Hey guys hows it going, just started biking again after many many years, i just picked up a couple rides and this is my most recent one.
i just joined the site and got a few questions for you guys.
this is a bike i just acquired about 3 weeks ago, it was covered in dirt/grease, a bit of rust and so on, i cleaned it up....
btw it is a pinarello veneto
this is my finished product, pretty much just finished it today, new fizik seat, new handlebar wraps, new pedals, new vittoria zaffiro white tires, and a couple other things i can't remember right now, also grease bearings, cleaned out the cassettes and crank, and rebuffed the shiny parts with special metal buffing compound.
I have a few questions
1) i've seen sites like bulgier.net - /pics/bike/Catalogs/ and so on but i can't find a catalogue with this bike in it (pinarello veneto), i saw one that site but i don't think it's no where near the same year. what year is it? What did it sell for in it's time? Where this model stands in the pinarello line, mid-range, high, top? The shifters are the one's where you shift in the brake levers, for some reason i have a hunch this may have been upgraded from downtube shifters, but i could be wrong. any info on the bike would be fantastic cause i've had a hell of a time trying to find info on google.
2) What is this worth now approximately, it has shimano 105 group for everything and considering the fact that i've put all these new parts on it and cleaned it up nice and spiffy.
3) I wanted to change the seat post to find something super shiny and chromy, it is a 26.8mm seat post. The only thing i've narrowed it down to is a thomson elite silver seat post, do you guys know where i can get one super cheap, i just missed a brand new one on ebay that went for 35 bucks, i wanted to drop kick myself for that, i missed it by minutes. Or if you guys have another seat post you would suggest i get in size 26.8 that is super shiny then let me know.
4) the fork came out pretty shiny, but i was taking some rust off with 800 sand paper and may have put some scratches in it, i tried using 2000 grit to smooth it out and it worked a little, i still have some areas on the fork that look like it has a dull residue left on it. you can't really notice it, but i'm kinda nitpicky with that stuff, you guys have any tips for fully restoring the fork to it's original full shine? or chrome restoration, i'm assuming it's a chrome fork.
5) also some decals aren't so great, the veneto sticker near the headset is crumbling off like cookies, the ones on the frame are 90% ok, i head pinarello bikes are notorious for flaking or peeling decals, but that's the only bad thing i've ever heard, so i'll take that..... anyways how easy is it to get replacement decals for this bike, do i have to order straight from pinarello?
hope you guys like my ride, thanks for your time, if you can provide me with any information on any of this stuff it would be super duper greatly appreciated.
Last edited by mapleleafs-13; 08-16-10 at 12:54 AM.
I worked in a shop that sold that exact frameset. Pretty sure that was in 1989. Those components are from 1993 or so.
The Veneto was a "low-end" model, signified by the Columbus Aelle tubing, but still very nice. The component level that's on there suits it well.
If I were you, I'd forget about a new-era Thompson post and look for a Shimano 600 aero post instead. 26.8 are out there, and it would better suit the gruppo and era of the bike.
Don't use abrasives on chrome. That black staining is corrosion and is permanent. Just use chrome polish on it and leave it at that. It looks great.
Keeping the decals original would be a good idea too. You might be able to re-adhere loose bits with a bit of clearcoat, but I'm no expert with paint. Asking in the Classic and Vintage forum might be a good idea.
Last edited by Torchy McFlux; 08-16-10 at 05:02 AM.
DRF aka Thrifty Bill
+1 I am a big fan of the Shimano 600 aero post. Very attractive IMHO, and a better match for the components.
+1 Don't use abrasives on chrome. Chrome on bikes is typically very thin. This is not a 57 Chevy. Anything abrasive removes some chrome, and there isn't much chrome there to begin with. Sand paper? Ouch...
That's a hot looking Pinarello. Nice work!
As for the scratches, I hope you have luck getting them out. Sandpaper may not have been the right way to go. Perhaps eBay for a new fork?
Also, that bar tape is smooth. I've only seen one brand of gradient style bar tape and from what I knew, it wasn't made any longer. The company I knew of made Pelton Shade Tape (by Ciclolina). Is that the same stuff? If not, what is yours and where did you get it?!
i guess you guys were talking about this post.... :
I guess i learned the chrome thing the hard way, it's still shiny, just not as shiny as i'd like it to be, maybe i can get it re-chromed? or is there any buffers or tools that could help it?
Originally Posted by The Thin Man
that bar tape was actually from http://jonesbicycles.com/product-lis...icycles-pg402/
i found it on ebay, they've got an amazing selection of handle bar tape colors, it feels pretty normal, i wish it might have been a little tackier, but it looks fantastic, and i was lucky to find one to match my exact paint job on the frame, thanks for the comment thin man!!!