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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman View Post
    At least mine are real, and battle-proven.
    Yes, but yours require pulling up along side of your quarry. I imagine the recoil makes steering interesting.

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    I think we need to see what hotbike has in the way of a ramming, offensive design.....I can almost see the picture now.....maybe a fiberglass fairing, built by a warrior child

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    Start a separate thread would ya please guys?

    Some people. Sheesh.




















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    OH NO this threads been hijacked at *** point

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuckk View Post
    What IS this thread, anyway?

    It appears that we've somehow gone from the Intermission to a Preview of Comming Attractions section.

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    i think this wins the worst thread of the year award.
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    Lots of themes for future build contests it seems.

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    Come to think of it, I forgot to remind East Hill about the proposed C&V Humor contest I mentioned a few months back...

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    I'm starting to get them out there. No reason to only let the judges see them.

    Here's entry #1. No accompanying text, since it's in the presentation.

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    Entry #2 has some accompanying text:

    My entry is a 1982 Miyata 1200, just three rungs rungs below the top on the Miyata hierarchy per the 1982 catalog.

    I found it without wheels at a flea market a few months ago for $25. Tired looking and grimey, but generally in good shape with some nicks in the paint job, and in mostly original set-up less a saddle and the oddball toe clips for the MKS Esquartz pedals. Also, the brake levers were road-rashed and there was a Shimano 600 SIS RD on it which was a later addition, but the indexing wasn't able to be utilized with the downtube top-mount Suntour Symmetric friction shifters. The price was right and it looked like a good candidate to get back together without too much trouble for a build project, so the purchase decision was an easy one.

    Original RD was a Suntour Cyclone Mk-II. I had one in the garage but it was inoperable without the proprietary cable clamp nut. The clamp nut is an oddball thing with a hole in it that has threads on one end that thread onto the peg the cable goes through, and the other end you stick a hex wrench in to tighten it onto the peg. Responding to a plea on the ISO/WTB thread, a Forum member was kind enough to sell me the piece from a roughed up Mk-II RD he had.

    The bike has been idle up in the garage rafters since I bought it, and when this contest came around I decided it was time to get it put together. Being an upper end model, I decided I didn't want to alter it too much and leave the original kit on it where possible. So, cleaning it well, finding some wheels for it, sorting out the Cyclone RD issue and substituting it for the SIS thing, replacing the scuffed up brake levers, and trimming it out was going to be the extent of the project.

    A visit to both the local bike co-op and bike graveyard, as well as a sporting goods store having a clearance sale respectively produced a pair of Shimano aero brake levers with hoods, Christophe toe clips that (with just a little tweaking) would substitute for the missing Esquartz ones, and some inexpensive cables. I had the wheels and the balance of the needed stuff in my garage, and my brother supplied a dark brown leather saddle for my gift item.

    After some component and frame cleaning sessions, I hung all of the components on it, threw the bike and some ducks in the car and stopped at a friend's place on my way out to the Bay Area to have dinner with my brother and his wife. He helped me fine tune it and was compensated for that work with some ducks (he would rather have ducks than cash).

    Expense List (items are used unless noted differently) ---
    1982 Miyata 1200 Frame/Fork with original calipers, bars/stem, crankset/BB, FD, seatpost, shifters -- $25
    2 Araya Red Label 700C wheels -- $25
    Additional Labor -- $20
    2 Michelin Axial Tan/Orange/Black Tires -- $10
    2 New Christophe Toe Straps -- $10
    Avenir Computer -- $10
    2 New Inner Tubes -- $8
    New Brake and Derailluer Cables (4) -- $8
    2 Shimano SLR Aero Brake Levers with hoods -- $5
    Suntour Cyclone Mk-II RD -- $5
    RD part (inc. shipping) -- $5
    Silver Chain -- $5
    New Ambrosio Vinyl Bar Tape -- $4
    New Brake Cable Housing -- $3
    Gold Metallic Touch-Up Paint -- $3
    Maillard CX type Christophe Toe Clips -- $2
    Blackburn Bottle Cage -- $1
    Selle Royal Dark Brown Leather Saddle -- (Gift Item)

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    Here's #3. This one has already been outed, so no point of me hosting it.

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    Don't accidentally send #4 to your printer. The first page is the write-up. There are lots of pictures on following page(s), and I hope I'm not incorrect in providing the links I was sent. I don't detect any information that will reveal the BF identity of the entrant. mea culpa if I have erred, but identifying the 34 pictures from the album of 70 and putting them in the same order is something that would take a bit more time than I bargained for.

    The plan: find a budget thrift store or rummage sale bike and rebuild it,
    repair it, overhaul it, and configure it as necessary for a one bike owner
    to use it as a weekday commuter and weekend fun ride racer. Any additional
    uses will be a bonus.

    Tally of purchased items, or value of items on hand:

    Bike: Univega Sportour, 12 speed, 700c wheels
    Cost: $10, thrift shop

    Second wheelset: Campagnolo Record hubs, tubular 700c rims, 5 speed freewheel
    Cost: $20, localCraigslist ad

    Trek Trail-a-bike
    Cost: $50, thrift shop

    Tubular training tires
    Cost: $40, LBS

    Replacement 700c tires
    Value: I don’t know, $20 maybe? Hanging in the basement for 6+ years but
    in better condition than the tires that came on the bike.

    Running total: 10 + 20 + 50 + 40 + 20 = $140
    Adjustments: -20 tubular rims –40 tubular tires = $80
    Reason for adjustments: converting the 5-speed 120mm spacing tubular rear
    hub over to a 6-speed 126mm spacing would have put this project over budget,
    so if I was the one-bike-owner budget builder I decided I would either save
    the tubular conversion for a winter project or sell them in the spring to help
    pay for upgrades to the bike. So – tubular tires/wheels are out of the project
    and subtracted, but stopping at this point still keeps the total outlay of cash
    under budget in either case.

    Bike: $10
    Tires: $20 value (had them in the basement unused for years)
    = = = = = = =
    Sub-total: $30
    Trail-a-bike: $50
    = = = = = = = = =
    Project total: $80, take a kid on a bike ride or get the adult out riding,
    commuting, training, exercising.

    Additional items are just labor and lube (grease, oil, degreaser)




    The Story:

    I visited a thrift shop in a neighboring county to see if they had a suitable
    bike for the buildoff. All they had were a couple of kids bikes that did not
    look promising, a step through frame bike of Huffy or Murry brand that didn’t
    sound fun and that was all they had in the usual bike parking area of the store.
    So I took a lap to see if I could find any accessories to use instead. No such
    luck. I decided to go to another nearby thrift shop but stopped at the back
    corner of the store where they have the old tools and plumbing parts. Hmmm,
    what did I find in the back corner of the store? A hammer? Nope. A squeeze
    bulb bicycle horn? Nope. A nice old frame pump with a fabric covered air hose?
    Nope. Sitting there leaning up against a headboard for a bed was a bicycle.
    Yahoo! It appeared to be an old Univega Sportour 12-speed. Tires were flat
    but the rims appeared fairly true. When I tried to spin the rear wheel the
    freewheel was very stiff and nearly frozen. When I tried to back pedal the
    cranks the chain would tug on the rear derailer but would barely move the
    freewheel. As I’m playing with the bike and looking for any obvious damage
    one of the store employees wandered past and mentioned how skinny the tires
    on the bike were but also that the bike looked like it was fast. I asked if
    it was for sale and he said yes it was. I asked what the price was and he
    said $10. At this point I stopped checking the bike over and said I’d buy it.
    He walked up to the registers with me and told the clerk there that the bike
    was $10 since it didn’t have a price tag on it. I paid the $10, went outside
    and threw the bike onto the rack on the car and off I went.

    When I got the bike home I started to look it over closer. The closer I
    checked it over the better it appeared to be. I grabbed the oil bottle and
    squirted a few drops at the freewheel and it actually started to improve.
    I grabbed a pump and pumped up the tires and they held air. The sidewalls
    on the tires were beginning to get that old gumwall mottled look where the
    coating is about to flake off the threading, then I noted the Univega name
    on the sidewall and figured these were the original tires for the bike.
    I wrote down a few details, found the serial number on the frame, and went
    inside to log onto bikeforums to see if I could discover the age of the bike
    while resisting telling anyone what I found (very difficult to do). I
    quickly discovered that the bike is most likely a 1984 model. Good enough.
    Downtube shifters for that vintage feel, 700c wheels to make finding a nice
    set of tires easy, 6-speed freewheel still somewhat easy to find if needed,
    sidepull brakes
    easy to adjust and find pads for, I was in business, game on.

    Rather than do a complete tear-down to bare frame and rebuild on this one,
    I decided to work on one area at a time. And as I’m wiping off a little
    garage grunge from the bike I keep thinking this bike is in really nice
    condition. There are a couple of very minor scrapes here and there, but
    nothing major at all. This thing is in amazing condition for being 24 years
    old. I figure that someone bought it, used it very little, then hung it up
    in the garage or basement for a decade or two, then one day decided to see
    if it was still functional and maybe finding the freewheel stiff decided to
    just give it to the thrift shop, or maybe they did take it in to a local shop
    when gas hit the $3.50-$4.00/gallon range and were discouraged by the estimated
    cost to have the shop make it rideable again. Who knows, doesn’t matter too
    much anyway because now it was home with me.

    Oh, and about that Trail-a-bike, I was sitting home while my wife was off in
    another town visiting a relative when she decided to stop in at a thrift shop.
    She noticed the bike attachment and called me up to come take a look at it
    thinking it might be nice to have around if relatives with little ones come
    to visit. So I put the bikebuild project on hold and off I went. When I got
    there the trail-a-bike looked in great condition, needed basically nothing
    beyond a little air in the tire, didn’t even need the chain lubed, so we grabbed
    it for $48 + tax. Then I thought, “Hey I could use this as part of the bike
    build project”. I figured it would add to the versatility of the bike, expand
    the use of it, keep it under budget, and be fun to boot.

    The following pictures and related text will show the details of the work I
    did on the bike.

    The project:

    I started at the bottom, the bottom bracket to be precise. I removed the chain,
    the pedals, the cranks, and disassembled the bottom bracket. The bottom bracket
    had felt very stiff and chunky so I didn’t know what I would find once I opened
    it up. But much to my surprise it appeared to be in very clean condition,
    cleaner than any used bike I’ve ever removed one from. It seems that the grease
    had simply aged and thickened up and hardened with age. Yippee, needs nothing
    but a good cleaning and some fresh grease. Done deal. Put it back together all
    freshened up and reinstalled the cranks after giving them a good cleaning. I
    gave the toe clips on the pedals a little attention with some chrome polish,
    wiped down the pedals, added a few drops of oil on the spindles and the pedals
    were good to go. Once the bottom end was all back together it felt nice and
    smooth and spun really nice.

    I next removed the old tires and tore apart the front hub. Same situation as
    the bottom bracket, just old thick grease. Out with the old stuff and in with
    new stuff and it felt great.

    Next I checked out the front derailer and all it needed was a little cleaning
    and a few drops of oil. Then I went to the rear derailer. The RD was stiff
    on the pivot bolt so I pulled that apart and noticed a couple of very thin shim
    washers in it to provide proper spacing to allow the RD to pivot freely when
    the pivot bolt is tight. I found three shims in there and first tried to go
    without the thinnest one, nope still tight. So I put that thinnest shim back
    in and removed the next slightly thicker one and that did the trick. I could
    now get the pivot bolt tight and still have the RD move freely. Great. A
    little cleaning and a few drops of oil here and there and it was done. The
    cables on this bike were all in good condition so as I worked on the bike I
    was able to nudge the cable ends off and relube and reinstall them, oil is
    cheap, not needing to replace cables is budget friendly.

    Next I attacked the rear hub. But I had a problem. I didn’t have or couldn’t
    find a freewheel remover tool. Shoot, and the LBS was closed. But wait, hmmm
    I thought, and I picked up a 17mm open end wrench and found it made an
    interesting fit in the freewheel removal notches. Looking across the basement
    I see the small bench vise bolted to a bench. Hmmm I think as I make my way
    to the bench and clamp the wrench, jaws pointing up, into the vise. I pick
    up the wheel and set it down so the ends of the wrench fit into the freewheel
    notches. Pushing down to hold pressure against the wrench so it doesn’t
    slip/pop out of the freewheel I begin to rotate the wheel gradually applying
    pressure, and it gave way. Yippee, got the freewheel loose. Cleaned and
    regreased the rear hub. Then I gave the freewheel a good flushing and oiling
    until it spun free and happy. Back onto the hub it went and back onto the
    bike the wheel went.

    Then I noticed over in the corner of the basement hiding in the shadows some
    old tires I had forgotten about. I fished them out, cleaned off the dust,
    700x23 size, sidewalls looked good, I’m in business. Free is good, but I
    have to give them a value so I settled on $20 for the pair since they’d been
    sitting down there for at least 3-6 years. Onto the rims they went, and during
    the tire install I noticed the tire beads/seats were getting a little dry so
    I figure these are good for probably one more season or until the sidewall
    begin to look aged.

    Brake pads seemed to feel fine so I just adjusted up the brakes and oiled
    up the cables and I was done with the brakes. The handlebar wrap is in
    good condition so no work or cost needed there. Head tube and steering felt
    fine so done there too. The original seat has a few stains from something
    dripping onto it but is otherwise in good condition and entirely functional.
    Seat tube came right out and a little lube and it was done there too.

    I got the Trail-a-bike attachment to see if it would fit the seat post since
    it only came with the one bushing. Whew, it fits, no additional cost needed,
    trail-a-bike needs nothing but a little air in the tire, done deal with that.

    Then the plan was to take some nice pictures of the final stage in the daylight
    but some family stuff got in the way so I had to wait to take the photos until
    later. And it rained. But it’s done.

    $10 thrift shop bike that only really needed lube and labor and a set of tires,
    a set of tires I had down in the basement, a kids Trail-a-bike found at another
    thrift shop for about $50 total and this project was done and under budget.
    And I’ve still got the Campy tubulars to play with over the winter and either
    use or sell for other stuff and am still under the bikebuild budget limitations.
    If I was a one-bike owner I could be a very happy camper/cyclist with the way
    this project turned out.

    To be continued with pictures...
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    Entry #4 continued...

    Imagelinks:
    The original tire
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00533.jpg

    The rims
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00534.jpg

    The bike model
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00536.jpg

    Rear derailer
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    Pedal, toe clip, strap
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00545.jpg

    It has a “Jim Blackburn” rack, with his first name still on the rack
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00547.jpg

    The chain measures up as good to go
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00549.jpg

    The chain ready to go get cleaned and oiled up
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00553.jpg

    Pulling the crank arms
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00556.jpg

    Getting ready to open up the bottom bracket
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00554.jpg

    And this is how the bottom bracket looked when it first came out, amazingly clean for a bike this old
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00559.jpg

    Bottom bracket insides
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00560.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00561.jpg

    Getting stuff clean and ready
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00564.jpg

    Nice freshly cleaned parts
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00566.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00567.jpg

    Doesn’t even look like it has many miles on it at all
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00569.jpg

    The extent of the rust on the bike
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00572.jpg

    Going back together
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00575.jpg

    Got the freewheel off
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00577.jpg

    How I got the freewheel off, sometimes you just have to use what you’ve got nearby
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00578.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00579.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00580.jpg

    Hey, it worked
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00581.jpg

    Time for a slice of pie
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00582.jpg

    And pics of the finished project, at night, in the rain, under budget, and just under the deadline
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00627.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00629.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00630.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00631.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00632.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00633.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00641.jpg
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00645.jpg

    More pics available under the BikeBuilderFred pseudonym, I feel like going for a ride
    http://i480.photobucket.com/albums/r...d/DSC00658.jpg
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    Entry #5 is named after a famous Llama. (I believe unintentionally though)

    No, no. The pictures and write-up are here. Hopefully html works for everyone. I trust the bicycle is more well mannered than the llama.

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    Entry #6

    Vélo Cheapo Bicycle Build-Off

    Submission Title: Campania Project

    Build Details
    From what I could gather, Campania was a relatively low-end Japanese-built bicycle from the 1970s, imported to and sold from northern California. This particular specimen was pulled from the Plymouth, MA, dump by a friend of mine and given to me as he had no use for it. What I received included frame, chromed fork, headset, seatpost, cottered bottom bracket, and cottered crankset. I retained all of the original bits except for the crankset and the cottered axle, instead swapping in a cotterless one.

    The restoration process started with stripping the existing paint (which came off quite easily with a citrus-based stripper—it seems there was only a single coat of the original paint and no primer), applying a coat of primer (Rustoleum flat black, which I had a partial can of from a previous project), and then most of a can of Rustoleum Metallic Brown and about a half of a can of Rustoleum clear. I built the wooden fenders, front platform, and chainguard out of scrap cedar. Components for the build are as follows:

    Rear wheel: alloy CyclePro 27” rim, Quando flip-flop hub*
    Front wheel: alloy CyclePro 27” rim, Quando hub*
    Tires: Kenda 27 x 1 ¼”*
    Crankset: Nervar 122bcd spider and Stronglight 45-tooth chainring
    Rear cog: no-name 16-tooth
    Lockring: DuraAce
    Chain: KMC Z410 ½ x 1/8*
    Front brake: Weinmann 610 centerpull
    Bars: SR north-roads style
    Grips: leather recycled from an old backpack w/ two coats of shellac and cork plugs
    Stem: SR
    Brake lever: Weinmann alloy
    Brake cable hanger: Dia Compe
    Saddle: Peugeot suede
    Front rack: Blackburn
    Front platform: scrap cedar finished with four coats of eurethane and mounted to a scrap piece of wire shelving.
    Pedals: SR
    Toeclips: Lapize
    Fenders: scrap cedar cut to shape, dyed reddish brown and finished with four coats of eurethane, brass rod for stays
    Chainguard: scrap cedar cut to shape, dyed reddish brown and finished with four coats of eurethane
    Headbadge: Photiou (applied w/ silicone adhesive and thin slices of steel rod as faux rivets)

    * indicates parts purchased new.
    Budget:
    Component
    Cost
    Frame
    free
    paint
    $5.88
    clearcoat
    $1.99
    stripper
    $3.99
    rear wheel
    $24.00
    front wheel
    $21.00
    tires
    $10.00
    lockring
    $6.00
    cog
    free
    BB
    free (w/ frame)
    headset
    free (w/ frame)
    chain
    $6.99
    headbadge
    $7.50
    saddle
    $9.99
    chainring
    $6.50
    crankset
    $6.50
    brk cable stop
    $3.75
    front rack
    $15.00
    hrdware
    $4.46
    brass rod
    $14.98
    stem/bars/brk lever
    free
    TOTAL
    $148.53



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    #7 gave me the ok to just link to the flick album.

    The write-up:

    Centurion Le Mans

    I found myself uniquely positioned in this contest, perhaps even with an unfair advantage. After all, the frame I was building was a Centurion (clearly RobbieTunes’ favorite marque), was using at least one Schwinn-Approved part (to humor the good Pastor), and planned on filling a 2 GB memory card of photos (much to East Hill’s delight.) This Centurion definitely succeeds in functionality and has lots of 1980’s brightly-colored and color-coordinated-decal style. Creativity? You be the judge of that – after all, you are the judges!

    To explain this build, the main question is, why? Well, a colleague of mine had been questioning me about building a new bike for her because the mixte she rides to work is badly rusted and built with cheap parts. I happened upon this Centurion on Craigslist one night and thought it would make a great upgrade for her. She also grew up in the 1980’s, so the primary colors and block design graphics would be right up her alley.

    When I bought the bike for $25, it was in a bit of sad shape. The shift cables were so badly rusted that I cut them off before even getting the bike home for photos because I felt they posed an imminent danger to my safety in the back of my car. The white bar tape was dirty, nay, moldy, and missing sections, the tires were long since flat with the sidewalls starting to crack and fray, the saddle was missing in action, and the front wheel’s quick release was rusted shut! To fit it in my car I had to remove the rear wheel and turn the front wheel sideways – not ideal, but it got me the 30 miles home.

    The frame and the fork had numerous gouges and surface rust, tempting me to do a full repaint. In the spirit of Velo Cheapo, powerdcoating would be out of the question, and I hesitated to do a full repaint due to the lovely two-tone fade paint job. I decided instead to careful remove the rust and touch up the missing paint with hand-mixed Testor’s model enamel paint. For the record, matching the Centurion goldenrod color is not easy, but I did what I could given the limited resources I had available.

    The Shimano Exage Sport group on the Centurion was in pretty good shape minus some rust on the bolt heads, so I figured it should stay on the frame. After all, I was down to (at most) $124 to work with by this point, and I needed new cables, housings, a saddle, bar tape, and potentially brake hoods and tires. The indexing worked well, though I had a hankering to upgrade the wheels. A friend of mine graciously donated a spare set of used Shimano 600 wheels, and I had a used (but still functional) 8 speed cassette on hand and some used 700x23 tires. Because I already had the cassette and tires, I estimated a market value on the high side – I came in quite a bit under budget. Using these wheels would have negated the indexing, but the housing on the right shifter is cracked and I worry about the longevity of the index function. Friction, however, seems bulletproof. The hubs (and quick releases) on the 600 wheels were not rusted and were much nicer wheels to boot, so I came out quite a bit ahead here.

    With the Centurion in the stand, I fought with the front quick release. After some persuasion with pliers and a hammer, I managed to break it free and remove the wheel. Closer inspection of the hubs confirmed that the 600 wheels were the way to go here. I stripped the remainder of the components from the frame for a closer inspection. The rear derailleur was showing a good amount of rust that would be difficult to remove, so a Shimano 600 derailleur (quite similar to the wheels, though not quite period correct as an early/mid-90s part) from my parts bin seemed to be an adequate replacement. Again, fair market value has been estimated here. The remainder of the components showed some wear and tear, but a bit of elbow grease would likely help, so I donned my latex gloves and went to work with Eagle One Nevr-Dull wadding polish.

    With the components under control, it was off to the most vintage-friendly LBS in the area. Here I picked up a number of accessories: shift cables, NOS Schwinn Paramount brake cables and white housing, a fresh chain, some NOS white Schwinn-Approved toe straps, and some white cotton bar tape. I was hoping to score some replacement white brake hoods, but to no avail – I would need to attempt to clean the existing hoods. I still also needed a solution to the missing saddle.

    Craigslist provided the answer there: a Vetta plastic saddle with no cover showed up for $15. I thought this would be an opportunity for some Macguyver-ing in true Cheapo fashion – so I bought some white marine vinyl (to match the bar tape) and some contact adhesive.

    I was starting to run short on time – it was the 26th and I still had a frame with no touch ups completed and no components hanging, so while watching my favorite football team (the team name omitted for the sake of fairness), I carefully sanded any rust spots and touched them up with the Testors enamel. It was time-consuming and worked extremely well for the white areas and somewhat well for yellow – well enough for a cheap project like this one.

    With the frame and fork looking much better, I still needed to make progress. On the 28th I hung most of the components, but I still needed to recover the vinyl and do something about the hoods. Even with the extended deadline, I was not too sure I would make it.

    The hoods were very ugly, so I tried a number of methods ranging from Simple Green to bleach. The bleach was the most effective, and now the hoods are somewhat white as opposed to a light brown. There are some marks left, but there was no room (or time) in the budget for new hoods. These would have to do.

    The saddle, like the hoods, took a couple tries to get right. Spray adhesive was the first try, and it did not seem to take. After three tries with rubber cement (ending around 8:00 on Sunday), the vinyl took and stayed. I tuned the rest of the components, wrapped the bars, and hopped on for a test ride. I hustled the bike back inside for some photos, and then to wrap this description up. Enjoy the photos!



    As it stands, the total for the project is estimated at $149 including fair market values for several pieces.

    $25 Centurion LeMans (frame, fork, headset, wheels, front and rear derailleurs, shifters, cranks, bottom bracket, bars, brakes, levers, and seat post included, parts actually used listed in bold) (craigslist)
    $0 Used Shimano 600/Mavic SUP wheels (freebie from friend)
    $15 Used Shimano 12-25 8 speed cassette (fair market value)
    $15 Used Continental 700x23 tires (fair market value)
    $25 Used Shimano 600 tri-color rear derailleur (fair market value)
    $4 NOS white Schwinn-Approved toe straps (LBS)
    $5 Used Shimano aero toe clips (craigslist)
    $6 NOS Velox white cotton bar tape (LBS)
    $8 NOS Schwinn Paramount brake cables and white housing (LBS)
    $4 New shifter cables (LBS)
    $8 New KMC chain (LBS)
    $2 Used white bottle cage (LBS)
    $15 Used Vetta plastic saddle (craigslist)
    $8 New white marine vinyl (fabric store)
    $3 Rubber cement for saddle covering (fabric store)
    $2 Testor’s enamel paint (fabric store)
    $4 Miscellaneous fasteners (Home Depot)


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    If there's really a number 8 out there (I've heard rumors that someone tried to send me something, but didn't send it via USPS), please hurry and try again.
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    Thanks Zorro!
    Some very nice builds we got there...
    Good luck to all!

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    Very nice Portier Rack on #6. Great job!

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    There is, in fact an 8th entry, but we are attempting to work through some "technical difficulties". Look for the solid black ball to be placed on the table sometime today.
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    Entry #8 (note the serendipitous Napoleon Dynamite reference at the end) ... Tina?

    1980 Schwinn World Sport purchased for $10.00 at BSW thrift store in somewhere, USA.
    before pic:
    Brake cables cut and removed for some reason.
    Grab-On handlebar covers and original tires dry rotted, but tubes hold air!
    rusty chain
    only other problem is a dent in head tube

    stripped
    ready for fresh grease and some strategically placed Tenacious Oil
    didn't get to freewheel, should either be cleaned up a bit or replaced, but it works

    finished
    Parts list:
    Bike: $10.00
    Tires: $20.00 Specialized TriSports from Bangtail Bikes basement
    Chain: $9.75 Sachs Sedisport general use chain
    Pedals: $26.95 MKS Sylvan Touring pedal
    Cales: $5.60 Generic shift and brake cables
    Handlbar tape: $18.00 equivalent reused some red Cinelli cork tape
    "freebie" Front derailer (see below)
    total project cost (monetary) $90.30

    Moment of Zen
    while tightening the front derailer cable I broke the bolt that holds cable! ARGH! Anyone who has read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance know I achieved in that moment a state of mind Zen Masters spend years trying to attain. My serenity was interrupted by reality and the contraints of arbitrary contest deadlines, so I rooted around in a parts box and found a compatible Shimano I parted out from something or other, and hope this will be allowed as my "Freebie", I'll drill out the bolt and replace later. Next year I will happily spectate while enjoying a delicious bass...
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    And thus closes the .alt version of Velo Cheapo entries.

    Stay tuned.
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    Nice work everyone. I hope this contest is a success and that we have another. I'd love to take a shot at it.

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    Ok so there was the reference to Bangtail bikes in entry #8. That leads me to think that either the entrant is in Bozeman Montana or near by or.... there is more than one Bangtail bikes. If you are from bozeman could you PM me so we can chat. I spent 12 years living in Belgrade and I do miss the Gallatin Valley.... LOTS

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmaxwell View Post
    Ok so there was the reference to Bangtail bikes in entry #8. That leads me to think that either the entrant is in Bozeman Montana or near by or.... there is more than one Bangtail bikes. If you are from bozeman could you PM me so we can chat. I spent 12 years living in Belgrade and I do miss the Gallatin Valley.... LOTS
    Thanks for helping preserve the anonymity.

    Personally, I've no desire to go to Belgrade, or anywhere else in Serbia.

    It's all good though.
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