Welcome to part 7 of my Colnago Nuovo Mexico restoration. In the previous parts I have discussed the following parts of this restoration;
- Part 1 – Frame selection and remove paint to raw steel frame.
- Part 2 – Paint colour and decal selection process.
- Part 3 – Choosing the Campagnolo components.
- Part 4 – Wheel build, freewheel and chain selection.
- Part 5 – Choosing the finishing kit
- Part 6 – Fit Headset, Bottom Bracket, Bars, Stem, Levers & Brakes
Fit Friction Shift Levers
These Campagnolo shift levers are simple to install. There is a left and right lever so you need to ensure you have them fitted to the correct sides. Make sure the thread of the fram shift bosses is nice and clean as the D-Ring fitting on the Campagnolo bolt does not give you a lot of leverage, so if the frame threads are dirty or corroded, you may not be able to tighten the bolt to give sufficient friction.
I cleaned out these threads first using a different bolt with a screw driver head. Once this was done, the Campagnolo bolt screwed in easily allowing me to tighten it to provide the correct amount of friction.
For installation instructions, list of parts as well as a nice tip on how to add extra friction, refer to my Campagnolo friction shift levers review.
Fit the Regina Freewheel
The Regina freewheel I purchased for this build was in excellent condition, but I decided to dismantle the freewheel for a full service so I could inspect all the parts, then clean, grease and re-assemble.
Once the service was completed, I greased the threads of the Campagnolo Super Record rear hub and simply threaded the freewheel onto the hub in a clockwise direction. The Italian threading of this freewheel matches the Italian threading of the rear hub. I didn’t bother tightening the freewheel because once you start pedaling, the force of the chain will pull it tight immediately. Freewheels are easy to put on but can be difficult to remove.
The photos below show these steps. I have also included a photo of the tool required to remove the freewheel if ever required. This splined adapter is required only if you want to remove the freewheel.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article so far. On the next page you can read about how the build has come together.. **COMING SOON – MORE OF THE ASSEMBLY IN PROGRESS**
Please remember that this information is only to be used as a guide.
I consider myself an enthusiast, not an expert. Whilst I enjoy working on my own bikes, I am not a qualified bicycle mechanic. The content of this article is purely illustrative and does not constitute professional advice. For your own safety, this type of work should only be undertaken by a qualified bicycle mechanic. Incorrect assembly of parts could result in equipment damage, personal injury or death.
I have been riding and working on my own bikes for many years now. I wanted to share my experiences, knowledge and research with others. My aim is to inspire people to get involved in all aspects of this amazing sport. Cheers.
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