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    Vintage 80's indoor trainer

    I just wanted to show my vintage indoor trainer I built up.
    I needed a trainer seeing as I'm on a long rehab path from surgery, before the OP I was looking for a trainer new to buy but Gezz! anything good is expensive and if anything goes wrong you have to rely on warranty or it's stuffed for good.
    I also don't like there resistance methods. So on the bay a week from surgery this came up locally, it's even made locally too from back in the 80's so it's vintage
    I cant say it was that cheap, a lot of people wanted it but nothing like the expense of new stuff and most of the drive train was buggered but hey! I've got a big parts bin and can keep it running forever with regular bike parts.
    Considering the vintage this is impressive , the pedaling effort is dead accurate to real riding and the wheel throws a nice wind over my body from toes to my face for cooling. The riding position can be customized same as a regular bike.


    I had to remake the center drive. I kept the BB housing but had to weld new mounts. I sacrificed a crank cutting off the arm and ground off the inner ring rivets.
    The small ring is the second smallest cassette ring of an old mtb, welded in a large washer against it then welded a 9/16 socket against that to fit the BB spindal with the original bolt holding it in place.
    I think I did alright considering I couldn't be active more than 15min at a time.
    The main drive has a Dura-Ace BB with 600 cranks.


    I added a Campy derallier and Suntour 7's shifter and left the original wheel in place for now, it index's well. Later I'll put a Record/Ambrosio wheel in and make new fan blades that don't harm the wheel.
    If needed I'll use the mtb bars pictured but I'll see how it go's.


    There's 3ttt bars and stem, Concor saddle and Campy levers with cabling in place with a spring just to hold the levers out.


    "Ahh" it's all a bit of fun.
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    I think it's one of the coolest trainers I've seen.
    Real cycling fit to real cycling bars, saddle, pedals.
    Real cycling shifting, which I like, too.

    You can always weight the wheels/change the paddle blades as you see fit.
    I saw a homemade one where the guy used an MTB wheel and put water in the tube for weight.

    Pretty cool.

    How is the resistance? I suppose with gearing you can make it whatever you need.

    Nice job. Get well soon, ride on.
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    I agree Robbie very cool indeed, and it looks like Columbus tubing too!
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    The resistance feels perfect. You can see the main crank is on backwards and swapped the pedal spindals around or they would be backwards.
    I tried them the regular way around running a single chain direct to the wheel but there was no resistance, I think it would have needed a 100 tooth ring to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bianchigirll View Post
    i agree robbie very cool indeed, and it looks like columbus tubing too!
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    I'm with the others, that's the coolest (and wildest) trainer I've seen.
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    Dang! Your trainer is sporting some nicer parts that a few of my bikes ahaha.
    Look at the clearance up front, you could fit a 700C X 135 on that bad boy.


    Wishes of good health, from out here in AZ.
    Here's to a speedy and %100 recovery.
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    Whoever dreamed up and built that was very clever. Cool machine. Oh, but ...your derailleur is upside down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    I agree Robbie very cool indeed, and it looks like Columbus tubing too!
    Yup, it looks like the seat tube was made with Columbus' very rare "Fienile Porta" tubing.
    Perfect use for a "bike" that will do minimum road miles!

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    Totally Crazy ! - Totally COOOOL !!! Nice work. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    Thanks for the wishes everyone, no complications and nothing to complain about I just need time and I'll be a better rider than I ever was.
    The trainer has a lot of novelty factor about it and makes me want to ride it. Who can say that about a indoor trainer.
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    Lat part is to add a brake bridge and a nice campy brake
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    Quote Originally Posted by rootboy View Post
    Whoever dreamed up and built that was very clever. Cool machine. Oh, but ...your derailleur is upside down.
    The guy I bought it from had two other frames in the back of his shed. He didn't know who made them except they where custom made locally for a gym back in the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenomad View Post
    Lat part is to add a brake bridge and a nice campy brake
    That could make a good safety feature to shut it down quickly, I'll look into it when I can, the other wheel would need setting up first.
    It did have a cage around the wheel but I'm glad that rattly thing is off.
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    I see where a Guard over that fast spinning wheel would be much safer .. especially for Houses with Curious Little Hands.



    If its solidly sitting on the floor and not actually attached directly, it wont rattle ... a box with a table top and a place to park your TV.
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    Took me a while to work out the benefit of the intermediate bottom bracket. The wheel I can imagine gets going pretty fast. Would it benefit from some balancing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    I agree Robbie very cool indeed, and it looks like Columbus tubing too!
    Columbus "tubo quadrato" no doubt...

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