I am in the process of refurbishing a Falcon San Remo, and I thought I would document the process here for all of my nerd friends.
When I got the bike, it looked like this.
You can't see in the pictures, but the paint was terrible - this bike sat out for at least one Texas summer, if not more. there were places where the paint was thin to start with, and it didn't get any better over the years. I took the original mishmash of parts off of the frame and just put on a fixed wheelset and rode it that way. After riding and agonizing for a few months, I decided that this was going to get built up as my "real" road bike, complete with STI shifters and so on. I have a Fuji Ace from about 2003 with some nicer wheels and the Sora stuff on it works great, but the bike doesn't feel like my Falcon does - so I'm going to put those parts on the Falcon.
After thinking and having a long internal discussion about originality, I decided that I only live once, and it's just a bicycle for goodnes sake. Plus, there is a big tear in one of the stickers that bugs me, so I'm going to refurb it. Cyclomondo has decals for it, so I order the set, make measurements on the frame so I know where to put them back on, and take some detail pictures. I also measure and cold set my rear dropouts to 130. On the way to the powder coater, I dropped by the LBS and had them check my alignment - they tweaked one rear dropout, and I was off to the powdercoater.
Here is the frame from the powdercoater. The color is a very close match to original, and looks fantastic in person. Unfortunately he managed to chip the coat in the process of taking these photos, so I have to wait while he re-does it. In the meantime, I have these photos
I am delayed a week because he is out of that color, but I think that Santa is bringing me the buffer I wanted, so in the meantime, I'm going to be polishing the parts that are going back on.
Stay tuned for more!