warning - this is a bit boring

However, i'm rather pleased with my efforts and so should you be

4y ago

I had to make my own cable adjusters for an ancient Peugeot Comete bicycle I bought a while back. They're aluminium alloy of some sort, just some bits of bar stock I had knocking about.

I used the Proxxon mini-lathe and a combination of carbide tooling, a home-made corner tool, an ancient knurling tool bought at an auto jumble yonks ago, and the usual drills and what have you.

The flat was made on the Proxxon mill and the thread (M6 fine, 0.75mm pitch) cut with a tailstock die-holder.

The bike itself is strangely interesting. It's made from alloy tubes and polished alloy lugs joined together by the 'Pechiney' method - there's no brazing or welding involved. All these bikes were recalled in the States when Peugeot pulled out of that market, and they were apparently sawn up, because Peugeot worried that the frames would disintegrate and they'd be the subject of a complex law suit.

So far mine is still in one piece. A bus driver took the piss out of me this morning as I rode it to work, but I still beat him to the end of Chiswick High Road.

I did warn you this wasn't very interesting.

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Comments (53)

  • I love when people use "MacGyver" tactics to get a job done. Sounds like a fun bike. I wish I had a bike to play with but alas with reasons far too many, I am unable. I just have to sit and enjoy the view.

      4 years ago
  • oaf!!! carbolics really are boring

      4 years ago
  • Aha. One Vitus frame. www.flickr.com/photos/150103956@N07/shares/EG1W94

      4 years ago
  • I bought the first Vitus aluminium frame to arrive in the country. Mick who owned a bike shop in Bognor brought it back from a show in Belgium (no decals on it). It rode quite well except for a bit of bottom bracket flex. Never had any breakage or joint problems except for a dodgy chainstay cable guide. Shame I can't post a pic of me on it. Ho hum.

      4 years ago
    • It makes a change for our Town of Bognor to have something in the town more interesting than Butlins and my ex police panda car lol!

        4 years ago
  • Boring, if your not into engineering, the best part of engineering is Fabrication, using your imagination, to form a concept, of how it should be. And learning from that experience, to improve on the next job in hand. And the bike always rides better, with your own handy work.

      4 years ago