVA stem and in the era of this bike AVA cast aluminum stems had issues, enough so they got the nickname "Death Stem" which is about as good as it sounds.
They had a habit of cracking which is not a behavior you want in the component that keeps your handlebars attached to the rest of the bike. Now this part had obviously done its job and to the naked eye showed no issues but I don't like to take chances so it was off to Bike Works to find a replacement.
As I have mentioned before Bike Works in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle is a bike "kitchen" that does lots of great things for the community and it is a my go to source for old bikes and bike parts. Its kind of vintage bike nerd Nirvana..
|rebuilt and refurbished vintage bikes awaiting a new owner rather than a landfill|
And its half a block from an awesome bakery too which doesn't hurt - yes I stopped by.
While I was at bike works I also remedied another item, as I have worked on vintage 10 speeds over the years I have noticed that the stock handlebars tend to be a bit narrow. Since I was already looking for a replacement stem, I figured I would have a gander at handlebars. I am also a bit of a sucker for handlebars with nice engraving in the center where the stem goes.
I found replacements, more shots to come when they are cleaned up, and the bars are bit wider than the stock ones.
As usual I keep an eye out for vintage bikes and saw this nice Miyata 710 outside my favorite caffeine provider recently.
|I think they wanted to raise their handlebars.....|
And while taking a lunchtime walk at work I spotted this Trek 560
Until next time. Ride.Smile.Repeat.