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The Scaffolding Bike

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  • Started 8 months ago by I were right about that saddle
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  1. I were right about that saddle
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    Early nineties we all aspired to look a bit like Paul Heaton? But unkowingly because we were poor and boiling A with B to make C and burning holes in anything we wore? Haircuts out of Woods on Drummond Street?

    Posted 7 months ago #
  2. unhurt
    Member

    Disappointingly sensible.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  3. gembo
    Member

    IWRATS on far right of photo?

    Flat top from Woods was good

    Posted 7 months ago #
  4. I were right about that saddle
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    @gembo

    Hard to recall how little appearances mattered then. We were interested in atoms and numbers. A certain ornamentation of the mind, no more. Monkish austerity at times. Very important to be clever.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  5. gembo
    Member

    @iwrats, yes you describe the credo. What a good place to be.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  6. Snowy
    Member

    Definitely happy hour.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  7. wingpig
    Member

    Paul Heaton captured in a rare moment of his neck not being covered. He might have recently resumed displaying it if the vox pop in a documentary I recently saw was recently filmed.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  8. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Stripped the components off the frame. Bottom bracket going nowhere under medieval levels of persuasion. Plastic side snapped rather than move, drive side intractable, unimpressed by lubricants, fire and Archimedes.

    So the bike was on its last legs anyway. Good reminder to fully strip and reassemble bearings every year. Spare bottom bracket been sitting in the cupboard for two years now, awaiting the expected failure.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  9. I were right about that saddle
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    Purchased a host frame for the components from the Bike Station today. A Cube CMPT 29er that someone had rather rudely stolen the fork and front wheel off.

    Nice frame - eyeleted for a rack so good bikepacking and commuting potential.

    I'll get it shot-blasted and painted. Any ideas on colour to go with the black fork? Hungarian mechanic in the Bike Station suggested dove grey which I like but could just go for transparent lacquer to keep the scaffolding vibe?

    Posted 7 months ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
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    Also - I'd quite like to scribble arcane obscenities on the frame. Anyone know any good custom decal makers?

    I could do them myself I suppose - I do have some laser printer decal paper somewhere.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  11. wingpig
    Member

    kaputnik mentioned a custom decal supplier a few years ago. Can't remember if it was a tweet or on here but I'll have a rake.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  12. gembo
    Member

    Dove grey very Shandyesque. The steel bike maker in livi, not Tristram nor the drink for soft southerners.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  13. I were right about that saddle
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    @gembo

    Excellent point well made. Hoping for some quite architectural hues - Hendersons' main business is radiators and stuff.

    That cheese is the business.

    Posted 7 months ago #
  14. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Had the usual weird but genial and enthusiastic chat off Hendersons. That's what I like about them.

    Have dropped the host frame off for shot blast and powder coat. I looked at the greys and I just saw too many other utility bikes wearing a coat of dove feathers. Bianchi turquoise not for me. I've opted for this. Should look striking with the black components, like a seventies Hot Wheels car and that's a look that never gets old.

    Dropped into the Bike Station on the way home on the off chance they might have a left-hand hydraulic Shimano brake lever for the caliper that was on the frame when it was donated.

    Raked the whole drawer out, and at the back, buried under the pile of Avid Juicy DoT4 brake systems was....a single left-hand BL-M525 lever all on its own. Happy days.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  15. Trixie
    Member

    I love the colour.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  16. Arellcat
    Moderator

    @IWRATS, good colour choice. I went with RAL 4004:


    Untitled by Ben Cooper, on Flickr

    Posted 6 months ago #
  17. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Picked the frame up. I like. A sort of shocking lilac.

    Looking forward to a thorough servicing of all bits and the build of a new off-road tourer. To do;

    Strip and rebuild fork
    Replace spokes in rear wheel with DT Swiss
    Strip and rebuild rear caliper

    Anybody got a spare plastic cup for an octalink bottom bracket? fear I forgot to gather it up when I took the bearing out.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  18. gembo
    Member

    Shocking lilac framed gentleman?

    Posted 6 months ago #
  19. I were right about that saddle
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    I can't see it catching on.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  20. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    My stainless bolts arrived in a padded envelope. What did they think the postie was going to do to them?

    Posted 6 months ago #
  21. Greenroofer
    Member

    @IWRATS - padded envelopes good. Also good for sending keys. While the bolts are indestructible, a simple paper envelope isn't. With something hard and lumpy inside, it's likely to get shredded by the sorting machinery and spill your (undamaged) bolts on the floor of the sorting office.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  22. unhurt
    Member

    I'm always happy to get a padded envelope. I haven't bought one in years. They cycle round my far away friends with stuff in them.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  23. I were right about that saddle
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    @Greenroofer

    Good point well made. Back in the day keys were sandwiched between two bits of cardboard. Are we the Blue Peter generation?

    @unhurt

    Yes, I slit the envelope with a blade and have put it in the Drawer of Storage for re-use.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  24. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I used the Bike Station's 'fix your own' facility to strip the fork and replace the seals and oil.

    The mechanics all gathered discretely to see if I'd take the cap off the air chamber without letting the pressure down, thus getting a face-full of manky 15W fluid. No joy for those monkeys, no siree.

    Rebuilt and now sitting upright to let the oil settle before I pump it back up again. Fingers crossed.

    I was delighted to find some dried grass seeds under the lock-out control. Fossilised remnants of a happy meadow somewhere.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  25. sallyhinch
    Member

    When we moved house I was persuaded to ditch a good half of my lifetime's collection of padded envelopes (I'm not bitter, though). Like biros there are people who buy padded envelopes and there are people who just acquire them. I don't think anyone in my family is a buyer

    Posted 6 months ago #
  26. gembo
    Member

    @sallyhinchcliffe, used to have a lot of padded envelopes, what's not to like. Mix tapes came in them. Now it is mostly fancy bag's that wine bottles came wrapped in. Seem to have many of them

    Posted 6 months ago #
  27. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Tapped out the bottom bracket shell threads, fitted the new bearing (Octalink - so hi-tech). Tapped out all the other threads on the frame and fitted new stainless bottle cage bolts and the rear caliper.

    Rubbed a big handful of moisturiser into the Brooks B17 saddle I bought off @unhurt years back and fitted that on my suspension seatpost that's on Madame's bike.

    Head bearings are already in, starting to look like a bike again.

    So far suggestions for the maker/model decals;

    GATEWAY Utensil
    SUNLIT Uplander

    I like both, but still tempted by;

    BAFFLED F***wit

    I'd take the stars out obviously. Full obscenity. No Rule 2 in the meat world.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  28. crowriver
    Member

    Maybe just go for SHANGRI-La?

    Posted 6 months ago #
  29. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Just checking the manual for the bike the frame's from - a Cube 29er MTB - for the weird cable routing and found this;

    • Sit on the saddle.
    • Hold the left handlebar grip with your left
    hand and the right hand handlebar grip
    with your right hand. Place your left foot
    on the left pedal and your right foot on the
    right pedal.
    • Only use the bicycle as a means of travel

    Still, we'll be free of this Teutonic straight-jacket in 856 hours. I for one plan to sit on the left pedal and use the bicycle as a portal through which to summon Jörmungandr.

    Posted 6 months ago #
  30. steveo
    Member

    So far suggestions for the maker/model decals;

    "Far too much Gravitas"

    Posted 6 months ago #

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