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    crotchety young dude el twe's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post
    Stunning.
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    I explained that he could never pay me enough cash for the amount of work I had put into that bike and the only way to compensate me for it was to ride the hell out of it.
    IRO Angus Casati Gold Line

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    Here's how I received it:


    Here's how it left, with its' new owner:
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

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    The red housing on those chrome schwinns is really really great. and that maroon miyata is super classy.
    All these bikes are swell looking. nice work!
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    Way to be a insensitive clod! I mean, if it was a yellow lab you would have just called it a lab!

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    1978(?) Schwinn Collegiate before ($6.88 at thrift) & after...
    Merry Christams & Happy Holidays!
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    This is now my "new" favorite thread!

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    I hardly ever take the before pictures, but here are a few I did and could find.

    before:


    After:


    Before:


    After:


    Before:


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    Ok, it's not a vintage roadie but....


    BEFORE:





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    '89 Pinarello Montello

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    and after
    Last edited by Old Yeller; 12-06-07 at 11:41 AM. Reason: better pics

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    Great thread. I'll have to get out my camera and take some shots of my bikes.

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    I kind of liked the rear fender - why'd you ditch it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    Ok, it's not a vintage roadie but....


    BEFORE:





    AFTER:

    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

    S. J. Perelman

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I kind of liked the rear fender - why'd you ditch it?
    Lotsa reasons. No front fender for balance, reflector riveted on and detracts from the lines, fender too short it should cover the front of the wheel too, & it's my bike and I didn't want it on. I'm a minimalist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
    Another one from me: a 1970s St. Etienne road bike

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    Nlerner, that's a neat transformation. I love the paint, but the handcrafted wood accessories set it off "just so". Nicely done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post


    This Gios above is my favorite so far, because it shows the clearest transformation from trash to flash. Some of these bikes don't look all that bad in their before pics!

    =========================================

    Here's mine:

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    [QUOTE=sekaijin;5756712]This Gios above is my favorite so far, because it shows the clearest transformation from trash to flash. Some of these bikes don't look all that bad in their before pics!

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    The Gios frame was trashed! Brian Baylis painted it for me and he still b****es about how much time it took to get a smooth surface.

    I had bought the frame sight unseen and had it sent directly to Brian. I never saw that "before" picture until it was already painted. If I had seen it first I probably would have kept looking for a different frame.

    With that said it is really the best old bike I've ever ridden. Might have something to do with it being a perfect fit for me, but I really think they just got the angles right on those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    I kind of liked the rear fender - why'd you ditch it?
    I believe that was a front fender put on the rear for some reason.
    It would look silly with the front fender and no rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sekaijin View Post
    This Gios above is my favorite so far, because it shows the clearest transformation from trash to flash. Some of these bikes don't look all that bad in their before pics!
    You want trash to flash, eh? How about my Mondia?

    Before, after tear-down. I received it as a complete bike, but didn't think to take a pic till after I stripped it. Features included crash damage, rust, a heavily corroded top tube, and a cracked head tube. Apparently it was raced hard:


    After repair and restoration:








    Last edited by bigbossman; 12-06-07 at 03:03 PM.
    "Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin, itís the triumphant twang of a bedspring."

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    My 1962 Traveler.
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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
    I believe that was a front fender put on the rear for some reason.
    It would look silly with the front fender and no rear.
    No. It's a rear fender. The '81 Stingray II's had that wonky fender on them.

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    ah, trash to flash, huh? waddabout dis?

    Fortunately, Dick Cheney ran over me and then tried to shoot me in the face with his shotgun...the settlement allowed for the stunning restoration.

    <edit> of course, it was really my fault...I deserved it, really...</edit>
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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    ah, trash to flash, huh? waddabout dis?

    Fortunately, Dick Cheney ran over me and then tried to shoot me in the face with his shotgun...the settlement allowed for the stunning restoration.

    <edit> of course, it was really my fault...I deserved it, really...</edit>
    I think someone's been hitting the eggnog a little early.

    If I send you a Free Spirit, you think you could do a similar restoration?

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    would you rather have a singer or a herse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    would you rather have a singer or a herse?
    Singer s'il vous plaÓt.

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    okeydokey. I'll get cheney on the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luker View Post
    okeydokey. I'll get cheney on the phone.
    Careful, that crazy mofo dont play no games, fo' real.

    Make mine an early De Rosa.
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    PS--- I shudder each time I cross Cheney Dr in Paradise Valley. It freaks me a little.

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    we're digressing...but he lives just east of here. They close the Snake when he wants to fish. He really is kind of creepy.

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