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 Post subject: Gazelle Champion Mondial
PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:14 pm 
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Hi guys,

 I've been after one of these for some time. Last November I finnaly found one. Altough not my favorite color it's exactly my size and got it for a price that I could aford. Here "she" is the day "she" got home.

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It's going to take lots of work to get "her" back rolling and I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:24 pm 
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As time is short these days I started with an easy bit or so I thought. Here are the pedals.

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The right pedal is missing the original clip fixing plate and bolts. The axle plastic cups have seen better days too.

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At least they come with the original leather straps. Dirty and dry!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:29 pm 
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While the straps were in a "bath" I tried to clean the seatpin bolt.

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After some work most of the rust was gone but with that crushed, bent washer plus the loose allen key hole I decided to use a new one. Had this already in my parts box. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:38 pm 
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Unfortunately the handlebars that came with it are just too wide for me so I removed the handlebar tape, brake levers and cables.

The bars still need to be cleaned.
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The levers seem in a good state. Only need to clean the hoods.
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Also removed the brakes for cleaning. They seem to have a bit of rust in some bolts but apart from the dried pads seem OK.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 9:57 pm 
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It looks a nice example to me, so great she found a good home. Nice Athena groupset on an AB-frame. It does day AB-frame on the chainstay?

I can't see how the rear brake cable is routed in the 1st pic. You have a close up pic of it? What does the serial say?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:02 pm 
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Yes, it does say AB frame in the chainstay.

Here's that serial:
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Last weekend I run into the first setback. The stem is frozen in the forks. I removed the stem wedge and fixing bolt. I think it's frozen in a mix of rust and old dried grease. I tried several methods but with no luck. This past weekend I turn the bike upside-down, closed the stem hole with a cut down wine cork and drop some penetrating oil in the steerer. After 48 hours some little drops of oil started coming out. :D

I'll wait the rest of week before trying again to remove the little bugger. Wish me luck. In the mean time I did a "to do list". I can say I'll be busy for a while. 8)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:19 pm 
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Another setback. :( The left shifter is missing a part. I suspected it when I saw the wing nut sunk into the lever. Got exploded view from a campagnolo catalogue and it's confirmed. I'm missing the conical nylon washer. No 12 in that view.

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With out this washer the shifter won't hold its position so the chain keeps falling to the small chain ring.

I remember I had this older campagnolo shifters in my parts box.
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I took them apart and found a similiar conical nylon washer.
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Took it to the Athena shifter and it fits perfectly. :D Now I can ride the Gazelle while I search for that little washer. If any of you have a spare one please let me know! 8)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 06, 2010 11:27 pm 
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In the mean time the straps came out of the bath. They're dried and straight now. Cleaned and assembled the plastic caps as well.

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Still need to flatten that little metal tab and apply some bees wax to the leather.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:20 am 
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jCymbal wrote:
While the straps were in a "bath" I tried to clean the seatpin bolt.

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After some work most of the rust was gone but with that crushed, bent washer plus the loose allen key hole I decided to use a new one. Had this already in my parts box. 8)

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Did the old rusty bolt have had a "locating tooth" ? I see the new Campag one has visible "knurling" to lock it in place.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 07, 2010 9:35 am 
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I think that is a cracking bicycle. You said it was not you preferred colour but it has a visual strength. The bicycle has a nice balance to it. I'm going to keep my eyes open for a Gazelle.


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