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You guys are such a bad influence...(7 posts)

You guys are such a bad influence...SenorPedro
Nov 15, 2003 1:35 PM
Shifter Bosses? Never heard of em.
Nov 15, 2003 1:38 PM
Derailluer what?
heheh.... another victim to peer pressure... haha NMgspot
Nov 15, 2003 3:46 PM
Cool - nice work! (nm)jtferraro
Nov 16, 2003 10:03 AM
Sayonara pump peg......must be at least 3 grams there!kiwisimon
Nov 16, 2003 5:06 PM
Then strip all the paint and clear coat powder coat
good work
re: You guys are such a bad influence...Trevo
Nov 17, 2003 9:28 PM

I think Iam gonna strip down the Trek and give the BB shell area a good clear coat. The clip-on fenders I have dont cover the BB shell and It's gettin rusty.
How was grinding the bosses off?

Not difficult at all...SenorPedro
Nov 18, 2003 6:23 AM
For the shift bosses I simply put a few layers of masking tape around the brazed-on portion in order to prevent unwanted damage to the tubing. Then using a fresh hacksaw blade I cut off the cylindrical post of the shifter boss, leaving approx. 2-3mm of the base of the braze-on exposed, this is the square part on mine - for others it may be round.

Having several grades of files on hand I then filed the base down until it was basically flush with the surrounding masking tape. I then removed the tape and used a finer and thinner file to take the metal down until I could see the brass. (This is where it is imperative to be careful not to go crazy with the file and take chunks out of your downtube) After getting down to the brass and basically flush with the tubing I sanded it with 100 grit sandpaper to make a smooth transition from naked metal to factory paint and primer. This was followed by finer paper until smooth and acceptable. Other vestigial appendages followed suit in much the same manner; goodbye derailluer hanger, cable stops, etc.

Plus it was quite fun!