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    Bike Build Up

    So I'm new to the whole ebb thing, but now I got a steel frame with an Al (I believe it's a Phil Wood style - two set screws?) ebb. I was wondering what you all use to grease it up before installation? Should I just use grease or do I need to use antiseize? I know, probably a dumb question, but I've never had an ebb before.

    <img src="http://athena.sas.upenn.edu/~david/albums/if/images/ebb.jpg" border=3>

    Also any other suggestions on what to use for cleaning parts before installing them? I remember reading the chain in the coffee can trick, but forget what people put in the can, just regular degreaser? But I'll also need to give the hubs, bb, cranks, and seatpost a good cleaning too.

    Thanks.

    DT

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    DT,

    I use regular grease on my EBB. I've also used antiseize and it worked OK too, but the grease seemed to last longer.

    I use Simple Green as my coffee can degreaser and my general spritz bottle cleaner. Works for me!

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by _K9_
    DT,

    I use regular grease on my EBB. I've also used antiseize and it worked OK too, but the grease seemed to last longer.

    I use Simple Green as my coffee can degreaser and my general spritz bottle cleaner. Works for me!

    Kevin
    Thanks Kevin, just what I was looking for. I was wondering about using Simple Green.

    Got one more question: if your doing a parts swap from one bike to another and you finally have all the parts swapped over, whats the best way to clean out the old frame, like inside the seat tube where there is extra grease and crud? Anyone got a method they use?

    DT

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    Chain - shaken not stirred

    I once read that if you use an empty 2 liter soda bottle with water and automatic dishwashing detergent it works well to clean an old grungy chain. You leave it a day or so and shake it a few times when you think about it. I have done it twice and it worked really good, but it was hard to get the chain out of the bottle, next time is used a juice bottle with a larger hole.

    Long handled bottle brushes get into seat tubes well. Simple green or Orange degreaser both work well for cleaning up bikes. Once they are clean, I'm a fan of Bike Lust to keep them pretty

    The best thing I seen for cleaning old and really grungy parts is an ultrasonic parts cleaner. Small ones are common in jewelry stores and dentists offices, big ones are used a lot for restoration of fire/smoke damaged stuff, and recently car restoration guys have started using them. These will probably find their way to bike shops. I'm looking for a car restoration place locally that has one. I'm hoping they will help me to clean up parts, wheels, frame, etc. from a '57 Schwinn Spitfire I'm cleaning up.
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    A great way to clean parts like chains is in white gasoline. Probably don't want to use auto gas for flammability reasons, but soak something in white gas and brush it good and it'll be clean as new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briwear
    A great way to clean parts like chains is in white gasoline. Probably don't want to use auto gas for flammability reasons, but soak something in white gas and brush it good and it'll be clean as new.
    Hmm...well I guess when your done scrubbing you could just light a match and burn off any excess. Easy clean up, ha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattman
    I have done it twice and it worked really good, but it was hard to get the chain out of the bottle, next time is used a juice bottle with a larger hole.
    I use the elbow end of a spoke to hook the chain out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DmofoT
    <img src="http://athena.sas.upenn.edu/~david/albums/if/images/ebb.jpg" border=3>

    DT
    Hey, let's see the rest of that frame. Hemi orange IF? matching fork?
    Only boring people get bored.

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    Quote:
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    I have done it twice and it worked really good, but it was hard to get the chain out of the bottle, next time is used a juice bottle with a larger hole.

    I use the elbow end of a spoke to hook the chain out.


    thread a string through one of the end links..be sure you have plenty of string before you dunk the chain..

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    Not quite done yet...

    Quote Originally Posted by jh_on_the_cape
    Hey, let's see the rest of that frame. Hemi orange IF? matching fork?
    Well it's not quite finished yet, but close. Didn't know about the 29.4 seatpost size, but got a friend bringing one over. Has to be done by tonight as racing starts at midnight...

    But here's a shot of her showing some back...

    <img src="http://athena.sas.upenn.edu/~david/albums/if/images/backside.jpg" border=3>

    DT

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    nice!

    DTeezie!

    yo, that jonx is hot. good luck on the build and at lodi tonight.

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    chance
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    Quote Originally Posted by DmofoT
    Well it's not quite finished yet, but close. Didn't know about the 29.4 seatpost size, but got a friend bringing one over. Has to be done by tonight as racing starts at midnight...

    But here's a shot of her showing some back...

    <img src="http://athena.sas.upenn.edu/~david/albums/if/images/backside.jpg" border=3>

    DT
    thanks for the pic. i like the fade. you win!
    Only boring people get bored.

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