The replacement bottom bracket arrived a day earlier than expected, and given the increase in the number of items that are being shipped these days, is something of a surprise. A good surprise. Confirmed that the BB is the one I ordered and installed it, torquing the cups to the proper spec.
HOWEVER, the axle in the cartridge BB, being the correct length is not the only part of the puzzle. The original axle is asymmetric, meaning that the drive side extends further from the centerline and the non drive side is closer to the centerline. The difference is enough that the chainrings don’t have enough clearance with the symmetrical axle. So, the search begins for a replacement BB with an asymmetrical axle. Luckily enough I found one and it finally arrived. The cup and axle races are in excellent shape, so we are back on track. Cleaned, greased, and installed. Crankarms are on and torqued, and the clearance to the chainstays is good, for both the chainrings and the crankarms themselves. This crankset is old enough that the crankarms are straight, not curved, so the clearance is set by the width of the bottom bracket axle.
The Nuovo Record RD is lubricated at the pivots and the main bolt, and installed. The spiral SS housing and liner are cut to length and installed.
The front derailleur attaches to the seat tube by a band that clamps around the tube. To position it properly, the cage that encloses the chain needs to have 2-3mm clearance between it and the largest chainring. There is some debate about the proper orientation of the cage to the chainrings. Some folks say they should be parallel – others say the rearward part of the cage should be slant towards the center of the bike by a couple of degrees. I’m going with parallel for now. Friction shifting is more forgiving than indexed shifting.
Installed the chain (without going through the derailleur cages) and sized it to big-big plus 4 links. I think it will wind up 2 links shorter than that, but I’ll let the shifting performance tell me if that is necessary. Ran the shift cables, using cable liner around the BB shell for both FD and RD cables. The RD hanger was not straight, it was in a bit at the bottom. Adjusted it to straight, then reinstalled the RD. Fished the chain through the FD and RD, installed the quick link. Set the hi-lo limit screws and adjusted the shifting. Installed the pedals and torqued to spec. Adjusted the axle locating screws in the rear dropouts to center the rear wheel.
A bit of headset drama – whoever assembled the bike before I bought it used 5/32 balls in the upper and lower races, and I found out that Campagnolo used 3/16 balls in their Nuovo Record headsets. I ordered a bag of 3/16 balls so that I can replace the existing balls with the correct size. So until they are here, I’m pretty much at a standstill. A good friend used the phrase “parts pause” and it certainly applies here. Frustrating, but a part of the C&V build game, at least for those of us without a large parts inventory.
Until next time…