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Last Post 07/20/2022 07:53 PM by Orange Crush. 5 Replies.
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79pmooney

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07/19/2022 04:17 PM
Yup.  Just spent barely short of 2/3rds of a k on bling.  Got the Phil BB centered on the Mooney so it shows the same number of threads port and starboard.  A sweet threaded SS head tube pump peg.  (Lightly epoxied so I can either leave or pull for a brazed ball bearing at next paint job.)

And the wheels!  Finest velodrome wheels you'll ever see.  Not race wheels.  Mavic(?) 330g in GP4 dark anodize, DT Rev spokes, 4X tied and soldered to the finest Suzue double sided hub in gold anodize.  The locknuts replaced by choice nuts of the super quadded velodrome crowd with a huge serrated surfaces for the trackend.  The tie and solder so neat you don't see it.  Every detail is the best.  Built by the owner.  Tied by the (bicycle wheel) artist, his (sadly deceased) wife.

Built by Bike Central's owner for his step daughter to take to the Nats (I think) in LA as warmup/training/showcase wheels.  That daughter was my ally at Bike Central, chasing down esoteric parts he had told me about that would elevate my fix gear experience.  And over a span of a number of years, I watched her grow from a novice on the track to the best local sprinter (her zero to at speed was jaw dropping.)  Also she was pure warrior.  After bad crashes, she'd get right back on the bike.  I'd go to the shop and she'd be on the rollers with her arm in a sling the whole time I was there.  My accident and comeback was very different (and our body types and abilities!) but to me, she's a sister.  To have wheels built for her that she's ridden and get them for Pete, the Mooney that has seen me through so much and was obtained to be my link to sanity through the crazy years - well it's going to be an honor to put them on and ride them.  There is a lot of love in those wheels.

Then there is the real second reason for this trip to TiCycles.  (Owner of the former Bike Central has rented space there in the past and is often there.  He sold TiCycles; mostly the "stock" tigged steel frames that were popular with the race crowd as very worthy winter rides.  We'd agreed I'd look over his sewup rim supply and take all I want at some low price.  I did.  2 used 330g silver older Mavics.  2 nicer Mavics cut out of wheels, tire and spoke tops still on, 2 GEL280s in very good condition!  (Wow!  My old full on race weight rims in much better aluminum.)  And two NOS Mavic CXPsomething deep rims for Jessica J rears.  The price?  Either negotiable or free if I pay $500 for those gem wheels.

There's just two "catches".  The owner cannot find his stash of CXP eyelets!  And there are no other sources.  Mavic gave (sold?) all its eyelets to UAI.  UAI then passed them on to the shop that was probably their biggest velodrome related customer, Bike Central.  The owner has hundreds in bags of 32.  So Jessica J is still hanging out in Open Paves, awaiting new footwear to slip her feet into.  (Shades of Cinderella.) And those Open Paves know full well then the slippers arrive, they're done.  So for now, they are hanging on for dear life.  Absolutely refuse to wear, get cut or flat.  I've never seen anything like it.

Now to go to the hot garage, slip the fork into Pete, assemble with the sweet cable hanger w/QR (and properly slotted!). slide the cranks on and start gluing up those gems.  ($80 Veloflexes from Merlin will go on, I think.)  Do some more spiffing, make an appointment with Black Magic Paint for a photo shoot and with luck - and OC/CK's magic trick, you guys will get to see it.
Cosmic Kid

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07/20/2022 09:19 AM
2 GEL280s in very good condition! 


Ooooh....nope, I'm not jealous at all!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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07/20/2022 11:41 AM
Ck - none of those used rims have any brake wear at all. They've never seen a brake. Never seen the road.
Cosmic Kid

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07/20/2022 01:01 PM
What a great score....FWIW, you can make a mint with those on eBay. Maybe keep a set and sell the others?
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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07/20/2022 05:28 PM
There's only that one pair and the GEL(?) 330s on the beautiful built wheels. Two pairs are older polished silver Mavics and a pair of CXP30s in 24H. If my 28H CHP30 works on Jessica J, those 24Hs will be spares for the future (and I"ll have to find yet another 2-sided hub). The silver Mavics wouldn't get me much but would be fun to lace up for light fun wheels I don't need to consider special.
Orange Crush

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07/20/2022 07:53 PM
All I got recently is a new brake cable.

Yes you heard that right, a cable.
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