Gleaming Spokes and Rebuilding a Wheel

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Gleaming Spokes” Cedar Park, 2021

The restoration of my Peugeot UJ-10 bicycle took a big leap today because I replaced the old rusty spokes on the front wheel with brand new DT Swiss 260 mm spokes. These are stronger and shiny. So not only is it safer, but the spokes are beautiful!

This was my first time rebuilding a wheel and lacing spokes, but with the help of this video, it was easy and actually a lot of fun!

I’m looking forward to replacing the spokes on the rear wheel next, but I am delaying starting that project because it would mean the bike would be out of service while I wait for parts. I can’t just order spokes (and hub bearings) beforehand because I need to remove them from the bicycle to measure them and ensure I order the correct parts. And I am having too much fun riding the neighborhood with Sophie right now, so I’ll wait on the repair a bit.

I’m so happy with my Peugeot project. It’s so much fun and I am learning so much about bicycles!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 18mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO640
“Sophie Silhouette” Cedar Park, 2021

Working on Sophie

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO2500
“Vintage Hub” Cedar Park, 2021

Today I spent a couple of hour working on Sophie, my 1972 Peugeot UJ-10 bicycle. Last week, the chain broke so I ordered a new one and it arrived yesterday. I first did some measurements to make sure the new one had the correct length (and I was curious to see if the original one was the right length), then installed the new chain without incident. The only bummer was that I thought I had ordered a silver chain, but actually ordered a black one. Oh well. Matches the original at least. 😊

Since Sophie was to be out of action for a while, I also bought a new set of spokes for the front wheel to replace the original, rusted ones. I used a pair of small bolt cutters to remove the old spokes, then cleaned up the hub a bit. (photo above)

And then I thought, why not clean the inside of the hub too? So I removed the bearings, cleaned everything up inside, then packed it with new grease and re-assembled.

Lastly, I polished up the rim with some steel wool. It’s easier to do without spokes.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 55mm, f/6.4, 1/9 sec, ISO1600
“Super Chrome” Cedar Park, 2021

I’m still waiting for some new rim tape to arrive before I can re-assemble the wheel, so it’ll be a few more days before I can take Sophie out for a spin.

It seems like I’ve been replacing lots of parts, but actually there’s not too much to a vintage bicycle. In fact, I only have to do the same service (spokes and hub) to the rear wheel and Sophie will be good as new. Or actually better than new, since she’ll be sporting several modern parts! 😁

New Brooks Saddle

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/75 sec, ISO3200
“Brooks B17” Cedar Park, 2021

Yesterday I replaced my cheap bicycle seat that’s on Sophie with a brand new Brooks B17 leather saddle. It was a pricey purchase, but I wanted to get one of the best seats out there. The Brooks saddles have a passionate following, with the fans loving the saddle’s comfort and style. When you first get the saddle, you have to condition the leather with some “Proofide”, which is like a waxy oil. This softens the leather a bit, and needs to be applied every now and then to keep the leather from drying out.

Also, the saddle takes a while to “break-in” and conform to your sit-bones. This is what makes the Brooks leather saddles so comfortable. The break-in period is different for everyone, and this was the first day I rode on the saddle, so it’s hard to say for sure if I am a convert or not. But I think it’s going to be great. Even non-broken in, it’s much more comfortable than the previous seat.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to years of enjoyment from the Brooks B17!

BTW, I made a video from today’s short ride. Enjoy!

Sunday Bicycle Ride

“Trail Riding” Cedar Park, 2021

こんにちは。How’s it going? Today’s photo is a screen-grab from the GoPro video footage I took on today’s bicycle ride. The trail behind our house is a bit overgrown, but the trail is clear for walking and bicycling. It’s a lot of fun to ride, even though it’s very short.

If you have time, please check out the annotated video I made:

I hope you have a great day! またね~

Evening Cloudspotting

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/6.4, 1/1500 sec, ISO640
“Cumulonimbus” Cedar Park, 2021

The clouds were beautiful this evening! A slow bicycle ride while cloudspotting is a wonderful way to spend an hour or two.

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/6.4, 1/850 sec, ISO640
“Rossa and Distant Cloud” Cedar Park, 2021
Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/7.1, 1/600 sec, ISO640
“Cumulonimbus” Cedar Park, 2021