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    Thinking about fixing up my retro bike. Ideas and input, please!

    So, recently dug upp the bike I had when I was a kid. It's an Itoh Mustang, not sure about the year though. I'm guessing mid-80's? Anyone got an idea? This was the bike I flung around my hometown pretending I was Indurain, Zabel or Virenque.

    Itoh, as far as a I know, doesn't have much racing heritage, and I think this one was a sort of commuter-racer - note the extra pair of brake levers on the tops! It also comes with Shimano 600 gears, I've been told that's the 80's equivalent to the 105 of today.

    I'm normally not one for repainting bikes, but this silver steed doesn't really look all that glorious anymore, especially with a few spots of rust here and there on the frame. Had it been a sad looking celeste Bianchi, the choice would have been easy, but I'm thinking of changing this one completely. Which is why I'm looking to you guys for ideas - what paintjob should I go for? I've been leaning a bit towards a clear red paintjob with white stripes - something like the Ridley Heliums that Lotto-Soudal use at the moment. What do you guys think?

    The wheels looking fairly decent, so they'll probably stick around. Other than that, I've been meaning to stick a classic Turbo saddle on it, and a retro-looking bartape. Wiggle has a few decent options when it comes to bartape.

    So, any do's and don't-s when it comes to "restoring" this bike? And I do apologize for the sad looking saddle and bell stuck on it. I wasn't a Velominus when I was 13 years old.

    Cheers!
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    I have grown 30 cm taller from when I was 13, -from the look of that seatpost the same thing happened to you..??

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    So long as you do your homework on how to refinish the frame, and what components work together (should you decide to change), I'd say follow your heart and be happy. It isn't like you're jeopardizing a major investment by fixing it up, and after all, it is your bike.

    edit: just saw the other reply and the seatpost. More than in many other things, size does matter when it comes to bicycle fitting.
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    Very cool head badge.

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    I like silver bikes. I wouldn't change the color. Maybe it looks worse in person. But seems like a better candidate for touch up paint. A good repaint is a lot of work. But, as noted above, make sure the bike still fits before expending that kind of $/effort on a repaint. If the current set-up is any indication, that bike looks way too small for you.

    As for minor adjustments: The seat post is backward. The bolt on the post clamp should be in back. Also, I suggest routing the brake cables behind the handlebars. Level the handlebars so the drops are either level with the top tube or angled slightly up; see what angle is most comfortable when riding on the hoods.

    Shimano 600 group became Ultegra around the time of the 6400 tri-color iteration.

    That's one of the nicest C. Itoh's I've seen. Dig the head badge, too!

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    Ah, yeah, the seatpost. That picture was taken shortly after I raised the seat to see if it could be removed - and it could. It was slammed all the way down when I retrieved the bike. You guys are a bunch of hawkeyes.

    Thanks for the feedback, gaucho!

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    as a person in the middle of a re-paint, i'd say don't do it unless you are already a semi-pro at such things. I mean I even have a shop, soda blaster,60 gallon compressor, wide spray gun and detail spray gun etc on hand and its still a pain.

    I also like silver- and its easy to touch up with silver nail polish or i use dupli-color auto spray enamel - but I do not spray it on the bike- just spray into a cup and paint it on.

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    @jetboy: A freind of mine runs a car workshop where they respray bikes as well, he'll help me out with that. Wouldn't dream of going alone on that one.

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