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Old 02-11-10, 09:23 PM   #3776
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Let us know when you take the Prelude for a real ride. It's a "sleeper bike!"
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Old 02-11-10, 10:05 PM   #3777
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Is that a CODA 900 saddle? I bought one on closeout form a bike shop for ten bucks, it's the most comfortable saddle I've ever used.
It's a CODA, not sure about the model. it is very comfy.

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Looks WAY better with the DT shifters! Needs a San Marco saddle now. Grey suede maybe?,,,, BD
I may just stick with the CODA. I also have a comfy Specialized saddle on the Dumpster Queen; if I decide to sell her off I might try that one on the Prelude. Not as comfy but it looks sexier.

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Definitely awesome with the new shifters. How did you touch up the rust?


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Let us know when you take the Prelude for a real ride. It's a "sleeper bike!"
Assuming I can get used to it by then (which I think will be no problem), I plan to use it for Spring Time Trials at my club.
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Old 02-12-10, 08:24 AM   #3778
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Very impressive job, doohickie! Where is the thread you speak of? I want to read it.
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Old 02-12-10, 01:34 PM   #3779
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Here is the thread where I originally talked about finding the Prelude. You can see the pics I took at the pawn shop where I found it.
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Picked up this Gios Super Record for a great deal the other day. Rides wonderfully. Replacement decals are on their way from Cyclomondo. :-)

Wondering about dating - it has a pat. 79 rear derailleur, nutted calipers, single water bottle bosses, over the bottom bracket cable routing, decal headbadge, silver fork crown coins. Any Gios experts care to weigh in?
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Picked up this Gios Super Record for a great deal the other day. Rides wonderfully. Replacement decals are on their way from Cyclomondo. :-)

Wondering about dating - it has a pat. 79 rear derailleur, nutted calipers, single water bottle bosses, over the bottom bracket cable routing, decal headbadge, silver fork crown coins. Any Gios experts care to weigh in?
That's a beautiful bike. I am Gios illiterate, so I have no clue about the date. Just sayin' that's a very cool ride.
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Thanks! It might be the best riding bike in my modest collection right now. I'll post some pictures once the semi-restoration is done.

And I just noticed it has the porta catena holes so I'm thinking it's a '78 or '79.
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Old 02-13-10, 02:59 PM   #3783
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Porta catena? My Italian is non-existant, would that be portable(porta) water (canteen) bottle holes ?
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they're little holes in the drive-side dropout that let you install a short-lived campagnolo piece designed to make wheel/tire changes faster.

more info: http://www.bikeforums.net/archive/in.../t-211986.html
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So much for my Italian. Kinda cool idea.
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Old 02-14-10, 08:31 AM   #3786
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So much for my Italian. Kinda cool idea.

"I don't know Tony, his Italian sounds fine to me."
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Porta catena? My Italian is non-existant, would that be portable(porta) water (canteen) bottle holes ?
No; "chain holder." It was designed to facilitate wheel changes, but never really caught on. C.f. http://www.campyonly.com/history/portacatena.html


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And I just noticed it has the porta catena holes so I'm thinking it's a '78 or '79.
Although the portacatena device was phased out in the late 1970s, Campy must have contracted for a boatload of 1010B dropouts with the drilling to hold the portacatena. We were still using them at Trek well into the 1980s.
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Old 02-14-10, 12:13 PM   #3789
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A friend of mine who works at the county convience site, combination dump, recycling center, and gossip hot spot, called Saturday saying he had me a bike. I though it might be a wally world ride, boy was I suprised it is a Raliegh Rapide In rather good condition. New tires, tubes, bath and a lube job and it will be rideable. Serial number M00613569, Does anyone know how old it is. If you can help thanks a bunch.
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Teach a man to fish.......

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Picked up this trek 700 two weeks ago for a friend for $75.

Which I turned into this with some sora shifters et all from a BD bike I had that was too tall for us.

Proud new owner, so he'll stop riding my bike when he visits.

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[QUOTE=droobieinop;10403389]Picked up this trek 700 two weeks ago for a friend for $75.
Which I turned into this with some sora shifters et all from a BD bike I had that was too tall for us.
Proud new owner, so he'll stop riding my bike when he visits.

What an eye opener! I always thought the 700 was a nice bike, but "lame" looking. What a difference the drop bars and racing saddle make! Your posting has my imagination running wild right now. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanx, glad I could help.
Here's a pic of the 700's big brother, my 750 which I've never had stock.
First it had drops and barcons, then brahma's and trigger shifters,

and now drops and RSX brifters.

Last season I raced (1 lap @ 25 mph) on my 750.


I'd been sick, had a frame failure on the bike I was going to race, 3 days to set up, it sucked.
But I caught the bug.
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Old 02-14-10, 09:38 PM   #3794
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+1 Nice job turning that so so hybrid into a nice bike. I have had a few hybrids, none of them turned out that good!
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Found this medium quality bianchi on Kijiji yesterday. Ambrosio rims on suzue hubs, with a suntour ARX drivetrain and Dia-Compe brakes.
Very grimy and dirty but it is in good shape, showing few scratches, though some decals are falling off. The handlebar bag is a bonus, as i've been looking for a cheap one for ages.



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champion city, I love it. Let us know how it rides once it's cleaned and tuned.
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Looks pretty similar to my Nishiki Olympic 12. The ARX on that was pretty good.
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Old 02-15-10, 06:48 PM   #3798
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I picked this bike up one day last summer, but just now got around to cleaning it up. It's a '76 insofar as I can tell.
I had hoped to get some decent outdoor pictures, but the weather has been unrelentingly gloomy here.















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Whoa.

That's just.... insanely beautiful.
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Thank you for saying so, Doohickie.
You know, it always amazes me how many people don't see any aesthetic worth in these old bikes
(- but of course if they did, most of us would need to find a new hobby!)
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