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    Dolce far niente bigbossman's Avatar
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    The "Before And After" Thread

    Most of the stuff found in thrifts and such are in disrepair, and since we spend so much time bringing them back to life I thought it might be a neat idea to have a "Before and After" thread to show off our transformations of the "Catch Of The Day" bikes we come across.

    Most all the bikes I get my hands on are low or mid-level wrecks (or at least severely neglected), but almost all of them clean up to be nicely functioning riders.

    Take this low-end Gitane Gran Sport for example. Dirty and rusty, is was dropped at the local thrift a few weekends a go. I glommed onto it, and spent a few hours cleaning the frame and getting the rust off of the steel parts. New tires, tubes, and bar tape followed, as well as all the usual adjustments and some wheel truing. Now, it's ready to serve a useful life again. Take a look:

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

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    Beauty! Here's my favorite few.,,,,BD

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    AFTER It's had the original bars put back on since this pic......

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    Wow, I like all three of those Schwinn's Bikedued!

    Here's my '78 Trek 900. Picked up for $50 on CL, it was leaning against a fence in a backyard.
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    Here's my Panasonic PT-3500 when I got it home from the pawn shop for $30:




    And here it is now:

    1959 Bottecchia Professional (frame), 1966 Bottecchia Professional, 1971 Bottecchia Professional (frame),
    1973 Bottecchia Gran Turismo, 1974 Bottecchia Special, 1977 Bottecchia Special (frame),
    1974 Peugeot UO-8, 1988 Panasonic PT-3500, 2002 Bianchi Veloce, 2004 Bianchi Pista

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    This is the only before & after pics I have. My 1971 Super Course stripped & ready to send for paint and then right after I got it back from Acme.

    To bad I didn't do before & after pics on some of the bikes I flipped before our recent move. I even resorted to" buy one, get one free" to move the last few! Don
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    The only Before shots of my chrome Voyageur 11.8 are from the Craigslist ad and really don't show how bad a shape it was in...




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    Senior Member Lamplight's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by McDave View Post
    The only Before shots of my chrome Voyageur 11.8 are from the Craigslist ad and really don't show how bad a shape it was in...
    And yet it still looks 100% better. Beautiful!

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    not a true "before and after", here's a bike I picked up on craigslist some time ago:



    I don't know how the previous owner rode it w/ the stem barely in like that. Anyway, the frame (make unknown) was not only too large for me, but had internal rust issues as well. So I stripped and cleaned the parts, got a bottecchia frame on ebay, plus some other parts:


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    And I thought the grind-off-the-extra-bits-and-make-it-a-fixie thread was the before-and-after thread!

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    Falcon of England Europa

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    Since that after pic was taken, the bike has gotten a set of Open Pros, courtesy of my wallet and Cuda2K and a new Selle Trans Am saddle with orange detailing, courtesy of Lotek.
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    That is a beautiful bike and I love the picture!!!

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    Many of you have seen my "after" pictures of Capo #1. I wish I had a "before" picture of the plain dull rusty red (no white head tube, no decals) repaint job it wore when I bought it for $20 at a yard sale.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Quote Originally Posted by Noah Scape View Post
    That is a beautiful bike and I love the picture!!!
    Thanks! Those are the Suntour derailleurs I bought from you.

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    Here's my wife's Peugeot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariner Fan View Post
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    Hey, you got the decals on! Looks great!
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    The last two bikes on my list are a 50's Lenton Grand Prix and a '64 Raleigh Record.

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    I wish I had taken some photos of my Ciocc when I had found it, it would have made you guys cry. I can only contribute photos of the Marinoni, which wasn't in really rough shape, just ugly as it hadn't been ridden in ages.




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    Here is my Criterium.
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    Restored to early 80's complete with funky NOS Grab On grips.


    Then I ran over it with my Land Cruiser!


    Then it was rebuilt again with an NOS front rim and other bits sourced from this board. Thanks again guys.

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    What a fun thread. I wish I was in the habit of taking more "before" pictures. I could only find "before" pics for my first project, so here it is...



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    "Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless, add that which is specifically your own." (Bruce Lee)
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    Another one from me: a 1970s St. Etienne road bike

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