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CAMBIO RINO SP - INTRO

FINDING THE CR SP

BUILDING THE CR SP

RIDNIG THE CR SP

 

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BUILDING THE CAMBIO RINO SP

"As found" the Cambio Rino SP was in very good mechanical condition with one exception.  The "as found" wheels were of sew-up design and the back tire had gone flat.  With that in mind and having no qualms about doing so, I swapped the wheel set out for those of clincher design.

Actually, this sounds more drastic that it really was.  The C-R 2000 was already fitted with a set of Rino hubs laced with stainless steel spokes to clincher rims.  Both the 2000 and the SP were twelve speeds, so the wheels interchanged with out issue.

Though I would not normally do so for a short test ride I did pull the bottom bracket, head set and wheel bearings.  The bicycle did look to be little used but the lubrication, after a twenty year sit, just might be dried up.  It was and was soon replaced with the synthetic stuff that I have been using for years now.

The bottom bracket, once opened up was found to be in excellent condition.  The headset was equally pristine.  Both were treated to a fresh application of synthetic grease, installed and adjusted to spec.  Even though the bearings felt good, I still like to inspect and re-grease.  Doing so will put my mind at ease when out and about on the old road bicycle.  Doing so will also help to ensure long life of the components in question.  Grease is good!

With the rudimentary maintenance completed and after carefully inspecting the bicycle, I donned my gear and set off for a gentle test ride.  Not the kind of test ride that I would implement after a full rebuild, but rather the kind of test I perform to ensure that the bicycle's frame set is not compromised.

The geometric integrity test ride preparation includes:  ensure wheel quick releases are properly installed.  Ensure rear wheel is lined up with the center line of the frame set.  Ensure that the brake callipers are tight and adjusted.  Ensure that the handlebars and steering stem are properly adjusted.  Check and set saddle height to a premeasured elevation.  Check the cranks to make sure that neither is loose and, while at it, inspect the crank ring mounting hardware just to ensure that the rings are secure.  Give the bars and steering stem the torture test.  Try to move the bars and stem.  You do not want either coming loose during a ride and this sort of thing does happen - even to me if I am not careful.  And, hopefully, by now you will have also work stand tested and tuned the transmission.  To all that just add air to the tires and spread smoothly over asphalt.

Once satisfied that the bicycle was working properly and safe to ride, I installed my pedals, slipped on my riding shoes and headed for the front street.  A couple of times up and down the street, testing this and that to make sure that everything was OK and the initial test was over.

Satisfied that all was well, I went back to the house, grabbed my riding gloves and helmet with intentions of taking the "SP" out for a more demanding ride.  My plan was to loop the city, adjusting saddle position and mechanical inconsistencies as I went.  To be honest, the Cambio Rino needed absolutely nothing to complete the ride preparation.  Of course, I did have to monkey with the saddle height and tilt just a bit to optimize my seated position.  That done, and the bicycle and I began what was destined to become a long relationship.

Since those initial rides the handlebars have been re-taped with vintage tape and a set of red Michelin tires now clad the clincher hoops.  The original saddle was a suede Rino unit that, while absolutely original, was not at all comfortable.  It was swapped out first for an early seventies Brooks "Professional" but will soon be fitted with a more modern Turbo saddle found mounted on an early Steve Bauer frame set that appeared to have been attacked with a hammer.

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