Yes! whenever bicycles are broken, or menaced by international communism, Bicycle Repair Man is ready!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Can't pull them all

The Nishiki Regal frame looked to have close to zero use. The rims were barely touched, knobbies still on the tires... what a find!

But... the seat post was beyond stuck. I suspect it had done some sort of chemical bond. No amount of bashing, twisting, or careful cutting would free it.

I finally tried pounding a squared-off long chisel made out of a broken fencing foil down the cut that had been made, but to no avail. I ended up punching a hole in the seat tube instead of neatly slicing out the seat post.

Fortunately, it was not a priceless handmade bike, so I stripped as much off as I could and snagged a donor Sekine frame (in my size!) that is now being built up with some of the Nishiki parts and some of its original. It has a Dura-Ace brake lever! Probably from around 1974.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pillar to Post

The Univega bike had (surprise surprise) a stuck seat post.

Tonight I pulled it out, with a combination of heat, penetrating oil, and violence.

Tomorrow I will get a replacement, and some new cable housing, and this bike will be back in action.

After some deliberation I decided to sell the Raleigh Superbe as-is. The ad lasted about 20 minutes before it was sold. Another happy customer!