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Ruimteaapjes

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    Big Mig?

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    See post #18 on the previous page:

    It's a typical bar from the era when all sorts of aerodynamic experiments were done. In theory Scott figured that it would provide the rider with an aerodynamic position with a low torso and the arms close to the head tube. In reality it proved to be a platform to show that they sponsored Greg Lemond (the only rider in the European pro scene who used these bars, though I've never seen him actually use the extensions).



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    After a couple of rides I realised a few things:

    • love it but the 90mm stem that came with the bike is way too short
    • a 5-speed freewheel is period correct but 14-17-20-24-28 is not very practical if you actually use the bike
    • the small period correct brake pads provide no stopping power
    • Toe-clips look great but I do prefer to use the same shoes and pedal system on all my bikes (to be honest: I just don't feel in control on wet cobbles with my feet strapped in).

    Hence it was time for some upgrades and some cheating. Swapped the Peugeot labeled low-end Simplex derailleurs for some bling Simplex Super LJ mechs. The additional bonus is that they allow you to run basically every freewheel and cassette you want and with the limit screws almost out this includes 10sp cassettes. So now I run 10sp Campa wheels from my other bikes in this bike too. The steps between the 10sp cogs are so small that I hardly notice that it is friction instead of indexed. 48/36 in front and 13 to 26 in the rear, KMC chain, Dia Compe "aero" brake levers for a cleaner look, Spidel brakes with Jagwire brake pads, 130mm Atax stem and 44cm Atax handlebar, Selle Italia leather tape lined with light blue Newbaum cotton...






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    Because the spokes are steel and already silver I didn't have to disassemble the wheels. I used an old oven dish (lasagna size) filled with drain cleaner - the variety consisting of those silver-grey beads - dissolved in luke warm water. Then simply dip a section of the rim for about five minutes, then whipe off the black color with a Brillo pad, then rinse with water (I used the shower head). Repeat untill you've done both wheels. Then work lightly with a scotch brite pad for a semi gloss shine and that's actually all there is to it. I did a couple of handlebars and two DP18 rims in the past so I knew this works.

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