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Originally Posted by treal512 View Post
 

My belated birthday gift to myself :evil:

 

 

funny how styles come back around, that crankset reminds me of the 1980's big time.  beautiful piece man, go get it dirty now!

post #3197 of 3475
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funny how styles come back around, that crankset reminds me of the 1980's big time.  beautiful piece man, go get it dirty now!



Looks like drilled out Campy record from 1985.
post #3198 of 3475
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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post


Looks like drilled out Campy record from 1985.

It is (towards the ) TOTL from Sugino, Japan, from around mid 80s. I used to have BOTL Sugino in mid/late 70s.

 

 

At long last, after many years decades of search, I was finally able to purchase My Object Of Desire :

 

The Shimano Dura Ace AX cranks for Dyna Drive system pedals in 172.5 mm lenght :

 

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Note the offset "star" ...

 

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... and the humonguos 1" threading for the Dyna Drive pedals.

 

Obviously used, in "pristine" semi-dirty condition, original photos from the ebay auction.

Now it is clean, I mean really clean ( ultrasonic cleaner ), but I decided not to polish it to perfection, but leave it as a testament of time passed.

 

You might ask yourself: Where is the left one? 

 

I did ask the seller - and got that too. For free. Trouble is, it obviously refused to leave the square axle normal way, the thread that takes tool to dismount the crank from axle is !"#$%&/()=?* ( word that does not look good on paper - in anyone's language ) - and it "somehow/anyhow" got chiseled off that axle. Even the surface(s) that take the axle are slightly marred, but I will try my best to get it back in useable shape.

 

I !"#$%&/()=?* the day almost a year a NOS left one in 172.5 mm lenght was offered on US ebay for $ 75. I ( all but ) gave up I will EVER be able to purchase these cranks in 172.5 mm lenght ( 99 if not more % sold were the standard 170 mm version, itself rare enough; AX series was manufactured from 1980 to 1984 only ) - and finally someone put the seller out of misery - but unfortunately that was not me.

 

Lesson learned - I am "assembling" vintage phono cartridges now even if the odd stylus and/or cartridge body appears to be unobtainium - with lots of patience, time and a bit of luck (almost) impossible can come true.

post #3199 of 3475

Pics from earlier today.  This is Mizumoto Park.  A very large park away from the city, so it's very quiet.  Not as epic as my last one, but I just wanted to get out before it snows!

 

  This is only about 1ft deep.

 

 

  My favorite one from today.  haha, dangerous!  Couldn't tell how deep it was.

  I was very excited to find a waterfall!


Edited by PFULMTL - 2/7/14 at 8:12am
post #3200 of 3475
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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post
 

Pics from earlier today.  This is Mizumoto Park.  A very large park away from the city, so it's very quiet.  Not as epic as my last one, but I just wanted to get out before it snows!

 

 

 

Nice. I only *wish* similar images could be taken at the time here:

 

 

On a slope where a friend has house, there was solid 6 cm (more than two inch ) thick sleet - no vehicle could go up there for days. Power was out troughout the country, the sole connection to the world being possible trough car battery connected charger for cell phone, etc, etc. 

 

Now it is better, firemen removing the most dangerously damaged trees threatening the surrounding, etc - most definitely at the time one of the most bicycle hostile enviroment imaginable.

post #3201 of 3475

:thumb: Thanks for rekindling the thread with those beautiful pix, PFULMTL.


Edited by Silent One - 2/7/14 at 7:55am
post #3202 of 3475
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Originally Posted by ferday View Post
 

funny how styles come back around, that crankset reminds me of the 1980's big time.  beautiful piece man, go get it dirty now!

 

That's because it's from the 80s :D

 

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Originally Posted by Redcarmoose View Post

Looks like drilled out Campy record from 1985.

 

Indeed! Well, Sugino knocked off their design, but it's still just as good, IMO.

 

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Originally Posted by analogsurviver View Post
 

It is (towards the ) TOTL from Sugino, Japan, from around mid 80s. I used to have BOTL Sugino in mid/late 70s.

 

 

At long last, after many years decades of search, I was finally able to purchase My Object Of Desire :

 

The Shimano Dura Ace AX cranks for Dyna Drive system pedals in 172.5 mm lenght :

 

Processed By eBay with ImageMagick, z1.1.0. ||B2

 

Note the offset "star" ...

 

... and the humonguos 1" threading for the Dyna Drive pedals.

 

Obviously used, in "pristine" semi-dirty condition, original photos from the ebay auction.

Now it is clean, I mean really clean ( ultrasonic cleaner ), but I decided not to polish it to perfection, but leave it as a testament of time passed.

 

You might ask yourself: Where is the left one? 

 

I did ask the seller - and got that too. For free. Trouble is, it obviously refused to leave the square axle normal way, the thread that takes tool to dismount the crank from axle is !"#$%&/()=?* ( word that does not look good on paper - in anyone's language ) - and it "somehow/anyhow" got chiseled off that axle. Even the surface(s) that take the axle are slightly marred, but I will try my best to get it back in useable shape.

 

I !"#$%&/()=?* the day almost a year a NOS left one in 172.5 mm lenght was offered on US ebay for $ 75. I ( all but ) gave up I will EVER be able to purchase these cranks in 172.5 mm lenght ( 99 if not more % sold were the standard 170 mm version, itself rare enough; AX series was manufactured from 1980 to 1984 only ) - and finally someone put the seller out of misery - but unfortunately that was not me.

 

Lesson learned - I am "assembling" vintage phono cartridges now even if the odd stylus and/or cartridge body appears to be unobtainium - with lots of patience, time and a bit of luck (almost) impossible can come true.

 

Congrats on the crankset! Why is the pedal threading so large? Is Dyna Drive similar to Dynamo Hubs?

post #3203 of 3475
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Originally Posted by treal512 View Post
 

 

That's because it's from the 80s :D

 

 

Indeed! Well, Sugino knocked off their design, but it's still just as good, IMO.

 

 

Congrats on the crankset! Why is the pedal threading so large? Is Dyna Drive similar to Dynamo Hubs?

That answer requires full Shimano AX story to be told. With pics of normal quill pedals with cage and strap, Look (alikes) - and the Dyna Drive. WITH MATCHING SHOES.

 

Suffice to say; USA would have been one olympic gold in road cycling shorter if Alexi Grewal failed to somehow convience his sponsors ( he rode Pinarello, most probably fitted out with Campy )  to allow him to use the AX pedals and cranks that support them. It is the most energy efficient pedalling system in existance - BAR NONE.

It is measured in low single digit % - certainly FAR more than Alexi managed to beat the second placed guy : 

 

post #3204 of 3475

Todays pics

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #3205 of 3475
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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post
 

Todays pics

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am both speechless at beauty of these photos - and green with envy, because in winter(ish) time I have to go at least 30-40 km from my town, Ljubljana, to see the sun. Enjoy it while there ( WHAT !!! - no yellowish cats there (just kidding) ) - I would really like to visit Japan some time.

post #3206 of 3475
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Originally Posted by PFULMTL View Post
 

Todays pics

 

 

 

Very nice. By chance, are you near any of Japan's Velodrome's? Would love to see you feature one if so.

post #3207 of 3475
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Very nice. By chance, are you near any of Japan's Velodrome's? Would love to see you feature one if so.


The velodromes are kinda far on the edge of Tokyo.  Pricey just to take the transit out there.  I kinda don't have time to go out much anymore.  I have a few days left in Tokyo, so I have to clean my apartment, pack, say goodbye to some people, etc.

post #3208 of 3475
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Originally Posted by treal512 View Post

My belated birthday gift to myself evil_smiley.gif



Which did you end up liking more ?
post #3209 of 3475
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Originally Posted by UnityIsPower View Post


Which did you end up liking more ?

Tough one - I am curious too ...

post #3210 of 3475

Another "collateral damage" video discovered on YT while searching for the presentation of my new oscillosope:

 

 

 

variation on the theme:

 


Edited by analogsurviver - 2/12/14 at 7:12am
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